STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019

first_img3 2 SCOTT STEVENS TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD MAY 19 2 $336,242 Money Won Rafael Bejarano36 $246,326 44% 60% $149,939 Jerry Hollendorfer15 23% 0 67% 9 38% Flavien Prat26 23% 65% $384,362 0 8 $335,961 Victor Espinoza13 7 $159,882 Martin Garcia14 22% $213,487 8 9 $87,079 $256,053 $341,262 5 3 11% 2 6 1 Money Won Drayden Van Dyke30 2 George Papaprodromou8 5 11% Philip D’Amato12 5 Doug O’Neill20 6 BAFFERT TRIO POPULAR WITH LOCAL HORSEMEN FOR DERBYWith four of the last seven winners of the Kentucky Derby headquartered at Santa Anita,  a random sampling of horsemen at The Great Race Place this morning indicated there was no shortage of support for the locally-based Bob Baffert trainees Game Winner, Improbable and Roadster for tomorrow’s Run for the Roses, expected to be run on an off track.The 145th running of the first jewel in the Triple Crown lost some luster with the defection of pre-race favorite Omaha Beach, also stabled at Santa Anita, but in his absence, most trainers stayed with Baffert’s home boys. A victory by one would give the two-time Triple Crown king his sixth Derby triumph, tying him with H.A. (Jimmy) Jones for most wins by a trainer.Trainers’ comments from A to Z follow:Paul Aguirre: “Roadster and Game Winner.”Rafael Beccera: “I have to look at the PP’s.”Vann Belvoir: “I love the way Improbable worked the other day.”David Bernstein: “I was an Omaha Beach fan, but now I’m going with the Bafferts.”Jeff Bonde: “It’s wide open. I think Game Winner’s got a big chance but he’ll have to overcome the mud.”Jack Carava: “Game Winner. He’s well-seasoned and will probably like the track.”Matt Chew: Maximum Security.”Vladimir Cerin: “Improbable.”Phil D’Amato: “Baffert.”Keith Desormeaux: “Tacitus. He had a rough trip in the Wood and it ought to set him up good. He got beat up and kept coming.”Craig Dollase: “Baffert’s lookin’ good.”Carla Gaines: “I’ve gotta go with Game Winner.”Paddy Gallagher: “Bob Baffert.”Victor Garcia: “Tough call.”Mark Glatt: “Maximum Security.”Dean Greenman: “Game Winner and Spinoff.”Dan Hendricks: “Tacitus.”Steve Knapp: “Roadster.”Eric Kruljac: “Maximum Security and Game Winner.”Ian Kruljac: “Baffert first, second and third.”Andrew Lerner: “Maximum Security.”Craig Lewis: Baffert’s are all good, but if I had to take one, I’d take Game Winner.”Alfredo Marquez: “Roadster.”Ron McAnally: “Baffert’s got to win it again with one of them.”Michael McCarthy: “I like all my people–(Todd) Pletcher, (George) Weaver and John Velazquez. That’s who my heart says, but my head says Game Winner and Roadster.”Derek Meredith: “Roadster, especially if it’s muddy.”Hector Palma: “Game Winner. It’s too bad what happened to Mandella (Richard, trainer of Omaha Beach).”George Papaprodromou: “Improbable.”Dean Pederson: “I’ve been on Game Winner since Dal Mar; no sense changing now.”Jorge Periban: “Roadster.”Marcelo Polanco: “Roadster.”Mike Puype: “Improbable has a win over the track and likes the mud (the forecast calls for 100 percent chance of rain in Louisville on Saturday).”Doug O’Neill: “By My Standards. He’s a Goldencents baby.”Tom Proctor: “Game Winner.”Javier Jose Sierra: “Baffert.”Gary Sherlock: “Bob Baffert. I just don’t know which one, although I like Improbable. He takes the blinkers off and there’s not a whole lot of speed in the race.”Gary Stute: “Game Winner. I liked him before Omaha Beach scratched.”Eddie Truman: “Game Winner: He’s tough. He’s definitely an exacta horse.”Tim Yakteen: “Game Winner.”Howard Zucker: “Game Winner.”Fans can participate in the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky tomorrow at Santa Anita. Live racing, music, food trucks and hat contests will be the order of the day.Admission gates open early at 7:30 a.m.THREE-TIME DERBY WINNER ESPINOZA VIEWS IT FROM AFARA year ago at