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first_img$1,023,484 15% SLEWGOODTOBETRUE EYES UPSET IN THE OAKS 38% 23 $2,612,707 $493,848 33% 10 55% (Current Through Thursday, April 4) 22 29% 9% 42% 14% $1,143,281 Tyler Baze195 9 2nd 11 9 LISTING LEANS TOWARDS DIRT IN THE ECHO EDDIE 12 12 Flavien Prat180 7 44% 16 4 25 $2,807,469 Rafael Bejarano156 4 Aaron Gryder66 14 Assael Espinoza129 $1,480,912 $1,415,153 $482,030 18% $352,858 4 55% 3rd 14 16% 18% 22 Peter Miller109 15% Win% STEADY MS BAD BEHAVIOR TRIES VASILIKA AGAIN 17 28 21 Jerry Hollendorfer98 11 66% $1,425,038 $987,070 33% JockeyMts 9 9 18% $886,499 15 8 7 17% 11 43% 59% 16% $1,365,986 Ruben Fuentes95 Mark Glatt76 11% 21 24 15 16% 23 16 Richard E. Mandella42 25 $419,429 Vladimir Cerin57 $320,053 Agapito Delgadillo61 11% 17 28 $536,398 Mario Gutierrez106 Geovanni Franco202 11% FRENCH CONNECTION WITH SMITH PAYS OFF WELL 13% J. Keith Desormeaux57 46% $668,400 38% 9 CLOCKER FAVORS GIFT BOX AND GAME WINNER 9 5 $1,512,256 41% 29 $340,333 $900,813 19% 2 19 12 19 9 9 21 21% 18 13% 12 23 8 9 13center_img $746,928 20% $1,482,864 37 7 26 36 $267,372 SADLER HOPING FOR BETTER LUCK SATURDAY 1st 28 5 25% 53% Money Won 6 29 1st Philip D’Amato105 10 $611,418 12% Richard Baltas119 22 14 52 William E. Morey56 RAINBOW 6 JACKPOT POOL COULD TOP $3 MILLION $1,531,201 O’NEILL HAS 2 SQUARE EDDIES IN EVENING JEWEL 25 Tiago Pereira167 10 27% ITM% Kent Desormeaux103 39% 17 30 20 Win% 50% 3rd Joseph Talamo127 Steve Knapp55 62% 15% $1,531,897 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 11 17 10 20 15 15% 48% $1,198,193 13 14 41% 11% 13 Joel Rosario210 Heriberto Figueroa179 20 59% 10 46% 14 38% $1,291,730 $507,820 Drayden Van Dyke150 26% 15 18% 47% 22 8 19% Peter Eurton48 33 53% $631,062 3 61% 53% 14% 12 ITM% 42% 9 GIFT BOX, NOLO CONTESTO CARRY SADLER HOPESJohn Sadler, still smarting from the worst “bad beat” of his exemplary careerwhen Ohio nailed Catapult by the narrowest of noses in last Saturday’s Frank E. Kilroe Mile, is focusing now on tomorrow’s Santa Anita Handicap and the Santa Anita Derby.He has second choice Gift Box and outsider Campaign going in the Big ‘Cap andNolo Contesto in the Santa Anita Derby.“Even though we’ve had disruptions in his training schedule, Gift Box is more thanready to go,” said Sadler, who won his first Big ‘Cap last year with Accelerate. “We also have Campaign, who I think is going to love the distance (a mile and a quarter), so we’re excited about that.“Nolo Contesto was second to Roadster (by 2 ½ lengths in an overnight race at one mile on March 1) and I thought he was uncomfortable with his trip. He was stuck down on the inside, so hopefully things will be more favorable this time.”The Santa Anita Derby, race eight: Roadster, Mike Smith, 5-2; More Ice, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Nolo Contesto, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Synthesis, Rafael Bejarano, 30-1; Instagrand, Flavien Prat; and Game Winner, Joel Rosario, 4-5.The Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino goes as  race 10: McKinzie, Mike Smith, 4-5; Mongolian Groom, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Prime Attraction, Kent Desormeaux, 5-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 6-5; Prince of Arabia, Joe Talamo, 30-1;and Campaign, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1.Fans will be treated to a stakes bonanza Saturday, with seven added money events worth $2,750,000, topped by the $1 million Santa Anita Derby and the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino.In addition to the 1 ¼-mile Big ‘Cap and the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby, SantaAnita will showcase the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks for fillies at 1 1/16 miles; the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs; the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs; the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf; and the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes for three-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.First post time for racing’s biggest day to date this year is 12 noon.CLOCKER LIKES GIFT BOX AND GAME WINNERRespected private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young fancies 6-5 Gift Box over 4-5 morning line choice McKinzie in tomorrow’s Santa Anita Handicap, citing the distance of a mile and a quarter as reason for the edge.In the Santa Anita Derby, however, Young is sticking with favored Game Winner.“I’m always looking to beat the favorite, but I think in Game Winner and Gift Box you have really solid choices,” Young said. “Both have trained well. Obviously, Gift Box has had more works for his race than Game Winner, who ran more recently.”Young expressed distance reservations about McKinzie. “He’s a nice horse but I don’t know if he’s a mile and a quarter horse,” Young said, “and I feel very confident Gift Box is. On ability, they might be about even, but at the distance, I give a slight nod to Gift Box.”EURTON SEEKS UPSET OF BELLAFINA IN SANTA ANITA OAKSAfter two stylish wins at Santa Anita,Slewgoodtobetrue disappointed in the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on March 23.The trouble line reads, “2-wide turns, faded,” but Peter Eurton says there’s more to the story, which is why the daughter of Jimmy Creed will take on 2-5 morning line favorite Bellafina in tomorrow’s Santa Anita Oaks.