Los Angeles has officially declared its candidature to host the 2028 Olympic Games, leaving Paris to stage the 2024 edition.In June, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to name hosts for successive Games – with just Paris and Los Angeles bidding – but it was unclear which would host in which year.Both had wanted to host the 2024 event.The IOC welcomed Los Angeles’ move, pledging to contribute $1.8bn (£1.4bn) to the organising committee.A source close to the negotiations told BBC Sport that for LA to have accepted the 2028 Games there would have had to have been significant financial benefits that outweighed the benefit of hosting in 2024.The funds will include money to pay for the extended planning period and to support youth sports programmes leading up to the Games. Los Angeles bid committee chairman Casey Wasserman earlier said “both cities now stand together ready to serve the Olympic and Paralympic movements”.Meanwhile, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said “we’re bringing the games back” in 2028, adding that “this deal was too good to pass up”.Los Angeles has staged the Olympics twice – in 1932 and 1984.Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said: “Paris and Los Angeles are two amazing global cities that are united in their support of the Olympic cause and we stand together now to help the Games thrive in 2024 and 2028.”As today’s announcement shows, dialogue between the IOC and the two cities is progressing well. We are confident that a ‘win-win-win’ agreement can be finalised ahead of the IOC session in Lima.” The IOC wanted LA and Paris to reach an agreement before the session in September and had they not, a vote to select the 2024 host would have been held.IOC president Thomas Bach welcomed LA’s decision, describing the bid as “strong and enthusiastic”.He added: “We are very confident that we can reach a tripartite agreement under the leadership of the IOC with LA and Paris in August, creating a win-win-win situation for all three partners.”This agreement will be put forward to the IOC session in Lima in September for ratification.”In June, Wasserman appeared to concede to Paris when he said: “We have never been only about 2024.” However, a spokesman later told BBC Sport: “LA is the ideal host city for 2024 and is not conceding anything in the race for the 2024 Games.”Paris has said it has to go first as the site it has earmarked for the Olympic Village will not be available for redevelopment after 2024.Los Angeles had argued that it could host a low-cost Olympics given that it already has all the necessary infrastructure in place, while Paris would need to build several expensive structures.The two cities were the only ones left in the race for 2024 after Budapest, Hamburg and Rome withdrew.
CLASSY RAGING BULL RALLIES WIDE TO TAKE GRADE I, $300,000 SHOEMAKER MILE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER ROSARIO; TRAINED BY BROWN, HE GETS TURF DISTANCE IN 1:32.73RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE QUALIFIER ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2020)–In a race that looked oh-so-close on paper, French-bred Raging Bull turned Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile into grassy walk in the Santa Anita Park, as he wheeled six-wide turning for home en route to a comfortable 2 ¼ length score under Joel Rosario. Trained by Chad Brown and owned by Peter M. Brant, the 5-year-old full horse by Dark Angel got the distance in 1:32.73 over a firm turf course.Breaking from post position seven in a field of nine 3-year-olds and up, Raging Bull, in his Santa Anita debut, had two horses beat around the Club House turn and up the backside to the far turn. With longshot Voodoo Song ensuring a legitimate pace, Raging Bull was on the move and Rosario had no intention of getting him stopped as he made an eye-catching move past the quarter pole.“He broke well and it looked like there was a good pace, he was very controlled,” said Rosario, who had ridden Raging Bull 10 times prior to today’s race. “He just came with his run like he does all the time. He put in a nice run. It’s beautiful, nice to be back here and be back in action.”Although winless since taking the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar in December of 2018, Raging Bull had been close in five consecutive Grade I stakes since, his most recent appearance resulting in close fourth place finish in the Grade I Woodbine Mile on Sept. 14.The second choice in the Shoe Mile wagering at 5-2, Raging Bull paid $7.80, $5.40 and $3.40.Out of the Mr. Greeley mare Rosa Bonheur, Raging Bull notched his fourth graded stakes win today and improved his overall mark to 13-6-2-2. With the winner’s share of $180,000, he becomes racing’s newest millionaire, with earnings of $1,100,750.“He ran a super race and he always runs good,” said Juan Hernandez, assistant to Brown. “He had trained well here and he was acting good. He’s just a very special horse.”A very unlucky Next Shares, who was bumped hard out of the gate by War of Will, was able to recover mount a solid late rally of his own, finishing second by a half length over favorite Without Parole.Ridden by John Velazquez, Next Shares was off at 18-1 and paid $14.20 and $7.80.“The plan was to be mid-pack with this horse, but we got wiped out at the start, so we were way back,” said Velazquez, who was one of several eastern-based riders on the local scene this weekend. “he still ran a great race.”The 2-1 favorite, Without Parole, who is also trained by Brown and was ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., was also unlucky, as he had to wait for racing room a furlong from home at the rail and surged late to just miss the place.Off at 2-1, he paid $3.00 to show.Last year’s Preakness Stakes winner, War of Will, who was ridden by Flavien Prat, was disqualified from fifth and placed sixth for interference at the start.Fractions on the race were 22.16, 44.75, 1:08.56 and 1:20.93Today’s Shoe Mile serves as the first Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier of the year, with the winner provided an automatic, fees-paid berth into the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 6 at Keeneland.