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Public Service of Dominica not politicised

September 26, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_imgLocalNews Public Service of Dominica not politicised by: – January 10, 2012 Tweet 18 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, Mr. Felix Gregoire. The opening of the year 2012 is an opportune time to extend warmest New Year’s greetings to all citizens of the Commonwealth of Dominica and to thank all Government Employees for their dedication, commitment and diligence during 2011.In recent times, the perception being given in the media is that the Public Service of the Commonwealth of Dominica is politicised. This perception is totally baseless. The Public Service has served the general public with integrity and impartiality and will certainly continue to do so without fear or favour in 2012 and beyond.Section 68 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Dominica states: “Where any Minister has been charged with responsibility for any department of Government, he shall exercise general direction and control over that department; and, subject to such direction and control, every department of Government shall be under the supervision of a public officer whose office is referred to in this Constitution as the office of a Permanent Secretary:”. This section of the Constitution clearly describes the relationship between the Minister and the Permanent Secretary, which demands that in the management of a Department or Ministry the Minister and Permanent Secretary must work together in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Put simply, the Minister is responsible for policy direction with the advice of the Permanent Secretary while the Permanent Secretary is responsible for the administrative aspects, which include the implementation of policy, rules and regulations.Government’s policy framework is outlined in the Growth and Social Protection Strategy (GSPS) which has been developed with the input of various stakeholders, culminating with the final approval of the Cabinet. Presently the GSPS is being revised for the second time.Given that Government’s policy is outlined in the GSPS, there should be no conflict between the Minister and Permanent Secretary in the implementation of such policy.With respect to the recruitment and promotion of public officers, this responsibility rests with the Public Service Commission. In the performance of its duties the Commission receives recommendations from Permanent Secretaries and Head of Departments, (never from Ministers). The decisions of the Commission are final except in the case of officers to be appointed under Section 86 of the Constitution which requires the Prime Minister to give a “no objection” to these appointments. This “no objection” is enshrined in Section 86 (1) of the Constitution and has been exercised by every Prime Minister since 1978.Permanent Secretaries and Head of Departments are public officers who have worked their way upwards through the various ranks within the Public Service, and have served various administrations (Governments). These officers, after completing their professional training overseas, have returned to Dominica to serve their country through thick and thin. Many of them could have landed lucrative jobs overseas, but decided to remain in Dominica to contribute to the national development.It should be noted that the few advisors engaged by the Government operate within their terms of reference and are not public officers, although they may report to a Permanent Secretary.There may not always be agreement between Ministers and Permanent Secretaries on the specific manner in which programmes are implemented, but this has been managed through the observance of public service rules and regulations, and of course the will to see progress and development in the country.Senior public officers have the discipline to separate personal opinion and agenda from professional advice and good work ethics, given the need to account to their superiors as well as set the example for subordinates and officers under their supervision.The Public Service of Dominica is an institution. Many persons have entered and left the public service and various Governments have been in and out of office. Through all these, the Public Service has remained as an institution established by the Dominica Constitution. The recent Public Service Reform Programmes have been designed mainly to increase productivity in the Public Service. These improvements have produced tremendous results at the Inland Revenue, Customs and Registry for example, while improvements will soon follow in other areas. In conclusion, there is need for the Public Service, like any other institution, to continuously examine its operations, policies and programmes to ensure achievement of targeted development objectives. Therefore, any input, feedback or suggestions that will support the valiant efforts of the Public Service in this endeavour, would be welcomed.Felix GregoireSECRETARY TO THE CABINET & HEAD OF THE PUBLIC SERVICElast_img read more

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Noll notches IMCA Modified win at Canyon

