Scoreboard roundup — 10/8/19

first_img Beau Lund October 9, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 10/8/19 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLAMERICAN LEAGUE PLAYOFFSTampa Bay 4, Houston 1WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFSConnecticut 90, Washington 86NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUECarolina 6, Florida 3Dallas 4, Washington 3Anaheim 3, Detroit 1Nashville 5, San Jose 2Los Angeles 4, Calgary 3Boston 4, Vegas 3Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img

Omnicare and Ivax pay Vermont nearly $50,000 to settle allegations of fraud

first_imgAttorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Vermont received $47,000 in restitution as part of an agreement with Omnicare, Inc. and IVAX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to settle allegations that the companies engaged in unlawful kickback schemes that defrauded federal and state healthcare programs. Omnicare is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Kentucky that specializes in providing pharmacy services to long term care facilities. IVAX Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a Florida corporation that manufactures generic drugs. Vermont joined with other states and the federal government to reach a total of $112 million in civil damages to compensate Medicaid and Medicare programs for harm suffered as a result of the companies’ conduct. Vermont Medicaid received its proportioned share of the settlement last week.The government entities alleged that Omnicare and the other entities engaged in several unlawful kickback schemes that included the following: Omnicare solicited and received $8 million in payments in exchange for the company’s agreement to purchase $50 million in generic drugs from IVAX Pharmaceuticals and to drive utilization for the generic drugs for their nursing home patients. Omnicare paid $50 million to certain nursing home chains in exchange for 15-year contracts with each company to refer nursing home patients to Omnicare for the patients’ drug purchases. Omnicare provided pharmacy consultants to long term care facilities throughout the country at below market rates in exchange for the facilities’ agreement to use the company’s pharmacy services exclusively for their patients. Omnicare solicited and received kickback payments in exchange for the company’s agreement to convince physicians to prescribe the antipsychotic drug Risperdal as an initial drug or in place of competitors’ antipsychotic drugs.As one of the conditions of the settlement, Omnicare and IVAX also entered into Corporate Integrity Agreements with the Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS-OIG”), which will closely monitor the companies’ practices going forward.  Source: VTAG. 5.7.2010last_img read more

Op-Ed: Donald Trump Is Our ‘Monster From The Id’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Arnold Dodge“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” –Aldous HuxleyThe 1956 classic sci-fi movie Forbidden Planet is considered by many the progenitor for all science fiction movies to follow. Nominated for an Oscar for best special effects, it is replete with spaceships, ray guns and a robot named Robby. Among many firsts for the genre, the thriller dabbled in psychology.The Krell, an advanced civilization—centuries ahead of humans technologically and intellectually, the first inhabitants of a distant planet called Altair IV—perished 2,000 centuries ago but not before leaving a bizarre and destructive legacy. With all their brilliance, the Krell forgot to include one element in their master plan: “monsters from the id.” In the movie, the primitive, hidden and unstoppable power of the id visits destruction and death upon the characters. Only when the force of the id—a creation of the mind of the madman who controls the planet—is vanquished, does the terror subside.For more about the id—and its companion elements of the psyche—we consult Dr. Sigmund Freud.  In brief, the id is not affected by reality, logic or the everyday world. It operates on the idea that every wishful impulse should be satisfied immediately, regardless of the consequences. The id engages in primary process thinking, which is primitive, illogical, irrational and fantasy-oriented. The ego, on the other hand, develops in order to mediate between the unrealistic id and the external real world. The ego works by reason, whereas the id is chaotic and totally unreasonable. The superego controls the id’s impulses, especially aggressive behaviors.  It also has the function of persuading the ego to pursue moralistic goals.What does this have to do with Donald Trump?Donald Trump is a fabrication invented by a portion of the public nostalgic for the “real America ” who crave a vision of the world which is simple, aggressive and hostile to those who are different. In short, the id unleashed.To roar and chant and lionize their hero—and offer unwavering support in the polls—those who  feverishly hope, as Trump’s baseball cap proclaims, to “Make America Great Again” are irrational, illogical and fantasy-oriented, yet they are millions strong and growing. The driver for the movement is not affected by reality; the id will metabolize any idea that fuels its existence. How else to explain Trump’s drumbeat of obvious lies and distortions being swallowed whole by his minions?Among many frightening aspects of the juggernaut is the parallel to George Orwell’s prediction that lies will become truths in the dystopian world of tomorrow. In Trump’s world, the crazier the lies, the more popular they become. And, acting on behalf of the “thought police” (another Orwell gem), Trump combs the media for calling him out and doubles down on the lie.H.L. Mencken, one of the most influential American journalists, once observed: “There is always an easy solution to every human problem—neat, plausible and wrong.” Nonetheless, the easier the solution offered by Trump to complex issues, the more excited the crowds. He quickly follows his remarks with the mantra: “I refuse to be politically correct.” What better way to grant a wishful impulse—regardless of the consequences—than with a short burst of fire-breathing one-liners?The fever that consumes Trump supporters mystifies. How can seemingly intelligent people (although many may quarrel with that characterization) embrace his demeaning views of immigrants, women and blacks? How can they support his views on foreign policy, which include face-to-face confrontations with world leaders until they break down and cry under his imperious glare?To insist that there should be a database to track American Muslims and to defend the take-down of those protesters who voice their displeasure with him at events is beyond the pale. Yes, beyond the pale even for Trump. To accept and support these views means that a large portion of the electorate is willing to destroy their constitutional rights in order to satisfy their lust for a champion.But here’s an interesting twist on the “id” thesis. It is not Donald Trump that is the problem—for those of us who believe there is a problem. Instead, it is the vitriol spewing from the Trump acolytes that make the mission possible. Like the lightning bolts that sparked Dr. Frankenstein’s creation to life, the Trump followers have produced the heat that has created their leader.It’s alive!Latent paranoia and resentment have been building for years in certain precincts of American society. These people have watched their country “taken over” by minorities, gays, immigrants and women, and they have been longing for a hero. Their anger is boiling over. Their id-like impulses thirst for attention.Finally they have found someone who understands. Trump, the perfect avatar, has been selected as the messenger. Raw, vicious, bloodthirsty and threatening, the monster has its marching orders.Trump is a circus act. His buffoonery is obvious to any literate child over the age of 10. That’s why it is all the more distressing to see millions of adults whipped into a frenzy. Are they somehow hypnotized, forgetting their values, their lie detectors silenced, their common sense annulled?Or is it something else?Maybe they are writhing in pleasure as they release the constraints of public politesse. Maybe they have become disenchanted with the rational ego, mistrustful of the moralistic super-ego. It’s time for super-ID. A release of the pent-up anger, a catharsis for the disgust, a fantasy of primitive urges satisfied. And the liberation is legitimized—perhaps sanctified—when your spokesperson is a candidate for the presidency.But what about the rest of us? Do we believe this is harmless bluster soon to go away? Are we bemused because we see this as a sideshow? Or are we too timid to push back, fearing that we will be the target of a menacing response?Is it time to summon the best parts of our own psyche—dormant throughout the verbal violence of the Trump campaign—to challenge the unapologetic aggression visited upon our fellow citizens?Before we answer, we may want to remember a time, not too long ago, chillingly described by Ursula Hegi in her 1994 novel, Stones from the River:“Many thought that all this talk about Rassenreinheit—purity of the race—was ludicrous and impossible to enforce. Yet the long training in obedience to elders, government and church made it difficult—even for those who considered the views of the Nazis dishonorable—to give voice to their misgivings. And so they kept hushed, yielding to each new indignity while they waited for the Nazis and their ideas to go away, but with every compliance they relinquished more of themselves, weakening the texture of the community while the power of the Nazis swelled.”So, will we become a forbidden planet? A place where primitive impulses destroy innocents? A place where the loud, the profane, the illogical rule? A world where lies are king and truth the enemy of the state?While we have been paying attention to scientific and technological advances, have we forgotten that the id, left unchecked, will take up residence in a demon hell bent on annihilation?It’s too late for the Krell. Their civilization was destroyed. If we act fast, we may be able to save our own.Arnold Dodge, PhD, is an associate professor of education at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, where he serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. Dr. Dodge is a former teacher, principal and superintendent. In his forty-fifth year in education, Dr. Dodge’s particular interest focuses on the effects of high-stakes testing on schools.last_img read more

