Who they are: Presidential candidate Olivia LaMagna is a junior from Farley Hall studying political science and business economics. She hails from Carmel, Ind., and currently serves as the junior class president. Her running mate, Rohan Andresen, is a sophomore from Siegfried Hall studying business and political science. The Phoenix, Ariz., native, is the senator from Siegfried Hall and a member of student government’s Department of National Engagement and Outreach.LaMagna and Andresen said the overarching theme of their campaign is maximizing each student’s experience at Notre Dame, focusing on the question “how do you ND?”“I feel that there’s one story you’re told as a freshman about what your experience at Notre Dame is going to be, but there’s a huge range of opportunities to explore on this campus,” LaMagna said.First priority: Review student government procedures and come up with best practices for organizing a cabinet and a planning timeline for initiatives. LaMagna said her experience on Junior Class Council with Anderson’s background as a hall senator will give each a unique but complementary view on how student government operates and how they can maximize its efficiency.Top priority: Focus on every individual member of the student body and enable each to meet his or her full potential, in whatever way he or she wants. This overarching campaign strategy provides a focal point for their academic, community engagement and programming initiatives.“We want to get rid of the red tape and barriers that hold students back,” Andresen said. “When each student is seen as their own unique person and when that uniqueness is recognized, that’s when you have a diverse campus.”Best Idea: LaMagna and Andersen hope to create a more collaborative relationship between Notre Dame and South Bend, and LaMagna said she wants students to understand that South Bend is much more than a convenient location in which to do service work.“There’s not enough respect for what residents of South Bend can bring to undergraduates at the University of Notre Dame,” LaMagna said. “We want to increase accessibility to the city of South Bend.”Her experience with planning and executing major events as junior class president has given her insight into how to navigate the “administrative red tape” for project planning and especially approving new vendors and sites, LaMagna said.Worst Idea: Their plan to organize a group of undergraduate and graduate students who could teach one-credit specialized classes in areas such as computer programming seems impossible. While the goal of helping students broaden their technical skill sets and branch out beyond the classes required for their majors is good, it would be very difficult to get off the ground. Perhaps organizing a set of independent workshops or lectures on such topics would be more doable, instead of orchestrating it within the class registration and DART systems.Most feasible: Appoint two students, one male and one female, to serve as co-chairs of the Gender Relations Department of student government.“We want to start bringing a diversity of perspectives into that [conversation] because we don’t want it to be … a one-sided discussion,” LaMagna said. “We want everyone to feel like gender relations is something that matters to them, because if you’re a person on this campus, it affects you.”Least feasible: The two hope to break barriers between the different colleges and academic departments by allowing students to register for classes outside of their declared majors.“Right now, students can’t take classes outside of their colleges once they’ve declared,” Andresen said. “We want to be able to open up classes for students outside of their major.”They propose that a time limit be set on the DART system so that first, students who need a particular class for their majors are guaranteed seats. After official DARTing has ended, LaMagna and Andresen hope to open up registration to students outside the college under which the class is listed.Although this plan would offer students more academic freedom, it does not seem feasible given the labyrinth of prerequisite and co-requisite courses often listed. While perhaps general elective courses could be opened up, department chairs would likely resist open enrollment in more advanced, major-specific courses.Notable quote: “This is probably about 10 percent of all the ideas we’ve come up with. That other 90 percent have just been scrapped because of conversations with people, whether that be students or administrators. … These ideas that we have in the platform have had a lot of thought and a lot of discussion.” — AndresenFun Fact: LaMagna said she is an extremely organized person with “spreadsheets that terrify people,” but her dorm room is incredibly messy. Andresen, on the other hand, keeps an impeccable room and “can barely leave without dusting something.”Bottom line: Their platform reflects a comprehensive examination of real student desires, and the two leverage their energy and enthusiasm to come up with new, bold ideas. Their student government experience prepares them for success in future roles, and their focus on programming, as well as on enabling and empowering individual students, suggests they would have a dynamic, visible presence on campus next year.Tags: 2014 Election, Election, Student Body President, Student government
