Nasal strip could clog Chrome’s Triple Crown bid

first_imgKentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome poses for the cameras outside the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Sunday, May 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Garry Jones)BALTIMORE (AP) — California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.Trainer Art Sherman made no threats about the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner passing on a chance to become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner, but he suggested it was a possibility.“I’d have to leave it up to the owners,” he said Sunday. “I know they’ll be upset.”Neither the New York State Gaming Commission nor the New York Racing Association stewards has received a request to use nasal strips in the Belmont on June 7.“If a request to use nasal strips is made, the decision on whether to permit them or not will be fully evaluated and determined by the stewards,” Gaming Commission spokesman Lee Park said Sunday.Among the Gaming Commission’s rules governing Belmont Park is one that states: Only equipment specifically approved by the stewards shall be worn or carried by a jockey or a horse in a race.In a post on its Twitter feed, NYRA said: “We operate under the rules set forth by @NYSGamingCommission.”California Chrome has worn a nasal strip during his current six-race winning streak after co-owner Perry Martin wanted to try it. Sherman is based in California and said he wasn’t aware that using one in New York might be a problem. He said he would talk to New York racing officials and the horse’s owners.Some horses, like humans, wear nasal strips to assist breathing. The colt wears the strip only during races, not training.At 1 ½ miles, the Belmont is the longest and most grueling of the three Triple Crown races.“I think it opens up his air passage and gives him that little extra oomph that he needs, especially going a mile and a half,” Sherman said. “Anytime you can have a good air passage, that means a lot for these thoroughbreds.”Sherman said Martin likes to try different products and the co-owner thought a nasal strip might benefit California Chrome.“This guy, Perry Martin, he might not run if they say you can’t run with a nasal strip. He’s very funny about things like that,” the trainer said. “I don’t know why they would ban you from wearing one. We’ll have to cross that bridge when we get there.”Other states allow nasal strips while racing, and even some jockeys wear them.“It’s something nonmedical that can be beneficial to a workout or a race,” California-based trainer Doug O’Neill said by phone. “If you think your horse could use some help with their nostrils, you do it.”Two years ago, O’Neill trained I’ll Have Another to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with the colt wearing a nasal strip. New York officials told O’Neill that his horse couldn’t wear one in the Belmont. The issue became moot when I’ll Have Another was scratched the day before the race because of a leg injury.“I can’t imagine them being that ignorant that they would do that again,” O’Neill said. “New York has gotten a lot better with common sense. It seems like a more rational place now.”NYRA has several new officials since 2012, including Martin Panza, the former racing secretary at now-closed Betfair Hollywood Park in California who now oversees racing operations at Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct.Sherman said California Chrome came out of Saturday’s Preakness in good shape, emptying his feed tub after the race.The colt playfully nibbled on his leather shank outside the barn as his two front legs were washed off Sunday. A worker removed a poultice from each lower front leg, which had been applied under bandages as a precaution to protect the colt’s tendons.The nasal strip could prove insignificant, as did California Chrome’s cough that had no impact on his Preakness run. The colt has a small blister in his throat that caused him to cough last week, triggering rumors that he wouldn’t run at Pimlico.Sherman thinks California Chrome will win the Triple Crown, something no horse has done since Affirmed in 1978.“I have a good feeling about it. I’m really confident,” he said. “They better have their running shoes on. I don’t care how many fresh shooters they have. He’s the real McCoy.”If California Chrome competes, the Belmont Stakes is shaping up as a possible 11-horse race, including two newcomers to the Triple Crown trail: Commissioner, sixth in the Arkansas Derby; and Tonalist, the Peter Pan Stakes winner.Other probables include the second- through fifth-place finishers in the Kentucky Derby: Commanding Curve, Danza, Wicked Strong and Samraat. Intense Holiday, 12th in the Derby, is on the list.Three Preakness runners could return: Ride On Curlin (second), Social Inclusion (third) and Kid Cruz (eighth).last_img read more

Sir Frederick upsets in Nagrani feature

first_imgSIR FREDERICK, offering odds of 8-1 with former champion jockey Wesey ‘Callaloo’ Henry aboard, came through in mid-stretch to win the inaugural running of the Ram Nagrani Memorial Trophy overnight allowance feature over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday.With punters installing the America 3-y-o colt SUPERIOR QUALITY, a red hot favourite in a field of seven, SIR FREDERICK broke well to race in touch early stages, but fell back approaching the half mile as TOOTING KAT (6-1) led at a fast clip from SUPERIOR QUALITY and AMICABLE (8-1).BESTSTRIDETOOTING KAT and the chasing SUPERIOR QUALITY came under pressure approaching the distance, but by then SIR FREDERICK had found his best strides. He disposed of TOOTING KAT early in the last furlong and was driven out to win by two lengths from rank outsider RUM PUNCH (77-1), who after missing the break and outpaced in last position, closed rapidly to beat the well-backed BUTLER CABIN (5-2) by a length for second with SUPERIOR QUALITY fading into fourth.Owned and trained by Howard McLeod and bred by Trevor James, SIR FREDERICK, a 5-y-o bay horse by Storm Craft out of Brenda’s Song, was notching his fifth win from 26 starts lifetime.The day’s co-feature for the Master Blaster Trophy over the straight five course, saw another 8-1 chance, AGAKHAN, with Richard Nunan riding for owner/trainer Deon Facey, storming through late on the stands’ side to win by 1-1/4 lengths from BAD BOY JUSTIN. The 6-5 favourite GOLDEN BULLET with leading jockey Shane Ellis aboard, disappointed in finishing out of the frame.Title-chasing jockeys Ellis and Robert Halledeen shared the riding honours with two winners each. Ellis emerged the performer of the month in the jockeys’ category with eight winners.last_img read more

UNESCO Holds Research Methodology Training for University Lecturers

first_imgThe United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) last week held a three-day training in research methodology for university lecturers. The training focused on sharpening the skills and techniques of university instructors in the methods of research in order to enhance their classroom presentations.“It is important as a lecturer to engage in research (of the subject matter) before making presentations and that helps to equip the students also.”Making the remark yesterday at the UL main campus during the opening session, the Deputy Secretary General of Liberian National Commission for UNESCO, representing the Ministry of Education (MOE), said the workshop was part of UNESCO’s commitment to contribute to the education sector of Liberia.He explained that UNESCO, the intellectual arm of the United Nations, is engaged in building the capacity of educators and strengthening university lecturers is part of that goal.The initiative came about when several UL professors wrote a proposal requesting the training through the Ministry of Education to UNESCO’s head office. UNESCO accepted the proposal and organized the workshop, aimed at sharpening the research skills of over 45 lecturers from leading universities in the country.We hope that they can take advantage of the research methodology program and build their interests in the area of research in preparing their classroom presentations, said Mr.  Harris, adding that at the end of the workshop, the instructors are expected to be more confident in delivering their classroom lectures and other teaching activities.“One of the functions of UNESCO is human capacity building and we will continue to support teachers to be well equipped in presenting their lessons,” said Mr. Harris.Also speaking, the executive secretary of the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU) and lead facilitator, Dr. Saaim Wisseh Naame, said the workshop would focus on qualitative research.  He hoped that all the participants will leave the workshop with the necessary expertise in research.Stressing the need for knowledge in quantities research and teaching methodology, he said many university lecturers are performing below the requisite capacity to teach. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hit the sales to honor our presidents

first_imgOur history is freighted with bigger events to commemorate than recalling 40-some presidents. Presidents Day has become a major marketing tool. Advertisers for virtually everything roll out their annual sales pitch tied to the holiday. For some time it has been associated with bargain-basement prices: television sets for one cent, followed by a mad rush and crush at the store’s opening. It literally cheapens the day. President’s Day? Who exactly are we honoring? The hypocrisy is that this holiday routinely ennobles all those who have held the office, regardless of merit. Is this a celebration of honesty? Grant and the Indian scandals of the 1860s and ’70s come to mind. Morality? Think of Clinton, Harding and Cleveland. Should this holiday remind us of the need to honor the Constitution and the laws of the land? Perhaps Watergate, Iran-Contra or a questionable suspension of civil rights occurs to you. (I was thinking of Lincoln on that last one, not more recent commanders-in-chief, but I guess Presidents’ Day honors them, too.) IT’S that time of year again: The day when banks close, the mail doesn’t come and public schools take a holiday to honor our chief executives, past and present. Yet the event’s so unimportant that we haven’t figured out how to punctuate the subject we honor on this holiday. Check the newspaper ads. Is it Presidents Day? President’s Day? Or Presidents’ Day? Most school kids have another day off this month to salute Abraham Lincoln. If the teachers union could figure out a way to nudge Lincoln’s and George Washington’s birthdays closer together to make a four-day weekend, they’d do it. I enjoyed the day off when teaching. Our history department used it as an opportunity to camp out at Joshua Tree or Red Rock Canyon. But from the standpoint of commemorating anything, this holiday is a waste. I hate President(s, ‘s, s’ ) Day. What was once a day to honor the “father of our country” has now been lost in mealy mouthed political correctness and crass commercialism. So instead of the traditional cherry tree and dollar-across-the-Potomac tidbits, what do we get now? Basically, nothing. George will hardly be mentioned. And no one wants to talk about Polk, Tyler or Silent Cal. There may be something deeper at work here. Call it what you will, but it’s a subtle form of brainwashing by the in crowd. Honor Washington and a little of it rubs off on whoever is in office now. Use George to spread a blanket of roses over all his successors, including the incumbent. America may need heroic icons. Some may even say we are obsessed with them. But glorified dead presidents needn’t be among them. Ralph E. Shaffer is professor emeritus of history at Cal Poly Pomona. Write to him by e-mail at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Calls for Wolfowitz ouster run deep

first_imgWASHINGTON – When President George W. Bush appointed Paul D. Wolfowitz as the president of the World Bank two years ago, the White House had to put down an insurrection among European nations that viewed the administration’s best-known neoconservative as a symbol of American unilateralism and arrogance. For a while, Wolfowitz seemed to defuse those fears, even taking on the Bush administration over how best to aid the poorest nations of Africa. But now it is clear that the chorus of calls in recent days for Wolfowitz’s ouster is only partially about his involvement in setting up a comfortable job, with a big pay raise, for a bank officer who is Wolfowitz’s companion. At its core, the fight about whether Wolfowitz should stay on at the bank is a debate about Bush and his tumultuous relationship with the rest of the world, particularly the bank, the United Nations, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, which have viewed themselves – at various moments since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 – as being at war with the Bush White House and its agenda. As finance ministers gathered in Washington on Friday for the bank’s weekend meeting, Wolfowitz worked behind the scenes, seeking support for keeping his job. But there were few endorsements of his leadership beyond those offered by the Bush administration. In foreign capitals, and among the bank’s staff, it has been noted that Wolfowitz’s passion for fighting corruption, which he has said saps economic life from the world’s poorest nations, seemed to evaporate when it came to reviewing lending to Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, three countries that the United States considers strategically vital. It was also noted that Wolfowitz relied most heavily not on experts in international development, but on a pair of aides who served with him at the Pentagon. Such decisions have contributed to what Nancy Birdsall, the president of the Center for Global Development, a group that monitors aid to the world’s poorest nations, described as “real doubts about Wolfowitz’s judgment.” Foreign officials on the bank’s board say they came to regard Wolfowitz’s approach as mirroring the Bush administration’s missteps. Wolfowitz came to the bank with heavy political baggage. By tradition since the bank was set up at the end of World War II, its president has always been an American, a fact that has engendered increasing resentment over time. That reaction was compounded when Bush selected Wolfowitz, who had served as deputy secretary of defense and an architect of the Iraq war. “It took a huge amount of effort to quiet this down,” a member of the bank’s Board of Governors and an early supporter of Wolfowitz, recalled Friday of the early insurrection. “And you would think, knowing that he was going into an institution that was deeply suspicious of him and the Bush administration, that he would have done everything he could to allay those concerns.” At first, Wolfowitz did so. He made Africa his first priority. He displayed a passion and energy for the work – much as he did as ambassador to Indonesia many years ago, where he immersed himself in the culture and took on a dictator, Suharto. Wolfowitz’s campaign against corruption was intellectually unassailable and quintessentially American, and he was certainly right as far as the facts were concerned, members of the bank’s staff and leadership say. But eventually his focus on that issue put him at odds with career officials at an institution that is famously resistant to outside influence, and which believes that fighting poverty has to come first, even if that means dealing with countries whose leaders are not above skimming a few millions of dollars along the way.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nsimbe not throwing in towel on title chase

first_img0Shares0000Tusker FC head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14- Tusker FC head coach George ‘Best’ Nsimbe is still holding on to the final straws of an otherwise disastrous season, keeping faith that the Brewers can still race up a 14 point gap between them and leaders Gor Mahia with 11 rounds of matches remaining.Nsimbe’s charges revived their faintest title hopes on Wednesday with a 2-1 home win over resilient Zoo Kericho with the win taking them to 33 points and ending a three-match winless streak. “This is a marathon and we can’t give up. This is a great win for us and maybe this is the touch of luck we were looking for. This might be the turning point. We are not giving up and we will fight to the end. I still believe we can catch up,” a confident Nsimbe told Capital Sport.The Ugandan tactician, who joined Tusker at the beginning of the season, has also said he is confident the club’s management still has self-belief in him despite an otherwise underwhelming season.Tusker were eliminated from the GOtv Shield, a title they won for the first time in 23 years last season while their league defense campaign now seems in tatters.“I am a qualified coach and I know the club has confidence in me. I should have more time to make this team great. This season we have not been very lucky but I still believe we can do something in future,” Nsimbe added.-Sofapaka title hunt-Sofapaka FC players walk out of the pitch after a past Kenyan Premier League match.Meanwhile, second placed Sofapaka saw their title charge slowed down with a 2-1 loss at the hands of another title hopeful, Ulinzi Stars.However, the silver lining in Sofapaka’s loss was that Ugandan forward Umaru Kassumba struck his 11th goal in seven matches, moving joint top of the goal scorers’ chart with Ulinzi’s Stephen Waruru.With a game at hand, the soldiers moved to fifth with 36 points, nine short of leaders Gor Mahia.“We played well and I see the rhythm is coming back slowly. We have been faced with a tough run of fixtures and getting to pick a win against a team on form like Sofapaka is a big boost for us. We will also give our best in the remaining 12 games and see whether we can challenge for the title,” Ulinzi head coach Benjamin Nyangweso said.Sofapaka assistant coach John Baraza was gracious in defeat and affirmed the team will not be deterred by the loss, instead focusing more energy to bridge the gap between them and the leaders.-Relegation battle-Mathare United striker Elijah Mwanzia strips his jersey to celebrate his late winner against Western Stima at the Ruaraka Complex on September 9, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWhile the battle at the top remained intense, the fight for survival at the bottom equally made interesting twists.Mathare United who had earlier not lost a single match in the second leg found themselves dragged back into the murky waters of relegation after an astounding 3-0 loss at the hands of Kariobangi Sharks.The Premier League new boys completed a home and away whitewash of the Slum Boys, a classic example of the apprentice outwitting the master.Not only have most of the Kariobangi Sharks players come through the Mathare system but their head coach William Muluya is a coaching student of Mathare United’s Francis Kimanzi.The victory took Sharks to fourth in the standings, much keeping to William Muluya’s ambition of a top five finishThe battle for survival is set to go down the wire with Western Stima and Thika United both dropping points at home while Muhoroni Youth picked one away.Muhoroni who were promoted to top tier football in 2012 stay confident they will remain in the league despite being placed bottom with 20 points, seven off safety.“There are 11 games remaining and I need to win only five of those. The gap between us and safety is not big. I am confident the players can get something despite the fact that we are going through tough times especially on finances,” head coach James Omondi told Capital Sport.KPL midweek results:Western Stima 0 Kakamega Homeboyz 0 (Moi Stadium Kisumu), Mathare United 0 Kariobangi Sharks 3 (Narok), Nzoia Sugar 3 Bandari 0 (Sudi, Bungoma), Thika United 2 Nakumatt 2 (Thika), Posta Rangers 0 Muhoroni Youth 0, Tusker FC 2 Zoo Kericho 1 (Ruaraka Complex), AFC Leopards 0 SoNy Sugar 1, Ulinzi Stars 2 Sofapaka 1 (Kericho Stadium).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The favourites to sign Gonzalo Higuain, according to the bookies

first_imgChelsea are strong favourites to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus this summer.The Argentine striker has been heavily-linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, along with his Juve team-mate Daniele Rugani, after the arrival of Maurizio Sarri as the new manager. RANKED targets 2 IN DEMAND Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland The bookies expect Higuain to sign for Chelsea REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Higuain at the World Cup for Argentina LIVING THE DREAM targets 2center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January moving on With Cristiano Ronaldo sealing his £99m move to Turin, the talk is that the striker will be sold and it’s not only Chelsea in the frame. Spurs are also said to be interested, though reports in Italy say Juventus are yet to receive any bids for the 30-year-old.Higuain has a superb goal record, having scored 55 goals in just 105 matches for Juventus and it’s the Blues who appear to be favourites to land him.Odds on Higuain’s next club:Chelsea: 1/4Inter Milan: 7/1Tottenham: 12/1Manchester United: 14/1(via BetStars) Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Higuain played under the new boss at Napoli, scoring 36 goals in 35 league games in the 2015/16 season. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

Leeds, Aston Villa and Derby among clubs threatening breakaway from EFL

first_img REVEALED RANKED The new TV deal is set to begin next season 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REPLY shining According to the report, the clubs have been given until next week to reconsider their position, with some believing they should earn as much as double the contracted amount.Sky currently show 148 live matches per season, with the new deal increasing that number to 183. They also have rights for play-off matches and finals, and have started to show games via their red button service. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Leeds United, Aston Villa and Derby County are among 15 Championship clubs at war with the EFL over a planned new TV deal.A five-year deal with Sky was due to be signed off last month, worth £119 million compared to the £90m valuation of the current contract. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF MONEY Latest Football News League One and League Two clubs back the new deal, but a host of second tier sides refused to put pen to paper.And, according to The Sun, when a meeting of all 24 clubs was held, 15 of the biggest sides threatened to breakaway from the EFL unless they were given a better deal.Leeds, Villa and Derby are said to be among those disappointed at the new deal only earning Championship clubs £2.95million each, with a further £17.7million in appearance fees shared.The current deal sees Championship sides earn £2.3million each. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

Gordon holds lead in raising campaign cash

first_imgBURBANK – With an election to fill the seat vacated by former Councilwoman Stacey Murphy a couple of weeks away, a local optometrist leads the campaign fundraising pack, followed by a former Burbank mayor. Since September, David Gordon has raised just over $13,000, followed by businessman Bill Wiggins, who’s raised $10,100. Attorney Vahe Hovanessian has brought in almost $4,200, and the other two candidates, attorney Amy Lawrence and former air traffic controller Michael Dontanville, both have filed papers saying they won’t raise any campaign cash. “I’m very pleased because I didn’t anticipate such strong support for my campaign at the beginning,” said Gordon, whose total war chest includes his own $4,000 loan. “People from across the community have stepped forward to support my campaign.” Wiggins, a former mayor and current Bob Hope Airport commissioner, said even though voters will choose a new council member soon, the race is far from over. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “I think we got an election to go through,” said Wiggins, who’s money came from Burbank residents and business owners. “We’ll wait and see how it ends up. I feel real good when I walk and talk with people, but the Christmas holidays are here and the ballots haven’t gone out yet. We’ll wait and see what happens.” The candidates will report their contributions twice more before the election period ends Jan. 24. City officials will mail ballots Jan. 3 for the all-mail special election to more than 54,000 registered voters. The open seat was vacated by Murphy, who resigned Aug. 30 after being charged with drug possession and child endangerment in a case connected to the Vineland Boys gang. Hovanessian said most of his campaign money so far has come from family loans. “To me, this is a content-based campaign,” he said. “It’s not about the money.” Wiggins said when he first ran for council in the early 1990s, he amassed nearly $60,000. It was a time when the city had no limits on how much an individual could kick in to a campaign. Since then, the city has imposed new rules, limiting individual contributions to $250 per person. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Gardai catch TWO drivers speeding at 156kph

first_imgGardai in Letterkenny yesterday nabbed two drivers speeding at 156kph.Both drivers were 56kph in excess of the 100kph speed zone for the area they were in.The two drivers were caught on the same stretch of road. Both will appear at a future sitting of the local court. Gardai catch TWO drivers speeding at 156kph was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more