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‘Ney is worried’: Neymar suffers fresh metatarsal injury in PSG win

Paris (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain talisman Neymar has suffered a fresh injury to his right metatarsal, the club said Thursday, marring the holders’ advance to the last 16 of the French Cup with a 2-0 win over Strasbourg.

A fractured metatarsal curtailed the Brazilian’s last season, and the recurrence comes just three weeks ahead of the first leg of PSG’s crunch Champions League clash against Manchester United. 

The severity of the new injury is not yet known, although Neymar was able to walk off the field unsupported.

“Initial tests carried out revealed a painful reactivation of the injury to the fifth metatarsal,” a club statement said Thursday.

“The treatment will depend on progress over the coming days,” it said, adding all medical options would be considered.

Neymar initially tried to continue playing. But he covered his eyes — in tears, according to witnesses — as he was forced off to be replaced by Moussa Diaby just after the hour mark.

His early departure was a worrying moment for PSG, with the world’s most expensive player having missed the final three months of last season after breaking the same bone.

Each season PSG, which dominates France’s domestic league, is judged according to its Champions League results.

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel after the game said: “The doctor is worried, ‘Ney’ is worried, because it is the same foot, the same place.”

“It was a situation where he was fouled three times, one after the other. The referee didn’t give anything. He twisted his foot.”

The PSG coach was also unhappy with suggestions from the Strasbourg players and coach that Neymar had provoked the injury by winding up his opponents.

“It’s Neymar’s style, but don’t come and complain when you get kicked,” Strasbourg’s Anthony Goncalves told broadcaster Eurosport.

“He is a great player, I respect him. He can enjoy himself but don’t come blubbering afterwards.”

– ‘Deeply affected’ –

Edinson Cavani and Angel di Maria got the goals on a bitterly cold night at the Parc des Princes.

Tuchel had left out the ill Kylian Mbappe for this game, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting handed a rare start in place of the superstar France forward.

The Cameroon international set up Cavani for the fourth-minute opener, before Di Maria — who had earlier hit the post — finished into the roof of the net 10 minutes from time as PSG stay on track to win the French Cup for the fifth season running.

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LA County homeless count was something these Valley volunteers could not ignore Thousands of people across Los Angeles County took to the streets this week, but it was not to march in support of a political cause.

Instead they were volunteering in the homeless count, a now annual reminder of a pressing problem in Los Angeles that has become difficult for many to ignore.

That inability to look the other way was what prompted eighth-grade math teacher Jose Fernandez to go straight from the LAUSD teacher strike that ended Tuesday to join the homeless count.

Homelessness has become more visible in recent years, even in Fernandez’s suburban neighborhood of Northridge.

Northridge resident and homeless count volunteer Jose Fernandez looks over a fence to examine several tents set up under and overpass near the Aliso Creek wash on Jan. 22, 2019. (Photo by Elizabeth Chou)

“The only way you can ignore it, is if you choose to ignore it,” he said.

Fernandez, who brought along his 15-year-old son Jacob, said the count was important because “if we know where the homeless people are at, we can put the resources in the right places.”

Fernandez’s job is often a daily reminder of the scope of the problem, because some of his students are homeless. He said he was deeply affected by an incident that occurred at Vista Middle School in Panorama City, where he once taught.

A janitor had removed a bag of recyclables, which included cans and beer bottles, that was left on campus. It turned out the bag belonged to a mom who volunteered at the school. She became frantic when she could not find it, Fernandez said.

Teachers and staff soon learned why the mother was so distraught. She did not have a place to live and was collecting recyclables so her son could stay somewhere that night, Fernandez said.

“Every day she had to collect enough money so that her son could have a place to stay for the night,” he said. “The mom didn’t have a place, but at least she could put her son somewhere.”

“That kind of broke my heart,” he said.

The story was told to him by his wife, who teaches at Vista Middle School.

Fernandez now teaches closer to home at Nobel Middle School, where the rate of homelessness tends to be lower. But even in his own neighborhood there are tell-tale signs that the problem is never far away.

