…EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING FOR FREEBORN MN AND FARIBAULT MN…* WHAT…Dangerously hot conditions with heat index values up to 108 possible.* WHERE…Portions of central, east central, south central and southeast Minnesota.* WHEN…From Saturday morning through Saturday evening.* IMPACTS…Extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Monitor the latest forecasts and warnings for updates on this situation. Be prepared to drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air- conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. This is especially true during warm or hot weather when car interiors can reach lethal temperatures in a matter of minutes.…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 8 PM CDT SATURDAY FOR WORTH, WINNEBAGO, CERRO GORDO, HANCOCK, KOSSUTH, WRIGHT, FRANKLIN, BUTLER, FLOYD, MITCHELL AND MOWER MN…* WHAT…Heat index values up to 108 expected.* WHERE…All of Central Iowa.* WHEN…From 1 PM to 8 PM CDT Saturday.* IMPACTS…Hot temperatures and high humidity may cause heat illnesses to occur, particularly those working or participating outdoor activities.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Youngchildren and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning orevening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing whenpossible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.
While other Kootenay International Junior Hockey League players are still working in a few more rounds on the golf course or runs down the mountain bike trails, Nelson hopefuls were focusing on skating, stickhandling or filling the net at the Leafs training camp Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson coaches witnessed 40-plus players walk through the Green and White dressing room doors, each with goals of garnering one of those coveted spots on the Heritage City franchise.“I believe we brought in a good crew of new players . . . some players that we’re really excited to have here to start the season with us,” said Leafs coach Mario DiBella shortly after watching the final scrimmage game Sunday morning.Nelson’s camp is a few weeks ahead of most other clubs in the KIJHL. “We wanted to see the players before they attended Junior A training camps,” DiBella explained.“For those who don’t make a Junior A roster, we want them to know they have a place to play here in Nelson . . . and to give those players a head start on their Junior A experience.” The Leafs had eight returnees from last year’s team that was knocked out of the Murdoch Division Final to eventual KIJHL and Cyclone Taylor Champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks — led by captain Sawyer Hunt.Also in camp was defencemen Zach Morey, Brendan McKay and Michael LeNoury as well as forwards Nick Wihak, Ryan Piva, Jack Karran and Logan Wollum.Justin Podgorenko of the Castlegar Rebels also skated with the Leafs during the weekend.“I believe we’re going to be real strong in net . . . we’ve got some goalies I feel will prove to be some of the top goaltenders in the league,” DiBella said.“Certainly, we’ve got a good group of returning defencemen, one that’s not here and one that is who we feel will be stalwart players in this league.”DiBella said the players have a week off, some to attend Junior A camps, before returning to the NDCC Arena ice for a mini-camp beginning August 23.Four days later Nelson starts a six-game exhibition season with home-and-home series against Grand Forks, Beaver Valley and Castlegar.The three Nelson home dates are September 1, 2 & 3 — against Beaver Valley, Castlegar and Grand Forks, respectively.Nelson opens the KIJHL regular season Friday, September 8 against the defending KIJHL Champion from Fruitvale at 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2015)–Arguably the quickest horse on the grounds, trainer Jeff Bonde’s Distinctiv Passion figures to be tested early as he defends his title in the Grade III, $100,000 Midnight Lute Stakes for older horses at 6 ½ furlongs this Saturday at Santa Anita.Idle since running a well-beaten fifth in the Grade I, six furlong Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 3, the 6-year-old Florida-bred horse by With Distinction could likely get early pressure from the likes of California-bred San Onofre, and rising star, Seattle Seranade. Distinctiv Passion has five front-running wins from nine local starts and is undefeated in two tries at 6 ½ furlongs.Owned by Edward Brown, Jr., Alan Klein and Phillip Lebherz, Distinctiv Passion will be reunited with Edwin Maldonado, who has guided him to seven of his eight career wins. With 20 overall starts to his credit, Distinctiv Passion has earnings of $482,400.Classy eastern invader Salutos Amigos, who was fifth, beaten 4 ½ lengths by top sprinter Runhappy in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint two starts back, was finishing well when beaten 1 ½ lengths as the 3-2 favorite in the Grade III, six furlong Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct Nov. 26 and would appreciate a fast pace to run at on Saturday.Conditioned by David Jacobson, Salutos Amigos, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Salute the Sarge, is a four-time graded stakes winner and has 10 wins from 34 overall starts. Owned by Jacobson and Southern Equine Stable, LLC, Salutos Amigos has banked a Midnight Lute-best $1,122,406.A sharp second in both the Grade III, six furlong Los Angeles Stakes and Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Kona Gold Stakes this past spring at Santa Anita, trainer Karen Headley’s San Onofre has been idle since well beaten in the Grade I, seven furlong Triple Bend Stakes here on June 27.Naturally quick, the 6-year-old California-bred gelding by Surf Cat will hope to survive what could develop into an all-out rush for the lead with Distinctiv Passion. Owned by Matson Racing, lightly raced San Onofre, who will be bidding for his first stakes win, is 9-4-4-0 with earnings of $273,040.Jerry Hollendorfer’s Seattle Serenade, who comes off a smashing 6 ¼ length allowance score going six furlongs at Los Alamitos on Dec. 11, will try stakes company for the first time as he tries to remain unbeaten in what will be his third career start. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Smart Strike, Seattle Serenade was bred in-part by Hill ‘N’ Dale Equine Holdings.Owned by Hollendorfer, Hill ‘N’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc., and Mark DeDominico, Seattle Serenade will break from the rail with regular rider Mike Smith.The complete field for the Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes, to be run as the sixth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockey and weights in post position order: Seattle Serenade, Mike Smith, 119; San Onofre, Alex Solis, 119; Distinctiv Passion, Edwin Maldonado, 121; Pulling G’s, Victor Espinoza, 119; Raised a Secret, Fernando Perez, 119; All Run, Mario Gutierrez, 119, and Salutos Amigos, Martin Garcia, 121.First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m.
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 12, 2016)–Irish-bred Hunt rallied to win Thursday’s $63,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by one length under Flavien Prat as he got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course in 1:13.65.Conditioned by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old gelding notched his second allowance win in a row down the hill and got his third win in his last four starts–all of them down the hillside turf at 6 ½ furlongs and all of them in partnership with Prat.Fourth as the field crossed the dirt and back onto the turf at the top of the lane, Hunt rallied four-wide and overtook English-bred Producer a sixteenth of a mile from home while holding off longshot Forever Juanito for the win.Owned by Michael House, Hunt was off at 3-1 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up and paid $8.20, $4.40 and $2.80. Hunt improved his overall mark to 15-4-5-2 and with the winner’s check of $37,800, increased his earnings to $174,329.Ridden by Agapito Delgadillo, Forever Juanito, who was the biggest price in the field at 17-1, held off No Silent by a neck for the place and paid $15.20 and $7.20.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, No Silent was finishing well late, but didn’t threaten the winner, finishing three quarters of a length in front of favored Cape Wolfe for third. Off at 3-1, No Silent paid $2.80 to show.With Spirit Rules and Iggy Puglisi showing the way to the furlong pole, fractions on the race were 22.12, 44.16 and 1:07.45.Kentucky Derby winning jockey Mario Gutierrez was welcomed back to Santa Anita on post parade for race one, but his mount, Tap It All, a first time starter trained by Doug O’Neill and owned in-part by Reddam Racing, LLC, was unable to live up to the standard set by her superstar stablemate, undefeated Nyquist, as the 2-year-old daughter of Tapizar ended up a well beaten second at odds of 1-9.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.