I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said I expected Rich Strike to win the Kentucky Derby. I hadn't ruled it out because I knew there were a lot of intangibles, but I knew it would have to be the perfect scenario. My true goal was to finish 10th or better and beat half the field. And if Rich Strike finished last, so be it. We took a chance. Rich Strike had won a race at Churchill Downs racetrack in September 2021 and had come third at Keeneland in October. That was when we started thinking we had a really good horse to race; that's when it really all began. Rich Strike, or Richie as I call him, is a "people horse." He loves attention and he loves being petted. My daughter gives him baby carrots; he probably eats a pound or two of those a day, and he's a kind horse. He's so much fun. But we realized he was starting to wake up. Training a Kentucky Derby winner Richie had tons of talent, he'd won a race and tried hard enough, but for some reason he didn't have that "killer … [Read more...] about “I trained Rich Strike—this is how we won the Kentucky Derby’
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Chad Brown, a prolific horse trainer in New York, was recently charged in a domestic violence attack against a woman. Brown was arrested on Wednesday by officers with the Saratoga Springs Police Department and appeared in front of a judge on Thursday morning, according to WRGB. WNYT reported that a complaint filed against Brown accuses him assaulting a woman in his home. The complaint says that Brown allegedly pushed a woman down the stairs and attempted to choke her, WNYT reported. While appearing before a judge on Thursday morning, Brown's lawyers disputed the allegations and said that the horse trainer's home was broken into, according to WNYT. However, Judge Francine Vero, who was overseeing the case, decided against Brown and said, "This court is not in the business of accusing domestic violence victims." Subrina Dhammi of WNYT wrote on Twitter that Vero further said that "the alleged victim was pushed down the stairs and choked." In an earlier tweet from Dhammi, … [Read more...] about Chad Brown, prolific horse trainer, charged in attack against woman
JACKSON, Miss. — Like low-income pregnant women around the country, nearly every patient at the Sisters in Birth clinic here is covered by Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. But they face the prospect of losing the coverage two months after their babies are born, when they are still at high risk of complications that could lead to serious illness — or even death. Last year, Democrats put a potential solution in their pandemic relief bill: a streamlined way to extend new mothers’ Medicaid coverage for a full year after they give birth. Most states have pursued the option , but Mississippi is among 17, largely led by Republicans, that have not. Most of those, including Mississippi, have also banned abortion or will soon. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Republican lawmakers who welcomed it are under pressure to commit to policies that will support women and children. But the conversations have barely begun, and many … [Read more...] about In Mississippi, a Post-Roe Question: What Will Republicans Do to Help New Mothers?
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An anti-abortion coalition in Michigan filed a challenge Thursday against a potential ballot initiative that seeks to enshrine abortion rights into the state’s constitution, claiming that 60 errors in the proposed amendment should disqualify it from the November ballot. The alleged 60 errors deal with spacing and result in “strings of gibberish,” making the amendment “impossible to understand,” the coalition said in a statement. Errors identified by the group include, “DECISIONSABOUTALLMATTERSRELATINGTOPREGNANCY,” and “POSTPARTUMCARE.” “Some people would say, ‘Oh, they’re just spaces,’ but amending the constitution is pretty serious business and the correct number of typos to put in your constitution is zero,” Christen Pollo, a spokeswoman for Citizens to Support MI Women and Children, told The Associated Press. But Richard Primus, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Michigan Law School, said he believes the amendment’s language could … [Read more...] about Anti-abortion groups allege 60 errors in Michigan proposal
By BAY JOSEPHS THE first afternoon we put on our swimming things and started for the beach at Mar del Plata, the portero at the door looked at us with the kind of astonishment customarily reserved only for guests arriving with less than two trunks. “But Señor, Señora ,” he protested. “ already three in the afternoon. Three.” With the aid of the diccionario españolinglés we explained that we realized the hour, that it was hot and that we were hotter, and that having traveled six hours and 25 0 kilometers from Buenos Aires we couldn’t imagine any more perfect time for a dip in the Atlantic. “But three o’clock,” he repeated. “Nobody goes at this hour. Nobody. It isn’t done.” Before el week-end was finished we learned a good many other things about Argentina’s leading strand. In true Argentine fashion, relaxation, fun, and informality are never allowed to get in the way of tradition at Mar del Plata. Though it is hot from November on—seasons being reversed below the … [Read more...] about Winter Beaches
A 34-year-old Finnish lawmaker is set to become the world's youngest prime minister. Transportation minister Sanna Marin will take charge of a coalition government after being selected by her Social Democratic Party to replace outgoing Antti Rinne, the BBC reported . Rinne quit as prime minister after one party in the coalition government said it had lost confidence in him due to the way he had handled a postal strike. Marin will likely be sworn in this week, becoming the youngest prime minister in Finlands's history, and the youngest currently in office around the world, beating New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, 39, and Ukraine's Oleksiy Honcharuk, 35. She is the third female in the country's history to be selected for the top job. "We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust," Marin told reporters after narrowly winning her party's vote ahead of runner-up Antti Lindtman. Marin will head a center-left coalition of five parties—all of whom are led by women under the age of 35, … [Read more...] about Who is Sanna Marin? 34-year-old Finnish lawmaker to become world’s youngest prime minister