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Election 2017: Sea Bright Candidates Focus On Budget

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |SEA BRIGHT – Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Borough Council in the Nov. 7 election, where decisions are made that affect residential property tax bills.Incumbents Republican John Lamia Jr. and Democrat Charles Rooney III are seeking to return to the council. Also running are Republican Pamela Ross and Independent Jon Schwartz.Mayor Dina Long, who ran for a second term unopposed in 2015 as an Independent, said Monday she is endorsing Rooney and Schwartz in the election.Council President Jack Keeler, a Republican, has endorsed candidates Pamela Ross and John Lamia. One of the candidates found himself entering the race in a slightly unusual way. Lamia said he had decided not to seek another term on the council and was vacationing at Mohonk Mountain when he received a call from the county Board of Elections telling him he had won the primary with a write-in vote.He decided to run again, he said, because he wants to be of assistance to Sea Bright residents. “I am a caregiver,” he said. Lamia is a program manager with special experience in construction and utilities for Unify Inc., which oversees telecommunications operations for New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and Mount Sinai Hospital.Keeping the budget in check is a priority for Lamia. He and fellow Republican Councilman Jack Keeler were against bond issues for the replacement of the firehouse, police headquarters and the library which were damaged by Super Storm Sandy, citing concerns about the costs and a desire for a second opinion on those expenditures. The bond issues were later approved by public referendum.Lamia said he voted in favor of retaining an attorney to fight the high tuition paid to Shore Regional school district. “I agree we need to try something different, but we should regroup more frequently with updates,” he said.Rooney, who owns borough-based Rooney Produce Company and is the son of the former mayor, said he is running again to finish the work he started.“I find it an honor to represent the people of Sea Bright,” he said.He campaigned for the bond issue to help pay for the two new buildings that would house the library, police headquarters, fire house and borough offices. It’s one of the chief reasons he got on the council, he said.Rooney said it was a good decision to hire a lawyer to fight the town’s costs of around $107,000 for each student at Shore Regional High School. The town has “good ideas of how to get out” of the situation, he said, but cannot reveal them before legal action is taken.The next project the borough should address is placing bulkheads in the downtown area and north and south sections, Rooney said. Funds should be set aside each year in the budget for the project because of the frequent flooding of the Shrewsbury River. There are some bulkheads on the riverfront, funded by grants prior to Super Storm Sandy, but there are gaps in between them that allow flood water to come around the sides of the bulkheads and enter the streets.Independent candidate Jon Schwartz, president of Schwartz Mazda in Shrewsbury, said he believes he can save the town money. He said he had already shaved $10,000 a year off the borough’s electrical and phone bill by advising the town to change vendors.Schwartz said the town has a very able administrator, but it was only a part-time position and as a council member he could use his business background to find more savings.He said he believes residents who live on a street near the river should share in the costs for the installation of bulkheads. The same cost-sharing should apply for placing valves on storm drains so that during high tides the river water will not flow out of the sewers and into the streets, a problem in parts of the borough. In his neighborhood, he said, residents joined together and paid to install the valves.Schwartz said he backed the decision to hire an attorney to fight the high taxes paid to Shore Regional.He praised Mayor Dina Long and said she “had done a wonderful job” for the town in the recovery from Sandy. Long said she was an Independent and was supporting independent candidates to get more political diversity on the council. She said Schwartz, as a member of the town’s Unified Planning Board, had spent time getting familiar with the needs of the town.Pamela Ross believes there is a lack of communication between the town and its residents. She said people are only allowed three minutes to ask council members questions at a meeting and often do not have enough information about what is being discussed. Council members should explain things “more fully before taking a vote,” she said. A section of the borough’s web site should be designated for residents to pose questions to town officials, she suggested.“As a business owner I listen to my customers. We need to listen to taxpayers more,” said Ross, a wholesale distributor of leather and vinyl.Unlike the others, Ross said she does not support the decision to hire an attorney to attempt to lower the costs associated with sending students to Shore Regional because the town has no guarantee of successful results. The attorney had said he could not reveal his planned legal strategy in the matter.“Why not share it?” she said. “It shouldn’t be top secret.”She said she believes residents should raise funds to pay tuition to private schools for the town’s high school students, which would be less expensive than paying the extra taxes required to pay Shore Regional $107,000 per student.Ross also said the town should have an emergency line that would give road conditions so when flooding occurs residents can call and find out if roads are passable.In a printed statement about her candidacy Ross said she believed the two issues at the top of her list if she were elected were “addressing the financial state and future affordability” of living in the borough, including taxes, and the “necessary infrastructure/storm mitigation issues facing Sea Bright.”In regard to flooding on the river side of the town, she said Friday that, if elected, “I would have to consult the Corps of Engineers to see what the options are.”This article was first published in the Oct. 19-26, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Hockey is all good for California’s Nielsen

first_imgNow Millar has graciously accepted an offer to give that same insight to readers of The Nelson Daily.Today Millar profiles Nelson Minor Hockey grad Bryce Nielsen. Winning the prestigious Kelowna Major Midget tournament with his Wenatchee Wild team-mates rates as Nielsen’s best experience in hockey.He has no worst hockey experience. He calls his dad the most important person in his hockey development, and he draws on both parents’ wisdom for his own philosophy of life. “Neely” names the hamburger as his favourite food and Pawn Stars as his favourite TV program.Miracle is his movie choice. He selects Will Farrell as his favourite actor. Hip-hop and rap are his type of music and Aer is his favourite performer. The Anaheim Ducks and Bobby Ryan are his professional hockey favourites.His goal for this year is to make it to a Junior A team. Five years from now he expects to be in college, and in ten years he hopes to be playing at the professional level. Bryce Nielsen arrived in Nelson at the suggestion of the coach of the Winkler Flyers when the Manitoba Jr. A team released him.“Neely”, who hails from Laguna Hills, California, centers Aaron Dunlap and James Sorrey.The line has been a very productive match-up . . . that is until Nielsen suffered an upper body injury that has kept him out of the lineup of late.center_img Enrolled as an on-line student of the Saddleback (California) Junior College, when he is not at the rink or studying, Bryce enjoys fishing, video games and hanging out with the guys. His pre-game routine includes eating pasta, and a set warm-up sequence. He has no “superstitions” surrounding how he puts his gear on. He wants you to know that he loves hockey.     The Leafs are back on the ice Friday hosting Creston at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.,Leaf program writer George Millar has been treating KIJHL fans with an inside look of players on the Green and White for years. Leaf program writer George Millar has been treating KIJHL fans with an inside look of players on the Green and White for years.last_img read more

Reel Adventures Charters — Big Fish Season is happening

first_imgHappy New Year from Kerry Reed and all the staff at Reel Adventures Fishing Charters.2013 is a upon us and so is more great fishing on Kootenay Lake.So sit back and enjoy a preview of how to catch the big one on your next fishing outing with the Reel Adventures Charters Fishing Report The past couple months have not been as productive as I expected.  However, the past couple weeks have helped make up for it. November & December saw some inconsistent fishing.  Seems like the fish would only feed once a week. And if you were lucky enough to be out there on that day, it was rewarding. Over the holidays, our fishing really began to get good though. Finally, maybe it’s just a late start to our fall fishery. The past couple weeks we have had many days with many fish to the boat.  Some days catching up to 1a dozen fish has made it exciting. And it’s that time of year when we seem to catch our biggest fish. In fact, last week, in two days we managed to hook into 20 fish ranging from 10 – 20 pounds. Those were a couple of hot days. I hope to see more of that throughout our winter. What are they biting on??? A little bit of everything it seems. When the fishing has been slow, people are trying every lure in the box. But, when the fish are feeding, it’s the usual suspects that go to work. We’re still catching on Bucktail flies. My favorites are the 203, 210, 215, and 228. Or for those that don’t know the numbers: Grey ghost, November Special, and black/white. Also working at this time of year are the Bill Norman lures. Common colors like the purple/silver, black/silver, or the rainbow trout. These will work good throughout the winter, but make sure you slow your speed down for these lures. And finally, my Lyman plugs have been working a bit also. Some on the surface, or some on downrigger.  It all depends what the fish want.  My favorites lately have been # 10, 55, 69, and 160. Big fish season is here.  So, be patient and be rewarded !! Tight lines…………..  Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Charters Nelson B.Clast_img read more

Bombers receive shot in pocket book to attend Triple-A Basketball Championships

first_imgFollowing a lopsided victory over the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks in the Kootenay High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Zone Final, everything was coming up roses for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.That was until the bill came in for the team to compete at the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships in Langley.However, everything is back on schedule as the Bombers are in Langley to battle the best beginning Wednesday against Sir Charles Tupper of Vancouver.”I think the mood of the team is positive,” said Bomber head coach Jeremy Phelan, who has spearheaded the fundraising drive for the team.”We realize that we’ve not had a full squad available all season long for any of our tournaments and therefore have not been able to play up to our full potential. “However, we are heading in to the provincial tournament with a full healthy roster and have improved greatly each time we’ve gone away to tournaments.”The Bombers face a tough road ahead as the 15th seeded team in the 16-team field.Sir Charles Tupper is ranked second and are a very well coached team and well-organized team said Phelan.”Our game is generally a slash and pound game,” Phelan explained. “We like to get the ball in the post, driving to the hoop, getting high percentage shots, and our opponent in foul trouble often.””So on paper their style of play is tough for us to stop but ours is equally as difficult especially if they’re not able to prepare for what we bring to the court,” added Phelan, spending the past two weeks reviewing video footage of the Bomber opponents.This is the Bombers first foray into the AAA level since the B.C. Boy’s Basketball Association changed the divisions to start this season and the Quad category was added.LVR has been a Double-A school for the past decade and a tournament participant for the past few under the guidance of former skipper Ross Naka.To get to Langley the Bombers are thankful to many businesses for helping them during fundraising, including Tom Atkins at the Nelson and District Credit Union.Others include Shambhala Music Festival, Lion’s Club of Nelson, Nelson and District Community Investment Program, Bibby Orthodontics, Kootenay Health Services, Dr. Lee Hutton, Dr. Brian Moulson, Alan Burch Law Corporation, Berg Lehmann Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors, Ms. Glenda Miller, Tim Pearkes Law Corporation, Safeway, Save-On-Foods and The Kootenay Co-op.last_img read more

Bombers roll past Rockers 5-1 in High School Fieldhockey action

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers continue to roll on the West Kootenay High School Fieldhockey scene.The Bombers dominated a Stanley Humphries Rockers squad from Castlegar from start to finish en route to a 5-1 victory in action Thursday at the Pass Creek Fields.Stanley Humphries playing the game with eleven players ran into a brick wall as the Bombers controlled the game from the beginning and did not look back, chances and goals coming often for the Bombers.  “Great passing and running by the Bombers kept Stanley Humphries on their heels all game,” said coach Bruce Walgren.LVR opened the scoring when Hanna Quinn combined some quick passing by  the midfield, Allie Zondervan Noa Butterfield and Naomi Perkins. Emma Borhi scored the Bombers second of the game on a pass from Hanna Quinn and rookie Kassandra Schloeder to give LVR a 2-0 lead at the half.Rookie Liza Demski, Quinn and Borhi also scored in the second half.Stanley Humphries ruined the shutout bid by keeper Cammille Gebharts in the second half.”Much like in Oliver the lady bombers were very solid in the back line, Heather Potkins, Kyra Burkart, Noa Butterfield, Emma Gregorich, and Rookie Mia Kraus,” Walgren explained.”The nidfield lead by the stellar play of Allie Zondervan and Naomi Perkins just kept the pressure on Stanley Humphries and continuously fed the front line for some terrific scoring opportunities.”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, OCT. 22, 2016

first_imgMike Smith2143219%43%$245,565 Tiago Pereira4047110%30%$195,625 Peter Eurton1430221%36%$206,734 Mike Puype1841122%33%$130,590 Robertino Diodoro830238%63%$67,035 Martin Pedroza4565213%29%$221,470 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Bob Baffert2247218%59%$666,265 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM %Money Won CHROME BREEZES AT LOS AL FOR CLASSIC            Good news for racing fans everywhere, and especially those of California Chrome: the most popular horse of the day and the greatest money earner in North American history could race again in 2017 as a six-year-old.Trainer Art Sherman left the door open Saturday morning after California Chrome worked five furlongs at his Los Alamitos headquarters in 1:00.40 in his next-to-last major drill for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in two weeks, on Saturday, Nov. 5.Asked if there was any chance the five-year-old California-bred full horse could race again next year, Sherman said: “I’m not sure. It’s kind of up in the air. We’re talking about it, but it all depends on how he finishes up the year.“There’s a lot of money out there if he wants to keep in training. He can run for $27 million next year.”California Chrome was sired by Lucky Pulpit, who won three of 22 lifetime starts and stands for $7,500 at Harris Ranch. His dam was the nondescript Love the Chase, so his breeders hit the lottery with California Chrome.Winner of six straight races,15 of 24 overall, and earner of $13,432,650, California Chrome had the $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28 as his likely farewell race before going to stud at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Ky., but those breeding plans now appear to be on hold.Sherman, meanwhile, was pleased with Chrome’s work before sunrise and under the Los Al lights with exercise rider Dihigi Gladney aboard.“Very good” is how Sherman termed the move. “The official clocker (Russell Hudak) gave him a minute and two fifths and a gallop out of (one) 13. I got him in 59 and four and out in 13, but it doesn’t make any difference.”Added Hudak: “He was the first horse on the track this morning. He looked good. It was his typical work. He went off slow and had a nice finish, with fractions of 25 1/5 and 48 3/5. Gladney just kind of guided him around the turn in 1:13 with blinkers on and he got a five-eighths time of 1:00.40.”Sherman plans to give Chrome his final pre-Classic breeze at six furlongs next Saturday before shipping to Santa Anita Sunday, Oct. 30, with an expected arrival time at The Great Race Place between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.58138922%52%$514,554 CALIFORNIA CHROME COULD RACE NEXT YEARMELATONIN WORKS A MILE FOR RICH CLASSICBAFFERT’S ‘OTHER HORSE’ IN CLASSIC BREEZESTEVENS RIDES RUNHAPPY IN THE DIRT MILE William Spawr1033130%70%$97,323 Doug O’Neill57781112%46%$330,061 Joseph Talamo3466118%38%$256,280 (Current Through Friday, Oct. 21) Fernando Perez3961815%38%$181,515 Tyler Baze61136921%46%$461,395 In other Breeders’ Cup news:Hoppertunity, Bob Baffert’s “other horse” for the Classic, worked four furlongsin company Saturday in 47.80. “He went nice,” Baffert said of the bay son of Any Given Saturday, who will join Classic second choice Arrogate, also trained by Baffert, in the race.“Hopper is not a great work horse, never has been, but he’s good, he’s happy, he’s solid and he’s doing well.” Hoppertunity’s running mate Viva Vegas was timed in 48 flat.FrontRunner winner Gormley (Juvenile), who had been expected to workSunday, went six furlongs Saturday in company under Victor Espinoza in 1:14 flat.“We just moved it up a day. He’ll work again next Saturday,” trainer John Shirreffs said. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who rode 2015 Sprint champion Runhappy to victory in the Grade I Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita in 2015, has the mount for trainer Laura Wohlers in the $1 million Las Vegas Dirt Mile on Nov. 4, according to agent Mike Ciani. Gary Sherlock1231125%42%$105,710 FINISH LINES: Apprentice Chad Lindsay scored his 39th career victory when he piloted All for Charity to a half-length victory for trainer Jorge Gutierrez in Friday’s second race. Come his 40th win, Lindsay will lose two pounds off his weight allowance and receive a five-pound advantage instead of seven . . . Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr., who rode Spanish Hombre in Thursday’s eighth race, has been suspended three days (Oct. 27, 28 and 29) for causing interference resulting in the disqualification of his horse from second to fourth . . . Congrats to Roy Franz on the occasion of his 73rd birthday today. The hard-working gentleman has been dutifully serving customers at Clockers’ Corner and during the races for 28 years . . . XBTV host Aaron Vercruysse is Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday, 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Santa Anita hosts a Pumpkin Festival this weekend and next, Oct. 29 and 30. Experience a pumpkin patch unlike any other and watch the races while the kids enjoy an Infield festival packed with jumpers, a straw maze and a huge pumpkin patch. The event will be open from 12 noon until 4 p.m. For special packages, visit santaanita.com/events. Peter Miller42125329%48%$365,515 Kent Desormeaux38113629%53%$423,735 Victor Espinoza3156316%45%$708,325 Philip D’Amato3860516%29%$397,300 Mark Glatt2136814%81%$176,473 Richard Baltas5178614%41%$408,120 MELATONIN BREEZES A MILE FOR BC CLASSICSanta Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, training up to the Classic since his last start, a victory in the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25, continued towards his ultimate goal with a one-mile workout Saturday in 1:41.20 under regular rider Joe Talamo.“I’m very happy and Joe was very happy,” said David Hofmans, who trains Melatonin for Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms, Inc. “Joe said he had a lot of horse left and we got a lot of air in him.”Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson caught Melatonin in fractional times of 26, 38.80, 51.60, 1:04.20 and 1:29.20.Melatonin, a five-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy, is four for four at Santa Anita. The speedy bay has earned $1,218,552. Jeff Mullins1240333%58%$125,180 Tara’s Tango (Filly & Mare Sprint) worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 for JerryHollendorfer with Rafael Bejarano up.Other Breeders’ Cup workers Saturday included Daddys Lil Darling (JuvenileFillies), four furlongs in 47.40 for Ken McPeek; Dalmore (Dirt Mile), four furlongs in 50.60 for Keith Desormeaux; Finest City (Filly & Mare Sprint), five furlongs in 1:05.20 for Eric Kruljac; Kitkat (Mile), four furlongs in 47.40 for Sebastian Silva; Point Piper (Dirt Mile), five furlongs in 1:01.80 for Jerry Hollendorfer; With Honors (Juvenile Fillies), a bullet 1:12.20 for Keith Desormeaux, who sent out stablemate Majestic Quality (1:13.40) in company. John Sadler2434313%42%$310,595 Rafael Bejarano7813181117%54%$980,725 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM %Money Won Flavien Prat55128822%51%$968,960 Jerry Hollendorfer3153416%39%$261,267last_img read more

Southland Gives Back: Colonels Combat Hunger in On-Campus Event

first_imgTHIBODAUX, La. –The Nicholls Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) committed its efforts to fighting hunger on the Colonels’ campus. The Colonels partnered with Mom’s Pantry in order to combat on-campus food insecurity within the Thibodaux community, collecting nonperishable, ready-to-eat meals and toiletries to disperse among Nicholls students in need.The SAAC-led event was set up prior to the Thanksgiving in order to collect food for students who were unable to travel home for the holiday. The goal was to provide these students an opportunity to obtain a free and accessible meal during the Thanksgiving holiday. Within the opening four hours of the food drive, the SAAC collected 625 items.“As student-athletes, we were excited to give back to our peers and provide meals to those who need them,” said Nicholls’ SAAC President Emily Venable. “No student should have to struggle to find their next meal, especially during the holidays. We hope that our donations lessen the burden on these students.”Mom’s Pantry is located on the Nicholls campus and is a pantry packed with food that is openly accessible to students at all times throughout the school year. The program is part of the Helio Foundation, which was created to address high rates of food insecurity on university campuses, including the Thibodaux community.As part of the “Southland Gives Back” initiative, the Southland Conference will profile a community service outing from each of our 13 member institutions this holiday season.last_img read more

KEEPER OFTHE STARS RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 AUTUMN MISS STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER CEDILLO

first_imgKEEPER OFTHE STARS RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 AUTUMN MISS STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER CEDILLO; TRAINED BY WONG, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:32.70 AND SURVIVES STEWARDS INQUIRY INTO STRETCH RUNARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2019)–An allowance winner on turf last time out at Golden Gate Fields, trainer Jonathan Wong’s Keeper Ofthe Stars rallied to take Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita by 1 ½ lengths.  A bit erratic late, Keeper Ofthe Stars, who was ridden by Abel Cedillo, survived a stewards inquiry into the stretch run while getting a flat mile on turf in 1:32.70.Mid-pack with a half mile to run, Keeper Ofthe Stars hugged the rail turning for home, angled out for room approaching the furlong pole and then drifted into the path of longshot Holly Hundy a sixteenth out, but straightened up and won as much the best.“She’s still green,” explained Cedillo. “She’s learning (with) every race, but today when she was between horses, she got intimidated. That’s why she came out a little bit.  I straightened her up right away and she won pretty easy.”A close fourth two starts back in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 17, Keeper Ofthe Stars was a 3 ½ length allowance winner going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Golden Gate Sept. 20.  Off at 5-1 in a field of 12 sophomore fillies, she paid $12.20, $6.80 and $4.60.Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Keeper Ofthe Stars, who is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Midnight Lute, notched her first stakes victory and her fifth win from 10 overall starts.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $184,800.“I was very scared,” said Wong with regard to the inquiry.  “I saw her come out a little bit past the sixteenth pole, I didn’t think it was much, but everyone finished pretty close for the minors so I was afraid it might have affected them a little bit.“Me and Abel have had a lot of wins.  He’s my main man, a very good friend and an awesome rider.  I’m really proud of him.”For her part, Giza Goddess, trained by John Shirreffs, ran too good to lose as she led the entire way until well inside the sixteenth pole. Ridden by Brice Blanc, she was off at 29-1 and paid $20.80 and $10.20.“She ran her tail off today,” said Blanc. “She broke running and showed good natural speed. I know the fractions look fast, but we were going real easy. She ran huge, especially when you consider she had been away so long (Dec. 18, 2018).”California-bred Mucho Unusual, ridden by Victor Espinoza, rallied from well of the pace to be third, finishing a neck in front of 8-5 favorite Hidden Message. Off at 6-1, Mucho Unusual paid $5.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.27, 45.01, 1:08.44 and 1:20.62.last_img read more

BRILL, CARRESSA, KEEPER OFTHE STARS & SUPER PATRIOT ALL PROMINENT IN MONDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF

first_imgBRILL, CARRESSA, KEEPER OFTHE STARS & SUPER PATRIOT ALL PROMINENT IN MONDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2020)–A recent stakes winner over the course, OXO Equine’s Brill heads a solid field of eight fillies and mares going one mile on turf in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by Don Chatlos, Brill sped to an impressive gate to wire victory in the one mile turf Lady of Shamrock Stakes on opening day, Dec. 28, which was her first-ever try on grass.In a very competitive lineup, trainer John Shirreffs’ Carressa, a lightly raced 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo, has been idle since daylighting allowance foes at one mile on dirt Nov. 22 and appears ready for her first stakes assignment, which will also be her first try on turf.Runner-up as the 6-5 favorite to Brill in the Lady of Shamrock, Keeper Ofthe Stars, a winner of the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes over the course three starts back rates a huge chance for trainer Jonathon Wong and California-bred Super Patriot, who comes off a nose defeat in the one mile turf Kathryn Crosby Stakes Nov. 8 at Del Mar, rates a big chance as well.BRILLOwner:  OXO Equine, LLCTrainer:  Don ChatlosA $1 million 2-year-old in training sale purchase in 2017, Brill, although twice graded stakes placed, appears poised to garner her first graded victory in what will be her ninth career start. Off at 7-2 in the eight-horse Lady of Shamrock, Brill bounded to early lead when ridden for the first time by Mike Smith and won well within herself.  Her biggest concern early could be Carressa, who employed similar tactics in her allowance win on dirt.CARRESSAOwner:  Mercedes Stables, LLC & West Point ThoroughbredsTrainer:  John ShirreffsWell beaten in a pair of main track sprints this past spring, she resurfaced on Aug. 22, 2019 at Del Mar and was a galloping 4 ¼ length maiden winner at odds of 5-1 in what was her third career start. Second in her next start, a one mile allowance her Oct. 6, Carressa then pressed the pace and took charge heading down the backside en route to a smashing 8 ¼ length one mile allowance tally on Nov. 22 at Del Mar. With a Megahertz-best last out Beyer Speed figure of 90 in hand, Carressa, who will be making her sixth career start, could be extremely tough in her first try on turf.KEEPER OFTHE STARSOwner:  Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLCTrainer:  Jonathan WongAttentive to the pace throughout, Keeper ofthe Stars was second, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Brill on opening day with no apparent excuses as the favorite. Favored in three out of her last four races and a winner of two of them, the 4-year-old filly by Midnight Lute has proven most effective when she’s allowed to ramble on the front end, which could prove problematic with several front-running fillies engaged.SUPER PATRIOTOwner:  Little Red Feather Racing, Peskoff or Salvatore, et alTrainer:  Richard BaltasA 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat, she comes off a desperate nose defeat in the one mile turf Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 8, a race in which she rallied from far off the early pace. Claimed five starts back for $35,000 on June 8, Super Patriot, who will be making her first graded stakes start, could be the beneficiary of rapid early pace on Monday.THE GRADE III MEGAHERTZ STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8  Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTCarressa–Victor Espinoza–120Take These Chains–Umberto Rispoli–120Keeper ofthe Stars–Abel Cedillo–124Tonahutu–Andrea Atzeni–120Streak of Luck–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–120Brill–Mike Smith–122La Sardane–Flavien Prat–120Super Patriot–Joel Rosario–120     First post time for an eight-race card on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Eriksson swayed Abramovich to buy Chelsea over Spurs after chauffeur gaffe

first_imgSVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON swayed Roman Abramovich to buy Chelsea instead of Tottenham – after mistakenly thinking the billionaire was a chauffeur at their first meeting.The Swede told the billionaire he had more chance of success at the Blues as he would only have to “change half the team”.2 Eriksson has revealed he persuaded Abramovich to take over Chelsea over SpursBut Eriksson nearly blew his chances of being a confidant of Abramovich after accidentally mistaking him for a driver in 2003 – months before he took over at Stamford Bridge.Recalling the tale, Eriksson told The Times: “We met at Les Ambassadeurs [a casino and club in London].”There were three men standing there. One is properly dressed, the other is so-so and the third, I thought he was the driver. Of course that was Roman.“He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.“I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London.”Tottenham or Chelsea? I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win.”I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. You have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.’”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneEriksson went on to become close friends with Abramovich – and their weekly meetings at the Russian’s apartment to drink tea and talk football almost led to the Swede taking over as Dinamo boss.In the wide-ranging interview, Eriksson also revealed he told Sir Alex Ferguson to “f*** off” after the Scot threatened to kill him over his use of Wayne Rooney at the 2006 World Cup.The incredible bust-up erupted shortly before the tournament – with Eriksson in charge of England and Fergie still enjoying the glory days at Old Trafford.Rooney had suffered a broken foot shortly before the tournament in Germany, with Eriksson still rushing him in to his 23-man squad as he sought to end 40 years of hurt.The decision sparked a furious tirade from Ferguson who threatened to kill the Swedish boss – but Eriksson stood firm against the hairdryer treatment.Eriksson recalled: “[Ferguson] said, ‘I will kill you. You are finished.’ But I represented England and you have to stand up.2 The bust-up between Sven and Fergie made front and back page newsCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on it”What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong and when you say, ‘Don’t pick Rooney because I’m going to kill you’, I said, ‘F*** off, what’s going on with you?'”And he was screaming. Whenever he got like that… it has no meaning.”That’s why I said, ‘Alex, I will pick Rooney. Now, have a nice holiday. Ciao, bye.'”Sven recalls his worst career defeat: England’s 2006 loss to Portugallast_img read more