The win moved Popovich past Lenny Wilkens, who is in the Hall of Fame as both a player and coach.Don Nelson rounded out the top three with 1,410 victories, while Phil Jackson (1,384) and Pat Riley (1,381) rank fourth and fifth, respectively. Related News With tonight’s victory, Coach Popovich is now the all-time leader in total wins by a head coach in NBA history.#GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/amx2XzYQ4s— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) April 14, 2019Gregg Popovich now has more wins as a head coach than anybody else in NBA history 👏 pic.twitter.com/hJzHSXCByo— ESPN (@espn) April 14, 2019Nuggets coach Mike Malone commended Popovich after the game as he hilariously compared their rings.”Gregg Popovich’s got five rings … I’ve got a wedding ring,” Malone joked.While Popovich only answered four questions combined in his pregame and postgame pressers, he opted to focus on his players, specifically Derrick White, rather than himself. Add another remarkable accomplishment to Gregg Popovich’s impressive resume.With Saturday’s 101-96 victory in Denver as San Antonio made its 22nd straight postseason appearance, the Spurs coach won his 1,413th game between the regular season and playoffs to become the winningest coach in NBA history. “He’s spectacular for somebody who got put into that position,” Popovich said. “To learn that position with a bunch of new players is really remarkable when he’s done what he’s done. So hopefully he’ll continue to play that way because it’s gonna be a long series.”Popovich, 70, has guided San Antonio to the playoffs every season in his 23 years as head coach with the exception of his first year at the helm. In that time, the Spurs have won five championships, most recently in 2014.The Nuggets will host the Spurs in Game 2 at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday. NBA playoffs 2019: Warriors’ Stephen Curry becomes all-time leader in postseason 3s NBA playoffs 2019: Kevin Durant, Patrick Beverley ejected in Warriors’ win
The White House’s coronavirus pandemic task force held another briefing late Wednesday afternoon, as the Senate agreed to a $2 trillion economic stimulus package.President Trump expressed his support for the bill, saying he would immediately sign it. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his “expectation is that this bill passes tonight” and checks could be in the mail within three weeksIt would provide tax rebates, four months expanded unemployment benefits and business tax-relief provisions, in addition to checks for most Americans.The President added that he hopes parts of the nation will be able to return to work and school soon, possibly by Easter. He approved major disaster declarations on Wednesday for New York, California, Washington, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas and Florida.According to the commander-in-chief, testing capacity is growing “exponentially,” while the gap continues to close between the number of people who need the tests and those available for them.https://t.co/U6l7jrRQMW— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2020 The President also said, “Our country was built to get back to work. We don’t have a country where they say, ‘Hey, let’s close it down for two years.’ We can’t do that. It’s not our country.”In terms of how long a stimulus could sustain the U.S. economy, Trump replied, “Hopefully a long time. We’ll see. If we have to go back, we’ll go back.”Wednesday marks day 10 of the 15-day period of the White House’s “15 Days To Slow The Spread initiative.” The President said Wednesday, “we’ll be speaking to everybody” about what follows and that “it’ll be an interesting period of time.”Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned of the inevitability of a second wave of COVID-19 unless proper protocol is followed, basing the concern on projections in other countries that have already endured cycles of the virus.
-30- Joseph Talamo16624172314%39%$838,443 ADVANCE WAGERING TODAY ON SATURDAY’S DUBAI WORLD CUPThere is advance wagering on races three through nine today on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup program. Early bird wagering opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with betting available on races seven through nine, the ninth race being the World Cup with an approximate post time of 9:45 a.m.Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert, drew post position nine in a field of 14. Hoppertunity, also trained by Baffert, has post position 11. Steven Miyadi62817713%52%$403,716 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.10521111020%40%$923,201 ILIAD BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYSan Vicente Stakes winner Iliad, one of four possible starters in the Santa Anita Derby for Doug O’Neill, worked five furlongs Friday morning in 1:01.40 for the $1 million, Grade I event on April 8, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 6.Also working for the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby was San Felipe third-place finisher Term of Art, who went five furlongs under Tyler Baze in 1:01.80.“Both horses went real well,” said O’Neill, who watched the drills with Kaleem Shah, owner of Iliad. “Iliad finished up great and both Kaleem and I thought he showed great energy.”Iliad had jockey Amir Cedeno in the saddle. He worked with Royal Albert Hall who also was clocked in 1:01.40.O’Neill, who won the Santa Anita Derby back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 with I’ll Have Another and Goldencents, also plans to enter California Derby winner So Conflated and California-bred Milton Freewater. So Conflated also worked Friday morning, going four furlongs in 52.80. William Spawr32114534%63%$347,000 SAN LUIS REY DISTANCE SUITS FLAMBOYANTMarathon turf specialist Flamboyant, who has run 23 of his 25 career races on grass, will add to those statistics in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on the green.The French-bred son of Peer Gynt trained by Paddy Gallagher for owners Bienstock or Winner was third in the Feb. 4 San Marcos Stakes, his first start in nine weeks.“He seems to be doing well since his last race,” Gallagher said. “He acts like he’ll run OK at a mile and a half. He’s run well at a mile and a quarter.” Flamboyant won the Grade II San Marcos at a mile and a quarter in 2016.Asked if a mile and a half marathon was “a jockey’s race,” Gallagher quipped, “It’s a jockey’s race as long as they have the horse.”Brice Blanc, who rode Flamboyant in this year’s San Marcos, says he could have had better racing luck when beaten just 2 ½ lengths.“I got fanned out, but otherwise had a perfect trip,” said the native of Lyon, France. “The rider inside me kept moving out and pushed me a little bit, but my horse ran well anyway.“It’s going to be tough to beat Ashleyluvssugar, but if Flamboyant takes to the distance, I really have a good shot, I think.”The San Luis Rey, the ninth and final race: Inordinate, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Power Foot, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Liam the Charmer, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Syntax, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Buster Douglas, Santiago Gonzalez, 30-1; Papacoolpapacool, Edwin Maldonado, 10-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Some in Tieme, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; and Site Read, Stewart Elliott, 30-1. Peter Eurton58116719%41%$600,402 James Cassidy4788317%40%$430,916 TOP NOTCH MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN DREAM OF SUMMERTop Notch makes her stakes debut and her first race beyond six and a half furlongs Sunday in the $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on the main track, another in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired runners.Trained by Jeff Bonde for owners/breeders George and Mary Schmitt, Top Notch is a four-year-old chestnut daughter of Old Topper who won her last start, an overnight race at five-and-half furlongs under Edwin Maldonado, who retains the mount Sunday.“She’s a consistent filly and tries hard every time and she should route,” Bonde said. “She’s a big, long-striding filly and training well.”The field: Top Notch, Edwin Maldonado; Skye Diamonds, Tiago Pereira; Time for Ebby, Stewart Elliott; Ashley’s Sassy, Jaime Theriot; Run for Retts, Tyler Baze; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza; Mizzen Glory, Chantal Sutherland; Sheer Pleasure, Kent Desormeaux; Dressed to a T, Corey Nakatani; and Cuddle Alert, Israel Ocampo. Edwin Maldonado8312101114%40%$386,531 Flavien Prat23552404422%58%$3,313,910 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mark Glatt789111312%42%$470,535 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won VAN DYKE DUE BACK IN TWO MONTHSDrayden Van Dyke, the nation’s Eclipse Award winner as outstanding apprentice of 2014, is expected to resume riding in two months after recovering from a major injury in a spill at Santa Anita in the fourth race on Jan. 26, suffering “an open break” in which the bone went through the skin on his right forearm.“His cast has been cut down so it’s below the elbow now,” said his agent, Brad Pegram, who also represents the nation’s leading money earner and regular rider of Arrogate, Mike Smith. “Drayden will have that on for three weeks, then it will be replaced with a soft brace that he can take on and off.