Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further December 2, 2020 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more CroatiaEurope – Central Asia The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia yesterday fined Slobodna Dalmacija editor Josip Jovic 20,000 euros. Reporters Without Borders seizes the occasion to publish a report about the often fraught relations between journalists and international courts. Receive email alerts News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News Related documents ReportPDF – 33.62 KB News CroatiaEurope – Central Asia A day after a Croatian journalist was fined by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Reporters Without Borders today published a report about the often fraught relations between journalists and international courts, looking in particular at the precedents set by the disputes between journalists and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).The ICTY yesterday imposed a fine of 20,000 euros on Slobodna Dalmacija editor Josip Jovic for revealing the identity of a protected witness who secretly testified in 1997 in the trial of Croatian general Tihomir Blaskic. The witness was Croatia’s current president, Stipe Mesic.Another journalist, Domajov Margetic, was meanwhile arrested again on 4 August at the ICTY’s behest for posting the names of 102 protected witnesses on a website. The ICTY has found him in contempt of court for defying a ban on identifying the protected witnesses who testified at Blaskic’s trial in 1997. News Organisation RSF_en Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Follow the news on Croatia Help by sharing this information August 31, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report on Rwanda tribunal’s disturbing precedents is published as ex-Yugoslavia tribunal fines Croatian journalist November 23, 2020 Find out more
Northern New England Region/Northeast Division TopNational Red Cross Rankings The American Red Cross Blood Services, Northern New England Region is proud to report that on October 1 the Northeast Division, of which the Region is a part, was named Division of the Year out of seven divisions by American Red Cross Biomedical Services. These annual rankings placed the Division as first in the country for the 2008 fiscal year; the ranking was based on a combination of metrics including red blood cell, type O blood and platelet collections; attention to quality and cost efficiency. The Division was also honored with the following distinctions:” 1st in Red Blood Cell Collections” 1st in Type O Collections” 1st in Quality Performance” 2nd in Expense Management” 3rd in Platelet Collections The Northern New England Region was also singled out among the 36 regions in the country for the following accomplishments:” 5th in Red Blood Cell Collections” 5th in Type O Collections Headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, the Northern New England Region collects blood in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The Region collects over 193,000 units of blood annually for patients in need in 73 hospitals within the three state area. The Region distributes 100,000 Red Blood Cells, 25,000 Single Donor Platelets and 10,000 units of Frozen Plasma each year.# # # # #
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content by Alure Home ImprovementsMary Lotardo, custom kitchen and bathroom designer at Alure Home Improvements, offers her five tips for designing your kitchen and bathroom without being too trendy in a recent episode of Alure’s My5 Tips Series.You have to remember that home décor is a lot like fashion. But altering the look of your kitchen or bathroom is not as easy as putting on a new dress or changing your blouse. A classic look should last a while, perhaps as long as a decade. If you follow Mary’s tips, then you can easily give a new twist to the appearance of your kitchen or bathroom by adding a few touches that won’t break the bank but liven up a situation that maybe you’ve grown tired of.Here’s what she’s talking about:Tip No. 1: Use neutral colors. When you’re making your selections for a new color scheme, Mary says, “Try to use neutral colors for the large items in the room.”She suggests that in particular you use neutral colors for your kitchen cabinets or the bathroom vanity.“If you’re doing full-tile walls, you might want to pick a neutral color and then tie it in with some accents along the way,” Mary says.The most popular neutral colors for kitchens and bathrooms are white, beige, gray and sage. These colors make it easy and less expensive to update the overall look of the room because all you need to do to make a difference is just add some new accessories. Another advantage of using neutral colors is that it makes the kitchen or a bathroom look brighter and bigger, depending on the lighting arrangement.Tip No. 2: Bring in colors that you love.Mary proposes that you incorporate your favorite colors into the room’s new décor but use them in small touches. Let these hues be seen in your accent tiles, glass pendants, faucets and fixtures. Wait until you see how metal finishes such as brushed nickel, bronze or stainless steel can enhance the space and make it all come alive without becoming too dominant.“Use them in the room to bring in all the different colors that you love,” suggests Mary.Tip No. 3: Use natural-looking materials that are timeless.There are so many more possibilities in natural-looking materials than there used to be, thanks to innovations in technology. For example, Mary suggests using porcelain tiles that emulate limestone, slate or marble.“Even today quartz is made to look like granite,” says Mary. “And there are some beautiful looks out there with the textures and colors that you love.”It’s not all about granite and marble, but they are lovely indeed and durable, especially for countertops. Slate has a dull-matte finish that’s not flashy but works well in a neutral-color scheme. Plus slate is harder than marble and easy to keep clean with just soap and water. Soapstone, which comes quarried out of the ground in a natural gray color, has a softer surface than some other materials like granite but with soapstone you can sand away any scratches on the surface. Quartz is one of the most scratch-resistant materials available. It’s a great choice for countertops because it comes in a variety of colors and is easy to maintain.Click here for more information on Alure Home ImprovementsTip No. 4: Don’t be afraid of bringing in a ‘wow’ factor!“A lot of times using art deco accents or having a beautiful tile layout, those are the things that you love most in the project when the project is finished,” Mary says knowingly. “So don’t be afraid to try something a little bit different!”The great thing about using a neutral color scheme as the foundation for your design is that it doesn’t compete with any flourishes you may come up with. In fact, this backdrop encourages you to put something of yourself in the final look. Maybe you’ve got some vases that you treasure or window curtains with a design that delights your eyes. There’s no reason that a neutral-color kitchen or bathroom shouldn’t have as much pizzazz as a room blazing with hot colors.Tip No. 5: Use a professional designer.Doesn’t it make sense that when you redo a room like the kitchen or the bathroom, which get a lot of daily use, you want the best advice possible for the final creation?“You need somebody with experience who can take the colors and textures that you love and create a project that you’ll love for a life time,” says Mary.A professional designer can help you to better articulate what look you’re going for, and find out what appeals to you at a fundamental level. And a designer you trust can help you figure out how to make it all come true within a budget you can afford. Perhaps she’ll suggest soft hues like beige, khaki and rain-cloud gray for a calming atmosphere, or suggest richer neutral colors like chocolate brown or slate gray, or go in a different direction with subtle variations of white on white.There’s more to the palette of different neutral color schemes than you might think—and consulting a true professional designer, like Mary Lotardo at Alure Home Improvements, can get you inspired.
