SANTA ANITA KICKS OFF 2020 SEASON WITH STRONG SUPPORT AND A PICTURE PERFECT WEEKEND OF RACING

first_imgSANTA ANITA KICKS OFF 2020 SEASON WITH STRONG SUPPORT AND A PICTURE PERFECT WEEKEND OF RACINGOn the opening weekend of the 2020 meeting, Santa Anita Park demonstrated why it has long been known as the “The Great Race Place,” as the legendary track featured the highest levels of racing, top-of-line safety reforms and strong partnership with horsemen, horseplayers and fans.Despite challenging weather conditions pushing back Opening Day two days from its traditional December 26 start date, a total of more than 45,000 fans came to the Arcadia, CA track to enjoy two afternoons of racing against a backdrop of snow covered San Gabriel Mountains.“We are proud of how the industry stakeholders rallied together as we work to transform this wonderful sport,” said Aidan Butler, Acting Executive Director of California Racing Operations for The Stronach Group.  “The safety of the horses and riders continues to be our North Star.  From the new protocols for racing and training, to the acquisition of the new PET scan and MRI to aid in diagnosing pre-existing conditions, we are all singularly focused on modernizing this great tradition for the next generation.”Santa Anita houses close to 2,000 horses in its 64-acre stable area, with 180 of them racing in picture perfect weather over the first two days of the season.“In addition to being one of the world’s most beautiful sporting venues, Santa Anita is also the largest training center in United States,” continued Butler.  “These majestic animals weigh over 1,000 pounds and run at 35-40 miles per hour.  Since the close of the Autumn meet on November 3, horses have made at least 52,000 trips over the Santa Anita tracks during training, with more than 4,000 timed works. And, yes, unfortunately, of those 52,000 times, there was one accident during training just three days ago, which was devastating to all involved.“We remain very proud of the improvements we have made and will continue to make, in spite of some local news media that seem far more interested in clickbait headlines than facts and context.  Because of the tremendous work that everyone on site – from veterinarians, to trainers to every other one of our 1,400 employees — has performed, Santa Anita Park is now the model of equine safety reform in the country.”Opening day was highlighted by Fox Hill Farm’s favored Omaha Beach romping to victory in the Runhappy Malibu Stakes.“This is really special for us, opening day at Santa Anita,” said Omaha Beach’s trainer, Richard Mandella, after winning the Runhappy Malibu. “After all the trouble we have been through this year, this place is The Great Race Place and we all need to remember that.”The Runhappy Malibu was one of four stakes wins of the day for star jockey Mike Smith who, after winning the 2018 Triple Crown, closed out 2019 by becoming the all-time leading jockey by Grade 1 wins, which comprise the most important races in the sport.  Smith also won the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes on the one-eyed Hard Not to Love who circled the field, allowing Smith to tie the record held by retired jockey Jerry Bailey.  Smith then broke tie with the win aboard Omaha Beach.In just one metric of Santa Anita’s popularity, the total handle – the amount of money wagered on the races – surpassed $19-million, making it the second-highest Opening Day handle in the history of the track which debuted in 1934.Santa Anita will be open for live racing on Wednesday, New Year’s Day, with first post time of 11:30 a.m. for a 10-race program.last_img read more

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Massive outsider Samora is female rider’s first winner

first_imgFemale apprentice Andree L. Powell won the first race of her career in sensational style at Caymanas Park yesterday, this aboard the 99-1 outsider SAMORA, in the seventh race over the straight for four-year-olds and up.Although a bit overcome by emotions, Powell, who opened her account aboard her 19th mount since riding for the first time on September 26 last year, said she was elated with the win and that it came as a result of hard work, determination, and sacrifice.”I have endured a lot in my brief stint in the saddle so far,” confessed the 25-year-old apprentice, who is a past student of Clarendon College.”In fact, I thought I would have ridden a winner before today, but on two occasions, I think I was unlucky. But nothing comes easy, and despite the frustration of not getting enough rides, my apprentice master, trainer Donovan Plummer, finally found the right horse for me in the grey Samora.”I held him in touch on the outside of the field as the favourite Fire Alarm led in the middle, but Samora was beginning to find his best strides towards the sands side and quickened past Fire Alarm in the last furlong to win by five lengths,” she explained.Powell was one of three female riders to graduate from the Jockeys’ School as full-fledged apprentices late last year. The others were Natalie Berger, who is yet to ride a winner, and Melissa Ward, who has already ridden four winners and was fourth aboard the highly-fancied GOLD SCREW in yesterday’s race.MORE SUCCESSPowell said she is looking forward to further success, but as she puts it, this will require getting more rides, especially live rides.Meanwhile, the consistent CAMPESINO, ridden by leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and popular owner Howard Hamilton, easily justified 2-5 favouritism with an easy victory over BRAWN in the open allowance race over 1200 metres.The 6-y-o gelding disposed of the leaders FORTUNEONEHUNDRED and ROYAL ASSAULT on entering the straight to win by 2 1/4 lengths in the good time of 1:11.0.On a day when title-chasing jockey Omar Walker and Oneil Mullings shared the honours with two winners each, ST BERNARD (Walker up), at odds of 7-2, won the Clifford Stewart Memorial Cup over 1200 metres in a blanket finish involving AQUILO (5-1) and long-time leader EL NUMERO UNO (3-1), who was caught within shades of the wire by the first two.last_img read more

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Rep. Waylee Released on Bail

first_imgRep. Waylee dressed in jacket and a cap being escorted by police officers to the Monrovia City Court, at the Temple of Justice Protesters Demand Justice and Fair TreatmentThe reported refusal of family members  to collaborate in the alleged rape and impregnation of 13-year old Regina Barway by Grand Gedeh County District#2 Representative Morais Waylee, the possibility of the case being prosecuted is seen by many following the case as being very slim.Regina’s family has been unwilling to assist the government in the prosecution of Waylee who the Liberian National Police (LNP) has already charged with multiple crimes including tampering with a criminal investigation, criminal conspiracy, and kidnapping.Without the complainant – the alleged victim, the LNP does not have enough information to charge the accused with rape.Rep. Waylee was in police custody on Friday, but was released on bail on Saturday by the Monrovia City Court, immediately after police turned him over to the court.Waylee’s release followed a day of protest by the lawmaker’s supporters, including members of the Youth of District #2 from Grand Gedeh County, whose spokesman told journalists that the case against the lawmaker is politically motivated. Several of them held placards that read: “Let Hon. Waylee Be Treated with Respect”; “Hon. Waylee is not afraid of court”; “All charges against Hon. Waylee are not facts till court say so”; and, “Where is the complainant?”Another group of protesters from the advocacy group ‘Safe Cities Women’s Forum’ under ActionAid Liberia, held several placards asking for justice for the victim. Coordinator Nornor N. Bee told the Daily Observer that they want a speedy investigation and trial to give both the accused and victim justice. Some of their placards read: “Access To Justice For Women And Girls” and “We Want Justice for Little Sister.”Some of the protesters agains Rep. Waylee“We want to encourage the police to be diligent because if the accused is an ordinary citizen, he would have been in detention by now; but, now that it involves a prominent person, we want the police to treat the case as it would have treated an ordinary person,” coordinator Bee said.There were no arrests during Saturday’s protest, and the amount posted as Waylee’s bail was not disclosed while the lawmaker continues to deny the allegations.During investigations, Rep. Waylee and his wife Welleh categorically denied knowing anybody by the name of Regina, even denying having ever seen her following a close look at Regina’s photograph presented by investigators.It was alleged that in early 2016, Waylee’s chief driver, identified as Saydee Barway, the victim’s uncle, brought the victim from Grand Gedeh County to live with Rep. Waylee after he was elected as a representative.Although Rep. Waylee confirmed that Saydee Barway was one of his drivers, he, however, alleged that Barway has been sick and in  sick bush for the past five years, adding that he does not have his contact number.The police investigation, meanwhile, claimed that between February and October 2016, the victim lived with the couple at Waylee’s King Farm Community in Careysburg, Montserrado County.“Waylee and wife Welleh know Regina very well, but they denied ever seeing her after Regina’s photo was displayed to them,” police said during their probe. “Several residents of the King Farm Community, including community chairman Momo Fahn, admitted that Regina lived with the accused,” police investigation alleged.Police allege that the administrator at Regina’s previous school, Better Future Foundation Institute, and staff admitted on record that Regina was enrolled at the institution for the 2016/2017 school year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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City proclaims October as Foster Family Month

