The String Cheese Incident Announces New Dates To Complete 7-Show Colorado Run

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident has added a new Colorado run to their schedule, rounding out a 7-show stint in their home state set to take place this July. The band will now hit the newly re-done Dillon Amphitheater on the shores of Lake Dillon on Tuesday, July 17th and Wednesday, July 18th. This new run fits snugly in between the band’s two-night stint at the RIDE Festival in Telluride on Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th and their three-night return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre the following weekend, from July 20th – July 22nd.As the band says in their announcement post:Summer in Colorado just got a whole lot sweeter! We are pleased to announce two Incidents at the newly renovated Dillon Amphitheater this July! This completes a can’t-miss week of shows in SCI’s home state, starting at The RIDE Festival in Telluride on July 14+15, followed by a stop at Lake Dillon on July 17+18, and ending over July 20-22 with three nights at Red Rocks!Aside from The String Cheese Incident’s 7 nights in Colorado over the course of a week and change, the only summer engagements on the band’s calendar are the two weekends of their Electric Forest Festival in late June and early July, a two-night stint at High Sierra Music Festival on July 5th and 6th, and a pair of shows in Eugene, OR on July 7th and 8th.A limited amount of SCI pre-sale tickets for the Dillon, CO run will go on sale through website the String Cheese Incident’s website this Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m. MT. After the SCI pre-sale, a public on-sale will take place on Friday, March 16 at 11 a.m. MT.For more information about all of The String Cheese Incident’s summer tour dates, or to purchase your tickets to any of the other upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Rapid-fire exchange

first_imgWith a wry smile, Marlon Kuzmick, associate director of the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, kicked off a discussion dubbed the “Idea Exchange” with a simple prompt: “I would like to use social media to …”Hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, the event on March 26 gathered faculty, staff, and students to discuss social media at Harvard. While civil in tone, the exchange began with participants throwing Kuzmick’s softball question right back at him.For many, including David Cox, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology and of computer science, social media from Twitter to Tumblr have become tools like any other — such as a pencil that is well-worn, familiar, and, sometimes, dull.Cox, who developed a custom learning platform for his HarvardX online course “MCB80x: Fundamentals of Neuroscience,” said that he has no fewer than six Twitter handles. Each serves a different purpose. Some relate to work with professional academic societies. Others point specifically at his online course, which enrolls 30,000, and still others serve as a means to take on pet peeves anonymously.Jake Silberg ’15, an undergraduate with a start-up under his belt (, a fundraising app), took the question a bit more literally, presenting a systematic tour of the social media landscape he sees on campus.“For students, Facebook is for friends you know and Twitter is for building your professional reputation as an expert or influencer,” he said. Instagram is somewhere in the middle, reaching broader, lesser-known audiences through as-it-happens snapshots. With a camera on every phone, sharing across all platforms has become increasingly visual. In fact, the right picture at the right time — like a group selfie of Oscar winners or a photo bomb with President Barack Obama — may be worth more than 1,000 words. It may be worth 1,000,000 retweets or shares.Perry Hewitt, the University’s chief digital officer, said she applauds the positive power of social media to “break down silos” and integrate and disseminate rather than control information across campus. Users, however, should know the often hidden risks inherent in going viral online.The speed-of-light nature of a Vine video or tweet is hard to fathom in the abstract. A seemingly innocuous tweet can take on new meaning in the near-instantaneous news cycle, particularly when the Harvard name is appended.Meghan Morrissey, a lead course developer at HarvardX, noted that in some cases going viral can be the intentional. She and the team behind “SW12x: China” created a YouTube sing-along-video to help students remember the order of China’s dynasties. The team members catered the video to Chinese audiences, uploading it to Chinese social-media sites. Voila, the video has scored more than 1 millions views, with about 90,000 coming from YouTube downloads and the rest via uploads through China’s video websites, its social media channels, and TV, among other sources.At the other extreme, Sue Goldie, Roger Irving Lee Professor of Public Health and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said she used Twitter in a more targeted manner, to make sure her kids were not in any trouble, as she assumed that the “Twitterverse” would tell her before anyone made the proverbial phone call.On a more serious note, while she has used social media to further her global health work and to encourage students to condense complicated arguments for a world with an attention span of 140 characters or fewer, she worries that free and open platforms may not be safe spaces, especially for groups that are disenfranchised or politically targeted.Graduate student Carla Martin, a College Fellow on African and African American Studies, echoed Goldie’s sentiment. Nonetheless, Martin said she is eager to further the use of technology to help students find their voices, especially women and minorities. In fact, the seeds of “I, Too, Am Harvard,” a Tumblr-fueled campaign to raise awareness about race and belonging at elite college campuses, came partially from an exercise she ran in one of her classes.But even as the small group shared success stories about using Twitter or Facebook to promote events and causes or implementing discussion-board software like Piazza to convene conversations, an undercurrent of concern swelled.Michelle Luo ’14, a computer science concentrator who has been a teaching fellow for CS50, “Introduction to Computer Science,” and an intern at Google, said she limited her personal use of social media because of privacy concerns. Morrissey said the same, as others nodded in agreement.Judith Singer, James Bryant Conant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity, captured the mood swing when she told of all the orphaned accounts she created on then- new social-media platforms, but later abandoned. Singer signed up for Facebook “to see what it was all about” in the days when users had to have a Harvard email address to join. She has rarely visited the site since.Goldie surmised that such reticence may come from the growing concern that there are “ethical and appropriateness issues” across all of the sites, buried in the 8-point type of legal waivers to which most users agree without much scrutiny.Moving conversations to safer, more controlled harbors, like custom-built tools, a longstanding strategy of some higher-education institutions, including Harvard, garners protection but also causes problems.Michael Mitzenmacher, Thomas J. Watson Sr. Professor of Computer Science, who runs the popular blog My Biased Coin and has conducted research on whether Groupons influence Yelp ratings, had one simple demand for administrators: “Do not create your own platforms! Harvard is not a software company.”Cox put it in simpler terms, saying, “We have to go to where the conversations are. Are we going to be part of the discussion where it is happening or try to unsuccessfully funnel them to one place?”By the end of the hour of friendly-fire debate, the initial question — how to use social media on and beyond campus — had come full circle while remaining open.Goldie got the last word, asking, “How can we use and exploit social media spaces to further conversations and yet keep these privacy security concerns in mind?”last_img read more

Vaccines won’t bring back normal life at once: Experts

first_img“We’re working hard on developing the Merah Putih vaccine, but we hope all layers of society won’t expect too much — thinking that we already have the vaccines so we can loosen [health protocols] and that all the problem will end with a vaccine,” said Amin Soebandrio from the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology.Indonesia’s Merah Putih candidate vaccine, named after the colors of the national flag, has yet to enter the pre-clinical phase and is not expected for mass production by Bio Farma until 2022.Read also: What you need to know about Indonesia’s vaccine developmentAmin said that even with vaccines ready for public use, it did not mean the “virus would be gone” because the process to build immunity among those vaccinated, who in turn will protect those yet to be or not vaccinated, would be gradual rather than instant.”We want to achieve the so-called true herd immunity, which is developed through vaccination,” he said. “Indonesia has a large population. If [the threshold of vaccination coverage was to reach] 70 percent, then we’d have to vaccinate some [189] million people; and we couldn’t possibly get to everyone in a week or two.”Achieving herd immunity would not only protect those vaccinated, but also immunocompromised individuals and those not yet vaccinated, hence preventing outbreaks.Bio Farma’s research and development project integration manager Neni Nurainy said that how far vaccines could protect the people would depend on their eventual efficacy, and whether people could possibly go back to their normal pre-pandemic life would also depend on the vaccination coverage to achieve the desired herd immunity.According to the World Health Organization, no vaccine is 100 percent effective — most routine childhood vaccines are effective for 85 to 95 percent of recipients and not all vaccinated persons develop immunity for a variety of individual reasons.In another vaccine-making scheme, Bio Farma has partnered with China’s Sinovac Biotech to roll out the last phase of clinical trials on humans for Sinovac’s potential vaccine, and if it proves effective, it expects to produce 40 million doses in the first stage.”In order for people to remain productive, people in the seven hardest-hit regions will be vaccinated first; Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Bandung; big cities where the case numbers are high. So not all provinces will be given [the vaccine at first],” clinical trial research team leader and Padjadjaran University professor Kusnandi Rusmil said.Read also: Wanted: Volunteers for first human trial of COVID-19 vaccine in IndonesiaThe high hopes for vaccines are justified, epidemiologist at Airlangga University Laura Navika Yamani said, but there was always the possibility of candidate vaccines failing, such as with HIV, or not working as well as expected.A working vaccine, she said, typically also needed further studies to find out whether the antibodies formed would remain strong enough or wane as time passed, and, therefore, require booster doses.”Vaccines do bring hope, but it shouldn’t be the only hope. Don’t be too transfixed on vaccines so that if they fail, we’ll be too disappointed […] There are many other efforts we can make to contain COVID-19,” she said.Another concern was the vaccination coverage rate needed to reach herd immunity, which varied according to viruses’ characteristics, such as their reproduction number, Laura said.She said that even with existing vaccines, Indonesia faced difficulties reaching the threshold, for several reasons, such as the vast geographical distances between regions, poor logistics, misinformation and antivaccine stances fueled by religious concerns over the vaccines’ ingredients.Production capacity of COVID-19 vaccines to meet the needs of all Indonesians is also a concern, hence authorities should communicate early to the public about any prioritized target groups, such as younger people who could produce antibodies better than the elderly, to prevent social jealousy, Laura said.”What we want is to develop immunity through vaccination, not through natural infection. One of the ways to end the pandemic is to have people infected naturally, but if we let this go on now there’ll be victimized groups. Susceptible groups will die,” she said. “With the COVID-19 mortality rate in Indonesia and globally now at around 4 percent, are we ready for that?”Topics : COVID-19 cases and deaths, meanwhile, continue to soar. The government reported 1,882 new cases and 69 new deaths on Thursday, pushing the national tally to 118,753 confirmed cases — including 43,108 active cases — and 5,521 fatalities.Government officials have nevertheless echoed Jokowi’s sentiment. State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, who also helms the national economic and COVID-19 recovery committee, has claimed that state pharmaceutical holding company Bio Farma is ready to produce 250 million doses of a vaccine, although no vaccine has yet been approved for commercial use.Experts firmly believe that vaccines will be effective in arming the people to better fight the coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease, and thus help to contain the pandemic sooner, as they have done with many other diseases.However, many also believe that vaccines should not be seen as the only way out and that trials under way might fail. Even if they do succeed, experts say that the vaccines’ efficacy may vary and immunity developed by vaccines may not last forever, while it might also take some time to leverage the vaccination drive in Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago of some 271 million people. The possible development of a vaccine has brought as much hope to Indonesia as it has to any other country battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said in late July that he expected that next year the Indonesian economy would be able to recover and that a vaccine would be discovered and mass vaccination for “all the people in the country” would be rolled out.Indonesia saw its GDP contract 5.32 percent in the second quarter of this year, the worst contraction since the 1998 Asian financial crisis, and unemployment haunts around 10 million people.last_img read more

FY21 Budget Request Includes Full Funding for SHEP

first_imgU.S. Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, U.S. Representative Buddy Carter and the Georgia Ports Authority have applauded President Trump’s budget request for Fiscal Year 2021, which includes full capability funding to keep the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) on track.The Administration’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget recommends $93.6 million to continue work to deepen the Port of Savannah.This is the fourth year in a row SHEP will receive full federal funding from the Trump Administration, pending Congressional passage of the annual appropriations bill.“President Trump continues to make Georgia’s infrastructure projects a top priority by requesting full funding for SHEP for the fourth consecutive year,” said Senator Perdue.“Finally, after 20 years of attempts to deepen the port five feet to accommodate the larger Post Panamax ships, the Trump Administration has SHEP on track for completion. The Port of Savannah is the third largest and fastest growing port in the entire country, and it consistently shatters records for container cargo moved. Once completed, SHEP will contribute $282 million to our economy each year. This is huge news for Georgia and will give our country a competitive edge across the world.”BackgroundIn December 2017, the entire Georgia Congressional delegation called on the administration to include critical funding for SHEP in the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget request;In June 2018, Perdue, Carter, and former U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) secured full federal funding for SHEP for the first time at the federal level;In 2018, the Savannah Morning News editorial board praised Perdue, Isakson and Carter for their roles in achieving full federal funding for the first time;In November 2018, Perdue and Isakson sent a letter to Trump Administration officials requesting that full funding for SHEP be included in the president’s FY20 budget;In November 2018, Perdue, Isakson, and Carter secured additional federal funding to keep SHEP on track in 2019;In March 2019, Perdue, Isakson, and Carter secured full capability funding to keep SHEP on track in 2020.last_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues’ Jordan Binnington on unexpected rise to stardom

first_imgST. LOUIS — As he spoke with reporters last week after being announced as the Rangers’ new president, John Davidson brought up his time as president of the Blues. The job was his first as an executive after a lengthy playing and broadcasting career.Davidson was with the Blues for six years and led an organization that drafted the core of the team that’s suiting up in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, including captain Alex Pietrangelo, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and netminder Jordan Binnington.  ” target=”_blank”>Binnington calmly skated to his teammates. Carl Gunnarsson scored the overtime game-winning goal in Game 2 of the SCF; as other guys were hugging and high-fiving, Binnington had no reaction.The reaction from the Blues bench as Gunnarsson scores in OT …— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) May 30, 2019″It’s crazy. We’re so excited and he’s calm,” defenseman Colton Parayko noted. “I don’t know if that’s his personality or he just realizes we have three more [wins] to go ’til he can really celebrate. I don’t know. We’re obviously excited as a group that we have him back there.”He’s just calm back there. It’s cool to see. He strives for success. He strives to be a competitor and be a winner. . . . Every single game he gives us a chance to win.” “Binnington, we didn’t know would be this good and I don’t think the Blues knew he’d be this good, but, God bless him, he’s good,” Davidson said.The 25-year-old rookie has not only been good, he has been great.In 32 regular-season games, he notched a 24-5-1 record, a 1.89 goals-against average, a .927 save percentage and five shutouts. That performance earned him a Calder Trophy nomination. His numbers have dipped slightly in the postseason (2.37 GAA, .915 save percentage), but he has nearly matched Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask in the Stanley Cup Final. The backstops are separated by .03 and .005 in GAA and save percentage, respectively.Binnington with a gigantic save on Pastrnak off the draw.— Ryan Quigley (@RP_Quigs) May 30, 2019″It’s a great story,” Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said. “He kind of came in and right from his first game he got a shutout [at the Flyers on Jan. 7] and our team started playing a lot better at that time and he’s been a big part of it. Nobody is surprised anymore.”St. Louis drafted him in the third round in 2011 after he posted decent, but not earth-shattering, numbers for Owen Sound in the OHL. He was midding in the minors, too — until the 2017-18 season. That year, the Blues loaned him to the Providence Bruins because they didn’t have a spot for him with their AHL affiliate in San Antonio. With Providence, he posted a 2.05 GAA and .926 save percentage. In contrast, Carter Hutton, who was the Blues’ backup last season and signed with the Sabres in the offseason, had a 2.09 GAA and .931 save percentage in the NHL.Binnington got his first taste of the NHL in January 2016, a 13-minute relief outing, and then had to wait almost three years to get back. He made two appearances with St. Louis last December, was sent back down, and then was recalled in January. The rest is history.”It’s been amazing,” St. Louis forward Pat Maroon said on the eve of Saturday’s Game 3 at Enterprise Center. “Very confident, works hard and he does the little things that makes him a good hockey player, so it’s going to continue. He’s going to be a good goalie for many years in this league. Everyone’s proud of him. He’s showed a lot of poise in the last few months.””From where he was, where he is now, and you guys always talk about his personality, his demeanor, but obviously what makes him a good goalie is that nothing seems to rattle him. You see how he bounces back every single game. It’s fun to watch,” said Pietrangelo.Speaking of which: Have you seen Binnington? Ice water may indeed run through his veins — which is kind of fitting. Maroon scored in double overtime of a Game 7 against the Dallas Stars and alright guys, it’s the gif you’ve all been waiting for:the extremely passionate reaction from jordan binnington after pat maroon scores in double overtime to send the blues to the western conference final …— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) May 8, 2019last_img read more

LS EMS Cadets 10th Anniversary

first_imgThe Little Silver EMS Cadet Squad is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Members, past and present, recently got together to share stories and talk about the group’s success. Among its past members are a doctor, three nurses, two investment brokers and a lawyer. Those attending the gathering were: front row, John Barney, Jeremy Susser, Trey Peterson, Tyler Birn and Kendall Sidun; second row, ToniAnn Bennett, Melissa Bennett, Kim Ambrose, who is the adviser, Karr Mullen and Chris Faherty; third row, Emily Garth, Taylor Giblin, Ashley Jordan and Elizabeth Giblin; and top row, Carli Ambrose, Peter Giblin, Kelsey Ambrose and Carolyn Bogdon.last_img read more


first_imgFUND ESTABLISHED FOR TRAINER AFTER BARN FIRE            The National NHBPA Foundation and the HPBA state affiliates are rallying to assist trainer Eric Reed and his wife, owner Kay Reed, after 23 horses in their care were killed in an early morning barn fire in Kentucky Sunday.The large barn, believed to have been struck by lightning, is one of three at the Reeds. Mercury Equine Center in Lexington. Another 13 horses were saved by the Reeds’ employees who risked going into the burning barn at the private training facility.There are several ways horsemen and the public can help.Donations to the Reeds’ fund through the National HBPA, a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) fund are tax deductible. Contributions can be made online via credit card at Checks can be made out to the National HBPA Foundation, 870 Corporate Dr., Suite 300, Lexington, Ky. 40503-5419.Donated tack and supplies can be dropped off at Horse Cents or any of three Kentucky HBPA offices: 3729 S. Fourth St., Louisville, 40214, or the backside offices at Turfway Park in Florence and The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington.A GoFundMe account has been set up by the Reeds’ close friends Mike Manganello, a steward in Ohio and a Kentucky Derby-winning jockey, and Kitty Manganello, at BLACK HOPES SAN SIMEON SUITS ACCEPTANCEWhile the Grade I Malibu Stakes for three-year-olds and the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies, both at seven furlongs, will take center stage opening day Monday, the Grade III San Simeon Stakes on the undercard presents an interesting storyline and a daunting challenge for handicappers.Kenny Black, a former jockey virtually born into racing who now trains, entered Acceptance in the race at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course for owners Finish Line Racing and The Ellwood Johnston Trust.A four-year-old California-bred son of Vronsky, Acceptance won the California Flag Handicap over the same venue by a head last October. Acceptance worked five furlongs on the main track Wednesday in 1:00.40.Acceptance was third by a length in the Cary Grant for Cal-breds at Del Mar Nov. 2, beaten a length after stumbling at the start of the seven furlong dirt race. “It looks like he’ll be facing the same caliber of horses in the San Simeon he beat in the California Flag,” Black said.Stewart Elliott, who has ridden Acceptance in his last three starts, retains the mount in the San Simeon for Black, whose passion for the game never ebbs.“I’ve got 15 head here for this meet including some nice older horses we’re bringing back off layoffs,” Black said, “and I’m really looking forward to that. Desiresoftheheart might be the most talented horse I’ve ever had. She won her only out here by like three (lengths) down the hill about two years ago in her only start.“She did it with a slight stress fracture in her pelvis but we didn’t find out until later, after we had her sold to Peter Miller for $400,000. When the nuclear scan for the vet check was done for the sale four days after the race, they found the injury. She won the race with it, so that was impressive.“I think Insubordination is my best three-year-old. He ran once and got beat a head going a mile on the grass, and when we scoped him after the race he was full of mucous. Burntaroundthedges, who will be six Jan. 1, also is coming back and he outworked What a View here last December.”What a View gave Black his first Grade I win when he won the Kilroe Mile last March 12.Black, recently turned 53, started riding match races when he was eight years old, mostly in Northern California. “They strapped me on a horse with a girth over my legs and tied me onto it with no saddle, Mexican-style,” Black said. “I only weighed 50 or 60 pounds.”The San Simeon, race six of nine: Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Hobbits Hero, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1; Drummer, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Ohio, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Richard’s Boy, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; He Will, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Tough Sunday, Chantal Sutherland, 20-1; Betty’s Bambino, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Holy Lute, Jamie Theriot, 9-2; Horse Laugh, 30-1; and Iron Rob, Corey Nakatani, 50-1. HORSEMEN, HORSES KEEP BUSY, RAIN OR SHINE“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down,” the late Karen Carpenter would sing so beautifully. Any rainy day affects horsemen, but they soldier on, rain or shine.There is no training on the main track in wet weather, so horsemen go to Plan B.“Typically, if the training track is muddy, we just jog, just something to get the horses out of the stall for a while if it’s not pouring down rain,” said 50-year-old trainer Jack Carava, born in Arcadia, site of Santa Anita.“If the rain is too heavy, we’ll walk the horses under the shed row at the barn and keep them from getting wet. On days like today, when it’s not raining too hard, they can go out and jog and expend a little energy.”Carava, whose father, Mike trained in the late 1970s and early 1980s, began his training career with current agent Joe Griffin in 1984, later joining Jerry Fanning. Carava has 21 head in training for the Santa Anita Winter Meet.“We have a pretty diverse barn and I think we’ll be able to run in a lot of different spots,” Carava said. “I have a few young horses, but the jury’s still out on how much ability they have.” ACCEPTANCE BACK DOWNHILL IN SAN SIMEONCHAO CHUM SEEKS ANOTHER UPSET IN LA BREAWALL CALENDAR AND MORE ON OPENING DAYCHAMP STELLAR WIND EYES SANTA MARGARITA CHAO CHUM HOPES TO OVERTAKE SPEED IN LA BREA            At nearly 9-1 odds, Chao Chum upset Enola Gray, favored at 10 cents on the dollar, in the Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 13.Chao Chum drew outside of expected pacesetter Enola Gray that day, but it’s a different story for Monday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. Enola Gray drew outside Chao Chum in post seven, while Chao Chum has post six in a field of eight that on paper appears loaded with speed.“Hopefully, we can let Enola Gray go and come outside of her again,” said Gary Stute, trainer of Chao Chum. “I’ve got Kent (Desormeaux), so whatever he does is OK with me.” The Hall of Fame jockey rode Chao Chum for the first time in the Betty Grable upset.The La Brea: Lunar Empress, Norberto Arroyo, 20-1; Lightstream, Julien Leparoux, 2-1; Finley’sluckycharm, Brian Hernandez Jr., 5-2; Constellation, David Flores, 6-1; Coniah, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Chao Chum, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Enola Gray, Mike Smith, 9-2; Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1.SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY            In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita will treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday.A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission.The 2017 calendar is not only bucolic and picturesque, but contains information on Thoroughbreds so profound even a hard-core race tracker can learn something new.Themed “Anatomy of a Champion,” the calendar contains a veterinarian’s glossary in layman’s terms.In short, it’s a keeper!First post time Monday is 12 noon; admission gates open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.            –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs            –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds            –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf             –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar             –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under            –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission            –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at            –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit for details            –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit            –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit            For more racing and event information, visit or call (626) 574-RACE.center_img DRESS YOUR VERY BEST ON OPENING DAY MONDAY        On opening day Monday, Santa Anita will host a contest to discover how many of its loyal fans have true enthusiasm for prize-worthy, race-day attire. Males and females 18 and over are eligible and encouraged to partake in this FREE trackside event.The Grand Prize is a $2,500 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers Furniture and entrance to the VIP seating area of the Craft Brew & Cider Trackside event. Nine runners-up will receive a $250 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers. STELLAR WIND BACK ON TRACK FOR SADLERStellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, went back to the track on a rainy Thursday morning for the first time since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4.“We freshened her up but didn’t turn her out,” said John Sadler, who trains the four-year-old Curlin filly for principal owners Kosta and Peter Hronis.“She’s back and looking great and we’ll see if she makes the Santa Margarita.”The Santa Margarita is a Grade I stake at 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares four and up on March 18, offering $400,000 in purse money. FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will honor the memory of recently deceased jockey Garrett Gomez on opening day, Monday, with a moment of silence at 11:30 a.m. . . . In addition to Santa Anita Wall Calendars and Mathis Brothers Thoroughbred Toy Horses, The Great Race Place will guarantee $1 million in the all-stakes Late Pick 4, which will be comprised of the Grade III San Simeon, the Grade I La Brea, the Grade I Malibu and the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile . . . Additionally, KMN Racing and owner/broadcaster Jim Rome have helped organize a silent auction on opening day featuring a beautiful color print of 2015 Santa Anita Handicap winner and 2013 Eclipse champion 2-year-old male Shared Belief. All proceeds from the print by John Rowe will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The PDJF Silent Auction will take place in the East Paddock Gardens throughout the day . . . One had to look twice at Santa Anita’s work tab Wednesday to see if that old stakes-winning turf sprinter, Caracortado, was making a comeback at age 10. Fact is, he’s not. The horse on the tab was an unraced filly, Caracortada (“a” instead of “o” at the end) trained by Mike Machowsky, the conditioner of the retired Caracortado, who, because of persistent hoof issues, is now “enjoying the good life” in Bradbury after last racing in 2014. “We bought her last spring and she acts like a pretty nice filly,” Machowsky said of Caracortada. “We were trying to come up with a name for her and one of the partners said, ‘Why don’t we name her that?’ I didn’t think it would get through (The Jockey Club), to tell you the truth. Freely translated from Spanish it means scar face or cut face.” Caracortada worked five furlongs in 1:03 . . . Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, and resume live racing Thursday, Dec. 29 at 12:30 p.m.last_img read more