first_imgHigher Power–Flavien Prat–125Draft Pick–Joe Talamo–121Seeking the Soul–Brian Hernandez, Jr.–123McKinzie–Mike Smith–125Mongolian Groom–Abel Cedillo–121Isotherm–Geovanni Franco–121First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE. TOP RATED MCKINZIE & HIGHER POWER HEAD SATURDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 AWESOME AGAIN STAKES AS THEY GO 1 1/8 MILES IN PREPARATION FOR $6 MILLION BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC NOV. 2  RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE QUALIFIER ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2019)–America’s current top rated older horse, McKinzie, and rising star Higher Power are set to square off in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes, which has attracted a field of six 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one eighth. A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, the winner will earn a fees-paid berth into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.A recent winner of the Grade I Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 3, McKinzie, who is trained by Bob Baffert, has never been better and looms a short priced favorite. Trained by John Sadler, Higher Power exits the best race of his career, a 5 ¼ length win in the Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug. 17.MCKINZIEOwner:  Mike Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul WeitmanTrainer:  Bob BaffertThe early favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 2, this 4-year-old colt by Street Sense pressed the pace en route to an emphatic 1 ¾ length victory in the Grade I Whitney, a race in which he earned an Awesome Again best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 111.  A close second two starts back as the 8-5 favorite in the Grade I Met Mile at Belmont, he’s won two out of his last three starts and will be bidding for his fifth Grade I victory in what will be his 13th career start.HIGHER POWEROwner:  Hronis Racing LLCTrainer:  John SadlerOriginally based in the Midwest through his first nine starts, this 4-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro made his fourth start with Sadler in the Grade I Pacific Classic Aug. 17 and responded with an eye-catching performance that has thrust him into the position of Classic hopeful. Ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat, Higher Power, in garnering his first stakes victory, earned a lofty 107 Beyer in the process.DRAFT PICKOwner:  C R K Stable LLCTrainer:  Peter EurtonUnder the radar at 13-1, this 4-year-old Candy Ride colt was attentive to the pace while fifth early in the Pacific Classic and out-gamed Mongolian Groom late to run second, beaten 5 ¼ lengths by Higher Power in the Pacific Classic. With Joe Talamo riding him back, Draft Pick rates an upset chance on Saturday.THE GRADE I AWESOME AGAIN WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 10 of 11 Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PTlast_img read more


first_imgCALIFORNIA-BRED QUEEN BEE TO YOU ALL HEART IN WINNING GRADE III, $200,000 LA CANADA STAKES BY A NOSE OVER DER LU; FUENTES & LERNER TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILE WIN IN 1:44.36 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2020)–When you’re hot you’re hot.  Not just according to the late Country Music star Jerry Reed, but with horses the same applies, as evidenced by Queen Bee to You’s thrilling nose victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Andrew Lerner and ridden by Ruben Fuentes, the California-bred Queen Bee to You got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:44.36 while registering her second consecutive Grade III win and her third consecutive stakes victory dating back to Nov. 17.Part of a four-horse scrum into the first turn, Queen Bee to You seemed rank at the rail as the field turned up the backside and with early leader Der Lu drifting out a bit leaving the five furlong pole, she engaged for the lead and prevailed in one of the most exciting finishes of the New Year.“I thought my horse was getting rank, but the pace was a little slow and that’s why she was pulling,” said Fuentes, who guided her to a 3 ½ length triumph in the Grade III Bayakoa Stakes at Del Mar on Dec. 8. “Once she made the lead, she relaxed real nice.  My plan was to angle outside and put the pressure on the other filly, but we ended up inside and she fought back.”Off at 2-1 in a field of six California-bred or sired older fillies and mares, Queen Bee to You paid $6.60, $3.20 and $2.60.“She has been training so well, she’s coming into each race so happy and doing extremely well,” said Lerner, who registered his first Santa Anita graded stakes win today and took over Queen Bee to You’s training six starts back on June 29, 2019.  “The plan wasn’t to be that close, but in the paddock, she was so much on the muscle, I told Ruben, ‘She’s not gonna let you hold her back this time.’  So I got a little nervous that he wasn’t able to get outside, but what a brilliant ride by Ruben…“She’s just one of those gritty mares that wants to win.  She’s just all heart and you gotta love horses like that.  It’s unbelievable, just to saddle next to guys like Bob Baffert, Richard Mandella and Richie Baltas, guys I’ve looked up to growing up and going to the races.  It’s incredible to be in the same paddock with them, but to be standing here in the Winner’s Circle, it means a lot.”Owned by An Equal Amount of Blueberries, LLC and Adam Vali, Queen Bee to You, a 6-year-old mare by Old Topper out of the Touch Gold mare Silk Queen, got her third career stakes win, all with Lerner and improved her overall mark to 33-8-11-5.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, she now has earnings of $658,770.Der Lu, who slowed down the early pace in masterful fashion under Drayden Van Dyke, was off at 7-2 and paid $4.20 and $3.60 while finishing two lengths in front of longshot Zusha.Breaking from post position two, Zusha, who was ridden by Tiago Pereira, stumbled badly leaving the gate, but was  quickly into contention about three quarters of a length off of the lead around the Club House turn. In a big effort, she finished a head in front of Kaydetre and paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.00, 48.06, 1:12.35 and 1:37.75.last_img read more