this time, Victor Espinoza was poised to ride Bolt d’Oro in quest of hisfourth Kentucky Derby victory, in what would prove to be a fruitless journey.Little would he or anyone else know that two months later he would suffer injuries in atraining mishap that would threaten not only his career but his mobility for the rest of his life.After an arduous seven-month rehabilitation ordeal, in what could be termed a medicalmiracle, the 46-year-old Hall of Fame member who piloted American Pharoah to a Triple Crown sweep in 2015 is back doing what he loves, riding and winning races.No Kentucky Derby mount this year for Espinoza, who won it on War Emblem in 2002 and California Chrome in 2014 before making history with American Pharoah.Tomorrow, he’ll watch the Derby from the jocks’ room at Santa Anita, and after havingobserved Santa Anita-based Game Winner, Improbable and Roadster from an unfamiliar perspective–good old terra firma–he does have an opinion on the race.“I’ve been watching all of them,” Espinoza said, “and the most important thing to me was their last work before the Derby. The one that had been most impressive was Omaha Beach, but I liked Game Winner’s work, too.”If he had a choice, which would he ride? “It would have been between those two,” hesaid, “although I wouldn’t discount some of the horses from back east.”Espinoza and his agent, Brian Beach, designed a strategic and diligent program for hiscomeback, which to date has been a well-defined success, with four victories from 13 mounts during the spring portion of the meet that began April 12.But relatively speaking, Espinoza sees the glass as half empty.“I feel great, and so far, so good,” he said, “but I want to win more races. That’s what I’m here for–to win. I came back to win, do the best I can and find the next champion.”SCOTT STEVENS TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON MAY 19In what will surely be an intensely emotional moment, veteran jockey Scott Stevens will be presented with the 2019 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony at Santa Anita on Sunday, May 19.A winner of more than 4,800 races in a career that has spanned 43 years, Stevens will be joined on May 19 by family, friends and colleagues, including the 1996 Woolf Award winner, retired Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, as the pair thus become the first brotherly tandem to win the prestigious award in its 70-year history.The winner via a vote of jockeys nationwide, Stevens placed first among a list of five finalists that included Joe Bravo, Kerwin Clark, John Davila, Jr. and Julien Leparoux.“I know I was there when Gary won, but honestly, it’s been so long ago, I don’t remember,” said Stevens from his base at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. “This award is so special and I was honored just to be nominated. When you think about all the great riders and people who have won it and to be selected by a vote of your peers . . . It’s more than I can describe.”Born Oct. 6, 1960 in Caldwell, Idaho, Stevens is the son of a former trainer, Ron, and rodeo queen, Barbara. Steeped in the ways of the horse-world from infancy, Stevens, who has more than 32,400 career mounts, broke his maiden on May 30, 1976 at Les Bois Park in Boise, at the age of 15.A member of both the Idaho and Canterbury Park (MN) Halls of Fame, Stevens has been a helpful, guiding influence to scores of young jockeys for decades.A nine-time leading rider at Turf Paradise, Stevens, who resides in Phoenix with his longtime partner Pam Isles, has two grown children, a daughter Jessica and a son, Jake, as well as five grandchildren, four of whom will join him on May 19.Named for the legendary Hall of Fame jockey George Woolf, who died at age 35 following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf Award can only be won once, and it is intended to recognize those riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing.The Woolf trophy is a replica of the life-size statue of George Woolf which adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens Area.ARROYO BACK RIDING WITH YOUTHFUL ENTHUSIASMNorberto Arroyo Jr. is back doing what he loves best–riding horses–after recovering from a broken right ankle in a mishap at Del Mar last November.