He was the designated driver Tuesday evening for his team, which was assigned to survey census tracts not far from his neighborhood, encompassing a large swath of shopping areas, including the Northridge Fashion Center, and some nearby residential streets.

As they crawled through the mostly empty parking lots of the shopping centers, under the glow of a La-Z-y Boy furniture store and the signs for many other stores, they tallied cars with shades pulled up over the windows, likely to provide privacy for inhabitants within. Along the perimeter of one shopping area, a laundry basket could be seen from the front passenger seat of a parked RV camper, and that vehicle was tallied as well.

Fernandez and his team usually made a bee-line to the dumpsters, with some getting out of the van to peer behind some of them. They checked along the train tracks and looked over looked over chain-linked fences into the concrete Aliso Creek wash, where they could see tents set up under an overpass.

Some of the more hidden-away encampments may have gone unnoticed if not for Czarina Barrios, a housing navigator for LA Family Housing, which provides services to homeless individuals and families in the San Fernando Valley.

Czarina Barrios, a housing navigator for Los Angeles Family Housing, was part of a volunteer team conducting a homeless count in Northridge. She looks down the railroad tracks, but does not see any encampments on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Photo by Elizabeth Chou)

Barrios spotted the tip of a red tent peaking out of bushes behind a fence, and an encampment of two to three blue tents along the wash. She pointed to a man walking down the street carrying white plastic bags in each hand. She recognized him from her outreach work.

Barrios said she started off doing outreach for LA Family Housing, but was very interested in working on matching people with homes, which she said is a challenge in today’s economy.

“It’s hard for my friends and family to find housing, and they work full time,” she said.

The team also found signs of homelessness in unexpected places. Their final census tract also included a tranquil residential neighborhood with 1950s-era single-family homes, many of them two-stories.

Loraine Lundquist, a Northridge resident and a professor of physics, mathematics and sustainability at Cal State Northridge, held the clip board containing the sheet where the tally marks were to be recorded. She was the designated counter that night.

Loraine Lundquist, of Northridge, is the designated counter for her team during Tuesday night’s homeless count. She gets a closer look at the Aliso Creek wash behind the 24-Hour Fitness gym on Jan. 22, 2019. (Photo by Elizabeth Chou)

While driving through the neighborhood, Lundquist commented on how it is considered one of the safest places in the area. On one street, she spotted a van with the windows covered up, and jotted down one tally mark.

Lundquist said she was not surprised to see someone living out of their van in a neighborhood like this. It makes sense for someone to want to live somewhere as safe and peaceful as this street, she said.

“I live in a pretty — it’s not this nice — but it’s a pretty decent neighborhood in Northridge, and there’s a few RVs and vans there,” she said.

(Lundquist is a candidate in an upcoming election to fill a vacant City Council seat representing the 12 district, which includes Northridge and other surrounding neighborhoods.)

With more than 7,300 people volunteering over three evenings, there was a mix of reasons for why they stepped up, but often it was due to a personal encounter with homelessness. This year’s number of volunteers was up by at least 300 more people.

Earlier in the evening, about 30 or so volunteers turned up at the Northridge deployment site at Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints on Plummer Street. Many of them raised their hands when asked if this was their first time doing the count.

Among them was Ryan Roberts, who works as a handler at a nearby FedEx shipping warehouse (“We’re the real Santa Claus,” he joked to his teammates). Reynolds majored in religious studies at Cal State Northridge, and says that he feels that helping people experiencing homelessness was part of Christian teachings. It was out of this sense of duty that he helps with a shower program at a church in Chatsworth. The church also has drug and other addiction recovery programs, he said.

On the other end of the scale was Blanca Plascencia, who said she has volunteered the last five times the count was held.

Plascencia used to volunteer as a receptionist at a winter shelter in the Valley. Her “passion” for getting involved with tackling homeless grew out of personal experience as well.

“My sister is a veteran, and so you see a lot of homelessness in the veteran community,” she said.

