KEEPER OFTHE STARS SPRINTS HOME TO WIN GRADE I, $300,000 GAMELY STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS CEDILLO BAGS HIS FOURTH WINNER OF THE DAY; TRAINED BY WONG, SHE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:46.43BASED IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, WONG REGISTERS FIRST-EVER GRADE I WIN ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2020)–Attentive to the pace throughout, Keeper Ofthe Stars took command turning for home and sprinted the length of the Santa Anita stretch to take Monday’s Grade I, 300,000 Gamely Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths, providing trainer Jonathan Wong with his first-ever Grade I win and jockey Abel Cedillo with his fourth win on the Memorial Day program.Breaking from the far outside in a field of 10 fillies and mares three and up, Keeper Ofthe Stars was quickly into contention as she tracked longshots Giza Goddess and Tiny Tina while saving ground in the two-path into and around the Club House turn.Well within herself leaving the three furlong pole, Keeper Ofthe Stars was asked for her best a quarter mile out, was three-deep turning for home and forged to the lead at the sixteenth pole while much the best on the day.“I’m over the moon right now!,” said Wong by phone from his Golden Gate Fields base, where he’s become the Bay Area track’s perennial leading trainer. “I’m really speechless. This is my first Grade I, so I’m off the schneid! Now that she’s learned to relax, the sky’s the limit with her. Kristin Mulhall is overseeing everything down there and she deserves all the credit, along with the whole crew.“This filly had been training so well and she got an amazing ride from Abel, he couldn’t have ridden her any better. She’s a really good filly. I thought she could’ve won a couple of those graded stakes at Del Mar (last summer), but her best races are in front of her. I couldn’t be any prouder.”A winner of the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes at a mile on turf here Feb. 22, Keeper Ofthe Stars was off at 7-1 and paid $16.60, $7.40 and $6.40.Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, Keeper Ofthe Stars, a 4-year-old filly by Midnight Lute, out of the Run Away and Hide mare Sociable, notched her first Grade I win and now has seven wins from 15 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $180,000, she increased her earnings to $501,931.“She’s better if somebody is in front of her, she likes to follow,” said Cedillo, who now trails Flavien Prat 62-51 in the Santa Anita rider standings. “If she has a target, she is better. Last time I rode her in the Grade II (Buena Vista), I noticed that, so I tried to do the same thing today. I think this was her best race.”English-bred Bodhicitta rallied from far back while wide-out through the lane to nip Mucho Unusual by a nose for the place under Prat. Off at 14-1, Bodhicitta paid $13.60 and $8.00.The lone California-bred in the field, Mucho Unusual finished a length clear of Beautiful Lover and paid $5.60 with Umberto Rispoli up at 8-1.French-bred Etoile, who was making her U.S. debut for trainer Chad Brown, trailed the field while far back heading into the far turn and was never a factor while finishing eighth as the 8-5 favorite.Fractions on the race were 23.22, 47.20, 1:11.03 and 1:35.00.Racing will resume with a three-day on Friday at Santa Anita with first post time at 12:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or through Xpressbet.com. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
When it comes to saving on airline travel, most of the “hacks” we read about involve relatively common ideas, such as accumulating airline miles via credit card offers or using travel apps to find the best fares.If you’re looking for real hacks, however – the sort that airlines prefer you’d not know, then read on.But please don’t tell everyone about them – we’d like to continue benefiting from these loopholes before the airlines shut them down.Take Advantage of the Hub & Spoke System for Killer Low FaresMost major carriers function on a hub and spoke system, with “hub” cities serving as the origination point for many non-stop flights, and the “spoke” cities connecting through them.For example, United Airlines uses (among others) Houston, Chicago, Newark, Cleveland as its hubs and connects most flights through them.So, you can’t fly San Antonio to Chicago non-stop; you’ll probably need to connect in Houston if you’re flying United.This means the airlines can dramatically jack-up fares in hub cities, since they’re busy flight connection points.If I want to fly non-stop to Houston on United, I’ll pay almost twice as much as I would if I took a flight with connections.A flight to nearby College Station or Austin, TX would cost hundreds of dollars less even though I have to connect in Houston, anyhow.It makes little sense, except that United has a stranglehold on its Houston hub.Don’t despair, however – there’s a way to get to a hub city on the cheap.Let’s say you want to fly from St. Louis to Atlanta, GA non-stop, but notice fares are expensive (that shouldn’t be a surprise – Atlanta is a Delta hub).Consider buying a flight to a nearby city that connects in Atlanta via Delta, instead. For example, try pricing flights to Savannah or Augusta, GA.These flights will be routed non-stop on Delta from St. Louis to their Atlanta hub non-stop, which means you can just disembark in Atlanta and ignore the second segment to Savannah!Bam! You’ve just saved hundreds of dollars and get to fly non-stop.Other hub cities include NY-JFK for Delta; Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles for American; and Charlotte and Phoenix for US Airways.If you’re flying to any of these (or Houston, Newark, SFO and Cleveland as mentioned in the United example), try pricing tickets to nearby cities, instead.Such examples include a United flight to Providence connecting in Newark (I recently saved $250 on a ticket to NYC this way), or a flight to Santa Barbara on American connecting in LAX (I’ve gotten countless cheap tickets to LA this way).A couple of caveats: Buy your ticket one-way. This doesn’t work with round-trip fares, since the airline will cancel your ticket if you don’t show for the second segment.Also, you can only travel with carry-ons, otherwise you risk your bag being sent to the “final” second-segment destination.If you’re willing to accommodate one-way travel with carry-on luggage, however, it’s the surest way to very deep discounts.Use Same-Day Flight Changes for Cheap SeatsYou really want a 7 PM flight, but the 1 PM is $200 cheaper. Do you pony up the extra cash for the more desirable time, or take the cheaper, less desirable flight time?The answer involves a little simple math and homework.First, it’s important to know that many airlines will enable you to make same-day flight changes for about $50. (Some, such as Southwest, don’t charge anything at all.) Check your airline’s policy on this.Next, check online to see how many seats are available on the more expensive flight you’d really like.If it appears a good number of seats are available, consider buying the cheaper fare – but then changing it to the more desirable one the day of the flight.For example, I wanted to buy a flight home for Sunday evening that would cost $400. The Sunday morning flight, on the other hand, cost only $200.The simple solution would be to buy the cheaper, early flight, and then change to the flight I really want the day of travel.I spent $200 by buying the cheaper early flight, and shelled out an extra $50 for the flight change.That totals $250 – or a full $150 less than I would’ve paid if I just bought the evening flight outright!The catch: You MUST change your flight prior to your original departure time; if not, your ticket may be cancelled.Also, seats must be available on your desired flight, so check seat maps often.Janet Al-Saad is the founder of personal finance website FiveTenTwentyClub.com, which helps you learn to reach your financial goals on less. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigation
Clark County Environmental Services and the Washington State University Extension service will offer workshops to teach homeowners simple well and septic system maintenance, which organizers hope will help homeowners save a bit of money.The next workshop is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. March 13 in Hazel Dell. The exact location is provided upon registering.Workshop participants will have the opportunity to get certified to do their own gravity-fed septic system inspections. They’ll receive hands-on training, reference materials and tips on maintenance.An expert from Clark County Public Health will certify participants to do their own home septic inspections, conduct a demonstration inspection, and will answer questions and offer advice.Participants must register to attend, and the workshop costs $15.For more information and to sign up, visit the extension service’s website at https://extension.wsu.edu/clark or call 564-397-5729.The next workshops are June 26, July 24 and Dec. 11. All will run from 6 to 9 p.m.