Training a Thoroughbred for Monmouth Park

first_imgArt Petrosemolo will follow Rainbow At Midnite when she returns to Monmouth Park in April and will be at the rail when she goes to the starting gate for her first race. By Art PetrosemoloVeteran New Jersey thoroughbred trainer John Mazza and owner Rosemarie Shockley are getting close to an answer for their $64,000 question.Exercise rider heading to the track for early morning workout at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale, Fla.After two years of careful handling, good food, vitamins, visits to the vet, romping in the paddock and Florida training, Mazza and Shockley soon will know if their group of Holly Crest thoroughbreds have what it takes to succeed in the sport of kings.Two-year-old gray filly Rainbow At Midnite and her six stablemates will relocate from Florida’s Circle S ranch to Monmouth Park soon for final race-ready preparations before their first start. Midnite’s sister Holy Rainbow, a three-year-old, has run well at Florida’s Gulfstream Park with two solid third-place finishes. It has pleased Mazza and Shockley and has given them hope for Midnite.Mazza, who has trained Vincent Annaralla’s horses at Holly Crest Farm in Locust, for years, says, “training is not an exact science. Everyone goes about it a little different. But with correct breeding, proper handling and good training, you could – if the horse has a competitive spirit – have a fast and successful thoroughbred.”Translated, fast and successful means capable of succeeding in allowance and even stakes races and not missing a paycheck! “If the horse just doesn’t have the speed or the heart to be a winner,” continues Mazza, “then you hope the genes are good so that he or she might pass it along to offspring.”Two year olds enjoy the Florida sun in the Circle S paddock.Thoroughbred training is a long and expensive process. Horses are foaled in the winter (hopefully January to March) and grow under the watchful eye of the broodmare and the farm staff. Food, care and surroundings all contribute to early growth as horses stay with their mothers for most of their first year. (Every thoroughbred ages one year on Jan. 1.)During its second year, the thoroughbred, now called a yearling, continues to grow and mature with other yearlings spending the warm months in grassy paddocks. As they turn two, trainers and owners decide when and if the yearling will be broke and readied for the track. There are special trainers and farms in the southern United States that specialize in getting these feisty fillies and colts to mature before the final exam at a racetrack a few months away.Third generation trainer Tim Kelly is preparing the Holly Crest hopefuls for racing this year at Circle S Ranch in Florida horse country about a half-hour from Gulf­stream Park. Kelly says when the two year olds arrive at the farm – usually in December – they spend the first month getting used to people and being touched and handled. “We brush them, talk to them, clean their feet and bathe them daily,” he says. “These horses have spent the first two years of their lives growing and playing with minimum human contact.”A pair of Holly Crest Farm two year olds work out on the soft track at Circle S Ranch.Kelly then begins to get each thoroughbred comfortable with the racing equipment including saddle cloth, saddle and bridle. “This is the first time these animals have had anything in their mouths,” he says, “and it isn’t natural.”It could be as long as eight weeks in the training program before a thoroughbred feels the weight of an exercise rider on its back and it doesn’t like it. Says Kelly, “Anything on a horse’s back is a predator and the horse will try to buck him off in self defense.” The phrase “breaking horses” comes from getting the horse to break the habit of resisting being ridden.The maturing but still feisty two year olds train six days a week and start by learning to walk, jog and gallop in a round pen, attached to a tether and then under the hands of the exercise rider. The thoroughbred then learns how to respond to the rider’s steering through the bridle by walking and jogging in figure eights and other patterns in a larger pen.But it isn’t all work, all day, says Mazza; two year olds spend the afternoons enjoying Florida weather grazing in large, shaded paddocks.Holy Rainbow in her morning workout at Gulfstream Park.Once the two year old is schooled, Kelly moves them to the training track. At Circle S, the oval is one-half mile with a starting chute and starting gate. “The surface is deep and soft,” says Mazza, “which allows the horses to develop bone and muscle.” The two year olds train un-shoed until their feet reach adult size in early spring and they may only have their front feet shoed to start.Horses work in groups. At Circle S, they are trained in pairs. “We have horses gallop in front of each other so the trailing horse gets used to sand in its face,” Kelly explains. They also gallop beside each other so they get used to running in close quarters and they change positions during each session, each day.Rainbow At Midnite gallops on the soft surface at Circle S Ranch getting ready for her debut at Monmouth Park later this spring.Mazza and Shockley make the trip to Circle S each week to watch the two year olds and confer with Kelly on their training. Mazza can tell when a “baby” (as he calls them) is progressing as expected. “You can tell the way they walk, jog, gallop and carry themselves,” he says.It’s all about bringing a horse along at the right pace, Mazza feels. “I am old school,” he smiles, “and I take the extra time to get the two year old ready. I only have one chance with each horse to do it right and I don’t want to rush it.” Mazza wants to see a two year old come back from a mile gallop unwinded and ready for more. When Holly Crest horses arrive at Monmouth Park in April, Mazza says he continues to bring them along slowly until he is sure they are ready for their first race.Trainer John Mazza watches a pair of Holly Crest two year olds exercise on the Circle S training track.Two year olds are not timed while in the breaking process. Trainers won’t have any idea of what speed these horses have and whether they might be better for short or long races until they “breeze” (gallop) 5/8 of a mile later this spring at their home track. It’s then that trainers will begin to get the answer to the $64K question on whether these young thoroughbreds have what it takes. The first final exam – a maiden race against other two year olds for a purse – comes soon after. And only then will Mazza and Shockley get their first real answer to whether they have a winner.last_img read more

