Entergy Vermont Yankee refueling and maintenance outage begins

first_imgFeb 24, 2010 … His case against the relicensing was several fold, including: The new power purchase proposal from Vermont Yankee owner Entergy would … Aug 27, 2002 … Vermont Yankee finally sold to Entergy by Robert Smith The deal had more than its share of up and down moments, but the sale of the Vermont … Apr 18, 2011 … The other shoe has finally dropped. Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) announced this morning that two of its subsidiaries, Entergy Nuclear … Jul 25, 2011 … Today Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) communicated to its employees that the company’s board of directors voted to approve the fabrication … Entergy Vermont Yankee sues state of Vermont | Vermont Business … Northstar Vermont Yankee,Control room operators began removing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station from service Saturday night (October 8) to begin its 29th refueling and maintenance outage. The shutdown of the Vernon plant will mark the completion of the plant’s 29th operating cycle. The plant began commercial operation in 1972. According to published reports, the fuel will cost $65 million and the work will cost another $35 million for a total cost of about $100 million. The refueling will allow the plant to operate another 18 months, or well beyond its scheduled decommissioning in March 2012. Entergy has sued the state of Vermont to allow it to remain open for another 20 years. The state maintains that the Vermont Legislature must approve the license extension. The Vermont Senate voted in 2010 to reject the extension, but the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has already granted the 20-year extention. The Vermont Public Service Board would also need to issue Entergy a Certificte of Public Good for it to remain in operation. Energy states in the federal court case in Brattleboro that the state cannot legally pre-empt the process.The court case concluded in September and US District Judge J Garvan Murtha is now mulling post-trial briefs. It is widely expected that the loser in US District Court will appeal the decision. At the very least, Entergy appears to be banking on the court case, in any result, pushing well beyond March 2012 so it will get the full value from the refueling.A Vermont Yankee statement on the refueling said the plant has again demonstrated its value as a safe and reliable electricity supplier to New England consumers. During this operating cycle, which began in May 2010, the plant has produced more than 7.2 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The refueling and maintenance outage will be performed by Entergy Vermont Yankee’s staff supplemented by Entergy employees from its other nuclear plants and contract workers, including valve technicians, radiation protection technicians, engineers, inspectors, millwrights, electricians, pipefitters, boilermakers, welders, painters, equipment operators, insulators, carpenters, laborers and divers.Workers will replace 116 fuel assemblies in the reactor and perform various maintenance activities, tests and inspections on plant equipment which runs throughout the operating cycle.The influx of more than 850 outside maintenance workers and their associated local spending provide a major economic boost to the region.Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity and delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy’s second quarter revenues were $2,803.3 million, compared to $2,862.9 for the same periond in 2010. Earnings for the two periods were $1.76 perdiluted share in Q2 2011 and $1.65 per diluted share in 2010.Entergy also announced last week that Kevin Bronson has been named senior vice president and chief operating officer for the James A FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in New York, Pilgrim Power Station in Massachusetts and Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station.RELATED: Entergy to refuel Vermont Yankee as lawsuit proceeds | Vermont … Vermont Senate votes to close Yankee | Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Yankee finally sold to Entergy | Vermont Business Magazinelast_img read more

Special Olympics Nigeria Set to Host 2018 National Games

first_imgSpecial Olympics Nigeria, an affiliate of Special Olympics International, has scheduled its 2018 National Games that coincides with the 50th anniversary of the global movement to kick off on Sunday 10th June at Teslim Balogun Stadium Surulere, Lagos.At a press briefing in Lagos yesterday to announce programmes for the National Games, Chairman of Board Special Olympics Nigeria, Victor Osibodu, said that theevent which holds every four years as its tradition with the Olympic Games will have 240 athletes from 14 states in attendance. Tagged “Create Inclusive Communities”, it will give participants comprising of 240 athletes from 14 states of the federation a unique opportunity to be part of an inspiring yet impactful experience.Athletes are expected to compete in six-Olympic-type sports featuring Badminton, Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, and Athletics for a chance to represent Nigeria at the 2019 Special Olympics Games in Abu Dhabi.According to the Chairman: “It was quite amazing for us at Special Olympics Nigeria because this year marks the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics as a global organisation since 1968. Our unified soccer team will represent Nigeria and Africa at a Unified Soccer Cup holding July 17th to 21st 2018 in Chicago, USA.”He also expressed his appreciation to the Lagos State Government, The Lagos State Sports Commission, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Vigeo Holdings, Max International, Print Studios, ExxonMobil, Channels Television, Nikky Taurus, Kings Breakfast, Sightique Ophthalmic Laboratory, and The Temple Management who are sponsors of this year’s event for their continuous support.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Jamaica’s Opposition Leader Peter Phillips Undergoes Successful Cancer Surgery

