Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, July 3

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump’s economy trumps Obama’sI felt compelled to respond to Mr. Guido’s June 1 letter of criticism of my comments and President Trump’s economy.Only in Democrat circles is an economy growing at 1.5 percent better than an economy growing at 3 percent. The better economy of Obama’s had the lowest labor participation rate ever. Under Trump, we are at all time high percentages. Don’t tell the black and Hispanic communities how bad things are. The unemployment rates in both communities are at all-time lows. Under Obama, more than 46 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, 42 million Americans are.Mr. Guido sited how well he did with his investments during Obama’s reign. The stock market did in fact do well, but not because the economy was strong. It in fact was struggling due to Obamacare and a rabid EPA. Rather, the compliant Fed pumped trillions of dollars into the economy and with interest rates kept artificially low, the stock market was the only place to put money for investments.Mr. Guido, do you remember Biden talking up the summer of recovery? What a joke. It never came.I love hearing Obama and Biden taking credit for this economy. What a farce. It wasn’t until we got a politically incorrect businessman who didn’t need the job and was willing to take a pay cut because he loves this country did we get on our feet.We are lucky to have Donald J. Trump as our president.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonOlder drivers need retesting for safetyEvery year at the beginning of summer, I dread turning the pages in the newspaper to read about another person being killed or seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.Most of the time, speed was a factor. But in other incidences, the fault of the accident was not the motorcyclist’s, but the automobile driver’s.The driver of the car may not have seen the single rider and may have pulled out in front of the motorcyclist or cut them off.In too many of the accidents, the auto driver is an older American. I think there should be a law that mandates when adults turn 70 years old, an updated driving test is required.The goal isn’t to revoke licenses, but to make the roads safer for everyone.Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital offers evaluation services for elderly drivers. For more information on the program call 518-386-3601.Mitch WalshNorth GreenbushMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Former Prime Minister, John Howard, said the pressure on housing costs could be eased by doing this

first_imgFormer Prime Minister, John Howard, said encouraging migrants to move to rural or regional areas could ease housing price pressure. Picture: Glenn HampsonAUSTRALIA’S housing price pressure could be eased if new migrants were encouraged to settle in rural or regional centres, according to former Prime Minister John Howard.While visiting the Gold Coast Mr Howard said doing that wouldn’t change things immediately but it would take the pressure off.“I think the government is quite sensibly looking at ways at encouraging new migrants to settle in rural area or regional areas and the less populous capital cities,’’ he said.“Over time it would take some pressure off, but all of these things happen over time.’’Mr Howard was on the Gold Coast to open the Ray White and Loan Market, Connect 2018 conference, which was attended by more than 2500 agents and brokers.He said it was harder now for people to buy their first property than it was in his generation.“I am 79 so it was easier for me,’’ he said.“Although interest rates were higher then, much higher, we have never know lower interest rates than we have at the present time. If you are buying a house that’s an advantage, if you are living on your savings and you are not a carefree investor it is bit of a disadvantage.’’Mr Howard said the biggest problem with the cost of housing was that over the years the supply of land had not kept pace with demand and there have been “absurd restrictions’’ on the release of some land around some of the capital cities.“I think in some parts of the country the level of immigration is probably putting pressure on the housing market, but in other parts of the country it is not the case.“It varies, it depends where you live, if you live in South Australia or Western Australia they want more migrants.’’He encouraged those wanting to buy their first home to keep saving and said he expected for some to buy it would mean a move out of the big cities.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoA relative of his had just done this, leaving Sydney and moving to Currumbin on the Gold Coast.“Currumbin is cheaper than the Sutherland Shire of Sydney, much cheaper,’’ he said.Mr Howard, who served in parliament for more than 33 years, said there were some common characteristics between leading a political party and being in business.“The most important element in leadership to achieve success was that he or she had to believe in something and have strong beliefs and strong values — be it an army, a football team or an enterprise,” he said.“So often I hear that ‘he’s not a bad bloke but I don’t like what he stands for’ so always let your business employees know what you believe in.“Leaders must have a clear set of values and that is absolutely fundamental.’’Mr Howard said it was important leaders developed a strong relationship with the public and the people who worked for them.“Accept that you’re going to make mistakes and the most important thing is to get the big things right.“I took a few decisions in my time that were not popular and I know that the most unpopular thing I did was to commit the forces to military operations in Iraq.“It’s still unpopular today but my instinct was that it was the right thing and an important thing to do.“That is one of the most difficult parts of leadership — to get the balance right between listening and leading.”last_img read more

