UNITED, ACCLIMATE & CLEOPATRA’S STRIKE ALL RATE BIG CHANCES IN WIDE OPEN GRADE II, $200,000 JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP THIS SATURDAYARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2019)–Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s highly regarded United and a pair of Phil D’Amato trainees, Acclimate and Cleopatra’s Strike, rate big chances in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita, which has attracted a wide open field of eight 3-year-olds and up at a mile and one quarter.UNITEDOwner: LNJ FoxwoodsTrainer: Richard MandellaIdle since rallying from off the pace for a 1 ¼ length win in a mile and one eighth turf allowance at Del Mar on July 17, this 4-year-old Giant’s Causeway gelding was a troubled second two starts back in the Grade II Charles Whittingham Stakes at a mile and one quarter on turf here on May 25. With Flavien Prat riding back, United could be poised to post his first stakes win in the John Henry.ACCLIMATEOwner: The Ellwood Johnston Trust & Timmy Time RacingTrainer: Phil D’AmatoA front-running 5-year-old California-bred gelding by Acclamation, he registered his first graded win when waltzed to one length gate to wire score in the Grade II Del Mar Handicap going 1 3/8 miles on turf Aug. 17. Ridden by eastern-based Florent Geroux at Del Mar, he’ll be handled for the first time on Saturday by Victor Espinoza. With a hillside start, he’ll shorten up in distance an eighth of a mile.CLEOPATRA’S STRIKEOwner: Slam Dunk Racing & Michael NentwigTrainer: Phil D’AmatoA sharp second, beaten a nose in his So Cal debut, the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes here on Jan. 5, this 6-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred gelding by Smart Strike went to the sidelines and resurfaced in a second condition allowance at Del Mar Sept. 2. A fast finishing second, beaten a head going 1 1/8 miles on turf, he’ll be making his third start for D’Amato on Saturday and should get plenty of pari-mutuel attention.THE JOHN HENRY TURF CHAMPIONSHIP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 10 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTYa Gotta Wanna–Geovanni Franco–121Oscar Dominguez–Joe Talamo–121Cleopatra’s Strike–Abel Cedillo–121Ritzy A.P.–Martin Garcia–121United–Flavien Prat–121Grecian Fire–Mike Smith–121The Street Fighter–Edwin Maldonado–121Acclimate–Victor Espinoza–125First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
The children of Dungloe may be waiting on the arrival of a very special guest on Christmas Day.But there will be another VIP dropping into the West Donegal town next Sunday.Daniel O’Donnell has been penciled in to officially turn on the town’s Christmas lights. The ceremony takes place at 4pm on the ton’s Main Street and a great afternoon is promised.Daniel has asked everyone who wants to turn up to arrive early.DANIEL TO FLICK THE SWITCH FOR CHRISTMAS IN DUNGLOE was last modified: November 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christmas lightsdaniel o’donnelldungloe