MASON CITY — A restored World War Two-era bomber is in Mason City this weekend, offering tours and flights to groups of passengers. The B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast” is maintained by the Experimental Aviation Association, which takes it on tours around the country.Matt Ohr is a crew chief on the plane and says they are in town to help show people this piece of World War Two history. “It’s a flying museum. It’s one of the few B-17s left flying. Part of the reason we do is to show the younger generation what the greatest generation did, how they did it, and to be grateful that they did what they did for us.”Ohr says the B-17 helped win the European portion of the war. “The B-17 was primarily used on the European front. They bombed the Germans during the day, the British bombed at night. The Americans had the rougher time of it during the day. They had huge losses but they kept going up and doing their job, and basically broke the Germans and won the war.”Ohr says the Aluminum Overcast was built in 1945 and has a long history as well of post-war service. “This particular airplane was built in 1945 at the end of the war. It did mapping after the war and it’s got quite a history. It was given to the EAA, they completely rebuilt the airplane and they keep it flying, it’s been flying for several years. It’s a chance of a lifetime to come out and see something like this and to take a ride and something like this, I mean it’s nothing like your riding today, all of the technology and everything, this is a basic airplane.”Ohr says people will be able to get a feel of what it was like to fly in a World War Two service aircraft. “The experience speaks for itself. When you go up into be bombardier’s seat and be able to look out the front of the airplane as you are flying, you have the sound, you have the feel, you have the vibration. It’s a phenomenal experience.”The B-17 will be at the airport through Sunday. To book a flight ahead of time, head to this link for the Experimental Aviation Association’s website.
18 Aug 2013 Charlotte wins English mid-amateur title Charlotte Thomas won the English women’s open mid-amateur championship at John O’Gaunt, Bedfordshire, today with a sizzling display of golf.She had the answers to every situation as she took on and defeated Olympian Chloe Rogers 4/3 in an excellent final.Both played extremely well but Charlotte (image © Leaderboard Photography) was superb on and around the greens, and her short game kept her opponent at bay.Time and again she chipped or pitched stone dead, most memorably on the long 13th, where her second found water and she had to drop back under penalty. A glorious shot with a wedge soared over a tree and finished close to the hole – and she’d rescued a par and a half.Winning the title was particularly satisfying for Charlotte after last week, when she came so close to capturing the English women’s stroke play championship, losing only in a play-off.“It was such a good last day last week that it was difficult to be disappointed, but I was determined to win this week. This means a lot, it’s my first national English title and I’m very happy,” said Charlotte, who is based in Singapore and makes an annual golfing trip to England.She laid the foundations of her win with four consecutive birdies, starting on the par four third where she drove the green on the 268-yard hole.She followed up by ramming home a 12-footer on the short fourth for two, chipping dead on the fifth to set up a birdie four, and then pitching up stiff, over a greenside bunker on the sixth, for another birdie four.Chloe, meanwhile, was hanging on tight. The Braintree golfer had a couple of birdies of her own in that stretch and was just two down after the sixth. But, after a par putt stopped on the lip on the seventh and a tangle with the deep rough on the ninth, she was four down.She produced her own short-game magic on the 10th, where she got up and down from a difficult greenside bunker for a par three to win the hole.But Charlotte’s bogey on 10 was one of only two she had during the final and, as she relentlessly secured the pars, she piled on the pressure.On the 12th, for example, she chipped up stone dead for par from the edge of the green. Chloe had a birdie opportunity, but charged her putt past the hole and missed the return, dropping back to four down in the match. After the next three holes were halved the title belonged to Charlotte.Chloe, who won a hockey bronze medal at the London Olympics, remarked: “Charlotte played very well and I just couldn’t do anything about it. She was top qualifier and she’s been on top form all week. But I’ve loved it, I wasn’t expecting to get this far, so it’s been a bonus.”Now Charlotte will return to Singapore and, before long, will be back to the University of Washington in Seattle – where her first golfing date is a much-anticipated match in Japan. Chloe meanwhile heads to Prestwick and next week’s British stroke play championship.ResultCharlotte Thomas (Singapore) beat Chloe Rogers (Braintree) 4/3
Photos by Patrick Olivero MIDDLETOWN – Seashells are a quintessential part of the Jersey Shore life, but have you ever stopped to wonder where they come from? Monmouth County Parks System senior park naturalist Joe Reynolds shared his knowledge of mollusks and their importance to the ecosystem at the Bayshore Waterfront Activity Center in Port Monmouth Sunday. On that frigid afternoon, beach lovers were encouraged to bring their collection of seashells in for the park naturalist to identify or browse the seashell collections on display. With each shell, the park naturalist explained a bit of what life is like for these small but critical creatures.