The Clonmel native, who plays for Garryowen, will line out at fly half in the Pool A clash in Manchester.His fellow Tipp man, Cashel RFC’s Sean O’Connor, is among the replacements chosen by coach Nigel Carolan.Ireland beat Wales 26-25 in their first match of the tournament last Tuesday.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySaint Martin’s University will induct five people, including two former coaches, a pair of former basketball players and a longtime supporter, into the Athletics Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor on Saturday, Feb. 8, as part of the University’s Homecoming 2014 festivities scheduled for Feb. 7-9.The Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Celebration is an annual event that recognizes those who have contributed to the excellence of the Saint Martin’s athletics program.A reception for the inductees will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Norman Worthington Conference Center, in advance of the 5:15 p.m. start of the women’s basketball game in Marcus Pavilion against the University of Alaska. A formal presentation will take place during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Central Washington University. That game begins at 7:30 p.m. in Marcus Pavilion.The 2014 inductees are as follows:Hall of HonorJoe Alongi (HS ’62, ’66 ) A dedicated supporter of Saints Athletics, Alongi has worked tirelessly to support Saint Martin’s in its efforts to strengthen intercollegiate athletics. He has chaired the Saint Martin’s University golf tournament for 27 years. In 1985, Alongi helped found the Saint Martin’s Athletic Foundation, which established funds for athletic scholarships and other needs of the athletic department. He also played an integral role in the development of Marcus Pavilion, purchasing 120 seats for the Pavilion’s remodel while his efforts allowed for the completion of the upstairs offices, which now house athletics staff, coaches and administration personnel.High School Hall of FameDale Behles (Head Boys’ Basketball Coach)Behles served as a teacher and coach at Saint Martin’s High School. During his first two years, he was an assistant coach under Monte Walker for both the football and basketball team while also coaching junior varsity basketball. In 1962, he became the varsity basketball coach and posted a record of 9-10. In his second season, his team finished with a record of 17-8 and earned a fourth-place finish at the state tournament. Behles’ third, and most successful, season ended with an 18-10 record and a third-place finish at the state tournament. In four seasons as head coach (1962-65), he posted a record of 51-41. Behles has the distinction of being the only coach at Saint Martin’s High School to guide a team to the state tournament. His teams were also the first in school history to win a league and regional championship.Hall of FameBeth (Layton) Jochim ’06 (Women’s Basketball)Layton was a three-year starter from 2003 to 2006, after transferring from the University of Texas-San Antonio. During her career, she scored 1,425 points, which ranks her second all-time at Saint Martin’s University and 11th in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. In the GNAC career record books, she holds the fourth-best scoring average (17.17 points per game), ranks third in three-point field goals made (228) and second in three-point field goals made per game (2.75). Beth was a three-time All-GNAC selection, earning first team honors as a senior, second team honors as a junior and honorable mention accolades as a sophomore. As a senior, she was named Daktronics second team all-region. She was also named CoSIDA first team academic all-district, as she led the conference in scoring at 20.3 points per game, which also ranked 14th in Division II. Beth has the distinction of holding SMU’s single-game record for three-point field goals made in a game (8).Brad Hooper (Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country / Track and Field Coach)Hooper introduced the cross country and track and field programs at Saint Martin’s, serving as head coach from 1996 to 2006, putting together an impressive résumé. He coached four Saints who have been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, including All-Americans Andy Prentice and Nate Carlson, as well as 12 GNAC individual champions, 46 All-GNAC athletes, the 2006 NCAA West Region Athlete of the Year, a GNAC Athlete of the Year, GNAC Championships Athlete of the Meet, Freshman of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Under Hooper’s guidance, the men’s track and field team placed 24th at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championships. Academically, his teams were strong performers, yielding two NCAA post-graduate scholarship award winners, 10 top-five coaches association academic finishes, 11 coaches association Academic All-Americans and a CoSIDA Academic All-American. He also had 11 athletes on the GNAC all-time best list, four All-GNAC performers in cross country and two all-region performers.Chris McGee (Men’s Basketball)McGee was a member of the Saint Martin’s College men’s basketball team for three seasons, from 1978 to 1981. In his first season with the Saints he ranked third in the district in rebounding (9.4) and shot 52.9 percent from the field. As a junior during the 1979-80 season, McGee was named all-league and all-district, and finished the season ranked second in the district in rebounding (9.5), sixth in scoring (17.0) and seventh in field goal percentage (.592). That same season, he was named honorable mention Little All-Northwest. In his final season, McGee averaged 14.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, earning all-league, all-district and second team Little All-Northwest honors. He finished his career with 1,158 career points, 725 career rebounds and a 56.1 percent field goal percentage, which at the time of his induction ranks him 15th in all-time scoring, third in rebounding and fourth in field-goal percentage.Those wishing to attend the reception are asked to register in advance.
By John BurtonATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – It’s surely an age-old question: What to do with the kids today? It’s a question Sherry Lombardi and Kerry Bowbliss, two young mothers with young children, found themselves asking.When they didn’t find an easy and available answer, they felt they weren’t alone and started a company that would meet that need.“We started it because we needed it,” Lombardi said, explaining how their company, Hulafrog, came to be.“The problem is there is so many things to do in the community,” Lombardi said, “but there is no central place to get that information.”The company got its unusual name because its founders wanted something fun, memorable and short that would convey the idea of children and their activities.Kerry Bowbliss, left, and Sherry Lombardi are co-founders of Hulafrog, an Internet company whose websites allow parents in a community to find activities and services for their children in one convenient location.The women, who both live in Atlantic Highlands, started their company in 2010, with a website focusing on the Red Bank area. Since launching the initial site and building their technology platform, Hulafrog has grown to 25 sites around the country. Its founders hope to be in 250 markets by the end of 2013, creating a truly national network of local sites.They are also hoping to garner the interest of national advertisers, Lombardi and Bowbliss said.The site lays out events, classes, activities, shopping and services geared for children, allowing the user to easily search and find specific things or just to get an idea.On the site for Monday, Sept. 17, among the items listed on the Red Bank site, under the “Top Rated Events Today,” were story time at the Red Bank Public Library for both the morning and afternoon sessions; and a baby-and-mom story time at the Monmouth County Public Library, Eastern Branch, in Shrewsbury Borough.The site also features “Our Picks” where those running the sites (publishers, as Lombardi and Bowbliss call them) highlight some events or activities. On the Red Bank site they emphasized the Monmouth Day Care’s Touch-a-Truck event, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Red Bank Middle School.“Anybody can go on the site and find hundreds of events,” Lombardi said.Along with those listings, site visitors can find listings of related businesses and profiles of some advertisers.The sites generate revenue through advertising and about 82 percent of visitors have contacted a business that advertised on the sites. The Red Bank site sees about 5,000 to 6,000 visitors a month, the women said.Both women have backgrounds in Internet industries. Lombardi previously co-founded a web analytics firm; Bowbliss was involved in the publishing end of the financial services industry.Both left the corporate grind as they started families. Lombardi has an 8-year-old daughter and a son, 6; Bowbliss’ kids are a son, 8, and a 6-year-old daughter. After staying home with their young ones, the two felt it was time to re-enter the workforce, but maybe not at their previous go-go pace.They feel theirs is not a unique story as they meet women with similar backgrounds who express a similar interest in getting involved in the venture. “Maybe they don’t have 60 hours to work, but maybe they have 30,” Lombardi said.The 25 Hulafrog sites’ publishers are currently all women, who have similar backgrounds – college educated, having worked in marketing or related fields.The operation is ”kind of Yelp for parents meets Avon,” was how Lombardi explained it, referencing the online guide and the iconic cosmetic company made up of legions of independent distributors. Like Avon, “being able to work at home has been a big part of it,” in attracting publishers, Lombardi said.“For the women who are running these sites, it’s challenging and rewarding,” she said. “It’s a job they can sink their teeth in.” The position allows them to get out in the community and relate to others in a peer-to-peer way.The publishers are paid on a commission basis, like Avon, Lombardi said.They believe the future looks promising because, as long as there are kids, parents are going to be looking for ways to entertain, educate and occupy.“Remember, there’s always something going on,” Bowbliss said.
