U.S. to join Colombia ‘peace process’ in Havana

first_imgOn Oct. 24 in Havana, the FARC brought 18 new members to serve on the Technical Subcommittee on bilateral ceasefire and surrender of weapons.Photo: FARC-EPThe U.S. State Department announced on Feb. 20 that it would send a representative to the peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia-People’s Army) to be held in Havana, Cuba. That same day, the Peace Delegation of FARC — which is the revolutionary opposition to the Colombian government — issued a statement saluting this step and saying in part, “We consider it a necessity, given the presence and the permanent impact that the United States has in the political, economic and social life of Colombia, that the U.S. would now be able to contribute to the establishment of social justice and true democracy, and to overcome inequality and poverty, which is the right way to open the path to peace.”U.S. perspective is differentDuring a meeting in December 2014, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos asked of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the U.S. “take a more direct role in and be more directly in support of the peace process.” (state.gov)For this role the U.S. chose Bernard Aronson, former assistant secretary of state for Inter-American Affairs from 1989-93, who was involved in the peace processes in El Salvador and Nicaragua. In El Salvador, Aronson refused to sign an order to cut U.S. funding for death squads. In Nicaragua he is notorious for his statement: “The great myth of the 20th century is that left-wing fascism is different from right-wing fascism.” (“Contra Aides,” Mother Jones, October 1987)Aronson is on the Board of Directors of the National Democratic Institute, an organization created by the U.S. government through the infamous National Endowment for Democracy that provides funding for opposition right-wing groups in Latin America. He also has financial connections, having served as director for the investment firm Goldman Sachs and having founded his own firm, ACON Investments.But it was Aronson himself during the Feb. 20 press conference who revealed the U.S. role in Colombian negotiations. By saying that the U.S. will stand by the Santos government, he already made its partisan intent clear. He reinforced that stance by declaring that it is time that the FARC forever renounce violence, without even mentioning the violence of the Colombian state. He ended his talk by referring to the riches of Colombia, saying, “The World Bank said that Colombia is the best place in Latin America to do business.” (state.gov)While the U.S. presence is important for the peace process, for the reasons stated by the FARC, it is essential to briefly review the role of U.S. intervention in Colombia in order to clearly highlight its character.U.S. intervention in ColombiaTo show how extensive the U.S. role is, it is only necessary to mention a few facts to remind us that much of the suffering of the Colombian people was conceived of in the White House, the Pentagon and the offices of the major mining, petroleum and chemical transnational corporations, as well as the U.S. agricultural monopolies, with the complicity of the Colombian elites and the Colombian government.This started with the violations and massacres of banana farmers by the United Fruit Co. in 1928, when some 2,000 workers were killed. It continues to the most recent terrorist acts of Chiquita, Dole, Del Monte and Coca Cola corporations, which pay paramilitary squads to beat up and even murder their workers.The suspected role of the CIA in the assassination of the popular political leader Jorge Eliecer Gaitan in 1948 is still under investigation. At issue is the CIA’s refusal to disclose classified documents about that murder, which opened the door to what is known as the “Great Violence,” which has lasted until today.Also important is the U.S. role in the establishment of the paramilitary forces themselves, even before the founding of the FARC-EP, and the so-called LASO Plan of bombings and annihilation used against peasant resistance in Marquetalia province, which led to the founding of the FARC insurgency.We should not forget Washington’s Plan Colombia, which began in 1999 and has resulted in an escalation of social conflict with enormous implications in terms of increasing poverty, disease, violations of human and labor rights and massacres; mass poisonings and destruction of food crops by Monsanto chemicals; and the internal displacement of millions of Colombians.It is because of this U.S. responsibility for perpetuating the war against the Colombian people that Washington must be part of the peace process.Achievements of peace talksThe talks began with exploratory meetings in 2011. They have brought hope to the Colombian people that they will finally achieve the peace that they seek, which has been so elusive. It has been a unique process with breakthroughs as well as huge obstacles and difficulties.Up to now, the talks have achieved partial agreements in the areas of agricultural development, political participation of the insurgency in Colombia’s future and a solution to the problem of illicit drugs. Currently they are discussing questions involving the victims of the conflict.How the peace process has developed deserves a separate article. However, it is necessary to mention the active participation of several organizations and of the Colombian people themselves, including victims of the conflict, who have enriched the discussions with their contributions. Five groups of victims traveled to Havana on several occasions to intervene directly in the process.During these years various forums were held in Colombia to provide suggestions. A subcommittee on gender was formed to ensure that the new Colombia arising out of these dialogues is a country without gender discrimination. There have been special hearings with organizations of women and the lesbian, gay, bi and trans population in Colombia. A Historical Commission of the Conflict and its Victims was established to study the causes with a view toward ending the conflict.The FARC has proposed holding a constituent assembly where the people decide the future of the implementation of the agreements.Although the process is making gains, it still confronts powerful forces. The FARC has demanded a bilateral ceasefire so that negotiations can be held in an atmosphere of peace. So far, the government has rejected this proposal. On Dec. 17, however, the FARC insurgency announced a unilateral and indefinite ceasefire to demonstrate its desire to achieve peace.Now in Spain, President Santos said, “We are nearing the time for starting the discussion of a bilateral ceasefire. Precisely tomorrow morning, Tuesday, five active-duty generals and an admiral will go to Havana to initiate this process.” (Telesur, March 2)On Oct. 24 in Havana, the FARC brought 18 new members to serve on the Technical Subcommittee on bilateral ceasefire and surrender of weapons. Their aim is “to contribute to the analysis of experiences, generate and discuss initiatives and proposals [and] give input, expedite and facilitate discussions of the plenipotentiaries of the national government and the FARC-EP, to permit the implementation of agreements leading to the end of the conflict.” (resistencia-colombia.org)As stated, the talks are at a crucial stage when solidarity movements, particularly in the United States, have an essential role to express solidarity with the insurgency and the Colombian people, expose the criminal role of the U.S., and pressure the White House to abandon any attempt to undermine the negotiations.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Swedish journalists arrested in Ethiopia after leaving Somalia, Somali journalist threatened with extradition to Ethiopia

first_img Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation News May 21, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information EthiopiaAfrica News Receive email alerts RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia to go furthercenter_img EthiopiaAfrica News Reporters Without Borders condemns the apparent complicity between the Ethiopian authorities and those in Somalia’s semi-autonomous northeastern region of Puntland in arresting journalists and trying to gag the media.Two Swedish journalists, reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson, were arrested after crossing from Puntland into Ethiopia’s troubled Ogaden region and covering rebel activity there, while a Somali journalist originally from the Ogaden, Faysal Mohamed Hassan, is reportedly now facing possible extradition to Ethiopia after being sentenced to a year in prison in Bossasso, Puntland’s commercial capital.“The authorities in Addis Ababa must clarify the circumstances of the arrest of the two Swedish journalists and provide information about their current status,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We must insist that journalists cannot be treated as rebels just because they were covering rebel activity.”“We urge the Ethiopian government to guarantee access to the Ogaden for journalists and human rights activists. The news blackout that has been imposed on what is taking place in this region is outrageous. It forces journalists to enter the region illegally and just fuels suspicion that terrible human rights violations are taking place there.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We also deplore the sentence imposed on Hassan and we are concerned to learn that the Puntland authorities may be considering his extradition simply because of his ethnic origin, although he is a Somali journalist who works in Somalia. They are apparently trying to get rid of him and to send him to a region where he is liable to be persecuted.”Schibbye and Persson, who work for the Kontinent news agency, were arrested by the Ethiopian authorities after crossing into the Ogaden illegally to investigate reports of human rights violations. Shortly before their arrest, they sustained injuries in a clash between Ethiopian government forces and armed rebels of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF), in which 15 rebels were killed. The two journalists are now being held in Jijiga. The ONLF claims that the Puntland authorities spotted them at Galkayo airport and followed them to the Ethiopian border in order to facilitate their arrest by the Ethiopian authorities.Anna Roxvall, a Swedish journalist who is friend of the two detained journalists, said they entered the Ogaden to investigate reports of atrocities by the Ethiopian armed forces against the local population. “They are in a region that is closed to journalists but they entered from Somalia,” she said. “They are in an extremely dangerous region.”Hassan, who reports for the Hiiran Online news website, was given the one-year jail sentence on 2 July after being convicted on charges of endangering Puntland’s security and reporting false information under articles 215 and 219 of the Somali criminal code for writing about the murder of two alleged members of the Puntland security forces in Bossasso.His defence lawyer accused Judge Sheik Aden Aw Ahmed of convicting Hassan although Bari district court prosecutor Bashir Mohamed Osman failed to produce any real evidence against him. The authorities seem to have it in for Hassan, who is now being held in the main Bossasso prison, because they are reportedly considering his extradition to Ethiopia solely because he comes from an Ogaden ethnic group. To follow :Kontinent agencyHiiran Online February 10, 2021 Find out more Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home May 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Ethiopia July 5, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Swedish journalists arrested in Ethiopia after leaving Somalia, Somali journalist threatened with extradition to Ethiopia last_img read more

