Dr. Nilesh A. Patel of Texas Bariatric Specialists is pleased to announce that the extraordinary gastric bypass surgery performed on Denise French dramatically improved patient’s ability to have children, which was once nonexistent.
Denise French lived deep inside the walls she’d built around herself growing up; her plan was to keep people out. She didn’t need friends when she had a best friend already, food. Growing up a loner, she had a hard time meeting people after a childhood filled with bullying and name-calling because of her weight. What began as a promising childhood of playing outside and professional swimming lessons quickly changed when she turned eleven years old and hit puberty which added on the pounds. As the bullying continued, Denise turned to food for comfort and continued eating when she was stressed, bored, or frustrated.
After completing a physical for her husband’s job in the Army, she learned that she had metabolic syndrome, a term used for a group of risk factors that increases the chance of heart disease and other health diseases like diabetes or stroke. Denise also learned that her high weight could lead to infertility, and there was little to no chance of her getting pregnant at her current weight. If she ever wanted children, Denise needed to lose weight or try a regime of multiple pills daily that could possibly help.
“I brushed it off at first,” she recalled about the infertility diagnosis. Denise wasn’t ready to think about not being able to try little bites of all the delicious, yet unhealthy, foods she baked at her job at an HEB bakery. Figuring she had enough time to lose weight if she ever decided to have children, she continued living her unhealthy lifestyle of eating sugary foods and drinking up to two liters of soda a day. It was her husband that influenced her to try to lead a healthier lifestyle. Her husband was her rock and she wanted to be healthy in order to be with him as long as possible and the older she became, the more she began to rethink the idea of having children. “I wanted to be healthy and live longer,” Denise said.
Turning to a friend that had gotten bariatric surgery and lost a lot of weight, Denise quickly researched the surgeon who performed her friend’s procedure. “My friend said Dr. Patel was amazing, so I looked him up and everything I found sounded great so I went from there,” she said. Quickly signing up for a seminar in the Killeen office, Denise immediately felt good about her decision. “I felt comfortable right away with the office and the people I met there,” she remembered thinking there was no reason to look elsewhere for her bariatric surgery, she had found the right place.
First meeting with Dr. Patel’s PA James Houston, Denise and he went over bariatric surgery options. “I needed a real weight loss reset so we chose the gastric bypass.” She was sure that the lap-band wouldn’t suit her weight loss needs and James Houston agreed with her. Once she made an appointment with Dr. Patel later in her pre-operative process he agreed with Denise and James’ decision and just two months after her seminar, Denise was scheduled for her surgery.
“I would do it all again,” Denise said regarding the entire process before and after her gastric bypass surgery. “Dr. Patel made me feel comfortable and happy.” Denise strictly followed her post-operative diet and looked to the Texas Bariatric Staff to keep her on track. With renewed energy that she never had before, she started a spin class, weight lifting and even finished third in a summer Triathlon. Even small routines changed with the weight loss, she had the energy to walk her dogs every morning and parked as far as possible in parking lots in order to walk a little bit more. She even received amazing news from her doctor, her future looked bright and she’d be able to have kids in the near future. “We plan on trying to have children next year, I can’t wait!”
Denise also broke down the high walls that she hid herself in. Determined to drop food as her best friend, she found the courage to begin taking classes for paralegal work with dreams of becoming a lawyer and has met many people she considers close friends along the way. Without the extra weight to hold her back, she exceled in her classes, even a speech class that she never would have dreamed of taking at her old weight of 280 lbs! “People didn’t see me as fat, I am finally normal.”
About Texas Bariatric Specialists
Founded by Dr. Nilesh A. Patel, MD, a nationally recognized and fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon, Texas Bariatric Specialists (TBS) is a holistic weight loss practice focused on delivering long-term weight loss solutions for patients. Dr. Patel specializes in surgical weight loss procedures including Lap Band, Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Band, and the revision of failed weight loss surgery, which have resulted in over 2,500 surgeries exceeding the national average of successful weight loss management. With a commitment to surgical expertise, compassionate care and exemplary preoperative and postsurgical consultative services, Dr. Patel and his staff at Texas Bariatric Specialists ensure successful weight loss management for their patients through long-term relationships to support good health. Offices are located across major cities throughout Texas including San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, New Braunfels, Seguin, Boerne, Kileen, Temple, Del Rio and Laredo. For more information, or to book a free informational seminar, please visit http://www.texasbariatricspecialists.com.
