Governor Wolf Applauds Passage of Clean Slate Legislation

first_img Criminal Justice Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the passage of House Bill 1419, the “Clean Slate” bill: “The Clean Slate bill helps us accomplish something I have worked hard to do since I took office, make our criminal justice system fairer, more equitable, and more focused on rehabilitation,” Governor Wolf said. “Passage of the Clean Slate law allows for many people to move on with their lives with greater chances for success. This means better career, housing and education options. “I thank the General Assembly for its bi-partisan efforts to pass this important piece of legislation that will help Pennsylvanians. It’s another step in the right direction to reform the state’s criminal justice system and allow people the opportunity to succeed. I look forward to signing this bill into law.” HB1419 provides those with low-level, non-violent criminal records a mechanism to have their record sealed from public view.Nearly 3 million Pennsylvanians of working age are estimated to have criminal records with many that are only minor. The legislation proposes the following structure for sealing records: Nonviolent Misdemeanor Convictions – Sealing would occur after an individual has remained crime-free for 10 years.Non-Conviction Records – Sealing would be done as a matter of course, given that the presumption of innocence is one of the bedrocks of the American criminal justice system. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 22, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Applauds Passage of Clean Slate Legislationlast_img read more

Wet weather wasn’t enough to put off buyers with strong results under the hammer despite the rain

first_img29 Foxmont Drive, Carina. Picture: started at $725,000. The house was built in 1990 by an Italian family and this was the first time it had been offered for sale.“It was a young family that bought it, they beat out two other bidders,’’ Mr Bool said.The four-bedroom home had views to Carindale. 38 Park Rd West, Dutton Park. Picture: weather wasn’t enough to put off buyers with strong results under the hammer despite the rain this weekend.Auctioneer Haesley Cush of Ray White said while numbers of spectators at auctions were down bidder numbers were still strong.The first sale of the day was a four-bedroom house at 38 Park Rd West, Dutton Park.Bidding for the house which was listed through Luke Croft of Ray White South Brisbane started at $800,000.There were six registered bidders and it went up in $25,000 increments until it reached nearly $900,000. 3 Grant St, Camp Hill. Picture: home at nearby 3 Grant St, Camp Hill also sold under the hammer.There were four registered bidders for the house which was listed through Shane Hicks of Place Estate Agents. Three bidders actively took part, following an opening bid of $750,000 it sold under the hammer for $850,000.Mr Hicks said more than 100 groups had inspected the home during the campaign and the house was bought by the first couple who had inspected it.“Camp Hill is very, very popular at the moment,’’ Mr Hicks said.center_img 27 Winifred St, ClayfieldMr Cush said two bidders then battled it out with the successful buyer paying $905,000 for the house.The home has multiple living zones, and a separate lounge with french doors that lead out to the front veranda. The kitchen was recently updated with new appliances and cabinetry.Next to go under the hammer was a house at 27 Winifred St, Clayfield for which 15 bidders registered.The three-bedroom home, which was listed through Marion Sheerman of Ray White New on a 610sq m block of land.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by It was built around 1920 and had high ceilings, stained glass windows, polished wood floors and VJ walls.Mr Cush said bidding started in the early $900,000s. It quickly progressed to $1.25 million and stalled for negotiations. It was then announced on the market at $1.29 million and progressed to sell for $1.315 to a Sydney-based buyer on the phone.“It was quite a battle,’’ Mr Cush said.Meanwhile a home at 29 Foxmont Drive, Carina listed through Glenn Bool of Place Estate agents sold under the hammer for $826,000.last_img read more

Mourinho: United struggling with lack of confidence

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp It is the first time a Mourinho team has lost three in a row since he was in charge at Porto in 2002.But Mourinho isn’t about to panic because he believes United’s woes are only partially self-inflicted and he expects a revival once their luck changes.“I reflect on three factors from the match, but only one of them I can improve,” he said.“The first factor depends on ourselves, it relates to our individual mistakes and collective mistakes as individual players and as a team. We have to improve something, it is in our hands.“The second factor is the referee and I can’t control their mistakes. The story of the game is the result and not the ridiculous situation of the first goal.“The third factor is luck, we didn’t have it. We were the best team when we lost. Heurelho Gomes made a phenomenal save from a Zlatan Ibrahimovic header.” Watford, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho admits Manchester United’s lack of confidence has contributed to their dismal three-match losing streak.Mourinho’s side slumped to an embarrassing 3-1 defeat at Watford on Sunday to cap a miserable week that also included losses against Manchester City and Feyenoord.After winning the first three games of the Mourinho era, United are stuck in a rut and looked painfully short of inspiration in their first defeat against Watford for 30 years.It was a tepid display that recalled the worst moments of Louis van Gaal’s reign and Mourinho believes his players are suffering from a lack of belief that takes an extra toll whenever an important moment goes against them.“We started the season very well and had good results. I feel the first moment we had a defeat, a difficult situation, some of the boys are having a bit of difficulty coping with the negativity,” Mourinho said.“You see Ashley Young, his mentality the happiness and confidence he brought to the game is something more players need to have.”last_img read more

FL to Require Mental Health Classes for Grade 6 and Up