September 23, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_imgBy Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (April 28) – Jason Noll picked off his third win in four events in the IMCA Modified division Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park.Noll raced his way from sixth to an early lead, overtaking Jay Foster who started on the front row. Once Noll found himself out front, his MRT Chassis was set on cruise control to his third win in four points races at Canyon.Chaz Baca Jr. and John Parmeley put on a good show, both coming from the fifth row to land on the podium, with Baca eventually working his way around Parmeley to finish in second.Chase Alves accepted a $100 challenge to start in the rear of the Arizona Differential IMC North­ern SportMod field, only able to take the money home with a trip to victory lane.Alves methodically worked his way through the field, picking off cars one by one on his trek to the front. Speedy Madrid fought Alves to the checkered, but eventually it was Alves victorious, earn­ing his $100 bonus and another trip to CSP victory lane.In the Desert Restorations IMCA Hobby Stock feature it was another typical Joe vs. Joe battle between Peterson and Vlasity. Peterson grabbed the early lead and had a better handling car than Vlasity, which would turn out to be the ultimate difference. Peterson grabbed another feature win ahead of Vlasity and Bradley Stafford.last_img read more

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Traffic to switch on I-275

September 23, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_imgGreendale, IN—Traffic will switch from left-hand lanes to right-hand lanes on the I-275 bridges over Action Lane (north of Greendale) on or after Thursday, July 18, weather permitting for the continuation of a bridge deck overlay project. A 55 mph speed limit and 12-foot width restriction will remain in place, with one lane open in each direction. The project is expected to be completed by October 31, 2019last_img

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Robson: Wenger would waste cash

September 21, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_imgManager Arsene Wenger should not be trusted to spend Arsenal’s summer transfer budget, according to former Gunners midfielder Stewart Robson. Arsenal are determined to improve the side ahead of next season to mount a long-overdue assault on the Barclays Premier League title, and chief executive Ivan Gazidis has talked about “an escalation in (the club’s) financial firepower” that would allow them to move for a stellar signing. But Robson, who came through the Arsenal youth system but left long before Wenger’s arrival, feels some of the manager’s recent deals should not inspire much hope. Speaking to talkSPORT, Robson said: “I am not expecting any marquee signings at Arsenal. There is a lot of talk about it, but I don’t know if I would trust Arsene Wenger with that money.” He added: “Over the last few years some of the players that he has said were going to be world class haven’t ended up like that – people like Philippe Senderos, Denilson, Marouane Chamakh, Armand Traore, Sebastien Squillaci, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Emmanuel Eboue, Park Chu-young, Lukasz Fabianski, Gervinho and Andre Santos. “Over the last two seasons they have spent some money on Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski, Mikel Arteta, Nacho Monreal, Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos. They haven’t been top-class players. “Arsene Wenger doesn’t appear to want to sign the top-class players, or what other people would describe as top-class players. “He goes out and says: ‘I can buy you cheaper players for a better price who are going to be world-class players in the future’, but that hasn’t been the case in the last few years. “Some of the players who he has bought have regressed under him like Andrey Arshavin and Thomas Vermaelen. Nacho Monreal hasn’t been a good signing and Andre Santos has been hopeless for them. “Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski are past their best and Gervinho is another player who they spent a lot of money on and hasn’t really come to the fore.” Arsenal’s wage bill of some £143millon was around 61 per cent of their overall revenue but is set to be reduced this summer by the confirmed expected departures of Arshavin, Denilson and Squillaci, while several other surplus fringe players should also be offloaded – such as Chamakh, Bendtner and Korean forward Park. Wenger has already begun his summer rebuilding plans, pushing through a deal for France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo, on a free from Auxerre, and Arsenal are said to be tracking several other high-calibre reinforcements in the Premier League and across Europe. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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FIBA Gives NBBF Nov 30 Ultimatum to End ‘War’

September 17, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_imgELECTION FALLOUTMay replace both Kida and Umar boards with a ‘Task Force’Duro IkhazuagbeThe internal crisis rocking Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF) after two separate elections ushered in two different boards for the sport, basketball world governing body-FIBA, thursday issued Nigeria an ultimatum to resolve the matter before November 30 or face sanctions. In a letter signed by FIBA Secretary General, Patrick Baumann, and addressed to the two boards led by Ahmadu Musa Kida and Tijani Umar respectively wednesday, it warned that in the event that an amicable solution is not reached before the date, NBBF is to be suspended while a Task Force is appointed to run the sport.“In the event that a solution complying with the FIBA General Statutes is not found, the NBBF will be subject to the possibility of sanctions, including without limitation, a suspension of its membership with FIBA.“ In the event that a solution is not found, regardless of any sanctions, FIBA will appoint a task force that will take any appropriate measure(s) in the interests of basketball in Nigeria,” stressed the statement from FIBA also copied to the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC).Although FIBA insisted that it was going to be communicating with the Kida led board of NBBF, it clarified that it should not be taken to mean that FIBA has stamped that faction as the legitimate NBBF.FIBA will communicate, as of now and until 30 November 2017 solely with the persons named as board members on 13 June 2017 namely Mr Ahmadu Musa Kida as NBBF President and Mr Babatunde Ogunade as Vice President using nigeriabballinfo@yahoo.com for official correspondence.“It shall not be understood as a recognition by FIBA of the management elected on 13 June 2017,” FIBA further noted.It expressed its displeasure with the conduct of two separate elections on June 12 and June 13 for the same board of the NBBF.“FIBA is not entirely satisfied that either election was carried out in accordance with the FIBA General Statues. Consequently, pursuant to Article 9.10 of the FIBA General Statutes, FIBA cannot recognize either election.”FIBA therefore instructed the NBBF to resolve this current dispute internally, whether through new elections of (preferably) through an amicable solution under the auspices of the National Olympic Committee, before 30 November 2017.FIBA made it known also that it will continue to study the allegations of state intervention and non-democratic elections at the NBBF.Apart from the NOC, FIBA Africa President, Hamane Niang; and FIBA Executive Director Africa, Alphonse Bile were also copied on the Nigerian situation and line of action taken so far.When THISDAY contacted a member of the Kida led board, Col Sam Ahmedu (rtd) for his reaction, he admitted that the FIBA letter has been received at the NBBF secretariat and that his board was studying the situation and would take a decision soon.“It is true FIBA has made contact with us and we are studying the letter from the world body. We are going to make our position known soon,” stressed the ex-international basketball star who is head of FIBA Africa Zone Three.Soon after last Friday’s inauguration of all the 31 sports federations that were elected on June 13, the Kida led board issued a disclaimer on one Emmanuel Enejoh who had earlier sent out invitation letters to clubs to release their players for the African Women Basketball Championship scheduled for Bamako, Mali.In the disclaimer signed by NBBF Secretary General Chimezie Asiegbu, it warned the clubs and other stakeholders that there was no such position as Administrative Secretary in the federation and as such, all correspondents from the Tijani Umar led board should be discountenanced.Asiegbu then released a list of 29 players invited to the two camps here in Nigeria and Orlando, Florida in USA.The team is to be coached by Vincent James Samuel, appointed as the new Head Coach of the women senior national team in place of Scott Nnaji who is with Umar faction.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Knight training to star for Syracuse despite beginning sport just 3 years ago