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Fantasy football owners are always looking for sleepers, though the definition of the word varies. Call them underranked, underdrafted, or simply potential steals, but one thing is certain — you need to hit on a few to win a fantasy championship. Running back sleepers are arguably the most important type to have circled on your draft cheat sheet, and thankfully, breakout RBs come in a variety of packages.Things are no different in 2020, as it’s not hard to find more of these calculated dart throws. Rookies or younger backs behind shaky veterans — see Devin Singletary and Miles Sanders from 2019 — tend to be good sleeper targets. Whether they are potential RB2s or someone deeper in the rankings, it’s all about looking for potential opportunities. Ryquell Armstead, JaguarsThe Jaguars didn’t pick up Leonard Fournette’s option for next season. In transitioning to Jay Gruden’s offense, they also got Gruden’s favorite back, Chris Thompson, to cut big time into Fournette’s heavy receiving work from last season. Thompson’s arrival is a big dent to what Armstead could do as a Fournette fill-in. He’s now looking at a limited backup power back role. But given Thompson’s shaky durability history and the fact Fournette might be traded at some point, Armstead makes sense a lottery-ticket RB5.Anthony McFarland, SteelersThe Steelers aren’t sold on James Conner being a workhorse after seeing him break down with multiple injuries last season. Benny Snell Jr. looked OK as a power back, and Jaylen Samuels conrtibuted as a mildly effective receiver. The Steelers liked the home-run ability of Kerryth White in limited work. Knowing all that, they drafted McFarland, also a speed- and quickness-oriented back. McFarland can reel off long runs, but he isn’t built for pounding and needs to develop in the passing game. With the Steelers wanting to ease Conner’s load with less of Snell and learning toward cutting Samuel, McFarland’s rookie upside makes him best RB6 choice of the bunch behind Conner.Ito Smith, FalconsSmith was a major disappointment in trying to be the new Tevin Coleman for Devonta Freeman last season. He looked good in limited work, but he was operating in Dirk Koetter’s ineffective rushing offense with shaky blocking and a neck injury limited him to seven games. Now he’s the default No. 2 back to Todd Gurley, who is no longer the bastion of durability. Smith isn’t a particularly inspiring handcuff in a pass-happy offense where he won’t catch much, but it seems likely some backup Atlanta RB will get significant touches at some point this season. Brian Hill is also in the mix. At running back, there also tends to be attrition because of age or injuries, which open up the door for current backups to have bigger roles. Smart managers stash handcuffs with upside. Here are 16 potential breakouts to consider at various points during your draft:2020 Fantasy Sleepers:Quarterback | Wide receiver | Tight endFantasy Football RB SleepersDarwin Thompson, ChiefsWith Damien Williams opting out, rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire is in the driver’s seat for feature touches. Although former Raider DeAndre Washington and Darrel Williams are also in the mix behind Edwards-Helaire, Thompson, who had considerable rookie buzz of his own at this time last year, still carries more upside than both. Washington is currently No. 2 on the depth chart, so Thompson must prove in camp that he can provide the best running and receiving juice behind Edwards.Joshua Kelley, ChargersAustin Ekeler is the non-traditional feature back and despite his massive balanced production as a runner and receiver last season (224 touches, 1,550 scrimmage yards, 11 TDs), but he did it with hyperefficiency, averaging only 14 touches per game. Through his 204 touches in 12 games, current Bronco Melvin Gordon averaged 17 touches. So, there’s a good chunk of complementary power work to be had. Justin Jackson is getting the first crack at it. He has flashed at times filling in for Gordon, but he has limited pop and hasn’t proved to be durable. Kelley, in contrast, is an explosive rookie with fresh legs. With better upside, he carries the more ideal value behind Ekeler as a RB5.Matt Breida, DolphinsThe Dolphins blew up their backfield in an unexpected way in 2020. Instead of investing in a promising rookie to replace the post-Kenyan Drake mess of Kalen Ballage, Patrick Laird and Myles Gaskin, they traded for the former 49er Breida and signed the former Eagle Jordan Howard. Howard, not much of a receiver, is tabbed for the early-down power duties, while Breida, with his speed and quickness, is the change of pace who can also provide outlet juice in the passing game.Howard is set to see the red-zone work, which will give him a little more standard value because of TD potential, but Breida, for a spread-leaning offense that’s bound to be a bigger trailer than scorer, can get busy in PPR formats supplementing DeVante Parker, Preston Williams and Mike Gesicki. Given his big-play ability, Breida could potentially break out even more if he can stay healthy.Alexander Mattison, VikingsMattison the rookie was as impressive as his founding-father sounding full name, He made the most of “his shot,” supporting and filling in for Dalvin Cook, turning 110 backup touches into 544 scrimmage yards and a TD in 13 games. Cook didn’t hold out from Minnesota’s camp looking for his desired new contract, but Cook, who averaged nearly 22 touches per game in 2019, still has yet to have a fully healthy season in the NFL. Mattison averaged 8.5 touches last season in an offense that will likely run around 48 percent of the time again.Should health or money keep Cook off the field, Mattison would be immediately elevated to RB1 status, making him a must-have — and expensive — handcuff.Ke’Shawn Vaughn, BuccaneersThe offseason vibes haven’t been great for the rookie from Vanderbilt. He started his first training camp on the reserve/COVID-19 list, on top of hearing coach Bruce Arians saying he is comfortable with Ronald Jones as the Bucs’ lead back and Dare Ogunbowale resuming his receiving role to help Tom Brady. The team also signed LeSean McCoy Arians is concerned about trusting Vaughn, especially in pass protection. That said, Jones is nothing special, McCoy is ancient, and Ogunbowale has a limited skill set.This seems like a backfield situation to avoid, but because of the offense’s high-scoring upside, Vaughn is worth a late-round stash because things can go quickly south for Jones.Boston Scott, EaglesThis is a PPR alert for a back who seems ideal for the “Sproles Role” — confirmed by the fact Scott was drafted by one of Sproles’ former teams (the Saints) and now works for another. With Jordan Howard gone, second-year lead back Miles Sanders is in line to see 250-300 touches. Scott was key for the Eagles as a hybrid back down the stretch last season when their wide receiver corps was a depleted mess, and they would like to keep him involved as a unique cog for the passing game.With Corey Clement still in the mix behind him, it would be a committee should Sanders go on the shelf as opposed to Scott seeing a suddenly expanded role, but in a prolific offense behind Sanders, Scott could easily get something like 100 carries and 50 catches, giving him flex appeal.Zack Moss, BillsThe rookie is an upgrade from Frank Gore in complementing Devin Singletary as a power runner. Singletary, who averaged 15 touches per games as a rookie, remains the speed/quickness back in the committee, and the Bills plan to keep him busy in the passing game for Josh Allen. Moss showed some complete skills at Utah and has underrated burst. He can both pound between the tackles and finish drives in the red zone, but he also can catch passes on early downs if needed.Given this is a pretty situational split, Moss has some flex appeal and can raise his profile to an RB2 should Singletary have more durability issues.Duke Johnson, TexansDavid Johnson, coming over in the DeAndre Hopkins trade with Arizona, is tabbed to be Houston’s new lead back replacing Carlos Hyde, who replaced Lamar Miller. In Bill O’Brien’s offense, that role has usually meant around 250 touches per season, or an average of just fewer than 16 per game. Duke Johnson looked good with about half as many touches (127) during his first Texans season in 2019. David has shown signs of real wear and tear from his past heavy volume as a runner and receiver and will turn 29 in December. Duke is a couple years younger and always has been a timeshare back. Although he established himself as a great receiver in Cleveland, Duke doesn’t get enough credit for his pure running ability.Duke probably is set for minimal role when David is healthy and effective all-around, but that’s far from guaranteed. Because of Duke, Deshaun Watson was willing to check down a lot more than usual. He’s a good fit for the scheme and the Texans shouldn’t mind trusting him should David not deliver in his big role.Chase Edmonds, CardinalsKenyan Drake was brought back to remain Kliff Kingsbury’s lead back after he produced at a high level coming over in midseason to replace David Johnson. Edmonds, who had a flash as Johnson’s top backup before Drake was acquired, remains a strong No. 2 for 2020. Drake’s volume suggested the Cardinals would be OK giving him more than 300 touches, but keep in mind he never came close to that workload with the Dolphins.The Cardinals did draft Eno Benjamin for further backfield insurance, but Edmonds looks like a good fit for Kingsbury to the point they would be fine with simply plugging him into a key role should Drake go on the shelf. File Edmonds under another premium handcuff, and keep Benjamin in mind should he look good early.Antonio Gibson, WashingtonWashington’s backfield has been thrown a training camp curveball with the release of Derrius Guice. Somehow, there’s still a camp crowd with Adrian Peterson, Peyton Barber, J.D. McKissic and Bryce Love. Then there’s also the rookie Gibson, a non-traditional option for Scott Turner’s offense as a running back/wide receiver hybrid. They want to see what Gibson can do catching passes in open field. The problem is, that may be lead to only a handful of touches because Gibson doesn’t offer the power option of either Peterson or Barber or well-rounded game of Love, coming off a major right knee injury. There also are some concerns about Gibson being trusted in the passing game when he’s not catching passes.Where there’s some optimism for Gibson is that Washington is starved for impact receivers after Terry McLaurin with Steven Sims Jr. emerging as the next best option. With Chris Thompson gone, there are targets to be had to support them out of the backfield. It’s hard to see Gibson carving out too a big of a role unless the backfield committee gets really pared down, but given the unpredictability of this situation, everyone bears watching.Lamical Perine, JetsWith Frank Gore positioned behind Le’Veon Bell for Adam Gase, here’s digging even deeper for one final sleeper. The rookie Perine is third on the depth chart after Gore but ahead of Kenneth Dixon. Bell doesn’t exactly have a big fan in Gase and Gore is 37, coming off not doing much with the Bills. Perine is an excellent receiver who can hold his own on early downs. He’s a good late-round stash in deep PPR leagues.A.J. Dillon, PackersDillon is an unusual talent. The rookie from Boston College comes in as a very effective power back with rare speed and explosiveness, but despite that burst, he offers little-to-nothing as a receiver. The key to Dillon’s value in Green Bay will be whether the team continues to carry Jamaal Williams behind Aaron Jones. Williams saw nine touches per game as an interchangeable fill-in for Jones across running and receiving situations, getting half as much work. There was some good receiving and red-zone production, but the dropoff came in not having the same big-run juice as Jones. That’s what Dillon can better provide, making him the higher-upside handcuff to Jones.Damien Harris, PatriotsSony Michel, on the physically unable to perform list now, could be shelved for a while with a foot injury. The team just signed Lamar Miller, 29 and a year removed from a major knee injury. Rex Burkhead is a good swing reserve, but he turned 30 in July. Brandon Bolden opted out for the season. That leaves James White in his unchanged primary receiving role. Harris, after an invisible rookie season, has every opportunity to work himself into the power back mix. It’s hard to read whether the Patriots have any confidence in him to get significant carries in Year 2. Harris has a wide range of outcomes, from replacing Michel to being buried on the depth chart again.
Jamie Theriot2231214%27%$119,010 LONG HOT SUMMER PREPS FOR CAL DISTAFF HANDICAPLong Hot Summer, a specialist on Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs, returns to that venue next Saturday in the $100,000 California Distaff Handicap, one of the popular Golden State Series races for California-bred or sired fillies and mares.“Joe (Talamo) breezed her Sunday morning, (four furlongs in 48.40) and he’ll ride her in the race,” said Phil D’Amato, who trains the four-year-old Street Boss filly for owners Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino.“She loves the hill and she’s coming into her own. We’ve found she’s better on one turn and she’ll be ready to go.”Added Talamo, who has ridden Long Hot Summer in all of her 12 races, winning five: “She worked good, and going short on the turf, whether it’s five furlongs at Del Mar or 6 ½ here, is an ideal distance for her. She likes to lay back a little bit, loves a target in front of her and she should run well. She’s doing well.”Long Hot Summer has two wins and a second on the hillside course in three starts. Fernando Perez2240318%32%$98,340 “I hit the first race and then blanked on the next five,” Beychok explained. “After I hit Hoppertunity in the Gold Cup, I was in the top 20 since favorites kept winning. I texted [my brother] Ben, ‘never say never.’ ” Note–Santa Anita’s two-day Autumn Handicapping Championship, conducted this past Saturday and Sunday, attracted 79 entrants who competed for just over $130,000 in prize money, including three Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge entries and five National Handicapping Championship entries. Christian Hellmers is now one of three Santa Anita contest winners eligible for a $1 million bonus if they were to win the BCBC. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS There was also online qualifying action on DRF Tournaments this weekend. Hellmers’s “Horseplayers” castmate Michael Beychok was one of four players to win a BCBC seat on Saturday in a BCQualify contest. His win echoed a theme appropriate to Hellmers’s win as well: In a contest, you’re never out of until you’re out of it. IT’S ALL DOWNHILL NOW FOR LONG HOT SUMMERELLIOTT FINDS A NICHE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAARROYO JR. ON TOP OF SANTA ANITA STANDINGSSONGBIRD, MASOCHISTIC TO WORK ON THURSDAYHELLMERS TAKES AUTUMN HANDICAPPING CROWN Joseph Talamo2243018%32%$179,935 Mike Smith1332123%46%$180,525 Victor Espinoza1842122%39%$622,495 Rounding out the top five were Roger McDow ($10,570 bankroll, $5,000 in prizes, NHC seat) and Steve Jaffe ($6,504.50, NHC seat). Jaffe also received a bonus for handling the most money of any player in the contest with a total of $14,224 wagered. Bob Baffert1636219%69%$637,215 FINISH LINES: Ron Ellis reports that TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint favorite Masochistic is “right on schedule” for the $1.5 million race at six furlongs on Nov. 5. “Everything’s perfect,” the trainer said. “He worked (one) 12 and three the other day and he’ll work again on Thursday.” Ellis put to bed earlier reports, saying Masochistic is not a candidate for the Dirt Mile . . . Also scheduled to breeze Thursday is unbeaten champion Songbird, favored against Beholder and Stellar Wind in perhaps the most anticipated Breeders’ Cup race of them all, the $2 million Longines Distaff on Nov. 4 . . . FrontRunner winner Gormley (Juvenile) worked four furlongs Monday for John Shirreffs in 49.60, while Argentinean import Corona Del Inca, (Distaff), worked the same distance in 47.20 for trainer Guillermo Frenkel, and Grade I Shoemaker Mile winner Midnight Storm (Mile) went six furlongs for Phil D’Amato in a bullet 1:13.40. Corona Del Inca earned a fees paid berth to the Distaff by winning the Group 1 Gran Premio Criadores in her native country last May . . . Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist galloped this morning and “looked great,” said Doug O’Neill, preparing the son of Uncle Mo for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, less than a month away on Nov. 5 . . . Kent Desormeaux, who rode Photo Call to a 29-1 upset of odds-on favorite and winner of eight straight races Tepin in Saturday’s Grade I First Lady at Keeneland, returns to the Kentucky track this Saturday to ride Mokat for Richard Baltas in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup presented by Lane’s End . . . Martin Garcia will be at Keeneland on Saturday, Oct. 22, to ride Bellamentary for D’Amato in the Grade II Lexus Raven Run for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs . . . Santa Anita hosts the undisputed party champion, Michelada Rumble 3, this Saturday, featuring live music by Sweet & Tender Hooligans, food trucks and a car exhibition for only $15. A $40 VIP ticket includes two drinks and much more (must be over 21 to attend) . . . On Sunday, Oct. 16, Santa Anita hosts the popular Road Kings of Burbank Car Show, free in its spacious Infield . . . Santa Anita is dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but will be open for simulcast racing on Thursday. Live racing resumes Friday at 1 p.m. Saturday’s overall winner was John Kolodzej ($134.30), who collected in seven races overall. His biggest winner was Photo Call, a cap horse at $52.60, in the First Lady at Keeneland. Vaughn Blair ($109.20) finished second, also with help from Photo Call. Fourth-place finisher John Nichols took a route similar to Beychok, running the table in the last three races. Hellmers, well known from his starring role on the “Horseplayers” TV show, is now eligible for a $1 million bonus should he win the BCBC. Twice before Hellmers has run second at racing’s most prestigious live-bankroll contest. HELLMERS ADDS TO LAURELS IN MAJOR CONTEST PREP By Peter Thomas Fortnale, Daily