first_imgHigher Power–Flavien Prat–125Draft Pick–Joe Talamo–121Seeking the Soul–Brian Hernandez, Jr.–123McKinzie–Mike Smith–125Mongolian Groom–Abel Cedillo–121Isotherm–Geovanni Franco–121First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. TOP RATED MCKINZIE & HIGHER POWER HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 AWESOME AGAIN STAKES AS THEY GO 1 1/8 MILES IN PREPARATION FOR $6 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC NOV. 2  RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE QUALIFIER ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2019)–America’s current top rated older horse, McKinzie, and rising star Higher Power are set to square off in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes, which has attracted a field of six 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one eighth. A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, the winner will earn a fees-paid berth into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.A recent winner of the Grade I Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 3, McKinzie, who is trained by Bob Baffert, has never been better and looms a short priced favorite. Trained by John Sadler, Higher Power exits the best race of his career, a 5 ¼ length win in the Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug. 17.MCKINZIEOwner:  Mike Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul WeitmanTrainer:  Bob BaffertThe early favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 2, this 4-year-old colt by Street Sense pressed the pace en route to an emphatic 1 ¾ length victory in the Grade I Whitney, a race in which he earned an Awesome Again best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 111.  A close second two starts back as the 8-5 favorite in the Grade I Met Mile at Belmont, he’s won two out of his last three starts and will be bidding for his fifth Grade I victory in what will be his 13th career start.HIGHER POWEROwner:  Hronis Racing LLCTrainer:  John SadlerOriginally based in the Midwest through his first nine starts, this 4-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro made his fourth start with Sadler in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 17 and responded with an eye-catching performance that has thrust him into the position of Classic hopeful. Ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat, Higher Power, in garnering his first stakes victory, earned a lofty 107 Beyer in the process.DRAFT PICKOwner:  C R K Stable LLCTrainer:  Peter EurtonUnder the radar at 13-1, this 4-year-old Candy Ride colt was attentive to the pace while fifth early in the Pacific Classic and out-gamed Mongolian Groom late to run second, beaten 5 ¼ lengths by Higher Power in the Pacific Classic. With Joe Talamo riding him back, Draft Pick rates an upset chance on Saturday.THE GRADE I AWESOME AGAIN WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 10 of 11 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more

State ferry Taku wont become a Portland hotel after all

first_imgThe ferry Taku waits to load passengers Jan. 22, 2012, in Sitka, while it was still sailing. It’s been sold to a company based in Dubai after a Portland, Oregon, bidder withdrew its offer. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)The state ferry Taku is not hip enough for Portland, Oregon.Listen nowEarlier this fall, a company based there placed the winning bid of $300,000 for the 54-year-old vessel. KeyMar LLC’s plans were to turn it into a floating hotel.John Falvey, Alaska Marine Highway general manager, said the company withdrew its bid earlier this month.“They cited regulatory issues, potentially, other competing projects within their group, within their company … and things like that,” Falvey said.KeyMar representative Jonathan Cohen said his group could not gain enough support from neighboring property owners to win the required permits.“The team did not want to introduce a property that wouldn’t be fully embraced by the surrounding community,” Cohen wrote in an email. He said the group is instead turning an old Columbia River school into a hotel.After the Portland company pulled out, the state informed two other bidders from the last round that the 350-foot ferry was again for sale.Falvey said the top bidder offered $171,000, two-thirds more than the minimum needed.“Tuesday at 3 o’clock, we opened the bids. And the winner was the Jabal Al Lawz Trading Co., from the (United Arab) Emirates, who I believe is purchasing the ship to take it for scrap,” Falvey said.So it might end up in a marine junkyard. But he’s not sure.Attempts to contact the company were not successful. But the Juneau Empire reports the company plans to use it as a ferry in the Philippines.Falvey said the company already paid a $25,000 deposit. The balance will need to be in hand before he can sign sale documents. The timing has not been determined.“We prefer to do it before the end of the year. But that may not happen with the holidays and things like that. If they’re going to get a crew here, they’ve got to bring a foreign crew to the United States and they need to get visas and things like that,” Falvey said.Falvey said the state will continue to pay to store the Taku at Ketchikan’s Ward Cove for 30 days after the sale is completed.After that, storage or transport is up to the buyer.Falvey said the company indicated it could be reflagged to another country, which would allow transit through U.S. waters.Right now, the Taku lacks equipment and certifications needed to sail under the U.S. flag.The Taku was tied up in 2015 as the ferry system looked for ways to balance its budget. The ship can carry about 350 passengers and 50 vehicles. It has 40 staterooms, a cafeteria, observation lounges and a covered solarium.State officials have been trying to sell the Taku since last spring. It was first priced at $1.5 million.last_img read more