September 17, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_img Published on September 10, 2014 at 11:44 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Starting high school, Justyn Knight was a mostly undiscovered talent. He played varsity basketball and volleyball, but no one realized his true potential as a runner.Not one until his 10th-grade gym class.Knight was practicing for a 5,000-meter race as part of his school’s physical education curriculum, but his teacher didn’t think he was pushing himself.“He thought that I wasn’t putting my best foot forward,” Knight said. “Since I was a varsity athlete, he expected more out of me, so he told me that if I wanted to get my mark a lot higher that I’d have to do well in the 5K and also win in my class.”Knight didn’t just win. He broke gym class records along the way and caught the attention of Frank Bergin, the varsity track and field coach at St. Michael’s (Ontario) College School. Bergin invited Knight to come to a practice, timed him and asked him to join the team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow a Syracuse freshman and one of the most highly rated prospects in North America, Knight is transitioning from his brief high school career to the Orange’s higher-intensity program. And because Knight’s track and field season ended in July — much later than the runners at Syracuse — SU head coach Chris Fox is easing Knight into the season.“His coach did things very smartly to get him to where he was, but now we’ve raised the game where this is a different level,” Fox said.Knight is used to logging 35 miles a week, but said runners at Syracuse do twice that. He’s used to doing faster-paced workouts, but Fox has put him through longer and more intense ones.His first high school race came with about three meets left in his sophomore season. Knight showed up in basketball shoes and shorts. After borrowing shoes to run in, he placed first and second in his first two competitive races, the 3,000-meter and 1,500-meter races, respectively, and made it to the Ontario Federation of School Athletics Associations’ championship in his first year.In 2012, Knight dropped all other sports to take up running full time. He ran cross-country for the first time, placing in the top 25 in the OFSAA finals and fifth in track and field.“When it came down to OFSAA, although in everybody else’s eyes he did really well, he thought he didn’t do all that great,” Knight’s mother Jennifer Knight said. “It was phenomenal, but for him it was kind of like ‘what the heck is going on here?’”He used his own disappointment and other people’s doubts, due to his lack of experience, as motivation. In his senior season, he went undefeated in cross-country.He placed first at the Ontario finals — a school first— and first in the junior men’s division at the Canadian National Cross Country Championships.On the biggest stage, the International Association of Athletics Federations World Track and Field Championships, Knight was the first runner in the junior division from a non-African country to finish, placing eighth.Knight said he owes his success to the instruction and training he’s received from his coaches.“Since I’m pretty new to the sport, it gives me an open mind where I kind of have to listen to everything that the coaches say,” Knight said. “I trust my coaches and they all know what’s best for me. I think me just listening to them and doing everything that they ask has helped me become the runner I am today.”Fox said Knight is within the team’s tightly contested group of top 10 runners. But he won’t let the reins off to see what Knight can do in competition until the Boston Inter-Regional on Sept. 26, when the races start counting toward points for the NCAA championship.“Obviously there’s a lot of potential there, “ Fox said. “He’s a very talented kid that is way undertrained at this point in his career, so we have to be very judicious about increasing what he does, but he’s got a lot of ability to be able to help us.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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GFA reacts to GBC statement on StarTimes/ GHPL coverage

August 29, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_imgThe Ghana FA has responded to claims by the Ghana Broadcasting Association that it was treated unfairly by the association in its decision to award the exclusive tv broadcast rights of the Ghana Premier League to Chinese pay tv company, StarTimes.GBC issued a statement on Thursday saying that the FA’s move was not just and that it had made a better bid in terms of finance as compared to StarTimes for the rights to the Ghana Premier League.In its response, the Ghana FA revealed that GBC sent initial bids to the FA but the bids in question did not meet the FA’s valuation. The FA went to say that the GBC presented two more bids after the December 10, 2019 deadline but those were also not accepted by the FA ultimately.The FA went on to say that the process of evaluating the various bids that were brought in was a very fair one and it was in accordance with the deadline stated.Below is the full statement from the Ghana FA:The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has taken note of a statement by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) on the Television Broadcast Rights granted to StarTimes by the GFA, at the end of the bidding process.The GFA is shocked by the deliberate misinformation in the statement and wishes to respond with the facts as follows:1. On December 5, 2019, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) issued a statement to invite bids from media organisations for television broadcast rights for its competitions or any combination of its competitions. (Premier League, Division One League, Women’s Premier League, FA Cup and Women’s FA Cup).2. The deadline for submission of bid was 5 p.m. on Tuesday December 10, 2019.3. At the end of the bid deadline, GBC had submitted two different bids:a. The first bid was for Free To Air TV – Exclusive Media Rights, Digital Rights and Radio Rights for the territory of Ghana for 4 years at a proposed fee of GHc8,800,000 (GHc 2,200.000 per season) for all the five GFA Competitions named above.b. The second bid was for Exclusive Media Rights for Ghana and Global for 4 years at a proposed fee of GH 10,200,000 (GH 2,550.000 per season) and a fee of GH 200,000 for radio (GH 50,000 per season) for all the five competitions.4. The GBC bid also had conditions attached to the bid, among them a revenue share on any Title Sponsorship that the GFA secured for its competitions (GBC wanted 20% share).5. The GFA Bid Evaluation Team had a meeting with GBC and informed them that none of the two bids they submitted met the valuation of the GFA. At that same meeting, GBC was told they were 3rd in the GFA’s valuation. However, the GFA, in light of that, has made the highlights of the Ghana Premier League and the FA Cup non exclusive in order for GBC to benefit from it.6. It was at this meeting that GBC representatives indicated that they would consult their bosses and revert to the GFA.7. On January 2, 2020, GBC emailed a 3rd and 4th bids (note that these were long after the deadline of the bidding period which ended at 5 p.m. on December 10, 2019). The late bid were as follows:a. The third bid (out of time) was for Exclusive FTA and Digital Rights for Ghana and Global for four (4) years for a proposed fee of GH 12,000,000 (GH 3,000,000 per season) for all five GFA competitions with condition to have a share in GFA Title Sponsorship (30% for GBC).b. The 4th bid (out of time) was for an exclusive television and digital rights for Ghana and Global for 4 years for GH 25,080,000 (GH 6,270,000 per season) for Ghana Premier League and FA Cup with a condition to have a share of Title Sponsorship if the GFA secured one (30% share for GBC).8. It must be stated unequivocally that evaluation of bids is not only about the financials but includes all conditions, such as those GBC stated in their proposal, such as the 30% share GBC wanted on all Title Sponsorships.9. Of utmost importance is the fact that the net value of the bid of GBC was actually lower than the amount quoted in the bid because of the proposed revenue share of Title Sponsorship (eg. should we activate that clause on the MTN FA Cup Title Sponsorship amount).10. It must be stated clearly that even if only financials alone were considered, the 4th bid of GBC (which was out of time) was not the bid with the highest financial consideration. Two other proposals were higher than the GBC bids but other conditions (due diligence) affected those bids.11. The GFA, having gone out of its way to make the highlights show non-exclusive for the benefit of all television stations, does not deserve the deliberate misinformation issued by GBC.12. In conclusion, the GFA wishes to assure its members and all stakeholders that the evaluation conducted on the bid was very thorough and was strictly in compliance with the deadline issued to the Ghanaian public and the world at large.last_img read more

