On Friday, President Donald Trump said that he is ready to sign an executive order that will offer unemployment supplements, eviction protection, and a payroll tax holiday through the end of the year.Trump said the order could be signed by the end of the week, and that he has lawyers currently drawing up the order.The executive order comes as Congress has stalled on negotiations with the White House on another round of stimulus funds. It also remains questionable how some of his edicts will be funded without Congressional authorization.Trump did not specify how much the unemployment supplement would be for, but it would be retroactive to the beginning of the month. Previously, a $600 a week supplement for unemployed workers expired on July 31.Trump announced that his executive order will continue a freeze on federal student loan payments until further notice.He also said he will continue a moratorium on evictions through the end of the year. And his executive order would implement a payroll tax holiday through Dec. 31.
Horse of Meet: MelatoninSprinter: Lord NelsonOlder Horse: Melatonin Older Filly/Mare: BeholderClaimer: Navy HymnGrass Male: Midnight StormGrass Filly/Mare: Illuminant3-Year-Old Male: Dalmore3-Year-Old Filly: Songbird2-Year-Old Male: California Diamond2-Year-Old Filly: TheonewewaitedforTrainer: Phil D’AmatoJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Chad LindsayRace: Gold Cup at Santa AnitaOwner: Hronis RacingAchievement: Michael Wrona New Voice of Santa Anita 2016 Santa Anita Spring Media Poll ARCADIA, Calif. (July 10, 2016) – Melatonin proved his victory at 16-1 in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 12 was no fluke by winning the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 as the 9-5 favorite and was thus named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Spring Meet Media Poll.A five-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy trained by David Hofmans for long-time client Susan Osborne, who campaigns as Tarabilla Farms, Melatonin’s ultimate goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 5 at Santa Anita, where he is unbeaten in three starts, all under jockey Joe Talamo.Melatonin also was named Outstanding Older Male, and the Gold Cup, in which he repulsed the longest shot in the race, Win the Space at 24-1, was awarded Race of the Meet.“We are proud and pleased with the recognition,” said the 73-year-old Hofmans, who has trained for Mrs. Osborne going on two decades. “We hope to continue our successful run through the Breeders’ Cup Classic.”Rafael Bejarano and Phil D’Amato repeated as Outstanding Jockey and Trainer, respectively, each having captured honors at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, where D’Amato won his first-ever training title with 41 victories. D’Amato won the Spring Meet crown with 25 victories, well ahead of runner-up Bob Baffert who had 18.Bejarano, a perennial Southern California leader since coming West in November of 2007 at the behest of the late Bobby Frankel, won the Spring Meet crown over runner-up Flavien Prat, 46-40. It marked the 15th title at Santa Anita for the 34-year-old Bejarano, his 27th in Southern California and his 32nd overall.Champions dominated two categories in the voting. Eclipse Award winner as best Two-Year-Old Filly of 2015, Songbird was voted Outstanding Three-Year-Old Filly, while three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare. Unbeaten Songbird won the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 18 for her eighth straight triumph, while Beholder took the Grade I Vanity Mile on June 4 for her 13th victory from 14 starts at Santa Anita.Lord Nelson was named Sprinter of the Meet thanks to his half-length victory in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on June 25; Affirmed Stakes winner Dalmore was voted Outstanding Three-Year-Old Male; Midnight Storm was named Outstanding Grass Male off his win in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile; and Illuminant became Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare by capturing the Grade I Gamely Stakes.California Diamond and Theonewewaitedfor were named Outstanding Two-Year-old Male and Female, respectively, after capturing the Santa Anita Juvenile and the Landaluce Stakes, each youngster remaining unbeaten in two starts.Chad Lindsay, a 23-year-old Texas native, was voted the meet’s Outstanding Apprentice rider by virtue of his 13 victories from 75 mounts, placing him among the top 10 in the standings.Navy Hymn, a three-year-old son of Songandaprayer, reeled off three straight victories to be named Claiming Horse of the Meet. The Kentucky-bred won for $25,000 at six furlongs May 8; for $40,000 at 6 ½ furlongs May 21; and by four-and-three-quarter lengths in an optional claimer on June 5.Brothers Kosta and Peter Hronis, who campaign as Hronis Racing, LLC, were named Owners of the Meet. They led in most wins, seven, and purse money earned, $634,068.Michael Wrona’s performance after being named Santa Anita’s new announcer was voted Achievement of the Meet. D’Amato, Bejarano Named Top Trainer and Jockey
Martin Pedroza9612181713%49%$540,903 (Current Through Saturday, March 4, 2017 Inclusive) SUPERSTAR UNIQUE BELLA HEADED TO SANTA ANITA OAKS Jerry Hollendorfer’s newest superstar, 3-year-old filly Unique Bella, overcame a good dose of adversity in winning Saturday’s Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, winning her third consecutive graded stakes and her fourth race in a row under Mike Smith.Slower into stride than is her custom, the Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Tapit was quickly into contention while third at the rail into the Club House turn. At that point, Smith made the tactical decision to split horses at the seven furlong pole and Unique Bella then took command, but had to repel a serious challenge a furlong out from runner-up Abel Tasman, who was ridden by Joe Talamo.“Hats off to the winner, what a special filly she is, because like I said, I really had a lot of horse and we had a beautiful trip,” said Talamo, currently fifth in the rider standings with 18 wins. “The winner broke a little slow, which I was happy to see. I was so proud of my filly. I think she’s definitely going to move forward.”Despite repeated media queries regarding the possibility of her stepping onto the Santa Anita and Kentucky Derby trail, Hollendorfer was again steadfast in his resolve to get Unique Bella to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 8, with the next objective the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 5.“We’re just trying to do our best and she’s rewarding us,” said Hollendorfer following yesterday’s Santa Ysabel. “I don’t have any thoughts about running her against the boys, but some other folks do I guess. When I saw her coming into the lane, I felt that she was waiting on horses a little bit. Mike had to wave the stick at her a little but she responded right away. I wasn’t too worried.”So the stage is nearly set for Hollendorfer, who won last year’s Santa Anita Oaks with two-time Eclipse Champion Songbird, to pursue his second consecutive victory in the race originally known as the Santa Susana. Bob Baffert4696920%52%$902,111 ANSWER: At the bottom of today’s Finish Lines. BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA ANSWER: Seven horses have carried 130 pounds to victory in the Big ‘Cap; John Henry and Bill Shoemaker (1982), Spectacular Bid & Bill Shoemaker (1980), Ack Ack and Bill Shoemaker (1971), Round Table and Bill Shoemaker (1958), Mark-Ye-Well and Eddie Arcaro (1953), Thumbs Up and Johnny Longden (1945) and Seabiscuit with “Red” Pollard (1940). JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Corey Nakatani62117618%39%$601,056 Rafael Bejarano10519161718%50%$1,042,143 Peter Miller872621830%63%$1,289,220 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.87178820%38%$748,565 Trainer Standings John W. Sadler468101017%61%$503,524 Kent Desormeaux11422151219%43%$1,359,649 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Doug F. O’Neill11615231913%49%$1,162,186 UNIQUE BELLA HEADED TO SANTA ANITA OAKSSTORMY LIBERAL MARCHES ON FOR MILLERMASTERY WORKS FOR SAN FELIPEMIDNIGHT STORM DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS FOR BIG ‘CAP Joseph Talamo12518111814%38%$597,168 STORMY LIBERAL TAKES NO PRISONERS IN JOE HERNANDEZ STAKES Winning at an astounding 30 percent clip, San Luis Rey Downs-based Peter Miller continued his winning ways in Saturday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes, as his Stormy Liberal was up to win by nose under Norberto Arroyo, Jr. while getting 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.89.Claimed four starts back on Oct. 16 for $40,000, Stormy Liberal, who got a career best 102 Beyer Speed figure in the Hernandez, is now two for four racing for Miller out of San Luis Rey, having won the restricted Clockers’ Corner Stakes down the hill on Jan. 29.Through 37 days of racing, Miller now holds a 26-19 edge over Jerry Hollendorfer, and, in the all-important stakes won category, Miller leads “The Dorf” nine to five. Santiago Gonzalez10612151311%38%$542,427 Mike Smith421431233%69%$1,337,167 J. Keith Desormeaux3573520%43%$447,105 Tyler Baze19634392317%49%$1,588,881 Mark Glatt62911915%47%$417,870 William Spawr26103338%62%$292,051 Jockey Standings Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 Steven Miyadi54714613%50%$340,733 Vladimir Cerin42810619%57%$312,619 Jerry Hollendorfer10119122119%51%$1,418,064 Richard Baltas10218191518%51%$974,962 Stewart Elliott12714141711%35%$681,748 FINISH LINES: Notable Santa Anita works this morning: Kobe’s Back, Peter Eurton, 49.20, Accelerate, John Sadler, 1:01.80, Battle of Midway, Jerry Hollendorfer, (bullet) 1:00.20, Midnight Storm, Phil D’Amato, 1:01.20, Mastery, Bob Baffert, (bullet) 1:12.60 and Arrogate, Bob Baffert, 1:24.00…Additionally, Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund, prepping for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) worked seven furlongs this morning at Los Alamitos in 1:25.80. Trainer Art Sherman had the 2015 Santa Anita Derby winner galloping out a mile in 1:38.40…All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, Saturday, March 11, will will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick Six. First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m…. …On Saturday, March 18, Santa Anita offers the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person who tosses a ringer winning $1 million! It’s free to enter. Just get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected to participate, or sign up online at santaanita.com/events before March 18, as one online entry will also be chosen. Peter Eurton48105621%44%$531,807 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tiago Pereira9211111212%37%$371,170 Edwin Maldonado60107917%43%$319,840 (Current Through Saturday, March 4, 2017 Inclusive) Flavien Prat18239293521%57%$2,647,969 Philip D’Amato711591321%52%$890,285 BIG ‘CAP TRIVIA: The Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap, to be contested at a mile and a quarter on Saturday, will be run for the 80th time, dating back to Azucar’s win with George Woolf aboard in 1935. In its 79 previous running’s, how many horses have carried 130 pounds to victory? Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537