“I had three surgeries,” he said. “They put in screws the first time, took them out, put them in again and left a piece of the screw in so I had to have a third surgery but I’m good now and doing better than ever.”The native of Puerto Rico is represented by his brother, agent Mike Ciani.“I’m 40 but I feel like I’m 20,” said the upbeat Norberto. “Age is just a number.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Game Winner galloped at Churchill Downs (Baffert) 5-03-19Improbable galloped at Churchill Downs (Baffert) 5-03-19Roadster galloped at Churchill Downs (Baffert) 5-03-19Bob Baffert discusses his Oaks and Derby contenders. 5-03-19Owner and Breeder  Arthur Hancock talks about Roadster ahead of Kentucky Derby 5-03-19Exercise Rider  Humberto Gomez latest update on Roadster, Game Winner, & Improbable have trained leading up to the Kentucky Derby. 5-03-19Bob Baffert Q & A ahead of the Kentucky Derby 5-01-19Desert Oasis (Outside) in company with  Kodiak West work 4 furlongs (Drysdale) 5-01-19One Bad Boy (Outside) in company with  Two Thirty Five work 5 furlongs (Baltas) 5-01-19Polity works 5 furlongs (Hofmans) 5-01-19Raneem works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 5-01-19     FINISH LINES: Trainer Michael McCarthy has Frank E. Kilroe Mile winner Ohio on course for the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. The Shoemaker is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, awarding the winner a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov.2 . . . Trainer John Shirreffs is considering either the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita on June 1 or the Grade I Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park June 8 for romping Santa Margarita winner Paradise Woods . . . Trainer Richard Baltas has horses entered in seven of the 11 races at Santa Anita on Saturday . . . Gray horses captured the first three races last Sunday: Violette Szabo for Phil D’Amato under Drayden Van Dyke in the first; 10-year-old war horse Mucho Besos for Javier Jose Sierra under Agapito Delgadillo in the second; and Jimmy the Juice for Reed Saldana with Ruben Fuentes up in the third, the Pick 3 returning $26.85 . . . Barry Meadow, author of The Skeptical Handicapper,” and Horseplayer Jeff Munson, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests 10:50 a.m. Saturday and 11:50 a.m. Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studios . . . Santa Anita sponsors the annual pancake breakfast hosted by the Arcadia Firefighters tomorrow at Station 106 near Westfield at Santa Anita from 7 a.m. to 12 noon. Tickets are $7 at the door. 47% 1 1 44% Joseph Talamo26 4 3 JockeyMts 15% Richard Baltas18 61% ITM% Win% 1 4 $196,348 Tiago Pereira35 6 4 1 31% 64% 31% 4 4 $194,215 30% $63,540 ARROYO BACK IN THE SADDLE AFTER BROKEN ANKLE 19% 36% Mark Glatt21 50% Heriberto Figueroa19 5 35% 2 5 5 0 3 60% 1 1 $173,364 $110,395 2nd Geovanni Franco13 7 6 20% 1st 1st TrainerMts 60% 1 4 1 63% 54% $64,269 2 3rd 16% $100,448 15% 46% 16% 26% 6 74% 1 22% Win% $164,967 2 52% 2nd Mario Gutierrez18 4 3 0 3rd John Sadler18 Brice Blanc9 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 2 33% 6 14% 3 4 ITM% $122,924 67% 4 1 7 0 33% 14% $336,362 5 17% Edwin Maldonado19 Kent Desormeaux13 Aaron Gryder28 HORSEMEN FAVOR HOME TEAM IN KENTUCKY DERBY (Current Through Sunday, April 28) 4 VICTOR ESPINOZA STILL HAS HEART OF A CHAMPION 6 31% Ruben Fuentes36 7 $120,447 6 3 46% 2 $426,177 3 51%last_img read more

UPDATED: WI beat South Africa, advance to WT20 semi-finals

first_imgNAGPUR, India (AP) — Former champions West Indies remained unbeaten and advanced to the World Twenty20 semi-finals earlier today after edging out South Africa by three wickets for their third straight win in Group 1. Marlon Samuels hit 43 off 44 balls and led West Indies to 123-7 in 19.4 overs after South Africa’s batsmen struggled on a slow wicket and limped to 122-8 with Quinton de Kock scoring a fighting 47 off 46 balls. The third successive chase after winning the toss earned West Indies six points and the 2012 champions can sweep the group by defeating Afghanistan on Sunday. South Africa will be eliminated if England, who already have four points, beat defending champions Sri Lanka tomorrow. South Africa have two points from their solitary win against Afghanistan, with a match against Sri Lanka to come. NOTE: Earlier this story had said the West Indies made 126 for 7 in 19.4 overs. That was incorrect. It was actually 123 for 7 in 19.4 overs since the batsmen completed the winning run before the ball hit the boundary. As dictated by the cricket rules, the boundary would not have been counted since the winning run was completed before the ball reached the ropes.last_img read more

Simeon Freeman Warns Against Electing Greedy Politicians

first_imgMPC standard bearer, businessman Simeon Freeman Opposition politician Simeon Freeman has signalled the danger in electing “old and greedy politicians with a history of exploiting the system to enrich themselves and their families.”Mr. Freeman is a businessman and leader of the Movement for Progressive Change (MPC) political party that participated in the 2011 Legislative and Presidential Elections.Addressing scores of citizens in Salala District, Bong County, over the weekend, Mr. Freeman urged the electorate to refuse to be carried away by empty talk from old politicians still hanging around. Some of such individuals Mr. Freeman explained, have always lived in luxury at the expense of the masses.“People that worked for government have shown you their work over the years. They have shown that without a government job, they cannot survive. When they need your votes, they will go everywhere with you; they even allow you sometimes to enter their bedrooms. They answer every call when they want your votes.But, after winning the election, they become too busy people to meet those that voted them in and those things they promised along the way, change automatically.I say, Bong County, shine your eyes on those you vote for in these elections, Mr. Freeman intoned.The MPC political leader warned that electing the same ‘old politicians’ is a clear indication that the system will remain the same while a majority of the people suffer at the hands of bad governance.“Putting the same people back in power will be an opportunity for their children to prosper at the detriment of the masses. You shouldn’t be the ones giving their children these opportunities when your children should also benefit from the national cake,” he pointed out.The businessman turn politician made these assertions when he graced the adoption of SASAFU constitution and membership drive program.SASAFU is an organization that brings together three districts in Lower Bong County for the purpose of fostering development in those regions.Mr. Freeman then committed L$125,000 towards the sustainability of the organization; he promised to provide stationeries for the organization’s offices.He called on the leadership of the organization to rotate SASAFU meetings in the three districts in order to show unity and the people’s participation in activities of the organization.SASAFU should have sub-offices in all three districts, Freeman said.The organization is being tipped as a force to be reckoned with in selecting public officials for the county, in an upcoming Special Senatorial Election.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ERC not answerable to subject minister – Chairman

first_img…pleased Mae’s school resolved differences with studentEthnic Relations Commission (ERC) Chairman, Dr John Smith has appealed for the independence of the recently-reconstituted body to remain intact as members find their footing.ERC Chairman, Dr John SmithHe made this call at Saturday’s engagement with media operatives, and urged those practising the profession known as the fourth estate that they should be wary of “fake news”.While calling for responsibility in journalism, he told media personnel that the ERC was answerable to the Speaker and Members of Parliament.“Let us work together to produce harmony. We are not answerable to and do not have a subject minister and that make us apolitical. We answer to the Speaker and the Parliament and we are supposed to send reports every year, so from that standpoint we want to continue,” Dr Smith stressed.The ERC Chair highlighted that caution must be observed in reporting, especially in the age of social media and electronic media where information is dispersed much faster.The comments were echoed by Guyana Press Association (GPA) President Nazima Raghubir, who stressed that in this light, political leaders needed to be held accountable for their statements as information is passed on even if a media house decided not to publish.Meanwhile, Dr Smith praised the return of the ERC after its eight-year hiatus. Its previous incarnation was formed in 2004. Dr Smith said that even before the current body got into action, the Mae’s Schools situation with the Indigenous student erupted. He, however, said that he was pleased that the matter was resolved even before the ERC was able to address it. Earlier this year, the student was told he was “inappropriately dressed” when he turned up in traditional wear for the school’s Culture Day.“Before we could get our feet wet, we were faced with the situation at Mae’s School and everybody began to ask where is the ERC?” Dr Smith related.The ERC was conceptualised after protests following the 1997 General Election. As part of the Herdmanston Accord brokered by Caricom and signed on January 17, 1998, the ERC was established as a constitutional body by Constitutional Amendment (#2) Act of 2000, which was assented to by the then President on August 11, 2000.It has four broad functions: “Investigative, conflict resolution, education and public awareness, and research and development strategies”. Among its functions as outlined in Article 212D of the Constitution are to provide for equality of opportunity between persons of different ethnic groups and to promote harmony and good relations between such persons and to promote arbitration, conciliation, mediation and like forms of dispute resolution in order to secure ethnic harmony and peace.Additionally, it can investigate complaints of racial discrimination and make recommendations on the measures to be taken if such complaints are valid, and where there is justification, therefore, refer matters to the Human Rights Commission or other relevant authorities for further action to be taken. Meanwhile, the ERC is also mandated to promote equal access by persons of all ethnic groups to all public or other services and facilities provided by the Government or other bodies.last_img read more

