FRANKENSTORM, dropping down to classes for today’s Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup feature (claiming $350,000-$300,000 over 1100 metres), is tipped to resume winning ways in a competitive field of 11.Trained by Wilfred Chin, the six-year-old bay gelding, by Outrigger out of Seeking Lil, went out of his league on February 13 (claiming $500,000). He could only manage fifth to DWAYNE STAR in a fast-run round-five race.Although finishing 15 lengths fifth, FRANKENSTORM – having missed the break – recovered to straighten third on the heels of the leaders, RUNJOHNNY RUN and FORTUNENEHUNDRED, before gradually weakening.A fortnight before that, FRANKENSTORM chased home subsequent winner UNBREAKABLE over the straight, a race in which he galloped past the furlong pole just the leader before the winner came on the scene.That performance was on a $400,000 claiming tag. Considering he won back-to-back races last November and also won three consecutive races from August to October last year, speaks volumes for his insatiable appetite to win.Running on a $325,000 tag, FRANKENSTORM looks a good thing from his convenient mark of 53.0kg, thanks to smart apprentice Bebeto Harvey’s 3.0kg claim.FRANKENSTORM has good speed and, under these favourable conditions, should stave off hat-trick seeker DI COBRE and UNGLE G, who is up in class following a runaway win over the distance on February 13.Other firm fancies on the 10-race programme are LEGENDARY PLEASURE in the second race, 1500 metres; LEGAL ACCOUNT (working well) to rebound in the fifth over the straight; the lightly raced but promising three-year-old MEGATRON to stave off MACALLAN in the sixth; and MAN IN BLUE to get it right in the nightcap.
A Nike Ad featuring American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick is on diplay September 8, 2018 in New York City.Nike’s new ad campaign featuring Kaepernick, the American football player turned activist against police violence, takes a strong stance on a divisive issue which could score points with millennials but risks alienating conservative customers. / AFP PHOTO / Angela WeissNike shares reached an all-time high this week as data pointed to an uptick in online sales following the sporting goods giant’s envelope-pushing ad campaign featuring athlete Colin Kaepernick.Nike, a member of the blue-chip Dow index, finished at $83.47 on Thursday, its highest-ever closing price, prompting applause on Twitter from basketball star and self-professed “#NikeLifer” LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT The new record came 10 days after Nike unveiled a sweeping new “Just Do It” marketing blitz featuring Kaepernick, who has been effectively blacklisted from the National Football League after protesting racism in law enforcement.Shares of Nike were up slightly at $83.51 in midday trading Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Kaepernick campaign prompted some consumers to take to social media to destroy their Nike gear and provoked criticism from US President Donald Trump, among others.But many marketers have described the ads as a savvy bet on higher sales from millennials and non-white consumers, an idea that has been supported by some data since the Kaepernick spots were unveiled. Online sales for Nike rose 31 percent from the Sunday to Tuesday over the Labor Day holiday weekend period that included the Kaepernick ad, which quickly went viral after being teased on social media on the night of Monday September 3.That is better than the 17 percent rise over the same period in 2017, according to data from Edison Trends.Over the course of the six days ending September 9, Nike’s online sales dipped nine percent, but that was smaller than the 32 percent fall experienced over the same stretch in 2017.“There was speculation that the Nike/Kaepernick campaign would lead to a drop in sales but the data does not support that theory,” Edison Trends said through a spokesman.The Edison data showed a rise in Nike online sales in some more politically progressive states, such as Maryland and New Jersey, while Nike sales fell sharply in some of the more conservative states, including Idaho and Wyoming.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Joshua says he won’t be as cautious vs Povetkin Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college