SOUTHERN CRUISE, who was third in the St Leger as a three-year-old in 2015, should give Super-6 players a flying start when he runs in the opening race (restricted allowance III) over 1400 metres, to be contested by seven starters.Trained by Anthony Nunes, SOUTHERN CRUISE is easily the most accomplished in the field, and following his close second to TARANIS in the recent New Year’s Day Trophy over 1300 metres, the 4-y-o son of Western Cruise cannot be opposed with champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard. Stable companion BALLON D’OR should follow him home.The second race over the round-five course for maiden four-year-olds up has attracted 10 starters, and indications are it will come down to a straight fight between IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST (Robert Halledeen up) and SIR LEYLAND HALL (Ryan Nelson), both of whom have shown promise.The Paul Hylton-trained SIR LEYLAND HALL finished second to TRADITIONAL STORM over 1200 metres when last raced in September 2015, while the Burt Tomlinson-trained IAMALLABOUTHEBEST showed good speed when finishing fourth to LAGUNA POINT over the straight on January 1.With Lasix administered for the first time, IAMALLABOUTHEBEST (working fairly well) is preferred to SIR LEYLAND HALL, who has not been seen at exercise and is apparently training at sea.The second banker in the first Super-6 comes in the third race over 1500 metres in the form of NUCLEAR AFFAIR, who was caught on the line by FUTURE KING in the SVL 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile last Boxing Day.Trained by Gary Subratie, the 3-y-o daughter of Nuclear Wayne reports in fine fettle (working well) and with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson having secured the ride, should account for old rival ANOTHER FURY under Wesley Henry.EL CLIENTE, now dropped in class for the fourth race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers, will prove hard to deny from the convenient mark of 54.0kg due to apprentice Odean Edwards’ 3.0kg claiming allowance. The six-year-old gelding has run some good races against better horses in recent months, and despite the sound claims of the recent winner EUSEBIA and super-fit ENHANCE PROSDPERITY, the choice has to be EL CLIENTE.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by TURBO MACHINE CAT (knocking at the door) and the well-forward first-time runner MEGATRON (Shane Ellis up) in the sixth, division one of the Mercury Sprint for native bred maiden three-year-old colts and geldings. Their respective dangers are MAN IN BLUE and newcomer BOLD SYMPHONY (working fairly well).FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) SOUTHERN CRUISE(2) IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST(3) NUCLEAR AFFAIR(4) EL CLIENTE/EUSEBIA(5) TURBO MACHINE CAT(6) MEGATRON/BOLDSYMPHONY- O.C.
Liberian track & field athletes in action and target at least three gold medals–Departs for Freetown, KendemaAt least four gold medals have been eyed by the Liberia’s Lone Star Track & Field Team in the Sierra Leone 2018 Traditional Boxing Day activities scheduled for December 23 – 26, 2018 in Freetown as well as the Kendema Mayor’s Marathon and Track & Field Tournament from December 30, 2018 – January 1, 2019 in Kendema, Sierra Leone.Head coach Samuel Cooper said ‘Team Liberia’ has upped her motivation and determination to increase the substance of medals to demonstrate further that the country is not a ‘mere participant’ which has been for the past four years.Athletes pose for photo after trainingA 20-person delegation, comprising 15 athletes, is expected to depart the country early today, hopefully by 6:00 a.m., for a one-day road trip to Freetown, Sierra Leone to participate in two competitions in Freetown and Kendema respectively.Coach Cooper told the Daily Observer yesterday via mobile phone that the Liberian athletes will participate in at least nine events; 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000m, Long Jump, High Jump, and Shot Put.The athletes are Nancy Saah ( 100m/200m/Long Jump); Otricia Borkuah (High Jump/100m); Philip Lademo (400m); Andrew Kpehe (1500m/ 5000m); and Marcox Sackie (800m); Charles Gbelia (100m/200m/ Shot Put); Lydia Gbar (800m/ 15000m); and Harris Melemore (5000m).Other athletes include Abraham Davis (400m); Tonita Dahn (100m/200m); Tracy Chayee (100m/200m); Emmanuel Kartus (100m/Long Jump); Edwin Derkiah (100m/200m); Cornelius Pennoh (Long Jump) and J. Rick U-Fayee (100m/200m).The technical team comprises Coaches Samuel Cooper, Bill Sheriff, Samuel Kiazolu, Ernest Zeigler and medic Abraham Harris.It may be recalled in the 2016 Boxing Day activities, the first post Ebola Boxing Day program, Liberia snatched five medals – one gold, two silvers and two bronce. Mr. Anis Faraj (aka Butterfly) won the lone gold medal in the 1500m.Also in the 2017, Liberia grabbed four medals in both male and female categories; namely two silver medals in the male edition 1500m and 5000m respectively and two bronze medals in female events, shot put and long jump .Coach Cooper told the Daily Observer that ‘Team Liberia’ will be more zealous in Freetown as compared to what occurred during the U-20 ECOWAS Games in Accra, wherein Liberia got two medals amongst at least 350 athletes from 14 countries.Liberia’s male shot put got Silver Medal, while female shot put won a Bronze Medal.However, because of the comparative competition in which Liberia won medals, the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports has congratulated ‘Athletic Team Liberia’ for representing the country and clenching two medals in the U-20 ECOWAS Athletics Championship.Youth and Sports Minister D. Zoegar Wilson and Assistant Minister for Sport James Toe in separate remarks, extended their “thanks and appreciation” to the team.The Ministers made the statements when the LAF formally presented ‘Athletic Team Liberia’ and the ‘Medals.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
BURBANK – When Florence Munson sits down to play bridge this week at the 12th annual Burbank Senior Games, she’ll bring with her more life – and possibly bridge – experience than any of her 27 competitors. At 96, Munson is the oldest of the 300 participants in this year’s event, and she’s been playing bridge since before the stock market crashed in 1929. “To play with her is a challenge. She knows exactly what she’s doing,” said Ruth Grayne, 79, a former bookkeeper from North Hollywood and one of the three organizers of the bridge event. “She’s a gambler. She knows how to play the game.” But Munson is humble and deflects the limelight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We’re playing for pure fun,” said Munson, who’s learned how to hold firm to her 13-card hand while being careful not to inflame her arthritic fingers. “I love it. I get out. I love people who play bridge.” The games, which include bowling, cribbage, a fun walk, golf, horseshoes, pool and softball, begin Monday and end Saturday. Munson became the oldest contestant – who actually put an age down on the entry form – after 101-year-old Theodore Muller, a longtime bowler, had to back out. “I broke my hip,” said Muller, a retired gardener, from his Sun Valley home, where he was recovering with the aid of a caretaker. “Maybe I can start up again in September. You have to get your balance.” He wished Munson luck. “That’s pretty nice,” he said when told she was the oldest member of the senior games this year. “Keeps her mind going. You’re lucky if you get that old.” The senior games have been held for the past 15 years, and organizer Gayle Migden is impressed by the large number of seniors, some in their 80s and 90s and all over 55, who participate. She’s especially pleased to see Munson in top form. “It’s remarkable,” Migden said. “She’s a wonderful, nice, nice lady.” Munson is a Long Beach native whose mother was a homemaker and whose father worked in the Navy shipyards in Wilmington during World War I. During the early 1920s, her family moved to the Crescenta Valley. She was in the first class of students at what was then known as Glendale Junior College before going on to the University of California, Los Angeles, then dropping out in her senior year and getting married. Early on, she had dreams of becoming a chemist. She was good at math and science. She was married once, for 20 years, before getting divorced. She bore two sons, one who died in the 1970s and one who is a businessman in Massachusetts. Munson, a retired Burbank school day-care instructor, has had a passion for cards since she first saw a pick-up game during her stint at Glendale Junior College in 1927. Over the years, she developed a keen sense of strategy and a great poker face, relying on her sharp wit and memory to defeat her competitors. As for the Senior Games, she said she hopes for the best. “I’ve always enjoyed cards,” she said. “It’s luck, luck. Luck and skill.” email@example.com (818) 546-3306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!