first_imgThe medical team has also stated that Dr Phillips will be in need of further treatment over the next few months as he continues in his public duties.While he is currently on leave as PNP President, he will continue to provide direction and guidance to the party, and will increase his level of public duties.Prime Minister Andrew Holness and many other politicians have congratulated Phillips on a successful surgery and wished him a speedy recovery. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s opposition leader, Dr. Peter Phillips was recently successfully treated for stage 3 colon cancer.The initial health evaluation of Phillips, made weeks ago, resulted in “a diagnosis of stage 3 curable colon cancer.”A statement by Phillips’ medical team revealed that the People’s National Party (PNP) president underwent “complete and successful surgical removal of the cancer on March 23 and is now recovering comfortably at home.”last_img read more

LIVE: Uganda vs Congo Brazzaville at Mandela Stadium

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Standings  P W D L F A PtsEgypt              1   1    0  0 2 1  3Ghana            1   0    1  0 0 0  1Uganda          1   0   1   0 0 0  1Congo             1   0   0  1 1 2   0LIVE FEED#MujjeTulumbe Tweets LIVE: CRANES LIKELY LINE-UP: 1 Robert Odongkara (GK), 12 Denis Iguma, 2 Joseph Ochaya, 4 Murushid Jjuuko, 5 Isaac Isinde, 6 Tony Mawejje, 8 Khalid Aucho, 13 Moses Oloya, 10 William Luwagga Kizito, 17 Farouk Miya, 11 Geoffrey Massa (C).Group ESaturdayUganda v Congo Brazzaville 4pmSundayEgypt v Ghana 7pmUganda Cranes, already off to a great start to their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, face a nervy 9o minutes against Congo Brazzaville today without their first choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango.Other than Onyango, Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is expected to maintain the squad that stunned Ghana by holding them 0-0 away in their opening match last month.last_img read more

Uganda 52 Cook Islands 39, Botswana 48 Jamaica 46

first_img1988Canberra, AustraliaAustralia 1992Suva, FijiNew Zealand Position in WYNC2013FlagTeam NamePLWDLGFGAGDPTS 0Botswana4301212159536 LIVE FT: Uganda   52  Cook Islands ?? 39; Botswana 48  Jamaica 46WednesdayUganda vs Jamaica 6pmGabarone, Botswana| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER |  Uganda’s She Pearls continued their perfect run in the Netball World Youth Cup with a 52-39 victory over Cook Islands at the UB Indoor Sports Arena on Tuesday.The result of the day however came from the hosts Botswana, who upset fancied Jamaica 48-46 in their final Pool C match.The earlier victory for Uganda’s She Pearls makes it a perfect three out of three games in their pool. The win comes a day after the She Pearls halted Botswana’s unbeaten run on Monday, but they could do the hosts a favour by winning on Wednesday against Jamaica.That would leave Jamaica at 4 points, behind Botswana and Uganda who would advance to the quarter-finals. Otherwise, goal difference would determine who qualifies, if Uganda loses their final game.This is the first time the  International Netball Federation (INF) is holding an international event on the African continent.The Netball World Youth Cup is the pinnacle of netball competition for emerging players who are under 21 years of age and the INF has held an U21 international competition every four years since 1988.The African countries competing are Uganda, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.POOL CBotswanaJamaicaCook IslandsMalaysiaUganda 2000Cardiff, WalesAustralia 0Malaysia300369224-1550 3Jamaica3201159111484 Share on: WhatsApp LIVE facebook 1996Toronto, CanadaAustraliacenter_img 2005Fort Lauderdale, USANew Zealand 2017Botswana YearLocationWinner 0Cook Islands3003121145-240 15Uganda3300179102786 LIVE YoutubeEarlier Pool C results Jamaica     43    Cook Islands 41Botswana  72    Malaysia 26Cook Islands 41 Botswana 50Uganda     81    Malaysia 21Jamaica    70 Malaysia 22Uganda     46  Botswana 42 2013Glasgow, ScotlandNew Zealand RELATED 2009Rarotonga, Cook IslandsAustralialast_img read more

A Refuge For the Sportsperson

first_imgSome of the custom-made rifles and shotguns can take months to create, requiring a series of fittings to ensure it fits the unique needs of the owner/shooter. Bignell explained it was comparable to an expensive automobile or wristwatch – something that increases in value over time and can be handed down from generation to generation. “These are the things you look for when you’re looking at the quality of a gun,” he said.“I see the craftsmanship,” of the guns that come to the shop for work, said riflesmith Bill Supple. “We’re trying to keep this alive.”The shooting school offers all levels of shooters the skills to become more proficient in shotgun and rifle shooting.“This is a school with a curriculum,” said head shooting instructor Kevin Sterk. “It’s no different than any other school.”For Sterk, sporting clays, trap or skeet shooting, is a sport, really not unlike other sports in the ability that is needed to become good at it. “The eyes tell the hands what to do,” he said.Sterk is a National Sporting Clays Association (the governing body for the sport) level III instructor. He’s been working for Griffin & Howe for many years, starting as a part-time instructor. Seven years ago, he took over as a full-time instructor after retiring from a career in the automotive industry, becoming the head instructor two years ago.He works with all age groups, from young adolescents to people in their 80s, offering instruction on how to shoot and break clay discs, or introducing someone to the sport, offering them a day outside with family and friends and the fun that comes with learning to do something well.“I can be 80 years old and still do this,” he noted, “if my eyes hold up.”Increasingly, “The long-range stuff is big right now,” Polanish said. Griffin & Howe has recently designed a long-range precision rifle on both an aluminum frame chassis for target shooters and a lightweight version on a synthetic stock for sportsmen and women, both models shooting under a 1⁄2 MOA. Shooters can get instruction with their rifles and optics to prepare for any type of hunting trip around the world or enjoy a few hours shooting steel targets with its school rifles. The school’s rifle range is a state-of-the-art 700-yard range, the longest range in New Jersey, with covered shoot house, electronic targets and heating during the winter months.The school offers a number of marksmanship instruction packages for shotguns and rifles, for individuals and groups, as well as for corporate and private events.All staff members are trained in first aid, trauma and are National Rifle Association-certified in numerous courses such as basic pistol, rifle, shotgun, range safety and NSCA Level 1 and 2 Instruction, according to Polanish. By John Burton |ANDOVER – Removed from the hustle and bustle of traffic and industry associated with northern New Jersey, nestled in the rolling forested hills of Sussex County is the Griffin & Howe Shooting School at Hudson Farm Club.On the grounds of the sprawling 3,800 acres, Hudson Farm Club offers bucolic landscaped farmland with several ponds and lakes, a foundation that supports various charities within the community, and one of the most attractive shooting layouts in the country.“There is a lot of rich, deep history with us,” said Steve Polanish, who manages Hudson Farm and serves as CEO for Griffin & Howe Firearms and Shooting School, a 94-year-old firearm company that operates at the location offering its clients tradition, history and services for the sportsperson, whether accomplished or just beginning.Steeped in local history, Hudson Farm was once a dairy farm, and in the early 1900s railroad magnate John P. McRoy commissioned the New York architect Clarence Curter to design the 20-room estate house. The property was donated to The Hudson Guild, a charitable organization who ran the property as a camp in 1920. Among its acclaimed triumphs, the creation of the Appalachian Trail was conceived in the estate house in 1921.In addition, the location has a strong commitment to the area communities, Polanish said. One-quarter of membership dues are allocated for the farm’s charitable foundation, which provides support to a number of community-based, educational and environmental organizations, such as Birth Haven, Project Self Sufficiency, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity and the New Jersey Audubon Society, among others.“We give a lot of consideration to what we support,” he said.But for many members and the general public, the Griffin & Howe Shooting School is the draw.Griffin & Howe has provided a variety of services for decades, allowing neophytes to learn the basics about shooting and hunting, and for the more experienced, to hone their marksmanship skills with Griffin & Howe’s Shooting School, featuring accomplished shotgun and rifle instructors.For those in the market to increase their collections, Griffin & Howe offers a gun shop with a wide array of choices, especially for high-end shotguns, many with elaborate and decorative engravings in the bulino (Italian) or blackleaf (often seen on British makes) style and highly polished wooden stocks – some retailing for mid-six figures, such as the extremely rare triple barrel Boss & Co. shotgun that recently sold. Griffin & Howe has an extensive 5,500-square-foot gunsmith shop, with five gunsmiths on-site for repairs and upgrades for owners; and for the truly discerning, clients can construct custom and unique rifles and shotguns, built specifically to the owner’s requirements and needs, highlighting the smiths’ craftsmanship.“The best of the best in that specific price point,” said Guy Bignell, Griffin & Howe’s past president and CEO.“Every one of our guns is completely different,” said Polanish. And the work done by the smiths represent “craftsmanship and a legacy,” hallmarks of the company’s heritage, he stressed. Griffin & Howe was founded by New York cabinetmaker Seymour Griffin in 1923, who became interested in improving his own hunting Springfield rifle after reading President Theodore Roosevelt classic book “African Game Trails.” Shortly after, Griffin joined forces with James V. Howe, who was managing a Philadelphia metal machine shop.The two began operating out of a New York City loft, offering custom-made and customized rifles and shotguns. The company was eventually purchased by Abercrombie & Fitch, when it was an outdoor outfitter and a prominent one. The gunmaker attracted the attention of celebrities and outdoorsmen, such as author Ernest Hemingway and Hollywood stars like Clark Gable, and U.S. Army General and future President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who relied on the company for hunting trip requirements.The Griffin & Howe Shooting School at Hudson Farm Club offers ammunition, equipment and clothing for clay, wing shooting and big game hunting needs.Hudson Farm Club, which has been operating since 1997, provides a year-round outdoor experience for its members and Griffin & Howe clients. Covered shooting facilities are available during inclement weather.There are any number of members and clients who use the shooting school for relaxation with family, colleagues and friends with overnight accommodations to get away from the everyday hustle of work. The farm has the ability to sleep up to 44 people on-site in comfort with a full time chef. The location is in the process of constructing its own 6,000-square-foot greenhouse, which will contribute vegetables for the club’s farm to table dining services.“We’re not gun dealers,” Bignell said, pointing out the services and environment provided go beyond a simple retail transaction. “We are in the luxury lifestyle business,” he explained, “with an emphasis on firearms.”To book a shooting lesson or corporate event with the Griffin & Howe Shooting School please call 973-398-2670 or visit www.griffinhowe.com.This article was first published in Sept. 28 – Oct. 5, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — The Who’s Indoor Soccer Champs

first_imgThe game was probably one of the most competitive finals in Jackson’s Hole Christmas Indoor Soccer history as the The Who’s knocked off the defending champion Scoregasms to capture the 2012 Competitive title at the Soccer Quest Facility in Nelson.The tournament was played during the Christmas holiday break and attracted many former Nelson Youth Soccer graduates for the two-day event. In the Recreation Division, Abacus defeated Red Dog 5-1.Jordan Michaux proved to be the hero for The Who’s, scoring his third of four goals to snap a 3-3 tie to power the victors.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports want to add to the celebrations by selecting The Who’s Team of the Week.The team includes, back row, L-R, Heather Stewart, Alexi St. Jean-Duncan, Taylor Russell, Tyler Anderson, Jordan Michaux and Marlesa Crossland. Front, Fiona Jamin, Sachi Del-Snively, keeper Shelby Tett, Taylor Stewart and Kelly Newhouse.last_img read more

Louis Bockner documents inaugural fight of Nelson Boxing Club’s Jacob Rudkoski

first_imgWhen asked about the violence aspect he shakes it off.”It’s a sport. We’re not here to kill each other. Tell me that a six minute boxing match this weekend is going to do more damage than my buddies partying tonight.”In the bathroom of the restaurant I ask Rudkoski how he’s feeling, curious if his calm demeanor is hiding a nest of butterflies. After all, it is his first fight.”I feel good,” he says. “I’ve definitely got a bit of the nervous feeling but that’s just because I’m competitive. I get nervous before a chess match. It’s good. It keeps you sharp.”Rudkoski prepares to enter the ring        The second annual Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club’s Charity Challenge is held in, where else, the Eagles Hall — a legion-like room filled with enough chairs and banquet tables to seat over 200 people.At one end volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the raised ring while at the other a stuffed Golden Eagle in a glass case presides over the action. Near the taxidermy watcher Rudkoski sits as Pineiro wraps his hands.The wrap is done in silent ceremony. A curt nod of approval from Rudkoski is all that is given after the completion of each fist followed by a mock hit into his palm. Satisfied coach and fighter rise along with the anticipation.Now people are filing in. Now the bell rings. Now the fights begin. The “thwack, thwack” of gloves on flesh is mirrored by fighters warming up in corners and alcoves around the room hitting pads with coaches.There is no animosity here. No intimidation or verbal aggression. Only a sense of a show, in this case put on to raise money for families in need. At the first Charity Challenge they had hoped to raise $5,000. Instead they raised $20,000.Fighters dressed in blue and red move through the crowd either in anxious, pre-fight wanderings or in post-fight glory. Even the defeated seem content, showing little signs of disappointment. After every battle there is a hug of recognition.”Respect is given all around,” Bockner tells me,” because everyone knows how hard it is.”Rudkoski is scheduled to fight tenth. His opponent, a tall, broad-shouldered man named Tyler Crew from the Southpaw Boxing Gym in Calgary, is dressed in blue trunks and sports a Mohawk.Somewhere between the seventh and eighth fight they disappear to the basement to warm up. Pads are pummeled as the final words of advice are given.”Be fast, be relaxed,” Pineiro tells him. “Basic stuff. It’s gonna be good.”Seventy-five seconds later the boxing match is over As the bell rings, Rudkoski moves almost gracefully from the red corner. The pace is different than most of the previous fights. There is no rush. They both seem to say, there is time. And then the blows begin to land.A gasp escapes from the crowd as Rudkoski lands a bone crushing shot on Crew’s shoulder, missing his head by inches. The next one finds its mark, Crew’s head snapping back as he stumbles into the corner. Rudkoski hesitates and in that moment the referee steps in, ushering Crew to the corner as blood streams down the left side of his face.The doctor is summoned and after two white medical pads are turned crimson he shakes his head. Seventy-five seconds after the opening bell the fight is stopped due to a technical knock out by injury. Rudkoski looks almost disappointed. The bubble of anticipation has burst and his record is officially 1-0.Great first fight, but now it’s time to train for the next oneOutside the car rain hammers down with tropical intensity, inside the victorious fighter once again appears calm.”It’s funny,” he says, “you do all that paperwork, you train for months and drive all that way and then it’s over in 75 seconds.”          As with most things in life, there is an ebb and flow to boxing. Moments of intense, adrenaline-fueled action are interspersed among long periods of training, waiting and anticipating.Unlike other sports there is no season or pre-season. There are no playoffs and no World Series. There is only the fight. And again, like life, it is often over before you fully realized it had begun.”Great job and have a good weekend,” Pineiro says as Rudkoski goes his separate way, “I’ll see you Monday.”A days rest is all he will get before the work begins anew. There will be no coddling or ego stroking, no time off to relish his achievement and none is expected.With the next fight already on the horizon the coach will ask for everything the fighter has and the fighter will oblige. By Louis BocknerMore than 200 people recently flocked to the Eagles Hall in Cranbrook to take in the second annual Eagles Boxing Club’s Charity Challenge.Nelson boxer Jacob Rudkoski was one of the fighters on the card, jumping into the ring for the first time.Louis Bockner was one of the 200 fight fans watching with anticipation as Rudkoski realizes his dream to box in a sanctioned event and writes this account of the Nelson Boxing Club inaugural taste of the sport.My first memories of Jacob Rudkoski are found on baseball diamonds and are preferable to the ones that came after on football fields. I consider myself lucky to have escaped the meetings of our rival high schools unscathed and now, after watching his performance as a boxer, I am forever indebted to John “Jack” Broughton who, in 1743, created weight divisions, ensuring Rudkoski and I will never be re-united in the ring.Rudkoski joined coach Jesse Pineiro and assistant coach Peter Bockner at the Nelson Boxing Club in May after several years of training as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, a move instigated by a desire to refine his skills.Unlike MMA, which combines multiple fighting disciplines, he feels boxing allows him to focus on one aspect while leaving the kickboxing, wrestling jiu jitsu and muay thai in their respective fields. Now, six months later, we’re somewhere between Yahk and Cranbrook on our way to his first fight.The talk in the car centers on boxing — this fighter versus that fighter, the match ahead and the training behind. As the Nelson club’s only heavyweight he rarely finds anyone on par to spar with, a fact he believes has made him a better fighter.”Even training in MMA I rarely met guys my size,” he says. “It makes you work on speed, it makes you faster.”The Weigh InIn the basement banquet room of Cranbrook’s Sandman Hotel he strips to his underwear for the weigh in. Tipping the scale to a modest 102.1 kilograms he carries his weight lightly on legs like telephone poles. Even his head is big with a heavy-set brow and his hands resemble toaster ovens.As the room fills with people — fighters, coaches, mothers, fathers and more — glances dart around the room, hoping to discern prospective opponents. All Pineiro or Rudkoski know about his man is that he’s from Calgary and is about 100 kilograms.This narrows the field considerably as most of the fighters sitting in the lineup to see the doctor are in their teens or younger; a sign that boxing is still alive in Canada despite competition from the ever popular Ultimate Fighting Championship and major sports like soccer and hockey.  Some are lanky, some are round, some are silent, some are laughing and some look simply scared.As the doctor shines his flashlight in the pupils of a young man with a “Lethbridge Boxing Club” T-shirt the voice of Bill Watson, one of the Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club coaches, cuts through the murmurs.”Can I have everyone’s attention?” he asks. “If you’re fighting in the blue corner you get changed and ready in the basement. If you’re in the red corner there’s a cube truck in the parking lot.”Cornerman and Trainer, Jesse Pineiro ‘At dinner the advice from coach to fighter begins to flow.”What I really want you to do is keep your hands up and finish with the left,” Pineiro says. “Do it religiously. That left brings you back defensively.”Use your punches. Nice and long and remember, keep your left up.”Although Pineiro’s amateur career record (10-5) is “kind of underwhelming” he carries with him a wealth of knowledge acquired through sparring with, and learning from, world-class fighters and coaches all over the world.In the early 2000’s he brought that knowledge back to his hometown of Nelson —  a city whose once vibrant boxing community was all but extinct.”In Nelson we’re building it from nothing,” Pineiro says. “[People] have no idea about boxing and they have little interest.”A point he and fighters like Rudkoski are hoping to change.”It’s a good thing to get into,” says Rudkoski. “It’s character building.”last_img read more

WELL ACCOMPLISHED GORMLEY & FIRST-OUT WINNER AMERICAN ANTHEM HEAD GRADE III, $100,000 SHAM STAKES SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2017)–The road to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8 will have its first graded stop on Saturday at Santa Anita, as Grade I winning Gormley and recent first-out maiden winner American Anthem head a group of seven newly turned 3-year-olds in the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes, to be contested at a flat mile. AMERICAN ANTHEM: Trained by Bob Baffert, he made a solid run from off the pace to take his 6 furlong debut by a neck on Dec. 3 at Del Mar, earning a Sham-best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 86. A Kentucky-bred colt by Bodemeister, he’ll most likely be forwardly placed in his first spin around two turns. Bred in Kentucky by Winstar Farm, LLC and owned by Winstar and China Horse Club, he’ll be ridden for the first time by “Big Money” Mike Smith. American Anthem–Mike Smith–119Term of Art–Joe Talamo–124Bird Is the Word–Gonzalo Ulloa–119Colonel Samsen–Flavien Prat–121Gormley–Victor Espinoza–124Big Hit–Santiago Gonzalez–119Blabimir–Mario Gutierrez–119First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.                 GORMLEY: A 4 ¼ length first-out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Sept. 4 at Del Mar, this John Shirreffs-trained colt by Malibu Moon took Santa Anita’s Grade I, 1 1/16 miles FrontRunner Stakes by three lengths in gate to wire fashion on Oct. 1 at odds of 10-1. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, he bobbled at the start and suffered his first loss when well beaten in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 5. Idle since, he’ll again get the services of Victor Espinoza, who’s been aboard for all three of his starts.center_img NEWLY TURNED 3-YEAR-OLDS TAKE FIRST GRADED STEP TOWARD $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY THE GRADE III SHAM STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 7 of 9                                                                                                          Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PSTlast_img read more

ANN ARBOR EDDIE & CALIFORNIA DIAMOND SQUARE OFF AGAIN IN $250,000 CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY AT SANTA ANITA; RACE WHICH HELPED TO CATAPULT CALIFORNIA CHROME TO STARDOM WILL BE CONTESTED AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgTribal Storm–Drayden Van Dyke–123Ann Arbor Eddie–Mario Gutierrez–123Hinx–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–119Hot Smoke–Joe Talamo–119California Diamond–Kent Desormeaux–123Six Point Rack–Stewart Elliot–119Coils Gold–Martin Garcia–119 ANN ARBOR EDDIE: Owned and bred by Reddam Racing, LLC, this chestnut gelding by top California-based stallion Square Eddie defeated California Diamond by 1 ¼ lengths in the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 18, as he pressed the early pace and proved best at 5-2. Trained by Doug O’Neill, “Eddie” was a sharp third behind top Kentucky Derby Prospect Mastery and California Diamond two starts back in the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes on Nov. 19 at Del Mar. With two wins from three starts, Ann Arbor Eddie will try to establish himself as a contender for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby with a big performance here on Saturday. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–Rivals Ann Arbor Eddie and California Diamond will renew acquaintances on Saturday at Santa Anita as they head a field of seven going a mile and a sixteenth in the $250,000 California Cup Derby. Part of the Golden State Series, the Cal Cup Derby is for California-bred or sired three year olds. Along with the top two, impressive first-out maiden sprint winner Coils Gold looms dangerously for Bob Baffert. COILS GOLD: Owned and bred by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, he marched to an impressive 5 ½ length first-out maiden win versus state-breds going six furlongs at Del Mar on Nov. 13. From the first crop of top sprinter, Coil, Coils Gold will certainly ensure a lively Derby pace on Saturday as he runs in the bi-coastal shadow of his Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion stablemate, Arrogate, who takes on California Chrome in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. CALIFORNIA DIAMOND: Based at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, he was sold privately following his win in the 5 ½ furlong Santa Anita Juvenile on July 9 and he’s been a gem of consistency in seven subsequent starts for Rockingham Ranch and trainer Peter Miller. A four-time stakes winner, the dark bay or brown colt by Harbor the Gold is 9-5-4-0 overall with earnings of $417,780. Despite his impressive resume, distance remains a question, as he tired a bit late when second to Ann Arbor Eddie in his only try at two turns, the King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 18.center_img THE CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 10                                                                                                        Approximate post time 4 p.m. PST CAL CUP DERBY IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES-ELIGIBLE HORSES ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY AT SANTA ANITA There will be a special early first post time on Saturday at Santa Anita of 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more