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Bolt to Run 100m, 4x100m Relay at World Championships

first_imgThe men’s 100m final is due to place on Saturday, August 5, while the men’s 4x100m relay race – which will mark the end of Bolt’s career – takes place on the following Saturday.Bolt has won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at the past three Olympic Games – Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.However, his unprecedented ‘triple triple’ of nine gold medals was downgraded to eight after Jamaican team-mate Nesta Carter, who was part of the quartet that won the 4x100m in Beijing, tested positive for a banned substance. Carter has appealed against the decision.Nevertheless, Bolt’s exploits remain unprecedented and he also holds the world record in the 100m (9.58) and 200m (19.19).In June he raced for the final time on home soil, clocking 10.03 seconds to win the ‘Salute a Legend’ 100m race before taking a lap of honour in front of a sell-out Kingston crowd of 30,000.Before London, he will also compete in the 100m at the Diamond League event in Monaco on Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Usain Bolt has confirmed he will run the 100m and 4x100m relay at the IAAF World Championships in London in August before saying goodbye to the sport that gave him fame and fortune.Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist and an icon of world sport, has led one of the most illustrious careers in the history of athletics.“My aim is to win in London. I want to retire on a winning note,” the Jamaican 30-year-old said yesterday. The World Championships take place between August 4 and 13last_img read more

CIRSA states its intent on dominating ‘All Spanish Markets’ under Blackstone

first_img Submit Share Publishing its private accounts, Spanish gambling firm Grupo CIRSA has detailed solid corporate progress and growth, completing its first year under the ownership of US multi-national private equity firm Blackstone.The Spanish legacy gambling group records 2018 group revenues of €1.4 billion, combined with operating profits of €368 million, up 5% on its 2017 performance.Issuing a corporate statement, Joaquim Agut President of Chief Executive of CIRSA, details that the firm is delivering on its long-term growth strategy of becoming the ‘most complete Spanish markets gambling outfit – a comprehensive directive backed by new owners Blackstone’.“I want to highlight the confidence shown by the new owner Blackstone” Agut stated “both in our Strategic Plan and in the team that is part of the organization. Personally, I would like to thank all the people who work at CIRSA for their total commitment and dedication, making possible both the transaction and the continued growth of the group. ”In its update, CIRSA outlines that its revenue performance was impacted by a number of LATAM currency declines against the Euro.Nevertheless, the gambling group continues to expand its Latin American profile completing the acquisitions of Casino Jaragua in the Dominican Republic and Casino Winland in Guadalajara Mexico, with both establishments set to be fully revamped with CIRSA gaming and management provisions.Despite its LATAM obstacles, CIRSA governance marks 2018 as a year of home improvements, with the company delivering solid growth across its bingo and arcade network, which expanded its footprint in Andalucía.Meanwhile, CIRSA B2B gaming machines division UNIDESA, won a number of Spanish arcade and leisure contracts, whilst delivering new machine product ranges to its Spanish and LATAM market clients.CIRSA closed 2018, declaring that its Sportium joint-venture with Ladbrokes had established itself as the outright Spanish market betting leader, servicing 3,000 betting points across Spain.Furthermore, Sportium has been successful in delivering new concepts to the Spanish sports betting market, introducing the nation’s first omni-channel player rewards system ‘Sportium Uno’ and full upgrading its ‘auto-service terminals’ Share Blackstone reviews CIRSA options as pandemic wipes out IPO potential June 2, 2020 CIRSA confirms Antonio Grau as inbound CFO July 17, 2020 Codere avoids total collapse with 12-month credit line  June 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

State Department suspends employee allegedly member of white supremacist group

first_imgThe State Department suspended an employee of its energy bureau for alleged ties to a white supremacist group.According to Politico, Matthew Gebert, a foreign affairs officer for the department’s Bureau of Energy Resources, has been an active member of a white supremacist group for more than five years.Gebert has been linked to the Washington D.C.-area chapter of white supremacy.A report published Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate speech, also linked Gerbert to racist propaganda published online.The group cited a post from Gebert where he allegedly called for white people to establish “a country of our own with nukes, and we will retake this thing lickety-split.”The State Department has not spoken out about the matter at this time.last_img

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY MARCH 19, 2017

first_imgSANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jerry Hollendorfer12326192221%54%$1,701,389 BALTAS HAS NEAR-PERFECT ENTRY RECORDA day without Baltas at Santa Anita is like a day without sunshine, and while there has been more than enough erratic weather during the 12-week old Winter Meet, trainer Richard Baltas has been a constant, a racing secretary’s dream with 125 starters, second only to three-time Santa Anita training king Doug O’Neill’s 150.Baltas couldn’t recall the number of days he did not have a starter from his barn of 83 head based at Santa Anita and San Luis Rey Downs, but added with a laugh, “There haven’t been many, maybe a couple. That’s what I’m here for, and it’s hard to win at 18 percent when you run 125 horses.“Yesterday I thought we’d win two but we only won one, and we had one second and one third, so all three horses hit the board.”The fact is, Baltas has missed only one of 45 racing days without entering a horse this meet, that being Feb. 11.Baltas, who turns 56 on May 30, could add to that ever-expanding number with at least two more starters next weekend, Inordinate in Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes for older horses at a mile and a half on turf and Kiss At Midnight in Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes, part of the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, this for older fillies and mares at a mile on dirt.Inordinate, a five-year-old full horse by Harlan’s Holiday, ran second in an overnight race at a mile and a quarter on turf Feb. 25 in his only start for Baltas, who obtained the Kentucky-bred bay out of the November Fasig-Tipton Sale. Bred by Juddmonte Farms and previously owned by the internationally acclaimed Thoroughbred operation, Inordinate had been trained by 2016 Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown.“He ran well for us first time out and I believe he probably needed the race (his first since last Aug. 27),” Baltas said. “He’s come back to train well. He worked (six furlongs) in 1:12 and two on March 14. It looks like he might have a chance in the race. We’ll see.”Inordinate will be ridden by resurgent Corey Nakatani, who has enjoyed noticeable success with Baltas, winning nine times in 26 tries for the trainer.Kiss At Midnight was claimed for $25,000 in April of 2015 and has been second in four Cal-bred stakes, including last year’s Dream of Summer. The five-year-old Decarchy mare has earned $357,793, most of that under the direction of Baltas.Baltas, a native of Gary, Indiana, hometown of Tony Zale, the great middleweight champion of the 1950s, has had great success with claims. He posted his first stakes win with $32,000 claim Freedom Crest in the Grade II San Pasqual Handicap in 2001 and also the Grade II, $488,000 Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap in which Freedom Crest defeated 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow. On the bargain list as well is Big Macher, who was taken for $20,000 in 2013 and gave Baltas his first Grade I win, in the Bing Crosby Stakes in 2014. Big Macher was on the work tab Sunday morning, going three furlongs in 36.80.Baltas, who now resides in Los Alamitos with his wife, Debby, moved to Huntington Beach when he was nine, graduated from Marina High School in 1979, attended the races with his late father, Gus and fell in love with the sport.“I started going to the races when I was 13 with my father,” Baltas said. “My mother was at the races the other day. She’s 88. My Dad died when he was 74.”At 21 and wanting to break into the game, in 1983 Baltas moved to the heart of the Blue Grass country in Lexington, Kentucky, attended the Kentucky Equine Institute and began working at Spendthrift Farm where resided Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed.He rubbed yearlings and worked as a groom, learning the business “from the ground up,” through trainers such as Tom Skiffington, Eric Guillot, Barry Abrams, Craig Dollase and Richard Mandella.Baltas took out his trainer’s license in 1991 and won his first race at Hollywood Park with Latchburn.His wife, Debby, the “Julia Child of Racing Repast,” calls the shots at the track kitchen on Santa Anita’s backstretch. Her family ran the track kitchen at Hollywood Park until the track closed in December of 2013.Debby’s Mom, Norma, serves hungry patrons at the Fresh Gourmet, “a great stop for lunch or dinner” on 2004 Huntington Drive in San Marino, a few furlongs from Santa Anita.The San Luis Rey is expected to draw a full field. Probables include Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens; Buster Douglas, Santiago Gonzalez; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc; Inordinate, Corey Nakatani; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze; Liam the Charmer, Victor Espinoza; Papacoolpapacool, no rider; Site Read, Stewart Elliott; Some in Tieme, Tiago Pereira; Syntax, no rider; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo; Up With the Birds, no rider; and Wanstead Gardens, no rider.Liam the Charmer and Site Read worked in company for Michael McCarthy Sunday, going five furlongs in 1:00.60 and 1:00.80, respectively. Asked how he liked the works, the on-the-run trainer said, “Loved ’em.” Bob Baffert601481023%53%$1,543,516 Kent Desormeaux14130171721%45%$1,706,151 Mark Glatt769111112%41%$460,215 Corey Nakatani76138917%39%$806,207 Martin Pedroza11615212313%51%$699,512 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Jamie Theriot7497512%28%$440,570 Tiago Pereira10712111711%37%$415,991 Philip D’Amato8918121320%48%$1,191,840 SINGLE PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $317,374 Flavien Prat22852384323%58%$3,285,875 Tyler Baze24743463017%48%$2,375,552 (Current Through Saturday, March 18) Mike Smith561861432%68%$1,871,827 Rafael Bejarano13823232317%50%$1,656,326 Richard Baltas12522222018%51%$1,261,832 FINISH LINES: Las Virgenes winner Unique Bella, prepping for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 8, worked six furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer Saturday in a bullet 1:11.20, fastest of 10 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:13.96. Unbeaten California Cup Oaks winner Sircat Sally also worked for Hollendorfer, going four furlongs in 48.40 . . . John Shirreffs reports Gormley and Royal Mo came out of their races in the San Felipe Stakes and Rebel Stakes in good order despite finishing unplaced and are being considered for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8 . . . There is a single ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover today of $317,374.27 . . . Santa Anita presents a Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship on Saturday, April 1. Patrons can taste delicious samplings from masters of BBQ and enjoy a day of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at santaanita.com/events . . . The annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5K Run and Walk takes place on Saturday, April 8. Visit derbyday5K.com or call 760-434 5255 for further information . . . According to Santa Anita statistician Jason Hom, favorites overall are winning at a 36.55 clip at the Winter Meet (144 out of 394) and at an even greater rate on dirt, 38.46 (115 of 299). The number drops to 30.53 on turf (29 of 95). Odds-on favorites are winning at 62.03 percent (49 of 79); in the money favorites at 72.08 (284 of 394); and in the money odds-on favorites at 94.94 percent (75 of 79) . . . Agent Nelson Arroyo has brother Norberto Jr. booked to ride Palos Verdes winner St. Joe Bay for leading trainer Peter Miller in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai next Saturday . . . Barretts Sales at Del Mar will be conducting their Select 2-year-old in Training Sale on Wednesday, March 29. Their training track preview will be on Monday, March 27, beginning at 10 a.m. The sale catalogue is available in the Santa Anita Racing Office and the complete catalogue is available on line as well at [email protected] . . . Condolences to the family of longtime Thoroughbred owner Nick Barron, who passed away earlier this month at age 85.  The owner of Hallett Boats, now Barron Boats, Inc., Barron and his wife Shirley resided in nearby Glendora. Services were held this past Wednesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Monrovia. Victor Espinoza62915715%50%$755,487 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won -more- Peter Miller9828221029%61%$1,378,586 UNIQUE BELLA BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA OAKS JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won GORMLEY, ROYAL MO SANTA ANITA DERBY BOUND? Joseph Talamo15924162115%38%$822,023 Steven Miyadi60816613%50%$396,906 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.10219111019%39%$841,556 William Spawr32114534%63%$347,000 Stewart Elliott15417162411%37%$827,993 ELLIOTT TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON SUNDAY Doug O’Neill15018292112%45%$1,641,356 John Sadler6010121217%57%$625,380 Edwin Maldonado771291116%42%$372,616 Peter Eurton58116719%41%$600,402 3/3/3/3 Vladimir Cerin51912918%59%$491,664 ELLIOTT TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD NEXT SUNDAYVeteran jockey Stewart Elliott, who was named winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award on Feb. 24, will receive the prestigious trophy, which depicts the legendary George (The Iceman) Woolf, in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races at Santa Anita next Sunday, March 26.Established to honor the memory of Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf Award was first presented by Santa Anita in 1950 and this year marks the 68th anniversary of the honor that can only be won once.Voted on by jockeys nationwide, the Woolf Award seeks to recognize riders who have not only achieved a high degree of success in the saddle, but who have conducted both their personal and professional lives in a manner that brings credit to the sport of Thoroughbred racing and to them personally.Born in Toronto on March 11, 1965, Elliot celebrated his 52nd birthday on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 11. A strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott, best known for capturing the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Smarty Jones, has now amassed more than 4,700 career wins.One of five 2017 Woolf finalists, Elliott outpolled contemporaries Kerwin Clark, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens. Santiago Gonzalez13113221710%40%$675,443 J. Keith Desormeaux4494620%43%$509,505 KING RICHARD ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA 24/7 James Cassidy4588318%42%$427,091 -30-last_img read more