Young Arts Ambassador Program to Begin at the Washington Center

first_imgSubmitted by The Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe Washington Center for the Performing Arts is seeking high school and full-time college students with an interest in the performing arts for our inaugural Young Arts Ambassador Program. Twenty students will be accepted into this program and will contribute to establishing a vital information link to their peers and the community regarding performing arts- locally, regionally, and nationally.The Young Arts Ambassador experience provides an opportunity for teens and young adults to develop leadership, workforce, and life skills in order to achieve their highest potential as citizens in the global community. The program also seeks to reinforce commitment to exceeding academic expectations, skill-set development, cultural opportunities and fostering new relationships and networks through volunteerism and arts exposure.Benefits to participating in the YAA program include a complimentary ticket to select main stage and black box shows; writing reviews for immediate posting, “tweeting” and status updating; the opportunity to earn at least 4 community service hours each month; and exposure to behind-the-scenes operations at a first-class arts organization.We encourage interested high school students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) and full-time college students to complete an application for the Young Arts Ambassador 2014-15 Season. Please see general requirements and find the application on our website at www.washingtoncenter.org. For more information please contact Jill Barnes at YAA@washingtoncenter.org or 360-753-8585 x104. Facebook44Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

2020 1st Half Property Taxes Due June 1

first_imgFacebook67Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyThe deadline for Thurston County residents to pay their 2020 first half property taxes is Monday, June 1, 2020. This due date is different than what is printed on 2020 property tax statements, which were mailed before the current health crisis affected daily routines in our community.Treasurer Jeff Gadman exercised his emergency authority under RCW 84.56.020(10) and extended the due date for 2020 first half property tax payments to provide some relief to taxpayers affected by the COVID-19 virus. Because so many of the service providers vital to responding to the health crisis rely on timely property tax payments for a significant portion of their funding, there will be no further changes to the due date.With the courthouse currently closed to the public, taxpayers have three options for paying their property taxes:Online: Residents can pay online at www.thurstoncountywa.gov/treasurer. There is no additional charge for the electronic check payment option online, but there is a 2.35% transaction fee for a major credit card payment and a flat fee of $3.95 for a VISA debit card payment.Drop Off: Payments can be dropped in the secure courthouse parking lot drop box – located at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502.Mail: Check or money order payments can be mailed to the Thurston County Treasurer, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502. Payments made by mail must be postmarked by June 1, 2020.Treasurer staff remain available to answer your questions by phone or email between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 360-786-5550 or email trsr@co.thurston.wa.us. As required by Washington State law, interest will be charged for those who do not make their payments on time.Property owners can also sign up for paperless property tax bills so they can receive future property tax bills electronically, saving paper and postage. For those who create an account, it comes with the option to schedule your tax payment in advance of the due date, and email payment reminders will be sent ahead of the due date. To learn more or sign up for this service please visit our website at www.thurstoncountywa.gov/treasurer.last_img read more

2017 Asian Games gold medalist in athletics Nirmala Sheoran banned 4 years for doping

first_imgAdvertisement Indian sprinter Nirmala Sheoran has been banned for four years for doping and stripped of two titles from the 2017 Asian Championships. On Wednesday, the Athletics Integrity Unit (ACU), which manages track and field doping cases, announced that she tested positive for the steroids drostanolone and metenolone at a competition in India in June 2018. The sprinter has accepted the charge and did not request for a hearing.Advertisement “The Athletics Integrity Unit has banned Indian sprinter Sheoran Nirmala for four years with effect from 29 June 2018, for the presence and use of a Prohibited Substance. The athlete accepted the sanction,” the ACU tweeted.Advertisement The Athletics Integrity Unit has banned Indian sprinter Sheoran Nirmla for four-years with effect from 29 June 2018, for the presence and use of a Prohibited Substance.The athlete accepted the sanction.Read the full decision here ⬇️https://t.co/cBkQOqSHT4#AIUNews pic.twitter.com/Z9org5ltSS— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) October 9, 2019Advertisement The 24-year-old athlete, who came fourth in the women’s 400m event of the Jakarta Asian Games, had been provisionally suspended after the tests were conducted in the WADA’s Montreal laboratory last year. The ban was supposedly to take effect from 29 June 2018 onwards and thus her results in-between August 2016 and November 2018 were disqualified. Nirmala had bagged gold medals in the 400 meters and 4×400 relay at the 2017 Asian Championships.Sheoran’s sample tested positive in another round of re-tests done in Montreal laboratory as directed by WADA, after her samples were declared negative by the National Anti-Doping Laboratory (NTDL) in New Delhi. Advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli sends a strong message to RCB fans ahead of IPL 2020 auction

