HSE recruitment freeze hits number of Mental Health staff

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic HSE recruitment freeze hits number of Mental Health staff DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Concerns have been raised about the impact a recruitment freeze in the HSE is having on the number of full-time mental health posts.There were 9,977 posts filled across Ireland last month – just 68 higher than in July 2009.Campaigners say in the last decade, the demand on mental health services has increased but the number of posts has remained relatively staticTwo regions including CHO Area 1, which takes in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim – have fewer posts now than 10 years ago.TheJournal.ie reports that an ongoing recruitment freeze has prevented the HSE from filling positions across the health sector, including in mental health. Some people who were offered jobs months ago have still not started work.The latest figures relating to mental health posts were released by the HSE to TD Pat Buckley, Sinn Féin’s mental health spokesperson. He said the static nature of the figures is “particularly alarming”A spokesperson for the HSE has also said the current recruitment controls were considered by the HSE’s Executive Management Team on 13 August last, where the health service’s June 2019 performance was considered.Following that review, the freeze is set to remain in place “until there is satisfactory evidence of traction and delivery of balanced financial plans.” Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – August 31, 2019 WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleEfforts to secure support for Mica affected homeownersNext articleDetectives investigating paramilitary-style attack in Derry News Highland Pinterest Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mustang Music Festival Forced To Cancel Due To Impending Hurricane Matthew

first_imgWith an inclement weather of Hurricane Matthew threatening the Southeast, the upcoming Mustang Music Festival in Corolla, NC has been forced to cancel their event. The festival was to feature sets from moe, Lettuce, G. Love & Special Sauce, Yonder Mountain String Band and so many more, but the state of emergency in North Carolina is apparently too concerning to overcome.The festival made the announcement with the following open letter to the fans:A word from our Producer: “It is with immense sadness we have to cancel the 6th Annual Mustang Music Festival. After sleepless nights, consultations from local and regional officials, we have determined that proceeding further in our production is hazardous and unsafe for our patrons, crew and performers. While the forecast for Hurricane Matthew has improved over the past few hours, there is still much uncertainty to its effects. North Carolina is under a State of Emergency and evacuations of the the North Carolina coast are still possible. All tickets will be purchased with a credit card will be refunded over the next 10-12 business days. Tickets purchased locally with cash will be refunded at the point of purchase beginning Tuesday, October 11.A major thank you to everyone that worked on trying to make my dream a reality. I’m hopeful to be able to recover from this setback and try again in the future.”We hope that everyone in the area remains safe, and that Mustang returns in full force next fall!last_img read more

The splendid tapestry of Commencement

first_img 6Class Day Exercises featured speaker Rashida Jones ’97 (right), who posed for a selfie with students on the stage. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 1The Class of 2016 celebrates Commencement week. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Seniors joined by President Drew Faust (right) gather to process to their Baccalaureate Service in Memorial Church. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Graduates are pictured during the Morning Exercises. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Commencement speaker Steven Spielberg (from left) gives his oration during the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) in Tercentenary Theatre. Harvard President Drew Faust and Bill Lee look on. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 20Leon Starr ’40, 97 years old, is the oldest male graduate attending the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) in the Tercentenary Theatre. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer The 1,661 members of the Harvard College Class of 2016 graduated on Thursday, each with a unique story of toil and triumph through what many will look back on as the most tumultuous, challenging, and satisfying four years of their lives. For some graduates, it’s the story of another diploma in a generations-long legacy, with high expectations reinforced from birth. For others, it’s the story of the first-ever family member to progress past high school, the culmination of a parent’s dream realized through years of juggling child care and working arduous double shifts.Photographs make visible the range of emotions felt on this day. Shrieks of exuberance, tears of joy, looks of quiet gratitude, and eyes wide with awe all show on the faces of these graduates. Photos, too, confirm their diversity, representing all 50 states plus Puerto Rico, and 51 countries, as well as the Oneida Nation within this country. Including the graduate schools, there were 7,727 degrees awarded. The grads are Muslim and Jew, Christian and Buddhist, raised on Park Avenue and in a cabin in the Appalachians, ranging in age from 16-70 (in the Extension School). They are bonded by their Harvard experience and woven together in the splendid tapestry that is Commencement. 11President Drew Faust greets graduates in the procession line. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Ikaika Ramones ’16 (left) and Kimiko Matsuda Lawrence ’16 await the procession into Tercentenary Theatre. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Graduates pause for a photo while passing the John Harvard Statue. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 10The honorary degree recipients pose for the annual group photo outside Massachusetts Hall. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Harvard Business School graduates cross Weeks Bridge on their way to the 365th Commencement Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Harvard Law School graduates celebrate. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 13The sheriff of Middlesex County brings Commencement to order. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Ivie Tokunboh (right) is photographed with Eunice Kim after receiving her degree at the diploma presentation and luncheon at Winthrop House. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Seniors process into Memorial Church for the senior service. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Kirin Gupta (right) shares a moment with her mother, Devika, after she receives her diploma. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Honorary degree recipient Steven Spielberg is photographed by Mary L. Bonauto, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Seniors flow out of Memorial Church. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 3The Class of 2016 gets into place before a class photo is taken on the steps of Widener Library. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 5James Clarke (center) is commissioned and pinned by his family at the ROTC commissioning ceremony in Tercentenary Theatre. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Semen Indonesia expects double-digit contraction in cement demand this year