first_imgPublic schools in the Sunshine State will offer a new kind of class soon, based on a growing social issue.Under a mandate that the state’s Board of Education passed on Wednesday, schools will be required to deliver a minimum of five hours of mental health instruction beginning in 6th grade.Education officials proposed the change to the curriculum last month, after discussing it with First Lady Casey DeSantis. She has prioritized the problem on her agenda.The courses will be geared toward helping students to identify signs and symptoms of mental illness, as well as toward finding resources for battling depression or other issues. They will also learn how to help their peers who may be dealing with a mental health disorder.According to Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, “We are going to reinvent school-based mental-health awareness in Florida, and we will be the number one state in the nation in terms of mental health outreach and school safety, all because of the governor’s and First Lady’s remarkable vision.” He adds that additional changes related to mental health awareness are planned, but did not elaborate.School districts around the state will have the ability to choose the kinds of classes their students will be required to take. Topics to be addressed will include cyberbullying, suicide prevention, and the impact of substance abuse.Mrs. DeSantis says, “We know that 50 percent of all mental illness cases begin by age 14, so we are being proactive in our commitment to provide our kids with the necessary tools to see them through their successes and challenges. Providing mental health instruction is another important step forward in supporting our families.”The implementation date for the new courses, as well as any potential schedule changes needed to fit them in with existing classes, are still being worked out, a Board of Education spokesperson said.last_img read more

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly: COA’s 2011 Beach Sweeps…

first_imgClean Ocean Action Executive Director Cindy Zipf addresses the crowd during a press conference announcing the results of COA’s 2011 Beach SweepsSANDY HOOK – Clean Ocean Action released its annual Beach Sweeps Report at a press conference at the Seagull’s Nest last Wednesday.The Beach Sweeps Report provides an overview of the “the good, the bad and the ugly” items found on NJ beaches during the cleanups that took place in 2011.Along with a record-setting armada of plastics, which represented 83 percent of the total waste found, volunteers for COA also made some unusual finds.Last year’s record rainfall, storm surges and tidal flooding contributed to the overwhelming amount of litter found along the state’s coastline in 2011.Heavy rainfalls overwhelm storm drains and sewage treatment systems, forcing untreated sewage and waste items into rivers, oceans and bays.Amid the flotsam and jetsam recovered from the beaches were one complete ‘Elmo’ costume, a GPS device, a typewriter, a computer, an I-pod and a bottle dating back to 1869.Plastic remains the number one type of refuse collected from New Jersey beaches, and it is a material that poses special dangers to marine life.Clean Ocean Actions annual Beach Sweep Reports call attention to the need to protect New Jersey’s beaches and heighten awareness about the dangers that marine debris pose to humans and marine animals.Beach Sweep volunteers collected more than 500 plastic tampon applicators, the remains of mylar balloons, drinking straws and other forms of plastic.Over time, plastic deteriorates into small pieces, which are then ingested by fish and other marine wildlife. Those plastics can lead to starvation, stress, reproductive defects cancer and other life-threatening conditions.Other man-made materials also pose dangers to marine life. During the 2011 Sweeps, 20 animals were found dead due to entanglement of nylong balloon string, fishing line and six-pack rings.Volunteers were able to rescue three animals that had become entangled and return them to the wild.Volunteers did witness a decline in cigarette buts and smoking waste, officials said. They suspect that decline represents a decrease in the number of people smoking. It is the first time in 19 years that cigarette filters have not made the top three types of debris found.The 2011 trash haul of 452,698 pieces of debris was collected by 7,575 volunteers who combed the beaches at over 65 locations along the Jersey Shore.This is the 27th year that COA has sponsored the cleanups, which provides an opportunity for ordinary citizens to act to protect their beaches by taking a stand against litter.The first cleanup of 2012 will take place on Saturday, April 21 at over 70 sites along the Jersey coast. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations are invited to participate.Plastics comprised more than 83 percent of the debris found on NJ beaches in 2011Further info on the 2012 Beach Sweeps is available on the web at or call (732) 872-2011 to speak with a COA representative.“ It’s all about New Jersey pride,” said Cindy Zipf, the founder and executive director of COA. “It’s citizens fighting back and giving back to the ocean.”last_img read more

Former Leaf Adam Wheeldon eager to put Smokies back on the BCHL map, and soon

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsWill this B.C. Hockey League season be a long one for all the wrong reasons for the Trail Smoke Eaters?Former Nelson Leaf Adam Wheeldon feels fans should not quite toss in the towel just yet, even though the Smokies were outscored 12-4 in two home games over the weekend by the Westside Warriors.“No it will be good . . .. We’ll still be good,” Wheeldon said emphatically when asked about any second thoughts on his decision to sign with Trail instead of attending Westside’s camp.“Going to Trail was still the right decision for me.”Wheeldon, in Nelson Sunday to watch his former Leaf teammates battle the Spokane Braves, has had quite rollercoaster ride this summer.After attending a spring camp in Westside, the 5’10” 185-pound Wheeldon was asked back to the club’s main camp in August.The invitation prompted then Leaf coach Chris Shaw to trade Wheeldon’s rights to the Kelowna Chiefs.However, before the Warriors camp opened Wheeldon decided to take in the Smokies tryout session.Which turned out to be a great decision because the Trail coaching staff rolled out the red carpet and signed the Nelson native.“I had to make a decision between the two and I picked Trail,” said the 17-year-old Wheeldon, tossed out of Friday’s game for a checking-from-behind penalty.The speedy winger, billetting with the family of former Nelson Leaf teammate Walker Sidoni, has made a few jumps since graduating from Nelson Minor Hockey.First there was a season with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League as a 15-year-old.Surprising most hockey experts, Wheeldon found a home last season on Shaw’s Leafs as a 16-year-old.Ironically, his father Simon decided at the 11th hour to coach the BCMMHL team when no other coach could be found.Instead of coaching his son, Simon was on the bus going one way while Adam was on a bus heading the opposite direction with the KIJHL club.This season the younger Wheeldon, wearing number 22 for the Smokies — the same number he had in major midget — has once again climb another step on the junior hockey ladder to the BCHL.“I don’t really know what in my future holds for me,” Wheeldon said when asked if he’ll be continuing his junior hockey climb, next season playing in the WHL.Just like the jump from major midget to junior B was a bit of a culture shock, so has been playing at the Tier II junior level.“When you have the puck it’s important to make smart plays because there’s not very much time until some one is on you,” Wheeldon explained.“It’s important to know what you’re going to do with the puck before you get it.”Wheeldon and his Trail Smoke Eater teammates have an opportunity to get into the win column when the team plays host to the Merritt Centennials Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Cominco Arena.The game is the third of an early season home stand before the club sets out on a two-game Okanagan road trip to Merritt Friday and Penticton, to face the Vees, Saturday.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Nelson Clubsters open Spring hoop season in Salmon Arm

first_img“We are often physically outmatched by older U17 teams,” said coach Jeremy Phelan.Despite the size and age discrepancy, Nelson jumped to a 4-1 lead with baskets from Colton Jones. However, at the three- minute mark our starting center Vinnie Watson went down with a dislocated knee and we had to wait for the ambulance to take him to the hospital.Nelson lost its momentum and were outmatched without Watson’s size in the post. After a short break Nelson played the Synergy U15 squad.The Grade 8 twin duo of Brock and Dyllen Dixon controlled the back court along with Jared Martin against the junior Synergy opponent.The tables turned against the U15 Synergy, as Nelson had the overall size advantage and were able to out-rebound and out-muscle the slighter U15s.The line of Rob Dixon, Matosevic, Stryder Scott, Teja Legare, and Colton Jones managed to score at will and maintain leads through each quarter and finally secure the 41-34 win. Nelson Club Basketball team traveled to the North Okanagan to begin the spring lead against teams from Salmon Arm.Josh Matosevic led the U17s in scoring in a 59-27 defeat against a much bigger and stronger Synergy U17’s.Nelson has no U17s on the team as the club is filled with younger players.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2016)–Fresh off an impressive gate to wire triumph June 18 at Belmont Park, 8-year-old gelding Obviously, along with 4-year-old Om, head a deep and competitive field of 10 three year olds and up in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 City of Hope Mile (turf) at Santa Anita, which will serve as a major prep to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile here on Nov. 5. Frank Conversation–Rafael Bejarano–118Joe Bay–Santiago Gonzalez–121Patriots Rule–Joe Talamo–121Om–Gary Stevens–123Ed Johnson–Martin Garcia–118Hootenany–Julio Garcia–121Express Himself–Victor Espinoza–121Obviously–Tyler Baze–121Perfectly Majestic–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–121Vyjack–Flavien Prat–121First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit OM: Trained by Dan Hendricks, this 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Munnings comes off a solid second, beaten a half length, in the Grade II, Del Mar Mile (turf) Handicap Aug. 21 and will also hope to use the City of Hope as a springboard to a start in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Although winless from three starts this year, Om showed marked improvement at Del Mar, posting a career high 105 Beyer. With regular rider Gary Stevens up, Om will hope to ration his speed with Obviously drawn outside of him. Owned by the Sareen Family Trust, Om is 13-5-2-3 and has earnings of $614,845. OBVIOUSLY: Trained by Phil D’Amato, Irish-bred Obviously has ranked among the nation’s top turf milers for the better part of five racing seasons. Off as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade III, one mile turf Poker Stakes June 18 at Belmont, Obviously made an easy lead under Jose Lezcano and cruised to a 3 ¾ length win while earning a career tying top Beyer Speed figure of 108. Tyler Baze will try his hand for the first time on Saturday as Obviously shoots for his fifth win from 13 starts on the Santa Anita turf en route to what his connections hope will be a fourth try in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (turf). Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Obviously has 9-17 at a mile on grass and sports an overall mark of 27-12-6-3, with earnings of $1,747,751.center_img HOOTENANY: Lightly raced since taking the one mile, Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 31, 2014, trainer Wesley Ward’s 4-year-old colt by Quality Road comes off a come from behind win in a one mile turf allowance at Belterra Park in Cincinnati, Ohio and may find the City of Hope pace situation to his liking. With Obviously and Om signed on, it would seem a swift early cadence would be assured. Veteran jockey Julio Garcia is scheduled to ride Hootenany back for owners Smith, Magnier and Tabor. Unbeaten in two turf mile starts, Hootenanny is 11-5-2-1 overall with earnings of $834,671. THE GRADE II CITY OF HOPE MILE IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 8 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 4 p.m. PSTlast_img read more


first_img$1 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT Drefong/Lord Nelson – Drefong galloped 1m under Dana Barnes, returning to the track two days after working. Lord Nelson jogged 1m. Obviously – Obviously is poised to become the fifth horse in history to compete in Breeders’ Cup events in five consecutive years. And, the first to step outside a specific race in that time span.The other five-timers, who all stuck to one event, were: Kona Gold (Sprint, 1998-02), Perfect Drift (Classic, 2002-06), Better Talk Now (Turf, 2004-08) and California Flag (Turf Sprint, 2008-12).Obviously has been sent out in the Mile for four straight years, saddled by the late Mike Mitchell in 2012-13 and by Phil D’Amato, the protege of and successor to Mitchell, in 2014-15. The results for the Irish-bred Obviously: third, fifth, fifth and ninth, after setting the pace for three quarters or more in his first three tries and for the first half in 2015.On Saturday, D’Amato will saddle Obviously for the Turf Sprint, 6 1/2 furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside course, with the hopes of the 8 yo gelding finally being in front at the finish rather than the start.“Usually the Turf Sprint turns up a little easier than the turf Mile,” D’Amato said. “He’s eight years old and we wanted to give him the best chance possible to win a Breeders’ Cup race. As of now, I don’t see any slowing down in him. He’s maintained his speed and his class, and as long as he does that we’ll keep running him. And if he shows any signs of slowing down, we’ll see that he has a great home.” Runhappy – James McIngvale’s reigning Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Runhappy jogged twice around the main track at 5:30 Wednesday morning with exercise rider Marcus O’Donnell up for trainer Laura Wohlers.Runhappy also had a paddock schooling session later in the morning as he continued preparations for Friday’s Las Vegas Dirt Mile, his first race around two turns in more than 21 months.Gary Stevens will be aboard Runhappy on Friday. The first time the Hall of Famer was on Runhappy was when he won the 7f Malibu (G1) by 3 ½ lengths as the 1-2 favorite last Dec. 26.“The first thing I told them (after the race) was that he’ll run long,” Stevens said. “I knew after the first eighth of a mile. He has such an efficient stride and a joy to ride. He’s got a lot of class.”Wohlers is uncertain how Friday’s race will play out.“When the gates open, it is up to the jockeys,” Wohlers said. “Gary knows him and if he gets him relaxed and in stride without forcing him, we will be fine.” Tamarkuz – Godolphin Stable’s 6yo Speightstown horse galloped 1 1/2m under exercise rider Rob Massey Wednesday morning at Santa Anita. Tamarkuz and Kiaran McLaughlin’s two other Breeders’ Cup horses, Frosted and Senterio Italia, are scheduled to visit the gate later this week. Winless in six straight races since a victory in the Godolphin Mile in March 2015, Tamarkuz  has finished second in this last two outings, the 7f Forego at Saratoga and the 1m Kelso at Belmont Park under  Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who will be up for the Dirt Mile.             Undrafted – The last time trainer Wesley Ward had horses in a Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, he finished second and third in a heartbreaking three-pronged photo finish. Third that day was Wes Welker and Sheep Pond Partners’ Undrafted, who has since proven his international mettle with a victory in the 2015 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. Since that victory, he has only visited the winner’s circle once when taking his 2016 debut at Keeneland in the Shakertown. He exits a sixth, beaten 2 3/4 lengths, in the Woodford where the 6yo son of Purim closed from last at the top of the stretch.“Being overlooked is kind of like his name,” Ward said. “I’m really confident and excited about the race and it helps that he has a start down the hill. I think he busted out running this year and won a stakes and we were looking for big things. He then was compromised by the track at Royal Ascot when he tried to defend his title and before that, in last year’s Breeders’ Cup, the track was soggy. We came back a little quick at Saratoga when he finished third (in the Lucky Coin Stakes) and he was also up on the pace that day and he doesn’t like that, so I forgave him for that.“His race at Kentucky Downs next out (a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint) was not great, but forgivable, but his last race, to me, was impressive,” Ward continued. “He got lost out of the race when the jockey took him back too far and then got stuck and only got to run the last part of the race. It wasn’t visually impressive, but he came out of the race like a bear and his works since that race are back to what he was when he was as good as he has ever been.”John Velazquez, who was aboard for his third-place Breeders’ Cup effort in 2014, returns to ride the chestnut.“He’s an older horse and you can see it, but I’m honestly expecting a huge performance,” Ward concluded. “He doesn’t have to be as good as he once was, he just has to perform as good as he was one time.” $1 MILLION LAS VEGAS BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE Theory impressively won his first two starts, including a 3 ½-length victory in the 6f Futurity Oct. 15. Pletcher expressed confidence that the son of Gemologist will be effective around two turns Saturday.“He’s a son of Gemologist, who won the Wood Memorial, and he has efficient action,” Pletcher said. “In particular, what gave us the confidence to go ahead and try this was the way he finished the Futurity, and the way he galloped out afterwards was very strong. He put in a little more gallop-out than I would have liked him to. Javier (Castellano) asked him to gallop out a little bit. To me, he almost ran a mile that day. The way he came out of it and the way he’s trained hopefully will set him up for this.” Favorable Outcome/Ticonderoga – Trainer Chad Brown sent his colts out to gallop 1 3/8m in the bright sunshine Wednesday at Santa Anita Park. With a third-place finish in the Champagne on his resume, Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Favorable Outcome changes surfaces for the Juvenile Turf. Brown said the move had less to do with his pedigree  – he is by Flatter out of an Eltish mare  –  than his action.“I just had a feeling that he would handle it, despite his lack of breeding, just by the way he moves,” Brown said. “When I purchased the horse at the 2yo sale, he breezed on a synthetic track, which oftentimes translates into turf racing. We’re just taking a shot and hoping he can move up on the turf.”Ticonderoga, named for a historic 18th century fort in upstate New York that overlooks the north-south waterway between Lake Champlain and Lake George, was an $850,000 yearling purchase. He was equipped with a new bit after running second in the Bourbon Oct. 9.“He’s a well-bred and good-looking horse,” Brown said. “He’s still a work in progress mentally, but does have good talent.” $1.5 MILLION TWINSPIRES BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT Vyjack – Pick Six Racing’s Vyjack stood in the gate before galloping a mile under exercise rider Jose Dominguez for trainer Phil D’Amato. Haveyougoneaway – Trainer Tom Morley liked what he saw when Haveyougoneaway galloped on the main track at Santa Anita Wednesday morning. Owned by Gary Barber and Sequel Racing, Haveyougoneaway has won three in a row, including the Ballerina, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race at Saratoga, and is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the Filly & Mare Sprint. The 5yo New York-bred daughter of Congrats shipped from New York on Sunday and Morley said she has handled the trip across the country well.