Tag: 上海夜网

  • Brentwood Armed Home Invasion Probed

    first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Brentwood that occurred over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.At 1:30 a.m. Friday, four men, one armed with a handgun, entered an Eisenhower Avenue home through an unlocked door and stole an iPhone and keys from a victim inside, police said.The victim was not injured. There were neither arrests nor a description of the suspects. Detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

  • Rand releases midseason flu vaccination status report

    first_imgDec 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Rand Corp. today released its first-ever midseason survey on the uptake of the current influenza vaccine, which found that public officials still have a tall task in front of them to administer this year’s record vaccine supply.The survey indicated that about 30% of US adults had received a flu shot by mid November, but more than half of those surveyed said they didn’t plan to get the immunization.In a teleconference with journalists today, representatives from public health groups including the National Vaccine Summit were on hand to comment on the report’s findings. William Schaffner, MD, president-elect of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, said, “This is a first-time opportunity to give ourselves a report card in the middle of the season, and we’ll do what we have to do to improve uptake.” He also chairs the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.The release of the study is among several nationwide initiatives this week to support National Influenza Vaccination Week, designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to raise public awareness of the importance of flu vaccination and to urge providers to extend their vaccination efforts into December and through the rest of the flu season.A timely status reportKatherine Harris, a Rand economist and coauthor of the survey report, said the goal of the report wasn’t just to gauge uptake; investigators also wanted to know if people were intending to get the flu shot this season, and if not, why not. A link to the 6-page report, along with supporting documents on the survey and its methodology, is available on Rand’s Web site.”This report provides the public health community with a midseason snapshot while there’s still time to act,” she said. The survey was conducted with funding from GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Fluarix and FluLaval influenza vaccines.The nationally representative survey included 3,969 adults (age 18 and older). Rand worked with Knowledge Networks, Inc., which conducts online studies with subjects recruited using random-digit dialing. Harris said the survey was administered to 6,056 online panelists between Nov 7 and Nov 19. Sixty-six percent of the group completed the survey.She said the Rand investigators pushed the limits of timely data gathering and were able to wrap up the details, including internal peer review, only 2 weeks after the survey’s Nov 19 conclusion date.Vaccination season takes shapeThe survey showed that 30% of the respondents had already been vaccinated, 17% said they planned to receive a flu shot, and 53% said they had no intention of doing so.Among respondents in groups recommended for vaccination, such as people older than 50 or with a high-risk condition, 37% said they had been vaccinated. But the percentage of those respondents who said they planned to be vaccinated was the same as in the overall group at 17%.”What we’re seeing here are huge opportunities for improvement,” Harris said. Schaffner added that he found the findings “sobering,” but he said a silver lining was the higher uptake among the higher-risk groups.About 30% of healthcare workers and caregivers reported receiving their flu vaccine, but 57% said they didn’t intend to get one. Schaffner said he hoped that low uptake and intent numbers in this group reflect the possibility that some healthcare institutions were still conducting their vaccination programs when the survey was taken.L.J. Tan, PhD, director of infectious diseases for the American Medical Association (AMA), said only 13% of the healthcare and caretaker group intended to be vaccinated. “We’ve got a lot of work to do here,” he said.Investigators explored vaccine uptake patterns so far among different chronic-disease groups. Those reporting receiving their vaccines ranged from 33% among asthma patients to 63% of respondents with chronic lung disease. Tan said that even those numbers show the need for more outreach to those with high-risk medical conditions.Vaccine uptake did not vary much across the country, according to the report. Schaffner called the numbers “wimpy across the board. We can’t celebrate or ding any part of the country.”Reasons for forgoing flu shotsThe research group also explored the reasons people haven’t yet gotten their flu shots. Forty-one percent said they didn’t have time, and 35% gave other reasons. Tan said he was concerned about the lack-of-time rationale. “It’s a cultural perception that this isn’t high on people’s priority list. If it was, they would find the time,” he said.Reasons for deciding not to get a flu shot included a perceived lack of need (25%), beliefs against flu shots (20%), fear of sickness or side effects (19%), and the belief that others need it more (8%). About 28% gave various other reasons, some of which included lack of physician recommendation and cost. Schaffner said the findings reveal that public health officials still have a lot of work to do to debunk popular myths about influenza vaccination.Claire Hannan, executive director of the Association of Immunization Managers, said the survey findings serve as a wake-up call and validate what public health officials are seeing in the field. She urged healthcare providers and the public health community to remind the public that plenty of vaccine is available, and to use the holiday season to persuade patients to give their families and loved ones the gift of prevention by getting vaccinated.MedImmune donates 1 million FluMist dosesIn other developments, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) today announced that MedImmune, maker of the FluMist influenza vaccine, is donating up to 1 million doses of the inhaled vaccine in an effort to boost awareness about influenza and vaccination rates in underserved communities.NACCHO said it would funnel the donated vaccine to selected state and local health departments starting this month.Gary Cox, JD, president of NACCHO, said in a press release today, “These doses of vaccine will go a long way to support a national objective of immunizing all persons who should receive flu vaccine, especially those who are least able to afford it.”See also:Rand midseason influenza vaccination survey and supporting documentsDec 10 NACCHO press releaselast_img read more

  • Corporation to sell London Wall site

    first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

  • Irish team to train this morning in Wales

    first_imgCentre Jared Payne will be hoping that his bruised foot shows no signs of a set-back after returning to training yesterday, with head coach Joe Schmidt likely to use today’s work-out to finalise his likely starting side for this weekend’s battle at the Millennium Stadium.There’s more action on the pitch today at the Rugby World Cup.South Africa’s final game in Pool B is against the USA at the Olympic Stadium at 4:45 and the Springboks need to win if they’re to be assured of their place in the quarter-finals. Later tonight, Namibia and Georgia will go head-to-head in Pool C, with kick-off at Sandy Park in Exeter at 8pm.last_img read more

  • Alexander: Why do the NBA Finals feel like a warm-up act to free agency?

    first_imgFree agency? That’s the unspoken yet unmistakable subplot/distraction. Durant and Leonard are 1-A and 1-B on everyone’s free agent wish lists, and Clippers and Knicks fans will be watching this series with particular interest, just because.Lakers fans probably shouldn’t go down that road. As their team’s organizational dysfunction continues, with disgruntled rank-and-file employees following (and implicating) Earvin Johnson in blurting out damaging information, the chances become ever more remote that a megastar will show up to join LeBron James.And while the Warriors and Raptors players will try to focus on winning a championship the next two weeks, no one can assure that those around them will remain mum. Dennis Robertson, Kawhi’s uncle, already popped the lid on that theory in an interview with Yahoo Sports that was published Sunday. He didn’t speculate on the future but instead dredged up the past, the spat with San Antonio last year over the severity of Leonard’s calf injury that ultimately led to Kawhi being traded to Toronto.“They didn’t believe Kawhi couldn’t play and that caused a lack of trust in us and then us not believing in them,” Robertson told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes. “… They didn’t believe him, and after that, the relationship couldn’t recover and we decided we had to move on.”Related Articles Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersIt is the consequence of an environment where what happens off the court has become more intriguing than what happens on it. These are the best players in the world, on display nightly, but even compelling basketball often takes a backseat to the drama and the personalities, who’s saying what about whom on social media and who might or might not have a burner Twitter account.(And we haven’t even gotten to the latest chapter of As The Lakers Turn yet.)The NBA is enjoying runaway popularity precisely because it is a personality-driven league, and because those personalities take on a larger-than-life aura, even with someone like Leonard who does as much as he can to eschew the spotlight while staking a claim as the game’s best player. But the flip side of that popularity comes when an entire season competes for attention with speculation about who’s going to be where next season.According to the interview transcripts supplied by the NBA, the media on hand for Wednesday’s pre-series interview sessions in Toronto limited their questions to the matchup at hand. That’s to their credit, because this best-of-seven series deserves to stand on its own.Then again, Kevin Durant was not listed among the interview subjects Wednesday. He is officially not playing in Game 1, Steve Kerr confirmed, and how soon he does play will be determined by how soon he’s able to practice. But no time at the podium means no questions to the notoriously sensitive Durant about his role or about the Warriors’ ability to win without him. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers center_img How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years When Kawhi and his people asked for a trade, his preference was said to be a return home to Southern California, though it was never explicitly stated. So, naturally, Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford shipped him about as far from L.A. as you can get in the trade for DeMar DeRozan.All season, the question was whether Kawhi was happy enough in Toronto to entertain the thought of staying. And when he and the Raptors were at Staples in December for a game against the Clippers, I asked him if there were things about playing in Toronto that were maybe a little different or took some getting used to.“Not really,” he said. “It’s still two goals and a basketball. Just different teammates.”So true. Maybe, for the next two weeks, we’d all be better off tuning out the stay-or-go chatter and focusing on the basic elements.Two goals. One ball. And one trophy, which is the point of the whole exercise, isn’t [email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitter Does anyone remember when the NBA Finals represented the league’s crown jewel event, the absolute crescendo of the season?No longer. Now, if you listen to the chatter surrounding the league, the championship round might as well be a way station, a stop on the way to June 30 and the new start of the free agency period, when the real action begins.When the Warriors and Raptors tip off Game 1 on Thursday night in Toronto, Canada’s euphoria over basketball and the Warriors’ bid for a three-peat will almost be side issues. The other storyline will involve Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant, where their next stops will be and whether the result of the Finals will influence their decisions.Gee, whatever happened to winning the Larry O’Brien Trophy for its own sake? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


    first_imgCLASSICArrogate/Hoppertunity – Arrogate worked 4f in 46 4/5 Monday morning under Martin Garcia.“Worked really good, he was happy and comfortable,” Garcia said.“It was fine,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said.Hoppertunity, Baffert’s other Classic entrant, only jogged but drew the following compliment from Baffert.“Hoppertunity looks the best he’s ever been right now,” Baffert said. I’m a Chatterbox – The Spinster winner arrived at Santa Anita about 9 a.m. along with a large contingent of horses coming from Kentucky. Her trainer Larry Jones was en route himself and due later in the day. Effinex and Shaman Ghost – Tri-Bone Stables’ Effinex breezed 4f in 49 1/5 at Santa Anita Monday morning. Exercise rider Kelvin Pahal was aboard the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Classic runner-up.“It was good; it was all we were looking for,” trainer James Jerkens said. “He just ran in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (Oct. 8) and he had a nice work at Belmont before we left, so we weren’t looking for anything too much.”Prior to Effinex’s workout following the 7:30 a.m. renovation break, Pahal was aboard Stronach Stables’ Shaman Ghost for a 1 3/8m gallop. JUVENILE FILLIES TURF Songbird – Unbeaten Songbird went to the track early today, completing a 1 1/2m gallop well before dawn as she finished her preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Assistant trainer Dan Ward supervised the exercise while trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was out of town tending to his Northern California stable. Regular exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez was up.“With the weather forecast for rain late last week, we finished up her timed works on Thursday Ward said. “Before last year’s Breeders Cup, she worked seven days ahead of the race, and that turned out pretty well. Now, it’s just keeping her happy.”Songbird is scheduled to school in the Santa Anita paddock Tuesday and Wednesday morning around 9:45 a.m., following her morning gallop, and again between the races Thursday afternoon.             Joking – Owner/trainer Charlton Baker did not enter Joking in the Twinspires Breeders’ Cup Sprint after the horse developed a fever after arriving at Santa Anita Friday from New York. Frosted – Godolphin Racing’s 4yo gray colt had a routine gallop Monday morning at Santa Anita under exercise rider Rob Massey.Assistant trainer Neal McLaughlin has been managing Frosted since he shipped from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. on Oct. 22. His brother trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was scheduled to arrive Monday afternoon. McLaughlin said that the son of Tapit looked very good to him – well-muscled and dappled – during his visit to the track Monday.“He’s deceiving and when he goes out there you think he’s going in :19 or :20 seconds an eighth (of a mile).” McLaughlin said. “I put the watch on him this morning and he’s going :17. His average is probably :17.2. I like that. That means he is getting over the track well and he’s going faster than he looks. I couldn’t be happier with what we’re seeing so far.”Frosted spent the summer and fall at Godolphin’s Greentree Training Center adjacent to Saratoga Race Course. His morning exercise and timed works were done on the center’s Polytrack training track. Until he was shipped to Santa Anita, the last time he had been on a dirt surface was in his narrow third-place finish in the Woodward Stakes (G1) on Sept. 3 at Saratoga. Neal Mclaughlin said that long time away from the dirt figured into the decision to send him to California nearly two weeks before the Breeders’ Cup Classic and to have him do his final timed workout at Santa Anita. He covered a half-mile in 48 on Oct. 27.“We’re very happy with that, considering that he had not been on the dirt for a while or turning left,” McLaughlin said. “It was a great breeze, just what we were looking for, a nice half and he’s come out of it in really nice shape.”Frosted has traveling clockwise at Greentree – the opposite of the way North American races are run – every morning under a strategy to balance the anatomy and put less pressure on his left front and right rear legs.Weather was another factor in the decision to move Frosted from upstate New York in late October to Southern California. The colt was gone when about an inch of snow fell in Saratoga Springs on Oct. 27.“A couple of years ago when we came out here to run with Alpha and Questing to run in the Breeders’ Cup, it was cold and it rained during the final breezes at Saratoga. It didn’t go well. So we had to look at everything. And the shipping schedule, the airplanes was a part of it.” Beholder – Spendthrift Farm LLC’s champion galloped 1½ m at Santa Anita Park. Regular exercise rider Janeen Painter was aboard.Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella does not like to use the word “confidence,” but expressed he’s happy with his three-time champion.“I wouldn’t trade places with anybody, but is a difficult race,” Mandella said. “We have two very difficult fillies to run against.” Stellar Wind – Stellar Wind went to the track at 5 a.m. and galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Ricardo Peniche then proceeded to school in the paddock.It is a regimen that trainer John Sadler said will be followed for the next three days at least“She looks great, she’s into her routine and we’re excited,” Sadler said. Forever Unbridled – After a few days of heading to the track well before sunrise, Charles Fipke’s homebred Forever Unbridled saw Santa Anita sunlight at 7 a.m. for trainer Dallas Stewart. The daughter of Kentucky Oaks winner Lemons Forever and two-time Grade 1 winner on the season arrived Oct. 28 and will enter Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff Monday afternoon. The Unbridled’s Song filly galloped 1 ¼ m.“This was a very good morning for her, her best so far,” Stewart said. “I might bring her out again (Tuesday) morning around the same time.” Midnight Storm – Midnight Storm, pre-entered in two Breeders’ Cup races, will go in the Mile instead of the Dirt Mile, trainer Phil D’Amato said Monday morning.“It was a fairly easy decision for Midnight Storm,” D’Amato said. TURF SPRINT             Lookin at Lee – L and N Racing LLC’s Lookin At Lee completed his final preparations for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with a five-furlong move in 50 1/5 at Santa Anita for trainer Steve Asmussen. Second last out in the Breeders’ Futurity, the son of Lookin At Lucky was piloted by exercise rider Sergio Quevos, who was also aboard Gun Runner as he completed his final preparations Sunday with a half-mile drill in 48 2/5 for owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm. Gun Runner, who pre-entered in both the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, will enter the latter.“He worked an easy half in 50 and one and it was good,” Scott Blasi, Asmussen’s assistant, said. “He worked a nice five furlongs in a minute last week and looked good. Both horses have had two works out here and are settled in well. Gun Runner didn’t do much because he worked yesterday. He’s a cool horse and looks good.” Om – Trainer Dan Hendricks sent his Turf Sprint candidate out to breeze a half mile after the second break Monday over the Santa Anita Park fast main track.The 4yo son of Munnings covered the half mile in 47 3/5 with Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens in the irons.“He did it real comfortable and easy,” Hendricks said. “Gary said he felt as good as ever. I’m real happy with the way he is coming into it.” The first four European challengers for this year’s Breeders’ Cup arrived safely at the Santa Anita quarantine barn at 3:15 p.m. Saturday having landed at Los Angeles International airport two hours earlier.The first of the consignment off the trailer was the Charles Hill-trained Dutch Connection who will be bidding to give his trainer his second Breeders’ Cup victory following that of Chriselliam in the Juvenile Fillies Turf renewal of 2013.Rodaini, trained by Simon Crisford was next off under the guidance of traveling head lad Les Reynolds. This will be Crisford’s first runner at a Breeders’ Cup as a trainer, but he has witnessed many victories when racing manager for the Godolphin stable.Hugo Palmer’s Home of the Brave was third off, and Palmer is hoping for better luck at Santa Anita this time around as his Aktabantay was scratched from the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf two years ago with a bruised foot.Newmarket handler Ed Vaughan’s Mehronissa was last to disembark and this daughter of Iffraaj held a pre-entry in the Turf Sprint but did not make the lineup and will now run in the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes on Saturday.At 6 p.m. the second consignment of the day arrived up at the quarantine barn and this consisted of three horses, Cavale Doree (Christophe Ferland) and Karar (Francis-Henri Graffrd) from France and the German challenger Spectre, trained by Markus Munch who will now run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile in preference to the Filly & mare Turf.The remaining five British challengers, Limato (Henry Candy), Suedois and Mondialiste (David O’Meara) and Ulysses and Queen’s Trust (Sir Michael Stoute along with Joseph O’Brien-trained Intricately) arrived at Santa Anita in the early hours of Sunday morning having had a delayed departure from Stansted airport in England. All these horses are expected to clear quarantine Monday afternoon and be out on the main track Tuesday morning.Aidan O’Brien’s team from Ballydoyle, which is expected to amount to 12 runners in all, is due in to California late Monday afternoon. They will include the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Found, who holds entries in both the Turf and the Classic, but who is expected now to line up alongside stable companion Highland Reel in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.The only horse to depart the Quarantine Barn and head to the track was the Japanese Filly & Mare Turf hopeful, Nuovo Record, who went for a routine exercise under her regular rider Hideyuki Obara at around 8:30 a.m. Racing manager Hiroshi Ando, who is supervising the filly’s preparations at Santa Anita until the arrival of her trainer Makoto Saito, said “The plan will be to go on the turf later in the week, and she’ll have a breeze on the turf on Wednesday, with her assistant trainer Kazuyoshi Aita in the saddle. In Japan, she has had to run against the colts a lot, so I am looking forward to seeing her run here against her own sex.”MILE Corona del Inca – Argentina’s hope for the Distaff, galloped 1 m under regular exercise rider Daniel Padilla.Trainer Guillermo Frenkel Santillan said Monday that his mare’s preparationsn leading up to the Distaff are done.“She is ready,” the trainer said. “She’s in maintenance mode until race day.”The Distaff will be Corona Del Inca’s first United States start.“We all come to win,” Santillan said. “We learned a lot from our previous experience with Calidoscopio (referring to his old pupil’s victory in the 2012 Marathon also at Santa Anita).” Land Over Sea – With her speed works concluded, Land Over Sea galloped 1m under Gabby Blanchard over Santa Anita’s freshly harrowed main oval at 7:45 a.m.“She kind of tailed off on us this summer, so we freshened her up a bit, and now she’s training well,” trainer Doug O’Neill said. “She’s acting like she did before her race in the Kentucky Oaks (in which she finished second).”center_img OVERSEAS HORSES DIRT MILE Kitcat – Chile’s dual Grade 1 winning daughter of Scat Daddy, galloped two laps around the training track shortly after 6 a.m. Monday at Santa Anita.Regular exercise rider Cristian Marin was in the irons for the exercise.Sebastian Silva, son of trainer Juan Silva explained his decision to enter Kitcat in the Filly & Mare Turf rather than the Mile.“We have opted to enter in the Filly & Mare Turf to keep her with her own sex and because she has already won at the 11/4-mile distance in Chile. I think she will be a better fit in the Filly & Mare Turf.” War Story – Loooch Racing Stables et al.’s Mario Serey, Jr.-trained War Story will be entered in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic in lieu of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile after being pre-entered in both last week.“The Classic has been our target all along,” Paolucci said of the late closer. “If you believe in your horse and you think you can get third in the Classic, that’s as good as a win in the Dirt Mile. We are hoping for a lot of speed in the race, but if not we may lay a little closer because of how the track usually plays. I’d like to be near where Frosted is and move when he does.”A winner of three of 14 and $399,395, the son of Northern Afleet has raced only three times in 2016, including a good second by a head last out in the Pennsylvania Derby Championship Stakes at Parx Sept. 24. Last year, the half-brother to Kentucky Oaks runner-up and Breeders’ Cup Distaff pre-entrant Land Over Sea was eighth of 11 in the Dirt Mile, capping a sophomore season in which he placed in four graded stakes.“He’s doing really good right now and it’s worth it to take a shot,” Paolucci continued. “I also think that we have a better chance of finishing third in the Classic than beating Dortmund going a mile. The thing about (War Story) is that he’s never been totally 100 percent until now. He may be 150-1 to win, but I believe he’s 7-2 to finish second or third.”Win the Space – The 4yo son of Pulpit galloped 1 mile at Santa Anita with regular exercise rider Amelia Green.Trainer George Papaprodromou has decided to take a crack at the Classic. “My horse deserves to run in the Classic. He’s run well against California Chrome a couple of times.” Keen Ice – Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice is scheduled to ship to Southern California Tuesday from his Belmont Park base along with five Todd Pletcher-trained stablemates.Melatonin – Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Melatonin went to the track at 7:45 a.m.The 5yo son of Kodak Cowboy galloped twice around the oval under exercise rider Martin DeRubin then schooled in the paddock.