BAFFERT’S MCKALE RUNS LIGHTS OUT FROM RAIL AND TAKES $59,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH, GETTING 6 ½ FURLONGS WITH VAN DYKE IN 1:15.65 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2020)–Idle since Sept. 6, Bob Baffert’s McKale blasted off from his rail post position and was completely dominant in winning Friday’s $59,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by three quarters of a length. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, McKale got 6 ½ furlongs in a rapid 1:15.65.Although he broke a bit sluggishly, McKale was quickly into stride and made the lead easily out of the chute, maintaining a two-length advantage to the quarter pole over Seven Scents and then kept late running Manhattan Up at bay late.“He ran fast, but he’d been working really well,” said Baffert, who indicated McKale would have several options as to when and where he would make his next start. “We gave him some time (off) and he came back good. He needed a little freshening.”A well beaten fourth in a six furlong allowance at Los Alamitos Sept. 6, McKale, a 5-year-old Maryland-bred gelding by Congrats, was off as the 3-2 favorite in a field of six older horses and paid $5.00, $3.60 and $2.40.Owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman, McKale, who is out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Lofty Lizzy, collected his third win from 10 starts and with the winner’s share of $35,400, increased his earnings to $132,900.Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Manhattan Up saved ground while next to last at the rail a quarter mile out and finished well as clearly second best. Off at 5-1, Manhattan Up finished 1 ¼ lengths clear of Royal Trump and paid $5.40 and $3.00.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Royal Trump, who finished 4 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Pepe Tono, was off at 2-1 and paid $2.20 to show.Fractions, all set by the winner, were 21.97, 44.94 and 1:09.27.First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m., with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Tourism Australia (TA) has collaborated with ICEHOUSE singer Iva Davies to create a new online video for the popular Aussie anthem, ‘Great Southern Land’, originally written in 1981. The new clip has been uploaded to Tourism Australia’s Facebook page and celebrates the 30th anniversary of the inspirational tune, according to TA managing director Andrew McEvoy. “This clip will be shared with online audiences over the world including with Tourism Australia’s 3.4 million Facebook fans – to reignite some of the passion and emotional connection that people feel towards Australia when they hear this song,” Mr McEvoy said. “We know from research that more and more travellers are turning to word-of-mouth and online media for holiday inspiration and collaborating with advocates like Iva Davies and our 160 Friends of Australia ambassadors is a powerful way for Tourism Australia to reach new audiences.” The video features iconic Australian landmarks from across the country including; Uluru, Kangaroo Island, Parliament House in Canberra, Federation Square in Melbourne, Sydney’s Bondi Beach, Chinatown, Taronga Zoo and more. The clip also features appearances by well-known Australian music artists Eskimo Joe, Katie Noonan, Cut Copy, Muscles, Jonathan Boulet, Young Talent Time, Van She, The Sydney Philharmonic Choir and more. “It is really humbling that so many Australians including artists that I respect, have taken the time to come together to form this amazing clip for Tourism Australia, showcasing the beautiful destinations Australia has to offer the world,” Mr Davies said. “There’s a real sense of the land in this song, you can see wide open plains and red earth, huge skies and isolation whenever you hear it,” Eskimo Joe’ Stuart MacLeod,” said. “There is so much mystery in the music, and I think that’s what drew me to it from an early age.” ICEHOUSE’s 1982 album, Primitive Man, which features the song Great Southern Land, sold over 650,000 copies when it was first released in Australia on the and remains popular today. Check out the new clip below and let us know what you think in the comments section. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T