Duo arrested for 2 separate murders

first_imgRanks of the Guyana Police Force on Thursday arrested two suspects wanted for two separate murders committed within the last two years.The duo, Leroy Ignacia and Orin Paul called “Ants” were arrested at locations in Police F (Interior Locations) and E (Linden/Kwakwani) divisions on Thursday morning.Ignacia was wanted for the May 5, 2016, murder of Eric Angel at Black Water, Upper Cuyuni, Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni). Angel was stabbed and killed by his accomplice during an attempted robbery on a Brazillian shop owner.According to reports, two armed bandits attempted to rob a Brazilian shop owner; however the man put up a fight and during the scuffle one of the bandits accidentally stabbed his accomplice in the abdomen before escaping.Angel of Number 10 Village, West Coast Berbice, was identified as a former member of the Tactical Services Unit (TSU).Meanwhile, Paul was wanted for the murder of Terrence James on April 04, 2014 at Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo). James, 23, of Kwatamang Village, Rupununi, was found with stab wounds along the Tabatinga roadway.It is believed that the man might have attended the rodeo at Lethem and was on his way home when he was attacked and stabbed to the chest.According to Police Public Relations Officer Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan, the arrests of these two murder suspects come in light of ranks in the respective Divisions working feverishly to reduce the number of unsolved murder cases.last_img read more

South Pakaraimas residents call for roads to be rehabilitated

first_imgResidents of Karasabai, Paipang, Tiger Pond, Kakshebai and Taushida turned out at the Community Benab at Karasabai on Wednesday to raise concerns and interact with Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Sydney Allicock.Among the issues highlighted was the need for rehabilitation of the roads linking Karasabai to Taushida and Karasabai to Lethem, more access to skills trainingMinister Sydney Allicock distributing toys and gifts to the children of Karasabai and surrounding communitiesprogrammes for the youths; and they raised issues regarding land.Minister Allicock disclosed that, prior to his visit to the community, he had neither seen a report on the state of the roads nor a request for them to be repaired. He urged the Village Council to report the issues to the regional administration and the Community Development Officer (CDO), in order for representation to be made on their behalf.Minister Allicock also outlined some of the skills training programmes that the youths in the district can access through the MoIPA and Government. He highlighted that training is offered through the Hinterland Employment and Youth Service (HEYS) programme and the Bina Hill Institute.Youths in the hinterland can also access Government scholarships to attend higher institutions of learning, which include the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA), the University of Guyana (UG), the Government Technical Institute (GTI), and the Carnegie School of Home Economics (CSHE).On the issue of land, Minister Allicock said Government is firm on ensuring all Indigenous land issues are resolved.Minister Allicock also commended the South Pakaraimas sub-district for leading in management and maintenance of community resources.  The minister was impressed with the quality of public infrastructure (schools, health centre, village office and other public buildings) being made available to residents.He noted that Karasabai and its surrounding communities have great potential for economic development. There is, he pointed out, potential for tourism and vast and fertile land for agriculture.The minister has urged the residents to collaborate and create projects that would aid in sustainable community development, and he has promised that funds would be made available for rehabilitation of internal roads, and for the communities’ tourism drive.“You have a very great place here to engage in any activities. Come together and engage in farming; you shouldn’t go hungry in this area. You have good quality wood here, get the young people trained. Come up with projects and we will support you”, Minister Allicock told the South Pakaraimas’ residents.In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, Minister Allicock distributed toys and gifts to children from the villages. The toys and other gifts were donated by JR Ranch and Atlantic Marine. (DPI)last_img read more

