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first_img9 GLATT HOPES TO HIT THE MARK TWICE SUNDAY 2nd 59% Jorge Velez63 37% 38% 3 2nd 3rd 11 15% 14 Joseph Talamo121 14 $1,051,592 50% 8 24% 43% 14 $1,260,612 1st $1,090,316 19% 43% 23 3rd 6 Victor Espinoza58 9 6 51% $639,621 57% 13% Geovanni Franco89 6 15% 8 $2,124,646 70% 5 $584,580 17 13 Rafael Bejarano135 47% 55% 7 5 10 28% 52% 23 12 11 $1,299,096 29 26 45% 18% 1st 6 6 16% 52% 14 Mark Glatt80 Money Won 15% Ruben Fuentes108 6 Money Won 20 9 Edwin Maldonado78 $166,653 17 52% 18% 4 9% 41% 13 16% 8 5 $1,279,141 12 6 15 50% 3 ITM% PRAT AND O’NEILL SITTING PRETTY IN STANDINGS $767,580 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.66 8 8 12 12 $998,975 50% 13 14% William Spawr23 50% 21% Tiago Pereira133 Win% Drayden Van Dyke106 43% 7 26% 16% 15 29 45% 22% Martin Garcia66 0 5 21% $580,402 Richard Baltas77 22% 47% 49% $920,351 55% 17 $225,807 18 Richard Mandella28 5 23% Mario Gutierrez77 21% 5 Brian Koriner32 64% 14 6 Leonard Powell25 $863,506 56% Steve Knapp33 14 Doug O’Neill109 43% $1,367,906 26 John Sadler66 11 9 17% D’AMATO IS LOADED FOR CLOSING DAY STAKES $338,794 44% 50% $247,558 11 10 10 2 16 14 8 18% Vladimir Cerin47 6 3 15 $773,529 19% 21 5 18 49% Steven Miyadi29 10 6 $610,304 19 14 9 Kent Desormeaux67 14 22 $775,570 11 8 14% $301,795 JockeyMts $776,587 4 Philip D’Amato84 16% D’AMATO HAS THREE EACH IN SAN JUAN AND MELAIRPhil D’Amato goes for the trifecta Sunday, sending out three horses each in two of the four stakes races on closing day, Acclimate, Red King and Ya Gotta Wanna in the San Juan Capistrano, and Dr Wysong, Ruby Bradley and Violette Szabo in the Melair.The first trio will attempt to successfully negotiate the daunting distance of about 1 ¾ miles on turf, while the latter threesome vies in the $200,000 Melair for three-year-old California-bred fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.Acclimate, Red King and Ya Gotta Wanna face class tests in the San Juan, although the distance could be right in their wheelhouse.“Acclimate always gallops out really well,” D’Amato said of the five-year-old gelded son of Acclamation, who makes his stakes debut in his 14th start. “His pedigree shows he should favor going long–the longer the better.”Red King, a five-year-old full horse by noted turf sire English Channel, was claimed from a winning effort for $35,000 on Feb. 8, won an overnight race at first asking on April 27, then was an encouraging fourth in the Grade III All American at Golden Gate Fields on May 27.“He seems like an honest horse, very steady,” D’Amato said. “He gallops out really well in all of his races and acts like he’ll appreciate a longer distance.”Ya Gotta Wanna was sixth in the Grade II Charles Whittingham on May 25 but beaten only a length and a half. The five-year-old gelded son of Proud Citizen has competed in five graded stakes in his last eight starts.“He’s the class of the three,” D’Amato said. “He’s run in graded stakes several times and I definitely think he’s going to like a route of ground.”One of the remarkable slices of history in Santa Anita’s storied past is this: the late, great trainer Charlie Whittingham won the San Juan Capistrano 14 times! Talk about records that will never be broken.The San Juan, race eight: Mongolian Groom, Mario Gutierrez, 7-2; Ground Attack, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Ya Gotta Wanna, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 3-1; Acclimate, Martin Garcia, 8-1; Original Intent, Ruben Fuentes, 30-1; Causeforcommotion, Geovanni Franco, 2-1; Red King, Aaron Gryder, 8-1; and Oscar Dominguez, Flavien Prat, 7-2.The Melair, race six: Sneaking Out, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-5; Don’t Sell, Mario Gutierrez, 3-1; Violette Szabo, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 10-1; Sedamar, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Tiz a Master, Heriberto Figueroa, 9-2; and Ruby Bradley, Aaron Gryder, 12-1.GLATT SET FOR AMERICAN STAKES AND SIREN LUREIf Mark Glatt had his druthers, he wouldn’t have Eddie Haskell in the one hole for Sunday’s $75,000 Siren Lure Stakes for three-year-olds and up at five furlongs on turf, but that said, the six-year-old Square Eddie gelding is coming off perhaps his most impressive victory yet, a 1 ¾-length triumph in the Grade III Daytona Stakes on May 25.It marked the seventh victory from 10 starts at five furlongs on grass for Eddie Haskell, owned by Philip Wood and Jim Hailey. Overall, the bay has an 8-2-5 record from 20 starts with earnings of $453,107.Glatt also has Sharp Samurai set for Sunday’s Grade III American Stakes, a one-mile grass test that attracted seven entrants. A five-year-old