SANTA MARIA QUOTES-SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, LA FORCE, WINNER: “Mike and Paradise Woods stumbling at the start really didn’t change anything for me. I had a great outside post and she tends to like being in the clear, my horse. It did help a little, her stumbling, obviously because it made the trip more difficult for him and only helped us.“She’s just an honest trying filly, she’s very, very classy.“Paddy put the cheaters on her today, not blinkers but the firs, just a little on the side to change a little something, change it up and I think it helped. Like I said, she really brings it every time.“It’s very rewarding getting this win with her. She ran second to Unique Bella so many times so I really believe she deserves this.”MIKE SMITH, PARADISE WOODS, SECOND:  “She stumbled really bad, which she’s done in the past. I still thought I could win it at the quarter pole, but by the time I got out, the winner kicked away from us and we couldn’t get ’em.”TRAINER QUOTESPATRICK GALLAGHER, LA FORCE, WINNER: “The filly was in a good spot. The favorite stumbled at the start. I have to watch the replay, but we thought she (Paradise Woods) would be on the lead but it didn’t turn out that way, La Force put it together and we were very happy. Chuck gave instructions to the jockey when we were in the Paddock and that was it.     “We finally got the win today after knocking on the door so many times. We’re just glad to get there and win. Winning a graded race is a big help for a broodmare prospect so now, she’s done that. We’re really, really happy with her performance.“Yes, anything can happen in racing and something just happened. The favorite (Paradise Woods) was one-to-five and she didn’t probably have her best shot today. La Force has been running in these spots for quite a while now and she’s been close and then…sometimes you get disappointed and you really shouldn’t. If you’re running second or third in a graded stakes with a filly, you should always be very happy.”OWNER QUOTESCHARLES WINNER, LA FORCE, WINNER: “It is very rewarding, thank you to Paddy who did a great job, thank you to Drayden who always rides her beautifully. She tries hard every single time. Paddy’s done a great job with her and it all worked out today. Drayden told me she’d win!“I’m so happy for my partners Ro and Ward. It was a terrific race, and to beat Paradise Woods was really special because she is a special horse. We’re dreaming!”ROBERTA WILLIFORD, LA FORCE, WINNER: “We’re happy, anytime you win your happy. I’m proud of the filly, I’m proud of Paddy, I love my co-owner and my husband.“WARD WILLIFORD, LA FORCE, WINNER: I’m smiling this is a thrill, winning a graded stakes at Santa Anita is as good as it gets. I’m sure there’s a few things we can maybe do more of, but this was absolutely fabulous”NOTES: The winning owners are Roberta Williford, Ward Williford, and Charles Winner.German-bred La Force’s proud owners, from left, Charles Winner, Roberta and Ward Williford, savor victory after the Grade II $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

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INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL MAN’S €1MILLION REDUNDANCY PAY-OUT

first_imgA successful Donegal man who rose to the top of the BBC is at the centre of a political controversy after it was revealed he received an astonishing €1Million redundancy payment.MPs in London say they will investigate how Donegal native Patrick Loughrey left the BBC with a cool Stg£866,000 package.The broadcaster’s former director general Mark Thompson will be grilled in the House of Commons next week about the huge payout to Mr Loughrey and other retiring executives. The Irish Post reports that Mr Loughrey was given an £866,000 redundancy settlement by the corporation, including 12 months’ pay ‘in lieu of notice’ despite claims he agreed his leaving date 14 months previously and worked out his notice.The Public Accounts Committee says Mr Thompson “is likely to be questioned about the significant severance packages that he approved while in office”.Mr Loughrey is referred to as “Case study 1” in a repoort and was the BBC’s Director of Nations and Regions before departing in 2009.He says his severance payments were “made in fulfilment of longstanding entitlements” and “approved at the highest level”. The National Audit Office report states that the £300,000 Mr Loughrey was given in lieu of notice as one part of his settlement was “inconsistent” with BBC policy and criticised Mr Thompson for approving it.“This case provides an example of a departing senior manager receiving their maximum pay in lieu of notice (£300,000), despite the fact that they worked their notice,” it added.Mr Loughrey, who is now the Warden of London’s Goldsmiths University, secured a further £300,000 in redundancy payment and £266,288 “pension augmentation” as part of his “early retirement”.Mr Loughrey declined to respond to The Irish Post and instead re-issued an earlier statement.“As you will be aware from the National Audit Office Report, certain staff names were anonymised by the BBC in order to comply with data protection law,” it stated. “You will also know from the report that there are clauses in their employment contracts which prohibit those individuals from disclosing details about their severance payments.“Given this, I consider I am unable to respond to the specific questions you have raised.“I would however like to make clear that any severance payments I received when I left the BBC after many years’ service were made in fulfilment of longstanding contractual entitlements and approved at the highest level.”INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL MAN’S €1MILLION REDUNDANCY PAY-OUT was last modified: August 30th, 2013 by John2Share 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:INVESTIGATION INTO DONEGAL MAN’S €1MILLION REDUNDANCY PAY-OUTlast_img read more

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