first_imgDHL Western Province 19 (13)Tries: Damian de Allende, Conversion: Demetri Catrakilis, Penalties: Catrakilis (3), Kurt Coleman Province’s victory in 2012 came after the Sharks had beaten them twice in the round robin stage of the competition. This time around the roles were reversed, with the Sharks having lost twice to the team from Cape Town in 2013 before defeating them in Saturday’s final. 28 October 2013 In a very physical game, the men from Natal dominated the tackles, breakdowns and lineouts. All three of those aspects have in recent years been the strengths of Western Province and Stormers rugby and when the home team ceded superiority to the Sharks in those areas, they effectively surrendered the game to the fired-up visitors. McLeod, like Lambie, also kicked exceptionally well. His little dinks just over the Western Province defensive line caused plenty of problems for the home team and he also cleared from the base of the scrum efficiently. Western Province, though, is a team of character and they fought manfully, but could not overcome the committed gang tackling of the men in black and white, their slick handling and a team engine that ran full out for the duration of the contest. The Natal Sharks captured the Absa Currie Cup for the seventh time at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday evening after a stirring 33-19 victory over Western Province. The tension-filled clash was a wonderful advertisement for South African rugby, and for the third year in succession the underdog came out the winner. At the very least, it’s an indication that there is reasonable parity and depth in the top tier of South African domestic rugby. Effective game planProvince’s ability to slow down the opposition’s ball and win turnovers at the breakdown, along with solid set piece ball, is the foundation of their game, but the Sharks had clearly done their homework well and prepared an effective game plan to counteract the Cape team’s strength, and, most importantly, they were able to implement that game plan. The Sharks 33 (19) After going through the round robin stage of the competition unbeaten, with eight wins and two draws, Western Province, with home ground advantage, were favourites to lift the title, even though, with the return of Springbok players to the Currie Cup, the Sharks boasted 11 Springboks in their starting line-up to six for Western Province. Remarkably, the sixth team in the A-Division of the tournament, Griquas, beat the Sharks in Durban to kick start the 2013 tournament and went down by just a single point to the eventual champions in the return fixture in Kimberley. That’s remarkable because Griquas were relegated to the B-Division on the weekend, losing out to the Pumas. Intercept tryHis halfback partner Charl McLeod also turned in a fantastic performance. He got the Sharks onto the scoreboard through an intercept try that covered 65 metres and later in the match added a second five-pointer after a superb cleanout by Bismarck du Plessis and Stephan Lewies cleared the way to the tryline for him.center_img Considerable gapThe gap between the teams on the day was, however, considerable. Had Lambie landed a few more kicks and had not one or two tries been disallowed, thanks to the television match official, it could have been a huge victory for the Sharks. Fullback Gio Aplon proved once more that size is not everything and was well backed up by the fleet-footed Cheslin Kolbe, but Francois Steyn kept Springbok captain Jean de Villiers still in the midfield with a rugged defensive effort. There were tears in his eyes as he received his medal after the game, and it was well deserved. Their victory was built upon a superior kicking game, led by flyhalf Patrick Lambie and fullback SP Marais, which kept the hosts pinned in their own half. Kick offsThe kick offs were one of the areas in which the Sharks clearly outperformed Western Province and they made a big difference to the outcome of the contest. Recent Currie Cup historyThere have been five different winners of the title in the last seven years, with the Sharks, with three titles, the only team to have lifted the Currie Cup more than once. As it was, the Currie Cup final was an entertaining spectacle to the end and the role of referee Jonathan Kaplan should be recognised. Refereeing his last game, he controlled the contest superbly to end his wonderful career, which included a world record 68 tests, on a high note. Favourites’ tagThe favourites’ tag was justified, however, as Province had beaten the Sharks, with all of the Durban-based team’s Springboks on board, 25-18 in the 2012 final in Durban. SCORERS Up front, lock Pieter-Steph du Toit, long identified as a future Springbok, turned in a man of the match winning performance that suggested that his time to don the green and gold is now. He stole three Western Province lineout balls, made numerous tackles, carried the ball up strongly and was imperious in receiving kicks off. Lambie controlled the contest superbly with excellent decision making, kicking and passing at the right times. The only blot on his copybook were three missed kicks at goal. However, five successful penalties, two drop goals and a conversion, to go along with his fine all-round performance, more than made up for any misses. Tries: Charl McLeod (2), Conversions: Pat Lambie, Penalties: Pat Lambie (5), Drop Goals: Lambie (2)last_img read more