gelded son of First Samurai, Sharp Samurai is coming off a creditable fourth in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on May 27, his first start in more than seven months.He won the Grade II City of Hope Mile by a nose before that last Oct. 6. The bay has a career record of eight wins and two seconds from 15 starts, with earnings of $765,270.The American, race five: supplemental nominee Tartini, Iggy Puglisi, 30-1; Sharp Samurai, Victor Espinoza, 2-1; Snazzy Dresser, Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; supplementalnominee Law Abidin Citizen, Tiago Pereira, 5-1; Bombard, Flavien Prat, 4-1; supplementalnominee River Boyne, Kent Desormeaux, 8-5; and Majestic Eagle, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1.The Siren Lure, race three: Eddie Haskell, Kent Desormeaux, 3-5; Brandothebartender, Joe Talamo, 5-1; What’sontheagenda, Agapito Delgadillo, 7-2; Tina’s Exchange, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1; and Oiseau de Guerre, Flavien Prat, 6-1.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV: Bellafina works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Callaghan)Flor De La Mar works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Baffert)Scrappy Deville works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Powell)Baby Ice (Outside) and Platinum Equity works 4 furlongs. 6-22-19 (Knapp)XBTV Sunday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on June 23rd, 2019.XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on June 22nd, 2019.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s accomplished Turfer Tiny Tina.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s graded stakes winner Air Strike.Shedrow Stroll: Phil D’Amato’s turf sprinter Master Ryan.Quick Questions: With Trainer Dan Blacker.Grade 1 winner Paradise Woods works 5 furlongs. 6-19-19 (Sherriffs)Tequila Sunrise works 4 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Baltas)Rafal works 4 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Baffert)Grade 1 placed Ahimsa works 5 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Eurton)Multiple stakes winner American Anthem works 6 furlongs. 6-21-19 (Baffert)Richard Mandella gives an update on Omaha Beach after returning to Santa Anita Park.FINISH LINES: With two racing days remaining, Flavien Prat and Doug O’Neill seem comfortably in front of their rivals in the competition for leading jockey and trainer at the spring portion of Santa Anita’s current meet that concludes Sunday. Prat leads runner-up Joe Talamo, 29-23, while O’Neill holds a 23-18 advantage over runners-up Richard Baltas and surging Mark Glatt . .. Victor Espinoza won three races from three mounts yesterday, giving him 16 from 58 rides at the meet, 28 percent. “It feels like old times,” said the 47-year-old Hall of Fame member. “It was a good day. We’ll have to keep it going for a couple more days at Santa Anita and then look forward to Del Mar.” . . . Trivia question: What was the real first name of Minnie Minoso, for whom the four-year-old California-bred gelding in today’s fifth race is named? (Answer below). Also in that race is a three-year-old Grazen gelding Clem Labine, named for the old Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher . . . Southern California racing rarities: Bad Beat, who debuts for trainer Adam Kitchingmanin today’s first race, was bred in Minnesota, while 9-5 morning line favorite Bobs Blues Man was bred in Illinois . . . Agent Dudley Osborne now represents apprentice Jose Leon and journeyman Jose Verenzuela . . . Agent Matt Nakatani reports Mario Gutierrez will ride Stephen Foster winner Pavel for Doug O’Neill in the Grade II, $700,000 Suburban Handicap on July 6 . . . Trivia answer: Orestes. The horse was named by co-owner Rich Fontana. Orestes (Minnie) Minoso was a Cuban-born outfielder/third baseman who made his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians in 1949, later playing with the White Sox, Senators and Cardinals, compiling a lifetime batting average of .298, finishing his career in 1980. A seven-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner as an outfielder, he died in March of 2015 at 89. 20% Carla Gaines25 20 $635,973 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 1 Bob Baffert37 23% $1,209,650 3 Keith Desormeaux30 $427,624 $431,375 6 56% (Current from April 12 through Friday, June 21) $282,244 7 John Shirreffs23 5 ITM% Aaron Gryder85 16% 45% $557,048 Andrew Lerner14 Win% $315,197 2 17 TrainerMts $658,194 Jerry Hollendorfer53 11 8 21% 20 17% 23 5 14 58% $266,115 7 4 48% Flavien Prat131 22% 5 $207,807last_img read more

When You Get to the Senate, George, What Will You Do?

