NEPTUNE’S STORM ATTENDS PACE EN ROUTE TO IMPRESSIVE ONE LENGTH WIN IN $150,000 CINEMA STAKES UNDER VAN DYKE; TRAINED BY BALTAS, HE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:48.65 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 2, 2019)–Attentive to the pace, Neptune’s Storm took command a quarter mile from home and went on to an impressive one length tally in Sunday’s $150,000 Cinema Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and trained by Richard Baltas, Neptune’s Storm, a 3-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding, got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:48.65.Breaking from the far outside in a field of five sophomores, Neptune’s Storm was quickly into stride and laid second to King of Speed to the top of the lane where he took command.“On paper, there wasn’t a whole a lot of speed and this horse has natural speed,” said Baltas, who took over the training of Neptune’s Storm prior to his most recent start, a three quarter length win in the one mile turf Singletary Stakes here on April 28. “He can carry his speed and he’s a good horse. The thing about him is, he’ll rate. He doesn’t have to have the lead…I didn’t have to tell Drayden anything…I just told him to have the horse up close.”The second choice in the wagering at 3-2, Neptune’s Storm paid $5.00, $3.00 and $2.40.“I learned from riding him last time and then working him in the mornings that when horses come to him on his outside, he’ll re-engage and fight back,” said Van Dyke. “On the gallop out today, horses came to him and he took off. He should like more distance.”Owned by Cybertec International Inc., Saul Gevertz, Lynn Gitomer, Mike Goetz, Michael Nentwig and Daniel Weiner, Neptune’s Storm, who is out of Immortal Life, by Iffraaj, picked up $90,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $249,585. In garnering his second stakes win, he improved his overall mark to 9-4-1-2.In a determined effort, Parsimony, who was ridden by Mario Gutierrez, tracked the winner and pacesetting King of Speed to the furlong pole, prevailed by a neck for second money and paid $5.60 and $3.40 while off at 6-1.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, King of Speed was off at 11-1 and paid $3.60 to show while finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Gregorian Chant.Fractions on the race were 25.12, 49.53, 1:12.77 and 1:36.59.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenThe gravitational pull of Amazon Prime Day is so strong on shoppers it’s benefiting other retailers as well, according to an early analysis from a key data group.On Monday, the first day of its 48-hour sales event, large retailers, those that generated annual revenue of at least a billion dollars, enjoyed a 64% increase in online sales compared with an average Monday, according to Adobe Analytics, which measures 80 of the top 100 retailers on the web in the U.S. That compares to last year’s 54%. In addition, niche retailers, those with annual revenue of less than $5 million, had a 30% increase in online sales.Amazon’s fifth annual Prime Day, which this year began Monday afternoon, was created to drum up sales during sluggish summer months and sign up more users for the company’s membership program.Other retailers have introduced sales to compete against Prime Day. Walmart has a “summer savings event” through Wednesday. Best Buy, eBay, Target and other retailers are also offering discounts.The Seattle e-commerce behemoth said it was offering more than a million deals. Amazon’s own products, like its Fire tablets and Echo smart speakers, are usually among the strongest sellers.The events have also helped to encourage shoppers to make back-to-school shopping purchases ahead of that season.This year, some used the high-profile event as a way to garner attention for their protests against Amazon.At a warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota, Amazon workers staged a protest Monday to raise awareness of what they say are unfair working conditions. A group of tech workers in Seattle, called Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, is supporting the strike. Amazon said late last night that roughly 15 workers participated in the event outside of the Shakopee fulfillment center.On Twitter, Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren voiced her support for the workers as well.Amazon says it already offers what the workers are asking for.”We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay — ranging from $16.25-$20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more,” spokeswoman Brenda Alfred said.The company has faced labor unrest before in Shakopee and in Europe .In New York, a coalition of labor groups planned to deliver 250,000 petitions to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Manhattan home calling on the company to cut business ties with ICE and end abusive working conditions in its warehouses. And some on Twitter called for a blanket boycott of Amazon during Prime Day.San Diego State University Marketing Professor Steven Osinski said the protests were unlikely to have an effect on sales, however.”Americans liking discounts will trump worrying about higher wages for two days,” he said.The company counts more than 100 million subscribers to its Prime loyalty program, which costs $119 a year and provides free two-day shipping, free streaming movies, TV shows, music and other perks.More must-read stories from Fortune:—Walmart’s stores are its antidote to Amazon—How to shop Amazon Prime Day without overspending—The first animal-free ice cream, whipped up in a lab—The global fashion industry designs a sustainable future—McDonald’s has a bit of Chick-fil-A envy—Shiseido Launches Internet of Things Skincare System—Listen to our new audio briefing, Fortune500 DailyYou May Like Achieving Globalization HealthFormer GE CEO Jeff Immelt: To Combat Costs, CEOs Should Run Health Care Like a BusinessHealthFor Edie Falco, an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ After Surviving Breast CancerLeadershipGhosn Back, Tesla Drop, Boeing Report: CEO Daily for April 4, 2019AutosElon Musk’s Plan to Boost Tesla Sales Is Dealt a SetbackMPWJoe Biden, Netflix Pregnancy Lawsuit, Lesley McSpadden: Broadsheet April 4 Sponsored Content