Book of Condolence in memory of George Floyd opened by Limerick…

first_imgLinkedin An online book of condolences in memory of George Floyd, whose death in the USA last month sparked protests across the world, has been opened by the Mayor of Limerick.Cllr Michael Sheahan opened the book yesterday evening, as protests calling for police reform, and highlighting the mistreatment of black people by cops continued across the world 15 days since Mr Floyd was killed.A video appearing to show a police officer kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while he called out for help and said he couldn’t breathe, led to the officer’s sacking and subsequent charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter being brought against him.Three other arresting officers were charged with aiding and abetting murder.“I have opened this book of condolence to allow the people of Limerick to express their sympathies to the family of Mr Floyd and to stand in solidarity with the people who are appalled by his murder,” said Mayor Sheahan.“The George Floyd has shocked the entire world and shone a spotlight on the ongoing issues with race in the United States and as a consequence around the world.”Mayor Sheahan continued that the book of condolence was to show “our support for the millions of peaceful protestors in Ireland, America and across the world against racial injustice”.A Black Lives Matter protest took place in Limerick last weekend.Around 300 protestors of all races joined together in one voice to call out racism and violence towards black people.Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Limerick book of condolence is available only online to allow people “to express their sympathies to his family and to stand in solidarity with those who are appalled by his murder, and who are opposing racial injustice around the world”, stated Limerick City and County Council.The book a which is available on the Councils website (www.limerick.ie), will remain open until 16 June 2020.This book will then be forwarded to the US Embassy in Dublin. Print Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites WhatsApp NewsCommunityBook of Condolence in memory of George Floyd opened by Limerick MayorBy David Raleigh – June 10, 2020 198 Advertisement Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow center_img Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Vicky calls for right to die with dignity TAGSblack lives matterCommunityNews Email Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Previous article‘Contact and Collect’ service available at four of Limerick’s libraries from todayNext articleMan arrested following attempted burglary in Limerick City David Raleigh last_img read more

Spurs stumble in Watford draw

first_imgPochettino, despite his side’s poor recent run, might have taken some comfort from Watford’s home form against other leading Premier League clubs.For all they beat Arsenal 2-1, Watford have leaked 13 goals against Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United. And that tally increased when Watford were opened up all too easily for Spurs’ equalising goal.Christian Eriksen beat the offside trap and his cross was perfectly weighted for Son to slot home home in the 25th minute.Abdoulaye Doucoure fired just past the far post in the 37th minute and Watford continued to pose a threat, with Richarlison causing Spurs all kinds of problems.Another burst forward from the Brazilian saw him contribute towards Sanchez’s early exit in the 52nd minute, with the Colombian meeting his fellow South American with a raised forearm.Watford wanted a red card while Pochettino pleaded the case for Sanchez’s defence. Eventually, referee Martin Atkinson showed Sanchez a red card, deeming the elbow was intentional, in a decision which had a big impact on the outcome of this game.Doucoure met Cleverley’s corner but his 25-yard shot bounced off the inside post and agonisingly out. It was a major escape for Spurs, who had really gone into their shell, with Watford now dominating as a result of their numerical advantage.Watford were piling forward with Etienne Capoue forcing Lloris into a routine save from distance. And the Hornets finished the more frustrated of the two side.A handball shout against Spurs’ Eric Dier was waved away moments before the final whistle, with Atkinson booed off by both sets of supporters at full-time.Share on: WhatsApp Watford, United Kingdom | AFP | Ten-man Tottenham Hotspur stopped the rot with a 1-1 draw at Watford on Saturday but this result did little to revive an already faltering Premier League title bid.Christian Kabasele’s early opener for Watford was cancelled out by Son Heung-Min’s equaliser in the first half.center_img But Davinson Sanchez’s red card moments into the second second period changed the course of this game.Spurs were pegged back but to settle for a draw, meaning they’ve now won just two points out of a possible 12.This result might have halted a run of three successive away defeats, but Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will have been frustrated by a share of the spoils.With Tottenham having already lost four league games, as many as they did throughout the whole of last season to all but end their Premier League title hopes, they could ill-afford another setback at Vicarage Road.An on-out-of-sorts Spurs had never previously lost to Watford in eight previous Premier League meetings and they would keep that unbeaten record intact.But Watford will be wondering just how the match ended in a draw. Kabasele had made an important block to deny Harry Kane early on but the Belgian defender made another telling contribution at the other end of the pitch to head Watford into a 13th minute lead.Tom Cleverley’s corner saw Kabasele escape from his marker to nod home beyond Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.last_img read more