first_imgGet your sneak peek of episode 16 of Play Your Part, here:Sakina Mohamed, CEO of the Greater Rape Intervention Project, is one of the guests on episode 16 of Play Your Part. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSakina Mohamed believes that the world would be a better place if there was no violence against women and children. Mohamed, the CEO of the non-governmental organisation Greater Rape Intervention Project (Grip), is one of the guests on Play Your Part this week.Grip was founded in 2000 after a teenage girl contracted HIV through a rape; she died of an AIDS-related illness.The episode will be broadcast on Saturday, 30 December 2017 on SABC2 at 18:00.Here’s more on the other guests on this episode:Sandi MazibukoSandi MazibukoMazibuko is the founder of the fashion label, Fabrosanz. The company does fashion styling, make-up and hair. The designer began by doing the sewing herself, but now focuses on design; she has employed a team for the cutting and sewing.Shalate TeffoShalate TeffoChildren’s home Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng is run by Teffo and her mother, Asnath. Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng, which means “little gifts of home” in Setswana, has helped hundreds of destitute children and their families. Through the home, Asnath has taken in orphaned or abandoned children and raised them among her own.Play Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more


first_imgIn three new videos produced by Oregon builder Hammer & Hand, lead carpenter Val Darrah explains how he keeps air sealing in mind as he frames the walls for his current project, the Pumpkin Ridge Passive House.Val explains why he prefers to use a router rather than a saw when he cuts out window openings in the OSB sheathing. He also shares his method of building window bucks out of 3/4-inch plywood.The OSB sheathing seams are treated with Prosoco R-Guard products: Joint and Seam Filler for the seams, and FastFlash for the inside of the window rough openings. Val explains that in damp weather, it’s easier and more effective to seal sheathing seams with Joint and Seam Filler, a moisture-cured sealing product, than with air-sealing tape.The concrete foundation will be insulated on the exterior with 6 inches of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. For more information on the Pumpkin Ridge Passive House project, visit this page on the Hammer and Hand website.last_img read more


first_imgPBA IMAGESAt its best against the consensus team to beat, a Blackwater crew on a tailspin and given little chance on Friday night resuscitated its playoff hopes in a big way in the PBA Philippine Cup.Making the reigning four-time MVP play like a mere mortal and forcing three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer to fumble during the most crucial stretches, the Elite carved out a 106-96 victory to snap a four-game losing streak and get back in the fight at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Fajardo struggled on the field and finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds in almost 40 minutes. Arwind Santos had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Beermen.Meanwhile, the Hotshots can wrest solo top spot when they clash with Rain or Shine in a Petron Saturday Special contest slated 5 p.m. at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Arellano to defend crown vs first-timer San Beda “With three more games, I think we now have a good chance of making the next round,” said Isaac. “Hopefully, this win motivates us more and the Good Lord blesses us more.”NLEX booked a second straight win later in the night and also shored up its playoff chances after nipping Meralco, 87-85.Rookie Kiefer Ravena again delivered in the clutch, repaying his coach’s trust by burying the winning jumper over Chris Newsome with nine-tenths of a second remaining for the final count.“It means a lot for a player like me when you have a coach and teammates that really trust you,” Ravena said.Earlier, DiGregorio finished with 26 points after repeatedly finding holes on San Miguel’s vaunted backcourt defense, while Erram had 24 points and 18 rebounds ranged against the 6-foot-10 Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mike DiGregorio hit three big triples when the game was on the line, and JP Erram outplayed June Mar Fajardo all night as Blackwater won for the first time in almost a month to rise to 3-5 and put promise to a campaign that looked headed to the doldrums just a couple of weeks back.The win forced a three-way tie for the lead as the Beermen dropped to 6-2, with idle Alaska and Magnolia now having clearer shots at No. 1 and the first twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We got a wake up call with those four losses,” Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said. “We’ve gotten over the hump and hopefully we can get back to our winning ways.”The Elite can definitely do that, with listless KIA Picanto up for them on Friday. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more


