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first_imgHARD NOT TO LOVE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH WHO REGISTERS HIS RECORD-TYING 216TH CAREER GRADE I WIN; TRAINED BY SHIRREFFS, SHE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:22.17 ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2019)–Lightly raced and cast in her first Grade I assignment, Hard Not to Love rallied from well off the pace to register a 2 ¼ length win over odds-on favorite Bellafina in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by John Shirreffs, Hard Not to Love got seven furlongs in 1:22.17 while providing Smith with his 216th career Grade I win, tying him with retired Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey.Last with three furlongs to run, Hard Not to Love made an eye catching run around the far turn and collared Bellafina, who had fought off a serious challenge from Mother Mother, inside the sixteenth pole to win going away as Smith emulated Bailey’s horizontal “Cigar” fist pump at the wire.In her first pairing with Smith, Hard Not to Love, who took a six furlong allowance here by three quarters of a length on Oct. 25, was off at 11-1 and paid $25.20, $6.60 and $4.20.Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Mercedes Stables, Hard Not to Love, an Ontario-Canadian-bred daughter of Hard Spun, picked up $180,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $288,480.  Out of the Vindication mare Loving Vindication, Hard Not to Love now has four wins from five overall starts.Bellafina, who took charge coming out of the chute and onto the course proper, was challenged around the far turn by Mother Mother, who got on terms with her a quarter mile out.  Although she shook clear of Mother Mother a furlong from home, her chances were compromised to the extent she was no match for the winner late.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Bellafina, who was off at 3-5, finished one length in front of Mother Mother and paid $2.40 and $2.10.Ridden by Joel Rosario, Mother Mother, who finished 4 ½ lengths clear of First Star, was off at 6-1 and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.70, 44.41 and 1:09.31.last_img read more

5 schools get grants for improvement

first_imgDesert Willow’s plan calls for addressing the areas of teacher training, teacher collaboration and providing services to students, Pitts said. The new money will help Desert Willow start new programs such as a math remediation program and AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, a college-prep program that targets middle-of-the-road students, Pitts said. The schools must achieve “significant growth” of at least 10 points on the Academic Performance Index over three years and positive growth in two of the past three years that they participate in the program. Schools that fail to improve will be required to undertake further corrective action to improve student achievement. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Five Antelope Valley schools are among more than 400 statewide to split $101 million from a state program to help low-performing schools. Antelope, Daisy Gibson and Lake Los Angeles elementary schools in the Keppel Union School District; Mariposa School in the Lancaster School District; and Desert Willow Intermediate in the Palmdale School District will be getting more than $1.2 million from the High Priority Schools Grant program. “We are very excited about this grant. This grant will help us improve our performance without a doubt,” Desert Willow Principal Thomas Pitts said. Last year the five schools received $50,000 each in High Priority funds to develop plans to improve student achievement. This year’s grants will allow the schools to implement the plans. Antelope, Daisy Gibson and Lake Los Angeles will get $116,000, $255,200 and $208,800, respectively; Mariposa will receive $299,600; and Desert Willow, $336,000. Schools with approved plans would receive $400 per student per year for up to four years. This round of High Priority Schools Grant funding is intended to help schools in the bottom half of the state’s Academic Performance Index ranking from 2005. The grants provide additional resources to target student performance. “These grants are designed to help tens of thousands of additional students in low-performing schools,” state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said. “This much-needed money will help schools implement effective action plans and provide critical resources to help students succeed.” last_img read more