first_imgPhoto: Fort St. John Mayor Bruce Lantz presents Anita Bell (middle) and Nicole Lumb (right) with the proclamation at Tuesday night’s council meeting – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caOctober is Foster Family Month in the City of Fort St. John.City Council made the proclamation at the Tuesday night council meeting.- Advertisement -Anita Bell and Nicole Lumb are Resource Social Workers with the Ministry for Children and Family Development. The pair approached council with the proclamation request.Lumb says it’s the ministry’s job to recruit and support foster families, who look after children in need of a caring environment.There are around 30 foster parents in Fort St. John, and Lumb says there is a need for more foster families.She encourages everyone who is interested in becoming a foster parent, to contact her at the ministry office on 102nd Street (behind the court house.)Advertisement Or, those interested could call Access Family Support Services out of Dawson Creek at (250) 782-9174.last_img read more

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Retired stars stay in money

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAnd Brandon “Bam” Margera, whose only appearance in the past three X Games was to watch the competition (where he was mobbed), has made a handsome living skating for his “Jackass” and “Viva La Bam” television and movie products. Or there’s Danny Way, who competes in only one event at the X Games, an event he designed: Big Air. Otherwise, Way is selling videos of his July jump over the Great Wall of China. And he will be selling clips of future tricks from helicopters and megaramp jumps. “In our sport, you can succeed without making competitions,” Hawk, 35, said recently. “It does not have to be the X Games. “Someone like Bam has worked hard. There’s a lot of opportunities in our sport to do other things than go to competitions. If someone wants to go to competitions, they can. If they don’t want to, they don’t have to.” People may not necessarily pay to watch Jordan play pick-up basketball, but 10,000 people crowded into most East Coast arenas last fall to watch Tony Hawk’s demonstration tour, the Boom Boom HuckJam. There have been other tours where athletes have been paid for doing demonstrations, too. In an ironic twist, the “anti-team” athletes from action sports can do just fine “retiring” from their sport and still stay active. Skateboarding icon Tony Hawk retired from competition four years ago, yet thousands of people still pay to see him ride his skateboard. Sergie Ventura has not competed in the X Games in more than five years, but he was sent to the hospital in 2005 for falling off a megaramp in front of thousands of paying fans. “I still get hyped,” said Ventura, 33, who is known most for his ability to soar off a skateboard ramp. “I’m still living my dream. As long as I keep my skills, I’ll keep doing my stuff.” Hawk says he will stay on his skateboard forever, riding on his own, and in front of others, he says, until his skills have deteriorated beyond what he thinks is satisfactory for him. “It was not happening for me,” Ventura said of deciding to skip the X Games. “So, I did other things. Yes, I miss it, but I do so many other things other than the X Games. I have other events that give me more publicity than the X Games ever did, because in the X Games, if you don’t get in the Top 3, what’s the point? The seven other guys are ripping it just hard. If you’re going to do it, do justice and promote all 10.” Ventura also said it is too hard to train for demos and other projects and also do competitions. “In competition, your mentality is, straight up, block everything out, keep your line down, get your tricks down,” he said. “(Demos) are fun. You’re laughing and talking and joking as we go over each other (on tricks). The atmosphere is a lot different. “I keep hanging out with my friends, having fun with the sport and laughing. I would rather skate with friends than by myself for 45 seconds (in a competition). Physically, I’m already giving it my all.” Because action sports is not all about competition, it makes it hard to prove who might be the best. It’s not like in other pro sports where you would have to play at that level to make the hall of fame. Pierre Luc Gagnon was probably the best vert skateboarder in 2005. But was he truly the best? “There are guys in the industry that are just as gnarly,” Ventura said. “There is way more. There is way more people and they don’t need competitions.” The field for six Winter X Games disciplines have been set. Motocross best trick, men’s and women’s slopestyle, men’s and women’s snowboarder X and Snocross have completed their fields for Winter X Games 10, to be held Jan. 28-31 at Aspen/Snowmass, Colo. The athletes were selected by a sport-specific committee. The only exception is that each gold medalist from Winter X Games Nine received an automatic invitation to compete. Twenty-four spots have yet to be determined. Thirteen received berths in multiple disciples. Top competitors include Shaun White in snowboard slopestyle, Mason Aguirre in men’s super halfpipe, Tanner Hall in men’s skiing superpipe and slopestyle; Danny Kass in snowboard slopestyle and super halfpipe; Hana Beaman, Torah Bright, Tara Dakides and Hannah Teter in women’s snowboard slopestyle and super halfpipe; Nate Adams, Kenny Bartram, Chuck Carothers, Brian Deegan, Ronnie Faisst, Mike Metzger and Jeremy Stenberg in motocross best trick; Janna Meyen, Leanne Pelosi and Chanelle Sladics in women’s snowboard slopestyle; Molly Aguirre, Gretchen Bleiler and Kelly Clark in women’s snowboard super halfpipe; and D.J. Eckstrom in snowcross. keith.lair@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Michael Jordan, Mark McGwire and Jerry Rice cannot go out on to their respective playing surfaces and expect to be paid. The athletes, all destined to the pro halls of fame in their respective sports, will probably never earn another dime for playing in an NBA Final (Jordan), hitting a 500-foot home run in the World Series (McGwire) or catching a pass in a Super Bowl (Rice). They can – and have – earned money from endorsement deals, commercials and appearances. last_img read more

