TRAINER MIKE MITCHELL SUCCUMBS TO BRAIN CANCER AT AGE 66, AFFABLE CONDITIONER RANKS AMONG ALL-TIME WINNINGEST TRAINERS IN CALIFORNIA

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Apr. 15, 2015)–Trainer Mike Mitchell, an iconic and dominant figure on the Southern California racing landscape for nearly 40 years, passed away Tuesday, at his home in Monrovia following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66.Born April 25, 1948 in Bakersfield and the son of a trainer, Earl Mitchell, Mike Mitchell worked for legendary trainers Farrell Jones and Willard Proctor prior to taking out his first trainer’s license in 1974. Married in 1982 to the former Denise Weaver, Mitchell is survived by his wife and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux).Known primarily as a wizard at the claim box, Mitchell had a finely tuned ability to analyze the way races would be run and the ability to communicate pertinent pre-race information to those in his employ.“The thing about Mike that I loved about him, was he had so much faith in himself, so much confidence,” said retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. “He was one of my biggest supporters and we had a lot of success together. He knew his horses and every time he told me a horse was doing well, they ran that way. When I rode for Mike, he never gave me instructions and when I rode for him, I had a lot of confidence. He was a great trainer with claiming horses and with stakes horses. He was one of the best I ever rode for.”Santa Anita’s leading Winter Meet trainer in 1992-93, and again in 2007-08, he handed his stable over to his longtime assistant, Phil D’Amato on April 21, 2014 and retired due to his illness as Santa Anita’s fifth all-time leading trainer with 659 wins, behind only Bobby Frankel, Charlie Whittingham, Bob Baffert and Ron McAnally.Mitchell’s first Santa Anita stakes winner was Johnny’s Image, who won the 1978 Santa Catalina Stakes (now run as the Robert B. Lewis), and he saddled a total of 20 overall stakes winners at The Great Race Place, his final added money Santa Anita win coming with Egg Drop in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes in 2013.“Mike was a very aggressive guy when it came to where he was placing his horses,” said veteran jockey agent, Scotty McClellan, who represented several top riders during Mitchell’s career, including Darrell McHargue, Chris McCarron, Alex Solis, Corey Nakatani and Joe Talamo. “He always ran them in live spots. There were a lot of times a horse would run good and I’d be looking for a race for $40,000 (claiming), and he’s looking for a race for 25 or 32 (thousand). He did phenomenal with his claims over the years and if he said he had a runner, believe me, it was a runner.”McClellan also touched upon the kind of person Mitchell was.“As competitive as he was, Mike loved to laugh,” he said. “He just loved to laugh and hear new jokes–and play practical jokes. He was a great trainer and a great person as well–One of the best I’ve ever been around.”Mitchell, who won his first race at Bay Meadows in 1974, won 21 overall training titles in Southern California. In addition to his two Santa Anita Winter Meet titles, he won four training titles at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree Meeting; in 1983, 1995, 1996 and 2004. He also took seven overall Hollywood Park titles that included the 1982, 1985, 1993 and 1997 Spring/Summer Meets, and Hollywood Park Fall Meets in 1983, 1996 and 2011.Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer with 476 seaside wins, Mitchell won seven Del Mar titles; 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 1996 and 2011. He was also leading trainer at Fairplex Park in 2008.“I haven’t seen too many guys that were ever better with a condition book than Mike,” said TVG’s Kurt Hoover. “He knew where to place his horses and when to run ’em. In addition to that, I’ve known several people that had great success with Mike as their trainer, but they all say that along with racing success, the fun they had with both Mike and Denise was just as important.“On top of all of his professional achievements is the fact that he had a great family. You could see that they all genuinely enjoyed being together. He was just an all-around good man.”Although known (and feared) as one of the top claiming trainers of all-time, Mitchell also developed a number of stakes winners, including the top sprinter Kela, who provided him with his first Grade I win, in the 2004 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar.His greatest stakes success came late in his career with Irish-bred Obviously, who won five graded stakes, including the Grade I Shoemaker Mile, between August, 2012 and August, 2013. Obviously also finished third for Mitchell, behind eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan, in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.In addition to his wife and two daughters, Mitchell is survived by a twin sister, Cheryl, and brothers Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey. Funeral services are pending. A SIX-TIME LEADER AT SANTA ANITA & OAK TREE, MITCHELL WON 21 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TRAINING TITLES & SADDLED A TOTAL OF 20 OVERALL STAKES WINNERS AT THE GREAT RACE PLACElast_img read more

DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES THIS CHRISTMAS

first_imgPercy is getting ready to be swamped with presents for needy families this Christmas.The hugely successful Presents for Percy Appeal is back for 2014! The appeal managed by Donegal County Childcare helped 270 local families meet the Christmas requests of approximately 700 children last year.And now the team at Donegal Childcare aim to match this achievement for Christmas 2014! Avril McMonagle, Manager of DCCC said the Presents for Percy Appeal has been initiated by the DCCC Team as a practical way of making a contribution to children and families in need of a little extra support at Christmas.“We have enlisted the help of a number of family support agencies to act as distributors of donations to the Presents for Percy Appeal. Not only will this make a valuable contribution to the work of local agencies working with children and families, it will ensure that all donations are targeted to those most in need of support right across the county’.If you would like to be a recipient of the appeal, contact DCCC for a full list of family support agencies in your area.If you would like to donate money to the appeal Cheques/Postal Orders can be made payable to the Presents for Percy Appeal, and sent to Donegal County Childcare, 10-11 St Columba’s Terrace, High Road, Letterkenny. Alternatively, if you would like to make an online banking donation to the Presents for Percy Appeal, the banking details are as follows: Bank: Bank of Ireland, BallybofeyA/c No: 9264 8110Sort Code: 90-47-12IBAN: IE07 BOFI 9047 1292 6481 10BIC: BOFI IE2D Please give your name as the payment reference. Closing date for all donations is Friday 5th December 2014.The DCCC Team are urging all early childhood services, schools, businesses, parents and children to get behind the Presents for Percy Appeal, to make a real difference to children in your local area. No contribution will be too big or too small!For more information to either make a donation or to be a recipient of the appeal, please contact Avril McMonagle, DCCC Manager 074 91 23442/086 2431695 or email info@donegalchildcare.com. Keep an eye on the DCCC facebook and website pages www.donegalchildcare.com for updates on the Percy Appeal 2014.DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES THIS CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal County ChildcarePresents for Percylast_img read more

Ferndale’s hot start leads to win over Panthers

first_imgLandon Gomes took the opening kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown and the Ferndale Wildcats never looked back as they beat the McKinleyville Panthers 21-14 Friday night in McKinleyville.Gomes took the ball and found a hole along the right sideline and a block by Kyler Becksted put him in the clear to give Ferndale the early advantage. A missed point after attempt put the Wildcats ahead 6-0.“I think it was huge psychologically,” Ferndale head coach Clint McClurg said. “It’s huge to know you’ll be …last_img read more

Team SA takes Bushmills trophy

first_imgTeamSA – Jonathan Oliff (l) and SeanTickner (r) – have triumphed over thecompetition in Northern Ireland.(Image: Darren Kidd / Presseye.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dominic BothnerBushmills marketing manager,Brandhouse SA+27 11 731 6000RELATED ARTICLES• SAB first with UV purification • Amarula Cream a global market leader• SA develops rooibos flavour wheel• Wine route celebrates 40 yearsLyndon JafthaThe Make It 2 Bushmills – also referred to as the World Whiskey Games – is a gruelling competition where teams of two battle it out for two days at the renowned Bushmills Distillery in the village of Bushmills, County Antrim in Northern Ireland.Teams take on punishing tasks, both mental and physical, such as beach golf, barrel rolling and blind taste tests in the hopes of winning the prestigious Bushmills Trophy.The prize includes a two-week stint at the 403-year-old distillery, working with master distiller Colum Egan; a chance to make a unique whiskey using techniques imparted by Egan; and a generous allowance of US$8 200 (R59 000) spending money.This year, it was the tough duo from South Africa that won, beating, among others, the home team. Sean Tickner, 30, a prosthetist from Cape Town, and 28-year-old Jonathan Oliff, a brand strategist from Durban, were the two local representatives.The judging panel included Egan; Kevin Baird of Irish rock band Two Door Cinema Club; Rob Allanson, editor of Whisky Magazine; and Jonathan Galkin, manager of independent label DFA Records.Teams from 11 different countries took part – the competition included Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, the UK, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Russia, and the US.Of all the countries, South Africa had the highest number of entries, which were then narrowed down to the final two.“We’re looking for real friends, with a genuine love for life and wicked sense of humour,” said Egan before the event, “and I’m sure we’ll find them.”Afterwards the distiller lauded the pair, who are brothers-in-law, as worthy winners. He said they had shown the qualities sought by the judges, despite the fact that they didn’t win any of the challenges.Competitive spiritParticipants arrived in Belfast on 16 August 2011 and were whisked off to Bushmills for the first day of the event. They were taken on a tour of the distillery and shown by the master distiller what happens behind the scenes. They also visited the 40 000 hexagonal basalt columns of Giant’s Causeway, Ireland’s first heritage site.During these leisure activities they had the chance to size up the competition.Day two started with barrel rolling. A difficult mission, but Oliff and Tickner managed a first place in their heat and third place in the final.The teams then had to brave a round of beach golf, in the rain, followed by the blind taste testing and cocktail making challenges. Although these were less physically demanding, they proved to be harder than expected – South Africa managed to correctly identify only one of the whiskeys on offer in the taste test.For the cocktail challenge, which had to include Bushmills Irish Whiskey, Team SA paid tribute to the country’s first democratically elected president with a cream based creation named Magical Madiba.The final task was persuading the judges of their winners’ potential, through a short performance featuring song, dance, poetry or whatever they felt would be necessary to be convincing.It was enough to secure top spot for Team SA.“It’s amazing to be named the winners,” said an elated Oliff. “We came to the global final here in Bushmills to do our country proud – we can’t wait to take the distillery home to South Africa.”last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — June 6, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry weather dominates the rest of the week, starting today. Sunny, dry, and pleasant conditions with low relative humidity and gradually warming temps will be here through Friday. We may have to look at a bit of on and off cloud activity tomorrow, but nothing that brings any kind of moisture, and sun will still be a big part of the day.We still have moisture coming for the weekend, but we are delaying the start, and shortening the duration this morning. We should see sunshine hold through Saturday, albeit with increasing clouds. Rain starts after midnight Saturday night, and we see scattered showers through Sunday. We won’t completely rule out thunderstorms for Sunday, but they look to be less of a threat. Moisture totals can be from .25”-1” combined, but that upper end of the range is not as likely either…with most of us getting three quarters of an inch or less. Coverage of rains will be about 80% of the state. The map above shows rain potential for Sunday.Dry weather is in Monday, but we have to allow for scattered showers to be back in on Tuesday. Coverage for Tuesday is only about 40% of the state, and it is biased more toward the southern half to two thirds of Ohio, but this is still a wetter change in our forecast this morning. Rain totals can be from a few hundredths to a third of an inch.The rest of the week is relatively dry, although we have to keep an eye out for scattered showers trying to pop up on an isolated basis for next Thursday into Friday. Our next good front likely does not develop until into next weekend., for the 16th and 17th.We finish out the extended 11-16 day forecast window with a cold front arriving around the 21st, bringing rains of half an inch or less to 80% of the state.last_img read more

Further probe needed in Chandigarh child rape case, say police

first_imgA day when a report emerged that the DNA of the baby girl, delivered last month by the 10-year-old rape victim here, didn’t match with the accused — who is an uncle of the victim — the Chandigarh Police has said that matter was part of investigation and nothing can be revealed at this moment.Chandigarh police comments came after a section of media reported, claiming that Central Forensic Science Laboratory has in its report stated that the DNA of the baby girl, who was delivered on August 17, at a local government hospital did not match with the accused.“I can not comment on anything related on this issue..Whatever has been reported is now a part of police investigation,” Nilambari Jagadale Senior Superintendent of Police, Chandigarh told, The Hindu on Tuesday.“We will carry out further investigation and only then I’ll be able to comment on the issue,” she added.The 10-year-old victim girl was allegedly raped by her uncle repeatedly. The accused was arrested on July 14 after an FIR was registered against him on the complaint of victim’s mother.Notably, the Supreme Court had on July 28 turned down the abortion plea of the rape victim, who at that time had a 32-week-old pregnancy. The pregnancy of the victim was discovered when she complained of stomach ache in July and was taken to the hospital, where it was found that she was around 30 weeks pregnant.last_img read more

Paul George leads charge vs former team as Thunder trounce Pacers

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Devin Booker scores 50 in back-to-back games but Suns lose again Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “That was the game,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We knew they were going to come out aggressive. Paul and Westbrook came out aggressive, attacking the basket, scoring. They made their run and were able to get the momentum and just really take control of the game.”It was a critical win for the Thunder, who had lost five of six.Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points and Domantas Sabonis added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers.Indiana led 54-45 at the break behind 14 points from Bogdanovic. Adams scored 14 points in the first half for the Thunder.The Thunder closed the gap early in the third quarter. A floater by Adams cut Indiana’s lead to one, then a 3-pointer by Jerami Grant finally put the Thunder ahead midway through the period. George and Westbrook followed with 3s to put Oklahoma City up 66-58. By the end of the run, the Thunder led 72-58.ADVERTISEMENT The Thunder slogged through the first half and trailed by nine at the break. By the end of the third quarter, they led 76-69.“We knew it wasn’t enough coming into the half,” George said. “We needed to change things and we came out and executed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSteven Adams had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder and Russell Westbrook added 17 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his 29th triple-double of the season.It was a reversal of the previous matchup, when Indiana rallied to stun Oklahoma City 108-106 on March 14. This time, the Pacers scored at 10:48 of the third quarter and didn’t score again until the 3:57 mark. They missed 14 consecutive shots during that stretch. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a lob to Terrance Ferguson for a dunk that put the Thunder up 88-79.George made a high floater and was fouled. He made the free throw with just under four minutes remaining to put the Thunder up 10.The Pacers made one last surge, but a layup and a 3-pointer by Grant kept the Pacers at a safe distance heading into the final minute.The Thunder felt they got good shots in the first half but were not converting. That changed in the third quarter.“Keep shooting,” Ferguson said. “It’s as simple as that. First half got to us. We have a 48-minute game. We stuck together and stayed confident in each other and we came out with the win and had fun with it.”TIP-INSPacers: G Darren Collison returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a right quad contusion. … G Wesley Matthews was called for a technical in the third quarter. … Bogdanovic scored 35 points in his previous game, a win over Denver on Sunday.Thunder: Shot just 39 percent in the first half. … Held the Pacers to 8-for-25 shooting in the third quarter. … Westbrook has 133 triple-doubles in his career. … Grant scored 19 points.HE SAID ITGeorge on the defense during the 24-0 run: “Honestly, I notice the stops more than us scoring. I noticed we were getting stops and we were getting out. I felt the pace was on our side and I felt the momentum was on our side.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) fights for position while defended by Indiana Pacers guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Rob Ferguson)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George wasn’t interested in losing to his former team again.Oklahoma City’s All-Star forward scored seven of his 31 points during a decisive 24-0 run, and the Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 107-99 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT ADAMS’ DOMINANCEAdams made 11 of 14 shots and fell two points short of his career high.“I just think they were taking what the defense gave them,” McMillan said. “When you have a lot of attention on Westbrook and Paul, sometimes, you’re leaving that big open. They do a good job of playing the two-man game, hitting him in the paint. Weak side wasn’t connected tonight, and they did a good job of executing.”UP NEXTPacers: At the Boston Celtics on Friday.Thunder: Host the Denver Nuggets on Friday. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Pulisic to Chelsea? Another…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Pulisic to Chelsea? Another…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has offered his opinion on Chelsea’s deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.Liverpool had been in competition with the Stamford Bridge club to land the American this January, but Klopp cooled his interest in the forward and the Blues swooped.Chelsea opted to loan the American back to Germany until the end of the season, at which point the 20-year-old will link up with his new team.And Klopp said: “[He’s] a really good player, another good player for Chelsea. “I’ve known him for a while and followed him [in his career]. Another really skilled boy playing in England.” last_img read more

House Speaker warns MPs that heated rhetoric is starting to cross a

first_imgOTTAWA — The referee of the House of Commons has given MPs a stern warning about their use of overheated partisan rhetoric lest they find themselves in a parliamentary penalty box.Speaker Geoff Regan says he’ll cut off MPs if their comments are couched in wording that veers into pointed, personal accusations during the daily question period.For days, the Opposition Conservatives have referred to the trust fund and personal wealth of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as of Finance Minister Bill Morneau, in attacking the Liberals over the deep deficits they’ve run while in office.The attacks sharpened after Trudeau remarked this week that low-income Canadians don’t pay taxes, which the Conservatives argued showed how out of touch he is with everyday Canadians.Before the start of Thursday’s question period, Regan took two minutes to let MPs known he was going to start putting his foot down.Regan said anyone who skirts the line between legitimate question and personal attack may be cut off and find their turn to question the government is passed along to another MP.“I have listened carefully and patiently — perhaps too patiently — to questions put forward this week, some of which clearly fell outside of the scope of permissible questions since they had little to do with the administrative responsibility of the government,” Regan said.“I will not allow such questions or such personal attacks. I will interrupt any member who asks a question that raises a matter that does not properly deal with public policy.”His words drew heckles from the Tory benches and applause from the Liberals.Regan chided both sides for their responses.Later on, he cut off Liberal MP Matt DeCourcey when he accused the Conservatives and their leader, Andrew Scheer, of “Scheer-mongering” over immigration.When question period ended, DeCourcey told the Commons he would retract the comment, and asked to insert the word “fear mongering” instead, drawing a round of jeers from the Tory benches.“Order,” Regan shouted, before counselling DeCourcey to “apologize unconditionally.”DeCourcey agreed. He said he would “retract my use of the word” — and then added a “but.”Regan cut him off — again.“Just to be clear,” Regan said, “unconditionally doesn’t mean including the word ‘but.’ There are no ‘buts.’ Now that’s enough.”NDP MP Nathan Cullen was up next.“Sunny ways, Mr. Speaker,” he said, using Trudeau’s oft-quoted mantra. Jordan Press , The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mel C Visits India With TigerTime

first_imgMel C recently visited India with TigerTime to learn about the plight of wild tigers and raise awareness of the issues they face.Mel C in India With TigerTime“I’ve been a supporter of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime Campaign since its launch in 2011 and I was thrilled when they asked me if I’d like to go to India to meet fellow TigerTime supporter, the Indian wildlife filmmaker Nalla Muthu to see a tiger in the wild and to help raise awareness of the issues these amazing big cats are facing,” said Mel. “I jumped at the chance! But with as few as 3,000 tigers left in the wild I knew that there was no guarantee of a sighting.””And it infuriates me that the trade in tiger parts from both wild and captive tigers continues. It was banned in 1987 but the demand continues. When once it was health that drove the killing – using tiger parts for ineffective medicines – it is now wealth that drives demand. People want tiger skins for status symbols and house decoration, they want tiger meat to serve at exotic banquets to impress their friends, tiger bone wine as a gift to influence others. It has to stop and TigerTime is helping to raise awareness of this issue with their campaign to ban the trade in tiger parts – everyone should sign up, everyone who has ever cared for tigers or forests or the health of this planet, not just for them but for their children and their children’s children – should sign up at www.bantigertrade.com.“In 2016 there is a hugely important CITES meeting at which the fate of the tiger may well be decided and the intersessional working group on tigers is being chaired by China – by a man known to be pro-trade. We have to ask China to do the right thing and need 500,000 signatures by October. Time may be running out for the tiger. We have to act.”To read Mel’s full account of visiting India, click here.Source:TigerTimelast_img read more