Santa Anita Outrider Jesus Camacho And His Horse Justin Form Front Line Of Animal Welfare & Safe Racing Each Morning & Afternoon

first_imgSanta Anita Outrider Jesus Camacho And His Horse Justin Form Front Line Of Animal Welfare & Safe Racing Each Morning & Afternoon ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2020)–His day begins at 3:30 a.m.  Every day.  His name is Jesus Camacho, barn foreman/exercise rider for trainer Bill Spawr by morning and Santa Anita outrider on race day afternoons.Camacho, along with his horse Justin, a 12-year-old Thoroughbred gelding that was re-trained following his racing career, are integral parts of an invaluable front line in Santa Anita’s efforts to maintain the highest standards of equine safety and welfare each morning and afternoon.“Justin and I are a team, that’s the best way I can describe it,” said Camacho, 52, who lives in Mira Loma, 40 miles east of The Great Race Place. “He loves his job.  When there’s a loose horse in the afternoon, he knows what to do and we get the job done.  I’ve trained him to stand still whenever I get off of him and he’s really like what a buoy is to a lifeguard at the beach. We both need each other and he does a fantastic job.”In a world in which precious Thoroughbreds require 24/7 care and attention, Camacho is a great fit by any measure.A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Camacho grew up with horses.“My dad and his dad were jockeys,” he said. “Wherever we were racing, at Caliente or in Mexico City, that’s where we lived. I’ve got four sisters and a brother, Ruben (Camacho, Jr.) and he’s a jockey at Emerald Downs near Seattle.  I’ve been getting on horses my whole life and I started getting paid to get on them when I was 13.“I came here when I was 19 and I went to work right away at the racetrack, Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Pomona. I love my job. People say, ‘How can you work so many hours and so many days?’“I just tell them that for me, it’s not work. Being with the horses is something I love and being a part of a great team with Bill in the morning and then taking the horses to the gate in the afternoons is an incredible honor and privilege.  I work with the stewards on the radio and if Dana (Stead, Track Veterinarian) or any of the jockeys see or feel something with any of the horses, the stewards know about it and these horses are looked at very closely.  If there’s any question at all, Dana will recommend they be scratched.”For his part, Stead views Camacho as an indispensable part of the Santa Anita safety team.“He’s a vital component to what we do,” said Stead. “Camacho (he’s seemingly never referred to by his first name) is very, very perceptive. He often spots trouble before it happens. He truly has a calming effect on horses and his horsemanship is invaluable to us.  When we have difficult situations, he does not hesitate. He’s very courageous and he’s always working to improve any situation, regardless of the circumstances.”Loose horses from time to time present challenging circumstances, fraught with potential danger.“I’ve ridden all over the world and Camacho is one of the best outriders we’ve ever had,” said veteran jockey Aaron Gryder. “He’s in-tune with his surroundings and when things happen, he’s quick to diffuse any danger. He’s a great horseman and a great person.”“My day starts at 3:30 every morning,” Camacho said.  “I’ve been with Bill for 29 years now and we think alike. He and I check every single horse before they get tacked up, so we’re ready when the training track opens at 4:45. We take everyone’s temperature and check everyone’s legs, to make sure they’re not carrying any heat in their ankles or knees and to make sure they haven’t hurt themselves in any way overnight.“I get on about eight or 10 horses every morning and probably breeze about three or four a day, every Sunday and Monday. Bill likes to use the training track a lot and he likes getting everyone out early, before it gets too busy and while things are nice and quiet.”Although she’s no longer a part of the Spawr barn, Eclipse Award winning Older Dirt Female Midnight Bisou, who has now won five Grade I stakes and banked $3.7 million, remains a personal favorite of Camacho’s.“I’ve been on a bunch of good horses, but she was special,” he said.  “We were so sad to see her leave (when transferred to the eastern-based stable of Steve Asmussen following a third place finish in the Kentucky Oaks in May, 2018). She’s the kind of horse you want to stick with…But I’m proud of what she’s achieved because I know we were a big part of her early development. When she came in, she was very green and had so much to learn. She’s always had a ton of class and I’m rooting for her tomorrow (in the $20 million Saudi Cup against top males). This will be her last year in training and then we can look forward to seeing her babies run in the future.”And for all who come to the races or morning training sessions at Santa Anita, be they fans, trainers, owners or jockeys, Jesus Camacho is one of the many people they know they can count on to ensure the well-being of horse and rider, seven days a week.last_img read more

LOOK: Mayweather says he’ll party all week leading to McGregor fight

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano With such an extended period of time away from professional competition, many thought the seasoned boxer would require a stricter training camp to make up for his long absence. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Instead, the ever-brash undefeated fighter recently invited his fans on social media to party with him at his own strip club, ahead of the monumental fight.“Come hang out with me Tonight at “GIRL COLLECTION” and ask me anything you want, live & in person!” he wrote, adding he’d be at the venue on Aug. 17 until the 28th.Just to make sure there was no error there, Mayweather clarified that he was indeed praying the whole week before his next fight.“That’s right… I’m partying the entire week before my fight all the way through to next Monday following my fight ONLY at Girl Collection!!!!” his message read.His opponent, McGregor, on the other hand, hasn’t been too modest either, claiming the undefeated fighter won’t  even get past the first round. /raADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano RELATED STORY:Mayweather warns of hefty fine if McGregor kicks him in their fightSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 19, 2017At 40, returning boxing pound-for-pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have diminished skills, but his confidence remains as high as ever.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Coming off an almost two-year layoff from the sport, “Money” is making a comeback to the ring next week against Irish superstar and UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in a crossover match for the ages at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite SEA Games: Kayla Richardson skips 100m dash, targets 200m gold Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stingslast_img read more

World Bank President Wants Support to Ebola Countries

first_imgWorld Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim has issued a statement calling for support to Ebola survivors following World Health Organization’s declaration that Guinea is free of the virusIn his statement, President Kim described the declaration of Guinea as a “Milestone,” noting that they have showed remarkable determination fighting Ebola since the first case emerged in rural Guinea two years ago.“My colleagues and I at the World Bank Group congratulate the government and people of Guinea on reaching this important milestone,” Kim said.The first case of Ebola was reported in Guinea in 2014 and later it surfaced in Liberia in March of the same year. As the virus began spreading due to ignorance in handling it, it extended to Sierra Leone.Though there had been outbreaks on two occasions, Liberia was the first to be declared free in 2015 followed by Sierra Leone and now Guinea.The World Bank President, in his statement, cautioned that there is a need to be vigilant and keep the virus at zero case as the devastation has caused serious consequences on the economies and social lives of people of the three countries.“Still, we must remain vigilant to stay at zero cases, and continue to support Guinea as it contends with the enormous human and economic costs of Ebola. We must remain committed to support survivors and everyone affected by the virus, while also remembering the thousands of Guineans and heroic health workers who lost their lives.“The World Bank Group is committed to supporting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone as they work to bring this deadly epidemic to an end, rebuild their economies and strengthen their health systems. We will do everything we can to help these countries and the world prevent another deadly pandemic,” he added.The World Bank Group has mobilized US$1.62 billion in financing for Ebola response and recovery efforts. This total includes US$1.17 billion from IDA, the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries, and at least US$450 million from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, to enable trade, investment and employment.WHO up to December 27 recorded 11,315 Ebola deaths in the three affected countries of which Liberia alone accounts for over 4,000.Declaration of Guinea free of the virus is a significant milestone on grounds that cross border trade exists among the three countries, and one affected by the virus means it is highly probable that it will spread in the two other countries that are already declared free.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Demolition works commence on former Christianburg Primary School

first_imgIn preparation for the commencement of the construction of a new school building, demolition works have commenced on the dilapidated Christianburg Primary School building in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice).The school as demolition works commencedThe Regional Democratic Council (RDC) is tasked with the reconstruction works. Councillors recently voted unanimously to commence the reconstruction of the school, by first demolishing the former structure which has been abandoned for years before erecting a new building.The school is expected to be rebuilt at a cost of more than $40 million, Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO), Maylene Stephen had indicated.The RDC has finally made strides in securing funds to rebuild the dilapidated school, which has been closed since 2015.Despite concerns raised in the past over the condition of the school’s present location, Regional Chairman Renis Morian said it would be rebuilt on the same site.The school, which was one of the first to be built in the Linden community, had begun to sink and structurally deteriorate, rendering it dangerous for the growing numbers of students to continue to be housed at the facility.Several engineers have, over the years, visited the site to conduct tests to determine whether it was still suitable to rebuild at the location, as officials had noted that owing to issues such as drainage, the school had sunk tremendously over the years.This, they explained, had intensified owing to the presence of ponds in the area.Following the school’s closure, students have been housed at the St Aidan’s Primary School at Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden.The move has reportedly had some negative effects on both students and teachers, as outlined by members of the Parent-Teacher’s Association (PTA) who had stressed that the distance they had to travel was too much, contributing to high transportation and extra meal costs, coupled with overcrowding among other negative issues.However, the Regional Chairman has since indicated that parents in the area were now very happy that the school would be rebuilt.Regional Education Committee Chairman Denise Belgrave had months ago questioned the adequacy of the school’s location, as it related to the number of students as she indicated that enrolment would have since increased.The Regional Chairman has pointed out, however, that based on assessments which were carried out, the number of students were declining as a result of persons migrating to Amelia’s Ward, Linden as he noted that the area was suitable.But Belgrave has indicated that the number of students has been fluctuating over a specific period.last_img read more

Some A-list drivers aren’t in the club yet

first_imgWhat they don’t need is rain. If the wet stuff washes out qualifying – and it did in 1999 – those who would receive the remaining eight spots include Jarrett, Vickers (who won a race in 2006), Bill Elliott (past champion in 1988), Joe Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Sterling Marlin, Reutimann and Mike Bliss. Those packing up and headed back to North Carolina would include Mayfield, Paul Menard, Kenny Wallace, Kevin LePage, Regan Smith, Ward Burton, Allmendinger, Brandon Whitt and Waltrip. However, there is a catch. John Andretti may possibly sub for Elliott, which would create a shuffle. If Andretti does drive, Mayfield would get the pass on a rainout. It’s a long way to go without taking a lap. Despite the track having lights, the San Bernardino County 200 Craftsman Truck Series race is scheduled for 6 p.m. Make no mistake, the pressure – already at a feverish stage – is on. Even for Nemechek, who finished ninth at Daytona last week. He has started with a clean slate because he is racing for a new team in the Bobby Ginn stable. Those who finished in the top 35 in owners points in 2006 have a spot in Sunday’s 250-lap race. That leaves 17 drivers – including two former Cup champions – who will have to make the field on speed. As a past champion (1999), Dale Jarrett will be able to take a provisional if his Michael Waltrip-owned Toyota does not get in on speed. Waltrip also is on the outside, as are fellow Toyota drivers Brian Vickers, A.J. Allmendinger, Jeremy Mayfield and David Reutimann. In the inaugural Cup race at Fontana in 1997, Nemechek won the pole. Since then, he has posted six top-10 starting efforts, including a 9.71 starting average in the past seven races at Fontana. “I’ve always liked the California facility,” Nemechek said. “I have a good feel for the track and seem to do well there.” Burton also is under the gun. He’s making his first start at Fontana since 2004. “We have to focus on getting the right setup for the car, the right springs, shocks, everything, so that we can use our practice time to get better,” Burton said. Mayfield won this race in 2000 in a Roger Penske car. That will not bring much comfort Friday. “Obviously, we were very disappointed with the way things turned out in Daytona, but we knew going in the possibility existed that we wouldn’t make the show,” Mayfield said. “We can’t spend a lot of time dwelling on it. We can only make sure that when we show up in California, we don’t have the same result. “Hopefully, we got ours out of the way early, and we can get to Fontana and get things started in the right direction. We just have to make sure we stick to the fundamentals and get ourselves a good qualifying run and make the show. There’s absolutely no reason why we wouldn’t be able to do that. We have everything it takes.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Perhaps the most competitive day of the upcoming NASCAR weekend at California Speedway will be Friday. A total of 52 drivers will vie for 43 positions for Sunday’s Nextel Cup Series Auto Club 500. And that’s if the projected rain stays away and Friday’s qualifying proceeds as scheduled. last_img read more

Man gets 25 years in third strike

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – A 66-year-old man who burned his son two decades ago to prevent his estranged wife from getting custody was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison by a judge who called him the “kind of individual for whom the three strikes law was passed.” Charley Charles was re-sentenced in San Francisco Superior Court for possessing a gun after an appeals court said the judge erred in not applying the so-called “three strikes, you’re out” law to a pair of convictions in the fire that severely injured his son. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ming-Mei Lee cited Charles’ lengthy criminal record, which dates back to 1958 and includes multiple felony convictions in three states for robbery, forgery and weapon charges. “There really has been no substantial time period where the defendant has been law abiding,” Lee said. In 1983, Charles, then known as Charles Rothenberg, took his son to a Southern California motel room and gave the boy a sleeping pill. He then doused the room with kerosene and lit the fuel before leaving. At the time, he said he was distraught about losing the boy in a custody battle. The boy survived and Charles served seven years for attempted murder and arson. The relatively light sentence drew outrage and helped pave the way for stricter sentencing guidelines. At issue Wednesday was Charles’ 2005 conviction for being a felon in possession of a handgun and ammunition. 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

Late win ‘marvellous’ way to progress – Messi

first_img“It is marvellous to have won it in this manner. It is a deserved joy,” Messi said in quotes published by Argentina’s official Twitter account.“We knew God was with us and wasn’t going to let us go out.“I thank all the fans that are here, for all their sacrifice and to all those in Argentina that were always with us. The shirt of the national team is above all else.”Argentina will need a vast improvement if they are to progress any further as they face highly fancied France in the last 16 on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Despite Rojo’s heroics, when Argentina’s substitutes flooded the pitch at the full-time whistle, it was their number 10 they smothered© AFP GABRIEL BOUYSSAINT PETERSBURG, Russia, June 26 –  A relieved Lionel Messi believes Argentina deserve their place in the last 16 of the World Cup after being saved by Marcos Rojo’s late winner against Nigeria as they avoided an embarrassing group-stage exit.Messi opened the scoring in Saint Petersburg with his first goal of the tournament, but Victor Moses’s early second-half penalty made it another nervous night in Russia for the five-time world player of the year and under-fire coach Jorge Sampaoli before Rojo’s late intervention.last_img read more

Sofapaka to play USM Alger in friendly

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Ephraim Guikan vies for the ball with USM Alger’s Mohammed Bekhenmassa during a CAF Confederation Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on May 16, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 9- Former Kenyan Premier League champions Sofapaka will on Wednesday evening take on Algerian side USM Alger in a friendly match under the Camp Toyoyo Floodlights in Nairobi.The Algerian team is in the same CAF Confederation Cup group with Kenyan champions Gor Mahia and have already played them, the match ending 0-0 at the Kasarani Stadium in May. Alger are in the country to prepare for their third group match of the Confederation Cup against Rayon Sport in Kigali on the 18th of this month.“It will be a good opportunity for us to weigh ourselves against one of the best clubs in the continent because ultimately, that is where we want to play next season. For the players as well, it will be a great platform to gain experience and also learn a few things from them,” Sofapaka head coach John Baraza said.Alger currently lead Group D of the Confederations Cup with four points after two games having beaten Tanzania’s Yanga 4-0 in the opening match in Algiers before picking a point in their 0-0 draw with Gor in Nairobi. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool striker update! Reds yet to contact Lille about Origi recall

first_img Divock Origi in action for Lille Liverpool are yet to approach Lille about a possible recall of Divock Origi, according to the French club’s president Michel Seydoux.Origi joined Liverpool in the summer for £10m, however the 19-year-old was immediately loaned back to Lille for the season as part of the deal.Since then though Brendan Rodgers’ side have struggled in front of goal and speculation has grown that the Reds may bring Origi’s proposed move forward.It has been reported that Lille would be due £3m if Liverpool decided to cut the striker’s loan short, but the Ligue 1 club’s president have now revealed that no offer has been made by Liverpool.“There is no official offer from Liverpool. For the moment [Divock] Origi is at Lille and we count on him,” Seydoux told La Voix du Nord. 1last_img read more

Exclusive – Manchester City defender admits future is uncertain

first_imgManchester City defender Micah Richards admits his future is up in the air.The 26-year-old, currently on loan at Serie A side Fiorentina, is out of contract in the summer and has been linked with a switch to Inter Milan, where former manager Roberto Mancini is in charge.And Richards, who has also been touted with a move to Juventus, claims the lure of first-team football will be one of his main deciding factors.“It’s difficult to say [where I will play] at the moment,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “Every wants to play in the Premier League, it’s still the best league in the world and the most entertaining.“But I wouldn’t mind staying in Italy because we’re doing well at the moment.“I’ve been linked with Inter Milan with my old manager Roberto Mancini, so I have a few options.“I just want to go somewhere where I’m going to play the most.“Every footballer can go to a bigger club on a free contract but for me, I’m still only 26 and I just want to play every game, that’s what’s important.”last_img read more