HEAVILY FAVORED VASILIKA TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES BY 2 ¾ LENGTHS AS PRAT & HOLLENDORFER TEAM FOR MILE TURF WIN IN 1:33.53ARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2019)–One of the best claims of all-time, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika became racing’s newest millionaire with an authoritative 2 ¾ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita. Handled by her regular partner Flavien Prat, the 5-year-old Skipshot mare got a mile on turf in 1:33.53.Attentive to the early pace, Vasilika was third, about a length off the lead turning for home and quickly kicked clear of Cordiality and Smoovie while easily keeping runner-up Meal Ticket at bay late. A winner of 10 of her 13 starts since being claimed 14 races ago for $40,000 on Feb. 11, 2018, Vasilika, who came off an impressive win in the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes Feb. 23, was off as the 1-5 favorite in a field of seven older fillies and mares and paid $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10.“We broke fine at the rail,” said Prat. “We changed our strategy when I saw Mike (Smith, aboard second choice, Ms Bad Behavior) was out of the race on the first turn and I went to plan B. I can never do anything wrong with this mare. No matter what I do, she covers me. She is definitely something special.”Owned by All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George Todaro, Vasilika, who is out of the Marquetry mare La Belle Marquet, notched her sixth graded stakes win and with the winner’s share of $120,000, she now has earnings of $1,058,595.“I talked to Flavien a little bit before the race and I told him if ‘You wanted to do something a little different, I didn’t mind.’ I think he was a little nervous about being back (off the pace) today, so he kept her a little closer and it worked anyway. She’s doing good right now, that’s for sure.”(It was the second stakes win on the day for Hollendorfer, who won the Cal-bred Evening Jewel earlier and for Prat, who guided Bellafina to victory in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks).Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Meal Ticket rallied well for the place, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Space Talk. Off at 24-1, Meal Ticket paid $8.40 and $6.20.English-bred Space Talk, who was far back early, was easily third, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Raven’s Lady. Off at 41-1 with Rafael Bejarano, Space Talk paid $4.20 to show.Ms Bad Behavior, who was eased after breaking on top under Smith from her number two post position, appeared to bolt heading into the Club House turn, but Smith refuted that observation.“No, she didn’t bolt,” he said. “I just didn’t like the way she was moving. I’d rather be safe than sorry.”Fractions on the race were 22.99, 46.31, 1:09.66 and 1:21.69.
A vendor who reportedly damaged windows on his reputed wife’s premises after she locked him out over fear for her life was on Wednesday placed before Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Anthony Marshall, 33, of Lot 145 Fifth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, denied that on July 21, 2018, he unlawfully damaged one grill valued $10,000, four louvre frames valued $6,500, and four louvre panes valued $2,246, property of Diana Huxford. He is also accused of threatening the woman’s life on the same day, thereby breaching an order to keep the peace.The father of one is reportedly in the habit of misbehaving, which prompted the virtual complainant (VC) to disclose to the court, “I am afraid for my life with this man.”Huxford further revealed that she would be taking out a restraining order on the defendant, who remained quiet.Marshall was placed on $25,000 bail. The case will continue on August 3, 2018.
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…in commemoration of Hanuman JayantiIn observance of the auspicious occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, celebrated on Friday, the Hindus for Selfless Service (HSS) organization hosted the first Hanuman Yatra procession on the West Coast of Demerara.Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Hanuman, revered as one of the greatest warriors and the greatest devotee of Lord Rama.A section of the processionWith Hanuman’s motto, “I will not rest until Ram’s work is done,” HSS organized the Hanuman Jayanti Yatra for the very first time in Guyana. The procession began at Hague and proceeded west, and at Tuschen and proceeded east, the groups converging at the Nirvana Centre at Meten-Meer-Zorg for a cultural programme. As the Yatra proceeded, led by vehicles playing Hanuman Bhajans and the Hanuman Chalisa, devotees, both young and elderly, came out in large numbers and showed great enthusiasm throughout the event. They were dressed mostly in red traditional Indian garments. Some walked, others rode their bicycles or drove vehicles, all chanting and singing along to the Hanuman Chalisa as they waved their red flags and showed great strength and unity. As devotees from the different villages joined in the procession, a Hanuman flag was planted. This added to the splendour of the event, which kept getting better.At the Nirvana Centre, the groups were welcomed with tassa drumming with great pomp and gaiety. As is customary, tilak was applied to the foreheads and raksha sutra tied to all attendees.The cultural programme featured ISKCON, many local singers and dancers, and a danda (stick fighting) demonstration by sevaks. A chanting from the Ramcharitmanas of a chaupi (verse) from the Sundar Kand Chapter which is dedicated to Hanuman was read by Pt. Charranlall Nandalall on behalf of the West Demerara Pandits’ Organization.Mentore of HSS-Guyana, Ravi Dev, who contextualized the actions of Hanuman in Guyana today, delivered the main message. He said that, like Hanuman who had forgotten his pedigree, Guyanese Hindus need to be reminded about the greatness of their religious heritage. Just as how Sita Mata was abducted and had to be rescued before Ram Rajya could be established, in a similar fashion, he said, much of Indian culture has been abducted over the past 180 years, and needs to be rescued for the community to move forward.Hanuman bhajans were sung lustily, and Hare Krishna chants kept the crowd enthralled in an atmosphere of delirious joy.
– family believes man was murdered, body dumped in canalAlmost one week after a Canal No 1, Polder, West Bank Demerara (WBD) elderly man went missing, his nude body was on Wednesday afternoon discovered by relatives submerged in water aback said Canal.Dead: Sewkuar Somwria known as “Balgobin”The dead man has been identified as 87-year-old Sewkuar Somwria, known as “Balgobin”, of Lot 6 Goodland, Canal No 1 Polder, WBD who went missing just after noon.Guyana Times understands that Somwria, who normally wanders off, left his home on Friday last and was last seen by several persons throughout the day.He was spotted in Dairy (La Parfaite Harmonie), WBD, and then again in the Canal Polder at approximately 15:00h. However, the last time that he was seen alive was at around 17:00h.Family members formed several search parties to search for the elderly man, but came up empty-handed. A missing person’s report was filed at the La Grange Police Station by the man’s daughter on Saturday morning.The area where the body was found on WednesdayFamily members, however, continued their search and it was on Wednesday at about 12:00h the man’s partly decomposed and nude body was discovered lying face down submerged in water aback Baya Dam in Canal Polder.When Guyana Times visited the man’s family, Somwria’s son-in-law, Prahalall Singh, said he and other relatives made a decision to recheck Baya Dam where they had previously searched when the discovery was made.“We went through the dam deh but we didn’t go straight down, we crossed over and go to Baya Dam so I tell me son, that take a few others and ayo go down in the dam straight in. Because the dam narrow, my son who went in with a motorbike couldn’t tow one of the other boys so the boy came off and my son alone ride ahead and the two other boys follow he on foot. While he riding going in now, he smell a stinkness but because the dam cut off, he couldn’t go further. So he come off the bike and he decided to look in the drain that cut off the dam and when he look, he just see this bow foot, this man swell and deh in this drainer,” Singh detailed to this publication.The family is alleging that foul play was involved in the man’s death since in addition to Somwria’s clothing being missing, his body looked to have been dumped at the area where it was discovered.“He didn’t have on no clothes, no clothes, naked! We can’t find him clothes but Sunday night when we went in the same dam, we saw a fire…when I go there I tell them boys to don’t go further that this look like murder because when I go on the scene, it nah got no impression in this grass of if like this man roll and go in the drain, nothing and the person that he is, he would not go there. And when the Police them come and them see where the man deh, them even she its murder”, Singh recalled.The last person to see Somwria alive, a teen who identified himself only as Ganesh, said that at the time, the elderly man was cladded in a brown shirt and pink trousers.Kowsilla Singh, the dead man’s daughter, reflected on the last moments she spent with her father.“The morning now before me go cremation, me tell he eat up because me nah know when me coming back. Me cook bora and chicken and shrimps curry. I give him little bit of all two and me and he and my lil son, we sit down and we eat. Ow babe, that was the last, me daddy did old but he was strong, nothing didn’t happen to he, strong man” the grieving woman cried.She further detailed that the Police did nothing to assist the family with locating Somwria after the missing person’s report was filed.“If me daddy wasn’t smelling, I would have never find he at the place where they throw he body, the Police nah come, them nah do nothing, when me find he body and meh go tell them, how me cry, I tell them that me report and nobody nah do nothing,” Singh cried.The father of six leaves to mourn his children, grandchildren, relatives and many friends.The Post-Mortem Examination (PME) to determine cause of death is scheduled for Monday as the Police continue their investigation into the crime. (Kizzy Coleman)