Embed from Getty ImagesThe Belmont Stakes may be the race defining the career of a horse. The mile-and-a-half contest puts the endurance, speed, and heart of every bit of a horse to the test and has given some of the greatest, most iconic moments in the sport’s history to racing fans.The Belmont has become known by horse-racing professionals as the “Champion Test.” The three-year-old Competing thoroughbred horses have fully matured by the time the race runs and the field of competitors has been diminish so that only the best of the crop is competing, which is why the area is usually the smallest of the three Triple Crown races.One of the Oldest in Holding Racing EventsBelmont Stakes, the oldest and longest of the three classic horse races (with the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes) that make up the American horse racing triple crown. The Belmont Stakes was born in 1867 and is named after August Belmont, the financier, diplomat, and sportsman. Embed from Getty ImagesIt’s been run in its history at different distances and tracks. Since 1905, however, it has been held at Belmont Park near New York City and the course has been 1,5 miles (about 2,400 meters) long since 1926. The race takes place at the beginning of June and is the Triple Crown’s final race.Time Table of Memorable Events in Belmont StakesLet us go back in time and reminisce some of the significant milestones in the Belmont Stakes history.1867: The Belmont Stakes inaugural running takes place in New York’s newly opened Jerome Park. At the end of 1 5/8 miles (the race was one-eighth of a mile long at the time) the filly Ruthless prevails in a photo finish over De Courcey.1874: The distance from the Belmont Stakes is changed to 1 1⁄2 miles and in the time of 2:42.20, Saxon comes out on top, a slow clock according to the standards of today.1882-1888: Jockey James McLaughlin wins six Belmonts over seven years, setting a record for most Belmont jockey wins.1890-1906: The Belmont has shortened to 1 1⁄4 miles again before frequently changing distances during the two decades. The race takes place at the newly opened Belmont Park for the first time in 1905, the year Tanya becomes the second filly to win the race.1911-1912: Racing in New York is temporarily shut down because of anti-gambling laws and the Belmont Stakes are not running for two years.1913: Trainer James Rowe, Sr., wins with Prince Eugene his eighth Belmont Stakes, recording that no one has nearly broken. Remarkably, twice as a jockey, Rowe also won the Belmont in 1872 and 1873.1919: The winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Sir Barton, wins the Belmont Stakes and becomes the first horse to sweep what would later become the Triple Crown.1926: The Belmont Stakes returns to 1 1⁄2 miles permanently, and Crusader records the fastest time yet for the distance, clocking it at 2:32.20.Embed from Getty Images1930: Gallant Fox wins over the well-looked Which one on the Belmont Stakes three effortless lengths, becoming the second horse being victorious at the Triple Crown.1935: Gallant Fox becomes the only winner of Triple Crown to sire a Triple Crown winner when his son, Omaha, finishes the sweep with a comfortable win over the small field of Belmont Stakes.1941-1948: Four horses–Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946) and Citation (1948)–sweep the Triple Crown over eight years, making it the most prolific decade for Triple Crown winners in the 1940’s.1955: On board Nashua, Jockey Eddie Arcaro wins his sixth and final Belmont Stakes, tying James McLaughlin’s record more than 60 years ago.1957: Gallant Man, is the one of the best horses ever to win a division championship, crosses the Belmont Stakes for an eight-long victory, lowering the track record to 2:26.60.Embed from Getty Images1963-1967: The Belmont Stakes have been held at nearby Aqueduct for five years due to renovations at Belmont Park.1973: The Secretariat sets the standard by which all Belmont Stakes winners are measured, winning the race with an unprecedented 31 lengths and setting a 2:24 flat world record.1977: Seattle Slew wins the four-length Belmont Stakes to become the tenth winner of the Triple Crown race.1982-1986: With Conquistador Cielo, Caveat, Swale, Crème Fraiche and Danzig Connection, By winning five straight Belmont Stakes renewals, trainer Woody Stephens achieves the seemingly impossible.1990: The trainer Dermot Weld, based in Ireland, wins the Belmont Stakes with Go and Go, who finished fourth in Group 2 Derby Trial Stakes in Leopardstown, Ireland.1993: Julie Krone is the first female rider to win the Triple Crown race, leading Colonial longshot Affair to win 2 1⁄4 lengths off the pace.1998: In one of Belmont Stakes ‘ closest photo finishes, Victory Gallop edges Real Quiet in the final steps to win the nose, denying Real Quiet the Triple Crown sweep.2002: Sarava posts an upset record in the Belmont Stakes, with 70.25-1 odds.2004: A record 120,139 crowd turns out to watch Smarty Jones compete for the Triple Crown, but 36-1 shot Birdstone beats the favorite fan to the wire.2007: Rags to Riches is the third and latest filly to win the Belmont Stakes, outstripping the future Horse of the Year Curlin to win ahead.2015: With a five-and-a-half-long triumph, American Pharoah made history in the Belmont Stakes, He was the first horse to sweep swing the Triple Crown in 37 years.2018: Unbeaten Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve and Preakness Stakes winner Justify is expected to seek their Triple Crown sweep in the Belmont Stakes 150th edition.TakeawayThe Belmont Stakes is the highlight of what makes a riveting sport like horse racing, from heartbreaking defeats to unbelievable triumphs. 