While her sister was never homeless, she had worked for a bridge housing organization on the Veterans Affairs campus in West Los Angeles. Plascencia’s sister now works in the veterans services office at Cal State Northridge.

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At the end of the night, the volunteers turned in their clipboards with their tallies, and were given a certificate thanking them. The results will not be released until late May, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which coordinates the count.

The results are often referenced when deciding policy and how money is used around homelessness in the county. LAHSA applies for federal dollars from the Housing and Urban Development department and distributes the funds to various service organizations and municipalities, including the city of Los Angeles, for programs that aid people who are experiencing homelessness.

Other than Fernandez and his son, none of the members in their team had met before that night, but he said his experiences have been positive the two years he has done the count.

While the annual event could be compared to other civic activities like jury duty or voting, this one was was different, Fernandez said.

“It really takes someone who really cares about the issue to come out,” he said.

  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Amy Perkins talks to volunteers before they head out to count during the annual homeless count in Northridge, CA., Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Amy Perkins, right, and volunteer Claudia Goodman look at a map during the annual homeless count in Northridge, CA., Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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  • Volunteers are assigned areas to survey during the annual homeless count in Northridge, CA., Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Volunteers Blanca Plascencia, Ryan Roberts and Betty Doumas-Toto survey the campus of CSUN in Northridge, CA., during the Los Angeles County homeless count Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Volunteers Blanca Plascencia, Betty Doumas-Toto and Ryan Roberts survey the campus of CSUN in Northridge, CA., during the Los Angeles County homeless count Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix City Council on Wednesday night approved a $230 million renovation plan for their downtown arena that will keep the NBA’s Phoenix Suns in the city until at least 2037 with an option to extend it to 2042. The plan was approved by a 6-2 vote after more than three hours […]]]>
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Ready to erase all trace of your ex from your home? HGTV is casting LA singles for ‘Unspouse My House’ What’s the best way to move on after a breakup?

Try redecorating, and let HGTV help. The cable channel is now casting singles in the greater Los Angeles area for its upcoming post-breakup design series, “Unspouse My House.,” through Friday, Feb. 1.

When “Unspouse My House” debuts in late 2019 with six half-hour episodes, it will star Orlando Soria, the L.A.-based interior designer who got his start assisting Emily Henderson on HGTV’s “Secrets From A Stylist” and maintains a large Instagram following where he posted about his own breakup.

“Having remnants of an ex  can make it hard to move on with all of these constant reminders,” Soria said, adding the goal of the show is to demonstrate “how therapeutic it is to create a nice space” in a fun, lighthearted way.

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Soria works with the newly single clients to get rid of the emotional baggage and move on by creating  a man cave, garage conversion or even outdoor living space.

As he put it, “I’m down to do anything.” (But you’re paying for it.)

The singles pay for all of the renovations.

Applicants should email with your name, location, contact information, occupation, links to your social media page, short description of your current situation and how much money you’ve got to spend on a renovation.

Don’t forget to attach a recent photo of yourself before you hit send.

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A day after being elected to the Hall of Fame, pitchers Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina discussed Mariners legend Edgar Martinez's well-documented success against them.]]>
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NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden has reached 30 points for the 21st consecutive game, passing Wilt Chamberlain for the fourth-longest streak in NBA history. Harden’s 3-pointer with about three minutes remaining in the first half of Houston’s game against the Knicks on Wednesday night gave him 32 points. The NBA’s leading scorer had already […]]]>
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Bergevin Was Right to Trade Galchenyuk for Domi At times, you may end up being right for the wrong reasons. The ends justify the means, though. That’s the situation Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin finds himself in a half-year after acquiring Max Domi from the Arizona Coyotes for Alex Galchenyuk.

Domi vs. Galchenyuk

As Domi and the Canadiens prepare to face Galchenyuk’s Coyotes ahead of the All-Star break, a quick glance at the stats reveals a seemingly lopsided trade in favor of the Canadiens. Galchenyuk has half of Domi’s 16 goals. He’s also being outscored by nearly 20 points (44 to 25), albeit in 11 fewer games played. It’s not the main reason why the Canadiens have come out ahead as a result of the trade, though.

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Max Domi – (Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Oh, it’s gravy for sure. However, it’s not that Galchenyuk’s skills were misrepresented or overestimated following his six seasons as a Hab. He’s still a 30-goal-scoring talent, even if he fails to reach that plateau again playing for the offensively stunted Coyotes.

It’s more so that Domi’s skills were underestimated by most everyone who analyzed the trade at the time. He’s poised to shatter the career highs he set in his rookie season (18 goals, 34 assists), which were followed by two sobering campaigns during which his production took a hit and he scored just 18 goals total.

Bergevin Improves the Habs at Center

More than that though, it’s that Domi has proven beyond capable of playing center. Despite having been drafted as a winger, Domi has filled in admirably as the team’s de facto No. 1 center, which represents effectively the polar-opposite situation as the one Galchenyuk had been in as a Hab.

It may not be the same role he fills in a few seasons, assuming Jesperi Kotkaniemi develops as expected (by Scotty Bowman) and takes over the mantle. Still, Bergevin, through Domi (and Kotkaniemi and Phillip Danault), has stabilized the middle of the ice for the Canadiens. Going back even one season, that was about as unforeseen as a Montreal Expos fan in town (when they were still the Expos) come April, if the Habs had made the playoffs.

Thanks to Bergevin and those moves specifically the Canadiens are in a wild-card spot right now and the playoffs no longer seem like just a distant memory. What’s maybe the most important though, when assessing how the Domi acquisition has panned out, is how the whole Galchenyuk debacle would have panned out instead.

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin – (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Galchenyuk vs. Bergevin

Having signed a three-year extension with the Canadiens a few summers ago, Galchenyuk is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season. It’s very believable, based on how Galchenyuk was arguably treated by the organization, being pushed and pulled in every direction in the lineup except down the middle with any kind of permanence, that he would have left. No one would have blamed him, either.

So, Bergevin turned a potential disaster into expert asset management by getting out in front of the problem. He successfully traded for a younger player with around the same production, one who won’t be a free agent for another few years.

«Il reste quatre ans avant que Max ne devienne agent libre, deux ans dans le cas d’Alex, on voit de la valeur là-dessus aussi.» – Bergevin

"Max won’t be a free agent for another four years. Alex will be a free agent in two. That was part of it." – Bergevin

— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 16, 2018

That’s the genius of the deal. That’s what makes this all worthwhile. Everything else is just icing on the proverbial cake. Had Domi continued on his downward trend from a production standpoint, at least Bergevin got something for what would have most certainly turned out to be a lost asset. It would have been enough. On top of it all though, Domi proved to be the center Galchenyuk couldn’t be for the Habs.

It would be easy to credit Bergevin for that too, but let’s get serious here. That’s all Domi. By Bergevin’s own admission, he only saw Domi as a winger, at least at the time of the deal. So, while he probably correctly predicted what would have been the outcome had he held onto Galchenyuk, Nostradamus he ain’t. The fact that Bergevin had said the plan all along had been to try Jonathan Drouin at center instead, upon the French-Canadian winger’s acquisition, further drives the final nail into the coffin with regard to that half-baked theory.

Furthermore, Bergevin was at least partly to blame for the Galchenyuk fiasco himself. Sure, a large portion of the responsibility to turn into a successful professional falls on the shoulders of the player himself, but, when the GM consistently diminishes your worth publicly, it kind of makes for a toxic work environment, doesn’t it? If your boss seemed to make it his one mission in life to let everyone know he didn’t think you had it in you to perform the job you were hired to fill, how well do you think you’d do?

No one truly knows if Galchenyuk would have ever regained the offensive form he displayed down the middle at the start of 2016-17 (23 points in 24 games, before getting injured), as a Hab. What is a foregone conclusion beyond any kind of reasonable doubt is he was never going to get the chance to. That’s what was wrong in the lead-up to the trade and how, almost in spite of himself, Bergevin corrected the situation.

Ex-Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk

Ex-Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk – (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ross D. Franklin)

As far as accomplishments go, it’s somewhere between finding a $20 bill underneath a couch cushion and turning that $20 into $100, gambling. The stakes are about the same too, seeing as Bergevin had almost nothing to lose. That he gained a whole lot is impressive, but not the whole story here, considering Galchenyuk is far from having a bad season and can still pan out with the Coyotes. Both teams can still win this trade, but, admittedly to Bergevin’s credit, the Canadiens already have.

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A California solution to immigration policy Have we had enough of the Washington gridlock on immigration issues?

When our elected federal leaders find themselves incapable of fixing a decades-old problem, California not only has the right but the obligation to act in its own interests. Virtually all Americans agree that our immigration system is broken. If Washington won’t fix it, California must act.

We can begin by accepting the recommendation of a 2002 Little Hoover Commission report, as relevant today as it was back then, to establish a state residency program for immigrants who demonstrate a commitment to becoming responsible members of our communities.

We can do an analysis of our workforce needs by industry sector, similar to what is already done in Canada. We can determine how many native-born and documented workers we have to serve those needs and fill gaps by issuing multi-year, renewable residency permits for qualified immigrant workers, including undocumented workers who are already in California.

California has shortages in a wide range of occupations, from computer scientists to agricultural workers; from construction workers to health service providers.

Economic growth is dependent on three ingredients: innovation, capital and labor. In California, that growth needs immigrant labor. The population of native-born 18-to-64-year-old workers in the U.S. has expanded by less than 0.2 percent per year over the last decade and is projected to expand by just 0.1 percent per year over the next decade. More than one in four California residents is foreign-born and about 30 percent of those are undocumented.

Imagine if California’s undocumented workers were to stop working. Unharvested crops would rot in the fields. The hospitality industry would shut down. Residential construction would plummet. It would be an economic catastrophe.

Our elected representatives in Washington have allowed ideological extremists on the right and the left to use immigration as a political wedge issue. Most of us understand the stalemate about “the wall” is not about fixing the problem; it’s about politics.

Many on the far-right refuse to acknowledge that the decades-long failure to create an effective legal immigration system has made many employers dependent on undocumented workers and has lured immigrants willing to work.

Many on the far left fail to appreciate how many millions of people would flock to the U.S. under an open border policy.

They refuse to acknowledge that every sovereign nation not only has a right but an obligation to vet prospective immigrants for reasons of public safety, national security and economic interest as well as to protect wage rates (heavily influenced by the supply and demand of labor) and to prevent stressing our safety net.

California is a nation-state with an economy larger than that of all but four nations. So what do we do when our federal government proves to be incapable of fixing a problem with huge implications for our state?

Article 10 of the U.S. Constitution provides that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people”.

Article 10 does not allow California to grant citizenship; only the federal government can do that. But there’s a lot that we can do.

We can acknowledge that by acts of both omission and commission our policies encouraged people to enter our nation illegally. Many of them brought their young children, who have grown up side-by-side with our children.

It would be dishonest to deny that we were complicit in creating these circumstances, so the solution must be based in part on trademark American values of fairness and compassion. We should treat these children as we would treat any other American.

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We can, as proposed in the Little Hoover Commission report, put in place programs to help responsible immigrants integrate into our communities and society; a stark contrast from the policies that currently prevent or delay such integration.

We can distinguish between law-abiding people and bad actors. Undocumented workers who fail to get a residency permit, or who have a felony or multiple misdemeanor convictions, or who persistently show they are only here for our generous social benefits, can be turned over to the federal government for deportation.

Surveys tell us that Americans will support solutions that reflect this combination of liberal and conservative values.

Pete Weber is a retired CEO and co-chair of California Forward, a bipartisan nonprofit to improve government decision-making, He wrote this commentary for CALmatters.

