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  • American Pharoah poised for more history

    first_img The Boss On this day, though, Pharoah will be The Boss. “We have a legend here with American Pharoah,” says Dennis Drazen, a management consultant to the track. “People are going to be talking about being there the day American Pharoah ran at Monmouth Park in the Haskell.” Thrilled to have American Pharoah, track officials this week boosted the total purse of the race by $750,000 to a record $1.75 million. The winner’s share is $1.1 million. A record crowd approaching 60,000 is expected. A three-day “Pharoah Phan Phestival” began on Friday, with giveaways, contests and a chance for fans to watch American Pharoah on his morning gallops. About 5,000 showed up Friday. The Triple Crown winner is the overwhelming 1-5 favourite in an eight-horse field going 11/8 miles. “He has so many fans,” says trainer Bob Baffert, who said his wife, Jill, told him that a little TV was tuned in to the Belmont at the beauty salon she goes to in Beverly Hills, California. “There’s people in front of his barn in the mornings and people watching him gallop and cheering for him every time. It’s fun to really share him with the fans.” From the moment American Pharoah won the Belmont, Zayat hasn’t wavered in his desire to keep racing his prized horse – even though he’s sold the breeding rights for what could be as much as $30 million, with a stud fee that could be in the $100,000 range. NEW JERSEY (AP): From a beauty salon in Beverly Hills to an intersection in Zurich, people are talking about American Pharoah. Derek Jeter. Carrie Underwood. Drew Brees. Even Cheech and Chong. All have chatted up either the owner, trainer or jockey of American Pharoah in the weeks after the horse became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years with a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. “He’s captured the imagination of the nation,” says Ahmed Zayat, the effusive Egyptian owner who travels the world on business and resides in Teaneck, New Jersey. “More than just a nation, if I dare say.” Today, American Pharoah returns to the races in the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, the Jersey Shore track a few furlongs from the home of rocker Bruce Springsteen, whose classic Born to Run has become the Haskell pre-race anthem.last_img read more

  • Contempt, mockery and duplicity of the Mayor, Town Clerk and favoured cabal are unbearable

    first_imgDear Editor.Almost every day, one can hear cries coming from the Council of bankruptcy; of revenue shortfalls; of the need for a wider revenue base; of being unable to provide the quality of services that they ought to undertake, due to a lack of adequate funding; of being cash strapped, whilst at the same time officials of the Council are frequently proceeding on wasteful overseas luxury junkets; of paying themselves extra for carrying out duties that they were elected to carry out; of maintaining large retinues of staff, including bodyguards, chauffeurs, personal assistants, immense secretarial and administrative staff etc.Someone needs to explain to the citizenry why the members of the Renegotiating Committee for the scandalous Parking Meter Contracts had to be paid large sums extra to sit on the committee.Someone needs to explain why the Mayor and selected Councillors and staff, who were involved in Mashramani activities, had to be paid large sums for doing nothing. Someone needs to advise the citizenry what were the tangible benefits derived for the City from all the countless expensive jaunts overseas.It is simply mind blowing that a supposedly ‘broke municipality’ would even contemplate hosting a ‘City Week’ celebration. How could they allocate a whopping 20 million dollars to fetes and merriment when they claim they have had to close day care centres due to lack of funding; when they have stopped stray catching in the city, due to a lack of funds; when the municipal abattoir and all of their buildings are in the most ruinous state?I hope they don’t intend to harass the already fragile business community to contribute financially to their fete.How could the Council not be maintaining our city roads, not replacing defective street lights, not repairing bridges, not cleaning choked drains, not fogging for mosquitoes; but instead are putting up expensive and fancy billboards about a green city whilst maintaining a mammoth staff strength of nearly 1000 persons; whilst spending hundreds of millions on contractors who have not tendered for jobs they were given etc?There is no area of service that the Council are responsible for providing — not a single municipal department — that is free of the most brutal sort of corruption. The Georgetown Municipality have bred a world-class Mafia, and it has all begun with their duplicitous Human Resource Department, which is well known for putting square pegs in round holes.Sincerely,Jermain Johnsonlast_img read more