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The number of spinal cord injuries are rising dramatically in the United States and they are particularly affecting the elderly, according to a new study released by Johns Hopkins. According to a news release issued by the Johns Hopkins University, falls and not car accidents, is the leading cause of traumatic spinal cord injuries.
For the purpose of their study, Johns Hopkins researchers analyzed a nationally representative sample of 43,137 adults treated in hospital emergency rooms for spinal cord injuries in United States between 2007 and 2009. They found that the incidence per million in those 65 and older increased from 79.4 in 2007 to 87.7 in 2009. Also, the report states that falls were the leading cause of traumatic spinal cord injury over the study period accounting for 41.5 percent. In addition, Johns Hopkins researchers estimate that from 2007 to 2009, emergency room charges alone for spinal cord injury patients added up to $ 1.6 billion.
“Spinal cord injuries can result in emotional and financial burdens not just for victims, but also their families,” says New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. “The cost of treating a traumatic spinal cord injury can add up to millions, if you take into account medical expenses, rehabilitation, lost income and benefits.”
Wilhelm says spinal cord injuries can be particularly devastating for the elderly. “They may be rendered immobile or disabled, which could affect their quality of life. A traumatic spinal cord injury can prove absolutely catastrophic for senior citizens.”
Prevention is key when it comes to falls involving the elderly, Wilhelm says. Here are some of the tips he offers senior citizens to ensure that they stay healthy and prevent falls:
Exercise regularly to increase strength, mobility, balance and flexibility.
Make sure your vision is good. Get regular eye exams so you are able to maximize your vision.
Go over your prescription medications with your doctor. Do not walk when you are drowsy. Know which medications can make you sleepy or drowsy.
Maintain a safe environment. Get rid of clutter or debris in walkways or hallways.
Make life easier and safer for yourself by installing grab bars in bathrooms where slip-and-fall accidents commonly occur.
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The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 42 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else’s negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, train accidents, workers’ compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, falls on sidewalks or stairs, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, food poisoning injuries, and many other types of accidents and injuries.
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The danger of poisons and toxins surround us every day, especially for our pets. What may be edible, even enjoyable to humans, can be toxic or even deadly to our dogs and cats. March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month, a great time to remind ourselves of the dangers in our homes, garages and yards. PetFirst has compiled 10 poison prevention tips to keep in mind for your pet including foods, medications, common household and garage chemicals and more.
1. Foods of all sorts: there are numerous foods that present a hazard to our pets. These foods contain ingredients that become toxic if consumed by dogs and cats. Here are a few of the most common foods to keep away from your pets:
Moldy or spoiled foods
Raisins and grapes
2. Human medications: Pain killers, cold medicines and diet pills and all medications need to be stored in a pet-free zone. Even the child-proof cap is no match for a dog who chews! Keeping all medications in closed cabinets out of your pet’s reach is highly recommended.
3. Pet medications: Medications given to you by the vet for your pet are a danger if consumed inappropriately. Keep these medications stored in a closed cabinet and out your pet’s reach.
4. Dog Rx for dogs; Cat Rx for cats: This mainly refers to the flea-control medications. If the medication is prescribed for your cat, give it to the cat. Specific medications made for cats may contain additives that will harm your dog. There are medications that can accommodate both cats and dogs. When in doubt, always check with your vet.
5. Kitchen chemicals: Dish washer tablets, steel wool cleaning pads and degreasers for the kitchen are all hazards for your pet and can lead to significant intestinal issues if consumed. Consider using the baby-proof cabinet locks to keep nosey cats and dogs out of these storage areas under your sink.
