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There is strong Tipperary interest in todays event with 7 Premier runners in action.Charlie Swan sends out Close One in the opener.John Nicholson will watch over Dashing Lady in the 2.25 and Montego Breeze an hour later in the 3.25. Denis Hogan will have 2 horses in action in the 2.55 – Secret Valley and Think of Me while he also has Neatly Put in the 3.55.Charlie Swan’s second runner of the day, Chasing Waterfalls, also goes in the 3.55 to complete Tipp involvement for the day.
Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone LOS ANGELES — It seems like the All-Star break came at a very good time, for both the Dodgers and their fans.After a period where people in L.A. got so used to walk-off victories that it seemed as if they could be dialed up on demand, some harsh reality intruded this weekend. Los Angeles lost three of four to San Diego, including Sunday’s 5-3 loss at the hands of two homers and four RBIs by Fernando Tatis Jr., and maybe those visions of Dodger Exceptionalism were a wee bit premature.Premature, of course, not necessarily being the same as wrong.The Dodgers still go into the break with the best record in baseball at 60-32, one game ahead of the Yankees (57-31), 5 1/2 clear of their nearest National League pursuer, Atlanta (54-37), and 13 1/2 in front of Arizona in the NL West. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Horse dies after injury during workout at Del Mar Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant The larger sample size, over the entire 92-game body of work, suggests there really shouldn’t be that much to worry about for the balance of the regular season. The Dodgers still have a potential MVP in Cody Bellinger; All-Stars make up three-fifths of their starting rotation (Hyun-Jin Ryu, Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler); their offense is explosive; and let’s just say their bullpen isn’t the worst in baseball, as much as Dodger fans grouse about it. (And Andrew Friedman is working on it between now and the July 31 trade deadline.)Is this collection better than the last two World Series teams? Perhaps. But there’s no way of really knowing that until October, is there?So it is best to take these last three games for what they’re worth. The Padres are two games back of a wild-card spot going into the break, so a team that has been in a rebuild for the last three years is now actually playing for something. And their young talent on display this weekend – led by Tatis, the wunderkind shortstop who is just 20 – suggests that the ultimate result of the rebuild could be scary good.“Tatis kind of showed how good he is, and what competing against him for the next six years is going to look like,” Ross Stripling said while mulling the solo home run he gave up leading off the first and the three-run bomb Pedro Baez surrendered to Tatis in the fifth, after Max Muncy lost Austin Hedges’ popup in the sun to prolong the inning. The rivalry in the stands may still be one-sided, considering the way Dodger fans invade Petco Park (and infuriate the Padre faithful). But it’s getting closer to becoming a fair fight on the field.“I see why they play with confidence,” Stripling said. “They just really don’t have a hole in their lineup. You think about years past and it was kind of, get through a couple of guys and then you can really start pitching to them now. You know, there’s just power through that whole lineup.”The scariest hitter in the Padres’ lineup, Franmil Reyes, was kept in the park through the four games. But Manuel Margot hit two home runs in the series, including his fifth homer of the year Sunday in the second inning, and Hunter Renfroe continued his assault on Dodgers pitching with his 26th and 27th homers of the year in this series (and fifth and sixth this season against L.A.).So, then, we stipulate that this was a particularly motivated opponent, and one more dangerous than might have been figured. Should there be reasons to worry, especially when the first series after the break is a 2018 World Series rematch in Fenway Park beginning Friday?“I don’t think so,” Muncy said. “This team played the first half with such high energy and emotion that we were bound to go into a lull at some point. There’s no team in the history of baseball that keeps it up all year long.“The good thing for us is that this is coming at a time where we have a break right afterward, instead of at a time where we still have another two or three weeks to go. So, thankfully, it’s a chance for guys to go home, see their families, unwind a little bit and freshen up, come back and have the same energy that we’ve had all of the first half.”Or else they can go to Cleveland. The Dodger delegation packing their special All-Star duffel bags Sunday included Ryu (the NL All-Star starting pitcher), Buehler, Kershaw, Bellinger and Muncy, plus Home Run Derby participant Joc Pederson, plus manager Dave Roberts and his coaching staff and probably assorted clubhouse guys, trainers, etc.For them it will be a different type of relaxation, still baseball activity but less stressful than the normal grind. And the message Roberts sent to the rest of his team was simple: See you in Boston Friday.“We’ve got a lot of guys that have been through this before, and everyone’s got their own plans,” Roberts said. “So there’s no gathering or message to the team (or) rallying the troops for the second half. We know what we can do.”And if four days off is beneficial for the uniformed personnel, maybe it will be just as good for those fans who ride the daily emotional roller coaster along with them. For now, we will refrain from discussing the haunting nature of that last number in this franchise’s history. Google it if you must but don’t blame me, Dodger fan, if you get frightened.Related Articles