“He’ll start therapy at that time, so we’re looking at two months from yesterday that he can resume riding, putting us at mid-May. He’s at home in Pasadena, he’s comfortable, he’ll start therapy in a couple weeks and is looking forward to coming back.”A 22-year-old native of Louisville, Kentucky, Van Dyke had five wins, nine seconds and two thirds from 51 mounts, with earnings of $319,786, before his mishap. Tyler Baze25543463217%47%$2,392,202 Corey Nakatani78138917%38%$806,897 Stewart Elliott16118162511%37%$854,293 (Current Through Thursday, March 23) Richard Baltas13022222017%49%$1,265,107 WAGERING FRIDAY ON THE DUBAI WORLD CUP Mike Smith571861432%67%$1,872,172 Kent Desormeaux14630181821%45%$1,733,081 Tiago Pereira11314121712%38%$467,561 Victor Espinoza66917714%50%$779,422 Jamie Theriot81108812%32%$471,365 O’NEILL WORKS ILIAD FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Jerry Hollendorfer12526202221%54%$1,708,469 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won DRAYDEN VAN DYKE DUE TO RETURN IN MID-MAY FLAMBOYANT SET FOR MARATHON SAN LUIS REY Bob Baffert631581024%52%$1,582,516 Martin Pedroza12016212513%52%$739,697 Santiago Gonzalez1371323179%39%$689,981 Philip D’Amato9319131420%49%$1,244,380 Vladimir Cerin551112920%58%$545,589 LIAM THE CHARMER EYES FIRST STAKES WINVictor Espinoza hopes to pilot Liam the Charmer to his first stakes victory in the San Luis Rey after capturing an overnight race at a mile and a quarter on turf Feb. 9. The lightly raced son of Smart Strike trained by Michael McCarthy for Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Warren Jr. bobbled at the start of his last race but closed from ninth and last to win anyway.“This distance is exactly what he wants,” Espinoza said of Liam the Charmer, bred byRon and Deborah McAnally. “The first time I rode him, at a mile and a sixteenth, it was too short for him (he raced willingly but finished fourth). He came back at a mile and a quarter and it was an ideal distance.“He broke a little slow but still won easy. I think a mile and a half is definitely going tohelp him.”ESPINOZA SAYS FAMILIARITY WOULD HELP ARROGATE, SMITHVictor Espinoza knows his way around Meydan Racecourse whether the saddle is on properly or not.Last year the Hall of Fame nominee who turns 45 on May 23 piloted California Chrome to victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup despite riding with a saddle that slipped early on in the mile and a quarter race.Espinoza will be watching from afar Saturday when Arrogate is favored to vanquish 13 rivals in the World Cup under Mike Smith, no stranger to the Meydan course, although he is winless in his lone try in the lucrative event.Espinoza says it helps to have ridden over the course at least once before a race like the World Cup.“Things change,” Espinoza said, reflecting on what a difference a year makes for him. “Last year I won the race; now, I’m watching it. Everything is different about that track except the distance. That’s the same everywhere you ride. In Dubai you’re competing against a lot of different horses and you really don’t know how they’re going to run.“As for me, when I was there, I was just guessing what all the horses and jockeys were going to do. I just did my thing and I think that was best. If a jockey tries to study every single horse in the race, he’s really going to get confused.“I didn’t worry about any other horse or study anything. I just broke out of there and did my thing, but I think it helps a lot if a jockey has at least one race over that surface before the big race. Any other track in the world, it doesn’t matter.“It took me twice to really nail it, but the first race helped me a lot when I won last year. That was a bonus.” TOP NOTCH SHOULD FANCY A MILE ON SUNDAY J. Keith Desormeaux4494620%43%$509,505 Mario Gutierrez104919109%37%$815,888 John Sadler6410121316%55%$636,690 FAMILIARITY BREEDS VICTORY IN DUBAI: ESPINOZA Rafael Bejarano14627242318%51%$1,770,096 Doug O’Neill15620302213%46%$1,715,052 Peter Miller10431221030%61%$1,475,921 FINISH LINES: Stellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, worked six furlongs Friday for John Sadler under Victor Espinoza in 1:13 prepping for her 2017 debut in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn April 14. She went in company with Mr. Opportunist who was clocked in 1:13.60. “She went good,” Espinoza said of Stellar Wind, two-time conqueror of four-time champion Beholder. “She’s going in the right direction.” . . . There is a single ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $368,689.71 into Friday . . . Martin Garcia, Mario Gutierrez and Gary Stevens ride at Sunland Park in New Mexico Sunday. Joe Talamo was scheduled to ride Kimbear for Eric Kruljac there Sunday, but the trainer had an 11th hour change of heart and is passing the Sunland Derby. The son of Temple City is a late nominee to the Santa Anita Derby . . . What a View, winner of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on grass last year, worked four furlongs on the training track Friday in 49.40 for trainer Kenny Black, who was aboard the six-year-old California-bred Vronsky gelding. “It was the best he worked in the three years I’ve had him,” Black said. It was the first breeze for What a View since his crushing head loss to Bal a Bali in this year’s Kilroe on March 11. “I can’t say enough about this turf course,” Black said. “Horses just come out of the grass races here in great shape.” Black said What a View’s next start could either be in Southern California or out of town.