first_imgVirat Kohli of India celebrates his century during the 3rd ODI match between West Indies and India at Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, on August 14, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)Advertisement woNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsaooinWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekk05my( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cowsWould you ever consider trying this?😱8bvCan your students do this? 🌚xfwRoller skating! Powered by Firework Royal Challengers Bangalore and Virat Kohli fans are worried about the team’s state in the upcoming Indian Premier League 2020. To assure the fans, Royal Challengers Bangalore Captain, Virat Kohli has sent an assuring message to their way through the RCB’s official Twitter handle. The IPL auction is to be held this Thursday in Kolkata, which has RCB fans worried sick. They have reasons to worry, as the team has not been able to deliver for the last 3 years. They had a good going till 2016 when they grabbed the second place, but the last 3 years have been miserable for both the fans and the team. Two times in a row, the team has been placed last in IPL.Advertisement In the video, he is seen addressing RCB fans as BOLD Army, and assuring them that the management comprising of Mike Hesson and Simon Katich are doing their best to secure players for the team to cover all the bases to make a successful comeback this year. Virat remains the captain of the team, while other players are being shuffled around. The fans are encouraged to rally behind the team and pick the players of their choice on twitter. The team captain and the management had a chat regarding the formation of the team and they have come up with a strategy to strengthen the core team while adding other players they have 12 slots to fill.Advertisement “Hi Guys, a big hello to all the RCB fans the bold army, from whom I’ve received so much love and affection over the years and as you all know for the upcoming season the auctions coming up as well and I want all of you to rally behind the team, the management group, Mike and Simon are doing a tremendous job.We’ve had a few discussions to build a team around, strong core that we already have and we assure you that we going to cover all the bases that are required and build a very strong team to have a really good season in 2020. So, thank you very much, and looking forward to the auction. Find out what’s going to happen on December 19,” Virat said.Advertisement West Indian Shai Hope just one good knock away from beating Kohli, Sharma and ending 2019 with this fantastic record!Barcelona and Real Madrid locked together atop LaLiga Santander ahead of El Clasico on Wednesday night   Advertisementlast_img read more

Bridging the Divide: Highlands, Rumson Businesses Collaborate on Customer Service

first_imgThe Lusty Lobster and the Rumson Market Place are collaborating so customers don’t have to go out of their way to pick up their seafood in Highlands while the Oceanic Bridge (above) is closed.RUMSON — Looking for a way to overcome an obstacle for their customers, a business owner on the Rumson side of the Navesink River has established a partnership with one on the Middletown side.Rumson Market Place, 122 East River Road, like a number of area businesses, had been looking at ways to address the challenge posed by the lengthy closing of the Oceanic Bridge.With the Oceanic Bridge closed for repairs until Memorial Day, Rumson Market and the Lusty Lobster in Highlands  decided to add an extra level of customer service by allowing Lusty Lobster customers to pick up their orders at Rumson Market.“It’s a nice thing to be working together,” said Lusty Lobster owner Doug Douty.“It’s been working out great so far,” added Jimmy Nelson, butcher for Rumson Market Place.According to the businessmen, the idea originated with Bill Alcaro, a previous owner of the Rumson market. “It was his idea to cross market,” Douty said. “And with the bridge closing it was a perfect idea.”The aging and dilapidated Oceanic Bridge, a drawbridge spanning the Navesink River, connecting the Rumson peninsula and the Locust section of Middletown and the Bayshore area bordering Highway 36, was closed on Oct. 17 for necessary repairs.With its closing, drivers are forced to take extended detours to circumnavigate the river, having to travel through Sea Bright on to Highlands, Atlantic Highlands and on to Middletown; or they have to travel west on River Road, through Red Bank and on to Highway 35.And that has been of concern to area businesses, which say this inconvenience has taken a toll on their bottom line, as customers are just forsaking their usual stops on the other side of the river.“It’s a real hassle and it takes a lot of extra time and people just don’t have it,” Nelson said. “So right now we’re not seeing too many of those people.”A little less than 10 percent of his customers come from the Middletown side of the river, as it is really the closest grocery store in the area, Nelson explained.Douty’s has many customers in the Rumson and Fair Haven area  who would normally travel to Highlands to buy seafood for their holiday get-togethers. He believes he may have lost some business because of the bridge situation.Now customers can contact Lusty Lobster and Douty would arrange to have it delivered to Rumson Market Place for pickup, which the two businesses see as a win-win for them and customers.“Of course, it complements us because of our meats and other items,” and bringing those customers into the shop, Nelson said.“I think it’s a nice thing that Jimmy does for this customers and I think it’s a nice thing we do for our customers,” Douty said.“I just think it’s really nice that two businesses can work together and help one another,” Douty added.last_img read more

Hospitals Offer Programs To Quit Smoking

first_imgNov. 19 American Smokeout DayBy Judy O’Gorman AlvarezFor years physicians, clean air enthusiasts and loved ones have been trying to get smokers to put out their cigarettes for good. On Nov. 19 the American Cancer Society (ACS) will once again encourage smokers to give up smoking – even for one day – during the Great American Smokeout.According to the ACS, about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.“This is the only product on the shelf out in the world that if you follow manufacturer’s guidelines, it kills you,” said Ghulam Abbas, M.D., director of minimally invasive thoracic surgery at Meridian Health. “It’s like you’re hiring someone to come and hurt you – and you pay tax on top of it!”Tongue, throat, esophagus, windpipe, lung and even bladder cancer have all been linked to smoking. “Smoking can also cause hypertension, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), artery disease and other chronic diseases are also all results of smoking,” said Abbas.Abbas also warns “Not only are you hurting yourself, you’re hurting your loved ones.” Pregnant women and smokers lighting up around children are causing harm to the developing little ones. “Children of smoking parents have more respiratory issues than people who don’t smoke.” Despite the risks, the warnings and the scientific evidence, people still smoke. “It tells me it is clearly an addiction,” Abbas said. He cites that some patients, even after two cancer diagnoses, surgeries and chemotherapy treatments, continue to smoke.Although the number of U.S. smokers has decreased – from nearly 21 of every 100 adults in 2005 to nearly 18 of every 100 adults in 2013, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – many communities promote ways to help smokers quit. According to Joshua Havard, manager of pulmonary rehab, respiratory and neurology services, Riverview Medical Center, the hospital’s smoking cessation groups sees a 30 percent success rate, as opposed to the national 8 to 12 percent rate.Some participants may be linked with a pulmonary rehab program and suffer from ailments such as COPD or pulmonary fibrosis and have been strongly encouraged by physicians to attend the program. “These are folks that can hardly walk up a flight of steps,” he said.
“And some people finally come because they’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired,” said Havard, who along with colleague Lorie Caddock, run the smoking cessation programs. “They want to live better, breathe better.”
Riverview’s cessation program works as an ongoing group therapy session. “We’re not judgmental,” said Havard, who smoked as a teenager until his mid-20s. “Instead of berating you with health statistics, we let people open up and talk about their experiences.”Participants share experiences and tips on quitting and others may require nicotine replacement therapy – such as patches, nicotine chewing gum or prescribed medication.The decision to seek help in breaking the smoking addiction is a personal one and varies. According to Havard, for some it may be tallying up how many thousands of dollars they could save by giving up smoking that spurs them into quitting. “And some people say ‘I’m not ready yet,’ and we put them on a back burner and check in at a later time.”“The people left smoking today are your most seriously addicted,” said , vice president of Barnabas Health Institute for Prevention. “And many smokers are people with mental health or substance abuse issues.”The Barnabas six-week tobacco cessation program is run by certified tobacco treatment specialists who have been trained at Rutgers Behavioral Health, according to Greene, the primary training for similar programs throughout the world. “These are the best practices of the public health guidelines,” said Greene.Specialists access the smoker to determine the level of addiction, monitor CO2 levels in their lungs and prescribe medication related to how addicted they are.“The decrease in the smoking population came about because of taxes, clean indoor act and enforcement of where you can and cannot smoke,” said Greene. “It became very difficult for smokers to smoke.”But changing longtime habits is not as easy. Greene points out that when health warnings were placed on cigarette packs in the 1960s, “we learned that information alone does not change behavior.”The problem is epidemic. “It’s most insidious. It’s more difficult (to combat) than heroin.”Despite the dire statistics, health professionals continue to develop successful smoking cessation programs. “Help is out there,” she said.For information on smoking cessation programs at Riverview Medical Center and other Meridian locations, call 732-530-2589. For the Barnabas Health programs at Monmouth Medical Center and other locations, call 732-914-3815.last_img read more