Mechanic slapped with armed robbery charge

first_imgTwenty-nine-year-old Maxwell Juke was on Monday placed on bail in the sum of $200,000 by Senior Magistrate Dylon Bess, before whom he appeared to answer a robbery-under-arms charge.Juke, a mechanic and father of two, who resides at Lot 304 Castello Housing Scheme, East La Penitence, Georgetown, denied that while in the vicinity of Albert Street Alberttown on September 8; while in the company of another male; and while being armed with a dangerous weapon, he robbed Randy Bourne.While further details were not available to the court, City Lance Corporal Goodman objected to Juke being placed on bail because of the serious nature of the offence, and because a dangerous weapon had allegedly been used in its commission.However, Magistrate Bess granted Juke his pretrial liberty in the sum of $200,000. A condition attached to Juke’s being placed on bail is that he has to report to the Kitty Police Station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until completion of his matter.He is expected to make his next court appearance on October, 26, 2018.last_img read more

St Agnes, St Pius look threatening as competition heats up

first_imgThe list of matches to be played are becoming shorter in the Pee Wee Under 11 football tournament, however, the same cannot be said for the level of competition as Primary schools teams dig deep to churn out excellent performances on the field. Those performances are becoming more important than ever as the competition goes further into the knockouts. The intense football action was present even from the first minute of the Round of 16 as the unbeaten St. Agnes Primary sought to defend their streak against the potential filled Colaaco side. However, Colaaco didn’t stand a chance as St. Agnes continue to show that they are strong contenders for the championship this year.St. Agnes’ highest goal scorer thus far, Justin Alcindor, struck six mighty goals to power his team to the quarterfinal round. Added to his six, his teammate Shamar Murray contributed two whilst Darius Chester netted one to bring the tally to 9.It was one intense matchup after the other as Tucville and Maes Primary took to the field next. Having won all three round robin games, Maes were seen as a strong team, however, Tucville Primary showed that they are truly the underdogs by upsetting Maes and by extension sending them home. It was a collective team effort of scoring and defense from Tucville, which saw Carlos Negus, John Harry and Emmanuel Tinch netting one each for Tucville’s 3-0 win.The shocks and upsets for the day were not over. Golden Grove Primary and Marian Academy were featured in the following match. Last year’s runner, Marian Academy seemed to be in control of the encounter but were unable to connect with the net when the opportunity came. With the game locked nil all for most of the regulated time, Bryan Wharton was the golden boy of the day after he netted two late goals to secure Golden Grove’s quarterfinal spot.Unlike the runner ups, last year’s champions had their game plan and stuck to it, as they edged past St. John’s Boscoe (Plaisance). The 2-1 encounter saw West Ruimveldt’s Jonathan Andries scoring two goals whilst Jude Daniels’ one was not enough for Plaisance.Continuing in excellent form, St. Pius recorded another win, this time against Soesdyke Primary, taking their streak to 4. Kaden Wellington continues to shine for his school team as he contributed four to St. Pius’ tally, which was helped by Kieron Garraway’s two. By the ende of regulation time, it was a 6-0 win for St. Pius.Another batch of underdogs who triumphed were Mocha Arcadia. Giving a glimpse of what they are capable of last week, Mocha returned with spirits high, hunting the win. Whilst Jadon Ceres netted one for Timehri, Jiheam Lewis with two and Isaiah Lindon and Mathew Murry with one apiece propelled Mocha Arcadia to a 4-1 win.In a hair raising encounter, the pendulum looked like it could swing either way between St. Ambrose and South Ruimveldt. Joseph Henry netted an early goal for St. Ambrose, but South Ruimveldt’s reply soon came from Colin Saul. Playign at one all for quite a while, Jacon Rodney of St. Ambrose found the formula for a goal, sealing his team’s 2-1 win.In the final game of the day Enterprise and North Georgetown Primary took to the field to play for their shot at the quarterfinal. While Ronaldo Veira netted an early goal, an own goal by Enterprise soon after gave North Georgetown the upperhand. Khy Alkinson found a reply for Enterprise but it was not enough as Ronaldo Veira returned for his second, resulting in North Georgetown’s 3-1 victory.The quarterfinal round will kick off next Saturday at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue with the Primary school teams looking to advance to the semifinals.last_img read more

DD Motoring: Stay at home heroes

first_imgCharlie never for one moment questioned his father’s ability as he stood in a full forward position in front of his family on Sunday evening at the finishing ramp at what was once the old Ballyraine Hotel. He held his hands out in front of him as he watched the droplets of champagne land on his fingers.He was in the moment and his image just summed it up for me what the Donegal rally is all about. Advertisement Charlie Kelly takes it all in as he lives in the moment and celebrates his father, Manus Kelly’s win on the Donegal at the weekend Photo Brian McDaidMoments before that I captured another young Donegal supporter standing waiting patiently at the finishing ramp for the cars to come home. His Donegal GAA shirt had his father’s company’s name, MCR Group on the back and on the front of it was the name of his father’s rival for the weekend of the rally KN group. Both Donall Barrett and Donagh Kelly rally in a different way when it comes to sponsorship of our county GAA team, Donegal.Jack Barrett waiting for his dad Donall to arrive home on Sunday evening. Photo Brian McDaidCharlie Kelly lives in Glenswilly and is, of course the son of Manus Kelly and young Jack Barrett lives in Dublin and is the son of Milford native, Donall Barrett. These two young lads summed it up for me what belief is all about. As we get older we loss this clear view and pull other things into the equation. I am sure the Donegal shirt felt no different on young Jack Barrett’s back on Sunday evening even though the wheels were falling off Donegal in their defeat against Tyrone.I have been a Spurs supporter all my life. Everyone in Wolfe Tone Place in Glencar was much the same in them days as we played football in the green at the front of our house and dreamed of being the great Spurs players of the day as we kick the ball through make shift nets made out of someones jumper or coat. Over the years I have enjoyed my teams success and was reminded every so often of their failure.The thing is I have never ever seen Spurs, the team I supported all these years in real life! Soccer is not my sport but it was just going with the flow when I was growing up in Letterkenny. There is nothing like being there and nothing like Charlie and Jack absorbing the atmosphere at that historic finishing ramp on Sunday evening in Letterkenny. Advertisement If we leave aside the final celebration of winning for a moment and look at the unique new level that the Donegal Rally has arrived at this weekend. The body language of Gary Jennings on the finishing ramp said so much on Sunday evening and he was the first to bravely admit it on social media later on that he was just off the pace.Former double winner of the Donegal International Rally Gary Jennings at the finish on Sunday evening as he reflects on the 2017 event. Photo Brian McDaidOn another year “The Donegal” would have probably have been his, but that was not the case this year.If I was to pick one man that lifted the Donegal Rally to a new level this weekend it would have to be the one man that paid the ultimate price, that was Donagh Kelly who posted the first 10 fastest stage times without a reply.Donagh Kelly who made the Donegal International Rally one of the best in years with his drive over the weekend. Photo Brian McDaidNo waiting game there, and there was only one man that was able to stay with him, and that was the title holder Mandy Kelly.Lessons learned Years ago on a Sunday evening Manus Kelly went into the Atlantic Drive in his National rallying days to battle with Declan Boyle, both of them in Mk2 Escorts That day Declan Boyle went on to win the national Donegal title and Manus tried too hard and went off the road. Last year Manus Kelly sat it out on “the drive” and let Keith Cronin extend his lead and then passed him in Fanad Head to record a amazing first win.It was Jim Mc Guinness who once reminded us that there is no such thing as perfect and no matter how well you are prepared you never know what you are going to meet when you go out on the field. On Sunday it was nearly impossible to spot Fanad Light house as the mist and rain rolled in from Lough Swilly over Fanad Head. I am sure the rally crew were sending their small vessel weather warnings back to the Milford Mart where the service was, after the first run through Fanad which was completely misjudged.Soft Days in Donegal I am sure the late Mandy Kelly, Mandy’s grandfather spent many the day at the mart in Milford and I am sure, knowing him and his quite way his conversation would have ended up on the weather. We have “soft days” in Donegal and they refer to the weather, and are very unique to Ireland. It’s a day when we have both a mist and a drizzle which we some times call a “mizzle” when the rain does not fall to the ground in heavy droplets, but seems to hover and linger in the air.If you are a rally crew and you can manage to translate the term mizzle into a Michelin tyre at the service at Milford Mart you can deal with this. A soft day in Fanad needed a soft slick tyre! If you ever need to question your local hero, Manus Kelly’s ability as a driver, just look at the Fanad stage second time around on Sunday evening, Manus was leading the rally for just one stage and then lost it on the next and with only three stages to go. The perfect storm in Donegal was brewing and two Donegal men were battling for the win.As Manus Kelly passed Doaghbeg National School half way through the Fanad Head stage Manus was back in the lead and when he landed at the post office at the end of the stage he posted a time 18 seconds quicker than anyone else. Manus had given it his all and it was Alister Fisher and Gordon Noble that posted the fastest time on the next stage as the wild Atlantic Drive took another Donegal prisoner in the form of Donagh Kelly, who flipped his Ford onto its roof and back on to its feet and out of the rally. Even the way the rally was run on the final day, Manus Kelly showed his talent by winning his back to back title even with the stages running back to front!When Manus was a wane he watched in amazement as his fellow Glenswilly man, Damien Gallagher, power his Escort up through the Breenagh Stage on the Rally and in turn years before Damien Gallagher did the exact same thing watching Billy Coleman, Ari Vatanen and the late James McDaid on that very same stage.The Breenagh stage has brought these two Glenswilly men to knew heights. At the end of the Harvest Stage in Killybegs last year we chatted to Damien Gallagher and his navigator Mac Walsh and even then they were very focused on winning the Donegal National Rally this year. At that time the big development to his car was the Ohlin Suspension from Sweden. which is a system which is relatively new to Mk2 Escorts in Donegal.No more nearly making itAnyone that knows Damien Gallagher will know he is the one to watch especially in Donegal over the years as he will be on the pace in the National Rally. This year Damien worked and developed on a part of his rallying that up to now didn’t think was important, himself!Damien went on a fitness campaign which in turn included a better frame of mind when you are knocking on the door of success. Damien developed a positive attitude as he prepared for the rally at the weekend.Days like these.. Damien Gallagher and Mac Walsh with their crew at the end of the Donegal Rally on Sunday evening as they lifted the National honours. Photo Brian McDaidIn the past on the run up to the Donegal, sideways swipes all meant to be fun were giving to much thought and were carried into the rally in the past but this year Damien’s reset button was the yellow ring of tape at the top dead centre of his steering wheel which he cleared the decks of in his mind before he started every stage of the Donegal Rally.There were 77 Escorts on the entry for the Donegal Rally at the weekend not to mention Corolla’s Starlets and Dariens. If it was a Kelly battle in the International it was a Gallagher battle in the National where Kevin Gallagher in his Darien and Declan Gallagher (The Milkman) were in front and behind Damien on Sunday. Everything on the Donegal has to go right for you over the three days of the rally and Damien believes he never had a better weekends rallying. The Donegal needs respect and over the years the disappointment of “nearly making it” made Damien really focus on his win.Damien has a team of boys working along with him for years on the Donegal some unfortunately no longer with us like the late Paddy McDaid from the Glen who probably believed in Damien more than he believed in himself.And finally… On Saturday evening at the Gartan Stage I watched the stricken Peugeot rally car getting a friendly pull out of the stage by a farmer in a round bailer.Pic up bailer! A competitor gets a friend tow out of the stage on Saturday evening after his car retired on the stage in Gartan. Photo Brian McDaidThe marshals were local and lived along the stage and maybe assisted in retrieving the car. Local people work better with local people this though was backed up by winner of the National Rally, Damien Gallagher who along with his navigator Mac Walsh were out as members of the Donegal Motor Club on the run up to the rally explaining to local residents on the details of the rally along their route.There is only one thing better that a safe Donegal Rally and tha’ts a safe Donegal Rally with two local heroes like Manus Kelly and Damien Gallagher taking the overall titles home with them, which in turn is a way of saying a big thank you to all of the local sponsors that have supported these lads on the “Donegal” down thought the years.The other highlight of the Donegal Rally was they efforts put in by Charlie Collins and his crew in a first every live streaming of the the rally.Homesick Donegal Rally fans from all over the world tuned into the link on Donegal Daily over the weekend end for the live update of the events, Chris McNulty and Toni Kelly were at the end of the stages as was Highlands team of Oisin Kelly and Chris Ashmore and not forgetting the club president Mac himself Seamus Mc Gettigan.Happy Motoring FolksDD Motoring: Stay at home heroes was last modified: June 21st, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:brian mc daidJoule Donegal International Rallymotoringthe donegallast_img read more

