first_imgSANTA 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 or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

When Should a SoftwareSAAS Company BUY a Patent

first_imgFirst of all, I am not a patent attorney, but I know a little about their strategic use (and I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night). A recent news story got my attention, as I think it is a great example of when to buy a patent. This should be useful to any company seeking growth venture capital or growth equity.You may have heard of Groupon. If you haven’t, then read about it because it is a very interesting business model. The angle for any software or SAAS company is to learn about how (from my perspective) they are using patents to beat their competitors. Think of it this way, their business model and site is easy to replicate because they essentially have a great idea of how to bring coupon buying to local markets. The problem is they are widely successful, and so copycats are coming into their market really fast (maybe faster than Groupon can setup local market sites). So Groupon, in essence, has a real ‘execution risk’ to their business model…this is where buying patents comes in! It looks like Groupon really thought ahead and bought a patent issued in 2001 that covers some of what they do today (i.e. they did not file for it, nor discover the invention). They are now using it to fight off copycat sites. Pretty smart!So remember this: even if you don’t have a patent or you think you invented something new, talk to some patent brokers so you can possibly buy a patent that covers your technology.It could really help you ward of competitors, especially if your business model and technology is easy to replicate = execution risk. Where do you find a patent broker? Well there are several of them, but the leader in this space in my view is Ron Epstein’s IPotential. So long story short, think about patents and talk to a patent attorney or broker about them because they can really help you differentiate yourself from the pack. Just a few thoughts from a venture capital advisor who works with the OpenView portfolio of expansion stage companies.Here is a copy of the petition for you detail oriented folks. Ron Epstein’s Bio at IPotentialDisclaimer: This post is for informational and educational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice. Contact your attorney for legal advice. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more