ICC plan for legends to devise tough cheating penalties

first_imgSmith and Warner banned for one year and Bancroft for nine months. Photo by @ICCNew Delhi, India | AFP | The International Cricket Council said Thursday a panel of the sport’s greats would help devise stricter punishments for players caught cheating as the game reels from the Australian ball-tampering scandal.ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said tougher penalties were needed to avoid a repeat of the behaviour in South Africa of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft that has thrown cricket into disrepute.“Every team wants to win, but players can’t use dubious methods to gain victory. It is not in the spirit of the game,” Manohar told the Times of India broadsheet.“The ICC has taken a serious note of the events in Cape Town and plans to put together a group of former players of impeccable reputation.“The new panel will operate under the existing code of conduct, but will be free to suggest any action that it may deem fit. The penalty must be such that it deters all cricketers from indulging in such malpractices in future.”The ICC on Sunday banned disgraced Australia captain Smith for one Test and docked his match fee for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.Vice captain Warner escaped any sanction while opener Bancroft, who was caught on camera trying to alter the ball, was fined 75 per cent of his match fee. The penalties triggered criticism with former players and fans accusing the ICC of being too lenient. Cricket Australia has since banned Smith and Warner for one year and Bancroft for nine months.The Times of India said the new panel would likely be set up by the ICC board at a meeting in Kolkata next month.The panel could include the likes of Australian great Allan Border and Indian spin legend Anil Kumble, the Indian daily said.Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar weighed into the controversy saying the “right decision” had been taken to uphold the integrity of the game.“Whatever has happened is unfortunate but the right decision has been taken to uphold the integrity of the game,” he wrote on Twitter.“Winning is important but the way you win is more important.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Chamber Opens Door to 1st Avenue Foot Traffic

first_imgStory and Photos by Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce is now doing business at a new address, one which provides more visibility and easier access in the downtown.“The office we had was on the second floor,” said Cindy Fligor, the chamber president, recalling what had been the chamber office – above the Atlantic Cinema 5 at 82 First Ave. – until February.At that time, the chamber moved to a ground-floor location at 68 First Avenue, just two blocks away. “We moved to street level for easy visibility, access,” said chamber administrator Mary Thompson. “To be more neighborhood friendly,” added Fligor, president since January. “We have a lot of visitors from the harbor, transient boats.”Cindy Fligor, president of the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce, at the new chamber office, 68 First Ave.While the move was made in February, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held April 24.The office is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, the traditional beginning and end of the summer season, the office will be open Saturdays. Those hours are yet to be established.The chamber office has brochures, business cards, menus and business directories.  “We’re a font of information,” Thompson said.The chamber has access to a conference room and extra space provided by their landlords, Mickey and Fred Rast, owners of the Atlantic Cinema 5. The Rasts also were the landlords at the previous location.Work continues on the new chamber location. For example, an awning was to be added above the doorway.The chamber has about 150 members, representing such businesses as retail, eateries, real estate, financial, professional services and contracting.Fligor owns Salon at 68, a unisex salon next door to the chamber office, but at the same address. She replaced Chuck Lero, a mortgage officer who served as chamber president for five years. Fligor is married to Borough Councilman Lou Fligor.last_img read more

Leafs close to final product, conclude preseason Tuesday against Rebels

first_imgAsk any coach and the response will be they don’t care about preseason wins and losses. Which is somewhat of a lie as everyone likes to win — especially coaches. But everyone knows wins now mean nothing when Bill Ohlhausen and Company are adding up the wins and losses come February. Points from those wins begin accumulating Friday when the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season kicks off the regular season on a host of fronts, including Nelson and Grand Forks in the hotly contested Murdoch Division. “I’m happy with training camp,” Leaf coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily on the eve final exhibition game Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. “I’m a little more in control than I was a year ago so it’s been good,” added Maida, who was unable to recruit his team last season after accepting the job during the summer following the departure of current skipper Chris Shaw. Nelson completed game three of the four-game exhibition set Sunday in Castlegar where the Leafs registered its second tie — 1-1— against the Rebels in an afternoon tilt. The game saw the Leaf coaching staff come a little bit closer to finalizing the starting roster but Maida has yet to dig out the B.C. Hockey cards. “We’re playing everybody so this is a great opportunity for the players prove themselves to us but we’re not ready just quite yet to make any final decisions,” Maida explained. Maida, confessed, the team has committed to a pair of 16 year olds for the upcoming season. Forward Colton McCarthy of Salmon Arm and Nelson’s own Cole Arcuri will be in the Green and White when the team opens the regular season Friday at the NDCC Arena against Castlegar. Maida and assistant coach Stu Linnen have been somewhat blessed with a core group of returning players from last year’s team, Back with the team are defencemen Blake Arcuri, J.J. Beitel and Andew Miller along with forwards Carsen Willans, Colton Schell, James Sorey and Matthew Naka. Nelson product Linden Horswill is also returning after being release by Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Currently Patrick Defoe, who proved more than a worth backup last season to Andrew Walton, is back to assume the starter’s role in goal while Cody Boeckman of Brooks, Alta., and former Kootenay Ice Major Midget backstop Brett Soles of Cranbrook battled it out for the back up position.CAMP NOTES: Maida said defencemen Blake Arcuri and Andy Miller probably will not play Tuesday as both rearguards are battling injuries. . . . Tuesday’s puck drop is 7 p.m. . . .Workers were in the NDCC Arena this week removing 65 seats from top row. The decision was made to give walkers and joggers that frequent the arena more room. The decision reduces the total number of seats in the NDCC to 1,335.last_img read more

Leafs snap two-game slide by thumping Grand Forks 7-2

first_imgBut a power play goal by Luke Jones followed by Hayden Pasacreta’s first goal of the season less than two minutes later tied the contest at 2-2.In the second the Leafs responded to a lively pep talk during the intermission to throw 23 shots at the Grand Forks net.The result saw Nelson score three times as Colton McCarthy, Cam Weir and Bryce Nielsen on the power play gave the hosts a 5-2 advantage after 40 minutes.In the third, Boyczuk and Colton Schell with one second remaining in the game concluded the Leafs scoring. Nelson finished the game out shooting the Bruins 50-21.Brett Soles had an easy time in the Nelson net to earn the win.Robert Dunsmuir started the game before being relieved by Dominic Stadnyk after injuring his hand.The win moved Nelson up the Murdoch standings to within two points of idle Castlegar Rebels.Castlegar hosts Sicamous Eagles Sunday in the Sunflower City.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs boarded a bus following Saturday’s game for Spokane in preparation for Sunday’s afternoon tilt . . .. The goal by Colton McCarthy is his team-leading 11th of the season. Only Brendan Burge of Fernie has scored more times — 12 . . ..Nelson defenceman Cole Arcuri missed the game due to an upper body injury. . . . North Okanagan Knight won its second game on the Murdoch road trip edging Beaver Valley Nitehawks 3-1. For the second consecutive game the Nelson Leafs struggled in the first period.But this was the Grand Forks Border Bruins Nelson was playing are not the North Okanagan Knights.The Leafs overcame the slow start, scoring five times in the final two frames to dump the lowly Bruins 7-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win snaps a two-game slide for the Leafs.Nelson concludes the three-game weekend with a game Sunday afternoon in Spokane.“It was good but we struggled again in the first period,” said Leaf winger Jacob Boyczuk, named the game’s first star.“We got it going in the second but have to start better.”Matti Jmaeff and Seth Schmidt staked the Leafs to the 2-0 lead nine minutes through the opening period.last_img read more