Plans Withdrawn for Lifestyle and Bowling Centers At Fort

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – Retail volatility played a role in a developer withdrawing from a “centerpiece” project of Fort Monmouth’s redevelopment. But the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) is striving to keep the plan in play.At a January 2017 press conference in Oceanport, Parcel B Redevelopment, LLC, owned by Paramount Realty Services, Inc. of Lakewood, unveiled renderings of Freedom Pointe Town Center, an 89-acre, $130 million “mixed-use lifestyle destination” projected for 2019 completion. Residential, office, entertainment, food and 350,000 square feet of retail were envisioned inside the brick Johnson Gates, the former main entrance to the fort, on Route 35 in Eatontown, with fountains and a playground. Renderings depicted storefronts bearing the names LL Bean, Patagonia, Tommy Bahama, Shake Shack, and an iPic dine-in movie theater.“We were unable to come to terms with Paramount so they pulled out,” said Dave Nuse, FMERA’s director of real estate development, at the agency’s Feb. 21 monthly meeting. “FMERA is now in negotiations with the second-ranked bidder.” Renderings and a virtual reality video of the Freedom Pointe were still on the website of MMA Architects a week later.“Paramount had its own problems and withdrew willingly,” said interim FMERA Chairman Robert Lucky. “We are committed to making this a livable town center for Eatontown.” Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly thanked the board for “giving it a good shot. It got watered down over time, partly because of the way retail is in this economy. We just want to see the best project for Eatontown.” Eatontown’s Monmouth Mall nearby is also proposed for a redevelopment expansion project with 700 residential units, currently stalled in litigation.The town center use was designated in FMERA’s master redevelopment plan for the 1,128-acre former Army base spanning portions of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls. The project promises thousands of construction and permanent jobs. To attract and retain occupancy and foot traffic, amenities like ice skating rinks, holiday and special events, and high-tech shopping options were promised by Paramount Vice President Lee Zekaria, who visited “next generation” malls nationwide, incorporating the most successful features in his firm’s plan. During last year’s press conference, he deemed Freedom Pointe the “crown jewel” of the fort’s redevelopment. Zekaria did not respond to a request for comment by press time.“The town center is a gateway,” said FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman. “All the bids we received were based on that. We have the same plan in mind.” Procedures prohibit officials from revealing the identity of bidders during the evaluation/negotiation process.Bowling Center Back on the BlockThe Fort Monmouth Bowling Center along the Avenue of Memories in Eatontown has returned to the real estate market after its redeveloper, a family firm that owns two bowling alleys in North Jersey, notified FMERA it “was not prepared to close on the property within the timeframes specified,” officials said. The company, known as FMBEC (the sole original bidder for the center), withdrew its proposal for the 17,600-square-foot brick structure on 2.3 acres Feb. 14.“Our preference is that it remains a bowling center, but if someone offers a higher and better use that’s justifiable, we must look at it,” Steadman said. The board approved proceeding with an offer to purchase rather than sealed bids because “potential purchasers have expressed interest in acquiring and renovating the property for recreation, entertainment, and related uses,” wrote FMERA staff, adding they are seeking “greater flexibility for selecting the right scenario that would maximize the development potential and economic value of the Bowling Center.” Staff also recommended giving bidders the option of ground leasing the land, making the lessee potentially eligible to obtain a special state concessionaire permit to sell alcohol on the premises.This article first appeared in the Mar. 1-8, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Hawks, Salmo, Rockers claim West Kootenay volleyball titles

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsSalmo Falcons, J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks and Stanley Humphries Rockers came away with titles as the West Kootenay Junior Volleyball season concluded Saturday with playoff weekend.In Grand Forks, the mighty Falcons shook off a pesky home side to claim the Junior Girl’s title. Mount Sentinel Wildcats finished third in the tournament.The Hawks ousted Mount Sentinel in a best-of-three thriller to claim the Grade 8 Boy’s Volleyball crown.Meanwhile, Stanley Humphries got past J.V. Humphries to capture the Grade 8 Girl’s title at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium in South Slocan. J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail finished third.There was no tournament for the Junior Boys. Stanley Humphries was the only team entered.Mount Sentinel Wildcats did not enter a team into the division as most players were playing senior ball.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Slow-starting Saints set to raise second BCIHL banner

first_imgFor the second time in as many years, the Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team will proudly raise the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship banner to the rafters of the Castlegar Community Complex on Friday night.”Winning back-to-back titles is something very unique and rewarding,” says Kim Verigin, Selkirk College’s Athletics and Recreation Coordinator.”Many people involved in competitive sport go a lifetime without winning anything significant, so for us to win two championships in a row is simply amazing. We are very grateful for the support we have received from the college and community.”The Saints captured the 2013-14 title at home last March before a packed house at their home rink in Castlegar.After powering their way through the BCIHL regular season, the Saints disposed of the Thompson Rivers University Wolfpack in the semi-finals and then crushed the Trinity Western University Spartans in the league final in two straight games.Tough Start to New Campaign The Saints hope a large crowd and pre-game celebration on Friday night will fuel a team that has struggled out of the gates.Selkirk finds itself in an unfamiliar position at the bottom of the five-team league, having gone winless in their first three games.”After playing our first three contests on the road, we are all excited to come back and play in front of the best fans in the league,” says Saints’ Head Coach Alex Evin.“The support we have received the past few seasons has been incredible and we hope we can share our championship banner with our fans on Friday night as well as pick up our first victory of the season.”The Saints will face off against the much improved Eastern Washington University Eagles who have already made significant impressions in the BCIHL.The Eagles currently sit atop the standings boasting a 3-2 record with two of their wins coming against top ranked SFU and Selkirk in the season opener two weeks ago in Cheney, Washington.The Saints are recently coming off a tough road trip where they dropped a pair of games, 6-2 to Simon Fraser and 5-4 to Trinity Western.Both contests saw an injury depleted Selkirk lineup struggle with consistency. Goals for the Saints came from Logan Proulx (2), Stefan Gonzales, Darnell Dyck, Stefan Virtanen and Steven Pantazopoulos.The banner raising ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex. A special autograph session with all Saints players will take place immediately following the game.SAINTS NOTES:Friday’s game is the only game of the weekend for the Saints who will return home on October 25 for a rematch with Eastern Washington at the Complex… In the past two regular seasons the Saints have only registered a total of six losses. They posted a 20-3-0-1 record in 2013-14 and a 21-3-0-0 record in 2012-13.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA CHROME, SHARED BELIEF & HOPPERTUNITY HEAD OUTSTANDING FIELD OF NINE IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $500,000 SAN ANTONIO INVITATIONAL AT 1 1/8 MILES

first_imgSHERMAN, HOLLENDORFER & BAFFERT COLLIDE IN MUCH-ANTICIPATED FOLLOW-UP TO B.C. CLASSIC; SAN ANTONIO TO BE PART OF ‘JOCKEY CLUB TOUR’ AND BE BROADCAST LIVE ON FOX SPORTS 1 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2015)–Three of the nation’s most highly regarded 4-year-olds, Horse of the Year California Chrome, 2013 Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Male Shared Belief and recent San Pasqual Stakes winner Hoppertunity head a dynamic field of nine older horses in Saturday’s Grade II, $500,000 San Antonio Invitational, to be run at 1 1/8 miles this Saturday at Santa Anita.California Chrome, trained by Art Sherman, and Shared Belief, conditioned by Jerry Hollendorfer, will meet for the first time since Bob Baffert’s Bayern orchestrated a controversial gate to wire win in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Although Bayern has yet to make his 2015 debut, Baffert will be represented by Hoppertunity, and thus, all three trainers are again front and center in what no-doubt shapes up as the biggest race of the New Year.A winner of last year’s Grade I Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, California-bred California Chrome was third, beaten a neck in the Classic and he followed that with a two length win in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf Nov. 29–thus giving him four Grade I victories on the year.Although he had no apparent excuses in the Classic, “Chrome” was voted Horse of the Year as well as Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Male, in what many observers viewed as a partial rebuke to Bayern’s Classic triumph, which was tainted by the fact he bore in sharply leaving the gate, fouling Shared Belief and others.Owned by his breeders, Perry Martin and Steve Coburn, California Chrome is by Lucky Pulpit and is out of Love the Chase, a mare that won just once, an $8,000 maiden claimer at Golden Gate Fields. America’s most recognizable horse, chestnut hued California Chrome is blessed with outstanding tactical speed and the ability to carry it classic distances. In his quest to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, California Chrome came up 1 ¾ lengths short in the Belmont, as he ran fourth, which also snapped a six-race winning streak.In addition to the Santa Anita Derby, California Chrome also won the California Cup Derby and the Grade II San Felipe at Santa Anita last year and is three for five lifetime in Arcadia. With nine wins, a second and a third from 16 overall starts, he has $4,222,650 in earnings. Based at Los Alamitos, he vanned to Santa Anita on Tuesday and will be ridden for the 11th consecutive time by Victor Espinoza.Undefeated in seven starts going into the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Shared Belief was the 5-2 post time favorite but in the opinion of many, lost all chance at victory when he was knocked sideways leaving the gate, causing him to take up shortly thereafter and losing early position. Although the rancorous aftermath of the Classic still hangs in the air, the Candy Ride gelding gained a measure of redemption by taking the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes on Santa Anita’s opening day, Dec. 26.Owned by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing Stable, LLC, Hollendorfer, George Todaro, Jason Litt and Alex Solis II, Shared Belief twice defeated older horses last year, in the Grade I, 1 ¼ miles Pacific Classic on Aug. 24, and three starts back, in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita Sept. 27.Like California Chrome, Shared Belief has plenty of natural speed and he’s a proven warrior when the real running commences. Favored in seven out of his nine career starts, Shared Belief is two for three at Santa Anita and has eight overall victories, resulting in earnings of $2,032,200. Headquartered at Golden Gate Fields, he’ll again be ridden by Mike Smith, who has guided him to four wins in his last five starts.Hollendorfer will also saddle longshot Tonito M., who comes off a close fourth place finish to Hoppertunity in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 10. A winner of six out of his first seven starts in Puerto Rico, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Rock Hard Ten won the Grade III Oklahoma Derby three starts back, his lone win in eight stateside starts for Hollendorfer. He is 15-7-3-2 overall with earnings of $503,812.A winner of last year’s Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Rebel Stakes, Hoppertunity was subsequently second to California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, after which he went to the sidelines. Following a close second in a seven furlong allowance at Santa Anita Oct. 29, the Kentucky-bred colt by Any Given Saturday then pressed the pace en route to a half length win in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28.In his 4-year-old debut Jan. 10, Hoppertunity was an impressive 1 ¾ length winner of the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Pasqual on Jan. 10. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Hoppertunity has two wins and two seconds from five starts at Santa Anita and is 8-4-2-0 overall with earnings of $1,070,675.A well beaten 15th in Japan’s Group I, 1 1/8 miles Champions Cup on Dec. 7, trainer George Papaprodromou’s Imperative was one of several horses who were negatively impacted at the start of the Breeders’ Cup Classic two starts back on Nov. 1. A sharp second from off the pace in last year’s San Antonio, the 5-year-old Bernardini gelding will hope for a fast pace. A miraculous $50,000 claim 12 starts back in December, 2013, Imperative made over $1.2 million last year. Owned by KM Racing Enterprise, he is 21-3-4-3 overall, with lifetime earnings of $1,320,870.Although well beaten in the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course on Jan. 25, veteran Clubhouse Ride has proven he can act with top horses on dirt and will try to make his presence felt from off the pace. Trained by Craig Lewis and owned by Six-S Racing Stable and Nikolas Petralia, the 7-year-old horse by Candy Ride was a winner of Santa Anita’s Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Californian last June and has amassed $1,321,132 in earnings from an overall mark of 42-5-9-10.A Group I winner in his native Chile, trainer Neil Drysdale’s Bronzo was sixth, beaten 4 ¾ lengths by Hoppertunity in his second U.S. start, the San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 10. A 6-year-old gelding by Fusaichi Pegasus, Bronzo could well improve with a race under his belt and will hope to be flying late in the colors of his owner, Don Alberto Stable. He is 21-11-1-4 overall with earnings of $273,002.The complete field for the San Antonio, to be televised live on Fox Sports 1 and carded as the eighth race on a nine-card, with jockeys, weights and morning line in post position order: Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 123, 4-1; Tonito M., Rafael Bejarano, 120, 15-1; You Know I Know, Drayden Van Dyke, 118, 30-1; Imperative, Flavien Prat, 120, 20-1; Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 123, 7-5; Clubhouse Ride, Aaron Gryder, 120, 30-1; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 120, 20-1; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 123, 6-5, and Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze, 118, 30-1.                First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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