Mark Harrison held off all challengers following a late restart to win the Saturday Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event at Central Arizona Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Central Arizona Speedway)By Jeff McSpaddenCASA GRANDE, Ariz. (April 28) – Jeremy Thornton rocketed to his second IMCA Modified victory of the season while Mark Harrison came back from early troubles to hold off Jason George in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature Saturday at Central Arizona Speedway.Thornton shot into the lead following an early restart and left the rest of the field to battle for second. At the finish, Thornton took a 2.303 second win over Tyler Mecl, Darin Center, Trevor Miller and Chuck Grohnke.With two laps remaining and a bunched-up restart, it appeared as if George might be able to challenge Harrison for the Northern SportMod win. But Harrison was up to the task and got a nice jump at the green. George stayed close but, in the end, would cross the stripe .488 seconds behind Harrison at the finish.Arron Hetrick held on to the third spot after crossing the line side by side with a charging Jimmy Terstriep.
“He’s had a super year and this is probably his last run before the spring,” said De Bromhead. “We said we’d dip our toes in and see how he gets on in a better class of race on softer ground. “Anything he does is a bonus and we’re hopeful of a nice run.” Multiple Grade One winner Zaidpour looks sure to start a short price in the two-and-a-half mile contest as he makes his return to action. Willie Mullins’ charge, who landed the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown last term, tends to run well fresh but did produce a few below-par efforts last season when sent off at skimpy odds. The Charles Byrnes-trained Pittoni is a smart sort at his best but has to overcome a long absence. Noble Endeavor completes the field but is inexperienced and looks to have a lot to find on ratings. Henry de Bromhead’s Darwins Fox aims to lower the colours of Zaidpour in the Ladbrokes Ireland Lismullen Hurdle at Navan. Press Association The Kahyasi gelding enjoyed a fine spring and summer campaign and connections feel he has earned a shot at a decent prize. He was far from disgraced when chasing home Rebel Fitz in another Grade Two contest at Tipperary last month and is the only one of the four runners to have had a recent outing.
Diego Maradona…gets fresh mandate at Gimnasia Diego Maradona will remain as coach of Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima until the end of the 2020-2021 season after extending his contract, the club said on Wednesday.Although it gave no details, the club whose fans are known as Triperos, tweeted: “For us, you are one more Tripero and your heart is as blue and white as ours. GIMNASIA 2021 MARADONA.”The 1986 World Cup winner took charge at Gimnasia in September 2019 when they were bottom of the first division. Although their results improved, they were still heading for relegation when the Argentine season was cancelled in April.However, the Argentine football association subsequently voted to suspend relegation, saving Maradona’s charges from the drop.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram