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LONGSHOT MS PEINTOUR RALLIES TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 ASTRA STAKES BY TWO LENGTHS UNDER BLANC; TRAINED BY KORINER, SHE GETS MARATHON 1 ½ MILES ON TURF IN 2:26.71

first_imgLONGSHOT MS PEINTOUR RALLIES TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 ASTRA STAKES BY TWO LENGTHS UNDER BLANC; TRAINED BY KORINER, SHE GETS MARATHON 1 ½ MILES ON TURF IN 2:26.71ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2020)–Winless in her last eight races at shorter distances, Samantha Siegel’s Ms Peintour relished a mile and one half on turf today at Santa Anita as she rallied to register a comfortable two length win in the Grade III, $100,000 Astra Stakes under Brice Blanc.  Trained by Brian Koriner, the 5-year-old daughter of Paynter got the distance in 2:26.71.Well beaten when close to the early pace in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf here Dec. 28, Ms Peintour was attentive to the Astra pace while well in-hand, in fourth position about two lengths off Lostintranzlation heading into the far turn.At that point, Blanc angled out, rallied three-deep turning for home and took command a furlong from home while winning as much best.“After her last race, I told Brian I think she wants to run further,” said Blanc.  “She stays very steady and even though she doesn’t have a big turn of foot, she keeps trying.  This race came up at a mile and half and it was perfect.  I’m very happy to be right and I’m glad to have this opportunity with Brian and Samantha.”Off at 13-1 in a field of seven older fillies and mares, Ms Peintour paid $28.40, $9.60 and $4.00.“She’s always loped out strong,” said Koriner, who bagged his third win of the day.  “She doesn’t have that turn of foot, but she’s acted like she wants to go and go.  We thought if Brice could get the jump on them today, we wouldn’t have horses finishing like they do at shorter distances.”Bred in Kentucky, Ms Peintour is out of the Dynaformer mare Dyna’s Destiny.  Although she was Grade II stakes placed at age three, today marked her first stakes win and her third overall from 13 career starts.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $166,534.Fourth turning for home, favored Tiny Tina rallied but had to settle for second money, finishing one length in front of Siberian Iris.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, “Tiny” was off at 7-5 and paid $3.00 and $2.20.Irish-bred Siberian Iris, the second choice at 8-5 with Drayden Van Dyke up, paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.48, 48.20, 1:12.96, 1:36.95, 2:01.78 and 2:26.71.One of LA’s longtime top sportscasters, KNBC 4’s Mario Solis, was on hand to make the Astra Trophy presentation.last_img read more

Yacolt man attacked near Portland movie theater

first_imgPortland police are investigating a Sunday morning attack on a man who was dressed in women’s clothing outside the Clinton Street Theater as a possible bias crime.Carlos Cervantes, 53, of Yacolt was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head several times by a man who had yelled an epithet at him, police said.Cervantes said Monday he had been dressed in drag for a midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, a long-running cult classic that features a newly married couple and a cross-dressing mad scientist. The movie, which has played in some venues for decades, encourages audience participation and dress-up.After the movie, Cervantes said, he was outside with other patrons when a man came out of a nearby bar and made some comments that he couldn’t understand. A second man joined the heckler, and Cervantes decided to walk away, he said.But as Cervantes was about to cross Southeast 26th Avenue, he said, he was thrown to the ground. One of the men kicked his head several times until witnesses pulled him off, he said.last_img read more

LATTE editor Madeline Hoskin has freshly returne

first_imgLATTE editor, Madeline Hoskin, has freshly returned from a trip to New Caledonia, a destination that is currently reinvigorating its approach to tourism. Along with a number of other wholesalers, agents and media from Australian and New Zealand, she primarily retreated to its magnificent blue waters, white sands and French-infused cuisine to attend the first Rendezvous Workshop.The Rendezvous Workshop was held in the Tjibaou Cultural Centre in Noumea, with the group welcomed warmly with traditional Melanesian singing and dancing as well as an authentic customary gesture (the exchanging of gifts). This setting provided the ideal place in which suppliers and wholesalers could make face-to-face introductions, expanding knowledge on the area and future working partnerships. As such, agents can look forward to an increasing number of itineraries taking in the delights of New Caledonia.New Caledonia Tourism’s sales and marketing director, Caroline Brunel, said Australians and Kiwis love visiting New Caledonia as it’s so close, yet a world away. This has been reflected in the first three months of 2015 visitor figures which are up 41.1 per cent for Australians and 52.5 per cent for New Zealand, compared to the respective months in 2014.“The destination has received strong interest and investment from several globally renowned brands including the Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residences in 2013 and the Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa last year.”The week-long celebrations saw pre and post famils for product managers and travel trade, with itineraries including activities across the island paradise, covering the Northern, the Southern and the Loyalty Islands provinces. LATTE was fortunate to experience first hand the tourism focused delights of the Isle of Pines, Noumea and the southern part of Grand Terre (the main island).Le Meridien Noumea was the primary accommodation base, and the luxury hotel is (invisibly) in the midst of a truly grand makeover. LATTE have tested the new rooms, and can report that the comfort, luxury details and facilities have been superbly redone to make this hotel one of the finest places to stay in the country.www.learnnewcal.com.aulast_img read more