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first_img Family Group Conferences This project puts families at the heart of making safe decisions and plans for children that are at immediate risk of being taken into care. Children and young people are involved in the conference along with their wider family network, and often supported by an advocate from outside the family. Together, a plan is agreed by all those involved and families agree to meet again to assess how well the plan is going and make the changes necessary to protect children. Every child, no matter what hand they have been dealt, deserves the opportunity to grow up in a stable, loving family so they can develop into confident adults equipped to take on life’s challenges successfully. For too many children, this is not the reality, and we are seeing rising numbers of children going into care. Often, their parents are struggling with problems of their own and that has an impact on the whole family. Projects like these are making sure vulnerable families get the support they need from experts who can help them address their problems head on and stop them from spiralling out of control. I want to see children to be able to stay with their family where it’s appropriate and safe for them to do that – that’s why I will continue to back innovative approaches with a track record of success in doing this, to give the most vulnerable children in our society the best chances in life. At the What Works Centre we’re really excited to be launching this programme today in partnership with the Department for Education. By conducting large scale, robust evaluations of the impacts of these two programmes, we’ll be able to help local authorities make a decisions about what mix of approaches is best for them, at the same time as ensuring that these promising practices are made available to support more families than ever before. The problem-solving Family Drug and Alcohol Court model achieves better outcomes for parents, better outcomes for children, and better value for money. It is a fair and trauma-informed approach which gives people the best chance of change and that’s why it makes for better justice. We’re delighted that this funding will enable more families and local authorities to have access to a compassionate and evidence-based approach to family justice. Four years ago when the Innovation Programme was launched we held high hopes for identifying promising practice ‎which we could spread across England. The announcement today has turned that into a reality. Extending the reach of these tested programmes is indicative of the relentless hard work of everyone involved in developing practice to help support children and families. It is a very important milestone in our collective journey to giving the best response we can, to children, families and carers, in need of support. Executive Director of the What Works Centre Michael Sanders said: The programme is in partnership with the What Works Centre, which will oversee the implementation of the programmes in local authorities. It will gather further evidence of their effectiveness in keeping children and parents together, with the aim of spreading best practice in the future.The projects being introduced or expanded in up to 40 new areas are based on:center_img Steve Bambrough, Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock Clinic and member of the FDAC National Partnership, said: Family Drug and Alcohol Courts This project provides a problem solving approach to care proceedings, where a team of substance misuse specialists, domestic violence experts, psychiatrists and social workers carry out an early assessment and agree an intervention plan with parents who come before the court in care proceedings. Once in proceedings, parents begin a “trial for change”, supported by the specialist team and with regular meetings with the judge, who reviews the progress being made as well as adjudicating in the case . The Family Drug and Alcohol Court model has been evaluated previously and found to have strong evidence of a positive effect on family reunification. As well as expanding the model to new sites, innovations of the FDAC model in existing sites will be tested to see if further improvements can be made. Children at risk of being taken into care are set to benefit from programmes that tackle the root cause of family problems, by strengthening the expert support available from social workers, addiction specialists and psychiatrists.The new programme, Supporting Families; Investing in Practice, will help families work on issues together, including those impacted by domestic violence, substance misuse or addiction, in order to help create stability in the home for young people and prevent them being taken into care, where that is in their best interests. This is part of wider Government work to improve outcomes for children in need of support of a social worker, by creating home and school environments in which they can thrive.Modelled on existing Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) and a programme known as Family Group Conferencing, the innovative new projects will be rolled out in up to 40 new council areas. The Government has today announced up to £15 million over the next year, following the emerging success of these existing programmes.Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: The £15 million investment comes on top of £84 million committed by the Department for Education in April to help up to 20 councils support families to stay together through the Strengthening Families, Protecting Children programme. These projects aim to build resilience among more vulnerable families and improve how councils design and run services.The work complements the Government’s wider programme to improve the outcomes of vulnerable children, by recruiting and training the next generation of professional social workers.Applications to the programmes can be made here. Chief Social Worker Isabelle Trowler said:last_img read more


first_img Welcome to Mount Rogers Hiking in Jefferson National Forest In the farthest southwest fingers of the Jefferson National Forest is a slice of Virginia that is too often overlooked. Trails climb through the forests and spill into a wide-open high-elevation frontier, strewn with giant boulders and pierced by rugged, rocky crags. Harsh winds carve through the moraines and sweep through the fields. Wild ponies roam the bald peaks and ridgelines. Bears lumber through the rhododendron thickets and feed on the huckleberry bushes. This is the high country of Mount Rogers.With over 400 miles of trails, 120,000 acres of mountain terrain, and three designated wilderness areas, the highlands of the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area are about as wild as it gets and are fairly accessible thanks to miles of primitive singletrack trails, old logging roads, railroad grades, and horse trails. The A.T. also cuts through this area, passing within a half mile of the trail to Mount Rogers’ 5,729-foot peak, the highest point in Virginia. Here are three unforgettable backcountry experiences in the high country.A Day in the High CountryHead into Grayson Highlands State Park from the south and park at Massie Gap. From there, follow the Appalachian Spur Trail. At the top, hang a left and the A.T. will deposit you right into Wilburn Ridge. Head up in late summer and you can pick blueberries and huckleberries ‘til you puke. You’ll see wild ponies grazing the grassy mountain plains, scramble through boulders and rocky trails, and catch sunsets and  360-degree views.Two Days of Little WilsonMake camp at Grayson Highlands State Park and head into the upland hardwood forests of Little Wilson Creek Wilderness. The Big Wilson Creek trail will take you in and you can branch off and do plenty of exploring, but before you’re done, grab your fly rod and take joy in the solitude of the Little Wilson Creek Trail along the creek bed and make a fishing day out of it. Catch yourself some of the beautiful brook trout that swim the waters of cold, bubbling waters and call it a day with a fire back at camp.Three Days on the TrailTwo and a half miles west of Troutdale, park at Fairwood and catch the A.T. This will take you through the gorgeous lower elevation rhododendron jungles and uphill towards the Old Orchard Shelter. Continue climbing and the A.T. will suddenly open up into the stunning highlands, where you can hike to an old fenced-in pony weigh station known as The Scales. Wild pony herds keep the area trimmed. Continue heading towards the Wise Shelter. This area is scattered with places to camp near the woods of Big Wilson Creek, where you are protected from the sometimes-brutal winds of high-elevation campsites. You’ll have access to water and beautiful starry skies to gaze upon.The next day follow the A.T. towards Wilburn Ridge and through to Rhododendron Gap. You’ll scramble over rocks and boulders, up and down the ridgelines, and boulder the rocky faces of Rhododendron Gap peaking at 5,525 feet. You’ll want your camera here as you gaze out over the moors of Mount Rogers. There are plenty of great campsites around Rhododendron Gap. Set up camp under the spruce trees and save time for a side-trip in the morning before closing the loop. Mount Rogers is home to rare Southern Applachian red spruce and Fraser fir, and its summit lays just a half-mile west from the A.T. Close out your trip by following the Pine Mountain Trail to the A.T. and back down towards the Old Orchard Shelter and Fairwood.center_img Big sky countrylast_img read more


first_imgLast year around this time, many national and regional news outlets, including USA Today, the Asheville Citizen Times, and Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, were reporting a staggering set of snowfall statistic coming out of Mount Mitchell State Park.The stats, which were recorded by Mount Mitchell park rangers, stated that Mitchell, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River, received a staggering 60 inches of snowfall during a weather event known as Winter Storm Jonas.During the 24 hour period ending in Jan 24, 2016, the park was said to have received a total of 41 inches of snow accumulation. This would have bested a previous record of 36 inches set during a severe blizzard in the winter of 1993—an event that is still studied by undergrads working to become meteorologists.The problem with the measurement? It grossly misrepresented the facts.According to the North Carolina climate extremes committee, formed ten years ago for the express purpose of reviewing record-setting weather events, the actual amount of snow that accumulated on Mitchell a year ago yesterday was closer to 21 inches, nearly half the amount that was actually reported.The discrepancies could have arisen from the difficult conditions that state park personnel, who are tasked with recording and reporting all weather that occurs on Mt. Mitchel, were facing during Winter Storm Jonas.“We got hammered. It was brutal,” park superintendent Bryan Wilder told the Asheville Citizen Times shortly after the storm. “We had 4 or 5 inches an hour, and you really couldn’t tell if you were on the road or not.”In addition to the white out conditions, a gauge typically used to record liquid precipitation—an instrument that climate experts say is vital when verifying snowfall totals—was rendered inoperable by heavy snow drifts.last_img read more


first_img continue reading » Chapter 1 of this series considered the importance in establishing a specific goal to solve using data analytics and proving the ROI in order to justify automation and decisioning using business intelligence in a credit union. Chapter 1 also highlighted two real use cases of success credit unions have had using data analytics to solve real-world problems. According to a recent study conducted by Best Innovation Group (BIG) and OnApproach (now Trellance), 45 percent of credit unions don’t currently have a strategy in place, and those that do have a strategy still say it will take three to five years to implement. Credit unions that aren’t making the most of data analytics today could be in even bigger trouble if an economic downturn occurs, as some economists are forecasting. “As we go forward there will be a significant performance difference between those that have invested and those that have not,” says Kirk Kordeleski, senior managing partner at BIG. “We think any downturn in the economy will highlight the advantage that data-oriented FIs will have over their competitors.”How Much Will It CostThe survey revealed that more than half of the 85 credit unions surveyed have budgets in place for data analytics. Of those, one-third plan to spend more than $200,000, the other two-thirds plan to spend between $50k to $200k. In addition, credit unions need to consider on-going costs. A rough rule of thumb is that a CU with $500 million in assets should budget between $150,000 and $300,000 per year for three years to cover software/hardware, analytic applications, and strategy. Smaller credit unions can find some savings by relying on a CUSO to provide the analytics and associated services. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_imgKids around the event say they love watching the team play and are inspired by them to play the game of basketball. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Harlem Globetrotters made a stop at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Thursday night. “Oh just the smiles on their faces,” said Hammer. “We have players such as you know TNT? She’s a great inspiration to all the females. She’s the first Harlem Globetrotter female in all of 20 years, so it’s amazing having her be a great inspiration for all the little girls out here.” One Globetrotter, “Hammer” Harrison, says he has been a part of the team for 11 years and his favorite part is seeing the kids’ reactions.center_img Hundreds of fans showed up to see the Harlem Globetrotters take center court with their crazy tricks and slam dunks. The whole team started out with its new glow in the dark edition with illuminated basketballs and uniforms. You can click here to see where the Harlem Globetrotters will be heading to next across the country.last_img read more


