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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019

first_img$948,492 $752,436 38% 23 8 41% 3 6 27% 23% Peter Eurton31 3rd 6 Win% 48% 42% 20% $702,627 Mark Glatt40 42% 4 $231,207 BELLAFINA AT HER BEST FOR THE  LAS VIRGENES 4 56% William E. Morey39 $526,567 19% 11 $791,957 13% Assael Espinoza66 12 42% 48% 5 8 JockeyMts 15 BLINKERS OFF YA GOTTA WANNA IN SAN MARCOS 17 14% 40% 8 $662,414 58% 10 Steve Knapp30 32% Money Won 5 Mike Smith44 59% Flavien Prat111 J. Keith Desormeaux33 15 58% 10 15% 15 11% 12 19% 68% 3rd 5 Money Won FOX2’S ‘SATURDAY AT THE RACES’ SHOW BEGINS Joel Rosario119 1 42% 18 $266,921 7 8 11 8% $537,788 $817,510 1 Ruben Fuentes61 9 5 9% 5 7 Philip D’Amato55 8 Bob Baffert44 2nd 13% 5 41% $1,765,088 Tyler Baze123 Heriberto Figueroa112 48% In-$ % SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 27% 19 7 In $ % $799,031 5 30% $245,100 Edwin Maldonado41 9 8 8 Jeff Mullins32 29% $138,785 2 Richard Baltas66 9 BLACKJACKCAT IN DEBUT FOR HOLLENDORFER 6 Kent Desormeaux55 7center_img Martin Pedroza44 $121,027 $220,203 28 58% 5 $163,991 62% 8 2nd 14 Win% 43% 5 13% TrainerSts 17% 11 50% $725,654 14 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTVMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GETTING TO KNOW AXELRODMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW LIAM THE CHARMER, A GRADED STAKES WINNERKING GLORIOUS STAKES WINNER GALILEAN (OUTSIDE) AND HE WILL WORKING THIS MORNING FOR TRAINER JERRY HOLLENDORFERFINISH LINES: Richard Baltas, third in Santa Anita’s Winter Meet standings with 12 wins, has six horses entered today, two in the third race, boosting his number for the meet to 72, second only to leader Doug O’Neill‘s 92. “You can’t make money sitting in the barn,” said Baltas, whose horses here have earned $791,957 to date . . . Jean Carlos Diaz Jr. makes his North America riding debut today. The 18-year-old from Puerto Rico is named on Irish Ballad in the second race and June Two Four in the seventh. Accompanying the 10-pound apprentice jockey represented by agent Tony Matos is his 41-year-old father, Puerto-Rico-based Juan Diaz, a top rider in his own right who needs 80 victories to reach 5,000 in his career . . . Trainer Michael McCarthy of City of Light/Pegasus World Cup fame plans to saddle John Henry Turf Championship winner Liam The Charmer in the $2.95 million HH The Amir Trophy (presented by Longines) at a mile and a half at Al Rayyan Race Course in Qatar on Feb. 23. “The owners want to run there,” the trainer noted . . . Purr-ty good hunch exacta box in today’s third race: 5-2 morning line favorite See That Kat and 8-1 chance Cat’s Desire . . . An additional reminder, special early first post time for an 11-race card Saturday is 11:30 a.m. SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST SATURDAY IS 11:30 A.M. $678,461 BELLAFINA DOING ‘GREAT’ FOR LAS VIRGENESRecapturing her best form winning the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes by 8 ½ lengths on Jan. 6 after being “in season” during a disappointing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies last Nov. 2, Bellafina is Jon White’s 2-5 favorite to continue her winning ways in Saturday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile.“She’s coming into this race great,” said Simon Callaghan on a brisk Thursday morning that saw temperatures hovering just above freezing (36 degrees) at 6 a.m. “She hasn’t missed any works and trained really well since her debut this year. We’re looking forward to the race.”Owned by Kaleem Shah, Bellafina drew in the middle of five entered with the three post position. The bay daughter of Quality Road once again will be ridden by Flavien Prat, who has been aboard in all of her six previous races, winning four.The Las Virgenes, race five of 11 with an 11:30 a.m. first post time: Calf Moon Bay, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Enaya Alrabb, Mike Smith, 4-1; Bellafina, Flavien Prat, 2-5; Mother Mother, Drayden Van Dyke, 7-2; and Tomlin, Tyler Baze, 15-1.YA GOTTA WANNA TRIES SAN MARCOS SANS BLINKERSYa Gotta Wanna returns to stakes company Saturday in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses scheduled for 1 ¼ miles on turf. It will mark his first race since last Dec. 28 when the five-year-old Proud Citizen gelding steadied finishing seventh as the 2-1 favorite in an overnight race.“He’s ready to run,” said trainer Phil D’Amato. “We’re trying something different by taking the blinkers off to try to get him to relax more and hopefully he’ll finish better.”Ya Gotta Wanna has had 14 career starts, racing in blinkers in his last 13 straight.The San Marcos, which goes as race nine: Unapologetic, Geovanni Franco, 10-1; Roman Rosso, Evin Roman, 12-1; Chicago Style, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1; Epical, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Platinum Warrior, Shane Foley, 12-1; Sejo, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Dabster, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Beach View, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Lucky Soul, Heriberto Figueroa, 30-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 12-1; India Mantuana, Joel Rosario, 20-1; Ya Gotta Wanna, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; and Prince of Arabia, Kent Desormeaux, 30-1.BLACKJACKCAT DEBUTS FOR HOLLENDORFER IN THUNDER ROADHard-hitting veteran Blackjackcat makes his first start for Jerry Hollendorfer Saturday in the Grade III Thunder Road Stakes for older horses at one mile on turf after campaigning in his previous 20 starts for trainer Mark Glatt.“He’s doing real well,” Hollendorfer said of the six-year-old Tale of the Cat gelding owned and bred by Al and Sandee Kirkwood. “We’ll see how he does.”Blackjackcat was fifth in last year’s Thunder Road after a wide trip as the even-money favorite. He has six wins and five thirds, with earnings of $590,365.The Thunder Road, which goes as race seven: River Boyne, Flavien Prat, 8-5; Ohio, Ruben Fuentes, 5-2; Le Ken, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Desert Stone, Joel Rosario, 3-1; True Valor, Andrea Azteni, 8-1; and Blackjackcat, Mike Smith, 5-1.FOX2 AIRS LAS VIRGENES STAKES SATURDAYFox2 begins its “Saturday at the Races” show in two days featuring the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes for three-year-old fillies at one mile airing from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Nine other “Saturday at the Races” shows from Santa Anita are scheduled to be aired, with Michelle Yu reporting. In addition to the Las Virgenes, they are:Monday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the California Cup Derby; Saturday, Feb. 23, the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes, 12 noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, the Pasadena Stakes, 12 noon to 3 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; also, Saturday, March 16, the Grade I Beholder Mile and the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, 2 p.m. to 4:30; and Saturday, April 6, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.Races to be determined will also air Friday, April 12, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, April 13 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, April 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 16% 9 5 18% 7 12 18 44% 22 8 $262,365 3 11 Jerry Hollendorfer57 21 7 5 15 John Sadler43 47% Rafael Bejarano86 22 19% 17 6 41% 12 14 19% Peter Miller66 Doug  O’Neill92 Richard Mandella26 8 2 7 21% William Spawr13 $384,699 58% 11% 11 Geovanni Franco106 44% Tiago Pereira81 15% 6 7 15% 14 18% $544,807 5 13 44% 7 9 25% (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 3) 59% 15 11 13 $1,355,943 14% 7 $689,933 9 10 37% 22% 9 38% $746,560 Agapito Delgadillo34 $357,291 5 3 16% 1st 18% 17% $461,424 Joseph Talamo85 $594,312 2 22 $756,055 $286,612 Drayden Van Dyke85 1 1st 10 13 $119,836last_img read more

