PUNTERS hunting quick-fire bankers on today’s 11-race card at Caymanas Park should be wary of the two obvious choices – FORTUNEONEHUNDRED in the 1000-metre round opening event and RAISING THE BAR in the nightcap at 1100 metres.FORTUNEONEHUNDRED has not trained on the track since turning for home with a two-length lead in the Diamond Mile on December 5. Tumbling to $550,000 claiming from grade one, where he campaigned most of last year, suggests something has gone amiss in the last 70 days since the talented United States-bred last raced.Even on an off day, FORTUNEONEHUNDRED should easily put away his six rivals, especially at the minimum distance. However, punters are advised to tread carefully in the opening event by backing up their bets with sound horses such as DWAYNE STAR, ITALIANO and speedy COME DANCE WITH ME.Similar to FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, RAISING THE BAR has taken a shocking drop in class from non-winners-of-four to the second-lowest claiming level, a $250,000 tag.It should be noted that RAISING THE BAR, a renowned speedster, has been slowly into stride in his two races this year. First, it was January 9 at 1500 metres, followed by January 31 at 1000 metres straight.In neither of those races did the four-year-old filly recover, even briefly, to show some speed. In addition, she has been sparingly trained, which makes her suspect against horses who she should easily put away.Options to RAISING THE BAR are consistent INFANTRY OFFICER and CLASSICAL TRAIN, who’s hunting a double, carrying 48.0 kilos, but up in class.HOWARD PHILLIPPS MEMORIALMeanwhile, ACTION MAN should prove too quick for his eight rivals in the 1100-metre Howard Phillipps Memorial.Omar Walker partners ACTION MAN, who heads the scale at 56.0 kilos. However, the four-year-old colt is not too heavy to take charge of the event coming off the final turn.Included in the nine-horse field are five fillies, none of whom can match ACTION MAN for speed. His other three rivals, two geldings and a colt, have neither the form nor speed to deny him following his strong third-place run behind DWAYNE STAR at 1000 metres straight on January 31.Partnered by apprentice Bebeto Harvey last time out, ACTION MAN disputed the lead with LEGAL ACCOUNT from the start before DWAYNE STAR closed in mid-track to overhaul both a half furlong out.DWAYNE STAR had reported for that race with solid runs under his girth, finishing no more than five lengths behind winners such as LONG RUNNING TRAIN, TARANIS, ROYAL ASSAULT and BRAWN in four consecutive races.The filly DINNER BY SEVEN has some speed, but was well beaten by ACTION MAN in their last three meetings.The two expected closers, COMMANDING AVIATOR and TURBO MACHINE CAT, are recent graduates to non-winners-of-three, having both beaten non-winners-of-two in the last two weeks.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Thedward Candler, 24, of Gardena had been convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 2001 and sentenced to seven years in state prison. Prison records show he was paroled Aug. 12 after serving six years. Severa Madrona was found slain Sept. 18. Candler, charged with murder with the special circumstance of killing during a rape and sodomy, appeared in court Wednesday, but his arraignment was postponed. Candler agreed to wait until Nov. 13 to enter a plea so the Public Defender’s Office could have more time to review the case. Madrona was on her daily walk near her home when she was attacked. Her body was found in the backyard of a home at 152nd Street and Eriel Avenue. She died from blunt force trauma, authorities have said. Sheriff’s investigators initially said she was not sexually assaulted. On Wednesday, homicide Lt. Pat Nelson said that’s what detectives believed at first. He said that until an autopsy was performed, there was no indication the petite great-grandmother had been sexually assaulted. Forensic evidence collected during the exam linked Candler to the crime, authorities said. Candler’s DNA was included in the state law enforcement database because of his previous conviction. After the crime scene evidence was matched to Candler’s DNA, he was placed under surveillance. He was arrested last Thursday. In court, Deputy Public Defender John Mattingly said two people who may have seen the killer shortly after the slaying were shown photo arrays that included Candler. One identified him and one did not, he said, adding that identity will be an issue in the case. The special circumstance qualifies Candler for capital punishment, but prosecutors will decide later whether they will seek the death penalty. Candler will remain in jail without bail. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! COURTS: Gardena man is accused in woman’s rape, murder. By Denise Nix Staff Writer The man accused of sexual assault and murder in the death of a 76-year-old great-grandmother was released from prison just five weeks before the attack in El Camino Village.