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‘Galloping Grandma’ Sue Martin Going Strong At Age 63; Part Of Fund-Raising Event Sunday…

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare HENDERSON, Ky. (Saturday, August 26, 2017) — They call her the Galloping Grandma. But that doesn’t do Sue Martin justice. The jockey recently became a great-grandmother for the seventh time, with another on the way.Martin, mother of seven and grandmother of 18, is 63. She didn’t ride any races Friday afternoon. But that morning at Ellis Park she got on 10 horses in training and took racehorses to the post in the afternoon. On August 13, she won Ellis’ first race aboard Golden Fire Fly, trained by her husband, Wayne Martin. The victory gave Sue her second of 2017, to go with one at Tampa Bay Downs, the most races she’s won in a year since capturing four in 1990, after which she quit riding racehorses for 17 years while raising their youngest child.“It’s absolutely amazing,” Martin said. “It’s all in the Lord’s hands. When I win a race, it’s something God has orchestrated, because I just go along with whatever His plan is…. When I’m blessed with a win, I know it’s a blessing from the Lord.”She added with a laugh, “It’s nothing I did because I’m such a great jockey. I’m just hanging on. The horse, my husband and the Lord, they get the credit. I’m just along for the ride.”Martin will be among the jockeys interacting with the public Sunday as Ellis Park celebrates PDJF Day to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Activities will take place between the paddock and the paddock pavilion, including jockey autograph sessions throughout the races and a dunk tank where fans can throw balls to drop jockeys, paddock analyst Joe Kristufek and other brave souls into the water.Raffle tickets will be sold for cool jockey and racing memorabilia, including a saddle with the jockeys’ autographs. Fans will be able to purchase for a $5 donation a group photo of the Ellis jockey colony, PDJF t-shirt or jockey goggles to get signed by riders.Martin officially began riding in 1973. She’s had very limited opportunities throughout her career, while also racing quarter horses, Appaloosas and Arabians during which time she earned the nickname Crazy Sue. During her 17-year hiatus, she did compete in 25-mile endurance races in Florida, where the Martins spent winters breaking babies.How tough is Martin? She delivered her first two children at the hospital but didn’t like getting anesthesia. So she had the next four at home, with Wayne overseeing delivery. She had one more child at the hospital. An hour later, she was at Taco Bell with Wayne picking up dinner for the kids at home. Who wants to cook after you’ve just had a baby? One year, she was working as an exercise rider in New York for Johnny Campo up until her eighth month of pregnancy.“I think it’s great that she can still do it,” Wayne Martin said. “I don’t push my owners to ride her, because it’s not right, just because she’s galloping them and she’s my wife. Sometimes it’s a first-time starter, I say, ‘Let Sue right the horse.’ Because then I can learn what’s going on with the horse. She can come back and tell me a lot more (than other riders).“… They really do respect her. I don’t think they give her anything. They don’t give her any more than they would anyone else.”Said Sue: “And I don’t ask for anything. If I can’t go out there and ride with them, I’ll just gallop. I’ll quit riding. It’s not fair to expect them to get out of my way or leave the rail open. It’s a horse race. Everybody is in it to win.”How long does she expect to ride?“As long as the Lord wants me to,” she said. “Every time I get on a horse I say, ‘Lord, one more time. Here we go!’”McMahon sidelined for Saturday; back riding SundayJockey C.J. McMahon, who in Friday’s fifth race gained his first victory at Ellis since his recent return to the Kentucky circuit after four years away, missed riding Saturday after a horse flipped on him at Churchill Downs during morning training. His agent, Joe Santos Jr., said McMahon actually worked another horse after the mishap but found his ankle a bit swollen when he removed his boot. He said McMahon had it checked out by a doctor, who told the jockey to ice it down and the ankle will be fine.“He’ll be good to ride Sunday,” Santos said.McMahon, now almost 23, set a Lone Star Park record for wins (98) in a season last summer. He rode at Gulfstream Park’s summer meet this year for the time before moving on to Kentucky at the suggestion of trainer John Hancock. This is McMahon’s second go-round in Kentucky, having ridden here and Indiana for a few months in 2013 after launching his career to great fanfare in 2011 in his native Louisiana. He has won more than 200 races each of the past two seasons.McMahon, the son of former quarter-horse jockey Charles McMahon, missed out on the bush-track era in Louisiana’s famed Cajun Country. But he still got up at 4:30 in the mornings to feed horses, muck stalls, galloping 12 horses, grooming them and then going to school. The jockey says he’s a different person than when he rode in Kentucky as a 17-year-old, when he at times struggled to handle success in an adult fashion.“I have a goal, my focus,” he said. “My whole outlook, not just on horse racing, but life in general. I want to do well for my family. I watched my mom do three jobs to put my brother and myself through school…. Don’t stop believing in yourself, keep pushing forward. But it’s all part of growing up, and just being young. I had an attitude, kind of had a big head. But I’m grounded now. I’m humble and thankful God gave me another shot.”Saez finishing meet strongGabriel Saez also has returned to Kentucky after five years away while riding in Delaware and New York. Saez won Saturday’s first race on the Wes Hawley-trained Cape Diva to take over third in the Ellis standings with 14 victories.“Business is coming along, trying to get on better horses and win a few more races and finish up strong,” he said. “I went to New Orleans over the winter and was riding for most of the people here in Kentucky. I decided just to come and give it a try again. It’s been a good, successful summer. I’d just like to keep it up. I’ve been riding a bit for everybody, including Steve Asmussen again. I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve been getting again.”Albarado, Hernandez gone Saturday to ride at SaratogaRobby Albarado and Brian Hernandez were at Saratoga Saturday to ride in the Travers Stakes; Albarado on Grade 1 Haskell winner Girvin and Hernandez on McCraken, who finished a nose back in the Haskell.“He’s doing so good, the horse, training-wise,” Albarado said of the Joe Sharp-trained Girvin, the Louisiana Derby winner under Mike Smith. “He worked his best work the other day, from what Joe said. He worked in 59 (for five-eighths of a mile), just so easy and within himself. He’s going into the Travers in his best form. I tell you, I wouldn’t trade places with anyone.”The Haskell was the first time Albarado rode Girvin, who finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby in his only finish worse than second. ‘They really do respect her. I don’t think they give her anything. They don’t give her any more than they would anyone else,’ Wayne Martin on his wifelast_img read more

California wants to hire more cannabis cops to get a handle on black market marijuana

first_imgThe Sacramento Bee 2 June 2020Family First Comment: But weren’t we told that legalisation would free up police resources?It’s a myth!#saynopetodope#VoteNOCalifornia’s Bureau of Cannabis Control is looking to beef up its law enforcement presence.The bureau in a new state budget request is asking lawmakers to let it build an 87-member police force that would enforce the 2016 law voters passed legalizing recreational cannabis. It’d create the law enforcement branch by absorbing 58 positions from another department, and hiring 29 more cannabis cops.The department is trying to contain a black market that pervades the state three years after California’s first recreational marijuana stores opened.In 2019, the bureau seized nearly 24 tons of illicit cannabis, while the California Highway Patrol in 2018 seized more than 80 tons.Black market cannabis operators made an estimated $8.3 billion in sales in 2019, compared to the $3.1 billion the legal market made, according to projections from BDS Analytics and Arcview Market Research.“Investigators have seized millions in untested products, including cannabis flower, edibles, tinctures, concentrates — all bypassing the state’s testing and labeling requirements,” said George Tiongson, president of the California Association of Criminal Investigators, an affiliate of the union that represents employees the bureau’s employees.READ MORE: https://www.sacbee.com/article243061066.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Sun-seekers spark emergency incident at UK beach

first_imgBritain has been hard hit by the global coronavirus outbreak, recording the worst death toll in Europe so far. BOURNEMOUTH, United Kingdom – An English seaside resort declared a major incident Thursday after thousands of people flocked to the beach on the hottest day of the year so far, despite the threat of coronavirus. Their arrival resulted in gridlock on the roads, widespread illegal parking, piles of rubbish as well as anti-social behavior including drunken fights, they said. Temperatures rose to a record 33.3 degrees Celsius (91.94 degrees Fahrenheit) at Heathrow Airport in west London, a day after highs of 32.6 C saw huge crowds flock to the coast. Visiting the beach is permitted after a nationwide coronavirus lockdown was eased, but people are still being urged to avoid large crowds, and pubs and restaurants do not open until July 4. Beachgoers enjoy the sunshine as they sunbathe and play in the sea on Bournemouth beach in Bournemouth, southern England, on June 25, 2020.AFP Council leader Vikki Slade said Bournemouth was not ready to receive so many visitors and urged people to stay away. But the local authorities in Bournemouth said they were “appalled” at the scenes on its beaches, as the sunny weather saw an influx of thousands of people. Infection rates have fallen significantly, but the health ministry on Thursday recorded another 149 deaths among confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 43,230. (AFP)last_img read more

Rockwell councilman chosen as GOP candidate for Cerro Gordo County Recorder

first_imgMASON CITY — Larry Wentz has been chosen to be the Republican candidate for Cerro Gordo County Recorder. Cerro Gordo County Republicans held a special convention on Tuesday, choosing Wentz over T. J. Shovein for the November ballot. Wentz is currently serving in his third term as a Rockwell city councilman. Wentz has also been president of the Rockwell Economic Development Committee for two years, board member of the Linn Grove Recreational Pool Board for four years, and a Public Safety Committee representative for four years. Wentz is a regional service manager for Vereco LLC, supporting Trinity Health and MercyOne locations throughout the region. Wentz will face Democrat AnnMarie Legler in the November general election. Legler has worked for Cerro Gordo County for 13 years, five in the Treasurer’s office, with the last eight in the Recorder’s office. The winner in November will fill the remaining two years of Colleen Pearce’s term. Pearce retired on June 30th after more than 30 years as the County Recorder.last_img read more