Racing Form Also on Sunday, Cheryl McIntyre continued her amazing 2016 in an NHCQualify event. She ran second with $86.70, securing her second NHC seat for 2017 to go with the four BCBC seats she’s already won. She will have to transfer two of them. She cashed in an impressive nine of the 12 races. “I’m just playing the same way I have all year,” she said of the effort. Philip D’Amato2530512%32%$292,575 Rafael Bejarano44715516%61%$706,170 NEW FACE ARROYO LEADS SANTA ANITA JOCKEYSDon’t look now, but Norberto Arroyo Jr. is the leading jockey at Santa Anita.Who?Norberto Arroyo Jr., a 38-year-old native of Puerto Rico who had nine wins through eight days of the 23-day Autumn Meet to lead Flavien Prat by one and Rafael Bejarano and Kent Desormeaux by two.“We’ve been working hard and knew that it would come eventually,” said his agent and brother, Nelson. “Our goal isn’t necessarily to be leading jockey, because I’m just getting my calls and Norberto is doing the rest.“He’s been riding in the United States his whole career, since 2001. He had ridden in Southern California before, in 2006, and did OK, then came back five days before the recent Del Mar meet.” (Current Through Sunday, Oct. 9) JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Carla Gaines821125%50%$122,790 Flavien Prat4085720%50%$813,280 The overall winner was Howard Schwartz ($87.50). He collected in six of the first seven races, but still needed Ward ‘n Jerry to secure his NHC spot. He closed out in style with three nice prices in a row to get his total to $104.50: Dot Matrix ($36.70 win-place), Guest Suite ($21.60), and Exemplar ($21.20). This is a crazy, busy time of year for Beychok, who works on political campaigns, so he’ll have to skip attending the Breeders’ Cup live but will take advantage of the brand new opportunity to play from home. Peter Miller2483333%58%$229,430 Mark Glatt1335323%85%$139,568 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Gary Stevens1733418%59%$378,520 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.3393427%48%$363,520 One of the best resumes in the history of handicapping contest play just got a little better. Christian Hellmers won the Santa Anita Autumn Championship this weekend. For his efforts, he keeps his $19,350 bankroll plus $40,000 in cash and seats to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge and National Handicapping Championship. Heading into the second-to-last race on Sunday night, Hellmers had $500 left on his starting bankroll of $3,000. He took that money and played a straight double: Gloryzapper to Mr. Roary. When Gloryzapper dueled and prevailed in the L.A. Woman Stakes, he was drawing live for over $19,000 and the win. Mr. Roary went up by two lengths in the stretch and managed to hold on for a neck victory for his connections – and for Hellmers. Tyler Baze3442612%35%$174,210 Doug O’Neill4057613%45%$237,168 The second-place finisher was Donna Mariani. Mariani held the lead in the two-day event after Saturday, for which she won a $4,500 entry into Santa Anita’s March contest. She played conservatively on Sunday, not wanting to bet herself out of position. She ended up with $13,745 in bankroll, $15,000 in cash, plus NHC and BCBC seats. Also winning both major seats was third-place finisher Linda Rodriguez, who also collected $7,500 in addition to her $12,530.40 bank. ELLIOTT MAKES HIS MARK IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAStewart Elliott won his first race of the meet yesterday when he guided Ward ‘n Jerry to a neck victory for trainer Mike Puype at nearly 8-1 in the sixth race. It ended a string of 21 straight losses for the 51-year-old journeyman.For good measure, Elliott came back two races later and won the $100,000 LA Woman Stakes by a half-length on Gloryzapper ($11.20) for Phil D’Amato.Stewart Elliott has seen tougher times.The Toronto native has been the proverbial “overnight sensation” since arriving full time in Southern California early this year, although he’s been a major presence nationally since 2004, when he nearly won the Triple Crown aboard Smarty Jones.Elliott became the first rider in 25 years to capture the Kentucky Derby in his first appearance in 2004, then won the Preakness, but was second in the Belmont Stakes. Elliott rode the champion colt in all eight of his career races.The son of a jockey and show horse rider, Elliott won three consecutive riding titles at Philadelphia Park. Career victory 3,000 came in May of 2003, and 4,000 in 2009. Represented by agent Mark North, Elliott won the recent Los Alamitos riding title with 12 victories.“I got fed up riding at Philadelphia in the winter,” Elliott said. “The bad weather and the resulting track conditions made it very tough to endure. This was in the spring of 2014.“I went to Keeneland from there, rode a lot of Mark Casse’s horses and had a really good meet, finishing second to Julien Leparoux. Mark later went to Del Mar and so did I, and it was there that I started working horses for Bob Baffert. The first horse I rode there was for Barry Abrams and it won, paying around $50. Then I won a stake for Casse. I was there three weeks when I was kicked by a horse and suffered rib injuries.“I was in the hospital getting X-rays when my wife (Lilibeth) called and said we sold the farm in New Jersey. So I said, ‘I’m out of here,’ and we moved to Kentucky. I did all the moving myself, U-Hauls, everything, like I needed to be lifting boxes with my ribs“I started riding the fall meet at Keeneland, and my ribs were killing me. I wasn’t comfortable, but I rode the whole meet. It was a short meet, but I said, ‘The heck with this.’ My ribs couldn’t heal because I was riding and banging them. I took almost a year off before coming to California the beginning of this year.“Baffert remembered me from before, so I checked in with him. The first horse he put me on was at the Los Al spring meet and it won.”Fast forward to September 2016 when Elliott showed he still has the qualities to be a success on a major circuit, winning the favor of Baffert, for whom he has been riding with significant success.“He’s a really good horseman and gets along with horses really well,” said Baffert, himself a former jockey. “He’s very good at getting my young horses ready and he’s really good out of the gate, probably one of the best gate jockeys.“Horses just fly out of there for him and that’s very important with young horses. He’s consistent day in, day out. It doesn’t matter if he’s on a 1-2 favorite or a 10-1 shot, he’s just the same. He’s pretty calm and cool.“He’s a nice person, a gentleman, and really easy to work with. He never seems to get upset. He’s quiet and keeps to himself, but when he gets on a horse, he knows what I expect and gets a lot of run out of them.”High praise indeed from America’s most recognizable horseman. James Riley was an unlucky fifth by 40 cents in Saturday’s BCQ contest, but made up for that on Sunday with a win and a seat to the Gulfstream Conquer the Crown event. Riley finished with $74.90. In the anchor leg, Santa Anita’s sixth, Ward ‘n Jerry got him home, returning $27 win-place combined. Richard Baltas2335213%43%$240,200 In addition to the two BCBC seconds, Hellmers also owns a Horse Player World Series win, showing he’s a major threat outside of his preferred live-bank format as well. The man they call “the Guru” will surely be one of the key players to watch in four weeks, right back at Santa Anita once again. Kent Desormeaux2673327%50%$240,930 Mike Puype1030030%30%$86,565 Jerry Hollendorfer1922211%32%$126,045 Peter Eurton1030030%30%$197,044
SANTA ANITA PARK CANCELS FRIDAY’S RACING AS MORE THAN FIVE INCHES OF RAIN & HEAVY WINDS ARE PREDICTED FOR FOOTHILL COMMUNITIES
RACING TO RESUME SATURDAY AS SKIES CLEAR OVER THREE-DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2017)–With more than five inches of rain, local flooding and high winds predicted for the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, Santa Anita Park officials have announced that Friday’s eight-race card has been cancelled.The National Weather Service has predicted Friday’s storm will hit pre-dawn and that it could be the strongest in recent years, with the prospect of local flooding throughout the day and wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour–this coming on the heels of more than 20 inches of rain for this season.Additionally, due to the prospect of unsafe road conditions, Santa Anita will also be closed for simulcast wagering on Friday.Santa Anita will be open as planned for live racing over the three-day Presidents’ Day weekend as the projected storm moves eastward overnight Friday and into Saturday.First post time for live racing on Saturday, Sunday and Monday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open on all three days at 10:30 a.m.For track condition updates, scratches, changes and complete morning line information, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com.