SANTA ANITA AUTUMN STAKES SCHEDULE UNVEILED IN ADVANCE OF SEPT. 27 OPENER; A TOTAL OF 43 STAKES, INCLUDING 14 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS NOV. 1 & 2, TO BE OFFERED OVER 23-DAY MEETING OPENING DAY TO BE HIGHLIGHTED BY TWO GRADE I, $300,000 BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ QUALIFYING STAKES, IN ADDITION TO THE GRADE II, $200,000 EDDIE D. STAKES ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2019)–With opening day set for Friday, Sept. 27 and the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships returning for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 & 2, Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet, which will conclude on Nov. 3, will offer fans and horsemen a full complement of world class racing highlighted by a total of 43 graded stakes–18 of which are Grade I events.For the first time ever, a total of three graded stakes, two of them Grade I Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” qualifying events, will be carded on opening day. In addition to the traditional meet opener, the Grade II, $200,000 Eddie D. Stakes, the Grade I, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles and the Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes, for 2-year-old fillies at the same distance, will no doubt help to make Santa Anita the focus of the racing world on Sept. 27.“We’re excited to get the meet started with these two outstanding Grade I races on opening day,” said Santa Anita Vice President, Racing and Racing Secretary Steve Lym. “It will get the ball rolling in a big way. In addition, the Eddie D. has been upgraded to a Grade II and we’ve also doubled the purse on it, so we’re expecting an outstanding field at five furlongs on turf, which will serve as prep for many horsemen who are hoping to run under the same conditions in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 2.“The American Pharoah and the Chandelier are both traditional preps for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and we’re confident both of these races will attract big, competitive fields that our fans across the country will enjoy playing.”(Lym also noted that while there will be no downhill turf sprints at 6 ½ furlongs, Santa Anita will for the first time, offer a limited number of 5 ½ furlong turf sprints, with the starting gate set on the main track. The utilization of the downhill course will be revisited in advance of the 2019-20 Winter Meeting).Santa Anita will present five stakes on opening weekend, Sept. 28 & 29 and three of them, the Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes and the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 28, and the Grade II, $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 29, will serve as Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” qualifiers.Additionally, the Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship, for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one quarter, and the $75,000 Unzip Me Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, will also be run on Sept. 28, making day two a thoroughly compelling afternoon.Santa Anita’s final 2019 Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” qualifier, the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, will be run on Saturday, Oct. 5.In conjunction with the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Santa Anita will again offer a pair of $200,000 stakes for horses bred or sired in California–the Golden State Juvenile and the Golden State Juvenile Fillies, both at seven furlongs on Friday, Nov. 1.Santa Anita’s complete 2019 Autumn Meet stakes schedule is now available at http://www.santaanita.com/stakes-schedule/. For additional information, please call the Santa Anita Racing Office at (626) 574-6352.
Solskjaer again started on the bench as he did in the Camp Nou final, but he wasted little time after coming on for Andy Cole, turning home the opener after Dwight Yorke was denied.With Ferguson back in the dugout as manager for the day, there was a feelgood factor in the air at Old Trafford for United’s 5-0 win after a troubled season for the current generation.David Beckham made the most of his return to Old Trafford with Manchester United’s legends © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYIt was the first time Ferguson, 77, had managed a United team since his retirement in 2013.He sat with ex-England boss Steve McClaren, his assistant 20 years ago.The reunion match, in aid of the Manchester United Foundation, was also the first time Ferguson had been on the pitch since undergoing major surgery after suffering a brain haemorrhage last May.Rolling back the years, David Beckham was firing cross-field balls, Jaap Stam showed no mercy at the back and Paul Scholes bossed the midfield.Alex Ferguson was back in the dugout as manager for the day as his side beat Bayern Legends in a charity 1999 treble winners’ reunion © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYThey faced a star-studded Bayern squad that included Lothar Matthaus, Stefan Effenberg, Sammy Kuffour and Carsten Jancker from the 1999 starting lineup, as well as former Manchester City defender Martin Demichelis.Solskjaer went off midway through the first half and skipper Peter Schmeichel followed suit shortly after Dwight Yorke scored a superb second for United Legends.Thanks to their two late goals against Bayern, United remain the only English club to win a treble made up of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League in one season.As the latest man charged with trying to engineer a return to those glory days he was such an integral part in, Solskjaer’s efforts were greeted with enthusiasm by a crowd in excess of 60,000.Popular as he is, the reception for Solskjaer was eclipsed by the one afforded to Beckham.The former England skipper, 44, sold to Real Madrid in 2003 after a fall-out with Ferguson, got a standing ovation every time he went to take a corner.Louis Saha (2nd R), one of the handful of non-treble winners playing for United, slotted home the fourth in the 85th minute as he turned home a Jonathan Greening cross © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYChanges aplenty punctuated the second half rather than goals, with Stam, Scholes and Denis Irwin among those to be replaced to rapturous applause.Nicky Butt netted United’s third of the afternoon 11 minutes from time as he coolly stabbed home a Louis Saha cross.Saha, one of the handful of non-treble winners playing for United, slotted home the fourth in the 85th minute as he turned home a Jonathan Greening cross.In a fitting finale, Beckham got behind the Bayern backline and showed quick feet before firing home in front of the Stretford End, leaving Ferguson wreathed in smiles and the crowd on their feet in delight.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United ’99 Legends celebrate a goal against Bayern Munich in a charity match © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYLONDON, United Kingdom, May 26 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tormented Bayern Munich once again as the Manchester United manager scored in his club’s side beat on Sunday.Twenty years after Solskjaer scored the last-gasp winner that helped Alex Ferguson’s side beat Bayern in the Champions League final, the current United boss joined his old team-mates for a charity match against the Germans at Old Trafford.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh“This is not a PowerPoint program anymore,” he told lawmakers at a Senate hearing. “About a year from now, we will have 100 F-35s in our Air Force inventory. We’ve already flown 45,000 hours on this airplane, collectively.”Welsh says deferring the purchase of some F-35s will not affect the basing process.“I’m very excited about getting the airplane to Alaska for two reasons,” he said, responding to a question from Murkowski. “Partners in the Pacific will want to buy the F-35. And we can train with them in Alaska like we can train in very few other places in the world. The range airspace there is phenomenal. And that location, we’ve talked about this before—geography does matter, and Alaska is blessed with it.”The Air Force is still struggling to find maintenance manpower for the F-35, without adding personnel. They’ve been using contractors, but Welsh says they’ll need crews capable of deploying.“As we get closer to full operational capability of this aircraft, we have more squadrons fielding, we need to get at active duty Air Force maintainers and have them available to stand up operational bases like Eielson,” he said.Murkowski says the budget also includes nearly $300 million for Eielson, including seven projects to support the F-35. Download AudioMassive cost overruns and delays have dogged the F-35, the new fighter slated for Eielson Air Force Base. But the Pentagon insists those problems are now under control.So it was unfortunate optics that the general in charge of the Air Force budget, James Martin, fainted — forehead to podium — during a press briefing this week, just as he and his budget deputy, Carolyn Gleason, were answering questions about the F-35. Gleason grabbed the general by the arm and hardly missed a beat.“That’s what the F-35 will do to you,” she said, as people rushed in to help Martin to a chair. He was led out of the Pentagon briefing room. She continued to discuss the purchasing schedule for the F-35.The F-35a, the Air Force version of the joint strike fighter. (Photo Lockheed Martin)Martin, before the episode, said spending constraints require the Air Force to buy fewer F-35s over the next five years, to save nearly $5 billion. Next year’s Air Force budget calls for 43 of the aircraft, instead of the 48 planned.The Air Force chose Eielson as the first base in the Pacific for the F-35, pending environmental review. They are due to arrive in 2019.Air Force Chief of Staff Mark Welsh sounded upbeat when he gave a progress report on Capitol Hill Wednesday, at the request of Sen. Lisa Murkowski.