CALIFORNIA-BRED S Y SKY RALLIES TO TAKE $200,000 MONROVIA STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER VAN DYKE; ALEXANDER HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY D’AMATO, GETS FIVE FURLONGS ON DIRT IN 57.54. ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2019)–Versatile on both turf and dirt, California-bred S Y Sky accepted a switch to the main track and rallied resolutely to deny favored Belvoir Bay a repeat victory in Sunday’s $200,000 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita. A 5-year-old Nick Alexander homebred daughter of Grazen, trained by Phil D’Amato and ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, S Y Sky got five furlongs in 57.54.Although she broke like a shot and had the early lead, S Y Sky eased back off the dueling twosome of Belvoir Bay and Lady Suebee heading to the far turn. Leaving the quarter pole, Van Dyke angled off the rail, took dead aim on Belvoir Bay turning for home and blew by her approaching the sixteenth pole in a huge effort.“Phil told me she’s fast, but she can be tactical too,” said Van Dyke. “We broke sharp, but I was able to take her back and she finished really well.”A rousing 3 ½ length winner in the five furlong turf Camilla Urso Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on April 27, S Y Sky was off as the second choice at 2-1 in a field reduced to seven fillies and mares by four program scratches and paid $6.20, $2.60 and $2.10.“I thought she was doing well, but I’ve got to give the credit today to Drayden Van Dyke,” said D’Amato. “She popped on top and she was in control, but Drayden realized the top two were really smoking so he eased her back and that was the winning move. We’re looking forward to campaigning her the rest of the year.”Out of Alexander’s Sky Mesa mare Sky Marni, S Y Sky notched her fifth stakes win and improved her overall mark to 13-7-5-1. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $662,320.“I knew if she caught Belvoir Bay at the top of the lane she would out-finish her, I was sure of that,” said Alexander. “Her last race at Golden Gate, Flavien rode her and he made a huge move in the turn going for home and he said, ‘This filly has a huge turn of foot.’ The secret after that was just keep her busy. She’s made over a half a million bucks in just Cal-bred races.“She’s out of a mare that I claimed from A.C. Avila at Del Mar about seven years ago for $16,000 bucks. Everyone in her family has been a winner, we just get lucky sometimes.”Idle since running a close second in a Group I stakes going six furlongs on turf in Dubai on March 30, Belvoir Bay, who never threw in the towel, was off as the 4-5 favorite and paid $2.40 and $2.10 while finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Lady Suebee.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Lady Suebee was off at 7-1 and paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.76 and 45.19.Originally scheduled for turf, today’s Monrovia was moved to the main track at five furlongs earlier in the day due to the prospect of significant rain. The American Graded Stakes Committee will confer in the coming days as to whether today’s running will retain its graded status.
Last week, through a firsthand experience, I noticed the high level of tardiness and lack of coordination in the reporting lines for Ebola response. Of grave concern is the wide communication gap between reporting and Ebola action. It took more than seven hours, from the time it was reported to the Ebola hotline team, to remove a dead man from the street of Mamba Pointe and we understand that was one of the quickest removal.It is not clear to me and I am sure to many others if we are catching up on the Ebola war or the continuous spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is catching up with us. Our overstretched health care system is still struggling to cope with the spread of EVD.More than seven months into this epidemic, it is our submission that current approach is weak, sub-divided and uneven. Therefore, we need a seamless response strategy-no gap. A common and comprehensive approach is required to catch up with the control and prevention of EVD.It has taken us a long time coming into grips with this epidemic. Catching up on Ebola war requires a scale of vision that aligns with a scale of threat. To conquer this Ebola war; we need geographical social mapping of the spread of EVD, demographic information on those affected by the Ebola virus and human behavioral research to understand the sociocultural context of those health practices that lead to the spread of EVD. Essential to catching up, is the use of social networks that are critical to changing health practices.What is perhaps required now and more than ever before is it to take up a lot of pressure off the health workers who are presently in the frontline. We need, as mentioned in all of our publications, a collective response to the scale of the challenge that presently confronts us. We also need a much faster approach to improve our under-resourced health care facilities.With over 4,500 fatalities and a projected 9000 by end of this month, we need a game changer starting today. The threaten strike action by health workers is not catching up as this would fester the spread of EVD in Liberia. Our leaders should be good listeners and our frontline service providers should be good negotiators. EVD is not and should not be a precursor to violence. There is a need for calmness and coordination of efforts directed at a common goal — eradication of Ebola.Our priority now should be about saving lives and this we can do through the establishment of more community care centers for laboratory testing, isolation and possible quarantining of contacts, increased community awareness and mobilization program and improved contact tracking and tracing program.For the time being, a lot more still needs to be done and with the cooperation of everyone, this, too, will be a chapter in the history books of our country. At this moment, it is a big challenge that requires a more aggressive and transparent approach.On our part and as part of preventive and control efforts to the propagation of EVD, Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia will continue to engage in community education outreach programs to rebuild trust in our health system and to provide information on the symptoms of Ebola virus, resource linkages to establish mobile clinics and groups that cater for young people and conduct capacity building and partnership strengthening programs for young people to reduce the impact of EVD using health promotion strategies.From the standpoints of parsimony-(carefulness), specificity and reinforcement of current efforts, MOP considers it expedient to consider improving our health care system by adding more health care providers to the fight against Ebola. Use of faith based organizations, social networks and bi-lateral as well as multilateral cooperation is critical at this time.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “It takes a village” to control Ebola, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Check out the highlights from last night’s thriller in Warsaw as Sevilla retained their trophy with a 3-2 win over Dnipro.