first_imgHIGH STAKES: Jagmohan Dalmiya (left) with Prafulla Kumar Mahanta (centre) and A.C. Muthiah after his electionA couple of days before the September 29 annual general meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), its president A.C. Muthiah hosted a dinner in Delhi. When 17 of the,HIGH STAKES: Jagmohan Dalmiya (left) with Prafulla Kumar Mahanta (centre) and A.C. Muthiah after his electionA couple of days before the September 29 annual general meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), its president A.C. Muthiah hosted a dinner in Delhi. When 17 of the board’s 30 members with voting rights turned up, it appeared Muthiah was well on his way to securing another two-year term.But Jagmohan Dalmiya, his rival for the president’s post, was not impressed. “Everyone attending the dinner need not vote for him,” said Dalmiya, former president of the International Cricket Council (ICC) with curious optimism. “I am confident of winning.” Two days later, Dalmiya showed he wasn’t just waffling. It was Dalmiya who walked away with 17 votes, leaving Muthiah with just 13. Angry members of the defeated faction alleged that the rival group spent crores of rupees to “buy votes”.That may not have been an exaggeration. For instance, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, BCCI member and former Assam chief minister, had no plans to attend the AGM. But on the eve of the meeting, he was flown to Chennai. But there was some consolation for the Muthiah faction: its representative Niranjan Shah from Saurashtra defeated the garrulous Jaywant Lele for the secretary’s post. Which means that Dalmiya may not be able to ride roughshod over the board.BCCI elections have always been closely fought affairs, but never have they been as bitter as now. And not without reason. The BCCI is the richest sports body in India, its profits continuing to rise even though the game was tarnished by match-fixing and TV rights controversies. Last year, its total assets stood at Rs 201.84 crore; net profit rose to Rs 37.99 crore in 2000-1 from Rs 26.12 crore the previous year. advertisementI took tough decisions during a difficult period. I hope my successor will do the same.A.C. MUTHIAH Former President, BCCI It is a challenging responsibility to arrest the slide in Indian cricket. I will do my best.JAGMOHAN DALMIYA President, BCCIA lot of bitter wrangling was expected at the AGM. The manner in which the meeting was conducted points to the increasing role of money and manipulation in the highest controlling authority of cricket in the country and the results will have a far-reaching impact on the game in India.The change of guard also assumes significance as it comes after a tenure that dealt with the worst period which the game has been through in India and across the world.Dalmiya may have taken charge of the BCCI but it is unlikely that he will have absolute control. For one, he is already under scrutiny by investigative agencies for his role in the mini-World Cup telecast rights case in which the national broadcaster Doordarshan is said to have lost heavily.Unlike other sports bodies, the BCCI does not need government dole for its survival. Yet the two have recently clashed over a host of issues, including the Indian team’s tours to Pakistan and Sharjah.It is perhaps no coincidence that among the first to celebrate Dalmiya’s victory were cricket administrators in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sharjah, perhaps in anticipation of impending money-spinning tours. A shrewd businessman, Dalmiya knows that any Indian tour is lucrative, for the BCCI and for cricket authorities in the three countries.But a senior Home Ministry official says that the tours might not happen too soon. “Why should we let our team play in a country where Indian women cannot wear saris?” he asks, referring to the recent diktat of the authorities in Sharjah barring women from wearing saris on the grounds that exposing the navel was obscene.For the time being at least, offshore cricket is out. Dalmiya will have to rely on conventional methods and cricket centres for raising money for the BCCI.last_img read more


first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino admits he’s ‘suffering’by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino admits he’s been “suffering” during their poor start to the season.Poch, 47, took Spurs to the Champions League final last season and is on the radar of both Manchester United and Real Madrid.But asked if Spurs can still match his ambition, he said: “I hope, yes. That is my wish.”“You can be frustrated and disappointed sometimes but the challenge is to get back to where we were.” He added: “In football, I have suffered only two big disappointments.“One, when I was a player and there was the penalty at the World Cup.“The second was in the Champions League final. I so much want to win a trophy with Tottenham.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgBlack Enterprise will present its highest honor, in recognition of the achievements of black women during the Women of Power Legacy Awards, on March 9, 2017, at the 2017 Women of Power Summit in Phoenix, Arizona.The Women of Power Summit is the nation’s No. 1 executive development and leadership conference for women, annually attracting more than 1,000 corporate executives, professionals, and businesswomen from across the country. The Women of Power Summit, hosted by ADP, will take place March 9-12, 2017, at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa.The Women of Power Legacy Awards recognize outstanding impact, achievement, and leadership by women in business, the arts, education, government, and other areas of influence.Honorees to be recognized at the 2017 Women of Power Summit Legacy Awards Gala, hosted by PepsiCo, include the following outstanding achievers:Ursula Burns is Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation. During her tenure, she has helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes. Burns has spearheaded the largest acquisition in Xerox history; the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services.Phylicia Rashad is a Tony Award-winning actress, singer, and stage director. She first became known for her stage work, with a string of Broadway credits, but is perhaps best known for her television role of Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. In 2004, she became the first African American