News February 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists still held after “Black Spring” journalist Iván Hernández’s release May 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Iván Hernández Carrillo, a correspondent for the small independent news agency Pátria, returned to his family home in Matanzas province on 19 February after eight years in jail. Sentenced to 25 years in prison during the March 2003 “Black Spring” crackdown on dissidents, he is the second of the “Black Spring” journalists to be allowed the stay in Cuba following their release. The first was Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, who was freed nine days ago. All the others had to agree to go into exile in return for their release. Hernández has said he plans to resume working as an independent journalist.Pedro Argüelles Morán is now the only “Black Spring” journalist still awaiting release. We hope he will be freed soon, like Albert Santiago Du Bouchet, an independent journalist who has been jailed since 2009. We are also still waiting to know the exact reasons for former Spanish producer and journalist Sebastián Martínez Ferrate’s detention in Havana since 11 July 2010.We welcome the fact that the government is finally turning the page on the “Black Spring,” a harrowing chapter in Cuba’s recent history, and we urge it to take this further by respecting the rights of all its citizens, bloggers and human rights activities, who are demanding more freedom of expression.The repression must stop and the authorities must accept the principle of pluralism. Recent encouraging signs of an opening, including the unblocking of certain blogs and websites, will hopefully pave the way for a real debate between government and civil society. CubaAmericas October 15, 2020 Find out more News Pedro Argüelles Morán________________14.02.11 – Journalist’s release and unblocking of dissident blogs – signs of real opening?The 12 February release of Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, the co-founder of a small independent news agency called the Grupo de Trabajo Decoro, may mean that the page is finally about to be turned on the “Black Spring” crackdown on journalists and dissidents of March 2003. He was not forced to go into exile in return for his release.Reporters Without Borders hopes it will be soon be followed by the release of the last two journalists still held since Black Spring, Pedro Argüelles Morán and Iván Hernández Carrillo, who like Maseda are refusing to leave the country . If the authorities then also release Albert Santiago Du Bouchet, who has been held since 2009, there will be no more Cuban journalists in prison.The Cuban government had promised the Spanish government and the Cuban Catholic church last July to release the 52 remaining “Black Spring” prisoners within four months but Maseda, 68, was one of the 11 who refused to go into exile. Since 12 February, six of them have been due to be freed without having to submit to exile.Their release does not overturn the sentences imposed on them in 2003, as Maseda himself protested after being escorted to his Havana home.Although good news, Maseda’s release raises many lingering questions about the “Black Spring.” It continues to be a mystery why Cubans were sentenced to such long sentences (ranging from 14 to 27 years in prison) on such outrageous sentences as spying and treason just for claiming the right to freely inform others.It is also unclear why most of them were forced to go into exile upon release but now some of them are being allowed to stay. These questions will have an impact on the debate about the country’s future. We hope that the journalists who were sent into exile will be allowed to return.In another positive development, access to about 40 dissident blogs and Internet pages – including Yoani Sánchez’s Generación Y – has been unblocked since 9 February. Foreign press reports quoted Sánchez as saying this easing in online censorship was perhaps due to the fact that an information technology trade fair was held in Havana from 7 to 11 February.Reporters Without Borders hopes this will continue and will be extended when Cuba’s new fibre-optic Internet cable connection with Venezuela becomes operational in July. Laying of the undersea cable, known as ALBA-1, was completed on 8 February.If the Cuban government agrees to unblock the Internet and give the country a better connection, will it also agree to legalize online independent media? And privately-owned media? The answers to these questions will determine whether or not the signs of an opening of recent days are real. to go further Organisation Follow the news on Cuba RSF_en Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News CubaAmericas News Help by sharing this information Albert Santiago Du Bouchet
Up to 100 croissants were handed out free to Christ Church College students at the end of their freshers bop last week, with the aim of reducing drunkenness.The distribution of pastries was one of several measures undertaken by the college stewards in an attempt to mitigate intoxication, after one Christ Church student fell out of a window at a Trinity term bop.Security was also tightened at the college’s gates during the first bop of term, and restrictions on guest students from outside Christ Church were increased.A spokesperson from the college told Cherwell: “As far as the croissants were concerned, these proved very popular with our students at the summer ball, and we were delighted to offer them again at the end of the evening.”Christ Church JCR Entz rep, Jason Pilsbury, told Cherwell he was “glad to hear that some people enjoyed it.”Speaking about the initiative, he said: “It will have helped some people but not others. It probably helped more people in avoiding the treacherous journey to Hassan’s.”Ella Thomas, a first year Christ Church student, told Cherwell: “It was buttery and delicious… someone fed it to me.”A Christ Church student commented: “There was a lovely array of French patisserie that we enjoyed at our bop.“It helped to soak up the Bollinger that I consumed in copious quantities. It was the best bit of a quality night”.The introduction of croissants and additional security measures comes after a series of drunken incidents at a Christ Church bop in Trinity term. These were allegedly inspired by the playing of Robbie Williams’ hit song ‘Angels’.
A historic Episcopal church in Baltimore has committed to setting aside $100,000 to reparations, an initiative that will contribute to local racial justice causes. Memorial Episcopal Church also pledged to contribute an additional $400,000 for reparations and justice over five years. The funds will come from its endowment and its operating budget. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, a smaller congregation in Annapolis, has pledged to contribute at least $785 from its operating budget. Both are responding to the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, which has asked churches to add to a new $1million “seed fund for reparations.”
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What is true is that she is blazing hot and has the evidence to prove it — in abundance. Take a look at her hottest photos below: Renner also chimed in with her take on the alleged baby mama drama: Another day, another beautiful woman is linked to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Only this time, rumors raged wildly that the woman in question, Brittany Renner (@BundleOfBrittany), was pregnant with the NFL star’s first child.She had recently posted a picture of the gridiron great on her Instagram. A screenshot then surfaced of her reportedly announcing that she’s expecting a baby by the baller.It didn’t take long for the two of them to shoot down the false reports.
The tournament boosted the population of the Heritage City for the annual event for boys and girls between the ages of five to eight years.The Nelson Daily dropped by the tourney to snap a few pictures of the stars in action. Another year and another crop of boys and girls participating at the annual Novice tournament in Nelson.A total of four Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, Fruitvale, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads each played three games during the weekend in the playday format.
JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jeff Bonde1640325%$163,570 Bob Baffert3969515%$550,868 Michael Pender1643025%$120,400 Mark Casse2754419%$371,570 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita invites fans to its Big Game Party Sunday in the Bud Light Lounge & Sirona’s. Enjoy a buffet, program, big screen HDTV’s, two full-size pool tables, and $3 Budweiser and Bud Light brews all day for only $20. Tickets are available online at santaanita.com/events. Must be 21 or older to enter this area on a first come, first served for seating. Call 626-574-6400 for group rates. First post time Sunday is 11 a.m. . . . Oklahoma Derby winner Tonito M., a candidate for the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7, worked six furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer Friday on a main track dampened by light rain in 1:14 under Rafael Bejarano . . . California Chrome is scheduled to work 8 a.m. Sunday at his Los Alamitos base for the San Antonio . . . Bob Baffert has not ruled out the San Antonio for San Pasqual winner Hoppertunity. “It’s either that or the Donn,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “The San Antonio would set him up for the Santa Anita Handicap (on March 7).” . . . Kalookan Queen winner Harlington’s Rose went four furlongs in 48 flat Friday morning. Trainer Steve Knapp is considering two races for the 3-year-old daughter of Harlington, the $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Feb. 8 and/or the Grade III Las Flores Stakes at six furlongs on the main track March 8 . . . Trainer Craig Lewis has designs on the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 14 for Paseana Stakes winner Warren’s Veneda . . . Congrats to Daily Racing Form selector Rich Wroble for tabbing six winners on top Thursday, including Humorista ($19.40) in the fifth race and North Pacific ($39.60) in the sixth, triggering a Pick Six carryover into Friday of $39,891 . . . Humorista is an impeccably-bred daughter of Distorted Humor out of Halfbridled, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2003. Humorista was making the first start of her career at the age of four. “She was a big, coarse filly growing up and had a lot of little problems, but she’s good now,” said Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella in explaining the belated debut. Halfbridled won the Grade I Del Mar Debutante, the Grade II Oak Leaf Stakes and the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies under Julie Krone en route to an Eclipse Award. Halfbridled finished with four wins and two seconds from six starts with earnings of $959,400 . . . The Breeders’ Cup has announced that Bryan Pettigrew has been named Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sponsorship. Pettigrew will oversee marketing, business development and sponsorship sales for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-ending international event, which will be held Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland. Pettigrew, who will be based in Lexington, officially begins his duties on Feb. 2. Pettigrew comes to the Breeders’ Cup from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) where he was Senior Vice President of NTRA Advantage for the past three years. During this period, Pettigrew was responsible for soliciting and developing national sponsorships for the NTRA’s member racetracks and affiliates within the U.S. horseracing industry. Pettigrew increased sponsorship revenues for the NTRA since 2012 by forging new partnership agreements with Lockton Insurance Brokers, Valvoline, Tito’s Vodka, and Nationwide Insurance. His division also oversaw the partnerships with Office Depot, Sherwin Williams Paints and John Deere, among others. “We are proud to have selected a very talented, hardworking and proven sponsorship sales professional in Bryan Pettigrew,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO . . . Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho worked four furlongs for trainer Jim Cassidy Thursday in 47.60 as the son of Street Sense prepared for the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7 . . . Congratulations to jockey Santiago Gonzalez on winning his first race at Santa Anita, aboard 12-1 shot Fabulous Fit for Cassidy last Friday. Former trainer Craig Stephen represents Gonzalez. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas2442317%$137,258 Martin Garcia49710514%$579,570 Tyler Baze11714111612%$897,344 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won BAFFERT TRIES TO TEACH OLD DOG OLD TRICKWith a bankroll of $2,430,790 from only 14 career starts, Secret Circle has more than paid his way for owners Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman,But equine or human, the aging process eventually creeps up, which is why Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will have blinkers on Secret Circle when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for older horses at six furlongs.Secret Circle, a 6-year-old Eddington horse bred in Kentucky, is coming off a fourth-place finish as the odds-on favorite in the Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes on Dec. 27. He won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 2013 and was second in the race last year. The only previous time he ran in blinkers was as a 2-year-old, when he captured the defunct Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint in 2011.Last year, Secret Circle was second in the Palos Verdes, beaten a neck by Wild Dude, who’s back for another go Saturday.“We worked him the other day with blinkers on and we thought he worked better with them,” Baffert said of Secret Circle. “He was a little bit more focused. Sometimes when they get older they lose a little interest.“I don’t know if it made a big difference, but put it this way; it’s not going to hurt him. When he was a 2-year-old, he’d go too fast early. Now he’s not going fast enough early.”Trainer Jeff Bonde on committed front-runner and 2-1 morning line favorite Distinctiv Passion, who has failed to make the lead at some point only once in 13 career starts: “He’s a very quick horse. He makes his own race.” The field for the Palos Verdes, race six of nine: Distinctiv Passion, Mike Smith, 2-1; Big Macher, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Conquest Two Step, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Secret Circle, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; and Chief Lion, Martin Pedroza, 15-1. Victor Espinoza671213618%$723,030 Elvis Trujillo861212714%$761,186 Kent Desormeaux74179923%$926,992 CASSE SENDS OUT TWO IN GRADE I LAS VIRGENES Mio Me and Miss Mandate face their greatest challenge yet when they run in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile.Mio Me is coming off a maiden win in only her second start, while Miss Mandate was second last out in an overnight race.“It’s definitely a step up, but I kind of feel at least our fillies have two turn races under their belt, which is going to be a help,” trainer Mark Casse said. “They’re definitely going to have to step up their game to be competitive, but that’s why they’re Grade I races.”The field for the Las Virgenes, which goes the eighth race: Glory, Mike Smith, 4-1; Maybellene, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Lutine Belle, Alex Solis, 12-1; Achiever’s Legacy, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Mio Me, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Majestic Presence, Gary Stevens, 7-2, Callback, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Suva Harbor, Martin Pedroza, 8-1; Miss Mandate, Joe Talamo, 12-1; and Light the City, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1. Joseph Talamo87612127%$545,474 Corey Nakatani5187716%$452,140 Fernando Perez7386611%$302,094 Peter Eurton3364718%$304,958 Peter Miller611214620%$705,520 Martin Pedroza71913613%$357,450 HORSEMEN NOT AT ODDS WITH THE BIG GAME: IT’S CLOSEWith Sunday’s Big Game in Phoenix expected to be one of the most contentious and competitive ever, according to oddsmakers, who have the match between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots anywhere from Pick ‘Em to one or two points favoring New England, and the total points hovering around 48, depending on the moment, following is a random sampling of opinions from Santa Anita:Barry Abrams: “New England and over.”A.C. Avila: “I’m a soccer fan.”Bob Baffert: “I’ve always been a Bill Belichick fan. He presented the Eclipse Award to us when Point Given was Horse of the Year in 2001.”Richard Baltas: “Patriots. I can’t stand Seattle, that’s why.”Brian Beach: “I’m a Seattle fan. I attended the first game the Seahawks played there as a new franchise.”Ray Bell: “If I had to, I’d pick New England, but I’m rooting for New England. (Seattle coach Pete) Carroll bailed on USC and was fired by New England.”Vann Belvoir: “Seattle. I’m a Northwest guy.”David Bernstein: “Seattle. My kids (Darryl and David Jr.) live up there. And I like their little quarterback (Russell Wilson).”Jeff Bonde: “The Seahawks have the edge but Brady is the X-factor.”Simon Callaghan: “New England.”Jim Cassidy: “Either the Bills or the Redskins.”Caesar Dominguez: “New England by 10 points.”Neil Drysdale: “I’m going to take the points.”Victor Espinoza: “My agent (Brian Beach) is a fanatic for the Seahawks so I’m going to go against him.”Jerry Fanning: “I think it will be a great game. I’m rooting for New England.”Mark Glatt: “Seattle . . . defense.”Jorge Gutierrez: “New England but I have a side bet with Gary Stevens.”Dan Hendricks: “Seattle. I think karma will catch up to New England.”Steve Knapp: I’m pulling for Seattle, but it’s kind of up in the air. I always like to see a fired coach win.”Eric Kruljac: “I just hope it’s not over in the first five minutes, but the game sure has the media tied up for now.”Craig Lewis: “It should be a helluva game. I agree with the odds. I can’t pick it. It’s too close. It’s like trying to pick between two real good horses.”Richard Mandella: “Seahawks.”Ron McAnally: “New England. They took so much heat on the deflated footballs.”Derek Meredith: “Seattle in a close game.”Corey Nakatani: “I think Tom Brady’s got something to prove. He’s one of the best quarterbacks. Maybe Seattle can beat them by passing, because I think New England will stop the run.”Doug O’Neill: “Seattle. I’m going with my head and saying defense wins.”Tom Proctor: “I don’t care. I’m worried about the next horse I run.”John Sadler: “The Patriots. I’m not rooting for them but I think they’re the better team.”Gary Sherlock: “Seahawks.”Cliff Sise Jr.: “It should be a good game. Whichever team is best that day will win.”Bill Spawr: “Seattle, but I like Brady and Belichick.”Joe Talamo and his agent, Scotty McClellan: “We’re very patriotic, so we’ve got to go with the Patriots.”Eddie Truman: “I already have lunch bet with two guys. I took New England with one guy and Seattle with the other. But personally, I’m for New England.”Private clocker Gary Young: “The best defense usually wins the Super Bowl and Seattle’s got the best defense, so I’d probably go with them.”Howard Zucker: “I’m rooting for the Patriots.” John Sadler4646109%$289,332 Philip D’Amato2846514%$251,640 Richard Mandella2243518%$196,930 Jerry Hollendorfer671510822%$1,340,844 Drayden Van Dyke85981311%$525,266 Eddie Truman840150%$168,030 Brandon Boulanger5052410%$116,900 Mark Glatt3255516%$263,942 Mike Smith49109720%$759,041 Rafael Bejarano10126171526%$1,193,754 Gary Stevens3985721%$474,400 Flavien Prat3762516%$237,580 SADLER SEEKS BETTER TRIP FOR TALCO IN ARCADIAJohn Sadler will be a busy man tomorrow. He has horses entered in five of the nine races, including Talco in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes for older horses at one mile on turf.The stretch-running French-bred was a close fifth in the Mathis Brothers Mile last out, but was compromised breaking from the extreme outside post position (10) and steadying at the three-eighths marker.“He had a lot of trouble the other day,” Sadler said of Talco, who has made up ground late in each of his four U.S. starts, all graded stakes. “We hope he gets a good trip this time.”Sadler also sends out Suva Harbor in the Las Virgenes, in which he’ll fly solo against five entered by Jerry Hollendorfer and two each by Bob Baffert and Mark Casse.“She’s doing good,” Sadler said of the daughter of the late Rockport Harbor, in her first stakes race after two straight victories against lesser, one a maiden allowance test on turf, the other a one-mile overnight race on dirt.“She’s going up in class but she’s run well every time. We’re ready to go.”On Sunday, Sadler sends out Bench Warrant in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs against Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red and five other 3-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations.Bench Warrant will be making his first start on dirt, having won at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf on Jan. 15 before running a distant fourth to Dortmund in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity at 1 1/16 miles last Dec. 20.“He wasn’t really ready for that,” Sadler said of the Los Al race. “But it’s good for him to be in the San Vicente, going under a mile.”The Arcadia field: Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Baccelo, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Kaigun, Corey Nakatani, 5-2; Edge of Reality, Flavien Prat, 8-1; El Nino Terrible, Fernando Perez, 12-1; Talco, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Za Approval, Mike Smith, 3-1; and Avanzare, Gary Stevens, 4-1.Play Hard to Get was scratched.The San Vicente field: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Serbian Syclone, Elvis Trujillo, 3-1; Jazzy Josh, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Texas Red, Kent Desormeaux, 9-5; Punctuate, Martin Garcia, 9-2; Magic Taste, Omar Santos, 50-1; Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 12-1; and Sir Samson, Joe Talamo, 15-1. Doug O’Neill5877712%$383,820 BLINKERS ON SECRET CIRCLE IN PALOS VERDESCASSE DUO STEPS UP IN GRADE I LAS VIRGENESTALCO SEEKS FIRST U.S. STAKES WIN IN ARCADIABENCH WARRANT TRIES THE DIRT IN SAN VICENTESUNDAY’S ‘BIG GAME’ BRINGS VARIED OPINIONS (Current Through Thursday, Jan. 29) Tiago Pereira5252710%$150,770 A. C. Avila1440129%$83,160
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2015)–Favored Bal a Bali burst clear with a furlong to run and went on to a convincing one length victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and conditioned by Richard Mandella, Brazilian-bred Bal a Bali made an impressive U.S. debut as he covered a mile on turf in 1:35.69.Idle due to a case of laminitis since winning a Group I in Brazil 11 months ago, Bal a Bali, a 5-year-old horse by the Honour and Glory stallion Put It Back, was off as the 3-2 favorite in a field of eight horses aged 3-and-up and he paid $5.00, $3.80 and $3.00.“He did a great job today,” said Prat, who split horses three off the rail a furlong out en route to winning his second race of the day in combination with Mandella and his third overall. “He’s just a really good horse. I had a little trouble on the turn because it was his first time on a short turn like that, but he can run longer than this. He can run a mile, he’s a great horse.”Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Siena Farms, LLC, Bal a Bali, who won four Group I races last year, including the Brazilian Triple Crown, got his 12th win from 13 starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased his earnings to $570,078.“It really is fulfilling to get his first race in the U.S. under his belt, because he really had a serious problem coming out of quarantine when he had laminitis,” said Mandella. “The podiatrist at Rood and Riddle (in Lexington, Ky.) named Vernon Dryden (DVM) did an unbelievable job of getting him back like this…I can’t say enough about the job he did.”Talco, who made an eye catching run around the far turn under Victor Espinoza, settled for second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Gabriel Charles. Off at 9-2, Talco paid $4.80 and $3.20.“My horse ran an awesome race,” said Espinoza. “I decided to make a run around the turn and he was really running, but the winner got through inside of us and he was too much.”Gabriel Charles, who was full of run around the far turn under Tyler Baze, angled off the rail a furlong from home and was a clear third, finishing one length in front of second choice Winning Prize. Off at 8-1, Gabriel Charles paid $5.40 to show.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. BRAZILIAN-BRED OVERCOMES LAMINITIS TO REGISTER IMPRESSIVE U.S. DEBUT
ENOLA GRAY LANDS GOOD POST FOR SPEED-FILLED LA BREAPhil D’Amato is optimistic that Enola Gray can make amends for her second-place finish as the 1-10 favorite in the Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 13 when she runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita on opening day Monday.“There is definitely a ton of speed (in the race) but I love my post position with her,” D’Amato said of Enola Gray, a gray California-bred daughter of Grazen owned and bred by Nick Alexander. “Mike’s just going to break and go on with her.”“Mike” is Mike Smith, who rides Enola Gray for the first time in her career of seven starts, four of them victories and two of them seconds. Enola Gray drew post position seven in the field of eight three-year-old fillies.“My filly’s just got a ton of stamina,” D’Amato added. “We’re going to let her roll and see what happens.”Midnight Storm, a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf, remains on course for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1 and a possible meeting with Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate.“We’re pointing for the San Pasqual,” D’Amato said. “Arrogate or no Arrogate, we’re running. We’re very excited about this meet. We’ve got a lot of nice horses, from two-year-olds to stakes horses and they all should be ready to go here at Santa Anita.”The La Brea: Lunar Empress, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 20-1; Lightstream, Julien Leparoux, 2-1; Finley’sluckycharm, Brian Hernandez Jr., 5-2; Constellation, David Flores, 6-1; Coniah, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Chao Chum, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Enola Gray, Mike Smith, 9-2; and Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1. TWO YEARS LATER AND ‘THE BAMBINO’ IS BACKBettys Bambino is ready to make his first start in nearly two years when he runs in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes scheduled for about 6 ½ furlongs on turf opening day.The 6-year-old Unusual Heat gelding last raced on Feb. 21, 2015, winning the Sensational Star Stakes, capping a four-race winning streak on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course.“He had a minor suspensory issue and we turned him out six months,” trainer Peter Eurton said in explaining one of the reasons for the lengthy absence. “We had him ready to run and then he cracked his shoulder and we turned him back out again, four more months. Now he’s ready to go.“Those injuries, six months, four months, it’s a whole year just sitting on the farm. Now he’ll be seven in May, if you really want to get technical, but he’s training well.”The California-bred Bettys Bambino has five wins and one third from six starts down the hill and has been out of the money only once in 10 career starts, earning $318,036.The San Simeon, race six of nine: Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Hobbits Hero, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1; Drummer, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Ohio, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Richard’s Boy, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; He Will, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Tough Sunday, Chantal Sutherland, 20-1; Betty’s Bambino, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Holy Lute, Jamie Theriot, 9-2; Horse Laugh, 30-1; and Iron Rob, Corey Nakatani, 50-1. ENOLA GRAY IS OUT TO MAKE AMENDS IN LA BREABETTYS BAMBINO RETURNS AFTER LONG ABSENCEWALL CALENDAR PLUS MUCH MORE OPENING DAY WAGERING MENU HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ‘REAL HORSE RACING’ ON DISPLAY AT SANTA ANITABC WINNER FINEST CITY EYES JAN. 21 SANTA MONICA FINISH LINES: Ian Kruljac, trainer of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Finest City, said the Pennsylvania-bred filly could make her 2017 debut in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs on Jan. 21. A leading candidate for an Eclipse Award in the female sprint division, Finest City worked five furlongs Wednesday in a bullet 59.20, fastest of 48 drills at the distance. Kruljac called the move, “easy, fabulous.”. . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500, a $300 bankroll plus a $200 entry fee. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their choice of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers as follows: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest . . . Debby Baltas, wife of trainer Richard Baltas, will be in charge of Santa Anita’s track kitchen on the backstretch starting Jan. 20. “She’s looking forward to it,” Richard said. “She loves helping people.” Debby drew rave reviews when she ran the track kitchen at defunct Hollywood Park. Her mother, Norma, owns the Fresh Gourmet Restaurant on Huntington Drive in San Marino, where Debby lends a helping hand . . . Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, and resume live racing Thursday, Dec. 29 at 12:30 p.m. . . . Richard Mandella, asked what adjustment he’s made now that three-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder has been retired: “I feel like the guy walking through a crowd that’s had his pocket picked–empty.” SANTA ANITA WAGERING MENU INCLUDES ENHANCED PICK SIX, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet will offer fans a comprehensive pari-mutuel betting menu that will include an enhanced Pick Six with a Single Ticket Jackpot component. Seventy percent of the pool will continue to be paid out to those with six winners, and the same 70 percent will be carried over in the event there are no tickets with six winners.Consolation tickets will now be paid with 15 percent of the remaining pool, while the remaining 15 percent will be allocated for a separate “jackpot,” which will be paid in the event of a single winning ticket. On a mandatory payout day, consolation payoffs will be made just as they ordinarily would on any other racing day. Santa Anita will also continue to offer the nation’s lowest major track takeout of 15.43 percent on win, place and show wagers, as well as the popular 50 cent Players Pick Five, one dollar exactas, one dollar trifectas, two dollar rolling Daily Doubles, one dollar rolling Pick Threes, an early and late 50 cent Pick Four, a one dollar Super High Five and 10 cent Superfectas.Santa Anita’s 2016-17 Winter Meet Wagering Menu will offer the following:-$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekend (excluding Sun. Feb. 5) -$300,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekday -$100,000 guaranteed Pick 6 each weekend -The 50 cent Players Pick 5. Comprised of races one through five, the Pick Five features a low takeout of 14 percent. If no one correctly selects all five winners, 100 percent of the net pool is carried over to the next racing day. -Two dollar Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in the nation. -One dollar Trifectas on each race (minimum of four runners required). -10 cent Superfectas will be offered on all races (minimum of six horses scheduled to start). -One dollar Exactas are offered on each race. -The newly enhanced two dollar Pick Six will be on the final six races each day. -The 50 cent early Pick 4 will cover races two, three, four and five, each day. The Late Pick 4 will cover the final four races on each card. -Rolling two dollar Daily Doubles, which feature a 20 percent takeout. -One dollar rolling Pick Threes will start with the first race each day. -One dollar Super High Five, which requires bettors to correctly select the first five finishers in each day’s final race (minimum of eight runners) will again be offered. If no one selects the top five horses in exact finish order, 100 percent of the net pool carries over to the next day. For more information on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. ‘IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER’ THAN SANTA ANITA It’s another opening, another show as horsemen and handicappers alike look forward to Santa Anita’s Winter Meet and its traditional start the day after Christmas.“This is when real horse racing starts,” said Los Angeles native Craig Lewis, who turns 70 next May 1 and has been training since 1981. “This is great horse racing. It doesn’t get any better than this.“I’ve got a couple young horses and you’re always hopeful, but you never know how it’s going to turn out.”Whether he gets another Larry The Legend or not remains to be seen. He was the unheralded colt that won the 1995 Santa Anita Derby. “I hope so,” Lewis said, “but it’s unlikely. They don’t come along like him too often.” DRESS YOUR VERY BEST ON OPENING DAY MONDAY Santa Anita will host a contest to discover how many of its loyal fans have true enthusiasm for prize-worthy, race-day attire. Males and females 18 and over are eligible and encouraged to partake in this FREE trackside event.The Grand Prize winner will take home a $2,500 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers Furniture and gain entrance into the VIP seating area of the Craft Brew & Cider Trackside event. Nine runners-up will each receive a $250 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers Furniture. SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita will treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday.A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission.The 2017 calendar is not only bucolic and picturesque, but contains information on Thoroughbreds so profound even a hard-core race tracker can learn something new.Themed “Anatomy of a Champion,” the calendar contains a veterinarian’s glossary in layman’s terms.In short, it’s a keeper!First post time Monday is 12 noon; admission gates open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events) –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events For more racing and event information, visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
An Chuirt in all its gloryNestled in the shadow of Mt Errigal, there are probably not many hotels in Ireland that enjoy the breathtaking beauty enjoyed by An Chuirt in Gaoth Dobhair.And now Donegal Daily has teamed up with the hugely-popular, four star hotel to offer one lucky couple a two night stay there.And the good news is that there is no entry fee, no premium rate text line and no cutting out coupons. The hotel offers guests the chance to kick back and relaxAll the hotel asks you to do is to answer a simple question which is on the An Chuirt facebook page.The question is ‘What connection does the famous English author Jane Austin have to An Chúirt?’We’ll give you a clue – the can be found on our facebook page or website.To be in a chance to win, log onto the hotel’s facebook page www.facebook.com/anchuirt and post your answer then like or share. Yep, it’s that simple and you could be in with a very good chance of a fantastic two night break.Each bedroom is tastefully designedWhy not enjoy a drink in the hotel’s comfortable and cozy bar? Or why not soak all your troubles awayThe break includes 2 nights’ accommodation in a deluxe room with full Irish breakfast each morning and full use of the hotel’s award- winning Earagail Health Cluband also a complementary bottle of wine if you dine with the hotel on one of the evenings.So what are you waiting for – somebody has to win it.We’ll announce the winner of this fantastic prize in the coming days so get liking or sharing on the An Chuirt website. WIN A FREE WEEKEND AT ONE OF DONEGAL’S TOP HOTELS was last modified: February 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:An Chuirt HotelcompetitionDonegal DailyGaoth Dobhair