LITTLE SILVER –The Red Bank Regional (RBR) BUC Backer Foundation inducted six distinguished alumni into its 2016 Hall of Fame on April 29. They join the ranks of the 120 honorees previously inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame over the last 14 years by the RBR BUC Backer Foundation.The new members are:• Janice A. Egeland, Ph.D., Class of 1952, Professor Emerita, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry• S. Thomas Westerman, M.D., Class of 1952, Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology Drexel University College of Medicine, Retired Ear, Nose and Throat Physician• Dean S. Ross, Class of 1969, Community leader and small business owner• Lindsay Maggio, M.D., Class of 1998, Assistant Professor University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine• Tahj Holden, Class of 1999, Sports and Entertainment Associate, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, Varsity Boy’s Basketball Coach at Ranney School• Bo Olsen, Class of 2004, Captain in the United States ArmyRBR Buccaneer student newspaper writers read the biographies they each wrote on the Distinguished Alumni. In addition to a special brunch prepared by RBR’s Culinary Art students in the RBR media center, RBR Visual & Performing Art piano majors provided musical accompaniment.Every year RBR BUC Backer Foundation sponsors the induction of distinguished alumni in the Hall of Fame. All of the Distinguished Alumni have enjoyed long distinguished careers in their profession and as community leaders and volunteers. Additionally, the special student guests invited represent those with promise to become future distinguished alumni.The RBR BUC Backer Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding broad-based educational programs through teacher-requested grants at Red Bank Regional High School. The foundation also coordinates the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame and honors its inductees each year.
OCEANPORT — The Oceanport School District is asking voters to weigh in on a $33 million bond referendum Dec. 10 to improve facilities at the Wolf Hill and Maple Place schools. According to business administrator Valery Petrone, the district has spent $1.7 million on required maintenance over the past 10 years. Frank A. Messineo, principal and owner of Solutions Architecture, said the district has a 2 percent cap on the budget that they cannot exceed, which makes it hard to fund large-ticket items like fixing leaking roofs or removing asbestos tiled flooring. “It’s an ongoing fight and we can never really catch up. And the referendum is our one best chance to do something like that,” he said. “And by allowing the district to finance these over many years, the cost is spread out and debt service aid is available.” If the referendum passes, both schools will receive new fire sprinkler systems; fire alarm systems; secure vestibules and lockdown capabilities; safety glazing on lower level windows; camera systems; new windows; new roofing systems; flooring; classroom furnishings; mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades; new lighting fixtures; parking improvements; and gym renovations, among other features. “Our buildings are rather aged and they are in serious need of upgrade and repair,” said Anne R. Facendo, the Oceanport superintendent. “The Wolf Hill Elementary School, which services pre-K through grade four, is 108 years old.” She also said the median age of the two combined facilities is 81.5 years old and the district’s last referendum was in 1996. The vote will be held Dec. 10 from 2 to 8 p.m. in Oceanport and in Sea Bright. The full presentation is available on the school website at oceanport.k12.nj.us. Wolf Hill School will see a new media center, cafeteria and connecting courtyard; six new classrooms will be added; toilet facilities will be renovated in pre-K and kindergarten classrooms, as now required by law; a new bus drop-off loop will be added; ADA-compliant spaces will be renovated; and more. According to the proposal, Wolf Hill School’s estimated 14,800-square-foot expansion will help accommodate the influx of children entering the Oceanport School District from the new housing developments at former Fort Monmouth. Because Sea Bright is a sending district to Oceanport schools, its residents will weigh in on the vote and the costs as well. If approved, the average Sea Bright homeowner can expect an extra $4.93 a month, or $59.19 a year, on their tax bills. He also said that bond rates are at a historic low, making this a good time to have a referendum. “But they’re not going to stay there forever so we want to try to take advantage of this,” he said. School board member Meghan Walker said a demographic study showed enrollment is steadily declining. However, 720 residential units are being built at the former fort. Projections show that once those children enter the school system, the demographics will about mirror the student population today. At a referendum presentation at a recent Sea Bright council meeting, a resident asked about the projections of student populations over the next five to 10 years. At Maple Place School, the science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) wing will be renovated with science labs, computer labs and more. There will also be renovations to the cafetorium, locker rooms with individualized showers, media center and guidance and physical therapist/occupational therapist rooms. According to the district, 81 of the 720 total residential units are “dedicated to Acute Care, which will produce no school age children, leaving 639 units.” Of the 639 units, 116 have already been built and are occupied. As a result, the district gained 20 new students. With this in mind, the district anticipates it will receive 109 students once the rest of the residential units are built. If the referendum is approved, the district anticipates receiving 34 percent of the total 40 percent it will be eligible for in state aid, to off-set costs. In that case, the average homeowner in Oceanport would pay an additional $43.32 a month, or $519.85 per year, on their tax bills.
Rafael Bejarano10925241823%$1,132,782 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Mike Puype4147610%$336,790 PROSPECT PARK RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S AFFIRMEDProspect Park is one of five 3-year-olds entered in a small but select field for Sunday’s Grade III Affirmed Stakes, a race Cliff Sise Jr. hopes will be a start to bigger and better things this summer for the son of Tapit owned and bred by Pam and Martin Wygod.Prospect Park drew the No. 5 post position in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.“I’m happy with the outside post,” Sise said. “It gives us options on strategy. I see him sitting outside, second or third, and doing his thing in the stretch.”Prospect Park will be making his first start since April 4, when he finished a troubled fourth behind front-running winner Dortmund in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby.The Affirmed, race three of nine: Gimme Da Lute, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Cyrus Alexander, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Cross the Line, Corey Nakatani, 10-1; Om, Fernando Perez, 2-1; and Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux, 6-5. Gary Stevens1953326%$501,450 Philip D’Amato41136432%$689,940 Tyler Baze13524152418%$1,295,340 Drayden Van Dyke76109713%$439,442 Eddie Truman1361246%$223,150 Tiago Pereira4589518%$341,040 BLUE COLLAR PEDROZA TAKES RED EYE TO NEW YORKWhile Kent Desormeaux, Martin Garcia, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens are already ensconced in New York gearing up for their stakes commitments on Belmont Stakes Day tomorrow, Martin Pedroza was taking care of business first at Santa Anita today.He is scheduled to ride four horses, including Half Dome Dude in the eighth and final before taking a red-eye to the Big Apple where he rides multiple Grade I winner Private Zone in the Grade I, $1,250,000 Metropolitan Handicap on Saturday.It’s just business as usual for the blue collar rider, who turns 50 on July 20.“Today we start racing at 4 o’clock,” said Pedroza’s long-time agent, Richie Silverstein. “The last race should be over by 7:30, we should be out of here by 8, his plane leaves at 11:32, so we have plenty of time. Martin has time to go home and have dinner first if he wants to.“For Marty, today is just another work day.” FINISH LINES: Tough Sunday, the “Medical Miracle” California-bred trained by Steve Miyadi for owner/breeder Nick Alexander, is breezing steadily as he prepares for his return to the races after being sidelined since late January, and could run against California-breds later this month if an overnight race fills. “That would be a prep for the Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar,” Miyadi said. “He’s doing great.” Tough Sunday worked five furlongs Friday in 1:05.40. “The time was slow,” said Miyadi, who saddled She Hums to an $18 upset in yesterday’s first race, “but we’ll give him a sharper work next time.” . . . Laz Barrera winner Kentuckian, ticketed for the Los Alamitos Derby on July 4, worked five furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer Friday in 59.40. Other stakes winners that breezed for the Hall of Fame trainer included Sahara Sky and Wild Dude, five furlongs in 59.60 and 59.80, respectively, while Sam’s Sister went six furlongs in a bullet 1:13.20 . . . O’Neill’s No. One: Trainer Doug O’Neill has four horses entered today. Three drew the inside post, while the other, Diamond Stilettos, landed in the No. 2 slot next to stablemate One More, who got the rail in the third race . . . A piece by CBS Evening News on Victor Espinoza promoting the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown can be viewed on the following link: https://youtu.be/OK7jyasw7xU . . . Condolences to the family of longtime Western Harness publicist Bob Wellman, who passed away May 26 at age 73 in Hemet, California . . . Santa Anita will host a book signing tomorrow of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from 12 noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. . .The Pari-mutuel, ADW and Simulcast Committee meeting of the California Horse Racing Board scheduled for Thursday, June 11, at Los Alamitos Race Course, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a yet-to-be determined site . . . Rosie Ybarra, hostess atthe popular dining and drink destination atClockers’ Corner, is wearing a party hat these mornings with a cobra on it in support of American Pharoah‘s pursuit of theTriple Crown, but she won’t go on record verbally. “No comment,” is all she would say. “I don’t want to jinx him.” Mario Gutierrez3553714%$259,348 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Baltas43155435%$765,270 Michael Machowsky1954226%$133,170 Edwin Maldonado62812913%$337,450 Mike Smith3278322%$604,310 Santiago Gonzalez7361568%$308,376 Gonzalo Nicolas7666138%$222,508 (Current Through Thursday, June 4) Kent Desormeaux5158610%$266,334 Doug O’Neill781315917%$617,628 Jerry Hollendorfer47612613%$447,294 MOST HORSEMEN FAVOR ‘PHAROAH’ IN BELMONTPEDROZA GOING FROM ONE ‘ZONE’ TO ANOTHERPROSPECT PARK POISED FOR SUNDAY’S AFFIRMED Fernando Perez891614918%$582,950 Joseph Talamo951761818%$666,008 Martin Pedroza77511136%$297,844 Vann Belvoir3446512%$150,590 Bob Baffert2252523%$224,610 Felipe Valdez8271369%$321,900 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Mandella3087427%$656,410 AMERICAN PHAROAH RECEIVES TRIPLE CROWN MANDATEBe it loyalty or logic, Santa Anita-based horsemen see Santa Anita-basedAmerican Pharoah becoming the 12th winner of racing’s Triple Crown and the first since Affirmed in 1978 when the streaking son of Pionnerof the Nile runs in Saturday’s final jewel, the mile and a half Belmont Stakes.Following is a sampling of their thoughts on what horse might win:Barry Abrams: “American Pharoah, but Materiality and Frosted are horses to worry about.”A.C. Avila: “I saw him jog on TV and he was jumping, kicking and bucking. When a horse feels like that, it’s a very good sign. I’m afraid of Mubtaahij. Michael de Kock is a super trainer.”Richard Baltas: “I hope he wins. It would be good for the sport, but I’ve seen too many times when it didn’t happen. It might be Baffert’s turn, though.”David Bernstein: “If it rains, he’s a cinch. It’s always hard to pick against the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner.”Ray Bell: “He’s the best horse with the strongest constitution. We’ll find out. If any horse can beat him, I think it’s Frosted.”Vann Belvoir: “He looks pretty salty in there. There’s no speed to go with him.”Jim Cassidy: “He’s got a great shot. I hope he does it, but he’s got everything going against him, the distance, fresh horses, but if Victor (Espinoza) doesn’t get in trouble, I hope he does it.”Phil D’Amato: “No doubt he’s got a great chance.”Keith Desormeaux: “I think we’ve all had similar thoughts when there have been Triple Crown possibilities, which has been often in the last 20 years. You’re so excited about it and you want so much to see it happen that you always feel it’s going to be accomplished. I don’t recall ever having the feeling that a horse going for the Triple Crown was going to get beat in the Belmont. I thought California Chrome would do it, Big Brown, War Emblem, Real Quiet. It’s easy to see why they got beat after the race, but I think we’re all fans going into the Belmont.”Caesar Dominguez: “We’re going to have a Triple Crown winner. It will be good for the jockey, good for the trainer, and good for the owner who spends a lot of money in the sport and deserves a Triple Crown winner.”Neil Drysdale: “I would think he should do it.”Ron Ellis: “I have a lot of respect for him, he’s got a great shot, and I hope he does it.”Paddy Gallagher: “I said this before: American Pharoah floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee. Dortmund is like Mike Tyson. There have been others going for the Triple Crown I hoped could win, but it’s not about hope with Pharoah.”Mark Glatt: “I don’t see anything in there that can beat him.”Jorge Gutierrez: “I think he’s going to do it. The race sets up nicely for him. My only concern is Frosted. He’s fresh.”Eoin Harty: “It will be a tough contest but I think he’s up to the task.”Bruce Headley: “He’s a cinch, a super horse, bigger, better and faster than all of them.”Jerry Hollendorfer: “I think he can do it. He’s the best horse all right.”James Kasparoff: “I’m on the fence. There are some fresh horses in there, but if he won, it would be great.”Craig Lewis: “I’ll say this: American Pharoah is the only horse in the race that can win the Triple Crown.”Mike Machowsky: “I think American Pharoah will win, but my value play will be a 6-7 (Frosted-Keen Ice) exacta box. American Pharoah will be pretty tough to beat.”Gary Mandella: “American Pharoah is not a forgone conclusion in my opinion, with three races in five weeks on a very tight schedule. Frosted is a fresh horse.”Richard Mandella: “This is the year. This is it. American Pharoah looks that good.”Ron McAnally: “I’ve picked him all the way through and I can’t get off him now.”Sean McCarthy: “If he has the luck and energy, he’ll win it. He’s the best horse.”Steve Miyadi: “If it rains, there will be a Triple Crown winner. If it doesn’t, there won’t.”John Sadler: “A cinch. Everything’s lined up for him. He’s got the speed, a couple of horses got hurt. I don’t think it’s close.”Gary Stute: “American Pharoah wins rain or shine. Bob (Baffert) deserves it. I watched replays of Real Quiet getting beat (by a nose in the 1998 Belmont) the other day. Bob’s paid his dues.”Eddie Truman: “Absolutely. We’re going to be celebrating, all the stars are aligned.”Dennis O’Neill: “It’s a two-horse race, Frosted and American Pharoah. If it rains, it’s a one-horse race.”Hector Palma: “He looks like the best horse, but Materiality could be tough. He had a lot of problems in the Derby. It would be nice for a Mexican (Victor Espinoza) to win the Triple Crown. He’ll be a bigger hero than Pancho Villa.”Jorge Periban: “I love that horse. He’s going to do it. I don’t think anybody will beat him this time.”Cliff Sise Jr.: “As good as he looks on video, I don’t see how he can get beat. He has a stride I haven’t seen in a long time.”Tim Yakteen: “American Pharoah, of course. Let’s get lucky.”Ted H. West: “It’s so tough. It looks like he’s a super horse, but he has to win three races in five weeks. I hope he wins.”Dan Ward: “I hope he does it.”Howard Zucker: “I’ve been calling American Pharoah the Triple Crown winner for the last four months. I’m not stopping now.”First live post time at Santa Anita tomorrow is 11:30 a.m. Admission gates open at 8 a.m. Post time for the Belmont Stakes is 3:50 p.m. Pacific Time. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Martin Garcia2463325%$156,710 Peter Miller561413425%$549,080 Mark Glatt3846711%$231,554 Robertino Diodoro2252323%$153,690 Flavien Prat911718919%$1,079,100 John Sadler4759811%$281,038 Victor Espinoza3166619%$489,320
Repair work being undertaken along the Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St. Catherine should be completed within the next six to eight weeks.Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, made the disclosure during a tour of the area on Wednesday, March 20.The Port Henderson roadway, which is a major link between Spanish Town and Portmore, was damaged by floodwaters associated with Tropical Storm Nicole in 2010.The works being undertaken include reinstating the roadway, training of the Rio Cobre river and the bonding of the river bank to minimise erosion. Mr. Azan said just under $100 million has been spent on the project to date.He explained that while the road was closed, motorists were using a side road “and we have taken the decision that we would just repair it under this project.”The Minister, who toured several areas in the parish, was accompanied by Communications Manager, National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw and other Ministry personnel.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter