Read Full Story Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) announced they have entered into a collaboration to provide enhanced programming opportunities for ELC scholarship recipients (ELC Scholars) and executive education opportunities for the most senior Black executives in corporate America. The ELC’s mission, to open channels of opportunity for Black executives to positively impact business and communities, aligns well with the goals of the recently announced HBS Action Plan for Racial Equity, a plan to advance racial equity both within and beyond the School.“HBS must do more to create opportunities for Black talent to succeed and take up leadership roles,” said HBS Dean Nitin Nohria. “The Executive Leadership Council has demonstrated the ability to create these opportunities and harness the power of Black talent. Together, we can create a tremendous and unique opportunity for ELC scholarship recipients, ELC members, and the HBS community.”“The ELC looks forward to launching this unique collaboration with HBS. It is an advantage to be able to provide another development opportunity for our ELC Scholars,” said Crystal E. Ashby, ELC Interim President and CEO. “Adding this component will enrich their overall experience, providing financial support, networking and education as benefits for the Scholars. We are energized to offer executive education opportunities for our members, and to do so with one of the most highly-regarded academic institutions around the world.”The collaboration will focus on three main areas: support for ELC Scholars, Executive Education, and MBA programming and case development.Building the pipeline of Black business leaders for the futureThe mission of The ELC’s Scholars program is to build a pipeline of Black corporate talent by supporting the academic achievement and development of Black undergraduate and graduate students. HBS will provide financial support to the student scholarship program and assist in identifying potential internship opportunities for ELC Scholars at HBS, partner companies, and alumni-led organizations.Cultivating high-potential executive leadersLeveraging the School’s existing Executive Education platform, the two organizations will work together to create a course customized for ELC members, while also providing them with access to existing HBS Executive Education courses and programs, which offer fully immersive and transformational living-learning experiences, networking opportunities with executives from around the world, and the opportunity to engage in programs led by HBS faculty.Infusing diversity into the MBA curriculumA key component of the HBS Racial Equity plan is the development of additional cases featuring Black protagonists. HBS and ELC will work together to identify potential topics and individuals to feature in cases from the more than 800 current and former Black CEOs, senior executives and board directors at Fortune 1000 and Global 500 companies, and entrepreneurs at top-tier firms comprising ELC’s membership.
In my last blog, I explored the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in creating intelligent storage systems that learn via algorithms and make critical decisions with no human involvement. I described how the new PowerMax from Dell EMC uses a reinforced learning model to autonomously make resource allocation decisions at high-speed while serving millions of IOPS to achieve the latency targets of mission-critical applications. Taking this a step further, I will now describe the evolution of intelligent storage systems that are truly autonomous, akin to self-driving cars. If we can build self-driving cars, can we build “self-driving” storage systems?.An autonomous car and a storage system have fundamental similarities. Consider this:Both are very complex systems – dealing with a TON of simultaneously occurring events happening very fastBoth have a lot riding on them – human lives in one case and mission-critical business operations in the other that in many cases impact human lives as wellWhile the image most people have in their minds when they hear “self-driving car” is a vehicle that drives completely by itself, in fact there are multiple levels of automation, with Level 5 being the Holy Grail of 100% autonomous.I have a similar gradation for storage systems. I see the journey to a fully autonomous storage system as consisting of four steps:Level 1: Application-CentricWith the self-driving car, you tell it where you want to go, not which roads and turns to take and what speed to drive at. Similarly, the way you interact with the storage system has to be in terms of what you are trying to accomplish – the application you wish to run. You care about the application not what the storage system needs to do