Anthony ‘baba’ Nunes’ three year-old colt, BIGDADDYKOOL, announced his arrival on the big stage earlier this year when he captured the Lotto Classics for the Governor’s Cup in May. A month later the young horse was second in the Jamaican derby after an exciting battle to the wire with FUTURE KING for Jamaica’s most prized race, although both horses ended being disqualified.However, despite taking on some of the best thoroughbreds on the local circuit, in the Lotto Classics, such as ORPHEUS and JAMAI RAJA, and horses like FUTURE KING in the derby, the three year-old colt will face his toughest test to date when he lines up for the Superstakes, against defending champion FRANFIELD, reigning horse of the year SEEKING MY DREAM, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, PHINEAS, A THOUSAND STARS, JAMAI RAJA among others, this weekend at Caymanas Park.But veteran trainer, Nunes, is confident the young horse has what it takes to win the $1 million purse on Saturday.”It is the first time he (BIGDADDYKOOL) is going to run against the top A class older horses like SEEKING MY DREAM and PERFECT NEIGHBOUR so it’s left to be seen if he can manage them. But I am pretty confident in him he’s a really nice colt and he certainly stays the trip and he has mature extremely nicely since the St Leger and we have high hopes for him,” Nunes told the Gleaner.’Baba’s biggest concern is that his main contender has not raced in over two months, and he thinks this could have an effect on the outcome, but nevertheless he remains very optimistic of his chances.”But he has trained nicely and I think he can overcome it (A class, older horses). In my mind you are always going to have question marks until the race runs. But ideally I would love to have get a race four weeks before but it didn’t happen and that is how it is in horse racing sometimes, things don’t work out the way you plan. But as far as me preparing him for this race with that in mind I have no complaints,” he told the Gleaner.Nunes has won the event on three occasions and would love a fourth, he also wants to give Trinidadian owner Stephen Narinesingh his first Superstakes win.
Terming the Congress as “irrelevant and obsolete”, former chief minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi on Sunday dismissed suggestions that he was the B team of the BJP and said he would contest against incumbent Raman Singh and his party in the upcoming elections in the state.“Had I been B team I would not be contesting election from Rajnandgaon (the chief minister’s constituency). Had I been B team I would have not faced a baseless case of murder. There should not have been a false case of dacoity against me. My son faced charges of hatching a conspiracy to murder. Had I been B team this all would not have happened,” he told PTI in an interview here.Mr. Jogi said it was his faith in the judiciary that all these baseless charges were dropped against him and his son.He said that a ‘mahagathbandhan’ was needed for the 2019 general election, but not for the Assembly polls due in the State later this year.To a question whether the proposed alliance of the BSP and the Congress would be detrimental to his party, the former bureaucrat-turned-politician said such a coalition has not yet materialised and that his party would assess the situation once such a situation emerges.“See whether the (BSP-Congress) coalition would happen or not, it (future course of action) will be decided only then. There may be some gains and losses. But, whenever such a coalition take place then we will assess this. As of today, we are contesting all seats in the elections,” Mr. Jogi said.Criticising both the Congress and the BJP for being run from Delhi, he said what Chhattisgarh needs today is a State-centric approach.There is no opposition to the Congress, except the fact that it is a national party and all its decisions are taken in Delhi, he said. “We want that Chhattisgarh should get solutions to all its problem within the state itself,” Mr. Jogi said.He said that his main opposition is the BJP. “The Congress is both obsolete and irrelevant in the state. They do not have any leader. They do not have any direction. Our fight is with the BJP,” said Mr. Jogi, who was for long associated with the Congress before leaving it in 2016. He later formed his own party.Mr. Jogi said he would contest the polls against Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh from his own Rajnadgaon constituency.
17Jan Rep. VanderWall attends State of the State Categories: VanderWall News,VanderWall Photos State Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, is joined by his wife, Diane, to listen to the governor’s State of the State address on the House floor on Tuesday evening.###