The Scene Kid: Music has the power to highlight and bridge communities

first_imgHannah Abrahim, a sophomore majoring in popular music performance, took the stage next. Whether she was playing covers or originals, Abrahim incorporated her own rich, soulful vocals into the music. Fusing together pop and R&B, her persona and music gave the Kehlani-types of the world a run for their money. She moved with grace and strength as she sang, making the stage her home and her comfort zone. With Love, a common study spot for Trojans, acted as both the venue hosting and the charity benefiting from our event. As a grocery store, cafe and nonprofit that hosts free classes about topics like healthy eating and yoga, we saw the cafe and market as the perfect fit for our show’s goals to unite and give back to the South L.A. community. Our diverse audience indicated our achievement of these goals. Taking this class has been an absolute dream. While I’ve been an active audience member and photographer in the Los Angeles music scene, I’ve only just started booking shows. Having this opportunity to do what I do for fun on a larger scale has been a tremendous learning experience that I can see myself using throughout my life, whether for my career or as a passion project to promote diversity and safe environments in the music world. Even as a class assignment, the process was fun rather than overly academic. I encourage USC students to bond with the South L.A. community surrounding our campus far more than we do already. Often, we only interact in passing, at stores or on the sidewalk. But I believe college feels like less of a bubble and more like an integrated part of a city when we choose to bridge the gap, transforming students into community members instead of keeping those titles separate. Vibras pa la Cultura did exactly this, and it was rewarding. People sipped horchata and snacked on de la Rosa marzipan candies as they bobbed their heads to the young local musicians on stage at With Love Market & Cafe last Thursday night. The event, Vibras pa la Cultura, did justice to its title, serving good vibes and spreading Latinx culture to a diverse audience: young and old, Spanish-speaking and not, student and local. I feel so lucky to have helped plan this event. As a music industry minor, I am currently taking a class on live music production and promotion. The final project requires students to produce a show from start to finish (which still seems so crazy to me — I can’t believe I go to school for this!). From booking a venue to finding artists to marketing the event, in hopes of selling enough tickets to break even and donate the profits to charity, my group, Hermanas Vibras, had major work cut out for us. First, junior psychology and popular music performance major Mariah Quintero warmed up the crowd with her powerhouse vocals. While I sat outside selling tickets and checking people in, multiple people walking by the venue slowed down their pace and peered in the window to listen to her belting. Clearly, Quinetero is captivating. Passersbys don’t even have to be in the same room as her to appreciate her voice! She has an elegant yet brassy sound, like a Latina pop princess. Fiona Pestana is a junior writing about Los Angeles’ local music scene. Her column,“The Scene Kid,” runs every other Thursday.center_img (Katie Zhao | Daily Trojan) Latin pop artist Alex Ricci closed the show, spreading peppy energy to the whole crowd. His music moved me to dance while working the food table. I couldn’t help it; I felt it in my corazón. The artist transformed first-time listeners into fans as he invited the audience to join in on the chorus of one of his tracks. His latest single, “El Muerto,” will definitely be added to my party playlist.  In the meantime, keep an eye out for more local shows, whether from this class or otherwise. Support diverse talent in your school or geographical community. Trust me, it feels incredible to brag about artists in close proximity to you. Latinx representation was our top priority. Of the five members in my group, three speak Spanish and two are Latinx. Besides this personal connection, my group also recognized USC’s position in South L.A., a region with a predominantly Hispanic and Latinx population. There exists a divide between USC students and the local community, which we wanted to close. When I watched my friends’ bands perform in high school, they were usually the only people of color; they shared the stage mostly with white boys. Since I’ve started booking my own shows in college, representation and diversity across a lineup have become top priorities for me. Having the chance to uplift the Latinx community in an artistic space was so rewarding. And, although the performers all shared that heritage, the bill was not homogeneous, as it included men and women with different musical styles and flare.  Next was the local reggaeton artist Lalo, who quite literally moved the crowd with his Latin beats. He performed songs from “Mienteme,” meaning “lie to me,” a project he released in February. His track “SoLa” captivated me and my friends in the crowd. At the end of Lalo’s set, Alex Ricci, one of the other show headliners, joined him on stage, performing with Lalo and giving the audience a taste of how Ricci would entertain the crowd later in the night. last_img read more

With strong spring Hay ascends to 1st team, looks to key unsure offensive line

first_imgOver the course of Syracuse’s 14 spring practices, only one player stole a spot with the first-team offense or defense — junior offensive tackle Michael Hay.Granted, Van Chew did ascend to the starting Z wide receiver spot after Mike Jones left the team. Adam Harris also stepped into the first-team slot at full back after Carl Cutler suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. But in both cases, both Harris and Chew were essentially given the spots. Each prior starter wasn’t on the field this spring.Josh White, the starter at right tackle entering spring ball, was. White practiced all spring. But from the tail end of the second week and into the third week of spring practice, Hay overcame White for the starting spot at right tackle.‘In the last three to four practices, (Hay) has really stepped up and made the largest improvement (of anyone on the team),’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said.Hay — a junior transfer from Nassau Community College — played well enough in the minds of Marrone and the rest of the coaching staff in spring practice to overtake White on the depth chart and earn the starting nod with the first team Saturday. Hay partook in nearly every snap at the right tackle position with the first-team offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarrone was pleased with the performance as he stressed the fact that Hay earned the starting spot due to a knack for Marrone’s new offensive system.‘He really has a good understanding of the new system,’ Marrone said. ‘I’m happy with his progress — he’s done a very good job in the run game for us. We’ll keep developing in the pass-protection phase, but as far as his assignments, they have been very good the past three to four practices.’The competition between Hay and White will continue into the summer. And that’s all White can ask for.‘Coach (Marrone) just wants us to go out and compete, so he bumped me back, thinking I could focus a little bit more,’ White said. ‘Mike Hay is doing his job, and we are just going to get it done.’Sales back in wide receiver discussion thanks to 158-yard outingFollowing a spring where Marcus Sales seemingly disappeared at every practice, the rising junior wide receiver re-entered the discussion for a starting spot with his 158-yard, two-touchdown performance Saturday. It came entirely against SU’s second-team defense, but Sales was the offensive star for the Orange in Saturday’s Spring Game. The performance came after a down spring for Sales where the wide receiver failed to move up from the third-team spot at the X wide receiver position.‘I’m excited to go back and look at how he played today and in the rest of the spring to make a true evaluation of him,’ Marrone said.Sales, who started five games last year and was third on the team with 28 receptions to go along with three touchdowns on the season, took reps behind starters Alec Lemon and Hofstra transfer Aaron Weaver over the course of the Orange’s 14 practices. Lemon, Weaver and rising junior wideout Van Chew made more big plays in the spring than Sales.‘(Sales’ performance) just gives him more opportunities to compete,’ SU’s wide receiver coach Rob Moore said. ‘That’s what it does.’After the game, Sales acknowledged the opportunity his performance gives him heading into the summer. To Sales, it’s simple. He’s just doing what is asked of him. And after a tough spring, Saturday put him back in the discussion.‘That’s my job, to catch the ball,’ Sales said. ‘It’s just my job to go out there and do work.’Hogue knicked up but fineDespite an Antwon Bailey touchdown run in the second half of SU’s Spring Game Saturday, Syracuse fans held there collective breath for several minutes after the play. At the end of the run, rising senior linebacker Doug Hogue remained on the ground with an apparent leg injury. Hogue was attended to at the goal line following the play. He was then helped off the field by two teammates. The linebacker didn’t return for the remainder of the game and was later seen walking up and down the sideline without much of a limp.SU head coach Doug Marrone was quick to dispel any rumors about Hogue’s status in his postgame presser. Hogue registered four tackles in the 66-58 loss to the offense.‘We come out injury free,’ Marrone said. ‘Doug Hogue went down for a little bit, but he’s back. He is fine. We just didn’t want to put him in there to jeopardize anything in the future. We came out healthy, and that is the goal.’aolivero@syr.edu Published on April 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Football: Badgers may be without Hornibrook this Saturday against Wildcats

