Transit Honored For Green Practices: Intercity Transit Wins Top Award in…

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Olympia/Thurston County, WA – Intercity Transit recently received a top honor for its green business practices as part of the fifth annual Thurston County Chamber of Commerce Green Business Designation Program.Intercity Transit won in the large business category, sharing the honor with O Bee Credit Union. The transit agency was recognized for meeting requirements in multiple categories including: waste reduction; transportation and commute trip reduction; water conservation; energy efficiency; pollution prevention; and buying/selling green. The award is based on efforts made prior to March 9, 2012. Intercity Transit has participated in the Green Business Designation Program every year since the program’s inception in 2007. This is the first time they have received the highest honor in their size category. More than 40 businesses received designations this year – the most in the program’s history. Top honorees are selected in small, medium, and large-business categories.The Thurston Green Business honor falls directly after Intercity Transit received the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Gold-level award for their significant efforts in support of the public transportation industry’s Sustainability Commitment. Intercity Transit, along with Sound Transit, is the first in the nation to receive this high honor.Intercity Transit has a history of practicing sustainability and places a strong emphasis on integrating sustainable practices into its organizational culture. The agency’s sustainability activities include: establishing a Sustainability Committee; implementing programs that reduce staff drive-alone commuting; expanding its recycling and conservation program; implementing anti-idling and operator training initiatives that reduce fuel use; and introducing the first hybrid, diesel-electric buses in the South Sound region. Intercity Transit was among the very first transit agencies in the nation to power its entire bus fleet with an eco-friendly biodiesel (B20) blend over a decade ago.Intercity Transit’s sustainability work relies on analysis and tracking of environmental metrics. Between 2007 and 2010, the agency’s initiatives saved 2700 metric tons of harmful CO2 emissions. In recent years, Intercity Transit’s sustainability efforts have:• Cut the agency’s total waste output by 5,480 pounds, a 4.8 percent reduction;• Cut total water us by 500,000 gallons, a 5.5 percent reduction;• Reduced Energy use per bus trip by 8 percent;• Reduced greenhouse gas emissions per bus trip by 5.4 percent; and• Increased ridership by 1.2 million boardings, a 31.9 percent increase.For more information about Intercity Transit’s sustainability efforts, visit www.intercitytransit.com or call 360-705-5842. To learn more about Thurston Chamber’s Green Business program, visit www.thurstonchamber.com.last_img read more

Intercity Transit Operates on Veterans Day

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit operates on regular schedules on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11. Customer Service, located in the Olympia Transit Center, will be open regular weekday hours, 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the holiday.All route and schedule information is on our website at intercitytransit.com/bus/routes.As the holiday season approaches, please keep in mind that Intercity Transit will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. More information will be provided about these closures as they get closer.For information about Intercity Transit services, visit intercitytransit.com or call 360-786-1881.last_img

Inslee Extends High-Risk Employee Proclamation

first_imgFacebook42Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State GovernorGov. Jay Inslee today announced the extension of proclamation 20-46.1, first issued in April, which relates to protections for high-risk employees and workers’ rights.As a result of new CDC guidance regarding people at increased risk for severe illness, the extension will provide a clarifying guidance memo. The guidance memo confirms that employees who are 65 and older continue to be covered by the proclamation and clarifies processes for employers of individuals with certain medical conditions.The proclamation will remain in effect through the duration of the state of emergency, or until otherwise rescinded or amended.Read the full proclamation here.Read the full guidance memo here.last_img

