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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019

first_imgCALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ IN 145TH KENTUCKY DERBY ‘SANTA ANITA SUPERFECTA’ HEADS FOR KENTUCKY DERBYOmaha Beach, Roadster, Game Winner, Improbable: Santa Anita’s Fab Four, all basedat The Great Race Place, all in primary pouncing position to win the Kentucky Derby on May 4.Omaha Beach moved to the head of the pack thanks to his one-length victory over Improbable in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby. After that, it’s anybody choice as to which of the remaining three might pose the strongest threat to capture the 145th Run for the Roses.But there’s no question Richard Mandella, trainer of Omaha Beach, and Bob Baffert, conditioner of the other threesome, are sitting pretty in quest of giving California its sixth Kentucky Derby winner in the last eight years, joining I’ll Have Another (2012), California Chrome (2014), American Pharoah (2015), Nyquist (2016) and Justify (2018).Mandella, seeking his initial win in the first leg of the Triple Crown in what would be his seventh attempt, was understandably proud of the unflappable triumph by Omaha Beach.“This horse is a fighter and has shown a new dimension. He just gets better and better,” the Hall of Fame trainer said by phone from Arkansas Sunday morning. “He came out of the race great. He’ll remain at Oaklawn for a couple days before shipping to Louisville.”Seems apropos that Omaha Beach is a warrior. The son of War Front is named for Omaha Beach, the second beach from the west among the five landing areas of the Normandy Invasion of World War II.It was assaulted on June 6, 1944 (D-Day) by units of the U.S. 29th and 1st infantry divisions, many of whose soldiers were drowned during the approach from ships offshore or killed by defending fire from German troops placed on heights surrounding the beach.Asked if he felt Mike Smith might have moved too soon nearing the half-mile point in the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby, Mandella wasn’t about to second-guess one of the greatest riders of his generation, who swept the Triple Crown for Baffert last year on Horse of the Year Justify.“I’m just happy with what happened,” Mandella said in typical understated fashion.Baffert, seeking his sixth Kentucky Derby victory, took Improbable’s gritty setback in relative stride, focusing on the positive.“I was very happy with his race,” Baffert said on a spectacular Sunday morning at SantaAnita. “I had some really anxious moments when Improbable acted up in the gate. He started thrashing in there a little, and then they backed him out and back in, so I was a little nervous.“They take forever to load there putting the horses in one at a time. I really wish they wouldn’t keep them in the gate that long, just for safety reasons, especially in big races.“But he got away well from the one hole and Jose Ortiz rode a great race. We just came up second-best . . . I had some anxious moments, but was pretty relieved that we ran second, got in the Derby (with ample qualifying points) and learned some things about the horse.“He does have gears, took dirt for the first time and hung in there after getting upset in the gate. I’m not sure if it was the blinkers, because I noticed in the post parade he was rubbing his head, just being a little anxious.“But he was fresh, because I’ve just been running him into shape. I haven’t really tightened the screws. I wanted the races to do that, and he got beat by a very good horse.“But here’s what I’m proud about: at Santa Anita, we’ve gotten all this bad publicity, and these horses have been training on this surface, and look at them. They’re going into the Derby as the top four favorites, so I don’t want to hear any more about how bad it is in California.”STYLISH ZATTER WORKS FOR GRADE II KONA GOLDZatter seeks his first stakes victory this Saturday in the Grade II Kona Gold Stakes for three-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.Joe Talamo feels the four-year-old Midnight Lute colt trained by Bob Baffert for Zayat Stables LLC can get the job done.“He ran really well when I won on him (March 3, getting up by a half-length),” said Talamo, who has the mount in the Kona Gold. “He has a good style. He kind of sits back and makes a nice run the last part.“Six-and-a-half to seven furlongs is a good distance for him–anywhere from six to seven, actually. He’s a late-running sprinter.”Zatter worked four furlongs in company Sunday in a bullet 47.40 with Talamo aboard. Stablemate Hot Sean was clocked in 47.80.WATER THERAPY PROVING EFFECTIVE AT SANTA ANITAWith equine medicine more readily embracing holistic treatments and procedures, Tyler Cerin, 31, son of veteran trainer Vladimir Cerin, is treating dozens of horses per week at Santa Anita with a Jacuzzi-like machine called an Equine Spa, which employs ice-cold salt water.