SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT AT $159,584 SMITH HAS MUCH TO LIKE ABOUT ‘NOW HORSE’ OMAHA BEACHMike Smith stunned the racing world in 2005 when he piloted Giacamo to a 50-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby, although it was no great surprise to him.If he wins the Kentucky Derby on Omaha Beach in less than two weeks, May 4 to be exact, it will have minimal shock value both in the main and to Smith, since Omaha Beach is the pre-race favorite.The 53-year-old Hall of Fame member, among the gold standard of current jockeys, sees no additional pressure riding the favorite as opposed to a longshot such as Giacomo. After all, he did sweep the Triple Crown last year on Justify.“Hopefully, Omaha Beach is getting better,” Smith said Sunday morning over coffee at Clockers’ Corner. “The Derby is a tough race with a tough bunch of three-year-olds, but Omaha Beach seems to be the ‘now’ horse.“I love his running style and I love that he’ll handle mud and different surfaces, because that certainly can happen. There’s always a chance it can be muddy at Churchill (Downs).”John Shirreffs recalls that Smith was optimistic about Giacomo’s chances on Derby Day in 2005.“He was very positive,” said former Marine and surfing enthusiast Shirreffs, best known as the trainer of the fairytale filly Zenyatta. “He said, ‘Don’t worry, John. He’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming. Everything’s good.’ He really loved Giacomo. Maybe it was because Giacomo was by Holy Bull (the favorite in the 1994 Derby who finished 12thunder Smith after breaking poorly on a sloppy track).“He realized the first day Giacomo went on the track at Churchill Downs that he liked it, and when you ship, it’s important that a horse likes the surface.“Giacomo also benefitted from Mike’s experience. Over the years, he’s learned how to ride the Derby really well. Going into the first turn, Giacomo was a little wide and he knew he couldn’t win going wide on two turns. He had to save ground somewhere.“There was a horse in front of him going into the first turn, so he tried to get Giacomo to the rail even though it was a little close, and he did. A lot of riders might have been more cautious and not attempted that move, but I think because of Mike’s experience, knowing he couldn’t afford to go wide on the first and second turns, he had to do what he did.“I remember people thinking Ron Turcotte moved too soon on the backside aboard Secretariat in the 1973 Derby, but in that race he had gone wide around the first turn, and Ron knew that he couldn’t go wide around the second turn as well, so that kind of experience really pays off.”Smith and his agent Brad Pegram pondered whether to ride Omaha Beach or Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster in the 145th Run for the Roses. Smith has been the go-to guy for Roadster’s trainer Bob Baffert, who captured his second Triple Crown last year with Justify, following American Pharoah’s sweep in 2015.“It was extremely tough,” Smith said of the decision. “They’re both live horses, and I think Omaha Beach has beaten two of the horses (Improbable and Game Winner) that probably would have been favored if he hadn’t have beaten them.“He’s got Roadster to beat and a couple horses from New York that look really good, so it’s going to be a tough Derby, but he’s not without a big chance. Like I said, I love his running style and it suits the Derby.“He’s quick out of there, he’ll be in a good position and then it’s just a matter of working out the trip. But is there more pressure on a favorite? I guess if you feel that way, but it all depends on the individual.“It’s the kind of pressure that I like.”‘STARR’ IN THE MAKING FOR BILL SPAWR?Starr of Quality makes her graded stakes debut in her 22nd lifetime start Saturdayin the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes, but Bill Spawr cautions not to readily dismiss the chances of the California-bred daughter of First Dude owned by Tom Acker and Jon Lindo.“Look at her record, and look who won the (Grade I) Beholder (Mile),” Spawrsaid, noting that Starr of Quality finished second in the race, a half-length in front of Secret Spice, the likely favorite had she opted to run in the Santa Margarita.“Also,” Spawr pointed out, “the Santa Margarita is a mile and an eighth, and thefarther the better for my mare.”Starr of Quality has two wins from nine starts since being claimed for $32,000 in February 2018. She has a 5-4-6 record from 21 starts and earned $230,308.SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT IS $159,584Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved again Saturday, creating a tidy Jackpot carryover of $159,584 into Sunday.With $157,240 in “new” Rainbow Six money wagered yesterday, the total Jackpot pool reached $280,825. Although there was no single ticket winner, there were 27 consolation tickets with six, each of them worth $3,111.Leg one in today’s Rainbow Six is the third race, with approximate post time of 2 p.m.PUGLISI BACK AND LOOKING TO THE FUTUREIgnacio Puglisi is back on track in a career that began 29 years ago when hewas a mere pup of 16. Now 45, but still fit, formidable and friendly, the jockey pals refer to as ‘Iggy’ is doing what he loves best–riding horses.“I’ve been back since mid-November now, so it’s been a while,” said the native ofRosario, Argentina, currently flying without an agent. “Unfortunately, we got stuck with all the rough stuff and it just slowed things down, but now I feel good, physically and emotionally.“I’m doing real well and riding for a great group of guys. Michael McCarthy toldme this morning he had a horse for me to ride; Andrew Lerner has been real cool. He named me on one, Jack Carava also, and of course (longtime patron) Paul Aguirre.“It’s going OK. For me, I’m loving it, I’m enjoying it and hoping we survive this storm because it’s a great game and I think we’re back on the upswing.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Marley’s Freedom (Outside) in company with Nero work 5 furlongs (Baffert)Tizarunner works 4 furlongs (McCarthy) 4-21-19Starr of Quality works 5 furlongs (Spawr) 4-21-19Ax Man works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-21-19 SMITH FANCIES OMAHA BEACH IN A ‘TOUGH’ DERBY McKinzie works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-19-19Bellafina likely Kentucky Oaks favorite works 4 furlongs (Callaghan) 4-19-19Quick Questions with jockey Aaron GryderSejo worked 4 furlongs (Sadler) 4-19-19FINISH LINES: Mike Smith rides Paradise Woods for John Shirreffs in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes. The multiple Grade I winner worked four furlongs yesterday in 47.40 . . . There were 188 recorded workout at Santa Anita Sunday, including a five furlong move on the training track in 1:05 by Vasilika, ticketed for the Grade I Gamely on May 27 for Jerry Hollendorfer. Multiple graded stakes winner Ashleyluvssugar worked in 51 seconds flat on the main track for Peter Eurton. The eight-year-old Game Plan gelding is nominated to Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes for California-breds at a mile on the grass . . . Hollendorfer-trained Blind Luck is among the Hall of Fame contemporary Thoroughbred finalists that include Gio Ponti, Havre de Grace, Rags to Riches and Royal Delta. The winners are scheduled to be announced tomorrow . . . Fans can participate in the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky on Saturday, May 4, at Santa Anita. Live racing, music, food trucks and hat contests will be the order of the day. For tickets and reservations, visit santaanita.com . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, with live action resuming at 1 p.m. Friday, April 26. Simulcast racing is offered Wednesday and Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. SPAWR HAS ‘STARR’ IN GRADE II SANTA MARGARITA Roadster works 6 furlongs (Baffert) 4-20-19Game Winner (Outside) works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-20-19Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs (Sherriffs) 4-20-19Pee Wee Reese (Outside) & Kenjisstorm work 5 furlongs (D’Amato)River Boyne worked 5 furlongs (Mullins) 4-19-19
JANIEVE Russell of the University of Technology (UTech), and G.C. Foster College’s Demish Gaye shone brightly on yesterday’s final day of competition at the NCB Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships at the National Stadium. Russell, who had won the women’s 400 metres hurdles on Friday’s opening day, won her second title in fine style, clocking a personal best 51.17 seconds. Drawn in lane three, Russell covered her main rivals, Tiffany James and Dawnalee Loney of Mico University, very early and sprinted away from the field to win easily. James, 52.30 for second, and G.C. Foster’s Verone Chambers, who was third in 52.55, also clocked personal best times. Russell was very pleased with her performance. “I am very happy with my victory today. I was very confident going into the event, and this is a good sign for me,” she said, while praising her coach, Stephen Francis. Coach Francis had high praises for his charge. “It was, indeed, a good performance for Janieve, and to know that she ran a personal best just coming off a surgery,” said Francis. Gaye, the find of the season in the event, defeated a quality field, clocking a fast 45.57 and, in the process, broke the old record of 45.93 set by UTech’s Rusheen McDonald in 2014. Twayne Crooks (47.00) of UTech was second, with third going to Alvin Green of G.C. Foster College in 47.22. Good work “It has been a very good season so far for me, and going to the recent World Indoor Championships as a part of the Jamaica team, has motivated me and I am looking forward to continuing the good work this season,” said Gaye. Oshane Bailey of G.C. Foster College completed the sprint double. Following his 100 metres win on Friday, Bailey pipped Kevean Smith of UTech on the line to take the 200m in 20.72 seconds. Smith did 20.77, with Everton Clarke of G.C. Foster, third in 20.82. Former Calabar High standout Michael O’Hara, now competing for the University of the West Indies (UWI), was fourth in 21.19. Shericka Jackson of UTech clocked 22.98 to win the women’s 200m ahead of teammate Shimarya Williams (23.33), with 100m champion Jura Levy of G.C. Foster College taking third in 23.48. The day started on a good note for the Mico University College. They picked up two wins in the first two finals, the women’s and men’s 1500m, through Samantha James and Alex Hutton. James, who won the 800m on Friday’s opening day, clocked 4:43.63. Hutton won the men’s event in 4:06.28. With the relays still to be completed last night, G.C. Foster College appeared set to take the men’s and women’s titles. • MEN: G.C. Foster College 126, UTech 83, UWI 81, Mico 38 and Exed 23 • WOMEN: G.C. Foster College 152, UTech 130, UWI 93, Mico 42, Church Teachers’ College 7.
Dear Editor,I remember vividly the call from certain quarters of the print and electronic media that President Granger needs time and assistance to govern this nation. The call came against the backdrop that he was new to leadership in a governmental capacity, and should be given the patience and tolerance new leadership should be given.They issued statements such as, “Mr Granger is new, he needs advice and assistance on the difficult task of governing a nation.” They further opined, “He is not accustomed to governance like the Experienced PPP/C, he needs time.”Well we are going well on into three years of the Granger-led Administration, and only one part of that call or agreement is adhered to; that is: the patience and tolerant factor; and that comes from the part of the people of this country. The part that should be demanded of Mr Granger, and which remains unfulfilled, is his attitude towards good governance.Mr Granger is not in the least interested in good governance, as we know and have grown accustomed to; he is all about good old party politics, which is a crass revelation of bullyism. As soon as the administration came into power — three months to be exact – members’ salaries and emoluments were raised to a fever pitch 50%, which tells you from the very start that they were in the business of helping themselves to heaven financially. Quite interesting for a man who needs advice an experience in governance, when your personal position, your own personal finances, comes first and very little care, if any, is taken for the people who put them in office. It tells you where we are really headed.Even more disheartening is the fact that his next move was to dismiss thousands of workers all across this country, supposedly that they were affiliates of the political Opposition, promptly filling those positions with his own party hacks. Those dismissed workers are all poor, simple Guyanese who, like everyone else, were just going about their jobs, eking out an existence. However, The Granger Administration thought otherwise.Further to our horrible existence is the fact that this PNC-led Government has closed four sugar estates, leaving nearly 7,000 workers in the abyss of no work and no earning whatsoever. They are utterly devastated! Even his own political partner, the AFC, who was intrinsically important in them gaining office, recent developments have revealed that he is not interested in a revision of the Cummingsburg Accord. This is a startling revelation, to say the least!What is crystal clear is that Mr Granger is all about going it alone. Partisan party politics is what he is all about. This has “bullyism” written all over it. I do not know if his military training, where the notion of “do as you are told and ask no questions” is his mantra; from all indications, it seems to be his. This will not work, period! Even the statement where his apologists were contending that he needed advice has proven to be futile, because there is a wealth of advice, experience and information in this country where he could have drawn from before he closed those estates. Even his own CoI into the sugar operations advised him not to close the sugar estates, he completely shunned and single-handedly went ahead and did it anyway.His is not a situation where he wants advice, because advice is right there at your fingertips. Okay, use it! But that is not his style of governance, he is a “Burnhamite Dictator” who is going to bully his way over this country. Well, let us see how far that would take him.RespectfullysubmittedNeil Adams
“It’s hard to believe that Ronnie would have been 96 years old today,” she said. “I know he would have been thrilled to see the military band and color guard, the Naval Academy Glee Club and the flyover at his library today, and he would have been touched that so many of his old friends are coming to celebrate on his behalf.” On Tuesday night, she presented former President Bush with the 2007 Ronald Reagan Freedom Award during a gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The award is given to those who “have contributed greatly to the cause of freedom worldwide.” Past recipients include Colin Powell, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Jordan’s King Hussein, Lady Margaret Thatcher, the Rev. Billy Graham, Bob Hope and Rudolph Giuliani. “George was not only my husband’s dedicated vice president, but he was also Ronnie’s loyal friend,” Reagan said in a statement. “Working closely with Ronald Reagan was one of the great joys of my life, and receiving this prestigious Reagan Freedom Award is something I will treasure always,” former President Bush said in a statement.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – Former President Ronald Reagan was remembered in a ceremony Tuesday on what he would have called another anniversary of his 39th birthday. Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III and Col. James B. Seaton III, commanding officer of the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton, placed a wreath of white roses on behalf of President George W. Bush at Reagan’s grave at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum. Bush said in a proclamation that the wreath and military honors were sent “in tribute to his distinguished service to a grateful nation.” Two World War II vintage military aircraft flew over the ceremony and Marines offered a 21-gun salute. Reagan, who died June 5, 2004, at 93 after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, was remembered by Meese as a Cold War warrior for his “peace-through-strength” mantra. Meese said Reagan led the United States out of a national malaise and ended the Cold War. “He had integrity,” Meese said. “And he had perseverance. … We celebrate the legacy of Ronald Reagan.” Seaton told the crowd of about 600 seated on a sunny lawn near the grave that Reagan was an inspiration to the Marine Corps during his presidency and that that legacy lives on today as the military faces adversaries in Iraq. “America didn’t become great because we took the easy road,” the colonel said. Former first lady Nancy Reagan, reported to be feeling a bit under the weather and reserving her energy for an evening library fundraiser honoring former President George H.W. Bush, said in a statement that her husband would have enjoyed the tributes.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the next Council meeting on Monday, City of Fort St. John Council will decide if Staff should apply for a Provincial Grant to study the feasibility of relocating the Visitor Centre from the Pomeroy Sport Centre to another location.Staff is seeking to apply to the B.C. Rural Dividend Program in order to receive funding for the study.If Council decides to allow Staff to apply for the Grant, the City will also contribute $20,000 that will be used for the study.- Advertisement -The purpose of the study is to determine a site location, design, and preliminary cost estimates. The study will also recommend possible partnerships, along with other details.The proposal for a new Visitor Centre complies with the City’s Strategic Goals and Priorities.In 2013, the Visitor Centre moved into the Pomeroy Sport Centre as a temporary fix after the old centre was decommissioned and demolished.Advertisement
TWO Co Derry brothers who launched a vicious attack on tourists at a Letterkenny hotel were jailed last night for their part in the assaults.Ultan and Fergal McTague, originally from Aghadowey in Co Derry, were given 12 month prison terms when they faced two separate assault charges.The last six months of each sentence was suspended. Ultan McTague, a 27-year-old plumber’s assistant with an address in Portglenone, and Fergal McTague, a 32-year-old accountant with an address in Aghadowey, had been found guilty by a jury at their trial.At their sentencing hearing yesterday evening in Letterkenny, the court once again heard that they had been on a stag night in the town.Both men are married with children and neither was used to heavy drinking.They had booked into Dillon’s Hotel for the night but when a door from a lift slammed shut, they left their room and accused two men from Monaghan of kicking their door.Despite the protestations of the two men, the McTagues rained punches and kicks down on their victims, leaving them with serious injuries.Judge John O’Hagan, who heard the trial case, said the McTagues had boxed and kicked their victims down the corridor.Gardai who later attended the scene described blood splattered all over the walls.A barrister for Fergal McTague said his client had a clear previous record who was “a fine upstanding member of his community.”He said his actions on the night of the assault was completely out of character, blaming the culture of stag parties where young men who don’t normally drink go out to “allegedly enjoy themselves” by consuming quantities of alcohol they were not used to.He said his client didn’t come to Letterkenny looking for trouble, but had found it through drink “and his own stupidity.”A barrister for his brother Ultan spoke of a committed family man who also had a completely clear previous record and who was also not to use to drink.He was a plasterer but had retrained as a plumber’s assistant to get work and flew back and forward from England to support his family and children.Judge O’Hagan recalled how the McTagues’ attack on the Monaghan men “started very quickly and was very agitated.”One of the victims managed to make it back into his room; but his friend was battered relentlessly, suffering wounds to his and lips which required stitches, a broken nose, two black eyes and various other injuries.The McTagues, said the judge, had carried out “an unprovoked and savage assault.”He told the Co Derry men: “I must impose a custodial sentence in this case. I cannot allow this to go unpunished.”He said however that he recognised that “an hour in prison for people like you will feel like months” – whereas to criminals who had been to jail before it didn’t.Judge O’Hagan also recognised that the two accused men had answered all their bail conditions and attended every hearing despite living in the North of Ireland.He imposed one year jail terms, suspending the last six months.The McTagues’ wives sobbed as they were handcuffed and led away to serve their sentences.Wiping away tears, Fergal McTague’s wife turned to the judge and said: “They are such good men. They really are.”At hearing.CO DERRY MEN JAILED FOR VICIOUS DONEGAL HOTEL ATTACK was last modified: July 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CO DERRY MEN JAILED FOR VICIOUS DONEGAL HOTEL ATTACK
England manager Gareth Southgate has told Wayne Rooney the door is not closed on an international comeback but left no doubt about the size of the challenge facing the former captain.Rooney has scored more goals for England than anyone, with 53, and is the nation’s most capped outfield player on 119 appearances.But that has not protected him from Southgate’s axe. Having left the 31-year-old out of March’s games against Germany and Lithuania citing a lack of playing time at Manchester United, Southgate was more stark about the reasons for his omission from a 25-man squad to take on Scotland and France next month.Rooney has enjoyed more regular starts for the Red Devils in recent weeks but the England boss is clear that there are currently better options to choose from in both the number 10 and centre-forward berths.“We have a lot of players playing exceptionally well in the area of the pitch that Wayne plays,” Southgate told thefa.com.“I said last time (in March) that he was a bit short of matches – he’s had some matches now but we’ve got players that have done really, really well for us in Adam Lallana and Dele Alli.“We’ve got Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane coming back and Jermain Defoe who did really well for us last time while Jamie Vardy’s been in excellent form in the second half of the season.“I can’t dress it up any other way. Other players are in really good form and deserve to keep their place.”Southgate was careful to stress he was not bundling the decorated veteran into the wilderness, less than 24 hours after he made a cameo in United’s Europa League victory over Ajax.“I’ve showed that, by selecting Jermain Defoe at 34, if players are playing well and the moment’s right then we will involve them in the squad.“You never write off a player of Wayne’s quality and I’m sure that, next season, he’ll be back to playing. He’s finished the season a bit better and I’m sure he’ll take that into next year.” 1 Wayne Rooney
Finn Harps have all but blown their chance of a promotion play-off place after suffering a 2-0 defeat to Waterford Utd at Finn Park tonight.The Ballybofey side were hoping to follow on from their solid showing against Salthill Devin last week in which they collected all three points.But they now face a huge uphill battle if they are to realistically compete for a promotion place as the league ticks down to its finish. A crowd of a little more than 530, up from last week, answered manager Peter Hutton’s call for a stronger support.But the reality is that 300 supporters on a bright summer’s evening to watch senior football is a poor return.This young Harps outfit, led by a decent manager in Hutton, deserve a much greater support from the Donegal public.Whatever marketing and promotion campaign Harps have undertaken would appear not to be working. Tonight’s defeat could well call time on this season’s hopes.A stunning header from Ben Ryan in the 25th minutes from a Vinny Sullivan cross left Harps chasing the game.Conor Meade made it 2-0 in the 51st minute when he slotted home from the penalty spot after he was taken down by Thomas McMonagle.Harps battled to get back into the game and American Pat McCann, making his full debut for Harps, looked like he had place a fine shot into the top corner only for Craig Hyland to pull off a stunning save.But just like Salthill last week against Harps, the home side found the two goal gap too much to breach. Peter Hutton will be bitterly disappointed by tonight’s result.He must now pick his team up and get them ready for next week’s cup game which realistically is all Harps may now have to play for this season.HARPS PROMOTION HOPES ALL BUT GONE AFTER DEFEAT TO WATERFORD was last modified: August 17th, 2013 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)Tags:finn harpswaterford
The Finn Valley Flying Club, based at the airfield at Carrickbrack, Convoy will run a Fly-in BBQ/Family day event this Saturday the 10th August from 12 Noon. The event will be a Charity event held for “Fix Crumlin” and in particular will help fund the new Children’s Cancer wing at the hospital.If the weather plays ball we will get to see aircraft landing from all over Ireland and indeed from the UK too. The day kicks off around Midday and aircraft will arrive from Friday night and throughout Saturday. Around 3pm there will be a full aerobatic flying display by one of Irelands top display pilots, this will be a first for Donegal and not to be missed.There will be model aircraft and helicopters, and we may even have a visit by the Air rescue Sikorsky helicopter on the day.Bouncy castles will be available for the children & a full BBQ kicks off around 2 pm.This is a unique event, run by Finn Valley Flying Club to raise funds for Crumlin Hospital for sick children. So if you’re free on Saturday come along and see something uniquely different. It will be signposted from all surrounding towns. The entrance fee is a donation to the “Fix Crumlin” appeal.Find out more about the event on the website at www.finnvalleyflyingclub.com or “find us on Facebook” where you can “like us” to have a chance of winning a flight in an aeroplane during the day. THE SKIES THE LIMIT FOR THE FINN VALLEY FLYING CLUB THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 7th, 2013 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:AeroplanescharityconvoyCrumlinFinn Valley Flying clubfundraiserhelicopters