Custodian speak: Gurpreet Sandhu reveals what India has to do to win more football…

first_imgAdvertisement h3bh6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vspskv5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3k9m( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) avn8eWould you ever consider trying this?😱7a7bwqCan your students do this? 🌚4jg63Roller skating! Powered by Firework Indian shot-stopper, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has asked his strikers to score more frequently! With a goalless draw against reigning Asian champion Qatar, India looked confident before the Bangladesh game in their World Cup qualifying match at Kolkata. However, the ‘Blue Tigers’ narrowly escaped with a 1-1 draw against their lower-ranked neighbour and the keeper now demands more goals from his colleagues in order to increase India’s winning ratio at the international level.Advertisement “I think, of late, we have turned ourselves into a team which is tough to beat. We just have to add something more to it which is scoring to get the points on the table and we have that quality,” said Gurpreet.Advertisement Even though, captain Sunil Chhetri promised to put up a great performance against Afghanistan and Oman in the upcoming qualifiers, Gurpreet reckons that both of those games will be crucial and a strong approach is necessary.“Both games are difficult. Oman are a very good side and have quality players, whereas Afghanistan will be tough to play against in Tajikistan. But we have to go there with a strong approach to get something out of the two games,” the lanky goalkeeper added.Advertisement India who are yet to win in the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, will face Afghanistan on November 14 and Oman on November 19. In the earlier fixtures, India squandered a one-goal advantage and lost 1-2 to Oman at home, but drew level against a feisty Qatar side in Doha. Last month, in an underwhelming result, they somehow salvaged a 1-1 draw against Bangladesh.Read more:Sunil Chhetri promises to put India’s best foot forward against Oman and Afghanistan at the FIFA World Cup qualifiers Advertisementlast_img read more

From ‘square cuts to hair cuts’, Sachin Tendulkar turns hairstylist during lockdown!

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/Instagram(@sachintendulkar)Advertisement u7ol0NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7f1pv3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ece( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2lWould you ever consider trying this?😱e9o34Can your students do this? 🌚9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Although cricket in India has been suspended due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the iconic faces of the cricketing fraternity of the country are no short of providing fan service. With the blessing of social media, many current and former cricketers are sharing their fitness drills, hobbies, family time or even some new skills they have learned during this nationwide lock down. Sachin Tendulkar has now become his own barber, as he gives himself a fresh haircut and shares it with his fans on the internet!Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/Instagram(@sachintendulkar)On Sunday, Sachin posted some photos on his official Instagram account, where he was seen giving his hair a short trim with a scissor, and came up with a witty caption, comparing his past time of ‘square cuts’ with ‘hair cuts’ at present.“From playing square cuts 🏏 to doing my own hair cuts 💇🏻‍♂️, have always enjoyed doing different things. ‪How’s my new hairdo 💁🏻‍♂️ looking @aalimhakim & @nandan_v_naik? 😋” the former Team India international wrote in the post, also asking for the opinions of renowned hairstylists Aalim Hakim and Nandan v Naik. Check it out below-Advertisement The Little Master, who was known for his art with the bat, also did a decent job with the scissors, as the netizens poured love and appreciation in the comments.However, haircuts aren’t the only activity the 46 year old is busy with. Last week, Sachin decided to feed 5000 people for a month by donating rations for the underprivileged of Shivaji Nagar and Govandi areas of Mumbai, as confirmed by non-profit organisation named Apnalaya on Twitter.The highest international run scorer of all time also made a donation of Rs 50 lakhs towards the battle against the deadly virus, donating 25 lakhs each to the PM CARES Fund and Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund last month.Sachin also teamed up with fellow cricketers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Mithali Raj and few other bollywood celebrities to spread awareness against domestic violence in the ongoing lock down, through a video on Twitter with the message ‘lockdown on domestic violence.’There has been over 17,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in India till date, and 543 patients have died.Also read-Faf Du Plessis reveals the secret behind MS Dhoni’s team selection in CSKSunil Chhetri reveals how he was treated at Sporting Lisbon: “You are not good enough!” Advertisementlast_img read more

Pharoah’s Weekend Morning Workouts a Hit

first_imgOCEANPORT, August 6 – Vincent Carlesimo, who was up early last Friday, looked across the racetrack, listening to the roar of the crowd and excitement that was running like electricity through Monmouth Park.“You asked how big is it. Do you hear that?” he asked. “This is the biggest thing to happen in horse racing in New Jersey. This is huge.”Carlesimo, a resident of Wall, who is part owner of his own thoroughbred racehorse, Gorgeous Sunrise, joined his co-owner, Manchester resident Anthony Petrocelli, along with an estimated 5,000 race fans starting at about 7 a.m. last Friday to witness the exercise session for Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah prior to the horse’s win on Sunday, taking Monmouth Park’s William Hill Haskell Invitational and its record $1.75 million purse.Rumson’s Lisa Wilson did the “Dawn Patrol,” as the track calls it, on Saturday and was duly impressed, by it all. “To be able to just drive up, park and be able to walk in for free and watch horses exercise it’s fantastic,” she said. “And to see American Pharoah was wonderful.”Wilson, like many others, offered her appreciation of the park as well: “It’s just a beautiful place and I’m grateful it’s still here and operational. It’s just a wonderful thing to have in the area.”Petrocelli saw the attention the champion 3 year-old thoroughbred was garnering in his stay at Monmouth Park and believed it could only help the racetrack, which has been struggling in recent years. “This will expose people to Monmouth Park who might not normally come,” he believed.“Hopefully, it’ll motivate politicians to do what needs to be done to save horse racing,” Carlesimo said. He was referring to the push by horseracing proponents and especially Monmouth Park supporters to get legislation passed that would meet federal court muster to allow for sports gambling at tracks as well as at casinos. Proponents believe the addition al revenue stream would mean life’s blood for tracks. And that influx would allow Monmouth Park operators to move forward with an ambitious plan that would hopefully make the park a year-round family destination.American Pharoah took his early morning run, twice around the length of the track and there was a palpable sense of excitement among track denizens and the merely curious.“He’s a rock star,” said Carlesimo, who watched the exercise session from the prime vantage point of a small viewing section by the stables. And only at a racetrack could the public get as close to the world-class sport’s super star, he stressed. “How close can you get to Derek Jeter?” he asked.Mark Rubenstein, a former horse owner, said, “This is the moment you look for, a once in-a-lifetime experience.”Rubenstein also was impressed by the crowd on hand. “That’s a good crowd for a Friday race day,” to say nothing of 7:30 a.m., he observed.“I can now say I saw a Triple Crown winner,” said Brandon Iribarne, a 22-year-old Long Branch resident who works as a “hot walker,” cooling the horses down after a run, and as a exercise rider. Having such a name entity here, “It’s good for the sport; it’s good for the track,” Iribarne maintained.“Just seeing him gives me goose bumps,” acknowledged Al DeVito, a former horse owner. “Amazing.”“It’s a real big deal. It hasn’t happened before,” what was going on at Monmouth Park, said a security guard, who asked not be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media.By that he meant no New Jersey track has had a winner of the coveted Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes) appear before.Prior to the first race post time, track attendees at about 12:50 p.m. had another chance to see American Pharoah, as he was paraded through the paddock area.Standing in the hot sun, pressed against the paddock’s fence, Highlands resident Alexis Rogel said, “It’s worth it.“To be so close and not come,” said Rogel, who was celebrating her birthday, “shame on you,” to miss it.American Pharoah’s assistant trainer, Jimmy Barnes said the horse would have a light workout on Saturday and then rest for much of the day for Sunday’s race.American Pharoah won a comfortable victory over a field of six others at about 6 p.m. Sunday.The Haskell would be one of the horse’s final races. In the coming months, American Pharoah would run in possibly up to three more contests – including this year’s Breeder’s Cup – and then “he’ll definitely retire this year,” Barnes said.last_img read more