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin Football Team (5-2, 3-1 Big Ten) look to unseat the Big Ten West leader Northwestern Wildcats (4-3, 4-1 Big Ten) Saturday morning.News broke Thursday afternoon that Wisconsin quarterback Alex Hornibrook was questionable for this weekend’s tilt with a concussion, and that the Badgers were looking to quarterback Jack Coan as the replacement if needed. Hornibrook is coming off a string of inconsistent games, and many have been calling for Coan to replace him.The possibility that Hornibrook will be sidelined presents an interesting chance for Coan to prove himself or be exposed as ill-prepared for the limelight.Coan saw limited playtime for the Badgers last year, but has yet to see action this year and is likely to be redshirted.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin hockey looks to continue impressive start against Michigan TechThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (3-1-0, 0-0-0 Big Ten) will look to continue their impressive play to start Read…Last season Coan played in six games, going 5-5 for 36 yards.Northwestern sits atop the Big Ten West Standings, taking the place that has been well-reserved for the Badgers over the last few years, and the wrinkle of an untested Coan starting for the Badgers could make this an unexpectedly tough game.Despite the Wildcats’ place in the standings, they have lost to both Duke and Akron — arguably worse losses than Wisconsin’s to BYU.Where the Badgers are seemingly uncertain, Northwestern is decidedly strong in the quarterback position.Men’s basketball: Approaching opener, Badgers look to put last season’s struggles in rear view mirrorLast season didn’t go as planned for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team, and that’s almost certainly an understatement. Read…Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson has been dynamite in seven games for the Wildcats. He’s averaging 272.14 yards per game, with nine touchdowns, seven interceptions and a 61.11 completion percentage.Thorson’s acumen should provide a great test for the Badger secondary, who played their best game of the season last week despite facing a litany of injuries.Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor claimed a casual 159 yards last week against Illinois, but failed to find the end zone even as the Badgers notched four total touchdowns.Against a Northwestern team who has had issues with consistency in their run defense, allowing a low of 90 yards against Akron earlier in the season but succumbing to a rough 231-yard attack versus Nebraska.As is the rule with every team the Badgers have faced this year, past statistics only go so far with in telling how they will handle Taylor, who is a generational talent and the leading rusher in the NCAA.last_img read more

Greyhound racing in Clonmel tonight

first_imgThere’s greyhound racing on the Clonmel track tonight which will see the semi-finals of the Kilsheelan Gallop/T.S.C. A4 Stake.The first race is off at 7.30pm.last_img

LA Dodgers excited to get Clayton Kershaw back Friday

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I caught two (of Kershaw’s) bullpens,” Ruiz said. “That was fun to catch him. He was throwing a lot of strikes. I can’t wait for the opportunity to catch him.”It’s stunning to consider how much 75 days can shift the course of a baseball season. Then again, all Kershaw has to do is look to his left.On June 26, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Dodgers 4-3 at PNC Park. Kershaw suffered his second loss of the season. Three days later he was diagnosed with a mild disc herniation in his lower back and he hasn’t pitched in a major league game since.That will change Friday in Miami, when Kershaw starts the Dodgers’ series opener against the Marlins.“We’re excited for us as a team, but I think that we’re excited for Clayton too,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It’s been a season of highs and lows. For him to watch his teammates the last two and a half months, it’s been very difficult. So the anticipation to get him back on Friday, yeah, we’re very excited.” Kershaw was 11-2 with a 1.79 ERA at the time of his injury. The Dodgers’ resiliency in the meantime has been well-documented. They trailed the first-place Giants by eight games in the National League West after the June 26 loss in Pittsburgh. Now they lead the division by a season-high five games.For a pitcher who’s started an average of 32 games the last seven seasons, the waiting was the hardest part. Kershaw alluded to that Sunday, when he told reporters “I didn’t really learn anything other than it’s not fun to not play.”Privately, Kershaw tried to put on a good face for his teammates, but Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said “you could tell that he felt that pain for two months.”Physical or emotional?“He’s an emotional guy,” Jansen said. “He tried to hide it. You could tell he wanted to be out there so bad to help us win.”This weekend offers the Dodgers a preview of their likely postseason rotation. Kershaw will start opposite another ace, Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez, followed by left-hander Rich Hill on Saturday and Kenta Maeda on Sunday.That’s a formidable top three — one the Dodgers haven’t been able to use in the same series all season. For more than a month, their three best pitchers lined up only in the imagination. Now they’re lined up to pitch consecutive games for the first-place team in the NL West.Said Roberts, “it’s starting to shape up the way we envisioned.”center_img LOS ANGELES >> The last time Clayton Kershaw appeared in a game for the Dodgers, Brock Stewart had yet to make his major league debut. After recording his first career win Wednesday night, Stewart stood at his locker in the Dodgers’ home clubhouse, the one to Kershaw’s left. “I’ve seen him on TV all the time,” Stewart said of Kershaw. “It’s something special to see it in person. I can’t wait.”One stall down, to Stewart’s left, stood catcher Carlos Ruiz. He was playing for the Philadelphia Phillies when Kershaw pitched last, long before he swapped spots with A.J. Ellis in a stunning August trade.last_img read more

Giancarlo Stanton injury update: Yankees slugger (shoulder) activated, in lineup vs. Rays

first_img David Ortiz shooting: Authorities close in on mastermind and motive, ID man they say paid hitmen A leg issue limited Stanton mostly to designated hitter in 2018, when he hit 38 home runs and drove in 100 runs, but the addition of Encarnacion will force manager Aaaron Boone to use Stanton, 29, in the outfield more, a prospect that doesn’t appear to faze GM Brian Cashman.“When we acquired G, it wasn’t to be a DH,” Cashman said. “We feel like we have a very athletic outfielder. Because we’re an American League club, we had a chance to settle him in his first year. He predominantly wound up slotting into that DH spot and then he played the outfield a lot when Judge was down. He’s more than capable.”The Yankees have managed to thrive despite the absence of Stanton and Judge, the two most intimidating hitters in their lineup. Entering Tuesday’s play, New York is in first place in the AL East with a 44-27 record, 1 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay as the teams play the second of a three-game series in the Bronx. He initially was diagnosed with a left biceps strain and left shoulder strain but then suffered a calf strain early in the rehab process, part of what seems to be a never-ending series of injuries for New York this season. Stanton went 1-for-7, the one hit being a home run, in two games of a rehab assignment over the weekend with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.His return, along with the addition Encarnacion, gives the Yankees considerably more pop, with more on the way back as Aaron Judge continues to rehab at Triple-A. The Yankees on Tuesday reinstated outfielder/DH Giancarlo Stanton from the 10-day disabled list, and he is in the lineup Tuesday night against the Rays in his first game since March 31.Stanton will play right field and bat fifth, between Gary Sanchez and recently acquired AL home run leader Edwin Encarnacion, a tantalizing preview of the power the Yankees can load into their batting order when healthy. Big G’s Back 💪Powered by @Biofreeze pic.twitter.com/U55Aojm9QU— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 18, 2019“I can’t wait. People are saying ‘Murderer’s Row.’ It’s going to be fun,” first baseman Luke Voit said (via the New York Daily News ). “It’ll be an intimidating lineup. If you get one guy out, you’re going to have to face the next guy. It’ll be nice to hit around Stanton. I haven’t been able to play with him for a long time and the guy is an MVP for a reason, so I’m excited to get him back.”The team didn’t immediately announce a roster move to make room for Stanton, who has been out since the opening series of the season. Related News Will Yankees land front-line starters like Max Scherzer, Trevor Bauer? ‘We’ll see,’ Brian Cashman says Yankees’ Edwin Encarnacion excited by trade despite dud debutlast_img read more

Monday Night Football Betting Preview: Vikings-Seahawks odds, trends, pick

first_imgThe Vikings (8-3) travel to Centurylink Field to take on the Seahawks (9-2) to close out Week 13 on Monday Night Football. It should be an intense battle between two of the NFC’s top teams. Currently holding both of the wild card spots, the outcome of this game will likely end up having playoff implications. A Seahawks victory would vault them atop the NFC West and bump down the 49ers to their current wild card spot. A Vikings win would allow them to keep a two-game cushion ahead of the Rams (7-5), the only team with a record above .500 outside the NFC playoff picture.Let’s explore some factors to note for each team. You can find all NFL expert picks, expert picks, and best bets at BetQL! MORE BETQL:  Exclusive wagering tools for tonight’s gameVikings outlookWhile the Vikings have gone 6-1 in their past seven games, they’ve failed to cover in three of their last four contests. Nonetheless, in their past 20 games against awful passing defenses (who allow 260 or more passing yards per game), they’ve gone 15-5 ATS. The Seahawks have allowed 268.7 passing yards per contest, fourth-most in the NFL. Meanwhile, Seattle’s defense ranks 10th against the rush, allowing 101.5 yards per game on the ground. In all, they’re a far cry from the “Legion of Boom”.Very quietly, Kirk Cousins has amassed 2,756 passing yards and 21 touchdowns along with just three interceptions. Over his past three games, the Vikings quarterback has thrown eight touchdowns and no picks and has thrown 18 scores and just one interception over the past seven games. It’s worth mentioning that both Dalvin Cook (chest) is expected to play and Adam Thielen (hamstring) will sit out, so ancillary pieces of the Vikings’ offense might be expected to step up alongside primary target Stefon Diggs. Per multiple reports, Cook’s ailment is not considered serious, but if he’s limited in any way, Minnesota’s offense could learn more heavily on backup Alexander Mattison.MONDAY NIGHT DFS: DraftKings Showdown picksSeahawks outlookThe Seahawks tend to heat up at this time of the season. Over their past 34 games between Weeks 10 and 13, they’ve gone 26-8 ATS. Further, they’re on a four-game SU winning streak and have covered three straight contests. Minnesota’s defense has allowed 244.5 passing yards per game (20th) and have been much more stout against the run, allowing 94.2 yards per contest (sixth). Although Rashaad Penny broke out last week and outplayed Chris Carson, the two backs are still expected to split work in this contest and Carson is expected to get the start. Pete Caroll and his coaching staff tend to take a hot-hand approach with two healthy backs, and that’s most likely what will happen again tonight. Russell Wilson is firmly in the MVP race and has accumulated 2,937 passing yards, 27 total touchdowns (24 passing), and has thrown just three interceptions. Tyler Lockett (illness) is expected to suit up, but he was a victim of a bug that was traveling around the locker room late in the practice week. It remains to be seen if that plays a factor in this contest, not only for Lockett, but also for his teammates that were affected. PredictionMinnesota ranks third in the NFL in rush-play percentage (50.2 percent) while Seattle ranks fifth (46.4 percent). While both of their passing offenses have shown bright spots at various points of the season, each team’s offensive scheme requires establishing the run. Therefore, if both offenses stick to their normal game plans, expect the clock to keep moving without an abundance of scoring since both defenses rank in the top 10 against the run. Per BetQL’s NFL Public Betting Dashboard, 68 percent of the total money wagered has gone under the 49-point total, as of Monday morning. Find out whether BetQL’s NFL Model favors the Vikings or the Seahawks against the spread!last_img read more

Mates pound Hour Glass in Flag Football showdown

first_imgThe showdown didn’t live up to its original billing.Dam Inn Mates scored early and often en route to crushing Nelson Hour Glass 34-6 in West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football League action Sunday at the Mount Sentinel Field.The game was billed as a showdown between the league’s two undefeated teams.Mates quarterback Kelly Voykin had an easy time picking apart the Hour Glass defence, connecting with four touchdown passes to Ryan Boisvert, Kyle Niminiken, Jesse Lucas and John Parker. Voykin also rushed for a major score while connecting fror two single-point conversions. The only blemish on Voykin’s was an interception.On the defensive side of the ball Nate Fedorchuk had three interceptions while Jesse lucas registered on sack for a safety.In the other game, the Brewers blasted the Castlegar Vikings in a battle of the two cellar dwellers.Action resumes Sunday at Mount Sentinel with Brewers meeting Hour Glass at 11 a.m. and Vikings playing undefeated Dam Inn Mates at 1 p.m.The Mates/Vikings contest is a rematch of last year’s league final won by Dam Inn.last_img read more

LIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM–TOP O’NEILL ASSISTANT LEANDRO MORA CELEBRATING 42 YEARS IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RACING INDUSTRY

first_imgLIVING THE AMERICAN DREAM–TOP O’NEILL ASSISTANT LEANDRO MORA CELEBRATING 42 YEARS IN THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RACING INDUSTRYORIGINALLY DEVOID OF SKILLS AND MONO-LINGUAL, POPULAR MORA HAS EXPERIENCED VICTORY IN  THE KENTUCKY DERBY, OAKS & FIVE BREEDERS’ CUPS WHILE RAISING A SUCCESSFUL FAMILYARCADIA, Calif. April 19, 2019–With fifteen dollars in his pocket and not much else, 18-year-old Leandro Mora spoke no English and possessed few marketable skills when he arrived at the Santa Anita barn of trainer Gary Jones in March, 1977.  Jones, who would eventually earn induction into racing’s Hall of Fame, gave Mora his first shot at attaining the American Dream, some 1,630 miles north of his native home in the state of Colima, Mexico.“When I first came here, all I knew was that I wanted to try to get a job with the horses,” said Mora, 60, from Clockers’ Corner on Friday morning.  “At that time, everybody wanted to work for Gary Jones because he had good horses and he won a lot of races.  A friend of mine had a brother-in-law that worked there, so that’s how I got in.  There was very little turnover, so there were no jobs available as a groom.  So, I went to work walking hots and I just tried to learn as much as I could.“I worked for Gary for about seven or eight months and then I went to work for David Bernstein, which was a good opportunity for me.  By this time, I was grooming horses and I learned a lot because we had quite a few cheaper horses.  The most expensive horse we had at first was a $25,000 claimer and the rest were basically 10 or twelve-five (thousand dollar) horses.  That experience taught me a lot about how to take care of their legs and things like that.“I was very fortunate, because David knew how badly I wanted to learn English and he helped me. I did everything I could to learn it. I went to the adult education program at Monrovia High School for three months and I watched cartoons.  I watched shows like I Love Lucy, The Young and the Restless, The Rifleman, Dukes of Hazard and I listened to the radio.  Eventually, I started to pick it up and I was speaking pretty good English.”Five years after being hired by Bernstein, Mora found himself on the road.“I like to travel and Dave knew it,” said Mora.  “He had picked up a big owner, named Paul Lerner.  Dave went to some sales and bought some nice horses for him and in the summer of 1983, he sent me to Louisiana Downs in Shreveport, with five horses, all owned by the same guy.  Being on my own, away from our barn in California, taught me a lot and made me better.”Following an eight-year run with Bernstein, Mora was hired by John Sadler, but lasted only three months.“John had a good barn and he treated me very well, but it didn’t work out.  He had guys that had been working for him a long time and I guess you could say it just wasn’t a good fit for me, but it ended up being a blessing.”Hired on Dec. 24, 1986 by trainer Brian Mayberry, Mora would soon become an integral part of one of America’s most successful operations, one that developed top two-year-olds at an astonishingly successful rate.“I was ready to go to work, but Brian told me ‘Take Christmas Day off and you’ll start on opening day at Santa Anita.’  Brian and (his wife) Jeannie were family to me and not just with the horses, but life.  They became like my adopted parents.  I learned so much from them.  They would never to go to 2-year-old in training sales, they would go to yearling sales and look at 300 to 400 horses and buy maybe just two or three.“These horses got sent to a friend of theirs, Clyde Rice, in Ocala and then we would get 18 to 20 two-year-olds in March and April at Hollywood Park.  The Siegel’s (Jan, Mace & Samantha) owned most of our horses and Martin Pedroza won a ton of maiden races for us.  I remember we won the Hollywood Juvenile two years in a row with Eddie Delahoussaye (1994, Altazaar and 1993, Ramblin Guy)* and he also won the (1994) Kentucky Oaks with Sardula. And, it was pretty amazing, but we also won five Landaluce’s with 2-year-old fillies.”Mora culminated a nearly 12-year run with the Mayberry family shortly after Brian succumbed to lung cancer on July 20, 1998.  Following a 2 ½ year stint with trainer Tim Pinfield, Mora joined forces with Doug O’Neill in 2001 and they were soon on their way to becoming a national juggernaut.“Doug and I hit it off right away,” he said.  “Doug is a guy, if you know him, you can’t leave him.  He truly appreciates what everyone does and he thanks them all.  We think alike.  If you have a good, happy worker, he’s going to give 100 percent to his stable.”In a relationship that now spans 18 years, Mora, as O’Neill’s chief assistant, has been a key factor in taking a number of training titles at all Southern California tracks along with tasting victory in a multitude of stakes, including the 2012 Kentucky Derby with I’ll Have Another, 2016 Derby with Nyquist, and five Breeders’ Cup wins spanning from 2005 through 2015.“When people ask me about the horses, I tell them they are everything.  I love history and I’ve read a lot about the U.S. Cavalry and how they treated their horses.  In those days, the horses got fed, watered and bedded down before the men did.  Without the horse, they had nothing and that’s exactly the way it is here at the racetrack.  We don’t exist here without our horses.  We love them and we give them the absolute best care.“Every day on the racetrack with your horses is a fresh, new day.  Every day is different.  The best achievement is winning a race, any race and knowing that you helped him win.”Although currently separated from his wife, who is the mother of their children, Roberto Carlos, 28 and Andrew Andreas, 25, Mora recently bought a home in nearby Glendora and is quick to acknowledge the opportunities that have come his way since immigrating as a teenager.“My family has been so fortunate and we are very, very thankful to Santa Anita and the racing industry for providing the medical clinics that they have here.  My wife and kids are still covered for everything and we also have been able to receive quite a bit of money for our retirement, thanks to a foundation that was set up many years ago.“I knew there were opportunities here in the U.S.A. that didn’t exist anywhere else. No other country in the world offers everyone, any race, color, the way of life we have here.  As long as a person is intelligent, ready to work and is always in the process of learning and getting better, there are so many opportunities. A good listener never fails.”Here’s hoping Leandro Mora’s story is indeed heard, far and wide.last_img read more

Petron nears PSL Grand Prix crown, whips F2

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Import Maria Perez was the lone F2 player in double digits with 15 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img Oscar Pistorius bruised in a jail fight over telephone use MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments Stalzer fired 20 points with three blocks to lead the way for Petron, which goes for its first Grand Prix crown since 2014 on Thursday still at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“I’m just so proud of my team for all the preparation we have done for this match and our execution,” Stalzer told reporters. “I couldn’t be happier with the result tonight it was a team effort.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“I’m so happy with the way we played. Our game plan was followed,” said Petron head coach Shaq delos Santos.Hillary Hurley also had 20 points, including back-to-back hits that stretched the Blaze Spikers’ advantage to seven, 19-12. A running attack by Remy Palma put Petron in match point and Mika Reyes ended the game. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPetron was at its best at the most opportune time and not even F2 Logistics, the No. 1 team in the league, could do anything about it.The Blaze Spikers were solid on defense and potent on offense and Lindsay Stalzer had everything to do with it en route to a masterful 25-14, 25-21, 25-16 win in Game 1 of the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Finals Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more