Thaler urges House passage of spending bill with NAFCU-sought relief

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU’s Brad Thaler yesterday urged House leaders to retain a handful of NAFCU-sought provisions – some relating to the CFPB and the Federal Communications Commission’s Telephone Consumer Protection Act rules – in the text and accompanying report language for a fiscal 2017 spending bill slated for House action this week.Thaler, NAFCU’s vice president of legislative affairs, urged House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and all members of the House, to also retain the bill’s inclusion of $250 million for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and $2 million for NCUA’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund. NAFCU also supports funding for the Small Business Administration, including its 7(a) and 504 loan programs, Thaler noted. “These programs help promote access to capital and local economic growth in low-income communities,” Thaler wrote.Included in the appropriation bill are NAFCU-sought provisions subjecting CFPB funding to congressional oversight and moving the bureau from a sole director to a five-person commission. Thaler urged approval of these provisions in his letter.NAFCU, the only credit union trade association to oppose subjecting credit unions to CFPB authority under Dodd-Frank, also maintains that CFPB should be using its current Dodd-Frank Act authority to exempt credit unions from regulations aimed at bad actors. continue reading »last_img read more

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Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka speaks out on penalty mistake in north London derby

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 1 Sep 2019 10:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Comment The Swiss midfielder brought down Heung-min Son with a rash tackle (Picture: Getty)Granit Xhaka has thanked Arsenal fans for their support in the north London derby and acknowledged the ‘mistake’ he made that gifted Tottenham a two-goal lead.The Gunners went behind early on at the Emirates after Christian Eriksen tapped in from close range following a weak save from Bernd Leno, with Spurs given the chance to double their lead shortly before half-time.Skipper Xhaka went to ground as Heung-min Son drove into the box and wiped out the South Korean, with Harry Kane stepping up to dispatch the resulting penalty. Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 7:47FullscreenArsenal 2-2 Tottenham: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-2-2-tottenham-unai-emery-press-conference-1997076/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka speaks out on penalty mistake in north London derby Xhaka wiped out Son in the first half of the north London derby (Picture: Sky Sports)Fortunately for Arsenal, goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang saw Arsenal rally, levelling the scores at 2-2, though neither side could find a winner.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTGary Neville and Graeme Souness were both scathing in their assessment of Xhaka’s rash challenge, and the Swiss midfielder admits it was not his finest hour.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Thanks for the amazing support inside the Emirates,’ Xhaka wrote on Instagram.‘We showed a lot of character and you helped us to come back into the game. For the penalty I made a mistake – I’m of course angry about it but I will never give up!’Speaking about Xhaka’s error for the penalty, manager Unai Emery said: ‘In 90 minutes I am very proud of his work. Some mistakes we can have and I want to use to progress and improve. There are more positive things collectively, individually and also with Xhaka for me.‘The penalty is really one action that is very disappointing. He worked very well. He played very well. If we won the match maybe we’d speak about the mistakes less.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Gov. Wolf Stresses Roles of PA Emergency Management Agency, National Guard in Pandemic Response

first_imgGov. Wolf Stresses Roles of PA Emergency Management Agency, National Guard in Pandemic Response May 18, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health When it comes to a crisis, preparedness is everything, and today Governor Tom Wolf stressed the critical roles the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and PA National Guard play in coordinating the state’s preparedness and response to COVID-19. He was joined at a press conference by PEMA director Randy Padfield and PA National Guard Colonel Frank Montgomery.“Pennsylvania has a great team working behind the scenes to coordinate our response to the coronavirus,” Gov. Wolf said. “I want to reassure all Pennsylvanians that we are in good hands with the teams at PEMA and the National Guard. The training and planning that they do year-round is tested during exercises, and all of that experience is being acted upon now.”Along with the Department of Health (DOH), PEMA has been monitoring the virus since January, establishing the DOH’s operations center at PEMA before the virus was first detected in the United States.PEMA’s Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC), typically used only during weather emergencies, stood up full operations just a few weeks later, supplementing planning and coordination efforts with staff from dozens of state and federal agencies, and partners.PEMA works with emergency management agencies in each of the state’s 67 counties to identify and eliminate potential issues by providing the necessary guidance and support to execute their unique, local emergency plans, including coordinating the community-based testing sites in Montgomery County and more recently in Luzerne County in the northeast with the PA National Guard.“These sites serve a critical role in testing of symptomatic individuals to get a better understanding of the virus spread, especially in the hardest hit areas of the state,” PEMA director Randy Padfield said. “This is just one example of the coordination efforts PEMA manages. We remain committed to assisting the Department of Health, other state agencies, and counties with responding to the COVID-19 crisis and to mitigating the secondary and tertiary effects of such a long term and complex crisis.”The governor emphasized PEMA’s role in obtaining the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System in Delaware County from the federal government. The free service to decontaminate certain N95 masks is helping health care providers and first responders stretch PPE by being able to safely reuse these masks. The governor encouraged more facilities to take advantage of this service.The PA National Guard, present in the CRCC every day, has been working to provide support to mass testing sites and the state’s nursing homes that require more help than can be provided with facility staff. To date, the Guard has assisted 10 nursing facilities in the state, including Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County.Col. Frank Montgomery provided details on the Guard’s role at Brighton and other facilities.“Teams were built to include physician assistants, nurses, medics and general purpose forces to provide staffing assistance as well as any training on use of PPE, don and doff procedures, and decontamination measures as needed,” said Colonel Frank Montgomery, director of Military Support for the Pennsylvania National Guard. “It’s an honor for us to work side by side with other long-term care staff to serve this vulnerable population. To date, we have provided over 3,500 days of staffing support to 10 long-term care facilities, and are currently still supporting five facilities.”PEMA works hand-in-hand with the Pennsylvania National Guard on its missions, which in addition to nursing home aid, vary from food distribution to establishing mass testing sites.“Pennsylvanians haven’t had to worry that we’ll miss out on federal disaster aid, they haven’t had to worry about 9-1-1 centers becoming overwhelmed, and they haven’t had to worry that other emergencies won’t be taken care of during the pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “That’s all because PEMA efficiently and effectively does its job.”Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Many Dutch schemes lack concrete climate policy, says pressure group

first_imgHalf of the large Dutch pension funds have not defined specific action points on climate change, a survey by the Dutch association for investors in sustainable development (VBDO) has suggested.Of the 50 pension funds examined by the VBDO, 12% lacked an explicit policy against climate change, while 38% had only addressed the issue in general terms, the organisation found.It said that the other half had formulated action goals, often a reduction of their investment portfolio’s carbon footprint.Another step taken by pension funds was to reduce the financial risks of climate change in their portfolio – in particular the risk of loss of value of fossil fuel-related investments – by aligning them with the climate targets of the Paris Agreement. The organisation had focused on climate change for its latest annual survey because the subject posed the greatest ESG risk of the moment, said Angelique Laskewitz, VBDO’s director, during the presentation of the report earlier this month.The association emphasised that missing the target of keeping global warming to no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels could have catastrophic consequences. VBDO found that one scheme had a policy in place to prepare investments for physical risks of climate change, such as damage to property and disruption of supply chains.It said that more than 20% of pension funds tried to actively contribute to climate solutions, for example through investment in renewable energy or green infrastructure protecting against extreme weather.PFZW drops to third in rankingThe €459bn civil service scheme ABP received the highest score in this year’s ranking, as last year. PFZW, the €238bn healthcare pension fund – which came second in the 2018 survey, and for 11 years before that top of the list – dropped to third place.BpfBouw, the €67bn pension fund for the construction sector, was ranked second in this year’s survey.Lucienne de Bakker, who contributed to the survey, said that the pension funds’ targets still fell short in terms of measurability and deadlines.No more than 32% had formulated a final date for targets, such as carbon reduction, she said.The organisation recommended pension funds to consult more with NGOs, academics, and other experts in order to keep their policy up to date. Middle and low achievers could look to the frontrunners to learn from them.It also advised schemes to improve their reporting to members on targets and results achieved.last_img read more

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Him in mind: Pittsburgh’s Zanna uses father’s death as motivation in basketball journey half a world from home

first_imgTalib Zanna broke down in tears. His sister, who was on the other line of the phone call in Nigeria, was also crying.Just seven hours earlier, he was on the phone with his father, Zanna Awami, half a planet away. The conversation was a somber one, as Talib likely knew it’d be the last time he’d ever get a chance to speak to the man who raised him.Even though he had a chance to say goodbye, it didn’t ease the pain of knowing his father was gone.“He gave me a couple words. He said, ‘Just be focused in whatever you do. Make the wise choice,’” Talib Zanna said. “It was really tough when he passed away. It was a struggle for me. Things happen in life, and we just have to let it go and move on.”Five years later, Zanna has developed into one of the best players for Pittsburgh (16-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast), averaging a career-high 13 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. In Pitt’s last outing, Zanna logged 22 points and nine rebounds in a win at Georgia Tech.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textZanna was only a senior at Bishop McNamera (Md.) High School when his father passed. He had just committed to the Panthers, and the dream that led him to travel alone to the United States as a 16-year-old had come to fruition.Even though his father isn’t around to see his success, his passing bred a new sense of motivation in Zanna.He now plays every game for him.“Just having someone by our side that always looked out for us,” he said. “He helped us grow out of it and be a man.”His father was a huge sports fan and wanted his kids to play soccer because that was his favorite sport. But when Zanna and his younger brother Nura both hit massive growth spurts, their older brother suggested they focus solely on basketball.It was a transition their father had no qualms with. He wanted his sons to pursue their dreams, whatever they were.“He really supported us playing sports,” Zanna said, “because he kind of figured out that this is what we love doing.”And the support paid off. Zanna was invited to a Basketball Without Borders NBA camp in South Africa. There, he met Bishop McNamera head coach Marty Keithline, who offered him a scholarship to play basketball in the states.The choice was a no-brainer for Zanna. In Nigeria, where many people don’t go to school, playing professional sports is the ultimate dream, and sometimes the only means of making money.He had to go, even though it meant leaving home.“The hardest part was just not seeing my family,” Zanna said. “It was tough for me. I struggled with it. I just had to let it go to pursue my dream.“Zanna came to the United States speaking little English. He had a strong, but wiry frame. He had built himself into shape from running in the many hills and mountains that clutter the Nigerian landscape. But he didn’t have the bulk.“When he was a sophomore, he was long and gangly,” Keithline said. “He could run, jump and had great timing. He went from maybe 180-some pounds when he was here to about 220 when he left.”Zanna left as one of the most highly touted recruits in school history. His picture was in the papers back home. He was a celebrity in Nigeria before anyone knew his name in the United States.But after his father passed, Zanna adopted a new outlook on his career. He said everything he was doing would be for his father, who he knew was looking down on him.Just days after his passing, Zanna called Nura, who was still home pursuing the same dream.“I was about to call him and talk to him, but he called me,” Nura Zanna said. “He was telling me how we need to get past that now and work on our future and help our families.“(Zanna) kind of motivates me. I want to follow his footsteps.”Now they’re both playing for their family in the states, Zanna for the Panthers and Nura a freshman center at Long Island University-Brooklyn.Nura has yet to go back to Nigeria, while Zanna has just once. Still, their family remains as close as ever.“My brothers and my sisters, they really look up to us,” Nura said. “They want us to make it happen.“That’s what both of them are doing: Nura getting his feet wet with the Blackbirds and Zanna on the verge of playing professionally.They each credit their success to their father.Before every game, Zanna takes a picture of his father that hangs in his locker and holds it. He says a prayer then rubs the picture against his heart.He said he’s got to move on, but insists that every thing he does and all the success he has is in his father’s memory.“We’re all playing basketball for him,” Zanna said. “We’re doing this for him. I know he’s up there watching us.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 17, 2014 at 4:00 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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State crosses 1000 mark for positive COVID-19 cases — no new cases in our immediate listening area reported

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds announced this morning that Iowa has crossed over the 1000 mark in positive COVID-19 cases and that one more death has been reported.  The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 102 additional positive cases for a total of 1,048 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,017 negative tests for a total of 11,670 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.According to IDPH, an additional 1 death was also reported:Benton County, 1 elderly adult (81+)According to IDPH, the locations and age ranges of the 102 individuals include:Benton County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Black Hawk County, 3 adults (18-40 years)Buena Vista County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Delaware County, 1 older adult (61-80 years)Des Moines County, 2 older adults (61-80 years)Dubuque County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle age (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Greene County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Hamilton County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Henry County, 1 child (0-17 years), 1 adult (18-40 years), 2 middle-age adults (41-60 years)Johnson County, 10 adults (18-40 years), 4 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years), 1 elderly adult (81+)Linn County, 4 adults (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)Louisa County, 7 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years)Mahaska County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Marion County, 1 adult (18-40 years)Marshall County, 2 adults (18-40 years)Muscatine County, 2 children (0-17 years), 3 adults (18-40 years), 3 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years)Polk County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 older adult (61-80 years)Pottawattamie County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Scott County, 6 adults (18-40 years), 5 middle-age adults (41-60 years), 3 older adults (61-80 years)Story County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Tama County, 3 older adults (61-80 years), 3 elderly (81+)Warren County, 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years)Washington County, 1 adult (18-40 years), 1 middle-age adult (41-60 years), 2 older adults (61-80 years), 1 elderly (81+)Woodbury County, 1 adult (18-40 years)A status report of monitoring and testing of COVID19 in Iowa is provided by IDPH and can be found here. In addition, a public hotline has been established for Iowans with questions about COVID-19. The line is available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431. The state of Iowa has started sharing the number of negative tests conducted at outside labs, and is providing additional information on the conditions of those infected with COVID-19.NOTE: Previously reported Allamakee is actually a resident of Clayton County.last_img read more

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Even a little fogginess can’t stop Steve Archdekin from his love of triathlons

first_img“There was one short hill in particular where you had to really dig in . . .. I forgot how much pressure it puts on my shoulders and wrists to drive into my bike,” Archdekin explained.“By the time I got to the top of the hill and back up to speed each time (two-lap bike course) my arms were numb and I was conscious of the fact that they could give out and I could bail.”“I never did though,” Archdekin said.Two triathlons in two weeks miles apart is enough for now, said Archdekin.He has a few weeks to rehab before jumping into Kootenay Lake at the Cyswog’n’ Fun August 5 in Nelson.“Even though I love road tripping, driving hurts my body so badly, so it’ll be nice to be at home for one,” he said.“The last time I raced here was in 2009 which was three days from getting off of crutches after that goat whipped my (butt).”Archdekin will be just one of many local racers competing in the 30th annual Nelson Cyswog’n’ Fun Triathlon.The race, with a course distance of 1.5-kilometer Olympic swim, 39 km bike and 10 km run, goes Sunday August 5 at 8 a.m. from Lakeside Park in Nelson.The short distance, the sprint race, is 500-meter swim, 22 km cycle and five km run.Registration deadline is Friday, August 3.Participants can pre-register online athttps://eventsonline.ca/events/cyswog/ Horrible headaches, fogginess, more sleeplessness, seeing spots, quick second long blackout-y-type things, squinting eyes because of how much pain generated through my skull, parts of my head are also numb . . . and this is happening during the race.Despite experiencing all these aches and pains, Nelson’s Steve Archdekin still managed to finish the Peachland Triathlon coming across the finish line in a time of two hours, 13 minutes and change.“It’s hard to explain, but is nothing new and has been going on from a few days before race and is still going on,” Archdekin said about the 750-meter swim, 20 kilometer bike and five km run Peachland race Sunday in the Okanagan.“Having my head off the vertical plane makes everything even worse,” Archdekin adds.“The bike is horrible for that. It’s bad enough on my neck on the best of days, but when my neck is doing this it is an absolute killer to be on my bike.”Despite suffering from a rare form of arthritis called, Reiter’s Syndrome — a form of arthritis that produces pain, swelling, redness, and heat in the joints — Archdekin continues to seek out his first love, competing in triathlons.He started the season out in Christina Lake before heading to Calgary earlier this month where he finished in a time of two hours, 15 minutes — which just happened to be 25 minutes better than Christina.Back to Peachland, Archdekin persevered during the swim, coming out of the water second to last.During the cycle he reeled in a bunch of competitors who got the upper hand during the run.last_img read more

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Kootenay South is now Kootenay South Storm

first_img“We received about 20 entries and the winning entry, by vote of the rep players, was from Maddie Van Horn, who entered the name ‘’STORM’’,’ said Dave Grantham, in charge of the Select program.Kootenay South Rep teams match up against clubs from Nelson, Cranbrook in the East Kootenay, Invermere, Okanagan, Alberta and the northern United States during the season that generally runs from April to September.the Okanogan, etc.In 2012, Kootenay South teams turned in a very successful season, qualifying a few teams for the Provincial B Cup.For more information about the house and rep soccer programs, or to sign up for 2013, visit kootenaysouthsoccer.com Kootenay Youth Soccer clubs are going to get a different look when teams travel into Kootenay South territory after the Trail/Fruitvale/Rossland/Castlegar-based association unveiled its newest logo for the upcoming season.Kootenay South Rep teams will now be called “Storm” following a contest to select the new name.last_img read more

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UPDATED: Wildcats fall to consolation round at High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats came close, but just couldn’t get the key points at the right time in dropping a 3-1 decision to White Rock Christian Academy in quarter final action Friday at the at the BC High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships at Selkirk College in Castlegar.White Rock, advancing to Saturday’s semi final against top seed Immaculata of Kelowna, won the match 25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 25-23 to advance down the playoff trail.Mount Sentinel drops to consolation round play, meeting Kelowna Christian today at 12:30 p.m. at Selkirk College.The Wildcats opened the day blasting Barriere 25-10, 25-16, 25-12.The Bronze Medal match is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday to be followed by the Gold Medal Championship game at 7 p.m.Closing ceremonies and medal presenations follows the Championship Match.All action is set for Selkirk College Gymnasium in Castlegar. For complete results and draw times go to the Mount Sentinel Tournament website.Wildcats claw way up playoff ladder at BC High School A Girl’s Volleyball ChampionshipsThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats played anything like an eight-seeded team, finishing second in Pool B Thursday at the BC High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships at Selkirk College in Castlegar.The Wildcats opened with a straight set (25-14, 25-14) win over Kelowna Christian before knocking off Kootenay Champion Fernie, also in straight sets (25-18, 25-17.The only blemish on the day came against Duncan Christian, where the the Cats dropped a 2-1 best-of-three match — the third game losing 15-13.Other results had top-ranked and defending champion Immaculata winning Pool A, Carver Christian of Burnaby taking Pool C and Credo Christian of Langley topping Pool D.Mount Sentinel now begins the playoff run Friday at Selkirk, taking on Barrier.Playoffs continue Friday with the final rounds Saturday.The Bronze Medal match is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday to be followed by the Gold Medal Championship game at 7 p.m.Closing ceremonies and medal presenations follows the Championship Match.All action is set for Selkirk College Gymnasium in Castlegar.last_img read more

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SAN GABRIEL STAKES QUOTES

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, PATRIOTICANDPROUD, SECOND: “It got a little congested turning for home so I had to wait for a hole to open up. One never did, so I had to go outside of the winner eventually. I think if I could have let him get a run under him a bit sooner it would have been closer. I think it would have been a horse-race for sure but it didn’t happen.” TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Jerry Crawford of Des Moines, Iowa, who race as Donegal Racing, and Gary Hartunian of Los Angeles, who races as Rockingham Ranch.center_img PETER MILLER, FINNEGANS WAKE, WINNER: “I was concerned this might be a little short; he just won at a mile and a half, but when I looked at his form, he had won at a mile and an eighth before. He’s just such a neat horse. He’s a stud but he’s just the coolest guy to be around.“He eats well and he’s been training really well, so I felt like he would run his race. Whether he could get up going a mile and an eighth was the big question, but Victor (Espinoza) gave him a super ride.“We’ll look at all our options (for future races) including maybe even Dubai. The horse trains well on dirt and he ran well in the Clark, so perhaps even the Santa Anita Handicap (March 7). I don’t know. I’ve got to get with the owners, enjoy this for now, and maybe next week set up a game plan.” VICTOR ESPINOZA, FINNEGANS WAKE, WINNER: “I thought today was going to be too short for him, but obviously it wasn’t. He’s getting good. I thought they would go slower up front but there was still good pace. I wanted to be closer to the front but not too close.“He was a little confused because of where we broke from so I think he sat back further than usual because of that. He went nice and comfortably which worked out well but I had to encourage him a bit to get into the race. I had to ask him early because he’s big and he doesn’t have a ton of speed. He took a little while, but it worked out well.”last_img read more

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