actress to win the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, which she won for her role in the revival of A Raisin in the Sun.Marcia Ann Gillespie became Managing Editor of Essence magazine in 1970, shortly after the African American publication was founded. While at Essence, she transformed the magazine into one of the fastest growing women’s publications in the United States, and in 1971, she was promoted to Editor-in-Chief. She joined Ms. magazine as a contributing writer and editor in 1980, and was named Editor-in-Chief of the publication in 1993. With this appointment, Gillespie became the first African American woman to achieve this position at a mainstream publication dedicated to discussing feminist issues.Pastor Shirley Caesar is an iconic gospel music artist, who has traveled the world spreading the Gospel and breaking down barriers for gospel artists. She has received multiple Grammy Award nominations, winning this coveted honor 11 times, and she has released over 30 albums throughout her career. Truly exemplifying gospel music to the core, Caesar has sung for presidents and world leaders, yet still remains an active pastor, preaching at her thriving home church in Raleigh-Durham, NC.“We are thrilled that we will have this opportunity to honor to women who are gifts to the world,” says Women of Power television show host and Editorial Director of the Women of Power Summit, Caroline Clarke. “Their examples pay proper tribute to the Legacy Award honorees before them, and will serve as powerful motivation for those to come.”The Women of Power Summit will host more than 1,000 attendees that will engage in three immersive days of executive development sessions and activities designed to train, equip, and encourage industry leadership, career strategies, as well as effective peak-performance and work-life balance techniques. Topics will include navigating corporate politics, career development, strategies for the C-suite, and opportunities for one-on-one coaching.Confirmed speakers include former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands Ann Fudge; Head of Global Consumer Marketing at Apple Music and iTunes Bozoma Saint John; Chief Leadership Officer at Levo Tiffany Dufu; Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth; Founder and President of ColorComm Lauren Wesley Wilson; Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente Bernard Tyson, and more.The host sponsor of the 2017 Women of Power Summit is ADP. Presenting sponsors include General Motors, Dell, Macy’s, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, PepsiCo, Walmart, and The Walt Disney Company. Platinum sponsors include Southwest Airlines and State Farm, and the corporate sponsors are The Island of the Bahamas, Carnival Corp. & PLC, and FedEx Express.For more information on the speakers and agenda of the 2017 Women of Power Summit, go to blackenterprise.com/wps. For updates via Twitter and other social media sites, check the hashtag #BEWPS.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun Tuesday said the team combinations being used in the ongoing ODI series against Australia may not necessarily be repeated during the World Cup in England starting May 30. India go into the final ODI against Australia here on Wednesday aiming to complete their World Cup auditions for a couple of slots that were up for grabs. “These are not necessarily the combinations which will be used during the World Cup but we would like to know how people perform in different situations for us to pick up a balanced team,” Arun said on the eve of the final encounter. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe coach did not elaborate much but stated emphatically that the Indian team is quite sure about its combinations for the World Cup in England. “More or less, the team is quite sure of what combination is but we would like to try out all our options before the World Cup. We want to be extremely sure (of) what we want before go into a major tournament like World Cup,” the coach said. The bowlers conceded 300-plus runs in successive games but Arun said critics shouldn’t forget that this Indian team’s success rate is 75 percent. However, the former India medium pacer did call the losses a welcome wake-up call. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”If you look at our success rate, it is more than 75 per cent and it is huge for a team. These things do happen. I am happy it has happened now because it throws open a lot of factors where we can improve before the World Cup,” said Arun. “Definitely there are certain areas we need to address both in bowling and batting. We have to stay positive irrespective of whatever has happened. It’s a great learning experience from the way series has gone,” he added. Ashton Turner took the game away with an unbeaten 84 off 43 balls in a chase of 359 and Arun said it was a combination of dew as well as poor execution. “We had plans ready. I am not going to give excuses. Dew was a part of the game. You have to accept and try to overcome the situation.last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi: An associate of Kashmiri separatist Aasiya Andrabi, arrested in a case of allegedly waging war against the country with support from Pakistan, opposed in a Delhi court Thursday the NIA plea for recording her voice sample for their investigation.A lawyer appearing for the accused — Nahida Nasreen — told Special Judge Rakesh Syal that the National Investigation Agency’s demand for her voice sample was not permissible under the law. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’According to a court source, NIA told the court that it had some audio recordings related to their ongoing investigation with which the agency required to match Nasreen’s voice. The submissions were made before the court during an in-camera proceedings. The court in December last year directed NIA to hand over the copy of the charge sheet and other documents filed along with it to Andrabi, chief of the banned outfit Dukhtaran-e-Milat, and her two associates Nasreen and Sofi Fehmeeda. Andrabi, Fehmeeda and Nasreen are currently in judicial custody. The charge sheet and the documents, which also include electronic copies of the accused’s speeches, videos and social media links, were handed over to the accused. The court posted the matter for further hearing on May 6.last_img read more


