Native-bred three-year-old non-winners of two take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today in the annual renewal of the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association of Jamaica (TOBA) Trophy race over 1200 metres.A large and competitive field of 16 will face the starter, including top contenders ROAD WI SEH, TARANIS, BONGO KING, TURBO MACHINE CAT and the free running ACTION MAN, all fit horses.Indications are that the winner will come from this group, especially with the likes of TARANIS, BINGO KING and ROAD WI SEH looking really sharp at exercise.ROAD WI SEH, a free-running sort who figured prominently for a long way in both the Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) and the derby earlier this season, has changed stables since his last race, moving from trainer Patrick Chang to Lorne Kirlew, who has a good strike rate.This being his easiest task for some time, ROAD WI SEH should come into his own and prove a tough opponent, with top apprentice O’Brien White riding this lightly raced 3-y-o colt by Adore The Gold out of Dream Watcher from the convenient mark of 54.5kg.This being only his sixth outing, ROAD WI SEH has lots of scope and with middle distances more to his liking, gets a golden opportunity to supplement his maiden win over the round five course on March 28.Tight race aheadWhile I really fancy his chances, ROAD WI SEH can ill-afford to skip a beat, with TARANIS and BONGO KING present.Both have been trained to the minute, the Richard Azan-conditioned TARANIS under leading jockey Shane Ellis extensively prepared by his trainer in preparation for this trophy. The Everal Francis-trained BONGO KING has also caught the eye in his preparation and along with the very fit TURBO MACHINE CAT (Omar Walker up) should take it down to the wire for the major share of the $868,000 purse.But ROAD WI SEH could just be that much classier than his opponents and now reverting to a more suitable middle distance trip, should rebound with a win at the expense of main rivals TARANIS and BONGO KING.Other firm fancies on the card are BARS OF GOLD, with leading jockey Shane Ellis to stave off old rival GEISHA’S GLORY in the third race for the Aston Commock Memorial Trophy over 1700 metres; DOOLAHIN to rebound in the fourth for maiden three-year-olds; COUNTRY TRAIN for in-form trainer Marlon Anderson in the fifth; THE BEST FLYER to go one better in the seventh; and SUPERIOR QUALITY in the ninth for overnight-allowance horses over 1100 metres.
Interceptions thrown T-8th (12) T-8th (12) Turnover margin5th (plus-8)13th (plus-3) Passing yards per game14th (238)19th (219.4) Points per game2nd (30.6)1st (31.3) That’s not to say the Cardinals don’t carry with them the sting of the 27-16 defeat they were dealt by the Panthers with them.Though the Arizona team that fell then was without quarterback Carson Palmer and running back Andre Ellington, among others, leaving the field with their season ended left a feeling they have no intention of replicating this weekend.“It motivated us; not only me, but this organization, this football team a ton because we felt that we were right there to win in that ball game,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “There were times in that ball game we had an opportunity to win that game, so it was a very, very disappointing moment leaving that stadium, but we knew that if we had a healthy quarterback, if we eliminated the turnovers, we thought we had a good opportunity of winning that ball game.“For the most part, this is a different team we’re going to face up there in Carolina and they’re going to face a different team as well. This is the healthiest we’ve been in a long time and to go into the NFC Championship with your starting quarterback, it gives you a little bit more relief.” Passing yards per game2nd (288.5)24th (224.3) Comments Share Turnover margin4th (plus-9)1st (plus-20) Sacks24th (35)T-13th (40) Interceptions4th (19)1st (24) Sacks allowed T-6th (28) T-20 (42) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Points per game24th (19.4)19th (21.2) 2014 StatisticCardinals rankPanthers rank Rushing yards per game31st (81.8)7th (127.3) SacksT-20th (36)6th (44) The NFL playoff seedings ended up looking accurate based on the teams’ abilities.Both the AFC and NFC championship games this weekend feature the first and second seeds in each conference. And for the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers, who clash Sunday at 4:40 p.m. in Charlotte, the statistics likewise hint toward their respective success over the 16-game regular season. Opponent points per gameT-7th (19.6)6th (19.3) Yards per game24th (319.8)16th (346.7) Yards per game1st (408.3)11th (366.9) InterceptionsT-7th (18)T-14th (14) Yards per playT-20th (5.2)T-20th (5.2) As you can see, both the Cardinals and Panthers are two of the best teams in the NFL in many important statistical categories, giving further evidence that while this is a rematch from last year’s postseason, these teams are very different from the versions that took the same field roughly one year ago.Those Panthers finished the regular season with a 7-8-1 record, hosting the game over the 11-5 Cardinals only because they won a rather pitiful NFC South. The Cardinals, on the other hand, may have had 11 wins, but the team that went to Carolina was barely a shell of the one that earned all those victories.“Yeah, there really isn’t anything to compare with last year, other than we played Carolina at their place,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “But they’re a different football team. We’re a totally different team.”Here’s where the 2014 versions of the Cardinals and Panthers ranked in the same statistical categories. Sacks allowedT-4th (27)T-11th (33) Opponent points per game5th (18.7)21st (23.4) 2015 StatisticCardinals rankPanthers rank Interceptions thrownT-17th (13)8th (10) Yards per playT-1st (6.3)T-12th (5.5) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Take-away fumbles3rd (14)T-1st (15) Take-away fumbles T-22nd (7) T-6th (12) Rushing yards per game8th (119.8)2nd (142.6) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires