Bank on Messithegreat

first_imgWith more than $27 million at stake on tomorrow’s mammoth 14-race programme, the inaugural Diamond Mile race meet at Caymanas Park marks the biggest and most prestigious meet ever staged in the English-speaking Caribbean.It will feature the $13.5 million Diamond Mile for three-year-olds and up to be contested by a star-studded field of 16, including such big names as PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, TYPEWRITER, SEEKING MY DREAM, UPPA TUNE, FRANFIELD, POTCHEEN, and COMMANDING CHIEF.With SIR BUDGET having scored a 52-1 upset in the ninth race last Saturday, both the Pick-9 and late Super-6 proved elusive. The Pick-9 carryover offers a $2.3 million carryover, while the late Super-6 has $43.5 million in the kitty.We look at the first Super-6 which gets under way in the first race, a two-year-old maiden condition race in which 11 starters have been declared. This will more than likely come down to a straight fight between WILD GLADIATOR and OCEAN SEEKER, to be ridden by outgoing champion jockey Dane Nelson and champion jockey-designate Shane Ellis, respectively.Both finished second in recent races, the Harry Jaghai-trained WILD GLADIATOR chasing home CHACE THE GREAT over the round five course behind a fast time on November 21 and is not only better for the experience, but has been administered Lasix this time around.With Nelson replacing the inexperienced apprentice Kemoy Parchment aboard WILD GLADIATOR – the son of Sorrentino – Priceless Beauty gets the nod over OCEAN SEEKER, second to ANOTHER FURY over 1300 metres on November 21, and FRANCIA PRIDE, who showed promise on her debut behind GIRLY GIRLY LINKS some weeks ago.claiming raceNext on the programme is a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over 1400 metres for the ICool Trophy, to be contested by 10 starters, including leading lights FORCE DE JOUR (Paul Francs up) and ITALIANO, with Ellis aboard.FORCE DE JOUR, now back with trainer Winston Morris, has won six of his last seven races, including a runaway win over this trip on September 19 on a $550,000 claiming tag. He was outclassed by PHINEAS and SEEKING MY DREAM in the recent Coca Cola Invitational Mile, but now aimed this low, should lead home ITALIANO and MERU.MESSITHEGREAT, a lightly raced three-year-old gelding by Traditional out of Princess Terri, ran well from a bad draw over the straight on November 21 when finishing a close third to GANJA MAN, and with in-form jockey Jevanne Erwin replacing the sparingly used David ‘Scorcher’ McKenzie, the hint should be taken. Trained by 14-time champion Philip Feanny, MESSITHEGREAT has worked fairly well and should turn the tables on LAGUNA POINT, who beat him by a short head for second on November 21.FREE RANGE, who finished strongly for fifth behind GANJA MAN (beaten two lengths) recently, should get off the mark in the fourth race over 1200 metres for maiden three-year-olds. He runs from the convenient mark of 50.0kg by virtue of apprentice’s Odean Edwards’ 4.0 claim and despite the good claims of WELL BLESSED and the lightly raced KACI, both of whom ran creditably behind GANJA MAN, FREE RANGE, who is well drawn on the outside, looks the pick of the weights.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the Robert Pearso-trained two-year-old colt WILL IN CHARGE (Ellis up), ABBEY ROAD (apprentice Bebeto Harvey), both of whom finished second last time out. Their respective dangers are LORD EQUUS in the fifth and CAMOUFLAGE in the sixth.FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) WILD GLADIATOR/OCEAN SEEKER(2) FORCE DE JOUR/ITALIANO(3) MESSITHEGREAT(4) FREE RANGE/KACI(5) WILL IN CHARGE/LORD EQUUS(6) ABBEY ROAD/CAMOUFLAGElast_img read more

Medicare session clarifies plan

first_imgWHITTIER One of President Bush’s administration officials joined Rep. Linda Sanchez on Tuesday at an informational workshop for the new Medicare prescription drug plan for seniors. Dr. Mark McClellan, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, encouraged about 100 seniors who attended to explore and enroll in Medicare Part D before the May 15 deadline. The new health program has been under fire over what some say is the complexity of its options. Some seniors are facing a difficult time sifting through hundreds of benefit options to determine how much coverage to get. “The thing about Medicare is that it touches just about everyone in our country,” McClellan said. “What’s important is that people with Medicare understand what the law means to them.” Sanchez, D-Lakewood, said she organized the event after receiving a large number of phone calls from confused and frustrated seniors. Prescription drug benefits became available to all Medicare recipients on Jan. 1. Every person receiving Medicare regardless of income or current health coverage can apply to receive brand-name prescription drugs. “I did not support the new prescription drug benefit,” Sanchez said. “But now that it is law, we need to help seniors figure out how to use the program.” Sanchez said that she believes seniors are “scared and overwhelmed” by the new Medicare program. “I don’t think it’s … so much about change. It’s an overwhelming bombardment of information,” she said. Representatives from various health organizations were on hand to provide participants with information regarding their options. “We’re here primarily to educate people on Part D,” said Anita Chun, community education coordinator with the Center for Health Care Rights. “Medicare never used to cover any kinds of drugs, and now Part D will offer some prescription coverage.” Gloria and Gilbert Flores of Diamond Bar said the workshop was helpful. The couple met with a consultant from My Medicare Matters to compare their current prescription drug benefits with Medicare Part D. “We’re not here to tell you what plan to take,” said Dan Witzling, a representative with Medicare Rx Access. “We’re here to let them know what plans to choose from.” For more information about Medicare Part D, or to enroll in the program, call (800) 633-4227, or visit www.medicare.gov. araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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