WORLD CLASS GUITARIST TO PLAY DONEGAL GIG

first_imgThere is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin Simpson is, right now, better than ever.Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and “One Day”.Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for “Prodigal Son’ and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, “True Stories” and a win for Best Traditional Track, “Sir Patrick Spens”. 2012’s nominations for Martin include, Best Album for ‘Purpose & Grace”, Best Traditional Track for “The Lakes Of Ponchartrain” and Best Musician.Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.Martin Simpson will be performing at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, on Saturday 10th Decemeber at 8pm. Tickets cost €12 / €10 and can be booked in the centre or by ringing 074 91 29186. Certainly a gig not to be missed by serious music lovers.   WORLD CLASS GUITARIST TO PLAY DONEGAL GIG was last modified: December 7th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennymartin simpsonlast_img read more

Hutchinson to be assessed by Chelsea

first_imgChelsea defender Sam Hutchinson is to have a knee problem assessed by the Blues’ medical staff.He is currently on a season-long loan at Nottingham Forest but has not played since being taken off during the Championship side’s game against Crystal Palace on 18 September.The affected knee is not the same one the 23-year-old previously injured.Hutchinson announced his retirement from football in 2010 because of a knee complaint, but last year returned to Stamford Bridge after making a recovery.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lack of completed surveys could affect farm program payments

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a four state area that is covered by Farm Credit Mid-America, including Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, the performance of farm programs were all over the board in 2015. In this part of the country, 97% of farms were entered into the ARC-County option. Some areas received maximum payments and some did not receive a penny. One of the reasons that some farms were knocked out from receiving payments was because of a lack of yield data due to a shortfall of completed National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) surveys.“We are stressing to all of our customers to use their voice,” said Jason Alexander, vice president of crop insurance with Farm Credit Mid-America. “In the past those surveys were ignored laying there on the kitchen table, but today it is so much more important to your operation to get those surveys filled out.”Alexander said that with the variety of ways that surveys are being delivered and the numerous ways they can be completed makes the process easier than it ever has been. Whether done by phone, on the computer or the old fashioned way of paper and pen, getting these questionnaires turned in is imperative.“For example, last year in parts of the country, if the enough yield data wasn’t available a yield was automatically assigned for a county,” Alexander said. “In some cases that assigned yield number was so high that it didn’t allow for payments at all, so farmers are only hurting themselves by not taking a few minutes to do these surveys.”last_img read more