Life Is Good wins San Felipe; Idol takes Big ‘Cap

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Life Is Good won the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes by eight lengths Saturday for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, affirming the 3-year-old colt’s status as the West Coast’s top Kentucky Derby hopeful.

Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Life Is Good led all the way, and despite drifting out very wide through the stretch, was timed in 1:42.18 over 1 1/16 miles. Smith blamed the infield video board for distracting the colt.

“When the big screen is lit up, they can see it,” he said. “In the mornings, he goes by the screen like it’s nothing because it’s not on. He was locked on it down the lane. I had a strong hold on him down to the wire, just holding onto him, making sure that he stayed straight.”

Life Is Good earned 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby, and he has 60 total, which assures him of a berth in the May 1 race that Baffert has won six times. The trainer earned his record eighth win in the San Felipe.

“I always thought he would be a super horse,” Baffert said, “but at the quarter pole, I could tell he was just still cruising, just doing it easy.”

Life Is Good paid $3, $2.20 and $2.10 as the 1-2 favorite. Baffert’s other entry, Medina Spirit, returned $2.80 and $2.20. Dream Shake was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $3 to show.

Life Is Good is undefeated in three career starts, with earnings of $274,200, and will be pointed toward the Santa Anita Derby on April 3.

In the $400,000 Santa Anita Handicap, Idol rallied wide turning for home to win by a half-length.

Ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario, Idol ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.46. He paid $12.80, $6.40 and $3.40 at 5-1 odds. He is trained by Richard Baltas.

Express Train returned $5.40 and $2.80. Maxfield, the even-money favorite, was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $2.40 to show in having his five-race winning streak snapped.

The victory, worth $240,000, increased Idol’s career earnings to $416,464, with three wins in six starts.

How to watch Hockey Day in America: TV schedule, live stream for all of today’s games

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Hockey Day in America takes place this Sunday, March 7 with a quadrupleheader on NBC and NBCSN. First, at 12:00 p.m. ET Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders take on Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres at Nassau Coliseum on NBC. Then, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, it’s Steven Stamkos and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks.

At 5:00 p.m. ET Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins host Jack Hughes and the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden. Finally, at 7:30 p.m. ET Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers face Kris Letang and the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

See below for additional information on how to watch/live stream the game. Click here for the latest statsscores, and division standings.

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How to watch Hockey Day in America on NBC/NBCSN:

Buffalo Sabres vs New York Islanders:

  • Where: Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY
  • When: Sunday, March 7
  • Start Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Stream liveWatch online or with the NBC Sports App

Tampa Bay Lightning vs Chicago Blackhawks:

  • Where: United Center in Chicago, IL
  • When: Sunday, March 7
  • Start Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: NBCSN
  • Stream liveWatch online or with the NBC Sports App

New Jersey Devils vs Boston Bruins

  • Where: TD Garden in Boston, MA
  • When: Sunday, March 7
  • Start Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: NBCSN
  • Stream liveWatch online or with the NBC Sports App

New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Where: PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA
  • When: Sunday, March 7
  • Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: NBCSN
  • Stream liveWatch online or with the NBC Sports App

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Be sure to check out ProHockeyTalk for more on the 2021 NHL season including game previews, recaps, news, rumors, and more. Click here for the 2020-2021 NHL on NBC regular season schedule.

Federer to face Chardy or Evans in comeback match in Doha

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DOHA, Qatar — Roger Federer will face the winner of the match between Jeremy Chardy and Dan Evans in the Qatar Open next week in his first competition in more than a year.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who underwent two right knee operations last season, is playing in his first tournament since he reached the semifinals at the Australian Open in February 2020.

In Saturday’s draw, the 39-year-old Federer has a bye and faces a second-round challenge from either Chardy or Evans, who play Monday.

Veteran Chardy took Andrey Rublev to three sets in Rotterdam on Friday and the Frenchman has reached two semifinals this year. British player Evans won the Murray River Open in Melbourne last month, defeating Chardy in the semifinals.

Other Doha headliners include top-seeded Dominic Thiem and Rublev.

“It’s been a long and hard road,” second-seeded Federer said Friday on Twitter. “I know I’m not at the finish line yet. I feel like I’m in a good place. I’ve been practicing very well, and just really pumped up.”

Federer won trophies at the hard-court event in 2005, 2006 and 2017. He is currently No. 5 in the ATP rankings.