“He’s doing awesome,” trainer Dave Hofmans said. “He’ll breeze a half-mile Wednesday with (regular rider) Joe Talamo up.” FILLY & MARE TURF Masochistic – Mike Smith will ride Masochistic in the Twin Spires Breeders’ Cup Sprint, trainer Ron Ellis confirmed Monday morning. The Hall-of-Fame jockey has ridden the speedy 6yo gelding twice previously, including last year’s renewal.“The owners really like Mike,” Ellis said. “He had a previous out-of-town commitment (Arrogate in the Travers) when we won the Pat O’Brien at Del Mar this summer. He seems to fit this horse well.” JUVENILE DISTAFF Runhappy – James McIngvale’s Runhappy, winner of last year’s TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland, returned to the track Monday morning at Santa Anita two days after working 5f in 58 2/5 in preparation for Friday’s Las Vegas Dirt Mile.“It looks like he came out of the work well,” trainer Laura Wohlers said as she watched Runhappy jog twice around the track with exercise rider Marcus O’Donnell up. “It is going to be a tough race with the two turns being the big question mark.”Runhappy arrived at Santa Anita on October 23 from his Lexington, Ky., base and has spent parts of several days at the nearby Sunshine Farms in Bradbury.“We would take him for a couple of hours to get some sunshine out in a paddock where he can graze. There is not a lot of grass here,” Wohlers said. “Today will be the last day we can go.”Horses in Championship races Friday have to remain on the grounds after 11 a.m. Tuesday.Wohlers said Runhappy would have a gate schooling session Tuesday and “probably go to the paddock a couple days.”Gary Stevens has the mount.SPRINT California Chrome – Under the watchful eye of Alan Sherman, California Chrome galloped 1 3/4 m shortly before the second track renovation break Monday morning. The expected favorite to cap a perfect 2016 campaign in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday had regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney aboard.“He looks great,” said Sherman, assistant to and son of Art Sherman. “He had a strong work at Los Alamitos last Thursday, so we’ll just gallop him up to the race.” Avenge – Ramona S. Bass Grade 1 winner finalized her preparations for her crack at the Filly & Mare Turf with a swift 5 furlong breeze over Santa Anita Park’s fast main track Monday in a bullet :58.80 under exercise rider Alex Bisono.“Clockers got her in 58 4/5, she went a little bit fast, but she is doing awful good,” Mandella said. “It’s the Breeders’ Cup. We’ll go out there and do the best we can. They are not easy races but I have good horses.” Miss Southern Miss – Trainer Keith Desormeaux reported that the 2yo daughter of More Than Ready is out of consideration for the Juvenile Fillies Turf due to a shin problem.“We didn’t enter her because she came up with a shin this morning. So she is out.”MORE NOTES Bill Mott (Tourist, Mile; Carina Mia, Filly & Mare Sprint; Celestine, Turf Sprint; Good Samaritan, Juvenile Turf) — Bill Mott’s quartet of Breeders’ Cup pre-entries were in good order on Monday morning. A fifth, Juddmonte Farm’s Full Mast, did not ship for the Turf Sprint. Two contenders, Celestine and Good Samaritan, worked for the respective races.China Horse Club and WinStar Farm’s Good Samaritan left Barn 59 at 10 a.m. and worked a half-mile on the Santa Anita turf course with assistant trainer Rodolphe Brisset in 47 2/5 with Mott and WinStar president/CEO and racing manager Elliott Walden looking on. About two hours earlier, Brisset was aboard Phaedrus Flights LLC’s Celestine as she worked the same distance on the main track in 48 flat. Good Samaritan will enter into Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in lieu of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after being cross-entered last week. Carina Mia will enter the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint instead of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.“He worked well and looked good over the turf,” Mott said of Good Samaritan. “There was some interest in running him over the dirt, but we’re going to keep him on the surface he’s done well on. Carina Mia hasn’t proven to be at her best at a mile and an eighth. We think she’s at her best between seven-eighths and a mile. The Distaff is a very tough race this year and we thought we would stay with what we think is her best trip. She’ll go two turns, but it also depends on who she’s running against.”Mott also expressed similar satisfaction with Celestine’s final maintenance move before she takes on the boys in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. ###last_img read more


    first_imgLIGHTSTREAM HAS (LITTLE RED) FEATHER IN HER CAP FOR LA BREALightstream, winner of the Grade II Raven Run at Keeneland on Oct. 22, will haveadditional ownership representation when she runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies on opening day next Monday, Dec. 26.Little Red Feather Racing, a major player in California, purchased a share of the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday after she captured the Raven Run under Julien Leparoux, who is unbeaten in three starts on the bay Kentucky-bred.“We bought a minority interest after the Raven Run,” said Little Red Feather founder and managing partner Billy Koch, 47. “(Existing owners) Up Hill Stable and Head of Plains Partners LLC were generous enough to let us come in for a minority share and we’re excited about the filly.“She’s training awesome for Brian Lynch at Palm Meadows in Florida and she arrives at Santa Anita this week. We’re excited about the prospects of running in the La Brea.“I think she will definitely be one of the favorites, if not the favorite. She just needs a good trip. Julien will ride and he knows her very well. I don’t know exactly who’s going in the race but it looks like there’s a lot of speed so it could set up nicely for her.”A deep closer, Lightstream has run four races at seven furlongs in her six-race career, winning three including the Raven Run and the Grade III Beaumont, both at Keeneland. She was second in the Grade I Test Stakes at seven furlongs at Saratoga last August, beaten less than a length.Koch, the grandson of famed Hollywood producer and director Howard Koch, has been syndicating horses since 1991 and formed Little Red Feather in 2002. FINISH LINES: Santa Anita clockers had their stopwatches working overtime Sunday and Monday, with a total of 476 recorded workouts, 262 Monday and 214 Sunday . . . Santa Anita Handicap and Gold Cup winner Melatonin is being pointed to the Grade II, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes at 1 1/8 miles Feb. 4, trainer David Hofmans said, while Breeders’ Cup Sprint runner-up Masochistic is ticketed for the Grade III Midnight Lute at 6 ½ furlongs Dec. 31, according to trainer Ron Ellis . . . FrontRunner winner Gormley is set to make his three-year-old debut in the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile on Jan. 7, according to John Shirreffs. . . Drayden Van Dyke “is very happy” with how things are going under new agent Brad Pegram. “Riding for (trainer) Graham Motion is a plus, and I’m very fortunate to have people like him behind me,” Van Dyke said . . . Agent Craig Stephen, who developed Santiago Gonzalez into an “overnight sensation,” now represents veteran Stewart Elliott, while Vic Lipton has brought in 25-year-old Edgar Velasco, a 10-pound apprentice who has been riding at Sam Houston Park in Texas . . . Former jockey Carlos Arias, while still owner of Arias Whips, has become a first-time agent, representing Kayla Stra . . . Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint runner-up by a nose Om is scheduled to return from a three-week break at Oakmont in Murrieta to prepare for the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at a mile on grass Feb. 11, trainer Dan Hendricks said . . . Hostess with the Mostess Rosie Ybarra is in her 38th year serving bagels and banter at Clockers’ Corner. “When I first arrived, I expected to be here one day,” said Rosie, who is one year shy in seniority behind Isabel Estrada, who works at Club House stand 33 in the Lanai Room. DREFONG HEADS MALIBU NOMINATIONSHeaded by Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Drefong, Santa Anita’s prestigious Grade I, seven furlong Malibu, to be run on opening day, has attracted a star-studded roster of 22 three-year-old nominations, with entries to be taken for the Malibu and three other graded stakes on Wednesday.Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Baoma Corp., Drefong, who also won the Grade I, seven furlong Kings Bishop Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 27, has five wins from six starts and is a leading candidate to be voted America’s Eclipse champion sprinter of 2016.Drefong is likely to be joined in the starting gate by Mind Your Biscuits, who finished a close third in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5 and has remained in training at his Belmont Park base for trainer Robert Falcone, Jr.Trainer Mark Casse’s multiple stakes-winning Awesome Banner, who has been based at Palm Meadows in south Florida, is also probable for the 65th running of the Malibu, won last year by eventual Eclipse Sprint champ Runhappy.Also prominent among Malibu nominees is Baffert’s Mor Spirit, absent since he was well-beaten in the Kentucky Derby May 7. Owned by Michael Lund Peterson, he was winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity at two and the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 6. He was subsequently second in both the Grade II San Felipe Stakes March 12 and the Grade I Santa Anita Derby April 9.Although Breeders’ Cup Classic winning Arrogate is also among five horses nominated by Baffert, the grey son of Unbridled’s Song is expected to run instead in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 1, as he points to a rematch with California Chrome in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28.In addition to the Malibu, three other opening day stakes closed Friday; the Grade I, $300,000 La Brea, for 3-year old fillies at seven furlongs, the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds, and the Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon, for 3-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.Santa Anita presents a nine-race card on opening day, with special early first post time at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. and fans will receive Santa Anita’s popular 2017 wall calendar free, with paid admission. SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY            In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita will treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet next Monday.A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission.The 2017 calendar is not only bucolic and picturesque, but contains information on Thoroughbreds so profound even a hard-core race tracker can learn something new.Themed “Anatomy of a Champion,” the calendar contains a veterinarian’s glossary in layman’s terms.In short, it’s a keeper!First post time Monday is 12 noon; admission gates open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.            –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs            –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds            –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf             –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar             –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under            –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission            –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events)            –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details            –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events            –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events            Entries for opening day races will be taken this Wednesday, Dec. 21. For more racing and event information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. Courtesy of Mathis Brothers Furniture, the first 5,000 kids 12 and under will receive a plush Thoroughbred toy and all paid attendees will receive a Mathis Brothers gift certificate.For more information on opening day events and racing at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE. LIGHTSTREAM COULD SHINE IN GRADE I LA BREABC SPRINT KING DREFONG LIKELY FOR MALIBUFREE WALL CALENDAR OF PLENTY OPENING DAYAIMEE DOLLASE IS AN ‘ASSISTANT IN MOTION’WORKERS KEEP SANTA ANITA CLOCKERS BUSY AIMEE DOLLASE AIDS MOTION AT SANTA ANITAAimee Dollase, daughter of the late multiple Grade I-winning trainer Wally Dollase and sister of trainers Craig and Michelle, is on hand at Santa Anita with 15 horses as an assistant for internationally accomplished horseman Graham Motion.“I started with Graham about a week before the Keeneland meet started (opening day was Oct. 7),” Aimee said. “We have close to 12 stalls here and a lot of nice stakes horses. Graham and his wife (Anita) are great people. The whole operation is first class.“Racing is in my blood, it’s my passion, so it’s great to have the opportunity to work for an outfit like Graham’s.”last_img read more

  • Active citizens ‘key to Development Plan’

    first_img17 November 2011A key aspect of South Africa’s new National Development Plan, a blueprint for creating sustainable growth and development in the country over the next two decades, is its emphasis on active citizenry, says Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.According to Matola, the plan – which seeks to create a “virtuous cycle of growth and development” by removing the most pressing constraints to investment and job creation – is set to improve South Africa’s international reputation and competitiveness.“In these fraught times, with Europe hovering on the brink and America’s economic recovery under threat, having a coherent vision for the country through 2030 could do much to improve South Africa’s competitiveness,” Matola said in a statement on Thursday.“International experiences suggests that trade, tourism and particularly investment respond well to the kind of long-term policy planning we as a nation are doing.”The National Development Plan, which will be refined through public engagement before going to Cabinet, was presented to President Jacob Zuma by Trevor Manuel, chairman of the National Planning Commission, in Pretoria on Friday.The wide-ranging draft plan aims to eliminate poverty and sharply reduce inequality in the country by 2030.It intends doing this by concentrating on, among other things, expanding infrastructure, building a capable state, moving to inclusive planning, creating jobs and uniting the nation.Citizens who Play their PartThe call to get citizens to Play their Part is already an essential ingredient of South Africa’s national debate.For many years, ordinary South Africans have found ways to strengthen society, democracy and the economy. From creating employment opportunities, to mentoring young students, to starting up small and medium enterprises, South Africans have been pursuing sustainable means to make their society and local communities better for all.Matola says that a fundamental shift the National Development Plan (NDP) proposes – from passive to active citizenry – will be the basis on which the whole approach will be built.“What needs to happen now, as highlighted by the NDP, is that as South Africans we take accountability, and make it our responsibility to have a say in our democracy, development and prosperity,” Matola said. “It is about taking things back to basics – involved citizenship and participation.‘We can no longer afford to be ambivalent’“From understanding the Constitution, to pursuing ventures to better the lives of our children and future generations, and being accountable for our environment and surroundings in the midst of climate change, we can no longer afford to be ambivalent about meeting these challenges.”Another notable aspect of the NDP, says Matola, is the call to build a capable state. This will mean that the best people must work for the state – and not just to pursue a good career opportunity but also because they want to serve the people of the country.“The best condition for an improved public service is to encourage especially younger professionals to enter the public sector and build and maintain the capacity required for better service delivery for all,” Matola said.“We all need to play our part, contribute to the National Plan and make sure that the milestones we achieve translate into better functioning communities and a better society.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

  • 21 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: Why Greenwood played on wing

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: Why Greenwood played on wingby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he picked Mason Greenwood on the wing for their 0-0 draw at AZ Alkmaar.Greenwood started the game on the right wing before moving into his more natural centre-forward role which was being occupied by Daniel James.United didn’t manage a shot on target throughout the whole of a dismal 90 minutes in Holland which saw them move on to four points from their first two Europa League group-stage fixtures.”Stretch opponents,” Solskjaer explained. “He stretches them. We never got to grips with the astro turf until second-half. First-half, we took some time before we got control of the ball and the game.”Dan can play down the middle, he has done before, that was a tactical tweak we tried. Of course, Mason’s more natural as a centre forward so we swapped them around.” last_img read more