1000 Guineas here we come!

first_imgHigh-profile owner Winston Kong was over the moon at Caymanas Park yesterday following his filly’s, SHE’S A MANEATER, fast-time win in the 26th running of the Front Runner-sponsored Thornbird Stakes (Guineas trial) over 1400 metres, now feeling pretty confident he can win the 1000 Guineas over a mile in April.Following the disappointment last Boxing Day when beaten for the first and only time by SOTOMAYOR in the Supreme Ventures Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile, Kong said he is happy that ‘MANEATER’ has passed this important test to give 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta one of four winners on the card, and reigning champion jockey Omar Walker one of three. Walker and DaCosta also teamed up to win the 26th running of the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings with 4-5 favourite FEARLESS SAMURAI.GRAVE DOUBTSKong, who also bred SHE’S A MANEATER, said: “It wasn’t a case of her winning this race, but the manner in which she achieved the victory. She suffered interference early in the race and was badly placed after the first two furlongs, at which stage I had grave doubts that she could win. But she gradually recovered as Marlene My Love and Money Magnet alternated in the lead, showing me that she had the capacity to motor from off the pace.”She closed rapidly on the rails to overall Money Magnet in deep stretch for the victory.”This was a different side to her … She showed me she can fight and win, and this augurs well for the 1000 Guineas,” he explained. “In six outings, she has never lost to a filly and, knowing this, I feel confident she can win the Guineas and the Oaks in the coming weeks. Given her abundance of class, she could turn out to be good as her mother, Ahwhofah, who, though failing in her bid to win the 1000 Guineas in 2008, the year when Alsafra won the triple crown, distinguished herself in 2009 to be voted ‘Horse of the Year’. She was sired by Natural Selection and definitely has the pedigree to go far,” added the veteran owner.DaCosta was equally impressed by the filly’s performance. “She won in the pretty fast time of 1:25.1 and, in light of this performance, I can say I am super confident about her chances in the Guineas in another three weeks”, said the Hall of Fame trainer who has saddled over 2,000 winners in a long and distinguished career.His other winners on the 11-race programme were the Walker-ridden LITTLE BIG HORN (owned jointly by Kong) at 5-2 in the third race over the straight, the lightly-raced PAPER CHASER at 4-1 with Jevanne Erwin aboard in the sixth, and FEARLESS SAMURAI, a 4-5 favourite with Walker riding for owner Elizabeth DaCosta in the Prince Consort Stakes, a race he won by three lengths from long-time leader WESTERN WARRIOR in a time of 1:26.0.Meanwhile, 29-year-old Nigel Burke, who started training five months ago, saddled his first winner, BRUCE WAYNE (6-1), in the seventh race over 1820 metres for maiden three-year-olds. Burke is the grandson of late Hall of Fame trainer Nigel Nunes and the nephew of topline trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes.last_img read more

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Castaic considers annexation

first_imgCASTAIC – The local town council, which once resisted Santa Clarita’s efforts to annex an area business park, now wants to hear the city’s ideas on annexing the entire 93-square-mile community. In a letter to the city earlier this month, the council requested information about joining the city of 170,000 to the southwest. Officials said it’s just one of the three forms of organized government being explored – remain unincorporated, form a city or join Santa Clarita. “There is no change of heart,” said Lloyd Carder, president of the advisory panel created by county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich as a sounding board on local policy. But options for the town of 23,000 could diminish as time passes, leaving it with little say over who would best provide such basic services as law enforcement, parks and local planning, Carder said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“My personal opinion is there are only two avenues,” he said, referring to incorporation or annexation by Santa Clarita. “We can’t stay county very long. As hard as (Antonovich) worked for us, it’s not that it’s not working, but we have to look at this long-term. “What happens when Mike goes away? What happens with a new (supervisor)? Would they support town councils?” The council has stood between attempts by the city to annex the Valencia Commerce Center at the behest of businesses there. It accused the city of going after economic cash cows while ignoring the greater community. There also is a petition circulating in three Castaic neighborhoods – about 1,400 homes – requesting annexation. The effort has stalled as organizers fell short of the 60 percent signatures from property owners required by Santa Clarita to begin proceedings. “Would they be able to accept all 93 square miles and not (annex) piecemeal?” Carder wondered. “We need an answer to that question. Then we can sit down and negotiate. And it’s up to the people. There has to be an election.” City of Santa Clarita spokeswoman Gail Ortiz said there are no hard feelings harbored for the town council. “We’ve never said no to an annexation,” she said. “We would welcome the entire Castaic community. The ball is now in the court of the residents of Castaic.” The other option, cityhood, is dead on arrival after the state Legislature in 2004 eliminated a provision granting new cities a “bump” in their share of vehicle license fees. The seven-year financial boost helps nascent municipalities survive until they’re fiscally self-sufficient. A committee formed by the Castaic and West Ranch town councils also crossed out a joint incorporation that could create a city out of some 30,000 people west of Interstate 5. “Based on the present circumstances, we’ve declined to join with them in cityhood,” said Dave Bossert, vice president of the West Ranch town council, which represents the Stevenson Ranch and Westridge subdivisions. The neighborhoods include the Valencia Marketplace shopping center along The Old and Pico Canyon roads, which are among the county’s top sales-tax generators. A city likely won’t work without them. Still, laws can change. Carder cited Assembly Bill 1602, introduced by Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, to restore the extra funding for new cities, which has gained momentum in Sacramento. Meantime, Antonovich has stayed on the sidelines, opposing the city annexing properties west of Interstate 5 while maintaining that it’s up to residents to decide. “Our office supports their freedom to choose their own destiny,” said Tony Bell, an Antonovich spokesman. “We encourage the debate. We encourage the exchange of information and dialogue. We want to make sure our residents have the best possible situation.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (661)257-5253160Want 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

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DONEGAL VOTERS BACK NEW COURT OF APPEAL

first_imgTHE nation has backed the second referendum establishing a new Court of Appeal to fast-track cases.And Donegal voters also backed the need for more judges.In Donegal South West 65% – or 11,978- voted yes and 35% or 6,448 people voted no. The vote was tighter in Donegal North East where 56% or 9,361 people voted yes for the new courts, opposed by 44%, or 7,270, voting no.DONEGAL VOTERS BACK NEW COURT OF APPEAL was last modified: October 5th, 2013 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

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