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Johannesburg, Thursday 10 November 2016 – Brand South Africa will this week launch a digital campaign under the banner ”No Excuses’ in support of the annual global 16 Days for No Violence Against Women and Children.Brand South Africa calls on all citizens to support the campaign by wearing a white ribbon during the 16-day period to symbolise their pledge to not commit or condone violence against women or children.Commemorated annually, the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children, aims to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse have on women and children and the country as a whole. It further aims to encourage people to stop violence against women and childrenBrand South Africa’s GM for Marketing, Ms Sithembile Ntomebla said: “The 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign challenges South Africans to declare a truce on violence against women and children – and, ultimately, turn this into 365 days of non-violence against women and children.”The global campaign which runs from 25 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Children through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December, is premised on these specific dates to emphasise the links between ending gender-based violence and human rights principles. This period includes International Aids Day to raise awareness of how HIV and Aids impacts on the lives of women and children.The 16 Days on No Violence against Women and Children finds expression in South Africa’s Constitution and other policies which call on all stakeholders to play their part to create a society characterised by equity and fairness for women, children and other vulnerable groups.“It is the responsibility of government, business, civil society organisations, faith-based organisations, communities and the media to drive to increase awareness of the negative impact of violence and abuse on women and children, and speak out against woman and child abuse,” added Ms Ntombela.The campaign also aims to challenge the perpetrators of violence to change their behaviour, involve men in helping to eradicate violence, as well as provide survivors with information on services and organisations that can help lessen the impact of violence on their lives.For more information on how to participate in the campaign, follow the conversation on #NoExcuses.Notes to the EditorAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young. It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.
A group of teachers and students had made an attempt on their lives, two Manipur University officials said in a police complaint that led to the detention of 89 students and six faculty members this past Thursday midnight.Remanded to custodyA court in the State capital Imphal on Friday remanded six teachers and seven students to 15 days’ judicial custody and two other students to five days’ police custody.In his complaint, the university’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor K. Yugindro said some members of the university community had kidnapped him and Registrar in-charge M. Shyamkesho when they visited the campus on Thursday.Suspended Vice-Chancellor Adya Prasad Pandey had appointed the duo when the Ministry of Human Resource Development had sent him on leave after a committee was constituted to probe various allegations against him.“We were harassed and grilled for three hours inside a room. They let us go after forcing us to sign on a piece of paper saying we will never try to enter the university office again,” Mr. Yugindro’s said in the complaint.Some students and faculty members of the university attacked them using sticks and stones with the apparent attempt to kill them but they somehow managed to escape, it added.Later, Mr. Yugindro issued a statement saying the six arrested teachers have been placed under suspension for being in police custody.Trouble in varsity Trouble in Manipur University began in the first week of July with the students’ union demanding Mr. Pandey’s ouster for alleged misappropriation of funds. The teachers and employees unions joined the agitation a few days later. Tribal students’ organisations, however, have distanced themselves from the agitation.
