Bilingual primed for perfect mile

first_img IMPROVING IN EVERY RACE Though Nunes and Subratie have numbers in their corner, Richard Azan’s lone runner, CAPTUREMYSHIP, has been improving with every race, winning three of four starts, the last being a five-and-a-quarter length romp at 1500 metres in June, suggesting he should have no problem at a mile. BILINGUAL, however, should be able to cope with Azan’s improving colt. In addition to being seven pounds lighter, she has faced the best of the three-year-olds this year, whereas CAPTUREMYSHIP has dodged those bullets by not competing in any of the classics. Nunes’ BILINGUAL faced the best of the best, finishing two lengths third behind SHE’S A MANEATER and MONEY MAGNET in the Thornbird Stakes, and returned to chase home the eventual Triple Crown winner in the fillies’ Guineas – which, by the way, was 1.2 seconds faster than the colts’ 2000 Guineas – the same afternoon. However, the brave filly’s stamina limitations, bred Fearless Vision-Electrifying, was exposed at 10 furlongs in the Oaks when she finished distressed, but far from disgraced, 12 lengths behind MARLENE MY LOVE after being five off at the furlong pole. Far from being short on class, BILINGUAL will certainly enjoy an easier pace, no tearaway LOOSE CANNON to contend with, and should outclass the expected leader, WESTERN WARRIOR, whenever Panamanian jockey Dick Cardenas decides to ask her to run. BILINGUAL now has the distance in her favour – a mile – and should use her class to make amends in this afternoon’s ninth race after losing to speedster LOOSE CANNON when returning off a near-five-month lay-up two weeks ago. Still in classic-distance mode when reporting off a rest on September 16, BILINGUAL was left flat-footed by LOOSE CANNON at 1100 metres. Her three previous races were middle to long distances, a run which started with the seven-furlong Thornbird Stakes in March, the fillies’ Guineas at a mile in April and the 10-furlong Oaks three weeks later. Though BILINGUAL showed real dash at exercise, galloping 59.2 on the round course a week before the race, LOOSE CANNON’s terrifying speed was simply too much for the filly coming off the long break, leaving her well behind in splits of 22.4 for the opening quarter and 45.3 into the lane, where she gradually closed inside the last furlong, finishing two-and-a-half lengths adrift in a final time of 1:05.4. Anthony Nunes has crowded the 11-horse field with five runners, including BILINGUAL, going up against a trio from Gary Subratie’s barn – SARAH LEE, GREATH FAITH and BIBLICAL LEGEND.last_img read more

Ludlow pleads guilty

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant“I anticipate fully making that restitution and I also want to apologize to anyone that may have been hurt in any way by my actions.”Prosecutors say Ludlow conspired with Janett Humphries, former president of Service Employees International Union, Local 99, to improperly bolster his council campaign, and that the two actively covered up the arrangement.“This kind of practice undermines the democratic process in a number of ways,” said Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman. `”The rules were broken in a very calculated way.”Humphries pleaded not guilty in Superior Court last week. Both have federal arraignments pending.Ludlow has resigned his post as head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and Maria Elena Durazo was named interim leader last week. Former City Councilman and county labor chief Martin Ludlow pleaded guilty this morning in Superior Court to a felony violation of campaign laws in connection with his 2003 council race.Judge David Horwitz set formal sentencing for April 21, but Ludlow has agreed to a plea deal that would allow him to avoid jail time.In an agreement worked out with federal, county and city officials, Ludlow faces about $180,000 in fines and a ban on serving in elected office for four years and a union post for 13.“Today is another step in the process toward accepting responsibility for the judgment errors I made,” Ludlow told reporters after his arraignment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img