Firefighters’ pay talks to resume

first_img Comments are closed. Talks aimed at settling the firefighters’ pay dispute are expected tocontinue at conciliation body Acas this week. Discussions between Fire Brigades Union officials and representatives fromthe Employers Organisation for Local Government have been on hold over theChristmas period. The talks follow the publication in December of the independent review offire service pay and conditions by Sir George Bain, which calls for HR in thefire service to be radically overhauled. It claims the fire service only payslip service to diversity (over 95 per cent of staff are male), and bullying isstill too widespread. Bain wants the number of local HR staff increased to help managers altershift patterns, the introduction of flexible and part-time working arrangementsand different levels of staff deployed at various times of day. Val Shawcross, chair of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority,said: “The best strategy for providing effective fire cover in a denselypopulated area is very different from that of providing best cover for thebusiness and entertainment capital. We need flexibility to recognise and adaptto those differences.” However, the FBU has dismissed the report as an irrelevance as it proposesonly a 4 per cent pay increase this year, and a further 7 per cent next year –well short of the union’s demand for a 40 per cent pay rise. Previous Article Next Article Firefighters’ pay talks to resumeOn 7 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


Painter’s foundation sues after $82M project loan never materialized

first_img DevelopmentManhattan Condo Market Tags Email Address* Full Name* Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink The foundation began converting the 12-story office building on West 35th into residential condos after acquiring the property for $50 million in 2016. Dubbed the Society House, the project consists of 66 residential units and one commercial unit to house the artist’s nonprofit gallery, T.F. Chen Cultural Center.The condos were expected to sell for a total of $91 million, according to the project’s most recent offering plan.In 2017 the developer secured $52 million in financing from Shanghai Commercial Bank. When the foundation went looking for fresh financing early last year it engaged Tribeca Realty Capital, which bills itself as the New York City partner of a $27.5 billion asset management firm that underwrites bridge, mezzanine and equity investments.The foundation alleges it chose Tribeca Realty partner Stephen Drew after he identified the source of its capital as a South Korean company ready to fund loans “anytime.” A second partner at Tribeca, Ted Kim, the lender’s general counsel, also reassured the foundation, according to its lawsuit.The term sheet between Chen and Tribeca filed in court records indicates that the Tribeca expected two of its investment partners to syndicate the $82 million loan. But 45 days later the contract expired without the loan closing and the Chen Foundation began to demand the return of its deposit.Tribeca Realty Capital did not immediately respond to request for comment. In correspondence filed with the court, Drew attributed the delay to the pandemic but also noted that the term sheet gave Tribeca Realty ‘sold and absolute discretion’ for closing the loan and conducting due diligence.“We have acted in good faith all along, and the Covid-19 and the virtual shutdown of New York City contributed to the delay,” wrote Drew in an October email. “Our team is ready and willing to close on this loan as soon as the capital markets reopen in NYC.”The Chen Foundation was also told the process was delayed because of difficulty traveling into the U.S., according to attorney Sylvia Tsai, who is representing the foundation in the suit.“Supposedly the principals were coming in from South Korea,” said Tsai. “[They] were allegedly unable to come to [conduct] due diligence.”In November, Shanghai Commercial Bank refinanced the Chen Foundation’s condo and added $8.58 million to bring the financing package to a total of $60.58 million.Contact Erin Hudson Share via Shortlink 335 West 35th Street and Dr. Tsing-Fang Chen (Rendering via Issac-Stern Architects/CityRealty, Chen via TF Chen)A year ago, as the pandemic brought New York City to a standstill, the Chen Foundation was searching for $82 million to complete its Garment District condominium.The foundation — a family-run developer affiliated with renowned Taiwan-born painter Dr. Tsing-Fang Chen — says it paid $75,000 to have Tribeca Realty Capital do due diligence and secure a loan for its project at 355 West 35th Street.The loan never came to fruition, and now the foundation is suing Tribeca to recover its fee and damages to the tune of $8.7 million.In a complaint filed in New York Supreme Court last week, the Chen Foundation alleges that the firm breached their contract, misrepresented its access to credit and caused the foundation a “sizable monetary loss.”ADVERTISEMENTRead moreChen Foundation plans condo conversion on West 35th StreetChetrit, Bistricer’s Gramercy Square condo lands $207M loanBank OZK still making condo construction loans despite pandemiclast_img read more


Loss and grief ignited her desire to move forward

first_imgCathy Payne of Orlando, Fla., came to Harvard Extension School as a way to honor people she had lost. The advanced-placement art history teacher, who teaches in a Winter Park, Fla., high school, holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Florida. At Harvard she earned a master’s of liberal arts, museum studies.Q&ACathy PayneHarvard extension: Why did you decide to earn a degree at Harvard Extension School?Payne: I decided to earn a degree at Harvard Extension School to honor the memories of loved ones. After losing several people in a short period of time, I felt inspired to live my life in a more robust manner as a way to acknowledge their battles to survive and to, in some way, extend their lives through my own.Before Harvard Extension, I’d tackled goals that helped me to work through my grief — running a marathon and earning a pilot’s license — but I was ready to take on a goal that would ultimately touch others. The master’s in the field of museum studies was a natural fit for my passion to make art and history accessible to those who do not live near metropolitan cultural centers. Also, many museums have the same aim as I do: to educate and to extend the lives and memories of those who came before us.Harvard extension: How has this experience helped you in your career or personal development?Payne: I’m happy to report that I use what I learned at Harvard Extension every day in my own classroom, and these lessons have made me a better teacher. Besides teaching, I plan to work occasionally in collections management on a volunteer basis at my local art museum. Through my internship at that museum, I learned that the museum field is where I ultimately want to be when I retire from teaching.Harvard extension: What was the most challenging aspect of your time at Harvard Extension? What was the most rewarding?Payne: The most challenging aspect of my time at Harvard Extension was that I worked full time as a high school teacher while completing my degree in 18 months. I was incredibly busy with little unstructured time. Also, a break to my dominant arm during one term made life extra interesting — there’s nothing like submitting a long paper the day after you get a cast removed!The most rewarding aspect of my time at the school is that my capstone project, which focused on using virtual reality images to bring art and architecture to remote areas, is already being used in several practical ways by myself and others.Harvard extension: What was the online experience like for you? How did you ensure success?Payne: It may sound simple, but I ensured success by following the technology recommendations provided by the School as to the proper headset and computer system. I also made sure I attended every session and participated in group discussions to feel connected. I’m happy to say that I never missed a class, even after a hurricane knocked out my power and I was forced to use the live web conference app on my phone. I commandeered the dining room in my home to use as my study space throughout the program.I was a bit skeptical at first of taking most of my classes online, but it turned out that there could be no other way to meet so many people from diverse backgrounds. My classmates were from London, Toronto, Buenos Aires, San Diego, Paris, Sydney, and Moscow — a truly global group. Also, I could be wearing pajama bottoms (with proper school-wear on the torso, of course) for my later evening classes without my classmates knowing — that was a bonus! With the live web classroom, you can see and communicate with your classmates and instructor in real time, so I always felt connected to the group.Harvard extension: How did you manage to balance your studies with work and family responsibilities?Payne: I scheduled my class and study time into my calendar each week and then stuck with the plan. I treated time with my family as sacrosanct and that motivated me to do my school work during scheduled times and stay focused. Most importantly for my mental health, I developed three plans for my program completion in case a family emergency came up.Harvard extension: What types of student resources and special options did you take advantage of as a student at Harvard?Payne: As a distance student, I found the online library resources invaluable. The Scan and Deliver [electronic document delivery service] for research allowed me to access material as if I were on campus. I also took advantage of the Harvard housing listings to locate a graduate student housing sublet during the January session class I took — it saved me a significant amount of money over a hotel stay and it was only a five-minute walk from my class.This article was originally published on Harvard Extension School’s Student Spotlight web page in May. It has been lightly edited.last_img read more


Grassley calls for more transparency at the Red Cross

first_imgWASHINGTON — As the American Red Cross responds to another round of deadly tornadoes overnight, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is introducing legislation that aims to make sure the relief agency is spending its funds appropriately.Grassley, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, says his bill would give a congressional watchdog group more complete access to Red Cross records for oversight.  “It’s a tax-exempt organization,” Grassley says. “My committee has responsibility over making sure tax exemption is used properly.”He says the bipartisan American Red Cross Transparency Act of 2019 responds to concerns the agency tried to halt a review by the Government Accountability Office and limited the scope of the review.  “We feel that there hasn’t been enough transparency on the part of this federally-chartered organization,” Grassley says, “and that’s pretty important because most non-profits aren’t federally-chartered, very few are.”The American people rely on the Red Cross to respond when tragedy strikes and it receives federal tax dollars for some of its disaster responses. Grassley says Congress has a responsibility to make sure the Red Cross answers questions asked on the public’s behalf and is operating up to the standards required of it during disasters. “The bottom line is, the Red Cross needs to share their books with the federal government when it’s investigated,” Grassley says. “And we want to make sure the Government Accountability Office has access to the records so the Red Cross can’t impede government review.”Grassley says the Red Cross has shown an “unwillingness” to answer questions in the past and the legislation strengthens transparency to make the agency more accountable to the public.last_img read more


Real hold off Atletico in tight derby to grab top spot in Spain

first_imgReal MadridMadrid, Spain | AFP | Real Madrid regained top spot in La Liga on Saturday after a goalless derby with Atletico that saw them move above surprise package Granada and maintain their small lead over a crowded chasing pack.Real will stay top by a point over promoted Granada and Atletico Madrid after Diego Simeone’s side failed to break down their well-drilled local rivals, whose disciplined performance at the Wanda Metropolitano was deserving of at least the point they gained.They are a further point ahead of fourth-placed Barcelona, who won a hard-fought clash at Getafe 2-0 thanks to goals from Luis Suarez and Junior, and Real Sociedad who travel to a Sevilla side down in eight but just five points behind Zidane’s leaders.On a night of few clear-cut chances Atletico probably had the best opportunities but failed to test Thibaut Courtois in the Real goal, while the away side drew a couple of fine saves from Jan Oblak on their forays forward.The best came 15 minutes from the end, when the Slovenian stopper got down brilliantly to his left to palm away Karim Benzema’s powerful header from a Nacho cross.Just seconds before Atletico had come to within inches of opening the scoring when Saul Niguez met a corner with a header that flashed just past the upright.Granada had moved temporarily top of La Liga before the derby after Antonio Puertas’ first-half strike saw them squeeze past rock-bottom Leganes.Puertas crashed his long-range winner into an empty net after Juan Soriano had come charging out of his goal to close down Roberto Soldado just before the half-hour mark.– Ter Stegen brilliance –A remarkable counter-attack goal launched by Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and finished off by Luis Suarez put Barcelona on their way four minutes before the break at Getafe, and Junior’s tap-in shortly after the restart made sure of Barca’s first away win since April. “This match was crucial for us to rid ourselves of the sensation of never being able to win away,” said Valverde.“We didn’t play well in the first half but once we took the lead they basically didn’t have any chances.”Ter Stegen is embroiled in a row with Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer over the Barca stopper’s lack of opportunities with the Germany team.However he showed his class when he raced out of his goal to stop a Getafe attack before launching a pin-point pass over the home side’s dozing defence to Suarez, who calmly lobbed the opener over David Soria.“Sometimes when passes come off like this the goalkeeper is just clearing the ball. I don’t know if that is the case here, but regardless he brings us a lot,” added Valverde.The win was Barca’s second in a week as they attempt to recover from an miserable start that led to questions surrounding Valverde’s future.Athletic Bilbao lost for the first time this season at home to crisis club Valencia, who bagged their second win of the season thanks to Denis Cheryshev’s 27th minute strike.‘Los Che’ had been sent into turmoil when owner Peter Lim sacked Marcelino Garcia Toral earlier in the month.But despite player and fan anger at Lim’s decision, two draws and now a win after their shock victory at Chelsea in the Champions League have them in ninth on nine points.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


