ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2016)– Five-year-old gelding Alert Bay heads a field of 11 in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for California-bred or sired older horses going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.Easily the most successful in the Sensational Star by earnings alone with over a $1,000,000 to his credit, Alert Bay, trained by Blaine Wright will be seeking his first win down the hill. Dominant over Santa Anita’s turf course in recent years, Alert Bay has run in the money in six out of seven lifetime tries over the grass here in Arcadia, with four wins.A winner of the Grade II City of Hope (turf) Mile on Sept. 27, 2015 at Santa Anita, ‘AB’ went on to run seventh in the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap in late November over Del Mar’s turf course after winning up north in the Bay Area at odds of 1-5 in a turf allowance. He then went on to run sixth in his first-ever try down the hillside in the Grade II Daytona on Dec. 26, though beaten only a length.Alert Bay’s latest try over the turf, when favored at 2-1, resulted in a second to What a View in the Cal Cup Turf Classic at Santa Anita Jan. 30 going 1 1/8 miles. With two bullet works serving as his most recent over Golden Gate’s Tapeta surface up at his home base in Berkeley, CA, Alert Bay looks ready to fire.“He does quite well at Santa Anita, he really likes this place,” said Wright following his win in the City of Hope. “I’ve never had such a versatile, hard-hitting horse as him; he can run on any surface. Obviously, he’s best on turf but he can run on dirt and even Tapeta.”By City Zip, out of the Dushyantor mare Hickory, Alert Bay is owned by Peter Redekop of British Columbia and is 23-11-5-2 overall with $1,028,235 in earnings.The complete field for the Sensational Star, to be run as the 6th race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Image of Joplin, Agapito Delgadillo, 122; Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza, 124; Aotearoa, Drayden Van Dyke, 120; Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 122; Lucky J Lane, Santiago Gonzalez, 120; McHeat, Fernando Perez, 122; Forest Chatter, Mike Smith, 124; Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat, 122; Alert Bay, Martin Garcia, 124; Boozer, Gary Stevens, 120; Poshsky, Joe Talamo, 124.
A NATURAL HAT TRICK!– JOCKEY FLAVIEN PRAT IS ALL SMILES FOLLOWING HIS THIRD CONSECUTIVE WINNER ON SUNDAY AT SANTA ANITA. THE GIFTED FRENCHMAN WON THE FIRST RACE WITH BELLA VITA, $3.00, THE SECOND RACE WITH SHORT OF EZ, $4.00 AND THE THIRD WITH NOCHERYLIKEMYCHERY, WHO PAID $7.00 TO WIN. PRAT HAS THREE REMAINING MOUNTS IN THE FINAL FIVE RACES ON THE SUNDAY CARD.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lifted the State of Emergency (SOE) with immediate effect. However, the SOE’s ‘sister,’ the curfew, remains in force. It will, however, be extended by an hour, from 12 midnight to six a.m.“I am pleased to announce that the curfew is extended to midnight, except those in proximity to hotspots. Weekly and border markets are open and school authorities immediately upon passage of the budget, will organize young people in the communities to start the renovation and clean-up of school facilities in preparation for school opening, at a time to be decided by the progress in the anti-Ebola fight.”The President made the statement Thursday at Foreign Affairs Ministry when she addressed the nation on the lifting of the State of Emergency.She said that since March of this year, the nation had been stricken by an unprecedented outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease. This outbreak, she said, overwhelmed and disrupted the rebuilding of Liberia and its healthcare delivery system and undermined the nation’s normal economic, social, cultural, and political activities. Many citizens became infected and died while many more died of treatable illnesses as hospitals were shut down and beds were insufficient to treat the infected. According to President Sirleaf, the nation was shaken by the strange and dangerous enemy. But, she added, the government and people of Liberia remained calm and undeterred, and we acted decisively—closing borders, imposing state of emergency and the curfew, ordering quarantines, closing schools and restricting public gatherings.As the outbreak progressed, posing a clear and present danger to the Liberia, the neighboring countries and the rest of the world, we were compelled to declare a State of Emergency and obtained the concurrence of the Legislature in keeping with the Constitution, the President said.“We took on the fight, appealed to the world and our citizens and they listened and the world responded,” she said.Following the State of Emergency, many gains were made and a number of our compatriots are still lying in Ebola Treatment Units(ETUs), hot spots are springing up in rural areas and many are still dying of the killer disease.She noted that Liberia cannot be declared Ebola free until the neighboring countries like Sierra Leone and Guinea are also free of the Ebola virus.President Sirleaf disclosed that in keeping with the public health law, government is determined to enable the maintenance of the required vigilance, community mobilization and awareness throughout the country. GOL will also do its best to sustain the gains we have made as a nation until we can start the progressive countdown of 21 days, until the national goal of zero new cases by Christmas is achieved all across the country. “We will keep many of the previous measures in place with appropriate adjustments consistent with the progress in our fight.”She expressed confidence that Liberians can win this fight against Ebola and believes that resilience and commitment of the people remain strong and resolute in the fight, noting that it is her belief that partners will continue to be with the country as we move forward to rebuild a healthcare delivery system.She expressed gratitude to the international partners, who have demonstrated that the world has shown their care for the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Canyon Country’s Aaron Staudinger said he was impressed with the number of cars that showed up for the NASCAR Late Model season opener at Irwindale Speedway last Saturday night. There were 41 cars trying to qualify for 30 spots in the race. The top 26 drivers earned starting spots on time. The final four had to race into the feature event through what is called a B-main. Staudinger, who finished sixth in the Late Model feature race, said he would like to see more cars have to race their way in through the B-main. The Late Models return to Irwindale Speedway tonight for their second race of the year. There’s a good chance there will be around 40 cars showing up trying to qualify again. Valencia’s Chris Carmody and Acton’s Chris Houwen were in the season-opening Late Model race at Irwindale Speedway. Carmody was fifth and Houwen was 20th in the race. The NASCAR Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and West Coast Pro Trucks are scheduled to race tonight. It will be the first races of the season for the Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and West Coast Pro Trucks. Toyota All-Star Showdown: NASCAR unveiled its plans Thursday for the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, the season ending race for the two Grand Nationals Divisions: the West Series and Busch East Series. The Showdown will be at Irwindale Speedway on Oct. 19-20. It is the fifth straight year that Irwindale Speedway will host the Showdown. No other track has hosted the event, which pits NASCAR’s top short-track drivers against each other. In addition to the Grand National race, the Irwindale Speedway Super Late Model drivers will be added to the program. They will race Oct. 19. There are a number of drivers from the Santa Clarita Valley who are racing in the Super Late Model division and will have a chance to race in the Showdown. Travis Thirkettle of Newhall, the track’s Late Model champion last year; Rod Johnson of Canyon Country, a Super Late Model track champion; Cory Fancy of Canyon Country; and Zack Foster of Canyon Country competed in the season opener last Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway. David Beat won the season opener. Thirkettle was sixth, Johnson was 11th, Fancy was 15th and Foster was 25th. American Le Mans Series: Valencia’s Bryan Herta is no stranger to the streets of St. Petersburg, site of today’s American Le Mans Series Acura Sports Car Challenge. While this will be his first race at St. Petersburg in the American Le Mans Series, it will be his third trip to the temporary street course in Florida. His previous two times were with Andretti Green Racing in the Indy Racing League. He won the pole for the inaugural race in St. Petersburg in 2005. He has never finished worse than fourth on the circuit. And he was part of a 1-2-3-4 finish for Andretti Green Racing in 2005. “I know my knowledge of the track will help me a little bit in the first session but after everyone gets a few laps, I don’t think it will be a deciding factor by the time the race rolls around,” said Herta, driver of the No. 26 Acura-powered entry for Andretti Green Racing and a Hart High graduate. “Every race feels important when you get to it, but I think this race will be a different challenge for us. This is the first sprint race for us and it will be decided on outright speed.” Herta teamed with Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan, who will be racing in Sunday’s IndyCar Series race at St. Petersburg, to win the LMP2 portion of the American Le Mans Series season opener, the 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida. The Acura Sports Car Challenge is a two-hour, 45-minute race – still lengthy, but a sprint compared with the 12-hour endurance race at Sebring. “We won Sebring by not making mistakes and having reliability in the XM Satellite Radio Acura,” Herta said. “This race will be won with speed so it’s important because it takes a different strategy to win the race.” Marino Franchitti, younger brother of Dario, will be teaming with Herta in the Acura Sports Car Challenge. It is Marino Franchitti’s first race of the year with Andretti Green Racing and the 22nd start of his American Le Mans Series career. “Having been here the last couple years, I think St. Pete is a world-class event,” Franchitti said. “All the drivers I know love the track. I’m sure I’ll love the track, too, so I just can’t wait to get out there and get on with it.” Acura has three entries, Andretti Green Racing, Lowe’s Fernandez Racing and Highcroft Racing, in the Acura Sports Car Challenge. The Lowe’s Fernandez team finished second in the LMP2 portion of the race, third overall at Sebring. Highcroft Racing was fourth in class at Sebring. The Acura entries are designed and developed at Santa Clarita-based Honda Performance Development. “This track is not as bumpy as Sebring and I think that will suit our car,” said Adrian Fernandez, owner and driver for Lowe’s Fernandez Racing. “This will be a flat-out sprint race and we need to find the most speed that we can. Hopefully, the confusion we had in Sebring of not being able to match our earlier pace in preseason testing will be cleared up and we will be on pace with the other Acuras and the Porsches.” Fernandez’s teammate Luis Diaz, who will be making his first start at St. Petersburg, said he prefers the street races to the permanent road course events on the American Le Mans Series schedule. “I have heard so many good things about this event – the track, the fans, the atmosphere,” Diaz said. “I will be a rookie at several races this year and this one of them, but Adrian has raced here before and that will be a big help to me.” NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Coming off an 11th-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Ron Hornaday Jr. heads to Martinsville Speedway in Virginia with his favorite truck and in third place in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series standings. But no one has been able to beat the Toyotas in the first three Truck Series races. Mike Skinner, the Truck Series points leader, will be going for his third win in a row in today’s race at Martinsville Speedway. Hornaday will be in his comfort zone, racing on the short track of Martinsville in the truck he won with at Mansfield Motorsports Park in Ohio last year. “Martinsville is one of those tracks that drivers like to go to because they’ve cut their teeth racing on short tracks all over the United States,” said Hornaday, driver of the No. 33 Chevrolet Silverado for Kevin Harvick Inc. “It’s just fun, hard racing.” email@example.com (818) 713-3715160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Staudinger said he would like to see perhaps 16 cars qualify on time, then have the remaining 14 cars have to race in through a B-main. While the car counts are high now, they will probably drop as the season continues. “Cost is always an issue with racing,” Staudinger said. “You’re always going to see the field thin out.” As for qualifying, Staudinger said he believes his car is fast enough to get in on time. But he wouldn’t be opposed to having to race in if need be. “Something really bad would have to happen for us not to make the show,” Staudinger said.
Dean Windass has urged Hull City owner Assem Allam to tie Steve Bruce down to a new long-term contract.Bruce’s current deal expires next summer and the 53-year-old has been linked with a shock move to the Championship to take charge of Fulham.Windass now wants Allam to move quickly to end the doubts over Bruce’s future, despite much uncertainty over the businessman’s own future at the KC Stadium as he continues his bid to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers.Speaking to Hawksbee and Jacobs, the Tigers legend said: “It’s no surprise that Fulham want a big-name manager and Steve is obviously that. He was sacked by Sunderland but has come bouncing back at Hull.“I haven’t heard anything about contract talks between Allam and Steve Bruce. That is a massive surprise to me. It would be stupid not to get Bruce tied up for another two or three seasons.“The main thing for Hull is to stay in the Premier League this season. We want to be like a Stoke that have stayed in the Premier League for a number of years and it is a bit strange for me that contract talks have not taken place.”
0Shares0000Luis Suarez (right) scored a penalty as Barcelona beat Alaves 2-0 on Tuesday in La Liga © AFP / ANDER GILLENEABARCELONA, Spain, Apr 24 – Barcelona will win La Liga on Wednesday if Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia after a 2-0 victory over Alaves gave them a 12-point lead at the top of the table.Lionel Messi started on the bench at Mendizorrotza on Tuesday in a move that made clear just how comfortable Barca are in this title race, its conclusion surely now only a matter of when rather than if. Should Atletico avoid defeat to Valencia at the Wanda Metropolitano, the Catalans will still be crowned champions on Saturday at the Camp Nou with a victory over Levante.They could even have it wrapped up before kick-off on Saturday if Atletico fail to take at least four points from Valencia and Real Valladolid, the latter whom they face a few hours earlier on Saturday.“It’s an incredibly valuable win,” coach Ernesto Valverde said. “In the end however much as people say the league is won, it has to be achieved on the field.“We are at the gates now, needing three points more with four games ahead. It is an immense joy to be in this position after so many months of work.”Real Madrid, who play their game in hand against Getafe on Thursday, sit 16 points adrift in third. Alaves stay eighth, their hopes of a Europa League spot fading fast.Messi came on as a substitute in the 61st minute shortly after his team had scored twice, Carles Alena guiding one into the corner before Luis Suarez, in Messi’s absence, took and dispatched a penalty.Valverde leaving out his captain and star player, presumably with an eye on next week’s Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, was a luxury Barcelona have earned and can afford.Liverpool, still jostling with Manchester City in the Premier League, are unlikely to feel the same sort of confidence when they face Huddersfield on Friday.“The idea at half-time was to play Leo because the result was not clear,” Valverde said.“But regarding the Golden Boot and that sort of thing, we are only focused on what we have to do to win.“Leo has a lot of individual challenges ahead but today it was time to rest.”Other players were preserved too. Jordi Alba, Clement Lenglet and Arthur Melo all began on the bench, allowing Samuel Umtiti more minutes as he recovers from a knee injury, while the struggling Philippe Coutinho started in a front three with Ousmane Dembele and Suarez.Alena, the 21-year-old Spaniard, scored his second La Liga goal and showed again why many believe he could be a key figure for Barcelona in the years to come.– Consistent Suarez –Suarez’s goal, meanwhile, was his 21st in the league and marks the fourth consecutive season in which he has passed the 20 mark for Barca.He might have scored earlier but shot straight at Fernando Pacheco when sent clear in the opening stages, while Coutinho followed up but his rebound was blocked.Sergi Roberto fired over from inside the area but it was his run down the right that created Alena’s opener in the 54th minute.After a neat exchange with Arturo Vidal, Sergi played inside, through the legs of Suarez and to the feet of Alena. He controlled and placed the ball coolly into the corner.Six minutes later, and one before the introduction of Messi, Suarez doubled the lead from the spot. Umtiti bundled in on the line and as VAR checked him for offside, Alaves’ Tomas Pina was shown to have handballed moments before. Suarez made no mistake.Messi hit the woodwork, his shot well saved by Pacheco, and Coutinho drove wide late on. Two was enough for the win and, possibly, the title.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The hugely popular Lurgybrack Open Farm will open its gates for the summer this Saturday, 8th April.Lurgybrack Open Farm is a hidden treasure on the outskirts of Letterkenny on the Cullion Road. It has become a destination for families all over Donegal and beyond to visit and learn about animals while having fun in the fresh outdoors. With lots to do and fantastic value for money, the farm is a brilliant day out for all ages. The centuries old farm building is home to a range of friendly farm animals that children can come face to face with. There is a large play area for kids and visitors can take a run on a tractor, enjoy the bouncy castles, zip wire, sand pit, waterslide, jumping pillow, indoor bouncy castles or take a leisurely stroll around the dusty trail walk.There is ample space to play safely, wander by the riverside, or just sit back and unwind with a tasty snack from our tearoom or have your own family picnic.To plan your visit, contact: Lurgybrack Open Farm, Cullion Road, Lurgybrack, Letterkenny, Co.DonegalPhone: 074-9122683Mobile: 086-8212012Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgLooking for a family day out? Lurgybrack Open Farm reopens this weekend was last modified: April 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:eventsletterkennyLurgybrack Open Farm
The annual British and Irish Masters cross country international happens this Saturday in Glasgow and continuing the long association Finn Valley have had with this event going back many years.The 2011 programme will include 3 of our club members Kieran Carlin former Ulster and Donegal cross champion and Castlederg native and an athlete that brings experience of having competed in the race for many years.Dominic Bonner the tough teak Gweedore man that has delivered for the club time and time again and like Kieran has done it all many times. The new kid in this world is Catherine Brogan from Stranorlar gaining her first vest so from that prospect its really exciting. We wish all three best of luck.On Sunday it’s Sligo racecourse even ages and transport if required leaves 8-30 from the Centre first race 11-30 hopes of success are high. All the preparation is complete so it’s up to the young guns to have a right good go and see where it brings them.Ann Mc Gill got an underage walking group underway Tuesday night and first indications are encouraging.Mary Martin has established a very enthusiastic women’s jogging group 7pm Monday and Wednesday – all welcome. So it’s all go for Stephens Day 2pm whether its walk/jog/run. All welcome.PATSY McGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY ATHLETICS REPORT was last modified: November 23rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
REIGNING county champions St Eunan’s got back to winning ways with a five-point win over Dungloe at O’Donnell Park this evening.Supporters of both teams were joined by spectators and players from possible opposition in the next round as county stars Colm McFadden and the McHugh brothers took their seats in the main stand.And for a few brief minutes in the first half it looked that, perhaps, the Dungloe men were there to cause an upset. The impressive Luke Neely netted after just five minutes as Eunan’s were sluggish off the starting blocks.Both sides exchanged points as the visitors led 1-02 to two points.Maxi Curran’s men upped the ante after that, hitting eight more scores before the half-time whistle to give St Eunan’s a 0-10 to 1-03 half-time lead.It was nip and tuck after the break and any chance Dungloe had of causing an upset needed a second goal and Adam Neely had a glorious to net but flashed his effort to the right of John Paul Clarke’s net. The hosts ran out winners 0-14 to 1-06 when it could have been more, Eunan’s hitting several second half wides, with Rory Carr off the mark with his place-kicking today. ST EUNAN’S BACK ON TRACK WITH WIN OVER DUNGLOE was last modified: August 29th, 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:dungloeSt Eunans
The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star IN DEMAND Rose has emerged as a shock target for PSG Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LATEST Rose has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but the Old Trafford club are yet to make an offer for the 28-year-old.And now, according to French outlet Le10Sport, PSG are considering a move for the former Leeds United man, who was part of England’s World Cup squad in Russia.PSG are in the market for a new left back after selling former Tottenham man Yuri Berchiche to Athletic Bilbao and Rose could be the man to replace him. targets Danny Rose has emerged as shock target for Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.The Tottenham Hotspur and England defender managed just nine Premier League starts last season, during an injury-ravaged campaign. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ moving on LIVING THE DREAM RANKED targets Latest Transfer News 1 REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Rose first arrived at Spurs from Leeds United back in 2007 and remains under contract until 2021.Although he featured for Gareth Southgate in Russia this summer, he never convinced in his cameos – with the Three Lions boss opting to pick Ashley Young the left wing-back role.