Nelson Eagles fly high at Kelowna hoop tournament

first_imgThe Nelson Eagles finished 2-1 at the U17 KMBA Boys Basketball Tourney this past weekend in Kelowna.The Eagles, consisting of players mostly from L.V. Rogers High School and Castlegar, defeated KMBA Reps from Kelowna in the consolation final Sunday.“(We) caught the KMBA squad on the back end of a double-header and took full advantage, pushing the tempo and scoring easily in transition,” said Eagles coach Jeremy Phelan.“Eagles point guard Robby Dixon put on a show scoring from long range and in the paint and KMBA had no solutions to stopping him.”Phelan said new recruit Kai Shave also had a solid game along as well as Castlegar import players Ajeet Dhaliwal.Josh Matosevic and Vinnie Watson were among the Eagles top scorers. Nelson opened the tournament by outlasting CBA Viper of Calgary 45-43.Playing the tournament with a short bench, the Eagles managed game minutes very well in a contest Nelson shot the ball well and played great defence.The Eagles then met Foundations Youth Basketball (FYB) of Calgary.The shortage of players caught up to Nelson as FYB came away with a 62-38 win.In the other game of the round robin, CBA Viper rocked FYB 62-38 to set up a three-way tie for top spot in Pool A.The tiebreaker saw Eagles fall to third in the pool.Nelson returns to the court May 30-31 in Salmon Arm.The West Kootenay Bulls U15 Boy’s Basketball squad finished 2-1 at a tournament in Kelowna.The Bulls only loss came against Salmon Arm.Nelson’s Dyllan and Brock Dixon play for the Bulls, a team consisting mostly of players from Castlegar.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY APRIL 2, 2016

