Travel Diary: Port Washington’s Waterside Wonders

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantWinter is coming. Yes, this is inevitable. Yet before the plummeting temperatures, blustery winds and menacing snow (hopefully not too much) transform our beautiful island into a frozen winter wonderland, there’s still enough time to eke out one or two more road trips down to the gorgeous, soothing waters bordering our coastline. There’s still one or two last chances to stare out at those precious waves—whether the ocean, harbor, or Long Island Sound—before those whirling winds whip along the shore, sending chills up your spine and cooling that giant pumpkin latte in your hand faster than you can say “Vaaa-Room.”The North Shore hamlet of Port Washington, with its colorful history, myriad parks, shops and restaurants, and endless, breathtaking romantic waterside views, makes just the perfect destination.You’ll want to roll into this majestic community in style, however. A 2015 MINI Cooper from NY Auto Giant, therefore, is exactly what the doctor ordered!Visit NY Auto Giant and drive home your 2015 MINI Cooper today!As you cruise into town in your cute, stylish ride, you’ll undoubtedly be interested in learning some history about this special, special gem. Port Washington’s modern-day origins date back to the 1600s, when more than a dozen English families purchased this precious land from the Matinecock Indians. During the 1800s, shellfishing and sand-mining became important industries here, with millions of yards of the area’s sand eventually used to form the concrete comprising some of the most iconic and well-known buildings in New York City, including the Chrysler and Empire State Building!If you’re a fan of literature, you’ll be excited to know that Port Washington is also represented within the East Egg area of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby.First order of business is caffeine, of course. Luckily, besides the aforementioned wonders awaiting you and your loved ones here at “The Portler,” as some call it, this community is absolutely loaded with java-licious cafes and bakeries to get your heart a-pumpin’!Swing by COFFEED, a nonprofit micro-roaster that supports numerous charities and employs locals with disabilities, as well as serving some of the most exotic blends around. You simply can’t go wrong with the Ethiopian! Saint Honore Pastry Shop is also worth a visit—this place rocks not only the joe, but cakes, cookies, and cupcakes galore!Sip those lattes while you stroll Main Street and peruse its many stellar shops and storefronts, including Wright Music, Painting With Flowers, and The Dolphin Bookshop—the latter an independent bookstore that’s been feeding the minds and caffeine urges of patrons since 1946. You’re going to want some great food on your day adventure, and Port Washington is replete with high-quality restaurants serving some of the most delectable dishes around. Dating back to 1905, Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille offers hungry locals and travelers premium seafood as well as absolutely breathtaking views of Manhasset Bay, the New York City skyline and Long Island Sound. DiMaggio’s is another prime choice for eats and memories. Since 1978 this trattoria and bar has been delighting hungry patrons with traditional Old World cuisine comprising only the freshest ingredients and made-to-order dishes that will leave your lips a-lickin’ for weeks. Roasted rabbit, ossobucco, stuffed zucchini blossoms are just a few of its many culinary masterpieces that make this a must-stop spot on any Port Washington road trip. So is Ayhan’s Mediterranean Marketplace & Café, serving so many joyous Greek delights—stuffed grape leaves, chicken souvlaki, lamb burgers—you’ll be dreaming of that ancient land and its irresistible cuisine for a long, long time afterward. [Note: Ayhan’s sells Feta Cigars—warm, mouthwatering oozing Feta tightly wrapped into a stogie with crisp phyllo dough—the name says it all!] The place is right next door to Ayhan’s Shish (Fish) Kebab, too!Ice cream goes great with Feta (as does pretty much everything), so grab a cone and sundae with all your favorite toppings at Sweet Treats On The Wharf before heading over to a comfy bench along the waterfront. Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto Giant!You and your loved one might just be in for yet another special treat on this uber-special road trip bonanza:Several gorgeous, enigmatic sea creatures have recently been spotted swimming and frolicking amongst Port Washington’s idyllic surrounding waters. Humpback whales as well as a giddy pod of Belugas have been enjoying the ever-improving depths of the Bay and Sound—providing local residents and adventure-seeking boaters the rare, moving experience of witnessing these extraordinary beauties up close and personal!You never know what adventures await you in this remarkable, idyllic community, so head down to NY Auto Giant’s Massapequa Nissan to drive home your very own 2015 MINI Cooper today and roll through Port Washington, and any other town, in style!last_img read more

Three ways Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can hurt Arsenal even without Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial

first_imgMason Greenwood has scored in each of his last two appearances for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have only scored twice in their previous three matches in all competitions and each of those goals belongs to 17-year-old striker Mason Greenwood.The youngster opened his senior goalscoring account with a well-taken finish from his right foot against Astana before doing likewise on his left side in the Rochdale clash and Solskjaer has regularly talked up his potential in the early weeks of the season.‘Mason is one of the best finishers I’ve seen and I’ve played with quite a few decent ones,’ Solskjaer quipped before Greenwood had even scored for the first-team while he insisted on Friday that he is ‘ready’ to step up to Premier League football. Jesse Lingard has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other side (Picture: Getty)Much has been made of Jesse Lingard’s poor return in front of goal with the England international netting just once in 23 appearances for United this calendar year.That solitary strike also came right at the start of the year too with Lingard’s goal drought spanning eight months. The last team he scored against? Arsenal in the FA Cup.Lingard never has and never will be a consistent goalscorer as a return of 17 goals in 116 appearances for United indicates, yet for some reason, he usually raises his game against Arsenal. How Manchester United could line up in a 4-2-3-1 formationEntrusting Greenwood, who turns 18 on Tuesday, to lead the line against Arsenal would be some show of faith from Solskjaer even with United’s injury problems, but the youngster has not looked fazed since stepping into senior football.Rashford scored twice on his first Premier League start against Arsenal in 2016 and Greenwood will be out to emulate his achievements if selected to lead the line.2. Jesse Lingard as a False 9 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may opt to deploy Jesse Lingard as a False 9Indeed, Lingard has scored more goals against Arsenal than any other club in the Premier League, netting four times in only five appearances and his most memorable moments in a United shirt have come in those matches.If there is one United player Arsenal fans will not want to see score against them it is Lingard after his ‘Milly Rock’ and moonwalk celebrations against them at the Emirates over the past couple of seasons.AdvertisementAdvertisementLingard ended last weekend’s dismal 2-0 defeat to West Ham playing as a False 9 after Rashford went off injured and given his propensity to find the net against Arsenal, Solskjaer may be tempted to use him in that role from the start.3. Match Arsenal’s gameplan Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe have played up front together in Arsenal’s recent matches (Picture: Getty)Against a Pogba-less Manchester United, Unai Emery may be tempted to use the diamond system that made an appearance in the second half against Spurs and in away trips to Anfield and Vicarage Road in a bid to dominate the midfield.That formation also sets Arsenal up nicely to counter-attack against a United side who are likely to play a high defensive line at Old Trafford through the searing pace of Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang upfront.Emery’s use of club-record recruit Pepe has been interesting with the Ivorian playing as much of his football as a central striker as on his customary right-wing position which is where he spent the entirety of his final season at Lille. Three ways Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can hurt Arsenal even without Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a selection dilemma ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea in early August suddenly feels a very long time ago.That result raised expectations amongst supporters that the 2019-20 campaign could be more successful than the horror-show of a season that preceded it, yet since that resounding win United have only won twice in seven matches, including against Kazakh side Astana.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side squeezed through their Carabao Cup third-round tie against League One Rochdale at Old Trafford on Wednesday but only via the lottery of a penalty shootout after a 16-year-old schoolkid had scored an equaliser in normal time.It was hardly the most ideal preparation for Monday’s game against Arsenal – arguably United’s biggest challengers for a top-four place – and Solskjaer’s hopes of securing a much-needed three points have been hit by a spate of injury problems.ADVERTISEMENT Daniel James and Mason Greenwood could be deployed in tandem through the middle against ArsenalUnited don’t possess the same level of firepower as their opponents, particularly with Rashford and Martial set to miss out, but Solskjaer could opt to emulate Arsenal’s system by deploying a speedy wide forward in tandem with a natural striker.Daniel James’ start to life in the Premier League has been excellent with the Welshman netting three times in his opening six Premier League appearances. Only Rashford with 18 has had more attempts on goal in United’s squad than James’ 14 so far.The speed and movement of a James-Greenwood partnership, not to mention the unpredictability each can bring into the game, could have the potential to unsettle Arsenal’s unconvincing central defensive pairing of David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopolous.AdvertisementMore: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Marcus Rashford went off injured during United’s last Premier League game against West Ham (Picture: Getty)Ahead of the game, Solskjaer said ‘I wouldn’t put my life on it’ when asked whether Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial would be available while also confirming that Paul Pogba is a doubt after suffering a knock to his ankle against Rochdale in midweek.AdvertisementAdvertisementShould that trio of players be unavailable to face Arsenal, Solskjaer will be without his two senior centre-forwards and his most creative central midfield player, making his task of securing a vital three points all the more difficult.Here are three ways Solskjaer could look to compensate for Rashford, Martial and Pogba’s absences to hurt Arsenal.1. Mason Greenwood unleashed Advertisement Oliver Young-MylesMonday 30 Sep 2019 6:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link611Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

First published accounts: World Athletics body in $17 million deficit

first_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian Actresses7 Famous And Incredibly Unique Places In ThailandBest Car Manufacturers In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More17 Rare Churches Underground That Still ExistTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime World Athletics’ total equity and reserves dipped below $30 million (£23 million/€25 million) last year, after the governing body for one of the leading Summer Olympic sports posted a 2019 loss of $17.3 million (£13.3 million/€14.4 million). This was an improvement from the $27.6 million (£21.3 million/€22.9 million) loss recorded for 2018. However, it indicates that the organisation was still living beyond its means within weeks of the sports world being plunged into chaos by the emergence of COVID-19. The consequent postponement of Tokyo 2020 means, moreover, that around $40 million (£31 million/€33 million) of revenue that it would have been expecting to receive from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about now will instead be shunted into 2021 – and very possibly reduced. Against this, World Athletics – now headed by former middle-distance running champion Sebastian Coe – is one of 15 International Federations (IFs) to have been granted an IOC loan. It has previously been indicated that this year should also see it receive a payment for profit share from Dentsu, the Japanese marketing giant that acts as its commercial rights agency. This would cover the period of 2018-2019. In 2018 the governing body received an $8.4 million (£6.5 million/€7 million) payment covering the period of 2010-2017. Marketing income for 2020 and the years ahead should also be higher – 10-year renewals with three leading sponsors – TDK, Asics and Seiko – are said to have been concluded in 2019 “at an uplift of 10 per cent to their previous deals.” In addition, China’s Wanda signed a decade-long deal to be the first title partner of the Diamond League, in an agreement billed as “the largest sponsorship deal in the history of World Athletics.” World Athletics owns 35.2 per cent of Diamond League AG. In its newly-published 2019 annual report, the body said that in terms of “real reserves to safeguard the organisation”, its Executive Board had “agreed that the organisation should hold reserves of $25 million (£19.25 million/€20.75 million) at all times.” It would aim to deliver this “from 2020 onwards.” The new consolidated balance-sheet – the first that the body has published in its history stretching back to 1912 – shows a Reserve Fund amounting to $10 million (£7.7 million/€8.3 million) at the end of both 2018 and 2019. Loading… center_img The Monaco-based organisation also emphasised that “our reserves will always reduce year on year over a four-year period as a substantial amount of our revenues are delivered at the start of these four years.” “Our aim”, it said, “is to reinvest our revenue in the sport to reach a breakeven state at the end of each four-year cycle.” The decision to follow in the footsteps of most other Summer Olympic IFs by publishing audited accounts has coincided with World Athletics’ adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Prior to 2019, the annual report states, “annual consolidated financial statements were prepared under accounting policies determined by the IAAF”, as World Athletics was previously known. Figures leaked in June indicated that the body had run a deficit of just over $19 million (£14.6 million/€15.8 million) in both 2017 and 2018. Adoption of the new standards has resulted in the 2018 figure being revised up to $27.6 million (£21.3 million/€22.9 million). Revenue for 2019 amounted to $51.1 million (£39.3 million/€42.4 million) Broadcast rights and commercial rights reached respectively $14.7 million (£11.3 million/€12.2 million) and $18 million (£13.9 million/€14.9 million), very similar to the previous year. Total expenses dipped from $72.5 million (£55.8 million/€60.2 million) in 2018 to $67.8 million (£52.2 million/€56.3 million). One area of cost moving in the opposite direction was legal spending, which jumped more than 40 per cent from $1.65 million (£1.27 million/€1.37 million) to $2.4 million (£1.85 million/€2 million). read also:World Athletics issue reminder of rule limiting height of track spikes Among other details, the accounts appear to indicate that World Athletics pays a monthly rental of $19,000 (£14,630/€15,770) for its Monaco headquarters under a lease running until March 2030, with an option to extend for an additional 15 years thereafter. It is also stated that, in 2019, “World Athletics has recorded an amount of $157,000 (£120,890/€130,310) payable to the Complete Leisure Association, for services and workspace of an executive assistant to the President during time spent in London in connection with World Athletics business, provided at cost pursuant to a secondment agreement.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

