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American Pharoah, the three-year-old thoroughbred star who has captured the hearts of racing and non-racing fans alike may spend part of his summer at the Jersey Shore.It’s expected, but not yet officially announced, that Pharoah, the Triple Crown winner will race in the Haskell Invitational on August 2 at Monmouth Park and since word of the superstar’s anticipated appearance travelled fast, the reserved seats at the race are already sold out. More than 90,000 people on June 6 saw the horse win the mile-and-a half Belmont stakes by five lengths to capture the first Triple Crown in 37 years. Some 60,000 people could pack Monmouth Park to watch American Pharoah at the Haskell with potential attendance and betting records set.Trainer Baffert is certainly no stranger to Monmouth Park. He has won four of the last five Haskell Invitational events and his horses always seem to run well at the Jersey shore. He won the Haskell in 2001 with Point Given; 2002 with War Emblem; 2005 with Roman Ruler; 2010-2012 with Lookin at Lucky, Coil and Paynter and with Bayern last year.American Pharoah’s owner Ahmed Zayat, an Egyptian-American who lives in Hackensack, indicated in interviews after the Belmont that he would like the horse to compete for the remainder of the 2015 season before standing at stud in Kentucky. Stud fees are expected to be $75,000 or even higher depending on how American Pharoah finishes in the Haskell and Breeders’ Cup.Monmouth Park announcer Frank Mirahmadi who called American Pharoah’s wins at the Rebel and Arkansas Derby during the lead up to the Kentucky Derby this spring says American Pharoah is a “super horse” and he would have been very surprised if he were upset at the Belmont.Mirahmadi predicted, even before the Belmont victory, that American Pharoah would race at the Haskell as the timing seemed right. What Mirahmadi along with other thoroughbred handicappers like to talk about is the rest period trainers like to have for horses between big races.The time between the Haskell and Saratoga (NY) Race Track’s classic Grade 1 Travers stakes Aug. 29, is four weeks. From the Travers to the Breeders’ Cup events at Keenland in Lexington, Kentucky, Halloween weekend is nine weeks giving the Triple Crown winner time to recover if he races in both events as did Baffert’s 2014 Haskell winner Bayern.In 2014, Bayern went on to win Travers at Saratoga in late August as well as the Breeders’ Cup Classic in late October over Toast of New York and former Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome.At Keenland – site of this year Breeders’ Cup events – American Pharoah would face the best of the best including older, more experienced thoroughbreds, in the Cup’s Classic, the event’s premiere race.The potential downside of American Pharoah continuing to race is the chance of injury or a loss in any of his final races, either of which would have an affect on his second career in stud.– By Art Petrosemolo
Liam Guenther was solid in goal for Nelson in both games, registering a pair of shutouts.The series victory advances the Selects to the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cup July 4-7 in Prince George.Nelson is off to Cranbrook this weekend to compete in the Sam Steele Days Rep Tournament.Selects earn silver in KalispellIn the final tune up before provincial playdowns the Nelson Selects U16 boys team went 3-1 and came away with a silver medal at the ‘3 Blind Refs’ Youth Soccer Tournament held recently in Kalispell, Montana. In their opener Saturday morning, a battle of the ‘Queen Cities’, Nelson dropped a 1-0 decision to Helena, Montana in a very evenly matched game and their only loss in the tournament. Helena scored the lone goal midway through the first half on a bending corner kick that beat keeper Liam Guenther.The Gem state squad would go on to win the tournament. Nelson rebounded strongly in their second match of the day knocking off Cranbrook-based Kootenay East 5-1.Nelson opened the scoring six minutes in when Owen Thurston pounced on a rebound following a free kick. Four minutes later, James Miller would add to the lead running on to and converting a well placed through ball in behind the defenders. In the 23rd minute Kootenay East would get one back closing out the first half scoring.The second half was all Nelson as the selects would add three more. Goals coming from Nigel Ziegler (32′), Guus Lammers (43′) and Miller with his second just 5 minutes later. Micah May was keeper for the Nelson side. Game three on Sunday saw Nelson dominate play over Columbia Valley on the pitch yet had to hang on for a 2-1 victory.Nelson missed many scoring chances and enjoyed most of the possession throughout. James Miller scored midway through the first half with Bryce Twible getting another early in the second. Columbia Valley scored their lone marker with a minute to go in the match.Micah May in net once again for the Selects. Nelson would finish the tournament that afternoon against host Flathead, Montana. Ziegler scoring late in the first half to give the selects a 1-0 lead, Flathead responded 10 minutes into the second half before James Miller got in behind the defence and scored the winner with two to go in an exciting finish and another 2-1 win. Guenther backstopped Nelson for the win. Once the Nelson Selects shook off the rust, it was clear sailing to Prince George.The Selects scored a pair of wins over Columbia Valley to capture the Kootenay Provincial B Cup U16 Boy’s Soccer Playdowns Sunday at the Lakeside Pitch.Nelson needed a late second half goal by Micah May to edge the East Kootenay visitors 1-0 in the opening tilt. Nelson dominated the play but had trouble finding the back of the net against the pesky Invermere-based squad.In game two the real Selects show up at the pitch.The first goal came at 14 minutes with Bryce Twible following up on the play and striking home a loose ball after much Nelson pressure. Twible would then feed James Miller two minutes later and Micah May added a third goal at 26 minute.In the second half Nelson continued going at the Columbia Valley goal but kept missing wide until Twible again would find the back of the net at 69 minute. One minute later Jake Anderson lofted the ball and fooled the Titans keeper from distance. Nelson would get their sixth and final goal one minute after that when Dylan Bennett would flick a free kick toward an unmarked Spencer Szabo who’d make no mistake putting it into the top right corner.
john paul titlow 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout MySpace is planning to get into the music subscription business – because let’s face it, it’s got to do something.The move into music subscriptions has been rumored for quite some time, but Monday Business Insider published a leaked slide deck that appears to confirm it. In the second quarter of next year, Interactive (formerly Specific) Media, MySpace’s parent company, plans to launch what it describes a “mobile subscription model” intended to compete with Pandora and Spotify, companies MySpace identifies by name as future competitors. MySpace has fallen a long way since its peak as a social network in 2008. That was the year that its traffic was first eclipsed by Facebook’s and things have gotten much worse since. MySpace’s trend lines have all slid downward as Facebook has exploded and new social networks have risen to prominence. Refocusing On Music Has Slowed The Bleeding… So FarAfter being sold to Specific Media by News Corporation (for a wince-inducing fraction of its original price tag), MySpace more or less gave up on the social networking game and instead refocused its efforts on the thing that gave it traction in the first place: music. After doing so, the site saw its first membership bump in quite some time and its overall traffic stopped falling off a cliff, at least according to the publicly available guestimates from sources like Compete. By no means is MySpace headed back to the lofty metrics of its heyday, but its music-focused relaunch appears to have slowed the hemorrhaging. For its next act, MySpace is poised to join Spotify, Rdio and, to a lesser extent, Pandora in the music-subscription space. The move makes sense in a few respects. MySpace has long been associated with music and refocusing its efforts there has already begun to pay off in terms of traffic. It’s also sitting on a catalog of 42 million songs, compared to about 17 million in Spotify’s music library. That massive collection of music is due in large part to the millions of unsigned artists who have uploaded tracks to MySpace over the years. It’s a ton of music, but it’s provenance means the quality varies pretty widely. To beef up its musical arsenal even further, MySpace plans on investing at least $15 million in music licensing deals, provided it can win over new investors. While MySpace has some built-in musical advantages, entering this space is still a risky move. Spotify and Pandora, streaming music’s dominant players, might have some impressive metrics to tout, but profit is not one of them. Even as subscriptions and ad revenue grow, these companies continue to struggle under the weight of enormous music licensing costs. MySpace is already floundering in the social networking market, even with its renewed focus on music. Is pivoting to another money-losing business really the wisest move? Maybe, maybe not. At this point, this is probably the last, best shot MySpace has at returning to something resembling relevance. It’s worth a try. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#MySpace#social networking#spotify#streaming music
For its 17th edition, Toronto’s Reelworld Film Festival will introduce an award that salutes industry players committed to activating change on-screen and off.The first-ever Reelworld Reel Activist Award goes to Jesse Wente, an Ojibwe broadcaster and film programmer who is known for, well, keeping it real. A CBC Radio columnist who next month will step down from his post as the head of TIFF Cinematheque, Wente is an outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and First Nations, Métis and Inuit art.Reelworld, which runs Oct. 11 to 15 at various downtown venues, is dedicated to empowering underrepresented voices and showcasing films that inspire social change. Advertisement Wente will accept his award following the festival’s closing-night screening of Susan G. Enberg’s In Jesus Name. Full program information is available at reelworld.ca.SOURCE: GLOBE AND MAIL Advertisement Jesse Wente – Nadya Kwandibens/Redworks Photography Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter
If you thought switching to diet soda can help you avoid the ill effects associated with sugary soft drinks, think again! Researchers have found that while drinking sugary beverages frequently may lead to poorer memory, daily intake of diet soda may increase the risk of stroke and dementia. Both sugary and diet drinks correlated with accelerated brain ageing, according to the findings published in two separate studies.People who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and a significantly smaller hippocampus – an area of the brain important for learning and memory, said the study published in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA follow-up study, published in the journal Stroke, found that people who drank diet soda daily were almost three times as likely to develop stroke and dementia when compared to those who did not. Scientists have put forth various hypotheses about how artificial sweeteners may cause harm, from transforming gut bacteria to altering the brain’s perception of “sweet,” but “we need more work to figure out the underlying mechanisms”, said Boston University’s Matthew Pase, who is lead author on the two studies. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFor the studies, researchers used data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS), a study that aims to identify common factors or characteristics that contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD).”These studies are not the be-all and end-all, but it’s strong data and a very strong suggestion,” said Sudha Seshadri, Professor at Boston University School of Medicine (MED) in the US.”It looks like there is not very much of an upside to having sugary drinks, and substituting the sugar with artificial sweeteners doesn’t seem to help,” Seshadri, who is senior author on both papers, said. Excess sugar has long been associated with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases like obesity, heart disease and Type-2 diabetes, but little is known about its long-term effects on the human brain. He chose to study sugary drinks as a way of examining overall sugar consumption. “It’s difficult to measure overall sugar intake in the diet,” he says, “so we used sugary beverages as a proxy.”Researchers also found that higher intake of diet soda–at least one per day–was associated with smaller brain volume. They found that people who drank at least one diet soda per day were iathree times as likely to develop stroke and dementia. IANS