first_imgOne of the popular spirituals sung by the Old BWI Glee Club in the 1950s through the 1970s was entitled, “When You Get to Heaven, Brother, What Will You Do?We think this question is most appropriate and timely for Ambassador George Weah who is poised to be declared the winner in Montserrado County.Weah, who handsomely beat Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the first round of the 2005 presidential elections, though not enough to prevent a run-off, was still a formidable candidate to beat nine years later in senatorial elections.  Also, Weah, though he was number two on the Winston Tubman Presidential ticket in 2011, CDC still carried Montserrado.   Robert Sirleaf, above all people, should have known that, for he hails from a political family.  His mother is the President.  None of the other Montserrado candidates in the recent senatorial election ever had immediate family members running for the Senate. The whole nation listened to the counting on some of the radio stations Saturday night and most people went to bed confident that Weah had captured the Montserrado seat.  Many ordinary Liberians recall that there were moments in the counting when Weah had 300 and Sirleaf had only 20 or less.  Weah even beat him badly in a place Sirleaf thought his stronghold—PHP; but there, too, Weah overwhelmingly won.The big question on everyone’s mind is, why did Robert Sirleaf attempt such a race—was it to further embarrass his mom?  For how does a sitting President’s son lose an election so badly?  Counselor Pearl Brown Bull said as much from London on LIB 24 Radio Saturday evening.People recall the most recent embarrassment Robert caused his mom when he sued her at the Supreme Court over her Executive Order #65, then  ducked when it was time to go and defend his lawsuit.  So what was the point in exposing his beloved mother to judicial and public ridicule?The main question in this Editorial, however, is what will Ambassador Weah do when he takes his seat in the Liberian Senate?  First sub-question: Will he continue to downplay Education, as he and his immense number of fanatical partisans have done since 2005?  Remember his campaign slogan that year?  Your partisans were joyfully singing while running from central Monrovia to the S.K.D. Stadium, “You know book, your country dirty.”  The themes on your partisans’ lips last week and the week before were not different.  Most of the CDC partisans in those demonstrations were even abusive, calling Robert Sirleaf many different uncomplimentary names and abusing even the President herself.  We have to remind Mr. Weah in this editorial that he did not offer the people of Montserrado a platform announcing what he would do if he won the election and became their Senator.  Also, Mr. Weah was invited along with other candidates in the Montserrado race to a debate, but he, like all the others, failed to show up.  What were these candidates thinking?  They wanted our votes, yet could not bring themselves to be questioned by us as to what their real intentions were for running for the Senate?If they could not face us during the campaign, then what can we expect from any one of them who gets elected?  She or he would most definitely come to think that we are owed nothing—absolutely nothing.Rep. Edwin Snowe, a zealous Weah supporter, has already announced him the chair of the Montserrado Legislative Caucus.  But what does Weah bring to the table besides his immense football popularity?Montserrado has many challenges.  Take the challenges in all of Weah’s strongholds: Clara Town, West Point, New Kru Town, Logan Town, PHP, Peace Island, Douala, Paynesville Red Light, etc.—all of them are slums, without running water, power, proper sanitation and adequate health facilities and housing.  Many of the residents in these slums are jobless and therefore self-supporting peddlers.  Has Weah promised them anything?  What is his vision for their future and the future of their children?  Surely it cannot be a disregard for education.  Every one of these areas needs well-equipped and staffed public elementary and high schools.We pray that beyond the tumult of the massive demonstrations, Mr. Weah and his supporters will think soberly on these challenges in Montserrado and indeed the whole country, and start strategizing on how, with commitment and  decisiveness to address them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more