Christian Peter: Helping to Rebuild Lives With Service

first_img“I want to help other people, just like so many others helped me.”That’s Christian Peter’s mantra in life.It’s also the reason why Peter was the honoree at Infinity, the first fundraising event for the Tigger House Foundation, founded by Lisa and Richard Stavola after the death of their oldest son, Richard Jr., known as Tigger, from a heroin overdose.The event, held on the beach at Edgewater Beach and Cabana Club on Oct. 9, marked the second anniversary of Tigger’s passing. It was an overwhelmingly successful event for the charity that works with law enforcement, medical, legal, and mental health professionals to help those who struggle with addiction.Peter, 43, told his own unique story at the event, raising the hopes of both young people and their families in assuring them, “there’s always help there for you. There are people who want to help you.”He was brutally honest when sharing his story. Courageous, emotional, and inspiring, Peter bared all and expressed his dedication in helping others learn about addictions.Located in Middletown, the 12-bed house provides assistance for those suffering from heroin addiction and plays a key role in the Stavolas’ mission to have a positive impact by reducing the death rate of heroin and opiate addition, which, they believe, is “an epidemic in our community.”Peter, the former leader of the Blackshirt Defense at the University of Nebraska, former New York Giant before he retired in 2007, is a positive thinker. He’s also a determined individual who was taught during his developmental years that if you really want to do something, do it all the way. That’s what got him a scholarship to the University of Nebraska after playing only one year of football at Middletown High School South. That’s what helped the Eagles gain the state title in 1990 with their undefeated record. That’s what got him into Nebraska’s Football Hall of Fame in 2006. That’s what got other professional football teams – the Patriots, Colts, and Bears – to want him on their side.But that’s also what got him into alcohol addiction and trouble with the law.In order to straighten himself out, he had to look closely at what he didn’t like about himself. He had to put ego aside and change certain aspects of his personality, of his lifestyle. He did it. But a few years after righting himself, when he thought he didn’t need any more help or medication or counseling, he slid back into some bad habits.Fortunately, he managed to retain the Peter concept of “doing it all the way” and made a commitment. He would better himself. He would get clean. He would focus. He would become the loving husband, caring father, and successful businessman he is today.Peter says what helps him the most in his everyday battle to fight alcohol addiction, is helping others. “I love supporting others. Helping someone solve their problems isn’t just a help to the individual, it’s a help to me. I become less selfish, less self-centered.”Peter is far from selfish. He doesn’t mind telling his story about the bad times he’s been through; he laments openly and sincerely about the pain he caused his parents, his brothers, his sister, his extended family. He does it all because he sees it as a way of aiding others. And that’s what Christian Peter is all about.Nor was Christian the only son who conquered his addiction. His younger brother, Jason, was a heroin addict and Peter reached out to help him as well. Their sister, Ashley, the youngest of the four Peters, reiterated this week how very proud she is of her oldest brother, “Christian will do everything and anything to ensure his past mistakes are not repeated. He’s built a connection to a younger generation of addicts and I have to think they respond to him because of his candor. He’s an open book and incredibly selfless. I couldn’t be prouder.”Brother Damian is married, has two children and lives in Fair Haven, and the entire family is close-knit and loving. Peter added he talks to his mom frequently, sees his parents as often as possible.Looking back, Peter can see now, both from his own experience and from professional and expert studies on the problems, behind so many drug or alcohol addictions there are underlying mental issues. “It all stems from something mental,” he explains with intensity. “Addicts have fears, are depressed, they don’t feel good in their own skin. Some have ADD, or are dyslexic. There’s always something mental behind it. They look to self-medicate; they think they can feel better, can like themselves more; they’re going for some kind of relief.”For himself, Peter said he masked his own dislike of himself by playing football. It made him feel good. It made him forget he had to read the same book 10 times before he could understand what he had read. It made him forget the insecurities he felt.But football wasn’t enough. Peter liked to party and learned that alcohol helped mask those same feelings that football did. And partying and drinking made him feel secure. So, in true fashion, he was doing it “all the way.”It wasn’t until he started to realize that there were more bad things with his new habits than good, that Peter started to straighten out. He credits the New York Giants with giving him a major boost up. They got him into Alcoholics Anonymous, they got him counseling and they got him the treatment he needed. But when it all worked, and Peter was doing and feeling just fine, he thought he could go it alone. Hence the relapse.Today, he knows better. He knows he has demons to fight every day. And he can fight these demons best by helping others. He had tried to help Tigger.Tigger was 12 years younger than Peter when Lisa Stavola called on the former football player for help for her son after she learned of his addiction. “Tigger was wonderful,” Peter recalls, a tinge of sadness in his voice, “he spoke from the heart. He was honest, he was decent. Like so many others, he was just trying to help himself, trying to self-medicate. It’s important to remember this: Tigger was not a bad kid trying to get good. He was a sick kid trying to get well.”Similar to how he had tried to help Lisa and Rick in dealing with their son’s illness, he’s continuing to help now, with the Tigger House Foundation. Service to others is a big part of Peter’s life. And an even bigger part of his continuing good health. “I constantly look back at my worst times and hope someone else isn’t having a similar experience. My moments of rock bottom urge me to reach out and help people. When I do, when I make a difference, my past becomes OK.”That’s how Christian Peter lives every day.See Two River People page 22 for photos from the Tigger House Foundation Infinity event. By Muriel J. Smithlast_img read more

