FAVORED BELVOIR BAY HANDLES SWITCH IN SURFACE WITH APLOMB AS SHE TAKES $100,000 LAS CIENEGAS STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT

first_imgFAVORED BELVOIR BAY HANDLES SWITCH IN SURFACE WITH APLOMB AS SHE TAKES $100,000 LAS CIENEGAS STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY MILLER, SHE GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS ON WET FAST MAIN TRACK IN 1:15.06ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2019)–In a race reduced by five scratches to a field of four runners due to a shift in surfaces, today’s $100,000 Las Cienegas went to favored Belvoir Bay, who stalked the early pace and took command a quarter mile from home en route to an authoritative 1 ¼ length tally under Flavien Prat.  Owned by Gary Barber and trained by Peter Miller, English-bred Belvoir Bay got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.06 over a main track labeled wet fast.“We had a good trip and I was very confident the whole way,” said Prat.  “She made a good move around the turn and she did it pretty easily.”Most recently second in a Grade III stakes going 5 ½ furlongs on turf Oct. 12 at Keeneland, Belvoir Bay was off at even money and paid $4.20 and $2.80, with no show wagering.“She’s just unbelievable,” said Miller.  “She can do anything, any distance, up to a mile.  Any surface, she’s the kind.  I think this may have opened some doors to us in the future, to possibly run on dirt.  I’ll talk to Mr. Barber and do what we want to do, but we know she can sprint on the grass, obviously.“I was a little concerned when Smith (Mike, aboard eventual runner-up Lady Suebee) came up outside my other horse (Painting Corners) like he did heading up the backside…But Belvoir Bay had everybody in her sights, so it was no problem.”Today’s win marked Belvoir Bay’s eighth stakes win and made her perfect in two main track starts, as she also won the Grade III, one mile Torrey Pines Stakes in August, 2016.In a remarkable career that began with five starts at two in her native England, Belvoir Bay, a 6-year-old mare, is now 23-10-4-2 overall and with the Las Cienegas winner’s share of $60,000, she now has earnings of $642,167.Lady Suebee, who finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of Compelled, was off at 3-1 and paid $3.40 to place.Fractions on the race were 21.63, 43.85 and 1:08.25.Originally scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, the La Cienegas was shifted to the main track due to significant rainfall overnight and into early this afternoon.  As a result, today’s running will not be designated as a Grade III stakes, unless the American Graded Stakes Committee, in a decision to be rendered in the coming days, deems today’s running is worthy of graded status.last_img read more

German University Tells Elsevier No Deal

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Country In the latest skirmish between academia and publishers over the costs of academic journals, the University of Konstanz in Germany has broken off negotiations over a new licensing agreement with the scientific publisher Elsevier. The publisher’s prices are too high, said university Rector Ulrich Rüdiger in a statement, and the institution “will no longer keep up with this aggressive pricing policy and will not support such an approach.”Journals offered by the Dutch publishing giant, which sells more than 2500 titles, were covered by what was the university’s most expensive license by far, says Julia Wandt, the university’s head of communications and marketing. Negotiations had been ongoing since October, she says.The average Elsevier journal license cost 3400 euros ($4693) per year, three times as high as licenses offered by the second-priciest publisher, the university said in a statement. Wandt says Elsevier’s prices had increased more than 30% in the last 5 years. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Adding to tensions, the university hinted, was a feeling that academia is essentially paying twice for its own work. “Universities are in a way forced to purchase a good back in the form of expensive subscription fees – a good which is actually produced by their own scientists,” said Petra Hätscher, a university administrator, in a statement.Other universities have made similar threats in the past, among them the University of California, which threatened both Elsevier and Nature Publishing Group with boycotts. Those disputes were both resolved, and the university continued its site licenses.The breakdown doesn’t mean that University of Konstanz researchers will completely lose access to the journals, officials say. The university has access to journal archives through the end of 2013, Wandt says, and if researchers want to read articles from 2014, they will be able to access them through interlibrary loan or purchase them on a pay-per-view basis. The university library will cover any associated fees, she says, which administrators expect to be less expensive than the license agreement.If Elsevier approaches the university with a new offer, they would consider it, Wandt says, but for now “the matter is settled.”Elsevier had not responded to a request for comment as this article went to press. read more