United Attends Pace And Responds With Half Length Win In Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos; Mandella & Prat Team For 1 ¼ Miles On Turf In 1:59.04ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2020)–Attentive to the pace today, Richard Mandella’s United was put into a drive midway around the far turn and he responded with a hard-fought three quarter length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat, United, who cut back in distance off of a pair of second place finishes at a mile and one half on grass, got a mile and one quarter on turf in 1:59.04.“I think I made a mistake last time,” said Prat in reference to a second place finish as the even money favorite in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Dec. 1. “I was trying to keep him covered up and it didn’t end up the way I wanted and I found myself too far back. Today, we broke off and we were in the race (early). He just (kept running) to the wire.”Second, beaten a head by eventual Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar two starts back in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf here Nov. 2, United was off as the 4-5 favorite in a field of six older horses and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10.“You could see there wasn’t a lot of pace in the race,” said Mandella. “He’s got a big lumbering stride and you don’t want to get in the way of it. We just let him cruise along and that worked out well.”Owned by LNJ Foxwoods, United, a 5-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway out of the Pulling Punches mare Indy Punch, collected his first stakes win and improved his overall ledger to 12-4-3-1. With the winner’s check of $120,000, he went over the $1 million mark to $1,013,549.Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Cleopatra’s Strike put in a good run from off the pace to finish second by a neck in front of a fast finishing Oscar Dominguez. Off at 3-1, “Cleopatra” paid $3.20 and $2.20.Last around the far turn and extremely wide turning for home, Irish-bred Oscar Dominguez flew late to be third with Joel Rosario and paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.31, 46.92, 1:10.99 and 1:35.06.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a rank attached to the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) of the Guyana Police Force by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, after he failed to attend court to answer a charge of obtaining money from road users to drop a traffic charge.Mark Collins and his colleague Chris Brown were summoned to appear in court after they allegedly accepted a ‘bride’ to drop a traffic charge.The court heard that on December 7, 2017, at the Ruimveldt Police Station, while being employed by the state, Collins and Brown obtained a sum of $10,000 from Iyana Hutson as inducement or reward to forego instituting charges against Dwayne Dover for a traffic offence he had committed.On Friday, Collins did not make his court appearance, but Brown appeared. Brown’s attorney, George Thomas, in a submission for bail, told the court that his client is innocent, and is also unaware of the allegations that were made against him.Brown was placed on bail in the sum of $5,000, and the matter was adjourned to August 5.