Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson and Dept. of Public Safety Chief Carey Drayton held a meeting Tuesday regarding campus safety and health, addressing issues including student health concerns, crime near campus and DPS operations.Safety first · Vice President for Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson and Dept. of Public Safety Chief Carey Drayton discussed Thursday at a forum in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center health and safety concerns. – Samuel Ham | Daily TrojanThough crime has decreased over the last several years, student use of counseling services for mental health has increased since 2003 by more than 6,000 cases per year, and in the 2011 USC American College Health Association “National College Health Assessment Report” concerning graduate students, stress was reported as the top health concern affecting academic performance, Jackson said.He said focusing on these and other health and safety problems will create a healthier community.“Sometimes students are in crisis … our responsibility in Student Affairs is to resolve those crises,” Jackson said. “We’re concerned about supporting students in all their activities at USC.”Claudio Tarchi, a freshman majoring in music industry, said handling stress is something students should cope with.“USC is definitely a stressful place,” Tarchi said. “It should be on the student, though, to be responsible with their time.”While Jackson primarily focused on student health, Drayton discussed the issue of crime on campus.Drayton said, although crime has decreased since 2006, he hopes to reduce the current crime rate by continuing to implement DPS initiatives that make catching culprits easier.DPS currently controls 72 video cameras, 49 license recognition cameras and more than 500 alarms across campus. DPS uses these tools in its campaign to “minimize the spaces,” which involves using DPS resources to reduce areas in which crime is possible to prevent law breaking before it even occurs, Drayton said.Drayton said this pre-emptive strategy is more effective in reducing crime in the long term than responding to crime reports, and crime prevention should be a partnership between law enforcement and students.“Safety and security is a shared responsibility,” Drayton said. “DPS has the responsibility to keep students safe — students have the responsibility to report potential problems to make officers’ jobs easier.”Students had mixed feelings about the efforts of DPS and Student Affairs to keep students safe and satisfy their health needs. Riss Emond, a senior majoring in interdisciplinary studies, said USC seems more focused on increasing efficiency and improving academic performance than improving student health.“The administration doesn’t appear to have the same interests as students in regards to safety,” Emond said. “The university is spending a lot of time and money chasing after stolen bikes, while bigger issues like sexual assaults sometimes go uninvestigated.”Chris Gebert, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering and computer science, said it’s comforting seeing DPS on campus.“DPS does a good job,” Gebert said. “It’s always nice when it’s late and you see a DPS car drive by.”Jackson and Drayton said they are optimistic that their departments’ initiatives will make USC both safer and healthier for students.“Victims of crime [at USC] have been steadily going down in the last several years,” Jackson said. “The key for me is that we create a community of respect.”
Michael Gbinije had prepared for the moment. He’d heard the whispers from other guys who had already been through Boston. He’d run more than normal on the treadmill. He knew the Boston Celtics worked their prospects hard before making them compete in one final conditioning drill.In the afternoon on May 21, the former Syracuse point guard felt good when he found himself at the end line of the Celtics practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts, ready to run as many sprints as he could in three minutes.“It’s competitive,” Gbinije said. “You’ve got the front office people watching, the coaches watching. Regardless of how you played in (the scrimmages) before, you have one last chance. … I wanted nothing left in the tank leaving the workout.”Twenty-seven times he made it up and down the court. There were a handful of prospects there and Gbinije said he was bested only by former Louisville guard Damion Lee, who managed 29.Gbinije eventually completed the same drill for the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers. By the time the NBA Draft starts on Thursday at 8 p.m., Gbinije will have worked out for 15 teams. Those teams combine to hold every pick from No. 27 to No. 47, among others. That range corresponds with most mock drafts, which project him in the late-first or mid-second round.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKiran Ramsey | Web DesignerBy then, he’ll have finished all his preparation: Studying an NBA superstar, working out with a famous trainer and answering all the questions front offices have for a fifth-year senior who took longer than most to figure out his best position on the floor. And the school at which he could play it. And at a program with an unusual brand of defense.“The first question every team asks is, ‘Can he guard man-to-man?’” said Frank Gbinije, Michael’s father. “And obviously he’s showed that he can, in AAU, at Duke and on the Nigeria national team. … Quite frankly, he would prefer man-to-man (to zone) because he wants to chase the ball.”That’s a question that’s stalked many Syracuse players after leaving the Orange’s signature 2-3 zone. But what that man-to-man question really means, multiple people said, is: Does he have enough speed for NBA point guards? The size for small forwards?There are more questions surrounding Gbinije because of his lack of stability. He started at Duke, then transferred to Syracuse and sat out a season. He didn’t get much playing time his first year in orange then found some consistency as a forward — only to shift from the wing and reinvent himself as a point guard for his last season.All that change leaves most scouting reports with the basic information spun different ways: He recently turned 24. It’s too late to develop him. Or, he’s primed to be a low-maintenance contributor on a win-now team.He is 6-foot-7 and 205 pounds. That’s too small for forward or too slow for guard. Or, his frame and skillset fit perfectly into an NBA trending toward smaller lineups when he could handle the ball at forward. He is ‘fundamentally sound,’ in many reports. He has a low ceiling because he is decent everywhere but excels nowhere. Or, that shows intelligence, versatility and potential upside when given a role.Gbinije’s assets are known. What he’ll do with them is not.MORE COVERAGE:NBA Draft: The case for picking Michael GbinijeNBA Draft: The case against picking Michael GbinijeNBA Draft: The case for picking Malachi RichardsonNBA Draft: The case against picking Malachi RichardsonOn the beat: NBA Draft preview and a look ahead to the 2016-17 Syracuse basketball season Related Stories On the beat: NBA Draft preview and a look ahead to the 2016-17 Syracuse basketball seasonNBA Draft: The case against picking Michael GbinijeNBA Draft: The case for picking Michael GbinijeNBA Draft: The case against picking Malachi RichardsonNBA Draft: The case for picking Malachi Richardson Published on June 21, 2016 at 11:53 am Contact Sam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Sam4TR The search for answers started immediately. After a two-week break following the Final Four to finish school, he flew from Syracuse to Los Angeles. There, he worked out with NBA trainer Rob McClanaghan, a former SU basketball walk-on who has worked with stars Stephen Curry, Jimmy Butler and Carmelo Anthony.They worked on shooting, another question from NBA teams. Gbinije shot 46.1 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from 3-point range in the last two seasons, but teams want to know if he’s a good enough pure shooter for that to translate.McClanaghan emphasized to Gbinije over six weeks the ability to adapt to the NBA game. When he wasn’t jetting around the country to team workouts, Gbinije spent about five days per week in high-intensity, 75-minute workouts: Shooting more from the new 3-point line off the catch and dribble, changing pace while handling the ball and maneuvering in the post.“I knew he was a good athlete, but he’s a sneaky athlete,” McClanaghan said. “He’ll creep up and dunk on you. I didn’t know he had that in him, but he definitely does. He’s very consistent. (NBA teams) will know what they’re getting.”“An attractive second-round gamble,” wrote Jonathan Wasserman on Bleacher Report.“He’ll be in the league a long time,” McClanaghan said.“There’s certainly a future for him overseas,” wrote Tajh Jenkins on NBADraft.net.“I’m a competitive, learning basketball player,” Gbinije said.He said he pitches himself to teams as someone who can make adjustments quickly, like that point guard switch. NBA teams have tried him out on and off the ball. Once he has a team, then Gbinije said he’ll adapt to the position they want him in.Daily Orange File PhotoHe likes learning, even from afar by watching, like he did with Oklahoma City superstar Kevin Durant.On May 6, the Thunder lost a late lead at home to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Despite playing nearly 42 minutes and the game ending around 11 p.m. local time, Durant arrived at Mahogany Steakhouse downtown not long after with his teammate Nazr Mohammed.Durant and Gbinije share the same agent at Roc Nation and said hello, but not much more. The Thunder superstar and Mohammed talked about the loss most of the night.