In the wake of American Pharoah’s stunning wire-to-wire Triple Crown-clinching victory at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, I compared him to Secretariat, finding that — despite having one of the finest Triple Crown campaigns ever — American Pharoah still likely would have finished the Belmont well behind his great-great-great-grandfather. Some readers seem to think this was a cheap shot at the slump-busting champion, although you’d think being called second-best to a mutant horse sent from the future would be considered high praise.Secretariat’s 2:24 Belmont time is safe; no other horse has run under 2:26 (even that is about 10 lengths behind Secretariat). Oh, and he still owns the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes records by two to three lengths each. It has been over four decades, and great horses still can’t come close.But what do we make of this? How is it that even the best horse this era has to offer — with a stride so smooth that it borders on poetic — would still finish 13 lengths behind Big Red?Clearly, it’s that Secretariat is overrated.OK, exhale. I’m not trolling you. I’m just being extremely nitty about the marginal shades of “really, really great.” By “overrated,” I certainly don’t mean to imply that Secretariat isn’t the best 3-year-old American racehorse in history — he is. Or that his Belmont run wasn’t one of the most dazzling moments in sports history (I practically sleep with this footage of it under my pillow). I mean simply that one of the key selling points of his unfathomable greatness is slightly undermined by its broader context. Specifically, that his records — did I mention it has been over 40 years? — have lasted so long in part because the quality of thoroughbred racing has plateaued and perhaps even weakened.To illustrate, I’ve charted all the winning times for Triple Crown races at Pimlico, Churchill Downs and Belmont Park (excluding races that were held at alternative venues) over 9.5, 10 or 12 furlongs (the current distances of the Preakness, Derby and Belmont, respectively).1These distances have been paired with these races since 1926. Each race changed its distance at various points before that (for example, the Derby was 12 furlongs from 1875 to 1895). I’ve marked the trend for the winning times for each distance as of Secretariat’s Triple Crown in 1973 (dashed line) and record progression for each distance (solid line). Winning times for all three distances improved fairly steadily through 1973 but have been trending slightly slower since then:It’s as if God saw the perfect race and thought, “OK, I’m done with horses.”Again, for purposes of parsing different shades of awesome, note that in 1973, for all the drama, Secretariat’s records were pretty garden-variety awesome. That is, they weren’t really far off from where we’d expect the progression of records to have led. Indeed, the gap between his record times and the linear (pre-plateau) trend for winning times was reasonably narrow.Which is to say, Secretariat was no Bob Beamon. Beamon’s 1968 long jump in Mexico City beat the previous long jump record by 0.55 meters — which still accounts for 41 percent of the improvement seen in that event’s entire recorded history (and Beamon’s record still stood for only 22 years). Secretariat’s records have stood for this long not because they were so absurd at the time that we have yet to catch up, but because we stopped catching up.For watchers of human sports, this can be hard to interpret. We’re used to top human athletes getting better and better. This is somewhat concealed in competitive and team sports in which opponents’ skill levels offset each other (making millions of bar arguments over the “Greatest of All Time” more interesting). But evidence of athletic progress is laid bare in virtually any discipline that has objective measures, like speed. Here’s a similar chart for men’s 100-meter to 800-meter race winning times at the Olympics:Only Michael Johnson’s 400-meter Olympic record has been around since before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The single longest standing world record in any IAAF track-and-field event dates back only to 1983. For some athletic disciplines, the constant improvement over time has been so consistent as to be almost creepy.As to why horse racing hasn’t improved the way human racing has, this old FiveThirtyEight article has a good roundup of speculation — including small population size and lack of genetic diversity. The elite genes in the racing gene pool may be drifting overseas, and, in general, thoroughbred racing’s center of gravity may be shifting.All of that serves as a reminder that although we often celebrate horses as athletes, the sport of horse racing isn’t really comparable to human athletics. If it were, a superhorse as super as American Pharoah would be rewriting the record books. read more