MANDELLA’S BORDER TOWN LOOKS LIKE STAR ON THE RISE IN TAKING SUNDAY’S $51,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY ONE LENGTH, RIDDEN BY PRAT, WAR FRONT COLT GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:35.45ARCADIA, Calif. (May 24, 2020)–Unhurried early, Richard Mandella’s up and coming Border Town faced winners for the first time today and responded with an impressive one length win in Sunday’s $51,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Border Town, a 4-year-old colt by War Front, got a flat mile on turf in 1:35.45.Next to last and absolutely full of run while about 3 ½ lengths off the lead mid-way around the far turn, Border Town wheeled five-wide turning for home, cut inside longshot Mountain Spirit a sixteenth out and prevailed in an impressive effort.“He keeps getting better and better,” said Mandella, who took over the training of Border Town when he was transferred from Chad Brown’s eastern-based stable late last year. “He gets away slowly sometimes, but Flavien knows him and he’s never in a hurry with him. I thought that was a pretty nice finish and we’ll probably look at a week stakes in next month or so.”Fresh off a maiden win going 1 1/8 miles on turf here Feb. 28, Border Town, who was making his fourth start dating back to Jan. 5 for Mandella, was off as the 5-2 second choice in a field of nine 3-year-olds and up and paid $7.00, $4.60 and $3.40.“Down the lane, he kind of lugs in, but…he’s been doing much better,” said Prat, who has ridden him in all four of his Southern California starts. “He should getting better and better with every race. I was loaded all around the turn (and) when I asked him to go, he really gave me a great kick.”Owned by Perry R. and Ramona S. Bass, Border Town, who is out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Liscanna, now has two wins from six starts, all of them on turf. With the winner’s share of $30,600, he increased his earnings to $93,200.Mountain Spirit who was second to pacesetter Dark Hedges to the quarter pole, opened up by nearly two lengths turning for home and had he not drifted out in mid-stretch, would’ve made the race very close as he fought back gamely when passed by the winner.Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, Mountain Spirit was off at 22-1 and paid $15.60 and $7.40 while finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of Southern King.Ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., Southern King kept to his task well late and paid $3.80 to show as the fourth choice at 9-2.Fractions on the race were 23.86, 48.16, 1:12.36 and 1:24.08.Racing resumes with an 11-race program on Monday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m. The Grade I Shoemaker Mile, the Grade I Gamely Stakes and the Grade II Monrovia Stakes will highlight the Memorial Day Holiday proceedings.Although there is no public admittance, fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or through Xpressbet.com. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Mr Flaherty leaves Donegal Circuit CourtTHE skipper of a Galway trawler failed to declare a total of 187 tonnes of mackerel landed in Killybegs in 2003 and 2004, it has been alleged in court.Sean Flaherty, who is 63 and from Rossaveel in Co Galway, appeared before Donegal Town Circuit Court to face four charges brought by the Attorney General. A jury of four women and eight men heard on the first day of the trial that the State would prove that records obtained in Garda raids showed that Mr Flaherty had failed to properly log his catch on four occasions in 2003 and 2004.Thomas O’Connell, senior counsel for the State, told the jury that documents obtained during Garda investigations from fishing agents and fish processors will prove the landing on each of the days in question were quite different from what Mr Flaherty recorded.“These documents will show that the landing declaration in each instance is false; supported in some part from receipts from the processors,” alleged Mr O’Connell in his opening statement.“Significantly more fish was caught than was declared.”Going through each of the charges of failing to accurately record his landing of mackerel, Mr O’Connell alleged that in total – on November 13, 2003, December 11, 2003, December 16, 2003 and January 8, 2004 – Mr Flaherty failed to declare landing 187 tonnes of herring.The trial continues.GALWAY SKIPPER FAILED TO DECLARE 187 TONNES OF FISH IN KILLYBEGS, COURT HEARS was last modified: October 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Donegal TownKillybegsRossaveelSean Flaherty