“I was observing, seeing how he interacts with people, watching how he plays the game,” Gbinije said. “(Durant) doesn’t get tired. I came in on a flight, went to the game and then we were at (the steakhouse) until 2 a.m. Me and my agent were tired and this guy just played a full-out game, and he just had energy. That stood out to me.”He soaked up information from others, working out with and against projected lottery picks like Marquette’s Henry Ellenson and NBA players Jerami Grant and Ray McCallum. Gbinije played “very solid” against that level of competition, according to McClanaghan.After weeks of interviews and workouts, and years of playing in high-profile college games, Gbinije is ready to stop telling teams what he can do and start showing them.“Whatever (teams) don’t know about me,” Gbinije said. “They’re going to find out.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Ball will always play in shadow of incredible 2011 statsBall has the speed, power and vision to be one of the elite runners in the nation this season, but he simply set too high a bar last season to live up to this year’s preseason Heisman hype.It’s not that No. 28 can’t handle the pressure. It’s that matching the 1,923 yards on the ground and still unbelievable 39 touchdowns from 2011 is a nearly impossible feat. And he didn’t get off to a promising start with his 120 yards on 32 carries (3.8-yard average) against an FCS defense (even if it was a decent one) in Northern Iowa.With historic numbers last season – by far the best of any running back in college football – his fourth-place finish last year may be the closest he comes to bringing home the Heisman Trophy. He will certainly put up impressive numbers this season and have plenty of highlight reel runs, but Ball would need everything to go perfectly in his final season in a Wisconsin uniform to improve on his remarkable junior campaign.Further damaging his chances of living up to the sizable hype is an offensive line that failed to open the big holes for one of the most talented backfields in the nation in the season-opener. Ball can’t spin off defenders and bulldoze over undersized defensive backs if the run creators in front of him can’t create enough space for him to get beyond the line of scrimmage.Only time will tell if Travis Frederick and Ricky Wagner can lead a line comparable to that of last year, a unit led by Peter Konz and Kevin Zeitler, two early-round NFL draft picks.So, will MoneyBall have a great season, the best of any tailback in the Big Ten? Yes. But I don’t think he will find himself giving an acceptance speech at New York’s Downtown Athletic Club this December.The lone hope is that they hand him the “career Heisman,” for his achievements over the last two years rather than a single season. But that late in the season, Barkley-mania will have already overtaken the nation.Although it will be a challenge, Ball will have solid Heisman campaign in 2012There’s no doubt about it, it’s going to be a challenge for Monte? Ball to repeat the stat line and success of 2011. But if the Northern Iowa game cast doubts about Ball’s potential to repeat his historic junior year, just remember a few key facts.One, the offensive line is replacing three starters from a year ago. There’s going to be a period in this nonconference schedule where this new starting group finds its chemistry together. However, this shouldn’t be a cause for concern. Wisconsin’s hog-mollies will find their groove sooner rather than later and open holes for Ball big enough for the Route 80 bus to fit through.Two, the Badgers will still have a solid pass game to keep opponents from stacking the box against the run game. While offensive coordinator Matt Canada played conservatively against the Panthers – something most play-callers do in the nonconference season so conference opponents are limited in their scouting – new quarterback Danny O’Brien made the most of his passing opportunities, going 19-23 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. One of the two touchdowns was a 53-yard strike, as O’Brien showcased his ability to beat opponents deep.Three, Monte? Ball is still Monte? Ball. It isn’t difficult to notice the Badgers’ tailback looks physically stronger than a season ago (Ball added over seven pounds of muscle in the offseason), and that will pay dividends in a long season of run-heavy football. Saturday, Ball constantly produced yards out of nothing, as he experienced first contact behind the line of scrimmage multiple times. Once the offense finds its rhythm and the holes open up, there are plenty of reasons to believe Ball will put up similar total yards to a season ago. And while the touchdowns may not come in bunches, Ball will still find himself with a solid chance to win the Heisman in 2012.After all, Ball knows that his draft stock in the NFL is affected by his performance this season. And that’s powerful motivation.
Despite some heroics by Irish international Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal, the home side claimed all three points after Aaron Lennon’s first-half strike put them ahead before Ross Barkley converted a pair of second-half penalties.Also last night, Watford and Chelsea played-out a scoreless draw in their mid-table clash at Vicarage Road.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. — You get the sense Terrell Suggs would have made one heck of a professional wrestler in another life, walking to the ring while playing to the crowd — the man everybody loves to hate.That hatred pulsates nowhere quite like it does at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, where the Ravens linebacker’s impact is very real, unlike the heel wrestler cutting a scripted promo or using a steel folding chair when the referee isn’t looking.Suggs is perfectly fine with the hostility and the crude gestures. In fact, he loves it all.“This is my Madison Square Garden,” Suggs said. “I love playing in this stadium. I love the way the people treat me, the welcoming they give me with the [No. 1 fingers] — think of it. I love it. We’re going on the road in probably the toughest stadium to play in in the NFL. We’re expecting a physical football game, and this is football. I guarantee you the NFL, the world will stop for this game, and everybody wants to see it.”Though not quite the Super Bowl — or Wrestlemania, for that matter — all eyes will be glued to the Ravens’ second meeting with the Steelers on Sunday night with Suggs figuring to play a prominent role as he always does against Pittsburgh. Past characters such as Shannon Sharpe, Tony Siragusa, and Chris McAlister have long moved on, but Suggs still carries the torch as the loudest talker on the Baltimore side of the biggest rivalry going in the NFL.And the 28-year-old linebacker expects an angry Pittsburgh team with the bad taste of a 35-7 beating the Ravens gave them in Baltimore less than two months ago still lingering in the Steelers’ mouths.“They’ve already declared war on us,” Suggs said. “We’re taking 53 men to the apocalypse and we ain’t bringing flowers. We’re going to make it as hard as we can for them to get organized.”If anybody can say whatever he wants to Pittsburgh, it’s the one-man wrecking crew Suggs has been against Ben Roethlisberger. Including the playoffs, Suggs has sacked the Steelers quarterback 15 1/2 times, the most any NFL defender has gotten to the two-time Super Bowl winner.Suggs has accumulated 13 1/2 sacks in 17 regular-season games against Pittsburgh, the most he has against any opponent and the most any active player has collected against the Steelers. The trend continued in Week 1 as the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker compiled three sacks and forced two fumbles to earn AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in the dominating victory in Baltimore.His six sacks has led a renaissance in the Baltimore pass rush in which the Ravens have collected 25 sacks through their first seven games, the best start in franchise history and two fewer sacks than the defense had all of last season. While Suggs has likely benefited from improved outputs by other veterans and contributions from young players, there’s no doubt the Ravens’ leading pass rusher makes the job of everyone else far easier.“We’ve had more one-on-one wins,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Our pass rushers have done a better job of winning some one-on-one battles. That’s all those guys. You look at the young guys along with Terrell Suggs, all those guys have done a good job in one-on-one situations of beating the man over them.”In his last trip to Heinz Field, the Ravens’ 31-24 divisional playoff loss last January, Suggs tallied a playoff career-high three sacks, which trumped his previous two-sack performance in the 2008 AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh.Even with tremendous individual success against Pittsburgh, the hunger is visible in Suggs’ eyes as he talks about the Ravens’ aspirations to reach the Super Bowl, acknowledging the team standing in their way nearly every season. Metaphors and WWE promos aside, the facts are very real when it comes to the Ravens’ past failures against Pittsburgh when it matters most.Continue >>>
Share SBC Magazine Issue 8: International expansion and picking up the sporting slack April 7, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Ahead of Betting on Sports 2017 (12-15 September), Easyodds CEO James Garmston, part of the ‘Improving the horseracing betting experience’ session at next month’s event, spoke to SBC News about what he’s looking forward to at #boscon2017, where operators and affiliates can work better together and what sports partnership has stood out over the last 12 months.SBC: Why is it important for you to speak at Betting on Sports?JG: The list of attendees is like reading through the who’s who of the operator and affiliate world, so it will be great to hear some genuine experts in their fields debate on how they are solving the real day to day issues we are all facing.In regard to ‘Improving the horseracing betting experience’, I’m really looking forward to sitting on this panel at #boscon2017 for an in-depth discussion with Will Lambe (BHA) and Bill Mummery (SBOBET) about what the industry collaboratively needs to do and just how realistic change is.SBC: What are you looking forward to at Betting on Sports?JG: With BOFCON (Betting on Football Conference) proving to be such as success at Stamford Bridge earlier in the year, now I’m really looking forward to being involved in another event by SBC which looks to be getting a lot of support, sitting in and listening to those with hands on experience getting stuck into some real debate, seeing who is presenting what in the exhibition hall, networking and naturally catching up with friends and colleagues across the industry.SBC: Where can operators and affiliates work together more closely?JG: It’s all about the data – although the operators are considering more collaboration in this space, with wallet developments now more in abundance, further efforts are still required regards the sharing in user data not only for retention but also for acquisition. Simply put, the more affiliates know the more they can refine their methodology and the better results will be