Lancashire win English senior crown

first_img6 Oct 2016 Lancashire win English senior crown Lancashire are the new English Senior Men’s County Champions – regaining their crown in a thrilling finale at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club in Gloucestershire.They beat defending champions BB&O (Bucks, Berks & Oxon) 6-3 in today’s title decider, but the scoreline sounds much more comfortable than the reality.Lancashire, who also won in 2014, got ahead early on by winning the morning foursomes 2-1. But BB&O made them fight every inch of the way in the singles, with five of the six games going to the 18th – and the sixth decided on the 17th.“It was unbelievable,” said team manager Mike Gray. “They are just a great set of guys, a wonderful team. This was a fantastic game between two good teams.”Both teams fielded an international player in the top singles with Ian Crowther representing Lancashire and David Niven leading the BB&O challenge. Their battle was typical of the afternoon’s play: close and hard fought with Crowther edging one up on the 17th, which he won with a superb up and down from behind the green.But on the 18th, Niven won the hole with a par which included a penalty drop and a holed 25-footer. Crowther described it as the five of the century and said the halved match was “a fair result overall.”Next was the fiercely contested game of Lancashire’s Trevor Foster and BB&O’s David Cromie. Foster was dormie two up but lost the 17th to a textbook par, before halving the 18th in par for his point. “It was unbelievable,” he said. “It was as good a match as I have ever had. In the first 12 holes David holed everything, I felt I was playing so well and he just kept coming back and back at me. It was a fantastic game of golf.”His win meant Lancashire had 3.5 points and needed just one more to secure at least a halved result today and an overall victory, thanks to a slender advantage from their previous two matches. They had to wait a while when BB&O’s Tim Whittaker came back from four down after eight to win on the last.But Andrew Westwell’s fighting finish took Lancashire over the line when he won 16, 17 and holed a testing downhill 3ft putt to halve the 18th for a one-up result.Westwell, who is playing at County Finals for the first time, left the last green in tears after the emotion of the occasion overcame him. But he paid tribute to his ‘brilliant’ caddy and team-mate Robert Fox.Alan Gillespie added another point to the Lancashire tally when he beat BB&O captain Ashley Brewer 2/1 and the scoreline was completed when Tony Holt halved his game with BB&O’s George Best Wilson.Brewer said afterwards; “We gave them a run for their money and it was a close battle, but the right team won. Lancashire are very, very strong and congratulations to them, they deserved to win on the day.  But we will be doing our best to try and relieve them of the trophy next year!”In the play-off for third place Devon overcame Worcestershire 5-4. The South West team also led 2-1 after the foursomes and completed the win with successes from Tim Aggett, Tony Allsopp and Rick Pillow.Team manager Jon Gynne was in charge for the last time and he was delighted to finish on a high. “The success is in getting here,” he said. “Then, you know you are going to come up against top players and you do as well as you can. We have done that and so I can’t ask for any more.”Click here for full scoresLancashire image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more


Conner blossoming for Steelers as Falcons falter

first_imgRunning back James Conner (30), of the Pittsburgh Steelers, scores by rising above linebacker Foye Oluokun (54) and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons defense in the NFL game on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at Pittsburgh. Don Wright AP Photo PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Conner isn’t much on talking. Not about the cancer battle that threatened to sidetrack his promising career before he even reached the NFL. Not about his ongoing audition as the new featured running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers while Le’Veon Bell continues his extended sabbatical. Not even about his new role as an obstetrician in shoulder pads, a side gig he picked up while helping teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster celebrate a touchdown during Pittsburgh’s one-sided 41-17 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. Smith-Schuster feigned contractions while lying on the Heinz Field turf before Conner took the ball and placed it in the wide receiver’s hands.“I delivered a baby,” Conner said with only a faint hint of a smile. “First time. I’m going to stick to football though.”Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) signals after making a first down on a run against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)Considering how Conner looked while piling up 185 total yards and two touchdowns as the Steelers (2-2-1) restored some sanity to their uneven season, that’s probably a good idea. Running often and with authority — two traits that defined his record-setting college career at Pittsburgh — Conner served as the offensive fulcrum Pittsburgh turned on while punishing the reeling Falcons (1-4).“James needed that,” Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix said. “Our team needed that.”Particularly after the way Pittsburgh looked in the second half of a loss to Baltimore the previous week, when the Steelers basically abandoned the idea of giving the ball to Conner entirely, even though the game was tied at the break.There was no such wavering this time. Conner had 99 total yards in the first quarter alone, including a 30-yard catch-and-run, and kept right on going. He ran for 110 yards on 21 carries and added 75 yards receiving. It was a performance that was reminiscent of the kind Bell has churned out with regularity before deciding to spend the first portion of this season staying away while waiting to sign his one-year franchise tender.Though Conner understands the desire to stack his play up against Bell’s, he wants no part of it. He’s just doing what he’s asked to do. Against Atlanta it was give the offense some much-needed balance. The Steelers ran the ball 29 times and passed it 29 times while improving to 7-0-1 all-time at home versus the Falcons.“I think the (offensive line) were tired of hearing all the, ’What’s going on? We can’t run it,’” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “I think James was tired of hearing about Le’Veon so much, so he put on a heck of a performance today.”The kind Conner and his teammates hope is repeatable.“It’s like back on track,” Conner said. “It’s playing Steelers football today.”Some other takeaways as Pittsburgh sent Atlanta to its third straight loss.BASHED BIRDSThe Falcons are off to their worst start since 2013. While injuries on defense have played a significant factor, one of the main issues in Pittsburgh was an offensive line that couldn’t protect Matt Ryan. The Steelers chased Ryan down six times, including a strip-sack by T.J. Watt with less than 4 minutes to go that ended with teammate LJ Fort falling on the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.“Everybody knows our protection needs to be better than it’s been,” said Ryan, who completed 26 of 38 passes for 285 yards and a score. “The hardest part for players is having to watch that film and critically evaluate yourself. I think with the kind of guys that we have there’s not going to be a whole lot that needs to be said.”WI-FI CONNECTEDRoethlisberger and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown rediscovered the chemistry that’s made them one of the most potent combinations in the NFL for the last five-plus years. Brown caught six passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns and downplayed the notion there’s been any sort of communication problem with his longtime teammate.“All of my catches, all of my touchdowns are from him, and that’s my guy,” Brown said. “I live and die with him and the Wi-Fi was lit.”SPECIAL … AND NOT SO MUCHPittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell missed his third extra point of the season, matching his career total coming into 2018, but the Steelers also produced a bright spot on special teams when Nix broke in and blocked a punt by Atlanta’s Matt Bosher that set up Conner’s second touchdown run.“We feel like we’re going to get one (blocked kick) every week,” Nix said. “We rush hard, that’s what we do. It just happened like that.”UP NEXTFalcons: Welcome NFC South rival Tampa Bay next Sunday. The teams have split their last six meetings.Steelers: Visit AFC North-leading Cincinnati (4-1) next Sunday. Pittsburgh has won 9 of 10 against the Bengals.___More AP NFL: and read more



first_imgRACE PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED THROUGH ‘ELITE TURF CLUB’ PAYS $385,622.40 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 22, 2015)–Odds on favorite Wild in the Saddle made short work of three California-bred or sired fillies and mares in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 6-year-old mare by Silic was attentive to a fast pace and took charge midway around the far turn en route to getting a flat mile in 1:36.73.Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Sudden Sunday, who broke from the inside, was hustled to a narrow advantage over the winner into and around the Club House turn, but Wild in the Saddle opened up leaving the quarter pole and the Dream of Summer was over.“The trainer told me to go to the lead, but when I saw Sudden Sunday rushing too much into the first turn, I just decided to let her go,” said Bejarano. “My horse doesn’t have to be on the lead and the way she was going I didn’t have to worry about the lead. I was holding her as long as I could and when we hit the three eighths pole, I asked her to pick it up and she showed me a big kick. She won easy.”With no show wagering, Wild in the Saddle was off at 3-5 and paid $3.40 and $2.40. Owned by Nadine Anderson and Cheyenne Ortiz, Wild in the Saddle was bred in California by Dinesh Maniar. The Dream of Summer marked Wild in the Saddle’s first stakes win and improved her overall mark to 34-8-1-9. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $289,318.“She’s starting to relax in her training finally,” said David Meah, assistant to Baltas, who is currently out of town. “It took a long time to get there. I think she can go a mile and a sixteenth and I think anywhere from seven furlongs, that will be her thing…It pays to have a Cal-bred.The longest shot in the field at 7-1, Melanistic, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, moved into contention when a close third going into the far turn and proved second best, finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Grazenette. Melanistic paid $4.40 to place.Fractions on the race were 22.63, 46.13, 1:11.15 and 1:23.94.With a Pick Six carryover of $92,696.80 coming into Sunday, today’s total Pick Six pool reached $641,020.62, and there was just one winning ticket, worth $385,622.40. The ticket was purchased for an as-yet undisclosed amount through the Elite Turf Club wagering hub.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more



first_imgFlavien Prat14626152218%43%$1,636,457 Carla Gaines3252216%28%$412,450 William Spawr2675327%58%$186,652 Bob Baffert6615101023%53%$1,150,095 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Agent Vince DeGregory will undergo throat surgery Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank. The 83-year-old veteran currently represents Tiago Pereira, but his former riders are a Who’s Who among jockeys and include seven Hall of Fame members Angel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Alex Solis, Jacinto Vasquez and Jorge Velasquez. DeGregory also booked mounts for Victor Espinoza, Darrel McHargue and Joel Rosario . . . Agent Derek Lawson reports Flavien Prat will ride Calculator for Peter Miller in the Grade II, $300,000 San Carlos Stakes on March 12. Prat also has been booked on Bal a Bali for Richard Mandella in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile the same day . . . Palos Verdes winner Kobe’s Back, a candidate for the San Carlos, worked four furlongs for Peter Eurton in 49.20, while 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red went the same distance in 52.60 for Keith Desormeaux . . . Jockey Edwin Maldonado, enjoying a solid meet for agent J.R. Pegram with 21 wins good for fourth in Santa Anita’s standings, rides maiden winner Bistraya for Ricky Agarie in today’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Baldwin Terrace Room at Santa Anita at 9:30 a.m. The Legislative, Legal, and Regulations Committee will meet in the same location on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend both meetings. An audio-only webcast of the Board meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast). The meeting agendas (Board/Committee) and supporting packages of materials (Board/Committee) also are available on the CHRB website . . . Jockey Efrain Hernandez has been suspended three days (Feb. 21, 25 and 26) for careless riding aboard Just Bookin in Sunday’s fifth race, resulting in a disqualification from first to fourth. Gary Stevens4486518%43%$918,658 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 19) John Sadler5277413%35%$366,009 Peter Miller791041013%30%$395,610 Santiago Gonzalez16530251918%45%$1,226,384 Fernando Perez107109179%34%$559,179 Philip D’Amato8218141322%55%$1,012,170 Steven Miyadi3878518%53%$238,619 Tyler Baze16318272311%42%$978,666 Doug O’Neill11214152013%44%$858,743 Joseph Talamo14817192011%38%$907,964 Patrick Gallagher2363526%61%$464,488 Mike Smith64761111%38%$924,665 Richard Baltas68109915%41%$737,624 DANZING CANDY, UNCLE LINO DRILL FOR SAN FELIPEDONWORTH PREPS FOR RICH SANTA ANITA HANDICAPTIZ A BILLY SET FOR BAFFLE STAKES AFTER TIME OFFZENYATTA’S EXERCISE RIDER WILLARD IS DEAD AT 72 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux3164719%55%$223,704 Martin Garcia75128816%37%$774,104 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 Agapito Delgadillo5795616%35%$212,972 Kent Desormeaux661117917%56%$877,359 Mario Gutierrez12515211912%44%$967,876 Drayden Van Dyke90981210%32%$537,544 Edwin Maldonado1152110918%35%$744,125 Mark Glatt5867210%26%$286,755 George Papaprodromou2852518%43%$122,755 Rafael Bejarano15832321520%50%$1,556,572 DONWORTH WORKS FOR $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA HANDICAPPrepping for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap under exercise rider Jonny Garcia, Donworth worked four furlongs for Doug O’Neill in 48 seconds flat. Donworth was third by a half-length and a nose to Hoppertunity and Imperative in the San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 6.  The Santa Anita Handicap will be run March 12 at 1 ¼ miles.Clockers were busy Saturday morning as 251 workouts were recorded at Santa Anita. Vladimir Cerin2893332%54%$294,925 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kristin Mulhall2964221%41%$249,535 Peter Eurton6110151016%57%$670,023 Jeff Bonde2472329%50%$155,685 ZENYATTA’S EXERCISE RIDER WILLARD DEAD AT 72Steve Willard, the exercise rider for 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, died Feb. 16 at the age of 72, according to The Paulick Report.In early 2014, Willard was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He grew up in Illinois and began galloping horses at Arlington Park, later becoming a jockey and riding mainly in the Midwest for nearly 20 years.When his riding days were over, he worked for Jack Van Berg, Jacque Fulton and Richard Mandella before joining up with John Shirreffs, trainer of Zenyatta. Martin Pedroza6075312%25%$183,220 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 -30- Jerry Hollendorfer871071311%34%$798,831 TIZ A BILLY SHARP FOR SUNDAY’S BAFFLETiz a Billy comes off a smashing maiden win followed by a bullet workout for Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes for three-year-old at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.A son of Tizway trained by Brian Koriner, Tiz a Billy broke his maiden by 6 ½ lengths on Jan. 16 in his first race in three months. He worked four furlongs Feb. 14 in a bullet 47.40 under Flavien Prat, who rides in the Baffle.“It was just mental, because he ran three times at Del Mar and he was kind of losing his brain, so we gave him time,” Koriner said in explaining the three-month gap between races.“He needed a little time to recover, and he’s put on weight, so we’re looking forward to the Baffle.”The Baffle, which goes as the second race: Tiz a Billy, Flavien Prat, 2-1; Iron Rob, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; Hot Ore, Tyler Baze, 7-2; He’s a Tiger, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 5-2; and True Brilliance, Fernando Perez, 7-2. THREE-YEAR-OLDS PREP FOR SAN FELIPE STAKESDanzing Candy and Uncle Lino, two contenders for the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on March 12, worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday for the race, a major steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9.Danzing Candy went five furlongs in 1:00.20, while Uncle Lino went four furlongs in 47.80 with Fernando Perez up for trainer Gary Sherlock. Danzing Candy won an allowance race at one mile by nearly six lengths on Feb. 4.“It was a perfect work,” said Cliff Sise Jr., trainer of Danzing Candy, a son of Twirling Candy. “He just galloped. Mike was very happy with him.”Sise was speaking of jockey Mike Smith, who has the mount in the San Felipe, which will be run for the 79th time and has been won in the past by stalwarts such as Dortmund (2015), California Chrome (2014), Pioneerof the Nile (2009), Medaglia d’Oro (2002), Point Given (2001), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000), Bertrando (1992), Sunday Silence (1989), Affirmed (1978), Hill Rise (1964), Determine (1954) and Your Host (1950).Uncle Lino, a game second behind odds-on favorite Mor Spirit in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 6, impressed trainer Gary Sherlock.“It was probably the best work he’s ever had by himself,” Sherlock said. Mike Puype47511311%40%$254,825last_img read more