6. Car chemicals: Car chemicals such as anti-freeze produce a sweet smell that entices the most curious of pets, but it can be fatal to your dog or cat. First, consider the garage off limits for your pet, especially if they are unsupervised. Second, make it a habit that every time you finish a project in the garage, all chemicals are returned to their proper storage space that is out of your pet’s reach and that used chemicals are disposed of properly. This will protect your pet and the environment.
7. Yard chemicals: Helping your grass be green and lustrous and adding fertilizer to the garden is normal. But when left in the open for curious noses and licks, these chemicals can be dangerous to your dog or cat. Again, when you finish yard chores or tending to the garden, put the chemicals away.
8. Tamper proof garbage cans or storage containers: Making the investment in tamper proof garbage cans and storage containers is a penny well spent. The up-front cost may be overwhelming, but the end result will be protection for your pet and the avoidance of emergency vet visits. If you can’t afford the purchase all at one time, consider buying one a month to get you started.
9. Flowers in the house and outside: Flowers inside and outside can be dangerous to our pets. A great example are Lilies which can be fatal for cats. Do your homework when selecting flowers to plant or for decoration in your home. A quick online search can tell you which ones are pet friendly and which ones are not.
10. Laundry supplies: Dryer sheets, detergent and stain removers all are potential poisons for our pets. Keeping everything secure and out of reach is a safe bet to keeping your pet happy and healthy.
All of these examples could end in an emergency trip to the vet for treatment or evaluation. Another added layer of protection for your dog or cat is pet health insurance. By having pet health insurance, pet parents will be reimbursed up to 90% of their vet expenses should their dog or cat be injured in an accident or become ill. Pet insurance plans offer several options, allowing a plan to be customized to a pet parent’s budget as well as their pet’s physical needs. For more information or to receive a free quote on pet insurance, visit http://www.petfirst.com.
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Bluffton, South Carolina (PRWEB) December 03, 2013
Coastal South Carolina’s fastest growing area has it all! Southern history, great weather, Hilton Head Island beaches, art infusion, award winning golf communities and new starter home neighborhoods. Here’s why Real Estate Scorecard believes Baby Boomers are drawn to the Lowcountry and Bluffton at retirement:
ARTS, CULTURE AND MUSIC
A booming best arts town with cultural roots extending as far back as the Colonial era, Old Town Bluffton is a hidden gem among South Carolina coastal communities. Recently named in the Top 25 Small Cities for Art in American Style Magazine, Bluffton’s one-square mile National Historic District has a plethora of art galleries and antique stores embracing the artisan culture.
The Society of Bluffton Artists showcases new work of over one-hundred professional and aspiring artists at the monthly exhibits. Resident are encouraged to discover their inner artist through numerous classes covering a wide array of art styles and techniques. Each month brings with it a new program filled with exciting learning possibilities lead by professional artists.
For a more in depth look at the heritage of Bluffton and its artists, embark on the “Historic Bluffton Arts District Tour.” A mile and a half walk leads you through all the local galleries, introduces you to local artists, and gives a historical tour through Old Towne Bluffton. Gorgeous antebellum architecture lines the streets of Historic Downtown where much of the city’s cultural roots lie.
Music lovers may want to attend the Metropolitan Opera held at the Historic Beaufort Campus Center For The Arts. The Ulmer Auditorium is another famous attraction for fans of the theater; hosted by the May River Theater.
Keeping the mind active is just as important as keeping the body active, and the University of South Carolina Beaufort agrees. The university hosts the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), with a campus on Hilton Head Island. Over 400 courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are geared towards mature adults and cover a wide array of fields of study. Enrollment in OLLI courses also allow members to receive discount tickets to university performances at the Performing Arts Center at USCB in Beaufort, and to the Metropolitan Opera.
South Carolina supports the furthering of education in its mature residents. Many state colleges offer programs and courses for seniors, and South Carolina’s law provides tuition exemption for its residents age 60 and up. The New River Campus in Bluffton also offers a collection of technical courses through The Technical College of the Low Country. Brush up on computer skills, or learn the essentials in digital photography.
BLUFFTON HOME AFFORDABILITY
With average home prices in the $ 200k, Bluffton new homes are an affordable investment for Baby Boomers looking to downsize and for the resort-like amenities and stunning scenery. Real estate tax rates in Beaufort County were estimated at .0038 per $ 100, with the city’s rate at .0053 per $ 100 valuation.
Hilton Head Island homes are estimated around $ 320k. The Bluffton, South Carolina coastal communities are an attractive place for Baby Boomers looking where to retire in South Carolina.
QUICK ACCESS TO METRO CITIES
Traveling to and from Bluffton, South Carolina has never been easier. Savannah Hilton Head Int’l Airport (SAV) currently offers the following nonstop flights from these major cities:
Atlanta – Delta
Charlotte – U S Airways
Washington – United
Chicago – United
Philadelphia – U S Airways
Detroit – Delta
Houston – United
Savannah Hilton Head Int’l Airport is approximately a forty minute drive from Downtown Bluffton. The nearby Hilton Head Island Airport is a quicker fifteen minute drive from Bluffton. The Airport is serviced by US Airways Express and offers 8 arriving flights from Charlotte, NC and 9 flights departing for Charlotte, NC as well as one Saturday flight to and from Washington, DC.
Highway 278 passes directly through Bluffton and leads out to Interstate 95 where travelers can easily ride to other large cities including Savannah and Charleston.
FARMERS MARKETS, ORGANIC FOOD AND VEGAN VENUES
Homegrown vegetables taste that much more delicious at Bluffton Farmer’s Market. Every Thursdays locals head to the market for fresh fruits and vegetables in Downtown Bluffton. Farmers bring their organic produce along with homemade preserves. Another popular Farmer’s Market is the nearby Hilton Head Island Farmer’s Market at Shelter Cove. They have everything from homemade dog treats, to fresh baked goods and morning crepes. The Hilton Head Island Farmer’s Market is held every Wednesday from May until October.
Many restaurants in downtown are vegan and vegetarian friendly, offering alternative menus. Bluffton also boasts an organic food store located near Sheridan Park. Circle of Health has a delicious juice bar cafe, and sells a collection of specialty products in-store.
MOST POPULAR BLUFFTON SOUTH CAROLINA EVENTS
Hilton Head SC – Gullah Celebration, Feb. 1–24
A celebration of the Gullah culture through food, stories, art, and livemusic.
Hilton Head SC – Wine & Food Festival, March 4–9
The annual Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival has become one of the East Coast’s largest wine festivals and international wine competition. Join in on the fun through wine tasting, delicious dinners, and silent auctions.
Hilton Head SC – International Piano Competition, March 4–9
The competition showcases young artists’ talent in front of internationally acclaimed judges. The event is hosted by the First Presbyterian Church.
Hilton Head SC – RBC Heritage PGA Golf Tournament, April 15–21
The RBC Heritage PGA Golf Tournament passes through Hilton Head Island this year.
Hilton Head SC – The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn, April 27 & 28
The annual fine arts and crafts show is hosted by the Coastal Discovery Museum which. Artists compete for prizes during the week-long event. Browse the local art for sale at this annual event.
Bluffton SC – Village Festival, May
The Bluffton Village Festival brings out the best of Bluffton with pie eating contests, live music, and arts and crafts. The community comes together during this event; with local vendors showcasing their very best products.
Hilton Head SC – HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour, June, July, August
The HarbourFest at Shelter Cove Harbour has it all. Fireworks, clowns, live music, art, dolphin boat cruise, and kids activities. Fun for the whole family!
Bluffton SC – Arts & Seafood Festival, Oct. 12–19
‘Where Fine Art & the Bounty of the Sea Come Together.’ Held in the Historic Downtown of Bluffton, this event includes art shows, caterers, and top-knotch entertainment. Browse through art tents lined up on the streets as you taste authentic Southern cuisine. The festival includes multiple competitions and a 5K Fun Run.
Hilton Head SC – Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, Nov. 8 – 9
A car show unlike any other. The country’s finest collector automobiles come together under one roof. From wooden boats to two-wheeled machines and beach mobiles, this event highlights machinery at its best.
