BIG ‘CAP WINNER MELATONIN, SECOND SUMMER, HOPPERTUNITY & DEFENDING CHAMP HARD ACES HEAD FIELD OF EIGHT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA AT MILE AND A QUARTER

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2016)–Recent Santa Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, streaking Second Summer, Grade I winner Hoppertunity, defending champ Hard Aces and multiple (turf) graded winner Bal a Bali head a field of eight 3-year-olds and up in Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, to be contested for the 77th time at a mile and a quarter.Won by the legendary Seabiscuit in its inaugural running at Hollywood Park in 1938, the Gold Cup is one of North America’s most prestigious races at the distance and has been won by a “Who’s Who” of equine all-time greats including Noor (1950), Citation (1951), Swaps (1956), Round Table (1957), Native Diver (1965-67), Ack Ack (1971), Affirmed (1979) and Cigar in 1995. The Gold Cup will be run for the third consecutive year at Santa Anita on Saturday. MELATONIN: Trained by David Hofmans, he ran the race of his life when allowed to run freely on the front end in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap March 12. A rousing 4 ¼ length winner of the Big ‘Cap, Melatonin earned a career best 107 Beyer Speed figure and was subsequently sent to Oaklawn Park, where he showed the way early and ended up second, beaten a length, by Effinex. A 5-year-old gelding by Kodiak Kowboy, Melatonin has come to hand quickly this year for Hofmans, as he was advised by jockey Joe Talamo to try the deep waters of the Big ‘Cap following a solid second condition allowance score going 1 1/16 miles here on Feb. 5. Owned by Tarabilla Farms, Inc., look for Melatonin to be sent to the front on Saturday. Melatonin has earned $786,000 this year, a substantial portion of his career haul, which stands at $918,552. His overall mark now reads 12-4-3-3. HOPPERTUNITY: Third, beaten four lengths by California Chrome in the Grade I Dubai World Cup March 26, Bob Baffert’s Hoppertunity was just up to win the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles San Antonio Stakes by a nose on Feb. 6. Winless in three tries at a mile and a quarter, the venerable 5-year-old has been keeping graded company since February of 2014 and he’s very competitive at Santa Anita with a 3-4-2 mark from 10 tries here. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Hoppertunity would be well served by a fast pace. The leading money earner in the field with earnings of $2,872,675, his overall record stands at 19-5-6-4. SECOND SUMMER: In search of his fourth consecutive win, he comes off the best race of his career, a one length score in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Californian here on May 22. Long considered better on turf, this 4-year-old Summer Bird gelding was switched to the main track by trainer Peter Eurton on Feb. 15 and he responded with a solid second place finish at a mile and a sixteenth. He’s since rattled off three consecutive wins and is considered by some to be the “now” horse for the Gold Cup. Second Summer, who is owned by Sharon Alesia, Ciaglia Racing, LLC and Ferrell, has a stalking style and he’ll be ridden for the third time in a row by Mario Gutierrez. With an overall mark of 13-4-2-1 and earnings of $270,610, the Gold Cup will be his first try at a mile and a quarter. HARD ACES: Best suited as a deep closer, last year’s winner will have to hope someone can engage Melatonin early and thus ensure a legitimate early pace. Trained by John Sadler and owned by his primary client, Hronis Racing, LLC, Hard Aces has been winless in eight starts since last year’s Gold Cup, but comes of a much improved runner-up effort to Second Summer in the Californian and could be poised for another top effort on Saturday. A 6-year-old full horse by Hard Spun, Hard Aces, who was originally in the care of Larry Jones, will be making his 13th start for Sadler as he seeks his seventh win from 32 career tries. He has earnings of $879,645. THE GRADE I GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 9                                                Approximate post time 5:45 p.m. PDT BAL A BALI: A graded stakes winner on turf in America, this 6-year-old Brazilian-bred, who was a four-time Group I winner in his native Brazil, will try the main track for the first time in the Gold Cup. A three-time winner at a mile and one half on turf and one for two at a mile and a quarter on turf, stamina certainly is not a question, but his ability to act on dirt remains unknown. Trained by Richard Mandella, he’ll be making his 10th stateside start in the Gold Cup. Attentive to the pace in most of his turf starts, it’ll be interesting to see what style suits him best on dirt. Owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Siena Farm, LLC, he has 13 wins from 21 starts and has earnings of $763,478. ICONIC GOLD CUP IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE FOR $6 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC AT SANTA ANITA NOV. 5 Bal a Bali – Flavien Prat – 120Second Summer – Mario Gutierrez – 120Hard Aces – Santiago Gonzalez – 122Lieutenant Colonel – Martin Garcia – 120Win the Space – Gary Stevens – 120Hoppertunity – Mike Smith – 120Melatonin – Joseph Talamo – 124Imperative – Rafael Bejarano – 120The Gold Cup at Santa Anita is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, with the winner assured a berth in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea ace Eden Hazard: I know I can do much better

first_imgChelsea ace Eden Hazard: I know I can do much betterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard insists he can do much more this season.Hazard scored twice for victory at Watford this week.But he reckons he has still not hit the form which helped him win Footballer of the Year honours in 2015 when Chelsea won the league with him playing as a winger.“I will get more goals playing through the middle, for sure,” he said.“But I will score more goals also if I play as a winger, so…“I get more chances through the middle. But my position is winger. I feel better as a winger, but I did well [against Watford] as a striker, against Brighton I did well as a striker.“So the manager chooses where to put me on the pitch and then I try to do my best.”Hazard added: “To score 101 is a special achievement. Of course. I am not focused about scoring goals, but to reach this level is good, especially when you play for this amazing club.“We want to win, I want to score, I want to help my team to win games. I am just happy.“I was not thinking about reaching 100 at all before the game. The guys just told me at half-time and I was happy, so I just gave a smile.“And when you score 100, you just want to score more, so I will try to get more.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

9 days agoSuper agent Mendes insists Juventus star Ronaldo will smash Pele record

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Super agent Mendes insists Juventus star Ronaldo will smash Pele recordby Carlos Volcano9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSuper agent Jorge Mendes insists Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to peak.Now 34, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored the 700th goal of his career and broke a new record. And now, Ronaldo has hopes to match Pele and his 767 official goals, a performance that Mendes says he can achieve.He said, “Cristiano has reached the remarkable mark of 700 goals, but I have no doubt that he will surpass Pelé as the top scorer in football history and will do it with Juventus. “After all, 68 goals for this extraordinary Cristiano Ronaldo is not a lot, is it? I am convinced that the best is yet to come.” last_img read more

Allies threaten to pull support from May in Brexit dispute

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s parliamentary allies are warning they could remove support from her minority government if she does not alter her Brexit deal with the European Union.Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party struck a deal last year to back May’s Conservatives on major legislation. But the Protestant, pro-U.K. party opposes the Brexit deal’s plans for keeping the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland open after Brexit.In a warning to May, DUP lawmakers abstained late Monday during several votes on finance bill, and voted against the government on one amendment.DUP lawmaker Sammy Wilson said the votes were “designed to send a political message to the government.”Writing in Tuesday’s Belfast Telegraph, May said the deal “puts Northern Ireland in a fantastic position for the future.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

Two people found dead south of Liard River Hotsprings

first_imgPolice are asking anyone with information to please call Fort Nelson RCMP at (250) 774-2700, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.No further information is available at this time. FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies RCMP and North District Major Crime Unit are investigating the suspicious death of two people south of the Liard Hot Springs.On Monday, July 15, 2019, at approximately 7:19 a.m. Northern Rockies front line officers were called to an area on the highway approximately 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs.Upon attendance, police discovered two adults deceased. Both deaths appeared to be suspicious and Northern Rockies RCMP called for assistance from North District Major Crime Unit.last_img read more

Casablanca to Host 10th Edition of the International Meeting of Andalousi

first_imgCasablanca- According to news outlet Finance News, Casablanca’s Megarama Cultural Center will host from 4th to 5th December the 10th edition of the International Gathering of Andaloussi Music. A concert will be reorganized the following day, December 6th, at Mohammed V Theater in Rabat, followed by another concert on December 7 at Mazagan Beach Resort in El Jadida. The Moroccan Ministry of Culture organizes these events in partnership with the Association of Fans of Moroccan Andaloussi Music. Colorful rhythms of Andaloussi music from different countries, namely Morocco, Spain, Algeria and Tunisia, will provide the audience with an exceptional, uplifting experience typical of Andaloussi music.The Ministry of Culture together with the Association of Fans of Moroccan Anndaloussi Music organize these events as part of its efforts to preserve and promote Andaloussi music,  a significant aspect of Morocco’s rich cultural patrimony. Andaloussi Music is deemed a noble music, and has especially a strong presence in the Moroccan elite formed largely by citizens with Arab-Andalusian origins, based in cities such as Fez, Tetouan, Rabat, Salé, Marrakesh, Chefchaouen, Tangier and Oujda.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Isco If you sack Lopetegui then you are sacking all of

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Isco rose to the defence of under-fire manager Julen Lopetegui by claiming that the responsibility of the team’s displays lies with the playersThe pressure is at an all-time high for Lopetegui in his four-month reign in charge of Real following Saturday’s shock 2-1 home defeat to the lowly Levante.The former Spain boss is being widely tipped to be dismissed from his post before Sunday’s El Clasico game with Barcelona.But Lopetegui stated his intention to fight on earlier today and Isco revealed that both himself and the entire squad are behind their manager.“I do not believe that the press has the power to sack a Madrid coach,” said Isco ahead of Real’s Champions League game with Viktoria Plzen, on Sport.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“The controversy that you want to create in the dressing room is not there. We trust in the staff that we have and in what we have done.“The boss has all our confidence. It would be crazy [to sack him]. You have to let him work.“If you sack the coach you have to sack us all because we are the ones on the field – this is something for everyone, not just the coach.“Historically, people who criticise us come back later with their tail between their legs once we win Champions League.”last_img read more

Alba on the importance of Copa win over Madrid

first_imgBarcelona’s defender Jordi Alba praised the victory of his side over rivals Real Madrid and further suggested winning the trophy ranks high in their objectives.The Catalans sealed a place in the Copa del Rey final for the sixth consecutive year running after brushing aside Solari’s men 3-0 on their patch.And one man who was ecstatic with that victory was Spanish left-back Jordi Alba as he reiterated the importance of the trophy.“We have given value to the Copa,” he said. “Real Madrid wanted it; many people were focussing before the game to liven it up.“The excuse that it’s an insignificant trophy doesn’t cut it. We have suffered. In general, we’ve been good.”Goals from Luis Suarez and an own goal from Raphael Varane secured an emphatic victory over Los Blancos.“We’ve won by three goals, that’s not easy,” Alba said via Marca. “Ultimately we’ve won by a big margin. It’s a very good result for us, it makes us stronger.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…🎙 [TV3] | Jordi Alba: “It was an equal match but in the second half we had occasions and we were able to score goals.” pic.twitter.com/FZb13EuJo3— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) February 27, 2019“We were the better side against a great rival, which is difficult in their stadium. They’re always a complicated team and we have won in a convincing way.“Barcelona have scored seven goals in two games since having a free midweek last week.”The results are much better,” he said.“We played quite well. In the first half we didn’t really turn up, but after we scored in the 50th minute, we were much better.”last_img read more

The 2014 Association Publishing Survey

first_imgLike all magazine publishers, associations took a big hit five years ago. Coupled with rapidly evolving consumer habits and an ad community far less reliant on print, association publishers find themselves in a time of change. Users and potential use cases for the platforms are growing exponentially, but the business models that can sustain digital publishing for associations aren’t there yet. Digital media accounted for 8.3 percent of total revenue in 2013, down from an average of 8.9 percent over the last five years. FOLLOW THE MONEY DIGITAL TUMBLES, TOO Per member profit hasn’t fallen nearly as far as a result—it’s essentially unchanged since 2011 thanks to careful cost management. STABILITY AHEAD? The drops are significant, and they feed into a larger narrative about the economics of modern publishing, but print ads still make up more than half the publishing revenue for associations. Add in revenue from hard-copy subscriptions and, for some, single-copy sales, and print magazines make up three-quarters (or more) of publishing revenue. Print still drives the business. It’s
not going away soon and can’t be jettisoned lightly. “Sometimes [you’re forced] to take a larger, less media-centric view of situations,” says another. “[You’re often] competing with education and membership for money.” That consolidation has seen associations pivot away from what isn’t working and focus on their core products-namely, magazines and digital newsletters. Associations are actually producing more of each now, with both jumping 4 percent over the 2013 survey. The effects of that ad page drought are easy to see at the very ends of the spectrum. The percent- age of respondents who rely on print advertising for 100 percent
of their revenue has dipped to just 7 percent—a 5-year low—while those who don’t sell any print ad pages at all climbed to 5 percent—a recent high. So, where’s new money coming from instead? Pretty much everywhere else. Revenue from four of the five other categories tracked in the survey- paid subscriptions, events, data and info sales and “other” sources-were up from historical norms in 2013. With just one-fifth of respondents banking on an uptick in earnings, and most of those predicting gains of less than five percent, association publishers are clearly looking at growth prospects conservatively next year. Associations expect a rebound this year though, projecting digital sources will account for 9.3 percent of total earnings in 2014. Surprisingly, digital media was the one revenue source that joined print in a decline last year. Publishers are also doing a better job of getting creative with monetizing their audiences. Miscellaneous sources accounted for more than 10 percent of overall revenue, well above 5-year averages. Overall, mean revenue expectations are up slightly. As a whole, respondents anticipate industry revenue to increase 0.5 percent. That may not seem like much, but it’s the highest expected bump since 2012 (a big rebound year following the recession), and the third year in a row associations have expressed confidence in their prospects for the coming 12 months. That budget maintenance has taken on an increasingly important role for associations as well. Respondents’ organizations are relying on publishing revenue to a greater degree now than at any point over the last five years. As a percentage of total association revenue, publishing is expected to account for 21.3 percent of earnings in 2014. That portion has trickled down- ward since the late 2000s when it topped 60 percent, and has been consistently above 58 percent over the last five years. And publishers don’t think the slide will stop any time soon. Revenue from print ads is projected to drop another 1.2 percent for 2014. They’ve survived, but it hasn’t been easy. Creativity, cost cutting and a focus on core publishing products have kept margins relatively stable. Print revenue is still retreating however, and digital has been slow to pick up the slack. Meanwhile, production of digital editions, journals and newspapers has decreased. Fewer associations are seemingly willing to produce bespoke products for their industries, as well, with availability of miscellaneous products dropping more than 10 percent since 2010. center_img Association publishing challenges haven’t changed much in the last five years. Overall, associations expect to generate publishing revenue of
 $30.00 per member in 2014-down
 $2.25 from where it’s been over the last three years and $8.32 off its 5-year average. Lack of staffing ranked first, followed up by competition with for-prof- it publishers and a lack of editorial independence. Revenue from print advertising fell sharply from recent totals. Respondents say the category accounted for 54.7 percent of all earnings for association publishers. METHODOLOGY Fewer association publishers are optimistic about their revenue prospects than at any point since 2010, but a smaller number also expect declines next year. PRINT DOLLARS DROP…AGAIN PRODUCT OFFERINGS CONSOLIDATE Not many think the bottom will fall out either. Just 13 percent say revenue will decrease in 2014-a comparatively low total over the last five years. Many have been able to maintain 
margins with spending cuts as revenue has faded though. Per member spending has dropped even further 
than revenue over the last 5 years, 
down 28 percent versus a 21-percent 
decline for revenue. The expansion of ancillary ventures like events and data sets has taken away from the development of new publishing products like magazines and newspapers. In fact, the total universe of publishing products actually shrank recently. Some of that shift can be attributed to the decline of print-all things being equal, fewer dollars from print mean every other source gets larger by comparison-but not all
of it. Face-to-face events and proprietary data sets have become revenue engines of their own, instead
of add-on membership benefits for many associations. The majority fall between those poles. Most respondents are anticipating minor changes in either direction. None of the three options ranked particularly high for respondents, with each coming between 2.6 and 3.6 on a 5-point scale. The median number of publications produced by respondents has gone from five to three since 2010. On opposite ends of the spectrum, the number of associations with just a single product has quadrupled, while those with 10 or more titles have nearly been cut in half. “General views of many that association publications are not valuable,” says one respondent of their most significant challenge related to association publishing. “Especially advertising agencies who do not understand associations well.” Anecdotally, respondents went deeper into misperceptions about the role of associations and how they can best benefit both members and advertisers. A lot can be done to address how their publications are valued and deployed, but they also acknowledge the realities of competing with larger, for-profit entities, and in many cases, their own organizations. CHALLENGES FOLIO: and Readex Research mailed survey kits to 1,163 qualified domestic individuals in executive management positions at association publishing organizations on August 7, 2014. The survey was closed for tabulation on September 19, 2014. The margin of error for percentages based on 175 total respondents is +/- 6.8 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.last_img read more