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One of the biggest events, if not the biggest race, on Saturdays strong Stars & Stripes Festival card at Belmont Park is the Belmont Derby for 3-year-old males on the turf. Cheap Titans Hoodies Jerseys . And one of Saturdays four stakes at Arlington Park is the American Derby, also for 3-year-old males, and also on the turf.The American Derby has a purse one-tenth the size of the $1.25 million purse of the Belmont Derby and, at 1-1/8 miles, the American Derby is one furlong shorter than the Belmont Derby. The American Derby is also something of a means to an end. It is the local springboard to next months Secretariat Stakes. The Belmont Derby, with its outsized purse, is an end. The American and Belmont Derbies are not exactly mirror images of each other. But there are still compelling similarities between the two races.And thats the point. The Belmont Derby and American Derby are two turf stakes for 3-year-olds going long on the turf run on the same day. And yet, the Belmont Derby drew a field of 13, and the American Derby drew a field of 11. Even after you separate the wheat from the chaff, thats a lot of numbers. Who knew there were so many 3-year-old grass horses?Well, these 3-year-olds are still young, lightly raced, and full of hope. So clashing, competing stakes schedules -- not exactly a new matter -- are not quite the issue for this group that it is for other divisions which have been compromised to a greater extent by the contraction of the general pool of available race horses.Consider the older male division, and recent overlapping opportunities for this group.On June 18, the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at 1-1/8 miles was run at Churchill Downs. The Foster drew a field of seven, and was won by Bradester. Bradester, a 6-year-old, is an admirable hard hitter, and on some level, it was nice to see his persistence finally rewarded with a score in a big spot. However, in 22 prior starts over four years, Bradester had never, ever been confused with a true Grade 1 performer.One week later, on June 25, the Grade 1, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita at 1-? miles was run. The Gold Cup attracted a field of eight, and it was won by Melatonin. Before his 5-year-old season this year, Melatonin had made only two starts in stakes races, and was unsuccessful in both. But the Gold Cup was his second major victory this year; he earlier won the prestigious Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap. Melatonins emergence is a welcome development regardless of the reason for it. Still, its only natural to wonder if Melatonins ascendency is due more to a weakened division lacking quality depth than to considerable improvement on his part.One week later, on July 2, the Grade 3, $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap at 1-1/8 miles was decided at Prairie Meadows. The 5-year-old Smack Smack, another one of those admirable campaigners who had previously finished third or better in 18 of 25 career starts, beat eight opponents in the Cornhusker for his first career graded stakes win. Despite having plenty of opportunity during a very active career, Smack Smack had only taken his chance in three prior graded stakes races, and never finished better than fifth in those graded stakes attempts.On Saturday, one week after the Cornhusker, two weeks after the Gold Cup at Santa Anita, and three weeks after the Foster, which represents a fast turnaround for race horses these days, one of the undercard stakes at Belmont is the Grade 2, $300,000 Suburban Handicap at 1-1/4 miles for, you guessed it, older males. The Suburban drew a field of eight, but the only previous front line race winners in it are Noble Bird, and Effinex, one of two in the Suburban making that fast turnaround from the Foster.Look, I understand racetracks are in competition with each other, and realize that one way for a track to gain a competitive upper hand is to put on a better race than its competition. Santa Anita wouldnt think twice if it were able to poach a horse from the Foster, and Belmont wouldnt shed a tear if it did the same to the Gold Cup.However, the absence of a tangible incentive for tracks to fashion more cooperative -- hey, lets make that read logical -- stakes schedules paves the way for an unappealing diet of diluted stakes events that frankly dont do the sport much good.I mean, look at the four stakes I referenced above. They all drew from the same pool of talent -- older males going nine to 10 furlongs on dirt -- and that pool is shallow this year. But even in years when there is a bit more depth to the older male division, its difficult to see the sense of four so similar stakes races run in a three week window. Not when you could have done a mash up between the Foster, Gold Cup, Cornhusker, and Suburban, and wound up with two very nice, much better races. Authentic Titans Hoodies . Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday that allowed the veteran right-hander to retire as a member of team with which he broke into the majors and spent the bulk of his distinguished 16-year career. Titans Hoodies Jerseys Outlet . To the surprise of many, it isnt the Wolverines but their in-state rivals the Michigan State Spartans. http://www.cheaptitanshoodiesjerseys.com/luke-falk-hoodie/ .05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal. The designation was released Monday after the deadline passed for NFL teams to use franchise or transition tags on players becoming free agents. AUBURN HILLS. Mich. -- Al Horford got the winning basket, though it was Marcus Smart who made the biggest play.With the game tied at 92, Jae Crowder missed a go-ahead 3-pointer, but Smart came from the corner to tip the ball back at the basket. His shot didnt go in, but it gave Horford time to set himself for the follow shot with 1.3 seconds left that gave the Boston Celtics a 94-92 victory over the Detroit Pistons.The credit goes to Marcus, because that was a championship-level play, Horford said. He crashed the glass hard.Said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy: We just stood there and watched. They missed and no one moved or blocked out.Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and eight assists for Boston, while Horford added 18 points and 11 rebounds.We didnt call a timeout in the last four minutes, because I just wanted to let them play, Boston coach Brad Stevens said. Our guys were making the right reads and the right plays.Marcus Morris led Detroit with 24 points and Andre Drummond had 20 points and 17 rebounds. The Pistons became the last NBA team to lose at home.The teams traded the lead for most of the fourth quarter, and Kentavious Caldwell Popes 3-pointer -- his first basket of the game -- gave the Pistons an 87-86 lead with 1:54 left. The teams traded dunks, and Thomas hit a layup over Drummond with 1:10 to play to make it 90-89.Caldwell-Pope missed an open 3, making him 1 for 7 on the night, and Drummond fouled Thomas on another drive. He made both free throws with 30.5 seconds left to give the Celtics a three-point lead, but Tobias Harris hit a tying 3-pointer.We were in position to come out of here with a victory, but we let them get off two extra shots, Harris said. Nobody, including myself, turned around to keep someone off the glass.Boston, realizing that Drummond was on the bench, didnt call a timeout and it ended up being the difference in the game.Im kicking myself right now, because if we have Andre on the floor, we get that rebound and were in overtime, Van Gundy said. Cheap Titans Hoodies Store. We had Aron on the floor to run the play that led to our 3-pointer, but when they didnt call a timeout, we couldnt get Andre back out there.The Celtics were 6 of 10 on 3-pointers in the first quarter, including Thomas buzzer-beater, to take a 30-23 lead. Boston led 50-47 at halftime.Detroit got 37 points from its starting frontcourt in the half, but guards Ish Smith and Caldwell-Pope had three points on 1-of-5 shooting. Bostons backcourt of Avery Bradley and Thomas combined for 18 points and nine assists.The Pistons used a 10-0 run to take the lead midway through the third quarter, and still had a 73-71 advantage at quarters end.TIP-INSCeltics: Thomas started the second half with a four-point possession. He hit a free throw after the Pistons were called for a defensive three-second violation, then knocked down his second 3-pointer of the game.Pistons: Stanley Johnson, normally one of the Detroits top bench players, didnt play. Van Gundy said that Johnson will only be used as a backup small forward, and he wasnt needed with Morris and Harris both playing well.DRUMMOND MILESTONEDrummond pulled down his 4,000th career rebound in the third quarter. At 23 years and 101 days, he is the second-youngest player to reach the milestone, trailing only Dwight Howard (22 years, 129 days).CELTICS PLAY SMALLStevens wanted to keep a smaller lineup on the floor to try to give Drummond and Baynes matchup problems. Smart played 30:36 while starter Amir Johnson only got 20:22. We were trying to stretch those guys as much as we could, he said. It is hard to do that, because of Morris and Harris, but we thought it went well.UP NEXTCeltics: Travel to Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.Pistons: Host the Houston Rockets on Monday. China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Nike NFL Jerseys China Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2019 Cheap NFL Autographed Jerseys ' ' ' 
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