MANDELLA’S UNITED TAKES ON BROWN’S EASTERN INVADER ROCKEMPEROR IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (May 20, 2020)–A bicoastal showdown looms on Saturday at Santa Anita, as Richard Mandella’s United and Chad Brown’s eastern-based Rockemperor head a field of seven 3-three-year-olds and up in the Grade II, $200,000 Charles Whittingham Stakes at a mile and one quarter on turf.A recent victor over the course and distance on Feb. 1, United, a 5-year-old gelding by Giant’s Causeway, retains the services of leading rider Flavien Prat, while Rockemperor, who is based in New York, will be ridden for the first time by current national earnings leader and two-time Eclipse Award winner, Irad Ortiz, Jr.UNITEDOwner: LNJ FoxwoodsTrainer: Richard MandellaOff as the 4-5 favorite, he proved gamest late in taking the Grade II San Marcos Stakes on Feb. 1 and has developed into one of the country’s top turf marathoners for Mandella since arriving from Woodbine prior to his first local start nine starts back in February, 2019. A tough luck second, beaten a neck two starts back in the mile and one half Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Dec. 1, the best race on his form came three starts back when he was second, beaten a head by eventual Horse of the Year Bricks and Mortar in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf here on Nov. 2. A recently minted millionaire with earnings of $1,013,549, United has a win, a second and a third from three tries at 1 ¼ miles on turf and is 12-4-3-1 overall.ROCKEMPEROROwner: Madaket Stables, LLC, Michael Dubb, Wonder Stables, Michael Kisber & Bethlehem Stables, LLCTrainer: Chad BrownA 4-year-old Irish-bred colt with a late running style, he’ll be making his Southern California debut in what will be his second start of the year. An impressive third in his U.S. debut three starts back, the Grade I, 1 ¼ miles turf Belmont Derby on July 6, 2019, he was most recently a non-threatening third in a Grade II stakes going 1 1/8 miles on turf at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans March 21. With a recent race under his belt and Irad Ortiz, Jr., engaged, Rockemperor should be sitting on a big effort and would obviously be flattered by a fast pace as he stretches out a furlong.ORIGINAIREOwner: B G StablesTrainer: Jeff MullinsA close second three starts back here in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile on Dec. 28, Irish-bred Originaire ran the best race of his 16-race career on Feb. 29, rallying from far back to win a second condition allowance by 5 ¼ lengths at a mile and one eighth on turf while earning a lofty 100 Beyer Speed figure. A fast finishing second, beaten a neck in the Grade II Del Mar Derby at 1 1/8 miles on turf seven starts back on Sept. 1, 2019, Originaire is a sharp horse trying a mile and one quarter for the first time. Favored in his last two starts at the allowance level, he’ll be ridden for the fourth consecutive time by Umberto Rispoli.THE GRADE II CHARLES WHITTINGHAM WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PTDesert Stone–Abel Cedillo–126Multiplier–Drayden Van Dyke–122Bold Endeavor–Mike Smith–122Synthesis–Geovanni Franco–122United–Flavien Prat–126Originaire–Umberto Rispoli–122Rockemperor–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–122First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. There is currently no public admittance at Santa Anita and fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or through Xpressbet.com. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Mae’s graduationThe 2018 graduating class of Mae’s Schools was charged by former Education Minister Priya Manickchand to envision the Guyana they would like to live in and involve themselves in work that would get the country there.The students were congratulated for their hard work and told that they were already winners as millions of children across the world are unable to complete their primary education.Manickchand pointed out to the graduating class that they are all intelligent students who could and must do well where ever they go.She used statistics to show that schools all across the country are doing well andFormer Education Minister Priya Manickchand with Mae’s student, Anjalie Dhoray who secured a perfect score in Social Studies. Also in photo is Anjalie’s mother, Christine Dhoraypointed out that children that topped the region at CXC had come Anna Regina, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) and New Amsterdam, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). She urged the graduates to go on and shine and involve themselves in the civic life of the country so that together we could take Guyana forward.Manickchand especially recognised Maefield Rodrigues, who she said is a pioneer in the private school industry. She hailed the teachers for giving consistently good results to those they teach but implored them to keep consciously examining their methods for relevance and effectiveness.Nalia Rahaman, 11, of Westfield Prep, is the country’s top student at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations, having secured a perfect score of 529.The elated student explained that she was very happy to have been informed that she had secured the top spot this year. Rahaman sat the examination at a tender age of 10 with the aspiration of becoming an author.The top student for Region One (Barima-Waini) was Romario De Souza; from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), it was Alex Muntaz; from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), it was Darren Ramphal; from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Kaydee Ali prevailed; as did Anne Khemraj from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Rajiv Babulall from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne), Kenneth Edwards from Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Lotasha Stanislaus from Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), Nikolai Kissoon from Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), and Shakina Mc Gregor from Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).