No rate change expected as FOMC begins 1st 2020 policy meeting

first_img continue reading » The Federal Reserve The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) begins its first two-day, monetary policy-setting meeting of the year today, which is not expected to end with a rate change.The committee last lowered the federal funds target rate to the current range of 1.5 to 1.75 percent at the end of its October meeting, the third rate cut of 2019.“Chairman Powell’s press conference will be eyed for indications in how the committee perceives various downside risks, particularly the coronavirus and its potential to impact the global economy in 2020,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President Curt Long. “But the risks are not yet so clear that they would warrant a rate cut.”Following its December meeting, the committee left economic projections mostly unchanged, indicating that it anticipates rates to slowly rise in 2021 and 2022. Of note, more than half of the committee members projected that the federal funds rate will remain unchanged throughout 2020.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Modern two-storey home new to the market in Margate

first_imgThe kitchen has feature timber panels.The property has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, a separate media room, laundry and double lockup garage on the ground floor. “We put in stacker doors the full width of the back of the house so you can look from kitchen and living (area) straight to the outdoor living area and backyard,” Mr Thomas said. Upstairs, the master suite has a walk-in wardrobe, a private balcony and an ensuite with a separate toilet. The open-plan living area at 24a Cutts St, MargateBeing a cabinet maker, Mr Thomas did all the joinery himself. “I put in soft-close everything throughout the house, as well as timber feature panels and two-pack cabinetry in the kitchen,” he said. “The kitchen is probably my favourite room. “I enjoyed designing the island bench and extending the butler’s pantry to make it nice and large. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“And I got to pick all the sink wear I wanted as well.“I also love the media room. It’s all set up for a projector, with speaker cables, a power point in the ceiling and HDMI cables.” The outdoor entertainment space overlooks the backyard.The three remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a study nook and rumpus area. “We designed the upstairs area so the study was right near the play area, so I could do invoicing and watch our daughter, Amelie, at the same time,” Mr Thomas said. The main bathroom has a freestanding tub and the toilet is behind a sliding door.center_img The home at 24a Cutts St, Margate is on the market for offers over $699,000CAMERON and Amy Thomas built their Margate home with functionality and quality in mind. The recently completed two-storey property at 24a Cutts St has modern features and gadgets throughout, including iPhone-compatible ducted airconditioning, a butler’s pantry and a wired media room. last_img read more

Jupiter leads USC in third consecutive sweep victory

first_imgBehind the strong play of sophomore outside hitter Alex Jupiter, the No. 16 USC women’s volleyball team (3-1) swept its third straight match (25-22, 25-19, 25-15) of the young season, defeating Florida Gulf Coast (1-3) to open the Holiday Inn LA City Center Trojan Invitation at the Galen Center.Jupiter took charge in the 3-0 sweep, landing 16 kills and blocking two shots in a match where the Women of Troy seemed to get better as each minute went by.Sweet 16 · Alex Jupiter lead USC with 16 kills on Thursday. – Eric Wolfe | Daily Trojan“We were going too fast early. We were too excited,” coach Mick Haley said of his team during its home opener. “We just came out and tried a little too hard early.”After the first game, one in which USC and the Eagles combined for nine ties and six lead changes before the Women of Troy pulled away, Haley’s team dominated the rest of the way behind Jupiter.“She’ll continue to get better. She’s just a whole different player right now,” Haley said. “We really like the way she’s blocking and serving.”Senior outside hitter Jessica Gysin chipped in with five kills and 12 digs for the Women of Troy, and sophomore setter Kendall Bateman continued to set the table USC as she piled up 35 assists.On the opposite side, junior outside hitter Jelena Simic carried the Eagles, firing 11 kills and blocking one shot, but it wasn’t enough for Florida Gulf Coast, which has lost three of its first four matches to start the season.USC shot .287 compared to the Eagles’ .092.After dropping the first match of the season 3-2 to Michigan State last weekend, the Women of Troy have responded with three consecutive sweeps over North Carolina, Albany and the Eagles.“We have to just know that we didn’t play very well in the first match, and we’d like to keep this going, but we know it’s going to be very tough,” Haley said.The Women of Troy continue tournament play tomorrow at 7 p.m. against No. 21 Pepperdine at the Galen Center. Pepperdine should provide USC with its toughest match to this point in the season.“They always give us a battle,” Haley said.Following tomorrow’s game, USC will wrap up the tournament facing Northern Arizona on Saturday at 10 a.m.last_img read more

Russia ‘hijacked’ sport with mass doping, says McLaren

first_imgMcLaren said Russian officials could be trusted “but they need to reform themselves”.The system was “refined” in the buildup to the 2012 London Olympics and then further for the 2013 Universiade in the Russian city of Kazan, the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, also in 2013, and particularly for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Russia won 24 golds, 26 silvers and 32 bronze medals in London with no failed tests at the time.“The Russian team corrupted the London Games on an unprecedented scale,” McLaren said.Whistleblower Grigory Rodchenko, who was an agent for the FSB secret service as well as head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, told investigators how he watered down some samples and added salt and powdered coffee to others to coverup doping failures.The report also told how an FSB agent disguised as a sewer engineer got into the Sochi Winter Olympics doping laboratory to switch bottles. Tiny scratches on the inside the bottles gave away the cheating.McLaren’s first report, released in July, led to more than 110 Russian athletes being banned from the Rio Olympics but also caused a major rift between the IOC and WADA.His latest report is a huge new blow to Russia, which is already battling to get back into the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) because of an earlier inquiry.Russia has said the earlier McLaren report lacked detail and needed more investigation. There are many doubters over Russian efforts however.The IAAF and WADA have kept up their suspensions of Russia.The IOC this week extended its sanctions over the Russian doping. It has two inquiries into Russian sport and doping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Following the McLaren report, the IOC said all 254 Russian urine samples from Sochi would be reexamined and that it had extended its inquiries to cover the 2012 London Olympics.Athletes from Russia and other East European states have dominated the list of cheats caught in new tests on 1,243 samples taken at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics.IOC medical director Richard Budgett said Wednesday that the tests are not finished with more doping failures to be reported in coming weeks.The IAAF is also re-analysing samples taken from world championships. It said three Russian doping failures have been found from the 2007 world championships in Osaka.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Russia hijacked international sport by using more than 1,000 athletes in an “institutional conspiracy” to win medals at the Sochi and London Olympics and other global events, a top investigator said Friday.Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, who has previously accused Russia of “state-sponsored” cheating, said in a new report for the World Anti-Doping Agency that he had confirmed the switching of samples at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 and that salt and coffee were used to manipulate samples.More than 1,000 athletes in the summer and winter Olympics and Paralympics “can be identified as being involved in or benefiting from manipulations to conceal positive testing”, his report said.Information on 695 Olympic athletes had been sent to sports federations. “Well known and elite level athletes” were among competitors whose tests were “falsified”.“A cover-up that evolved over the years from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalised and disciplined medal-winning strategy and conspiracy,” McLaren said as he introduced his report.Russia’s sports ministry again denied state backing for doping. But the report said the campaign that started about 2011 came under official control from 2012 under then sports minister Vitaly Mutko amid fears that the cheating would be detected.“An institutional conspiracy existed across summer and winter sports athletes who participated with Russian officials within the ministry of sport and its infrastructure,” said McLaren.“These activities were supported by senior Russian officials, including the minister and deputy minister of sport.” Corrupted Olympics About 30 sports including football were involved, officials added. But doping was rife in Russian athletics and weightlifting.Mutko, who has denied any involvement, was not personally named. He was barred from going to the Rio Olympics by the International Olympic Committee in August but has since been promoted to deputy prime minister by Russian President Vladimir Putin.McLaren told AFP in an interview that there was no evidence that Putin knew of the doping.“For years, international sports competitions have unknowingly been hijacked by the Russians,” he told a press conference however.“Coaches and athletes have been competing on an uneven field. Sports fans and spectators have been deceived.”last_img read more

