first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–With the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita looming on Nov. 5, superstar California Chrome, North America’s all-time earnings leader with $13,252,650, towers over six rivals in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at 1 1/8 miles at The Great Race Place.Fresh off a smashing five length score in the Grade I Pacific Classic at 1 ¼ miles Aug. 20, California Chrome has won five races in a row, most notably the $10 million Dubai World Cup three starts back on March 26. HOPPERTUNITY: Also conditioned by Baffert, the 5-year-old by Any Given Saturday is enjoying a solid year, as he’s banked more than $1.4 million from five starts, the most recent a well beaten fourth behind California Chrome in the Pacific Classic. A workmanlike Grade I performer, he’ll be facing “Chrome” for the fourth time this year, having run third in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes Jan. 9, third in the Dubai World Cup March 26 and the aforementioned fourth place finish in the Pacific Classic. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Hoppertunity has three wins from 11 starts at Santa Anita and is 21-5-6-4 overall with earnings of $2,962,675. CALIFORNIA CHROME: Trained by Art Sherman throughout his remarkable 23-race career, the 5-year-old California-bred horse by Lucky Pulpit began his most recent win skein with a facile 1 ¼ length win in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 9, his fourth win from seven overall starts in Arcadia. A winner of the 2014 Santa Anita and Kentucky Derbies, “Chrome,” who was voted Horse of the Year in 2014, is a racing rarity on many accounts, including the fact he is a full horse competing at racing’s highest levels at age five. Blessed with incredible natural speed and stamina, regular rider Victor Espinoza declared “California Chrome is the best horse I have ever ridden,” following his victory in the Pacific Classic–a very large statement indeed considering Espinoza guided American Pharoah to a Triple Crown triumph and Breeders’ Cup Classic honors in 2015. Owned by Taylor Made Farm and Perry Martin’s California Chrome, LLC, the striking chestnut is now 23-14-3-1 overall. California Chrome–Victor Espinoza–125Dortmund–Rafael Bejarano–121Hoppertunity–Flavien Prat–121Win the Space–Gary Stevens–121Soi Phet–Kent Desormeaux–121El Huerfano–Martin Pedroza–121Hard Aces–Santiago Gonzalez–121First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit THE AWESOME AGAIN IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE STAKES THE GRADE I AWESOME AGAIN STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 7 of (of 11)                                                                                               Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PST DORTMUND: A winner of the 2015 Santa Anita Derby, he made California Chrome “run” two starts back when second, beaten a half length in the mile and one sixteenth San Diego Handicap July 23. However, Dortmund was never a threat to “Chrome” in their next encounter, when third, beaten 7 ¼ lengths in the Pacific Classic. Trained by Bob Baffert, he’ll be ridden for a second time by Rafael Bejarano and can be expected to menace anyone desirous of the early lead. A massive 4-year-old colt by Big Brown, Dortmund will be making his third start of 2016. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Dortmund is 12-8-1-2 with earnings of $1,872,480.last_img read more


first_imgKANTHAKA SEEKS KONA GOLD GOLD SATURDAYBAFFERT GOES WITH THE FLO WITH ROADSTERGIFT BOX TO BREEZE FOR GRADE  I GOLD CUPKANTHAKA DRAWS OUTSIDE FOR GRADE II KONA GOLDKanthaka, third in the March 30 San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs after breaking from the rail, makes a relatively quick turnaround Saturday for the Kona Gold Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, drawing the outside, but Jerry Hollendorfer seemed more concerned about pace than post.“We’re happy with the post; we just have to see if the race sets up,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “He can sit a little closer if he has to.”A four-year-old chestnut son of Jimmy Creed owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Kanthaka has been out of the money only once in seven starts at Santa Anita, that a troubled eighth in the Grade I Malibu Stakes last Dec. 26. He was installed the 2-1 second choice on Jon White’s morning line for the Grade II Kona Gold.In other Kona Gold news:Well-traveled All Out Blitz seems poised to make his presence felt in the race after winning a restricted stakes at Sunland Park on March 24.A son of Concord Point, All Out Blitz has raced at Santa Anita, Del Mar, Los Alamitos, Zia Park and Oaklawn Park, in addition to Sunland, winning four of 14 starts overall.“This horse is getting better,” said Simon Callaghan, who trains the four-year-old colt for owner/breeder Kaleem Shah. “He’s made good progression each time in his last few runs and I think he’s got a chance.”After racing 19 times in 24 career starts on turf, the last 12 in a row, Cistron returns in the Kona Gold on the main track where he has one win in five outings.“He won a stake at three on the dirt,” pointed out John Sadler, trainer of the five-year-old son of The Factor for principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis, who supplemented the full horse to the Kona Gold for $4,000.“He’s been on the grass kind of ever since, but we thought we’d try him back on the dirt. He’s doing real well, he’s a good horse, so we’ll see how it goes.”The Kona Gold, race five with a 1 p.m. first post time: $4,000 supplemental nominee Dr. Dorr, Joe Talamo, 9-5; $4,000 supplemental nominee Cistron, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; All Out Blitz, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Zatter, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; and Kanthaka, Flavien Prat, 2-1.BAFFERT GOES WITH FLO (GEROUX) FOR KENTUCKY DERBYAnyone who’s been in racing for any length of time understands that loyalty is not always the game’s highest priority.So when Mike Smith opted to ride Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach for Richard Mandella in the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4 rather Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster trained by Bob Baffert, for whom he captured the Triple Crown aboard Justify last year, jaws weren’t exactly dropping to their chins.Baffert recognizes it’s business, not personal, and the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer (also American Pharoah in 2015) wasted little time in going to plan b and engaging Florent Geroux to ride Roadster in the Run for the Roses, joining two other Baffert contenders, champion Game Winner and Arkansas Derby runner-up Improbable.“Every summer when I go to Kentucky, he helps me out and breezes a lot of horses for me,” Baffert said of the 32-year-old Frenchman. “We’ve won races together. When he comes out here, I put him on horses.“I have a good relationship with the guy . . . He knows Churchill really well. I wanted to go with somebody who’s very familiar with Churchill Downs, and after discussing it with the owners (Speedway Stable), we were all in agreement about Flo.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:McKinzie works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-19-19Bellafina likely Kentucky Oaks favorite works 4 furlongs (Callaghan) 4-19-19Weekend Watch:  Weekend Action at Santa Anita Park Starting 4-19-19A Day in the Life: with Equine Therapist  Tyler Cerin at Santa Anita ParkCandid Conversation Part 1 with trainer  Richard BaltasCandid Conversation Part 2 with trainer  Richard BaltasRijeka (Outside) &  Desert Stone work 4 furlongs (Baltas) 4-17-19Marley’s Freedom (Outside) &  Nero work 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-15-19Dr. Dorr (Outside) &  Show Me Da Lute work 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-15-19 Zatter (Outside) &  Hot Sean work 4 furlongs (Baffert) 4-14-19Secret Spice works 4 furlongs (Baltas) 4-14-19Roadster galloping in preparation for the Kentucky Derby (Baffert) 4-14-19FINISH LINES: Prepping for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box will work at 6:30 Saturday morning for John Sadler under assistant trainer Juan Leyva . . . Big ‘Cap runner-up McKinzie worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert Friday in a bullet 1:00 flat with Joe Talamo up for the Grade II Alysheba at Churchill Downs May 3 . . .With owner Kaleem Shah looking on, Santa Anita Oaks winner  Bellafina breezed four furlongs in 48 seconds for the Kentucky Oaks on May 3. “Really good,” trainer Simon Callaghan said of the drill under regular rider Flavien Prat. The filly will have one more breeze here before flying to Kentucky on April 29 . . . John Shirreffs has multiple Grade I winner Paradise Woods set to work tomorrow for the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes the following Saturday, April 27 . . . Jerry Hollendorfer has Instagrand ticketed for the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs May 4, while plans for California-bred Galilean are undecided . . . Santa Anita offers one of four Easter Sunday Brunch packages on, while kids at The Great Race Place Sunday can enjoy a fun-filled afternoon hunting 33,000 eggs in the Infield during the races . . . Dan Blacker will be but one of several trainers looking for fresh, young stock at next week’s spring Ocala Breeders’ Sales event in Florida . . . Workout analyst and publisher of Winner’s Card Toby Turrell will be Tom Quigley‘s guest handicapper Saturday, 11:50 a.m., in the XBTV studios.last_img read more

‘LFA Leadership Ready for Business,’ Says Sec. Gen. Mlontgomery

first_imgLFA SG: “We are ready for business.”That was the message from Mr. Isaac T. Z. Montgomery, secretary general of the Liberia Football Association in an interview with the Daily Observer recently.Mr. Montgomery said the administration will take advantage of all Confederation of Africa Football rules and regulations, along with that of LFA to make sure that Liberians enjoy an excellent administration that will give them their money’s worth.“We have sent out our calendar of events to all stakeholders,” Montgomery said. “And on this calendar contains what we are doing for the year.”He said the LFA has increased benefits for players and has also ensured that referees are provided with the needed capacity to make their job more enjoyable.He admitted that without referees there can be no enjoyment of football and therefore they need to have proper capacity because of the nation of the job.“It also means that we want our referees to show fair-play in the discharge of their duties and will not encourage poor handling of our matches,” he said.Montgomery noted that when the league resumes, all scheduled will be played on the same day and there are eight venues for the league.He said the rebranding of the league is extremely important to the administration that youth football, including women football, will be given a priority.“We’ve just completed issuing out a fine of over U$5,000 to CAF because of the last administration’s withdrawal of our youth team from CAF league,” he said.He said CAF and FIFA send out their competition schedules in the early part of the year and when a FA commits to participate and later withdraws, it attracts a heavy fine.“It is anything that a FA can plead for a reduction of the fine because it is stated and FA officials are aware of it,” he said.He said to ensure that the LFA does not suffer such an unnecessary waste of resources, the LFA is working ahead of time to make sure that Liberia plays any competition it commits itself to.“Under our watchful eyes,” Montgomery said, “we will make sure that Liberia participates in any competition that we will commit our youth teams, including the female teams too.”Taking a cue from the above CAF arrangement, Montgomery said the LFA has sent letters to all the teams to get their commitment to participate in the league.“We want to apply the best practice in the administration of our local games,” Montgomery said.He assured the general sporting public and stakeholders that the new administration is determined to do things consistent with CAF and FIFA expectation.“But we cannot do it alone and we need your support,” he said. “Our football president Mustapha Raji is dynamic and he makes football administration more enjoyable and we want you to have that enjoyment when you support the team of your choice.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Patterson to explain procurement breaches to Cabinet

first_imgDHB feasibilityAfter a probe into the award of a consultancy contract to Dutch firm LievenseCSO for the feasibility study and design of the new Demerara River Bridge found that there was a breach in Procurement Act, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson will now have to justify his actions to Cabinet.This is according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who told reporters at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing that the matter was not on the Council of Ministers’ last meeting. However, he noted that it is likely to come up at the next Cabinet session.“It was not discussed at Cabinet [as yet] but certainly I expect the Minister of Public Infrastructure would address the matter and that by the next Cabinet meeting, would bring to Cabinet a position on the issue that has been put into the public domain,” the Minister of State said.The Public Procurement Commission (PPC) revealed the breaches in its report to the Opposition last week.Back in September, Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira wrote the Commission asking it to investigate the selection and award of a $146 million contract to LievenseCSO for the feasibility study of the new Demerara River Bridge after it was revealed, and later confirmed by Minister Patterson, that the company was sole-sourced and had not even bid for the project.The PPC report, which was seen by <<<>>>>, outlined that after some 23 companies had expressed an interest to provide consultancy services, 12 were shortlisted and two managed to submit their proposals on time. However, Government failed to reach an agreement with either of the two companies in their negotiations and as such, the tender was annulled.The National Tender and Procurement Administration Board (NPTAB) thenPublic Infrastructure Minister David Pattersonrecommended that the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI) re-tender but it did not, the PPC report said. It went on to note that the Permanent Secretary of MPI then “informed the Public Procurement Commission that subsequent to annulment of the tender by MPI, [Dutch Company LievenseCSO] Engineering contracting BV submitted an unsolicited proposal to provide consultancy services for the Demerara River Bridge project.”As such, the Commission added, Minister Patterson approached Cabinet on November 18, 2016, seeking consideration and approval to use funds from the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC) to fund the feasibility study and to commence a contractual engagement with LievenseCSO as of January 1, 2017.The Commission found that there was a breach when this request to Cabinet was made by the Minister and not through the NPTA. The PPC also noted that Cabinet considered the memorandum submitted by the Minister and in November 2016 approved a total sum of $161,514,420 to be used from the DHBC to cover cost for the feasibility study for a new bridge across the Demerara River.According to the PPC, General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge, Rawlston Adams, indicated that the DHBC Board was not a party to the decision to use these funds for this purpose as approved by Cabinet, and further stated that he had not signed the contract on behalf of the DHC but only because he was requested to do so by the Public Infrastructure Minister.As a result of the findings of the probe, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has called for Minister Patterson and the entire Cabinet by extension to be chargedDHB General Manager Rawlston Adams and LievenseCSO’s representative Arie Mol after signing the consultancy contractwith corruption.“It’s either Patterson has to bear the brunt of it or the entire Cabinet because it had Cabinet approval so this is an unbelievable act of corruption,” he said while disclosing to media operatives that the People’s Progressive Party [PPP] intends to send the report to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).“…let me make it clear… we plan to send this report to SOCU given that when Mr [Sam] Sittlington made a presentation in Parliament, and our Opposition MPs there pointed out that they were not investigating the numerous instances of corruption, egregious cases of corruption under this Government, that they seem to have their focus only on a few PPP people, he said, you can write up, submit the report… So we will be writing SOCU and submitting their report and then we will follow it up there,” the Opposition Leader had said.Later on Thursday evening, the Opposition Chief Whip revealed that she wrote the Head of SOCU, Sydney James, on Wednesday, calling on the Unit “to take action as required under the law.”Meanwhile, the Public Infrastructure Ministry earlier this week had denied breaching the Procurement Act, saying that several measures had to be put in place to accommodate the large volume of traffic utilising the Demerara Harbour Bridge.“There is and has been an urgent need for a new bridge across the Demerara River and Government is cognisant of this and has taken every decision, within the law, to ensure that the realisation of a new bridge is not unduly delayed. The people of Guyana deserve nothing less,” a statement from the Minister said.last_img read more

US diplomat renews call for Venezuela to respect treaty

first_imgThe Essequibo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCI) held its annual dinner at the Anna Regina Town Hall on Saturday Evening where US Charge d’Affaires and Ambassador (acting) Terry Steers Gonzalez called on Venezuela to respect the treaty signed in Geneva on February 17, 1966 in resolving the Guyana/Venezuela Border controversy.US Charge d’Affaires and Ambassador Acting Terry Steers Gonzalez and members of the Essequibo Chambers of Commerce on Saturday eveningIn addition, he said with the discovery of oil, Guyana can soon become an oil-rich nation, while reiterating that if the industry is not monitored as it should, it can be a failure.He warned that politicians should not get involved and the Government should have a Natural Resource Fund, which must be transparent, enviable and nonpartisan and should be managed by an independent body.The US Charge d’Affaires noted that there will be an imaginable amount of revenue coming into Guyana and with good financial management, Guyana can become an oil-rich state and ultimately transform the country.Meanwhile, ECCI President Suean Seewnarayan also echoed the call for a well-planned and organised oil industry.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Devanand Randatt said after a series of meetings with the regional heads of the security forces – Police, Army and fire – he was assured of a peaceful and crime-free holiday season.Furthermore, Randatt told the gathering that after meeting with the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), he was also told that there will be a stable flow of electricity during the season.last_img read more

