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CLASSY PARADISE WOODS HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000  SANTA MARGARITA STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES

first_imgCLASSY PARADISE WOODS HEADS SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000  SANTA MARGARITA STAKES AT 1 1/8 MILES ARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2019)–A multiple Grade I winner at three, but winless since September, 2017, Paradise Woods, who will be making her third start for trainer John Shirreffs, heads a field of eight older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita.Bred in Kentucky by the late Herman Sarkowsky, Paradise Woods, who is a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Union Rags, won the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks by 11 ¾ lengths on April 8, 2017 and was subsequently made the 6-5 favorite in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks, a race in which she lead early and tired badly to finish 11th.Originally trained by Richard Mandella, Paradise Woods will be making her 14th career start and will be ridden for the first time by Mike Smith on Saturday.Bob Baffert will be represented by a pair of distaffs in the Santa Margarita, stakes placed Just a Smidge and lightly raced Witholding Info, who comes off a sharp allowance score at a flat mile.PARADISE WOODSOwner:  Pam and Martin Wygod & Steven SarkowskyTrainer:  John ShirreffsThe leading money earner in the field with $825,890, but winless in seven starts since taking the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes here in September, 2017, she comes off a much improved third place finish in the Grade I Beholder Mile and with Smith taking over, looms the horse to beat on Saturday.  Out of the Forest Wildcat mare Wild Forest, Paradise Woods, who was a disappointing fifth two starts back in the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes Feb. 16, will likely lay close to the early pace as she tries to improve upon an overall mark of 13-3-2-3.JUST A SMIDGEOwner:  Debbie LanniTrainer:  Bob BaffertOff at 38-1, she was seventh, beaten 18 ½ lengths in the Beholder Mile.  A sharp gate to wire allowance winner going one mile two starts back, she’ll be handled for the first time by come backing Martin Garcia, who is expected to put early run on her mind.  A diminutive 4-year-old filly by Into Mischief, Just a Smidge has three wins from 11 starts and has been unplaced in four other graded stakes assignments.WITHOLDING INFOOwner:  Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul WeitmanTrainer:  Bob BaffertBred in Kentucky by her owners, this 4-year-old Midnight Lute filly, out of the First Samurai mare Executiveprivilege, has won two out of her three starts with Joe Talamo, and she earned a career-top Beyer Speed figure of 83 in taking a one mile allowance here on April 7.  Should Paradise Woods falter, Witholding Info is an interesting up and comer from a barn that’s full of them.THE GRADE II SANTA MARGARITA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTStarr of Quality–Tiago Pereira–120Exuberance–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–120La Force–Drayden Van Dyke–120Birdie Gold–Victor Espinoza–120Witholding Info–Joe Talamo–120Lemoona–Aaron Gryder–120Just a Smidge–Martin Garcia–120Paradise Woods–Mike Smith–120First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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NBA: Anthony sees no problem playing power forward with Thunder

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ How to help the Taal evacuees In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Maliksi’s scoring prowess delivering results for Blackwater Carmelo Anthony (7)  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)After laughing off a reporter’s query as to whether he’s willing to come off the bench for his new team, Carmelo Anthony said he had no problem sliding to the power forward position for the Oklahoma City Thunder.The team’s head coach, Billy Donovan, recently made it known that the 33-year-old superstar would indeed be filling in at the four position full-time.ADVERTISEMENT View comments DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I have no problem with playing the four,” Anthony, who mostly suited up at small forward for much of his 14-year NBA career, told ESPN’s Royce Young. “I actually like that, I actually embrace that. And for this team, I think it will be better.”Although he has never considered himself a typical “stretch four,” the 10-time NBA All-Star said he’s used to playing the position, citing his earlier years with the Denver Nuggets as an example.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’ve been playing the four almost all my career,” he added. “Even in Denver…we kinda started going playing that small ball, putting me at the four, picking up the pace. We kind of started that.”The move comes as no shock to most fans, as the Thunder also managed to land superstar Paul George in the off season, who would likely take up the small forward slot. Anthony’s strong physique would also help ease his transition better, as George was not really fond of playing the four during some stretches when he was with the Indiana Pacers.Still, Anthony relishes the chance to play for a legitimate contender and credits today’s “position-less” basketball for allowing him to pair up with both George and Russell Westbrook.“Now, it’s just whoever,” he said. “You have two-guards playing center now, guys 6-foot-5 playing center. So, it really doesn’t matter at what position it is, what spot out there, as long as you fill those spots.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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8 for Caldwell Soccer Tournament

