The river Ticino is the most important perennial left-bank tributary of the Po. It has given its name to the Swiss canton; the river rises in the Val Bedretto in Switzerland at the frontier between the cantons of Valais and Ticino, is fed by the glaciers of the Alps and flows through Lake Maggiore, before entering Italy. The Ticino joins the Po a few kilometres downstream from Pavia, it is about 248 kilometres long. The highest point of the drainage basin is the summit of Grenzgipfel, at 4,618 metres. Beneath it flows the Anza, a right-bank tributary of the Ticino; the river is dammed in Switzerland in order to create hydroelectricity, while in Italy it is used for irrigation. The legendary Gallic leader Bellovesus was said to have defeated the Etruscans here in circa 600 BC. Ticino was the location of the Battle of Ticinus, the first battle of the Second Punic War fought between the Carthaginian forces of Hannibal and the Romans under Publius Cornelius Scipio in November 218 BC; the Ticino was in the territory of the Duchy of Milan during much of the medieval and early modern period, although its upper portion as far as Bellinzona in 1500 and as far as the shores of Lago Maggiore in 1513, fell to the Old Swiss Confederacy as a result of the Swiss campaigns in the Italian Wars.
Val Bedretto, a narrow alpine valley named after the village of Bedretto, culminates in Nufenen Pass, Italian Passo della Novena, at 2,478 m located between Pizzo Gallina and Nufenstock. Through it runs the border between the cantons of Valais and Ticino. A road constructed in 1964 goes over the pass leading to the Rhône Valley on the other side. French is spoken in Valais but near the pass German is spoken; the population of Ticino speaks Italian. The road up the val is straight until it approaches the pass, where it becomes hairpin. On the slope below the first hairpin at about 2,478 m is an area of springs from which the Ticino originates. Subsequently, it becomes a mountain brook flowing straight down the val to the village of All'Acqua or All'Acqua Ospizio at 1,614 m, named for the hospice for travellers located there at the previous end of the road in former centuries, it is a base for skiing and hiking. Below it is Bedretto at 1,402 m; the val is subject to avalanches and snow can remain on the ground as late as September.
Below Bedretto the Ri di Cristallina, "Cristallina stream", comes in from the right at Ossasco, further down Fontana, still in Bedretto. The entire area is laced with hiking trails and mountain huts. Airolo in Switzerland: Bellinzona, Locarno. in Italy: Stresa, Pavia. The Ticino has the following tributaries: Photo gallery about the Ticino Valley Natural Park made by a UNESCO photographer
Serhiy Hivivych Koridze, is a Ukrainian futsal player. Serhiy Koridze was a football player in his youth, he began his professional career in 1992 for the Chornomorets-2 Odesa. In 1994, he played for FC Anzhi Makhachkala, but turned to futsal in 1995. Koridze played for the Lokomotyv Odessa. In 1998, he moved to the Interkas Kyiv. In 2001 Koridze went to Russia, where he played for the Dina Moscow, Spartak Shchelkovo, TTG-Yugra Yugorsk and KPRF Moscow. In the Ukrainian national futsal team Serhiy Koridze was twice a silver medalist of UEFA Futsal Championship - in 2001 and 2003. Both of these tournaments, he left with the rank of top scorer, he became the top scorer for the Ukrainian national team. UEFA Futsal Championship runner-up: 2001, 2003 Futsal European Clubs Championship third place: 1997 Ukrainian Men's Futsal Championship winner: 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/00 Russian Futsal Super League runner-up: 2003/04 Ukrainian Men's Futsal Cup winner: 1997, 1998, 2001 Russian Futsal Cup winner: 2005 UEFA Futsal Championship top scorer: 2001, 2003 Ukraine national team top scorer Ukrainian Men's Futsal Championship top scorer Russian Futsal Super League top scorer: 2003/04 Russian Futsal Super League best forward: 2001/02, 2002/03 Order of the Association of Futsal Odessa region Honour Profile at Russian Futsal Association Serhiy Koridze at the Football Federation of Ukraine
Dallas Stewart trains a string of thoroughbred horses in Kentucky from bases at Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, Keeneland Race Course, Fair Grounds Race Course, Arlington Park and Saratoga Race Course. Before venturing out on his own, he spent 12 years working under the tutelage of leading trainer D. Wayne Lukas. There, he oversaw such horses as Lady's Secret, Thunder Gulch, Serena's Song, Timber Country, Tabasco Cat, many other Grade I winners. In 1999, Stewart trained Kimberlite Pipe to win the Grade II Louisiana Derby and Sapphire and Silk to win the Grade III Prioress Stakes at Belmont Park. Stewart won his first training title at the 2000 Keeneland Race Course Spring Meet, his stakes performers during 2000 included Dollar Bill, who won the Grade II Brown & Williamson Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill and competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown. In 2001, his stabled earned more than $3.8 million, topped by Unbridled Elaine's payday for winning the Grade I Breeders' Cup Distaff.
He won two graded events with Nasty Storm—the Grade II Churchill Downs Distaff Handicap and Grade III Dogwood Stakes. In 2002, Stewart won the Grade II Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park with Nasty Storm, other stakes with Sweet Nanette and Saintly Look. In 2003, Saintly Look won the Grade III Lecomte Stakes and Stewart won the Mardi Gras Handicap at Fair Grounds with Even the Score and the Perryville Stakes at Keeneland Race Course with Clock Stopper. In 2006, he won the Kentucky Oaks with Lemons Forever, the longest shot to win the race, he was the trainer of Macho Again. Stewart won his first stakes at storied Saratoga Race Course when Macho Again won the 2008 Jim Dandy Stakes. In the 2013 Kentucky Derby Dallas Stewart's horse, a colt named Golden Soul, finished second to winner Orb. Golden Soul's odds were 50-1, he was one of five colts at those odds, the other four being Falling Sky, Frac Daddy and Giant Finish. In the 2014 Kentucky Derby, a Dallas Stewart trainee once again finished second.
Commanding Curve retired from racing in 2016, is now in training with Olympic equestrian Phillip Dutton. In 2016, Saint's Fan, a chestnut colt that Stewart bred and owns himself, won the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans, Louisiana. Another trainee, Tom's Ready, won the 2016 Gr. II Woody Stevens Stakes and Gr. III Ack Ack Handicap, before finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile to Tamarkuz. Dallas Stewart Biography from NTRA Dallas Stewart Racing Page Jim Dandy Win Article Derby Trial Article from Churchill Downs Jim Dandy article from ESPN