The jockey, trainer and owner combination of Shane Ellis, Neive Graham and O’Shaun Connection (O’Neil Hinds) teamed up to win the first three races at Caymanas Park yesterday, the horses in question winning very easily as short-priced favourites.In the opening race over 1200 metres for maiden three-year-olds, Ellis had an arm-chair ride aboard the howling 1-9 favourite, PROLIFIC PRINCESS (made all), in winning by 101/2 lengths.Ellis came back to boothome another 1-9 favourite, FRANKENSTORM, in the second race and completed the rout with 1-5 favourite HOLOGRAM SHADOW in the third.closest rivalEllis (53 winners) thus regained the lead from closest rival Robert Halledeen (52 wins) in the three-man race for the jockeys’ championship, followed by Omar Walker on 49.For trainer Graham, this was his first triple.”I am really elated to have achieved the feat, especially in that the winners came one behind the other in the first three races on the card.”I saddled three winners once before, but one horse was disqualified,” he recalled. “With the help of O’Shaun, I am looking forward to impact on the last four months of the season.”Meanwhile, 3-5 favourite, ROYAL GIRL, ridden by in-form Wesley Henry for owner/trainer Patrick Chang, came through in mid-stretch to win the Henry George Harrison Sr. Memorial Cup over 1300 metres.
FedEx driver Vito Randazzo works long hours this time of year, but the smile never seems to stop. Working out of one of two FedEx Corp. warehouses in Brooklyn, this day is much like any other, but Randazzo, 48, is noticeably aware of the ramp up to Monday, expected to be the shipping company’s busiest day of the year. Excluding a partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx expects to haul 10.4 million packages through express and ground service on that day. The prediction represents a 6 percent increase over the 9.8 million shipped on last year’s busiest day. Analysts suggest major parcel carriers overall should expect the usual holiday rush, although revenue will be likely be muddled by the effects of a weak U.S. economy and changing consumer trends. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champJon Langenfeld, an analyst with investment firm R.W. Baird, said the overall freight market is being dragged down by weakness in the housing and automotive markets, and lower consumer spending. Higher diesel prices are also hurting parcel carriers this holiday season, although FedEx will be affected more than UPS, he said, because express services make up more of its business. National Retail Federation spokesman Scott Krugman acknowledged that while the economy and the rise of electronic gift card purchases will put pressure on shipping this year, these factors should be balanced by robust online sales growth. United Parcel Service Inc., FedEx’s chief competitor, expects to ship 22million packages on its peak day – Dec. 19. The projection represents less than 1 percent growth from last year’s busiest day, and marks the smallest growth prediction in four years. UPS will add more than 60,000 employees to help with the seasonal rush. DHL International GmbH expects to ship 14.5 million packages across the globe on Monday, its busiest day, according to a company spokesman. The company, owned by the German-based mail and shipping company Deutsche Post AG, predicts U.S. business will account for 2.4 million to 2.5 million of those shipments. The company declined to report 2006 figures. The U.S. Postal Service expects nearly 1 billion pieces – including packages and those last-minute letters to Santa – to be mailed on Monday, its busiest mailing day of the year. USPS expects 275 million cards and letters to be tossed into a mailbox that day. Wednesday is expected to be the busiest delivery day for the USPS. Randazzo began his career with FedEx 19 years ago, lured away from the family pizza business by the benefits and steady paycheck that support his wife and three children. “I don’t get tired from working,” Randazzo said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!