Hamilton wins Italian GP to move ahead of Vettel

first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Italian Formula One Grand Prix, at the Monza racetrack, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. (Photo by LUCA BRUNO / AP)MONZA, Italy — Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix virtually unchallenged from pole position Sunday and moved ahead of Sebastian Vettel to take the lead in the drivers’ standings.Hamilton finished nearly five seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas while Vettel came third in his Ferrari, more than half a minute behind.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ San Beda downs TIP in 4 sets Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hamilton now has 238 points, three more than Vettel with seven races remaining in what has developed into a riveting Formula One season.Vettel had led the standings all season but Ferrari struggled in rainy qualifying conditions Saturday and couldn’t match Mercedes’ race pace, either, on a Monza circuit featuring long straights and high speeds better suited to Mercedes’ power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Fly-away races make up the rest of the F1 calendar, starting with the Singapore GP in two weeks. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasaylast_img read more

Security Watch

first_imgI have a concern I have not been able to put out of mind. Roughly two months ago, I heard Benoni Urey give a speech. In it, he stated that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf did not have the country at heart. (Patently hypocritical, I would say, coming from Charles Taylor’s right hand man.) The part that bothered me, however, was when he said this:”If we allow this woman to finish her term in office, it will not be good for the country”.I am wondering whether the government’s security apparatus and/or the Justice Ministry took note of that statement. I would think it was tantamount to treason, as it suggests that she not be allowed to end her term in office. No one is 100 percent or even 70 percent satisfied with the performance of this or any administration for that matter; but we are a civilized people and MUST follow the democratic process.Relatedly, I’ve also noticed the longing for the return of Charles Taylor in this country. He is still very much revered, with Liberians fond of calling him “our Papay”. Only a few short years ago, Taylor was awaiting a shipment of arms via the Freeport of Monrovia. He had a diabolical plan to go “from street to street, house to house,” threatening to empty Monrovia. Liberians cried out to God for mercy. The arrest of the shipment forced him to leave the country, hence the peace we now enjoy.   How is it now that today, Liberians are praying for his return? Even so-called ‘pastors’ held a prayer service for his release on the eve of the announcement of his appeal verdict. After having cried out to God for an end to the war, are we now wanting Taylor back? Do we realize it is a slap in the face of the God who heard our cry and moved so powerfully on our behalf?We sound like the Israelites: “This Moses fellow brought us here into the wilderness to starve… At least we had meat in Egypt!”So we have some economic hardships. Is that a reason to wish for Charles Taylor’s return? So that rice can return to $30? Who says the dynamics will be the same this time around?But not to worry. Benoni Urey is standing by to take full advantage and scratch that Taylor itch……Which leads me to my next question: Why did the UN take Urey off the travel ban list? AND the assets freeze list?“Urey’s business activities, and the profits gained from them, would appear to suggest that civil conflict in Liberia would have a significant negative financial impact on him”, the UN Panel of Experts concluded in 2013.I have to laugh out loud at this one. Yes, but of course. The same “significant negative financial impact” it had on him, DURING the civil conflict. Let’s see… Maritime, LRC, the diamonds, wow. Civil conflict is not good for Mr. Urey. It really left him broke, poor and starving. His family is really catching hell!Does the UN really think that people are stupid?Who let Taylor out of a maximum security US prison? Why would you take a man like Benoni Urey off the travel ban AND unfreeze his assets even as YOU pull your troops out AND just before an election? Knowing that he is fully capable of destabilizing this country, thanks to the thousands of guerrillas they left here standing by for a return? Do you now hear the kinds of statements he is making?Word of advice to the UN as well as the US: you are fond of throwing the rock and hiding your hand; creating Frankensteins you then have to put away. If you continue to play games with Liberia’s security, the chickens will come home to roost for you, and history will judge you accordingly. Oh yes, you will play the victim like an Oscar winner, completely ignoring the cause-and-effect factor. But we know better. Sadly, it is the innocent people who tend to suffer the consequences of your “didibah” (Liberian parlance for shady dealings).Of course, our government and people have been too blind to see that we will NEVER grow our own rice if USAID has anything to do with it because it means they can no longer sell that US$50 bag of rice. As has been said before, a nation-state is a huge business. Why would our overseas supplier want us to start growing our own rice? Steady stream of revenue lost!So you see, Liberians, the answer to our problem is not Charles Taylor. The answer is growing our own food. Taylor did not have a magic formula. He just had manipulation and a little luck which then proceeded to run out. It is as simple as ABC that if you produce it at home, it is cheaper. If you import it, it’s much more expensive. Unless the opportunity cost is too high, which is not the case here.“To the faithful, you show yourself faithful… but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd” (Psalm 18:25-35).So my people, do not be ungrateful and put God to the test, lest He answer you in full.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taxi driver further remanded on illegal gun, ammo possession

first_imgDevon Porter of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, who was nabbed by Police during a high-speed chase through the streets of Charlestown, Georgetown on August 9th, was on Friday further remanded to prison by Magistrate Leron Daly when he made his second court appearance in relation to the charges he faces.Slapped with firearm and ammunition possession charges, Porter, who claimed to have been a taxi driver, had previously denied both charges when they were read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman.The court was informed that on August 9, 2018, while in the vicinity of Howes Street, Charlestown, Georgetown, Porter had in his possession a .38 revolver without being a licensed firearm holder.It has also been alleged that on the same day and at the same time, he had in his possession one live round of .38 ammunition.The prosecution informed the court that the 38-year-old Porter was arrested after a high-speed chase with Police through the streets of Charlestown, Georgetown.According to Police, upon observing the “suspicious movements” of motor car PWW 149, the lawmen signalled the driver to stop the vehicle. As Police approached the car, they allegedly observed Porter throwing the said firearm through the window of the vehicle and into a nearby drain. The car then accelerated and eventually crashed into a light pole in Lying Street, Charlestown.The matter will continue on October 19 for a report.last_img read more

Region 2 truck drivers decry long wait at Parika Stelling

first_imgTruck drivers on the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) are frustrated at the long delay in boarding the ferry at the Parika Steeling, East Bank Essequibo.A truck disembarking the ferry at Parika StellingThe delay is as a result of the docking of MV Sabanto which makes it difficult for MV Kanawan to transport all the Heavy-Duty vehicles. As such, there is a back-up of vehicles at the Parika Stelling.Several drivers told Guyana Times that as a result of the present situation, the staff at the Parika Stelling are demanding money from drivers to book them early thus securing their place on the ferry when it arrives.“If you don’t pay up you surely get left for days,” one driver stated.The drivers further stated that over 70 trucks use the Ferry Service to transport goods to and from Georgetown on a regular basis and it is risky for them to park more than a mile away from the ferry stelling for long hours.Getting a parking space closer to the stelling proves even more difficult. “The minute you go next to the stelling to park, the Police come and charge you but we have to think about our security”.One driver said that he is in the trucking business for over 25 years and the situation at the stelling has gotten worst when compared to the past.He recalled about two weeks ago, his truck was broken into and a quantity of items stolen including money and clothing.“Me had to borrow money from a relative to pay for the truck to get on the Ferry”, he stated. The drivers suggested that the MV Malali which is plying the Wakenaam and Parika route divert to Supenaam to assist with transporting the smaller vehicles.“The MV Malali goes to Supenaam once per week, but due to the MV Sabanto not in service why not use the MV Malali to go to Supenaam every day to ease the congestion at Parika”, the driver added.With the present situation, the drivers are calling on Transport and Harbour Department (T&HD) to look into the matter with the hope of finding a solution until the MV Sabanto becomes operational.last_img read more

Sanchez cuts Hispanic Caucus ties

first_img“I hope that by making this announcement now, we can end the continued attention on internal (caucus) deliberations that have distracted time and effort from the issues that are more directly relevant to our constituents.” Erica Werner of Associated Press contributed to the story (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rep. Linda Sanchez announced Thursday that she is suspending her membership in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, with complaints about its male leadership. Sanchez, D-Lakewood, joins her sister, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, who quit the caucus in January and accused the group’s leader of calling her a “whore.” The chairman, Rep. Joe Baca, also a Democrat from Southern California, has denied saying that. But other women also have complained about his leadership. When Baca was elected chairman in November, he was supported by only one of the six women in the caucus. Since January, the 21-member, all-Democratic group has been meeting to try to resolve the dispute but has not announced any changes. Baca survived a confidence vote in March. “I believe that the current leadership has not made needed structural reforms to ensure that the caucus is more equitable and inclusive of all its members,” stated Sanchez in a statement she released. Jim Dau, spokeswoman for Sanchez, said she would like more of a power-sharing structure, similar to that of other caucuses. For example, the Blue Dog Caucus has a person in charge of its caucus, but also someone in charge of communication and another who heads up policy debates, Dau said. Sanchez said she would continue to serve on the Board of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, a non-profit organization that plays an important role in training the next generation of Hispanic leaders through its scholarship, fellowship and internship programs. Sanchez said she hopes to resume full membership in the caucus in the future. last_img read more

Political leader dies of cancer

first_imgRep. Juanita Millender- McDonald, a seven-term congresswoman from Southern California, has died of cancer, her top aide said Sunday. She was 68. Millender-McDonald died at her home in Carson late Saturday, said her chief of staff, Bandele McQueen. The congresswoman had asked for a four- to six- week leave of absence from the House last week to deal with her illness. McQueen couldn’t immediately provide details on what form of cancer Millender-McDonald had, but said she had been receiving hospice care. “Juanita Millender-McDonald was a trailblazer, always advocating for the full participation of all Americans in the success and prosperity of our country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “The dignity with which she faced her illness was an indication of the determination with which she always served the people of her district.” Millender-McDonald represented a heavily Democratic Southern California district that includes Compton, Long Beach and parts of Los Angeles. Millender-McDonald is the second member of Congress to die this year of cancer. Republican Rep. Charles Norwood Jr. of Georgia died in February after battling cancer and lung disease. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Price-gouging bill less than perfect

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Responding to high costs at the pump, the House approved legislation Wednesday that would outlaw gasoline price gouging. Many lawmakers said that may be easier to say than to detect or enforce. The legislation would penalize individuals or companies for taking “unfair advantage” or charging “unconscionably excessive” prices for gasoline and other fuels. Opponents said the language is too vague and that the Federal Trade Commission, which would enforce the law, has not clearly defined price gouging. “I don’t know what `unconscionably excessive’ means,” said Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas. The bill’s chief sponsor, Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak of Michigan, said he had no doubt the FTC will be able to determine price gouging once the agency has a law to uphold. The measure would establish the first federal law against energy-price gouging. The FTC now can investigate price manipulation under antitrust laws. Currently, 29 states have price-gouging statutes. Stupak’s proposal would go into effect only if the president declares an energy emergency – and then for just 30 days. The bill calls for penalties of up to $150 million for companies and up to $2 million and 10 years’ imprisonment for individuals engaging in price gouging. last_img

Wilshere allays new injury fears

first_img0Shares0000The England international suggested on Thursday, however, that the problem is minor and shouldn’t prevent him from returning to action at former employers Bournemouth on Sunday.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 12 – Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has played down concerns that he could be set for another spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury against Chelsea on Wednesday.The 26-year-old is starting to rediscover his best form now that he’s back to full fitness, having recovered from a fractured leg that saw him miss the start of the season. But new fears arose when Wilshere was forced off in the 57th minute of the EFL Cup semi-final, first-leg clash at Stamford Bridge, which finished goalless, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger claiming afterwards he had sprained an ankle.The England international suggested on Thursday, however, that the problem is minor and shouldn’t prevent him from returning to action at former employers Bournemouth on Sunday.“Thanks for all the messages and support after last night,” Wilshere said on Twitter. “Good news is I should be back in a couple of days.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more