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  • 19 April 2019
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Dale Romans had been even more effusive in his praise for this one than he normally is. And after Not This Time easily defeated seven other 2-year-olds Saturday in the 35th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs, the veteran trainer could barely contain his enthusiasm.Hes spooky good, said Romans.Confidently ridden from the outside post by Robby Albarado, Not This Time was kept in the clear throughout the 1-1/16-mile race, gliding past the front-runners after straightening for home to prevail by 8-3/4 lengths.The key now is to get him to the Kentucky Derby, said Romans, who trains Not This Time for the Albaugh Family Stable of Iowa.And indeed, Not This Time has a head start on the rest of the class: with his win, he earned the first 10 qualifying points toward the 143rd Kentucky Derby next May at Churchill. He also receives a Win and Youre In berth toward the Breeders Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.Well either train straight up to the Breeders Cup or maybe run in the Breeders Futurity, said Romans, referring to the Grade 1 race at Keeneland on Oct. 8.Bet down to favoritism, Not This Time paid $5.60 after finishing in 1:45.22 over a muddy track. Lookin At Lee was up late to get second by a head over Recruiting Ready.Albarado said not a day has gone by that I havent thought about Not This Time since the colt won an Aug. 12 maiden race by 10 lengths at Ellis Park. Dale really liked this colt even before he ran. This is sweet.Not This Time is by Giants Causeway out of the Trippi mare Miss Macy Sue, which makes him a half-brother to Liams Map, winner of the 2015 Breeders Cup Dirt Mile. The Albaughs sold Liams Map at auction but held on to this foal, and hence the name.The Iroquois set up a little differently than it looked on paper, with Blame Will assuming the early lead while the speedy Recruiting Ready rated kindly for Gary Stevens from a few lengths off the pace. Midway in the final turn, Recruiting Ready made his bid from the outside, but he and all the others were soon overpowered by Not This Time, whose swooping outside run quickly put the issue to rest.The $2 exacta (8-1) paid $40.60, the $1 trifecta (8-1-7) returned $86.90, and the 10-cent superfecta (8-1-7-2) was worth $35.29. Air Max 1 Sale Cheap . The scientists believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynchs famous "beast quake" touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game. 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PITTSBURGH -- Nearly two months into the season, the ACC Coastal Division is still searching for clarity.Virginia Tech and Pitt will have a chance to provide some when the 25th-ranked Hokies (5-2, 3-1) face the Panthers (5-2, 2-1) on Thursday night. The winner will exit no worse than tied for first in the loss column by the end of the weekend. The loser will need to win out -- and probably get more than a little help -- to earn a spot in the ACC title game.Its going to be a game of kind of were in the mix in this division and its going to be a championship-caliber football game, said Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster. If they want to stay in the hunt, theyve got to win it. If we want to stay in the hunt, we need to win it.Something that doesnt tend to happen when the Panthers are on the other side of the line of scrimmage. The Hokies have never won at Heinz Field and dropped six of their last seven overall to Pitt, including a 17-13 loss in Blacksburg last year.Im not really sure about the historical struggles, but what were trying to do is forget all of that, Hokies defensive end Woody Barron said. Forget anything thats going on after the game, whatever thats happened before the game, and were just trying our best to prepare.Virginia Tech bounced back from a baffling pratfall at Syracuse by handling Miami last Thursday to climb back into the Top 25. Now the Hokies face a different kind of test in the Panthers, who are averaging 38 points behind one of the most inventive offenses in the country.In a pass-happy world, the offense designed by coordinator Matt Canada is a throwback. The Panthers can plow ahead with James Conner and Chawntez Moss or get out on the edges on jet sweeps by Quadree Henderson and dual threat Jordan Whitehead. Seven players have at least 20 rushing attempts, a testament Pitts depth and also the numerous ways Canada tries to get them the ball.Its not like he walked up during the summer and said, `Hey, lets run this, lets try this, Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. Hes a very creative guy and its power football. Its zone football. Yoouve seen a lot of two backs, a lot of movement around, maybe a lot of three backs if you count that guy in motion.dddddddddddd So its what I thought we would get when we hired Matt.CARDIAC CATS: Best to not leave early when the Panthers are playing. Five of Pitts first seven games havent been decided until the last minute, though the Panthers may have taken a significant step forward against Virginia two weeks ago, holding the Cavaliers to a field goal after halftime while pulling away for a 45-31 win.ROAD WARRIORS: The Hokies have had mixed results on the road this season, winning in impressive fashion in monsoon-like conditions at North Carolina, but then laying an egg and losing the following week at Syracuse. Their history at Heinz Field and loss to the Orange are things sure to get their attention this week, but the Panthers are coming off a bye week and are likely to have some surprises Virginia Tech didnt see on film.MR. VERSATILITY: Conner won the ACC Player of the Year Award in 2014 while scoring a school record 24 touchdowns but went back to his roots a bit against the Cavaliers. Conner -- who moonlighted at defensive end as a freshman in 2013 -- saw his first action on defense in three years against the Cavaliers and was credited with a quarterback hurry, the latest remarkable step in his return from a bout with cancer diagnosed last fall that threatened his career.PASSING FANCY: Jerod Evans leads the ACC in passing efficiency with 19 touchdowns and just two interceptions, but he also fumbled three times early in the season. The Panthers share the sack lead in the conference with 25 and could cause Evans to make a mistake if they can get enough pressure in the backfield. When Pitt has been unable to get to the quarterback, however, the secondary hasnt put up much of a fight. The Panthers are 122nd in the country in passing yards allowed (298.9).---AP Sports Writer Hank Kurz in Richmond, Virginia, contributed to this report. ' ' '