Scottish Master Bakers wary of SNP rates pledge

first_imgThe Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB) said it was cautious of the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) pledge last week to abolish business rates for 120,000 small firms across Scotland.The plans are part of the SNP’s £150 million small business bonus scheme. SNP leader Alex Salmond told British Baker: “The SNP want to see our high streets flourishing once again. There are too many boarded-up shops and businesses in our towns and villages.”An SNP government would grant rates relief of 50% to businesses with a rateable value of £8,000-£10,000 a year, he pledged. Those with a value of between £10,000 and £15,000 would get 25% off.Salmond said: “An SNP Government will free up Scotland’s small businesses from the burden of business rates so they can grow and provide more and better paid jobs in local communities.”The Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB) said that it welcomed business-friendly policies. Chief executive Kirk Hunter added: “Things have to be paid for in Scotland just like anywhere else. If a cost is reduced from one area, it is important that it is not lumped somewhere else.”For many years, businesses in Scotland have been paying higher business rates than their counterparts in the UK, added Hunter.”We are pleased that most parties, not just the SNP, are putting the Scottish economy high up on their agenda.”The SNP announcement comes as part of their manifesto for the Scottish elections on 3 May.last_img read more

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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Breakout Prince, Nirvana, George Michael, Bob Marley In Austin [Photos]

first_imgPigeons Playing Ping Pong | Mohawk Austin | Austin, TX | 10/27/2017 | Photo: Steve Olker Load remaining images Photo: Stephen Olkercenter_img Pigeons Playing Ping Pong continued the Halloween celebrations last night at Austin, TX venue Mohawk Austin. The group once again pulled out all the stops during what turned out to be one super long set, with some rather interesting cover choices mixed in with their own originals. The Baltimore-based funk act busted Prince‘s “1999” early in the set, played in between their own “Whoopie,” and gave the same treatment to “Twist and Shout” serving as the meat in a “Julia” sandwich, going all the way back to 1963 from The Beatles‘ Please Please Me album.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Cover The Doors, Beatles, ABB, Rick James, And More [Full Audio]P4 continued to pay tribute to the spirits of rock n’ roll past with well-played covers of David Bowie‘s “Let’s Dance,” Nirvana’s “Come As You Are,” the Allman Brothers Band classic “Jessica,” George Michael‘s “Careless Whisper,” and Bob Marley‘s “I Shot The Sheriff,” even throwing in a tease of Tom Petty‘s “Free Fallin’” during their own “Poseidon.”  The band continues their Halloween run tonight at White Oak Music Hall in Houston, TX before a proper All Hallow’s Eve show on Tuesday at Atlanta’s Terminal West.Check out a full gallery of photos from the last night courtesy of Steve Olker.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Mohawk Austin | Austin, TX | 10/27/2017Set One: Porcupine, Whoopie > 1999 [1] > Whoopie, Avalanche, Somethin For Ya >, Julia > Twist and Shout^ [2] > Julia, Upfunk > Let’s Dance* [3] > Upfunk > Drums > Upfunk Dawn A New Day, Stay > Come As You Are* [4] > Stay, The Liquid, Poseidon > Jessica [5] > Poseidon#, Sunny Day > Careless Whisper% [6] > Sunny DayEncore:  I Shot The Sheriff~ [7] > HorizonNotes: [1] Prince, ^ Last time played 5/30/2014, [2] The Beatles, * First time played, [3] David Bowie, [4] Nirvana, [5] Allman Brothers Band, # w/ Free Fallin’ [Tom Petty] tease, % Last time played 7/27/2011, [6] George Michael, ~ Last time played 11/22/2014, [7] Bob Marleylast_img read more

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Gold Coast’s top 10 sales of 2019

first_img MORE NEWS: Is this the Coast’s wackiest house? 3. 126 and 151 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters 5. 60 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters 67 and 69 Hedges Ave on “Millionaires Row” at Mermaid Beach were a packaged pair that fetched a handsome sum.An interstate buyer splashed $10.3 million on the two Hedges Ave properties earlier this month, making it the second highest sale of the year.The beachfront blocks belonged to drilling business veteran Peter Mitchell and his wife Dee.Property records show the couple paid $200,000 for No. 67 in 1981 and $5 million for No. 69 in 2005.They listed the properties earlier this year with the option of buying them separately or together. 7. 2-6 Riverbend Ave, Carrara 10. 99 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach 1A Yacht St, Southport, sold at auction.The Hamptons-style home fetched $7 million under the hammer in June.About 70 people gathered for the auction where bidding started at $4 million before climbing to $7 million when the hammer came down.The impressive residence has a seemingly endless list of luxury features, including a formal pillared lounge, Quantum Quartz kitchen benchtops, a wine cellar, rumpus room with adjoining media room, waterfront pool and private beach with pontoon.Property records show several agents tried their hand at selling the house after it hit the market in March last year. 6. 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters 2. 67-69 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach Barry Sheene’s former house at 2-6 Riverbend Ave, Carrara, fetched more than $7 million.The riverfront house built by former motorcycle champion late Barry Sheene and wife Stephanie 30 years ago fetched $7.05 million in July.Adrian Puljich, general manager of an over-50s lifestyle resort company, and wife Jessica bought the 1.2ha property.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe traditional English-style house has nine bedrooms and seven bathroom and includes a guest wing with a two-bedroom guest cottage on the grounds.Mrs Sheene, whose two-time world 500c champion husband died of cancer in 2003, put the property on the market in April. Take a look at the Gold Coast’s biggest residential sales of 2019.CASHED-up buyers have not been scared off by the tough conditions that plagued the Gold Coast property market this year. Here are the top 10 residential property sales for 2019, which total more than $82 million and include trophy homes, prime positions and future income sources. MORE NEWS: Coast’s hottest homes of 2019 9. 45 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islandscenter_img The Penthouse at 3533 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach, broke a few records.The luxurious Main Beach penthouse was snapped up for $8.25 million in February and held the top spot until September.The two-storey residence tops the boutique Sea building and was designed by acclaimed architect Bayden Goddard.It has four-bedrooms and four-bathrooms as well as a rooftop pool. Its sale broke multiple records, including being the third highest apartment sale and highest beachfront apartment sale on the Gold Coast. 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, was the Gold Coast’s crowning property of 2019.The palatial mega-mansion claimed the city’s top spot when it sold for $11 million in September.A Sydney buyer snapped up the six-bedroom, eight-bathroom residence, which is on a 2168sq m north-facing double block.It’s the epitome of opulence with soaring ceilings, feature lighting and luxury detailed finishes.It also has a ‘Gold Lounge’ cinema room, wet bar and outdoor entertainment pavilion with a pool. 4. 7/3533 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach 1. 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands 8. 1A Yacht St, Southport It took a while but 60 Sophie Ave, Broadbeach Waters, eventually fetched an eye-watering price.A family splashed $8.1 million on the waterfront mega-mansion in September after more than 500 days on the market.The residence, known as The Palms, spans 1363sq m and has five bedrooms and six bathrooms.Among its standout features are an Art Deco-inspired theatre with starlit ceiling, wine cellar, internal lift, eight-car underground garage and multiple terraces and balconies overlooking the manicured gardens, pool and Nerang River.It was built by Dr Michael Kazacos over two years from 2008. He lived on the property since 1988, previously in another house. The sale of 311 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters, was a big deal early in the year.The six-bedroom mansion set the bar for eye-watering sales in 2019 when it changed hands for $7.5 million in January.It features a fully-equipped gym, expansive formal and informal living areas, an outdoor kitchen, double pontoon and state-of-the-art technology throughout.A local buyer outbid a string of others to claim the waterfront home.It hit the market in August last year and attracted hundreds of house hunters with more than 300 inspections in the five months it was on the market. 45 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islands, will be one impressive holiday home.The Sovereign Islands mansion fetched $6.98 million after spending almost 200 days on the market.The buyers bought the six-bedroom, six bathroom house in March as a holiday home.It spans four levels with multiple entertainment terraces, two pools, a theatre room and 10-car garage among its highlights.It also has 24m of water frontage and panoramic Broadwater and Hinterland views. 126 & 151 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters, is one pricey patch!The neighbouring vacant blocks sold as a package for $9.4 million in November.The Gold Coast buyer planned to build their dream home on the 3369sq m waterfront site at the end of Commodore Drive.CoreLogic records show the parcel last sold for $9.2 million in 2016. The sale of 99 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, rounds out the list.The beachfront home on arguably the Gold Coast’s most illustrious street sold to a local buyer for $6.395 million in July.Know locally as “the yellow house on the corner”, the Hamptons-style home was snapped up within weeks of hitting the market.It was initially listed with a $6.495 million asking price.The three-bedroom house had been a holiday home to 1984 Olympics super heavyweight gold medallist and South Australian tuna fisherman Dean Lukin for almost six years. 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OEEC: Incorporating sustainability in policy, strategy, and behavior

first_imgHow can you promote a sustainability culture in your organization? How can you communicate effectively to engage millennials in the energy transition? How can the costs of the energy transition be distributed fairly across society?(Left) Aad Correljé, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, (Middle) Michiel Ottevanger, Commercial Advisor, Vermilion Energy, (Right) Maarten Bouwhuis BNR Nieuwsradio presenterMaarten Bouwhuis BNR Nieuwsradio presenter discussed these and other questions on how to manage change in support of environmental, economic and social sustainability during the Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam last month.In the talk-show, live-streamed on OffshoreEnergyToday.com, we heard from Aldo Scopetti, HSSE-Q Manager, Rosetti Marino SPA, Aad Correljé, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management,  Jeroen Overduin, Senior Marketing Communications Advisor, Siemens / TransitieCoalitie, Michiel Ottevanger, Commercial Advisor, Vermilion Energy.Scopetti, from Italian offshore engineering and construction company Rosetti Marino, has shared his company’s way in including millennials in the sustainability story mix, by means of a competition in which a winning team gets to see its proposals on sustainability implemented across the company.He said that while the company could’ve simply hired a professional in the subject matter, they wanted also to see t point of view of the next generation of “our possible leaders.” When it comes to leadership, Scopetti feels one should lead by example and make sustainability part of its overall way of life, and not just focus on it at work.More needs to be done on awarenessOverduin, communications advisor at Siemens feels more needs to be done when it comes to raising awareness about the industry among millennials. He has shared an example where he asked eleven millennials of different nationalities to share their views on the level of the usage of sustainable energy sources. None of them got it right, significantly overestimating the sustainable energy use.He is working on a campaign to engage millennials in energy transition and raise awareness: “Most people don’t realize the scope of the issue and the scope of the solution.”Overduin also feels that a huge structural change needs to happen if we’re to attaining climate goals. He is not a proponent of the idea that simply choosing to shorten the time we spend in the shower, or eat less meat, or turn off the lights will lead to the needed goal when it comes to climate change prevention.Vermillion Energy’s Michiel Ottevanger, himself a millennial, joined the Canada-based company having previously worked for Shell.He moved to Vermillion as he was given an opportunity to work on concrete renewables projects (geothermal and biogas), taking the opportunity to have an “entrepreneurial approach in Vermillion and to make some impact.”He says he partly disagrees with Overduin over the impact of an individual action. He feels the main impact comes from people, and if everybody changed their life a little there could be a real impact.“My goal for this year is to inspire more people to make these changes,” Ottevanger said.Aad Correljé, Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management was asked about the stories that nobody wants to take on traditional oil and gas studies anymore.Correljé said it’s not exactly nobody but the amount of people going there for oil and gas exploration and production is decreasing.While he sees today’s students as having this natural inclination towards sustainability what he hears from students who are finalizing the studies and are going into the real world, starting to work, it really depends on the kind of company where they work; whether they are confronted with old paradigm with sustainability being something that you have to do…”whereas in other companies it’s already there as a value.”Watch the full talk-show below<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Offshore Energy Today StaffPeople also readOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: System integration across bordersOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: Benefits and challenges of offshore platform electrificationOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: Hydrogen – the holy grail for transmissionOffshore Energy 2018 | ON AIR talk-show: CCS as a lifeline to reaching Paris goalslast_img read more

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Kwesi Appiah opts for more wide play against São Tomé and Príncipe as Owusu replaces Duncan

first_imgKwesi Appiah made just one change to the side that beat South Africa 2-0 in Cape Coast, for today’s match against São Tomé and Príncipe.Sassuolo midfielder, Alfred Duncan drops to the bench with winger Samuel Owusu starting in his place.One area the Black Stars struggled to dominate against South Africa was out wide.The very narrow midfield consisted of Alfred Duncan, Iddrisu Baba, Andre Ayew and Thomas Partey.Duncan was shifted out wide and while it helped the Stars deal with the South Africans’ threat, it severely limited their options going forward.Partey and A. Ayew, although very versatile, are much better playing through the centre and naturally gravitated there against South Africa, as did Iddrisu and Duncan.While Duncan is by no means a bad player, playing in a largely unfamiliar role certainly did not help him play his best.This meant that the full-backs were forced to do a lot more work both going forward defensively.With a natural winger on the squad, the Stars can offer greater threat down the sides of the pitch and stretch play if São Tomé and Príncipe pack the midfield.The rest of the side remains unchanged with Baba Iddrisu keeping his place in midfield after a strong performance on his debut.Richard Ofori predictably starts in goal and is supported by a back four of Andy Yiadom, Gideon Mensah who made his international debut against South Africa, Joseph Aidoo, Kassim Nuhu.Jordan Ayew yet again leads the line, along with Dalian Yifang’s Emmanuel Boateng.There’s no place, however, for Kudus Mohammed despite his goal and overall impressive cameo last Thursday.Ghana’s XI:Richard Ofori; Andy Yiadom, Gideon Mensah, Joseph Aidoo, Kassim Nuhu; Baba Iddrisu, Andre Ayew, Thomas Partey, Samuel Owusu; Jordan Ayew, Emmanuel Boateng.Today’s match will kick-off at 1:00 pm GMT at the Estadio Nacional 12 de Julho, Sao Tome.last_img read more

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Mourinho tells players: ‘stay home’ if you can’t handle Old Trafford pressure

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho has told Manchester United’s underachieving players to “stay at home” if they cannot handle the pressure to perform at Old Trafford as they seek to reach the Champions League last 16.Young Boys are the visitors on Tuesday as the Red Devils look to qualify for the knockout phase with a game to spare — a feat they will achieve should they win and Valencia fail to beat Juventus.Progress would be a welcome shot in the arm after Saturday’s tepid goalless draw with struggling Crystal Palace, which left them 14 points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City and with a mere three wins from nine home matches in all competitions.However, Mourinho rejected suggestions that his players find it easier to play away and laughed off a suggestion that playing at Old Trafford brought added pressure ahead of facing the Swiss champions.“If you feel pressure, stay at home — and when I say home, I don’t say stadium home, I say home home and watch on TV,” he said.“If you feel pressure to play matches at home where the people come to support… come on. I never felt pressure to play at home.” Mourinho expects a response from his side in Tuesday’s Group H encounter, having questioned some of his players’ “heart”, desire and intensity after the 0-0 draw with Palace.The United manager spoke of his frustrations with his team’s sub-par performances before the match against Swiss side Young Boys, saying he wanted his players “not to be reactive but proactive”.“I want the team to start strong, I want the team to have a go immediately and it is a bit frustrating,” he said.Mourinho said defender Victor Lindelof would likely be out of action for “quite a while” with an injury.“(Lindelof) does the scan (Tuesday) but, by the experience of the medical department and the feelings of the player, he has a muscular problem and a muscular problem takes time,” he added.“I would say if we have him for the Christmas period — where we need, if possible, every player to be available for that difficult period until the Newcastle match on January 2 — if we can have Victor available for that period, it will be good.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Hollie leads team title defence at Fairhaven

first_img International Hollie Muse will be targeting a team action replay when she represents England Golf in the Nations Cup event at this weekend’s Fairhaven Trophies. The 15-year-old from Lancashire was in last year’s winning team, pipping another England trio on countback, while yet another England team finished in third place. This year Muse (Image © Leaderboard Photography) defends the team title with new partners, George Gardner of Sussex and Toby Briggs of Norfolk. England Golf is entering four teams in the event, played over the first two rounds of the 72-hole championship at Fairhaven Golf Club, Lancashire, which takes place from Friday to Sunday, 1-3 May. The other teams are: Team Two: Rhys Nevin-Wharton of Cheshire; Max Martin of Warwickshire and Emma Allen of Hampshire Team Three: Oliver Clarke of Lancashire; Billy Spooner of Lincolnshire; Eloise Healey of Lancashire Team Four: Charlie Strickland of Sussex; Jake Benson of Nottinghamshire; Lizzie Prior of Surrey The players Team One Hollie Muse, 15, (West Lancashire) helped England win the 2014 women’s and girls’ Home Internationals. She has just won the Scottish U16 girls’ open stroke play and The Leveret. George Gardner, 18, (Castle Royle) won the individual title at last year’s Canadian International Junior Challenge and also led England to team victory. Toby Briggs, 15, (Dunston Hall) helped England to a clean sweep in last year’s U16 internationals against the other home countries. Team Two Rhys Nevin-Wharton, 17, (Sandiway) was the runner-up in last year’s Daily Telegraph Junior championship. Max Martin, 17, (Ladbrook Park) represented Warwickshire at last year’s men’s County Finals and was third boy at the 2014 Fairhaven Trophies. Emma Allen, 18, (Meon Valley) helped England win the 2014 Girls’ Home Internationals and Hampshire to become women’s County Final champions. Team Three Oliver Clarke, 16, (Hillside) was in England’s winning team at the Canadian International Junior Challenge and was third in the English U16 boys’ championship for the MacGregor Trophy. Billy Spooner, 17, (Woodhall Spa) first represented England in 2012 and contributed to last year’s successful U16 campaign against the other home nations. Eloise Healey, 17, (West Lancashire) was fourth in the recent Delamere Comboy Scratch and shared 10th place at last weekend’s Helen Holm Scottish stroke play. Team Four Charlie Strickland, 15 (Ham Manor) was fifth in this season’s Peter McEvoy Trophy and sixth in the 2014 Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. Jake Benson, 15, (Beeston Fields), contributed to England’s clean sweep in last year’s U16 internationals against the other home countries. Lizzie Prior, 17, (Burhill) was in England’s winning team at last year’s Girls’ Home Internationals, after finishing third in the English girls’ championship. 30 Apr 2015 Hollie leads team title defence at Fairhaven last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MAY 26, 2016

first_imgFlavien Prat3995523%49%$406,845 EXAGGERATOR WALKS SHEDROW THIS MORNING AT PIMLICO            Trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Exaggerator, who became the 10th Santa Anita Derby winner to take the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, jogged two miles over Pimlico’s main track on Wednesday and walked the shed row this morning as he continues to prepare for the mile and one half Belmont Stakes on June 11.“He walked today and he’ll van to Belmont on Sunday,” said Desormeaux, who arrived back in Southern California Wednesday night. “It’s not that far to Belmont. He’ll be on the van about eight or nine hours. We’re gonna breeze him one time, probably five eighths, before the race. He’ll either work a week from Saturday (June 4) or the following Tuesday (June 7).“I’ll go back for the work and I’m still thinking about whether or not to send Kent (Desormeaux) in to breeze him, or just have Aaron Gryder get on him. Aaron’s already there and he knows my horses and he knows me. As far as the horse is concerned, everything’s pretty basic. He has no issues and there’s nothing (physical) we’re having to deal with. He’s a pleasure to train.”A winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Derby at a mile and one eighth on April 9, Exaggerator, who has made three out of his five starts this year at Santa Anita, was second to previously unbeaten Nyquist in both the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes here on Feb. 15 and in the Kentucky Derby May 7. Mike Puype2662223%38%$199,280 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won RACE BRINGS FOND MEMORIES OF LENNYFROMALIBUThe Lennyfromalibu Stakes, the first of five added money events to be run Saturday in the Golden States Series for California-bred or sired horses on Gold Rush Day, has a notable back story.The race for four-year-olds and up at about six and a half furlongs on turf drew but five starters, but the derivation of its name is from stakes winner Lennyfromalibu, who won the Crystal Water in 2004 and the California Cup Mile in 2003. But wait. There’s more.“Lennyfromalibu was named after Lenny Goldstein, a liver doctor who treated my husband (Jim),” related Madeline Auerbach, who campaigned the horse, and is still an active owner/breeder and a member of the California Horse Racing Board.“Dr. Goldstein had an office at UCLA, lived on the beach in Malibu, had a big handlebar mustache and was really a throwback guy. He was very pro-active and helpful in my husband getting a liver transplant, and he was fascinated that we were in the racing business.“So the very first baby that we had available from Unusual Heat’s first crop (in 1999) was named Lennyfromalibu.”The field: Forest Chatter, Mike Smith,6-5; Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 9-2; Ambitious Brew, Flavien Prat, 7-5; Old Man Lake, Tyler Baze, 12-1; and K Thirty Eight, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1. O’NEILL HAPPY WITH NYQUIST, BUT HAS NO RACE PLANSChampion Nyquist, who suffered his first defeat in last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes after eight straight victories including the Kentucky Derby on May 7, is doing well although he will miss the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 11, due to a temperature that surfaced soon after the Preakness.“He has no temperature right now, his blood looks good, so we’re very happy with the way things are going back there,” trainer Doug O’Neill said Thursday morning at Santa Anita.“I don’t know what will happen next (as far as plans for future races). We’ll bring himback (from Maryland) June 5 so we’ll kind of play it by ear from there.” MUSICAL AGENTS CONTINUE: GONZALEZ HIRES EBANKS            Santiago Gonzalez, who fired agent Craig Stephan last Saturday after a two-year run that saw him become an overnight success, has changed representatives again, parting company with 28-year-old Brandon O’Bryan after four days and hiring veteran Ron Ebanks.“Santiago called me and wanted to know if I was interested and available,” Ebanks said. “I said I’d definitely like to talk, so we met, discussed issues and I was happy with what I heard.“He’s one of the most sought-after riders and rides for everybody. He’s achieved a lot in a short amount of time and looks like he can be a top rider.            “I represented Gary Stevens for two weeks at Del Mar last summer, but we just weren’t a good fit for each other,” Ebanks said, referring to his last gig as an agent.Ebanks has had plenty of experience with world-class riders. “I’ve had Chris Antley, Tyler Baze, Joe Talamo, Michael Baze, Patrick Valenzuela, Joel Rosario, Jorge Chavez and Shane Sellers for 15 years when he earned $115 million,” Ebanks said.“I’ve been in the business 38 years. I started when I was 13. I rode horses from 15 to 23 and became an agent when I was 23.” Jerry Hollendorfer3563717%46%$495,680 EXPLOSIVE DEBUT FOR 2-5 MELAIR CHOICE ENOLA GRAYEnola Gray won by a pole, as they say, in her debut race, coming home 16 ¼ lengths in front of eight rivals in a 6 1/2-furlong sprint on April 10. It was no surprise to leading trainer Phil D’Amato, even though the gray daughter of Grazen owned and bred by Nick Alexander paid $10.80 to win.“She was well-meant that day,” said D’Amato, who sends out Enola Gray in Saturday’s $200,000 Melair Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. “I thought she had a really good chance to win, although I didn’t think she’d win by 16.“She’s always shown that kind of talent in the mornings. She breezed so fast, we never really put her in company to see how fast she really was, so it was a pleasant surprise.“She came out of the race good and she’s ready to go.”The Melair: Enola Gray, Tyler Baze, 2-5; Allsquare, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Cheekaboo, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Hacktivism, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; The Spiral Jetter, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; and Shy Carmelita, Martin Garcia, 6-1. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato381110429%66%$578,370 Edwin Maldonado561212621%54%$427,651 Patrick Gallagher1140036%36%$111,155 PREAKNESS WINNER EXAGGERATOR WALKS SHEDROWRALIS TACKLES TURF FOR FIRST TIME IN SNOW CHIEFNYQUIST DUE IN CALIFORNIA JUNE 5, PLANS ON HOLDSINGING KITTY IS IN TUNE ON A FIRM TURF COURSEBOOZER STAYS ON THE ON DIRT IN TIZNOW STAKESDYNAMITE DEBUT WINNER ENOLA GRAY HEADS MELAIRLENNYFROMALIBU IS REMEMBERED ON SATURDAYRON EBANKS NEW AGENT FOR SANTIAGO GONZALEZ RALIS TRIES TURF FOR FIRST TIME IN SNOW CHIEF            Ralis makes his turf debut Saturday when the son of Square Eddie trained by Doug O’Neill for Reddam Racing runs in the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on grass.“He ran really well on the synthetic surface at Turfway (fifth in the Grade III Spiral, beaten only three-quarters of a length on April 2), so generally, horses that run well on synthetic run well on grass, especially Square Eddies,” O’Neill said. “They run well on anything, so we’re very optimistic he’ll run a good race.”The Snow Chief field: Ralis, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; The Big Train, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Glory Bound, Edwin Maldonado, 10-1; Midnight Ming, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Tough It Out, Joe Talamo, 2-1; and Gold Rush Dancer, Flavien Prat, 9-5. FIRM COURSE A PLUS FOR SINGING KITTY IN FRAN’S VALENTINETrainer Matt Chew is optimistic about the chances of Singing Kitty in Saturday’s $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.“She’s coming up to the race really well,” Chew said. “She didn’t really care much going down the hill when the turf course was softer (eighth by four lengths on a “good’ surface in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint Jan. 30).“She’s back where she’s somewhat confident, and I think she’ll like this surface the way it is right now. She won her races last year when it was 100-degree weather and everything was nice and firm. The course was a little soft this winter and it wasn’t to her liking.”The field for the Fran’s Valentine: Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Nite Delite, Stewart Elliott, 12-1; Sheer Pleasure, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Madame Mousse, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Lily Kai, Dryden Van Dyke, 8-1; Bert’s Melody, Brice Blanc, 5-1; Velvet Mesquite, Tyler Baze, 9-2; and Singing Kitty, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1. BOOZER ON DISPLAY CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH DAYBoozer, a versatile son of Unusual Heat who has won six of seven career starts on turf, returns to the main track Saturday in the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes for four-year-olds and up at one mile, one of five added money events in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses on Gold Rush Day at Santa Anita.Trained by Mark Glatt for Al and Sandee Kirkwood, Boozer won at a mile on dirt at Los Alamitos last out on April 16 under Edwin Maldonado, who retains the mount in the Tiznow.“He’s versatile, so it’s nice to have different options,” Glatt said of Boozer. “We’ll see how it works out for us.”The Tiznow: Howdy, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Boozer, Edwin Maldonado, 5-2; Songforjohnmichael, Joe Talamo, 2-1; Avanti Bello, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Indygo Holiday, Fernando Perez, 15-1; Soi Phet, Kent Desomreaux, 4-1; and Rocko’s Wheel, Martin Garcia, 5-1. Rafael Bejarano591211820%53%$654,912 (Current Through Sunday, May 22) Mark Glatt2344317%48%$139,886 Martin Garcia3764416%38%$366,535 Martin Pedroza3353515%39%$184,900 Santiago Gonzalez55810815%47%$413,775 SANTA ANITA BIDS FAREWELL TO FAN FAVORITE ‘LEXI’Santa Anita’s racing family and fans of The Great Race Place are mourning the passing of Lexi, the little Jack Russell Terrier who rode the carriages at Santa Anita for all of her 15 years, becoming a fan favorite.Owned by Santa Anita’s Operations Office Manager Paige Rickerd, Lexi died Monday afternoon but did her job until the very end.“She had such a huge fan base and was really one special dog,” said the understandably saddened Rickerd. “There are over 7,000 people who have reached out on Facebook. We knew she was popular and loved but we had no idea to what extent.“She was the best companion and friend anyone could ever ask for. We are truly heartbroken . . . She will forever be in our hearts, forever missed and forever loved. Rest in peace, Lexi. We love you.”Rickerd has a tribute to Lexi posted on Facebook under Carriage Horses. Tyler Baze6412101419%56%$511,055 Joseph Talamo46109922%61%$499,143 John Sadler2861321%36%$365,665 FINISH LINES: Trainer Simon Callaghan could run Taris against males in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs on June 25, although the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4 and a potential meeting with distaff champions Beholder and Stellar Wind remains an option. “I’ll talk with the owners and we’ll make a decision,” Callaghan said . . . Congratulations to Jeff Mullins on registering his 1,500th training victory last Saturday, with odds-on favorite Spirit World ridden by his main man, Tyler Baze. “It’s a nice milestone,” said Mullins, who saddled three consecutive winners of the Santa Anita Derby from 2003-05 (Buddy Gil, Castledale and Buzzards Bay). “I’ve been training for 30 years, ever since I was old enough to get a license.” . . . Chad Lindsay will represent the United States in the 2016 Longines Future Racing Stars international apprentice jockey challenge race at Chantilly Race Course in Paris on June 19. Represented by agent Vince DeGregory, the 23-year-old Lindsay, a native of Aledo, Texas, near Fort Worth, will be one of the apprentices all under the age of 25 from 10 different nations . . . Agent Vic Lipton says he will not be representing Jaime Theirot . . . Ron Ebanks, agent for Santiago Gonzalez, and Simon Bray, TVG analyst and former trainer, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 12:50 p.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Sunday’s lone winning Pick Six ticket worth $98,243.80 was purchased at Golden Gate Fields for $72 . . . Santa Anita races through this Monday, Memorial Day, but will be dark for live racing next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 31, June 1 and June 2. Live racing resumes Friday, June 3 at 2 p.m. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Wonlast_img read more

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