By James RomanoCOLTS NECK – Century Stables, one of the declining number of thoroughbred breeding farms in Monmouth County, is for sale. Located on County Road 537, the estate home possesses 50-plus acres of gated land.Once the front gate opens, a long, tree lined driveway lies ahead. Light posts enliven the asphalt path as a pond, with an immaculate fountain, is situated directly to the right.Not only does the home have a great view of the surge the fountain produces in the front of the property, but also sites of rolling grassy fields with paddocks, a 20-stall barn, a caretaker’s cottage, a gazebo, and a children’s play house are visible.The naturally-lit home includes living spaces that hold high ceilings on both levels. The Cinderella staircase accompanied by a banquet-sized dining room, great room with wet bar, wood-burning fireplace, and 40-foot long kitchen would catch any real estate connoisseur’s eye.Judith Kent Sessa, 82, is the owner of Century Stables. She and her late husband bred countless thoroughbreds over the 35-year-span since they have owned the property. “I can no longer keep it. I used to have 50 horses here and now I am down to five,” Sessa said. “I am 82 years old and I don’t need all this expense now.”Sessa would love to still be involved in the horse breeding business. Once the remaining five are sold, no more horses will be kept at Century Stables unless the new owner keeps it a breeding farm. Sessa has six children who live in Florida, but they do not wish to continue their parents’ work, as five of them are not involved in the horseracing world.“Many nice horses have come through here,” Sessa said. “At one time, we had 25 mares having babies.” The property is certainly able to house numerous horses and their offspring.Elden Klayman, DVM, an equine veterinarian and owner of Colts Head Veterinary Services, has been taking care of Century Stables bred horses since 1985. “It’s just another farm that we may never get back,” Klayman said. “When you lose a farm, the value is in the property. It is real estate that can be developed.”Judith Kent Sessa, 82, is the owner of Centur y Stables. She and her late husband bred countless thorough- breds over the 35-year-span since they have owned the property. Photo: James Romano“The thoroughbred breeding industry has not been at its highest level for awhile now,” Karyn Malinowski, Ph.D., professor and director at Rutgers University Equine Science Center, said. “The Thoroughbred Breeder’s Association and breeding incentive awards have almost become nonexistent.”New Jersey horse racing farms, owners, breeders, and trainers simply cannot compete with surrounding states, such as Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania, that have casino gaming income. In these neighboring states, slots at the racetrack fund the purses for the racing industry in that state. As a result, owners and trainers are racing their horses more often in those states.“There’s only racing 2 or 3 days a week here,” Sessa said. “Jersey-bred horses don’t race enough. The tracks even encourage trainers and horses from other states to come race.”Racehorses in New Jersey, other than Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah who is running in the $1.75 million William Hill Haskell Sunday, do not have the greatest track records.“If racing isn’t coming back, people won’t be breeding,” Sessa said.“It would be a dream come true if another horse breeder came here, but there are so few nowadays,” Sessa said. “It’s been wonderful and I loved every minute of it. It’s time to move on.”Sessa has lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida since she was 10 years-old. She would venture north to Century Stables in the summer when racing was affluent. The acreage has been strictly used for summer stays and breeding only.
The Beaver Valley Nitehawks have only had a few days to enjoy the 2012 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League championship and already there’s rumbling of team wanting to move.League president Bill Ohlhausen confirmed earlier this week that the Revelstoke Grizzlies, who are only two years removed from winning the league title, are requesting to sell the franchise to 100 Mile House.“That’s right,” Ohlhausen told The Nelson Daily Wednesday.“(Revelstoke) has sent a sale and relocation document to all the KIJHL teams and that request came from Revelstoke Grizzlies Michael Roberts,” added Ohlhausen.The move isn’t as cut and dry according to Ohlhausen. Revelstoke needed to make application by the March 1 deadline.Now the franchise needs more than 50 per cent support from the remaining 19 teams to allow the team to move.The vote will be held during the May 6 league meeting.Ohlhausen admits to knowing about this potential move as early as February but was sworn to secrecy.“I saw it coming down the pipe but was unable to disclose any information due to confidentiality,” he said.The new team, called 100 Mile House Wranglers, have their own website, logo and have announced a spring camp taking place April 13–15.The Revelstoke Grizzlies first came to Revelstoke in 1991 and were sold to a private ownership group in 2006.The team, under the guidance of Troy Mick, defeated the Nelson Leafs in five games to capture the 2010 KIJHL title.Revelstoke went on to also win the Cyclone Taylor and Keystone Cups.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Keith DiDonato has been appointed as the new chief advancement officer of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Starting on May 20, DiDonato will lead and develop the CFAES Office of Advancement, which includes fundraising, alumni relations, and marketing communications.Currently the associate vice president for development at The College of Wooster, DiDonato oversees the major and planned giving programs, annual giving, and the parents and family giving program. In that role, he is directly involved with the largest fundraising year in the history of the institution, adding $40 million to the school’s campaign.DiDonato also worked as the director of leadership giving at Oberlin College, where he was directly responsible for approximately $60 million added to the Oberlin Illuminate campaign, which ended in 2016 with a record $317 million. Prior to that, he worked at Cargill Corporation in the Animal Nutrition Division.DiDonato received a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State, served on the Emerging Leaders Campaign Committee for CFAES, and was elected to the Conference for Developing the Future of Agricultural Education in Ohio for the Ohio Department of Education.“Keith brings extensive fundraising, donor relations, stewardship management, and leadership experiences to the college,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. “Keith is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University, specifically CFAES, where he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity and chair of their alumni association’s fundraising committee.”“I am honored to lead the advancement goals for CFAES and to work to advance the significant research and outreach that our college does on behalf of Buckeye Nation,” DiDonato said. “My goal is to capitalize on our strengths to continue to create awareness and engagement to support our impact, mission and relevance at Ohio State.”
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES ‘Disappointed’ Amit says Centeno deserves the gold LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison of the Philippines battles Ardian Prayogo Dinggo of Indonesia in the finals of the men’s -74kg of the 29th Southeast Asian Games taekwondo competition. Morrisson prevailed to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine taekwondo team scored a gold through an emotional Samuel Morrison but lost one after a questionable decision on Arven Alcantara Sunday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games at KLCC Hall 1 here.Morrison, motivated by his promise to his deceased grandmother, didn’t hide his tears after blasting Dinggo Ardian Prayogo, 28-18, in the men’s 74-kilogram or lightweight division.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “Sorry,” said Morrison as he broke down before Filipino media at mixed zone. “I got very affected. I was thinking about her all day today.”Morrison said he went to the grave of his maternal grandmother, Rosario Barrios, before flying here promising to win the gold for her.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt had almost the same level of emotions as far as Alcantara is concerned after he was disqualified in the final against hometown bet Rozaimi Bin Rozali in the men’s -68kg or featherweight.The Philippine team were up in arms after the referee raised the Malaysian’s hand via “referee punitive declaration.” Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games The score was tied at 17 and with only seconds left in the third and final round when the referee arbitrarily decided the fight, which drew uproar from the big crowd.But coach Japoy Lizardo said there were only eight ganyeums (violations) called. Ten would be automatic disqualification.“That’s why he went for turning long kick and then fall,” said Lizardo. A fall is meted with one ganyeum.Pauline Lopez, former champion in her division women’s -62kg, fell to Vietnamese Ha Thu Nguyen, 4-3, in the semis and settled for bronze.The Philippines, thus, garnered one gold, one silver and one bronze on the first day of taekwondo competitions. Three more jins will action on Monday including Olympian Kirstie Elaine Alora.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
PITTSBURGH — Maybe it’s time to stop treating the Chicago Cubs like they’re too young to be here.The stage they seemingly weren’t ready for now seems hardly big enough to contain them. Not with Jake Arrieta dealing. Not with a group of 20-somethings in the field that play with swagger and confidence. Not with a manager adept at keeping the minds of his rapidly maturing team decidedly clutter-free.Watch out baseball, the Cubs — yes, the Cubs — are ahead of schedule. And the timetable only seems to be picking up speed for Joe Maddon’s bunch.Arrieta allowed four hits in nine dominant innings and Chicago rolled to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL wild-card game on Oct. 7. Arrieta struck out 11 without a walk. He also dusted himself off getting plunked by Pittsburgh reliever Tony Watson to send the Cubs to the NL Division Series in St. Louis starting on Oct. 9.“I’m exhausted. I haven’t felt this way all year,” said Arrieta, who led the majors with 22 wins. “This atmosphere, the energy was unbelievable. Tried to use it to the best of my ability. They were loud, they were really loud.”Dexter Fowler homered and scored three times for the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber, a rookie who began his season in Double-A, added a towering two-run shot off Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole as Chicago raced to an early lead and let Arrieta do the rest.“Jake told me when we talked last night, he said, ‘You give me a few runs, I’m good,’” Fowler said. “And I said, ‘All right, bro, we’ll see what we can do.’”The largest crowd ever at PNC Park failed to rattle Arrieta or one of baseball’s youngest teams, one that looked right at home while snapping a nine-game playoff losing streak that dated to the 2003 NL Championship Series.“You don’t think that these guys are 21, 23 years old, because they don’t play like it,” Arrieta said. “They have elevated their play to a level that’s beyond their years, and it’s one of the big reasons we’re here.”Sounds a lot like the Houston Astros, by the way. They opened this year’s postseason Oct. 6 by winning the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.Pittsburgh was knocked out after finishing second in the majors with 98 victories this year. Last season, the Pirates also were shut out on four hits at home in the wild-card game, losing to Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.“Two years in a row we’ve drawn a tough bull,” manager Clint Hurdle said.The bearded, 29-year-old Arrieta, still unbeaten since July 25, stretched his remarkable second half — in which he posted an 0.75 ERA — into the opening round of the playoffs. He threw the first complete-game shutout for the Cubs in the postseason since Claude Passeau tossed a one-hitter in the 1945 World Series against Detroit.Arrieta even laughed off a weird sequence in the seventh when Watson’s fastball hit him in his left side. The benches and bullpens cleared when Watson was issued a warning, leading to little more than a few heated exchanges along the first base line.Pirates utility player Sean Rodriguez, who’d already been pulled, was ejected and proceeded to give an unsuspecting water cooler a series of one-two combinations, eventually sending it tumbling to the ground.“It’s two teams battling, grinding it out, supporting their own guys, and sometimes those things happen,” Arrieta said. “But we moved past it, and after that point it was just baseball as usual.”And Arrieta was basically unhittable, as usual.Hurdle shelved slugger Pedro Alvarez — whose 27 homers led the team but whose 23 errors made him a defensive liability — in favor of more sure-handed Rodriguez. Hurdle pointed to the athleticism Rodriguez brought as a major factor, figuring the Pirates would need to get creative to score against Arrieta rather than hope Alvarez runs into the kind of mistake Arrieta has avoided nearly all season.Maddon took the opposite approach, starting Kris Bryant in left and Schwarber in right and Tommy La Stella at third — positions each had played only sparingly during the regular season — because it was the lineup that presented the most firepower.Did it ever.Chicago took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Fowler led off with a single, stole second and scored on a single to left by Schwarber.The two hooked up again in the third. Fowler singled with one out and Schwarber turned an 88 mph slider from Cole into a massive two-run shot that appeared destined for the downtown Pittsburgh skyline before disappearing over the stands in right field.“I watched,” Schwarber admitted with a laugh.The blast drained whatever juice remained from a crowd that spent the buildup to the showdown between the teams with the second and third best record in the majors trying to get a rise out of Arrieta on Twitter. All it did was fire him up, tweeting “whatever helps keep your hope alive, just know, it doesn’t matter.”Pretty much.Maddon has preached a “keep it simple” approach since taking over last winter. When Arrieta is on the hill, Maddon’s job tends to get pretty easy.Arrieta retired 10 straight at one point, his only real wobbles coming in the sixth and seventh. Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out behind a single, a hit batter and an error.Starling Marte’s sharp grounder, however, rolled right to Addison Russell at shortstop. A toss to second and a throw to first later to complete the double play, and Arrieta and the rest of his teammates were pumping their fist on the way back to the dugout.The team with the best road record in the majors this season hardly fazed by the stakes or the weight of 106 years of postseason futility.The Pirates, meanwhile, head into the offseason after a brief nine-inning stay. Last fall it was Bumgarner and the Giants who silenced the masses in an 8-0 whitewash on their way to winning the World Series.This time it was Arrieta’s turn, perhaps a more alarming development considering the Pirates will spend a large portion of the next decade trying to keep up with Schwarber, Bryant and Russell as well as the Cardinals in the hyper-competitive NL Central. St. Louis led the majors with 100 wins.“Well, sports is hard,” Hurdle said. “Life’s not fair. You go out and play. You get beat, you move on.”(WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Atletico Madrid chief Gil Marin: Simeone has job as long as he wants itby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin says coach Diego Simeone has the job for as long as he wants it.Gil Marin is confident the Argentine is happy in Madrid, despite an admission that he sees a future with Inter Milan in Italy.The Atleti director stated: “I think the answer is simple, he has the job for as long as he wants to.”And I am convinced that he will continue to love it here as long as he believes that the club can continue to help him achieve his goals, which continue to produce results. That would mean that Atlético continues competing with the biggest.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rice praises West Ham character for Aston Villa drawby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice praised West Ham’s character for their 0-0 draw with Aston Villa.Rice says West Ham would have lost Monday’s goalless draw at Aston Villa last season, but instead the confidence and spirit in the squad enabled them to grind out a hard-earned point.He told whufc.com: “To be honest, I think we’re very happy with the point. We were a bit slow in the first half. We kept the ball well at times, but it was a bit too end-to-end and in the second half, when we went down to ten, we knew it was going to be tough because we know they’ve got some top players, but we dug in, defended really well and were still creating chances.“We weren’t just sat back. We were still trying to get the three points and I think we can be happy with our night’s work.”He added: “When we’re playing now, we’re playing with that confidence. We’re defending hard, we’re attacking hard and every player who puts on the shirt, we’re feeling confident to go out there and get the three points.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea midfielder Barkley admits Lampard inspired him as a youngsterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Ross Barkley admits manager Frank Lampard inspired him as a youngster.Nobody else can say they have grown up watching Lampard on television, then played alongside him in an England shirt, and now continue to learn off him in his role as Chelsea boss.”As a young lad I would watch Match of the Day on a Sunday morning and then go off to my games for Everton,” he told chelseafc.com.”I’d see the likes of Rooney, Lampard, Gerrard banging the goals in every week. Lampard was one of my idols, because as a young midfielder I would see the goals he was scoring or creating every week and look up to him.”I played with the manager later on in his career with England and you could see how motivated he was. It was hard work all the time, running after training, non-stop movement to receive the ball, scoring goals. As a young player seeing that it affects you. You want to do the same things.”He’s taken that into his management. We work really hard and then on the right days we ease off and feel really good for the games.”
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on as they play the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer made the rounds yesterday, appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, CBS, ESPN and Fox to promote his new book, titled “Above the Line.” Bill O’Reilly, host of The O’Reilly Factor, made sure to ask some interesting questions.O’Reilly, alluding to Meyer’s strict policies, asked the Buckeyes head man what he’d have done if Jameis Winston, who infamously stole crab legs from a Publix ahead of the 2014 season, had been on his team. He said he “would have had a hard time letting it go.”Of course, it’s always easy to say what you’d have done when you aren’t in the exact situation. That being said, Meyer probably runs a tighter ship now than he did in the past.