Rabbi Harry Levin of the Open Synagogue leads a song during the lighting of the Menorah in Red Bank Tuesday night, the first day of Hanukkah, the eight day festival of lights that commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over their oppressors, who forbade Jews to practice their religion. Following the battle, the Jewish army reclaimed their temple, and though they found only enough oil to light the candles for one night, the oil lasted for eight days. Jews around the globe celebrate the miracle by lighting one candle on the menorah for each of the eight days of the festival, enjoying family gatherings featuring potato pancakes, jelly doughnuts and other foods fried in oil, playing games and exchanging gifts. Though not considered a major religious holiday on the Jewish calendar, it has become a important time for Jewish families to enjoy gathering togather in celebration of their faith and culture. This year’s observance last from Dec. 20 until Dec. 28.
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 14, 2015)–Cautious Giant stalked a fast early pace and skimmed the rail into and around the far turn en route to a one length win under Tyler Baze in Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita, as the 4-year-old Giant’s Causeway gelding got 6 ½ furlongs on a track labeled wet fast in 1:15.45.Originally scheduled to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course, significant rains necessitated the switch to the main track, which resulted in three scratches out of the body of the race. The second choice at 5-2 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up, Cautious Giant paid $7.20, $4.00 and $3.40.Trained by Carla Gaines and owned by Betty and Robert G. Irvin, Cautious Giant cut back in distance off a close third at the level going a flat mile on April 4 and ran as a gelding for the first time on Thursday. In getting his second win from 10 starts, Cautious Giant banked $34,800, increasing his earnings to $99,700.Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Husband’s Folly lagged far back early behind splits of 21.82, 44.37 and 1:08.84, hugged the rail and mounted a serious stretch rally to finish second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of longshot Bam Bam. Off at 14-1, Husband’s Folly paid $9.40 and $6.60.Ridden by Alex Solis, Brazilian-bred Bam Bam eased off the early pace leaving the five furlong pole and rallied five wide turning for home to run third, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of early pacesetter Diamond Majesty. Off at 16-1, Bam Bam returned $6.80 to show.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.