All options to be explored in creating walkway along River Swilly

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – March 15, 2018 Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFemale pedestrian killed in overnight collison near BuncranaNext articleGAA Programme – Carndonagh’s Markey Cup Win & Slaughtneil Camogie News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Google+ Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Donegal County Council has been asked to explore all options with a view of creating a walkway along the River Swilly.The proposed walkway would link Letterkenny with the New Mills Corn Flax.The local authority says that some preparatory work on the idea has already begun with a local community group having submitted a funding application to the LEADER programme and if successful, landowners would then be consulted.Local Cllr. James Pat McDaid says it’s a popular route among pedestrians but a walkway would make it safer for all:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp All options to be explored in creating walkway along River Swillylast_img read more

AGDF Kicks Off with Win for Adrienne Lyle and Harmony’s Duval

first_imgThe 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) kicked off its tenth season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, on Thursday, January 14, with a victory for Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Harmony’s Duval in the FEI Grand Prix CDI3*, presented by Harmony Sporthorses. The first week of AGDF continues through Sunday, January 17, and the circuit hosts 10 weeks of international and national dressage competition until April 4. Free live streaming and on-demand of select classes are available to view at the link below.WATCH CLASS ON-DEMAND HERE.Lyle and the 13-year-old KWPN gelding by Rosseau owned by Duval Partners LLC have been dominating in the Global Stadium at PBIEC lately, coming off of a double victory weekend in December.“I was quite happy with him,” said Lyle of the day’s performance, which resulted in a score of 71.304%. “He’s a little more nervous than I was anticipating. I don’t know if it’s the cooler weather or what, but he was a little on edge, which is interesting because we’ve shown here plenty of times before. There was a bit of a different horse in there today. We lost a few points in our piaffe and passage, were lacking a bit of harmony and elastic energy, and that can be such a highlight for him. Now we take this, and we move on to the Grand Prix Special. That’s a test that really counts for us, but this was a good starting place.”The gelding has now marked six wins in his last 13 starts, and Lyle hopes to continue on and refine their work this season. “With him,” she explained, “this is his second year at the Grand Prix. He knows his stuff now, but we’ve been trying to polish it all up. We’ve done a lot of halt rein-back, a lot of cantering and halting, [and] just a lot of work with halts because he’s not a huge fan of them, so we’ve worked on those moments where he could possibly get distracted and lose points.”She continued, “We’re focusing on the Special with him this year. We’ve chosen not to focus on the Freestyle or World Cup Qualifiers in hopes of making the short list to go to Europe with him. We have a wonderful group of owners who are supporting us, and we’ll just keep on enjoying the season for now.”Despite plenty of training time at home due to the global pandemic, Lyle is excited to have Duval back in competition, and admitted that the break wasn’t as beneficial for him as it was for others.“We had time to train at home due to COVID, but it wasn’t a big advantage because he is a horse that needs to be exposed, out, and doing something,” she noted. “To sit at home all summer, it was a bit difficult to get his mind back into it, but his strength in the collection work is continuing to improve. His overall rideability has always been the biggest focus with him because he can get a little distracted.”Second place in the class was captured by Susan Pape (GBR) on Harmony’s Eclectisch, Harmony Sporthorses’ 12-year-old KWPN stallion by Zenon, earning a 70.522%. Third place went to Jennifer Williams (USA) on Millione, Millione Partners’ 18-year-old Danish Warmblood gelding by Milan (70.456%).“I thought it was great that the Harmony Sporthorses were one and two in the class today,” concluded Lyle. “Leslie Malone [of Harmony Sporthorses] was generous in allowing us to purchase Duval when he was young, making it possible for us to bring him along like this.”The FEI Prix St. Georges CDI1* awarded first place to the USA’s Anna Marek and Felissirana, Alise Carrico’s 11-year-old KWPN mare by Belissimo. Marek and the mare were awarded a final score of 70.323%. Second place went to Raul Corchuelo (COL) aboard his own Maverick, an 11-year-old Oldenburg gelding by Millennium (69.412%). Karen Lipp (USA) rounded out the top three with her own Infinity, an eight-year-old KWPN gelding by Dream Boy, scoring a 68.353%.In the FEI Prix St. Georges CDI3*, Kevin Kohmann (GER) took home the blue ribbon, earning a 71.118% with the 11-year-old Equitas LLC KWPN stallion Five Star, by Amazing Star. Second place went to Joanne Vaughan (GEO) and her own 10-year-old gelding Forbes, by Fidertanz.Other Canadian results for Thursday include a win in the FEI PSG for Amateurs for Floratina and Chloe Gasiorowski (67.853%).Competition at AGDF will continue tomorrow with a full schedule of classes, including the FEI Intermediare 1 CDI3*,presented by Diamante Farms, before the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by Lövsta, beginning at 11:50 AM. For more information and to see a full list of results, visit Grand Prix CDI3*, presented by Harmony Sporthorses1. Adrienne Lyle (USA) on Harmony’s Duval, Duval Partners LLC’s 13yo KWPN gelding by Rosseau: 70.326, 70.870, 69.022, 74.130, 72.174; 71.304%2. Susan Pape (GBR) on Harmony’s Eclectisch, Harmony Sporthorses’ 12yo KWPN stallion by Zenon: 70.543, 69.783, 68.261, 72.500, 71.522; 70.522%3. Jennifer Williams (USA) on Millione, Millione Partners’ 18yo Danish Warmblood gelding by Milan: 72.391%, 71.630%, 67.174%, 72.500%, 68.587%; 70.456%4. Katie Johnson (USA) on Quartett, Kylee Lourie’s 13yo German Warmblood gelding by Quarterback: 66.739, 68.478, 68.152, 67.065, 69.565; 68.000%5. Jan Ebeling (USA) on Indeed, Vantage Equest Group II, LLC’s 13yo Danish Warmblood mare by Hofrat: 70.543, 65.870, 67.500, 66.630, 69.348; 67.978%6. Guenter Seidel (USA) on Equirelle W, Louise Leatherdale’s 12yo KWPN mare by Florett AS: 67.174, 69.130, 66.739, 67.391, 69.348; 67.956%7. Karen Lipp (USA) on Whitney, Kathleen Oldford’s 16yo Hanoverian mare by White Star: 65.543, 66.304, 65.761,65.217, 66.413; 65.848%8. Jessica Howington (USA) on Cavalia, Jessica Howington’s 14yo KWPN mare by Sir Donnerhall I: 62.065, 66.304, 64.891, 61.848, 65.652; 64.152%9. Jill Irving (CAN) on Degas 12, Jill Irving’s 19yo Hanoverian gelding by De Niro: 63.587, 63.804, 61.848, 61.522, 61.087; 62.370%10. Krystalann Shingler (CAN) on Fidelio, Krystalann Shingler’s 13yo Oldenburg gelding by Fidertanz: 68.587, 60.326, 62.935, 59.130, 58.913; 61.978% Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP center_img Tags: Jill Irving, AGDF, Floratina, FEI Grand Prix CDI3*, Krystalann Shingler, Chloe Gasiorowski, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes.last_img read more

YLD supports bill seeking loan help for state attorneys, PDs

first_img YLD supports bill seeking loan help for state attorneys, PDs YLD supports bill seeking loan help for state attorneys, PDs A legislative position to help pay student loans for prosecutors and public defenders, preparing for a Supreme Court oral argument on changes to the Practicing with Professionalism rule, and continuing post-hurricane activities are all occupying the Young Lawyers Division.YLD President Michael Faehner reported to the Bar Board of Governors in December that the division also has been working on several other projects.He said the YLD board will seek authorization to lobby at the Bar board’s January meeting for SB 190, by Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac. The bill provides that for assistant state attorneys and public defenders who have completed three years of service, the state will pay $3,000 a year to help retire their student loans. After six years, the repayment amount goes up to $5,000, with the maximum repayment capped at $44,000.The YLD, Faehner said, wants to actively support the bill as a way to help assistant public defenders and state attorneys, who frequently make less that their counterparts in private practice but also have high student loans. The repayment plan would help those young lawyers continue their public service careers, he noted.The YLD’s proposed amendment to the Practicing With Professionalism rules were scheduled to have oral arguments at the Supreme Court on January 11 (after this News went to press). The main change being proposed is that government lawyers would lose their ability to defer taking the course — required of all new Bar members — until their government service ended and they entered private practice.Faehner reported that public defenders and the Criminal Law Section have made additional filings in the case. The proposed change would be prospective only.On hurricane activities, the YLD president said the section is winding down some programs but continuing others, while studying how it can improve the response to future storms.The YLD is phasing out the toll-free 800 number for hurricane victims set up at the Bar, which received around 10,000 phone calls since it was opened on August 15, Faehner said.In addition, nearly 100 lawyers participated in the YLD’s One Day Can Make a Difference program, where they volunteered to staff a legal help desk at a FEMA emergency center. That had a tremendous impact and “this truly was a team effort,” Faehner said.Local bars, law schools, and local young lawyer sections across the state also raised money and donated thousands of dollars to hurricane relief efforts.The focus is now shifting from immediate needs to long-term recovery efforts, Faehner reported. That includes clothing and book drives, adopting a hard-hit family for the holidays, offering counseling services for lawyers who had hurricane losses, and offering mediation programs to help resolve storm-related claims.With an unprecedented four storms hitting the state, “it was a challenge, we’ll admit it. It was something I was not prepared for,” Faehner said. “Approximately two weeks ago, we held the first hurricane summit ever through The Florida Bar Foundation in which all the members sat down together and shared their experiences and commiserated.“We will be more prepared next time.”Among other activities, the division:• Has established, pursuant to a request from Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente, a statewide high school moot court competition, based in the five district courts of appeal.• Donated $6,000 to local young lawyers sections for their Christmas in January programs.• Donated $1,500 to the Florida Skin Cancer Foundation. Faehner noted that that is the most prevalent form of cancer for those ages 28 to 35.center_img January 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Jokowi promises Microsoft simple regulation for data center investment

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has promised United States-based technology company Microsoft it will create a simple regulation to allow the tech giant to invest in a data center in the country.“Microsoft would like to immediately invest in Indonesia, so we will decide within a week to issue a simple regulation to support investment in a data center,” Jokowi said after a meeting with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in Jakarta on Thursday.The decision to issue a new regulation was made as the House of Representatives’ deliberation of a data protection bill continues to lag. The bill mandates the formation of an independent data protection authority (DPA) to monitor and analyze personal data usage by corporations. The DPA must also ensure data regulations do not interfere with technological developments.Read also: Google, Facebook to set up data centers in Indonesia: MinisterThe President said Nadella wanted to push the country’s businesses to be more efficient and effective in line with the government’s vision.“We predict that [businesses] will continue improving after the development of our telecommunication infrastructure, namely the Palapa Ring,” said Jokowi, referring to a billion-dollar fiber optic development project to connect all corners of the country.He explained that the government would continue improving internet network across the country, adding that the development of the country’s digital economy was crucial to boost the marketing of local products.Indonesia’s digital economy is expected to dominate Southeast Asia, with its market expected to triple in value to US$130 billion by 2025 from $40 billion in 2019, according to the annual e-Conomy Southeast Asia study published last year by American tech giant Google, Singaporean holding company Temasek and management consulting firm Bain & Company. (awa)Topics :last_img read more

Retail investors prone to bias, herd behavior, experts warn

first_imgRetail investors, who have surged in numbers during the pandemic, are prone to behavioral bias and herd behavior, experts have warned, although the impact on the country’s stock exchange remained limited.The behavioral biases include confirmation bias, where people only want to hear things that align with their predisposed outlook and ignore those that are not, according to Budi Frensidy, a stock market expert from the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Indonesia.Another type of bias is availability bias, which refers to the tendency of people taking action based on familiar information, without further investigation. Foreign investors dumped Rp 295.44 billion (US$20.3 million) worth of stocks on Tuesday, sustaining a trend of foreign net sells that amounted to Rp 19.11 trillion this year. Read also: Domestic investors dominate stock market amid pandemicOn June 8, retail investors’ average daily transaction value surpassed that of the institutional investors by Rp 2.9 trillion, the first time in history, according to IDX.However, Budi said that the behavioral bias would not significantly impact the market, as retail investors’ funds were only around 17 percent of those of institutional investors.Meanwhile, Anugerah Mega Investama director Hans Kwee said retail investors also tended to be influenced by herd behavior in that they are likely to react faster to negative news than positive ones.“When the market goes down, people tend to panic,” Hans said. “But when [the trading] is temporarily suspended following the decline, people return to being rational and that is why we can see prices rallying up,” he added, noting how regulatory actions could counteract investors’ behavioral dispositions. Hans attributed the rising participation of retail investors to the large-scale social restrictions implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which led to many people working from home.As of July 24, the average number of daily retail investors trading on the market increased by 52 percent year-on-year (yoy) in July, with the highest number recorded so far on July 24 when the bourse saw over 112,000 retail investors trading on a single day, according to data provided by IDX development director Hasan Fawzi.In July last year, the average was 60,000 daily retail investors.Almost 70 percent of the retail investors in the country were under 40 years old, Hasan said.However, he saw the trend as something positive, noting that the dominance of domestic retail investors would help the bourse to be less volatile against the foreign capital flight.“We hope that this can increase our capital market resilience level, especially in times of volatility or economic crisis,” Hasan said.Indonesia’s capital market is considered to be shallow at Rp 5.92 quadrillion in market capitalization as of Tuesday, a steep fall from Rp 7.26 quadrillion in 2019, IDX data showed.The IDX is planning to introduce new systems to prevent trading actions taken based on asymmetric information. Hasan said that the bourse is developing a watch list board to highlight companies that have issues with liquidity, volatility or irregular price discovery mechanisms, so that investors could be made aware of the risks when investing in these stocks. It is also working into integrating artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect irregular market activities, such as false trading and stock price manipulation, to improve market surveillance.Read also: Market manipulation among common violations found at IDX: OJK “Retail investors run into behavioral bias, something that institutional investors do not experience, as institutional investors have to refer to a set of guidelines or strict rules,” Budi said during a webinar on Tuesday, saying that, for example, institutional investors had to keep their losses within a predetermined percentage range.Retail investors, on the other hand, are more flexible in their investing, and their asset allocation is determined by more varied factors, including their age, in comparison to institutional investors whose asset allocation is solely determined by their ability to take risks, Budi explained.During the pandemic, the local bourse saw a significant increase in domestic retail investors’ participation, while foreign investors sustained selling pressure on the market. The number of retail investors at Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has reached over 1.2 million, growing by 12.17 percent as of June 30 from December last year, according to data shared by Budi.According to IDX data, the bourse on Tuesday comprised of 62 percent domestic investors and 38 percent foreign investors. At the end of last year, the shares of domestic and foreign investors were 55.71 percent and 44.29 percent, respectively.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Health groups blast govt for minimal progress in revised tobacco regulation

first_img“Strengthening regulations to control [tobacco] consumption is imperative,” said Sally, noting that the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases was increasing, primarily in connection with high tobacco consumption in the country.Read also: Indonesia fails in tobacco control measuresEchoing Sally, Feni Fitriani Taufik of the Indonesian Society of Respirology (PDPI) urged the government to step up its tobacco control efforts, pointing out that several countries had banned tobacco sales and imports during the pandemic.According to chairman Aru Sudoyo of the Indonesian Cancer Foundation, cigarette consumption was the leading cause of the high incidence of lung cancer among Indonesian men, with 19.4 cases per 100,000 population. Meanwhile, the overall mortality rate for both men and women in Indonesia was 10.9 cases per 100,000 population.“The Health Ministry does not seem to take the situation seriously,” said Indonesian Teachers Association chairman Unifah Rosidi, blasting the regulation for its lax control of cigarette consumption “while our children have very [poor knowledge] on the dangers of smoking”.Separately, Indonesian Heart Foundation (YJI) chairman Esti Nurjadin said that the foundation had sent a letter urging President Joko Widodo to push for the revised regulation. She added that the YJI’s letter to the President also expressed appreciation for the 2020-2024 RPJMN, which promoted public health.Green Crescent Indonesia president Era Catur Prasetya underlined that regulatory policies on advertising, tobacco sponsorship, large pictographic warnings, pricing and underage sales bans  in many countries had proven effective in reducing tobacco consumption.“The PP revision is also important so the [public] has access to skills empowerment and smoking cessation programs,” he said.Representing the Alliance of Cigarette Victims at the webinar, Zainuddin, a survivor of laryngeal cancer from passive smoking, said that the revised regulation would help prevent “suffering” among young Indonesians.“Our request is simple. We don’t want the younger generations to suffer like we have. We don’t want more victims like us. […] Minister, you have a very large role to play in saving future generations,” he said.Topics : The Coordinating Human Development and Cultural Affairs Ministry has also asked the Health Ministry to review the regulations on online cigarette advertising and controlling the consumption of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), also known as vaping devices.The revised PP on addictive tobacco ingredients appears in the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN), which includes a plan to completely ban cigarette advertisements, enlarge the health warning pictographs, strengthen smoking cessation services and reduce child smokers by 0.4 percent.“The slow revision process shows the government’s lack of awareness about the urgency of controlling high cigarette consumption in Indonesia. The Health Minister should immediately complete his homework,” said Tubagus Haryo Karbyanto of the National Commission on Tobacco Control (NCTC).Indonesian Society of Internal Medicine (PAPDI) chairman Sally Aman Nasution stressed that stronger control of tobacco consumption was even more urgent during the COVID-19 health emergency, given that smokers were more vulnerable to contracting the disease.  Several nationwide medical and health organizations have urged the Health Ministry to accelerate the revisions to Government Regulation (PP) No 109/2012 on the safety of addictive ingredients in tobacco products.The organizations said during a webinar on Monday that the draft revision that began in May 2018 should have been completed in a year, but that the drafting process seemed to have slowed down after eight interministerial meetings.In accordance with Presidential Decree No. 9/2018, the draft revision targets the pictographic health warnings on tobacco products.last_img read more

Cycling Studio Gets a Mega Expansion in Shrewsbury

first_imgBy Emma WulfhorstSHREWSBURY ­–  Sweaty, out of breath, but also energized and ready to start your day – that’s how you feel after the morning spin class at Megacycle in Shrewsbury. Megacycle classes are known for their high-energy instructors, combining music, coaching, and motivation to create a convenient and fun exercise experience for all ages and levels. This was the dream Megacycle creator and owner Megan Gridley had in 2012 when she opened her studio in a small, 800 square foot house at 800 Broad Street. Now, almost three years later, even more people will be able to experience the exhaustion and happiness of Megacycle.On Friday, August 28, Megacycle will move from its tiny house to a brand new location at 89 Newman Springs Road. With more than 3,100 square feet, the new facility will be much more than just a state-of-the-art indoor cycling studio.The new Megacycle will continue to offer various types of spin classes, like HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Calorie Blast, and Spin & Tone, and introduce TRX, Pilates, and yoga classes. With three new instructors, convenient parking, and a child care room with babysitting services for parents, Megacycle has something for everyone.Megacycle will also partner with My Kitchen Witch Cafe in Monmouth Beach to provide cyclers with healthy meals and snacks on-the-go. When customers reserve a class online, they will also be able to order food from My Kitchen Witch’s seasonal menu. In addition to My Kitchen Witch, Megacycle will partner with other local food providers to stock their studio kitchen with water, coconut water, juices, and the latest fitness snacks.Gridley grew up in Branchburg and moved to Middletown 10 years ago with her growing family. At the time, she weighed 235 pounds and, at only 5’1”, was unhappy with her appearance, “I was embarrassed to put on the exercise outfit; I was embarrassed to take a class.” In an attempt to lose weight and get fit, Megan began eating healthier and running. Though she was able to lose the unwanted pounds, she injured her left knee in the process. Wanting to continue exercising, but unable to run, Megan found a spinning class and immediately fell in love.After becoming a certified cycling instructor, Megan taught at various studios in Monmouth County. As she became more experienced with cycling, she wanted to  customize her classes, but was limited by gym owners. That’s when Megan had the idea to create her own cycling business with a community feel. She wanted classes to be intense, but appeal to beginners, hard-core cyclists, and everyone in between.Megan is extremely excited about the move and all the new things Megacycle will offer, “We hope the new Megacycle will appeal to a broad range of people who want to be fit and have fun doing it in an easy, open atmosphere.”last_img read more

Balfour, Granite host tournament week

first_imgIt’s tournament week at the Granite Pointe at Nelson and Balfour Golf Courses.Balfour tees off on the week by hosting the annual Senior Men’s Open Wednesday at the Les Furber designed course.The 18-hole tournament attracts players from throughout the Kootenays.The scene remains in Balfour for Ladies Open Thursday.Once again players from around the regions will be in Balfour for the 18-hole tourney.The scene shifts to Granite Pointe for the 2011 Selkirk Paving Labour Day Open.This event is broken into three separate tournaments — men’s, seniors and ladies — all played at the same time.The men’s tournament, beginning Saturday, is a 36-hole event while the seniors and ladies play 18 [email protected]last_img

Braves force Game six Tuesday by stopping Nelson 3-0

first_imgAnd what if the Murdoch Division regular season champs can’t clinch the series Tuesday in Spokane?Then the Green and White faces a must win in Game seven Wednesday night back in the Heritage City.The night did not start well for the Leafs as Johnny Marzec staked the visitors to a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the contest.Spokane then put the power play to work in the second period, getting goals from Kurtis Reading and Sean Collins to take a 3-0 advantage into the third period.The Braves then rode the solid netminder of Jon Manlow to victory and another home date Tuesday.PLAYOFF NOTES: Beaver Valley outlasted Castlegar 6-5 Sunday to sweep the other Murdoch Division Semi Final. Hawks led 6-2 after 40 minutes before the Rebels, the defending KIJHL champs, stages a late third-period rally. . . . The KIJHL announced its divisional award winners and to no one’s surprise, Leafs Jamie Vlanich was named the Most Valuable Player in the Murdoch Division. Vlanich, who missed another game in the Leafs/Braves series Monday, also won the Top Scorer honour with 35 goals, 62 assists for 97 points. Leaf winger Alec Wilkinson won the Murdoch Rookie-of-the-year award. Archie McKinnon (Top Defenceman) and Ryan Edwards (Most Sportsmanlike) earned awards for Beaver Valley while Jon Manlow (Top Netminder) and Garry Redding (Coach of the Year) earned special praise for Spokane. . . . In the Eddie Mountain Division, Creston took home four awards. The Nelson Leafs missed a golden opportunity to get some rest before an expected showdown with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in next round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs.The Leafs dropped another egg Monday night in Game five of the Murdoch Semi Final, losing 3-0 to the Spokane Braves at the NDCC Arena.Nelson continues to hold a 3-2 advantage in the series. But the Leafs now must travel to the Lilac City Tuesday for Game six.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2016)–Breaking from the far outside going a flat mile in a field of eight 3-year-olds, heavily favored Collected pressed the early pace and took command leaving the furlong pole en route to a length and a quarter win in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, the Kentucky-bred colt by City Zip got the distance in 1:38 and picked up 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points in the process.A first-out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course Oct. 12, Collected came off a close second in the Grade III, one mile turf Cecil B. DeMille Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 29 and was thus trying the main track for the first time in the Sham, an important prep to the Grade I,      $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.“I was surprised everyone was gunning early,” said Baffert. “I knew the post was going to be tough on him. He really had to work a little extra hard on the outside like that…but he responded the way you want him to respond. He kept on digging away at it.“I think this race will do him some good…He’s a very fast horse and there’s something about him in the mornings that really encouraged me that he’s going to be a runner.Off at 3-2, Collected paid $5.00, $3.60 and $3.00.             .“I was full of horse on the backstretch,” said Garcia. “I knew I never wanted to be in behind horses, I just wanted him to flow. Everybody decided to send (from the gate), so I took advantage of that. He was a little wide, but I took him back a little after the first turn and he let me do whatever I wanted. When I asked him, he took off.”Owned by Peter Fluor’s Speedway Stable, LLC, Collected picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $111,200.Baffert also saddled the runner-up, Let’s Meet in Rio, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux and rallied from far back to for the place while surviving a stewards inquiry into a minor bumping incident at the top of the lane. Off at 5-1, he paid $5.00 and $4.00.“He was just getting his motor running there at the sixteenth pole,” said Desormeaux. “I think he’ll relish more ground, and that’s encouraging.”Ridden by Tyler Baze, Laoban rallied four-wide around the far turn and finished third, one length in front of Found Money. Off at 10-1, Laoban paid $6.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.29, 47.18, 1:11.92 and 1:24.56.The second, third and fourth place finishers received four, two and one Kentucky Derby qualifying point(s).Dressed in Hermes, who was the second choice on the original morning line at 7-2, was scratched earlier today due to a fever.The Sham, run as Santa Anita’s sixth race, was the first of two graded stakes on a nine-race card. The Grade II, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes is slated as the eighth race.last_img read more