Road Wi Seh for TOBA Trophy

first_imgNative-bred three-year-old non-winners of two take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today in the annual renewal of the Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association of Jamaica (TOBA) Trophy race over 1200 metres.A large and competitive field of 16 will face the starter, including top contenders ROAD WI SEH, TARANIS, BONGO KING, TURBO MACHINE CAT and the free running ACTION MAN, all fit horses.Indications are that the winner will come from this group, especially with the likes of TARANIS, BINGO KING and ROAD WI SEH looking really sharp at exercise.ROAD WI SEH, a free-running sort who figured prominently for a long way in both the Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup) and the derby earlier this season, has changed stables since his last race, moving from trainer Patrick Chang to Lorne Kirlew, who has a good strike rate.This being his easiest task for some time, ROAD WI SEH should come into his own and prove a tough opponent, with top apprentice O’Brien White riding this lightly raced 3-y-o colt by Adore The Gold out of Dream Watcher from the convenient mark of 54.5kg.This being only his sixth outing, ROAD WI SEH has lots of scope and with middle distances more to his liking, gets a golden opportunity to supplement his maiden win over the round five course on March 28.Tight race aheadWhile I really fancy his chances, ROAD WI SEH can ill-afford to skip a beat, with TARANIS and BONGO KING present.Both have been trained to the minute, the Richard Azan-conditioned TARANIS under leading jockey Shane Ellis extensively prepared by his trainer in preparation for this trophy. The Everal Francis-trained BONGO KING has also caught the eye in his preparation and along with the very fit TURBO MACHINE CAT (Omar Walker up) should take it down to the wire for the major share of the $868,000 purse.But ROAD WI SEH could just be that much classier than his opponents and now reverting to a more suitable middle distance trip, should rebound with a win at the expense of main rivals TARANIS and BONGO KING.Other firm fancies on the card are BARS OF GOLD, with leading jockey Shane Ellis to stave off old rival GEISHA’S GLORY in the third race for the Aston Commock Memorial Trophy over 1700 metres; DOOLAHIN to rebound in the fourth for maiden three-year-olds; COUNTRY TRAIN for in-form trainer Marlon Anderson in the fifth; THE BEST FLYER to go one better in the seventh; and SUPERIOR QUALITY in the ninth for overnight-allowance horses over 1100 metres.last_img read more

District to stop most transfers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “We realize parents will be upset. We are trying to expand offerings at all schools so the kids will be interested and want to attend. Open enrollment is predicated on available space. There is none now,” Freise said. Students can now attend campuses outside their attendance area to enroll in the special academic programs, join their siblings, attend a better school or simply because they want to go to another school. In the case of the latter, a lottery is held if more students apply than there are open slots available. This school year, 946 transfers were approved for all types of requests. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, parents have a right to request a transfer of their child from a so-called program improvement school to a better school. Antelope Valley, Palmdale and Littlerock high schools are program improvement schools. Last year, more than 200 students from the three campuses moved to other schools. LANCASTER – Citing overcrowded campuses, Antelope Valley Union High School District will no longer allow most students to transfer outside their home attendance area. Starting with the 2006-07 school year, such programs as the medical magnet academy at Palmdale High School, information systems academy at Antelope Valley High, and International Baccalaureate programs at Highland and Quartz Hill highs will be closed to new student transfers. Open-enrollment transfers will be allowed only for siblings who want to join their older brothers or sisters and for students who attend low-performing schools and want to move to a better school. “We know there will be some concern on the part of parents, but we have to address the needs of students who live within the boundaries. They have a right to attend that school,” said Larry Freise, coordinator of attendance and special projects. Students currently enrolled in special programs or their schools of choice can continue going to that school. The change is due to the massive influx of students into the district, which grew this year by more than 1,500 students, to bring total enrollment to more than 24,000. Most campuses can accommodate a maximum of 3,000 students. “We’ve become so constrained in allowing the movement of students. The recommendation was to shut down the program and lottery enrollment for next school year,” Freise said. “The problem is there is no room at some of the schools to accommodate program requests. We could leave it open and let them apply but we would end up denying them all.” Board President Donita Winn said she understands why the change has been made but doesn’t like it. “I just hate to see that. It’s hard for me to say we have this program at this school but you can only go there if you live in the neighborhood,” Winn said. “If we were able to offer more programs at more sites, there would be no problem.” The district began offering open enrollment in 1993 to help reduce the number of last-minute transfer requests that traditionally came when classes began in September. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want 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

Former Raiders 1,000-yard rusher arrested for DWI in Whataburger drive-thru

first_imgAccording to TMZ, McFadden was found asleep at the wheel of his SUV in the drive-thru of a … No, not Hi Ho Cheeseburger:No, not Ray’s Hell Burger:Riiiiight. Whataburger: Click here if you’re having trouble viewing these videos on a mobile device.Running back Darren McFadden, selected by the Raiders with the fourth pick in the 2008 NFL draft, was arrested in Texas early Monday at a Whataburger on suspicion of driving drunk, TMZ has reported.No, not Good Burger:last_img

Bafana edged in Cosafa Cup shootout

first_img18 July 2013Bafana Bafana were knocked out of the Cosafa Cup tournament at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Lusaka on Wednesday evening by hosts Zambia, who edged the contest 5-3 from the penalty spot. The sides were level at 0-0 after extra time.Zambia will tackle Zimbabwe in the final on Saturday, while South Africa will face Lesotho for third place. Zimbabwe, who have won a record four Cosafa Cups, downed Lesotho 3-1 in the first semi-final on Wednesday.“I think this was a very good game tonight of two teams having a go at each other. I would like to congratulate Zambia for the win, although it is never nice to lose on penalties,” Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said after the game.‘They have their all’“I thought we were better tonight and as you saw we beat the post twice. I am just disappointed for the boys because I would have loved to see them in the final because they gave their all.”Referencing the strong home support, Iegsund added: “The crowd did not affect us because we stuck to our game plan and took the game to our opposition. It is just unfortunate we could not get the desired results.“I feel we were very strong defensively. We dominated the midfield, but maybe we could have done better upfront. But I am quite pleased with the effort of the whole team. It was a tough match, but we held our own.”Igesund made five changes to the team that played against Namibia in the opening match on Saturday, 13 July, bringing in Katlego Mashego, Ruzaigh Gamildien, Jabulani Shongwe, Thabani Mthembu and Lehlohonolo Nonyane, while Sibusiso Khumalo, Sibusiso Msomi, Lerato Chabangu, Edward Manqele, Mzikayise Mashaba were on the bench.ScrappyThe first half was a scrappy affair with Zambia dictating terms, but the second stanza was a closely-contested affair with South Africa asking all the questions.Both sides could have won it in the 90 minutes only for the woodwork to deny them.First it was Nonyane who hit an upright in the 60th minute with a powerful header, only for Gamildien to shoot the rebound over the bar when it appeared almost easier to score than to miss.Hit the uprightTwelve minutes later after good move by Lebogang Manyama and Mandla Masango, Masanago put in a cross that found Chabangu, but he hit the upright with the keeper in no man’s land, and Zambia survived.The home side gave the visitors a scare four minutes from time when Kondwani Mtonga beat the offside trap to tap in, only for his shot to hit the crossbar.Thirty minutes of extra time produced no goals leading to the dreaded penalty shootout.Zambia managed to score their spot kicks through Alex Ngonga, Bornwell Mwape, Moses Phiri, Kabaso Chongo and Bronson Chama. For South Africa only Chabangu had his shot saved, while Thulani Hlatshwayo, Lebogang Manyama, and Mzikayise Mashaba scored.SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more