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Know anyone that would be interested in joining Letterkenny’s first Scout Group?

first_imgLetterkenny’s first Scout Group will be open for registration next Tuesday night, September the 5th at 7:30pm in Conwal Hall.Sections include the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Venture Scouts, and is open to boys and girls for the 2017/2018 scouting year.Registration is open to boys and girls from Letterkenny and the surrounding areas including Cresslough, Kilmacrennan, Ramelton, Rathmullan, Milford, etc. They also require leaders for all sections.The Beavers are the youngest, aged 6, 7 and 8. Any prospective Beavers must be 6 years old on the first of September! Cubs range in age between 9 and 11, with Scouts aging from 12 to 15.The membership fee for the year is €110 – places are limited so be sure to get there early (children don’t need to attend the registration).For further information on the Scout Method please visit www.scouts.ie Know anyone that would be interested in joining Letterkenny’s first Scout Group? was last modified: August 30th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beaverscubsletterkennyScoutslast_img read more

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Jamie Vardy OUT of England squad to face Scotland and France

first_img1 Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been pulled out of the latest England squad Jamie Vardy has pulled out of the England squad to face Scotland and France through injury.Gareth Southgate’s men travel to Hampden Park for a crunch Group F clash on Saturday, before heading to Paris for a season-ending friendly.Vardy has now been ruled out of both matches after the Leicester striker sustained a minor injury in training on Tuesday.A short statement from the Football Association read: “Jamie Vardy has left the England squad as a precaution after picking up a minor injury in training at St. George’s Park yesterday.“The Leicester City striker won’t play a part in either Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Scotland or Tuesday’s trip to France.“No further players are due to be added to the squad at this moment in time.”Vardy is the second player to withdraw from the squad after Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne pulled out with a back injury at the end of May.The striker endured a topsy-turvy season at Leicester, kicking on under former England coach Craig Shakespeare to end the season with 16 goals in all competitions.Vardy was also on the scoresheet in the Three Lions’ last match, wrapping up a 2-0 win against Lithuania shortly after coming on in March’s World Cup qualifier.Marcus Rashford, Jermain Defoe and Harry Kane are among the strikers this time around, with all-time top scorer Wayne Rooney overlooked.last_img read more

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DOHERTY: TAOISEACH A ‘TOTAL DISGRACE’ OVER DAIL HECKLING

first_imgTaoiseach Enda Kenny has been branded a ‘disgrace’ by Donegal Deputy Pearse DohertyDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty has launched a scathing attack on Taoiseach Enda Kenny over the Fine Gael leader’s behaviour during the Budget debate in the Dail last night.Mr Kenny constantly interrupted Deputy Doherty.The Gaoth Dobhair politician said today: “Official Dáil record shows that Taoiseach heckled me on 10 occasions during my budget response and thats only what the transcribers picked up. “He mumbled on continuously for the first five minutes. He was a total disgrace.”Deputy Doherty went on: “He may not like me pointing out that most people will be worse off as a result of water charges and the demand is simple – Scrap Water Charges or maybe it was me pointing out to him that he got from the budget 4-four times more of a tax cut – and he’s on €183K – than someone on €35,000.“This government wouldn’t recognise fairness if it hit them in the face.”  DOHERTY: TAOISEACH A ‘TOTAL DISGRACE’ OVER DAIL HECKLING was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dailEnda KennyhecklingPearse Dohertylast_img read more