for both sides.SBC: What sports betting partnership has stood out in the past 12 months?JG: The BetVictor and Liverpool partnership has impressed me the most with the standalone use of Klopp in some of their TV work. It’s given them some strong authority and associated the brand very tightly with the club, something other operators have failed to do with real people to which the everyday punter can relate. BetVictor have also made some significant product changes of late, so have backed up a good campaign with solid product development over the last 12 months.SBC: Describe your perfect sporting eventJG: Got to be either a day at Lords, the Amex Stadium, Twickenham or a couple of days down at Cheltenham (which I guess goes without saying). Any of these in any order for me, naturally a good lunch and good company being an essential component. All that said though, I think a pint and pie and a good game against a top-flight team at the Amex this season probably just edges it. Leeds United nets record breaking SBOTOP sponsorship for EPL comeback August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon UK granted ‘listed status’ to protect movement of horses October 15, 2019
The 28-year-old registered a .360 on-base percentage, blasted three home runs and tallied 10 RBIs in 14 postseason games. He also earned the 2018 ALCS MVP award.Bradley Jr. has spent all six of his MLB seasons with the Red Sox. He made the All-Star team in 2016. The Diamondbacks appear interested in acquiring an outfielder.Arizona has Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. “high atop” its wish list, according to a report from the Boston Globe, which cites an unidentified league source. Boston is “willing to talk” about trading him away, according to an earlier report from USA Today. MLB sources with knowledge of the situation say Diamondbacks NOT targeting Bradley Jr. to replace Pollock— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) December 12, 2018Bradley Jr. slashed .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs and 59 RBIs last season, but he turned it up a few notches during Boston’s World Series run. A.J. Pollock, who spent the last seven seasons with the Diamondbacks, became a free agent after 2018 and is not expected to re-sign with the team.Jackie Bradley Jr is high atop Arizona DBacks wish list to replace AJ Pollock according to a major league source.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) December 11, 2018But, according to WEEI, the Diamondbacks are not targeting Bradley Jr. Related News MLB trade rumors: Red Sox ‘willing to talk about’ Xander Bogaerts, Rick Porcello, Jackie Bradley Jr.
Dusty Baker has been to the postseason seven times in 21 years as a manager. He’s looking for his first championship in D.C., the fourth and likely final stop of his career.Baker’s behind-the-scenes work might be the biggest difference in a team that played down to an 83-79 record under Matt Williams last season.On the field, veteran second baseman Daniel Murphy – who carried the Mets past the Dodgers in last year’s National League Division Series – is an MVP candidate. Unheralded right-hander Tanner Roark has become a viable No. 2 starter. Mark Melancon was a necessary midseason upgrade over Jonathan Papelbon as the closer. The only person standing between speedy infielder Trea Turner and the NL Rookie of the Year award plays shortstop for the Dodgers.For all that’s gone right under Baker, the Nationals’ recent streak of bad luck arrives at a bad time. Harper is D.C.’s first superstar baseball player since the 1960s; the onus will fall on him in the eyes of many. But because they balance power and speed as well as any club, the Nationals can be creative. First base coach Davey Lopes, the former Dodger, teaches base stealing as well as anyone.HEALTH CHECKRamos and Strasburg are out. Werth is day-to-day. Harper seems determined to play through everything, and Murphy missed time last week with a strained left buttocks.WHO COULD BE THEIR X-FACTOR?The ageless Jayson Werth has been a stable lineup presence when healthy, hitting 21 home runs in 143 games. He has 53 games of postseason experience in a 14-year career, including two trips to the World Series with Philadelphia. If you believe that experience matters, Werth is the Nationals’ answer to Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley.NEWCOMERS TO WATCHTurner has been electrifying at the plate (.342/.367/.569), on the bases (32/38 SB) and in the field (he’s better at second base than in center).With Ramos out, keep an eye on rookie catcher Pedro Severino, who probably won’t start but has shown some pop in his bat. Second-year hurler Joe Ross, 23, is a candidate to start Game 4. He allowed three runs in three September starts.MAN AT THE WHEELThe postseason demands a different touch compared to the regular season, and Baker’s track record makes you wonder how well he grasps this nuance. Over 21 years, he’s won 53 percent of his regular-season games. In seven trips to the playoffs, he is 19-26.Baker has crossed paths with just about everyone in his lifetime. Here’s a fun fact: In 2006, he managed a Chicago Cubs team featuring Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill and special advisor Greg Maddux. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos (knee surgery) was ruled out for the year when he tore his ACL in September. The lineup will miss his .307 batting average; Washington’s pitching staff might miss Ramos more.Another All-Star, pitcher Stephen Strasburg (elbow), will miss at least the first round. Outfielder Jayson Werth recently battled a back injury, while slumping superstar Bryce Harper can’t escape questions about his right shoulder and left thumb. Batting .243, Harper has fallen off at the plate and in the field coming off an MVP season last year.Even if their roster isn’t as deep as it was a month ago, the Nationals have enough weapons to be dangerous in a short series. They ranked fourth in MLB with a .783 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) against left-handed pitchers, and the Dodgers likely will ask lefties to start four of the five games if the series goes the distance.HOW WILL THEY SCORE?One Dodgers pitcher called losing Ramos a “monumental” blow to the Nationals’ lineup; another called it “huge.” The bottom line: Murphy and Turner will need some help producing runs.
A longtime South Florida doctor is now fighting for his own life, after catching the very disease he was treating in others.Dr. Vladimir Laroche has practiced internal medicine for nearly 40 years. Recently, he was hospitalized at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center with the novel coronavirus.His brother, Paul Laroche, says Dr. Laroche had quickly adjusted to his new role as front-line medical staff during the pandemic when he suddenly began to feel symptoms. The virus is attacking his lungs, which has led to him being intubated and depending on a ventilator in the intensive care unit.“He almost died yesterday and at this point, his last saving chance is to get the plasma transfusion,” Paul Laroche adds, referring to convalescent serum therapy, which is being considered as a potential COVID-19 treatment that depends on a supply of blood plasma from survivors of the disease who developed antibodies capable of neutralizing the virus.Hospitals and blood banks across the country are now collecting, isolating, and processing the blood plasma. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued emergency authorization for the convalescent serum therapy last month.“We started looking for plasma and plasma donors because the demand is so high and the supply is so short,” says Paul Laroche.Photo courtesy: FoundCare/FacebookDr. Laroche’s colleagues at FoundCare Health Center are assisting the family with the search. Dr. Laroche reportedly needs a cup of the serum. For every donor, two to four patients can be treated.Since there are no proven therapies or vaccines to date for COVID-19, some doctors believe the passive-antibody therapy, which has been used before to treat a similar disease, can control the coronavirus for the time being.OneBlood, which is a blood donation center that serves South Florida, recently announced that Miami Mayor Francis Suarez was the first COVID-19 survivor in Florida to become a convalescent plasma donor.A OneBlood spokeswoman says prospective donors must be eligible to give blood, have a verified positive diagnosis, remain symptom-free for at least 14 days and have a confirmed negative test.
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 18, 2017)–Challenged from the opening bell, Argentine-bred Vale Dori repelled a serious challenge from Finest City to take Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes by 1 ½ lengths under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Bob Baffert, Vale Dori made every pole a winning one as she got a mile and one eighth in 1:48.81.Breaking from post position two in a field of eight older fillies and mares, Vale Dori had a neck on Finest City a half mile from home and finally shook loose approaching the sixteenth pole.“Today was the first time I think that she was pressured almost the whole race,” said Bejarano. “She showed me a lot of power, a lot of heart. I don’t think she minds coming from behind, but having a clean break, I just took it from there.”A winner of five straight races, the last four graded stakes, Vale Dori, a 5-year-old mare who was a Group I winner in her native Argentina at age three, was off as the 6-5 favorite and paid $4.60, $2.60 and $2.60.Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum, she is now 13-8-3-1 and with the winner’s share of $240,000, she increased her earnings to $934,943.Finest City, America’s reigning Eclipse Champion Female Sprinter, who finished some 9 ½ lengths clear of Autumn Flower, was stretching out off a big win here in the Grade II, seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 21, which followed her signature moment in winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint two starts back on Nov. 5.“She ran great,” said Baze, who was aboard for the first time as regular rider Mike Smith was out of town to ride at Oaklawn Park. “This is probably a little too far for her but she ran really well. I give the winner credit, she’d never been headed before and we were head and head the whole way.”The second choice at 8-5, Finest City paid $3.00 and $2.80.“My filly ran her eyeballs out,” said Kruljac. “Running second in a Grade I isn’t all bad. I’m happy with how she ran.”Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Autumn Flower held off Lady Tapit by a head for third money. The longest shot in the field at 59-1, Autumn Flower paid $10.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.50, 48.23, 1:12.21 and 1:36.37.Note: Bob Baffert was away, en route to Dubai, while his primary assistant, Jimmy Barnes was at Oaklawn Park. Vale Dori was saddled today by Baffert assistant, Mike Marlow.