CVPS plans purchase of VEC’s southern Vermont territory

first_imgscostel Timothy McQuiston 2 6 2006-07-28T13:25:00Z 2006-07-28T15:57:00Z 2006-07-28T15:57:00Z 1 574 3275 CVPS 27 7 3842 10.2625 1474219382 news sends e-mail) Costello, Stephen 471604707 Print Clean Clean 0 pt 0 pt 0 0 0 pt 0 pt MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}July 28, 2006 The purchaseis the second announced by CVPS in recent months.  CVPS announced the purchase of RochesterElectric Light and Power, a privately held, 900-customer company,in April.  That purchase is awaitingregulatory approval, which is expected this summer. Customersaffected by the sale are in Halifax and parts of Andover, Dover, Newfane, Townshend, Wardsboro, Jamaica, Marlboro, Guilford, Vernon, Wardsboro, Wilmington, Windham, Whitingham and Readsboro. When thesale is completed, the former VEC customers will be covered by CVPSs 17 SERVE Standards, which measure everything fromreliability to customer service, and are reported to state regulators.  SERVE stands for Serving Everyone withReliability, Value and Excellence.  Thenew customers will also be eligible for all CVPS programs, including evenmonthly billing, Electripay and CVPS Cow Power”. Thisagreement consolidates service territories and provides CVPS with importantgrowth, President Bob Young said.  Itwill reduce local rates, and strengthens CVPS by providing new revenue and awider base to allocate fixed costs. CVPS plans purchaseof VECs southern Vermont territoryCentral Vermont PublicService will purchase the southern Vermont franchise territory of Vermont Electric Cooperative under an agreement designed to rationalizeservice territories and lower local electric rates. This areais virtually centered between CVPSs Springfield, Brattleboro and Sunderlandoffices, Hallquist said.  It makes more sense for CVPS than VEC toserve it.center_img Under theagreement, which must be approved by the Vermont Public Service Board, CVPSwill acquire VECs southern Vermont assets and the rights to serve 2,770customers, who will on average save about 8.1 percent under CVPS ownership,even after a pending 6.15 percent rate case is complete. CVPS, founded in 1929, is Vermonts largest electric utility, serving about151,000 customers.  More than 100companies have merged into CVPS since its founding. Four of fiveVEC employees in the region are expected to be hired by CVPS.  CVPS plans to maintain the current VECservice office in Wilmington. VEC ChiefExecutive Officer David Hallquist said the sale madesense for the co-op, as it would provide significant cash, while divesting aservice area far removed from most of VECsterritory, which is primarily in northern Vermont.  CVPSwill pay approximately $4 million for VECs southern Vermont assets and territory. Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this report that are not historical fact areforward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from theliability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of1995.  Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-lookingand, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties thatcould cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from thoseexpressed in the forward-looking statements.  Actual results will depend,among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the VermontYankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economicconditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets and our ability tomaintain our current credit ratings.  These and other risk factors aredetailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.  CV cannot predictthe outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurancethat such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not toplace undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as ofthe date of this press release.  CV does not undertake any obligation topublicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflectevents or circumstances after the date of this press release.last_img read more

Coal-heavy co-op signs contract for South Dakota’s largest solar project

first_imgCoal-heavy co-op signs contract for South Dakota’s largest solar project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bismarck Tribune:Bismarck-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative will purchase electricity from a solar farm slated near Rapid City, S.D.The co-op announced the power purchase agreement with Geronimo Energy on Tuesday. Geronimo is the developer of the Wild Springs Solar Project, which, with a capacity of 128 megawatts, would become the largest solar farm in South Dakota once built.“For the first time in its history, Basin Electric will buy solar generation on a large scale to serve our members,” Basin CEO and General Manager Paul Sukut said in a statement. “The board’s decision to add solar generation to our resource portfolio is to continue with our all-of-the-above strategy, as well as solar generation becoming a more economic energy source.”The Wild Springs solar farm still requires local and state approvals in South Dakota, Basin spokeswoman Joan Dietz said. The facility would be 20 miles east of Rapid City in Pennington County. It’s scheduled to start operating in 2022, according to Basin.The co-op estimates that the project would result in more than $17 million in economic benefits during the first 20 years of its life via tax revenue, jobs and charitable funds. An education fund established through the project would give $500,000 in donations to local school districts, Basin said.Geronimo is the same company proposing the 200-megawatt Harmony solar farm in Cass County.[Amy Sisk]More: Basin Electric to purchase power from South Dakota solar farmlast_img read more

Biden declared victor in hard-fought race for Pennsylvania.

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Joseph R. Biden Jr. defeated President Trump in Pennsylvania, winning its 20 electoral votes and presidency.Mr. Biden had steadily erased Mr. Trump’s early lead in the state — at one point, the president led by half a million votes — as ballots, mostly absentee and mail-in votes, were counted over the past few days. Most of the remaining uncounted votes in the state are in Democratic-leaning areas.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Separately, the Supreme Court did grant the Trump camp a minor victory in Pennsylvania on Friday evening, when Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. ordered election officials there to keep the late-arriving ballots separate from other ballots, and not to include them, for now, in announced vote totals. But the victory was essentially in name only: Pennsylvania’s secretary of state had already given that instruction.- Advertisement – The Biden campaign hoped further counting could push its lead above 0.5 percent, obviating the need for a recount there and setting the stage for victory. [After this post was published, Mr. Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania reached above 0.5 percent and news outlets declared him president-elect.]The biggest fight in the state has been over ballots that were postmarked by Election Day but arrive later. Nearly a dozen lawsuits filed by Mr. Trump and his allies are working their way through the courts in Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, trying — so far unsuccessfully — to stop ballot counting and invalidate enough votes to erase Mr. Biden’s leads there. In September, the state Supreme Court ruled, over Republican objections, that election officials could accept ballots arriving up to three days later. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intercede, but left open the possibility that it could revisit the question.center_img Responding to baseless allegations by the Trump campaign of vote-counting secrecy, he said that observers and journalists had access to the vote-counting site and that there were as many surveillance cameras there as in a casino. In Allegheny County, a predominantly Democratic area that includes Pittsburgh, election workers were going through roughly 20,000 mail-in ballots and additional provisional ballots on Saturday, Rich Fitzgerald, the county executive, said in a televised interview.The county’s mail-in ballots have so far been won overwhelmingly by Mr. Biden, as have the provisional ballots. Mr. Fitzgerald cautioned that the last ballots to count would be the trickiest, requiring additional checks to ensure they were not duplicates, which could slow the process.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Croatia Airlines is introducing flights from Zagreb to Sofia and Podgorica

first_imgRegular international flights from Zagreb to Sofia are scheduled from May 1 to the end of October this year, three times a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and will be performed by 8-seat Dash 400-Q76 aircraft. As of today, return airline tickets for flights between the Croatian capital and the capital of Bulgaria are available at promotional prices starting at 139 euros. During this year’s tourist season, Croatia Airlines aircraft will fly directly in regular traffic to 40 destinations in 26 countries. In this year’s summer flight schedule (starting on March 29, 2020), Croatia Airlines is introducing new international routes from Zagreb to Sofia and Podgorica.  Compared to last year’s tourist season, in which the company had a fleet of 14 aircraft (12 own and 2 leased CRJ 1000 aircraft), Croatia Airlines enters this season with one more aircraft. Photo: Croatia Airlines Two days later, on May 3, 2020, regular international flights on the route are introduced Zagreb – Podgorica, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. The flights will also be operated by Dash 8-Q400 aircraft, and passengers have at their disposal promotional return airfare prices of 119 euros.  Based on long-term lease (dry lease) the fleet will include a 319-seat Airbus 150 at the end of March, and an additional 8-seat Dash 400-Q76 at the end of April, which will support cases of unplanned traffic disruptions. In addition, short-term leases are planned for the period from April to October this year (wet lease) of one CRJ 1000 aircraft of the Spanish airline Air Nostrum. Thus, the company will have a fleet of 15 aircraft this year (two Airbus 320s, five Airbus 319s, seven Dash 8-Q400 aircraft and one CRJ1000 aircraft). last_img read more

Activists, historians seek freedom to uncover 1965 putsch

first_imgSeveral years ago, during a meeting with a group of women at an undisclosed location, former National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) commissioner Yuniyanti Chuzaifah had an experience she would never forget.The women were victims and relatives of victims of alleged violence against civilians between 1965 and 1966, which occurred after the assassination of six military generals in an alleged coup attempt on Sept. 30, 1965, that was blamed on the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).The meeting with the victims was part of Yuniyanti’s efforts to help them receive continued medical rehabilitation support from the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK). However, she said the meeting was interrupted by a group of unidentified people who raided the building and dispersed the attendees after accusing them of discussing communism.“We saw several people raid the building carrying machetes in their hands, while others carried bamboo sticks,” Yuniyanti said during a webinar on Wednesday. “We were perplexed by the incident as we had only talked about health care in the meeting, not even a single word about communism.”“The raid shows that the public still holds resentment against the PKI and those who are allegedly related to the party,” she added.Two decades after the fall of the Soeharto regime, fears of communism remain entrenched in Indonesia, where the ideology has been banned since 1966. Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said the fear of communism in Indonesia stemmed from anti-PKI propaganda and the “manipulation of history” under president Soeharto’s 32-year tenure from 1967 to 1998. Those included, he said, the use of a movie called Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI (Betrayal of the Communist) which depicted vicious PKI members assassinating generals.Historians are still trying to get better access to materials to understand the violence and examine the historicity of the government’s G30S accounts – or lack thereof. They say the public has the right to know the truth behind what happened in 1965 and therefore historians should be able to publish their findings openly and without intimidation.One such historian is Grace Leksana. She obtained her doctorate in history from Leiden University in the Netherlands in May. Her thesis focuses on a 1965 tragedy in a neighborhood in southern Malang, East Java, a city she believes to be one of the main locations of violence against civilians in the period.“The government always promotes a narrative that the G30S was initiated by the PKI, but it never mentions anything about the violence against civilians that followed the incident,” Grace said in a discussion hosted by history magazine on Tuesday.In her research, she interviewed villagers to determine the sequence of violence against civilians, the forms of violence and the alleged perpetrators.She came to the conclusion that violence had occurred in the village and that several residents had helped the military screen civilians allegedly affiliated with the communist party. These residents, she said, had done so because the regime had promised them prominent positions in local administrations if they assisted.John Roosa of British Columbia University in Canada discussed violence against civilians in his 2020 book Buried histories: The anticommunist massacres of 1965-1966 in Indonesia. The book follows his previous publication, Pretext for mass murder: The September 30th movement and Suharto’s coup d’etat in Indonesia, which was banned by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in 2009.His research found that many civilians were subject to forced disappearances and killings.He said at the Tuesday discussion that many civilians in places such as Riau, Lampung, West Java and Central Java were arrested and placed in detention camps in 1965 and 1966 before being murdered.In a TV appearance on Tuesday evening, Coordinating Social, Political and Legal Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said the government had never forced the public to believe the propaganda in the movie.He said the government had never determined which version of the 1965 tragedy the public should believe. “The history of the tragedy is still debatable, and we’ll leave it to the historians.”He said in a video statement earlier on Tuesday that the government did not oblige people to screen the G30S/PKI movie or prohibit them from screening it. But he noted one condition; everyone should refrain from hosting crowded events to prevent the spread of COVID-19.The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) concluded in 2012 an investigation into the 1965 communist purge. The commission found that the purge had constituted a gross human rights violation and recommended that military officials be brought to trial. But AGO prosecutors maintained that they were unable to build a case because of insufficient evidence.Topics :last_img read more

GSA, Bucksport baseball teams advance to Class C semifinals

first_imgBLUE HILL — The No. 1 George Stevens Academy baseball team will face the only opponent it has lost to this season — No. 4 Mattanawcook — on Saturday for a spot in the Class C Northern Maine championship.The GSA Eagles (16-1) defeated the No. 9 Dexter Tigers 8-1 on Thursday in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals. GSA got rolling in the bottom of the fourth when Dakota Chipman reached second on a dropped fly ball. Jacob Keenan and Will Entwisle followed with back-to-back triples, scoring Chipman and Keenan to put the Eagles on the board 2-0.“We got a huge break,” GSA coach Dan Kane said. “Then back-to-back triples — that doesn’t happen very often.”The Eagles caught another break when Marshal Lebel reached first on a bobbled ground ball, scoring Entwisle for a 3-0 lead. Another single by Tyler McKenney scored Lebel. Tyler Snow followed with a double, and Taylor Schildroth walked to load the bases. Beckett Slayton then singled to score McKenney, and Chipman walked, scoring Snow, to pull the Eagles up 6-0.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDexter finally caught a fly ball for the third out to end the inning, but the team would never make up any ground.“We kind of have that tendency where, once we get rolling, we’re hard to shut down,” Kane said. “We played tight the first two or three innings. Once that inning got going, everyone loosened up. It became fun again.”Entwisle led the Eagles’ offense with a triple, two singles and an RBI. Keenan had an RBI-triple while Stefan Simmons, Slayton and McKenney each had a single and an RBI for GSA.Matt Richards paced the 9-9 Tigers with two singles and an RBI.The last regional title GSA won was in 2009, and the team has not won a state championship since 2004.The Eagles made it to the regional final last year, where they lost to Bucksport 5-3.Kane said the biggest difference in his team this season is better depth and balance, noting he has five starting pitchers who have gotten decisions on the mound.“I’m fortunate that way,” Kane said. “Plus, defensively, we’re fairly steady in the infield and the outfield, and Dakota [Chipman] does a beautiful job catching behind the plate.”GSA appeared unstoppable at the beginning of the season. The Eagles scored 31 runs over their first three games against Sumner, Ellsworth and Washington Academy — defeating all three teams by 10. But, in their second matchups with those teams, the Eagles barely topped Ellsworth and WA 3-2 and beat Sumner by 9-6 — a much slimmer margin.Kane said the closer games in the second half of the season were the result of younger, inexperienced teams finding their footing.“It wasn’t that we were playing badly, it was just that other teams were playing well,” Kane said. “They were battling us.”But Mattanawcook (15-5) is the only team to pull out a win over GSA, which the Eagles rectified on June 1 in their last game of the regular season when they beat the Lynx 3-1.Mattanwcook nipped No. 5 Fort Kent 10-9 on Thursday to advance to the semifinal at GSA.Kane said Mattanawkcook is a “good, solid team,” but he thinks GSA has more depth.“They’re good athletes, they hit the ball well, and their pitching is similar to ours,” Kane said. “It’s going to be a tight game.”The Eagles’ strategy is simple.“Just be us,” Kane said. “Just try to take advantage of whatever we can. That’s what happened today. We caught a huge break on that fly ball, and then we got rolling.”Bucksport 7, Central 3Tanner Stegner had three hits and scored three runs to pace No. 6 Bucksport to the win over No. 3 Central in Thursday’s Class C North quarterfinal.Matt Vincent added two hits and scored twice for the 8-10 Golden Bucks. Jacob Gauvin pitched five innings on the mound, and Vincent came on and pitched the final two innings.Andrew Speed led Central (9-8) with two hits, including a double, an RBI and a run scored. Zach Randall pitched into seventh for Central before miscues helped Bucksport extend its 4-2 lead.Bucksport will play No. 2 Holden in Saturday’s semifinal for a spot in the regional championship. Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img Latest Posts Bio EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

Holder hails Gabriel’s ‘massive heart’

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom (AFP ) — West Indies Captain Jason Holder praised the “massive, massive heart” of Shannon Gabriel following the tourists’ four-wicket win in the first Test against England at Southampton on Sunday.Fast bowler Gabriel was named man –of- the- match after taking combined figures of nine wickets for 137 runs as international cricket returned from lockdown.The 32-year-old Trinidad quick was originally only named as a travelling reserve as he recovered from ankle surgery.But he proved his fitness in two intra-squad warm-up matches and then showed his class as West Indies went 1-0 up in this three-match series.Gabriel now boasts a fine career record of 142 wickets in 46 Tests at an average of under 30, with Holder telling reporters after stumps: “What Shannon has done in this game is nothing surprising.“Shannon is just one of those guys who keeps doing it. He has a massive, massive heart and he’s been through a lot.“He wants success so badly. His body hasn’t held up the way he would like but to see him back out there fit and well and bowling fast for the West Indies is always a pleasing sight.“He deserves every bit of success he’s had in this game. I’m really, really happy for Shannon; I know what he’s been through.“We kept in contact while he was doing rehab. At some stages he was very frustrated by how things were going but he stuck it through,” added all-rounder Holder, who himself took a Test-best 6-42 in England’s lowly, first-innings 204.“We all know when Shannon is fit and healthy, he is a handful and he proved it in this game.”For all Gabriel’s heroics, the West Indies still needed to bat well after being set a target of 200 to win on yesterday’s final day.They got there largely thanks to Jermaine Blackwood’s 95.Blackwood might not have played had fellow batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer decided to tour rather than opting out of a campaign taking place against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.Holder said of Blackwood: “He had an outstanding, first class competition — his case to get back in the team was pretty strong.“He’s not a slouch at this level either. He has done well for us and I hope he can kick on.”England stand-in skipper Ben Stokes said he had no regrets over either leaving out veteran paceman Stuart Broad or deciding to bat first in overcast, bowler-friendly conditions last Wednesday.Broad, England’s second-most successful Test bowler of all time, revealed how “frustrated, gutted and angry” he felt at being left out of a home Test for the first time in eight years, during a mid-match interview.“We made a decision based around thinking pace was going to stand us a better place in the long game. Stuart is a fantastic bowler and he understands the reasons why,” said Stokes.“If I was to regret that, I don’t think that sends the right message to the other guys I picked.“Looking at the interview he gave I thought it was absolutely brilliant, to see the desire and passion that he showed.”Stokes said he was looking forward to handing the reins over to regular Captain Joe Root for thist week’s second Test, after the star batsman missed this match following the birth of his second child.“He’s one of the best players in the world so he is a big miss when he doesn’t play — and obviously next [this] week I don’t need to make any of the decisions so good luck, Joe.”last_img read more

N.J. Appreciates Sacrifices Its Veterans Made

first_imgBy Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, 11th DistrictVeterans Day started out as a commemoration of the end of World War I, which was supposed to be “the war to end all wars.” Sadly, a century later, violent conflicts continue every day around the world as we face ever-changing enemies who constantly evolve their ways to threaten our safety, peace and security.The recent 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is a reminder that we will always need brave military men and women who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the freedoms we enjoy, whether it’s the right to choose our representatives, as we did this week, or to stand on the street in protest, or simply to spend a peaceful day with our family.Everything we enjoy as Americans comes to us thanks to our brave veterans.Every day of the year, and especially on Veterans Day, we must remember that.For the past four years, I have had the privilege of representing Monmouth County in the Legislature, including Fort Monmouth, until its unfortunate closure.There are an estimated 484,000 veterans in New Jersey, and I have confidence that each one of them has the full support of New Jersey government.If there’s one thing we can agree on without partisan dispute, it’s that the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs is beyond reproach in how it helps our state’s veterans return to civilian life, whether it’s connecting them with their federal benefits, helping them find a job or making sure their physical and mental health are secure.Our state operates three state-of-the-art nursing homes that serve nearly 1,000 veterans and a network of Veterans Service offices to help with employment, education, housing, burial and health issues.It maintains three major war memorials that will ensure that the memories of our fallen heroes survive for eternity.As a human services professional, I am proud to see New Jersey become a national model for preventing suicides related to military experience.The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has found it could forestall problems by meeting with soldiers before and after their deployment.New Jersey’s hotline, 1-866-VETS-NJ4, provides peer counseling by those who have served in war for current military personnel, veterans and their families.The purpose of this innovative, proactive approach is to make sure extraordinarily brave men and women don’t take their own lives.It has worked so well that the program is now replicated at Fort Hood in Texas, the Army’s largest stateside community.Some want to expand it further to make it a nationwide service.We intend to repay the debt we owe to everyone who has put on a uniform and the families who stay behind.New Jersey is second to none in the way we support our veterans.As our world has become more turbulent, in terms of armed conflict, terrorism and natural emergencies here at home, there is an increased need for our military, such as the National Guard, which is always involved in emergency management when disaster strikes.As we navigate these difficult economic times, when there are fewer jobs for everyone, it will become increasingly difficult to make sure our veterans continue to have the access to jobs, health care and support that they and their families deserve for sacrificing so much for our freedoms.As we honor veterans today and as we continue to hope and pray for the end of war, we cannot lose sight of the price they paid, the sacrifices they made and the debt we owe them.Please take time out of your busy day to thank a veteran for his or her service — after all, he or she took time out of his or her life to protect you and yours.God bless America.last_img read more


first_imgTRAINER ROSEMARY TRELA RECOVERING FROM BRAIN ANEURISM Just 15 days after suffering a near-fatal brain aneurism Dec. 9 at her San Luis Rey Downs base, trainer Rosemary Trela was a Christmas Eve visitor at Clockers’ Corner as she and her husband Brian watched her star pupil, two-year-old filly Dragon Flower, gallop on Santa Anita’s main track.“My doctors told me I should take a year off, but now I think I’ll take a month or two,” said Trela, who turned 57 on Dec. 7. “I remember exactly when it happened, at 7:59 that morning. I was extremely lucky to have a neurosurgeon, Dr. Andrew Nguyen, on duty.”Trela’s husband related that his wife, who has just in the past couple of days regained the ability to speak in complete sentences, underwent a minimally invasive procedure addressing the precise location of the hemorrhage while also draining a substantial amount of excess blood, thereby relieving pressure to her brain.“She’s really doing well,” said Brian. “It’s going to be hard to keep her down now, the way she’s coming along.”Trela, whose primary client is Joseph Schneider, had six wins and four seconds from 18 San Luis Rey-based starters prior to being sidelined by the aneurism. Derek Meredith, who has taken over training duties for Trela during her period of convalescence, sent a recent Trela/Schneider claim, Finallygotabentley, out to an impressive $8,000 claiming win this past Sunday at Los Alamitos. IMPROVEMENT DUE FOR CRITTENDEN IN MATHIS MILE            Crittenden’s disappointing showing in the Grade I Hollywood Derby remains a mystery to Eoin Harty. “He got beat,” the trainer said drolly and succinctly of the son of Distorted Humor owned by Godolphin Racing, LLC. “It looks like he just got outrun.”Crittenden finished a distant 12th of 14 in the Hollywood Derby at Del Mar on Nov. 28, but save for his second career start, has been there or thereabouts in his other 10 races, winning the restricted Let It Ride stakes at Del Mar on Oct. 31.The field for the Mathis Brothers Mile: Ground Rules, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Perfectly Majestic, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Crittenden, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Professor Berns, Brice Blanc, 15-1; Soul Driver, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Mister Brightside, Mike Smith, 4-1; Acceptance, Alonso Quinonez, 12-1; Ike Walker, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Vigilante, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Om, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonzalez, 10-1; and Fueled by Bourbon, Joel Rosario, 10-1. EL KABEIR ‘SITTING ON BIG RACE’ FOR MALIBUEl Kabeir is among five of the seven horses entered in the Grade I Malibu Stakes on Opening Day Saturday that are not based at Santa Anita.Only longshot Bad Read Sanchez and Lord Nelson are stabled at Santa Anita.El Kabeir, headquartered in New York where the gray son of the late Scat Daddy is trained by John Terranova II for Ahmed Zayat of American Pharoah fame, understandably has called trainer Bob Baffert’s barn his home since he arrived at Santa Anita two weeks ago.Baffert, for those on another planet the past year, was the Svengali who masterminded the Zayat-owned American Pharoah to a successful Triple Crown campaign in 2015.“El Kabeir looked really good when he came in,” said Baffert, who trains Lord Nelson for the Peachtree Stable. Nothing has changed during his stay.“All reports are that he’s doing great,” Terranova said by phone Thursday morning from New York, where he will leave tomorrow from The Big Apple with his wife, Tonja, to saddle El Kabeir in the Malibu.“He’s had two works over the track, drew a good post and has a top rider in Mike Smith. The horse is sitting on a big race.”El Kabeir has run in nothing but stakes since breaking his maiden by nearly 11 lengths at Saratoga on Aug. 30, 2014. Eight of the stakes have been graded. Only the City Of Laurel in Maryland on Nov. 14 was not. He won that seven furlong race by a nose.He has won five of 11 starts and earned $834,892. His only two misfires came at Belmont Park, in the Grade I Champagne over a sloppy track when he was beaten nearly 18 lengths last Oct. 4, and against older horses in the Grade III Bold Ruler Oct. 31 when he was nearly 10 lengths back.Other than those two, El Kabeir has never finished out of the money.The field for the Malibu, race eight of nine: Pain and Misery, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Marking, Jose Lezcano, 5-2; Watershed, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Runhappy, Gary Stevens, 6-5; El Kabeir, Mike Smith, 8-1; Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; and Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1.First post time opening day is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. CAN BALTAS SMELL THE ROSES WITH LILY POD?Having never run in a stakes race, let alone a Grade I, Lily Pod looms a rank outsider in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, but Richard Baltas is inclined to give the daughter of Bernstein a longshot’s chance.“I think she liked Los Alamitos, but I might have worked her too fast too close to the race and she got away from the rider,” Baltas said, referring to her fourth-place finish as the 9-10 favorite at the Orange County oval on Dec. 13. “That might have made a difference.“She came back good, although she’s in tough in the La Brea, no doubt, but she ran big here last year when she broke her maiden (winning by 3 ½ lengths Oct. 16 while in hand late).”The field: Birdatthewire, Mike Smith, 6-1; Hot City Girl, Jose Ortiz, 3-1; Cavorting, Irad Ortiz Jr., 5-2; Maybellene, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Lily Pod, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Rattataptap, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Pleasant Tales, James Graham, 20-1; Moyo Honey, Drayden Van Dyke, 20-1; and Finest City, Gary Stevens, 8-1. OUT-OF-TOWNERS DOMINATE GRADE I MALIBUTRAINER HOPES LILY POD BLOOMS IN LA BREA CRITTENDEN TRIES TO REBOUND IN MATHIS MILETRAINER TRELA ON MEND AT CLOCKERS’ CORNERWARREN‘S VENEDA RETURNS IN SUNDAY’S FRANKELLIVE RACING AT SANTA ANITA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30WALL CALENDAR AND MORE FREE ON OPENING DAY WARREN‘S VENEDA SET FOR FRANKEL, RAIN OR SHINECraig Lewis has entered Warren’s Veneda in Sunday’s Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, listed for 1 1/8 miles on turf, but with recent erratic rain patterns, should it come off the grass and be run on dirt, “All the better,” the trainer said.“She’s better on dirt and there’s nowhere to run her right now, so we opted for the Frankel, but I’d love for it to come off the turf. Her one off-track race here last winter was awesome,” referring to a 5 ½ length romp on a wet/fast strip in the Paseana Stakes on Jan. 11. “She won with authority.”As for memories of Bobby Frankel, the Hall of Fame trainer for whom the race is named, Lewis was precise and succinct: “One of the greatest trainers of all time,” he said. “We were very friendly. I got along real well with him. I had many good conversations with him over the years.”Frankel died at the age of 68 on Nov. 16, 2009.The field for the Frankel: Nancy From Nairobi, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Three Hearts, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Alexis Tangier, Gary Stevens, 5-1; Rusty Slipper, James Graham, 9-2; Star Act, Kieren Fallon, 30-1; Peace and War, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Stormy Lucy, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Fresh Feline, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Sweet as a Rose, Brice Blanc, 30-1; Gender Agenda, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; Glory, Mike Smith, 4-1; Honey Ride, Abel Lezcano, 20-1; and Gas Total, Flavien Prat, 12-1. LIVE RACING AT SANTA ANITA WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30Santa Anita will offer a five-day racing week beginning Wednesday, Dec. 30, through Sunday, Jan. 3. First post time throughout the week will be 12:30 p.m.Excluding weekday holidays, live racing usually is conducted Thursday through Sunday, but with the holiday season in full swing, an exception was made. Santa Anita will be dark on Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29.FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will give away its popular full color Wall Calendar free on opening day to all fans at the track with paid admission while supplies last . . . The first 20,000 paid attendees will receive a $100 Mathis Brothers Furniture gift certificate, and the first 5,000 kids 17 and under accompanied by a paid adult will get a plush, mini-Thoroughbred . . . There will be a $1 million guaranteed pool on the Late Pick 4 opening day, and a $150,000 guaranteed pool on the Pick 6 . . . Sunday at Santa Anita, unbeaten Songbird is expected to have her first breeze since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Oct. 30. “She’s ready,” said Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward.last_img read more