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Likely contenders to run in the Woodward Stakes this year

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Preservationist wins 2019 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. Who will land the prize this year?

Woodward Stakes race news

The Woodward Stakes is one of the major races in the US horse racing calendar which is run at the Saratoga racecourse. The race is for three-year-old thoroughbreds and older and run over one mile and a quarter, also known as ten furlongs. Unlike some of the top US horse races, the Woodward Stakes is run on the dirt (all-weather) surface.

The grade one listed race is worth $500,000 so all of the top Owners and Trainers will pinpoint this as a key race during the season given the huge prize money for the winner. 

History of Woodward Stakes

The Woodward Stakes was first to run in 1954 and since then some notable horses have won the race. Forego was a four-time winner of the race-winning each race from 1974 to 1977 and in 1976 setting a course record of 1 minute and 45 seconds. Therefore it’s not surprising that the leading trainer with the most wins in the race is the Owner of Forego Mr. Lazy F Ranch.

Two jockeys have each won the race six times and they are Angel Cordero Jr and Jerry D. Bailey. Angel won five years in a row in the 1980s and Jerry completed his wins in the 1990s.

 

In recent years the winning horse has been a four year old which happened every year between 2010 and 2018, however, last year saw Preservationist land the race aged 6 and a first winning ride for Junior Alvarado and also Owner Jimmy Jerkens. The Odds on the Woodward Stakes winner was 3/1 (+300). After landing the race the horse has now retired to stud and am sure will be popular given some notable big race wins and pedigree. 

Woodward Stakes 2020

This year’s running of the Woodward Stakes will take place on Saturday 5th September and the likely runners will include Tacitus, Math Wizard, Spinoff, and Moretti.

Starting with Tacitus who is likely to be one of the favorites to win the race, the four-year-old horse performed superbly in his last run at Belmont Park in July, winning the one-mile two-furlong race by eight and a half lengths in superb style. The pre-race favorite justified short odds and won comfortably with Moretti a long way back in second place.

Tacitus has run twice as a three-year-old at Saratoga last year in July and August, however, finished in second place on both occasions which will be a slight concern to the Owner Juddmonte Farms Inc and Trainer William Mott. 

The next horse to focus on is Math Wizard. Owner Saffie A Joseph JR will have an eye on this race after the horses’ last run which was a second-place finish at Monmouth Park in July in a race over one mile and a furlong race. Global Campaign was the winner of the race, however, Math Wizard was only beaten by one and a half lengths.

The spinoff is another four-year-old horse likely to run in the Woodward Stakes and the odds are likely to be short on this horse given the recent win at Saratoga racecourse a few weeks ago in a competitive race over one mile and a furlong. Spinoff won by 2 ¾ lengths and looked impressive. Experienced winning trainer Todd Pletcher will be eager to enter the horse in the race as given course experience could well go very close and win the race.

The final horse to preview is Moretti. Although beaten by Tacitus in July, Moretti followed up with a much better performance at Saratoga earlier this month winning a one-mile six-furlong race in style. Although winning over a longer distance than the Woodward Stakes, Moretti likes Saratoga, and should the race be run at a light place, Moretti could pounce in the later stages. Moretti has never been out of the top three in the last six races, so the odds on the Woodward Stakes will be interesting to see who goes off favorite. 

Tacitus is likely to go off as the Woodward Stakes favorite, however, this competitive race could land big race winners. 

 

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9 benefits of swimming

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The benefits of swimming are great—both physically and mentally—yet swimming is seen as the sport’s stepchild. That bobbing around is for old ladies and isn’t a real sport, is it? Nothing is less true! Fortunately, we have old Olympic swimming winner Johan Ken khuis who with Swim Gymputs swimming on the map. Swimming keeps both our body and mind healthy. Compared to other sports, such as running, it is much less harmful and you train all muscles. 

And perhaps most importantly: the calorie consumption in swimming is high! Swimming for half an hour is equivalent to running 10 kilometers. I myself have been swimming 2 kilometers twice a week for 15 years and can only confirm the benefits of swimming with a lifeguard course. For me, the spiritual aspect is an important advantage. Two kilometers of front crawling is very good mindfulness. Just listening to my own breathing and looking at the pool tiles is very relaxing and helps to organize my thoughts.

Swimming gives both your body and your mind a positive boost

One of the greatest benefits of swimming is the positive boost that both your body and mind get from swimming laps regularly. Swimming is a cardiovascular activity. During such cardiovascular training, you produce the hormone serotonin. Serotype improves your mood and increases your self-confidence. Starting the day with an hour of swimming has a positive effect on your entire day. You have more energy and a good feeling about yourself.

Tip: The best way to make swimming a routine is to choose set days for it. This way you get to know the permanent core of swimmers and they will miss you if you don’t come. This is a nice stick behind the door. 

When the alarm goes off, don’t lie down and think about it, because then you’ll make up 100 reasons not to go. Just put on that bathing suit and go, don’t think about it. Take your shampoo to the pool so that you have already washed your hair when you go home otherwise this swimming routine will take you a lot of time.

Advantage of swimming: it strengthens the muscles

You build muscle mass through the resistance of the water. Especially if you alternate different swimming strokes, you benefit a lot from this. Swimming is a full-body workout, which means that you train both your upper and lower body. 

Your whole body benefits from swimming. If you have a muscle-related condition like me, swimming is highly recommended. Your muscles become stronger and in my case, I have less pain in daily life and function better. In addition to the mental aspect, this is one of the greatest benefits of swimming for me.

Tip: plan a sprint every so many laps in the front crawl and catch your breath with a lap of breaststroke. This way you work on your condition as well as on your various muscles. If you are not a front crawl swimmer, you can do a sprint breaststroke and then a lap backstroke.

Swimming increases lung capacity

Front crawling certainly requires a good breathing technique, otherwise, you will be out of breath within a job. Once you have mastered this technique, you will soon notice that your lung capacity increases. Instead of breathing every 2 beats, with good technique and good lung capacity you can breathe every 4 beats. 

You also benefit greatly from a good lung capacity in everyday life. Climbing stairs, sprinting on the football field with your kids, or taking a quick bike ride to the supermarket all become easier. Which also benefits your mental health.

Tip: Breathing every 4 strokes works very well if you want to make your swimming workout mindfulness too. You lie with your head underwater almost non-stop and have no distractions from everything that happens in the pool. A great way to calm your mind and reduce stress.

Benefits of swimming: strengthens the bones

Although swimming is a low-impact sport, it still increases your bone density. Although swimmers have a lower bone density than, for example, runners, they do have a higher bone density than non-athletes.

Tip: combine your swimming workout with, for example, walking or running to maximize your bone density and reduce the chance of bone fractures.

Swimming reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease

Like all cardiovascular sports, swimming lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. This reduces your chance of getting cardiovascular disease. You have to make sure that your heart rate goes up well during your training, a little bobbing around is not enough. Cardiovascular diseases are an important cause of death in the Netherlands, the fact that you can reduce the chance of such a condition seems to me to be a really great advantage of swimming and a reason to purchase a swimming pool subscription today!

Tip: to get your heart rate up properly, you can do a HIIT. This is recommended for advanced swimmers. Make sure you have a bottle of water with you, swimming makes you thirsty. 

Swimming advantage: you sleep like a baby

During sports, especially swimming, hormones are released that you need to sleep better. Good sleep is a must for your health.

Tip: are you not a good sleeper? Do not go swimming in the evening, you will probably be so hyper afterward that you will not be able to fall asleep. Swimming in the morning is better for bad sleepers. Most pools are already open at 7 am, so you can enjoy the benefits of swimming before you get to work. You are full of energy all day and in the evening you fall asleep like a log.

The calorie consumption in swimming is high

With fanatical swimming, you burn a lot of calories, about 500 per hour. Compared to running, you burn 650 calories, but then the risk of injury is many times greater. Swimming is, therefore, a great sport to lose weight.

Tip: do you want to burn more calories? Do a HIIT or learn the butterfly stroke. With a good butterfly stroke, you burn up to 900! calories per hour.

Swimming has a positive effect on your blood pressure

The pressure of the water means your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to pump your blood back to your heart. This difference can be as much as 10 to 15 percent. This is good for your blood pressure and is very relaxing.

Tip: after intensive laps, it is wonderful to chill out in a bubble bath if your swimming pool offers this luxury. This way you make maximum use of the benefit of swimming to lower your blood pressure. When you are resting, your heart rate drops, allowing you to end your workout in a relaxed manner.

Minimal impact on your joints

You weigh 90% less in the water! The impact of swimming on your joints is therefore much smaller than with sports ‘on land’. This is why many people with injuries are advised to go swimming and recover peacefully.

Tip: purchase a well-fitting bathing suit and buy good swimming goggles, good material is half the battle. You don’t want to spend all the time pulling your bikini into place or clearing the water from your goggles. 

Does swimming also have disadvantages?

I have a lot of sinusitis and unfortunately, swimming is not really recommended because of the ‘dirty’ pool water. In the meantime, I have bought a nasal douche with medicinal salt to rinse everything clean after swimming and I have this problem under control. Another big problem: those wet hairs! But it is worth it! And if I can’t swim for a while, I like to exercise at home, not tied to the opening hours or class times of the gym.

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Biker’s Heaven: Adorn Your Room With Classic Bike Posters

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Riding motorbikes is a fun activity and a lot of people find it fascinating. This fascination with motorbikes starts when one’s a teenager. Naturally, they’d love their room to reflect their passion for motorbikes as well. It gives the room a certain character and feels. You’d love to decorate such a person’s room in such a way that they enjoy every moment they spend in it. If you know someone who loves bikes then probably you’d like to know how you’d be able to make their room reflect their personality. One of the best ways to decorate a room for someone who loves bikes is to decorate it with bike posters.  Posters of classic British motorbikes are great for this purpose.

If they love motorbikes then chances are they’d appreciate car posters as well. You can take the help of custom car art commissions to install car posters in their room. These would make their rooms even livelier.

Making your home look better

If you’re looking to revamp the way your home looks, then you should consider hiring the services of a professional. Professional home decorators know how to make your home even better by enhancing aspects that are already good and hiding the blemishes that it has. You can either hire the services of professionals or you can do it yourself. Some of the main considerations in this regard are as follows.

  1. Making the front door attractive: If you intend to make a great impression at very first sight, then you should pay attention to your front door. In a number of cultures around the world, the color red is regarded as lucky or auspicious. Ages ago in America, a red door symbolized welcome. Red doors on churches indicated that they were a safe haven.  You can also choose to color the door yellow or orange.
  2. The color of the walls- You can choose to make the color of your wall light. A wall with a light color will allow you to decorate it any way you want. Also, making the room light colored would allow you to make it look larger.
  3. Mirrors– You can choose to install mirrors in every room; they’ll help the room feel a lot brighter than otherwise.  You should put the mirrors in the right places because otherwise, it may result in your room looking bad. You should take care not to hang a mirror opposite a window. That would result in the light from outside bouncing back out. The mirror that you’d install should be installed in such a way that they’re perpendicular to a window.
  4. Artworks– The artworks you should hang in a room should be at eye level. You shouldn’t make them hang too high up on the wall. In the case of larger walls, you can install big pieces of art while for smaller walls installing smaller pieces of artwork would be the way to go. You should make sure that you don’t place the art pieces too far away. A maximum of four inches of a gap should be there

These are the few things you should keep in mind for decorating a room. For bike or car lovers, the pieces of art can be substituted for car or bike posters.

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Who Are The Current NFL Leaders?

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With the NFL season already past the halfway point, we have a clear picture of which teams in the league are the undisputed best. While everyone has their favorites, you cannot deny that certain teams are the strongest at the moment and have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl in February. Let’s take a look at the standings across the league and name the teams that are most likely making it into the playoffs and potentially going all the way.

AFC

Kansas City Chiefs

It’s no wonder the Kansas City Chiefs are always discussed in the NFL picks. The defending champions are normally anticipated to be strong the year after, and the Chiefs have shown no signs of slowing down. They primarily rely on a pass-heavy offense, made more impressive with the mobile abilities of quarterback Mahomes. However, the added rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire adds another threat on top of this. 

The Chiefs have pulled off big wins this season over the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens, and they redeemed their earlier loss over the Raiders, though that was another close game. Patrick Mahomes continues to raise the bar and is making a case for his second MVP award. With over 3000 yards for the season and 27 touchdowns, Mahomes is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and makes the Chiefs a formidable squad. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

At the moment, the Steelers are the last undefeated team in the league. I don’t think anyone expected the Steelers to be having such a monumental year but here we are. Their schedule this year may be easier than most, and they may have had some close games, but you certainly cannot argue with the results. 

The Steelers may have the deepest wide receiver squad in the NFL currently. With JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and Chase Claypool, and not forgetting the sturdy tight end Eric Ebron, you have a complete offensive unit that is loaded with talent. Big Ben is as much of a veteran as it gets, and the Steelers are looking like they want to make a deep playoff run this year. 

Buffalo Bills

Another big player this year in the AFC is the Buffalo Bills. With the power vacuum left by Brady, analysts placed their bets on which team they thought would claim the AFC East, and some still had faith in the Patriots. The Bills pulled ahead early on and are now sitting tight with a 7-3 record, but the Miami Dolphins are starting to gain momentum after Buffalo dropped a few important games. 

Even among a group of other 7-3 teams, the Bills still look like they are the best contender in the AFC after the Steelers and Chiefs. This team has everything they need offensively and defensively, and is loaded with overlooked talent. The first few years for quarterback Josh Allen was about maturing and learning to play at the professional level, and now it seems like he has really come into his own as a player. 

With a talented receiver to target in Stefon Diggs, Allen’s numbers have been a lot more consistent. The Bills had a few devastating losses when they played the Chiefs, Cardinals, and Titans, but they have a mostly favorable schedule ahead with the exception of the Steelers and could potentially finish up the regular season with an 11-5 or 12-4 record, making them a clear playoff contender. 

NFC

New Orleans Saints 

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are playing like they want a Super Bowl this year. Brees knows that the clock is ticking and he may never have another opportunity with the squad around him. This team has been tested with two outings versus the Buccaneers and an overtime win versus the Bears. The past few seasons have seen the Saints in the playoffs, but ultimately they failed to make it to the big game. We know what the Saints are capable of and this season might be the year they are coming to collect. 

Seattle Seahawks

This season started off strong for the Seahawks with quarterback Russell Wilson making a convincing argument for MVP. After a 5-0 start, it looked like the Seahawks were the team to beat yet again and are certainly still a formidable team with everything considered. While the offense is an undeniable force to be reckoned with, the weakest point in Seattle is their defense. It seems Seattle fans have sadly accepted that the “Legion of Boom” days are long gone. Fortunately, while there are many NFC teams currently hovering around a 7-3 record, the Seahawks are definitely one of the strongest. They have a favorable schedule for the rest of the year and teams like the Eagles, Washington, the 49ers, and the Giants should be easy work. 

Green Bay Packers

How long have the Packers relied solely on the strength of Aaron Rodgers? Since forever? It certainly seems like it but somehow it is still working and the Packers are situated at 7-3. Some analysts have even called them the best offense in the league. The Packers have been lighting up defenses in every city, and Rodgers is having an exceptional year with 29 touchdowns for only 4 interceptions. It’s amazing how it is always the same story in Green Bay. Despite a lack of weapons on offense, and despite numerous injuries, they prove they are an elite team and maintain one of the most productive offenses in the league. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered this season with the attention of the entire NFL and a big question mark next to their name. Without a doubt, the Tom Brady move to the Buccaneers was the biggest story of the offseason, and he even managed to bring Rob Gronkowski back on top of it. Everyone was intrigued to see how things would play out in Tampa Bay, and thus far the results have been somewhat of a mixed bag. 

Brady has shown that he can make the difference on any team and his success isn’t solely attributed to the Patriots backing him. He has nearly 3000 yards and 25 touchdowns for the season, showing he is staying productive. The Buccaneers have been tested extensively and although they beat the Packers handily, they fell to the Bears, Rams, and the Saints twice. With a matchup versus the Chiefs coming up fast, we will soon see them in their biggest challenge yet. Regardless of the outcome in this game, the rest of the season certainly favors the Buccaneers and if they can’t beat the Saints for the NFC South, they have a strong case for a wild card.

 

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