Past The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3Y&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II*1. #5 LOOSE CANNON OWalker 54.0 71.00 50.002. #1 LIGHTNING LILY OMullings 50.0 3L 50.003. #2 TWILIGHT DREAMS AndreePowell3 48.5 4L 50.004. #3 AKASH PFrancis 53.0 11/1 NeckFinal Time : 1:05.4 Splits : 22.3, 45.2Winner : 3yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – DEVIL WOMANTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : CARLTON WATSONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $204.00 Ex: $312.00Trifecta: $169.00Race 2 1700 M (Purse $560,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($350,0-$300,0)/NB5YO(NW3)1. #6 BARS OF GOLD JErwin 54.0 214.00 83.00*2. #2 NATASHADONTPLAY SMuir 53.0 1L 58.003. #5 MINNIFFIA AntThomas3 50.0 Head 109.004. #1 MONEYNEVERSLEEP AndreePowell3 47.0 3LLate scratch : #9 A VESSEL OF LOVEFinal Time : 1:48.3 Splits : 24.3, 47.3, 1:13.0, 1:40.4Winner : 6yo b colt – HE’STHEREALTHING – GEM LEATrainer : PAUL SMITH Owner : PAUL SMITHBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $269.00 Ex: $780.00D/E: $331.00Superfecta: $6,776.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. #2 UNCLE VINNIE BebHarvey2 53.5 547.00 76.002. #9 MUSKETOON LSteadman2 55.0 3L 59.00*3. #5 TWILIGHT STORM DaneNelson 54.0 Neck 53.004. #3 BLOOD SONG SEllis 54.5 9/2 5Final Time : 1:34.1 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:12.4,Winner : 3yo b colt – BRIDLED QUEST – KATHYTHETRAINATrainer : GARY SUBRATIE Owner: THE SUCCESS FARMBred by TREVOR R. JAMESQu: $598.00 Ex: $1,864.00D/E: $4,341.00Superfecta: $3,565.00Rolling Triple: $4,970.00Race 4 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)/NB4YO(NW4)*1. #6 VISION JInnis2 54.0 87.00 67.002. #8 RALLY BABY AndreePowell3 50.0 1L 154.003. #4 MESMERIZE RHalledeen 54.0 Head 181.004. #9 ZUGULU OFoster 55.0Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 22.3, 45.3Winner : 4yo ch colt – HE’STHEREALTHING out of MONEY SPINNER byTrainer: WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH DACOSTABred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $574.00 Ex: $875.00D/E: $1,809.00Superfecta: $3,496.00Rolling Triple: $8,914.00Race 5 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO(NW2)&6YO&UP(NW4)1. #1 FORTUNEONEHUNDRED RHalledeen 54.0 167.00 84.002. #10 PRINCE SAMMO JErwin 54.0 1L 232.00*3. #5 SUNDANCE DDawkins2 52.0 1L 72.004. #8 TOUGH COOKIE BebHarvey2 53.5 2LLate scratch : #3 ALEXANDER, #4 ROYAL GIRLFinal Time : 1:01.1 Splits : 23.1, 47.1, ,Winner : 7yo horse – KEYED ENTRY – M. Y. BRIDLEWOODTrainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner : VINCENT MAINEBred by BRIDLEWOOD FARMQu: $1,904.00 Ex: $3,842.00D/E : (6-1) $406.00 (6-3) $135.00Superfecta: $9,455.00Rolling Triple: $8,451.00Race 6 1820 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. #1 LATE N DRAFTY RHalledeen 55.0 307.00 147.00*2. #9 CHIEF PROSPECT LSteadman2 55.0 Head 76.003. #4 JAFETICA AntThomas3 52.0 Neck 188.004. #2 CAUSE FOR CONCERN AChatrie 57.0 1L5. #10 THE SALESMAN JJackson 56.0 4LFinal Time : 2:01.3 Splits : 27.4, 54.0, 1:19.1, 1:46.2Winner : 4yo b filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – OVER DRAFTTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : CUDSBred by COURTNEY WALSHQu: $445.00 Ex: $898.00D/E: $481.00Trifecta: $2,260.00Hi-5: $44,627.00Rolling Triple: $2,433.00Pick-4: $24,852.00Super-6: $102,920.70Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. #4 GOFORHOME DaneNelson 53.5 320.00 132.00*2. #11 BEAST JErwin 54.0 1L 66.003. #6 PLAY BACK RLahoe 52.0 16/1 2 182.004. #3 WICKED TUFF OWalker 56.0Final Time : 1:02.1 Splits : 23.4, 48.2Winner : 5yo ch filly – LEGAL PROCESS – SWEET JADETrainer : GARY GRIFFITHS Owner: GARY GRIFFITHSBred by PHILIP AZARQu: $524.00 Ex: $1,113.00D/E: $2,838.00Superfecta: $20,344.00Rolling Triple: $9,971.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. #4 PROFILE JPatterson2 51.0 108.00 66.002. #1 NEWTON’S FIRST LAW SEllis 54.5 2L 136.003. #10 LEEKOUT AndreePowell3 52.0 Sh.Head 92.004. #12 CAPTAIN CUDJOE JErwin 55.0 5L5. #15 JASON’S GOLD JJackson 55.0 NoseFinal Time : 1:14.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 4yo b filly – WAR MARSHALL – LADY AJIBANTrainer : PHILLIP ELLIOTT Owner : B. A. LBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.,Qu: $644.00 Ex: $889.00D/E: $901.00Trifecta: $637.00Hi-5: $154,148.00Rolling Triple: $8,668.00PlacePot 8: $6,369.00BONNIE BLUE FLAG TROPHYRace 9 1820 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE*1. #3 FRANFIELD BebHarvey2 55.0 61.002. #1 BLUE DIXIE DaneNelson 53.5 Sh.Head3. #7 HOVER CRAFT OWalker 57.0 4L4. #4 TIMEFORARMS AntThomas3 52.5 1LLate scratch : #5 ANOTHER BULLETFinal Time : 1:55.0 Splits : 28.0, 53.1, 1:17.0, 1:41.4Winner : 6yo ch colt – TRADITIONAL – SUPA LEITrainer : RICHARD AZAN Owner : ELITE BLOODSTOCK LIMITEDBred by HERMINE & LEISHA METCALFEQu: $116.00 Ex: $140.00D/E: $150.00Trifecta: $41.00Rolling Triple: $1,719.00Race 10 1400 M (Purse $560,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)1. #6 FIERY PATH BebHarvey2 53.5 590.00 119.00*2. #5 VICIOUS LOOK AntThomas3 53.0 1L 59.003. #7 TASHIE BABY HPottinger2 51.5 4L 135.004. #4 SAMORA AndrePowell3 53.0 1L5. #12 BIG BUCK OWhite 54.0 NeckFinal Time : 1:28.1 Splits : 24.1, 48.1, 1:14.1,Winner : 5yo b colt – WAR MARSHALL -MINERVATrainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner : DONOVAN PLUMMERBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.,Qu: $740.00 Ex: $1,965.00D/E: $522.00Trifecta: $2,675.00Hi-5: $27,866.50Rolling Triple: $1,637.00Pick-4: $13,524.00Super-6: $55,597.70Pick-9: (8/9) $31,066.00; (7/9) $542.00.
Monrovia- Three major events are happening almost simultaneously in Liberia. In March of this year, the deadly Ebola virus had hit Liberia. By August, the outbreak was almost uncontrollable bringing the entire nation to a standstill. With international goodwill, heroic efforts of healthcare workers and a change in attitude towards the virus by Liberians, the trend is slowing. While Liberians are trying to shake off the dust from their feet and look ahead, there is a challenge of elections.Traditionally, Elections have been a source of enormous crowd pulling and tension, with supporters of political parties and Independent candidates negating the issues at bay and thriving on trivialities. Due to the outbreak of Ebola, the initial date for elections was postponed to December 16. A writ of prohibition by some citizens further pushed the date to December 20, just five days short of the Christmas Celebration. The Christmas festivities are marred by huge influx of people from across the country, descending on the capitol to shop for the holidays. Elections and Christmas combined would mean a double effect of citizens’ amalgamation hustling and bustling for competing needs.There are genuine fears that the mass movement of people as an effect of elections and shopping for the Christmas holidays might reignite the outbreak that took tears, sweat, blood and lives to reverse.As the effect of the Ebola outbreak showed, it has the proclivity to bring an entire nation to its knees and shatter every single gain made. Ebola has proved to be a serial killer that has successfully preyed on its victims. It brought to near collapse an already frailed healthcare system, nearly wrecked an economy, shut down schools, cut off a nation from most parts of the world and exposed a people to great stigmatization. These are scary signals that need not relapse. The downward trigger effect of another outbreak is synonymous to the effects of a civil war. We simply cannot afford it. Policy makers and politicians must realize that the common interest of the nation rests in its political stability, resuscitated economy and the health of its citizenry. Everything else is secondary. As Ebola has shown, great gains can be reversed in days and months when caution is left to uncertainty. Another outbreak is suicidal and we cannot afford the shock. There are reports of supporters of political parties marching in streets, hanging on jammed parked vehicles and huge gathering of people in a show of numerical strength. Rival groups have engaged in street fighting thus exposing each other to unnecessary touching and sharing of bodily fluids. This is foolhardy for a nation that has shut down schools across the country, instructing every home to keep a bucket of clean water for regular washing of hands and asking the world to help us out.Politicians are obliged to caution their supporters to see the effect of Ebola not only as a health epidemic, but also a national security concern. It could possibly undermine the purpose for which they are striving to get elected. Significant gains seem to be made in the fight against Ebola in Liberia, thus making us a model and a success story in the region. Liberian health care workers and care givers were amongst the 2014 personalities of TIME magazine, with Dr. Jerry Brown of the ELWA hospital named personality of the year .In her reason why the Ebola fighters are TIME’s choice for the person of the year, Editor Nancy Gibbs is quoted as saying, ‘They risked and persisted, sacrificed and saved.’ She quotes a proverb that ‘Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, says the proverb, but rather the hero’s heart’. She goes on ‘But 2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic, powered by the very progress that has paved roads and raised cities and lifted millions out of poverty. This time it reached crowded slums in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; it traveled to Nigeria and Mali, to Spain, Germany and the U.S. It struck doctors and nurses in unprecedented numbers, wiping out a public-health infrastructure that was weak in the first place. One August day in Liberia, six pregnant women lost their babies when hospitals couldn’t admit them for complications. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one’.We have to sustain the fight. The war is still on. The effect of Ebola has left several kids orphaned, families completely broken, rise in unemployment, cultural adjournment, and emotional scars.When the dust settles on December 20, elections would be over, politicians would go on holidays and we will wake up to a nation that had rendered itself vulnerable to a virus that takes no prisoners. Ebola, Elections and Christmas seem a lethal combination when mixed in the same pot. Each has its own challenge and needs to be dished separately. Ebola is the toxic to the mix. Let’s get it out completely. When Ebola flees, we can all laugh aloud and tell a story. Until then, everyone stay put.About the Author:Lekpele Nyamalon is a Liberian and lives in Monrovia. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.orgReferencehttp://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-ebola-fighters-choice/Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)