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May 31, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgGIVE ME FOUR!–JOCKEY RAFAEL BEJARANO, 37, CELEBRATES HIS 4,000TH CAREER WIN TODAY AT SANTA ANITA ABOARD 3-YEAR-OLD FILLY PORTAL CREEK, WHO IS TRAINED BY BOB HESS, JR.  BORN IN AREQUIPA, PERU, BEJARANO SAID, “I FEEL BLESSED.  OVER ALL THESE YEARS, THIS JOB IS A LOVE AND IT’S ALL ABOUT THE HORSES.” RAFAEL BEJARANO, ON WINNING HIS 4,000TH CAREER WIN ABOARD PORTAL CREEK IN RACE 3 AT SANTA ANITA PARK ON SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019:  “First of all I would like to thank all the trainers and the owners for always trusting me and giving me support all these years here at Santa Anita and in California. Also want to thank my agent and my team that I’ve had all these years. I’m really happy right now, I’ve rode 4,000 winners, and I can’t express myself.“This track has always been so special for me, my first day I started here I won six races in one day (April 8, 2006) and it was very special all these years have gone by and I’ve been having a lot of hard times and accidents but I really enjoy riding, especially here at Santa Anita, It’s such a beautiful place, I’ll always enjoy it.“I love horse racing its part of my home and part of my life, we spend a lot of time here from the early morning to sometimes evening.  All the riders, the groomers, the trainers, the owners, they spend so much time working so hard, putting all they have, all the love they have. It’s very good for us everybody enjoys everything every day we love horse racing.”last_img read more

May 31, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWAR BEAST MOVES UP WITH CEDILLO AND BLINKERS 3 CALLAGHAN FILLY HAS EQUIPMENT CHANGE IN ANOAKIA 2 $294,872 $93,785 1st 26% JockeyMts 1st 3 15% 3 John Velazquez6 Edwin Maldonado10 2 13% 1 ITM% 0 44% 46% $574,159 2 4 32% 17% Philip D’Amato13 $31,770 2 ITM% $135,242 Rafael Bejarano17 4 Jorge Velez22 $142,612 14% $503,502 4 Mario Gutierrez13 83% 73% 33% 2 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 5th, 2019XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 6th, 2019FEATURES:A Day in the Life With Exercise Rider Taylor Cambra at Santa Anita ParkA Candid Conversation With Jockey Joseph Talamo: Part 1A Candid Conversation With Jockey Joseph Talamo: Part 2Richard Mandella Discusses the Return of Graded Stakes Winner Omaha BeachWORK OUTS:Bellafina (Callaghan) 10/04/19Campaign (Sadler) 10/04/19Midnight Bisou (Asmussen) 10/03/19Roadster (Baffert) 10/03/19Bolo (City of Hope Mile) (Gaines) 10/02/19Shancelot (SA Sprint) (Navarro) 9/29/19Omaha Beach (Outside) and Magic Rate (Mandella) 9/27/19 $448,413 5 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 6 59% 2 CATALINA CRUISER BREEZES FOR THE BREEDERS’ CUP 36% 2nd Richard Baltas16 36% 2 Win% 12% 18% 30% 54% 0 $144,355 7 2 2 18% 0 Flavien Prat22 2 1 3 1 $194,982center_img 5 27% Geovanni Franco14 3 2 $102,094 Tiago Pereira17 3rd 57% 2 2 0 1 64% Win% 30% Drayden Van Dyke13 33% Abel Cedillo27 Simon Callaghan6 3rd Money Won 0 $107,339 Doug O’Neill20 6 5 33% $142,804 0 2 3 (Current Through Friday, Oct. 4) 38% 2 2 33% $87,064 Bob Baffert11 2 $403,600 4 2 55% 15% 1 $523,456 O’NEILL FANCIES MAIDEN WINNER WAR BEAST IN ZUMA BEACHWar Beast seeks his second straight victory at a mile on turf Sunday, only this time instead of a maiden race, it will be in the $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes.“He ran great,” trainer Doug O’Neill said of the maiden score at Del Mar on Sept. 1. “We added blinkers for that race, and he’s always been a horse that’s acted like he has talent, but needed racing, and the blinkers helped.“(Abel) Cedillo really got his attention down the lane (at Del Mar, where War Beast re-bid after a race-long pace battle to win by a nose). They get along great, so I’m happy to have him back on Sunday.”As for Raging Whiskey in Sunday’s $100,000 Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Speakeasy Stakes at five furlongs on turf, O’Neill was elated with the Maryland-bred’s eight-length romp in Los Alamitos’ restricted Capote Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on Sept. 21.“He ran lights out,” O’Neill said. “We put the blinkers back on, put him back in a sprint and it worked out super.”With three wins Friday, Cedillo opened a 7-4 lead over Flavien Prat in the race for leading rider at Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet. The 30-year-old Guatemala native also leads in stakes victories with four.O’Neill shares the training lead to date with Phil D’Amato, each with six victories. O’Neill has started 20 horses, D’Amato 13, for a sparking 46 percent winning average.The field for the Zuma Beach, race four of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Hariboux, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Encoder, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Hit the Road, Victor Espinoza, 10-1; Billy Batts, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 5-2; Club Aspen, Jorge Velez, 20-1; War Beast, Abel Cedillo, 8-1; and Cool Runnings, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1.CALLAGHAN FILLY BACK ON DIRT, ADDS BLINKERS FOR ANOAKIAShedaresthedevil moves from turf to dirt in next Sunday’s $75,000 Anoakia Stakes for two-year-old fillies at six furlongs.Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, the bay daughter of Daredevil set the pace before weakening to fourth in the one-mile Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar on Sept. 2. She won her debut race at 5 ½ furlongs on Churchill Downs’ main track when trained by Mark Casse.“I think it was the distance as much as the surface that got her beat,” trainer Simon Callaghan said of the Juvenile Fillies Turf. “This looks to be a good race for her. She likes the dirt and she’s doing well. Flavien (Prat) rides her (as he did last out) and we’re adding blinkers.”FINISH LINES: Catalina Cruiser, favored for the $1 million Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, worked five furlongs for John Sadler this morning in 1:00.80 . . . Early probables for next weekend’s stakes: Don’t Sell, Mario Gutierrez, Just Grazed Me, Geovanni Franco, and S Y Sky, Drayden Van Dyke in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap at 5 ½ furlongs on turf; and Pure Xena, Aaron Gryder, and Shesthedaredevil, Flavien Prat, in Sunday’s $75,000 Anoakia Stakes for two-year-old fillies at six furlongs . . . Favorites have been dominant through the first  four days, winning 18 of 43 races, 41.86 percent. The percentage elevates noticeably on dirt to 54.17 (13 of 24), but drops on turf to 26.32 (five of 19). Thirty-three of 43 favorites have finished in the money (76.74 percent), while 11 of 14 odds-on favorites have been in the money (78.57 percent) . . . Dodger fans have a chance to go to the Breeders’ Cup with star pitcher Walker Buehler. Enter online at for a chance to win two VIP tickets to watch the Breeders’ Cup with Walker at Santa Anita . . . Santa Anita offers free general admission and parking every Thursday and Friday leading up to the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 1 and 2. Santa Anita also offers a $40 handicapping contest and a $5,000 ShowVivor contest with five different ways to win. For further information on the aforementioned, visit . . . Satchel Paige worked five furlongs today in 1:01.80 for Phil D’Amato. Word is the horse didn’t look back to see if something might be gaining on him. 2 1 3 Richard Mandella12 2nd $57,836 7 3 53% 50% 63% Vann Belvoir6 RAGING WHISKEY MORE THAN A HUNCH IN SPEAKEASY 0 20% 3 83% 21% Evin Roman11 1 38% Money Won TrainerSts 3 $65,853last_img read more

January 20, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img VICTORY AND A DRAW After some intense and exciting contests, the Taylor Hall team from Roosters Block defeated Hardball 1-0 to earn the right to play the all-stars. However, the students were no match for the former international stars and they spent most of the game defending, although they defended gallantly, and earned themselves a 0-0 draw which resulted in a penalty shoot out which the all-stars won. For their efforts, each member of the Roosters team was invited to participate in an exclusive workshop with Ruud van Nistelrooy. Suwannee Stewart, Heineken brand manager, believes it was a fun-filled day and positive start to the tour. “They (students) may have lost the game on penalties, but we are rewarding them with an exclusive experience with one of the world’s greatest goal scorers,” she added Local fans will have a chance to meet Van Nistelrooy during the Heineken trophy stops at Margaritaville Ocho Rios and Pier 1 in Montego Bay. – L.S. After winning a $50,000 donation following his participation in the Heineken Power Scrimmage match at the University of the West Indies (UWI) on Wednesday, Arnett Gardens captain, Oneil Bigga’ Thompson, decided that he wants the benefits to be given to a school close to home. The Heineken Power Scrimmage match is a part of the build up to the arrival of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) trophy to the island from March 20 to 23 and Thompson is pleased the arrival of the illustrious trophy could have such a positive impact on normal young Jamaicans. “I talked to them (Heineken) this morning and told them I will give it (donation) to Boys’ Town Basic School, or something like that and this definitely makes me feel better, to know I can help a needy institution in my community. But it is always a good feeling helping somebody and you are helping kids that need it,” he said. Thompson, who had questioned the purpose of the trophy coming to Jamaica, is now convinced it will have a positive impact. “People start to understand the purpose of the visit. It needed to make an impact, it can’t be a case that it is just coming here,” he said. Other not-for-profit organisations that benefited are Catherine Hall Primary, Multi-Care Foundation, Saint’s Basic School and St Marks Methodist Basic School. Meanwhile, six university teams battled for the chance to face the star-studded Heineken All-stars team, which comprised former national players such as Ian ‘Pepe’ Goodison, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, Thompson, Rafe Wolfe and Clyde Jureidini.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgIndigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock handed out another batch of licensed firearms to Indigenous residents from communities in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the distribution was done over the weekend in the Indigenous community of Kamarang, Upper Mazaruni.“We’re very pleased to be able to deliver on our promise … I think good things come to those who wait, and today you have a good thing in your hand for yourResidents from communities in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) pose with their newly-licensed firearmslivelihood,” Minister Allicock told residents.Earlier this month, Minister Allicock and Ministers of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan and Public Affairs, Dawn Hastings-Williams issued firearms and licences to residents from 12 villages in Region Seven.This weekend’s distribution is a follow-up to the previous one, Minister Allicock noted. He explained the visit was needed to resolve application issues for some residents.Recipients of the licensed firearms were also briefed on the safe handling, usage and storage of their weapons, by members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF). The newly-licensed firearm holders were also supplied with ammunition.Back in 2015, residents had turned in their unlicensed firearms during the Public Security Ministry’s amnesty programme. The Ministry’s plan was to regularise the system, conduct safety checks, and allow for firearm holders, including Indigenous people, to be licensed.last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNext the Wayne Gamble Leadership Award was handed out, with this year’s winner being goaltender Travis Mclean.Another award handed out was Playoff MVP, which this year, was awarded to defenceman Tylar Bestward, as Assistant Coach Todd Alexander explained, “every time Tylar was in the line-up, he made a real difference for the team.”The team also designated an award for Most Gentlemanly Player, an award which this year was handed out to rookie forward Blair Karasiuk. The talented rookie racked up 30 points throughout the season, while only receiving ten minutes in penalties.Like his fellow rookie, Karasiuk wasn’t present to accept his award, as he is currently attempting to make Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Okotoks Oilers.Advertisement Following dinner, the awards ceremony began as the coaching staff handed out a variety of honours to numerous players.Before the players were recognized, Kathy Mclean and Dave Hildebrand were recognized for their dedication to the organization throughout this past season.The award ceremony began with the designation of Best Defenceman, an honour given to rookie defenceman Dave Marshall. Marshall’s talents were also recognized later in the evening, winning the Rookie of the Year award as well.- Advertisement -Marshall was unable to receive his awards in person, as the sturdy d-man is currently in Prince George, trying out for the city’s BCHL Junior A team, the Prince George Spruce Kings.There was no surprise for the winner of this year’s Top Scorer award, as Robbie Sidhu reclaimed his title from last year, winning the award after finishing the season second in NWJHL scoring, with an impressive 87 points (32 goals, 55 assists) in 36 games.Like Marshall, Sidhu also took home a second award, winning Most Valuable Player for the year.Advertisement Finally the award ceremony concluded with the team bidding farewell to long time defenceman Cory Langdon, who played his final year with the team this season. The team recognized the shot blocking and hard hitting d-man for his years of service, sending him off with some kind words, and a few playful jabs and his team jersey.last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img“We felt it was important for us as a movement to weigh in by holding ourselves to an objective standard that was created by more than 300 charter school leaders,” Young said. “It’s in our interest to make sure all charter schools are doing a great job by a variety of different measures.” To be certified by the association, charters must undergo an independent review by third-party agencies, such as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges or the state Board of Education Renewal Review. The charter association will not charge a fee for certification, but schools would have to pay $5,000 to $10,000 for third-party reviews. Members of the Charter Schools Association will have to get certified within four years of joining, and will have to undergo periodic reviews, she said. Los Angeles Unified has 103 charters – more than any other district in the nation – but has resisted efforts to expand the movement. Officials said they will review the association’s guidelines to see if they jibe with the district’s approval and renewal process. Striving to set uniform standards for the burgeoning charter movement, the California Charter Schools Association announced Tuesday a certification program for the independent campuses. Granada Hills Charter High School is among six charters in Los Angeles Unified and 39 in California that already meet the association’s standards for academic achievement, ethical leadership, focus on increasing quality, responsible governance and fiscal accountability. A total of 84 other Los Angeles Unified charters are candidates for the association’s seal of approval. Caprice Young, the former LAUSD board president who now heads the association, said the program provides an objective way to help identify high-quality schools. “Anything that motivates charters to provide quality education to kids is a good thing and is helpful,” said