“I have to admit I got emotional in the locker room and that’s the first time they saw me that way,” said De Jesus, whose team slipped to 4-2. “They talked with each other and, hopefully, they’ve figured things out. They have to adjust their character as players because they’re the ones who are together on the floor.”In terms of offensive numbers, there weren’t glaring disparities between the two teams, Adamson had a 63-57 edge in all three categories combined, but it was in the passing game that the Lady Falcons had the Lady Spikers beat.Fhen Emnas had all 43 of Adamson’s excellent sets and La Salle mustered just 32 as a whole team with setter Michelle Cobb taking responsibility for 29 of it.“We have to address an issue within our team, if there is one, because the skills are already there,” said De Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Tokyo returns with Summer Games with something new to prove Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City “When you wear that La Salle jersey you have to play befitting of La Salle,” said De Jesus in Filipino Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “I told them ‘you played like you’re in an inter-barangay league. You belong to the barangay level, not in the UAAP.’”The last time La Salle suffered two losses in three games was back in Season 70 when the Lady Spikers forfeited 11 straight matches after Jacq Alarca continued to play despite her school’s approval of her leave of absence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAnd that was a UAAP ruling, and not a result of playing and executing the Xs and Os on the padded floor.La Salle’s loss to National University ended in five sets, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, and De Jesus felt the shock was still in his players’ minds. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle suffered its second loss in three games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, and head coach Ramil De Jesus had every reason to be furious.The Lady Spikers lost in four sets to Adamson University, 25-18, 15-25, 25-19, 25-22, in a display the 10-time champion coach found appalling.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments
If everything goes well, a 100-bed Ebola Treatment Unit is expected to be built in Ganta City toward curbing the spread of Ebola, an official of the visiting US Army disclosed.Leading an 11-man assessment team to Ganta, US Army Col. Moldrem Lewton said they had come to ascertain the condition of the area where the construction of the ETU will be and, if everything goes well, they will come back to construct the 100 bed ETU.“This is a potential site, upon completing our assessment; we will go back make our report to our bosses for final decision to be taken,” he said.The US soldiers, accompanied by two captains of from Liberian Army, touched down in their large military helicopters at about 2pm local time at the Methodist Airstrip in Ganta. They reportedly had just arrived from Voinjama, Lofa County. Hundreds of residents of Ganta crowded the airstrip to receive them with happiness and singing, saying, “Ebola must go, we tire hearing about Ebola, Ebola must go!”This is the US soldiers’ second visit to Nimba since their arrival in Liberia to help fight the deadly Ebola Virus.Earlier this month, the first assessment team, which traveled by road, arrived in Ganta where several locations for the construction of ETU were shown to them by the Administrator of the Ganta Hospital.The first team extended their trip to Tappita where another area was shown to them for possible Ebola Treatment Unit construction.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Lindo Creek CoI By Jarryl BryanThe Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) continued on Tuesday, with Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken recounting the harrowing details of a 2008 shootout with the “Fine Man” gang in the vicinity of Christmas falls, prior to the discovery of the massacred miners.A map showing the distance between Christmas Falls and Lindo Creek (Photo by Travis Chase)Back then, Hicken was temporarily stationed at the Kwakwani Police Station in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) as the deputy Head of the Tactical Special Unit (TSU). Now Assistant Commissioner of Operations at the Force’s Eve Leary office, Hicken related that he was approached on June 5, 2008 to assist in coordinating an operation in the area.According to Hicken, then Crime Chief Senior Superintendent Seelall Persaud picked him up in a three-car convoy and they travelled to Christmas Falls, where the group could hear continuous gunshots on the other side of the Upper Berbice River.Assistant Commissioner Clifton HickenThey were subsequently ferried over the river and on the other side, the tactical team travelled on foot so as to not give away their position. Hicken recalled that they finally came upon a compound with several seemingly abandoned and incomplete buildings. It was as they took up their positions in the surrounding ‘bush’ that they saw they were not alone.“I observed first there was a mattress on the ground (of one of the buildings),” Hicken explained. “There was a thin-boned Rastafarian, bulging eyes, resembling the bulletin that was put out on Rondell “Fine Man” Rawlins. On the second flat, we had a thin Rastafarian male with a white brief or trunks.”“There was another one in a hammock, with a green pants and a grey jersey. Just five to six feet from where we were, there was another man with a brown pants and a camouflage jersey.”The final man, he pointed out, appeared to be carrying out farming activities. He recalled that while Police carried out their reconnaissance, the men suddenly gave signals to each other, as though they had compromised their positions and opened fire in their direction.According to Hicken, the men fled while firing suppression shots at the Police, who returned fire. He recounted that when the men were no longer in sight, the ranks proceeded to clear out the buildings and area.Besides four shotguns, two Fusil-Mitrailleur (FM) submachine guns, two revolvers and assorted ammunition, the Police also came upon the body of one of “Fine Man”’s cohorts lying at the bottom of a ravine. He had sustained gunshot wounds to his shoulder and torso, and was pronounced dead on the scene. Following the shootout, the slain man was subsequently identified as Otis “Mud Up” Fifee.Hicken informed the Commission that following the operation, they did not immediately pursue the surviving gunmen, as they did not have enough supplies or data to undertake an extended operation in the terrain.He related that he subsequently returned to the city, where he briefed his superiors, including late Police Commissioner Henry Greene on the firepower the gang possessed and what the Force would be up against. Further, Hicken noted that he did not take part in subsequent Joint Services operations in the area or visits to Lindo Creek.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp, which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the coalition Government has said would be a series of inquiries into the hundreds of killings, which occurred during a crime wave that began in 2002. The public hearings continue on April 4.
But, Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, in an impassioned 12-minute floor speech, said he and other Democrats had severe misgivings with the reform, and only agreed to it to avoid a federal takeover, which has been threatened by judges responding to a lawsuit over prison conditions. The Senate barely mustered enough votes required for a two-thirds approval. Six Democrats and four Republicans voted against the bill. By contrast, with only one holdout – Southern California Republican Audra Strickland – the Assembly approved the bill behind a boosterish Speaker Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, lauding the moment as a “proud day,” though he also warned that plenty of difficulties remain. Schwarzenegger was ecstatic with the prison expansion and happy he could say no inmates would be released before finishing their sentences. “For the first time in a decade, we can add prison beds in California,” he said. “With this agreement, we will add a total of 53,000 new beds so dangerous criminals can be kept locked up where they belong.” Senate Republicans were less effusive, with several criticizing how it will be paid for: with $6.1 billion in revenue lease bonds, which don’t have to go to voters for approval. SACRAMENTO – Legislators delivered a historic $7.4billion prison reform package Thursday to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, which could help the state avert a federal takeover of a prison system plagued by severe overcrowding. But simmering just below the surface of what many called their first post-partisan success of the legislative session was a fear – primarily among Senate Democrats – that the reforms would fail unless lawmakers tackled sentencing and parole reform, and begin to fill 4,000 vacant prison guard and staff positions. The bill, AB 900, was approved by the Assembly on a 70-1 vote, and 27-10 in the Senate a day after legislative leaders reached an agreement with the governor. The proposal will add 53,000 new inmate beds, enhance education, job training and drug rehabilitation programs, and also allow the governor to transfer up to 8,000 inmates out of state. The reforms would take place over two phases, in which construction of new beds in the second would continue only if the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows that rehabilitation programs are succeeding. “The reason they’re revenue lease bonds is because this Legislature doesn’t want it to go before voters,” said Sen. Sam Aanestad, R-Grass Valley. “You’re afraid to let people decide and you’re afraid people will say no and you know better.” Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, one of the 11 senators to vote against the bill, said legislators lost an opportunity to address the severe overcrowding crisis with sentencing and parole reform. “Adding more beds is not going to solve an immediate prison crisis and certainly not a systematic, long-term crisis,” said Romero, who is the author of a bill to create a sentencing commission. “It’s not a plan – it’s really a Hollywood prop. That’s what the governor asked for, to be able to walk into court to tell the judge he’s being tough on crime.” Perata blamed tough-on- crime politicians over the years for enacting new criminal laws without examining long-term costs associated with more inmates. “So, we’re jammed up in this situation because we’ve fallen in love with one of the most undocumented, non-evidentiary beliefs that somehow you get safer if you put more people in jail,” he said. “So, we’re all indicted in this.” Staff Writer Fred Ortega contributed to this story. email@example.com (916) 441-2101 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
TOKYO – If you grow old in Japan, expect to be served food by a robot, ride a voice-recognition wheelchair or even possibly hire a nurse in a robotic suit – all examples of cutting-edge technology to care for the country’s rapidly graying population. With nearly 22 percent of Japan’s population already age 65 or older, businesses here have been rolling out everything from easy-entry cars to remote-controlled beds, fueling a care technology market worth some $1.08 billion in 2006, according to industry figures. At a home care and rehabilitation convention in Tokyo this week, buyers crowded around a demonstration of Secom Co.’s My Spoon feeding robot, which helps elderly or disabled people eat with a spoon- and fork-fitted swiveling arm. Operating a joystick with his chin, developer Shigehisa Kobayashi maneuvered the arm toward a block of silken tofu, deftly getting the fork to break off a bite-sized piece. The arm then returned to a preprogrammed position in front of the mouth, allowing Kobayashi to bite and swallow. A rubber and nylon “muscle suit” developed by the Tokyo University of Science helps keep the elderly active by providing support for the upper body, arms and shoulders. Powered by air pressure actuators, the prototype suit – which looks like an oversized life jacket – provides subtle backing to help older people lift heavy objects. The intelligent wheelchair TAO Aicle from Fujitsu Ltd. and Aisin Seiki Co. uses a positioning system to automatically travel to a preset destination, and uses sensors to detect and stop at red lights and to avoid obstacles. Another wheelchair designed by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology responds to oral commands like “forward” and “back,” “right” and “left.” Then there are cars designed for easy entry for the wheelchair-bound or those with difficulty walking, like Toyota Motor Corp.’s Welcab series. Its slogan: “A car that’s more patient than your daughter.” Tired? Retire to a Lowland futon bed by Kaneshiro Tsuhso Inc. that can be adjusted into a reclining seat. And there’s help for caregivers, too. A full-body robotic suit developed by the Kanagawa Institute of Technology outside Tokyo is a massive contraption powered by 22 air pumps to help nurses hoist patients on and off their beds. Sensors attached to the user’s skin detects when muscles are trying to lift something heavy – and signals to the air pumps to kick in to provide support. Though the suit makes its wearer look a little like Robocop, a student who was easily lifted off a table in a demonstration said he felt comfortable during the test. “It doesn’t feel at all like I’m being lifted by a robot,” he said. “This feels so comfortable and very human.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“It’s all about empowering people to help themselves,” Kobayashi said. The Tokyo-based company has already sold 300 of the robots, which come with a price tag of $3,500. “We want to give the elderly control over their own lives,” he said. The rapidly aging population here has spurred a spate of concerns: a labor shortage, tax shortfalls, financial difficulties in paying the health bills and pensions of large numbers of elderly. Moreover, a breakdown of family ties in recent years means a growing number of older Japanese are spending their golden years away from the care traditionally provided by children and grandchildren. That’s where cutting-edge technology steps in.
A major power-cut has cut electricity supply to thousands of homes around Letterkenny.The power went in homes and business around 9.25am.The ESB say a major fault has occurred but are unable to say what was the cause. The power has since returned. ESB SAY MAJOR FAULT HAS KNOCKED OUT POWER TO THOUSANDS OF HOMES was last modified: November 13th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ESBfaultletterkenny
The role that sport and physical activity can play in promoting mental health will be highlighted at a forthcoming Sport Aiding Mental Health National Conference to be held in Jacksons Hotel, Ballybofey on Friday next 31st May.Among the presentation on the day will be the launch of a charter to support sport clubs in promoting positive mental wellbeing and to create a club environment that focuses on encouraging effort and learning and inspiring young people to be the best that they can be in sport and in life.This resource which has been designed and developed by Donegal Sports Partnership encourages clubs in understanding the importance of effort rather than the win at all costs attitude, it will also give some important advice around inclusion, support, communication and enjoyment in sport. Myles Sweeney, Coordinator of Donegal Sports Partnership stated that taking part i sport is not all about winning.“Sport is a powerful resource in all communities and can contribute hugely to creating a positive environment for everyone to enjoy, however at times the win at all costs and poor sportsmanship can take away from young people and adults enjoying sports applying unrealistic challenges and pressures.“We hope that the Charter for Promoting Positive Mental Wellbeing will support sports leaders, parents, coaches, volunteers and athletes and help create a culture of positivity within their sporting community which will encourage and inspire young people into the future”Mayor of Donegal Frank Mc Brearty said he was fully supportive of the Charter and encouraged sports clubs to come along to the Sport Aiding Mental Health Conference in Ballybofey. He said that Sports Leaders play an important role in supporting the development of our young people and sometimes they underestimate the influence that they have when working with young people in a sporting context.Danny Ryan former Irish boxing champion who will officially launch the Charter for Promoting Positive Mental Wellbeing through Sport said he was delighted to be associated with the new club resource; he encouraged all clubs to promote the key messages of the charter in order eliminate the negative issues which can occur in sport for young people.Further information on the Charter for Promoting Positive Wellbeing through Sport are available through Donegal Sports Partnership – 074 9116078 / 9116079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org DANNY RYAN TO LAUNCH DONEGAL SPORTS CHARTER was last modified: May 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Danny RyanDonegal Sports Charter
She’s only a stone’s throw from Donegal but one Co Tyrone girl is set to hit the big time when she appears on the X-Factor auditions tonight.The show that makes ordinary singers overnight stars is back on our screens tonight as Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh go in search for another singing sensation. And it looks like they may just have found one in 16 year old Janet Devlin from Gortin just outside Strabane (that’s near Lifford folks!)Donegaldaily.com has decided to back the singer for success and if you take a look at the accompanying video, you will see why.She may only have used a tape recorder in her kitchen in her countryside home but Janet already sounds exactly like Ellie Goulding or Adele.Destiny Child star Kelly Rowland and Take That’s Gary Barlow can be seen swooning all over the young wannabe star. And with TV3 on the verge of being able to allow viewers to vote form Ireland this year, we are encouraging everyone to get voting for Janet.She may not be from County Donegal, but she’s a neighbour and she has genuine talent.Remember where you heard it first when Janet is at boot camp and singing her way to the top!On TV3 tonight (or UTV) Janet takes to the stage before new judges Tulisa Contostavlos, Kelly Rowland and Gary Barlow, as well as old hand Louis Walsh, to perform a version of Ellie Goulding’s take on Elton John’s Your Song – and gets a standing ovation. Dressed in a fluffy long cardigan with letters of the alphabet knitted into it, she appears to be so nervous she has to be coaxed onstage.Judge Kelly enthuses afterwards: “You’re such a star!” Louis also reckons: “I don’t think you have any idea how good you are,” with Gary adding: “It was such a wonderful audition.”EndsREVEALED: THE GIRL FROM THE NORTH-WEST ABOUT TO STUN X-FACTOR JUDGES was last modified: August 21st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalITVJanetJanet DevlinJanet Devlin X FactorLiffordTV3TyroneUTVx factor
BET you’ve never seen them quite like this before?The Termon Ladies GAA players lined out this week.But they swapped their football gear for some evening attire. And what a line-up it is now. WHAT A LINE-UP! TERMON LADIES GLOW AT AWARDS NIGHT was last modified: December 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WHAT A LINE-UP! TERMON LADIES GLOW AT AWARDS NIGHT
“It’s a challenge when you can’t run (race) them,” said Mandella, who shelved Rock Hard Ten for the spring and winter because the colt was suffering from “aches and pains – nothing serious.” “But when you have a Gentlemen, a Pleasantly Perfect or a Rock Hard Ten, you can do a lot of things that you can’t do with other horses,” Mandella said. “He’s got a mind of his own. But in the last few months he’s gotten better and better to work with. Maybe he’s grown up a little bit.” Rock Hard Ten, who will be ridden by Gary Stevens at the Breeders’ Cup, was handled by Paul Nilluang when he worked 7 furlongs Thursday in company with stablemate Dixie Glow. He worked out at 12:30 p.m. rather than during the morning because Mandella wanted the track dry and well-groomed. Gliding past Dixie Glow on the turn, Rock Hard Ten finished about five lengths in front and was clocked in 1:25 3/5. He clicked off steady quarter-miles in the 24 2/5-second range. “Not too hard, not to easy,” Mandella said. “He does make it look easy.” The Daily Racing Form odds-maker lists Rock Hard Ten as the 7-2 second choice to Saint Liam (3-1) for the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Of horses who have been training in California, only Lost in the Fog (even-money) in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint goes to New York with shorter odds. Other solid West Coast hopes among the 117 horses who passed the “pre-entry” stage Wednesday for the eight Breeders’ Cup races: Singletary (8-1), defending champion in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Mile, Megahertz (5-1) in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Stevie Wonderboy (8-1) in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and Wild Fit (6-1) in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Race lineups will be set Wednesday. Trouble for P. Val? Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who was late contacting the track officials when he missed Wednesday’s races at Santa Anita, was ordered off mounts through Sunday on doctor’s orders because of a sore foot. Valenzuela, whose history of substance abuse makes any unannounced absence a red flag, met with Oak Tree stewards Thursday morning and was ordered to take a drug test. Steward George Slender said Valenzuela and agent Ronnie Ebanks claimed neither man contacted officials Wednesday because of miscommunication between the two. Slender said they produced evidence Valenzuela left a cellular-phone message for Ebanks on Wednesday morning. Valenzuela, 43, had taken off six mounts Sunday after complaining about the bad foot. The 1989 Kentucky Derby winner with Sunday Silence, Valenzuela returned from his latest long suspension in January to ride under a conditional license that subjects him to random drug tests. Kevin Modesti is a Daily News columnist. His horse racing column appears on Friday. He can be reached at email@example.com. OAK TREE LEADERS Through Wednesday Jockeys, Wins Garrett Gomez 27 Patrick Valenzuela 14 Martin Pedroza 13 Alex Solis 13 Victor Espinoza 12 Trainers, Wins Jeff Mullins 10 John Sadler 8 Bob Baffert 6 Julio Canani 6 Steve Knapp 6 ON THE STAKES SCHEDULE Oak Tree at Santa Anita Saturday $75,000 Sunny Slope Stakes, 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs. Sunday $75,000 Anoakia Stakes, 2-year-old fillies, 6 furlongs. Golden Gate Fields Saturday $100,000 Tanforan Handicap, 3-year-olds and up, 1 miles(turf). Woodbine Sunday $2 million (Canadian) Canadian International, 3-year-olds and up, 1 miles (turf). $1 million (Canadian) E.P. Taylor Stakes, 3-year-old-and-up fillies and mares, 1 miles (turf). A WEEK AT THE RACES Blood testing for high bicarbonate levels in horses, previously conducted by tracks in association with horsemen, was taken over Wednesday by the California Horse Racing Board. Evidence of so-called “milkshaking” could lead to disqualifications, suspensions and fines. Garrett Gomez is riding away with the Oak Tree jockeys championship after winning four more races Thursday. Lava Man bled in his bad effort in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, trainer Doug O’Neill said, and won’t run in the Breeders’ Cup. The Hollywood Gold Cup winner could race next in the Nov. 6 California Cup Classic or at the Nov. 26 Japan Cup. Corey Nakatani will be at Toronto’s Woodbine race course Sunday to ride Christophe Clement-trained Relaxed Gesture in the Canadian International and Cassydora in the E.P. Taylor. Victor Espinoza will be at Bay Meadows Saturday to ride Secret Charm for trainer Neil Drysdale in the Tanforan Handicap. Oak Tree’s Friday first post is 2 p.m. beginning today. It was 2:30. Powerscourt, the British-bred Arlington Million winner who might have been favored in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, has been retired to stud in Kentucky. Michael Wrona will call the Oak Tree races on Oct. 28-29 while Trevor Denman is in New York to analyze the Breeders’ Cup for NBC. Bobble-head likenesses of Denman will be given out Sunday at the Oak Tree races, but only to members of Santa Anita’s Thoroughbreds frequent-fans club. – Kevin Modesti 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rock Hard Ten, one of 22 Breeders’ Cup hopefuls who have been training in California, flies out of Ontario early Sunday morning and is expected to have only light gallops at Belmont Park in the days before the Oct. 29 races. Is he good enough to win the Classic and lay claim to the Horse of the Year title? That’s the question to be answered when the enormous 4-year-old takes on Saint Liam, Borrego, Flower Alley and others in the day’s main event. The 4-year-old winner of the Santa Anita Handicap in March has finished first in seven of 11 career starts, including four in a row since owners Ernest Moody, Maria Vila and Madeleine Pickens (formerly Paulson) moved him from Jason Orman to Mandella. But he has never earned a Beyer speed figure higher than 112, a rating exceeded by Saint Liam, Borrego and Perfect Drift on their best days. In his pre-Mandella days, he was no match for top-quality Smarty Jones and Lion Heart in the major 3-year-old events. And the colt who used to be the bane of starting-gate crews is winless in three starts when shipped outside California. His edge in the $4 million Classic is that he has a Hall of Fame trainer calling the shots – Mandella won the 2003 Classic with Pleasantly Perfect – and appears on top of his game after the nearly seven-month gap between the Santa Anita Handicap and Goodwood. Richard Mandella stepped down from the bench on which the trainer stood to watch Rock Hard Ten’s early-afternoon workout with the aid of the infield video screen and a stopwatch, and summed up what he’d seen. “Perfect,” Mandella said from beneath a Panama hat as he followed Rock Hard Ten on the walk back to the barn. ARCADIA – If Rock Hard Ten is good enough, the big horse in the California contingent will win the Breeders’ Cup Classic next week in New York. Fitness questions can be put aside after his victory in the Goodwood Handicap earlier this month and his smooth performance in one last pre-Breeders’ Cup workout Thursday.