first_imgLONGSHOT CASTLE GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN $100,000 CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP BY A NECK UNDER CEDILLO; TRAINED BY GLATT, HE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:01.51RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES     ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2019)–Claimed for $40,000 last time out, trainer Mark Glatt’s Castle broke sharply and made every pole a winning one in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap, as he prevailed by neck under Abel Cedillo in 1:01.51–the fastest 5 ½ furlongs on turf at Santa Anita’s current Autumn Meet.With even money favorite Tribalist unexpectedly far back early, Castle cleared off by a length heading into the far turn, with eventual second place finisher Grinning Tiger tracking in second.“It looked like there was a lot of speed in the race and all Mark said was ‘Stay Close,’ said Cedillo, who was aboard the 6-year-old Slew’s Tiznow gelding for the first time.  “My horse broke really good and we made the lead very easy and that was good for me.”Claimed out of a close sixth place finish going five furlongs on turf Aug. 25 at Del Mar, Castle was off at 5-1 and paid $12.00, $5.00 and $3.00.“I thought he was a little lightly raced for his age, so I was a little skeptical for the $40,000, but  (the owners) were willing and I couldn’t see a reason not to claim him,” said Glatt.  “Like with a lot of horses, I think the (extra half furlong) has helped him.  Personally, I don’t care for the five eighths races, it takes a specialized horse.  That extra furlong makes a difference.”Owned by Where We At (stable), Castle, who is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Grand Advice, picked up his first career stakes win and his sixth win from 14 overall starts.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, he now has earnings of $208,947.Ridden by Heriberto Figueroa, Grinning Tiger was clearly second best on the day, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of King Abner.  Off at 7-1, Grinning Tiger paid $9.00 and $5.80.King Abner, ridden by Martin Garcia, had two horses beaten going into the far turn and just touched second choice What a View by a nose for third money. Off at 8-1, King Abner paid $5.40 to show.Tribalist, off at even money, finished fifth.Fractions on the race were 22.41, 44.52 and 55.66.last_img read more

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first_img“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble, it is what you know for sure just ain’t so,” said Mark Twain. Actually, some dude named Josh Billings said it, but continuing to attribute it to Mark Twain is nicely ironic.When it comes to programming, our assumptions give us blind spots. I talked about this in relation to code in a recent column, but it can be even worse when we work for years with an outdated certainty.The specifics of programming change with every release of a library, and the challenge of software development as attempting to rapidly deliver value against the needs of our users is unchanging. But, in between deprecated APIs and “The Mythical Man-Month” are the beliefs that shape not only how we approach problems, but which problems we commit ourselves to tackling.The quintessential example may well be how older developers put programming languages in two camps (interpreted vs. compiled) and then make a bunch of assumptions about the characteristics of both the language and any programs written in that language. JavaScript is a quintessentially dynamic language (a colleague recently told me of a codebase that used regular expressions on JavaScript function signatures in order to do something, although I’m not sure what, because I blacked out in horror), but in many host environments it’s actually compiled. The “compilation” of programs for environments of the Java Virtual Machine and the .NET Common Language Runtime (and now with Bitcode for iOS) is generally to an intermediate form that is turned into native code later.Shaders, such as those at shadertoy.com, demonstrate how little value the old model delivers (yes, shaders are compiled, but can be updated more or less instantly within the browser).Probably the only useful distinction is whether there is a compilation step distinctly perceivable by the developer. Today, this is not so much about the structure of the program as it is about the type system. You probably have a strong belief that the type system of a programming language has a strong effect on its productivity. Did you learn to program in college? You likely feel that more formal type systems keep the developer on the straight and narrow, catching certain errors but, more importantly, keeping their code focused and clear. Did you learn to program on your own or in a code camp? Probably you feel that the speed with which you can modify a function (perhaps even while the program continues to run) keeps the developer immersed and that the kinds of errors that type systems catch are not the things that slow down development.If you are the type of developer who likes to debate such things, you know that there is ample support for your position, and anyone who holds the opposite opinion is willfully obtuse. In reality, not so much.last_img read more