The Evergreen State College’s Streamlined Teaching Program Aims to Empower Communities

first_imgFacebook141Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeAs kids and teachers learn and work from home during the pandemic, both may have a renewed appreciation for the physical gathering space a classroom provides. Though distance-learning technology makes digital classrooms possible, it also blurs the line between life and school. According to Sue Feldman, director of The Evergreen State College’s newly-redesigned Master in Teaching (MiT) program, teachers and schools have an opportunity to learn from this moment and to build a stronger community that supports students after the bell has rung (or after the window has closed).Since graduating from Evergreen’s MiT program in 1996, Au has gone on to write books like Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. Curriculum and Unequal by Design: High Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State CollegeFeldman says this work can involve teachers who see richness in the diversity of the school community and know how to find and share  community resources. “There should be a clear connection between students’ lives inside and outside school,” says Feldman. “Schools are a community asset. The more we can invite the community into schools, the better the schools are.” Evergreen’s redesigned MiT program aims to do just this.Bringing the Neighborhood Back TogetherIn addition to structural changes such as reducing time spent in the program from two years to just one, an emphasis on community building is central to every aspect. Whereas typical teacher education programs place one student-teacher with one experienced teacher for one term, Evergreen’s new placement model aims to connect groups of student-teachers with a school community.During this uncertain time families are looking to schools and teachers more than ever to provide support to students. Evergreen’s MiT program aims to equip teachers with the tools and abilities necessary to become community-connectors. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State College“We’re moving toward having a long-term partnership with local schools so that our students come as an asset to them,” says Feldman. “The school becomes a mentor site, where every teacher, para educator, administrator, student and parent in the school has something to contribute to an aspiring teacher’s practice.”Crowdsourcing knowledge across a school community in this way can be a lifesaver for new teachers who have so much to learn in such a short period of time. Wayne Au, an Evergreen MiT graduate and award-winning professor at University of Washington Bothell’s School of Educational Studies, says, “In addition to understanding subject matter, teachers need a disposition of critical self-reflection and growth, knowing and caring for their students and communities and a commitment to reaching as many kids as is humanly possible.” For those who have chosen teaching as their path, the gravity of Au’s words is not lost. Evergreen’s MiT program is poised to prepare aspiring teachers as best as possible with a network of support.Textbook EvergreenEvergreen’s redesigned MiT program will connect students to local schools, and their community. Shelby Rose, a student-teacher in the program works with students in Lincoln Options Elementary school in the fall of 2019. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State CollegeStudents of the redesigned MiT program will work closely with both fellow student-teachers and Evergreen’s expert faculty. A cutting-edge curriculum addressing equity in the education system (something that has long been a part of the program) remains central, as does an emphasis on showing aspiring teachers how to create curriculum relevant to all the students in their classrooms.As usual at Evergreen, the MiT program assesses student-teachers using a system of narrative evaluations from faculty instead of grades. This way, aspiring teachers can more easily see where they’ve improved over time and where they may need to focus their efforts to better support their own students. This feedback joins that from teachers in the placement school to help MiT students improve quickly and to minimize their chances of developing harmful teaching habits.The program has a long track record of successful graduates and a job placement rate of 100% over the past few years. The changes to the program aim to streamline the experience and better prepare teachers while graduating them faster and with less debt.While nobody knows for certain what education will look like after the dust of COVID-19 has settled for good, Au says, “I think teachers are going to come out of this much more valued than they have been in the past.” He adds, “If I’m being an optimist, this experience has expanded our horizons about what is possible.” Feldman agrees, saying, “We have an opportunity to think with schools about what new teachers need to know.”“We are learning all the time,” says Au. “The important thing is what we are learning.”Applications for Evergreen’s MiT program are open now through November 1. The first cohort of the redesigned program will begin classes in spring and summer quarters 2021.last_img read more

SAN PASQUAL STAKES QUOTES

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

SANTA ANITA OPENING DAY FANS TO BE TREATED TO POPULAR WALL CALENDAR ON DEC. 26 & MATHIS BROTHERS FURNITURE TO OFFER THE FIRST 20,000 FANS A $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE PLUS HOLIDAY TOYS TO 5,000 KIDS 17 & UNDER

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 22, 2015)–Santa Anita’s Winter Meet Opening Day, Saturday, Dec. 26, will offer fans much more than just world class Thoroughbred action in American racing’s most beautiful winter setting. In addition to four graded stakes, all on-track fans will receive the track’s traditional full color wall calendar, free with paid admission and Mathis Brothers Furniture, sponsor of the opening day Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) will provide the first 20,000 fans with a $100 gift certificate, redeemable at Mathis Brothers, one of America’s leading furniture retailers. Additionally, the first 5,000 kids, 17 and under, will receive a miniature Thoroughbred plush toy, courtesy of Mathis Brothers Furniture.In addition to the Mathis Brothers Mile, Santa Anita will also present a pair of Grade I, seven furlong stakes worth $300,000 each; the Malibu and the La Brea. The Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up at 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course, will round out the opening day stakes action.Santa Anita’s Vice President of Marketing, Nate Newby, noted that the partnership forged between The Great Race Place and Mathis Brothers Furniture has become synonymous with Opening Day.“We are thrilled to continue to grow our Opening Day partnership with Mathis Brothers,” said Newby. “They are (again) sponsoring the race but we’ve also developed a marketing partnership with promotions, contests, and giveaways that drive traffic to Santa Anita as well as to the Mathis Brothers flagship store just a few miles away in Ontario.“Plus, we love working with people like Bill Mathis, who is a horse owner and enthusiastic racing fan. It makes these types of partnerships more fun and generally more beneficial for both companies.”Themed “What’s In a Name,” the 2016 wall calendar will no doubt be in keen demand among racegoers everywhere as fans will be treated to monthly depictions of how notable Thoroughbreds, who have competed at The Great Race Place over a period of nine decades, have come to be named.Opening Day attendees are also encouraged to come in their “Holiday Best,” and participate in Santa Anita’s “Passion for Fashion” contest, which will reward the winner with a $2,500 gift certificate redeemable at Mathis Brothers Furniture.All fans 18 and over are eligible to sign up for “Passion for Passion” in the East Paddock Gardens near Champions! Gifts and Apparel. The top 10 “Passion” finalists will be announced before the Mathis Brothers Mile, with the winner taking home the $2,500 Mathis Brothers gift certificate and six passes to Santa Anita’s popular Winner’s Terrace, which adjoins the Winner’s Circle.Santa Anita’s popular Guest Chef Series will also return on Opening Day, with LA’s hottest culinary event taking place in the track’s luxurious Chandelier Room. Fans are encouraged to experience some of LA’s most innovative restaurants steeped in the timeless tradition of Thoroughbred racing in this one-of-a-kind event.Fans can enjoy an amazing menu created by LA’s own, The Church Key, and experience live music provided by the mult-talented James Torme’. Guest Chef Series tickets are on sale now at santaanita.com/chefseries.For more contest information on opening day at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE. ‘PASSION FOR FASHION’ CONTEST TO OFFER WINNER $2,500 MATHIS BROTHERS GIFT CERTIFICATE last_img read more