LA FORCE UPSETS HEAVILY FAVORED PARADISE WOODS AS SHE RALLIES FROM LAST TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MARIA STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER VAN DYKE; TRAINED BY GALLAGHER, SHE GETS 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:45.91 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 1, 2019)–German-bred La Force sprung a major surprise on Saturday at Santa Anita, as she rallied from last to upset heavily favored Paradise Woods by 1 ¼ lengths in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes under Drayden Van Dyke. Trained by Paddy Gallagher, La Force, a 5-year-old mare, got 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.91.With Paradise Woods taking a stutter-step at the break, the complexion of the race changed significantly, but although the fractions were modest, La Force was still able to mount an impressive rally from off the pace.“The filly was in a good spot,” said Gallagher. “The favorite stumbled at the start, I have to watch the replay, but we thought she would be on the lead, but it didn’t turn out that way and La Force put it together and we’re very happy. Chuck gave instructions to (Van Dyke) when we were in the paddock and that was it.”Last but on the move three furlongs from home, La Force rallied five-wide at the top of the stretch and held off Paradise Woods, who had waited while tucked inside around the far turn.Most recently second, beaten 10 ½ lengths by Paradise Woods in the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes on April 27, La Force was the second choice among five fillies and mares three and up at 5-1 and paid $12.80, $2.40 and $2.10.“Mike (Smith) and Paradise Woods stumbling at the start really didn’t change anything for me,” said Van Dyke. “I had a great outside post and she tends to like being in the clear…It did help her a little, (Paradise Woods) stumbling, obviously, because it made the trip more difficult for her and only helped us. She’s just an honest trying filly, she’s very, very classy.“Like I said, she really brings it every time. It’s very rewarding getting this win with her. She ran second to Unique Bella so many times, so I really believe she deserves this.”Owned by Ward and Roberta Williford and Charles Winner (who is also Chairman of the CHRB), La Force, who is multiple Grade I stakes placed, got her first ever stakes win today and improved her overall mark to 25-3-8-4. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $550,800.Even though she stumbled leaving the gate and was therefore off the pace instead of on it, it appeared Smith was in the process of engineering an improbable come from behind win around the far turn aboard Paradise Woods.“I still thought I could win at the quarter pole, but by the time I got out, the winner kicked away from us and we couldn’t get ’em,” Smith said.The overwhelming 1-5 favorite, Paradise Woods finished 3 ½ lengths in front of Just a Smidge and paid $2.10 and $2.10.Ridden by Martin Garcia, Just a Smidge, who broke from the rail, carved out the early pace but was third best, finishing 3 ¾ lengths in front of Exuberance. Off at 13-1, Just a Smidge paid $2.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.21, 48.51, 1:13.32 and 1:39.15.
Dozens of football referees and officials were also banned.A police spokesperson told AFP the journalist was shot in the neck and the chest by unknown gunmen on his way home on Wednesday night.Confirming the incident, Anas tweeted: “Sad news, but we shall not be silenced. Rest in peace, Ahmed.”Prior to his death, Husein had made a complaint to police after his pictures were published on national television.Ghana’s national media regulator condemned the killing and called on the police to conduct a thorough investigation.“It will be in the national interest to arrest the perpetrators of this crime,” the commission’s chairman Yaw Boadu Ayeboafo said in a statement.Ghanaian journalists condemned the killing of the 34-year-old reporter, who was instrumental in the international football corruption investigation which broke last year.Football’s world governing body FIFA last October banned former Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi for life and fined him nearly Sh Sh50 million ($500,000) after he was seen on camera accepting bribes.Nyantakyi was accused of requesting Sh1.1 Billion ($11 million) to secure government contracts.Eight referees and assistant referees were banned for life while 53 officials were subject to 10-year bans. Fourteen officials were exonerated.The revelations rocked Ghana, where football is the national sport and which prides itself as being a stable democracy in an often turbulent region.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Soccer ballsACCRA, Ghana, Jan 17 – A Ghanaian undercover journalist who helped expose corruption in African football, that saw Kenyan referee Aden Marwa banned for life, has been shot dead in the capital Accra, police said Thursday.Ahmed Husein was part of a team led by award-winning journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, whose probe led to the resignation of the head of the Ghana Football Association. read more
While finishing her PhD in Marine Science Easkey Britton began to explore the transformative power of surfing and how it can create positive social in places– like the province of Baluchistan, Iran, where in 2010 Easkey became the first woman to surf there.Her surfing career has been one of many firsts: aged just 16, the Donegal girl became the first Irish person to surf the ‘hell-wave’ Teahupoo in Tahiti, and has since become a Billabong XXL Global big-wave finalist and Ireland’s 5-time surfing National Champion.Now she is sharing her passion for surfing and the ocean by bringing her pioneering approach to the more isolated regions of the world exploring how the creative expression of surfing can empower women everywhere.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).Click Play to watch Easkey’s talk at a TEDx event in Dublin this week. DDTV: DONEGAL SURFER EASKEY’S INSPIRING CONFERENCE SPEECH was last modified: October 11th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVDonegal Daily TVeaskey britton read more