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Whatever it was, the sound was a reminder of what Vonn has come to symbolize — an athlete who battled back from one major injury after another throughout her career to win more ski races than any other woman.Add one more — final — comeback to the listFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFive days after crashing in super-G — a fall that knocked the wind out of her and left her with a black eye and a bruised rib — and three months after tearing a ligament in her left knee, Vonn won the bronze medal in the world championship downhill Sunday in the final race of her career.She’s shed so many tears that there are none left — just like she no longer has any cartilage in her knees. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Third placed United States’ Lindsey Vonn celebrates on the podium after the women’s downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)ARE, Sweden (AP) — Lindsey Vonn walked off with her career haul of medals in her right hand, the gold, silver and bronze clinking together almost weighing her down.Or was it the bulging knee braces and metal support rods inside her vast array of broken bones?ADVERTISEMENT “I was weighing in my mind the risk of putting it all out there, crashing and getting injured again, as opposed to finishing where I wanted to,” Vonn said. “It was an internal battle.”As soon as she exited the finish area, Vonn embraced Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, the only skier to win more World Cup races than she did — 86 to 82.“I basically begged him to come here via text, in all caps, many exclamation points,” Vonn said. “He’s an icon and a legend in our sport and he doesn’t really like the spotlight but he deserves to have it. I was just so grateful that he was there. Honestly, it’s a perfect ending to my career.”The third skier on the course, Vonn had a big smile on her face when she came down with the fastest run to that point. She waved and bowed to the crowd.Eventually, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia beat Vonn and took gold, defending her title from the 2017 worlds. Stuhec finished 0.23 seconds ahead of silver medalist Corinne Suter of Switzerland and 0.49 ahead of Vonn.“Not many were counting on (Vonn) to get the medal in her last race, which makes it even more special,” Stuhec said. “She has won everything.”Vonn became the first female skier to win medals at six different world championships. It’s also her fifth downhill medal at a worlds, matching the record established by Annemarie Moser-Proell and Christel Cranz.“Thank You Lindsey: Forever A Star,” read one sign positioned by the side of the course.Four U.S. flags were in the grandstand when Vonn came down and there were quite a few cheers when she started her run wearing a suit with blue-and-yellow trim — Sweden’s colors — to honor Stenmark.“She really deserves this sendoff from her great career,” said Eleanor Bodin, a 21-year-old fan from Sweden who was holding up a sign saying “Thank You Lindsey.” Phil Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “She has been my favorite skier since 2008 when I saw her winning on television,” Bodin said. “I was a little girl sitting on the sofa. I just thought what a great skier and inspiration.”At 34, Vonn eclipsed her own record from two years ago for oldest woman to win a medal at a worlds.Fog and wind forced organizers to shorten the course to the second reserve start, which favored Vonn because it reduced the strain on her knees.Now she can finally let her body heel and move onto the next phase of her life — possibly acting, having children, starting a business.“I’m looking forward to just chilling out a bit and recovering everything, including my mind,” Vonn said. “It’s been a lot to process.“The nice thing is that, in the real world I’m actually pretty young. I have felt really old for a long time, because I’m racing with girls that are like 15 years younger than me. So now, in the real world, I’m normal. Thirty is the new 20 so I’m super young. I’ve got a lot to look forward to.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I’m literally tapped out, I can’t cry anymore,” Vonn said. “I want to cry but it’s dry. … It’s not an easy thing to feel your bones hitting together and continue to push through it.“Of course I’m sore. Even before the crash I was sore. So I’m just sore on top of sore. My neck is killing me,” Vonn said. “But at the end of the day no one cares if my neck hurts; they only care if I win. … I knew that I was capable of pushing through the pain one last time and I did that. … Every athlete has their own obstacles and I faced mine head on today and I conquered them.”Vonn had been planning on retiring in December but she recently moved up her plans due to persistent pain in both of her surgically repaired knees. Then came the super-G crash, when she straddled a gate in midair, flew face first down the mountain and slammed into the safety nets.“She has been business as usual this whole week, saying I’m racing to win,” Karin Kildow, Vonn’s sister, told The Associated Press. “I was like, ‘Just maybe make it down and maybe stand up.’ But she was like, ‘No, I’m going full out’. She was definitely in the mindset to push it and she really did.”It’s a medal that brings Vonn full circle: the American’s two silvers at the 2007 worlds on the same course in Are were the first two major championship medals of her career.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments