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  • 23 April 2019
    ELMONT, N.Y. -- Its a jockeys natural instinct to take a hold of a horse when he wants to slow him down. But when John Velazquez took a hold of Giant Run in the early stages of Mondays $100,000 Manila Stakes at Belmont Park, the 3-year-old colt wanted to run off.So, Velazquez did the opposite of what he knew to do and let the reins go in hopes Giant Run would become less aggressive. The move worked as Giant Run did relax early on and had something in reserve when Velazquez called on him later to record a 1-1/2-length victory in the Manila.Strike Midnight finished second by three-quarters of a length over Rappel. They were followed by Life Imitates Art, Conquest See Ya, the pacesetting Too Discreet, and Dig Deep.The Manila was part of a four-win day for Velazquez, who also took the days co-feature, the $100,000 State Dinner Stakes, on Comfort ($6.40).Velazquez was riding Giant Run for the first time. He knew the horse had speed, but he also knew Too Discreet, who was drawn to Giant Runs inside, had more early speed.I didnt want to be head-and-head with him, Velazquez said.Though Giant Run broke on top, Too Discreet quickly assumed the front under Joel Rosario. Giant Run attempted to go with Too Discreet early before Velazquez changed tactics.I tried to grab him, and he run off for about five jumps, and I let the reins go, and he relaxed. It was the complete opposite, Velazquez said. It was totally by mistake. I just didnt want to fight him.I put my hands down, loose rein, and he relaxed really well, Velazquez added. I was where I wanted to be, and when I asked him, he responded.Giant Run tracked Too Discreet through fractions of 22.82 seconds, 45.99, and 1:09.87. Giant Run took the lead in upper stretch and then ran away from Strike Midnight, who came up to challenge at the eighth pole.Giant Run, a son of Giants Causeway owned by William Mack and Robert Baker and trained by Tom Albertrani, covered the mile in 1:32.85 and returned $16 as the fifth choice in the seven-horse field.Albertrani was happy to see Giant Run be effective sitting off another horse.I didnt think he had to be on the lead; he was ratable enough where he was comfortable, Albertrani said.Albertrani is not sure how far Giant Run will run. The next middle-distance turf stakes for 3-year-olds on this circuit is the Grade 3, $200,000 National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame at Saratoga on Aug. 5 at 1-1/16 miles.I dont know how far hell go. I think a mile suits him well, Albertrani said. Air Jordan Shoes From China . "Trying to breathe," he said with a grin. Bernier stopped 42 of 43 shots on Monday night, including all 22 in a hectic middle frame, his heroic performance propelling the Leafs toward an undue point in their final game before the Christmas break. Cheap Air Jordan Authentic . Gather a group of friends, or find a league to join online, draft your team, set your lineup and compete in a number of different formats. .C. -- Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said after all of these years in the NBA hes still amazed at some of the things LeBron James does. Discount Air Jordan . Deulofeu injured a muscle in his right leg in Evertons 4-1 win over Fulham in the English Premier League on Saturday. Barcelona says that its team doctors will "co-ordinate" with Evertons medical staff as Deulofeu recovers. Cheap Air Jordan For Sale .C. - The Carolina Hurricanes have placed backup goalie Anton Khudobin on injured reserve with an unspecified lower-body injury. BOONE, N.C. -- Haboubacar Mutombo scored 13 points; Devin Peterson added 11 and Western Carolina held off Appalachian State 58-53 on Saturday.Western Carolina (3-5) bounced back from a 46-point loss to Marquette on Wednesday and has won two of its last three.Deriece Parks made a pair of free throws to give the Catamounts a 56-53 lead with 22 seconds left. Emarius Logan drove in for a layup on the Mountaineers ensuing possession, but his shot rimmed in and out with 11 seconds remaining. Adam Sledd and Ellijah Pughsley each split free throws to seal it for Western Carolina.ddddddddddddRonshad Shabazz scored 17 points on 3-of-17 shooting for Appalachian State (2-5), which shot just 13 of 49 from the floor for 26.5 percent. The Mountaineers made 21 of 30 free throws. Shabazz made nine shots from the line.The Catamounts made 32 percent of their field goals on 19-of-59 shooting. ' ' '