NY Gov. Cuomo Eyes Graduation COVID-19 Cluster with FL Link

first_imgNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says a high school student who contracted COVID-19 during a recent trip to Florida infected four other students when they returned for a graduation event on Saturday, June 20.The state’s contact tracing team is trying to locate people who have come into contact with the unidentified student from Horace Greeley High School, which is located in Westchester County.At the time, the student had not yet developed symptoms of the virus and was unaware of the infection.The person had also returned to New York before Cuomo ordered a 14-day quarantine for those arriving in that state from eight coronavirus hot spots, which include Florida.‘We’re prepared to do the aggressive testing and contact tracing required to slow and ultimately control any potential clusters of new cases like the one in Westchester County,’ Cuomo stated FridayThe “drive-in” graduation ceremony was held at a train station, although attendees reported that not everyone stayed in their cars.NY, NJ and CT will continually update and publish on their respective websites a list of states to which the new advisory applies.As of today, the list of states includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah & Washington. https://t.co/do5hy6UyUY— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 24, 2020 One of the infected students later went to a second event following the graduation, and came into contact there with students from other schools in the area.New York has recently gone from being among the worst-affected states to being one of the few that are on track to contain the coronavirus.In order to stop a second wave, Cuomo announced the new mandatory quarantine order last Wednesday for people arriving from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Texas.Those who do not follow the 14-day quarantine period risk a $10,000 fine.“In New York, it’s a travel advisory, you are informed you should quarantine for 14 days,” said Cuomo on Wednesday.However, The requirements do not apply to any individual passing through designated states for a limited duration, such as connecting on a plane or driving through the state.last_img read more

Yankees activate closer Chapman after COVID-19 bout

first_img Written By The Yankees activated All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the injured list after he recovered from COVID-19. The move came befor Monday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox.Chapman tested positive for the coronavirus during preseason camp on July 11 and has been away from the club since. The left-hander experienced only mild symptoms and constructed a weight room in his Manhattan apartment to stay in shape while quarantined.The 32-year-old Chapman was cleared to resume activity July 31 and has been working out at the team’s alternate site in Scranton, Pennsylvania.Chapman had a 2.21 ERA and 37 saves in 60 appearances last season. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he’ll be conservative with Chapman’s workload early on, but he anticipates using his closer in high-leverage situations immediately.“Save situation, he’ll be in there tonight,” Boone said.AL batting leader DJ LeMahieu is expected to miss two to three weeks after going on the injured list Sunday with a sprained left thumb.Two doctors have evaluated imaging of LeMahieu’s thumb and agree there is a sprain but no fracture, and the Yankees also plan to consult the hand specialist that treated LeMahieu when he had a similar injury in 2018 while with Colorado. LeMahieu broke a small bone in his thumb that year and missed about 2 1/2 weeks.“Feel petty good about where it’s at right now,” Boone said about his leadoff man, who is batting .411.Injured outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton both worked out at Yankee Stadium on Monday, and Judge planned to resume baseball activities. Judge was placed on the injured list last week with a right calf strain, and Stanton is recovering from a strained left hamstring.Judge pleaded with the Yankees not to go on the injured list and believes he could already be back playing, but New York is being cautious. He’s eligible to be activated Saturday.Stanton hasn’t played since Aug. 8. The oft-injured slugger was slimmed down and moving better this season before the injury, and he said Monday that made it all the more frustrating to end up on the IL yet again.Stanton has been placed on the IL/DL in six of his nine pro seasons and appeared in just 18 games in 2019.“Words can’t really describe the disappointment I’ve had over this,” he said Monday. He also acknowledged resentment held by some Yankees fans, saying that if he were in their shoes, “I would be disappointed. I am disappointed.”Image credits: AP LIVE TV Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 18th August, 2020 08:56 ISTcenter_img Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 08:56 IST Yankees Activate Closer Chapman After COVID-19 Bout The Yankees activated All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the injured list after he recovered from COVID-19. The move came befor Monday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox WATCH US LIVE COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Thunder honor victims of Oklahoma City bombing with new City Edition uniforms

first_imgWe Remember Those Who Were Changed Forever. | April 19, 1995 pic.twitter.com/TAnkx3TSvL— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) July 23, 2019The uniform includes “The Survivor Tree” on the waist belt of the shorts. “The Survivor Tree” remains standing despite facing a 4,000-pound bomb and symbolizes human resilience and strength. The uniform set also incorporates a blue ribbon with the quote “We Remember Those Who Were Changed Forever, April 19, 1995.” As the 25th anniversary of 4/19/95 approaches, we were honored to work with the OKC National Memorial & Museum to create our 2019-20 City Edition uniform. It’s a tribute to those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever.🔗 https://t.co/mimmv8ZiET pic.twitter.com/Y9ix5jFz7o— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) July 23, 2019″April 19th, 1995 changed our city forever,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in OKC’s news release. “The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum serves our community by helping us remember those lost, yet also tells a story of a city that comes together with compassion.”Last season was the first time Nike presented the City Edition uniforms for NBA teams. The point of the uniforms was to take characteristics of a team’s city and naturally integrate them into the jersey design. The Thunder decided to take it the next level.The City Edition uniform is one of four new uniforms fans will see OKC in next season. The Thunder have revealed their new City Edition uniforms for the 2019-20 season, which will honor those who were killed in the Oklahoma City bombing as the 25th anniversary of the tragic incident approaches on April 19, 2020.The Thunder partnered with the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum to create the game day attire, featuring the times 9:01 and 9:03 within the vents of the shorts. The first time was included to represent the innocence of the city before the attack, while 9:03 constitutes the time after the attack when the city began to unite and heal. The words “service,” “kindness” and “honor” are shown above the jersey’s tag, representing the Oklahoma standard.last_img read more

Not A Gardener

first_imgBy Kathy MieleI came walking up my driveway dragging a shovel, rake and an old spackle bucket. I dropped them by the garage door then opened a bottle of water and began guzzling it.Steven came around the side of the house, the weed whacker in his hands. “Did you have fun at the garden?” he asked.This year I’d decided to join the towns’ community garden. I’d taken a small bed that I’d planned on filling with beefsteak tomatoes and red and green peppers. It wasn’t going to be anything fancy, just a small little garden where I’d tend my vegetables. I pictured myself wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat, holding a pretty little basket in the crook of my arm that I’d fill weekly with my delicious vegetables.That dream was now gone as I now looked down at my mud caked pants and sneakers. I was thinking about throwing them out because they were so filthy. I didn’t even want them in my washing machine. “I think I just found out I’m not much of a gardener.” I admitted. I had an itch on my nose that I was afraid to scratch because my hands were so dirty. “That garden is solid clay!” I complained. “It’s been rototilled twice and I can barely get a shovel through the dirt!”I pointed to the clay caked shovel to prove my point. “Most of the other gardeners have had their plants in for over a week!” I whined. I gave up on worrying about getting dirt on my face and scratched my itchy nose.“Do you want me to go over with you and help you get the plants in?” Steven asked.“Oh I got the plants in.” I said finishing off the bottle of water. I was still thirsty and realized I was seriously thinking about turning on the garden hose that was laying by the garage for another drink.“Well that’s good news!” Steven said as he took the shovel and began tapping it against the driveway trying to knock off some of the clay before putting it away.“I guess so.” I said. “I planted the tomatoes first. But by the time I finished planting the pepper plants I looked back at the tomato plants and they were already wilting!” I complained.“That happens sometimes.” Steven said. “Some plants get shocked when you first put them in. They should be fine.” I could tell he was trying to make me feel better.“Well I’m setting my alarm early tomorrow to go check on them.” I said.“Wow, that’s dedicated.” He sounded impressed.“Dedicated?” I looked at him a bit confused. “I’m just trying to get there before all the other gardeners show up. This way if my plants are dead I can rip them out before any of them see and plant some new ones!”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY APRIL 17, 2015

first_imgMark 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%$2,961,772last_img read more