first_imgBilly Batts Rallies To Win $75,000 Baffle Stakes By 1 ½ Lengths As Rispoli Notches First-Ever Santa Anita Stakes Win; Miller Trainee Gets 5 ½ Furlongs On Turf In 1:03.37ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2020)–With a hot pace to exploit, classy Billy Batts rallied strongly through the lane to take Friday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf by 1 ½ lengths while providing jockey Umberto Rispoli with his first-ever Santa Anita stakes victory.  Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Rockingham Ranch, Billy Batts got the distance in 1:03.37.Idle since running a close second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at one mile here Nov. 1, Billy Batts broke sharply and was fourth, about three lengths off the lead heading into the far turn.  With his stablemate Bullet Proof One, the lone filly in the race, carving out fast fractions, “Billy” reeled her in leaving the furlong pole and won in very impressive fashion.“It was a great opportunity to ride a horse like him,” said Rispoli, a 31-year-old Italian native who began riding at Santa Anita on Dec. 28.  “He comes from the Breeders’ Cup, so people were expecting a lot and Peter was confident in the run.  He broke quite sharp and for the first couple of furlongs, he was asking me to (be into the race).  When we swung out, he was full of run.“I’m very happy for that and I’m very happy that my first stakes win didn’t take so long.  I love this place.  I love the people, I love the weather, I love everything.  Every time my boy (Hayden, 2 ½) comes out, I win!”Stakes placed in his last three starts, Billy Batts, a Kentucky-bred ridgeling by City Zip, was the second choice in a field of six sophomores at 2-1 and paid $6.80, $4.20 and $2.80.“I thought (Bulletproof One) had a better chance at five and a half, but they pressed her pretty hard the whole way and it took its toll,” said Miller.  “Billy is a good horse and we needed to get a prep into him to get him ready (for a one mile dirt race in Saudi Arabia on Feb. 29).”Out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Down to Hearth, Billy Batts, in registering his first stakes win, is now 8-2-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $48,120, he increased his earnings to $302,560.Last early, Rager rallied well to be second by a half length under Drayden Van Dyke.  Off at 9-1, he paid $10.20 and $5.20.Rookie Mistake, no match for the top two, was third by a length over Bulletproof One and paid $2.80 to show with Mario Gutierrez up.Fractions on the race were 22.75, 45.38 and 57.19.Note:  Baffle, a multiple stakes winner on turf and dirt, was owned by Canadian timber magnate Frank McMahon (who also owned Majestic Prince, winner of the 1969 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, as well as the Preakness Stakes) and trained by Johnny Longden.  Baffle, who was effective sprinting and at middle distances, set the hillside turf course record for 6 ½ furlongs on Feb. 7, 1970, when he stopped the clock in 1:11 4/5 under Wayne Harris, a mark that stood for more than 20 years.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


first_imgLest we forget, On Remembrance Day, Canadians come together to honour our fellow countrymen and women who have sacrificed for the sake of our freedom and way of life. This year, Remembrance Day will also mark a violent act that shocked a nation.The terrorist attack on Parliament Hill less than a month ago shook the entire country, where one soldier was murdered before the gunman attacked the symbol of our democracy.Corporal Nathan Cirillo’s murder in the shadow of our Canada’s War Memorial is an all too clear reminder that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.- Advertisement -The murders of Corporal Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who was targeted by a radical Islamic extremist in Quebec, were killed because they chose to serve our country. They wore the uniform, just like millions of Canadians have done since our nation was founded. The terrorists targeted the uniforms of our servicemen and women; clear symbols of the principles we stand for, and what Canadians have fought for throughout our history.Remembrance Day is about honouring the memory of our fallen soldiers, and also supporting our veterans who are working to pass their legacy to younger generations. Our Government is working hard to assist our veterans in many ways and we will continue to do so by funding for local branches of the Royal Canadian Legion to engage with youth and share their experiences, adding 600 points of service for veterans for better access to programs and funding, and providing more funds for the burial program. We are continuing our efforts to improve services that benefit Canada’s veterans.This November 11, I will be remembering and saying thank you in Prince George. I hope to see many of you there. On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our Conservative Government, I want to thank those who have served, and those who continue to serve our great country.Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgPat the Cope Gallagher has lost his seatPAT The Cope Gallagher has conceded defeat in the European elections.Marian Harkin retains her seat as an MEP.She was declared the winner of the fourth seat after a recheck of ballot papers, which ended at 4am. The final declaration came almost five days after proceedings began in Castlebar.As a recheck of ballot papers continued through the night, no major discrepancies were identified in hundreds of bundles of votes.Afterwards The Cope called into question his party’s two-candidate strategy in the sprawling constituency.Had just one Fianna Fail candidate stood, he would have taken a seat.  PAT THE COPE GALLAGHER CONCEDES – MARIAN HARKIN TAKES LAST SEAT was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSource:  AVEVAI Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine Singapore-based AVEVAI (the name stands for Autonomous Vehicle, Electric Vehicle, Artificial Intelligence) has launched a range of electric light commercial vehicles called IONA.The IONA is built on a chassis developed in cooperation with Daimler and Chinese truck maker Foton, and is designed specifically for use by delivery and service businesses. The first two vehicles are a van and a truck, and they will be offered in both short and long wheel-base versions. They can handle a payload of up to 2,500 kg and as much as 18 square meters of cargo.AVEVAI uses supercapacitor technology to increase range and improve battery life. Estimated range figures are 330 km for the IONA Van and 300 km for the IONA Truck.The IONA’s batteries are designed to excel in extreme weather conditions, at temperatures as low as -40o C and as high as 70o C.The company plans to offer a 22 kW Level 2 charging station that can fully charge the IONA Truck in two hours.AVEVAI CEO Argun Boldkhet says the company was founded in response to the demand from small- and medium-sized businesses for low-cost, flexible EVs. “Tighter regulations on harmful emissions in urban areas are driving demand for e-LCVs. Our mission is to create affordable, functional and highly efficient products that meet the current needs of many businesses operating in the parcel, fast-moving consumer goods and last-minute delivery segments.”last_img read more