Hall of Fame jockey Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths paid homage to the legendary Royal Dad by winning the race named in his honour aboard 5-1 chance LONG RUNNING TRAIN at Caymanas Park yesterday, his second win on the 10-race programme. Griffiths, the leading all-time jockey in the annals of local racing with over 1,650 winners in a distinguished career spanning 40 years, was the customary jockey of the 1981 ‘Horse of the Year’ ROYAL DAD, who not only became the first Triple Crown winner at Caymanas Park that year, but the first to win 11 consecutive races as well. Griffiths, a five-time champion, pushed the ever-present LONG RUNNING TRAIN past the leaders DREAMCOMETRUE (72-1) and DWAYNE STAR (51-1) approaching the 600-metre pole. He then turned back a feeble challenge from 2-1 chance BRAWN to win easily. The 3-5 favourite SOUTHERN CRUISE, with leading jockey Shane Ellis aboard, finished 8-3/4 lengths third. Parsard said the change of rider and slower pace made the difference for LONG RUNNING TRAIN who finished 11-1/4 lengths fourth to fast-time winner POKER STAR, and BRAWN over 1300 metres a week ago. “Today, Long Running Train could sit in the early pace and make her move leaving the half mile. I knew she would have a lot in reserve from the final bend and when I saw Brawn looming for a challenge on the outside, I was not worried,” said Parsard, who along with Griffiths had two winners each on the card. The veteran trainer also posted 9-1 chance GO GO TRAIN to win the fourth race in a bang up finish despite jockey Oneil Mullings losing an iron and had to ride indian style up the lane. And for the second consecutive Saturday, Griffiths booted home the Philip Feanny-trained 8-5 favourite CAMPESINO to an easy victory, this time in the open allowance sprint.
Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Lee catches fire as Magnolia torches NLEX to level semis series Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The hot-shooting swingman, who hit four 3-pointers, didn’t just provide the scoring for San Miguel as he also collected eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.“Every game is gonna be hard and we came out working extremely hard,” Lassiter, who was named PBA Press Corps Player of the Week, told reporters after Game 2. “We give credit to Ginebra for they played extremely well in the first half. A lot of guys stepped up for them and it took us a while to figure out what they’re doing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I just want to read the defense of Ginebra. I always want to play well and I want to continue to play team ball, just play our brand of San Miguel ball,” he said. “We know we have a great match over at June Mar (Fajardo) in the post so we want to continue attacking, and just play and keep being aggressive.”The 30-year-old also waxed hot in the semis opener with five triples en route to a 17-point outing, helping the Beermen take a 102-90 win despite having a quiet night from Fajardo. He also had five rebounds and five assists in that duel. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lassiter hopes to continue his impressive play throughout the series starting in Game 3 on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer gained a 2-0 lead in its best-of-seven semifinals series against Barangay Ginebra and Marcio Lassiter was definitely a big reason for it.Lassiter scattered 25 points, including his team’s last six points inside the final minute, to lift the Beermen over the Gin Kings, 104-102, in overtime of Game 2 on Sunday night. His tip-in off a miss by June Mar Fajardo with 3.2 seconds left won it for SMB.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew