A spaceman comes travelling to Limerick

first_imgTwitter Cllr Kevin Sheahan, Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County welcomes space travel icon to Limerick, former NASA astronaut Alfred ‘Al’ Worden.Picture: Keith WisemanONE of only 24 astronauts to fly to the Moon visited the offices of Limerick City and County Council this week during his two-day trip to the Mid West.Former astronaut Alfred ‘Al’ Worden was welcomed to Merchants Quay by Cathaoirleach Cllr Kevin Sheahan. Mr Worden’s visit to Limerick also saw him host a lecture at LIT and attend a dinner in The Pavilion Restaurant at the University of Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Worden is one of five men and the only one still living who flew further from Earth than any others when their Apollo 15 command module travelled to the far side of the Moon in 1971. The Michigan native, now 82, was the Command Module pilot for the lunar mission, which also saw him perform the first deep-space EVA during Apollo 15’s homeward journey.In 2011, Worden’s memoir ‘Falling To Earth’ made the LA Times Bestseller list.Welcoming Mr Worden to Limerick, Cllr Sheahan said: “Al’s story is unique and his memories of his pioneering Apollo 15 mission remain as clear today as they did some 43 years ago. His visit to LIT and UL will no doubt inspire science students and those looking to fulfil their career goals, no matter how lofty they may be.”Cllr Sheahan also acknowledged Paul Ryan, a Ballybricken native and space enthusiast who invited Mr. Worden to visit Limerick. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsA spaceman comes travelling to LimerickBy Alan Jacques – September 19, 2014 817 WhatsApp Email Linkedin Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories center_img Previous articleRobin Williams’ tribute film Mrs Doubtfire supporting ADAPT servicesNext articleCompany undertakes to remove waste within 3 weeks. Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print TAGSAl WordenCllr Kevin SheahanlimerickLimerick City and County Council Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Bubak back in Dodge City form in DCRP Sprint Car Nationals opener

first_imgBy Lonnie Wheatley The battled raged on over the ensuing rounds as the duo sliced through lapped traffic until a caution flew after 15 laps. Last year, Bubak swept through all three nights to collect more than $6,000 as he became the third different event winner in as many years. After drawing the second row inside for the feature event after a heat race win, fortune was on Bubak’s side from the outset with scheduled pole starter Koby Walters scratching from the main event. Set for a five-lap dash to the stripe, Carney made a last ditch effort but Bubak was able to hold a two car-length advantage at the line. Carney settled for runner-up honors.  Lorne Wofford, who was in the mix with the lead pair in the closing laps, failed to pass post-race tech, thus handing the show position to Jeremy Huish. Jason Martin rallied from 15th to claim fourth with Taylor Velasquez charging from 18th to round out the top five.  The DCRP 305 Sprint Car Nationals resumes with a second night of preliminary action on Friday leading the way to Saturday’s $3,000-to-win championship finale.  Friday’s action also includes the opening portion of the seventh annual SportMod Mayhem North vs. South Duel along with the Kansas Antique Racers. Bubak outdueled Carney on the opening lap to take command.  Carney wasted little time throwing his hat into the ring for the point, sliding ahead briefly in turn two on the third round.  Bubak battled right back and the duo repeated the scene in turn four a half dozen circuits later as lapped traffic came into play. The final caution flew just as the leaders were reaching traffic again.  Feature results – 1. Jake Bubak; 2. John Carney II; 3. Jeremy Huish; 4. Jason Martin; 3. 5. Taylor Velasquez; 6. Zach Blurton; 7. Monty Ferriera; 8. Jordan Knight; 9. Luke Cranston; 10. Steve Richardson; 11. Tyler Knight; 12. David Luckie; 13. Jake Martens; 14. Ray Seemann; 15. Cody Lampe; 16. Kohl Ricke; 17. J.D. Johnson; 18. Blake Scott; 19. Chris Douglas; 20. Chase Randall; 21. Koby Walters. DODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 20) – Colorado’s Jake Bubak picked up right where he left off last year by wiring the field in Thursday night’s 25-lap feature to get the fourth annual Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals under way atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval. And he may have led all 25 laps on Thursday night, but he certainly had to earn it as John Carney II pressured throughout and even slid into the lead briefly on a couple of occasions along the way only to have Bubak successfully counter.  Jake Bubak led every lap in winning Thursday’s opening night Lubbock Wrecker Service DCRP Sprint Car Nationals feature at Dodge City Raceway Park. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley)last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES MIKE PEGRAM, PART-OWNER, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: “He’s a damn good horse. Martin had to use him to get a position and when he pushed the button, he went. This horse has proven he can ship, so we know he can travel and he likes it here. It’s nice to have options.” MARTIN GARCIA, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: “I rode him with a lot of confidence; I knew I had the best horse. I just let him break, I saved ground on the rail and I knew they were going fast up front so I just had to wait. I expected that and more.” TRAINER QUOTES BOB BAFFERT, HOPPERTUNITY, WINNER: “He was training well but I worry about him on this track because (Martin Garcia) has to ride the horse, let him just pick it up and build it up and he’ll come running late.“He saved ground with him, he didn’t panic. He rode a really smart race today; it was good. I haven’t been able to run a lot of horses, and finally, I ran a couple live horses and we won, so it’s good to get back in the Winner’s Circle.“We had this race in mind. We know every race is going to be different, so we’ll just let him space his races out. He could show up anywhere; I don’t know yet.”Asked if the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 could be a consideration: “It could be. Anything’s a consideration. He’ll be nominated everywhere and we know he ships well.” NOTES: The winning owners are Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman of Tucson. VICTOR ESPINOZA, APPEALING TALE, SECOND: “He got caught a little wide. The (nine) horse (Blue Tone) in front of me drifted out a little, but I was already there so there wasn’t much I could do; I just had to go with it. He ran great though. Coming off the layoff, he’s better then before. To be able to run like this just the second time off that layoff is a good race for him to have; he’s going forward. I think any little bit helps, so if he didn’t get carried wide maybe . . . ”last_img read more


first_imgJoseph Talamo13019121815%38%$629,203 Steven Miyadi55814615%51%$374,333 Jerry Hollendorfer10219132119%52%$1,438,064 Peter Eurton48105621%44%$531,807 Flavien Prat18941303722%57%$2,743,674 Tiago Pereira9511111312%37%$380,035 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won 1940 BIG ‘CAP STARTING GATE IN PADDOCK GARDENSSanta Anita’s first-ever electronic starting gate, which housed the legendary Seabiscuit prior to his career-capping victory in the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap, has been completely refurbished and will be on display for fans to admire in the track’s East Paddock Gardens this Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day, at Santa Anita.De-commissioned for decades, the 15 ton gate had been relegated to Santa Anita’s own “battleship row,” according to assistant starter John Lopez, who headed the renovation project.“I had been looking at that gate since I was a little kid and I just decided this was something that needed to be done,” said Lopez, 59, who began working as an assistant starter in 1977.  “It was just wasting away and I said, ‘You know what, I can do this.’  It’s like putting a model airplane or car back together.”With Lopez heading the project that began this past May, he was assisted by Santa Anita’s Carpenter and Paint Shops, as well as the track’s Director of Graphics, Candice Coder Chew.“The carpenters built the sign, the painters stripped everything down and brought it back to life and Candi was able to provide the numbers on top of the gate,” said Lopez.  “I just put everything back together…It’s nice to see the ‘Old Lady’ come back to life again.”The vintage starting gate, which was originally assembled on-site prior to the 1939/40 meeting, provides a link to a legendary past that can be revisited by all on Santa Anita Handicap Day, this Saturday, at The Great Race Place.First post time on Big ‘Cap Day, this Saturday, is at 12 noon.  Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Stewart Elliott12914151811%36%$689,348 Rafael Bejarano10719161918%50%$1,060,623 Corey Nakatani64117617%38%$603,401 John W. Sadler478101017%60%$503,869 Philip D’Amato731591321%51%$896,630 Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 FINISH LINES:  California-bred Masochistic, idle since running second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 5, drew post position five with Mike Smith in a field of seven for Saturday’s Grade I Triple Bend Stakes and appears to be the speed of the race.  “It looks good and he should be fit enough,” said trainer Ron Ellis…A winner of the 2015 Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, Ring Weekend, trained by Graham Motion, drew post five in a field of seven for Saturday’s Kilroe and will be ridden for the second time in a row by Rafael Bejarano.  “He caught a sloppy track in the San Gabriel (Grade III, 1 1/8 miles, two starts back on Jan. 7) and he had a slow start in the Arcadia (Grade II, one mile turf on Feb. 11),” said Aimee Dollase, assistant to Motion.  “Rafael kind of waited late to ask him in the Arcadia, but the horse is training good.  Hopefully, he knows him better this time, we’ll get a good trip and get lucky.”…Trainer John Shirreffs, a recently announced finalist for the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame ballot, has opted to “stay home” and run in Saturday’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes with his prized Derby hopeful, Gormley.  “The big thing was how well Gormley worked here when he went (six furlongs) in 1:11 and change (best of 14 at the distance on Feb. 27),” said Shirreffs…Trained by Phil D’Amato, speedy Midnight Storm, who drew the rail in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Handicap with Rafael Bejarano, would appear to have limited options in terms of early strategy.  “We’ve got the rail and we hope he gets out of there good,” said D’Amato.  “I think Rafael’s going to try and control the race and we’ll see what happens.”…Jockey Edwin Maldonado reports agent Joe Griffin is “doing good” after undergoing open heart surgery at Arcadia Methodist Hospital on Monday.  “He’ll probably be up and walking tomorrow,” Maldonado said. (Current Through Sunday, March 5, 2017 Inclusive) Jockey Standings Tyler Baze20334402317%48%$1,606,591 Martin Pedroza9913191713%49%$559,048 CLASSY DORTMUND GOES GREEN IN KILROE MILEFOUR-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO HERE ON SATURDAYVINTAGE 1940 STARTING GATE ON DISPLAY IN PADDOCK GARDENSTWO-TIME BIG ‘CAP WINNER JOHN HENRY BORN ON THIS DAY IN 1975SHIRREFFS ‘STAYS HOME’ WITH GORMLEY IN SAN FELIPE   Kent Desormeaux11924151220%43%$1,403,077 OPPORTUNITY BRINGS ECLIPSE CHAMP CASTELLANO TO SANTA ANITAWith regular rider Gary Stevens, idle since undergoing right hip replacement surgery on Dec. 21, returning to action in today’s fourth race, trainer Peter Eurton opted to book four-time Eclipse Champion Jockey Javier Castellano to ride his late running grey, Kobe’s Back, in Saturday’s Grade I, Triple Bend Stakes at seven furlongs.  Kobe’s Back, a multiple graded stakes winning 6-year-old by Flatter, has been idle since running third in last year’s Triple Bend on June 25 and had been ridden in 11 consecutive starts, dating back to March, 2015, by Hall of Famer Stevens.“Saturday is a big day of racing at Santa Anita and the Triple Bend has a $400,000 purse,” said Eurton.  “I know Mike (Lakow, agent for Castellano and former Santa Anita Assistant Racing Secretary). There’s not much else on the East Coast this Saturday except maybe at Tampa Bay Downs, so I thought Javier might want to ride here that day.”And ride he will. In addition to Kobe’s Back, Castellano is named to ride Bal a Bali for Richard Mandella in the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Stakes and Shaman Ghost, for Jimmy Jerkens, in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap. Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Trainer Standings SANTA ANITA STATISTICS GRASS IS GREENER FOR DORTMUND IN GRADE I KILROE MILE Saturday’s Grade I, Frank E. Kilroe Mile on grass will mark at least two firsts:  The first time  Dortmund runs on turf and the first time the 5-year-old son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown runs in a stakes for owner Kaleem Shah under his new trainer Art Sherman.Dortmund, a winner of five of seven starts on Santa Anita’s main track, including the Grade I Santa Anita Derby in 2015, has not raced since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here on Nov. 4, but even though the Kilroe attracted six graded stakes winners on turf, Sherman opted to go there rather than run seven furlongs on dirt in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes, for which Dortmund was also nominated.Overall, Dortmund has eight wins from 14 career starts, with earnings just under $2 million.“He left Los Alamitos on Wednesday for Santa Anita, where he’ll school for a couple days,” Sherman said.  “If you really think about it, seven eighths is probably one of the toughest distances on a horse.  You’ve got to run every inch of the way.“It’s just a hard, hard race to recover from, and Dortmund has some grass breeding and it’s an opportune time to try him on the grass.  You don’t have to win, but if he runs a good race, it gives me another option.”Sherman, who along with Doug O’Neill, picked up several horses that had been previously trained by Bob Baffert for Shah in December, allowed that he likes the position he’s in.“I run a horse for Kaleem for the first time Friday (Besides the Point, in the seventh race), but the Kilroe will be the first time I’ve run in a stakes for him.  I also have Klimt (a winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 5), but he won’t be ready until Del Mar this summer.“Kaleem is very nice.  I don’t know what happened (between him and Baffert).  I don’t get into any of that.  I was just happy to get the horses.”As for two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, now at stud in Kentucky, Sherman says the California-bred son of the late Lucky Pulpit is enjoying life.“He’s really strong right now.  He’s being bred to 130 mares, so he better be strong!” Peter Miller892721930%64%$1,330,356 Richard Baltas10719191718%51%$1,010,787 (Current Through Sunday, March 5, 2017 Inclusive) Doug F. O’Neill11815241913%49%$1,173,586 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.90188920%39%$790,821 Bob Baffert49106920%51%$966,131 Mike Smith421431233%69%$1,337,167 William Spawr27104337%63%$303,251 Mark Glatt65911914%45%$419,760 Vladimir Cerin46910620%54%$334,024 Edwin Maldonado61107916%43%$321,640 BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA:  Two-time Horse of the Year John Henry, who was trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, won the 1981 Big ‘Cap under 128 pounds and Laffit Pincay, Jr.  The following year, he took the race via disqualification under Bill Shoemaker and 130 pounds, thus becoming the first two-time winner of the Big ‘Cap.  Regarded as one of the greatest geldings of all time, John Henry, a son of Ole Bob Bowers, was foaled on this date in 1975.  Santiago Gonzalez10912181311%39%$570,427 J. Keith Desormeaux3573520%43%$447,105last_img read more