NoHo students fall in National Science Bowl

first_img“We’re done,” coach Altair Maine said after the team learned that the teams from Colorado and New Jersey – the only schools that had managed to beat North Hollywood – had made it into the second round. “We played two real sloppy rounds,” Maine said. But, he said: “It was a lot of fun. It was a good year.” And the kids learned a lot. How many meters in a yottameter? They know. They can also rattle off the proper names of the three stars of the summer triangle, and they know the chemical name of household bleach. The first four numbers in the 11th row of Pascal’s Triangle? No sweat for Anguel Alexiev, John Chen, Andrew David, Emily Law and James Kim. They have the answer at their fingertips – along with the Haber process for the production of ammonia. WASHINGTON – Quick – calculate the molecular mass of silicon tetrachloride. While you Google to figure out what the heck silicon tetrachloride even is, five of the brightest young science minds in the San Fernando Valley already have the answer. But even with that knowledge, the North Hollywood High School seniors competing Sunday in the 17th annual National Science Bowl could not move past the first round of championship games. The North Hollywood team lost only two out of seven fast-paced quiz rounds, but in the fierce competition among 64 schools nationally it put the team in its division’s third round – just short of being able to move into double elimination. One part “Jeopardy” and one part “Name that Tune,” the bowl is the nation’s largest science competition. More than 12,000 students compete, with about 300 making it into the final round. The winning team wins a science-related trip to its choice of Australia, France or Newport News, Va. Last year, the North Hollywood team placed second. This year, the Southland team of science smarties started out rocky when it lost the first of the day’s competitions to East Brunswick (N.J.) High School, 98-46. “It’s a wake-up round. They need to wake up,” said North Hollywood High School Principal Dr. Randall Delling, who had flown out for the competition. They stormed through the next three rounds, wiping out teams from Illinois, Albuquerque and Sioux Falls, S.D. “That was more like it,” Maine told his team, while ribbing them for missing a question on centripetal acceleration. “This was second week of physics,” he chided. North Hollywood went down again against a team from Fort Collins, Colo., losing 70-144. “That was nasty,” said Lisa David, Andrew David’s mother, who flew to Washington with her family to support her son’s team. They won their final two rounds, but by then they knew the competition was already over. “Maybe it was nervousness because we knew we had to try to not lose another one” after the first loss, said team member Law, the biology whiz of the group. “We’re not too somber or anything,” Alexiev said. “At least there’s no pressure now.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgTHESE are the scenes as Ireland’s soldiers prepare for peacekeeping missions in the fields around Inishowen.Our exclusive pictures were taken as up to 150 soldiers re-enacted full military confrontation at Fort Dunree yesterday.The troops from the 104th Infantry Battalion based at Finner Camp in Bundoran took part in the exercise in preparation of a peace-keeping mission to Lebanon later this year. The mission is at Lock stage meaning it has been passed by both the United Nations and the Cabinet and is awaiting full Dail approval.The two day operation also involved two AW130 helicopters and up to 50 vehicles including armoured cars, troop carriers, soft-skin vehicles and ambulances.The exercise also involved many specialist soldiers including engineers and bomb disposal experts carrying out full military manoeuvres.The public had received an earlier warning that heavy machinery as well as machine gun and other fire would be heard in the region. As well as Fort Dunree, a number of fields were used in the region to carry out the operations.A spokesman for the Army Press office said “This was a full military scenario to help troops prepare for a situation they may face if they travel to Lebanon.”The exercise was overseen by Brigadier Comdt.Gerry Hegarty, Commander of the 4th Western Brigade.HUGE ARMY OPERATION IN INISHOWEN AS TROOPS PREPARE FOR LEBANON was last modified: March 23rd, 2011 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)last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Deli positions open in thriving convenience store

first_imgJOBS: A busy Letterkenny store is seeking deli staff to fill positions in their expanding team. Management at the prosperous store are recruiting for full time and part time roles with immediate start. Candidates must have experience in this environment and working in the customer service industry. They must be fully flexible as evenings and weekends form part of this position. The new candidates will be joining a motivated, hardworking and friendly team in a fast-paced environment.Please forward your CV to Closing date is Tuesday 22nd of November.Job Vacancies: Deli positions open in thriving convenience store was last modified: November 7th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Injury to Kevon Looney “a big loss” for Warriors

first_imgOAKLAND — Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson continue to work toward returning to the court in the NBA Finals, but there is no uncertainty around Kevon Looney.The Warriors’ fourth-year big man is sidelined for the rest of the series after suffering a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture in Game 2 against the Raptors on Sunday night. The injury was initially described as a left chest contusion.“I think it’s closer to the breastbone. It is part of the collarbone, from what I understand, …last_img read more

South Africa’s Black Mambas inspire Hollywood film

first_imgThe South African team of female game rangers, the Black Mambas, have been recognised globally for their committed efforts to protect wildlife. Their story is now set to become a Hollywood film.CD AndersonThe all-women Black Mamba anti-poaching unit is renowned around the world for their committed efforts to protect South African wildlife, in particular the rhino. Now a film that tells their story is being planned by a production company headed Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain.The film, a dramatisation of the unit’s story, will be written by Zimbabwean-American actress and writer Danai Gurira, according to a 29 November article on Gurira is best known for her role as Michonne in the hit American show The Walking Dead.The Black Mambas won a United Nations Champions of the Earth award in 2015, and were named the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Best Conservation Practitioner in 2016.Formed in 2013, the original Black Mambas were made up of six female game rangers. They patrolled the Olifants West nature reserve in Limpopo, part of the larger Balule protected area, including the western boundary of the Kruger National Park.The team now consists of almost 50 rangers, and continues to train women from the community for the additional units. “Other women want to join us, but we need more funding,” ranger Felicia Mogakane said in an interview with in November 2016, adding: “If you really want to protect the animals you must have the people to do the hard work.”Aside from patrolling the reserve, the Black Mambas also do education drives in the area to highlight the benefits of conservation, focusing particularly on the protection of the country’s endangered species, such as elephant, pangolin and rhino, and other high-profile Big Five animals, including lion and buffalo.They work in team shifts across the park for three weeks at a time, operating from a rudimentary base camp in the bush. They track movements of the animals and look for poachers.The Black Mambas’ primary role is searching the area for poachers and illegal hunters, eradicating traps and destroying bush-meat kitchens. Between 2013 and 2015, they identified and destroyed 12 poachers’ camps, as well as reduced snaring and poisoning activities by 76%.Suspicious tracks lead to 2 arrests of bush meat poachers in adjacent farm. Investigation still on-going.— Black Mamba APU (@blackmambaapu) November 4, 2015Ladies remove another snare from the bush! @Juliapic @blackmambaapu #girlpower #community #rhino #conservation #women— Black Mamba APU (@blackmambaapu) September 17, 2015But poachers’ methods are continually becoming more sophisticated, leading to some significant wildlife losses in the region – this is something the women of the Black Mambas want to make their focus over the next three years.“The best part of being a Mamba is getting together and encouraging each other to do the work. We support each other and get stronger every day,” ranger Everjoy Mathebula told Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has called the team a shining example of South Africans taking on the responsibilities of protecting the country’s natural heritage. “The country and the world salute these young women who have shown dedication and commitment to the conservation of our natural world.”No further details have been given about when production will begin on the Black Mambas film.The scourge of poaching and illegal trade in animals, particularly elephant ivory, is a hot button topic, thanks in part to a new Netflix documentary, The Ivory Game, produced by actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The film has received positive reviews and buzz at top international film festivals.Watch the trailer below:Source: News24last_img read more

Composting options considered for possible avian influenza losses

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest One of the main challenges posed by the avian flu outbreak that has impacted the U.S. poultry industry in the past year is how to safely and effectively dispose of potentially hundreds of thousands of birds killed as a result of infection and eradication efforts.“The U.S. strategy is to quickly identify the infected premises, depopulate, properly dispose of carcasses and manure, clean and disinfect the premises, and have 21 days of down time after cleaning before re-population can take place,” said Mohamed El-Gazzar, Ohio State University Extension’s poultry veterinarian. “As you might imagine, the logistics of depopulation and disposal are very challenging, particularly with the large-scale layer complexes, some of which have a capacity of more than 5 million birds.”In 2015, this strategy has resulted in the culling of 7.5 million turkeys and 42.1 million egg-layer and pullet chickens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.While the avian flu outbreak has not impacted Ohio poultry, experts with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University have been helping poultry producers learn about the disease, boost biosecurity measures on the farm, and prepare to minimize the flu’s impact if it were to reach the state.To address the challenge of safe disposal in the event of an outbreak, El-Gazzar sought the collaboration of Fred Michel, a biosystems engineer with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center OSU Extension composting specialist.Michel said there are four ways to dispose of such large numbers of dead animals at a time: incineration, onsite burial, landfilling and composting.“Incineration is difficult and expensive and there is not sufficient capacity,” he said. “Onsite burial is a possibility, but the areas where many Ohio poultry farms are located (Darke and Mercer counties) have high water tables and there may be issues with ground water contamination.“Landfilling can be effective, but it increases the risk of spreading the disease to other areas during transportation. So onsite composting seems to be the best option, as it would prevent contamination of water, effectively destroy the pathogen and eliminate the risk of spreading the disease to other farms.”However, Michel said, there were some issues that needed to be addressed when he started considering a plan for on-farm composting of large numbers of birds.“Fact sheets on composting birds currently available around the country only address the process of composting a few birds at a time, not the large number involved in a catastrophic event,” he said. “So we had to come up with the right formula and method to make this type of composting work.”Additionally, composting hundreds of thousands of birds at commercial farms would require a large amount of carbon-rich amendment material, such as sawdust, wood chips, yard trimmings or straw.“For composting to be done right, you need a carbon-rich, dry feedstock,” Michel said. “Birds are low in carbon and too wet. So an amendment material is needed to compost them.”For egg-laying operations, Michel designed a slab composting method that includes a 1- to 2-foot base of wood chips or mulch, followed by layers of chickens, finished compost and mulch. The top and sides of the slab are covered with amendment material, which insulates the slab and helps prevent leakage and odors.A pile measuring 7 feet high, 100 feet long and 100 feet wide — approximately one-fourth of an acre — would be needed to compost 150,000 birds at the same time, Michel said. Such a pile would require approximately 2,600 cubic yards of amendment material.“The pile is left without mixing for at least two weeks,” Michel said. “The temperature generated by the composting process will kill the virus. After this, the pile could be left to further degrade or be turned.”For broilers and turkeys, the method of composting would vary because of different production practices.“You could just use the bedding material that’s already in the broiler or turkey houses and mix the dead birds in. Then you make a windrow (a long, low heap of composted material) inside the facility,” Michel said.In addition to developing a spreadsheet for the design of large-scale poultry composting based on the slab method, Michel created an online map that includes the location and contact information for businesses that sell amendment materials. All of this information is available on the Ohio Composting and Manure Management (OCAMM) program’s website: being a safe and environmentally friendly way for producers to dispose of dead birds in the event of an avian flu outbreak, composting would also generate a good fertilizer product that the farms could use for their crops, Michel said.Since November 2014, the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 has resulted in the death of some 50 million birds from commercial and backyard flocks in 21 states, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Originally spread by wild waterfowl, the virus has impacted turkey and chicken producers in the West and Midwest. Heavy losses to egg farms in Iowa — the nation’s No. 1 producer of eggs until the current outbreak decimated production there — have sent egg prices soaring across the United States, more than doubling in some parts of the country. The outbreak has also led to a spike in the price of turkey products.Ohio’s poultry industry is worth $2.3 billion and directly supports more than 14,600 jobs, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Nationally, Ohio ranks ninth in turkey production and for a time during the outbreak surpassed Iowa as the top egg producer.last_img read more

ARC County location changes due April 15

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Growers enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage program and whose farms cross county boundaries, or are located in a county other than their Farm Service Agency (FSA) office, have until April 15 to request a recalculation of their 2014 and 2015 benefits based on the farm’s physical location. Eligible farmers must contact their local FSA office to make this change.FSA approved this one-time exception due to the late passage of the 2014 farm bill and resulting reforms to USDA risk management programs. This provision only applies to a small fraction of farm operators, and those who are affected were contacted by FSA earlier this year.For 2016 and future years, farmers will continue to have the flexibility to request farm record changes, including moving records to another servicing county office or dividing their farm, through their county FSA office no later than August 1 of each year.last_img read more