first_imgASI data also show that sales of cement bags, commonly used by retail customers, accounted for 76.4 percent of the total cement sold during the first half of the year. Adi also said that Semen Indonesia would maximize the use of its production facilities in Indonesia and abroad to meet the demand.“We are focusing on integrating our business with PT Solusi Bangun Indonesia and unlocking our full potential,” he said.Semen Indonesia acquired 6.18 billion shares in publicly listed Solusi Bangun, previously Holcim Indonesia, from Dutch cement maker Holderfin BV in 2019.As for the company’s financial performance this year, the firm’s finance director Dody Diniawan said it would all depend on cement sales during the second half.“If sales in the second half are flat, we expect that our performance in the first half would continue until the end of this year,” he said.Semen Indonesia’s profit grew by 26.34 percent yoy to Rp 612.47 billion (US$42 million) in the first half of the year despite revenue contracting 1.9 percent yoy to Rp 16.03 trillion.Mirae Asset Sekuritas analyst Mimi Halimin wrote in a research note dated Aug. 10 that the worst time for the company had passed.“We believe that the weak performance in the second quarter will be the worst performance for this year, and we still expect a recovery in the third and fourth quarters of this year,” she said in her research note.She said the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) the government implemented from April to June to curb the spread of the coronavirus had been suppressing cement demand.She projected that the company’s revenue would reach Rp 38.6 trillion and profit Rp 2.6 trillion this year, thanks to extensive efficiency efforts.In 2019, the company had booked Rp 40.3 trillion in revenue and Rp 2.39 trillion in profit.The analyst’s statement was echoed by Semen Indonesia senior vice president group head of finance Andriano Hosny Panangian, who stated that the company would ensure that its raw material and operational costs remain efficient during this pandemic. In the first half, it has pushed down the cost of revenue by 4.1 percent yoy.It would also continue to aggressively lower its debt, so that it could lower its financing cost and achieve profit growth this year, he said.As of June, Semen Indonesia recorded a 24.7 percent decline in short-term debt of Rp 910.92 billion compared to the end of 2019. Its long-term bank loans also declined by 4.9 percent to Rp 16.78 trillion in the same period.The company’s aggressive repayment efforts since 2019 resulted in a fall in financing cost by 20 percent yoy to Rp 1.2 trillion.“We would also use our capital expenditure [capex] for essential purposes only to ensure all-round efficiency,” Andriano said, adding that the company had used Rp 600 billion of its Rp 1 trillion capex allocation as of June.Semen Indonesia’s shares, listed on Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the ticker code SMGR, have lost 11.9 percent since the beginning of the year. On Friday at 1:09 p.m., their were trading down 0.94 percent at Rp 10,575 apiece. Indonesia Cement Association (ASI) data show that nationwide cement demand fell to 12.52 million tons in the period of April to June, down from 13.75 million tons in the same period last year.Cement sales in the first half of the year have dipped 7.72 percent year-on-year (yoy) nationwide to 27.1 million tons, according to the association’s data.Despite the slowdown, Adi said, the company was looking to tap into other opportunities to boost sales, including the retail housing market.“We see an uptick in cement bag sales during the first half of this year as home renovation is on the rise during this pandemic,” he said. State-owned cement producer PT Semen Indonesia expects domestic cement demand to contract by 13 to 15 percent this year.The company’s marketing and supply chain director, Adi Munandir, said on Wednesday that the projection was based on the delay in private construction projects and the government’s infrastructure development as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.“This has caused cement demand to contract by 8.8 percent in July, and we expect this slump will continue until the end of the year,” he said during a virtual press briefing.center_img Topics :last_img read more

College coaches look for agile big men in recruiting

first_imgCollege basketball still has a handful of centers who play mostly on the low post, but the majority are athletic players who can shoot from the perimeter — or at least midrange — and handle the ball without it getting it snatched by smaller guards.Basketball has become more of a position-less game, with every player on the floor able to play and guard multiple positions. The Golden State Warriors helped change the NBA with their freewheeling, everyone-can-shoot-it style and the college game has followed.Spacing is key in today’s offenses, so every player, including the big man, must have the agility to make it work. Even if they can’t shoot 3-pointers, big men must at least be able to handle the ball on the perimeter and be athletic enough to get to the rim on ball screens.“Even if they’re not great shooters, I’d like for him to be able to play on the perimeter,” Buffalo coach Nate Oats said. “If they don’t have the perimeter skills, they better be athletic enough to, you know, to play with four other guys that space the floor out. If you can get some ball screens and getting to the rim, be really athletic, you can play with a guy like that.”Even if a team doesn’t follow the latest trend of wanting to play faster, it still has to have the players to stop teams that do.Today’s big men need lateral movement and quickness to accommodate the switching required to stop the free-flowing offenses. Get a big man who doesn’t move well and opponents will ball screen your team into oblivion because he can’t rotate quick enough.“If there are teams not playing fast offensively, they certainly need a big to get back in transition defense because a majority of your opponents are going to play it’s somewhat of a quicker pace than was maybe being played 10 or 15 years ago,” Musselman said. Oklahoma State forward Cameron McGriff (12) looks for an open teammate while under pressure from Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) during an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March 3, 2019. Lawson led Kansas scoring with 20 points in the 72-67 win over Oklahoma State. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt) Oh, how things have changed.As the sport has shifted to a more up-tempo, free-flowing style, college coaches have sought big men who can dribble, shoot places other than at the rim and move defensively instead of anchoring in the paint.Back to the basket ability has become a bonus.“When you think about the NBA and college, 10 to 15 years ago there was always bigs that were plodders, they would use their fouls, they would be great screen setters,” said Eric Musselman, coach at No. 12 Nevada. “With the spacing of today’s game, you need bigs who can pass, dribble, can shoot and can move.” Coaches used to walk into a gym, see a big guy dominating the paint and want to recruit him right away. Get a talented big man who could play with his back to the basket and the program would be set offensively and defensively for the next few years. Nearly all of the nation’s top teams have athletic big men who can move and shoot.Dedric Lawson can play multiple positions and hit 3-pointers for No. 15 Kansas. No. 4 Kentucky’s PJ Washington has expanded his game, becoming a perimeter threat while being active enough to guard nearly anyone. Top-ranked Gonzaga’s big man, Brandon Clarke, isn’t much of a 3-point shooter, but he’s agile and active, can handle the ball without being pickpocketed every time and is a superb shot blocker.Montell McRae and Nick Perkins, the two big men for No. 21 Buffalo, can both shoot the 3 and give the Bulls the spacing they need.Those are the current success stories. Coaches are always looking for more like them for their next recruiting classes — and the players know.They see what’s happening in college and the NBA and prepare for it.Big kids who used just plop in the middle of the lane and shoot over smaller kids now practice their ball handling skills and shooting. High school and AAU coaches help the process as well, no longer restricting them to under-the-basket duty, allowing them to work on skills that used to be limited to guards and small forwards.Big men come prepackaged, to a certain degree.“When you watch AAU, there’s hardly any bigs that want to play with his back to the basket anymore,” Musselman said. “There’s still room in the game for guys to play with their back to the basket, but they don’t want it anymore because they’re watching the NBA, where bigs have now become perimeter guys. Today’s younger players are understanding the importance of ball handling and things like that.”And that’s just what college coaches are looking for.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25last_img read more

