12 Jun
2021

Bringing Your Pet to Life

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Herbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Any pet owner will tell you that there are few things more important than their little furry (or scaly, or feathered, or hooved) friend. There are many pet owners who will admit to having more pictures of their animals than their own family (not that that’s a bad thing!).Those photos become even more important after we’ve had to say goodbye.Leah Knecht has been painting since she was a child, and she has turned her love for animals into a career of portrait painting of both animals and people. But it was the loss of her own beloved pets that led her to it.“I started [painting portraits] five years when I lost a couple of my dogs. Then I started doing this for other people too.”Knecht loved to paint as a child. She eventually attended Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, majoring in illustration, later becoming a full time teacher of the art of oil painting.“Illustration involves bringing out the best in an image through understanding of anatomy, form, tones, lighting, and detail,” she explains.“Painting these portraits is something I really love doing,” she confesses. “I love animals, and I grew up with tons of them. Our house was like a mini-farm, here on the edge of Pasadena. We had goats, chickens, ducks, cats dogs, birds, you name it!”Through the combination of growing up with animals, and her own training and teaching in the art of illustration, Knecht portrays animals in a way that truly brings them to life.“I think I can really capture the pet’s personality in a very real way,” she explained. “Other artists can portray the pet in a pop art or abstract style, but, mine, actually looks like their pet. I can also add backgrounds, or change backgrounds, or do group portraits.”Knecht can also work from old photographs to vividly bring the pet back to life. She of course, credits her training, as well as her clear understanding of anatomy, to recreate the pet’s own individual look.Knecht’s ability to work from photographs and closely with her customers allows her to create accurate and meaningful portraits for those who have had to part with their best friends.One client, who’s husband’s beloved Pekingese passed well after they received their portrait, expressed just how meaningful it is to him now: “The portrait is a constant, comforting, reminder for him, almost like having her here with us. ”Another commented, “You captured Cole’s personality, not just his looks.” Of course, any pet owner can tell you, every animal has their own special personality which transforms them into more than just an animal- they’re a companion.And thanks to the power of the internet, pet lovers from all around the world can submit photos of their faithful companions to Knecht using the really simple and very detailed instructions provided on her website.So go ahead and snap away without shame.Leah Knecht and Classic Pet Portraits can be reached at (626) 644-8081, and [email protected] For more information on how to commission a portrait, please visit www.classicpetportraits.com. Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Visual Arts Bringing Your Pet to Life Pasadena artist creates a lifetime of memories By EDDIE RIVERA, Editor, Living Section Published on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 6:34 am More Cool Stuff Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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2 May
2021

MIDGLEY, KATHLEEN M. (nee: Hurley)

first_img58, of Berkeley Heights, NJ passed away at Abingdon Care & Rehabilitation Center, Green Brook, NJ, on October 26, 2017. Kathleen was born in Jersey City to the late William and Gertrude (nee: Foley) Hurley. She had resided in Bayonne before moving to Berkeley Heights in 1997. She had worked as an accountant for Triumph Plastics. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Edward; her son, Evan; her brothers, William, Kevin, and Michael Hurley; her sisters-in-law, Paula Galvin, Carole Iwanowski, and Johanna Midgley and her brothers-in-law, John Iwanowski, Peter Midgley, and Robert Midgley. Kathleen is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives, cousins, and friends. Funeral arrangements by PAUL IPPOLITO BERKELEY MEMORIAL, 646 Springfield Ave., Berkley Heights, NJ 07922.last_img

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20 Dec
2020

Security Forces Conduct Offensive; Neutralize Taliban IED Facilities

first_imgBy Dialogo November 19, 2010 I really liked the articles about the IEDs. I understand how critical the artifacts problem is in Afghanistan, because I have a good friend from my Control Risk days who is working there. I fear that, sooner than we think, we might find one of those on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. After all, criminals could see how society reacted to the terrorist acts and can use even more sophisticated techniques. Since December, criminals have already “left behind” explosives in places with a lot of traffic just to send authorities a message. I fear the day they might actually detonate them. Afghan and coalition forces destroyed multiple Taliban improvised explosive device facilities in the Khash Rod district, Nimroz province. The security forces cleared personnel from the area before calling in an air strike to destroy the isolated compounds to ensure the facilities would not be re-utilized to store or produce IEDs. The joint security teams discovered the facilities during a series of operations lasting from the early hours of yesterday morning through this morning. “The offensive operation was conducted to flush out enemy fighters and deny them sanctuary,” according to U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF Joint Command Combined Joint Operations Center director. “The insurgents have historically gone underground during the winter months while relying on foreign fighters to continue the fight. We’re not about to allow them that luxury.” The compounds, which included nine separate structures, were being used as active IED facilities where Taliban members stored IED-making materials and trained local and foreign-fighter recruits on emplacing IEDs. The security force discovered two dozen bags of ammonium nitrate, multiple large IEDs, homemade explosives, recoilless rifle rounds and opium during the operation. The security forces also targeted two known Taliban leaders during the offensive active in the IED facilitation network in the area. The joint security teams searched more than 70 buildings as they conducted the operation throughout the day. Afghan forces used a loudspeaker to call all occupants to exit the buildings peacefully before searching the compounds. The joint teams peacefully detained numerous suspects based on initial questioning at the scene. “This operation was successful on several levels,” Torres said. “Not only did we interrupt further IED training in this area without any casualties, but we destroyed an array of IED-making materials as well. This time of year is a holy period for the Afghan citizens; anything we can do to further their safety during the Eid holiday is a win.” No women or children were injured or detained during this series of operations. The security members did not fire their weapons, nor was anyone injured during the extensive operations.last_img read more

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20 Dec
2020

The Fight Against Drug-Trafficking in the Jungles of Rio de Janeiro

first_imgRio de Janeiro’s megalopolis has more than 10 million inhabitants and more than 1,000 slums. The region’s terrain is extremely rugged and covered with forests. Some of the mountainsides that make up this panorama were used by the neediest inhabitants to build disorderly clusters of houses that became known as “favelas.” In 2015, however, the agreement between the Jungle Warfare Instructional Center and BOPE was re-established, and one Sergeant has already successfully completed the course. We hope the partnership will continue. However, a considerable portion of these tropical forests remain very well preserved. Taken together, the mountains of Tijuca Forest, Pedra Branca State Park, and Nova Iguaçu Municipal Park account for a huge area covering approximately 180 square kilometers. There are also kilometers of trails connecting the hundreds of favelas and neighborhoods that run along these mountains. It is an extremely beautiful landscape that was regularly frequented by hikers and ecotourism enthusiasts until just a few years ago. Jungle training program The equipment, training, and, particularly, the logistics of law enforcement agencies operating in Rio de Janeiro are extremely limited and, in most cases, incompatible with forest areas. Most police officers have little or no experience operating in the jungle. * Colonel Fernando Montenegro commanded the pacification of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro (2011-2012); served in the Special Forces of the Brazilian Army; served as the Chief Instructor at the Jungle Warfare Training Center (2009-2010); and holds a Master’s Degree in Military Sciences. In conclusion, it is essential that the public security entities in the state of Rio de Janeiro devote attention to drug traffickers’ utilization of Rio de Janeiro’s forests, which presents an increasing risk to public safety and is transforming an area of environmental preservation into a refuge for armed criminals. Similarly, the Armed Forces must adopt procedures to prevent the recruitment of Soldiers, with special attention to the members of the elite forces. Organized crime groups persistently try to recruit Soldiers and former Military members, such as Paratroopers and Marines, to join the ranks of the drug trade by offering them tempting offers of high pay. In the 1990s, Non-commissioned officers and enlisted Commandos were among the main targets for recruitment. This was one of the main reasons that authorities transferred the 1st Special Forces Battalion’s headquarters to Goiânia, the state capital of Goiás, in 2003. center_img It comes as no surprise that drug traffickers have been using these routes for quite some time. In the 1990s, the Brazilian Army’s 1st Special Forces Battalion was based in Rio de Janeiro and carried out some training in those areas. Authorities routinely found cartridges for different calibers of firearms and traces of campsites, but there is no record of clashes with the Army because the Military did not carry out operations to fight narco-trafficking. When armed groups detected the Army approaching, they simply fled. There has been a significant increase in the circulation of groups made up of more than 40 armed criminals. Organized crime members use the trails to escape from police operations and/or to carry out attacks on areas controlled by rival gangs in the struggle for control over drug-dealing regions. Criminals also dump bodies in the forest, where drug traffickers now engage in behaviors similar to guerrilla groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Increase in criminal activity Brilliant reflection on behalf of the writer, and certainly based upon deep background knowledge. Criminality lives in constant metamorphosis, and security forces must be aware of such changes, which, in turn, will promote proper measures to confront these threats. An analysis that considered the local geography and that brought very enlightening elements from a reality that, for most citizens and even authorities, is difficult to visualize. I liked the article! It talks about the Brazilian reality! The author has experience and lived through the situation! Congratulations! Selva! It is clear that there is no coordination in the operations that combate crime and possible external threats. Because of this, trafficking grows. We have to change our modus operandi. I believe that CIOPESP – which is also in Rio de Janeiro – has all the conditions to train BOPE’s military personnel, including the Command Action techniques that would be more efficient that just having knowledge of combat in jungle terrain. However, I can’t say if the Center referred to would have the physical, personnel, or spatial conditions necessary for the administration of a course more specific to BOPE, having a reduced duration. Other positive factors would be the logistics and the cost of the course at CIOPESP. Actions belonging to the Armed Forces are and will always be welcome – be they with the PM, PC, and PF of the State of Rio de Janeiro, particularly if in the spirit of protection, prevention, and education against the evils, the use, and the activities of crime in strategic areas involving important parks, thickets, hillsides, and forests in the city of Rio de Janeiro. I even believe that more attention could be given to carrying out these actions alongside Communities and Neighborhoods surrounding and within such areas and jurisdictions. I congratulate all those involved in these Operations. Respectfully, Colonel Montenegro is one of the leading authorities in national security! In addition to his gifted technical knowledge, his professional experience allows him to speak about the topic with authority. Until 1995, the Army allowed Military police officers from the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE, for its Portuguese acronym) to enroll in the Jungle Warfare Course, at the Jungle Warfare Instructional Center (CIGS). The last to complete the course was the former General Commander of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State, Colonel Pinheiro Neto. As of 1996, enrollment was no longer permitted and BOPE started to look for alternatives, such as Military training centers in Colombia and other countries. By Dialogo January 18, 2016last_img read more

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17 Dec
2020

Should online car buying be educational or a sales tool?

first_imgLet’s address the big question when it comes to online auto buying: should your credit union provide a resource that is a sales tool or educational resource? What are the differences between the two approaches? First, let’s look at members’ online habits when they are shopping and researching vehicles. The average consumer spends 14 hours over 4 months researching their vehicle, with or without you. Just type into Google, online auto buying and watch the options unfold. How is your credit union going to stand out and engage this market? It’s a huge world with a vast amount of content and resources, along with many competitors that are fighting for their attention. The goal is to get them focused on what your offerings are at the beginning of the search phase rather than in the final stage. The challenge most credit unions have, when trying to engage their members early on; is they lack relevant content along with a real-time delivery channel that satisfies their members wants and needs. The question is, how do you tackle this issue? Here’s an example to ponder. If a member comes into your branch and asks for information on auto loans, what should your staff do? Hand the member a brochure and walk away? Strictly inform your member of your low rates? Hopefully not! Your representatives should be there to guide members all the way through the entire auto search and purchase process. This is easier said than done. It is critical that you supply your team with the proper tools and resources so they can better engage your members with what they are looking for. Don’t strictly focus on the end result, which is the loan. Take care of your member much earlier in the process to earn trust. Provide them with a trusted resource where they can conduct all their research to make a wise purchase. This can range from choosing the right brand, safety features, gas mileage, pricing out options, evaluating trade-in value and so much more. Ultimately, your website should incorporate similar tactics in selling the member on you and your services. Guide the member from point “A” to point “B”, as opposed to a shotgun approach of giving away everything and hoping the member finds point “B” on their own.How easy is it for members to research and finance a car through your credit union? How are you making the process go smoothly? Scrutinize your website. Does it offer a lot of everything, but not enough specifics to get a member’s reaction? Here’s another recent example, I recently spoke with a friend looking to purchase a new vehicle and had every intention of using their credit union. She became so frustrated with the process she just headed to the dealership and took her chances there. She had been a member of that credit union for nearly 5 years but the inability to properly navigate the website drove her elsewhere. In addition, a call back from her credit union came days later. Clearly, this credit union hadn’t taken an internal look at processes and how the member experience unfolded in the digital landscape. In a recent Experian Automotive report, there are 271 million vehicles on the road in Q3 2017 as compared to 265 million in Q3 2016, representing a 2.2% increase. Automotive needs are continuing to grow, and it remains a top financial product for all credit unions. Give it the respect it deserves. Providing a resource members trust while also reaching your portfolio growth goals, needs to be part of the decision-making process. Your goal is to determine how your online presence should serve members: Sales or educational? This is an important question because you want the influence to begin at the beginning of the process for the member, not at the point-of-sale at the dealership.The need to service members for all their important financial needs is what a credit union is all about. Priorities such as home and auto ownership will always be needed, however the way to address these needs has changed. Look at the auto buying journey; every aspect of this has gone digital. Five years ago, the average car shopper visited five dealerships during the research phase, that number is down to 1.6 today. Members are online and this is where your credit union needs to be for auto financing too. How to get to the next critical point in meeting members needs may not come from inside your credit union. This might be the time to work with a third-party. Consumers have come to rely on third-party websites to provide the information they need. Specialties exist and all expertise is not expected to reside under one roof. Partner with a service to provide all the features that members need. Members realize auto manufacturers’ websites are not the best place to start to take in the entire picture. When looking to finance this purchase, members seek out trusted resources. This is where your credit union comes in, striking the perfect balance.Websites were wonderful sources of providing information. For a while, the website was nothing more than part of the initial research. They have morphed into so much more. They are now your biggest and most widely used branch, now give it the attention is so desperately needs. Consumers expect to accomplish everything online that they can do in your branch. Your automotive offerings should provide not only educational content on inventory, but real-life information on financing, so the member can start and end their search at your doorstep. If your website is clunky, hard to navigate and a member’s needs are not served, it’s a big problem for the credit union. The member, like my friend, will move on. 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert O’Hara Robert O’Hara, vice president of strategic alliances at GrooveCar, is a veteran of the credit union industry having worked as director of lending and operations at a Long Island … Web: www.groovecarinc.com Detailslast_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Roger Stone asks court to delay prison sentence for health reasons

first_imgRoger Stone is once again seeking to delay the start of his prison sentence.The Broward resident is mounting a last-ditch bid to get a federal appeals court to put off the 40-month prison sentence he is facing after being convicted of trying to thwart a congressional investigation into alleged ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.Attorneys for Stone asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday for an emergency stay of U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson’s ruling last week putting Stone, 67, under house arrest at his Fort Lauderdale home.Stone’s lawyers are asking the D.C. Court of Appeals to allow Stone to report to prison on September 3rd. He currently has until July 14th to surrender.Stone’s lawyers claim his health is at risk if he has to report to prison next week. In a social media post on Monday evening, Stone said that he viewed the latest legal action as a longshot, but that he was determined to pursue every option in the court system even as he seeks a pardon from Trump.“I recognize that the chances are overwhelming that the appeals court will remand the matter back to Judge Jackson,” Stone wrote on Instagram, “but it is vitally important that the American people see all of the false claims in her most recent ruling and I want the president to know that I have, in good faith ,exhausted all of my legal remedies and that an only an act of clemency by the Presideny [sic] will provide Justice in my case where I was charged on politically motivated ,fabricated charges and was denied a fair trial with an unbiased judge,an honest jury and uncorrupted and non political prosecutors.”Trump has said Stone shouldn’t be concerned that he’ll be sent to prison, but the president has also predicted that his longtime confidant will be exonerated in the legal system. The president has strongly hinted that he’ll provide a pardon or commutation if necessary to stop Stone from being jailed.last_img read more

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18 Sep
2020

Rahul axed as India try Rohit as opener against South Africa

first_img… Shubman Gill gets his maiden Test call-upBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI,  India (Reuters) – India axed struggling opener KL Rahul and handed Rohit Sharma a chance to revive his stop-start Test career after selecting the limited-overs stalwart for next month’s three-match series against South Africa.Rahul has gone 12 Test innings without a 50-plus score and struggled in the recent tour of West Indies where India won both matches to top the World Test Championship table.Former captain Sourav Ganguly was among those who felt Rohit, who smashed a record five hundreds at the 50-overs World Cup in England and finished as the tournament’s top scorer, should partner Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order.“We want to give Rohit Sharma an opportunity to open the innings in Tests,” chief selector MSK Prasad said after naming the 15-member squad.Prithvi Shaw would have been Agarwal’s automatic partner but the 19-year-old is currently serving a doping ban.The only player in the world with three double hundreds in one-day internationals, Rohit averages nearly 40 in Tests batting in the middle order.The 32-year-old has struggled to replicate his limited-overs heroics in the 27 Tests he has played so far and must reinvent himself as an opener in the long form as well.Punjab top order batsman Shubman Gill got his maiden Test call-up, while the selectors opted for two wicketkeepers in Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha.Spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who was preferred ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin in both Tests in West Indies, has been retained in the squad, along with the off-spinner, with left-armer Kuldeep Yadav as the third slow bowling option.Virat Kohli and his team face South Africa in the first Test at Visakhapatnam from October 2. Pune and Ranchi host the other two matches.India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.last_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

GO WEST MARIE STRETCHES OUT TO TAKE $125,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER STEVENS; TRUMAN TRAINEE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:38.81

first_imgFILLY BY WESTERN FAME TAKES GOLDEN STATE SERIES RACE FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED OLDER FILLIES & MARES ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2015)–Favored Go West Marie stretched out off of three consecutive sprints to win Saturday’s $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths, while covering one mile on turf under Gary Stevens in 1:38.81. Trained by Eddie Truman and owned by Peter Redekop BC, Ltd., the 4-year-old filly by Western Fame appeared on the muscle early but settled into a stalking trip en route to notching her fourth stakes win and seventh win from 20 starts. (The Fran’s Valentine, run as Santa Anita’s sixth race, was the second in a series of five Golden State Series stakes for horses bred or sired in California).“The key with her is to get relaxed,” said Stevens. “When Rafael (Bejarano, aboard eventual sixth place finisher Wild in the Saddle) was getting out pretty good going into the first turn, it gave me a little bump to get out and she got a little aggressive. Once I got her back midway around the turn, she switched off for me and she has an explosive kick. She outclassed these fillies today.”The 3-5 favorite in a field of eight older fillies and mares, Go West Marie paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.40. The win improved her overall mark to 20-7-2-5, and with the winner’s share of $75,000, she ran her earnings to $557,520.“Gary loved her at a mile,” said Truman, who is enjoying perhaps his best year as a conditioner. “We both think she’s actually better going a mile. Today it scared me with that slow pace, and he rode her like the champion rider that he is. He said ‘Hey, we’re not saving ground. We’re the best horse and here we come.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Chati’s On Top rallied from last to finish second, one length in front of longshot My Monet. Dispatched at 7-1, Chati’s On Top paid $5.20 and $3.40.Ridden by Gonzalo Nicolas, My Monet set the pace to the furlong pole and tired to finish third, three quarters of a length in front of Mangita. Off at 16-1, My Monet paid $6.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.33, 49.68, 1:14.47 and 1:26.78. –last_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

LONGTIME SPORTS WRITER, RACING PUBLICIST & THOROUGHBRED OWNER, JACK DISNEY PASSES AT AGE 80

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (July 1, 2015)–Jack Disney, a longtime sports writer with the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner, who went on to serve as Director of Publicity at Hollywood Park and who was an integral part of Santa Anita’s publicity efforts for many years, passed away at his home in Irvine on Monday at the age of 80 following a long bout with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (C.O.P.D.).An avid racing enthusiast from his days at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, Disney hired on at the Herald Examiner at the age of 19 in 1954 and, for the better part of 35 years, covered USC football and basketball, the Lakers, Raiders, Angels, Dodgers, boxing at both the Olympic Auditorium and the Forum, and even had a fling as an on-air pro wrestling analyst alongside the legendary Dick (Whoa Nellie!!) Lane, on KTLA channel 5.Known simply as “Diz” to close friends and press box colleagues, Disney was the product of a bygone era, when sports writers often drew close to the athletes they covered, and enjoyed, for the most part, non-adversarial relationships. Accordingly, Disney often recounted nights out on the town and eventful charter flights with the likes of Bo Belinsky, “Hot Rod” Hundley, Elgin Baylor, and many others, including one of his all-time favorite athletes, the Raiders’ Lester Hayes.“Jack’s love and enthusiasm for sports was evident in all of his reporting,” said former Santa Anita General Manager George Haines. “Jack built thousands of relationships over the years here in L.A. and these were of great benefit to him and all of us here at Santa Anita. He was just a class act and he was very well liked by our jockeys and horsemen. He will be sorely missed and my best wishes go to his wife and family.”Married for the past 19 years to his high school sweetheart, Emily, Disney enjoyed some of his greatest success late in life–as a Thoroughbred owner. Calling upon his close ties to the sports community, Disney and his twin brother, Doug, formed “Indizguys” Stable about 10 years ago. Members ranged from former Angel catcher, Buck Rogers, to former USC and San Francisco 49ers receiver Paul Salata and retired L.A. Times sports writer and Baseball Hall of Famer, Ross Newhan.This disparate entourage struck gold on Nov. 25, 2006, when, at the behest of the late trainer Mike Mitchell, they claimed a long-fused 5-year-old English-bred gelding named On the Acorn. Finishing fifth on the day they purchased him, On the Acorn was subsequently last in a field of nine for a $50,000 claiming tag on Dec. 16, 2006, but he then rattled off consecutive allowance wins on turf at Santa Anita and was poised for stakes company.In what Disney described as “A once in a lifetime” run, On the Acorn would go on to win the Grade II, $250,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap on April 22, 2007, en route to a pair of $250,000 wins in the Grade II, Jim Murray Memorial Handicap on May 12, 2007 and on May 10, 2008.“Jack, along with (the late columnist and editor) Allan Malamud, were the people most responsible for me getting an opportunity at the Herald Examiner back in the late 70s and for that I was forever grateful,” said current Los Angeles Newspaper Group handicapper Bob Mieszerski, who worked alongside Disney at the Herald and is also currently serving as Thoroughbred Publicity Director at Los Alamitos. “Jack and I have been close ever since and I could always count on him for guidance and support.“He was a brilliant writer and a first class gentleman. In all the years I had the pleasure of knowing Jack, I never heard anyone utter a bad word about him. The world won’t be the same without him and I already miss him terribly. I only hope he knew how much I loved and appreciated him.”In addition to his wife, Emily and brother, Doug, Jack Disney is survived by his sons, Rick and Mitchell, and two grandchildren. Services are pending. POPULAR SCRIBE COVERED ORIGINAL L.A. ANGELS, NEWLY ARRIVED LAKERS IN 1960slast_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

FAVORED LIAM THE CHARMER RALLIES TO TAKE $56,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY ONE LENGTH UNDER ESPINOZA; TRAINED BY MCCARTHY, HE GETS MILE AND A QUARTER ON TURF IN 1:59.55

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2017)–Last with three furlongs to run, classy Liam the Charmer rallied five-wide around the far turn en route to a solid one length win in Thursday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Victor Espinoza, as he got a mile and a quarter over a “good” turf in 1:59.55.  Trained by Michael McCarthy, “Liam” had been idle since running fourth as the favorite in a 1 1/16 miles turf allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 19.“We’ve always thought he was a nice colt,” said McCarthy, who saddled the 4-year-old son of Smart Strike to a close fifth place finish two starts back in the Grade III La Jolla Handicap on Aug. 6.  “Victor rode him great, the pace was ideal and the ground had a little ‘give’ to it, which was to his liking.”The 9-5 favorite in a field of nine older horses, Liam the Charmer paid $5.60, $3.80 and $3.00.  Bred by Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally and his wife Debbie, he’s owned by Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Warren, Jr.  With the winner’s share of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $94,226 while running his overall record to 7-2-1-1.Like the winner, Beach View, who was ridden by Stewart Elliott, rallied wide from off the pace, finishing a half length in front of Mission Driven.  Originally based in the mid-Atlantic region, Beach View made his Southern California debut at 25-1 and paid $22.00 and $10.00.Off at 5-2 with Flavien Prat, Mission Driven paid $3.00 to show.Fractions, which were set by eventual sixth place finisher Little Scotty, were 23.01, 47.14, 1:11.23 and 1:35.33.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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