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Leonard returning soon, but no target set for season debut

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who has not played this season due to an injury, talks with the media before an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in San Antonio. Leonard is expected to return to play soon. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard is feeling healthy and will return “soon” from a quadriceps injury that has kept him out all season, but the Spurs All-Star forward does not have a target date for his debut.“I feel good, soon to come (and) be able to play on the floor,” Leonard said of his return. “It’s been a long wait, but I’m feeling pretty healthy right now.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Warriors’ Livingston, NBA official Kirkland suspended View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “Me not being able to play the game, it was a little frustrating, but my team’s done a great job right now holding their own,” Leonard said. “A lot of people stepped up in the process and it’s going to be great for us in the long run.”The Spurs have the third best record in the Western Conference despite being without Leonard for the entire season and only having Tony Parker for three games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Leonard did not play during the preseason and has missed the team’s first 24 games with right quadriceps tendinopathy. He said the injury, which was due to “wear and tear,” began to bother him in the offseason.Leonard spoke during an unplanned press conference about a half hour prior to San Antonio’s home game against Detroit. It was the first time Leonard has spoken since the team’s media day Sept. 25. He has been participating in practices over the past few weeks, but said he still has a few more steps in his rehabilitation process before returning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The next day, how recovery feels, and just based on how I feel is when I’m going to be released to play,” he said.Leonard finished third in MVP voting last season after averaging a career-high 25.5 points. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

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Fatal hit and run driver sentenced

first_imgGerry Lafleur has pled guilty and will face 30 months in jail following a fatal hit and run.The Court Registry has confirmed 36 year-old Gerry Lafleur pled guilty Thursday to charges of dangerous driving causing death, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while disqualified.Lafleur will also face a five year driving ban once he is released from jail.- Advertisement -Nora Gallifer was killed after Lafleur backed into her, pinning her against her husbands’s vehicle on Sept. 29.last_img

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5th Olympic Day Cycling Meet pedals off Saturday

first_imgNational Cycling Coach Hassan Mohammed in collaboration with the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) will host their annual Youth Olympic Day Cycling Meet set for Saturday.Flashback! Dr Karen Pilgrim (centre front) along with winners from the 2017 Olympic Day Cycling MeetFive exciting categories will feature some of the best young prospects competing for the top honours when they converge at the inner circuit of the National Park from 09:30h.Among the categories riders will do battle in are: BMX Boys 6-9 years (2 laps); Boys 9-12 years (2 laps); Boys 12-14 years (3 laps); Mountain Bike (5 laps) and 12-14 juniors and juveniles (10 laps).The event is hosted in recognition of Olympic Day, which was observed on June 20. Last year, Nigel Duguid won the 10-lap feature event in a time of 24 minutes and 36 seconds, with Curtis Dey and Jason Cameron finishing second and third respectively.Jonathon Ramsuchit won the 12-14 category while Jeremiah Harrison won the 9-12 BMX Boys and Lumesh Singh 6-9 Boys. This event, which forms part of the celebration of Olympic Day worldwide, was included in the Olympic Charter in 1978, encouraging all National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to organise activities which promote the Olympic movement.Mohammed also indicated that this event would sprout new talent who would like to get involved in the sport and could benefit from the 42nd “Teach Them Young Programme”, which rides off from July 9 to September 1 in the National Park.The yearly programme, which is held during the summer vacation, targets schoolchildren but is not limited to them as Mohammed pointed out the event is open to anyone interested in the sport.To be a part of the action is simple, all you need is protective gear, especially a helmet, as well as a bicycle in working order. Hassan explained that the programme is absolutely free and all that is required is to be registered. Persons desirous of registering can do so at the National Park or at the National Sports Commission.The programme has groomed 95 per cent of the cyclists who have represented Guyana including current Secretary General of the GOA, Hector Edwards, who was part of the inaugural run of the programme in 1976.As the years rolled by, it has groomed the likes of Marcus and Noel Fiedtkou, Byron and Burtram James, Godfrey Pollydore, Dwayne Gibbs, Linden Dowridge, Robin Persaud, Eric Sankar and Tyrone Hamilton, Troy Humphrey, Alex and Reginald Mendz, Junior Niles, Geron Williams, Warren McKay, Raynauth Jeffrey, Michael Anthony, Hamza Eastman, Raphael Leung, and Jamal John.The programme will run Monday to Friday from 09:00h to 11:00h.last_img read more

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RECALL REBUFF

first_imgBy Anne D’Innocenzio THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Playthings made by brands such as Playskool, Brio and GeoMag of Switzerland could get a boost in the fast-approaching holiday sales season because they haven’t been caught up in high-profile recalls over lead paint, dangerous magnets or other safety concerns. Parents, who may snub Fisher-Price toys, Barbie dollhouses and Mega Brands’ Magnetix that have been the subject of recent recalls, will want alternatives for their children, experts say. “Winners who could capture the movement toward safe and friendly toys will see stronger holiday sales,” said Eric Johnson, professor of operations management at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Among the most vulnerable brands, Johnson believes, is El Segundo-based Mattel’s Fisher-Price, the iconic preschool label which had built a reputation among parents for its carefulness but has been swept up in two of Mattel’s three high-profile recalls of toys made in China and tainted with lead paint. The latest was announced just Tuesday. “I think direct competitors will benefit,” added Johnson, citing names like Little Tikes and Playskool. Consumers already are thinking about changing their holiday buying strategies. “I would rather pay more for toys that are safe than less for toys that are not safe,” said Yi Chen, a Chicago pathologist who has three daughters, ages 18, 4 and 1 month. Chen said she doesn’t plan to shop less, just more carefully, watching out for toys with paint and toys made of plastic. And she said she doesn’t plan on buying anything from Fisher-Price and wishes products coming from overseas were better regulated. “Especially the plastic toys for the little babies – they put them in their mouth,” she said. Steve Barnard of Indianapolis, who was shopping on Wednesday at a Toys “R” Us store, said he won’t rule out brands that were subject to recalls but will look closely at labels when he shops for holiday presents for his sons, ages 6 and 9. He said he’ll look for toys made in the U.S. He also may look for toys with no paint or consider wooden toys from Europe. “There seems to be lower quality and higher safety concerns with products made in China,” he said. Mattel, the world’s largest toy maker, is not the only company under scrutiny. RC2 Corp., which in June voluntarily recalled 1.5million wooden railroad toys and parts from its Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway product line because of lead paint, also could be hurt this holiday season. Mega Brands, whose recall of its Magnetix toys was expanded in April because of dangerous tiny magnets, also has been dealt a blow. It’s a headache for manufacturers and retailers alike with the holidays just months away. More than 80 percent of toys sold in U.S. stores are made in China, which has been blamed for most of the safety problems that triggered the recalls. Retailers placed the bulk of their orders months ago, and are scrambling to adjust. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest toy seller, has given half its magnetic construction space to GeoMag of Switzerland, a blow for Magnetix, said Gerrick Johnson, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets Corp. FAO Schwarz, which carries RC2’s Thomas & Friends product line, will be featuring an eco-friendly wooden train line under its own store label this holiday season. Ed Schmults, CEO of FAO Schwarz, said that the train line was conceived before all the major toy recalls, but the timing is “fantastic.” “This could do better than expected,” Schmults said. Toys “R” Us Inc., meanwhile, is looking at ways to expand its assortment of American-made toys and is increasing its assortment of eco-friendly products. Although most of its holiday orders are in place, it is expanding its offerings of European brands such as Brio, known for wooden trains. Stores and toy makers also are adjusting their marketing efforts amid parents’ concerns about Chinese-made products. FAO Schwarz has begun putting up small signs throughout its two stores in New York and Las Vegas that indicate the products’ country of origin. Little Tikes, acquired last November by MGA Entertainment, the maker of Bratz dolls, will be highlighting its American heritage on bigger labels starting in November, CEO Issac Larian said. He believes that Little Tikes could pick up some market share from Fisher-Price. He also thinks that its Bratz dolls, which are made in China but have not been caught up in any recalls, could get a boost if parents shy away from Barbie products after the recall of some Barbie accessories. Barbie dolls were not included in Mattel’s recall on Tuesday. Last March, Little Tikes recalled about 20,800 dinosaur and doggie flashlights because of lead paint, but Larian said that was before his company owned the brand. About 70 percent of Little Tikes’ products are made in the U.S. Still, while Larian and other toy executives say they may benefit from the woes of others, there are fears that concerns about the recalls could taint all brands. “This is giving a black eye to the industry,” Larian said. “People are going to be afraid of buying toys in general.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! 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Roma-bound PSG defender to snub Liverpool over Champions League goals

first_img PSG defender Lucas Digne Liverpool are set to miss out on Lucas Digne with the defender on the verge of completing a move to Roma.The Serie A side are currently in negotiations with Paris Saint-Germain over a fee for the 22-year-old.According to Sky Italia, Digne is open to a move away from the French champions, having only made 29 league starts in his two seasons at the Parc des Princes.Liverpool have been tracking the defender’s situation this summer but it is understood the Frenchman would prefer to move to a Champions League club. 1last_img

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COUNCIL ASKED TO ADDRESS HAZARDOUS ROAD PROBLEM

first_imgThe Cullion Road in Letterkenny.Donegal County Council has ben asked to assess the exit to Cullion Road in Letterkenny from the main Ballybofey Road, with a view to making it safer. Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh told the April meeting of the municipal council, that the junction is extremely dangerous for drivers coming from the Ballybofey direction that wish to turn left onto the Cullion roadHe said there is no hard shoulder and no turning lane, and that locals who use the road everyday are constantly worried that they are going to be rammed by a car coming from behind them as they slow to make the turn. The road is also extremely busy especially now as we approach the summer season and visits to Lurgybrack farm increase.The council reply stated that it did not consider this to be a hazardous junction.However, Cllr. Kavanagh insisted that they should re-examine the junction with a view to providing a turning lane for traffic turning left onto Cullion Road, and insisted that the fears of the locals who used this road all the time were well founded.   COUNCIL ASKED TO ADDRESS HAZARDOUS ROAD PROBLEM was last modified: April 16th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:BallybofeyCllr Jimmy KavanaghCullion Roaddonegalletterkennylast_img read more

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Harry Redknapp backed to win I’m A Celeb as odds slashed after first episode

first_imgHarry Redknapp has become one of the favourites to win the 2018 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here after viewers were introduced to the contestants on Sunday night.The former Tottenham and West Ham manager was an instant hit as he delved into a critter-filled box while hanging out of a car window. huge blow Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here 2018 winner:Emily Atack – 10/3John Barrowman – 6/1Harry Redknapp – 8/1Fleur East – 8/1Anne Hegerty – 8/1James McVey – 8/1Nick Knowles – 9/1Noel Edmonds – 20/1Sair Khan – 33/1 3 Latest Football News His nonchalant, uninterested expression during the opening episode backed up his claims of never having watched the programme in the past.Upon arrival into the ‘luxurious’ Croc Creek camp, Redknapp said: “My God, that’s pretty basic, isn’t it?“There’s not a lot there, is there?”Having grown into the competitive elements of the show so quickly, punters were quick to back Redknapp to go the distance. With 31% of bets in the last 24 hours, he is the second most backed in the market having been cut from 10/1 to 8/1 overnight. Redknapp is already proving a popular campmate 3 BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED RANKED ADVICE center_img MONEY no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 3 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Considering ‘Arry’s high-profile status and plush lifestyle, viewers were endeared by his dependence on wife of 51 years Sandra Harris, and equally by his shock confession about running her over in a freak accident. The charismatic ex-Spurs boss gave glimpses of his sense of humour, which promises to come out in force as the show goes on.Emily Atack is the clear favourite in the market, and most backed since the show last night. The former Inbetweeners star overcame her fears when skydiving from 12,000 feet to join her new teammates. REVEALED Redknapp was not impressed with the camp facilities The former Spurs boss is famous for giving interviews from his car on deadline day Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card With Atack facing the first Bushtucker trial and her team banished to Snake Rock to start their experience living off rations, the next few days will likely show the true colours of many campmates, shedding more light on the fan-favourites.Oddschecker spokesperson George Elek said: “Redknapp is one of the most eagerly anticipated contestants for years, and his early showing didn’t disappoint.“Despite the odds on Atack shortening the most, it is actually the old Spurs boss who is seeing the most action from punters.”last_img read more

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Bush home to be museum

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A dilapidated little Bakersfield bungalow that briefly housed two future U.S. presidents named Bush more than a half-century ago will be turned into a museum. “My hope is that kids will come here and say if two presidents lived right here in Bakersfield, maybe I can accomplish great things, too,” said the home’s owner, Republican political consultant Mark Abernathy, who also plans to build a children’s reading center in the backyard. George and Barbara Bush rented the two-bedroom, 950-square-foot white frame house on Monterey Street with their 3-year-old son, George W., while the elder Bush was working as an oil-field equipment salesman. Kern County officials approved the museum project last month. But some residents of the now heavily Latino neighborhood found it hard to believe that Presidents 41 and 43 lived there for three months in 1949. “Yeah, right – you’re dreaming,” said Lupe Fernandez, a real estate broker and mother of six who was dropping off her 1-year-old daughter at her sister’s house across the street. The long-vacant home’s hardwood floors are mostly covered by green shag carpeting, and a chain-link fence surrounds the property. Abernathy, who bought it for $65,000 in 2000, said the museum project will cost about $500,000 and will be funded by private donations. When the museum opens in 2007, it will feature Bush family photos – including one of little W. on a wooden horse with a cowboy gun – plus items from the oil fields that fueled Bakersfield’s boom. A new building in the backyard will house four classrooms for after-school reading programs for local children. “Our goal is to restore it to exactly the way it was when they were here in 1949,” Abernathy said. Help will come from the Bush family, the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas, and the Kern County Museum, he said.last_img read more

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