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first_imgCLASSY DONNA VELOCE HEADS SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 SANTA YSABEL STAKES FOR SOPHOMORE FILLIES AT 1 1/16 MILES ARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2020)–Favored in all three of her starts and most recently second in a pair of Grade I stakes, trainer Simon Callaghan’s Donna Veloce heads a field of seven sophomore fillies going a mile and one sixteenth in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita.As is his custom, Bob Baffert will also be well represented in the Santa Ysabel, as he’ll send out promising recent maiden winner Storie Blue and battle tested Gingham, who was a well beaten second behind potential superstar Venetian Harbor in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes here on Feb. 8.DONNA VELOCEOwner:  Kaleem Shah, Inc., Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor & Derrick SmithTrainer:  Simon CallaghanImmensely talented, she rolled to a 9 ¼ length first-out maiden win going 6 ½ furlongs here on Sept. 28, earning a lofty Beyer Speed figure of 91.  Subsequently second, beaten a neck as the 2-1 favorite going 1 1/16 miles in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 1, she’s been idle since running second, beaten a half length at 1-5 in the Grade I Starlet Stakes at the same distance over a wet surface Dec. 7 at Los Alamitos.  Clearly the horse to beat on Sunday, this Kentucky-bred daughter of Uncle Mo, who’s earned $430,000 from her three starts at age two, will be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Flavien Prat.STORIE BLUEOwner:  Don Alberto StableTrainer:  Bob BaffertHead and head early, this homebred filly by Empire Maker prevailed by a neck in breaking her maiden going a flat mile here on Jan 5 in what was her third consecutive race at that distance.  With steady improvement in each start and a proven ability to go two turns, Storie Blue, who earned a 78 Beyer last time out, should be forwardly placed under Mike Smith in what will be her fourth career start.GINGHAMOwner:  Sarah Kelly & Jane WiltzTrainer:  Bob BaffertMost recently second, beaten 9 ¼ lengths by freakish winner Venetian Harbor in the one mile Las Virgenes Stakes Feb. 8, this Quality Road filly finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of the third horse in what amounted to a separate race.  A one mile allowance winner two starts back and mile maiden victress four races back on Oct. 31, Gingham rallied from off the pace in both victories and should a hot pace develop, she could be dangerous in the late stages on Sunday.  With an overall mark of 7-2-4-0, she’ll be ridden or the third consecutive time by Drayden Van Dyke.GIDGETTAOwner:  Jungle Racing, LLCTrainer:  Richard BaltasOwned and bred by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing, Gidgetta will be facing winners and stretching out for the first time in the Santa Ysabel.  An impressive one length maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs in her second start Jan. 20, this daughter of the Medaglia d’Oro stallion Fast Anna could prove bothersome to anyone with designs on a front-running trip.SPEECHOwner:  Eclipse Thoroughbred PartnersTrainer:  Michael McCarthyA runaway nine length maiden winner going six furlongs at Los Alamitos on Dec. 14, a race in which she earned an 86 Beyer, she was most recently second, beaten 2 ¼ lengths, to the highly respected Auberge in a six furlong allowance here Feb. 1.  In what will be her fourth start, this daughter of Mr. Speaker will be stretching out for the first time and will no doubt be in close attendance early.THE GRADE III SANTA YSABEL WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8  Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTDonna Veloce–Flavien Prat–120Gidgetta–Joel Rosario–120Speech–Geovanni Franco–120Tiz Fake News–Abel Cedillo–122Gingham–Drayden Van Dyke–122Paige Anne–Umberto Rispoli–122Storie Blue–Mike Smith–120First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,President David Granger continues to ignore the real issues affecting local democracy. His last visit to Region Six was another indication that he is focusing on one section of the society, and his frequent visit to his traditional support base in Region Six is very much a cause for concern.What is even more hypocritical is when he said “I believe in Regionalism, regardless of political parties, regardless of ethnicity”. He also said he would like to see participation and cooperation in building a stronger, safer and a more secure region.Granger and his government are the main reason why local democracy is being eroded in the country. Granger failed to address the issue that arose at the Corriverton municipality, where one of his ministers of Government confessed that she was the reason why a national event was stopped in Corriverton. This self-professed democratic Granger should discipline this individual to uphold local democracy.Why is nothing being done by Granger to stop the lawlessness that’s happening in Region 5? A Government-appointed Regional Executive Officer in Region 5 and councillors of the APNU/AFC coalition Government are instrumental in hindering development.After over two years of local government elections, many NDC and municipal elections are not completed as yet because of the negligence of this Granger Government.Granger and Bulkhan chose their own commissioner on the Local Government Commission without the approval of the RDCs and NDCs, or consultation.They imposed flags in the regions without RDC approval. The minister’s appointment of a mayor when municipality elections resulted in a tie cannot be forgotten.The Regions are being trampled upon by Central Government, and projects are being executed without the knowledge and approval of the RDCs.Motions that are being approved by the Regional Democratic Council are not being respected and implemented by the minister and Granger cabinet.These are just some of the few issues to let you know that the President is not serious in upholding local democracy. The President comes to Berbice to say that we should have Regional Conference to address impediments to development is nothing but a farce. The real impediment that needs to be addressed is the APNU/AFC coalition Government.RespectfullyZamal Hussainlast_img read more

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf last Thursday led an array of personalities, including government officials to perform a dedication of the newly constructed modern housing units in Gbengbar Town, around the VOA Junction in Paynesville City, outside Monrovia. The complex, which comprises several modern designed houses, is constructed by Premier Developers JV Company, a wholly Liberian owned company, headed by its president and chief executive officer (CEO), Floyd Thomas.  In her statement, President Sirleaf said the initiative is a dream come true for the government and people of Liberia, adding, “This is an example of what it takes to build our country.” She said it was a dream come true because, while living in Abidjan, La Cote d’Ivoire as a refugee, Premier Developers JV Company CEO Thomas conceived the idea of bringing to the country, Liberian-owned private investments that would include construction of housing units to be purchased at an affordable rate by residents. By this venture, Madam Sirleaf believes that Mr. Thomas is encouraging other compatriots to invest at home as part of the strategies to alleviate the constraints of acquiring land and at the same time building a house.  According to the President, the construction of the new housing units signifies that a group of Liberians with expertise can come together, incorporating the young ones with talents and skills to carry on infrastructural development.  She then urged the management of Premier Developers to construct more of such housing units, especially for low income earners in other parts of the country to alleviate the serious housing problem facing ordinary Liberians. President Sirleaf then encouraged Liberians living abroad to return home and follow the good example of Premier Developers to work and build Liberia rather than coming home to take the country’s meager resources away. She has meanwhile assured the management of the Premier Homes her government’s commitment to providing social services, including the provision of safe drinking water and electricity for those who will be privileged to acquire any of the newly constructed units.Earlier in their respective remarks, Mr. John Davies, President of Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and Director-general of the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation (NASSCORP), Dewitt VonBallmoos also commended the management and staff of Premier Developers JV Company for undertaking such a venture.  They promised to ensure that the dream of the Premier Estate is sustained. For her part, Paynesville City Mayor, Cyvette Gibson, lauded the new housing estate as a much welcomed development. Also speaking, Margibi County Senator Oscar Cooper pledged his support to the project and promised to lobby with residents of Margibi to provide the needed land space for the construction of similar modern homes, which he believes will be at the purchasing advantage of low income earners. He is the Senate Chair on Public Works. The dedication was also attended by the Doyen of the Diplomatic Corps, Guinean Ambassador, Abdoulaye Doré,  The Premier Homes is one of Liberia’s post war developers, under the canopy of the Developers JV Company. With the motto: “Buying offers freedom from rising rents; affordability is a key factor,” the Premier Estate has amenities such as a gated community, perimeter and individual home fence, guard house with security, paved streets and landscaping.  It is a premium residential subdivision that offers middle to high income homes for sale, equipped with first class amenities and facilities.“We have several well-designed home models to choose from,” Mr. Thomas said. He also acknowledged authorities of the LBDI, NASSCORP, and Guarantee Trust Bank. Some of the estate plans are ready to buy and the homes are being designed and well-constructed in accordance with high standards of construction. The Premier Estate is constructed on 25 acres of land with a  workforce of 75, some of them, procurement staffers including seasoned Liberian engineers and architects.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDespite the presence of 22 pieces of road building equipment in Nimba County, most of the major farm-to- market roads, including the Bahn-Buutuo Highway, are impassable this raining season.During a tour of the Buu–Yao Administrative District over the weekend, Daily Observer Nimba County correspondent said he saw several vehicles stranded along the road as a result of heavy mud that the recent downpour of rain produced.The deplorable condition of the road, accordingly to journalist Menkor, began from the center of Bahn City to Buutuo which is situated at the Liberian/Ivorian border further in the northeast.“The Bahn-Buutuo road is so bad that we were unable to reach our destination during the July 26 celebration,” said Dr. Kardiker Rex Dahn, Deputy Director-General, National Commission on Higher Education.Dr. Dahn said he had intended to spend the festive season with some family members in Buutuo as well as idenitify with the on-going weeklong conference of the Liberian Inland Church, but could not do so due to the bad road condition.“As we speak, no car is able to reach Buutuo and motorcycles are also finding it very hard,” he added.Some of the roads that have been closed to vehicle movement include the Yao-Lepula/Buutuo Highway via Nyor-Gomaplay—the birth place of Senator Prince Johnson and the district Rep. Samuel Korgar.Other no go areas are the link between Wea-Beadatuo and Glarlay New Town as well as the Wea-Beaplay to Yao-Nyanlay via Yao Mahnplat.Nimba County has three sets of yellow machines for the rehabilitation of feeder roads across the county. The county was divided into three regions with each carrying a set of machines, which include a caterpillar, road grader, front-end loader, compactor, 2 excavators and a dump truck.County authorities recently announced some achievements in the rehabilitation of feeder roads in some quarters of the county, including the Buu–Yao.Recently, county authorities procured three double-cabin pickups from the County Social Development Fund for use by the Superintendent, Development Superintendent and the County Inspector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgSources close to Afflalo said there is a chance he could return for a senior season – and UCLA is not actively recruiting anyone to fill his scholarship – but he and his father, Benjamin, said after the game a decision will not be made until UCLA’s participation in the NCAA Tournament is complete. Complicating Afflalo’s decision-making process is what transpired last spring. He declared for the NBA draft, worked out for some teams, but then pulled his name out to return this season. Therefore, he cannot put his name in the draft and pull it out again this year. It also will cut down on the evaluation process. But Afflalo said having gone through the process will allow him to handle the uncertainty of it with more maturity now. “You take care of the now and let those things fall into place later,” Afflalo said. “Unlike last year, this year there’s less of a worry about it. You just go out here and compete and play for your team, play hard, and those things take care of themselves.” Rebounding edge: Stanford leads the Pacific-10 Conference in rebounding (39.3 per game) and was second in offensive rebounds (12.77), but was beaten on the boards. UCLA held a 31-27 rebound advantage, and limited the Cardinal to fiveoffensive boards. “That’s the stat of the game,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said of Stanford’s offensive rebounds. “We were blocking out. Pretty simple.” Undefeated comparison: The Bruins finished 16-0 at home, their first perfect season at Pauley since the 1974-75 team went 15-0, but the nonconference schedules were quite different. UCLA’s nonconference home schedule this season consisted of Long Beach State, UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Oakland, Sam Houston State and Michigan. In 1974-75, the nonconference home schedule was Wichita State, DePaul, Loyola-Chicago, Oklahoma State, Memphis State, Davidson, Oklahoma and UC Santa Barbara. UCLA is officially credited with being undefeated at home during the 1994-95 season as well, but did lose at Pauley to California, which later was forced to forfeit the game. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “You know that the possibility is there,” Afflalo said. “But I’m so focused on the now and what I had to do to beat Stanford, I never thought, `This is my last game, let me go do what I have to do.’ It’s not what I play for, and all those decisions come with time.” center_img Arron Afflalo was bombarded with questions about whether he will return for his senior season after the fourth-ranked Bruins beat Stanford 75-61 Saturday at Pauley Pavilion, and he coolly pushed aside the issue time and again. The junior guard, who scored 20 points in the Bruins’ final home game, said he barely gave consideration to whether this was his last game at Pauley. last_img

first_img“My palms were sweaty,” senior guard Lodrick Stewart said. It was a first date of sorts, a date with the NCAA tournament. LOS ANGELES – USC players sat in the Galen Center stands, two television cameras ready to capture their reactions, and waited. And waited. Stewart, Nick Young and Gabe Pruitt waited for this opportunity for years. Their backs arched and heads tilted to catch a better view of the scoreboard screen from the arena’s plush new seats. They ached to find out who would be their dance partner and where they would be going. But the selection show teased them for more than 30 minutes, going through the complete West region before their name was called. No. 5 USC will face 12th-seeded Arkansas on Friday in Spokane, Wash. The players, some who brought along family members, erupted in cheers. Then they got the unique perspective of watching that delayed reaction on the CBS telecast seconds later. center_img “It was unbelievable,” Young said. “I’ve never been in a situation like that, where we see ourselves on the screen and everybody was yelling, then seeing the No. 5 pop up. That was great.” It’s USC’s first trip to the NCAA tournament since the 2001-02 season, before any current player was on the team. “We’ll get them back to Earth tomorrow, and they can take pats on the back today,” coach Tim Floyd said. The coach took over a team coming off a last-place finish in the Pacific-10 Conference and has it in the NCAA tournament two years later. The Trojans were picked by the media to finish sixth in the conference entering the season. “It’s absolutely ahead of schedule,” athletic director Mike Garrett said. “If you told me, with the team we had coming back and losing Ryan Francis, that we would make the NCAA tournament, I would have said that was a `Ripley’s Believe It or Not.”‘ Francis, the starting point guard last season, was killed in a Louisiana shooting during the off-season. The players wear a patch with his No. 12 on their jerseys. The fifth seed is higher than expected. The Trojans had an impressive resume with seven victories over top-25 teams but had bad losses to South Carolina and Arizona State as well as an RPI ranked 40th. The RPI improved last week, thanks to USC’s run to the Pacific-10 Conference tournament final, but the Trojans (23-11) had an embarrassing blowout loss to Oregon on national television in the title game. “We’re certainly happy with our seed,” Floyd said. “We think we were treated fairly.” The Trojans are 2-0 all-time against Arkansas, winning in 1986 and ’67. Arkansas (21-13) tied for the eighth-best record in the SEC but advanced to the final of the conference tournament before losing to Florida on Sunday. If USC can get by the Razorbacks, it could set up a second-round game against 15th-ranked Texas and national player of the year candidate Kevin Durant. “Obviously, he’s a top NBA prospect,” Pruitt said. “Hopefully, we can take care of business against Arkansas and see those guys in the second round.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgMessi’s teammates have rallied around their superstar captain after his spot-kick was saved in the 1-1 draw against minnows Iceland on Saturday.Messi is bearing the weight of expectations as Argentina seek a first World Cup trophy since 1986, desperate to crown his glittering career with a major international tournament success.However so far in Russia, Messi has been overshadowed by Ronaldo, who took his tournament goal tally to four on Tuesday with the winner in Portugal’s 1-0 defeat of Morocco, which condemned the Africans to an early exit.A defeat against the Luka Modric-led Croatians in Nizhny Novgorod could see Argentina, unthinkably, flirting with a first group stage exit since 2002.“We are all with him, he knows that he can count on the support of all of us more than ever,” said Argentina striker Paulo Dybala of Messi.“We are here to help him every moment, and of course we will be at his side,” Dybala added.– Croatia under a cloud –France’s forwards Olivier Giroud (L) and Antoine Griezmann take part in a training session in Ekaterinburg on June 20, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup Group C match against Peru © AFP / Anne-Christine POUJOULATCroatia secured three points in their 2-0 win against Nigeria in their opening game but enter the match under a cloud.AC Milan striker Nikola Kalinic was sent home from Russia for reportedly refusing to come on as a substitute, though coach Zlatko Dalic claimed the AC Milan man had a back injury.Fancied France could only edge past Australia 2-1 courtesy of an Antoine Griezmann penalty and an own goal in their Group C opener but have vowed to ramp up the intensity against Peru in Yekaterinburg.“We took stock of what was done well or not so well and all agree that we will have to increase our physical intensity and improve our attitude in general,” said France vice-captain and central defender Raphael Varane.“Other teams (among the favourites) did not win or even lost. We won, but we know that there are things to improve on. We know what direction we need to go in.”The defeat to France mean the Socceroos are targeting a win against Denmark in Samara on Thursday to have a realistic chance of qualifying from the group stages.Denmark’s Christian Eriksen (L) and Andreas Christensen attend a training session in Vityazevo on June 18, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament © AFP/File / Jonathan NACKSTRANDCaptain Mile Jedinak, who scored from the penalty spot against France, says improving on a disciplined performance and not obsessing over great Dane Christian Eriksen will be key against Denmark, who squeezed past Peru 1-0 in their opening match.“We know (Eriksen) is a fantastic player and obviously he’s got a huge role to play for them,” said Jedinak.“But we’re not trying to focus on that. We’ll definitely focus on them as whole and as a collective.”Wednesday’s other matches saw Spain edge past Iran 1-0 thanks to Diego Costa’s fortunate third goal in two matches which put them level at the top Group B with PortugalIran, who had a precious second-half equaliser ruled out for offside by VAR, lie just a point behind the Iberian pair and can still guarantee qualification for the knockout stages for the first time by beating Portugal on Monday.Uruguay knocked out Saudi Arabia Wednesday with a 1-0 win which confirmed the South Americans and hosts Russia as qualifiers from Group A with a game to spare.The result means an early exit for Mohammed Salah’s Egypt who will be heading to Volgograd airport along with the Saudis for a plane home after their clash in the historic city formerly known as Stalingrad on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Argentina’s Lionel Messi (L) and his teammates take part in a training session in Bronnitsy, near Moscow, on June 20, on the eve of their Russia 2018 World Cup Group D match against Croatia © AFP / JUAN MABROMATAVOLGOGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 21 – Lionel Messi is under increased pressure to redeem himself when Argentina face Croatia in Thursday’s pivotal match after eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo scored his fourth goal of the World Cup to send Morocco packing.France will be looking for a second World Cup Group C win against Peru Thursday while Australia need to bounce back from their heart-breaking defeat to Les Bleus against Denmark.last_img read more

first_imgPALMDALE – A Palmdale man in his 20s was reported Thursday as the first-ever Antelope Valley case of a human infected with the West Nile virus. The man had donated blood in late July and screening identified the sample to be positive for the virus, which is spread by mosquitoes that bite infected birds. “He reported that he had been bitten by mosquitoes inside and outside his house,” said Karen Mellor, Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District entomologist. “That reminds us even around the house when outside, put on repellant and long sleeves and pants and make sure screens fit tight.” At the time he donated blood, the man was showing no symptoms of the virus. Several weeks later, however, he developed a fever and has been classified as a West Nile virus fever case. To date, 17 blood donors statewide have tested positive for the virus. Up to this point, the virus had only sickened and killed birds and horses since first turning up in 2003 in the Antelope Valley. A sparrow found dead Aug. 10 in Lancaster has been confirmed as the Antelope Valley’s first bird death this year from West Nile virus. A dead sparrow in Newhall also has tested positive for the virus. Mosquitoes trapped in the past two years in the Santa Clarita Valley indicated the virus was present there. In California, West Nile has shown up in 49 counties. There have been 10 deaths statewide, including four in Kern County and one in the San Fernando Valley. Antelope Valley mosquito-control officials reminded residents to drain standing water, report abandoned swimming pools and dead birds, and wear protective clothing and mosquito repellant when outdoors. The Antelope Valley mosquito control district maintains eight “sentinel” flocks of six chickens each to detect mosquito-borne diseases: three in Palmdale, three in Lancaster, and one each in Quartz Hill and Rosamond. Mellor encourages residents to report abandoned pools or dead birds to the hotline, (877) WNV-Bird, or online at www.westnile.ca.gov. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 476-4586160Want 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

first_img1 Gabriel and Diego Costa square up Chelsea v Arsenal was always going to be a tasty affair at Stamford Bridge and Diego Costa ensured that was the case on Saturday afternoon.The fiery Spain star was booked for an incident involving Laurent Koscielny and moments later became embroiled in an argument with Gunners defender Gabriel.Both players received a caution but then Costa claimed his opponents had kicked out at him and referee Mike Dean agreed, resulting in a sending off for Gabriel.The incident infuriated Gooners everywhere and you can see how they reacted on Twitter below…last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.There, he will be safe from all the breakaways, odd-man rushes and uncleared pucks that filled his nightmares from two weeks with the NHL club. “I struggled with this decision from the very beginning, and it’s almost like a moral dilemma,” Lombardi said. “I asked myself what’s best for him and the franchise. It’s a tough decision, but I think it’s the best thing for the franchise in the long run.” Bernier might have been the top goalie on the Kings, but it wasn’t worth damaging his confidence on a 1-5 team that is off to its worst start in 20 years. The Kings assigned rookie Brady Murray to minors affiliate Manchester for the same reason. Jesse Boulerice, who last week was given the longest single-season suspension in NHL history for hitting a player in the face with his stick, was placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers. The 29-year-old Boulerice was suspended 25 games by the league for cross-checking the Canucks’ Ryan Kesler in the face on Wednesday. The penalty matched the ban given to New York Islanders forward Chris Simon in March for his two-handed stick attack of Ryan Hollweg of the New York Rangers. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said the decision was based on the need for more roster space while dealing with injuries. Flyers jettison Boulerice Around the league Penguins: Defenseman Brooks Orpik sustained a concussion while being leveled in Saturday’s game in Toronto but is expected to play Wednesday against New Jersey. Coach Michel Therrien said Orpik passed a neuropsychological test and was cleared to resume playing. Miscellany: The NHL Players’ Association officially nominated former U.S. assistant district attorney Paul Kelly for its executive director position. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Kings general manager Dean Lombardi decided enough was enough. If Jonathan Bernier was going to be the team’s goalie of the future, he couldn’t take any more shellings in the present. The Kings returned the 19-year-old to his junior team in Lewiston, Maine, on Monday. last_img read more