Greg McNair, who oversees charters for the district. “If anything concerns me, it’s that CCSA is a membership organization, that’s how they exist, so whether or not they look at the same things we look at, whether they are as rigorous as we are, stands to question.” The announcement shifts the state’s largest charter school membership association from advocating for the creation of charter schools to supporting charter schools committed to high quality and accountability, Canter said. Penny Wohlstetter, a professor and director of the Center on Educational Governance at the University of Southern California, last week released a separate set of quality measures for charters. Charter Schools Indicators-USC looks at performance measures in financial resources, school quality, student performance and academic productivity. (818) 713-3722 Charter members The following local schools have or are awaiting certification from the California Charter Schools Association: Certified Granada Hills Charter High, Granada Hills Certification candidates Bert Corona Charter, Pacoima Charter High School of the Arts, Van Nuys CHIME Middle School, Chatsworth CHIME Elementary, Woodland Hills Community Charter Early College High, Van Nuys Community Charter Middle, San Fernando Crescent View West Charter High, Lancaster Desert Sands Charter High, Lancaster Fenton Avenue Charter, Lake View Terrace High Tech High, Lake Balboa Ivy Academia, Woodland Hills Jordan Middle School, Canoga Park Lakeview Charter Academy, San Fernando LEAP Academy, Chatsworth L.A. International Charter High, Sherman Oaks Magnolia Science Academy, Reseda Montague Charter Academy, Pacoima Multicultural Learning Center, Canoga Park New Academy, Canoga Park Our Community Charter, North Hills Pacoima Charter, Pacoima Vista Real Charter High, Lancaster160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

December 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_img Manchester United in 2012/2013 David Beckham is sure Manchester United will not fade away and go decades without a Premier League trophy as their great rivals Liverpool have done.Ten years after Beckham left Old Trafford, United enhanced their standing as the most successful team in England when they lifted their 20th title, moving them two ahead of foes Liverpool in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge.United have struggled ever since, with David Moyes leading the club to seventh place before Louis van Gaal steadied the ship and took the Red Devils back into the Champions League.Liverpool threatened to move level with United the season after Ferguson left, but Steven Gerrard’s untimely slip went a long way to ensuring the title went to Manchester City in 2014.The once-dominant Merseyside club have now gone 25 years without lifting the biggest trophy in the domestic arena. Some pundits are predicting a similarly fallow period for United, but Beckham is optimistic about the future at Old Trafford.“I can’t see that happening to Manchester United,” the former United midfielder said when asked if the club could go through such a barren patch as Liverpool have done.“I never think that we will not be in contention for winning trophies because there is too much history, there is too much embedded into this club to let it just slip away like that.”As Beckham knows, even Ferguson went through occasional dry patches with United.The 40-year-old, speaking at a press conference to publicise a UNICEF charity match at Old Trafford, did not win any silverware in three of his 11 years as a professional at the club.“We have been spoiled over the last 20 years,” said Beckham, who played 394 times for United after graduating from the club’s famed academy.“We have been so successful and then the manager and [former chief executive] David Gill leave, then there is a number of players that retired like Scholesy and Giggsy. No matter what club it is, no matter how much money you have behind you, there is going to be a dip in trophies, but unfortunately when you are Manchester United, you can’t really have that and there are tough moments.” 1last_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgNewly-promoted Huddersfield Town and West Brom are both keen on bringing centre-half Andrea Ranocchia back to the Premier League.The Inter Milan defender spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull City and although he couldn’t help the Tigers avoid relegation, he impressed during his brief spell in England.Ranocchia, 29, has admirers back in Serie A with Genoa also keeping track, but the defender is thought to be keen to continue his adventure abroad and he has interest from the Premier League.According to Sky Italia, Huddersfield and West Brom hold an interest in the Italy international and are hopeful of luring him back to England in time for next season.However, the Baggies do have the edge of over the Premier League newcomers, given Ranocchia’s desire to move to an established top-flight side.The defender netted twice in 16 appearances for Hull last season and became a firm favourite amongst supporters, despite his short stay. 1 Andrea Ranocchia last_img read more

