OIL CAN KNIGHT SPRINGS MAJOR UPSET IN TAKING $51,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A HEAD UNDER MALDONADO; TRAINED BY KNAPP, HE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:03.42ARCADIA, Calif. (May 15, 2020)–With heavily favored Tale of the Union a non-factor, trainer Steve Knapp’s Oil Can Knight was more than happy to spring a surprise at 20-1, as he sat close to the early pace and engaged for the lead turning for home en route to a gutty head victory in Friday’s $51,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, the 4-year-old gelding by Can the Man got 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.42.“Wow, I’m tired!” said Maldonado, reflecting a sentiment shared by many of his fellow riders as there has been no racing at Santa Anita since March 27. “I’m very happy, especially now, that I have a new agent, Tony Matos. Tony’s had some of the greatest riders of all-time and I’m very optimistic about our chances.“We had five horses to ride on the first Sunday that was cancelled (March 29), so it’s great to be back. Steve told me we had a good shot with this horse today. He said to just put him in the race and it worked out.”Four deep while a close third mid-way around the far turn, Oil Can Knight kept to his task the length of the stretch and prevailed in a three-way photo over longshot Kneedeepinsnow and second choice Galilean.Idle since winning a 6 ½ furlong starter allowance on Jan. 31 and ridden for the first time by Maldonado, Oil Can Knight paid $42.60, $13.00 and $5.60.Owned by Zolotas, Zolotas and Sabina Romo, Oil Can Knight, who is out of the El Corredor mare Makeitagame, picked up $30,600 for the win, increasing his earnings to $160,136. Claimed four starts back on Nov. 14, he now has six wins from 13 starts.Second nearly the entire trip, Kneedeepinsnow was game right to the wire, prevailing by a neck for the place. Ridden by Ruben Fuentes, he was off at 24-1 and paid $17.40 and $7.60.Galilean, a three-time stakes winner who was third in the Grade II Rebel Stakes three starts back in April, 2019, made his second start of the year today and tired a bit late after going head and head for the lead throughout. Ridden by Flavien Prat, he was off at 9-5 and paid $2.40 to show.Idle since he was a dazzling eight length first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs on Aug. 26, 2018, Tale of the Union was never a factor at 3-5 and finished next to last, beaten nearly 14 lengths.Fractions on the race were 21.95, 45.10 and 57.03.
The one with more distance from the Blue and Whites is Betis, precisely at those ten points. It is followed by Levante, next Saturday’s opponent (1:00 pm, Ciutat de Valencia) with a margin of eight points, Alavés (just six margin points) and Celta (one point below the blue and white ones. All but the Verdiblancos could be considered direct rivals of Javier Aguirre’s team. The Leganés faces in the remainder of February a vital calendar to achieve salvation in First. Tied to points (18) with Mallorca, the team that marks the border of permanence, the blue and whites will have to play this month against three rivals from which a maximum of ten points separates them. Namely, and in this calendar order: Levante (outside), Betis (Butarque), Celta (outside) and Alavés (Butarque). Vital shocks before which the Leganés starts with an advantage in the golaveraje in only one of them. Lega beat Celta 3-2 on his visit to Butarque. In the other three duels against his February enemies he fell (Levante and Betis) or tied (Alavés). Hence, Aguirre, despite the good streak of the team, remains serene and demanding. That is why, after the euphoria of winning the Royal Society at the last minute last Sunday, the Basque, far from exhibiting euphoria, launched messages of prudence.“It was a happy ending. This goes on… you have to have a good time, but you have to keep squeezing. (…) This is constancy and never let down our guard. We have to understand that we play the descent in each game. We have achieved that dynamic. The players understand what they are like this. This will be all matches. Sometimes they will fall face and sometimes cross. Here, what matters is every day, ”the technician insisted in the press room.
What is the ideal scenario to try to overcome the tie?Let us score four goals, they none and go to extra time. Everything has to be given in favor. It is very very difficult. We look for good feelings, leave the game happy. We have to try to win and score some goal at the beginning.Will Raúl de Tomás play on Sunday?I do not know. I’m being honest. We are on Wednesday. Let’s see, hopefully. Gradually it makes more workloads.After the defeat in Valladolid has the mood improved?It is normal that the mood was not the best. When you go after analyzing optimism, on Monday we had a very positive meeting in the locker room. I am convinced that we will achieve it. I understand the disappointment of people, but we must not forget that we play with a player less. My players left their skin. Does the key to permanence go through home games?The key is to win seven games. I don’t know if it will be here or outside. We have to go to 300 percent. What do we not save ourselves? Well, I don’t know, but we have to go to full milk. With 11 points nobody has been saved, we are going to do the crush. We have to make a second round of Europa League. The other day was a disappointment, but not against Sevilla. When I came I was convinced that we were going to take it out and now I am very convinced that we are going to take it out. But it will cost us a lot of work.Would you settle for a good game beyond the result?I would like to pass, but I would be content to make a good game, get a victory and recover those feelings from the last games we have not been able to win. It is not easy to maintain regularity. It’s all mental, apart from soccer. If we were five points away from the Europa League we would all believe we would get it. We are five of salvation and ready to compete against anyone.Does the match against Atlético start against Wolves?It may be, I had not considered it. We want people to enjoy tomorrow and be proud. That impacts the pride of our players.Are you worried about lack of faith?My team does not lack faith. It is left over. But it is not easy because we have to add many points. The team is looking forward to it, it shows me in each trainingThey haven’t taken David’s card …It was logical, as long as there is contact, they are not removed. Are the cancellations in the call by technical decision?Dídac and Javi are left out by technical decision. It’s a game for Pipa, Victor or Pedrosa to have minutes. Bernardo has a little discomfort in his foot, it was best not to force him. Marc Roca also has a tendon problem. Raúl de Tomás is not 100% yetIn what mood do they face the game?With that of making a good game and winning. We look for that. We have to think about playing a different game than we did there. We play at home. We will try to win and maintain good feelings at home. It’s almost impossible, but in football you never know. Maybe we give a surprise and we can fight the tie.
HAN’S RETURN Now a travelling statesman in tae kwon do, Han returned from a 10-year hiatus after Choi’s death to join forces with the general’s son’s ITF as an advisor. However, he said he is open to “help any member of ITF”. “I will go anywhere to help tae kwon do,” he said. Han is also an advisor to the 36-member council Global Taekwon-Do Federation International (GTFI), headquartered in Malaysia. Its members are from 20 countries including USA, Spain, Armenia, Russia, Canada, Malaysia and others. GTFI is a professional tae kwon do body formed to bring all tae kwon do groups together without politics or other restrictions, which, its website said, “has destroyed many tae kwon do organisations. “We are waiting to make one banner, have one big world championships,” Han said, with, at last, a glimmer of hope in his eyes. FORMER STUDENTS Grandmaster Han Sam Soo, one of the pioneers of Tae kwon do, who had introduced the martial art to Jamaica in 1974, said the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which recognises the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), should once and for all “reach a compromise” to accept the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) into its fold. Han, 71, was recently honoured by ITF-affiliated Jamaica Taekwon-Do Association at a ceremony in Mandeville, Manchester. Now retired and living in Canada for the last 26 years, Han was sent to Jamaica four decades ago by the founder of tae kwon do, the late General Choi Hong Hi, who was born in Korea before the North-South divide. Han, also a Korean, spent three years in Jamaica establishing tae kwon do, training early pioneers, now masters, Claude Chin and Peter Lue, but left in 1977 due to what he described as a “civil war”. “Otherwise, I would have stayed. I like Jamaica. During this visit, I see Jamaica has not changed, very happy and relaxed,” he said. He was elated to see his former students upholding the principles of ‘tae kwon’, “foot and hand technique to defend yourself and others”, and , ‘do’, “the way of life based on the tenets of tae kwon do – courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit”. However, Han was visibly sad that the martial arts General Choi founded in 1955, split into three different ITFs plus the WTF. “The WTF was started in 1973 in South Korea after General Choi left the country for political reasons. General Choi was born in Korea when it was one Korea, but went to Japan to study. He joined the Japanese army then the South Korean army,” Han explained. “When General Choi moved from South Korea to Canada with the ITF, South Korea decided to call themselves World Taekwondo Federation, just to kill the general’s organisation,” he pointed out. WTF-style tae kwon do debuted as a demonstration sport at the Seoul 1982 Olympics in South Korea, embraced by the IOC, and has remained an Olympic event since, closing the door on the origins of the sport, ITF-style tae kwon do. “WTF should have used a different name. It’s like calling a beer a whiskey, saying it’s the same alcohol. The IOC knows ITF is the original tae kwon do but are holding hands for profit. We have to make a compromise and change the rules. All they are doing is slowly copying the ITF style,” he pointed out. “However, money and politics talk. The WTF is controlled by South Korea. General Choi and myself had met a few times with Juan Samaranch. He knew but didn’t want to recognise ITF because of money and politics,” Han added. The late Samaranch served as the seventh president of the IOC from 1980 to 2001. Meanwhile, General Choi’s ITF splintered into three groups shortly before and after his 2002 death. One is located in North Korea, where he had gone in 1980 and had started teaching the art in 1981. This was much to the displeasure of his son, Choi Jung Hwa, who, after his father’s death, started his own ITF, now headquartered in the United Kingdom. The third piece of the ITF puzzle, based in Alicante, Spain, to which the Jamaica Taekwon-do Association is affiliated, was explained by Han as General Choi’s then vice-president, Pablo Trajtenberg, being elevated to president, “western people who wanted to stay out of the politics”, he added.
The licensing of teachers, as recommended by a commission of inquiry into the education system, is currently being discussed with stakeholders.Chief Education Officer Marcel HutsonChief Education Officer Marcel Hutson explained to the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the recommendation is one of several suggested by the CoI last year. It is expected to improve the level of service the educators provide.Hutson opined that licensing teachers is necessary since the system would guarantee greater discipline and management of educators.He said, “This will require a complete rethink on how teachers are trained, certified, appraised, managed and disciplined. Every teacher should have an incentive to maintain his or her licence to teach.”The CoI report further stated that consideration must be given to the system’s renewal on a five-year basis, once “certain criteria for professional development, mental and physical assessment are fulfilled.”Asked what would happen to those uncertified persons who have been teaching for several years, Hutson said there are programmes currently ongoing to have them upgrade their skills.President David Granger had thus observed: “Teachers are the foundation on which a good education system is built; and a good education system is the foundation on which any nation is built.”
Both fires are reported to be caused by lightning.The third fire, which is burning 12 miles Northeast of Prophet River, has been estimated at roughly 300 hectares in size. It was discovered on Monday.Meanwhile, a fire burning 65 km west of Lillooet is 70 per cent contained. The human-caused fire is estimated at eight thousand hectares in size. Evacuation Orders remain in effect for Marshall Lake, Liza Lake, and Carol Lake.For more information on active fires, visit www.bcwildfires.caAdvertisement View Current Northern Fires in a larger mapThis map shows the current fires burning in Northern BCThree fires continue to burn in Northern BC.- Advertisement -The largest of the three, the Liard/Smith fire, remains at around 231 square kilometers.According to the Ministry of Forest and Range, the fire is still 30 per cent contained. The fire is still threatening the Alaska Highway due to heavy smoke. Traffic control will be in place and delays can be expected until further notice.Now, firefighters are tackling another blaze 50 miles away from the Liard/Smith fire. It was discovered on June 12th, and is remaining around 80 hectares in size.Advertisement
HAD enough turkey? Fed up with being cooped up like one?Fear not…those good people at the Donegal Mountain Biking Club have a cunning plan to get you into the great outdoors – the Snowman Race!“We think snow is out of the question and we hope the wind goes away too,” said organiser Findhan Strain. “The event starts at noon on Saturday two miles outside the Glen Bar in the village of Glen. It’s a nice 10k event“Everyone from complete beginner to an advanced stage are very welcome and are guaranteed a good day’s craic.”Race entry fees are €20. Online registration and more details can be found at:http://www.donegalmtb.com/Snowman/SnowmanXC.html (or registration on the day is also possible).© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.com SHAKE OFF THOSE COBWEBS WITH THE SNOWMAN RACE! was last modified: December 29th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL MOUNTAIN BIKING CLUBxmas racexmas racew
A FOUR-month investigation into ‘sledging’ by Tyrone Minor players of a Donegal player during a game in May has concluded that it did happen – but found the ‘unwelcome comments’ were not about the death of the Donegal player’s father, Donegal Daily has learned.The report found that “on balance of probabilities and following a review of the evidence, it was likely that some Tyrone players made unwelcome verbal comments towards the Donegal player during the game.”The investigation report went on however: “Both County Committees and the Investigation Committee accept that the comments were not about the death of the player’s father.” “All sides accept that the comments made by players and others on social and open media channels were not reflective of the views and ethos of either Tyrone or Donegal GAA.“Tyrone GAA has expressed their best wishes to the Donegal player in question. The Donegal GAA officials welcomed and thanked Tyrone GAA for their comments and have also expressed the same sentiments to all the Tyrone players. This matter is now concluded.”There was a row this week when the Tyrone fans website teamtalkmag.com claimed the Tyrone players had been cleared by the inquiry – and went on to attack the Donegal management team.Former manager Declan Bonner says he was upset by that report – and said the Ulster GAA response to teamtalkmag.com didn’t go far enough. “My stance on it is that I was disappointed that teamtalkmag.com came out with that statement on Tuesday because as far as we were concerned the Ulster Council had produced its findings and for them to come out with a lot of inaccuracies just wasn’t on,” said Bonner.“At no stage were those Tyrone players exonerated completely. That wasn’t true. That’s disappointing. We wanted to move on to be quite honest; we didn’t want any young players being handed hefty suspensions but we had to highlight it because that has no place on any football field. There was no way we were letting it go.“From our point of view we know exactly what happened. Why would we have made that up?”He said that he would have preferred the conclusions of the provincial council to have been released.“To me the Ulster Council need to be a bit clearer in terms of the findings because it’s very vague in terms of what they came out with – that there were inaccuracies in the teamtalk statement. A stronger statement needed to come out to be honest rather than just there were ‘inaccuracies’,” he added. REVEALED: WHAT ULSTER GAA INVESTIGATION DID FIND IN MINOR SLEDGING ROW was last modified: November 6th, 2015 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)Tags:donegalGAAminirsMinorsrowTyroneUlster GAA