“She wasn’t wide,” the trainer said. “She broke well, was sitting right off the speed, and as soon as he (jockey Florent Geroux) turned her head loose, she started a bit of bobbing, like she wasn’t getting a hold of the sandy race track.“That’s the only excuse we would find. We couldn’t find anything wrong with her at all. She scoped clean and physically she’s been training well, so we thought we’d give it a shot. We just hope she gets to run her race. She always seemed to like this race track.”The Santa Anita Oaks, which goes as race three: Flor de La Mar, Joel Rosario, 5-1; $8,000 supplemental nominee Chasing Yesterday, Mike Smith, 3-1; Stirred, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Slewgoodtobetrue, Geovanni Franco, 12-1; and Bellafina, Flavien Prat, 2-5.BALTAS HOPES THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM AGAINST VASILIKAIt’s been close but no cigar for Ms Bad Behavior against monster mare Vasilika, finishing second and third, respectively, in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes and the Grade II Buena Vista Stakes.Trainer Richard Baltas hopes the third time’s the charm when he sends out Ms Bad Behavior against 3-5 morning line favorite Vasilika in Saturday’s Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile on grass.“It’s hard to say if we can beat her, but that’s what we’re hoping for,” Baltas said. Vasilika has won nine of 10 races with one second over Santa Anita’s turf course.“We’re trying,” Baltas continued. “Our filly is doing well and Mike (Smith) got to know her a little bit (in her last two races).“You never know.”Ms Bad Behavior, an Ontario-bred daughter of Blame, has a 3-7-3 record from 15 starts with earnings of $320,480.The field: Vasilika, Flavien Prat, 3-5; Ms Bad Behavior, Mike Smith, 4-1; Meal Ticket, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Cordiality, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Raven’s Lady, Kent Desormeaux, 7-2; Space Talk, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; and Smoovie, Martin Garcia, 30-1.O’NEILL SQUARE EDDIES DOING WELL FOR EVENING JEWELLeading trainer Doug O’Neill has eight horses entered in five races Saturday, includingLippy and Settle It in the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for California-bred or sired three-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.Lippy was second last out in the California Cup Oaks at a mile on grass, while Settle It broke her maiden going 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill turf course.“They’re both daughters of Square Eddie and both coming off good efforts,” O’Neill said. “They’re training well and it’s a pretty wide open race, really.”O’Neill also has Bizwhacks in the Grade I Ashland and Parsimony in the Grade II Blue Grass Saturday at Keeneland. Mario Gutierrez rides both horses for owner J. Paul Reddam.The Evening Jewel: Settle It, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Silk From Heaven, Eswan Flores, 8-1; Violette Szabo, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Naughty Tiger, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Lippy, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Sneaking Out, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-5; Ruby Bradley, Aaron Gryder, 20-1; Time for Kisses, Joe Talamo, 12-1; and Dr Wyson, Flavien Prat, 4-1.LISTING RETURNS TO DIRT IN ECHO EDDIEBen Cecil is hoping for another winning performance from Listing despite moving the son of Square Eddie from turf to dirt in tomorrow’s $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for three-year-olds bred or sired in California at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.The bay colt won the California Cup Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Jan. 26.“He handled the dirt at Del Mar,” Cecil said, referring to a debut victory in the restricted I’m Smokin for state-breds last Aug. 18. “Then I ran him back east (in the Grade I Champagne at Belmont Oct. 6) and he ripped his quarter open.“He was a bit flat when I ran him here in the Golden State Juvenile last Nov. 3, so I gave him a break and he’s come back and run well twice. Going back on dirt shouldn’t be a problem.”The Echo Eddie, race six: Prodigal Son, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; Daddy Jones, Ruben Fuentes, 20-1; Moon House, Evin Roman, 20-1; Midnight Special, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Listing, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Foster Boi, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Lieutenant Dan, Geovanni Franco, Tap the Wire, Drayden Van Dyke, 5-2; Principe Carlo, Tiago Pereira, 10-1; and Oliver, Martin Garcia, 15-1.FRENCH, SMITH POST $36.40 UPSET IN THURSDAY FINALENeil French teamed with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in Thursday’s eighth race to post a $36.40 upset with Charmingslew in the one mile turf allowance test for California-bred fillies and mares.It was a circuitous route for the 66-year-old French, down to four horses but still one of the state’s most respected horsemen.Owned by her breeder Bob Frear, Charmingslew took the lead at the start, relinquished it briefly at the head of the stretch, but fought back gamely to win by a neck, earning $34,200.“Gary Stevens has always been my go-to guy, but since he’s retired, he suggested Mike Smith,” said French. “I’d been trying for maybe three months to get a mile turf race for her, but it never filled.“I was desperate to run her, so I entered yesterday’s race which was originally scheduled down the hill (at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf). By a stroke of luck, it was taken off the hill and run at a mile on the grass, so it all worked out.”It was the second win from 11 starts for the bay filly by Roi Charmant out of the Afleet Alex dam Afleet Slew. She broke her maiden on the lead going a mile on turf at Del Mar last Aug. 9. It was no surprise to French that she won in similar fashion yesterday.“She gets courageous on the lead,” he said.SATURDAY’S TOTAL RAINBOW SIX JACKPOT POOL COULD EXCEED $3 MILLIONWith anticipation building for a potential $3 million mandatory payout pool on Saturday, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot went unsolved again on Thursday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Friday of $779,629.With a healthy $150,125 in “new” money wagered Thursday, the total Rainbow Six Jackpot reached $895,383, fueling a payout of $3,912.10 to 21 consolation tickets with six winners each.Approximate post time for race three, the beginning of the Rainbow Six, is 2:04 p.m. PT.HENRIQUEZ CHOICE IN SANTA ANITA DERBY DAY 5K RUNLike the compact yet seasoned field for the Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita’s two-legged runners entered in the Employee Division will know how to navigate the 3.1 mile road course.Of the 15 employees entered, only two are new to the event–Albert Razo from the Plant Department and Joe Tootell, a Vet Tech who works on the backside.Everyone else can do this race in their sleep, which is not encouraged if they want to collect medals in this competitive division.Among women, last year’s champion of both genders, Millie Ball, is not running this year, opening up the field considerably. But two of the perennial “Big Three” are entered– Christine Beer of the Receiving Barn and Mary Forney of the TOC (the other third, Sandy Hoar of Hospitality, is no doubt getting into work early for a big afternoon at the racetrack)–and they have placed in the top three in prior years.Among men, I like last year’s champ, Rene Henriquez, who ran a respectable 23:35, to repeat. Lead pony rider Jesus Camacho is back to run this year. I know he has been training like Game Winner, so he will give Rene a run, if he gets an equally good jump from the gate. Noe Meza (third last year) and Alec Jimenez (fourth last year) from the Corp Yard will be looking to pick up the pieces.Champions no matter where they finish are Lucinda Mandella and Natalie Rietkirk who represent CARMA, which does fantastic work with our retired equine athletes. The top three in each division receive medals.You guys rock!!– Pete Siberell.The odds:Women’s DivisionChristine Beer                                              Receiving Barn                              8-5Jo Tootell                                                       Racing/Vet Tech                                      2-1Mary Forney                                                  TOC                                              3-1Voni Walker                                                   Parking                                                        5-1Lucinda Mandella                                       CARMA                                         7-1Natalie Rietkirk                                            CARMA                                         7-1Wendy Thatcher                                         Hospitality                                                 10-1Terri Hanks                                                     Accounting                                                20-1Men’s DivisionRene Henriquez                                          Starting Gate                                 4-5Jesus Camacho                                           Racing                                           3-2Noe Meza                                                        Corp Yard                                       4-1Alec Jimenez                                                 Corp Yard                                       5-1Albert Razo                                                     Plant                                               8-1Billy Malone                                                   Hospitality                                      10-1Rey Solis                                                         Accounting                                     20-1      BALDWIN AVE. CLOSED FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY 5K RUN & WALKFans and horsemen are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5k Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest perimeter, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track at Santa Anita’s northeastern perimeter, via Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, via Gate 3 at Holly Ave. Gates 3 and 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive, while Gate 5 is situated at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Improbable works 6 furlongs (Baffert)Ameerah B (Outside) and  Koritsi work 5 furlongs (Sadler)Rickey B (Outside) and  Stone Hands work 5 furlongs (Sadler)Mantaray Island (Outside) and   Don’t Sell works 5 furlongs (O’Neill)Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for April 5th, 2019Jerry Hollendorfer discusses  Vasilika in the Royal Heroine and  Instagrand in the Santa Anita Derby tomorrow.Phil D’Amato talks about Foster Boi in the Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita Park.Bob Baffert Talks  Roadster Ahead of His Next Start in the Santa Anita Derby.Santa Anita Derby Memories:  Laffit Pincay Jr. talks about the 1973 Santa Anita Derby.McKinzie works  6 furlongs prep for Santa Anita Handicap. (Baffert) 4-01-19Dream Tree works 5 furlongs. (Baffert) 4-01-19FINISH LINES: Improbable, second by a neck in the first division of the Rebel March 16, worked six furlongs Friday morning in a bullet 1:14 under Joe Talamo for Bob Baffert, who will send the son of City Zip back to Oaklawn Park April 13 for the Arkansas Derby. Improbable worked in company with Hot Sean who was clocked in 1:16.60. “Very nice,” Baffert said of the drill. “I’m happy.” . . . Scoot Coles, 2019 National Handicapping Championship king, and Trey Stiles, 17-time NHC qualifier, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests in the XBTV studios, 10:50 a.m. Saturday and 11:50 a.m. Sunday, respectively. 38% Bob Baffert70 9 Mike Smith71 Jeff Mullins49 49% 11 34 40% John Sadler82 Money Won 14 $223,827 TrainerMts Simon Callaghan31 17% 26 25 Doug O’Neill174 42% $328,459 11 36% 34 2nd 47% 47 9 8 13 34% Edwin Maldonado75 $961,985 18%last_img read more

REDD+ Technical Group Re-strategizes

first_imgParticipants at yesterday’s opening session of the retreat.A group comprising of state and non-state actors under the banner of the REDD+ Technical Working Group (RTWG) are convening in Ganta, Nimba County, to restructure its term of reference (ToR), to enable the RTWG effectively perform its leadership role in the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation process in the country, a release said.The 3-day retreat runs from July 12 to 13, 2018. REED+ is the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. It is an effort to create a financial value for carbon stored in forests. It offers incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon path to sustainable development.Deforestation and forest degradation are the second leading cause of global warming responsible for about 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which makes the loss and depletion of forests a major issue for climate change.Liberia has developed its REDD+ strategy and is accelerating the implementation of remaining REDD+ readiness activities.RTWG was established in 2009 with the aim of leading REDD+ policy coordination among different stakeholders across the country, to support achievement of the goal of the REDD+ process in Liberia.According to the release, the group significantly contributed to the drafting of the Readiness Preparation Proposal (R-PP), preparation and submission of Liberia’s Readiness Plan Idea Note (R-PIN) and the development of Liberia’s National REDD+ and several other REDD+ policy initiatives.Urias Goll, a facilitator, said that the retreat is a follow-up to last December’s meeting in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, which proposed the revising of the organization’s ToR, so that it reflects the kind of technical policy coordination support needed in this phase of Liberia’s REDD+ process.Goll said that the forum will review proposals on revisions needed in the group’s ToR as well as review proposals on the restructured membership of the organization, to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are involved.Although the RTWG was established nine years ago, Goll said that the group has up to yesterday not been active, “and so the retreat seeks to revamp the organization.” Mr. Goll is the former executive director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).He said that the retreat would also help the group’s members share experiences and improve the working modalities of the RTWG.According to him, it has been nine years since the RTWG was formed, and Liberia has achieved a lot since then in its REDD+ Readiness process, especially with the National REDD+ Strategy now developed.United Nations framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Focal Person, Benjamin S. Karmorh, said there shouldn’t be any reason why REDD+ process cannot work in Liberia when it is working in other nations.He stressed the need for sustainable harvesting of Liberia’s natural resources and noted that the country is rich but its people are poor.Mr. Karmorh underscored the need for benefit sharing and said, “If we ask the people to keep their forest they need to get some incentives for not harvesting their forest.”Members of Liberia’s forest communities depend on the forest for livelihood.Forests are used for bush-meat hunting and the harvesting of medicinal plants and local construction materials, among others, by local communities.On behalf of EPA’s Executive Director, Nathaniel Blama, Mr. Karmorh assured the agency’s support to the RTWG.Liberia REDD+ Coordinator, Saah A. David, Jr., said the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) remains committed to the working of the RTWG and promised that the FDA remains supportive of the group’s work.David assured that the country’s forest will not only be used for logging activities, but will also be used to benefit the people of forest communities and the country at large.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more