DESERT STORMER STAKES QUOTES-SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESGEOVANNI FRANCO, DANUSKA’S MY GIRL, WINNER:  “She’s been improving every time I’ve gotten on her. Jerry said ‘You’re on the fastest horse, just get her out of the gate and she’ll do the rest. She’s got a big heart and she ran really good.”TRAINER QUOTESJERRY HOLLENDORFER, DANUSKA’S MY GIRL, WINNER: “Geovanni rides her really good, no question. She’s been training very well and she’s put on a lot of weight, we have given her plenty of time between races and we think she’s doing well that way.  Some horses just don’t ever get a chance to get to be an older horse, but she did and she’s doing well. We just hope to keep her going. We’re probably going to look at that race at Los Alamitos, the Great Lady M (Grade II, six furlongs on July 6, 2019), which is a nice race over there, so we would like to run there if we could.”GARY SHERLOCK, TRAINER OF SHOW IT N MOE IT, SECOND:  “She tries every time.  Second in a Grade III with a Cal-bred, not bad. We’re probably run next in the Great Lady M at Los Alamitos (Grade II, six furlongs on July 6). It looks like we’ll be running in open company from now on.”NOTES: The winning owner is Bad Boy Racing, LLC.Bad Boy Racing’s Danuska’s My Girl and jockey Geovanni Franco, right, outleg Show It N Moe It (Rafael Bejarano), left, to win the Grade III, $100,000 Desert Stormer Stakes, Sunday, May 19, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

GLENDALE Ariz — For the last couple of seasons

first_img GLENDALE, Ariz. — For the last couple of seasons, fans of the Arizona Cardinals have been frustrated by special teams play.One incredibly frustrated fan maintains a website called FireAmosJones.com — a crusade against the Cardinals’ special teams coach who has served under Bruce Arians for five seasons.The webmaster will have a lot to add to the site after Sunday’s 32-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at University of Phoenix Stadium. But blocking on kicks wasn’t the only special teams deficiency Sunday.In a stretch early in the third quarter with Los Angeles leading 19-13, the Cardinals forced a three-and-out and Rams punter Johnny Hekker — a three-time All-Pro — punted from his own 9-yard line. Hekker uncorked a 70-yard punt that sailed over the head of returner Patrick Peterson and bounced out of bounds at the 21-yard line.Arizona did nothing on its next possession, and after Gabbert was sacked by Aaron Donald to force a punt, Cardinals punter Andy Lee got off a 40-yard punt, which Los Angeles’ Pharoh Cooper returned 30 yards to the Cardinals’ 30.“We had poor protection down the right side,” Arians said. “We tried to cut their wing. Andy felt the pressure. That also stopped our contain guy. Our gunner didn’t make it down, so that whole side of the field was empty.“They made a good play and we made a poor play.”Six plays later, Rams quarterback Jared Goff hit Sammy Watkins on an 11-yard touchdown pass to balloon the lead to 13 points.The Cardinals also got next to nothing in their return game. Peterson managed 12 yards on two returns. Brittan Golden averaged 16.5 yards on the two kickoffs Greg Zuerlein didn’t put into the end zone. The division-leading Rams thoroughly outplayed the Cardinals, in all three phases, but the disparity in the third phase was very telling.Arizona, which dipped to 5-7 on the season, had two kicks blocked — both an extra point and a field goal attempt. On both plays, the Rams attacked right up the middle, knocking long snapper Justin Drescher onto his backside.After falling behind 16-0, the Cardinals rallied. Elijhaa Penny capped a 63-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run — the first of his career — to put Arizona on the board. Later in the second quarter, Blaine Gabbert hit Larry Fitzgerald on a 15-yard touchdown pass that should have pulled the Cardinals to within two points, but the Rams’ Tyrunn Walker blocked the point-after.In the fourth quarter, the Cardinals trailed, 26-16, and set up for a 45-yard field goal attempt from Phil Dawson that would have made it a one-score game. Once again, the Rams attacked the middle, with Michael Brockers doing the honors in smothering the attempt.Many fans in the stadium and on social media immediately pointed the finger at Jones. Arians doesn’t share that view.“It was coached up as well as you could coach it up,” Arians said of the blocked field goal. “We just didn’t execute it.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Arizona Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson (4) kicks a field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 11 Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona came into Sunday’s game ranked 26th in the league in kickoff return average and 23rd in punt returns. – / 51last_img read more