EDWARDS GOING LEFT, HECK YEAH & RICHARD’S BOY ALL PROMINENT IN SATURDAY’S $150,000 CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT AT SIX FURLONGSRACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS; SPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR AN 11-RACE CARD AT SANTA ANITA IS AT 11:30 A.M. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 22, 2019)–A group of six top older California-bred or sired sprinters will square off at six furlongs in Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, headed by last year’s winner Edward’s Going Left, newly turned 4-year-old Heck Yeah and leading money earner, Richard’s Boy.EDWARDS GOING LEFTOwner: Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer: John SadlerMost recently second, beaten 6 ¼ lengths as the 8-5 favorite in the state-bred Cary Grant Stakes going seven furlongs at Del Mar Nov. 18, this 5-year-old Midnight Lute gelding was a respectable fourth behind repeat Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Roy H two starts back in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6. Although winless in five starts since winning the Cal Cup Sprint a year ago, Edwards Going Left rates a huge chance for a repeat on Saturday with Tyler Baze back aboard.HECK YEAHOwner: Michael Pageler, Dr. Michael Sigband & Bob BaedekerTrainer: Bob BaffertNearly unbeaten with four wins from five starts, this 4-year-old colt by Acclamation would appear to have more upside than anyone else in the field as he faces older horses for the first time. A three-time stakes winner versus state-breds, Heck Yeah, who was bred by Pageler and is out of his Maria’s Mon mare Lutess, has been idle since breezing to a 2 ¼ length win in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes here on April 7. With Drayden Van Dyke set to ride, Heck Yeah come into the Sprint with a solid work tab to his credit and hails from a barn internationally renowned for “getting ’em ready.”RICHARD’S BOYOwner: Rockingham RanchTrainer: Peter MillerThe leading money earner in the field with $947,355, this 7-year-old Idiot Proof gelding is thought to be at his best on turf, as six of his nine wins have come there. However, he comes off a big second, beaten a head by veteran St. Joe Bay in a five furlong classified allowance Dec. 14 at Los Alamitos, earning a Cal Cup Sprint best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 99. With Flavien Prat away to ride at Gulfstream on Saturday, hot apprentice Heriberto Figueroa will ride for the first time. With two wins from five Santa Anita starts, venerable Richard’s Boy is 35-9-11-5 overall.THE $150,000 CALIFORNIA CUP SPRINT WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 4 of 11 Approximate post time 1 p.m. PTEdwards Going Left–Tyler Baze–122Minoso–Martin Pedroza–120Shades of Victory–Geovanni Franco–122Richard’s Boy–Heriberto Figueroa–120Heck Yeah–Drayden Van Dyke–122Touching Rainbows–Tiago Pereira–120 Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 11:30 a.m. Admission gates will open at 9:30 a.m. with Early Bird Wagering available in the Top ‘O the Stretch area at 8 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim is expected to arrive in Liberia today to further strengthen the Bank’s continuing response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Dr. Kim, a strong advocate for the global fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, will meet President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and senior officials of the Liberian Government.He will be expected to reassure the government and people of Liberia of the Bank’s commitment to assist Liberia to achieve zero Ebola virus transmission. Dr. Kim, who is also a public health expert, will visit the Ebola Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Monrovia and meet with the Incident Management System representatives, donor partners involved in the Ebola response, health workers, EVD survivors, contact tracers and burial team members. He will also hold a press conference today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The World Bank Group is mobilizing nearly US$1 billion in financing for the three countries hardest hit by the Ebola crisis. A total of US$518 million has been disbursed for the emergency response. The funding is helping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone provide treatment and care, contain and prevent the spread of infections, help communities cope with the economic impact of the crisis, and improve public health systems, a statement from the World Bank said Monday.Additional financing of a US$285 million grant was approved by the World Bank Group’s Board on November 18, 2014, with a US$115 million allocation for Liberia.This money, the Bank observed, will help scale-up community-based care and support for faster identification, triage and care of Ebola patients, enable a surge of international health workers, laboratory services, and essential supplies, and restart basic health services.The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is also providing commercial financing to enable trade, investment and employment in the three most affected countries, including Liberia. The financing includes a rapid response program which is helping to ensure continued operations of business and supplies of essential goods and services.Majority of the World Bank Group’s financing to the worst affected countries in West Africa is coming through the Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), which was established in 1960 to help the world’s poorest countries by providing grants and low to zero-interest loans for projects and programs that boost economic growth, reduce poverty, and improve poor people’s lives.IDA is one of the largest sources of assistance for the world’s 77 poorest countries, 39 of which are in Africa. Resources from IDA bring positive change for 2.8 billion people living on less than US$2 a day. Since 1960, IDA has supported development work in 112 countries. Annual commitments have averaged about US$18 billion over the last three years, with about 50 percent going to Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Juventus have not given up hope of signing Oscar from Chelsea this summer.The Old Lady are looking to replace playmaker Andrea Pirlo, who completed his move to New York City earlier this week.Juve are also fighting to keep hold of Arturo Vidal, who has been heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal this summer.According to Tuttosport, Oscar is at the top of the Italian champions’ summer wishlist and have contacted Chelsea to try and do a deal.However, the 23-year-old Brazilian is unlikely to be sold this summer as Jose Mourinho wants to give the talented playmaker another season in England. Oscar 1