Two goals down after just 5 minutes the Dolphins faced an uphill task to get back into the game but they received a lifeline in the 27th minute when Stojanovic went down in the area under a clumsy challenge from Port’s Dolah and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Won-Youeng Lee coolly stepped up to chip the ball over Port goalkeeper Srisupha and United were briefly back in the game.Before United’s fans had stopped celebrating their team’s goal the hosts fell two behind once more. This time the visitors’ goal was all of United’s own making as Khammai made a complete hash of catching a routine ball into the box and Lated had the simple task of tapping the ball home from 1 yard out.Going into the halftime break 3-1 down, Dolphins coach Surapong had some harsh talking to do to rally his team and they came out with more determination in the second period. The pressure from the home side eventually paid off as they were awarded a second penalty kick in the 72nd minute. Substitute Aleksandar Jevtic calmly slotted the ball home from the spot to set up a grandstand finish to the match.As United desperately chased an equalizer they also left gaping holes in their own defence and these were exploited ruthlessly by the visitors who put the game out of reach in the 79th minute as Josimar notched his second goal of the game with a clever left-foot chip over Khammai. Sergio Suarez then delivered the coup de grace in the final minute of normal time, bursting past 2 Pattaya defenders before applying an emphatic finish.Pattaya United remain in eighth place in the Thai Premier League with 40 points from 29 completed fixtures. The Dolphins next game is away at Sukhothai FC on Sunday, October 1. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.Pattaya United’s Picha U-Tra (right) and Port MTI FC’s Sergio Suarez (left) vie for the ball during their team’s Thai Premier League fixture at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Sunday, Sept. 24. Turn to page 32 for a full match report. (Photo/Pattaya United FC) Pattaya United’s Miloš Stojanovic (left) and Port MTI FC’s Sergio Suarez compete for the ball during the second half of their teams’s Thai Premier League fixture at the Nongprue Stadium in Pattaya, Sunday, Sept. 24. (Photo/Pattaya United FC)Pattaya United’s recent run of good form came to a crashing halt last weekend as they suffered a 5-2 mauling on home turf at the hands of Port MTI F.C.There were signs in the midweek goalless draw with Thai Honda that perhaps the Dolphins were in danger of losing momentum and those fears were borne out within 2 minutes of the game’s start on Sunday as Thai Port took an early lead through Josimar Rodrigues, the Brazilian rising unmarked in the United penalty area to head home a corner kick.Almost as quickly as the game restarted United fell further behind as Todsapol Lated ghosted into the Pattaya six-yard box to meet an inswinging free-kick and nod the ball past Khammai in the United goal.
NOTES: The winning owners are Sal Berumen, Robert Riggio and the Elwood Johnston Trust, et al. MIKE SMITH, BOLO, SECOND: “I think anybody that was going to lay close (to What a View) was just going to shoot themselves in the foot. To be honest, I think that helped us run second. If I had tried to lay close, I wouldn’t have run second.” JUDY JOHNSTON, PART OWNER/BREEDER, WHAT A VIEW: “It feels really good to win a race like this. There were some tough horses in there.” KENNY BLACK, TRAINER, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “We’ve had some issues with his feet and I just wanted to keep him on the grass. There were some really tough horses in here: Bolo, Bal a Bali and Om, so we knew we were going to have to run big to win.” TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, BAL A BALI, THIRD: “My horse ran good, the horse ran his race and did well. I feel that I got a good race, [Bal a Bali] had his shot and ran his race well. I don’t need to make an excuse for him, he did well.” REGARDING WINNING HER FIRST GRADE I WITHOUT HER LATE HUSBAND, E.W. (BUDDY) JOHNSTON IN ATTENDANCE: “He’s in the skybox, up there cheering for us.” KENT DESORMEAUX, WHAT A VIEW, WINNER: “Well from the ‘View’ I had everyone was going for the lead and this guy loves that; the faster, the better. I thought that if they all wanted to come at him, then he’d run them into the ground and I wanted to try and win the race that way.“He was loaded turning for home. He was enjoying himself and I think he enjoyed the soft ground. The time is incredible because the turf has a tremendous amount of give in the ground. For him to put that number up on the clock, he’s a real racehorse.“I feel like I’m making the right decisions right now and I hope that continues.” -30-
COMEBACKING FANTASTIC STYLE TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 LAS FLORES STAKES BY FOUR HANDY LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; BAFFERT FILLY GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:08.79
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 20, 2016)–Comebacking Fantastic Style picked up where she left off Sunday at Santa Anita, as she cruised to a four length win under Rafael Bejarano in the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes. Trained by Bob Baffert, she carried the red, white and blue colors of owner Kaleem Shah six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.79.Idle since a smashing 3 ½ length win in the Grade II Great Lady M Stakes on July 11 at Los Alamitos, Fantastic Style sat second to speedy longshot Amaranth down the backside, seized command leaving the quarter pole and went on to win in-hand.Off at 1-2 in a field of five older fillies and mares, Fantastic Style paid $3.00, $2.40 and $2.10.“I decided to use her a little bit from the gate to stay close,” said Bejarano. “I sat second the whole way and I knew the five, Amaranth, was done. She’s been working really well in the mornings, so I think she’s getting better and better.”In posting her third consecutive win and her fifth from seven overall starts, Fantastic Style, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Harlan’s Holiday, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $332,000.“She just cruised,” said Mike Marlow, assistant to Baffert. “He (Bejarano) was loaded all the way. She was off for a while but Bob had her ready. She was really impressive. It was a good comeback race.”Ben’s Duchess ran-on well from off the pace for second money and was ridden out past the wire by Abel Lezcano. Off at 6-1, she finished 3 ¾ lengths in front of Cadet Roni and paid $4.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Cadet Roni out-finished Finest City by a neck. Off at 5-1, she paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.09, 44.66 and 56.50.Racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.