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Stable Notes By Ed Golden & Mike Willman – Friday, February 21, 2020

first_imgMoney Won 3 HIRSCH HOMEBRED RETURNS IN WINNING FASHION 40% 7 Umberto Rispoli91 7 Peter Miller54 1st $1,532,984 $1,318,452 Win% TURF OR DIRT, ESPINOZA IS FINE WITH CARRESSA 15% Joel Rosario111 7 2 Steve Knapp34 14 66% $281,342 20 21% $625,068 5 Jorge Velez118 3 $1,565,344 48% $275,545 7 21 $863,676 Richard Baltas77 15 2nd 41% $551,881 $1,181,321 46% 48% 49% 7 Bob Baffert56 3 11 5 10 28 Tiago Pereira84 70% JockeyMts 14 26 9 8 25 24 10% 28% Mike Smith39 14% 8% 6 9 LADY PRANCEALOT SET TO PRANCE IN BUENA VISTASanta Anita training leader Richard Baltas has Lady Prancealot primed for Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes, a highly contentious test for fillies and mares, four and up, scheduled for one mile on turf.A stone closer, the Irish-bred mare is coming off five straight races of at least a mile and one-sixteenth in distance, the latest being the Grade III Valley View at Keeneland last Oct. 18, when she rallied from 10th in a field of 14 to win by three-quarters of a length at odds of 10-1.In her most recent start, she captured Santa Anita’s Grade I American Oaks at 1 1/4 miles on turf, coming from sixth in a field of eight, splitting foes and bulling her way through on the rail to win by a half-length. Each time she was ridden by Joe Bravo, who is back aboard tomorrow.“He’s two for two on her and we had planned to run in this race all the while,” said Baltas, the newest Board member of the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT). “It’s a very competitive and tough race, but she’s won at a mile before and we’re not going to change her style for this race.”Twelve of the 18 horses nominated to the Buena Vista entered, a remarkable 67 percent. Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, who conditions stakes-winning French-bred La Sardane, is also represented. “It’s a very contentious race. My filly is consistent, but it is a tough race.”Drysdale won the 1998 Buena Vista with Dance Parade, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux, the Hall of Fame rider now plying his trade at Golden Gate Fields.The field for the Buena Vista, race five of nine with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Jolie Olimpica, Mike Smith, 8-5; Carressa, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; Muchly, Umberto Rispoli,15-1; Mucho Unusual, Joel Rosario, 8-1; Sold It, Mario Gutierrez, 50-1; Meal Ticket, Tiago Pereira, 15-1; Brill, Geovanni Franco, 12-1; Lady Prancealot, Joe Bravo, 5-1; Super Patriot, Ruben Fuentes, 12-1; La Sardane, Flavien Prat,12-1; Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; and Tiny Tina, Drayden Van Dyke 15-1.     Muchly, who was scheduled to make her U.S. debut in the Buena Vista, will be scratched, trainer Simon Callaghan said Friday morning.CARRESSA SET FOR BUENA VISTA, RAIN OR SHINECarressa made her grass debut a winning one on Jan. 20, coming from just off the pace to capture the Grade III Megahertz Stakes by three-quarters of a length. Next up, Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes scheduled for a mile on grass.Victor Espinoza is confident the four-year-old Uncle Mo filly trained by John Shirreffs will continue to progress in what will be her seventh career start.“She’s been running well and she’s improving,” said the Hall of Fame member who rode American Pharoah to a Triple Crown sweep in 2015. “That’s what I like about her.“She’s got a good running style. She can be in front or track, and it’s easy to put her in the right position when I ask. Of course, a lot depends on how the race sets up, but I’ve worked her before this race and she’s doing pretty good.”BO HIRSCH HOMEBRED CE CE RETURNS TO RACES IN STYLEMonday’s fourth race proved far more than just another first condition allowance for owner/breeder Bo Hirsch and trainer Michael McCarthy. It marked the return of Hirsch’s homebred Ce Ce, whose dam Miss Houdini, won the Grade I Del Mar Debutante in 2002 for Hirsch and the late trainer Warren Stute.Idle since running fourth in her third career start, the Grade I Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8, Ce Ce, a four-year-old filly by Elusive Quality, was the 1-2 favorite Monday and won going away by 4 ¼ lengths, getting 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.04 under Victor Espinoza.Breaking from the rail in a field of five older fillies and mares, Ce Ce pulled Espinoza into contention heading into the far turn and despite being in tight quarters, found room one from the inside and easily overhauled leader Ava’s Charm three sixteenths from home.“It’s great to have her back,” said McCarthy. “I thought she broke well, and I was glad to see Victor keep her up close. I was a little afraid they’d shut us off inside, so I’m glad he stayed up in there.”Hirsch, whose late father Clement Hirsch was a founding member of the Oak Tree Racing Association and an iconic figure in California racing for many decades, was elated to see his prize filly back in action.“I’ve been in this game a long time and it’s the anticipation that keeps you going,” said Hirsch. “The race itself is so short, a couple minutes or less. But it’s the planning and plotting and all the anticipation that goes with it that makes this game so special. We prayed she’d come back sound. She did so with consummate ease, despite the fact Mike would’ve preferred to run her six furlongs.“Kathy Berkey (longtime bloodstock agent) got me to breed to Elusive Quality before he became well established, so I have to give her a lot of credit. We knew from the beginning this filly looked special and Mike thought the same thing.”When asked what might be next, McCarthy responded, “We’ll just wait and see. This is a really nice filly. Last year, the original plan was to stay here and run. Bo’s a sportsman and he wanted to try the Acorn, so it’s great to have her back now. She got hurt at the barn last fall and we had to give her some time. She (wrenched) her hind end somehow, so we just had to back off and then start back. So far, so good.”‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON IN CHANDELIER ROOM MARCH 8“Go West Young Lady!” A successful event for nearly two decades in Saratoga Springs, New York, Santa Anita will host its first “Fashionable Fillies” Luncheon in the Chandelier Room on Sunday, March 8.The event is sponsored by The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, a charitable trust which provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief and assistance to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families.The event, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., will include cocktails, lunch and the opportunity to shop from local vendors. Tickets are $150 each and all proceeds will be earmarked by the foundation to benefit the backstretch community of Southern California.Those interested in this very worthwhile cause are encouraged to respond by this Monday, Feb. 24 to Shannon Kelly, executive director, at (212) 521-5327, or via email at skelly@jockeyclub.com.FINISH LINES: Trainer John Shirreffs reports Honor A.P. and Hard Not to Love on course for the March 7 San Felipe Stakes and the Grade I Beholder Mile March 14, respectively . . . Los Alamitos Derby winner Game Winner had his first work yesterday since winning that race last July 13, going three furlongs at Santa Anita in 36.60 for Bob Baffert. This morning, Baffert sent Eight Rings, winner of the Grade I American Pharoah Stakes, five furlongs in 1:00.20, while Triple Crown hopeful American Theorem, runner-up to Eight Rings in the American Pharoah, went five furlongs for trainer George Papaprodromou in 1:01.40. In all, there were 159 recorded workouts today, 23 on the training track.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for February 21st, 2020Quick Questions With Exercise Rider Humberto GomezXBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on February 21st, 2020Andrew Lerner Shedrow Stroll: Get to Know RagerWORKOUTS:Venetian Harbor (Baltas) 2-21-20United (Outside) and Affianced (Mandella) 2-21-20Eight Rings (Inside) and Ax Man (Outside) (Baffert) 2-21-20Croughavouke (Mullins) 2-20-20Game Winner (Baffert) 2-20-20I Want One (Lerner) 2-20-20Mirth (D’Amato) 2-17-20Mucho Gusto (Outside) and McKale (Baffert) 2-16-20 41% 23% Brian J. Koriner31 30 1st 12 23% Drayden Van Dyke95 9 $291,062 2nd 11 19 21 3rd 18 $873,142 21% $743,632 19 15 47% 13% 27% 23 10 17 9 42% $1,718,754 17% Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerSts $1,270,422 Win% 3rd Doug O’Neill73 44% (Current Through Monday, Feb. 17) Michael McCarthy30 2 $594,647 ITM% ‘FASHIONABLE FILLIES’ LUNCHEON EVENT MARCH 8 21% 60% 25% 12 12% 25 18 11 38% 7 10 Flavien Prat117 Abel Cedillo175 8 9 Philip D’Amato67 51% Mario Gutierrez65 John Sadler52 $568,427 12 36% 7 46% 4 30% $592,917 52% 8 12 $931,506 LADY PRANCEALOT SHORTENS UP IN BUENA VISTA ITM% 23% 9 21%last_img read more

Marinerong Pilipino sails to D-League quarters, drubs AMA

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Daniel Salonga paced his side with 14 points, three rebounds, and three assists in the swan song for AMA Online Education (1-9), while Junjun Alas got 13 markers in the defeat.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 125 – Sargent 20, Gumaru 18, Isip 15, Publico 13, Subido 10, Alabanza 8, Javelona 8, Javillonar 7, Marata 7, Iñigo 6, Lopez 5, Moralde 4, Gavieres 2, Salcedo 2.AMA 71 – Salonga 14, Alas 13, Bonleon 12, Paras 9, Carpio 6, Macaranas 5, Celso 4, Tobias 4, Jordan 3, Calma 1, Magpantay 0, Malones 0.Quarters: 33-26, 64-39, 94-51, 125-71.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Mark Isip fired 11 of his 15 points in the second quarter pullaway as Marinerong Pilipino escaped the clutches of the Titans after a close first quarter, 33-26, for a decisive 64-39 halftime lead. The veteran forward also added three rebounds and three assists, all coming in the first half.Julian Sargent also made his imprint, dropping 10 of his 20 markers in the third quarter, alongside his seven boards, five dimes, and four steals, as the Skippers widened the lead to as high as 56, 121-65, late in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Donald Gumaru took advantage of the extended garbage time to rack 18 points and three assists, Rey Publico got 13 markers and five rebounds, and Renzo Subido fired 10 points, two boards, and two assists against his former team.“This is a good win for us going to the playoffs, but I always remind the players that the playoffs is a different animal and it’s a good thing that we have veterans who’ve been there before,” said coach Koy Banal. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Wizards announce contract extension for John Wall LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Mark Isip. PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino completed its dream voyage to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs with an emphatic 125-71 sinking of AMA Online Education Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Not even the torrential rains could derail the Skippers from cruising to their fifth straight win as they ended their maiden eliminations campaign with a 6-4 record.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Prez. Sirleaf Urges Ebola Task Force to Be Vigilant

first_imgIn the wake of the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has urged the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare’s task force to be vigilant in the fight of the virus.Speaking at the a special program on Wednesday, April 9, Madam Sirleaf explained that the Health Ministry and its partners have kept her fully abreast with their intervention since it was officially announced that it has crossed over from neighboring Guinea.The President said her understanding is that the disease is not spreading since its outbreak late March of this year and there were effective actions in place by the MOH and other partners including the World Health Organization (WHO) in ending the plague in Liberia.The President also expressed her sympathy to those families, who have lost loved ones after contracting the virus.“I am told that about 10 persons have died. l want to use this time to say sorry to those who have been affected of the Ebola virus since the outbreak, I have been briefed by Dr. Walter Gwenigale of what is happening.”Speaking earlier, the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac, re-emphasized that a delegation of the US Defense Dept., which has medical testing facilities over the border in Kenema, Sierra Leone, will arrive in the country to help support the fight of the virus in Liberia.She further explained that the two testing centers/labs to be setup by the US Defense Department, would reduce the cost and time of sending blood samples to neighboring Guinea for confirmation as well as be on time of the information from the testing medical centers.Madam Malac also used the occasion to express thanks to the Health Ministry for the fight against deadly Ebola virus, which has so far claimed at least 12, lives in Lofa and other parts of the country.The World Health Organization Country Representative, Dr. Nestor Ndayimirije, said they were working with several technical people to ensure that the virus does not spread and end in a short period of time.He further explained at the program that “no country has closed their borders in the wake of the outbreak of the Ebola virus” and expressed that all of its partners were committed to the fight of the virus in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

U.S. Senator Impressed by Progress in Ebola Fight

first_imgUnited States Senator and member of the Senate Committee on African Affairs and Appropriation, Chris Coons, has expressed satisfaction over the vigorous stand Liberia and its partners have taken to chase Ebola out of the country and sub-region.Senator Coons, who is visiting Liberia to assess how resources, including financial and human, are being used in the Ebola fight in West Africa, told a news conference in Monrovia yesterday that significant progress had been made in the fight.In the wake of the improvements in Liberia, the U.S. Senator said investors who left the country in August because of Ebola should begin to think about coming back to resume normal activities.However, the Delaware Senator quickly admitted that the virus is yet far from under control in the sub-region and therefore people should not be complacent and avoid preventive measures given by health authorities.He was especially impressed by the Monrovia Medical Unit built in Margibi County for health workers, who may in the process of meeting the needs of patients contract the disease.Senator Coons said that this is the first time in history that Ebola has affected a region as it has done in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.  He stressed that until the entire region is free of the virus, there can be no hope of zero Ebola in Liberia.As others, including President Barack Obama, had said earlier, Senator Coons noted that the health system in Liberia is fragile and full of infrastructural challenges, which he said came as a result of the civil war.He warned that the virus is still far from under control as it can break out at anytime if people are not careful to observe practices that have helped to bring decline in cases.Safe burial, hand washing, taking of temperature, amongst others, are among safety practices being put in place by health authorities to prevent the spread of Ebola.With respect to the long-term goal to prevent a future outbreak, the U.S. Senator said that U.S. had brought in laboratory equipments to test cases of Ebola and other diseases and more PPEs.He said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to establish its office in Liberia, in order to help the health system fast track diseases that may break out.Furthermore, he stressed that United States is investing a huge amount in vaccine that will help to prevent Ebola.Regarding U.S. financial aid expended in the sub-region, Senator Coons put the total at US$770 million, and Ambassador Deborah Malac was quick to remind audience that the money is in kind and cash but not a check issued to any government.While it is a good thought to bring Ebola to zero, it takes commitment to adapting good health practices, Senator Coon emphasized.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Post and Telecommunication Minister Appeal to ITU for Financial Support

first_imgMini. Kruah expresses optimism about the agreement.The Minister of Post and Telecommunications Cllr. Cooper Kruah has appealed to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to financially assist poor member countries to upgrade their information, communication, and technology sector, a release has said.Minister Kruah said that ITU member countries are faced with several challenges, which include inadequate financial resources to address the poor state of their ICT sector deficits, which limit economic growth.“I can assure you that such assistance, if provided, will be used for the intended purpose, because there are a lot of countries that want to improve their ICT sector but cannot do so due to financial constraints. I think the ITU should ensure some funds are allocated for developing countries that really want to follow up, but may not have the finance,” Min. Kruah said.According to the release, Min. Kruah made the statement during a recent interview held at the ITU Plenipotentiary conference in Dubai during a visit in which he represented Liberia to vote.“No real development can be carried out by a nation right now in the absence of ICT. The programs and resolutions of ITU should be respected and enforced by all of the member states,” he said.Minister Kruah further explained how Liberia is gradually developing its ICT, through the recently launched an e-government program, which includes e-agriculture, e-education, and payments for government institutions online, including school fees.“It is much smoother than when you were standing in line physically to pay money. All you have to do is grab your telephone and then you can just pay up, so I think we are on the right trajectory,” he said.He also told the ITU news agency that Liberia is also building the necessary infrastructure to bring connectivity to everyone.“We were lucky that the Europe-to-Africa cable landed in our capital city through the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank.”“We are now building a fiber ring around Monrovia, the capital city, because we’d like to see that connectivity not only in Monrovia but the other 15 political subdivisions; we are now working on our funding to extend the backbone of internet connectivity to all the political subdivisions,” he said.However, many Liberians believe that Minister Kruah’s interview is in line with President George Weah’s comments at the Internet Governance Forum organized by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on November 12, 2018, in Paris, France.President Weah has underscored the progressive and positive impact the internet is having on the new world order, describing it as a platform that has propelled and accelerated innovation in all facets of life.“It has enhanced development in the areas of technology, education, health and welfare,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Worst budget in history of budgets – Jagdeo

first_img…will cripple economy, kill Private SectorFollowing an almost joyous declaration of a reduction on Value Added Tax (VAT) and then swiftly the announcement on the extension of VAT payments on water and electricity bills, Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo at a press conference immediately after the presentation of the 2017 National Budget, remarked that the Budget will kill the private sector and unleash untold hardships on the nation.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoCiting that this was the worse Budget he has ever had to sit through, Jagdeo argued that the incorporation of taxes is the highest he has ever seen with the capability to destroy any possibility of a recovery of the country’s economy.“We have heard over three hours of budget presentations and we have not heard of a single set of activities that the ordinary man can think about or bring more jobs to them or address their concerns,” he said, adding that the Government has established several slush funds that are being used for partisan political activities. “Like how they used $50 million for Local Government Elections just to travel to the interior…,” he highlighted.He questioned if there was anything within the Finance Minister Winston Jordon’s 2017 Budget presentation that represented the interest of the people, remarking that it is nothing but a “taxation budget” that will destroy the nation and people.He stated that when he began to listen to the presentation, he did not intend to make a derisive appraisal on it; however noticed that the Budget was immensely unresourceful.According to the Opposition Leader, when the presentation was winding down, his assessment changed from immensely unresourceful to “immensely ominous for the future of Guyana, for the future of job creation and growth and business development and for the future of welfare of ordinary people.”Terming it clichéd, Jagdeo stated that the presentation was “rehashes of old information,” inclusive of project ideas that were indistinct.He commented on the proposal to start the road from Georgetown to Lethem, stating that no feasibility study has been done and even the pre-feasibility study that was carried out pointed out that given the traffic flow between Brazil and Guyana that it is unsustainable to spend US$400 million to build the road.“A lot of these ideas were not well thought out… a lot of them, as you look at the framework of the budget, you would see that it is not supportive of growth,” he explained to the media.He stated that Jordon mentioned that Guyana will be issuing local bonds to finance the fiscal deficit, and while it appeared to be an innocuous statement, behind it is a fundamental economic philosophy and a departure from the norm.“The minister talks about creating more opportunities for the private sector but now the Government having announced this new budget will be going into the local capital markets to raise funds to finance the Budget. What this will do is that it will compete with the private sector for funds because they will both be seeking funds from the same market.”He also stated that a lot of people will be discouraged in investing because the State will be sucking most of the liquidity in the system.While he stated that people will not address this issue, it has the possibility to destroy any economic and long-term growth: “They will talk mainly about the tax measures introduced in the Budget and the implications of a lot of these measures will not be recognised for several days into the future.”“We heard for example the minister fulfilling a promise to the electorate on reducing Value Added Tax (VAT) from 16 per cent to 14 per cent but in the same breath they have decided to extend VAT payments to water bills and electricity bills above a certain level,” he added, arguing that there is a long list of exemption items that the former PPP government had put in place because they affected poor people and now these items have now removed.“So those items like baby milk and things people consume on a daily basis now become VAT-able. Now they have to pay 14 per cent VAT on it. When your electricity bill goes above $10,000 you now have to pay VAT on the full amount. How could this be helpful to anyone? There are so many issues, it is impossible to mention,” he said.Jordan in his Budget 2017 presentation has proposed the reduction of the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 16 to 14 per cent and in the same breath proposed 14 per cent VAT to be added to electricity bills exceeding $10,000 monthly and water bills exceeding $1500 monthly.Jordan’s announcement was received by angry shots of reproof from the Opposition benches, however he held forth that the application is a promise to alter the arrangements for VAT made in his party’s Manifesto.last_img read more

James’ hat-trick spurs Guyana to first win

first_imgThe National U14 Boys’ team registered their first win of the CFU Boys’ U14 Challenge when they defeated Bonaire by a 5 – 1 margin in their third match of the tournament at the Ergilio Hata Stadium, Curacao.Among the goal scorers were Shoran James who scored a hat trick complemented by one goal each by Kevon Scott and Rajan Ramdeholl.According to Head Coach, Bryan Joseph, while Guyana dominated possession during the match, conversion of those chances was a challenge: “The 5 – 1 result does not truly reflect the amount of possession we had and the number of chances we created. We created quite a number of chances but we just could not finish. It’s a good result for us; there are a lot of positives from the game.”One such positive, according to Joseph, was the willingness of the team to execute the national playing philosophy: “The opposition was not of the quality as the two previous games but I’m happy the team showed a willingness to put the ball down and played through the lines and try to be positive in possession without making rash decisions. That is a major part of the playing philosophy that we are trying to instill so it was good to see the players take it on board and bring a good result at the end of the game.”Looking ahead to their final match against Aruba, Bryan said the team will seek to build on the positives: “Going forward to our final game on Sunday, we look to build on the positives and do things even better and improve on the weaker areas.”The starting line u14 team led by Midfielder Ramdeholl was as follows: Gerald Whittington (GK), Kevin Mullin, Brandon Solomon, Oswin Archer, Tyquan Brumell, Shoran James, Rajan Ramdeholl, Samuel Garnett, Keishawn Smith, Daniel Lowe and Devon Padmore.last_img read more