FAMILY VALUES AT STAKE FOR COLONEL JOANTRUJILLO OFF TO HOT START AT SANTA ANITAGLORY, GLORY, GLORY HALLELUJAH, ET AL Mike Puype2022310%$103,890 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Martin Pedroza4065515%$211,210 Carla Gaines1432021%$175,155 Flavien Prat1931316%$102,260 George Papaprodromou1022220%$72,670 Joseph Talamo5259610%$402,788 J. Eric Kruljac821025%$73,170 Elvis Trujillo4884417%$431,088 Jack Carava921022%$32,580 A. C. Avila720029%$30,210 Rafael Bejarano531310525%$627,396 Mike Smith3565617%$527,891 Corey Nakatani2963421%$293,286 Richard Mandella1022120%$82,370 Michael Pender932033%$100,290 Gary Stevens1854228%$236,130 Mark Casse2143319%$287,150 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer3485524%$743,042 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 10) Kent Desormeaux4084620%$461,508 Peter Miller3476421%$464,796 Victor Espinoza3868316%$451,160 ELVIS IS ‘IN THE BUILDING’ AND HAVING SOLID MEETTom Knust has heard the lines about how “Elvis has left the building” umpteen times.The agent who represents jockey Elvis Trujillo is used to it, same as he’s becoming accustomed to the 30-year-old Panamanian making a mark for himself on the highly competitive Southern California circuit, finishing high in the standings at every meet since the two paired up a couple years ago.Trujillo (yes, his mother named him after The King) scored his second stakes win of the 11-day old meet Saturday when he rode Calculator to an impressive victory in the Grade III Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile. This could be his Derby horse.“He’s got a good combination,” Knust said: “A very sound work ethic and talent as a rider. Put those two things together and you’re going to be successful here.“He rides for Jerry Hollendorfer, Peter Miller and Doug O’Neill, but we also win races for smaller stables, like Bobby Wayne Grayson, Jorge Periban and Rafael Becerra. We’re riding for some good people and we’re very happy with where we’re at right now.”Miller echoed Knust’s sentiments after Trujillo rode 3-5 favorite Calculator to his maiden victory in the Sham, overcoming the risk of a wide trip throughout to score by 4 ¼ lengths.The Equibase chart read: “CALCULATOR five wide into the first turn, stalked outside foes on the backstretch, bid three deep leaving the second turn to gain the lead and won clear under urging.”Added Miller, who also saddled Rock Shandy to finish second and St. Joe Bay to finish fourth in the Sham: “I was very concerned with where Calculator was on the first turn, because it looked like five or six of them were sending, and I said, ‘Oh, no. We’re going to be 10-wide.’“But Elvis saw the same thing and he adjusted and brought the horse back into maybe the three or four path. We had a wide trip, but there’s less trouble out wide.”Through Saturday, Trujillo was tied for second in Santa Anita’s standings with eight victories, five behind perennial leader Rafael Bejarano.GLORY A POPULAR NAME IN THOROUGHBRED RACINGGlory, ridden by 2014 Eclipse Award apprentice jockey finalist Drayden Van Dyke and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, won a six furlong maiden race Saturday by two lengths in her second career start. Rick Porter (Fox Hill Farms), who raced 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, owns Glory, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of premier sire Tapit.“I figured Glory is a name that surely must have been used before, probably many times, in Thoroughbred racing,” said Jon White, who makes Santa Anita’s morning line and provides pre-race television commentary each race for the track’s simulcast network. “So I checked it out at equibase.com and found they have six Thoroughbreds named Glory listed.