December 26, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA construction worker from Fanad failed to put on his hard hat and safety jacket just minutes before he was killed when the bucket of a digger fell off and struck him.Francis Callaghan died on the construction site in Forquar, Milford on January 8th, 2010.A colleague of the dead man appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with three charges of negligence under the Safety and Health at Work Act 2005. Site foreman Owen Curran of Lower Dore, Bunbeg, 67, has pleaded not guilty to the charge.The court heard how the dead man had been placing concrete manhole covers onto a digger when the tragedy occurred.When he was lifting the last cover, also known as a biscuit, to move its location, it fell on Mr Callaghan of Shanagh, Fanad.A number of his fellow workers rushed to the scene but Mr Callaghan died a short time later.The driver of the digger, Dermot Boyce of Knockbrack, Kerrrykeel, has already pleaded guilty to a number of related charges.Defence Barrister Peter Nolan told the court it was accepted that no safety pin has been placed on the bucket to connect it to the digger.The safety pin was later found in the cab of the digger being driven by Mr Boyce.The accused man said he did all he could to help lift the 5ft by 5ft concrete manhole from the victim.“I ran to him and lifted the bucket and shouted at him to pull his legs out but noticed he was uncocnscious.I told other workers to keep it off him and ran for an ambulance. When I came back all men had put their jackets over him.“I felt for a pulse but could not find one and I knew he was dead,” said Mr Curran.The developer of the site PJ Doherty of Carndonagh said he understood that as site foreman, Mr Curran was responsible for the health and safety on the site.However defence Barrister Peter Nolan said that Mr.Curran’s name was not mentioned under any correspondence with the Health and Safety Authority.The case continues.EndsFOREMAN TOLD FANAD BUILDER TO PUT ON SAFETY EQUIPMENT JUST MINUTES BEFORE HE WAS KILLED BY DIGGER BUCKET was last modified: May 4th, 2011 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEL SEGUNDO – Phil Jackson asked first for the shooters who already had missed two free throws to step back to the foul line, so he could stop watching sooner and send the Lakers back out on another punishing set of cross-court sprints. He looked in the direction of special assistant coach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar standing on the sidelines and said disgustedly: “The big guy was doing 17s (sprints) at 38, 39 years old. That’s how old Corie (Blount) is now.” Then Jackson kindly asked the Lakers a few minutes later to get off his court and return for practice tomorrow, although the coach’s exact words were neither polite nor printable. This Lakers team might have mere playoff aspirations as opposed to championship expectations, but Jackson showed Saturday he is still as capable of playing mind games as before. And he might have found a leader opposite Kobe Bryant as a result. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week While Jackson stormed off the floor and Bryant kicked a water bottle on his way to the locker room, Lamar Odom rallied the rest of his teammates and led them back to the foul line, where they kept on shooting. Jackson came into the season saying Bryant will be one of the Lakers’ two captains. He would not commit to Odom being the other Saturday, but acknowledged the role fits, especially with Odom moving to the backcourt and directing the Lakers’ offense. “He’s a supportive guy and I think that it’s kind of natural to say he’s going to fall into that role,” Jackson said. “But I want that to be something that’s not by my doing but by his doing, by the team following him. “Kobe, by virtue of his status here, his veteran ability, his All-Star capabilities, has a position that a lot of times is leadership by example. Whereas we need someone who can lead by encouragement, by support, a person that can rally the group.” Odom did that Saturday, at the end of a practice that ran more than an hour long. It was an encouraging sign from the player who never looked totally comfortable during his first season with the Lakers following the Shaquille O’Neal trade. Even though he is only 25, Odom is a relative veteran on this year’s team, entering his seventh NBA season. center_img “It’s important on this team because we’re young,” Odom said. “We don’t have six or seven guys that’ve been to the Western Conference finals on this team. I guess it’s just my turn to be a leader.’ What’s in a name? The Lakers have benefited from the play of guard Smush Parker, who hit 8 of 14 shots, averaged 10 points and played solid defense in the first two exhibitions. So what was with Jackson calling Parker by his given name, William, on Saturday? “He’s a different person on different days, depending upon how he does,” Jackson said. “Sometimes he’s Smush, Smushie, Smash, Splash. We’ve got a variety of names for him. “We think Smush might be a little bit too soft. But his mom gave him the name, so we have to concede that when moms give you a name like that, you’ve kind of got to hang on to it.” Also: Blount, whose actual age is 36, has practiced sparingly and said he is bothered by a bruise on the top of his left foot. Jackson said he is proceeding cautiously with the veteran big man, who underwent ankle and knee surgeries a year ago. Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more