Auto-sales legend still likes to make a deal

first_img How to make a buck Despite Detroit’s uphill battle for sales, Worthington says he’s partial to American cars. “Guess I’m a redneck at heart,” he said with a chuckle. “Color me red, white and blue.” But he’s not sentimental; he knows how to make a buck. “Most dealers make about 1.6 percent on every car they sell; I make about 2.4 percent because I’ve learned to do it more efficiently,” he said. “That may not sound like much until you multiply it by a million cars.” It has been enough to buy him dozens of dealerships, an office building, three shopping centers and eight huge ranches. He also operates his own advertising agency, television studio and finance company. “I’ve scaled back a bit on the dealerships; I own just four now,” Worthington explained. He and I had agreed that the next time he flew his Learjet 35 into town we would meet at his Ford dealership here, where the walls are a gallery of photos from more than a half-century of his famous television ads. Worthington showed up the very next week and greeted me with a firm handshake and a steady gaze from steel-blue eyes. He’s still Marlboro Man handsome, about 6-foot-4, lean as the day he left the Army Air Force in 1945, and he still has a full head of hair – little of it gray – under that ever-present Stetson. The early days Worthington came to Southern California in 1948 after a much-decorated military career piloting B-17 Flying Fortresses on 29 combat missions over Germany. He made enough selling used cars to start trading in war surplus. That’s what brought him to California, where it took him nearly two years to sell a ship full of corroded welding equipment he’d bought. He cleared $13,000, which was enough to buy a Muntz dealership. Worthington became an early believer in the power of television advertising. Rather than buy ad spots, he produced entire programs. Every Saturday and Sunday night, he was host of a three-hour variety show broadcast live on a Los Angeles station from Cal’s Corral at his dealership. The show featured a who’s who of country music stars, including Johnny Cash and Buck Owens. The rising cost of television time eventually forced Worthington to focus on shorter ads in which he praised specific cars on his lot while wearing a 10-gallon hat and a garish western suit from Nudie Cohn, the rodeo tailor. One day a rival dealer appeared in commercials with his dog, named Storm. As a joke, Worthington started countering with ads featuring “my dog Spot.” “Only Spot was never a dog,” he said with an infectious, off-kilter grin. Over the years it became a signature gimmick. Worthington appeared with a zoo’s worth of creatures, including a lion, an elephant, a water buffalo, a gorilla, a tiger, a rhinoceros, assorted snakes and even a killer whale (which he rode) at Sea World. Through the 1960s, he was the nation’s top Dodge dealer; he even inspired a national Dodge ad campaign, “The Good Guys in the White Hats.” At one point, his holdings grew to 29 dealerships. His portfolio, he said, was a forerunner of the dealership chains that dominate American auto retailing today. But he became overextended in the mid-1960s, and after the 1973 Arab oil embargo, was forced into major retrenchments. For a time, he supplemented his car-selling income by flying his own helicopter each morning over Southern California, doing live traffic reports on the radio. That made him all the more well known.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cal Worthington has also become a legend in auto dealerships, selling cars throughout the American West from Texas to Alaska. By his count, he’s sold more than a million cars – nearly every make and model ever made – and grossed billions of dollars. Every fair-size city in America has probably had its own version of the fast-talking used-car salesman, usually distinguished by a 14-carat smile, a loud sport coat and a bad comb-over. Southern California had a bumper crop of these flamboyant television pitchmen in the 1950s, including halo-wearing “Honest John” and “Wild Hog Tony,” two characters portrayed by Tony Holzer and Earl Muntz. With his good looks, folksy charm and his dog, Spot – who never looked much like a dog – Worthington always seemed a cut above that crowd, though he was an integral part of it. It was those TV ads that made Worthington a cultural icon. The ads made him a minor Hollywood celebrity and led the Television Bureau of Advertising to cite him as “probably the best-known car dealer pitchman in television history.” Worthington recalled pioneers like Muntz. “Those guys are all dead now. You know, I actually bought my first dealership from Madman Muntz!” LONG BEACH – “Hi, folks, Cal Worthington here,” said the voice from the television set. It was 1950; our family had just become the first on the block to buy a television set. When we turned it on, one of the first faces that popped up on its little round screen was a tall, skinny cowboy in a white hat selling used cars. In the background, singers chanted: “Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal.” Fifty-seven years later, that same cowboy – still wearing a Stetson – is still on television here, still selling cars. Who is this guy? Dorian Gray? “I’m 86 now,” said Calvin Coolidge Worthington, in a down-home drawl, during a telephone conversation from his 24,000-acre ranch in Orland, Calif., about 100 miles north of Sacramento. “Born in November 1920 in Oklahoma, seventh of nine kids in my family. I’ve actually been selling cars since 1945.” In the meantime, Worthington has been married three times and had six children: the oldest is 60, the youngest is 6. last_img read more

Cops for Cancer Tour de North starts Tuesday; making a stop in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Cops for Cancer Tour de North is kicking off tomorrow, September 17, in Dawson Creek and will be making a stop on the same day in Fort St. John.This year, local RCMP, Constable Christiaan Dreyer has joined the Cops for Cancer Tour de North.According to the RCMP, Cops for Cancer is a fundraising event where law enforcement and emergency services personnel cycle across north-central B.C. and engage communities en-route in raising money for childhood cancer research and support services at the Canadian Cancer Society.- Advertisement -In a release, the RCMP say Dreyer has been preparing for five months and has ridden approximately 1,500 kilometres in preparation for the over 850 km North/South route from Dawson Creek via Fort St. John to Williams Lake.Earlier this summer, Cst Dreyer was able to raise $2,255.00 towards Cops for Cancer with a “Fill the Boot” fundraiser.Constable Dreyer will be making a stop in Fort St. John tomorrow, September 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Stonebridge Hotel.Advertisementlast_img read more

Fewer jobless signups bode well for workers

first_imgFewer people signed up for jobless benefits last week, an encouraging sign that most companies aren’t resorting to large-scale layoffs as the country copes with mounting problems in the housing and credit markets. The Labor Department reported Wednesday that new applications filed for unemployment insurance dropped by a seasonally adjusted 11,000 to 330,000 for the week ending Nov. 17. It was the lowest level since the beginning of November. The 330,000 level of claims was in line with economists’ forecasts. A year ago, new claims for unemployment insurance stood at 322,000. The four-week moving average of claims, which smooths out week-to- week volatility, dipped last week to 329,750, a decrease of 750 from the previous week. It marked the lowest level since late October. A year ago, the four-week average of claims was 319,500. So far, decent job creation and wage growth have helped to offset some of the negative forces hitting some people, problems ranging from weaker home values to hard-to-get credit. The national civilian unemployment rate – now at 4.7percent of the labor force – is considered low by historical standards. The jobless rate is expected to slowly climb in the coming months as the economy loses steam.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We continue to believe that most statistical and anecdotal evidence continue to point to a relatively healthy labor market,” said Omair Sharif, an economist at RBS Greenwich Capital. In other economic news, a gauge of future business activity suggested the economy’s growth in the months ahead could slow even more than anticipated. The Conference Board reported that its index of leading indicators fell 0.5 percent in October, after edging up 0.1 percent in September. The layoffs report also showed that the number of people continuing to collect unemployment benefits, however, rose by 7,000 to 2.57 million for the week ending Nov.10, the most recent period for which that information is available. A year ago, continuing claims stood at 2.43 million. On Wall Street, the layoffs failed to ease investors’ anxieties about fallout from the housing collapse. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 211.10 points to close at 12,799.04. The state of the nation’s employment climate is a crucial factor in determining whether the economy will, in fact, weather the stresses from the housing slump and credit crunch. last_img read more