May 12, 2020

Lazza set to release maiden tag

first_imgTomorrow’s Jamaica’s Racehorse Trainers’ Association (JRTA) 10-race programme at Caymanas Park offers a Pick-9 carryover of $2.7 million from race two to 10 and a $1.2 million carryover in the first Super-6 from race one to six.The second Super-6, which starts anew with a guaranteed minimum of $750,000 will embrace races five to 10, including the JRTA feature over 1200 metres to be contested by the maximum 16 starters, the final race on the card.We look at the first Super-6, which commences with the Dye Job Sprint over 1200 metres (restricted stakes) for native and imported two-year-olds. Seven starters have been declared, and from all indications, the unbeaten BLUE DIXIE, with former champion jockey Omar Walker riding for trainer Gary Subratie, should repeat.The bay filly by Sky Mesa out of Dixieland Bull made a smashing debut over this trip on September 27, making all to win by nine lengths from BIG AL in 1:14.4. Having looked sharp at exercise since, BLUE DIXIE should win from RALLY BABY, an easy winner over the straight on November 18.The recent winner BATIDOR DE MUNDO from the stables of Clifford Atkinson Jr holds the key to the second race (claiming $350,000-$300,000) over 1820 metres, despite the presence of PERSIAN BELLE, ABOVE THE RADAR, and GO GO TRAIN, all of whom have won over this trip in the past year.BATIDOR DE MUNDO, however, has won three races over the distance lifetime and with the useful 4.0kg claiming apprentice AndrÈ Powell securing the ride, will prove hard to beat. Prior to his recent win over PERSIAN BELLE at a mile, BATIDOR DE MUNDO beat MISS BOSS LADY over this trip on a $350,000 claiming tag August 15 and back in action from the convenient mark of 53.0kg, should win from PERSIAN BELLE (Dane Nelson up) and GO GO TRAIN (Wesley Henry).GOODFORMLAZZA, who has been knocking at the door, looks best of a moderate field of maiden three-year-olds in the third race over 1500 metres with Shamaree Muir aboard. There is not much good form present among the eight starters, hence LAZZA, who finished third to WELL BLESSED over 1200 metres last Saturday, has most appeal, ahead of MINY LEE, who is steadily coming along.Bang in form FORCE DE JOUR won his seventh race from his last eight starts last Saturday, and despite running from a different barn (claimed), is definitely one to follow with competent Harleston Lewis aboard. The 4-y-o colt from the stables of Lawrence Freemantle has most to fear from old rival SUNLIGHT EXPRESS, both having finished first and second, respectively, over the straight on October 19 in the good time of 59.1. They should form the quinella.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by BIGDADDYKOOL (Shane Ellis up) and NATSHADONTPLAY (apprentice Linton Steadman), who caught the eye last Saturday when a fast-finishing fourth to TOUCH DE ROAD over 1300 metres.Their respective dangers are THE PROMISE LAND in the 2-y-o race and GENUINE FRIEND, who was second to TOUCH DE ROAD recently.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) BLUE DIXIE(2) BATIDOR DE MUNDO/PERSIAN BELLE(3) LAZZA/MINY LEE(4) FORCE DE JOUR/SUNLIGHT EXPRESS(5) BIGDADDYKOOL/THE PROMISE LAND(6) NATASHADONTPLAY/GENUINE FRIENDlast_img read more

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Seahawks bump 49ers from first place in NFC West

first_imgBy TIM BOOTH AP Sports WriterSEATTLE (AP) — By the time the playoffs arrive, the Seattle Seahawks are going to feel just fine in a close, tight game.Even when they’re comfortably ahead, the Seahawks have a way of making the final minutes more than a little unnerving.“Close games are cool, aren’t they? I like them,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll joked. “Maybe the 17 points was too much. Maybe we shouldn’t have been ahead by that much.” Thanks to the combo of Rashaad Penny and Chris …last_img read more

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Ohio’s corn crop facing heat pollination challenges

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heat is one of the necessary components of a successful corn crop, but too much heat can be detrimental. For this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Lisa Worl shares with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins what to watch for if corn fields were going though pollination and the recent heat wave a the same time.last_img

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Gearing Up for a Passive House Residence at Unity College

first_imgWe’ve seen plenty of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members get deep into design, construction, and logistics as they prepare 800-sq.-ft. homes for competition in the Solar Decathlon. But there are other academic forums for training your brain on energy efficiency and getting your hands dirty on a construction site, not the least being the “cottage style” student residence being designed for Unity College, in Unity, Maine.Last month, the college announced that the project got a significant push thanks to a $389,000 grant from the Kendeda Fund, a Delaware-based charitable program dedicated to exploring how to use natural resources sustainably. Early this week the school, whose curriculum covers a wide range of environmental disciplines, added that a designer and builder had been selected for the project: G•O Logic Homes, based in nearby Belfast, Maine.For students at Unity, this project could be one of the most instructive lab exercises imaginable, since many of them will participate in the design and construction of the building on the campus. Another key aspect of the project is that it is being designed to perform to the Passivhaus standard. Should the completed building earn certification from Passive House Institute U.S., school administrators say, it would be the first residence hall of its kind on a college or university campus in the U.S.There also will be a permanent public educational component for the hall, Robert Constantine, vice president for college advancement at the school, told the Republican Journal.High-performance credibilityRight now the project is in its preliminary stages of design, so the square footage, level and type of shell insulation, renewable-energy features, projected costs, renderings, and other details are not yet available. Buildings of this type are not brand new to Unity College, however: Unity House, a 1,937-square-foot LEED Platinum modular home on the campus, was built by Bensonwood Homes of Walpole, N.H. in the summer of 2008 and serves as the residence for the school’s president.In addition, G•O Logic’s portfolio features a number of energy-efficient residential structures, including BrightBuilt Barn, a studio-size prototype built largely off-site that was developed in collaboration with Kaplan Thompson Architects, Bensonwood Woodworking Company, and a number of engineers. Another G•O Logic project is Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage, in Belfast, Maine, a 36-home development (including a 1,500-sq.-ft. prototype whose design and construction incorporate Passivhaus principles), that is being built on three acres of the community’s 30-acre site. So the planned residence at Unity will fit in nicely with the energy efficiency inclinations of both the builder and the school.“Not only is the Passivhaus standard at the very leading edge of the ‘what’s next’ for college and university campus construction,” G•O Logic architect Matthew O’Malia told the Republican Journal, “but this project is taking the concept one step further by involving students in all aspects of the project.”last_img read more

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Winnipeg monument unveiled for missing and murdered Aboriginal Women

first_imgAPTN National News A monument was unveiled Tuesday honouring Aboriginal women who have been murdered or gone missing.It’s location in Winnipeg has a significant meaning to First Nation, Metis and Inuit people.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot caught up with one family who has been struggling to find out what happened to their family member.last_img

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