JOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, VASILIKA, WINNER: “When Drysdale’s filly (La Sardane) made that early move, it put pressure on Smith’s filly (Ms Bad Behavior) and it helped me. I didn’t want to be in a hurry, but she really picked it up and she finished well. I think a mile and one eighth might be her best (distance).MIKE SMITH, MS BAD BEHAVIOR, SECOND: “When Joel made that move, I kinda took a little hold and she dropped the bridle a bit, but it did take a little ‘sting’ out of her…But she ran great.” TRAINER QUOTES JERRY HOLLENDORFER, VASILIKA, WINNER: “You know, you never expect this kind of thing to happen, but occasionally but it does.“I hope she fits in our program, we did some extra work on her but you know she’s blossomed into a very nice mare now.“Flavian did his usual great job and got her out just in time. She ran them down and we can’t ask for more.”NOTES: All Schlaich Stables LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George TodaroCo-owner George Todaro, right, celebrates with jockey Flavien Prat, left, after Vasilika’s victory in the Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes, Monday, January 21, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.A Setting sail on her inaugural voyage on 1 May from Venice, 130,000 tonne Carnival Magic will feature some of the most spectacular entertainment ever seen at sea.Some 3690 passengers will be treated to three production shows, along with a wide array of entertainment options throughout venues across the ship. From solo performers to comedians, it’s all about choice on board the latest ‘fun ship’ to join Carnival’s extensive fleet. “Carnival Magic is our most entertaining ship to date,” said senior vice president of guest operations Mark Tamis. “With our most fun and diverse entertainment lineup ever, we are offering something for everybody.”Speaking exclusively to e-Travel Blackboard from onboard Navigator of the Seas, comedian Steve Caouette shared his excitement about performing in the Punchliner Comedy Club on Carnival Magic’s inaugural voyage.”I’m really happy that I was asked to be a part of something so special,” Mr Caouette said. “I can’t wait to see the new design. The indoor/outdoor concept is a great idea. I’m also looking forward to the new show lounge the comedians are performing in.”A detailed description of the slated entertainment was released by Carnival Cruise Line yesterday:A Magical ExtravaganzaThe first production show, “Destination: Unknown,” is the largest show ever staged on a Carnival ship and the latest in Carnival Cruise Lines’ arsenal of hits. It stars Jason Byrne, award-winning “magician extraordinaire” and Las Vegas headliner. The mood is set before guests even enter the Showtime theatre with high-tech special effects, and as the houselights dim, full-stage silk drapes fall into view and quickly disappear into the floor or fly into the wings to reveal the full cast of singers and dancers. Then Byrne, the show’s star magician, appears out of thin air piloting a helicopter mid-stage. What follows is a mystical and magical circus full of masterful illusions made possible by the Showtime theatre’s state-of-the-art, unparalleled technology. This is a can’t-miss show stopper that’s sure to entertain the whole family.Grooving Through the ’70sThe 1970s were more than just disco music and polyester bell-bottoms, and “The Groove Line” is a funky journey through the city streets and iconic discotheques of that era. Choreographed to the tunes that shaped a generation and featuring artists such as KC and the Sunshine Band, The Jackson Five and Sister Sledge, this show will have guests on their feet and carry them back to the heyday of the 1970s.It’s a Game Thing”Win! The Game Show” is a wild and crazy parody of television’s most popular game shows. The different and twisted games comprise a travelogue that guides the audience to exotic and exciting places, from a NASCAR-style race track to the Las Vegas Strip. With opportunities for audience participation and a fabulously catchy soundtrack featuring songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, Shania Twain and Ricky Martin, this show is sure to be a major hit with guests.More Entertainment OptionsCarnival Magic’s two new venues help to take the line’s reputation for diverse, at-sea entertainment choices to a new level. Cucina del Capitano (“The Captain’s Kitchen”) not only boasts singing and dancing waiters and waitresses alongside a barrel of Chianti on wheels, but also has a loop of 65 hand-selected, Italian-themed songs.Meanwhile, each evening as the sun sets, patrons of the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub can kick back to live acoustic guitar and vocals as they relax on swing-gliding chairs or amuse themselves with any number of bar games, such as foosball, a tabletop shuffleboard, darts, puzzles and more.Ocean Plaza is the central entertainment hub of the ship. Here, sip on a latte from the coffee shop, delight in an ice cold beer or indulge in a frozen concoction. By day, this is the place to surf the web, gather with friends or enjoy fun trivia contests led by the cruise staff. By night, the fabulous indoor/outdoor space turns into a whole different world with entertainment acts taking the stage and guests dancing the night away.Also featured on the Carnival Magic is the Punchliner Comedy Club, which highlights a wide variety of comedians offering both family-friendly and adult-only performances nightly. “Superstar Live” takes karaoke to a whole new level by offering wannabe starlets, crooners and rockers the opportunity to perform accompanied by a live band and backing singers.Additionally, a variety of solo performers and musical ensembles can be found in different locations throughout the ship, providing musical entertainment spanning a wide range of musical genres.More Shows in TexasUpon arrival at Carnival Magic’s homeport of Galveston, Texas, two more shows will be added to the ship’s entertainment lineup. The first is guest favorite “Carnival Legends.”For those who have dreamed of performing with a live band dressed as Tina Turner, Michael Jackson or Cher, this is the opportunity to make that a reality. During the “Carnival Legends” show, guests don authentic, highly detailed costumes of their favorite singer and perform one of the artist’s signature tunes, backed by a talented 10-piece orchestra and full complement of dancers. After rehearsing with the Carnival Magic’s band and production show dancers, it’s “showtime” as the would-be stars take to the stage and strut their stuff to a packed audience.Carnival Magic will be sailing in Europe on a variety of 7-12 day Mediterranean itineraries from 1 May to 16 October before heading to her homeport of Galveston, Texas. 7 day voyages to the Caribbean from late October will make her the port’s largest year-round cruise ship. e-Travel Blackboard will be featuring reports live from Carnival Magic’s inaugural voyage next week. 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