Ziggy Marley won his ninth Reggae Grammy award on Sunday nightThe eldest son of Reggae King, Bob Marley, has awarded his third Best Reggae Album Grammy in the last five years.Marley won for his self titled album Ziggy Marley on the Tuff Gong Worldwide label.He bested other contenders including Devin Di Dakta & J.L for Sly & Robbie Presents … Reggae for Her; J Boog for Rose Petals; Raging Fyah for Everlasting; Rebelution for Falling into Place; and SOJA for SOJA: Live in Virginia.Marley has now won five Grammys for Best Reggae Album and two Grammys for Best Reggae Recording. That category is no longer awarded.He also won a Grammy in 2009 for his album Family Time, which won in the Best Musical Album for Children category.He has also won as a member of the Melody Makers“Give thanks to the [Academy] for the honor, my family and all the artists keeping #reggae alive and well. LOVE,” Marley wrote on his Twitter page.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 25, 2015)–Longshot Si Sage stalked pacesetter Joes Blazing Aaron to the top of the stretch and went on to a convincing 3 ¼ length win under Elvis Trujillo in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Last Tycoon Stakes as he covered 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:02.08. Trained by Darrell Vienna, who fitted French-bred Si Sage with blinkers for the first time, Si Sage had shown promise on occasion but entered the Last Tycoon winless in 10 stateside starts.“I rode him the time before his last race and I told Darrell that I thought he needed blinkers,” said Trujillo. “He breezed with blinkers and he breezed very well, so they wanted to keep them on. He’s from France so I think he’s used to the softer turf (which was the case today at Santa Anita as a result of light rain over an approximate two hour period leading into the Last Tycoon). We sat behind and he was ready to go in the stretch.”The longest shot in a field of eight horses 3 and up, Si Sage was dispatched at 42-1 and paid $87.60, $26.00 and $10.80. Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, Rancho Temescal and Vayaconsuerte, LLC, the 5-year-old horse by the Johannesburg stallion Sageburg improved his overall mark to 23-4-6-2 and with the winner’s share of $60,000 increased his earnings to $255,450.“I wasn’t actually looking at the fractions (23.93, 48.30, 1:13.12 and 1:37.84), I was watching him, and frankly, I was never worried,” said Vienna. “I thought he was always running pretty easily. I should say I was a little worried early when he was tugging, but after he settled on the turn, I felt pretty good and then I could see he wasn’t’ asking him at all, and then he did.”Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Richard Mandella, runner-up Ganesh was fourth turning for home and out-gamed Abbey Vale and Power Foot in a tight three-way photo to finish second by a nose. Off at 5-1, Brazilian-bred Ganesh paid $6.20 and $4.40.“A mile and a half is probably what he wants, but he ran a nice race,” said Mandella of Ganesh, who ran fifth in his U.S. debut, the one mile turf Thunder Road Stakes on April 4. “He had a bit of traffic trouble…but I’m very happy to be coming along where we are.”Irish-bred Abbey Vale, who attended the pace throughout along with Ganesh, bested Power Foot by a head for the show and paid $4.40 with Tiago Pereira up.Ridden by Mike Smith, 8-5 favorite Big John B trailed throughout and was beaten by approximately 20 lengths.“The grass was way too soft for him today,” said Smith. “He wasn’t even about to pick his feet up.”In large measure due to Si Sage’s 42-1 upset in the Last Tycoon, there is a Pick Six carryover into Sunday at Santa Anita of $80,129. It is expected Sunday’s total Pick Six pool will approach $500,000.First post time for an eight-race card Sunday, with the Pick Six to begin in race three, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $80,129 INTO SUNDAY, TOTAL ‘SIX’ POOL EXPECTED TO APPROACH $500,000
ARCADIA, Calif. (July 1, 2016)–Claiborne Farm’s homebred Bendable faced winners for the first time Friday at Santa Anita and responded with a polished 2 ¼ length win in the track’s $58,000 allowance feature for 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Richard Mandella, she broke from the rail with Flavien Prat and although she was pressed from the outset, remained well within herself around the far turn. As the field turned for home, Prat called upon her and she left her competition in her wake, cruising to a final six furlong clocking of 1:09.59.“She’s a fast filly,” Mandella deadpanned afterward. “The nice thing about today is that she was in control and within herself. She was able to sit while getting pressured from the outside and it looked like Flavien had quite a bit under him. She was within herself and she didn’t get rank or get excited. Like I say, she’s fast.”A 3 ¾ length maiden winner here going 5 ½ furlongs June 3, she was off at 1-5 in a field of five and paid $2.40, $2.20 and $2.10.A Kentucky-bred daughter of Horse Greeley, out of the Arch mare, Bend, she picked up $34,800 for the win, increasing her earnings to $68,400.Last and about six lengths off the winner with a quarter mile to run, Sweet Halory, who was ridden by Mike Smith, rallied well through the lane for second, finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Run for Retts. Off at 9-1, she paid $4.40 and $3.00.Next to last at the quarter, Run for Retts rallied three-wide under Tyler Baze for third and finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Street Surrender. Off at 7-1, Run for Retts paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.42, 44.34 and 56.69.First post time for a nine-race card Saturday at Santa Anita is at 1:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.