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Eclipse Awards: Justify favored in tough Horse of the Year battle Santa Anita morning-line maker Jon White, who’s also a great horse racing historian, makes a strong argument for Justify in the Triple Crown winner’s battle with Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Accelerate for 2018 Horse of the Year.

The 48th annual Eclipse Awards will be presented Thursday at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla., beginning at 5 p.m. While both Justify and Accelerate are slam dunks to win Eclipse Award honors in their respective divisions, they also have their share of supporters in the race for Horse of the Year.

“No horse in the 144-year history of the Kentucky Derby won it after running the first quarter-mile as fast as Justify did,” White wrote in an e-mail. “He went on to become the first Triple Crown winner in racing history who did not race as a 2-year-old. Justify defeated nine opponents in the Belmont Stakes. No Triple Crown winner ever beat that many rivals in the Belmont.”

Justify didn’t begin his career until last Feb. 18, when he won his debut by 9-1/2 lengths at Santa Anita and three races later became the first Kentucky Derby winner since Apollo in 1882 to win the Run for the Roses without racing as a 2-year-old.

“Justify defeated 19 opponents in the Kentucky Derby, seven in the Preakness and nine in the Belmont, a total of 35 in the three races, more than any other Triple Crown winner,” White wrote.

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Bob Ike, a longtime Southern California handicapper who has an Eclipse Awards vote, doesn’t believe Accelerate has a chance at the most prestigious of Thursday’s awards.

“I believe Justify will get at least two-thirds of the HOY votes and is a very deserving winner,” he wrote in an e-mail. “What he did in the first half of the year is unprecedented and will never be duplicated again as long as they run horse races, in my opinion.”

Accelerate’s backers point to the fact Justify didn’t race after the Belmont because of an injury. He was eventually retired, and his critics claim you can’t give Horse of the Year to a horse who ran only half the year. If Justify wasn’t retired, he almost certainly would have faced Accelerate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

“Yes, Justify only raced from February to June, while Accelerate raced from February to November,” White wrote. “But did Accelerate win more races than Justify? No. Justify and Accelerate each won six races.”

Justify was 6-0 in 2018, winning four Grade I races and totaling just shy of $3.8 million in earnings. Accelerate won six of seven, losing by a neck to Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner City of Light in the Oaklawn Park Handicap on April 14, and accumulated just more than $5 million in earnings. His victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic was worth $3.6 million alone and he won five Grade I stakes, including the Pacific Classic at Del Mar by a record 12-1/2 lengths.

“But there is a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner every year, while Justify is one of just 13 Triple Crown winners in the history of the sport,” White wrote. “Winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic is a big deal, but the Triple Crown is the most coveted prize in horse racing and is considered one of the most difficult achievements in all of sports.”

The only Triple Crown winner not to be declared Horse of the Year was Omaha, in 1935.

Ike, partner/vice president of and proprietor of, believes this year’s race is not even debatable.

“Accelerate had a great campaign, but I believe an undefeated Triple Crown winner is automatically HOY no matter what any other horse does,” he wrote. “Lots of horses over the years have had great seasons, but there have been only 13 Triple Crown winners and that’s something special. I think a strong majority of the voters will agree.”

In the other categories, Game Winner (2-Year-Old Male), Justify (3-Year-Old Male), Monomoy Girl (3-Year-Old Filly), Accelerate (Older Dirt Male), and Roy H (Male Sprint) are expected to be easy winners.

The races for top jockey and trainer figure to be interesting, with multiple deserving winners in both categories.

Jose Ortiz, the Eclipse winner as top jockey in 2017, is a finalist again this year alongside his brother – Irad Ortiz Jr. – and Smith, who could win the Eclipse for the first time since 1994.

Bob Baffert, who trained Justify, is one of the finalists for top trainer, along with two-time reigning winner Chad Brown and 2008 and 2009 winner Steve Asmussen.


What: Horse racing’s Oscars

When: Thursday, 5 p.m. PT

Where: Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla.

Storyline: Will becoming the 13th Triple Crown winner in history be enough for Justify to win Horse of the Year?


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