McLeod sets sights on Rio gold

first_imgDOHA, Qatar:Finishing sixth in the final at the World Championships is a very creditable achievement, especially for a 21-year-old competing for the first time on such a big stage.But though Omar McLeod just that last season, many expected more given the form that he showed going into the final.”Last year, my legs were shot at World Championships, and that was because I was racing competitively every single week as a collegiate athlete,” McLeod explained. “So definitely, that took a toll on my legs, and I got hurt before the World Outdoor Championships.”McLeod, now 22, is fast out of the blocks this season, again winning gold at the World Indoors before running 9.99 seconds in the 100m to create history as he is the first athlete to run under 10 seconds for the 100m and 13 seconds for the 110 m hurdles.With no collegiate commitments this season, he is assuring that he will not fade come Olympics.”This year, we are a lot smarter in competition. We are not competing every single week as this year is kind of a defrosting year,” McLeod said. “So this year, I will be doing more competitive races, and that will definitely get me sharp for Rio. I want to be in the middle (gold medal podium), so that’s the goal.”SURPRISED TIMEThe former Manchester High and Kingston College student admitted that he, too, was stunned by his sub-10 100m clocking, which was achieved last month at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville with a 2.0 metres per second wind. That was McLeod’s first competitive 100m outing since becoming a senior.”I knew I had speed, but I didn’t know I had speed of that sort. You can call that my first 100m ever,” McLeod told The Gleaner. “Though I haven’t done a lot of speed work, I just wanted to get sharp before opening, so my coach was like, ‘Go run a 100m just to get your feet wet’, and I really didn’t know what was going on in the race. I really didn’t execute it good. I just went in the blocks and ran, to be honest, and the time came. So it was definitely a shocker.”McLeod knows he will not only face strong competition on the circuit, but also at the Jamaican trials next month when he is scheduled to line up beside World and Olympic medallist Hansle Parchment and Andrew Riley.”It is always exciting competing with those guys because every time I line up with them, you can always expect a great race,” McLeod [email protected]last_img read more