to run that application. You want to tell the storage system that you wish to run a web-based transaction processing application using a relational database and have it take care of the rest.Level 2: Policy-DrivenNext, you typically want to tell the car whether to take the direct fastest route or a scenic route through the backroads. Similarly, you want to set some service level objectives for the application you just told the storage system you want to run – is it a high priority production application or a best-effort dev-test instance? Does it need additional data protection via remote copies? How frequently?Level 3: Self-AwareNow the car has what it needs to get driving. But if it is to drive itself, it needs to be “self-aware”. For example, it needs to know whether it is in the lane or about to stray, if it is a safe distance from the car ahead of it, running low on fuel, etc. The storage system analog is telemetry about how the system is operating – how “close to the edge.” This is where the industry has been lagging. While we have a lot of telemetry, we typically haven’t been very good at analyzing the data to determine if we’re about to drive off the cliff – we still rely on humans to figure this out. And typically, the humans get involved after something has gone horribly wrong. The first step here is to make the system self-aware – instead of throwing a whole lot of data at the human, the system should be able to analyze the data and tell the user how close it is to the edge. And that sets us up for the next and final part…Level 4: Self-OptimizingOnce you know how close you are to the edge, the system needs to be able to adjust its behavior/operation to avoid going over the edge. In the self-driving car world, a very simple example is adaptive cruise control where the car regulates its speed to keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead sensed by LIDAR. This is exactly what Dell EMC PowerMax can do as shown in the image below – the algorithms are designed to detect changes in the environment and change key system behaviors accordingly to try meeting the need of the applications, and prevent the system from getting into catastrophic situations. In other words, you may want/need to drive at 65 MPH, but right now you can’t unless you change your lane.Dell EMC’s solutions have had application-centric and policy-driven capabilities for years now as well as rudimentary levels of self-aware/optimizing capabilities in technologies like FAST (Fully Automated Storage Tiering). The new PowerMax takes this history of innovation in building intelligent storage systems to the next level by incorporating machine learning techniques. Just like in the general AI field, we are applying these techniques to progressively more complex scenarios inside our storage systems. As the scenarios get broader, there is a need for more contextual information to make the right decisions. In the car world, an example is relying on real-time traffic updates from a global information system to choose a route that incurs minimal delay. In the storage world, we have CloudIQ – our brain in the cloud. CloudIQ observes and remembers all operational information about the storage arrays in the field. It also uses machine learning techniques to learn how each system is behaving, how the workloads it is serving are changing over time, etc. It is also looking at the entire population of systems in the field to learn patterns of behaviors and/or environmental conditions to learn and predict – and thus avoid impacting a system’s health or behavior.Why does all this matter?At Dell EMC, we are on a mission to deliver the infrastructure for the next industrial revolution that accelerates human progress. AI is going to be a key tool in this mission, just like how social networking fundamentally changed the way we live, interact and work. With a long history of storage innovation, we have a unique value proposition that our customers rely on for their own innovation journey as we go on this mission together.So, who will get there first – a fully autonomous car or a fully autonomous storage system? My bet is on the latter!
No, the title doesn’t contain a typo. Or a missing word. But it is missing something: lost opportunity.When it comes to many strategic initiatives, financial institutions can have a case of the “nots.”“We’re not going to train our staff because it cost too much money.”“We’re not going to invest in branding because we don’t see the value.”“We’re not going to conduct a strategic planning session this year because it’s a waste of time.”Sometimes there are valid reasons for not doing a particular project. The investment might be too much, the timing might not be right or the project load may already be too high.However, in many cases let’s call the “not” disease what it really is: an excuse.When examining whether the cost is too high, the time involved is too much or some other reason credit unions and banks must also consider the cost of NOT doing a particular strategy or project. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
BOONE, Iowa – The dollar amount of product and contingency awards to be awarded at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s is already a guaranteed record-breaker. With the addition of engines given to Saturday night champions by Karl Chevrolet and Karl Performance, more than $250,000 will be awarded to drivers in the six divisions competing Sept. 1-6 at Boone Speedway. “Our partners continue to be very generous as the value of their product and contingency awards is again approximately equal to the purse money that will be paid out,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Combining the purse and prizes comes to more than $500,000 to be paid or given at the biggest week-long dirt track racing event in the world,” he added. “One of the best things about so many of these product awards is that drivers get to take them home with them when they leave the speedway. That provides an even greater tangible benefit.” IMCA sponsors and the dollar amount of their Super Nationals product and/or contingency awards include:Aero Race Wheels – $3,540Afco – $2,220Allstar Performance – $2,985Axle Exchange – $9,950Bassett – $660Bell – $4,300Bilstein – $1,840Bob Harris Enterprises – $1,560Brinn – $2,250BSB Manufacturing – $8,380Bushore Racing Enterprises – $400Casey’s – $4,850Champ Pans – $964Circle Wheels – $390Coleman – $600Competition Products – $300CPD Racing Tools – $750Crane Cams – $6,200Dakota Track Side – $100Day Motor Sports – $900Design 500 – $3,600Dirt Modified Magazine – $300Dominator Race Products – $2,070Dynatech – $300Edelbrock – $1,710Eibach Springs – $1,320EQ Cylinder Heads – $3,480*Erson Cams – $2,960*Finishline Racing Products – $200Flow Design – $760Friesen Chevrolet – $3,200Harris Auto Racing – $19,820*Holley – $5,510Hoosier – $2,730Howards Cams – $286Hypercoils – $800Integra – $700Intercomp – $828Jaz Products – $1,000JC Dubil – $200JE Pistons – $1,600Jet Racing – $500JRi Shocks – $4,000Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises – $1,500Karl Chevrolet – $11,697 plus $1,500 cash bonusKarl Performance – $20,537 plus $1,250*Kirkey – $900KRC – $760KSE – $1,630Larry Shaw – $500 plus $15,500*Mach-1 Racing Solutions – $600•MD3 – $1,280Mitchell Machine – $250Moroso – $900Moser Engineering – $1,746MSD – $3,428Nitro Bee – $1,200Performance Bodies – $2,355Performance Distributors – $840Petersen Aluminum – $650Pro Shocks – $920QA1 – $2,700R2C Performance – $1,032RACEceiver – $1,560RAM Clutches – $1,500RH2 – $1,434Ricochet Race Components – $900Schoenfeld Headers – $720Scorpion Performance – $430Smiley’s Racing Products – $600Speedway Motors – $720Stephenville Starter – $640Summit – $5,200Sunoco Race Fuels – $250Sweet Manufacturing – $8,988Sybesma Graphics – $600The Joie of Seating – $3,300TomCat Performance – $3,585Velocita – $1,494Wehrs Machine – $5,559Wilwood Engineering – $1,000Xfactor Bushings – $1,224Xtreme Motor Sports – $1,650Z4 Products – $322. An asterisk (*) indicates all or a portion of the award is contingent on usage of sponsor product.Manufacturers’ Row filled to capacity at Super Nationals BOONE, Iowa – Forty vendors will fill Manufacturers’ Row to capacity during the Sept. 1-6 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. IMCA marketing partners will offer a wide range of high performance products for use during the week, as well as display new products being introduced and legal for use in IMCA competition next season. Manufacturers’ Row will be located in the northeast corner of the speedway grounds and open from approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and accessible through gates on the west and east. Companies confirmed for Manufacturers’ Row locations now include Aero Race Wheels, AFCO, Allstar Performance, Axle Exchange, B & B Racing Chassis, Bassett Race Wheels, Belleville Motorsports, Bilstein, Bob Harris Enterprises, and BSB Manufacturing; Also CPD, Day Motor Sports, Eibach Springs, Friesen Chevrolet, GRT Race Cars, Harris Auto Racing, Hyperco, Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, Jet Racing, Karl Performance and Larry Shaw Race Cars; And Medieval Chassis, MD3, MSD, Out-Pace, Penske Racing Shocks, Performance Bodies, Razor Chassis, Redline Racing Parts, RH2, Sidebiter Chassis, Smiley’s Racing Products, Sybesma Graphics, The Joie of Seating, Velocita, Wehrs Machine and Xtreme Motor Sports. Speedway Motors will be in its traditional location, next to the IMCA souvenir trailer on the main pit road.
