Re March 26 article, “Couple opposes planned museum”: I agree wholeheartedly with Bob and Sheila DiSarro that the Capital District Jewish Holocaust Museum does not belong in a residential neighborhood, nor should it be put next to a Catholic cemetery.Look, without a doubt the Holocaust was one of the worse cases of man’s inhumanity to man and should never ever be forgotten. This is just not the location for it.On the other hand, if Niskayuna approves this site, the Catholic Diocese could donate more land and erect a memorial for victims of sexual abuse at the hands of some of the sickest individuals in this country.Maybe it could include a wall of shame listing the names of the priests who committed these atrocities. Then again, there’s probably not enough room left in Niskayuna for such a wall.Ray WeidmanLathamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
BUCKSPORT — Bucksport wrestling produced a winner at yet another showing when it competed at the 2016 Winter Classic on Saturday at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield.The win for the Golden Bucks came in the 285-pound title bout, in which freshman David Gross defeated Cony’s Mitchell MacFarland, the No. 1 wrestler in the weight class. Gross also defeated wrestlers from Oxford Hills and Erskine Academy before winning the final bout in a 4-3 decision.Bucksport also had Devin Darveau claim third place in the 145-pound weight class. Foster Ashmore, Richard Perkins and Brody Boynton each finished fourth imthe 120-, 138- and 160-pound weight classes, respectively.Bucksport’s next meet will be at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Jan. 4, at Washington Academy in East Machias. Other participants will include Woodland and Calais. The team also has a meet at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, in Caribou. Ellsworth will also be participating.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textUPDATE: The tournament at Washington Academy has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan. 5.
Former Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo, has tasked the rave-of-the-moment, Victor Osimhen, to keep improving himself and not get carried away with accolades he is getting so far in his fledging career at top level football.Ighalo, who ended his international career in July following Super Eagles’ third-place finish at the AFCON 2019 in Egypt where he was awarded the Golden Boot after scoring five goals the in tournament, said the young striker should keep working hard to improve himself.Following his retirement, Osimhen has taken over the Number 9 shirt and has been in outstanding form to earn the country back-to-back wins in Nigeria’s first two Group L qualifying games for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. The Lille star helped Nigeria turn around a goal deficit against Benin with his equaliser in their 2-1 victory last Wednesday, before putting up a five-star performance in their 4-2 win over Lesotho where he bagged two goals and two assists on Sunday.In reacting to the latest heroics, Ighalo who had a four-year stint with the three-time African champions has urged the Lille talisman to remain focused and to keep learning.“I always told him that he has everything it takes to lead this attack, but it all depends on him,” Ighalo told ESPN.“I told him he has to keep working hard, stay humble and always be ready to learn, and above all not to get carried away with success or hype but just to keep improving.”Meanwhile, Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, is full of praises for Osimhen’s progress despite his limited playing time when Ighalo was active in the national team.“I took him already in my first match, remember. Everybody was surprised. He was 17 when I selected him in August 2016,” Rohr said.“He was in Germany and unlucky with injury, and then he fought very well to come back.“And now I have very good information on him from Lille. He is progressing, and also I saw him progressing for seven weeks before and during the Afcon. Also, we had Ighalo, so he could not play so much, but then in the last match he did well and he showed all the progress he did.“He is working well. There is no secret. When you work well and you have the talent and you stay humble, you can succeed and he can even improve because he is still very young.