“She shipped out here absolutely no problem,” Morley said. “She’s done a lot of shipping in her life, but I don’t think she has ever flown, so I was a little bit nervous about that. Julio Garcia, her groom flew with her and said she was absolutely perfect. I thought she was just a tiny bit dry in her coat (Tuesday) when we got here and I pulled her blanket off. I couldn’t believe the difference in 24 hours this morning. She looks exactly like she did when she left Belmont Park. The weight has gone back on from the flight and she trained like an absolute beast this morning.”Haveyougone away galloped 1 1/2m under exercise rider Orlando Tapia.“It’s always a good sign when you see her flicking her leads,” Morley said. “Initially when I got her I was a little bit concerned about that, but actually, that’s her saying, ‘I’m ready.’ I saw her doing that this morning on the track and her rider came back blowing harder than she was. It’s all systems go.” $2 MILLION 14 HANDS WINERY BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES Dortmund – Dortmund stood in the gate before galloping one mile under exercise rider Dana Barnes. Happy Mesa – Happy Mesa galloped 1 1/2m Wednesday at Santa Anita in preparation for a start in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.The daughter of Sky Mesa launched her career with a pair of victories for trainer Hamilton Smith at Laurel, where she captured her debut in a $40,000 claimer on dirt by more than three lengths and won the Selima Stakes on turf by 2 ¼ lengths. She was purchased privately by Great Point Stables, Highclere America and Zoom and Fish Stables and transferred to trainer Graham Motion.Happy Mesa finished second over the Santa Anita turf course in the Surfer Girl Stakes in her first start for her new connections Oct. 10.“She was a private purchase after her second race with the idea of getting her here for the Breeders’ Cup,” Motion said. “She ran well here in the prep. I thought she ran well here to finish second in the prep. We kept her out here hoping to get in and fortunately she drew in. I haven’t been around her a great deal, but she’s a straight-forward filly.” $2 MILLION SENTIENT JET BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENIILE Pure Sensation – Jockey Kendrick Carmouche will have his first mount in a Breeders’ Cup race aboard Pure Sensation in the Turf Sprint on Saturday.  According to assistant trainer Christophe Lorieul, the rider is a perfect fit for the 5yo gelding, who’s won five of his last seven races.“In last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Pure Sensation was unable to handle the soft going at Keeneland.  (He finished eighth.) While this year’s 6 1/2 furlongs might be at the limit of his best distance, the course is partially downhill, so that should compensate for that a bit,” he said.  “This horse is an old pro.  From the rail post position, he should be able to get cover early and sit off the lead.  He’s a very quick and efficient horse.”Since arriving Sunday, Pure Sensation has jogged and galloped around the main oval.  He’ll school in the paddock Thursday once trainer Christophe Clement is on hand.  He is scheduled to arrive in town Wednesday evening. Klimt – Klimt jogged a mile, returning to the track for the first time following a Monday work. Noholdingback Bear – Bear Stables’ Mike De Paulo-trained Noholdingback Bear shipped without an issue from his Woodbine base in Canada and has settled in well into Barn 59, according to his connections. A winner of the Gallant Bob last out at Parx, he ran the best race of his career in the process, while effectively transitioning to stalker tactics.“He shipped really well,” De Paulo said, who came in from Toronto with wife and assistant Josie. “He’s traveled everywhere, though, including going to the Breeders’ Cup last year (for the undercard) and to Florida and Philadelphia this year. He has a lot of stamps in his passport. We vanned to Kentucky and then flew to California from there.”Noholdingback Bear, who was a confirmed speed horse until attempting to rate for the first time two back in the King’s Bishop, has drawn post eight of nine in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and will face older horses for the second time after finishing second to them in the Bold Venture this season.“I’m not overly concerned about the post,” De Paulo said. “I’ll leave it all up to the jockey (Eurico Da Silva) and it’ll depend on how he and the rest of the field break. He’ll either move forward or drop in. It all just depends on how things go.“I gave him five weeks after his big effort last time,” he continued. “He seems like he’s doing really well and his last work at Woodbine was really good. We’ll go lightly into the race from here on in.” Gloryzapper – Gloryzapper, the 4yo daughter of 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Ghostzapper, stood in the gate Wednesday morning before galloping 1m under exercise rider Norberto Olguin for trainer Phil D’Amato. Wavell Avenue/Irish Jasper – Trainer Chad Brown’s runners were sent out to gallop approximately 1 3/8m Wednesday morning at Santa Anita Park. Brown said his entire crew of 12 Breeders’ Cup runners was settled in and fine.Last year at Keeneland, Wavell Avenue turned in a big performance, rolling from off the pace at odds of 10-1 to beat La Verdad by 1 3/4 lengths. It was her first and still only graded stakes victory andprovided Brown with his first Breeders’ Cup victory on dirt. This year, she is 1-1-2 in six starts, a record Brown described as disappointing. However, he said her training has improved since finishing third in the Gallant Bloom on Oct. 1 at Belmont Park.“I love the way she is moving,” Brown said. “She is a picture of health physically and I’m hoping that she does what she did last year, and that’s get good at the right time. She might just be a fall horse. I’ve had several horses run through my hands that are that way, they’re seasonal. This horse is, hopefully, one of them.”Irish Jasper, owned by William Farish and David Mackie, sold for $12,000 as a yearling and has earned $550,000. She was away from the races from mid-October 2015 to early July with physical issues. She enters the Breeders’ Cup on a two-race win streak that has pushed her record to eight wins in 15 career starts. In her last race she won the Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland, a key prep for the Filly & Mare Sprint.Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. replaces Julien Leparoux, who will ride Carina Mia in the Breeders’ Cup. $1 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT American Gal/Noted And Quoted – American Gal walked in the barn area after a 4f work on Tuesday under Mike Smith in 46 seconds, the best of 35 at the distance.“I got on her for the first time and I’m glad that I did,” Smith said Wednesday morning. “My confidence level shot through the roof with her. It remains to be seen if she’s good enough, but I was really impressed with the way she moved and responded with me.”Noted And Quoted jogged 1m under Dana Barnes, returning to the track two days after working 4f in 46 seconds. Champagne Room – Sorrento Stakes winner Champagne Room took to the main track at 8 am and galloped 1 1/4m with exercise rider Max Corrales.Trainer Peter Eurton hopes for a relaxed trip in the Juvenile Fillies for the 2yo daughter of Broken Vow who drew post six in a field of 12.“She got a great draw,” Eurton said. “If somebody wants to go, she has no problem tracking, but I wouldn’t fight her to make that happen.” Om – Multiple graded stakes winner Om took to the track at 7:45 and galloped 1 m on the main track. Trainer Dan Hendricks’ son, Greg, was in the irons.The 4yo son of Munnings drew post 12 and is listed at 12-to-1 in the field of 14 with two also eligibles. Trainer Dan Hendricks hopes for a clean trip in the down the hillside Turf Sprint.“Mostly to win you need a clear, safe, lucky trip. Fourteen horses down the hill, so you know it can get a little congested, troublesome, but hopefully we sit behind a hot pace and we finish better than the rest; if that happens hopefully we win,” Hendricks said. Yellow Agate – “We really don’t know how good she is,” assistant trainer Christophe Loreiul said about the 2yo filly Yellow Agate, who is preparing to contest the 14 Hands Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.  The daughter of Gemologist is one of only two unbeaten entrants in the 1 1/16m fixture, but boasts the biggest bankroll of earnings among the starting field.“She won her first race impressively, then returned to win the Frizette.  That got her a start here, of course (as a “win and you’re in” designated race),” Lorieul said.  “We obviously very much like the way she’s progressing.  Both wins were very game, but especially in the stakes (Frizette).  She has good tactical speed and should be around mid-pack in the race, although she is versatile enough to be placed anywhere.  She’s doing very well.”Like the rest of the barn’s Breeders’ Cup entrants (Lull and Pure Sensation), the approach to preparation has been slow and steady, initially with jogging, followed by light gallops leading up to the race. Practical Joke – Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Into Mischief colt arrives at the Breeders’ Cup with a perfect record after three races and is the only runner in the field with two Grade 1 victories. He won the Hopeful at Saratoga by a neck and the Champagne at Belmont Parkby a nose.“He has a lot of heart and a lot of guts,” trainer Chad Brown said. Brown said that the early success of Practical Joke, who galloped 1 3/8m Wednesday at Santa Anita, was not a surprise, but it has been satisfying.“We always thought he was a top prospect when he came to the barn,” Brown said. “But you’re always impressed and relieved when it happens because so many of them come in as highly regarded and really have all the makings of a top prospects potentially and so very few of them actually develop to it. With him, it’s extremely rewarding that he has done it.” $1 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF Big Score – The Tim Yakteen trainee Big Score entered the track at 5:30 a.m. and galloped 1 1/2 m over the main track with exercise rider Jesse Rodriguez.“He is doing good,” Yakteen said. “It’s going to take his best effort and a clean trip to get the job done.”Big Score drew post six in a field of 14. Big Score is listed at 8-to-1 in the morning line. Spain Burg – Highly regarded import Spain Burg, once beaten from five career starts in Europe, will make her North American debut in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf for trainer Kathy Ritvo.  The daughter of past Breeders’ Cup 2 yo champion Johannesburg, was acquired at the Arquana Arc Sales in France this fall for 1.5 million Euros, the second-highest priced horse sold at the auction.“Mr. Reeves (owner Dean Reeves, who successfully raced Mucho Macho Man, the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner) purchased this filly last month and we shipped her to Kentucky,” Ritvo noted.  “She had an easy 5f work over the grass at Keeneland before shipping to Santa Anita for this race.  She arrived on Saturday.”Ritvo also brought along her exercise rider Daniel Vera to pilot the filly during her morning gallops.  “She galloped twice around the track on Tuesday and we also took her into the saddling paddock for schooling.  She really seems focused and ready.  All I’ll need to do between now and race day Friday is keep her happy and stay out of the way,” Ritvo added.“I really like it here at Santa Anita.  The weather is great and I’ve been very fortunate here during the Breeders’ Cup with a win and a runner-up effort in the Classic.”Asked what she’s doing to occupy her time with only a single horse to mind during the week, Ritvo stated, “I stall walk a lot.” Classic Empire – John C. Oxley’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Classic Empire left Barn 59 at 6:30 a.m. in tandem with Juvenile Fillies entrant Valadorna for trainer Mark Casse and proceeded to gallop 1m on the Santa Anita main track. $1 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES TURF A.P. Indian – Green Lantern Stables’ homebred A. P. Indian arrived at Santa Anita at 7 p.m. Tuesday and wasted little time getting familiar with the main track Wednesday morning at 8 o’clock with a mile gallop under exercise rider Moises Nava.“He shipped well, no problems,” trainer Arnaud Delacour said, adding with a laugh, “I got here at 4:30 which is not a good time with the traffic.”After jogging back to the seven-eighths pole. A. P. Indian galloped an enthusiastic mile and then returned to the barn with a walk through the paddock.“He trains very hard in the mornings,” Delacour said. “His schedule the rest of the week depends on how he is eating, his demeanor but he will probably go out a little after 8 when there are fewer horses.”A winner of all six starts this year, including two Grade 1 victories and a track-record performance at Keeneland in his most recent start in the Phoenix, A. P. Indian drew post position five and will be ridden by Joe Bravo.“The post is perfect and it is a small field,” Delacour said. “Hopefully he gets a good trip, better than the one he got at Keeneland when he had quite a bit to overcome.” Masochistic – Trainer Ron Ellis can see the difference with Masochistic this year.  Heading into the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with the 2-1 morning line choice, he also feels very fortunate to be here in this position.“He came out of this race last year with a small crack in his right hind cannon bone,” Ellis said.  “Mike (Smith, his rider) didn’t like the way he was going shortly after breaking from the gate and he tried to pull him up for most of the race.  (Masochistic ultimately finished 14th and last.)  He wasn’t lame, but we took precautionary x-Rays afterward and it lit up his hind leg.  Fortunately, he didn’t require surgery, so we just turned him out for three months.“When I got him back, I just started at square one.  He seems almost like a different horse. He’s much more mature and more relaxed in his races.  It’s a nice feeling going into this year’s race fresh and not having raced all year long. Last year we were beaten in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Maybe that was an indicator of something bothering him.”To keep him sharp now that his major work is completed, Ellis has been sending the 6 yo to the training track in the mornings.  “We’ll probably school him once before the race, but, otherwise, we’re ready to go.  I’m really excited about our chances this year,” he said. Sweet Loretta – St. Elias Stable’s Sweet Loretta made her first visit to the Santa Anita racetrack Wednesday morning, galloping 1m for Saturday’s Juvenile Fillies.“She’s been a consummate professional so far to win her three starts and step up in class and distance each time,” trainer Todd Pletcher said.Sweet Loretta won her debut by seven lengths at Monmouth before winning the Schuylerville and finishing in a dead-heat for the win in the Spinaway at Saratoga. Both of her stakes victories were achieved after breaking awkwardly from the gate.“I think she’s trying to overachieve a little bit. She broke so hard the ground kind of came away from her in the Schuylerville,” Pletcher said. “She doesn’t have a behavioral problem, she just wanted to get into the race.” Carina Mia – Three Chimneys Farm’s Carina Mia continues to train forwardly for conditioner Bill Mott in the mornings at Santa Anita. The morning-line 7-2 second choice in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint will take on her elders in Grade I, seven-furlong company for the second time in her career after finishing third as the favorite two back in the Ballerina at Saratoga. Julien Leparoux, who has been aboard for all four of her victories, rides from the eight hole in the field of 13.“She looked good training today and has every day here (at Santa Anita),” Mott said. “She’s doing well.”After a juvenile season last year in which the daughter of Malibu Moon won the Golden Rod at Churchill Downs at 1 1/16m, she kicked off her sophomore season at the same distance when setting the pace and fading to fourth in the Ashland at Keeneland. Naturally still a Kentucky Oaks candidate, her connections opted to run her in the Eight Belles at seven furlongs on the same card instead. She responded with a six-length drubbing of her opponents, prompting some to think she would have been very tough to beat in the Oaks going 1 1/8m.“The way she ran, she would have been competitive,” Mott said. “You never say she would have won, because that’s all speculation. I guess in the end it worked out only because we were able to win the Acorn.”The Acorn, like the Kentucky Oaks, is a Grade I event and winning it decisively came at the expense of Kentucky Oaks champ Cathryn Sophia. Since then, Carina Mia has beaten all but divisional leader Songbird when trying two turns, including a second last out in the Cotillion at Parx, where she was again well clear of Cathryn Sophia. She will now cut back to the same trip as the Ballerina and Eight Belles.“I haven’t looked at the race on paper, but she seems like she’s a stalker type and been very effective that way,” Mott said. “I imagine there’s a fair amount of speed in there. What we think we should do and what happens when the gate opens are two different things.” “My goal would be to aim him toward the Met Mile next year,” Stewart said. “He likes Belmont and ran really well there, so that makes sense.” Bowie’s Hero – Del Mar Juvenile Turf winner Bowie’s Hero galloped on the grass under exercise rider Jose Dominguez for trainer Phil D’Amato. Gormley – The Malibu Moon colt, upset winner over Klimt and Straight Fire in the Grade I FrontRunner in only his second career start, galloped 1 1/2m on the main track under exercise rider Juan Gonzalez for the Zenyatta connections – trainer John Shirreffs and owners Jerry and Ann Moss. New Money Honey/Rymska – Alain Jathiere’s French-bred Rymska finished second to New Money Honey at Belmont Park on Oct. 16 and will face her new stablemate in Chad Brown’s barn again Friday afternoon in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.“I received her just after the Miss Grillo and she is a horse that has just improved daily,” Brown said. “I’m so impressed with this horse’s development this month. She’s earned her way into this race on her works.”Rymska drew post 11 in the 14-horse field and is 20-1 on the morning line. She will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr.“I would have preferred to be a little further inside,” Brown said. “It is what it is. She will try to work out a trip from there with Irad.”Brown opted to keep New Money Honey, owned by e 5 Racing Thoroughbreds of Boca Raton, Fla., on turf rather than give her a try on dirt in the Juvenile Fillies. She broke her maiden on grass in the Miss Grillo on Oct. 2.“I cross-entered in the dirt only to think about it. I think she favors a little more distance, the Juvenile Fillies is a mile and a sixteenth, and I’ve always felt that she will handle the dirt, but at the end of the day she is coming off a nice Grade 3 win on the turf. I felt like it probably wasn’t the right stage to experiment on, so I just stuck with the turf, a more conservative route and prayed for a good post and she got it. Hopefully she can get up in time going a mile.”New Money Honey and Javier Castellano will start from post three and are 10-1 on the morning line.Both of Brown’s Juvenile Turf Fillies runners galloped 1 3/8m at Santa Anita on Wednesday. A Lot – Amerman Racing’s 4yo Tapit colt galloped 1 3/8m Wednesday morning at Santa Anita. The son of Tapit returns to sprinting on turf, where he recorded three of his four victories. Trainer Chad Brown won this race on Santa Anita’s distinctive downhill course in 2014 with Bobby’s Kitten.“He’s never been down the hill, but he strikes me as the type of horse that would fit the hill very well,” Brown said. “I think the distance will suit him and the flow of the race will suit him. I think now he’s mentally able to handle that kind of trip. We don’t know for sure until we try it. He has the profile of a horse that could be successful.” Term of Art – Term of Art, whose stakes debut will occur in Saturday’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, continued his steady preparation on Wednesday with an easy gallop of 1m over Santa Anita’s main oval under exercise rider David Rodriguez.Trainer Doug O’Neill reported that the decision to run the son of Tiznow was jointly made with Calumet Farm manager Eddie Kane, “It didn’t require a lot of arm twisting because he acts like he’ll improve with distance,” O’Neill stated.  “I’ve got four horses for Calumet and, so far, he looks like the best of them.  Although he’ll be a longshot in the race, I think he’s got a serious chance.”Added O’Neill, “You know at this stage of their development, they can improve dramatically from race to race.  And, he’s shown steady improvement both in his numbers and finishes after three starts.” Gun Runner – Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner made a solid impression Wednesday morning, leaving Barn 59 at approximately 7 a.m. before standing in the gate and galloping a mile with assistant trainer Scott Blasi looking on from horseback. Trained by Steve Asmussen, the son of Candy Ride hails from a barn and Winchell ownership that has won (Tapizar, 2012) and finished second (Tapiture, 2014) in two of the past three Dirt Miles held at Santa Anita.“He’s doing well,” Blasi said. “I think the race will set up well for him.”Gun Runner breaks from the outside post nine under regular Florent Geroux and is the fifth-leading earner in North America so far in 2016. Celestine – Phaedrus Flights LLC’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint entrant Celestine did light work Wednesday morning for trainer Bill Mott. A 4yo filly, the daughter of Scat Daddy jogged two days after putting in her final drill (48 flat for a half-mile on the Santa Anita main track). She will be taking on the boys for the first time and going after her second Grade I victory on the season after landing the Just A Game in June at Belmont going a one-turn mile.“She’s training great,” Mott said. “We feel good about her going in. Obviously it’s a question going down the hill, but she is doing well.”Joel Rosario will ride from post 14. The pair were assigned morning-line odds of 8-1. Lull – Assistant trainer Christophe Lorieul, who arrived Tuesday night, supervised a light gallop of 2yo filly Lull as she prepares for the Juvenile Fillies Turf Friday.  The daughter of War Front has taken it slow and easy since her arrival from Kentucky.“She’s shown us her fondness for grass and won a nice stakes at Kentucky Downs in September,” said Lorieul. Offspring of her sire are typically better on the turf.  This race might be a little quick for her return to racing (her last race was Oct. 12), but she’s going well.  This is the type of race where anything can happen.” Syndergaard/Theory – Eric Fein and partners Syndergaard got acquainted with the Santa Anita racing surface Wednesday morning during a 1 1/4m gallop.The son of Majesticperfection, who launched his career with two easy wins against New York-bred juveniles, fell a nose short of winning the Champagne at Belmont Park Oct. 8 after setting a pressured and blistering pace. Trainer Todd Pletcher has been happy with how Syndergaard has responded since the hard-fought loss to Practical Joke.“What I liked about it is that it seemed to move him forward. He didn’t seem stressed by the race in any way. His appetite and energy level were back immediately and he’s come back with two very good breezes since that,” Pletcher said. “I think sometimes with a horse with a lot of natural talent like he has and how easily he won his first two races that maybe that race was what he needed, in retrospect, to bring him forward. We’ll see, but I liked the way he’s bounced out of it.”China Horse Club and WinStar Farms’ Theory, who is slated to join Syndergaard in the starting gate for the Juvenile, also galloped 1 1/4m Wednesday.“I thought he took things in and looked around a bit, but overall I thought he went well,” Pletcher said. Dancing Rags – Chadds Ford Stable’s Dancing Rags galloped 1 1/2m at Santa Anita Wednesday morning in preparation for a start in Saturday’s Juvenile Fillies.The daughter of Union Rags broke her maiden in her second career start at a mile at Laurel Park and went on to capture the 1 1/16m Alcibiades at Keeneland in her most recent start. The Graham Motion-trained filly debuted at Laurel in a 5 1/2f turf race, in which she closed to finish third.“I run a lot of my 2-year-olds on turf first time, because they don’t get that kickback,” Motion said. “She handled the grass really well, but she breezed equally well on the dirt and I wanted to stretch her out. She won very impressively when she broke her maiden and beat Michael Matz’s filly (Tequilita) who came back to win at Keeneland.” Mongolian Saturday – Mongolian Stable’s defending Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint champion Mongolian Saturday once again had an easy gallop around the Santa Anita main track after leaving Barn 59 for trainer Enebish Ganbat. The son of Any Given Saturday was a 15-1 winner at Keeneland last year and has since raced in Hong Kong twice, England twice soldiered through a series of painful ulcers and then returned to win the Woodford Stakes last out at Keeneland on just three workouts between mid-July and early October.“He’s been good since he got to Santa Anita,” Ganbat said. “Compared to last year, I think the difference is the distance is longer. I worry about that and the heat. He doesn’t use Lasix and it’s a higher chance to bleed on hotter days. I also think there are better horses this year from Europe. He only had two serious works going into Keeneland and he ran very good.”Mongolian Saturday finished up his prep work with a bullet 3f on Oct. 27 in 35 1/5.“He worked very good last week and came out ok,” Ganbat concluded. “We came to win, so we are going to try to do it again.” Tom’s Ready – G M B Racing’s Dallas Stewart-trained 3yo Tom’s Ready left Barn 59 at 7 a.m. Wednesday and again had a spirited gallop under the watchful eye of his conditioner. A winner of the 1m Ack Ack Handicap last out at Churchill Downs, the son of More Than Ready is 12-1 on the morning-line and will break from post two under Joel Rosario in the nine-horse field.“He’ll be in the back early, so the post position could be beneficial,” Stewart said. “He will just have to fight it out from there. He needs to be at a good spot at the top of the stretch and roll on. Rosario has ridden here a lot and knows the track, so I hope he has a great day that day and gets along with Tom’s Ready. He’s 1-for-1 on him and I trust him and know he can get the job done.”Stewart already looks forward to next year with the improving Pennsylvania-bred. First or second in seven of 13 starts, he has earned $640,267 and won or placed in five stakes. His most impressive victory was a last-to-first win in the Woody Stephens on Belmont Stakes Day under Rosario.last_img read more