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DFDS: Stricken Primula Seaways Could Be Out of Service for Weeks

first_imgPrimula Seaways, a Ro-Ro ship which was involved in a collision of Vlissingen on March 3, could be out of service for a couple of weeks, the vessel’s owner DFDS said in a statement. The 2004-built Primula Seaways was hit by the container vessel MSC Madrid during the Ro-Ro’s outbound voyage from Ghent to Brevik. Following the collision, Primula was able to sail to Ghent without assistance where it arrived on Saturday.No persons were injured and the incident caused no pollution. However, the collision caused damage to Primula Seaways’ port side and to one of the trailers located near the damaged part of the hull.“The damage is now being investigated, and we anticipate that the ship could be out of service for some weeks, but we will need to carry out further investigations to be able to be more specific,” according to DFDS.“As the Ghent – Gothenburg/Brevik route is a busy one with high cargo volumes, we have decided to swap one of the ships on the route, Ark Germania, with Petunia Seaways from the Gothenburg – Immingham route. Petunia Seaways offers more cargo space than Ark Germania, and Ark Germania will be an acceptable solution for the Immingham route,” Morgan Olausson, Vice President, BU North Sea North and route director for the Gothenburg/Brevik – Ghent route, explained.“In addition, we have chartered the vessel Maestro Sea to assist us in the immediate short term. She will be available in Gothenburg from Tuesday. DFDS will also consider chartering further tonnage if required,” Olausson added.The cargo has now been discharged from Primula Seaways in Ghent and will be transported by other vessels to the cargo’s final destination.last_img read more

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New promoter has high expectations for Maquoketa Speedway

first_imgMAQUOKETA, Iowa – There are high expectations this season at Maquoketa Speedway, where Nick McCrady takes over as promoter.The ¼-mile dirt oval opens on April 14 with Saturday night programs featuring five IMCA divisions scheduled through Aug. 25.“I see something here that has potential. I want to see how I can make this track even better for drivers and fans,” McCrady said. “We’re going to work very hard at building our weekly car counts and we’re very excited about having the Deery Brothers Summer Series here on May 5.”IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are back on regular race programs at Maquoketa while IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are newly-sanctioned.Late Models have been a weekly staple at Maquoketa for the past 17 years. Modifieds returned in 2009, Northern SportMods were new in 2012 and Hobby Stocks were added in 2015.Twenty point races will be held during the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season.“IMCA is really for the budget racer,” said McCrady, who raced in street stock and sportmod divi­sions before ending his on-track career in a modified. “They’re not going to do anything with the rules that make it impossible for budget racers to afford or that would keep them from being competi­tive. That’s what I like most about IMCA.”The new track crew includes Randy Massarolo, who has worked at area tracks for many years and who will be in charge of preparing the racing surface.Lisa Sanders is returning to the track and Randy Anderson, IMCA’s Late Model director, will help with tech as his travel schedule permits. Kevin Feller will be scoring and Doug Haack will be throw­ing the flags weekly.The Speedway Fire and Rescue crew will be at the track on race nights and the Lil’ Racer Car Club for the young race fans is new to the track this year.“A lot of what we’re doing this year wouldn’t be possible without the help of our local sponsors,” noted McCrady. “I’ve knocked on a lot of doors and have been very pleased with the re­sponse from the community.”McCrady worked at Quad City Speedway, Davenport Speedway and Cedar County Raceway before taking the top job at Maquoketa.Modified points earned at Maquoketa count in IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region, Stock Car points in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region and Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region.last_img read more

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USC holds equal rights ‘boot camp’

first_img“Are we ready for equality?” Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asked same-sex marriage activists gathered at USC during her keynote address.About 160 students and community members gathered at USC this weekend for “Campaign Boot Camp.” The program, titled “Education and Empowerment for the Grassroots” included seminars and workshops, that sought to educate attendees about civil rights activism and political campaigning.Keynote · AJ Tarleton, a participant in the Campaign Boot Camp, introduces Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. – Photo courtesy of David McCoyThe Campaign Boot Camp ­— inspired by Pelosi’s book of the same name — focused specifically on preparing to continue the fight against Prop 8, the ballot proposal banning same-sex marriages in California. The proposition was passed in November 2008, overturning legalization of same-sex marriages by the California Supreme Court six months earlier.“I believe in equality for everybody. The more that we can inspire people to be involved in public service, to be involved in something better than themselves, the more that we can get,” Pelosi said in an interview.The event was organized by the coalition Organizations United Together West — a coalition of about 40 different equal rights organizations. OUT West composed an interactive training program with the support of other national organizations, notably Equality California and the Courage Campaign.“I think this has the chance to impact the very near future, with candidate races and also with the upcoming marriage equality battle that will take place in the next couple of years,” said Chris Hauck, an OUT West event coordinator. “People actually have real-world lessons that they can apply, not just theory.”Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who sent a letter to the participants praising their desire to take action, promised to assist the activists in their fight to overturn the marriage equality ban.“I don’t believe that we should discriminate against any of God’s children,” Villaraigosa said in an interview. “We should promote the institutions which have always been about families. That’s why I’m so supportive of this issue.”As part of the boot camp, USC hosted speakers, election simulations and educational series on campaign operations, due in large part to the effort of the school’s LGBT Resource Center.“It will get people prepared and ready for the next marriage equality battle, but then again, it’s not just about marriage equality. It’s about how these tools and techniques can be used for any sort of campaign,” said Vincent Vigil, director of USC’s LGBT Resource Center.The focus of the boot camp was on dealing with challenges and frustrations of running any sort of political campaign.“It’s incredibly hard to be patient when you’re trying to change the world and when you think the world is denying you the very basic human right, but learning to be operational and strategic in our thinking without sacrificing or compromising any of our principles — that’s the ultimate test,” Pelosi said to the participants.A number of the attendees took part in a quick-paced campaign simulation on Saturday, forcing them to think through and implement campaign strategies in one hour that would typically take place in the nine months before any election day.People with limited campaign experience worked in teams to learn how to manage a political campaign for the first time. The simulation was based on a state the size of Maine with the demographics of California to make it relevant to advocates of marriage equality in California.“They’ve given us a look into how a nine-month campaigning process works and the realities of it, the limited knowledge that you’re given at the beginning and how you have to work with that and how you have to work with other people,” said Gregory Oertel, a freshman majoring in music performance.Only one out of 17 teams that undertook the challenging campaign- simulation game won their ballot measure, demonstrating the inherent difficulty of passing a controversial issue like marriage equality. Fleischer said that it was common for all teams to be defeated in the simulation, reflecting real campaign efforts on gay marriage.“Many people don’t know how hard it is to win these campaigns,” said Kathleen Campisano, who co-authored the simulation game and is a senior field organizer with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “It helps them understand the frustration; it gets them to really understand that we’ve got to be really smart campaigners to make sure that we can win these elections.”Participants and speakers at the Campaign Boot Camp also weighed in on the debate over when the gay marriage ban will be contested.While the organization Love Honor Cherish is positioning itself for a 2010 ballot initiative for marriage equality, Equality California and others are setting their sights on the 2012 election.Keith Peyton, a senior majoring in international relations and the lavender commencement project manager at the LGBT Resource Center on campus, said that marriage equality will likely be seen on the 2010 ballot.“It’s definitely practical,” said Peyton. “Six states have already legalized gay marriage, California just went backward.”In addition to the workshops, several notable activists spoke at the weekend event, including the Reverend Eric P. Lee, the president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles.“It starts with you to change the societal attitudes about LGBT justice,” Lee told the audience of activists. “Be passionate about justice universally because the fight for justice is not self-serving, but selfless. Look to serve the needs of humanity before our own needs, then our needs will take care of themselves.”Lee paralleled the denial of fundamental human rights to the LGBT community to the African American civil rights battle and added that proponents of marriage equality must have a personal and unwavering conviction that they deserve equal justice, liberty and legal rights.“The only thing that sustains us is knowing that it’s right,” Lee said. “Someday you will achieve it.”last_img read more

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NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Bulls, 2 others in the mix to sign Patrick Beverley

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Celtics among teams interested in Enes Kanter The Lakers will have around $32 million in cap space this summer, while the Mavericks reportedly believe Beverley is a “perfect fit.” Beverley was born in Chicago and said recently he’d consider joining the Bulls.“I am Chicago. I’m from Chicago. I bleed Chicago. I really think I can help the city. I think I can save the city,” Beverley said. “I inspire already. And I’d be a great inspiration just walking around the city of Chicago, knowing I’m from there, knowing that someone made it out and you can go and do the same. I’m a Chicago kid. So, of course, I’m open to playing for the Chicago Bulls if that’s a team that’s interested in me.”“There’s a growing belief around the league” Chicago is open to trading everyone on its roster except forwards Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., according to an earlier report from The Athletic. NBA free agency rumors: Bulls expected to pursue Julius Randle Sources: Patrick Beverley is seeking a deal in the three-year, $40+ million range. Suitors include Mavs, Lakers, Bulls and Clippers. Agent Bill Duffy also represents Luka Doncic and is known to be intrigued by idea of pairing bulldog Beverley with the young playmaker.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 27, 2019Beverley averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 78 games for the Clippers this season. The lockdown defender spent the first five years of his career with the Rockets before he was sent to Los Angeles as part of the Chris Paul trade in June 2017.“I feel like any team I’m on, I can help take that team to the playoffs,” Beverley told the Chicago Tribune recently. “Just me, my attitude, what I bring defensively, my grit and grind, my ability to play-make, rebound and make shots, the leader I am, I’m excited to see what door opens. If it’s a young team or older veteran team, I’m ready. Related News Patrick Beverley appears like he’ll have multiple options this offseason.The Lakers, Bulls, Mavericks and Clippers will all pursue the 30-year-old guard in free agency, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. Beverley is seeking a three-year contract worth about $40 million. “This is my first time being an unrestricted free agent, so of course I’m super excited to go through the process, to be wooed, to see the hard work and everything I’ve been through to this point be rewarded. I’m just really happy and confident and excited with how this past season went. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.” Lakers trade players, pick to Wizards to create cap space, chase max free agentlast_img read more

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Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie shares powerful message on fighting racial injustice: Change ‘starts with us’

first_imgEagles owner Jeffrey Lurie penned a longer-than-most statement on Tuesday calling for action from the public against racial injustice, and pledging resources to “foster lasting social change” in the near future. The letter in totality reads: Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, wideout DeSean Jackson and defensive lineman Malik Jackson were three of the players to speak during the session, per reports. Wentz had previously taken to social media to condemn racial injustices.The NFL released a statement supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, but was quickly ridiculed by the public, citing the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick and the former San Francisco quarterback’s peaceful protest of police brutality and racial injustices in 2016. Jed York was also the target of criticism, as the owner of the team.The statements come after the high-profile deaths of three Black Americans — Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery — in recent weeks, and the protests and riots that followed. I have spent a great deal of time over the last few days reflecting. Listening to my own heart, listening to others. At times, I have too many words. At times, I have no words. But silence is not an option.I am heartbroken and repulsed. There are no words strong enough to describe the horrific deaths and injustices that the black community continues to endure.We as a human race are valiantly struggling in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Here in our country, we have been battling a relentless social pandemic for our entire history.Systemic racism, discrimination, violence and oppression of minorities – it has been our past and it is our present. It remains who we are. We need to be honest with ourselves and own that.We are all part of the solution. It starts with us. We need to look inward and open our hearts. We need to ask ourselves and others, what can we do to help?Our hearts give us the capacity to have compassion, empathy, humility, tolerance, love and caring for others who may look or sound different from us. That’s what makes is fully human: the capacity to listen. Support one another. And then listen some more.Many of us, myself included, cannot truly understand the burden of a weight we have never had to carry through life. We must at least try, as best we can, to imagine ourselves as the person who is hurting, neglected and oppressed.It is our shared responsibility to address the pain and combat systemic racism. There is so much we can all do to improve our unequal system of justice, our schools and our communities. This is a time for leadership. A time for us to be united in action.I am both encouraged and inspired listening to our players and so many others who are dedicated to coming together as people who embrace our shared humanity. We must all continue to have these discussions and turn them into concrete action in order to help foster lasting social change. In the coming days, weeks, months and years, I am dedicated to engaging in dialogue with community leaders, committing our resources to support organizations working on reform, and using our platform to play an active role in the change we must achieve.By working together, the power resides in all of us to choose less hate and more love, with open hearts every day of our lives.MORE: Gregg Popovich delivers takedown of Trump — calls president a ‘deranged idiot’Lurie’s stance is important as a prominent white businessman in a predominantly black NFL (roughly 70 percent of the league is comprised of black players), and its powerful message separated from most others issued by other NFL teams in the wake of George Floyd’s death. It’s important to note that Lurie didn’t just voice support, but also that he’s planning to spearhead action to create lasting change for social issues.Before releasing the statement, Lurie and head coach Doug Pederson had a virtual discussion on race with the team’s players, per Tim McManus.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 2, 2017

