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  • 15 Apr
    Somebody, bring a camera.The parade of riders filing out of the Del Mar jockeys room at a quarter past three on Sunday afternoon will be a sight to see. No one will need a program to match names and faces.This is no Breeders Cup confluence, where all hands are required on deck, or a Kentucky Derby, where everyone shows up just in case. Its a cool day in early December at a track hardly known for hot toddies and holiday décor, offering a purse that will change no ones life. And just look who is showing up for the $300,000 Matriarch, at one mile on grass.Lets start with the Hall of Famers. Kent Desormeaux (class of 2004) won the Matriarch last year aboard the 65-1 Stormy Lucy. This year, he rides Tiz a Kiss, another longshot. John Velazquez (inducted in 2012) will be aboard Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup winner Time and Motion. Mike Smith (2003) will roll with Prize Exhibit, while Edgar Prado (2008) landed the outside post with the favored Miss Temple City.The slam-dunk future Hall of Famers include Javier Castellano on Zindaya for Chad Brown and Victor Espinoza taking over for Desormeaux on the stretch-running Decked Out. At the rate theyre going, the Hall also will need to make room someday for Florent Geroux and Irad Ortiz Jr., who will be riding the two other Brown fillies, Roca Rojo and Mexican Gold.Both Tyler Baze (Nancy From Nairobi) and Drayden Van Dyke (Stays in Vegas) own Eclipse Awards as champion apprentices. Martin Garcia (Sobradora Inc) has won four Breeders Cup events, a Preakness, and the Kentucky Oaks. That leaves Tiago Pereira, who rides the Chilean stakes winner Kitcat. Only 16 jockeys have won the Dubai World Cup, and Pereira is one of them.With so much talent in the irons, it could be assumed that none of the dozen running has an advantage at the helm. Still, the one-mile grass race run inside a one-mile dirt track can be a nasty, unpredictable beast, especially with a large field.The rapid scramble to the first turn is always entertaining, if by entertaining you mean train wrecks and tornadoes. After that comes the first of two 180-degree switchbacks, a straightaway backstretch that is over way too soon, followed by the other switchback turn and the final straight to the wire.Mike Smith has never won the Matriarch. The news comes as a surprise because it seems as if Smith has won just about every major race this side of the Little Brown Jug. He would like to take care of that detail on Sunday aboard the British filly Prize Exhibit for D P Racing and trainer Jim Cassidy.Prize Exhibit has been a stalwart player on the Southern California circuit ever since her stateside debut in the 2014 Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita. That day, she closed from far back in the field of 13 to be beaten about five lengths by Lady Eli.Ever since, Prize Exhibit keeps telling Cassidy, Put me in, coach. And he does, for 10 starts in 2015 and 10 this year going into the Matriarch. Along the way, she has won three graded stakes, including the San Clemente over the Matriarchs course and distance, and hit the board in enough rich spots to have earned well over half a million dollars.Smith rode Prize Exhibit to an allowance win in her first race for Cassidy and more recently was reunited with the filly to be fifth behind Zindaya in the Goldikova.She cant just go out there and run a real good race, Smith said. Shell have to come up with one of those extra-good races to have a chance to win it. And shes done it a time or two before.Smith will tell you that the greatest miler he ever rode was Lure, and no one will argue. Together, they won Breeders Cup Miles at Gulfstream Park in 1992 from post 1 and at Santa Anita in 1993 from post 12. Both races were on seven-furlong grass courses.Sometimes you think youve got a good post and think it should be easy, but then your trip ends up being worse because of the tight track, Smith said. Then sometimes youll have such a good trip youll go, Wow, how did that happen?You try to set yourself up to be in a position to catch a few breaks, Smith added. And you have to know every tiny detail about the riders and the horses youre in against. Some guys like to get in the clear earlier and tip out, and you can afford to stay behind them a little longer. Others who stay tucked in, you figure youll have to find somehow to work your way out. And then something might happen in front of the horses you follow and it works out for you just because youre in the second flight instead of the first flight.Helter-skelter miles like the Matriarch always seem to be over before they start, with a cluster of runners at the finish who shoulda-coulda-woulda won had the breaks gone another way.I guarantee there will be three or four jocks come back to the room claiming they should have won, and theyve all got a decent excuse, Smith said. It happens to everybody.And it will happen again on Sunday. Adidas Cheap Shoes China . -- The Magic have their first victory of the new year. Adidas Cheap Shoes Online . The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the hole and stayed out. After opening with rounds of 66 and 73 to make the cut by a stroke, he had 11 birdies in the bogey-free round. http://www.adidascheapshoes.com/ . 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Terms of the Harrison and Davis signings werent disclosed.The Grizzlies acquired the 24-year-old Daniels from Charlotte for cash considerations as part of a sign-and-trade deal. The Hornets received a trade exception that will be available for one year.Daniels and his representatives had tweeted over the weekend that he been acquired by Memphis, but the Grizzlies and Hornets announced the deal Tuesday afternoon. Priority Sports, which represents Daniels, tweeted that he had received a three-year contract.Daniels averaged 5.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 11.1 minutes in 43 games with Charlotte this past season. The 6-4 guard also shot 48.4 percent from 3-point range. The 24-year-old Daniels has played in 95 regularr-season games with the Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Charlotte.ddddddddddddThe Grizzlies acquired the 19-year-old Davis on the night of the draft after the Boston Celtics selected him in the second round with the 31st selection. Davis, who is 6-foot-11, averaged 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 18.6 minutes in his lone season at Michigan State.Harrison, 21, averaged 18.5 points, 4.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 46 games this past season for the Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies NBA Development League affiliate.The Grizzlies acquired Harrison the night of the 2015 draft after the Phoenix Suns selected the 6-6 guard from Kentucky in the second round with the 44th pick.Memphis had claimed Wroten after he was waived by the New York Knicks last month. The 23-year-old has played in 145 NBA games. ' ' '