first_imgA month-long football tournament kicks off this weekend in Caldwell. The tournament involving eight top teams in the various communities is intended to promote unity in the community as well as raise funds for the construction of a children’s park in the area.The tournament is jointly organized by sports supporter, Ernest Wright and the Future Leaders Sports Association of Caldwell. The Chief Organizer, Ernest Wright said he’s delighted that participating community teams are upbeat about the tournament.The teams are Diggsville, Kamasun, Lukorkor, Cellcom Tower, Taylor Major Compound, Down Stream, Thumps Up and Benson Street Communities.The tournament will start on Saturday, May 31 with a parade through the streets of Caldwell, where an opening program will be held.Shortly thereafter, the tournament kicks off with Benson Community taking on the Kamasun Community in the first match while Lukorkor takes on Thumps-Up in the second game on Saturday.On Sunday, Down Stream will play Cellcom Tower Community in the first match while, Diggsville lock horns with Taylor Major Compound in the second match. The tournament will be played every weekend.Mr. Wright said at the end of the tournament, the winner will receive an L$8,000.00 cash award, a trophy and medals while, the second place team will receive a trophy and medals.The various communities have been urged to turn out to support their respective teams.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Region 5 Chamber of Industry & Commerce to host President’s Cup T10 cricket

first_imgThe Region 5 Chamber of Industry and Commerce will tomorrow host a fun day and President’s Cup 10/10 cricket tournament wherein some of the top teams in Berbice will feature in exciting cricket that will commence from 9:00h at the Cotton Tree Diehards club ground.This one-day event is sponsored by R5CIC Innovation 360, ANSA McAL Trading Limited, and Trophy Stall.Among the teams slated to entertain spectators are the Young Warriors, Cotton Tree Diehards, Blairmont Blazers, West Berbice Achievers, Police Sports Club and D’Edward Cricket Club.last_img read more

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YouTube invites campaigns to site

first_imgWASHINGTON – Politicians have not cherished most of their YouTube moments, those snippets of candid camera video posted on the popular Internet site. Now comes a friendlier YouTube politics. On Wednesday, the online video Web site announced the beginning of a voter education initiative that will serve as an information hub for political candidates to showcase their own videos. Already on board are the major 2008 presidential candidates – Republicans Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney, and Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson. But politicians are recognizing the power of the Internet, and YouTube in particular. In January, a video on YouTube showed Romney voicing moderate social positions during a 1994 debate with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. Romney replied promptly with his own YouTube video, disavowing his old views. Republican pollster David Winston said YouTube benefits from having two audiences – young viewers and journalists. “Here’s the challenge that these campaigns have: There is this huge clutter, and how do you break through the clutter,” Winston said. “One of the things that YouTube has been shown to be able to do, with some success, is to help break through that clutter.” On the Web: http://www.youtube.com/youchoose160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is such an important election coming up that we just wanted to make sure we did everything we could in terms of helping candidates get their messages out, but also helping voters start a dialogue with those candidates on issues that really hit home at them individually,” said Jordan Hoffner, YouTube’s director of content partnerships. The new effort is part of a technological awakening by political campaigns to the myriad ways of reaching voters, beyond the traditional mix of coffee klatsches, stump speeches and expensive broadcast ads. Not only have political candidates refined their own campaign Web sites, they are now creating profile pages on MySpace.com, the heavily trafficked online hangout, and tailoring their video messages to YouTube. As with any medium used by politicians, the Internet can be an asset and a hazard. Former Sen. George Allen, R-Va., never seemed to recover from a video that showed him using the word “macaca” to address a young man of Indian descent who was a campaign worker for his opponent. Video clips on YouTube showed former Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., nodding off during a committee hearing. Both Allen and Burns lost their re-election campaigns last November. last_img read more

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Public comment solicited about high-speed rail

first_imgPALMDALE – A meeting will be held next week to gather public input on a proposed high-speed rail system that would run through the Antelope Valley. The meeting is part of the environmental review process for the segment between Palmdale and Los Angeles and will provide residents with an opportunity to learn about the project, ask questions and provide feedback. “The scoping meeting gives the public an opportunity to talk to the lead agency and consultants who are doing the work to provide input on what they think ought to be covered in the environmental documents,” said Dan Leavitt, deputy director of the California High-Speed Rail Authority. The proposed alignment for the Los Angeles-to-Palmdale segment would use existing rail lines along San Fernando Road through Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank and San Fernando before continuing through Santa Clarita and into Palmdale. Meetings will be held in cities along the corridor. The Palmdale meeting will be held from 3 to 5p.m. and from 6 to 8p.m. April 12 at Palmdale City Hall, 38300 Sierra Highway. Other meetings are set for Glendale, Los Angeles and Sylmar. Written comments regarding the project will be accepted until April 27 and can be sent to Leavitt, California High-Speed Rail Authority, Los Angeles – Palmdale Segment, 925 L St., Suite 1425, Sacramento, CA 95814. “We are hopeful the public will come to these,” Leavitt said. “We are excited about this work. We believe this project is essential for California’s transportation future.” A $9.95 billion high-speed rail bond measure is set for the November 2008 ballot. The measure has twice been pulled from previous ballots. The proposal would generate about half the funding needed to build a rail line linking Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Fresno and San Francisco with trains running at top speeds of more than 200 mph. The proposed alignment would follow Highway 58 from Bakersfield to Mojave, then run south along the Union Pacific railroad tracks through Lancaster, Palmdale and Soledad Canyon. Plans call for the system to be expanded so it also eventually reaches San Diego and Sacramento. Rail authority officials said the system could carry more than 100 million passengers annually by 2030 and reduce traffic by removing more than 50 million auto trips per year. At-grade railroad street crossings would be separated from vehicle traffic, and as many as 450,000 jobs would be created under the full project. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