Former champion Roger Federer and 11-time winner Rafael Nadal moved into the third round of the French Open without dropping a set.Federer, the 2009 champion, needed only 96 minutes to beat Germany’s lucky loser Oscar Otte 6-4 6-3 6-4.Nadal, 32, eased to a 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory over Germany’s world number 114 Yannick Maden. Nadal through to third round of 2019 French Open Former champion Stan Wawrinka also won in straight sets, overcoming Chile’s Cristian Garin 6-1 6-4 6-0.Otte held his serve in his opening four services games but was broken in his fifth as Federer, playing in this tournament for the first time since 2015, took the opening set.The third seed, a winner at Roland Garros in 2009, then took control to move two sets ahead and a break in the ninth game of the third set gave him the opportunity to clinch an assured victory on his serve.Otte had lost to Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the third qualifying round but took his place in the main draw as a ‘lucky loser’ because of withdrawals.He then won just his second match in eight years on the main ATP Tour by seeing off Malek Jaziri of Tunisia in the opening round.Next up for 37-year-old Federer is a match against Norway’s Casper Ruud who knocked out Italian 29th seed Matteo Berrettini 6-4 7-5 6-3.Nadal won the first five games of the match on his way to taking the opening set in 42 minutes and then broke 29-year-old Maden’s serve in the opening service game of the second.Maden, playing in the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time, managed to break Nadal’s serve twice in the third set, but struggled to hold on to his own serve as the second seed moved into the last 32.This is the second German qualifier that Nadal has defeated at this year’s French Open after his first-round win over Yannick Hanfmann on Monday.Nadal will now face either David Goffin or Miomir Kecmanovic in round three.Elsewhere, France’s Corentin Moutet, the world’s number 110, defeated Argentina’s 19th seed Guido Pella 6-3 6-1 2-6 7-5.Sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece fought back from a set down to beat Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien 4-6 6-0 6-3 7-5.Kei Nishikori, seeded seventh, also suffered a scare in his match against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Philippe Chatrier Court – the equivalent of Wimbledon’s Centre Court.Two-time French Open semi-finalist Tsonga won the opening set but the Japanese player came back to win 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Unfortunately, when your a hard-nosed defenceman, known for his on-the-edge play, like Darnel St. Pierre sometimes there’s a bulleye on your back.Which maybe explains why the 19-year-old St. Pierre is serving a two-game set for too many “hit to the head” penalties.However, the former Revelstoke Grizzlies star will be back on the blueline for Sunday’s afternoon home tilt against the Spokane Braves at 2:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.And that game can’t some soon enough for a Green and White team needing all defencemen on deck for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League stretch run.While watching his Leaf teammates on the ice last week, the Nelson Leaf captain sat down with The Nelson Daily.com Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr for the latest installment of the Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the WeekDarnel St. PierreAge: 19Born: Kelowna, BCHeight: 6-feetWeight: 175 poundsYears in Hockey: 15Hometown: Kelowna, BCFavorite NHL Player: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh PenguinsFavorite NHL Team: Colorado AvalancheKIJHL Stats: 129 games, 27 goals, 65 assists, 157 points, 270 penalty minutesFavorite Music: Hip-hop, RapPre-Game Meal: mainly pasta Biggest accomplishment in hockey: Named captain of the Nelson LeafsWork: Warehouse OneNickname: Saint or DSPOther interests: Working out, spending time with friends and family and playing video gamesTwitter, Facebook, Instagram: All threeThe Nelson Daily: What type of player would you classify yourself?Darnel St. Pierre: I think I’m a hard-working, two-way defenceman. I like to scores some goals . . . creates opportunities and shut down the other teams top players while playing a responsible game.TND: What are your individual goals, this season and beyond?DSP: Individual goals? Hopefully be names top defenceman of this (Neil Murdoch) division if not the league. Help the (Leafs) obviously win the Cyclone Taylor Championship and beyond this season get a scholarship somewhere in hockey to continue my career.TND: What attracted you to come to Nelson?DSP: I requested a trade to Nelson (during the offseason). My mom is from (Nelson). Nelson teams are obviously very good as well Nelson hosting the Cyclone Taylor had some factor in my decision. Just figured I might as well try it out playing for Nelson.TND: Being the captain of the Leafs comes a lot of responsibility and added pressures. How do you cope with that pressure?DSP: Pressure is doing what is right because the guys won’t listen to you if you doing the opposite of what you’re saying in the room. So I need to make sure I’m that I’m using my head out on the ice all the time and really thinking while I’m playing.TND: Nelson has done with five defenceman most of the season and still ranks as one of the better defensive teams in the KIJHL. What has been the secret of this success?DSP: We’ve some really talented defencemen here. Any one of our defencemen could probably be the top one or two D-men on any other team in the league. There’s really a lot of skill with this unit, but our forwards help us out and we’ve been working a lot on our D-zone coverage lately, which has helped a lot.TND: The Leafs lost Cole Arcuri right before the roster deadline. How big of a loss is that for this team?DSP: It leaves a pretty big hole with only having five defencemen right now. He was a big part of this team. I loved playing with Cole myself . . .. At such a young age Cole was able to carry a pretty big responsibility with the team so it’s tough to lose him. But it’s great for him moving up to Junior A. Still we’ll find a way to replace him, whether it’s more minutes for us, but it’s a tough loss for sure.TND: Is the team upset that Cole left?DSP: No, not at all. Cole is a good guy, a good friend and I’m just happy to see him move up to Junior A. I rather Cole not get stuck down in here with all the talent he’s got.
2014-15 Santa Anita Winter Media PollHorse of the Meet: Shared BeliefOlder Horse: Shared BeliefOlder Filly/Mare: Warren’s VenedaGrass Horse: Finnegans WakeGrass Filly/Mare: Go West Marie3-Year-Old: Dortmund3-Year-Old-Filly: Stellar WindSprinter: MasochisticClaimer: NextdoorneighborTrainer: Jerry HollendorferJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Gonzalo NicolasRace: Robert B. Lewis StakesOwner: Hronis Racing, LLCAchievement: Shared Belief ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2015)–Shared Belief, winner of three rich stakes at the Winter Meet including the Grade I Malibu at seven furlongs and the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter, was unanimously named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Media Poll.The 4-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride trained by Jerry Hollendorfer also defeated Horse of the Year California Chrome in the Grade II San Antonio Invitational.Shared Belief earned $1,080,000 in winning the three races for ownersJungle Racing (Jim and Janet Rome of Los Angeles); Jerry Hollendorfer of Point Richmond, CA; George Todaro of Seattle; Alex Solis III of Glendale; and Jason Litt of Lexington, Ky.“He won two Grade I’s, at seven furlongs and a mile and a quarter, and in the other race, he beat the Horse of the Year, California Chrome,” pointed out Hollendorfer’s trusted assistant, Dan Ward. “It’s a most deserving honor and we appreciate it.”Shared Belief also was voted Outstanding Older Horse, and his three major stakes wins voted Achievement of the Meet.Unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund was a unanimous selection as Outstanding 3-Year-Old. Trained by Bob Baffert for owner Kaleem Shah, Dortmund came again in deep stretch after appearing to be beaten to win the Robert B. Lewis Stakes by a head over Firing Line in a thrilling battle that was named Race of the Meet.Stellar Wind, who won the Santa Ysabel Stakes and the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks in her two starts at Santa Anita after a private purchase by Hronis Racing LLC for trainer John Sadler, was named Outstanding 3-Year-Old Filly.Warren’s Veneda came into her own at the meet for Craig Lewis who trains the California-bred mare for owner/breeder Benjamin Warren. The 5-year-old chestnut daughter of Affirmative was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare by posting authoritative victories in the Paseana Stakes, the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes and the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes.Finnegans Wake, winner of the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes and the Grade II San Marcos Stakes, was voted top Grass Horse. He is trained by Peter Miller for Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch.Go West Marie, winner of Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and the Irish O’Brien Stakes and second in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes, was named Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare for trainer Eddie Truman and owner Peter Redekop.Masochistic, winner of the Grade II Kona Gold Stakes for Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable and trainer Ron Ellis, was Outstanding Sprinter.Rafael Bejarano, the runaway riding leader with 76, was named Outstanding Jockey, and Jerry Hollendorfer, who shaded Peter Miller for the crown, 34-33, by winning the sixth of nine races on the final day of meet, Outstanding Trainer.Gonzalo Nicolas, winner of seven races at the meet, was named Outstanding Apprentice jockey, while the Hronis brothers, Kosta and Peter, were Outstanding Owners by virtue of 13 victories, most of any owner at the meet.Nextdoorneighbor, who climbed from $8,000 to $14,000 to $20,000 down to $16,000 on the claiming ladder, the only four-time winner at the meet, was named Outstanding Claiming Horse for Peter Miller, who claimed the Florida-bred son of Lido Palace for owners Rockingham Ranch for $8,000 before capturing his four victories. Hollendorfer, Bejarano Earn Honors as Top Trainer and Jockey
2/2/2/2 TRAINER QUOTES KEITH DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Did I have any doubts as they were going up to the gate? No doubt, I had doubts! We had a good pace to run at in the San Felipe, but not a really fast pace. Today, we had a great pace scenario and he took full advantage. For me, this is like a dream. I mean, the (Kentucky) Derby is what everybody in this business dreams of. I think we’ll probably come in (to Churchill Downs) right on top of the race, maybe ship in on Monday or Tuesday.” MIKE SMITH, DANZING CANDY, FOURTH: ”Well he [Exaggerator] was quite a bit quicker than we hoped, of course, but we kind of thought that would happen today. I was hoping he’d really take to the mud, to be honest with you, as long as I had him up underneath me he was okay but as soon as I had to let up and run along I felt like I was on roller skates out there. He just didn’t grab quite a hold of it the way we hoped.” JOCKEY QUOTES WHEN ASKED IF HE THOUGHT EXAGGERATOR CAN BEAT NYQUIST NEXT TIME: “We haven’t been able to beat him, what five (actually three) times? I don’t know if we can or not.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE FAMILY DYNAMIC OF HAVING HIS BROTHER RIDE FOR HIM: “I would say we have a very frank relationship. If I feel a certain way about something, I don’t hold anything back, and the same for him. I’m not sure I’d talk to a Mike Smith the way I talk to Kent. We’re just very upfront about everything and express ourselves fully.” NOTES: The winning owners are Matt Bryan (Big Chief Racing) of Ft. Worth; Head of Plains Partners; Rocker O Ranch, and Keith Desormeaux of Maurice, La. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE ADDED DISTANCE OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY: “Yes, the way he finished today and the way he galloped out…If we get a fast pace, and we should, yes, I don’t think there’s any problem with it.” RONNY ORTOWSKI, PART OWNER, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Kent just rode him perfect. It was a real good race. He’s a mud horse, and I had all the confidence in the world. He was feeling good this morning.” -more- GARY STEVENS, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “He warmed up great and left the gate wrong, and we got hit by the first wave of water and mud going into the first turn, he slipped with me and started lunging. He came off the bridle, and the first thing I said was, ‘This is going to be a long race.’ When Kent came by me, he actually tried to go with him – he sort of re-ignited again, but he sort of just looked after himself. I’m real proud of him to run second.” GARY SHERLOCK, UNCLO LINO, THIRD: “The track didn’t make him run any better but I wasn’t worried about it. The biggest thing was to let him run. He ran perfect, that’s what we had in mind. The only thing that fooled me was that Iron Rob didn’t send! Uncle Lino made the lead and just got run down by two pretty good horses, that’s about it.“My next move? I have no idea.” KENT DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Well, if he shows up the first Saturday in May like he did today . . . he was ultra-confident today. He’s so mature and he walked to the gate like an old pony. He left there quiet and comfortable and I think that’s the difference, when a horse lets you drive and they’re not man-handling themselves. He reminded me of Texas Red.“He’s that caliber of horse and it’s extra special to be with Keith, and we don’t even talk too much, it’s all quite understood. All he said in the paddock was, ‘Kent, I’m telling you that I’ve never seen this horse so confident.’ When I galloped off once I was on the track, he took to the track like a duck to water. He never missed a beat and he showed it winning today.“I don’t think it has soaked in yet, I’m pretty much in shock. I’m just going to pray that unlike Texas Red, we make it there.“He was the fourth horse that I rode in the mud today and the others felt like they had ice skates on. Exaggerator felt like he had track shoes on. He really liked the going and I think that was part of his incredible effort today. He enjoyed the mud.“I don’t know (if he can beat Nyquist); we’ll find out Derby Day. I heard two people say that Nyquist couldn’t handle Mohaymen. When I tried to run with him in the San Vicente and he went twenty-two and change I thought I was going to go by him like he was tied to a pole but he wouldn’t let me by. That is a very good horse.” -30-
Chelsea’s run of four league games without a win ended last weekend with a comprehensive yet uninspiring 3-0 victory at home to Bolton.This Saturday they travel to The Hawthorns to face a West Brom side who have two consecutive wins amassing nine goals and just conceding one.Andre Villas-Boas knows now that a bad result against any of the lower sides could rather abruptly end his spell in English football.It is almost inconceivable that Chelsea will lose this game but a price of 10/11 suggests it won’t be an easy task against the in-form Baggies. The home win is 33/10 while the draw can be backed at 13/5.It seems likely that there will be over 2.5 goals in this game if we’re going on current form, but Chelsea don’t tend to score many away from home recently and it’s difficult to say either way; Over 2.5 can be backed at 4/5 while the under is 19/20.Once again Fernando Torres will be looking to break a horrific scoring duck for the Blues and the Spaniard may be reinstated to the starting line-up if the injury Daniel Sturridge picked up on England duty rules him out.Torres is 7/4 to score for the first time since mid-October, while Didier Drogba seems to be back to some form and he is 6/4 anytime, 11/2 first.Will Torres be smiling again this summer?We have opened a market at BetVictor on whether or not Torres will make the 23-man Spanish squad for the Euros and bet:Yes: 8/11No: EvensLast weekend’s west London derby saw Fulham narrowly beat QPR at Loftus Road and the R’s this week take on Everton with just one league win in their last 14 outings.The Toffees seem to be improving in the second half of the season and are unbeaten in five albeit with three 1-1 draws in that period.QPR’s form has seen them drop to just one point off the bottom in what is shaping up to be a great relegation battle unless, of course, you are a supporter of one of the clubs involved.Everton are 7/5 with Rangers 85/40 and the draw 23/10.Bobby Zamora is 8/5 to score anytime and Jamie Mackie’s price of 100/30 seems big and perhaps worth a bet. They are 6s and 11s respectively to net first.If I’m honest I can’t see goals in this game and a price of 3/4 for under 2.5 goals suggests there won’t be many.Fulham play Wolves on Sunday afternoon at the absurd time of 2.05pm; television dictating the kick-off times as is so often the way.Last weekend was only their second away win of the season as they try to shrug off the label of ‘bad travellers’ in the Premier League.Their opponents, had it not been for a second half comeback against Newcastle, would be in the relegation zone sitting on the same points as the bottom two clubs.The Cottagers are 4/7 to win this game while Wolves are a massive 6/1 with 31/10 for the draw.On current form Fulham are up there with the likes of City, United and Arsenal with 10 points from their last six games and are unbeaten at home in 2012.Pavel Pogrebnyak is 6/4 to make it three in three since his move from Stuttgart in January and that looks a decent price against a fragile Wolves defence.We are only 10 days away from the Cheltenham Festival and we are already offering Non Runner No Bet on all 27 races.For all your sporting needs this weekend check out betvictor.com or follow me on Twitter @VictorChandlerFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Caulker, from Feltham, has impressed while playing in Scotland Dundee have rejected what would be a club record fee for defender Steven Caulker, according to manager Neil McCann.The Hounslow-born 26-year-old, who left QPR in December, only signed for Dundee last month.Centre-back Jack Hendry’s move to Celtic in January was reported to have topped the £1.2m brought in by Dundee’s sale of goalkeeper Rab Douglas, also to Celtic, in 2000.McCann refused to reveal which club had made a bid for Caulker. Sky are reporting that the offer came from Norwegian side Rosenborg.McCann said: “It well exceeds the club record fee we have received for a player, but it’s been knocked back.“It is great for Steven that he has come here and in a short space of time a club has tried to prise him from us for that size of transfer fee. It shows how good a player he is but he will be going nowhere.”See also:Caulker wants international return – with Scotland Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoRome Hotels | Search AdsRome Hotels Might be Cheaper Than You ThinkRome Hotels | Search AdsUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndo