POPPY’S PRIDE, to be ridden by Jevanne Erwin for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny, should give Super-6 players a perfect start in tomorrow’s opening race over 800 metres straight for maiden two-year-olds at Caymanas Park.The maiden special event has attracted only six youngsters, but POPPY’S PRIDE has looked more advanced than any of his five opponents, galloping three furlongs in 36.2 at exercise on Wednesday morning. The son of Adore The Gold – Bunns Of Steel can be used as a banker following that promising third to BUBBLING KITTEN on his May 23 debut over 600 metres straight. He should lead home the fairly advanced debutante KIMMY’S TRAIN from the stables of in-form trainer Harry Parsard.ROUGH PATRICK, a lightly-raced four-year-old colt who was a beaten favourite behind BLACK BOY over 1400 metres on July 8, will be a lot better for that pipeopener (fourth) and should recoup losses in the second race over a mile.Trained by Colin Ferguson, the bay colt by Legal Process out of Sincerity was returning from a seven-month absence on July 8, and although beaten into fourth place, was only caught and regulated in the last furlong. He has worked fairly well and with connections calling up in-form jockey Paul Francis, ROUGH PATRICK should win from GEORGIAMYLOVE (trip now ideal) and NO MONEY FRIEND in a field of nine.looked well at exerciseANOTHER BULLET, who has looked well at exercise, should make a winning debut for title-chasing jockey Shane Ellis in the third race for maiden three-year-olds again over a mile. Trained by Everal Francis, the bay colt by Nasheet – Wisely Noted looked sharp in a recent exercise spin over seven furlongs, stopping the clock at 1:30.0 to beat stable-companion SHEBIZ, although he can expect worthwhile opposition from the trio of DIAMOND, FIERY PATH and SHIP LODE, ANOTHER BULLET, by virtue of his preparation, should get off the mark immediately in a field of 10.The fourth race over 1500 metres on the Grooms’ Association Day programme looks tailored for ALL FOR THE GLORY, who has been knocking at the door lately..Trained by Andrew McDonald, the four-year-old son of Seeking The Glory has finished second in his last two races, going under in a driving to SEAL THE DEAL over 1400 metres in his previous race on July 8. He now has a glorious chance to release the maiden certificate especially with in-form claiming apprentice Sadiki Blake aboard.ORIGINAL TRAIN (Francis up), who was fourth to SEEKING MY DREAM in the Cal’s Jamaica Derby on June 13, looks the one to beat in the fifth race over 1820 metres, while it should be the down-in-class UNBREAKABLE in the sixth for $180,000 claimers over 1400 metres, following his good third on a $350,000 tag to FORCE DE JOUR over 1200 metres on June 28.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) POPPY’S PRIDE(2) ROUGH PATRICK/ GEORGIAMYLOVE(3) ANOTHER BULLET/ DIAMOND(4) ALL FOR THE GLORY(5) ORIGINAL TRAIN/ HOUDINI’S MAGIC(6) UNBREAKABLE/ EL PATRON
Playing in the backcourt, Walton went to take a return pass from Brian Cook off a backdoor cut when he came up limping and grabbing the back of his leg. Walton said afterward he never has had a hamstring injury before in his career. “Last year didn’t really work out for me very well,” Walton said. “I’m going to take it a day at a time rehabbing it. I’m not going to come back early. I don’t want this thing to linger. Whenever I can get back out there, I guess that’s when I’ll start trying to make up lost time.’ The Lakers looked every bit like a team trying to play together after only 12 practices while Golden State looked like the team that went 18-10 after acquiring guard Baron Davis last season. Both teams finished with identical 34-48 records a year ago. Kobe Bryant forced the issue in the second quarter, scoring 16 of the Lakers’ 32 points, and finished with a game-high 28. Bryant frequently posted up Warriors guard Jason Richardson, once spinning past him on the baseline before a spectacular reverse dunk. Lamar Odom, playing in the backcourt as expected, added 16 points and scored nine in the last 2:10. Odom was stripped once by Davis in the first quarter but excelled in the fourth, driving to the basket one possession and posting up on another. “One thing about the triangle,” Odom said, “you can learn the offense — where you’re supposed to go, where you’re supposed to cut –but learning how to catch the ball in striking position, that’s another thing. You have to learn where to find your aggressive spots. “ – Entering a crucial season, Cook had a good game, proving equally capable of posting up and popping out to hit a jumper. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds and reported afterward that he is both stronger and lighter this year. “I feel a lot quicker,” said Cook, who is down to 245 pounds, 15 pounds fewer than last season. “I think it will help me play D and stay in front of my man a lot better. I think it’s also going to help me pressuring the ball up top, too.” – The news that Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire could miss four months after undergoing knee surgery could prompt some revisiting of the Lakers’ decision to waive forward Brian Grant in a luxury-tax saving move. The Lakers still are searching for a big man and Grant could wind up playing major minutes in place of Stoudemire. Grant averaged only 16.5 minutes last season after arriving from Miami in the Shaquille O’Neal trade. Jackson called the decision “purely financial” and raised doubts about how much Grant could play “unless he’s had remarkable healing.” Grant has battled chronic tendinitis in his knees for several years. “I called up Brian Grant and told him how disappointed I was,” Jackson added, “because he’s one of my favorite guys in the NBA that I’ve known since he’s been a younger player.’ — Ross Siler can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week After re-signing with the Lakers this summer, Walton was expected to be a primary player off the bench for coach Phil Jackson. His injury underscores the Lakers’ lack of depth, with a bench that probably currently ranks in the bottom third of the NBA. Walton’s value comes in his ability to play multiple positions, complemented by his passing skills. When he suffered the injury, Walton was directing the triangle offense, much as a guard would, one of the many roles Jackson envisions for him. “I would think I made a lot of progress this whole offseason,” Walton said, “which is kind of why it’s so frustrating to get hurt in the first game. … It’s just going to be a slower start for me.” – The Lakers were left trying to figure out what to make of their 101-93 victory over Golden State, a game in which their starters were steamrolled in the opening eight minutes, falling behind 24-8 and giving up a 14-0 run at one point. The starting five, with Smush Parker in the backcourt, recovered and outscored the Warriors 17-10 to start the second half. Jackson said before the game that he would try different players as starters during the preseason. HONOLULU — For the second consecutive October, Lakers forward Luke Walton is facing an early-season setback he will have to overcome, this time after suffering a severe hamstring strain with three minutes left in Tuesday night’s exhibition opener. Walton, who struggled to find a place in then-coach Rudy Tomjanovich’s rotation last season after spraining his ankle in training camp, is expected to be sidelined two to six weeks. If he is out six weeks, Walton could miss 10 regular season games.