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Lakers’ Steve Nash enters 2014-15 season healthy, but can he sustain it?

August 26, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_imgThe positive vibes lasted all summer for Steve Nash, finally able to train and play basketball without nerve root irritation flare up in his back in unexpected moments. Unlike the past two years where he missed a combined 99 games because of root damage to his back and hamstrings, Nash practiced all summer unscathed.Yet, Nash sounded well aware that his positive spirits and health may sour as quickly as one of his nifty no-look passes.“It’s been such a bad run with that nerve that I don’t want to make any forecasts,” he said. “I felt great this summer, but it’s a lot different working out in a gym on your own than it is pounding up and down every day. So there’s no guarantees. I’m just trying to enjoy every day for what I have and what I can give.”The Lakers are cautiously optimistic about Nash after playing in five-on-five drills in recent weeks without any setbacks. Lakers coach Byron Scott does not plan to play Nash during the team’s four two-a-day sessions during training camp this week. Scott will also likely limit Nash’s minutes, including sitting out on the second night of back-to-backs, after averaging 6.8 points and 5.7 assists in 20.9 minutes through 15 games in the 2012-13 season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I’ve always kind of overdone it or tried to do too much,” Nash said. “That’s going to be a different perspective for me. I’ve got to pick my spots and give myself the best opportunity to sustain.” Helping hand Even though the two will compete for the starting power forward spot, both Carlos Boozer and Julius Randle sound open toward having a positive partnership. Randle hardly sounded fazed that Scott currently favors Boozer to start because of his experience as 12-year NBA veteran.“That doesn’t bother me at all,” said Randle, whom the Lakers drafted seventh overall in June from the University of Kentucky. “He’s been at this level and he’s played at such a high, productive level, so whether he starts or not, he deserves what he gets because he’s put in the time and he’s been successful. But I have to prove myself, I have to prove myself through my work ethic and me producing because nothing’s going to be given to me.”center_img Boozer sounded open toward giving Randle advice.“He’s got a lot of talent,” Boozer said of Randle. “I’m looking forward to teaching him a lot of the ropes here in the NBA, especially as a big man. He’s going to be a successful player for a long time.” last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Monday, July 18 – Tuesday, July 19, 2016

August 14, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_imgWellington Police Notes: Monday, July 18 – Tuesday, July 19, 2016:Monday, July 18, 2016•5:02 p.m. Officers investigated illegal registration and driving while license is suspended in the Donut Bay area, Wellington.•5:19 p.m. Joseph A. Byers, 40, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegel registration and driving while license is suspended.•5:23 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 500 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•7:16 p.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Alexander L. Acosta II, 34, Wellington and Mary K. Buzzell, 67, Wellington.•7:50 p.m. Officers investigated an aggravated assault and domestic battery by a known suspect in the 700 block N. B, Wellington.•8:53 p.m. Zane J D Deffenbaugh, 22, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Chase County warrant for theft, no proof of insurance, driving while license is suspended and illegal registration.•9:01 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 1300 block N. A, Wellington.•9:41 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of food items in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington by unknown suspect.Tuesday, July 19, 2016•8:12 a.m. Officers took a report of found laptop in the 500 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•12:24 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of stereo equipment in the 300 block S. Blaine, Wellington.•12:28 p.m. Non-injury, hit and run accident in the 1100 block N. B, Wellington involved an unknown vehicle and a vehicle parked and unoccupied owned by David L. Campbell, Wellington.•1 p.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 1000 block N. Washington, Wellington.•3:46 p.m. Officers took a report of found bicycle in the 900 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•5:49 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington by known suspect.•6:45 p.m. Justin W. E. Corter, 33, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.•7:47 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 700 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•8:03 p.m. Officers took a report of an animal bite in the 100 block S. Plum, Wellington.•10:48 p.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and disobeyed stop sign in the 200 block S. U.S. 81, Wellington.•11:02 p.m. Noble L. Shockley, 34, Wellington was arrested, charged and confined with driving while license is suspended and disobeyed stop sign.last_img read more

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FAVORED STARR OF QUALITY BEST IN $100,000 DREAM OF SUMMER STAKES AS SHE WINS BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER PEREIRA

May 31, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: tdruvkbqd.

first_imgFAVORED STARR OF QUALITY BEST IN $100,000 DREAM OF SUMMER STAKES AS SHE WINS BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER PEREIRA; TRAINED BY SPAWR, SHE GETS MILE IN 1:40.26RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSESARCADIA, Calif. (June 22, 2019)–Beaten nearly 40 lengths in her most recent start, trainer Bill Spawr’s Starr of Quality ran down a determined Coco Kisses in deep stretch to take Saturday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Starr of Quality, a 5-year-old California-bred mare by First Dude, got one mile in 1:40.26.Breaking from post position two in a field of four California-bred or sired fillies and mares, Starr of Quality was in-hand while Coco Kisses, who broke from the outside, worked her way gradually to the lead into the first turn.  Starr of Quality eased off the lead a bit turning down the backside, enabling  Pereira to shift off the rail, just to the outside of the eventual runner-up.“This was an easier spot today,” said Pereira, in reference to Starr of Quality’s 38 ¾ length defeat at the hands of Paradise Woods in the Grade II Santa Margarita Stakes here on April 27.  “It looked like Coco Kisses was the only speed and that’s the way it worked out.  My filly wanted to go at the half mile pole, but we waited and she ran really good.  Nice win.”Named for the James Weigel homebred daughter of Siberian Summer, the Dream of Summer Stakes is part of the lucrative CTBA-sponsored Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses.Owned by Tom Acker and Jon Lindo, Starr of Quality was off at 3-5 and paid $3.40 and $2.40 with no show wagering.Bred in California by Donald R. Dizney, Starr of Quality, who is out of the Gone West mare Gator Blitz, registered her first ever stakes win and improved her overall mark to 23-6-4-6.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, she now has earnings of $290,659.“The race went pretty much as we drew it up on paper,” said Spawr.  “We thought Mike (Smith, aboard Coco Kisses) might take the lead and force us to go outside and that’s what happened, but Tiago and I talked about that this morning.  Being a short favorite in a small field adds pressure, but we had the best horse and it worked out, so we’re happy.”The second choice at 2-1, Coco Kisses finished second, 3 ½ lengths in front of Sapphire Kid and paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 25.25, 49.66, 1:14.33 and 1:26.87.last_img read more

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