Ming’s podium pushes Pabst to USF2000 title

first_imgA third place finish in the USF2000 series sponsored by Cooper tires ensured that Calvin Ming helped Pabst to the constructor’s title.Ming finished third yesterday as the event continued in Watkins Glenn.With his performance, the Guyanese has successfully assisted his Pabst team to the USF2000 title with Oliver Askew winning the individual over the weekend.The weekend started well, with Ming managing to lead the pack with the fastest lap times during the Friday free practice sessions.However, he only managed to qualify in P6 on Saturday morning, while his teammate Rinus Veekay qualified in P2, and Oliver Askew in P1.Starting from P6, Calvin Ming quickly charged into P3, by the exit of the first corner with Askew in the lead and Veekay only briefly ahead of him.By the end of lap #1, Rinus overtook Oliver and never looked back.Ming hounded down Oliver for the entire 30 minutes race which ran for 17 laps around the world famous Watkins Glen, 0 .75 miles long circuit with 11 turns and several elevation changes.The Pabst racing team comprises Lucas Kohl from Brazil, Rinus Veekay from Holland, and Ming from Guyana.last_img read more

CALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS TO PARTICIPATE IN FUND-RAISING FOR STANDING MRI AT SANTA ANITA

first_imgCALIFORNIA THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS TO PARTICIPATE IN FUND-RAISING FOR STANDING MRI AT SANTA ANITAAt a special Board of Directors meeting held Sunday, October 27, the leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) voted to assist in immediate fund-raising for the Southern California Equine Foundation (SCEF) purchase of an equine MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) facility to be added to the Equine Imaging Center at Santa Anita Park.  The proven technology has been in use elsewhere previously, whereby the horse is standing while scanned.The urgency of the fund-raising effort is based on a November 15 deadline to contract for the equipment which would then be installed at Santa Anita prior to the start of the upcoming Winter/Spring Thoroughbred race meeting commencing on December 26.  SCEF, via the Dolly Green Foundation, has already pledged $450,000 to the project.  Raising a matching amount would not only secure the standing MRI for use with horses at Santa Anita and training elsewhere in Southern California, but also reduce the ongoing per-scan charges for veterinarians, owners, and trainers, once the facility is installed.The addition of the standing MRI would complete the state-of-the-art Santa Anita Imaging Center, which already includes nuclear scintigraphy (“nuc scan”) technology and will soon add a newly-developed equine PET scan (Positron Emission Tomography) installation, made possible by a $500,000 contribution from The Stronach Group (TSG), owner of Santa Anita Park, and $200,000 via the Dolly Green Foundation. Between the two projects, the Dolly Green Foundation will have committed $650,000. TSG will also provide all installation infrastructure required for the addition of the standing MRI. The Imaging Center is a companion facility to the renowned Equine Hospital at Santa Anita Park, founded 40 years ago as the first-ever at a race track.Donations of any amount to SCEF, organized under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.The completion of the Imaging Center is of critical importance for the future of racing in California, and elsewhere, given the increasing public scrutiny of the welfare of race horses. All techniques possible must be employed for purposes of diagnosis and injury prevention, and California racing has led the way for decades in equine welfare. The sport employs tens of thousands throughout California, directly and indirectly, who depend on its continuation and improvement for their own livelihoods. The thousands of horses in training for racing in California and elsewhere deserve the best diagnostic and treatment techniques possible to ensure their soundness and appropriate care.To donate, contact Southern California Equine Foundation [scef-inc.com], California Thoroughbred Trainers at Santa Anita Park, or contribute via GoFundMe. Donations of any amount are very much appreciated.last_img read more