What happens in Vegas, gets posted to CUInsight

By on December 18, 2020

first_imgAside from the 7 straight days of temperatures exceeding 105, my family’s vacation to Las Vegas in early June was rather pleasant. But it did not start off too well and I experienced first hand how brand experience can go south very quickly.After a May business trip and a great experience at the Aria Hotel and Casino, I decided it would be a fun experience for my family. With just a couple of calls and some web searches, I found the best package via Priceline and booked two rooms at the Aria. I had high expectations and bragged to my wife and kids about how great the hotel was.Upon arrival, the four of us headed to the check-in desk, expecting a quick, uneventful check in experience. Unfortunately, we had no such luck. It took 20 minutes to check in once we began speaking with the check in person. It seemed that they could not find two adjoining rooms, even though they knew I requested two rooms, they knew we were a family and they knew we have two teenagers. After some running around and a lengthy conversation between the check in person and her supervisor, we were given our door cards to rooms on the 24th floor. In addition to taking 20 minutes to check-in, not apologizing for the wait and not acknowledging that I was just there 5 weeks ago, it was an instant disappointment and a let down. Strike one. Surely, things would be better as we entered our opulent, deluxe, adjoining rooms.The elevator ride was without a hitch. After-all, what could go wrong with an elevator? Once the doors opened on 24th floor, we were hit with a very strong smell that smelled like glue or epoxy. It turns out, part of the 24th floor was being remodeled with new wall coverings being affixed. Onward we went, towards the other end of the hallway thinking the smell would not be too bad. As we continued down the hall, the smell seemed to fade away. Thank goodness, because I really built up the expectation of the Aria with my family.A few minutes later we arrived at our rooms. They were next to each other, but not adjoining as we had requested. Strike 2. The kids went to theirs and we entered ours. I went right to the view (which was excellent) and my wife went right to the bathroom. That’s when things got rather ugly. On the bathroom floor lay a used, dirty towel. Another was on the shower floor with the shower completely wet. Above the toilet was an open compartment for access to the plumbing. Strike 3! What the heck is going on? Within a moment my wife went over to the kids room and noted a dirty, wet towel in their shower and a partially removed tile by the toilet. It was at this time that my wife darted to the phone and called guest services to let them know that our rooms were unexpectable. While on the phone, she noticed popcorn under our bed. Strike 4. My recommendation of the Aria was starting to backfire quickly.Housekeeping came up to the rooms rather quickly. They too seemed surprised by the condition of the rooms and stated “these rooms should never have been released.” They even photographed “the scene” to report it back to management. It felt more like a scene from CSI Las Vegas, than a nice start to a vacation in a luxury hotel. Ernesto, the housekeeping supervisor assured me that the Aria would “make this right” and likely put us up in some Sky Suites.After some back and forth on the phone, it was decided a personal visit to guest services was the way to go. So down 24 floors we went. Guest services informed us that they would have new rooms available the next day and that they would call us as soon as they were ready. In the meantime, they would thoroughly clean our rooms on floor 24, which they did promptly. We were also given a $50 credit per room. So no unpacking for the night, but we were ok with this, thinking they would take care of us the next day after we enjoyed spending our $100 on the buffet breakfast.By mid-afternoon the next day, we grew tired of waiting for a call regarding the status of our new rooms. If you’re counting, that’s strike 5. Off to guest services we went, yet again. Only one of the two rooms were available, but we could move into it and await for room number two. Strike 6. We were not happy that it was up to us to follow-up with guest services after that promised to notify us of our room availability. We vented and it was agreed that we’d get 2 nights resort fees credited to each room. There was no suggestion that a valet could assist us with the move, so off to the 30th floor we went, with our luggage in tow; to get the 30th floor, we had to go back down to the casino level first, then up another elevator to the 30th floor. As for Ernesto’s suggestion we’d end up in Sky Suites, no such luck, although he led us to believe we would. Strike 7.So what’s my point? Don’t stay at the Aria? No, it’s a great place to stay. For whatever reason, there were several breakdowns in communication and maybe some behind the scene blaming. Nobody on the hotel staff owned our experience, and that was a disappointment.Do you own your member’s experience at your credit union? 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bryan Clagett Bryan is on the executive team and singularly focused on driving revenue growth through a variety of new initiatives that help financial services and fintech become ever more relevant to … Web: Detailslast_img read more

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Off-season toll prices apply from Sunday

By on November 18, 2020

first_imgThe unit price of toll in the off-season period is reduced by 10% for vehicles IA, I. and II. groups (motorcycles, personal vehicles, personal vehicles with trailers and campers) or returns to the old price. From 15 September (from midnight from Saturday to Sunday) for motorcycles and personal vehicles begins the application of off-season toll prices on motorways managed by Hrvatske autoceste doo (HAC) and Autoceste Rijeka-Zagreb (ARZ). Photo: HACcenter_img The summer toll calculation tariff is coming to an end.last_img read more

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Sumatran forest people adapt ancient health rules for pandemic

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgJangat Pico, a member of the Orang Rimba indigenous people who live on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, was reluctant to say the name of the new coronavirus when he heard it for the first time.”In Orang Rimba custom, the name of a disease cannot be said aloud,” Pico, 24, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by video call. “If we say [it], then that disease will come to us.”Superstitions around illness are embedded in a belief system practiced by Pico and about 5,000 other tribe members. Topics : Under these traditions, a relationship with the forest endures from cradle to grave.When an Orang Rimba baby is born, the umbilical cord linking mother and child is buried beneath a newly planted tree.When a tribe member dies, the community moves to a fresh area of forest, a nomadic tradition called “melangun”.”The Orang Rimba’s connection with the forest seems to me particularly close,” said Sophie Grig, a researcher at London-based Survival International, a group that campaigns for the protection of tribal peoples.Fear of disease is also well established in a community where infections can spread rapidly.Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, anyone returning from outside the forest had to spend at least 24 hours in quarantine under customary health rules called “besasandingon”.They stay in an isolated area downstream due to a belief that disease flows down water courses.A common greeting in the group’s language is to ask whether someone is healthy or ill.When the Orang Rimba first heard of a new infectious disease spreading across much of the world in March, elders immediately tightened their existing quarantine rules.Now Pico must walk for six hours to visit his family, who have retreated deeper into the forest in response to the pandemic. He last saw his parents about a month ago.”We have to abide by besasandingon,” said Pico. “That means we have to stay 20 or 30 metres  away.”Lost landUnlike Brazil and India, Indonesia lacks a dedicated government department overseeing indigenous affairs.In 2015, President Joko Widodo became the first Indonesian leader to visit the Orang Rimba and has vowed to return 12.7 million hectares of land to indigenous and rural communities.Indigenous peoples have for decades been locked in conflicts sparked by expansion of the mining, palm oil and timber industries on their customary lands.In April, a coalition of rights groups wrote an open letter to lawmakers calling for an indigenous bill of rights.Rural communities across the archipelago are also pressing the government to implement a 2013 court decision upholding communities’ rights to their ancestral lands.”Indigenous groups are the most vulnerable people in Indonesia,” said Andre Barahamin of the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN).”But, as long as we have sovereignty over our ancestral domain, we will be fine – we can save ourselves.”Three months ago, AMAN wrote to its 2,371 member communities recommending they stockpile food and initiate strict social distancing measures in response to the coronavirus threat.Just over half the indigenous groups AMAN represents enacted some form of lockdown, with most doing so before the central government introduced restrictions on movement in April.Indonesia has registered about 47,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and more than 2,500 deaths – but low levels of testing, especially in remote areas, mean it is unclear to what extent indigenous groups may have been affected.Marginal livesMore than 2,500 Orang Rimba have lost their traditional land to oil-palm plantation firms, according to KKI Warsi, a Sumatra-based environmental nonprofit which carried out interviews in local language with tribe members for the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Some live on the fringes of plantations, while the poorest beg along the highway linking the east and west of the island.”The contrast between these people is so immense and tragic because you see how they would be living if they had not lost their land,” said Survival International’s Grig.Minan, who goes by one name, lives with his wife and child under an old tarpaulin near the highway in Rejosari village.“This was still a forest before,” he said in an interview conducted by KKI Warsi. “Then the villages came and turned it into their plantations and settlements.”Robert Aritonang, an anthropologist with KKI Warsi, said the lives of those who had lost their land are “very marginal”. “If they take palm oil, they are perceived as thieves,” he said. Thirteen Orang Rimba had been killed since 1997 in conflicts with outside communities and loggers, he noted.Back to natureOrang Rimba members in self-imposed isolation in the forest today said coronavirus is reinforcing a customary way of life that had waned due to contact with outside settlements.Neliti, 45, who lives in the forest and goes by one name, said trade with neighboring villages had declined due to falling prices for rubber and fruit, while Orang Rimba are also afraid to visit nearby settlements due to the virus.”They have started to revert back to ancient knowledge,” said Butet Manurung, founder of Sokola, an Indonesian education nonprofit that works with indigenous communities. “Twenty years ago, they were self-sustained, but a lot has changed.”Sokola, which has suspended its work in the forest due to the virus, views the pandemic as an opportunity for children to focus on traditional learning.”Every second in the jungle is a lesson,” said Manurung.Orang Rimba elder Tumenggung Nyenong, 57, said the tribe’s retreat further into the national park was driving his people closer to the forest. “Hopefully the customs will be preserved,” he said in an interview conducted by KKI Warsi.Teacher Pico can still visit his parents but, due to his frequent outside contacts, will not be permitted to rejoin the forest community until elders deem the pandemic to have passed.”For the Orang Rimba, 10 years from now in Bukit Duabelas [national park], I feel it will be like it always was,” he said. “There will still be a forest and a way of life in the forest.”center_img “Fever” and “cough” are considered curse words.To avoid saying “corona”, the Orang Rimba have begun using “cororoit” – an alternative now used conversationally by a few hundred people, according to Pico.Born in Bukit Duabelas national park, Pico teaches advocacy and other skills to young people in his community, and moves between the forest and nearby urban areas.His parents and four siblings practice a semi-nomadic way of life inside the park, regulated by customary laws handed down through generations.last_img read more

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Unai Emery hails under-fire Granit Xhaka as leader for Arsenal

By on October 18, 2020

first_img Comment Coral BarrySaturday 14 Sep 2019 10:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link279Shares Emery defended his under-fire midfielder (Picture: Getty)‘Every player makes mistakes, only some are magnified because the consequence is more.‘But I am really focused on the good things, on the positive performances and Xhaka has a big character and is very important for us.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He played a very good match against Tottenham, he made a mistake that was a penalty, he knows and we are working to improve, to change that mistake in one process.’ Advertisement Unai Emery hails under-fire Granit Xhaka as leader for Arsenalcenter_img Xhaka gave away a silly penalty against Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Xhaka captained Arsenal during the north London derby, but fans were left fuming with his recklessness.But Emery hailed Xhaka as a leader in his side and a crucial figure in his squad.‘Of course, he gives us a very good balance in the middle with the ball and without the ball,’ he said. ‘I think he is very important for us.‘We can talk about the defects for every player, for him also, but we can speak about positive things, the very positive performances he gives us in most matches.’MORE: Emiliano Martinez plans to dethrone Bernd Leno as Arsenal’s No.1 this seasonMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Xhaka could be about to be named Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has defended Granit Xhaka after the midfielder’s performance against Tottenham.Xhaka gave away a penalty in a woeful display in the 2-2 draw with Spurs, but remains a candidate to be Arsenal’s new captain.Emery is poised to name a new skipper after the departure of Laurent Koscielny during the summer and said he spoke to Xhaka after his error against Tottenham.‘We’ve been speaking — mistake, recognise that mistake, learn, correct, improve and after repeat with success,’ Emery explained.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Christmas dominates FSU’s 7-footers in 14-point, 11-rebound performance

By on September 17, 2020

first_img Published on January 12, 2015 at 12:20 am Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ The floor was all that slowed Rakeem Christmas on Sunday night, and that was only briefly.With 9:39 left in Syracuse’s (12-4, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) 70-57 win over Florida State (9-7, 1-2) his foot slipped out from underneath him. “Oh sh*t,” he shouted as FSU’s Xavier Rathan-Mayes stripped the ball from him and the SU forward fell on his back.“I tried to drive and I lost my foot under me and I fell on my butt, so my butt was hurt and I had to stop,” Christmas said.Rising to his feet slowly, he grabbed the right side of his lower back. But before Christmas could shuffle back down the court, SU had stolen the ball back and Kaleb Joseph was feeding him for a soft two-handed dunk that gave the Orange a 13-point lead.It was the gentlest motion from Christmas in an all-action performance that Jim Boeheim called the forward’s best defensive game. And while playing scoring sidekick to Trevor Cooney, the senior showed off his range in the post and delivered his fifth double-double of the season — 14 points and 11 rebounds — in the kind of performance his teammates have come to expect as SU dives further into conference play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Rak was — was Rak,” Cooney said. “He’s going to score for us, he’s going to grab the rebounds, he’s our MVP, really.”Despite playing against three different FSU 7-footers, Christmas controlled the paint for the Orange. He forced the Seminoles to throw up harder, inevitably inaccurate shots that left the visitors scrambling back on defense as another Orange rebound keyed another Orange fast break.Sunday’s win was the first complete game in which Syracuse looked comfortable in its offense since starting conference play.“This was our best offensive game since the first half of the Virginia Tech game,” Boeheim said.As the game wore on, even after Chris McCullough left the game with an injury, it became clear that none of FSU’s big men would contain Christmas.No Seminole guards were going to drive through him or consistently hit jumpers over him, or any other SU player for that matter. Christmas would miss some loose-ball putbacks on the offensive boards, but in short, he stood at the center of a game Syracuse was going to win.“You know lots of teams have 7-footers, you just can’t look at it like that,” Christmas said. “I go out there and play my defense and try to keep them out of the lane, make them take tough shots and go on offense.”It looked as simple as Christmas made it sound.With 18:22 left in the game, Christmas took a pass from Joseph outside the left block, sprung into the paint and rocketed down a left-handed dunk. He bumped into FSU guard Phil Cofer on the right baseline before jogging back on defense with a 39-24 lead.“It always feels good to throw one down, man,” Christmas said.On the next possession he sunk a 15-foot jumper from inside the left wing, prompting a Florida State timeout.But not much changed. Christmas continued to snare rebounds, Syracuse kept scoring off them and the Seminoles never found meaningful success at the heart of the SU zone.Said Cooney: “I mean he had a hell of a matchup down low with those big guys, so I think he did a hell of a job.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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A big fight for Mayweather and some big numbers

By on August 12, 2020

first_imgBoxers Floyd Mayweather, left, and Canelo Alvarez pose during a press conference in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)  LAS VEGAS (AP) — If Richard Schaefer looked a bit nervous standing near his fighters on a massive stage this week at the MGM Grand, he had good reason.In a city of high rollers, on one of the biggest betting days of the year, the head of Golden Boy Promotions is taking the biggest gamble of all. He’s got $60 million on the line that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez will not only deliver a great fight, but deliver at the box office, too.He’s betting the 152-pound matchup between two unbeaten fighters will be a blockbuster, perhaps the richest fight ever. And right now, there are not a lot of wise guys in this gambling city who would bet against him.“My goal is to break the record,” Schaefer said. “I think we will do 2 million homes, which will make it the single biggest pay-per-view in boxing.”If it is, it will be largely because Golden Boy is charging the single biggest price for a boxing match, a whopping $74.95 if you want to watch in HD. That will give boxing fans at home not only the most anticipated fight in years but a 140-pound title fight between Danny Garcia and Lucas Matthysse that would be a headline bout anywhere else.Want to be there in person? The fight sold out in hours, but you can still find a seat on the main floor for $9,422. If that’s too rich, the cheapest nosebleed seat Thursday on StubHub was $1,687.Schaefer said the fight is such a hot ticket for the celebrity crowd that they’re calling asking to buy tickets instead of getting them free. Magic Johnson wanted some and so did Kobe Bryant, but his choice of ringside seats in the center of the front row were already taken.“Saturday could be a $200 million night,” Schaefer said. “Boxing is hardly a dying sport.”Not when it has the country’s highest-paid athlete. Mayweather will make at least $41.5 million for the 12-rounder, bringing his salary this year to $73 million in two fights. Alvarez, the red-headed star from Mexico, won’t do too badly himself, with a $5 million guarantee and a chance to make double that if the fight is a big hit.For Schaefer and Golden Boy it’s a bit more complicated. They get a windfall guarantee from the Showtime network, which Schaefer says doesn’t even cover Mayweather’s purse. And after splitting with cable and satellite companies they’ll end up with about $35 from every house that buys the fight.Toss in a $19.9 million live gate and a few million here and there from sponsorships and foreign rights sales, and it could be a nice payday indeed for the company Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya founded.“I’m going to obviously get some money Monday morning,” Schaefer said. “But I’m going to be out by the time the first bell rings well over $60 million.”Those in boxing familiar with big fight promotions don’t think Schaefer will have to worry about closing his company’s doors. He begins to make money at about 1.5 million pay-per-view buys, and the indications are that this fight will exceed that, though getting to 2 million might be a stretch (Mayweather’s 2007 fight with De La Hoya is the biggest selling boxing pay-per-view at 2.4 million buys).Mayweather is the big driver behind those sales, of course. He’s the champion in the ring and he’s the champion in selling the fight to those watching at home, though his fight in May against Robert Guerrero was a bit of a box office dud at about 900,000 buys.But the 23-year-old Alvarez is already a huge star in Mexico and is seen as the biggest challenger to Mayweather since he beat De La Hoya on a split decision in 2009. Oddsmakers favor Mayweather by 2½-1, narrow odds by his standards.“Canelo is sort of a trailblazer, comparisons are being made to Oscar,” said Stephen Espinoza, the executive vice president of Showtime sports, who formerly worked for Golden Boy. “I believe he’s got the ability to cross over the way Oscar did, especially to nonboxing fans and women.”Indeed, Alvarez could be a breakout star in boxing if he wins. But what the sport really needs is a competitive and exciting fight that even casual fans will be talking about.“I’ve been in there with guys who punch hard and guys who try to box,” Mayweather said. “They’re all just the same. They’re opponents in front of me.”“I have my fans, Floyd has his fans,” Alvarez said. “I always envisioned it was going to be a big fight.”Of that, there’s little doubt. It will be a big night for boxing, another big night for Money May and almost surely the biggest night of Alvarez’s life.Whether it’s the richest fight may not even matter.last_img read more

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By on August 2, 2020

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 29, 2016)–Lightly raced Behest got clear sailing and made short work of eight rivals in taking Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature by 1 ¾ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke. Breaking from post position eight in a field of nine older fillies and mares bred in California, Behest sat a close fourth, two lengths off the lead past the half mile pole and took command three sixteenths out as she cruised 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:14.02.Trained by Phil D’Amato and owned by Bartlett Jr., or Hinds, Behest was off at 8-1 and paid $18.20, $8.00 and $4.60. A 4-year-old filly by Kentucky-based Fusaichi Pegasus, she picked up her third win from four starts. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $70,080.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Q’Viva rallied wide-out and was second best. Off at 7-2, she paid $5.40 and $3.20.Favored Warrenscrystalized pressed the pace and made the lead at the rail crossing back onto the grass at the top of the lane but tired to finish third, 1 ¾ lengths behind Q’Viva. Off at 2-1, Warrenscrystalized paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.43, 43.95 and 1:07.64.First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita for a 10-race Sunshine Millions/California Cup Day card is early at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.last_img read more

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first_imgSMOKEY IMAGE WORKS TOWARDS SAN FELIPE            Undefeated California Derby winner Smokey Image worked four furlongs Monday morning in 47.20 under Victor Espinoza for Carla Gaines, who is preparing the son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image for a possible start against open company in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 12.In his first start for Gaines, Smokey Image smoked six rivals in the California Cup Derby on Jan. 30 by 8 ½ lengths, leading virtually throughout the 1 1/16-mile race against state-breds.The chestnut colt had previously been conditioned for Irvin Racing Stable by Bay Area-based trainer Greg James.“Very nice” is how Gaines termed the workout for Smokey Image, who was going two turns for the first time in the Cal Derby.Gaines said a future race for Arcadia Stakes winner Bolo was not firm, although the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf and the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on dirt have been mentioned as possibilities.Both races are March 12. Martin Pedroza5664311%23%$164,095 JOCKEY PEREZ A RISING STAR IN CALIFORNIAGood luck and hard work are a successful combination.Just ask jockey Fernando Perez and his agent, Tommy Ball.The 29-year-old rider overcame serious injuries to capture the combined title at Los Alamitos last year when he won 105 races in 2015, and has managed to crack the top 10 at Santa Anita, one of the most competitive colonies in North America.“Fernando communicates well and we get along well,” said Ball, who has represented Perez since October 2014 and has been an agent since 1997. “Fernando is the hardest worker. He’s here early in the mornings. He’s a blue collar guy trying to get to the next level.”Through 31 racing days, Perez had 10 victories, his most important coming in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 23 when he piloted $131.20 winner Lost Bus to a stirring nose triumph for trainer Gary Sherlock.“He’s a natural rider,” Sherlock said, “improving all the time.”Added Barry Abrams, who also has had success riding Perez:“He’s a very good rider. He’s learning about riding on the grass, because every track he’s ridden at before didn’t have a turf course, so he was years behind.