first_imgMIDNIGHT STORM IS DEFINITE FOR BIG ‘CAP Philip D’Amato641371120%48%$816,940 Peter Miller802220828%63%$1,176,315 Tiago Pereira801091013%36%$330,815 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS SANTA ANITA’S GRASS COURSE COULDN’T BE GREENERWhat a View, on target for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile a week from Saturday, will be running on a grass course that drew rave reviews from Kenny Black.“It’s a great turf course,” the trainer said. “It’s taken all that rain and still looks wonderful. It’s as good a turf course as I’ve ever seen.”Probables for the Kilroe include Bal a Bali, Bolo, Conquest Enforcer, Flamboyant, Papacoolpapacool, Ring Weekend, War Envoy and What a View. Flamboyant worked six furlongs on the main track Thursday in a bullet 1:12.20 for Paddy Gallagher. Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 Victor Espinoza47912719%60%$643,797 MIDNIGHT STORM TO WORK FOR BIG ‘CAP            Midnight Storm will run in the Santa Anita Handicap a week from Saturday, March 11, and not in the Dubai World Cup March 25, Phil D’Amato confirmed Thursday morning.“We’re running in the Big ‘Cap,” the trainer said. “We made the decision yesterday for sure. The horse is going well and depending on weather, he could breeze Sunday or Monday.”Probable for the 80th Santa Anita Handicap, a Grade I, $750,000 race for older horses at a mile and a quarter: Follow Me Crev, Gangster, Hard Aces, Hi Happy, Imperative, Isotherm, Midnight Storm, Shaman Ghost and Twentytwentyvision. Jerry Hollendorfer9618111919%50%$1,338,488 Martin Pedroza8610161512%48%$461,198 ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO RIDES ‘KOBE’ Flavien Prat16839253123%57%$2,570,699 Tyler Baze17833372019%51%$1,525,266 Kent Desormeaux10121121021%43%$1,268,091 UNIQUE BELLA READY FOR SANTA YSABEL Vladimir Cerin3587623%60%$284,064 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 26) Mike Smith38133934%66%$1,252,159 Bob Baffert4496720%50%$886,151 Peter Eurton4495520%43%$489,669center_img Joseph Talamo1101691715%38%$524,503 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 MULTIPLE ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO AT SANTA ANITAJavier Castellano, winner of an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding jockey the last four years, invades Santa Anita a week from Saturday, March 11, to ride Kobe’s Back in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs for trainer Peter Eurton.Kobe’s Back, who last raced June 25, 2016, finishing third in the Triple Bend, worked six furlongs in 1:13.13 on Santa Anita’s “good” main track before Sunday’s first race.A six-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Flatter owned by the C R K Stable, millionaire Kobe’s Back has a 5-3-4 record from 20 starts with earnings of $1,036,250.Castellano, whose agent is former Santa Anita Racing Department official Mike Lakow, won the Eclipse in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The 39-year-old native of Venezuela has 4,625 career wins and $271,934,924 in purse earnings. Santiago Gonzalez9711141211%38%$506,762 Edwin Maldonado5096718%44%$290,180 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Norberto Arroyo, Jr.82138816%35%$648,020 Corey Nakatani5486515%35%$465,131 William Spawr23102343%65%$283,951 John Sadler43791016%60%$471,964 Mark Glatt55911716%49%$400,915 Richard Baltas9416171517%51%$872,657 VERSATILE UNIQUE BELLA ON RAIL FOR SANTA YSABEL            Unique Bella will have to overcome two firsts in Saturday’s Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes for three-year-old fillies: breaking from the rail and going a mile and a sixteenth.It should make no never mind for the budding superstar filly, winner of her last three races by a combined margin of 26 ½ lengths, who is using the Santa Ysabel as a prep for the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 8.“She can adapt to any situation,” said Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. “She can be on the lead or sit off it. She’s schooled well for the race and ready to go.”The Santa Ysabel, race six of 10: Unique Bella, Mike Smith, 1-5; Tap It All, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; Spooky Woods, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Mistressofthenight, Corey Nakatani, 30-1; What What What, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Noted and Quoted, Martin Garcia, 6-1; and Abel Tasman, Joe Talamo, 5-1. Stewart Elliott11612141610%36%$603,802 Doug O’Neill10913221912%50%$1,097,551 BLACK CALLS SANTA ANITA TURF ‘BEST EVER’ FINISH LINES: Today’s pro sports parlay: Kopitar, a three-year-old son of Shackleford making his debut in the fifth race, is named for Los Angeles’ Kings Captain Anze Kopitar, while Catfish Hunter, a three-year-old son of Grazen named for the Hall of Fame pitcher, makes his first start in the sixth race. Kopitar, trained by Phil D’Amato, is 4-1 on Jon White‘s morning line, while Catfish Hunter, conditioned by Steve Miyadi, is 7-2 . . . Five of the six three-year-old fillies entered in today’s second race finished second through sixth in their last race, the California Cup Oaks here on Jan. 28 . . .  All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux3473521%44%$446,760last_img read more

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Net, KO for a sprained left ankle

first_imgThe truth is that Neto is not having excessive fortune in his first season as a Blaugrana. After breaking the scaphoid of the left hand during the preseason, the goalkeeper has again suffered an accident in the form of injury during the Copa del Rey match against Ibiza. This time it is not as serious as the one he suffered in his hand – he will not need to go through the operating room -, but he could be at least two to three weeks off. Everything will ultimately depend on the degree of sprain injury in the left ankle that will be evaluated on Thursday after the relevant tests. There is no doubt that Neto is having a discreet passage through Barcelona. To his hopeful premiere against Inter Milan (1-2) in the Champions League, in the rest of the games he has played his participation has been very deficient. Both in the LaLiga derby against Espanyol (2-2), and in the Spanish Super Cup against Atlético (2-3) and now in Copa del Rey against Ibiza (1-2) their performance has not raised expectations initials. It also happens that Neto has not yet premiered at the Camp Nou. In principle, the loss of Neto will be occupied by the goalkeeper of the subsidiary, Iñaki Peña, who this season has entered the dynamics of the first team, at least in most of the training. In any case, and as the tight schedule comes, Net could perfectly miss both the knockout stages and the quarterfinals if they finally qualify, since both qualifiers are scheduled for January 29 and February 5respectively. Obviously it would not be available for LaLiga matches that Barcelona will play against Valencia, Levante and Betis.last_img read more

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