Nandlall to represent family of man who died in Police lock-ups

first_imgDead: Lallbachan Bachan…to file for compensation, writes DPP requesting inquest to be heldFamily of the late Lallbachan Bachan of Lot 21 Maria’s Lodge, Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), who was found dead in the Suddie Police Station lock-ups, has obtained legal representation from Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall, who is in the process of filing for compensation for the death of the young father.Nandlall, during a press conference on Friday at his South Road, Georgetown office, told members of the media that he also intends to write the Police Commissioner, Leslie James, requesting a full probe into the death of Bachan, who was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.In addition, the family’s lawyer is expected to also write the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack, requesting that an inquest be held into the death of the father of four.Further, Nandlall argued that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is responsible for the safety of persons in custody and must be answerable when such situations occur.Moreover, he told this publication that it is illegal for relatives to be prevented by the Police from visiting their imprisoned family member.“It’s an absolute abuse of power and absolute abuse of the constitutional rights of citizens of this country to deny access to them while they are in the lock-ups,” Nandlall noted.“The law will determine what compensation (the family gets). You ask for an amount and you now have to prove that you are entitled to that. If you prove, for example, the Police are liable, right away you get a quantum and then you build on that,” he stressed.Nandlall pointed out that Bachan was merely 39-years old and would have continued earning until the age of around 55 or 60.“So you calculate how much he would have earned, then you have dependencies, he has two minor children, so somebody has to pay for that,” the Lawyer stated.The attorney, on another note, pointed out that Bachan was not supposed to be in the lock-ups for that extended period.The now dead man, according to his wife, Samantha Bachan, was arrested on June 12 for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was placed on $20,000 bail at the Suddie Police Station and was told to appear before the District Court on June 20.The tearful woman recalled that when her husband appeared at the Court on the given date, the matter was postponed to June 28. He was, however, unable to attend Court on that date and a warrant was issued for his arrest.She explained that on the said date, the Police visited their home, where they allegedly dragged him into the van and transported him to the Police station.The widow said her mother-in-law took dinner for him later in the evening but was prevented by the Police from visiting him.In fact, relatives were even told that Bachan “has to bear his punishment”.The father of four, after hearing this, cried out to his mom, telling her he was in pain and was feeling dizzy, but the Police denied his request to visit a doctor.On June 28, his mom took breakfast for her son but was again turned away by the Police for the entire day. The following day, the widow said she was finally granted permission to see her husband who enquired about his kids and complained again of feeling unwell.On the afternoon of June 30, Bachan said her mother-in-law went to visit him but was turned away once again.On July 1, she recounted that as the family was preparing to visit the Police station, they received news that he had died.As the widow wiped away her tears and spoke through a shaky voice, she explained that she rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital where she observed her husband bleeding from his head, which was also swollen. This left them to believe that the man was beaten.After the incident, Police, in a release to the media, said that the man’s body bore no marks of violence. Contrary to this, the family had photographic images showing what appeared to be marks of violence.The Police also said that Bachan was the lone prisoner in the cell. A Post-Mortem Examination conducted by Dr Nehaul Singh on the man’s body gave the cause of death as asphyxiation – something the family found suspicious.Bachan’s wife said she found it strange that not only was a Post-Mortem conducted on the same day of her husband’s death, but on a holiday. Bachan, a former ambulance driver at the Suddie Public Hospital, leaves his wife and children to mourn. (Davina Ramdass)Family members of the late Lallbachan Bachan with their Lawyer, Anil Nandlalllast_img read more

Valencia planning move for former Arsenal and West Ham star

first_img1 Valencia are ready to pounce for former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder Alex Song.The 28-year-old is currently contracted to Barcelona, but he has spent the past two seasons on loan at Upton Park.?West Ham, however, do not want to sign the player permanently after deciding to pursue other targets.That, according to Mundo Deportivo, has allowed Valencia to make their move and they are now set for talks with Barcelona this week.Song has just one year remaining on his current contract at the Nou Camp and reports claim he could be available for under £5m. Alex Song played just 15 games for West Ham last season last_img read more

Paris Saint-Germain to fight Manchester United for Andrea Belotti

first_img Andrea Belotti in action for Italy 1 French giants Paris Saint-Germain are aiming to derail Manchester United’s plans of landing Andrea Belotti, by beginning negotiations for the Italy international.United were seemingly in pole position to sign the highly-rated forward, who is also a long-term target of Arsenal, Chelsea and other top European clubs.The 23-year-old seems likely to leave Torino this summer and while United’s interest remains firm, they will face stiff competition from France in the shape of PSG.According to Canal+, the Parisians have placed an initial £53m offer on the table for the prolific striker, falling well short of his £88m release clause.Torino are holding firm for now but will likely come under siege once the summer window really kicks into gear.It remains to be seen whether PSG are successful with their opening offer, or whether they return with a more substantial fee and leave United out in the cold.last_img read more

Man spotted leaving dealer’s house appears on drugs charge

first_imgA man who was spotted by Gardai leaving a known drug-dealer’s home has been fined for possession of drugs.Patrick Marley appeared at Letterkenny District Court to face a charge of possession of drugs on June 7th, 2016. Gardai were patrolling the Long Lane area when they spotted Marley of Knocknamona Crescent, Letterkenny.When they searched him they discovered he had €10 of cannabis in his hand.Marley, who had 19 previous convictions, was fined a total of €150 by Judge Paul Kelly.Man spotted leaving dealer’s house appears on drugs charge was last modified: November 17th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdrugsletterkennyLong LanePatrick Marleylast_img read more


first_imgIt’s certainly a scary line-up at the Cavern in Letterkenny this weekend.It all kicks off tonight wit a special Graduation Party with Joe Decks and a Southern Comfort Promo.Tomorrow night sees the Big Saturday Night Out with DJ Marty Friel. Things keep rockin’ on Bank Holiday Sunday with the Ultimate Fancy Dress party with €200 for the best dressed reveler.And on Bank Holiday Monday, DJ Marty will bring things out with a bang on the decks.   WHAT A TRULY SCARY LINE-UP AT THE CAVERN THIS BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND! was last modified: October 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bank holiday weekendThe Cavernlast_img read more