Maragh shines with triple

first_imgQUEENS, New York (CMC): Rajiv Maragh made his presence felt on the eight-race card at Aqueduct here on Thursday as he muscled his way back into contention in the jockeys championship with an impressive triple. The 31-year-old opened the programme with a dominant win aboard 3-1 chance She’d Had Enough, followed up with victory in Race Five aboard favourite Bee Noteworthy before pairing with 2-1 bet Big Al Parker to win race six. With his latest success, the Jamaican climbed into third spot in the meet standings on 28 wins, only three adrift of Irad Irtiz Jr and right alongside second-place Kenrick Carmouche, also on 28. Maragh, who only last week won half the races on an eight-race card here, once again showed his class by taking the headlines at the eastern United States racing oval. He opened his account in style, making all the inning with chestnut filly She’s Had Enough to slam the three-year-olds by 13-1/2 lengths in a mile trip. The pair produced easy splits of 25.37 seconds for the quarter and 50.26 seconds for the half while being tracked by Unbridledadventure but began to pull away approaching the five-sixteenth pole and was never challenged thereafter. Maragh was again dominant in Race Five as he carried five-year-old bay mare Bee Noteworthy to a comfortable eight-length victory over the four-year-old and upward fillies and mares. Going six furlongs, Maragh raced Bee Noteworthy off the pace as 2-1 choice Sing For Beauty posted the early fractions. The pair then made their move at the three-sixteenth, got to the front quickly, and stormed to the finish. In contrast, in Race Six, Maragh was forced to battle before he could get five-year-old bay gelding Big Al Parker to a half-length win over the four-year-old and upwards. Going a mile, The Undersheriff made most of the running with Big Al Parker, bumped at the start by the leader, well off the pace. Maragh bided his time in the stretch before unleashing a challenge along the rails, barely getting up in the final yards to pip the leaders, with Dan the Man finishing second. The Aqueduct meet opened on New Year’s Day and wraps on March 26. SLAMMING THE RIVALSlast_img read more

Is this the protection rape victims get?

first_imgDear Editor,The recent report of the alleged sexual advantage (rape) committed on the helpless thirteen-year-old who was left in the care of a senior who was supposed to protect and serve but chose to serve in a different way by the media houses has me wondering what their true intentions are.Kudos to the young girl for confiding immediately in her mother when she returned; good sense prevails and the appropriate actions are being taken.What is sickening to me is reading that the Prosecutor, whom I’m assuming is also a police, chose not to object to bail being granted to the rapist who is also a member of the Force.There are numerous cases that are not as serious as that and the prosecutors would find all sorts of reasons for denying bail, and in some cases, should they agree to bail they would ask that the Passport be submitted or the person report to the station every week.Lo and behold, there wasn’t such a request. Incidentally, the better judgment of the Magistrate prevails.Good job, Your Honor. I have raised my concerns about the actions of Police Prosecutors’ actions in various court matters by way of Letter to the Editor a while back, but no one sees it fit to address that.Editor, my main concern is about the way the story was carried in the media. They spared no expense to post the image of the alleged rapist and the address where the horrible act was committed. It’s my humble opinion that secrecy should have been exercised to protect the innocent child. No doubt that residents in the area would easily identify the victim and mixed reactions would be meted out to her.Is that sensible reporting? It’s my understanding that media houses undergo training/seminars or are aware of ways to protect such victims, not pointing them out to the public technically. It just shows that no one is to be trusted, and with so many suicides occurring, I would only hope we don’t have any more arising from this carelessness. I guess the media is under the impression that their action is proper protection for rape victims!Sincerely,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more