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Falcao unclear over Man United future

first_img Radamel Falcao in action for Manchester United 1 Radamel Falcao insists he wants to stay at Manchester United – but only if he gets to play more games for the Red Devils.The Colombian, who is on loan from Monaco until the end of the season, has started just three Premier League matches this season and has struggled with injuries at his new club.Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie, Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata have all made more league appearances than the former Atletico Madrid striker, while he faces stiff competition from youngsters James Wilson and Adnan Januzaj.The 28-year-old said: “I am very happy in this city, in this club and I am enjoying it here. I really want to stay.“I’d like to stay but obviously I have to analyse the situation, see if I play more and see what decision the board takes.”last_img read more

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Middlesbrough agree £5m fee with West Ham United for Stewart Downing

first_imgChampionship side Middlesbrough have agreed a £5m fee with West Ham for Stewart Downing, according to reports.Downing is expected to undergo a medical on Thursday and he could join up with the rest of the Boro squad at their training camp in Marbella by the end of the weekThe England international left Boro six years ago when he joined Aston Villa for a fee of £10m.Two years later he was on the move again as Liverpool and Kenny Dalglish paid £20m to take him to Anfield.In 2013, after two disappointing seasons on Merseyside, he signed for West Ham in a £5m deal.However, the 30-year-old wants to see out his career with his hometown club. Stewart Downing 1last_img read more

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Sunderland blow as Bournemouth win race for £5m Dutch ace

first_img1 Jonathan de Guzman Bournemouth are closing in on a £5m swoop for Napoli star Jonathan de Guzman.Cherries boss Eddie Howe is on the verge of snapping up the Holland international, who rejected the chance to join Sunderland on a season-long loan deal.The 27-year-old, who proved his worth in the Premier League during a two-year loan stint at Swansea from 2012-2014, has reportedly agreed terms on a four-year deal with the South Coast side.It has been revealed by the La Gazzetta dello Sport that Bournemouth could complete the transfer for De Guzman before Saturday’s home clash with Leicester City.The former Feyenoord, Mallorca and Villarreal central midfielder is due to fly to the UK to complete his move back to English football.last_img read more

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College trustees

first_imgWHITTIER – The Rio Hondo College board of trustees has agreed to pay $130,000 over the next year to a federal lobbyist to pursue the college’s interests in Washington, D.C. That’s in line with a trend seen throughout the country among higher education and local governments, which have spent nearly $500million in the past six years on federal lobbyists, according to the Center for Public Integrity. For Rio Hondo officials, however, the proof is in the pudding – they were pleased with lobbying efforts last year that netted them $150,000 in federal funds for police technology. “That was actually quite an accomplishment because we started so late in the appropriations process last year,” said Russell Castaneda-Calleros, Rio Hondo’s director of governmental and community relations. Locally, the cities of Pico Rivera and Whittier spend about a combined $86,000 per year on federal lobbyists. Rio Hondo trustee Andre Quintero said the college needs to seek out “every possible opportunity to obtain additional funds, especially for the type of specialty programs we have here.” Quintero said he attended a seminar in 2004 where he was told it was reasonable for community colleges to pay upwards of $150,000 a year for a federal lobbyist. “So the fact that we’re paying less than that was a positive for me, and the result last year was that we got an allocation for $150,000,” Quintero added. Roberta Baskin, executive director of the nonprofit Center for Public Integrity, said in a statement that state and local governments and school boards spend “millions of taxpayer dollars competing to become favorites of the federal decision makers.” “The way this game is played, no one can afford not to play,” Baskin added. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We started in mid-March last year, at least two months, if not more, behind other applicants,” Castaneda-Calleros added. “And we were still able to come out somewhat successful.” As such, the board has authorized the lobbyist for another year and will focus on seeking funds for three programs: the administration of justice, alternative fuels, and a bus pilot project to increase students’ use of public buses. “But beyond the dollars, which are always nice, we also realize the importance of building relationships with organizations we work with in Washington, D.C.,” Castaneda- Calleros said. “Our lobbyist is instrumental to build and maintain those strong working relationships with these individuals over a period of time.” last_img read more

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