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Mark Glatt8815181217%$679,282 ZETCHER EYES DERBY PRIZE WITH FIRING LINEMany components drive racing, among the most important, the owners, who seldomreceive as much recognition as the horses, jockeys and trainers, but nevertheless, are an integral part of the game.After all, they pay the freight.Arnold Zetcher has enjoyed a good run as an owner and breeder, but like others in that category, still has designs on the game’s grandest prize, the Kentucky Derby. He hopes to fill that void come May 2 when his Firing Line goes in the 141st Run for the Roses.Trained by Simon Callaghan and ridden by three-time Derby winner Gary Stevens, Firing Line worked five furlongs at Santa Anita last Saturday in 59.20. Callaghan plans to work the colt again tomorrow and ship him to Kentucky on April 26.“He looked real good,” Zetcher said of the front-running winner of the Sunland Derby by 14 ¼ lengths. “He did it easy, he went in 59 and change and galloped out (six furlongs) in 1:12. It was exactly the time we were hoping for. Gary liked the way he did it, too.“We’ve run two horses in the Derby, Midnight Interlude, after he won the (2011) Santa Anita Derby; he didn’t do well, and then Liaison, who came in sixth (in 2012). I think Firing Line could be our best opportunity.“He had six weeks between the Robert Lewis (Feb. 7) and the Sunland Derby (March 22) and he’ll have six weeks until the Derby. That was the plan all along.“We thought the timing was right. There are good 3-year-olds this year. Dortmund and American Pharoah from here, and Carpe Diem and Frosted from back east.“The competition is stiff, but it’s exciting.” FRENCH ALIVE AND WELL AFTER SEVEN-MONTH ABSENCE Neil French has been at death’s door and is alive to tell the tale.The 62-year-old trainer suffered a fractured left hip in a spill at his barn last September, had surgery on it, then in an unrelated procedure, had non-cancerous colon surgery. He was on life support for seven days at Arcadia Methodist Hospital, which at one point called his mother, Loretta, asking her permission to take him off.She said no.For four months, French was never out of bed once.On Friday, French was back at Santa Anita, feeling fresh, fit and friendly even though he was getting around on a top of the line medical scooter that seemed to have everything on it but white wall tires.“I’m feeling great and doing a lot of therapy,” said French, a trainer since 1976 who won the 1992 Wells Fargo California Cup Classic with June’s Reward. “I can walk some with a walker and I’ve lost about 70 pounds. I weighed around 265, 270 before the accident, but now I’m at 200.“I’m down to one horse, but I feel good about the future. I’m lucky to be alive.”Trainer Alfredo Marquez is but one member of the race track community who has come to French’s aid.“They got rid of all his equipment, and I gave him some webbing and a stall for his horse,” Marquez said. “We met at Caliente when we were 10 or 12 years old, so we’ve known each other 50 years. I’m so happy to see him back.“He was supposed to be dead by now.” Mike Puype11215171513%$658,346 J. Eric Kruljac6287913%$379,140 Ron Ellis651551023%$605,440 Flavien Prat16318192111%$1,010,914 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS (Current Through Thursday, April 16) Richard Baltas851716720%$760,585 Steven Miyadi46106622%$338,670 Jerry Hollendorfer17832222718%$3,380,538 FINISH LINES: Corey Nakatani has been given the green light by Dr. James Tibone and will resume riding at Santa Anita next Friday, according to his agent, Tony Matos. Nakatani, 44, nominated to the Hall of Fame this year, suffered a fractured left collar bone when his mount clipped heals in a race on March 15 . . . The race for leading trainer could go down to the wire. With three days remaining in the Winter Meet, Jerry Hollendorfer holds a 32-31 lead over Peter Miller. Hollendorfer has had 178 starters, Miller 170, and each is winning at an 18 percent clip . . . Bolo, bound for the Kentucky Derby, worked five furlongs for Carla Gaines Friday morning in 1:00.20, while Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind, ticketed for the Kentucky Oaks on May 1, went five furlongs for John Sadler in 1:01 under regular rider Victor Espinoza. Gaines was pleased with the work and said Bolo would leave Santa Anita for Kentucky on April 26 . . . Espinoza’s agent, Brian Beach, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Saturday in the East Paddock Gardens, while TVG host/analyst Mike Joyce will do the honors Sunday, each day at 11:20 a.m. . . . Payoff bonanza? Santa Anita will offer mandatory payouts for the Pick 5 and the Pick 6 on Sunday, closing day of the Winter Meet . . . The dates for two monthly meetings of the California Horse Racing Board have been changed. The meeting scheduled May 14 has been changed to May 21 at Santa Anita. The meeting scheduled June 18 has been changed to June 25 at Los Alamitos Race Course. Felipe Valdez10514121613%$448,317 Mike Smith11522221719%$2,547,221 Elvis Trujillo24527362611%$1,580,598 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Santiago Gonzalez15120182113%$906,504 Brice Blanc6673611%$354,268 Martin Pedroza18618272610%$793,244 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 TALAMO, SWEET SWAP SEEK SAN SIMEON REPEAT SUNDAYJoe Talamo and Sweet Swap will be out for back-to-back wins in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.They led virtually throughout to win last year by a half-length as the 9-5 favorite for John Sadler and Hronis racing LLC.“He’s run a bunch down the hill (12 times with five wins), so you’ve got to love that,” Talamo said. “He drew well, all the way on the outside, which is great down the hill. I know he’s got speed, but he’s a horse that can sit right off the pace, too.”A 6-year-old Candy Ride horse, Sweet Swap has seven wins from 17 career starts with earnings of $390,529.The San Simeon: Get Happy Mister, Tyler Baze, 8-1 Home Run Kitten, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Joes Blazing Aaron, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Outside Nashville, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; supplemental nominee Holy Lute, Mike Smith, 3-1; Pure Tactics, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; U S Citizen, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; and Sweet Swap, Joe Talamo, 3-1. Michael Pender5589615%$222,200 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Gary Stevens10618151917%$1,615,048 John Sadler14523201916%$1,536,950 Tiago Pereira13418111513%$526,612 Kent Desormeaux21534392816%$2,110,700 Rafael Bejarano30974494324%$3,667,608 Tyler Baze34154443616%$2,886,038 Richard Mandella7317101323%$1,031,476 Joseph Talamo25627274311%$1,876,778 James Cassidy771081313%$444,620 Peter Eurton9315131616%$886,956 Mario Gutierrez1181116129%$595,782 Victor Espinoza19337352919%$2,541,346 OWNER ZETCHER HOPES TO HAVE HIS DAY IN DERBY SUNNEW ZEALANDER SEEKS FIRST U.S. WIN IN SANTA BARBARATRAINER NEIL FRENCH IS BACK AND ‘LUCKY TO BE ALIVE’HOT-RIDING TYLER BAZE ON A ROLL AS MEET NEARS END Peter Miller17031292218%$1,520,886 ‘EVERYTHING’S JUST CLICKING’ FOR TYLER BAZE It’s mathematically impossible for Tyler Baze to catch Rafael Bejarano for the riding title, but that hasn’t stopped Baze from trying.With three racing days left in Santa Anita’s 68-day Winter Meet, the 32-year-old Seattle native had 54 wins, 20 behind Bejarano, but had won on 15 of his last 34 mounts, including four yesterday and four last Saturday, not to mention three on Sunday. Since last Thursday, Baze has won 14 races in five days.“It feels great,” Baze said. “Craig’s doing great, we’re working hard together, we’re working a lot of horses, and everything’s just clicking.” Baze was referring to his agent, Craig O’Bryan, who also represents Gary Stevens.“My confidence is strong now,” Baze said. “When horses are running for you and you’re winning races, I think you ride with a lot more confidence. I thought I could win five yesterday; I won four. It’s been an unbelievable week.“About a week and a half ago, I told Craig, ‘This is going to be our week,’ and it really was. I won one race last Thursday, two Friday, four Saturday, three Sunday and four yesterday.”And it hasn’t been for lack of effort. With 341, Baze led all riders in mounts through Thursday, 32 more than runner-up Bejarano. Philip D’Amato8621131524%$982,450 William Spawr5486815%$250,220 Thomas Proctor5987414%$589,888 Aaron Gryder9471287%$460,270 HABIBI PRIMED FOR FIRST U.S. VICTORY IN SANTA BARBARAHabibi, a winner of six of nine starts in her native New Zealand, seeks her first U.S. victory from three starts in Saturday’s Grade III Santa Barbara Handicap for older fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf.She was third going a mile on grass March 22, her first race in nine months.“She’s going well, she’s had her prep race, finished third going a mile, and by her form, it looks like she’d appreciate the mile and a quarter,” said Richard Mandella, who conditions the 6-year-old daughter of Ekraar owned by George Strawbridge’s Augustin Stable.The field for the Santa Barbara: Three Hearts, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Tangelo, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Fanticola, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Queen of the Sand, Drayden Van Dyke, 9-2; Walk Close, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Industrial Policy, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Habibi, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Arethusa, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1. Mark Casse66107915%$824,206 Edwin Maldonado13618151513%$641,194 Gonzalo Nicolas1017657%$220,956 Doug O’Neill19525182613%$1,185,002 Jeff Bonde38102426%$381,976 Martin Garcia15530201719%$2,766,884 Fernando Perez2171825278%$894,918 Drayden Van Dyke23023282610%$1,511,663 Bob Baffert11426191523%$2,961,772