“It’s made in England and we use it as preventative maintenance and also to treat soft tissue that may have become stressed or inflamed,” said Cerin, who has treated horses nationwide as a highly sought-after Equine Massage Therapist. “With each horse, we school them first in order to get them comfortable, because they’re going to be standing in a confined space when treated.“So, we walk each one through and then we stand them, similar to what you would do with a horse who was just getting familiarized with the starting gate. With some horses, if we see they’re getting stressed, we stop the process and bring them back in a day or two to make sure they’re comfortable with it.”Once each horse is secured in the spa, the process of loading the salt water is initiated.“It takes five minutes to get the water up over their knees and above their hocks,” said Cerin. “The water temperature is very consistent, at about 35 to 36 degrees, so we don’t want the level to get any higher, because if their belly was submerged, it’s pretty cold for them just to be standing there.“Once the water has reached the proper level, we turn on the jets and it’s very similar to a human sitting in a Jacuzzi. It’s very soothing for the horses and once the water is circulating, this process lasts no longer than 10 minutes. So, with another five minutes required to drain the water, each horse is in and out within 20 minutes, maximum.”When asked by XBTV’s Zoe Cadman if he’d ever been in the Equi-Spa himself, Cerin replied, “Yes, anything I do with the horses, I try it myself first . . . For me, it’s a blessing working as a team with each trainer and their staff as we try to help each of these horses reach their maximum potential.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Zatter (Outside) expected in the Kona Gold Stakes and  Hot Sean work 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-14-19  TALAMO LIKES ZATTER’S STYLE FOR KONA GOLD YOUNG CERIN TREATS HORSES WITH EQUINE SPA Secret Spice works 4 furlongs (Baltas) 4-14-19Roadster galloping in preparation for the Kentucky Derby (Baffert) 4-14-19A Day in the Life With Equine Therapist  Tyler Cerin at Santa Anita ParkCandid Conversation Part 1 With Trainer  Richard BaltasCandid Conversation Part 2 With Trainer  Richard BaltasAx Man works 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-13-19Hunt works 4 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-13-19Swirling (Outside) &  Persuasive Cat work 4 furlongs (Sadler) 4-12-19Route Six Six (Outside) &  Don’tteasethetiger work 5 furlongs (Koriner) 4-12-19La Shirimp works 4 furlongs (D’Amato) 4-12-19Melissa Jane works 4 furlongs (Powell) 4-12-19FINISH LINES: Omaha Beach earned a 101 Beyer Figure for his Arkansas Derby victory, while runner-up Improbable got a 100 . . . Fans can watch and wager during the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky May 4 at Santa Anita. In addition to live racing, music and food trucks, hat contests will also be on the gala agenda. For tickets and reservations, please visit santaanita.com. . . . Kanthaka, working for the Kona Gold, went five furlongs on the training track in 1:02, while monster mare Vasilika, prepping for the Grade I Gamely on May 27, went four furlongs on the training track in 53 flat, both for Jerry Hollendorfer. Paradise Woods, bound for the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes on April 27, went five furlongs on the main track in a bullet 1:01 for John Shirreffs. In all, there were 180 recorded drills Sunday morning . . . The California Horse Racing Board has its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Santa Anita. The Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee will meet a day earlier on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The public is encouraged to attend both meetings. An audio-only webcast of only the Thursday meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website ( webcast). The agenda and package of materials for the Board meeting as well as the agenda and package for the committee meeting also are on the website . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, with live action resuming at 1 p.m. Friday, April 19. Simulcast racing will be offered Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. . . . Old agents never die; they just fade away: R Cha Cha and Bistraya, who finished a head apart in Saturday’s fifth race to form an $86.10 exacta, were ridden by Eswan Flores and Edwin Maldonado, respectively. The former is represented by 86-year-old agent Vince DeGregory, the latter by Vic Lipton, who admits to being 77. Yeah, and Jack Benny is 39.last_img read more

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Hodkinson happy to be ‘Mr Fix It’ for Sharks

first_imgHodkinson has become somewhat of a “Mr Fix It” at the Sharks, as a well as a good luck charm.Due to a niggling injury to regular half Moylan, Hodkinson has played the last two rounds against the Parramatta Eels and Melbourne Storm alongside regular No.7 Chad Townsend.Moylan (knee/hamstring) and Josh Dugan (groin) did not do the field session at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Tuesday, but coach Shane Flanagan says both are “good chances” to play the Roosters.If Moylan is passed fit, there is still the impending birth of Townsend’s first child with partner Marissa that may result in a selection headache. The baby is due this week.Luke Lewis and wife Sonia welcomed their second child, son Levi, nine days ago and prop forward Matt Prior and backrower Wade Graham are also heading for the labour ward in the coming months.Hodkinson, 29, knows he has to bide his time and he’s comfortable with that.”That’s the process I’ve got to go through at the moment,” he told NRL.com.”But I feel as though I’ve been here long enough that I can just jump into the team and not miss a beat. So if I do come in late I feel comfortable that I can do the job.”I’m enjoying myself being back playing first grade. It’s good fun.”If Townsend was to miss Friday night, Hodkinson’s goal kicking abilities would be an added bonus to Flanagan.”I just want to keep doing what I’ve been doing over nine years of NRL. The body is feeling really good. It’s the best I’ve felt in a really long time,” Hodkinson said.”I’d like to thank the coaching staff and what they’re doing with me, with a training schedule that’s smarter.”I’ve been in the NRL a long time so it’s just all the management that comes with that. I’ll just keep ticking the boxes.”Sitting on 158 NRL games, Hodkinson realises it could be a slow crawl to get nearer to 200.”I knew the situation when I got here,” he said. “I got my head around it right from the get-go.”I just stay positive and I stay ready. That’s what [coach] Flanno has told me that when the call-up comes I’m good to go, which has been the case the last couple of weeks.Flanagan fed up with high penalty countsSharks score hard-earned win over Storm as penalties pile up”I just want to keep doing the right things out there on the field and in the gym and make sure I am ready when I’m needed.”The Roosters do present a mouth-watering prospect for Hodkinson to renew old Origin memories against Cooper Cronk.”Obviously he’s a class player Cooper and any chance you get to play opposite a half like that it’s very exciting. Hopefully I get the chance but we just have to wait and see.”last_img read more

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Deadly piracy attack survivor receives death threats

first_imgOne of the survivors of the April 27 and 28 dead piracy attacks in Suriname that left at least 15 people dead, is living in fear after allegedly receiving death threats from the alleged mastermind.Darmandew Persaud, called “Achie Boy”Darmandew Persaud, called “Achie Boy”, had told investigators that his attackers had tied an anchor to his neck, while beating and chopping him multiple times about his body before throwing him overboard. He also claimed that he was able to identify some of his attackers.Four boats with a total of 20 fishermen – all Guyanese – were victims of the attacks during which some were burned with hot oil, attacked with cutlasses and forced to jump overboard with anchors tied to their bodies at Wia Wia Bank in the Atlantic Ocean.Persaud claims that although he survived that attack by swimming until he was rescued, he is still fearful for his life and that of his family. “Fyah” send message saying that he gon chop me up.”The man said he has been accused of providing information to the media and the Police on the alleged piracy attack. Persaud told this publication all he had done was report what transpired at sea.“I see who chop me and I called their name. I ain’t do anything wrong,” he explained. Persaud said the message was delivered by a lady who has a close relationship with the alleged mastermind of the April piracy attacks.Nakool Manohar, called “Fyah” was on May 30, 2018, charged with the murder of one of the fishermen who died in the gruesome April 27, 2018 piracy attacks in Suriname.Persaud said he has not reported the threats to the Police but would have informed Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan while he was in Berbice on Saturday.A total of 10 people are still missing from the piracy attacks. Five bodies of the fishermen were recovered and several persons were charged for the heinous crime.last_img read more

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Local community ready to tackle the Taylor Hill

first_imgSonja Profittlich is the Program and Events Coordinator with the District of Taylor. She says the event was inspired by a TV show that followed people as they made lifestyle improvements through exercise.“The hill climb is a legacy of the famous Village on a Diet show,” she says. “It was established as an annual event after that.”To add some extra fun for this year, participants are being encouraged to dress in costumes for the event.- Advertisement -“Everybody is invited to bring costumes, or funny hats. We also purchased lots of funny things too, so people can come even if they don’t have anything and borrow something,” says Profittlich.The event gets underway behind Taylor Elementary School at the bottom of the hill at 4 p.m. so people should arrive around 3:30. Every year, anywhere from 60-100 take part in the climb. Aside from the journey up the hill, there will be games and activities for people of all mobility and fitness levels. There will also be a complementary barbecue after the event.With the weather expected to be sunny and hot tomorrow, there will be extra water on hand at the site as well.Advertisementlast_img read more

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SUN, SAND AND SWEAT – DONEGAL TEAM FLAT OUT TRAINING IN DUBAI!

first_imgThey may be on their dream ‘break’ but the Donegal GAA team certainly haven’t taken a break from training.Our pictures show the boys flat out on the golden beaches of Dubai. And with the temperatures hitting the high 20s, there was certainly a lot of sweating going on.Training for Sam Maguire 2013 starts here!  SUN, SAND AND SWEAT – DONEGAL TEAM FLAT OUT TRAINING IN DUBAI! was last modified: January 2nd, 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:donegalDubaitraininglast_img read more

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PEDIGREE DOG FOUND ON OUTSKIRTS OF LETTERKENNY

first_imgThe owner of this pedigree dog is being sought after it was found on the outskirts of Letterkenny.The dog which was found neat Castlegrove House.The dog, which is a Weimaraner, was found wandering on the main road near Castlegrove House.The dog was reported as wandering and was collected by the dog warden. It is in a kennel in the pound at Glencar where it can be collected.PEDIGREE DOG FOUND ON OUTSKIRTS OF LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 29th, 2015 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:Castlegrove HouseDOGdonegallast_img read more

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‘I think we’re the fixture list winners!’ Man United match schedule reaction

first_img United look to have been handed a good run of fixtures in next season’s Premier League 1 The next Premier League season is one step closer following Wednesday’s release of the complete fixture list – and it’s proven a doozy for Manchester United.The Red Devils start their campaign by hosting West Ham and Leicester either side of a trip to Swansea, and don’t face one of last season’s top six finishers until the middle of October – you can see their full fixture list here.Jose Mourinho spent most of last year complaining about the Red Devils’ fixture list, but this year it seems he will be remarkably happy with how the games have been scheduled.Certainly the fans are delighted – with one saying United have ‘won’ the fixture list announcement (maybe United fans are counting that as a trophy now as well).You can see some of the best reaction to Manchester United’s fixture list below…last_img read more

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Everton in danger of losing England starlet to Bundesliga side

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ #Rangnick with a transfer update: “I think 3 more signings is realistic. We’re still in talks over @Alookman_ – we want him back and he wants to come. We’re also looking at something in central midfield, whether that’s a no. 6, 8 or 10.” #DieRotenBullen pic.twitter.com/TVK4KTCvCz— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) July 9, 2018Despite wanting to keep the 20-year-old at Goodison Park last January, former boss Sam Allardyce admitted the forward’s ‘stubbornness’ eventually swayed the decision.He joined the Toffees in January 2017 from Charlton Athletic in an £11 million deal.He made an immediate impact for his new club, coming off the bench to score against Manchester City on his debut in a 4-0 win. Lookman impressed on loan in Germany last season LATEST Lookman celebrates after scoring on his debut 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Latest Transfer stories from talkSPORT.com Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM targets REVEALED center_img RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets RB Leipzig are keen on completing a permanent deal for Everton starlet Ademola Lookman.The England Under-21 international spent the second half of last season on loan at the Bundesliga side. IN DEMAND 2 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland During his time in Germany, he scored five league goals in 11 appearances, leading to speculation he could return.Leipzig have appointed sporting director Ralf Rangnick as their head coach ahead of the new season, and he admitted Lookman was keen on the switch being made permanent.He said: “”We’re still in talks over Ademola Lookman. We want him back and he wants to come.” moving on Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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ROADS WARNING AS ICE CONTINUES TO CAUSE CHAOS – AND SNOW ON THE WAY

first_imgMOTORISTS are being warned to drive with car today after a heavy overnight frost caused long tailbacks on many routes earlier.At one stage traffic was tailed back from Mountain Top in Letterkenny all the way to Illistrin.The frost will lift later – but Met Eireann says roads in rural areas will be treacherous again this afternoon as rain turns to snow, especially in the hills. “Some heavy spells of rain are likely at times accompanied by blustery winds. However the wind and rain will ease off later. Cold, with highest afternoon temperatures ranging 3 to 9 degrees Celsius – coldest in the north, with some hill snow,” is the latest update. ROADS WARNING AS ICE CONTINUES TO CAUSE CHAOS – AND SNOW ON THE WAY was last modified: January 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FOG AND BLACK ICE WARNING TO MOTORISTS

first_imgMOTORISTS are being warned that many roads in Donegal overnight will be frozen over as temperatures plunge to -3C.Fog patches will also form inland as it turns colder, with temperatures and leading to a widespread sharp or severe ground frost and icy stretches on untreated surfaces.If you are out driving overnight, get a grip – wear a seatbelt.  FOG AND BLACK ICE WARNING TO MOTORISTS was last modified: January 3rd, 2015 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:alertdonegalDRIVERSiceWarninglast_img read more

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