November 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Murder investigation stalls five months ater death of community radio director Zakia Zaki News News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the lack of progress in the Afghan official investigation into the murder exactly five months ago of Zakia Zaki, head of the radio station Sada-e-Sulh (Peace Radio).Police have arrested six suspects but released four. The security forces have not made any serious investigation that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the killers and the family and colleagues of Zakia Zaki fear that the authorities may have abandoned the investigation altogether, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.At least three men broke into her home in Jabalussaraj, Parwan province, north of Kabul, overnight on 5-6 June 2007 and fired seven bullets into her in front of her two-year-old son.Zaki, who also ran a school, used to say of the radio that it was a “community home for the residents, the only place where they dared express themselves freely”. The journalist and her staff were regularly threatened by local warlords.“At the time of her death, the interior minister caller her murder an ‘act of terror’ and promised that those responsible would be punished, but today nothing or almost nothing has been done,” said the organisation. “It is the duty of the authorities in Kabul to carry out a real investigation so that the murder of this courageous and excellent woman should not go unpunished.”French humanitarian Renaud Helfer-Aubrac, a former organiser of the French association Droit de parole, who helped the journalist set up the radio in 2001, has written a tribute to this “resistance figure”:”In Afghanistan, running an independent radio station can be fatalZakia Zaki was a mother, school teacher and editor-in-chief of Afghanistan’s first independent radio station in the post-Taliban era, all at the same time. She was also a free speech activist who paid for it with her life.“Zakia has been gunned down.”It was not immediate. It took me three seconds. Three seconds to finally put a face to the name. I hung up. Tears came to my eyes. I felt dismay, sadness and anger. Then sadness again.Afghanistan, September 2001Would the editor-in-chief we were going to see in a few minutes feel humiliated at the sight of the rudimentary studio equipment we had just assembled? What use would she make of this radio station? Where would she find the authority to impose herself in a lasting way, in a social context I could not really grasp?Every day, we were discovering a bit more of Afghanistan, like film extras hired for a single scene on the set of a big production, enthralled by the ballet of men and women whose roles and functions we did not understand. We were there for a few weeks. To install the radio station’s equipment, ensure the station’s independence, recruit and train a team, and then leave.An independent radio station, one that was free to say what it wanted. One that took a position. In Afghanistan, as elsewhere, running an independent radio station could be fatal. From the outset, the position of the NGO Droit de Parole (Right to Speak) was to choose a woman as the station’s editor-in-chief. A “radio station by women, for women,” was the motto.Solving the equation was not so simple. Commander Massoud had just been assassinated and the eyes of the world were turned to this nation with a troubled history. What would be the profile of a woman able to impose herself and guarantee a firm editorial line, and at the same time speak confidently on the air? The answer became clear as we strolled through villages in the Panjshir valley. A school teacher.There was movement outside the studio. Two blue veils got out of car and walked towards us.The veils entered the studio. A veil was removed. Zakia Zaki looked at us. She smiled at us. A calm, warm smile of the kind school teachers know how to give. There was benevolence in this look. For a moment I became the schoolboy I once was and perhaps had never ceased to be. It was obvious. The radio station was hers, for her fellow women. This was on the eve of the first US air strikes. From then onwards, Zakia Zaki was the editor-in-chief of Radio Solh (Peace Radio). She gave her life for it.Zakia Zaki was gunned down, probably at the behest of minor warlords. She was like a resistance fighter, one who fought for her ideas.I had made her a promise I would no longer be able to keep. I had promised her we would meet again in France or Afghanistan. There was a woman I set on introducing to her. My grandmother, Lucie Aubrac*. My enthusiasm for the idea of this meeting made her laugh.”Renaud Helfer-AubracHumanitarian aid worker* Lucie Aubrac was a member of the French resistance against the German occupation and the Vichy regime during the Second World War. 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Email Print Previous articleCar theft accused released over case delayNext articleWomen drivers warned of “distraction thieves” Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement Twitter WhatsApp Facebook NewsCrime & CourtAppeal over theft of child’s scooterBy Staff Reporter – January 12, 2015 776 Linkedin THIEVES who stole a children’s battery operated scooter are being asked to return it or provide information to allow for its return to a distraught youngster.Gardaí at Mayorstone are investigating the theft from a shed at the back of a house at Distillery View in Thomondgate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The theft is said to have occurred sometime between 9pm on Sunday night and Monday morning, January 4 and 5 last.The scooter is described as a red coloured “Razor” model and a battery charger was also taken.
(Instagram via laurenwoods.sellshomes, thefirm_eventdesign, tonywsimone, stevenabusch, ania_ishizaki, antonia_nycrealestate)Compass’ first day as a publicly traded company is in the books. The result so far? Neither a rousing success nor an epic failure.After a tumultuous 36 hours, in which the residential brokerage reduced the size and price of its offering, the stock price hovered between $18 and $22 per share throughout the trading day. Compass’ stock closed at $20.15 per share, giving the company a market cap of $7.7 billion. Including employee options and restricted stock units, the company says its valuation is closer to $10 billion.But by almost any metric, Compass’ IPO was not the home run company executives hoped for. The public offering raised $450 million — less than half the firm’s original target.“Retail investors weren’t necessarily champing at the bit,” said Paul Levine, a partner at Sapphire Ventures, a real estate tech investor which does not hold a stake in Compass. He said the middling results were likely a function of a weaker IPO market – several tech firms have delayed IPOs in recent days – a drop in tech stock performance and company-specific concerns.“Is the company an innovative tech company or more of a high-growth, traditional brokerage?” Levine said. “Where the IPO landed, my sense is that investors, at least today, are thinking it’s a rapidly growing but basically traditional brokerage.”Spin roomCompass investors, however, had a cheerier take.“I don’t know what was going on behind the scenes there,” said Ryan Freedman of Alpaca VC, weighing in on Compass’ last-minute decision to reduce both the share price and number of shares offered. (Alpaca, previously Corigin Ventures, invested in Compass’ seed and Series A rounds.)“It feels like they wanted to price themselves on the conservative side, and the market is rewarding them for it,” he said. Freedman described the state of the public markets as “funny” and speculated that Compass executives and bankers were motivated by a desire to go public before the markets deteriorated further.He described the firm as occupying a place between tech and brokerage.“The reality is there’s a tech platform there that’s enabling these agents to be more effective with their time and business,” he said. “I do also think that there’s a lot of cards that they could turn over in the short- or medium-term.”Speaking on CNBC, Compass CEO Robert Reffkin said the firm would “earn a higher valuation over time.”“The way we’re going to earn that is by creating value for agents,” he added. “Compass is building the modern, one-stop shop to help them grow their business.” In a separate appearance, on CNN, Reffkin said that “the goal was never a valuation, the goal was successful financing, and this met that goal.”During a later CNBC segment, Jeff Housenbold, who sits on Compass’ board through his position at its largest investor, SoftBank, claimed Compass helps agents increase their business by 19 percent. (The statistic cannot be independently verified.)“Think about it as Shopify for small business owners,” he said. “They happen to be real estate agents.”Analysts have doubtsAhead of Compass’ IPO, though, analysts voiced doubts about Compass’ finances.Although revenue jumped 56 percent to $3.7 billion last year, and more than doubled between 2018 and 2019, Compass has burned through more than $1 billion raised from investors. The overwhelming chunk of that revenue, like with other brokerages, is passed on to agents: According to its S-1, Compass’ average agent split was 82 percent in 2020, compared to 79 percent in 2018.“We may not achieve or sustain profitability,” Compass said in its S-1 prospectus, filed with the SEC.In a March 29 research note, New Constructs’ David Trainer argued that Compass is a traditional brokerage firm with “flashy marketing, whose only advantage is a virtually unlimited ability to burn cash.”“The fundamental question, however, remains as to whether the Compass platform leads to improvements in agent productivity,” wrote Thomvest Ventures’ Nima Wedlake in a blog post on Compass’ offering. (Thomvest invests in proptech but is not a Compass investor.)In an interview with The Real Deal, Wedlake said the valuation was not the premium one might expect, “especially if you think about the growth of the business between 2019 and 2021.”#agentsofcompassOn social media, Compass agents were exuberant.Some posted photos of themselves sipping champagne. Many promised it was “just the beginning.” At least one posted a drawing of a snorting bull.Leonard Steinberg, the firm’s chief evangelist, former president and one of its earliest big-name hires, posted a photo of himself in front of the exchange and called the IPO an “exciting milestone.”Vickey Barron, an agent in New York City, recounted a meeting with Reffkin in which he laid out his vision for Compass. “Not only was he passionate but it was clear that he knew his ‘Why’ and that nothing was going to stop him,” she wrote.And Greg Mire, another New York agent, recalled his biggest concern about joining Compass being its brand recognition.“Doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore,” he joked.Read moreCompass makes NYSE debut at $7B Compass reduces offering, valuation ahead of IPO What you need to know about Compass’ IPO this week Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Contact E.B. 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Tags: PCL/Salt Lake Bees Salt Lake is off today before hosting the Albuquerque Isotopes tomorrow in Salt Lake City. Rojas launched a grand slam in the seventh inning as the Bees prevented a four-game sweep. Robert Lovell April 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local Bees Stomp River Cats Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail (Sacramento, CA) — Jose Rojas homered twice and drove in six runs as the Bees stomped the River Cats 8-4 in Sacramento.