Monmouth Park Racing to the Top as a Destination Venue

first_imgDennis Drazin is the CEO of Darby Development, the operator of Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO The battle to overturn PASPA took six years of litigation that ultimately succeeded when the U.S. Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional in May 2018, allowing individual states to set their own rules. When racing begins at the track in May, the roster of additional events will include food truck festivals, concerts and other opportunities for on-site fun. Darby is partnering with Legends Hospitality, LLC for food and beverage services for racetrack venues with the exception of the Blue Grotto, a popular beer garden and live music venue already drawing a crowd at the racetrack. “That will be a prime part of the activity this summer,” Drazin said. The transformation has come about through the efforts of Red Bank attorney Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development, LLC, operator of Monmouth Park; the support of the state; and the backing of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the thoroughbred industry. “I didn’t sit idle,” Drazin said. Former state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-20) strongly supported the proposal, Drazin said. Several years ago, the future of Monmouth Park was precarious.  After hearing the arguments before the Supreme Court in December 2017, Drazin felt confident in the outcome.  The future of Monmouth Park has implications far beyond its boundaries. The racetrack is the largest employer and the largest taxpayer in its hometown of Oceanport. “With sports betting comes new opportunities to market to your customer in different ways,” Drazin said. “You want to try to establish a crossover.” Drazin, who had served as counsel and advisor to the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association for many years and as president of the group for two terms, led the organization in leasing the facility from the state. In 2012, the group entered into a long-term lease with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. Drazin’s company partnered with William Hill, the oldest bookmaker business in the world, to create the first sports book at Monmouth Park. The racing industry is also benefiting from $100 million in state funding to be paid out over a five-year period based on the industry demonstrating significant progress in generating revenues; 2019 was the first year the subsidy was in effect. “The higher purses we were able to create as a result of the added revenue made a significant difference,” Drazin said. “The breeding industry got a shot in the arm with 30 or 40 more brood mares coming in to New Jersey.” By Eileen Moon “Monmouth Park was the one (racing facility) in New Jersey that was willing to take on this battle,” Drazin said.  But a formidable hurdle remained. In order to operate a sports betting facility, proponents needed to overturn a federal law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Betting Protection Act (PASPA) of 1992, which outlawed sports betting in all but a few states. In a budget-cutting measure, then-Gov. Chris Christie ended subsidies to the racetrack, announcing that he wanted New Jersey’s racing venues to privatize or close. Knowing it was unlikely they’d succeed in bringing a casino to Monmouth Park, Drazin approached the governor and legislature with the idea of instituting sports betting. To bolster the state’s struggling casinos and racetracks, the legislature adopted a constitutional amendment that legalized sports betting.  At its official opening June 14, 2018, Drazin said, “There were thousands of people that showed up at Monmouth Park, and Gov. Murphy made the first bet. We were the first sports book to open in the state and for the first time in many years, I saw a solution to the problem (of maintaining the racetrack). Sports betting produced enough of a profit that I felt we could at least break even.” Vast, with Joe Bravo riding, left, won the Hollywood Wildcat Stakes for Two-Year-Old Fillies at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, on Sept. 22, 2019. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO. Wagering and gaming opportunities continue to evolve with technology and Monmouth Park plans to stay ahead of the curve with innovative ideas that include bets that combine racing and sports, fixed odds wagering and exchange wagering, which allows people to bet after the horses are out of the gate and before they cross the finish line. “I began plans to renovate the racetrack for what I anticipated to be larger crowds than the first venue could handle,” he said.  Citing a study by the Rutgers Equine Science Center, the horse industry in New Jersey is responsible for 13,000 jobs and the preservation of some 222,000 acres of open space that might otherwise fall to development. “Even though it was illegal, sports betting was a $400 billion a year business in the U.S.,” Drazin said. “It’s not like people weren’t doing it.” Once at risk of closure and potential development, the historic home of the sport of kings is successfully reinventing itself as a destination for sports wagering and entertainment while it maintains its status as a premier venue for thoroughbred racing. OCEANPORT – Now in its second year, sports betting at Monmouth Park appears to be paying off in a big way.  “Without that, the industry would not have survived,” said Drazin, who traces his lifelong interest in horse racing back to his childhood years accompanying his father to Monmouth Park. Plans are now in the works to add another state-of-the-art sports book facility on the valet parking side of the racetrack. Scheduled to open in 2021, it will be an “upscale, Las Vegas-style, sports book,” Drazin said. While it won’t feature casino-style table games or slots, he said, “it will be almost like a typical sports book you would have in a casino in Las Vegas.” It’s critical for Monmouth Park to succeed in attracting a younger demographic who will help the facility endure for many years to come, Drazin noted. “We want to create a fun environment where customers want to spend time.” “They were losing money,” Drazin said. “They were struggling to survive.” As the litigation made its way through the courts, Drazin’s development company embarked on enhancing the offerings at Monmouth Park, renovating a former cafeteria to serve as a sports bar where customers could watch games and engage in some limited, legal forms of sports wagering.last_img read more

December Fishing Report — Main Lake still going strong

first_imgKootenay Lake: The main lake is still going! As I said last month this is the best time of year to go fishing, and I haven’t been proven wrong yet. November saw lots of big fish being caught again.  These fish have definitely put on the feedbags before the winter cold.  Rainbows up to 24 pounds and Dollies up to 15 pounds have been coming in consistently. The water temperature has cooled well below the 50 degree mark now.  But that has only increased the energy of these fish.  Our charters are not only seeing big fish hit the lures, but hearing the scream of the reel.  There are times when all you can do is grab the rod and hold on tight.  These fish will scream line for hundreds of feet before you can gain control.  It’s definitely an exciting time of year. Some of our best days lately have seen 15 – 20 fish on during the day.  Of those fish, generally half of them are in the double digits.  One of our most recent trips we had 16 fish on in a matter of 6 hours.  At least 7 of these fish were over 10 pounds.  Now that’s some good fishing.  It seemed like we didn’t even have time to eat lunch, but that’s a good problem to have. While not all days are like this, there has been a lot of great fishing. A more average day would consist of eight fish in eight hours.  Usually these days see a morning bite when you can hook four or five fish in an hour, and then a later bite when you can hook four or five fish again in an hour.  It’s the in between time that tests your patience.  Some days we’ll go three or four hours in between the bites.  But that’s fishing, and if you can be patient, you will be rewarded. Speaking of rewards.  Congratulations to one of our lucky clients for catching a tagged fish.  One of our good days of fishing produced a bonus for our customers.  They managed to catch a reward tagged fish that earned them $100. Keep your eyes open for more of these tagged fish.  It is part of a study that is helping us to understand the survival rate of some of these bigger fish.  It also helps to keep track of how well the stocks are being maintained. What are the lures of choice ?? Lately we have been catching fish both on the surface and down deep.  Bucktail flies are working great on the surface as usual, and our Lyman  plugs or flasher/hoochie are working well on the downriggers.  Favorite depths have been between 100 – 150 feet. My favorite bucktails have been:  black/white, grey/white, and the November special. My favorite flasher/hoochie’s have been:  green, army truck, and tiger prawn. And my favorite Lyman plugs have been the # 100, 135, 24 Looking forward to more 20-plus pound Rainbows this winter.  It’s an exciting time of year.  So, let’s get out there. Tight lines………………………………………Kerry Reed is the owner/operator of Reel Adventures Fishing Charters in Nelson, B.C. Phone number is 250-505-4963 or try the website at www.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

$6 Million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) – NOTES FOR FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4, 2016

first_imgEffinex/Shaman Ghost – Tri-bone Stables’ Effinex galloped 1 5/8m Friday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for a start in Saturday’s Classic.Stronach Stables’ Shaman Ghost walked the shedrow Friday after having an unofficial 1/4m breeze at the end of his 1 5/8m gallop Thursday morning.Trainer James Jerkens “is happy how they’re doing” and is hoping they get a chance to run their best races.“You just hope to get a good trip. Other than those two horses (California Chrome and Arrogate) everybody has been taking turns beating each other,” Jerkens said. “You just hope to get a good trip.”Effinex got a good trip in last year’s Classic, in which he broke sharply to most closely follow pacesetting American Pharoah and fought off challenges in the stretch to finish second behind the Triple Crown champion. With the presence of California Chrome, Arrogate and Melatonin in the field, Jerkens is hoping for another stalking trip for Effinex.“I’d like him to break cleanly and have him come running out of there and keep his nice rail spot and let the others go to the lead. I hope they run out of there so he won’t be cramped up in there. That would be ideal,” Jerkens said.Flavien Prat will ride Effinex for the first time, while Irad Ortiz Jr. has the return mount aboard Shaman Ghost, who won the Woodward at Saratoga last time out. Frosted — Godolphin Racing’s gray 4yo Frosted galloped 1 1/2m before dawn Friday morning on the eve of his rematch with California Chrome in the Classic. They faced each other once before in the Dubai World Cup March 26. Under jockey William Buick, subbing for Joel Rosario in Dubai, Frosted was fifth in the field of 12 that evening, 5 1/2 lengths behind California Chrome. In the World Cup, connections were able to chose their post position based on a random draw.“If we had to do it over again we probably would have selected an inside post instead of outside, but I was thinking that we probably wanted to stay out of trouble and clock the pace,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “It just didn’t work out that well for us. He’s not an easy horse to ride. Joel rides him very well — not that the guys in Dubai didn’t, but he’s not an easy horse to ride. Sometimes you’ve got to fool with him and think that he’s running off almost. Joel does that well. He’s doing great. California Chrome beat him fair and square then, but we hope that we can turn the tables.”McLaughlin acknowledged that California Chrome, who is perfect this year, is the horse to beat, but that the Frosted connections are looking forward to another shot at California Chrome.“We’re excited,” he said. “The horse is doing great, but we have a lot of respect for California Chrome.”Keen Ice – Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice galloped 1 3/8m Friday morning at Santa Anita, where he has settled in ‘like an old pro’ for a start in Saturday’s Classic.The son of Curlin is rated at 20-1 in the morning line, but the 4yo colt demonstrated that he must always be taken seriously when he upset Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers Stakes at Saratoga.“He’s the kind of horse that’s shown on a given day he’s capable of beating anyone,” said trainer Todd Pletcher, who took over the training of Keen Ice in July. “He loves a mile and a quarter and benefits from a fast pace.”The pace isn’t going to impact the one-run Keen Ice’s early positioning.“You have to allow him to be comfortable early on. You can’t force him out of his game,” Pletcher said. “His game is to keep coming, so we’ll allow him to do that.”Javier Castellano has the mount on the late-running colt. War Story – Loooch Racing Stables et al.’s Mario Serey, Jr.-trained War Story walked the shedrow for 90 minutes on Friday morning and will do the same later Friday afternoon in advance of his run in Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.“It was a very easy day,” Serey said. “He is doing great and is fresh. We will lead him over there tomorrow and we will surprise people.” California Chrome – When you train the world’s richest thoroughbred and are favored to take home the top prize money of $3,600,000 from the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, one would assume that solid conditioning, meticulous planning and a little racing luck should suffice. But, leaving nothing to chance, California Chrome’s connections will be taking some additional insurance by wearing their “lucky” attire for the 1 1/4m fixture.“I’ve got a special suit that I wore when Chrome won the Dubai World Cup” trainer Art Sherman said with a chuckle.  “I’m definitely going to wear it again Saturday.”Likewise Sherman’s son and assistant trainer, Alan, said he’s worn the same blue suit for each of Chrome’s starts, all victories, this year and indicated there was no reason whatsoever to change attire. “Heck, it’s the only time I ever have a chance to wear a suit!”Exercise rider Dihigi Gladney and groom Raul Rodriguez also have collaborated to spruce up for Chrome’s races, each wearing a lucky tie. In Gladney’s case, it’s a customized tied emblazoned with Chrome’s likeness.Who needs rabbit’s feet? Melatonin – The Santa Anita and Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner jogged twice around the track Friday morning.“He’s good, he’s been put away and is resting,” trainer David Hofmans said before daybreak. “I haven’t decided what we’ll do tomorrow (race day), but he will do something. He might do the same as today, or he might gallop.”Melatonin has not raced since the Gold Cup on June 25. A minor illness scrubbed plans for the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar in August. Hofmans, therefore, is bringing Melatonin into the Classic on workouts alone.“I’ve done it before, I just don’t remember when or what horse,” Hofmans said. “And I used to watch Charlie Whittingham do it all the time.” Arrogate/Hoppertunity – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s Breeders’ Cup Classic duo both galloped 1 3/8m Friday morning under exercise rider Dana Barnes.“Probably they’ll just walk tomorrow, but I won’t make that decision until 6 in the morning,” Baffert said. “They’re both ready as they can be and if they do anything (Saturday morning) it will be very light.”             Win the Space – Kretz Racing’s Win the Space walked the shedrow Friday morning, according to trainer George Papaprodromou.last_img read more