first_imgRafael Bejarano29568583223%54%$3,210,966 Tiago Pereira119712106%24%$501,878 David Lopez17424152214%35%$753,801 Edwin Maldonado19441192021%41%$1,322,460 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Joseph Talamo24631272913%35%$2,056,423 Fernando Perez17919202311%35%$965,852 Gary Stevens6412111019%52%$1,595,898 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Kristin Mulhall52118321%42%$408,990 Doug O’Neill18730282616%45%$1,494,192 Drayden Van Dyke16917172610%36%$1,048,147 Kent Desormeaux13220252315%52%$1,643,269 Steven Miyadi7313141018%51%$405,782 Mario Gutierrez17621312412%43%$1,267,069 Agapito Delgadillo9914111014%35%$390,362 (Current Through Friday, April 1) ‘CANDY’ SWEET IN FINAL SANTA ANITA DERBY DRILLLONE PICK SIX WINNER REAPS $52,823 ON $32 TICKETCHAMPION STELLAR WIND WORKS FOR HER RETURNBALDWIN AVE. TRAFFIC TO BE DIVERTED SATURDAY JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Abel Lezcano817559%21%$539,769 Martin Pedroza1101413713%31%$398,690center_img DANZING CANDY IN ‘PERFECT’ BREEZE FOR SA DERBYSeveral of the West Coast’s leading Triple Crown aspirants got in their final major licks on a summer-like morning today for next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which has produced the winner of the Kentucky Derby two of the last four years, I’ll Have Another (2012) and California Chrome (2014).San Felipe Stakes winner Danzing Candy worked five furlongs under regular rider Mike Smith in company outside of Miraglo. Each was clocked in 1:00.60.“Perfect,” is how trainer Cliff Sise Jr. termed the move by the speedy Danzing Candy. “Even though it looks like a small field for the Santa Anita Derby, post positions will be important, especially with the speed in there now.“We don’t have to be in front, but I’ll pretty much leave it up to Mike. I’m sure if the other speed (Iron Rob, coming off a front-running win in the six furlong San Pedro Stakes March 20) knows that if I draw inside, I’m going to go, and he’ll sit off of us.“If he draws inside of me, it will be vice-versa.”Santa Anita clockers gave Danzing Candy fractional times of 24, 36.40 and 48.40, with a gallop out time of 1:14 for six furlongs.Exaggerator, second to unbeaten champion Nyquist in the Feb. 15 San Vicente and third behind Danzing Candy in the March 12 San Felipe, worked five furlongs for Keith Desormeaux with brother Kent aboard in 1:02.80.Exaggerator’s fractions were 25 flat and 50.80.“It was a little slower than he’s used to going,” Keith said, “but Kent said he was well in hand and galloped out strong.”Also working for the Santa Anita Derby were Iron Rob, six furlongs in 1:14.40 for George Papaprodromou; California-bred Smokey Image, six furlongs in 1:13.40 for Carla Gaines; and Uncle Lino, five furlongs in 1:02.40 for Gary Sherlock.Smokey Image had splits of 13.40, 36.60 and 48.80. Uncle Lino went a half in 50.40. BALDWIN AVE. CLOSED MORNING OF SANTA ANITA DERBYThose wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day next Saturday, April 9, are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3. Gates 3 and 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE.FINISH LINES: Stellar Wind, champion Older Female of 2015, had her first work since running second in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last Oct. 30, going three furlongs Saturday for John Sadler in 37.40. “Very nice,” is how the trainer termed the move. Stellar Wind went the first quarter-mile in 25.20. Also working for Sadler was Santa Anita Handicap runner-up Hard Aces, four furlongs in 48.20, while Palos Verdes and San Carlos winner Kobe’s Back went four furlongs in 49.20 for Peter Eurton . . . Nyquist arch-rival Swipe worked six furlongs for Keith Desormeaux in 1:13 flat. The trainer has the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 as a long-range goal for 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red . . . Arcadia Stakes winner Bolo worked four furlongs for Carla Gaines in 48 flat, while La Canada winner Taris went the same distance in 49 flat for Simon Callaghan . . . San Pedro runner-up Denman’s Call worked a mile for Doug O’Neill in 1:43.20 . . . With two wins Friday, Phil D’Amato has opened a 32-30 lead over O’Neill in the battle for Winter Meet training honors. The jockeys’ race is a fait accompli, with perennial leader Rafael Bejarano holding a commanding 68-47 bulge over injured and idle Santiago Gonzalez, but third-place Flavien Prat could take advantage of Gonzalez’s down time and move into second. He sits third with 43 victories. . . Effective today, agent Mark North has taken the book of Stewart Elliott, while apprentice Brayan Pena and agent Vic Lipton have parted company . . . UBER, the official ride to Santa Anita, will continue to offer 50 percent discounts to and from the track (up to $20) through July 10, 2016. The promo code is SANTAANITA2016. Santa Anita employees are welcome to use the discount code. Alonso Quinonez9471067%24%$334,590 Richard Baltas12121201517%46%$1,343,919 WINNING PICK SIX PAYS $52,823 ON $32 TICKETPurchased at Fairplex Park for just $32, there was one winning Santa Anita Pick Six ticket on Friday, and it was worth $52,823.One of just two “live” horses in an eighth race field of 10 fillies and mares, favored Be Mine quickly erased any notion of a Pick Six carryover into Saturday with an emphatic 5 ¼  length win under Flavien Prat at odds of 2-1.There were 70 tickets with five winners, each worth $327.20. Mark Glatt991012910%31%$497,150 Tyler Baze27528444010%41%$1,504,991 Bob Baffert10421181720%54%$1,600,045 Martin Garcia13521141516%37%$1,188,531 Philip D’Amato14232222423%55%$1,648,005 Mike Smith961191811%40%$1,649,530 Peter Eurton9415221216%52%$1,057,037 Victor Espinoza891211813%35%$906,350 Flavien Prat25743464317%51%$2,680,306 Jerry Hollendorfer14424141717%38%$1,708,823 John Sadler861310915%37%$836,244 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller13516152112%39%$740,395 William Spawr42107424%50%$288,732last_img read more