THE grey SOTOMAYOR floored the odds on the previously unbeaten filly SHE’S A MANEATER to win the 105th running of the Jamaica 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile – the final leg of the Supreme Ventures Triple Crown series for native bred two-year-olds, at Caymanas Park yesterday.Installed as 3-1 second favourite after finishing second to SHE’S A MANEATER in race two of the series, the Pick-3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres on November 26, SOTOMAYOR, with Linton Steadman riding for trainer Anthony “Baba” Nunes, ran on strongly in mid-stretch to catch and beat 1-5 favourite SHE’S A MANEATER under leading jockey Omar Walker by a length in a field of 11.This prevented the Wayne DaCosta-trained SHE’S A MANEATER from becoming only the second two-year-old to sweep the three-race series, a feat accomplished by the unbeaten PRINCESS POPSTAR in 2013.SOTOMAYOR was held off the early pace in fifth as the DaCosta-trained MR. UNIVERSE (31-1) led comfortably from MONEY MAGNET (7-1) and SHE’S A MANEATER chasing as a team passing the half mile.MR. UNIVERSE, with Orlando Foster aboard, turned for home two lengths clear of SHE’S A MANEATER on the outside and MONEY MAGNET on the inside, but by then SOTOMAYOR had moved within striking distance on the outside.DECISIVE WINUnder a torrid right hand stick from Steadman, SOTOMAYOR caught up with the new leader SHE’S A MANEATER midway the last furlong, gaining the ascendancy in the closing stages for a decisive win.MONEY MAGNET under top apprentice Bebeto Harvey finished another five lengths away third, with MR UNIVERSE in fourth.Nunes was perhaps the happiest man at Caymanas Park, with SOTOMAYOR having defied the odds by turning the tables on his old rival.”I am elated, but I knew that Sotomayor was improving at a rapid rate and having worked impressively and the cheek pieces fitted for this race, felt he had a good chance of winning now stepping up to a mile.”The plan was to have him earlier in the pace and he was never far off entering the straight. I knew then that his turn of foot would prove decisive late in the race and looking ahead, is one for the classics in 2017,” said Nunes, who despite failing to beat DaCosta for the trainers’ title, enjoyed a marvellous season.This included previous big race wins in the derby (ORPHEUS), St. Leger, Lotto Classic and Superstakes with BIGDADDYKOOL.SOTOMAYOR is a grey colt by Traditional out of Runaway Julie, co-owned by David Miller and the Trinidadian Stephan Narinesingh and bred by HAM Stables Limited. This was his second win from five starts.Claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas highlighted the Boxing Day card with three winners, including the free-running SMART BIDDER at 25-1 for trainer Albert Chong in the closing race for $180,000 claimers.Back to form jockey Prince “Daggerman’ Holder rode two winners,while Walker, who is set to be crowned champion jockey, won the third race aboard 1-5 favourite CHO CHOO BLUE for trainer Peter McMaster following a tremendous stretch duel with highly-fancied GARY GLITTER.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded Montserrado County Representative Saah Joseph for his level of dedication and love exhibited for Liberia and Liberians especially during the peak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis when he, though being a legislator, took upon himself to make sacrifices in an effort to save the lives of his compatriots.President Sirleaf, in a retrospective tone, reflected on the Montserrado County lawmaker as one of the first responders on the Ebola frontline. “You were one of the first on the Ebola frontline and faced the virus when a lot of people did not know the disease well and were afraid and confused.“You and your team braved the storm when doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers as well as our citizens were dying in their numbers; you are a true servant and hero of our country,” President Sirleaf informed Representative Joseph.President Sirleaf made the statement when she received a 20-member team of the First Responders Emergency Medical Services Incorporated (FREMSI) of Representative Joseph at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.FREMSI is a medical services provider established and operated by the Montserrado District #13 Representative. It was established during the heat of the Ebola crisis in Liberia and is now being considered as one of the heroes of the fight against the scourge as a result of the cardinal role it played in the fight.Representative Joseph ran an emergency ambulance service during the Ebola crisis-being one of the first, when the international community was still asleep and not even thinking about how to intervene in the crisis to beef-up efforts to contain the virus.The FREMSI team was led to the President’s office by the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker himself. He had gone to inform President Sirleaf that his organization had concluded all arrangements for the deployment of a 20-member response team with three ambulances to aid the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.His effort is in support of the Liberian Government’s pledge to assist the people of Sierra Leone in their fight against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease.President Sirleaf lauded Representative Joseph for his commitment to help eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease not just from Liberia, but the entire sub-region and expressed government’s admiration and appreciation for the work of FREMSI.With a huge success in Liberia’s battle against Ebola, President Sirleaf weeks ago announced plans to assist the Sierra Leonean Government in its effort to eradicate the Ebola virus.She described the news of Liberia’s deployment in Sierra Leone by FREMSI as wonderful news that must be celebrated. She promised government’s support to the team and indicated that Liberia has already deployed a mobile testing lab to Sierra Leone and will send additional healthcare workers from the African Union team currently in Liberia.President Sirleaf recognized Liberia’s success in the Ebola fight but warned that the country should not be complacent. “We must all continue to follow the preventative measures and other rules that have impacted our success against the deadly Ebola virus disease,” she urged.Representative Joseph informed President Sirleaf that his team will basically facilitate the timely transport of sick persons to testing and treatment facilities in Sierra Leone and will not be involved with work activities in Ebola Treatment Units.He pointed out that though his effort was a private and personal initiative, the team will be representing Liberia. “This is why we thought it very important to meet with you and seek your blessings before departure for Sierra Leone. FREMSI is very happy and proud to be able to help our brothers and sisters on the other side on behalf of our country and people,” Representative Joseph informed President Sirleaf. He used the occasion to appreciate members of his team for their sacrifice and commitment to serving humanity even with risk to their personal safety and wellbeing. “You have served Liberia well and now prepared to do the same for your brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone in a show of great solidarity and I remain very proud of you all,” he declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)