When single people reach State Pension age, they move from working age benefits to pension age benefits.Currently, couples can choose to make that transition when the older partner of the couple reaches State Pension age.In 2012, Parliament voted to modernise the system and change the rule for couples so that the transition takes place when the younger partner reaches State Pension age. This will ensure the younger partner is in the same circumstances as other people of the same age, regardless of the age of their partner.The government announced today that the change will be introduced from 15 May 2019.Mixed age couples with a partner under State Pension age already in receipt of Pension Credit or pension-age Housing Benefit at the point of change will be unaffected while they remain entitled to either benefit.If a mixed age couple claim working age benefits, the pensioner partner will not be subject to work-based conditionality. Any work-based conditionality for the younger partner will be tailored to meet their circumstances.Additional informationThe government laid the commencement order today (14 January 2019) that brings this change into force from 15 May 2019. The commencement order also sets out who will be exempt from this change.
Leicester have sacked Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson for their part in a sexually-explicit video during which racist language was used. Press Association Pearson, son of Foxes boss Nigel, and his two team-mates appeared together in a leaked video taken during the club’s end-of-season ‘goodwill tour’ of Thailand, during which a variety of graphic acts and crude remarks take place. At one stage one of two Thai women is referred to as a “slit-eye”. “Leicester have set the right tone to allow football to assert itself in setting and maintaining the correct standards of conduct to enhance the game’s image here and abroad as a source for good. “For too long, decision makers at the top of the game have been reluctant to make responsible and authoritative decisions, as employers, to deal effectively and decisively with incidents of serious misconduct and unprofessional behaviour, as well as applying appropriate sanctions. “It is therefore refreshing to see such positive action being taken in 2015 which we hope will set the decision-making pattern for the future.” Leicester reacted swiftly when the video surfaced via the Sunday Mirror, sending the players home from the trip and opening proceedings against them. A statement on behalf of Hopper, Smith and Pearson was also released offering “sincere apologies to the women involved in the incident, to the club and its owners, to the club’s fans and to their families”. Manager Nigel Pearson, who is a patron of anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card, is unlikely to miss the three on a footballing level. None have played for the Foxes in the league, while last season they were loaned out in the lower leagues – Pearson at Wrexham, Smith at Mansfield and Hopper at Scunthorpe. After an internal investigation Leicester, whose owners Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha are from Thailand, have terminated the trio’s contracts. A club statement read: “Leicester City Football Club has notified Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson that their contracts with the club have been terminated. “The decision follows the conclusion of an internal investigation and disciplinary proceedings, as a consequence of events that took place during the club’s end-of-season goodwill tour of Thailand. “Leicester City Football Club is acutely aware of its position, and that of its players, as a representative of the city of Leicester, the Premier League, the Football Association and the Club’s supporters. “It is committed to promoting a positive message of community and family values and equality, and to upholding the standards expected of a club with its history, tradition and aspirations. “The club will make no further comment on the investigation, its finding or outcomes.” The decision was welcomed by Lord Ouseley, chair of anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out. “We note and welcome the statement issued by Leicester City FC this evening regarding the action taken by the club following the professional misconduct of three of their players during a post-season tour of Thailand,” he wrote in a statement.
The 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.
Nov. 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.
SHERMAN, 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.
Those hoping Madison Bumgarner returns to the Giants may not be comforted by new manager Gabe Kapler admitting Thursday he’s yet to speak to the free-agent pitcher.Kapler, who has been on the job 10 days, told 95.7 The Game that while he’s spoken to some players already most of his time has been spent working on bringing in a new pitching coach and hitting coach.“I have not talked to MadBum yet,” Kapler said on The Bonta, Steiny & Guru Show. “I’m very interested to see how that all plays out. …