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Horse Racing

Comandante is victorious again

In New York, Comandante extended his winning streak to three with a pacesetting victory Saturday in the $100,000 Alex M. Robb Stakes for New York breds at Aqueduct.

Cornelio Velasquez guided the 3-year-old gelding to a 4½-length victory over 19-1 shot Moneyinyour Pocket. Comandante, trained by Todd Pletcher, improved to 4 for 14.

The time was 1:44.15 for 1 1/16 miles on the fast track.

Comandante paid $5.10, $3.80 and $2.30 as the 3-2 second choice. Moneyinyour Pocket returned $9.90 and $3.80, and even-money favorite Awesome Vision was third, paying $2.10.

• In Arcadia, Calif., Unbridled’s Note edged El Commodore by a half-length to win the $100,000 Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Unbridled’s Note ran 6½ furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:11.89 and paid $5, $3.20 and $2.40 as the 3-2 favorite in the field of seven for the Grade 3 race.

Sprinter Sacre, one of Britain’s top racehorses, has been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat following medical tests.

The 7-year-old steeplechaser visited equine specialist Celia Marr in Newmarket on Saturday after pulling up during his seasonal debut on Friday, ending his unbeaten record over fences.

Sprinter Sacre’s trainer, Nicky Henderson, says the horse has atrial fibrillation and that Marr will wait until early next week to see if the situation stabilizes.

Marr also worked on Denman, a former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner who had a similar heart complaint.

Henderson says “in her opinion, the reason for these situations is that both horses are supreme athletes and they are more likely to suffer from these problems due to the size of their hearts, which in both cases are unusually large.”

• The Belmont Stakes will be worth $1.5 million next year, the first purse increase for the final leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown since 1998.

The Preakness Stakes announced earlier this month its purse would increase to $1.5 million. The Kentucky Derby is worth $2 million.

The purse for the Belmont, to be run on June 7, will be shared among the first eight finishers. Previously, it was split between the top five finishers on a percentage basis.

The winner will earn $800,000.

The eighth-place finisher will receive $30,000.

The Belmont purse was $1 million.

Soccer

Manchester City moves to the top

In Manchester, England, Manchester City beat Crystal Palace 1-0 to temporarily move to the top of the Premier League, while Manchester United won by the same score at Norwich to stay in the title picture.

Both Manchester teams turned to reserves for a second game in three days and were rescued by second-half goals.

Edin Dzeko’s 66th-minute goal maintained City’s record of scoring in every home game in more than three years – a run of 60 matches. The victory lifted the team two points above Arsenal, which plays Newcastle today.

Junior Hockey

Trio lead US to win in Sweden

In Malmo, Sweden, Jack Eichel, Ryan Hartman and Boston University defenseman Matt Grzelyck each had a goal and an assist, leading the defending champion United States to a 6-3 victory over Slovakia in the world junior hockey tournament.

The U.S. scored its first three goals on power plays.

– From wire reports


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