SANTA ANITA DERBY WINNER ROADSTER, IDLE SINCE KENTUCKY DERBY, HEADS SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 AFFIRMED STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES BAFFERT HAS POWERFUL THREE-CARD HAND THAT INCLUDES MUCHO GUSTO & KINGLYARCADIA, Calif. (June 12, 2019)–Bob Baffert holds a powerful three-card hand as his Santa Anita Derby winning Roadster, Mucho Gusto and Kingly loom large among a field of six sophomores in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita. Named for Harbor View Farm’s homebred Triple Crown Champion of 1978, the Affirmed will be contested at a mile and one sixteenth.ROADSTEROwner: Speedway Stable, LLCTrainer: Bob BaffertAn authoritative half length winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 6, this Quality Road colt was never a factor over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs, finishing 16thin the Kentucky Derby on May 4. Sidelined due to an entrapped epiglottis following a third place finish as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 3, Roadster came back running three starts back for Baffert on March 1, as he tried two turns for the first time in a 2 ½ length allowance win at a one mile. Although ridden by Florent Geroux in the Run for the Roses, he’ll be reunited with Mike Smith, who had ridden him in his first four starts, in Sunday’s Affirmed. The leading money winner in the field with $706,200, he has three wins from five starts.MUCHO GUSTOOwner: Michael Lund PetersenTrainer: Bob BaffertOff as the prohibitive 1-2 favorite, this Kentucky-bred colt by Mucho Macho Man annexed his third graded stakes win on May 18, as he cut back in distance off of a disappointing third in the Grade III, 1 1/8 mile Sunland Derby to take the Grade III, seven furlong Lazaro Barrera Stakes here by 3 ¼ lengths. A 4 ¾ length winner of the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes going 1 1/16 miles three starts back on Feb. 2, Mucho Gusto could prove an elusive front-running target under regular rider Joe Talamo.KINGLYOwner: Clearview Stables, LLC, RAC O4 Racing, LLC and Michael MeeganTrainer: Bob BaffertA first out maiden winner going six furlongs at Del Mar on Dec. 1, this son of Tapit comes off a third place finish to Affirmed rival Visitant in the one mile Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on May 19. A half length victor over Visitant two starts back in the 1 1/8 mile California Derby on April 27, Kingly is 5-2-2-1 and will be ridden by Mario Gutierrez for the third consecutive time. With his last three starts coming on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate, he’ll return to Santa Anita’s main track for the first time since Jan. 31, when he was third as the 8-5 favorite in a one mile allowance over a sloppy track.VISITANTOwner: Williamson Racing, LLCTrainer: John F. MartinA winner of three out his four starts, all at Golden Gate, this homebred colt by Ghostzapper rallied from off the pace to win the one mile Alcatraz on May 19 by 1 ¼ lengths, earning an Affirmed-best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 91. With regular rider William Antongeorgi in town to ride, it would appear Visitant will have plenty of pace to run at as he gets a major test for class.THE GRADE III AFFIRMED STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4:35 p.m. PTVisitant–William Antongeorgi–122Always Forgiven–Kent Desormeaux–120Manhattan Up–Tiago Pereira–120Kingly–Mario Gutierrez–122Roadster–Mike Smith–124Mucho Gusto–Joe Talamo–124First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
The Yudja are one of many indigenous groups who call Brazil’s Amazon rainforest home. For decades, they’ve sustainably managed their community forest, relying on it for food, shelter and livelihoods.Yet like many forest communities around the world, the Yudja now face unprecedented threats in the form of new roads, hydroelectric dams, mines and more. What will become of them and the forests they inhabit?The StoryMap below provides an inside look at the Yudja—their culture, their forests and the challenges they face—through interactive maps, photos and more. It also examines community forests globally, including the role they play in protecting biodiversity, preserving livelihoods and curbing climate change.Click on the image below for a multimedia tour of the Yudja and their forests.Click on the image to launch the StoryMap.
Go back to the e-newsletterConfident in the island’s diverse offerings of surf, sun, culture, adventure and scenic splendour, and its year-round warm tropical climate, the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) recently unveiled its winter season events calendar.Health, wellness, sports and gastronomy are just some of the themes on the winter calendar this year, reinforcing the island as a destination of choice for all kinds of travellers, whether seeking fun and adventure, or relaxation and luxury.As an all-year destination Mauritius boasts exquisite white sand beaches, amazing scenery, fun and adventure, water sports, a variety of cuisine, premier beachside hotels, distinguished golf villas and extravagant luxury apartments – not to mention warm and welcoming people and a diverse blend of culture.From this perspective the Mauritius 2016 Winter Calendar offers an abundance of activities, showcasing a variety of thriving and diverse travel and tourism offerings across the island.March – CultureWith the Christian holiday of Easter right around the corner, and the Hindu Maha Shivaratree festival set to mark the convergence of Shiva and Shakti, the fusion of religion and culture is the first of many exciting experiences about to enfold on the island.April – Mauritius365For every 365 days in the year, there is something new to do in Mauritius. The Mauritius365 campaign will highlight that there is something for every kind of traveller to do every day of the year.May – GolfMay shifts the focus to golf with the AfraAsia Bank of Mauritius Open Golf Tournament taking place at Anahita, the Asia Gold Fam Trip and the MCB Ocean Amateur Golf cup following shortly after.June – Sports and wellnessJune will welcome an estimated 3000 additional visitors to the island for the World Rugby 10s. If you are a tennis fan, The Mary Pierce Indian Ocean Series tennis tournament will see a legion of strong female athletes competing to improve their world rankings. For those who prefer something on the calmer, more spiritual side of things, the Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) will host a lifestyle and health conference on the island aligning with International Yoga Day, on 21 June 2016.July – Trek, trails and marathonsAthletes and adrenaline junkies will flock to the mountainous landscapes of the island throughout the month of July to partake in various treks, trails and marathons across the island – some covering as long a distance as 100 kilometres on foot.August – GastronomyAs winter draws to a close, August will bring to the island gastronomic feast fit for a king, or any self-respecting foodie, with festivals and gatherings offering up the finest in local cuisine, creole cooking, international chefs and tastings of the very best of Mauritian rum from across the land.September – CyclingIf you’re not ready to bid farewell to the island paradise, September is cycling month. In an attempt to promote the interior of Mauritius, organisers have mapped out cycle tours fit for MAMILS (middle-aged men in lycra) and ladies alike. Whether golf, yoga, cycling, gastronomy, trekking, shopping, working on your tan, or combining any of these with productive meetings and conferences, the island of Mauritius has so much to offer every type of traveller. This tropical dream is the most beautiful island you can experience and the only destination you will want to revisit again and again.Go back to the e-newsletter