Osgood Volunteer Fire Department sets a new record in giving

first_imgOsgood, In. — The Osgood Volunteer Fire Department helped families in need with a 117 year old tradition this holiday season.Since 1900, the department has hosted Old Saint Nick at the station to give away nuts, candy and fruit. As numbers began to dwindle firefighters banded together to make the event bigger and better. David Brook and Alex Brison were instrumental in growing the event from 30 children visiting Santa at the station in 2015 to 107 children and 50 families this year.This year Santa was able to give each child a toy, candy, cookies and hot chocolate. The Osgood American Legion and the Angels of Giving have made key donations of money, coats and gifts for children and families along the way.Additionally, the department was able to raffle six bicycles, three gas cards and two giant stuffed animals.If you know of a family in need please call 812-689-4142.last_img read more

UW hosts high-scoring MSU

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWhen Tim Jarmusz came off the bench for the final three minutes of Wisconsin?s 79-32 blowout of Savannah State Nov. 15, it shocked many who thought the freshman from Oshkosh would take a redshirt year to acclimate to the college game.Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, who allows all his players to make such decisions at their own discretion, stood by the move, saying Jarmusz believed he would be ready to contribute this season.It took a while, but it looks as if Jarmusz was right.After playing only sparingly and only after the outcome of the game had been determined for the first two-thirds of the season, the freshman came off the bench for 13 solid minutes a week ago in Wisconsin?s 71-57 win over Illinois. The next game, a 58-53 victory at Ohio State, it was 12 meaningful minutes and three points for Jarmusz.?This isn?t an all-of-a-sudden thing where I reached in a hat and pulled out a rabbit that had Tim?s name on it,? Ryan said. ?It?s been building.??He does a lot of good things in practice day-in and day-out,? guard Jason Bohannon said. ?That shows by his playing time increasing the last couple of games.?Jarmusz has looked best on the defensive end where he has gotten his hands on several passes and played solid positional defense.?It?s given guys a couple minutes? rest, and the play out on the court doesn?t drop off at all when he?s out there,? Krabbenhoft said. ?It even goes up at times, especially on the defensive end.?Given that, it wouldn?t be much of a surprise at all if Jarmusz sees more action tonight, when Wisconsin hosts 19th-ranked Michigan State.The Spartans enter the game as one of the Big Ten?s highest-scoring teams, averaging nearly 73 points per game on the season, second only to Indiana.Not only does Michigan State score a lot, it is efficient in doing so. No one in the conference boasts a better shooting percentage from the field than MSU?s 48.7 mark, one of the main reasons the Spartans convert at a rate of 1.16 points per possession.Drawing most of the attention ? especially that of Wisconsin stopper Michael Flowers ? will be Drew Neitzel, both the media and coaches? selection as preseason conference Player of the Year. Neitzel, who burned the Badgers a year ago in a game that knocked UW from its national No. 1 perch, has seen his scoring decrease this season but is still an incredibly dangerous offensive threat.?He?s as tough as it gets,? UW assistant coach Gary Close said. ?They do a good job of getting the ball where he can score. They do a great job of screening. He?s very fast and can get the ball out very quickly.?You can?t give him much time, or he?ll bury us as we found out last year in the game there.?Defending the Spartan senior will require a full defensive effort, with the other four players on the court helping Neitzel?s cover by hedging on screens and forcing difficult passes.?They set so many screens that Michael or [Trevon Hughes] are going to be going over those, and they?ve got to get some help,? Close said. ?There?s no way they?re going to get clean through those with as many as they set.?Unlike last season, when Neitzel was nearly a one-man offensive attack, the Spartans are more diversified this year.Sophomore forward Raymar Morgan has emerged as MSU?s leading scorer ? averaging 15.2 points per game ? and has turned heads with all-around play that combines a mid-range game, an ability to slash to the hoop and bang with big bodies under the basket.?There?s a lot of those type of guys in this league, and Raymar Morgan?s probably the best of them,? UW forward Joe Krabbenhoft said. ?Inside, outside, rebounding, defensively. He brings a lot of energy, so he?s just a great player overall.?It will be Krabbenhoft who draws the initial assignment of marking Morgan, a job the Wisconsin junior knows will be a tall task.?I?m going to go out there and try to hold him to as few points as possible,? Krabbenhoft said. ?I don?t know how that?s going to work out.?If it works out well for Krabbenhoft and the Badgers, UW will be just two wins away from claiming a share of the Big Ten Championship.?We?re just focusing on Michigan State right now, just trying to take it one game at a time,? Bohannon said.And although the sophomore continued to insist the team is only thinking about tonight?s 8 p.m. tip-off, his fox-in-the-chicken-coop smile betrayed thoughts of something greater.last_img read more

An Eggstravaganza!

first_imgThe Trojan Knights partnered with the USC Helenes, the Delta Delta Delta sorority and Kicks for Kids to hold their first annual “Trojan Knights Easter Eggstravaganza” with local and special needs children on Saturday. The event, which took place at Pardee Lawn, featured a petting zoo, bounce house and an Easter egg hunt.last_img

Syracuse first-year students to receive free admission to season opener

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse first-year students will receive free tickets to the Orange’s season opener Friday at 7 p.m. against Central Connecticut State in the Carrier Dome, said Anthony Di Fino, SU’s associate athletics director for business development. SU first announced the news last Friday at Home to the Dome, a pep-rally like event for first-year students.Freshmen, transfer students and first-year graduate students must swipe their SUID and enter through Gate E, which opens at 4:30 pm. An email with instructions will be sent to first-year students this week.Last year, all SU students with valid ID were granted free admission to both the home opener, against Colgate, and second game of the season, against Louisville. Attendance for the Colgate game was 31,336 and 32,184 for the UofL game, both lower than the 2016 season average of 32,805.Friday’s game marks the beginning of Year 2 for head coach Dino Babers, whose SU squad finished last year 4-8 for the second consecutive season. SU has won 11 games over the last three years and begins 2017 in search of its first bowl appearance since 2013. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on August 29, 2017 at 5:14 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

FIFA Reject English FA Request On Portuguese Player Transfer

first_imgLISBON, PORTUGAL – JULY 29: Sporting CP midfielder Adrien Silva from Portugal during the Five Violins Trophy match between Sporting CP and AC Fiorentina at Estadio Jose Alvalade on July 29, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)Immediate past English champions Leicester City have been dealt a big blow after world football’s governing body, FIFA, rejected the English Football Association (FA)’s request to veto Adrien Silva’s move to the club.Leicester City and Sporting Lisbon agreed a £22m for the transfer of the Portuguese international midfielder but the move didn’t materialise after FIFA said the Foxes submitted the paperwork for the transfer after the August 31 transfer deadline had expired by 14 seconds.FIFA thereafter withheld his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) so that Leicester City won’t be able to register him.With the latest development, Leicester City have to wait until the January transfer reopens before they can add Silva to their playing squad.Adrien Silva was a direct replacement for England international Danny Drinkwater, who left for champions Chelsea in a £35m deal on deadline day. The club’s inability to secure his transfer now means they have to stick with Wilfred Ndidi, Matty James and Andy King as their midfield options till January.RelatedLeaked! Iheanacho In Leicester City Shirt (Photo)July 30, 2017In “England”Manchester City Sign Mahrez In Club Record DealJuly 10, 2018In “England”Danny Drinkwater Hands Transfer Request To Leicester City Amidst Chelsea InterestAugust 30, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Office Handle 46 Complaints, Make 30 Traffic Stops, Issue 3 Citations, 1st Week in February

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Department released their weekly report for the week of January 29th through February 4th.The Sheriff’s Department handled 46 complaints, made 30 traffic stops and issued 3 citations.On January 30th deputies responded to a two-vehicle property damage accident in Onaway, and made three warrant arrests for marijuana from a past investigation.On January 31st an 18-year-old Posen man was arrested for minor in possession. Another arrest was made on the same day when a 33-year-old Rogers City man was pulled over and had an outstanding warrant in Grayling.February 1st deputies responded to a domestic violence complaint in Posen Township. A 20-year-old Posen man was arrested for aggravated assault.On February 2nd a 37-year-old woman from Millersburg was arrested for an outstanding warrant in retail fraud.On Friday, February 3rd another two-vehicle property damage accident happened in Allis Township.Charges are expected to be brought to 4 individuals after they were found with possession of marijuana on February 4th in Rogers Township. On the same day a suspect was identified for malicious destruction of property in Case Township, that case is still under investigation.A 49-year-old Rogers City man was pulled over for a traffic stop in Metz Township and was arrested after deputies discovered he was “driving while impaired.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: aggravated assault, Crime, domestic violence, Presque Isle County, Presque Isle County Sheriffs Office, traffic stopsContinue ReadingPrevious Crime Stoppers Asking for Public’s Help in Multiple Breaking & Enterings in Alpena CountyNext 8th Graders ‘Transitioning to High School’ Parent Informational Meeting to be Held Wednesday, February 8thlast_img read more

Premier League schedule updates: What to know about rumored plans, resumption dates for 2019-20 season

first_imgMORE: Watford executive’s whining shows not all embrace competitionThe Premier League has been suspended, along with most major world sports leagues, since the second weekend in March. When interrupted, Liverpool was 25 points ahead of second-place Manchester City and two victories away from clinching its first-ever Premier League title. LFC won many titles before the Premier League was formed in 1992, but only has finished as high as second since, most recently in 2014 and 2009.There were as many as six teams fighting against relegation, however, and six fighting for the three remaining positions in the 2021-22 Champions League.Germany, where the Bundesliga suspended competition a few days after England and most others in the world back in March, returned with a full slate of games over the weekend.“The Germans are a couple of steps ahead of us, obviously,” Premier League CEO Richard Masters told the media Monday. “We can learn from them, and watch them, and take confidence from their success.”When will the Premier League resume?There has been no exact date established for the resumption of the 2019-2020 season, but teams were allowed to return to small-group training Tuesday. The season is expected to resume sometime in June.Premier League 2020 resumption timelineThis is a timeline of events that have occurred as England has attempted to resume the Premier League campaign:May 18: Premier League clubs voted unanimously to allow teams to return to training, ideally in small groups with social distancing guidelines maintained.”Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted,” the Premier League said in a statement.”This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the government. Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.”May 11: The UK government gives approval to the Premier League returning as early as June 1. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the decision, with the directive that games be conducted in closed stadiums.Clubs opposed to playing at neutral grounds reportedly would be getting their way, if approved by government officials. One of the primary concerns for league officials was the potential for fans to congregate outside stadiums while the games were happening, which happened in France outside a Champions League game in March between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund.But more than half the clubs objected to the neutral-site concept.“All clubs would prefer to play at home,” Masters said.May 9: Watford chair and chief executive Scott Duxbury writes an article for The Times of London in which he criticized the Project Restart play to complete the season at neutral sites rather than home grounds.Although it is clearly established there will be no fans allowed in any return, Duxbury’s op/ed piece cites the advantage Watford gained by playing at home in its stunning upset of champion-in-waiting Liverpool — as if the crowd advantage in that 3-0 victory was of minor consequence.Duxbury wrote that at least six clubs were “concerned about the clear downside and the devastating effects of playing in this kind of distorted, nine-game mini-league.”May 1: The clubs met for four hours to discuss conditions for a possible return. “Project Restart” is not a universally popular proposition; star Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero tells a television program in Spain “The majority of players are scared because they have family, they have children, they have babies.”The plan formulated to return to action includes the remaining games being played at select neutral sites, which were not divulged, and for the games to resume with no spectators in the stands.“The League and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers,” the Premier League’s statement said.April 17: As a letter from UEFA arrives at national federations urging anyone planning a return to competition complete their seasons by July 31, with an eye toward finishing the Champions League and Europa League, the Premier League holds a two-hour conference call on which teams discuss a possible four-week training period beginning in mid-May with a return to competition in mid-June. A prohibition against use of training sites was set to remain in place until at least May. 7.April 3: The league announced its initial hope of returning by April 30 had been overly ambitious. The return to action would be delayed indefinitely.March 19: ESPN reports the Premier League will not begin the 2020-21 season until it completes the current season. This decision was reached after the 20 clubs had participated in a video conference that formally determined to continue the suspension of the league from the original date of April 3 until April 30.The FA board also determined the established June 1 deadline for the completion of league competition would be eliminated, with no set date to replace it.March 13: Following a joint meeting of team shareholders, the Premier League makes the decision along with the Football League, the Women’s Super League and the FA to suspend all professional football competition. As North Americans were just beginning their work days, whether back in their places of business or still doing the telecommuting thing, Premier League players in England returned to soccer duty Tuesday for the first time since early March.The Premier League has not yet established a playing schedule for its return, but teams were permitted to resume small-group training Tuesday afternoon in preparation for an expected June resumption of their season. “Despite the challenges, is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures … when it is safe to do so,” the league’s statement said.March 12: With the Premier League still planning to move ahead with games scheduled for the coming weekend as major North American sports competitions are suspended or canceled — first the NBA, and later the NHL, MLS, Major League Baseball and the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball championships — Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tests positive for the coronavirus.Chelsea announces hours later that teenaged winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also has tested positive, leading the club to decide on a partial closing of its training facility.last_img read more

Former Schenley, NBA great Maurice Lucas dead at 58

first_img“Maurice Lucas was an amazing man and I count myself lucky to have known him. We all—players, coaches, the owner and the fans—were made better by having Maurice a part of our team, whether playing on the championship team or, most recently as an assistant coach.“He was one of the greatest Blazers ever.”Prior to last season, an interview with Lucas was posted on the Trail Blazers’ official website, covering topics including his health, his work with center Greg Oden and the team’s 40th anniversary.“The one thing that I’m finding is an issue for me is learning patience, being patient with myself. I’m trying to understand what this process is all about. It takes a little longer amount of time than I’d like it to take in order to recover,” Lucas said. “But it is what it is and I’m not in charge of it. I’ve just got to play my role, be patient, feed myself well, take the right meds and see if I can get back on track.”Lucas led Marquette to the 1974 NCAA title game against North Carolina State and was selected to the All-Final Four team along with future Portland teammate Bill Walton. The 6-foot-9 former Pittsburgh high school star averaged 15.8 points and 10.6 rebounds as a junior that season.Marquette also retired his No. 20 and inducted him into its Hall of Fame, and Walton named his son Luke, who currently plays for the Lakers, after him.“I hadn’t seen him as much lately, but he and my dad still talked all the time,” Luke Walton said. “From what I heard, he had been in some pain for a while. It’s tough. He’s a great guy.”The Trail Blazers were in the midst of a four-game trip, with a game against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. The Bulls held a moment of silence for the former Blazers’ star.“We were so fortunate to have his influence on the young men on this team. He was my mentor, my big brother, and I always knew he had my back. He has left us far too soon,” McMillan said.Lucas is survived by wife Pamela, sons David and Maurice II and daughter Kristin. Funeral arrangements were yet to be determined but the family is planning a memorial service in Pittsburgh. The 1971 Schenley team with Lucas, Rickey Coleman, and Jeep Kelly is widely regarded as one of the best high school teams to play in Pennsylvania basketball history. That team, representing District 8 and the City League, defeated Norristown for the AAA Championship 77-60.Lucas joined Portland in the 1976 ABA dispersal draft and averaged a team-high 20.2 points and grabbbed 11.2 rebounds per game in the 1976-77 championship season. His No. 20 was retired by the Blazers in 1988.At public appearances, fans often greeted Lucas with cries of “Luuuuuuke!” His competitive demeanor on the court was in contrast to his gentle nature off it.“We have lost a champion of a man,” Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said in a statement. “Maurice was a great man and a great friend. He battled his illness like the warrior he was on the basketball court.”Lucas served as an assistant coach with the Blazers for six seasons, but last year he left the team to undergo surgery before suffering a setback last November. He did not return to coaching this season.The former Marquette player averaged 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds in 12 NBA seasons with Portland, New Jersey, New York, Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers and Seattle. In two seasons in the ABA with St. Louis and Kentucky, he averaged 15.2 points and 10.8 rebounds.He was a five-time All-Star.Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen also praised Lucas in a statement released late Sunday night. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP)—Former Schenley great and Hill District native Maurice Lucas, the fierce power forward known as “The Enforcer” who helped lead the Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA title, has died after a long fight with bladder cancer. He was 58.Lucas, who in later years was an assistant coach with the Blazers, died Sunday at his home in Portland, the team said. BATTLE OF THE BIG MEN—This May 29, 1977 file photo shows Maurice Lucas of the Trail Blazers hauling down a rebound as Philadelphia’s Darryl Dawkins battles for position during their NBA championship game in Portland. (AP Photo/JV, File) MAURICE LUCAS last_img read more

Stable Notes By Ed Golden – Sunday, March 1, 2020

first_imgDrayden Van Dyke96 44% 16 3rd ITM% Joel Rosario122 17 ROSARIO RIDES STORM THE COURT IN SAN FELIPEPeter Eurton, who has been mulling Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes or the March 14 Rebel at Oaklawn Park for champion Storm the Court’s next race, said this morning the 2019 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding two-year-old male “will probably stay here” for the San Felipe Stakes, a leading steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.The Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe is one of five attractive events Saturday including the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, the Grade II San Carlos Stakes and the $75,000 China Doll Stakes. The San Felipe offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winning horse, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to the third horse and five to the fourth.With last year’s Kentucky Derby winner Flavien Prat opting to ride undefeated Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Thousand Words for Bob Baffert in the San Felipe rather than Storm the Court, whom he has ridden in each of his five career starts, Eurton has engaged Joel Rosario to pilot Storm the Court.“Rosario wasn’t able to work him for me yesterday,” Eurton said, referring to Storm the Court’s five furlong bullet move in 59.40, “but Umberto (Rispoli) worked him for me. I was very pleased with it. He couldn’t look any better. This is his second race back and we’ve still got another two months (before the Kentucky Derby on May 2).With 22 Kentucky Derby qualifying points already accumulated, Storm the Court is in relatively good stead in that category, although there are ample more up for grabs in the San Felipe, “and everybody needs them,” Eurton said.Entries for the San Felipe and other Saturday races will be taken on Wednesday. Early San Felipe probables include Authentic, Fast Enough, Honor A.P., Storm the Court and Thousand Words. Honor A.P. worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.80 for John Shirreffs.‘OVERNIGHT SENSATION’ RISPOLI SEEKS NEW AGENTUmberto Rispoli made a sudden and sensational impact with both horsemen and handicappers through 32 days of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet with 27 victories, three of them yesterday, but in a classic example of what have you done for me lately, today he is looking for a new agent.The 31-year-old two-time champion in his native of Italy took Santa Anita by storm under the sagacious guidance of world class agent Ron Anderson, but when it was announced yesterday that Anderson will now represent Hall of Fame member John Velazquez in addition to future Hall of Famer Joel Rosario, that left Rispoli sans representation and undecided as to whether he will continue in California or go elsewhere.“At the moment I have no plans,” Rispoli said Sunday morning at Clockers’ Corner between exercising horses. “This happened so fast, I have no idea what I’m going to do or what agent I’m going to take.“I only got the news two days ago and it’s not easy because it hit me like a thunderstorm fell on my head. Honestly, I still don’t know. I have races to focus on today and will have a break tomorrow to think about what is going to be best for me.“California has been very kind to me so far and it would be good to stay if I can find a good agent. Going to Kentucky raises the question of people there not knowing me like they do here, but so far, no plan, no decision.“I feel a little lost but hope to find myself soon, so I’m not worried about that. It was a surprising decision to me, but Ron decided John probably was best for him.“I’m very grateful to Ron because if it wasn’t for him, I would never be in America and I’m sure he’s going to help me make the right decision for my future.”Rispoli said he’s had no inquiries from other agents at this early point, although Scotty McClellan, who reached racing’s apex representing Hall of Fame members Chris McCarron and Alex Solis, has been prominently mentioned among prospective agents.  Contacted by phone this morning, McClellan, who has not had a rider since Joe Talamo left California for parts east in early January, said he would be interested in representing Rispoli.“I want to look around,” Rispoli continued. “I’m new in this country, only been here two months, and this happened so fast I still have to decide what’s best for me as well as my family.“I’m pretty sure Ron will help me make the right choice in finding a new agent.”MIDCOURT DRILLS FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPMidcourt, winner of five of seven starts under trainer John Shirreffs, worked five furlongs this morning in 1:01.40 in his last major drill for the Santa Anita Handicap. Regular rider Victor Espinoza was aboard the five-year-old Midnight Lute gelding who captured the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Feb. 1. Probable for the 84th edition of the Big ‘Cap include Combatant, Endorsed, last year’s winner Gift Box, Midcourt and Two Thirty Five. Combatant worked five furlongs this morning in a bullet 1:00 flat for John Sadler.LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN RETURNS IN GRADE II SAN CARLOSLaw Abidin Citizen, a durable and versatile son of Twirling Candy, makes his first start in seven months in Saturday’s San Carlos Stakes for three-year-olds and up at seven furlongs.“He’s been training well and he’s pretty versatile,” said trainer Mark Glatt of the six-year-old gelding, winner of six of 23 career starts, including last summer’s Grade III Longacre’s Mile and earner of $416,167 thanks to victories at distances from 6 ½ furlongs to a mile and on both dirt and turf.Probables for the San Carlos: Flagstaff, Law Abidin Citizen, Manhattan Up, Roadster, Sparky Ville and St. Joe Bay.Sparky Ville worked five furlongs this morning in 1:02.80 for Jeff Bonde, while St. Joe Bay went the same distance in 1:00.80 for John Sadler.OHIO SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT WIN IN KILROE MILETrainer Michael McCarthy has Ohio at the ready to win the Frank E. Kilroe Mile for the second straight year. Last year, the nine-year-old Brazilian-bred posted a 9-1 upset by a nose over favored Catapult.Probable for Saturday’s Kilroe include Desert Stone, Frontier Market, Got Stormy, Kingly, Next Shares, Ohio, River Boyne and True Valour.‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IN CHANDELIER ROOM MARCH 8“Go West Young Lady!” A successful event for nearly two decades in Saratoga Springs, New York, Santa Anita will host its first “Fashionable Fillies” Luncheon in the Chandelier Room on Sunday, March 8.The event is sponsored by The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, a charitable trust which provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families.The event, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., includes cocktails, lunch and the opportunity to shop from local vendors. Tickets are $150 each and all proceeds will be earmarked by the foundation to benefit the backstretch community of Southern California.Those interested, please respond to Shannon Kelly, executive director, at (212) 521-5327, or via email at skelly@jockeyclub.com.OUTRIDER CAMACHO AND HIS HORSE PROMOTE ANIMAL WELFARE, SAFE RACINGHis day begins at 3:30 a.m. Every day. His name is Jesus Camacho, barn foreman/exercise rider for trainer Bill Spawr by morning and Santa Anita outrider on afternoons.Camacho, with his horse Justin, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding that was re-trained following his racing career, are integral parts of an invaluable front line in Santa Anita’s efforts to maintain the highest standards of equine safety and welfare each morning and afternoon.“Justin and I are a team, that’s the best way I can describe it,” said Camacho, 52, who lives in Mira Loma, 40 miles east of The Great Race Place. “He loves his job. When there’s a loose horse in the afternoon, he knows what to do and we get the job done. I’ve trained him to stand still whenever I get off of him and he’s really like what a buoy is to a lifeguard at the beach. We both need each other, and he does a fantastic job.”In a world in which precious Thoroughbreds require 24/7 care and attention, Camacho is a great fit by any measure. A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Camacho grew up with horses.“My dad and his dad were jockeys,” he said. “Wherever we were racing, at Caliente or in Mexico City, that’s where we lived. I’ve got four sisters and a brother, Ruben (Camacho, Jr.) and he’s a jockey at Emerald Downs near Seattle. I’ve been getting on horses my whole life and I started getting paid to get on them when I was 13.“I came here when I was 19 and I went to work right away at the racetrack, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Pomona. I love my job. People say, ‘How can you work so many hours and so many days?’“I just tell them that for me, it’s not work. Being with the horses is something I love and being a part of a great team with Bill in the morning and then taking the horses to the gate in the afternoons is an incredible honor and privilege. I work with the stewards on the radio and if Dana (Stead, Track Veterinarian) or any of the jockeys see or feel something with any of the horses, the stewards know about it and these horses are looked at very closely. If there’s any question at all, Dana will recommend they be scratched.”For his part, Stead views Camacho as indispensable on Santa Anita’s safety team.“He’s a vital component to what we do,” said Stead. “Camacho (he’s seemingly never referred to by his first name) is very, very perceptive. He often spots trouble before it happens. He truly has a calming effect on horses and his horsemanship is invaluable to us. When we have difficult situations, he does not hesitate. He’s very courageous and he’s always working to improve any situation, regardless of the circumstances.”Loose horses present challenging circumstances, fraught with potential danger.“I’ve ridden all over the world and Camacho is one of the best outriders we’ve ever had,” said veteran jockey Aaron Gryder. “He’s in-tune with his surroundings and when things happen, he’s quick to diffuse any danger. He’s a great horseman and a great person.”“My day starts at 3:30 every morning,” Camacho said. “I’ve been with Bill for 29 years now and we think alike. He and I check every single horse before they get tacked up, so we’re ready when the training track opens at 4:45. We take everyone’s temperature and check everyone’s legs, to make sure they’re not carrying any heat in their ankles or knees and to make sure they haven’t hurt themselves in any way overnight.“I get on about eight or 10 horses every morning and probably breeze about three or four a day, every Sunday and Monday. Bill likes to use the training track a lot and he likes getting everyone out early, before it gets too busy and while things are nice and quiet.”             Although she’s no longer a part of the Spawr barn, Eclipse Award winning Older Dirt female Midnight Bisou, who has won five Grade I stakes and banked $3.7 million, is a personal favorite of Camacho’s.“I’ve been on a bunch of good horses, but she was special,” he said. “We were so sad to see her leave (when transferred to the eastern-based stable of Steve Asmussen following a third-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks in May 2018).  She’s the kind of horse you want to stick with . . . But I’m proud of what she’s achieved because I know we were a big part of her early development. When she came in, she was very green and had so much to learn.  She’s always had a ton of class and I’m rooting for her tomorrow (in the $20 million Saudi Cup against top males). This will be her last year in training and then we can look forward to seeing her babies run in the future.”And for all who come to the races or morning training sessions at Santa Anita, be they fans, trainers, owners or jockeys, Jesus Camacho is one of the many people they know they can count on to ensure the well-being of horse and rider, seven days a week.FINISH LINES: There will be a Celebration of Life Thursday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Director’s Room at Santa Anita for trainer Henry Moreno who died last Sunday at the age of 90 . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday through Thursday, March 2 through 5, and resume live racing 1 p.m. Friday, March 6. There will be simulcast wagering Wednesday and Thursday with free General Admission and parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. 2nd $1,358,852 $673,497 3 1st John Sadler59 $645,287 14 LAW ABIDIN CITIZEN BACK IN GRADE II SAN CARLOS 45% 61% 33 8 15% 30 Philip D’Amato73 Bob Baffert64 Abel Cedillo197 9 1st 15% RISPOLI PONDERS FUTURE AFTER AGENT DEPARTS 11 53% Flavien Prat138 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on March 1st, 2020Golden Hour Double With Jeff Siegel and Zoe CadmanAndrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know Drift AwayWORKOUTS:Midcourt (Shirreffs) 3-1-20Honor A. P. (Shirreffs) 3-1-20Neptune’s Storm (Baltas) 3-1-20Ollie’s Candy (Outside) and Peter’s Kitten (Sadler) 3-1-20Gift Box (Sadler) 3-1-20Storm the Court (Outside) and Shooters Shoot (Eurton) 2-29-20Kingly (Baffert) 2-29-20Royal Act (Outside) and Draft Pick (Eurton) 2-29-20Goalie (Outside) and George Herman Ruth (D’Amato) 2-29-20 ITM% 23 42% $883,976 MIDCOURT BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAP 9 24 27% 8 21% $1,128,176 Tiago Pereira98 29% 31 48% 12% 3rd 48% 22% $1,759,644 Michael McCarthy33 16% 15 5 Doug O’Neill79 16 TrainerSts 15 9 46% Win% $1,181,821 Money Won 27% 13 $1,851,954 2nd 4 $690,908 19 Win% 21% 67% 13 32 52% SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller56 48% 20 STORM THE COURT HAS ROSARIO FOR SAN FELIPE Umberto Rispoli113 12 Richard Baltas88 18 42% 10 Money Won 14% 44% 7 67% $1,326,242 12 27 5 $315,205 $1,836,784 $786,862 27% 20% 30 15 20 OHIO SEEKS SECOND STRAIGHT WIN IN KILROE MILE OUTRIDER CAMACHO ‘BRINGS IT’ IN BOTH AM AND PM 20 2 11 ‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IS HERE MARCH 8 $316,502 23% (Current Through Friday, Feb. 28) JockeyMts 11 9 30 8 Steve Knapp40last_img read more

Taxi hijacked on Carmichael Street

first_imgA taxi driver attached to the Kitty Cab Taxi Service, Sheriff Street, was on Sunday attacked and robbed of his Toyota Allion motor car on Carmichael Street, Georgetown.Ramesh Persaud of Lot 4 Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was hired by a female to take her to Carmichael Street about 17:00h.Guyana Times understands that upon arrival at the destination, the 53-year-old driver exited the vehicle and was attempting to assist the woman in unloading her bags from the trunk.While Persaud was doing so, two armed men pounced on him and ordered him away from the motor car.He complied, and the two men and the woman boarded the vehicle and made good their escape, heading east on Middle Street, then south into Waterloo Street.The matter was reported and Police have since launched an investigation.last_img read more