Volunteer of the Year Is Champion for Children

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithRED BANK – Susan Barker Smith was named Volunteer of the Year in the Junior League of Monmouth County’s annual Women Making a Difference award luncheon. The event was held last week at the Oyster Point Hotel, with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno making the announcement and presenting the award.Smith was particularly recognized for her work as a child advocate. She and her husband Doug were foster parents for three siblings, one of whom had multiple needs; the couple eventually adopted their son. The experience and assistance the couple received in meeting their son’s needs led to Smith’s volunteerism with Monmouth Cares, Inc., a private nonprofit agency which is part of the state Division of Behavioral Health Services System of Care for Children.Presenting the award to Smith brought tears of appreciation from Guadagno, who pointed out she had particular appreciation and admiration for Smith’s fostering three children, all birth siblings. The lieutenant governor herself had a foster son whom she and her husband adopted.Junior League President Shannon Dolan made the presentation to Smith with Guadagno and praised each of the 16 volunteers nominated by their organizations for the honor.Smith, who last May also received the Tony Dowling Child Advocacy Award, has been involved with Monmouth Cares since they began assisting her family in 2004, helping the family need, understand and overcome the special needs of their son, Keith, challenged in emotional, behavioral and developmental development.Participating in the family team effort which enlists all the formal and informal supports in the youngster’s life to create a comprehensive plan for his success resulted in a favorable outcome for Keith. The experience led to Smith’s becoming a community spokesperson for the Wraparound approach used by the state system.(Wraparound is a philosophy of care used by Monmouth Cares that focuses on the family, ensuring that a community-based system of care will exist for the child when involvement with the formal system ends.)Termed a “powerful communicator” by Kathy Collins, executive director of Monmouth Cares, Smith brought the message of her own family’s experience and its success to the community, explaining the steps and phases of the program and highlighting the unique partnership between care manager and family.Both Doug and Susan Smith were invited to join the board of Monmouth Cares in 2005 and have been active every since.In nominating her for the award, Collins wrote that Smith’s success as a child advocate is due to her “low-key style and persistent approach, which attracts and engages people in all sorts of roles within the system. Her desperate need for help led her to membership roles in committees, boards, coalitions, councils and workgroups. Her growing knowledge, confidence, combined with her formidable social skills, resulted in a talented leader.”Smith accepted the award at the luncheon, saying she was delighted yet humbled by the honor, and congratulating each of the other nominees, praising their volunteers in the variety of fields in which they served.Monmouth Cares, Inc., is a private nonprofit agency whose mission is to facilitate positive change so that children with emotional and behavioral challenges along with their families have the greatest opportunity to live, thrive and develop in their communities. Their work includes helping families build Child and Family Teams to help identify strengths and develop strategies to meet each family’s individual and specific needs.In addition to Smith, volunteers nominated for the Junior League honor were: Cathy Beck of Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Linda Carvalho of Coastal Habitat for Humanity; Joan Ferraro, Go Red for Women; Linda Friedman, Monmouth Day Care Center; Kathleen Gasienica, American Littoral Society; Codi Gill, Ignite the Night Gold for Pediatric Cancer; Patrician Githens, Monmouth County Historical Association; Tease Gould, Mary’s Place by the Sea; Marilyn Pearlman, HABcore; Gina Petillo, Parker Family Health Center; Michelle Rogers, The TEARS Foundation; Denise Walker, LADACIN Network; Lee Weber, Family and Children’s Service; and Patricia Wotton, Holiday Express.last_img read more

Holmdel Writer Brings Her Story to Hollywood

first_imgBy Mary Ann BourbeauHOLMDEL – “Write what you know.”Lorene Scafaria certainly took Mark Twain’s words of advice to heart in writing her latest movie script, “The Meddler.” The former Holmdel resident crafted a heartwarming story about her relationship with her mother, Gail, and how in her grief after her husband died, Gail latched on to her daughter’s life.“He and my mom were married 40 years and they were madly in love,” Scafaria said. “They were such a beautiful couple. His loss was huge for both of us.”Scafaria was an aspiring screenwriter living in Los Angeles when her father, Joseph, an Italian immigrant who worked in the garment business, died in November 2009. Her parents also had an apartment in Los Angeles that they stayed in while visiting her. Gail felt she couldn’t stay alone in the family home anymore, so six months later, she put the house on the market and moved to California, just a mile away from her single daughter.“She started calling me a lot,” Scafaria said.Scafaria and her mother had always been close, so she was happy to have Gail nearby, but all the calling, texting and dropping in unannounced soon proved too much. Scafaria decided to use the experience as a creative outlet and within a month, she had the first draft of a movie script down on paper.“I wanted to tell this story from my mother’s perspective, how lonely she was,” Scafaria said. “The character is so tough and funny, just like my mom. It was therapeutic for us.”As a child, Scafaria was always interested in movies, writing and performing. She began writing screenplays in fifth grade. Once, on a trip to New York City, she bought the script for the movie, “A Clockwork Orange.”“I was so interested in the structure of a script and what it looked like on paper,” she said.As a teenager, she and her friends would regularly perform at the Improv Jam in Red Bank and hang out at the Broadway Diner afterward. They would also go see movies at least twice a week.“I loved hanging out in Red Bank,” she said. “Those were some of my favorite years.”After graduating from Holmdel High School in 1995, Scafaria studied English with a writing concentration and a theater minor at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and later transferred to Montclair State University, where she earned her degree. She moved to New York City, answering phones at a film company while writing scripts and submitting them to agents.“When I got my first rejection letter, I hung it on the wall,” she said. “I was so excited that I heard from someone.”A few days later, that agent reconsidered and told Scafaria she should move to Los Angeles. When Scafaria arrived, she found that the agent no longer worked at the company.“I left New York thinking I had an agent in Los Angeles, and when I arrived, there was nothing,” she said.But she powered on and soon began making money off her scripts. She wrote television shows, the screenplay for the film, “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist” and wrote and directed the movie, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.”In addition to writing the script for “The Meddler,” Scafaria also directed the movie, which stars former Edison resident Susan Sarandon as her mother, renamed Marnie in the film. Scafaria’s character is played by Rose Byrne. While much of the story is based in reality, other aspects, including a love interest for Marnie, did not actually happen.“I added a lot of fiction,” said Scafaria. “It has more closure than exists in real life.”Scafaria said that when she approached Gail about the movie idea, her mother was on board immediately.“She got a kick out of it,” Scafaria said. “I think she loved the portrait of this character. My mother couldn’t believe Susan Sarandon was playing her. Susan was wearing my mom’s tops from Chico’s and driving her car. She said my father would have loved being married to Susan Sarandon.”Scafaria even managed to get photographs of her father, and a shot of his driver’s license, into the movie.“My father is sort of immortalized,” she said. “My mother loves it so much that she goes to see the movie at least once a day. What people don’t realize is that the real-life meddler is in the theater.”“The Meddler” had its premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and an April red carpet premiere in Los Angeles. The movie is currently in wide release.“It’s been amazing,” Scafaria said. “It’s so exciting to make a film and share it with other people. My mother is really enjoying the feeling of it and the sense of pride in her daughter.”Arts and entertainment writer Mary Ann Bourbeau can be reached at mbourbeau@tworivertimes.com or on Twitter @MaryAnnBourbeau.last_img read more

CHAMPION BEHOLDER RETURNS TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 ADORATION BY 2 ½ LENGTHS AS STEVENS, MANDELLA & HUGHES TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILES WIN IN 1:42.73

first_imgOWNER HUGHES SAYS GOAL IS TO FACE NYQUIST IN BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC IN NOVEMBER AND TO RUN AGAIN IN 2017 AT AGE SEVEN ARCADIA, Calif. (May 8, 2016)–Idle since Sept. 26 and the prohibitive 1-9 favorite, Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder made short work of five rivals in taking Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes by 2 ½ measured lengths under Gary Stevens. Trained by Richard Mandella, the three-time Eclipse Award winner got 1 1/16 miles under a snug hold in 1:42.73.Breaking from the far outside, the 6-year-old mare by Henny Hughes relaxed well but was caught four-wide into the Club House turn outside Moyo Honey, All Star Bub and Sheer Pleasure. Approaching the three furlong pole, Beholder was a length off Sheer Pleasure and took command while in-hand leaving the quarter pole.“She left there sweet like she always does,” said Stevens, who has now guided Beholder to victory in 10 of his 11 engagements with her. “She went over (to the gate) super, super quiet today. I almost thought I had her too quiet. Richard does all the work, along with (regular exercise rider) Janeen (Painter) and the whole crew and I get to have all the fun, and that’s all it was, was fun.“Being off as long as she has is a tribute to Richard and Mr. Hughes showing that kind of patience. The sky’s the limit for her. She didn’t take so much as a deep breath when I pulled her up. She’s a very happy mare.”In what has become a regular occurrence, Beholder, who had $692,457 bet to show on her, created a minus show pool of $137,142. She paid $2.10, $2.10 and $2.10.“She was supposed to win this race, and that usually makes trainers more nervous than anything, because you realize how bad you look if you get them beat,” said Mandella. “The Vanity ($400,000, Grade I, one mile on June 4) looks like the next step.”Spendthrift owner, B. Wayne Hughes, pointed out that he’d flown Stevens back from yesterday’s Kentucky Derby in his private jet to ensure the Hall of Fame jockey was back at The Great Race Place in time to ride his superstar mare, who he said would be pointed to a hopeful engagement with Nyquist in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.“Not only am I still thinking about going up against the boys, but I want Nyquist to be the Triple Crown winner,” said Hughes. “We were hoping to run against American Pharoah, but she got sick and we weren’t able to. It’s very important to us to be able to take a shot at a Triple Crown winner. I think it would be amazing.“I had a long talk with Gary on the plane flying back this morning and he told me she’s bigger and better than she ever was before…It was my decision to run her at age six, but Richard approved it. If she has a good year this year, I’ll do it again next year at age seven.”In winning the Adoration, Beholder improved her record at Santa Anita to 12 wins from 13 starts and her overall mark now stands at 21-16-3-0. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $4,496,600.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Sheer Pleasure was off at 7-1 and paid $2.40 and $2.10.All Star Bub checked in third with Rafael Bejarano and paid $2.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.01, 48.25, 1:12.44 and 1:36.44.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday with first post time at 2 p.m.last_img read more