“In addition to the Glory who won Saturday, Equibase lists a filly named Glory by the sire Knight foaled in 1993. She never raced. There was another filly named Glory by Coastal foaled in 1983. That filly won once, a maiden race at Philadelphia Park in 1986. That’s filly’s sire, Coastal, won the 1979 Belmont Stakes, with Spectacular Bid having to settle for third when he was attempting to sweep the Triple Crown.“Equibase also has Thoroughbreds named Glory foaled in 2004 in Peru, 1986 in France, and 1978 in Argentina.“I also checked brisnet.com. Brisnet has three more Thoroughbreds named Glory foaled in the United States in 1886, 1922 and 1945. The 1945 foal, a filly by the great sire Bull Lea, was bred by famed Calumet Farm.”White said that he then also checked pedigreequery.com and found four more Thoroughbreds named Glory in Great Britain (foaled in 1919, 1941, 1958 and 1982), two more in Australia (1900 and 2005) and one more each in Argentina (1962), Barbados (1957), Brazil (1958), Chile (1939), Cyprus (1997), France (1910), Germany (1986), Ireland (2002), Italy (1985), Japan (1958), Russia (1900) and Yugoslavia (1999).In all, White found 27 Thorougbreds worldwide named Glory through the years. Neil Drysdale1721312%$140,470 Bob Baffert252548%$319,758 Mark Glatt1953326%$162,776 Doug O’Neill332336%$146,930 FINISH LINES: Should Nick Cafarchia win today’s sixth race with Italian Mirage, it would mark his 100th career win as an owner . . . Agent Brad Pegram reports that Mike Smith rides Top Decile for trainer Al Stahl Jr. in the $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at a mile and 70 yards at the Fair Grounds this Saturday. Top Decile was second by a half-length in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 1 to Take Charge Brandi, favored to win an Eclipse Award as Outstanding 2-year-old filly of 2014 when honors are announced, also this Saturday . . . Salvador Iniguez has been banned three days (Jan. 15, 16 and 17) for causing interference board Rock N Bunny in Thursday’s sixth race . . . Veteran jockey Agapito Delgadillo, back from a vacation in Mexico, is expected to resume riding at Santa Anita Friday. He will be represented by agent Joe Griffin, who also has Tiago Pereira . . . Fans can “buck up” on bargain day at Santa Anita next Monday, Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It will be another popular Dollar Day. On-track attendees can enjoy draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for a dollar each. Tyler Baze64821113%$440,908 John Sadler262478%$180,668 Eddie Truman320167%$67,080 Drayden Van Dyke534588%$275,296 COLONEL JOAN TRIES DIRT IN GRADE II LA CANADAColonel Joan makes her first stakes start on dirt when she runs in next Saturday’s Grade II La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.Eoin Harty feels she’ll give a good account of herself.“She works well on the main track,” the trainer said. “I see no reason she won’t be able to handle it . . . she’s by Colonel John and he’s a multiple Grade I winner on the dirt.”Six of Colonel Joan’s 11 career starts have come on turf, including a third-place finish at 37-1 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in November 2013.Harty trained Colonel John to win the 2008 Santa Anita Derby. Colonel Joan, a bay filly bred in Kentucky by Phil Owens, is owned by Eoin’s wife, Kathy, and Mark DeDomenico.“My mother-in-law’s name is Joan, so instead of Colonel John, we named the filly after her,” Harty said. “She’s thrilled.”No more so than Eoin and Kathy would be should Colonel Joan win the La Canada. Robertino Diodoro1021120%$35,860 Jeff Bonde1020220%$102,540 Philip D’Amato1523213%$99,960 Steven Miyadi923022%$62,280 Hector Palma721029%$37,460 Peter Eurton2152324%$243,880 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won -30-