Tonight at Gulfstream Park in south Florida, the Eclipse Awards honoring the best horses and people involved in thoroughbred racing in 2014 will be dispensed at the annual banquet. The award that eclipses all others denotes the Horse of the Year, in the opinion of a rather tightly restricted group of voters.
Finalists in that major category are grass specialist Main Sequence, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern and Kentucky Derby-Preakness winner California Chrome. Not making the cut here are other legitimate contenders such as Shared Belief, Wise Dan and Untapable.
Westside left-hander Jonathan Jahn committed to play baseball at South Carolina on Thursday night.
Jahn’s commitment capped a quick emergence for the junior. He had flown under the radar as a Patriot underclassman until jumping on the scene at the National Underclass Showcase in Fort Myers, Fla., in December.
Jahn was named to the underclass top prospect list for touching 90 mph with a feel for three pitches during the event.
Jahn was All-Area Honorable Mention as a sophomore in 2014, including striking out 13 in a Class AA second-round playoff start.
The Augusta Aviation Commission this morning selected Roy Williams as the next executive director of Augusta Regional Airport.
Williams led the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, and then had a brief stint at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Since 2007, he has worked as a consultant for aviation projects in Liberia and Puerto Rico and at London’s Heathrow Airport and Chicago’s Midway Airport.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has photos of two men who they say tried to kidnap a man on Thursday.
The suspects were caught on tape at the Grovetown Wal-mart store prior to the incident, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
About 2:30 p.m., deputies responded to the 1300 block of Hawksmoor Way in Tudor Branch subdivision, where two males had approached a man and demanded he go inside the residence, according to a statement from Morris.
They were armed with handguns and wore ski masks, Morris stated.