first_imgThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks regained home-ice advantage in the Murdoch Division Semi Final against the Nelson Leafs Monday night at the NDCC Arena.Beaver Valley scored five times in the third period to post a 5-2 to Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff victory over the Green and White before a crowd of more than 500 fans.The Hawks take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with game four Tuesday in Nelson.Puck drop is 7 p.m.Nelson appeared poised to ride a first period goal by Dylan Williamson to the series lead after scoring the all-important road victory — 5-4 in overtime — Saturday in Fruitvale.Williamson, a marked man on the Leafs roster all night, opened the scoring in the first period.The speedy winger took a pass at the blueline before speeding past the Beaver Valley defence and depositing a backhand shot past netminder Carsen Schamerhorn. Nelson missed a great opportunity in the second period when Reid Anderson was whistled for a five-minute major for boarding.However, the Leafs failed to increase their lead as Schamerhorn came up big in the Beaver Valley nets.The opportunity cost the Leafs in the third as the game quickly changed in favour of the Hawks.Spencer McLean and Taylor Stafford, his first of two in the game, scored 73 seconds apart to turn a deficit into a lead for the visitors.Beaver Valley kept the pressure on the Leafs scoring two power play goals 12 seconds apart by Andrew Miller and Mitch Foyle.Nelson cut the margin to 4-2 when Brendan Smith scored.But Stafford ended any comeback with his second goal, also on the power play, in the final minutes of the game as the Hawks out shot Nelson 15-9 in the third period.Nelson ended the game with a 31-29 advantage in shots thanks in part to a 16-9 margin in the second frame.Schamerhorn registered the win, while Jason Mailhoit took the loss in goal after a stellar performance Saturday in Fruitvale.BLUELINES: The Leafs dressed 16 players and two goalies, including three from the Kootenay Ice of the BC Major Midget Hockey League — netminder Jason Mailhoit, forward Tanner Costa and Aigne McGead-Bruce. Hawks had a full roster of 20 players. . . . Leaf defenceman Darnel St. Pierre served the second game of his two-game suspension for check-to-head hits. St. Pierre will be a welcome edition to the Leaf blueline, that saw Nelson move forward Blair Andrews back to bolster the defensive core. . . . Before the game Nelson Leaf president Larry Martel presented Bill McDonell and Denis Kleine with a cheque for $500 in support of the purchase of the “Man in Motion” bronze sculpture located at the NDCC entrance. A replica is on display in the Nelson Leafs cabinet next to the Sound Booth. . . . In Spokane, Castlegar scored twice in the third period to edge the Braves 2-1 and grab a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Murdoch semi. Yannis Soukas, on the power play, and Darren Medeiros scored for the Rebels. Game four is Tuesday in Spokane.last_img read more


first_img–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (March 20, 2015)–Comebacking Oliver’s Tale went to the front early and registered an emphatic 3 ½ length win under Tyler Baze in Friday’s $60,000 Miss Lady Bug allowance feature at Santa Anita, covering 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course in 1:12.25. Trained, owned and bred by Mark Tsagalakis, the 6-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by E Dubai had been idle since June 12.“My instructions were to get him out of the gate and after that, he just did it himself, really classy,” said Baze. “He was going fast but he was doing it easy. If they’re fast horses and they’re doing it nice and well within themselves, it doesn’t take as much energy out of them…When I asked him, he really fired home.”Off at 5-1 in a field of 10 older horses, Oliver’s Tale paid $13.00, $7.60 and $6.20. Undefeated in two starts down the hill, Oliver’s Tale got his third win from eight starts and with the winner’s cut of $36,000, increased his earnings to $133,450.“He runs well fresh,” said Tsagalakis, who is headquartered with a small stable at Los Alamitos. “We brought him over here a week before the race and he likes the track here. I felt he’d run well today.”When asked if the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, to be run down the hillside turf on April 19 would be considered, Tgagalakis said “Yes, we can think about it.”Longshot Indexical, who sat close to the winner’s fractions of 21.54, 43.28 and 1:06.23, proved second best under Mario Gutierrez, finishing second, a half length in front of Horse Laugh. Off at 12-1, Indexical paid $10.60 and $7.20.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and the next-to-longest shot in the field at 41-1, Horse Laugh rallied from last for the show and paid $10.40.Note: Owner/breeder and trainer Mark Tsagalakis was joined in the Winner’s Circle by his 82-year-old father, “Sad Sam” Tsagalakis, who gained national fame in the early 1950s as an outstanding place kicker for the USC Trojans football team.“I’ve been coming here since I worked as an usher when I was going to USC, back in 1952, ’53 and ’54,” said Sam Tsagalakis. “It’s so nice to be out here for Mark. It’s not the Kentucky Derby. It’s not the Preakness, but it is Santa Anita.”First post time for a nine-race card Saturday, highlighted by the Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes, is at 12:30 pm. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgEdwin Maldonado4382419%33%$236,030 Santiago Gonzalez711610523%44%$576,330 Philip D’Amato3367918%67%$396,540 Jeff Bonde1132027%45%$81,660 Ty Kennedy191325%32%$66,780 Agapito Delgadillo1822211%33%$65,284 Gonzalo Nicolas141207%21%$34,590 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will honor Paddock Captain John Shear in the Winner’s Circle after the fourth race Sunday on the occasion of his 95th birthday . . . Fans can feast on the cheap this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when Santa Anita offers another of its Dollar Days, with draft beers, hot dogs and sodas on sale for just a buck. Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing resumes Friday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. . . . As a thank you to fans, Santa Anita offers FREE General Admission and FREE general parking every Thursday and Friday during the Winter Meet . . . Probable for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs: Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo; Kiss at Midnight, no rider; Living The Life, Flavien Prat; Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez; and Sunday Rules, Mike Smith. Trainer Peter Eurton said he is considering two races for Kyriaki, the Santa Monica and the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 30 . . . Popular former world featherweight champion Danny (Little Red) Lopez, his wife, Bonnie, and sister-in-law Murphy were Santa Anita press box visitors Saturday . . . With two wins yesterday, Santiago Gonzalez overtook Rafael Bejarano for the riding lead, 16-15, through 13 racing days. The 32-year-old Venezuelan also is making his presence felt nationally, ranking eighth in purse earnings through Jan. 13 with $343,700. Bejarano was fifth in that category with $436,720. Among trainers, Richard Baltas, tied with Bob Baffert at Santa Anita with seven victories, was third nationally in money won at $301,940, while Baffert was fourth at $289,680. Vladimir Cerin721229%71%$70,850 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Brice Blanc131048%38%$148,490 Peter Eurton1946321%68%$154,830 J. Keith Desormeaux1520413%40%$51,360 Martin Garcia3454715%47%$327,014 ROTHBLUM MINDING THE FORT FOR TEAM O’NEILLWhile Doug O’Neill and his entourage were in Florida today awaiting the formality of Nyquist being named champion two-year-old male of 2015 at the Eclipse Awards, team member Steve Rothblum was minding the store at Santa Anita, where O’Neill had three horses entered.“We work our butts off,” Rothblum said, offering a condensed version of the reason for their success. “We get together and get a ton of stuff done, but at the end of the day, if we’re not smiling about it, we just feel like it’s been wrong.“We have a saying, ‘Everyone’s welcome but no one’s safe,’ because we give each other hell. But everybody knows what we need to do and what’s expected of them. The credit has to go to Doug, because he’s open enough to listen to all of us. We put together a good team, because every member is pretty good at what they do.“Doug listens to us, but he’s good at what he does, too. He delegates authority and he never panics. We’ve been together so long, we have a lot of trust in each other and that’s really important. We all represent the brand, we all care about it and try to move forward every day.“I’ve trained on my own for 30 years and have been with Doug since 2007 and couldn’t be happier or ask for a better work situation.” Jeff Mullins831038%50%$77,530 William Spawr1152045%64%$120,874 Mike Smith2742215%30%$386,640 Barry Abrams821025%38%$94,260 Jerry Hollendorfer362556%33%$174,792 Steven Miyadi1534220%60%$99,266 DORTMUND AND EXAGGERATOR IN SOLID WORKS‘TEAM’ KEY WORD IN SUCCESS OF TEAM O’NEILLDOLLAR DAY AGAIN AT SANTA ANITA ON MONDAY Drayden Van Dyke2832211%25%$140,200 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza242318%25%$242,130 Kent Desormeaux3136510%45%$282,970 Peter Miller3552114%23%$176,380 Tiago Pereira251514%28%$118,602 David Lopez40721018%48%$233,328 George Papaprodromou1320215%31%$48,080 Abel Lezcano1821111%22%$86,570 Kristin Mulhall1342131%54%$150,100 John Sadler2122210%29%$102,750 James M. Cassidy1420214%29%$154,420 Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 Alex Solis720229%57%$114,384 Richard Baltas2774226%48%$427,730 Jack Carava921022%33%$40,420 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 15) Doug O’Neill5047108%42%$244,882 Steve Knapp920122%33%$48,630 Flavien Prat3953813%41%$272,522 Fernando Perez4944118%39%$233,696 Gary Stevens1631019%25%$360,080 Bob Baffert3073523%50%$405,760 Mark Glatt2131114%24%$88,360 Jose Verenzuela811113%38%$20,930 Rafael Bejarano631514424%52%$749,060 Alonso Quinonez2235114%41%$130,250 Brayan Pena710014%14%$17,120 Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 EXAGGERATOR IN ‘GREAT’ BREEZE FOR SAN VICENTESanta Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Delta Jackpot winner Exaggerator worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning in preparation for upcoming stakes engagements at The Great Race Place.Dortmund, ticketed for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12, went four furlongs under regular rider Martin Garcia in a bullet 47 seconds flat for Bob Baffert, who is in Florida awaiting the coronation of Triple Crown king American Pharoah later today.Exaggerator, set to make his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15, went six furlongs according to Santa Anita clockers in 1:13.80 for trainer Keith Desormeaux.“It was a great work,” said Keith, who gave his brother, Hall of Fame rider Kent, a leg up for the drill. “I clocked him faster than what’s on the tab, however, I got him in 1:12 1/5.” Tyler Baze63410106%38%$275,668 Martin Pedroza3032110%20%$62,970 Mario Gutierrez5569511%36%$325,904 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joseph Talamo5288415%38%$364,190 Jorge Gutierrez420050%50%$32,410 -30-last_img read more


first_imgSANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux62149623%47%$898,538 TRAINER ARMANDO LAGE DEAD AT AGE 59Trainer Armando Lage died of a heart attack at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning at his home in Richmond, California, according to his long-time friend, fellow trainer O.J. Jauregui. Lage (pronounced LA-hay) was 59.A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, where Lage was a Bay Area fixture in recent years. He had 1,259 career wins from 9,083 starters who earned more than $20 million.“He was a good trainer and a better person,” said fellow trainer Steve Miyadi. “He was strong mentally and physically, a great father and a stand-up guy who told it the way it was, which so few do.”Lage is survived by his wife, Iga, two daughters and several grandchildren. FINISH LINES: Jockey Drayden Van Dyke, 22, is at home in Pasadena recovering from a broken right arm suffered in a two-horse spill at Santa Anita on Jan. 26. “He’s out of the hospital and had lunch the other day with Mike Smith,” said Van Dyke’s agent, Brad Pegram, who also represents Smith . . . San Clemente Handicap winner Mokat worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Thursday in 1:00.60 under Kent Desormeaux, after which trainer Richard Baltas said her next race would be the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at a mile on grass Feb. 18 . . . There were 261 recorded works Thursday, 22 on the dirt training track . . . There is a Pick Six carryover of $71,437.76 going into today’s card, with the total pool expected to approach $500,000 . . . Santa Anita hosts the Dumpling and Wonton Festival Saturday. Patrons can snack on scrumptious Asian and Asian-inspired dumplings and wontons on Santa Anita’s trackside apron. Buy online and save at www.santaanita.com/events . . . On Sunday, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch The Big Game at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to view it. Sirona’s will offer $5 drink specials all day. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar . . . Clocker Andy Harrington will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens. There is no seminar Sunday. Peter Miller441113525%66%$659,790 Doug O’Neill688151112%50%$649,658 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won ROYAL MO SET FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN LEWISRoyal Mo, a bay son of Uncle Mo trained by John Shirreffs for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, drew the rail against four other three-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8.Trainer Doug O’Neill has three of those entered in the 1 1/16-mile Lewis, which offers 17 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, 10 to the winner.“Royal Mo is coming into the race good, very nice,” said Shirreffs, who also conditions Grade III Sham Stakes winner Gormley for the Mosses. “I don’t have any particular (pre-race) strategy. I think Victor (Espinoza) will determine that.”Royal Mo broke his maiden in his most recent start, leading throughout going a mile at Del Mar last Nov. 27 under Espinoza, who has been aboard for all three of his races.Gormley, who won the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes as a two-year-old last December, worked four furlongs Thursday for the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 11. With Espinoza up, the son of Malibu Moon was timed in 49.60, going a quarter mile in 25.60 with a five furlongs gallop out of 1:02.60.The field for the Lewis, which goes as the second event on a nine-race card that starts at 12:30 p.m.: Royal Mo, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Irap, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Dangerfield, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Term of Art, Tyler Baze, 9-2; and Sheer Flattery, Mike Smith, 2-1. Tyler Baze932019822%51%$884,067 Jerry Hollendorfer581081117%50%$890,959center_img (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 29) Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6195315%28%$449,530 HOPPERTUNITY, MOR SPIRIT HEAD SAN ANTONIOBob Baffert sends out two Grade I winners in Saturday’s San Antonio Stakes, a forerunner to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. They are long distance specialist Hoppertunity, winner of the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Mor Spirit, winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity.Hoppertunity, a six-year-old full horse, has not raced since finishing fourth in the Grade I Clark Handicap last Nov. 25. Mor Spirit rallied for fourth in the Grade I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs on Dec. 26, his first start since the Kentucky Derby last May 7.Hoppertunity, a son of Any Given Saturday, drew the rail, where Baffert seems to be living recently, although it didn’t hamper Arrogate in the Pegasus.“I don’t know why they always stick me in the one hole, but Hoppertunity is doing really well,” Baffert said. “He’s training very well but I hated to see him down on the inside. I think Mor Spirit needed that race (fourth in the Malibu at seven furlongs on Dec. 26). He’s been working really well, and he’s quicker (than Hoppertunity).”The field for San Antonio, for four-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles: Hoppertunity, Flavien Prat, 2-1; Avanti Bello, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Prospect Park, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; El Huerfano, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Mor Spirit, Mike Smith, 3-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Accelerate, Tyler Baze, 5-2; and Hard Aces, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1.TWENTYTWENTYVISION BACK ON TURF IN SAN MARCOSTurf specialist Twentytwentyvision performed admirably to finish third in the San Gabriel Stakes last out, despite the fact that the 1 1/8-mile race was run over a sloppy main track when wet weather forced it to be moved from the grass.Trainer Richard Mandella expects Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at a mile and a quarter to remain on turf when Twentytwentyvision runs from the 13 post position in a full field of 14 entered.In 15 career starts, Twnetytwentyvision has run 10 on turf, winning four, with three seconds and three thirds.“I think turf is a little better for him and a mile and a quarter should suit him,” Mandella said. “I expect him to run a big race and I’m not concerned about being on the outside going this distance.”The San Marcos, the last of nine races: A Red Tie Day, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 4-1; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Blue Tone, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Power Ped, Stewart Elliott, 20-1; Gustnado, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; Perfectly Majestic, Kent Desormeaux, 10-1; Conquest Daddyo, Luis Contreras, 12-1; Some in Tieme, T.J. Pereira, 15-1; Isotherm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Hi Happy, Altair Dominguez, 10-1; Twentytwentyvision, Mike Smith, 6-1; and Frank Conversation, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1. ARROGATE ‘LOOKS GOOD’ AFTER PEGASUS ROMP            Horse of the World Arrogate, who returned to his Santa Anita base this past Sunday at 6:30 p.m., appears none the worse for wear after conquering two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome and 10 others in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park Saturday.“He looks great,” trainer Bob Baffert said while supervising workouts at Santa Anita on a brisk Thursday morning. “He was out jogging here today but we have no plans yet (for his next race). We’ve got a lot of options but we’re going to give him a couple weeks to see how he’s doing before we decide.“I haven’t really mapped out a schedule for him, although it looks like the race didn’t take a lot out of him. He looks good.”Arrogate, who won the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic here on Nov. 5, won the Pegasus geared down by 4 ¾ lengths, earning $7 million for owner Juddmonte Farms Inc. Rafael Bejarano7511101515%48%$698,083 Flavien Prat902091522%49%$1,218,768 Philip D’Amato3584623%51%$563,575 PEGASUS KING ARROGATE IS BACK HOME AT SANTA ANITALEWIS STRATEGY FOR ROYAL MO WILL BE UP TO ESPINOZABAFFERT HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN GRADE II SAN ANTONIOHINDSIGHT IS LOOKING GOOD FOR TWENTYTWENTYVISIONRACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF TRAINER ARMANDO LAGE Richard Baltas58911816%48%$523,963last_img read more

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