“But he’s learning quickly. In a year or so he’ll be one of the leading riders in California.” David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Peter Miller73104814%30%$384,255 Vladimir Cerin2792333%52%$291,125 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 14) Bob Baffert631481022%51%$1,098,295 Jerry Hollendorfer85971311%34%$760,431 Richard Baltas65109815%42%$729,974 Doug O’Neill10313151813%45%$703,904 Edwin Maldonado1082010919%36%$726,865 Tyler Baze15516262310%42%$915,886 Mario Gutierrez11813201711%42%$807,866 Mark Glatt5467211%28%$282,455 FOLLOW ME CREV, PROSPECT PARK EYE BIG CAPUNBEATEN SMOKEY IMAGE PREPS FOR SAN FELIPEPEREZ GAINS A TOP 10 RANKING AT SANTA ANITA Martin Garcia74128816%38%$770,504 Fernando Perez1051091710%34%$555,354 Kent Desormeaux57915716%54%$763,894 Flavien Prat13424152018%44%$1,544,018 Gary Stevens4376516%42%$885,058 John Sadler4977414%37%$364,159 Santiago Gonzalez15330221720%45%$1,177,944 Philip D’Amato7918141223%56%$1,004,520 J. Keith Desormeaux2853718%54%$166,004 BIG CAP REMATCH LOOMS FOR ‘PARK’ AND ‘CREV’Streaking Follow Me Crev and Prospect Park could meet again in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 12 after running one-two in Sunday’s third race, a $65,000 overnight event at 1 1/16 miles in which Follow Me Crev won by 2 ½ lengths under Flavien Prat for his fourth straight victory.Prospect Park, the 4-5 favorite making his first start since last September, ran evenly in second throughout and could not hold off the late burst of Follow Me Crev, who closed from sixth and last at the half-mile pole to win.“If he comes out of it really good, we’ll try the big race,” said Vladimir Cerin, who trains Follow Me Crev for long-time clients David and Holly Wilson. “He’s just a big horse who’s a late-developer. He’s huge.“Flavien said he’s a really smart horse. He kind of picks his way through (the field).”Aside from not winning, trainer Cliff Sise Jr. was not disappointed in Prospect Park’s effort in his first race after a lengthy absence.“He came out of the race good but he got tired,” Sise said. “Yesterday’s race sets him up perfect for the Big Cap.” Joseph Talamo13615171711%36%$810,349 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mike Smith63761011%37%$917,945 Peter Eurton579141016%58%$624,133 Agapito Delgadillo5085616%38%$201,302 Steven Miyadi3677519%53%$226,159 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Racing will resume Friday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. . . . Agent J.R. Pegram said David Lopez will resume riding Friday after missing three days recovering from soreness suffered in a riding mishap in last Friday’s eighth race . . . Alonso Quinonez, who had ridden Follow Me Crev to three straight victories, missed Sunday’s winning ride on the four-year-old gelding when he was late getting back from the Middle East where he had ridden for Prince Faisal in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. “The trip took about 18 hours,” Quinonez said. “It was six hours from Riyadh to Frankfurt, Germany, and about 12 or 13 from Frankfurt to LA. But I was pretty comfortable flying first class, where I could convert my seat into a bed.” . . . Keith Desormeaux said 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red will continue working towards his return, “and if everything goes right, we might see him at the early part of Santa Anita’s next meet that starts May 5.” . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan reports Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line is jogging, and La Canada winner Taris remains on course for the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes on March 19, although “she did have a little fever last week. I expect her to breeze in the next two or three days.” . . . Ziconic, second son of champion mare Zenyatta, is scheduled to make his debut in a maiden special weight race this Saturday, Feb. 20. The colt worked four furlongs Saturday under Zenyatta’s regular rider Mike Smith in 49.60 for John Shirreffs . . . Smith has been suspended three days (Feb. 20, 21 and 25) for careless riding aboard Crimson and Gold in Saturday’s fifth race . . . Los Angeles native and renowned artist Gayle Garner Roski will display her “Masters of the American West” paintings at The Autry Museum of the American West this Thursday, Feb. 18, with a reception starting at 6 p.m. For further information, RSVP to Melissa Foster at 323 495-4271 or via email at . . . Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward will be at the Fair Grounds Saturday to saddle Point Piper in the Grade III, $125,000 Mineshaft Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. Julien Leparoux has the mount. Rafael Bejarano14730301320%50%$1,451,082 Carla Gaines3152216%29%$412,105 William Spawr2565324%56%$162,652 Kristin Mulhall2652219%35%$219,335 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jeff Bonde2262327%50%$145,740 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won George Papaprodromou2652519%46%$121,290 Drayden Van Dyke83881210%34%$516,939 Patrick Gallagher2363526%61%$464,488last_img read more

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