Bluffton SC – BeerFest, Nov.
This event features an international array of Great Breweries: Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and American Craft Breweries. Over 190 unique ales combined with good music and great food make this event a success every year. The event also donated a portion of the proceeds to the Palmetto Animal League, a local animal rescue organization.
THE LAST TRUE COASTAL VILLAGE OF THE SOUTH
Bluffton SC, founded in 1852, is not only known for its cultural roots preceding the Civil War, but also for its stunning preserved beauty. The May River passes along the Old Town District; inviting fishers and boaters to enjoy in riverside pastimes.
The town of Bluffton is home to eight parks, boasting numerous nature and hiking trails:
Buckwalter Regional Park
MC Riley Sports Complex
New River Trailhead Park
Oscar Frazier Park
Oyster Factory Park
Pritchard Pocket Park
The Bluffton area is said have been wetlands before it was drained in the antebellum era. The lush vegetation that surrounds Bluffton gives a majestic feel to Historic Downtown with drooping willows and old oaks. Bluffton new homes are built in master planned communities and add to the gorgeous setting of the wetlands. Bluffton’s rich history is embodied in the town’s old architecture, numerous cultural events, and historic landmarks.
Despite the town’s record growth, Bluffton is still referred to as ‘The Last True Coastal Village of the South.’ The town’s warm hospitality and dedication to preservation, allows Old Town Bluffton to retain its small town charm. The Bluffton Historical Preservation Society monitors preservation, restoration, and gives guided tours through historical monuments.
MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITIES
Bluffton’s collection of master planned communities offer something for everyone. Bluffton new homes provide everything from four-star dining options to world-class golf courses. Colleton River Plantation, Belfair, and Berkeley Hall are known as the top golf communities.
The Colleton River Plantation is a gated community bordering the Colleton and Chechessee Rivers. Its gorgeous scenery is mastered by a Pete Dye 18 Hole Championship Golf Course specked with giant oaks, and topped with the Pete Dye Golf Clubhouse.
Just down the river is Belfair, boasting its prime Lowcountry real estate. This gated Bluffton community offers not only Two 18 Hole Championship Golf Courses designed by Tom Fazio, but also a 29 Acre Golf Practice Facility and Jim Ferree Learning Center. This is enough to win any golf enthusiast’s heart.
Berkeley Hall is just as beautiful, named One of America’s 100 Premier Properties by Travel & Leisure Golf. This beautiful community also attracts golfers with its Two 18 Hole Tom Fazio ‘Core Golf Courses’. Outdoor adventurers enjoy the 10 Mile Greenway Trails that encompass the community.
Palmetto Bluff and Oldfield Club are tied for the best comprehensive neighborhoods with amenities provided a la carte. This ‘pay when you play’ mentality allows residents to feel in control of their schedule. Whether residents spend the day hiking at the 6,000 Acre Nature Preserve or prefer to hit a hole in one at the champion golf course, members choose where their time and money goes.
TOP MEDICAL CARE
Beaufort Memorial Hospital – 197 Bed
The Beaufort Memorial hospital is the first and only South Carolina hospital to be awarded the coveted Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Known as an innovative hospital, Beaufort Memorial keeps up to date on new technologies; using the high-end da Vinci surgical system, and offering the fastest results with their consolidated diagnostic technology.
Hilton Head Hospital – 93 bed acute care facility
Located on Hilton Head Island, a quick twenty minutes from Bluffton. The hospital was recognized in 2013 for its high standard of care for heart attack patients. The hospital released a statement after being awarded the Lifeline Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award explaining their plan for “making [their] cardiac unit among the best in the country.”
Coastal Carolina Hospital – 41 bed acute care facility
A twenty minute drive from Bluffton, this acute care facility offers quality care. Some of the hospital’s medical services include Center for Hyperbarics & Wound Healing, Emergency Services, Imaging/Diagnostic Services, and Surgical Services. The hospital recently announced their plan for a New Women’s Unit, and also earned itself a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures recognition by The Joint Commission.
THE RETIREMENT COMBINATION PLATTER
Bluffton’s subtropical climate is a top 10 reason of why and where to retire in South Carolina. This beautiful town offers four mild seasons, incredible lakefront beauty, intriguing art, rich culture, quick access to major cities and home affordability.
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Fresh Patch—maker of the real-grass, disposable dog potty—offers some helpful advice about taking care of a dog or puppy Valentine gift. Now that February 14 has passed, the real work begins in helping a Valentine pet successfully adjust to a new home. Unfortunately, pets that are gifts may be returned to shelters and pet stores if this transition process doesn’t go smoothly.
The Fresh Patch Company notes that the safety of a new pet needs to be the first concern. Valentine’s day can leave behind a trail of things that, if eaten or chewed by a dog, can result in harm or death. These include chocolate, other sweets, alcohol, petals of some flowers, thorny rose stems, gift paper, ribbons, and ties. New owners are well-advised to dog-proof their homes, just as parents do for a child. In addition to the dangerous things left from Valentine’s day, there are year-round hazards, such as loose wires on the floor, which can be easily chewed by dogs. A good way to avoid problems is for owners to put their eyes at dog level and then walk through their homes looking for potential safety hazards, especially for mischievous puppies.
House-training a new Valentine pet, or any new pet, can be a special challenge. According to the Fresh Patch Company, a large percentage of their customers are new dog owners who want to train their pets on real grass—not on synthetic products such as pee pads and fake grass. A Company spokesperson says that dogs will make a natural connection between the real grass in Fresh Patch and the real grass outside the home. That association will make house-training easier. The Company points out that Fresh Patch is made with dirt-free hydroponic grass, which is super absorbent and lighter in weight than regular sod. Most customers who try Fresh Patch for house-training purposes continue their convenient delivery service after the training period ends. The reason is that they can avoid walking their dogs early in the morning, late at night, or in bad weather. “In many parts of the country, this winter has been particularly hard on dogs and their owners,” says a Fresh Patch Company spokesperson. “Fresh Patch is a convenient way to cope with a dog’s bathroom needs in snow, ice, and freezing cold, as well as other times when dog walking is not safe or possible.”
Sam Houston Race Park will host three stakes on Saturday, February 15. The $ 75,000 Jim’s Orbit and the $ 75,000 Two Altazano are races supported by the Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA) for progeny nominated to the Texas Stallion Series. Additionally, Texas-bred turf specialists will compete in the $ 50,000 Jersey Village Stakes.
Racing fans can enjoy quality racing and great value this Saturday for Dollar Day at The Park featuring $ 1 admission, live racing programs, hot dogs, sodas, and draft beer. There will also be a free Children’s Petting Zoo.
Fiftyshadesofgold Returns to Action in the Two Altazano
The $ 75,000 Two Altazano Stakes will feature a field of eight and will mark the return of a very promising filly, Fiftyshadesofgold. The Clarence Scharbauer, Jr., homebred broke her maiden by 10 lengths last May at Lone Star Park for trainer Bret Calhoun. She made her next start at Churchill Downs, romping to an eight-length score in the $ 100,000 Debutante on June 22. Installed as the favorite in the Grade 2, Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga, the daughter of My Golden Song, was run into the rail and suffered a fractured knee. She underwent surgery and fortunately for her connections, has made a complete recovery. Calhoun has overseen her training at Fair Grounds, where she has posted four bullet works since January 17.
“Her training has been fantastic,” said Calhoun. “We have been trying to find a race for her comeback, and she was eligible to run in this.”
Rosie Napravnik will make the trip from Fair Grounds to pilot the gray filly, who has been installed as the 7-5 favorite.
Calhoun has a longstanding relationship with Scharbaurer and has a great deal of respect for Fiftyshadesofgold’s sire, My Golden Song.
“Every one of his offspring has been outstanding,” states Calhoun.
Another daughter of My Golden Song, Swifterthantaylor, will be gunning for her third career victory for owner John Silverthorne Ranch Inc. She broke her maiden at Retama Park and scored impressively on the turf here two weeks ago. Larry Taylor retains the mount for trainer Danny Pish.
Calhoun will also saddle Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch’s Scooter’s Choice, the winner of the $ 50,000 Bara Lass Stakes here on January 17. Bred by Will S. Farish, the daughter of Too Much Bling will reunite with jockey Lindey Wade.
”I don’t think she should be overlooked,” states Calhoun. “She’s got the advantage of having a win under her belt.”
The contentious field also includes two fillies trained by trainer Steve Asmussen, who has won the last two runnings of the Two Altazano. Paddle Out and Traced will run for breeder/owner Will S. Farish, who was victorious in 2013 with Makeshift as well as with 2012 champion, Color Code. Paddle Out is a daughter of the most prolific Texas stallion, Valid Expectations and Traced is another promising Too Much Bling filly.
Danny Shifflett is the farm manager for Lane’s End Texas, where Too Much Bling has stood since 2010.
“His numbers are phenomenal, said Shifflett. “Too Much Bling has sired 12 stakes winners and an additional 13 stakes-placed runners. We continue to see really nice babies heading into his fourth season.”
The Two Altazano, at a distance of seven furlongs, will run as the sixth race of the card.
Full Field Assembled for the $ 75,000 Jim’s Orbit
Stakes winners F J Uncle Vic and Aces N Jacks will face a full field in the seven furlong $ 75,000 Jim’s Orbit. F J Uncle Vic returns off a convincing score in the $ 50,000 Allen’s Landing Stakes on January 25 for Johnny Evans and Terry Eoff, who trains the 3-year-old son of Uncle Abbie. Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez stays aboard the 5-2 morning line favorite.
Aces N Jacks was a game winner here on January 18 in the $ 50,000 Groovy Stakes for owner and trainer Caroline Dodwell. The son of Jet Phone was a winner by four lengths in the six furlong Groovy, rewarding his supporters with a nice mutuel of $ 19.40. Larry Taylor, who has ridden the talented gelding in each of his three previous starts, has the mount.
Calhoun trained 2013 Jim’s Orbit victor, Worldventurer and has two entrants in this year’s stakes: Ibaka and Circustown Flyer. Ibaka broke his maiden at Remington Park for owner Doug Wall before running fifth in the Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park. The son of Uncle Abbie prepped for the Jim’s Orbit with an allowance score January 10 at Delta Downs.
“He completely missed the break at Retama,” said Calhoun, who will give a leg up to Rosie Napravnik. “But last month at Delta, he ran a very good race around two turns. I think he’ll be tough.”
Circustown Flyer had an auspicious debut last summer at Lone Star Park, where he won the $ 100,000 TTA Sales Futurity. Justin Shepherd will guide the son of Early Flyer, who ran second in the Groovy Stakes.
“He was very fast early in his career,” said Calhoun. “After Lone Star, he didn’t run well at Remington; just didn’t care for the surface. He seems to be turning the corner.”
Asmussen sends out the entry of Dial Up and Pop Music, both progeny of Too Much Bling who will run for Will S. Farish. Colby Hernandez has the riding assignment on Pop Music and current Sam Houston Race Park leading rider, Deshawn Parker rides Dial Up.
In 2005, the TTA renamed each of the Texas Stallion Stakes races to honor a famous Texas Thoroughbred. The colts and gelding division at Sam Houston Race Park has been named for Jim’s Orbit, who won the Grade 2 Ohio Derby and started in the 1988 Kentucky Derby. The fillies division is a tribute to Two Altazano, winner of the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks in 1994. The accomplished mare, owned by the late Harold V. Goodman, was inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.
Trainer Danny Pish to Saddle Three in the $ 50,000 Jersey Village Stakes
The third stakes of the Saturday evening card is the $ 50,000 Jersey Village Stakes with a field of ten accredited Texas-breds competing at a mile and one-sixteenth over the Connally Turf Course.
Danny Pish, 2013 Sam Houston Race Park leading trainer, has three solid contenders in the Jersey Village. Special UFO owned by Southwestern Racing LLC, had his four-race win streak snapped in the $ 50,000 Star of Texas on January 18.
“We were never able to put our finger on why he ran so poorly in that race,” admitted Pish. “The good news is that he is training forwardly and that we have Deshawn Parker on Saturday night. He is an outstanding rider; I’ve been impressed on how he seems to get races won in so many different ways.”
Pish bred and owns Quiet Acceleration who returns to the Connally Turf Course off his victory in the $ 50,000 Richard King Stakes last month. That was the eighth turf win from 26 starts for the 5-year-old son of Silent Picture, who will be ridden by 2013 Sam Houston leading rider, Gerardo Mora.
“That was a very impressive effort in the in the Richard King,” said Pish. “This horse shows up more often than not and seems to be getting better as he ages.”
Safe Range, a 6-year-old son of Valid Expectations, completes the Pish trio. He will break from the rail under Lindey Wade.
Others in the Jersey Village include last year’s runner-up Doctor Romane from the barn of Jerimiah West and Valid Message, who ran second in the Richard King for trainer Karl Broberg.
Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 16 recently renovated luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Champion Energy Services Jockey Club. For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit http://www.shrp.com.
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Annual Texas Veggie Fair Organizers Announce Record-Breaking Attendance Numbers, 2014 Date and Call for Partners
Vendors Invited to Enjoy Early-Bird Rates through March 1
It is official. In spite of sprouting up in the middle of cattle country, Texas Veggie Fair (TVF) has taken root in Dallas with more than 7,000 flocking to last fall’s event and hundreds of thousands interacting online. Riding the wave, organizers for TVF2014 have announced the fifth annual event will be Sunday, October 19, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Dallas’ Reverchon Park.
With planning well underway for the 2014 event, organizers have announced an early-bird vendor discount of 20 percent off (2013 rates) until March 1. Those interested in sponsorship, food and product vending, exhibiting, or raffle/goodie bag giveaway items can visit the site and fill out a partner inquiry here.
Centered on plant-based cuisine, healthy green living, and animal welfare, Texas Veggie Fair features a full performance schedule, more than 100 vegan food and product vendors, a local beer garden, chef demos, a “Veggie Village” kids’ and arts area, and speakers from across the country including the popular raw vegan personality Fully Raw Kristina and Joshua Katcher, fashion game changer and editor of The Discerning Brute. Last year’s keynote speaker and performer was Erykah Badu. This is the third year the family and dog-friendly event will be at Reverchon Park and plans for enhanced parking options are underway.
Texas Veggie Fair is projected to grow exponentially along with the region’s booming population of those interested in plant-based lifestyle options.
According to event founder and DallasVegan.com blogger James Scott, expect an even larger TVF2014. “Texas Veggie Fair has quadrupled in size since the first one in 2010 – we get bigger crowds each year. Through DallasVegan.com and other events I host throughout the year, I see first-hand the groundswell of people and businesses in DFW and surrounding areas interested in a plant-based diet. For one day each October, Texas Veggie Fair brings everyone together – the attendees, sponsors, vendors, and speakers – to learn, to eat, and to celebrate the vegan lifestyle.”
Sunday, October 19, 2014
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
3505 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX, 75219
FREE, donations encouraged at entrance
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS:
JAMES SCOTT, Founder and Co-producer
James Scott grew up in Grapevine, Texas but has called Dallas his home for the last 10 years. When he became vegan more than seven years ago, he was surprised by the growing number of likeminded people and wanted to be a catalyst for more change. In 2009 he founded DallasVegan.com and went on to organize the first ever Texas Veggie Fair in 2010. James’ “day job” is in IT and enjoys playing ice hockey and running marathons in his spare time.
STEPHANIE M. CASEY, Co-producer
A Dallas native, Stephanie left Texas for 14 years of media work on both coasts. A few documentaries with Bill Moyers, many motion pictures with folks such as Garry Marshall and M. Night Shyamalan, a couple of released records and tours later, it was back to Dallas. She created and operates Frugal Foodie Dallas and does freelance creative production + strategy. This is her second year producing Texas Veggie Fair.
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