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Men’s Golf Finishes Strong At Hoosier Invitational

first_imgBLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Drake University men’s golf team recorded the seventh-best round on the final round of the NYX Hoosier Invitational on Sunday as the Bulldogs finished tied for 11th place.The Bulldogs fired a 298 for a total score of 610 (312-298) and tied with George Washington as Western Illinois took home the team title with a 578.”I was proud the way the team battled in the tough conditions after we dug ourselves in too big of a hole yesterday,” Drake head coach Matt Lewis said. “Both Drew (Ison) and Jack (Kennedy) had solid finishes.”Freshman Jack Kennedy carded the lowest round of the day for the team with a two over par 73, totaling a score of 150 (77-73). Sophomore Drew Ison finished tied for 16th place after recording a 75 on the final round for a total score of 148 (73-75). Freshman Tommi Avant and senior Blake Huser also recorded a 75 and each finished with a score of 157 (82-75). Freshman Arjun Reddy wrapped up the Bulldogs’ performance with a score of 159 (80-79).Drake closes out the regular season on April 11 and April 12 at the ORU Shootout before heading to the MVC Championship on April 25 and April 26.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Softball Closes Regular Season at Home Against Missouri State

first_img Live Stats Missouri State (32-16, 17-5 MVC) is locked into the No. 2 spot for next week’s MVC Championship. The Bears are coming off a three-game sweep of Indiana State and have won five-straight series versus league opponents. Missouri State will play its first tournament game on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Story Links DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team closes the regular season at Buel Field against Missouri State this weekend, May 5-6. The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon and close the regular season Sunday at 11 a.m. All three games will be broadcast on ESPN+. Game 3 ESPN+ Drake (38-10, 21-1 MVC) clinched the Missouri Valley Conference regular season title championship this past weekend with two wins over Loyola. The Bulldogs swept the Ramblers in a doubleheader to start the series for their third-ever MVC regular season title and second in the past four seasons (1993, 2015, 2018). Drake is the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament, May 10-12, which it will host at Buel Field. The Bulldogs receive a bye to the semifinals with their first game May 11 at 4 p.m. Game 1 ESPN+ Game 2 ESPN+ Following this weekend, the MVC Championship is up next for Drake. Drake and Missouri State are the only two teams locked in for the three-day tournament with seeds three through eight to be determined after this weekend’s final games. Every MVC Championship game will be broadcast on ESPN+. Prior to Sunday’s game, Drake will honor its 2018 senior class of Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa), Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa), Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) and Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.). Alexander has played in 201 games with 195 career starts and is No. 5 all-time at Drake in career stolen bases with 53. Chambers, who missed nearly all of 2017 due to an illness, has appeared in 148 career games at catcher. She has been instrumental in helping the Drake pitching staff have a season in the circle. Smith, a two-way player, has posted impressive numbers in the circle and at the plate in her career. A 2016 All-MVC second team selection, Smith has launched 16 career home runs, thrown a perfect game and this year is 8-3 with a 1.24 ERA, which is just behind Newman, and she is second in saves with seven. Wright has made 190 career starts and played in 202 games. A 2016 All-MVC First Team honoree, she is third all-time in career walks with 84, seventh all-time in runs scored with 107 and tied for tenth all-time in career doubles with 32.  Print Friendly Version Drake will look to bounce back from its first MVC loss of the season after Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Loyola in the series finale. The road defeat in Chicago is the team’s first loss since March 10 to St. Francis at the Hall of Fame Classic. Drake’s school-record winning streak was stopped at 24 as the team was held scoreless for just the third time in 2018. Bulldog ace Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) finally allowed an earned run to an MVC opponent as the Ramblers scored four runs in her two starts. Newman is still 17-3 with a league-best 0.62 ERA, one save and 201 strikeouts to 23 walks. With 756 career strikeouts, she needs five to move past former standout Jenna DeLong (2008-11) for most career strikeouts in program history.last_img read more

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