BAFFERT’S TALENTED CHARLATAN ATTEMPTING TO FOLLOW 2018 TRIPLE CROWN WINNER JUSTIFY AS HE MAKES SECOND START AT SANTA ANITA ON SATURDAYNO PUBLIC ADMISSION ALLOWED, FIRST POST TIME FOR EIGHT-RACE CARD IS AT 1 P.M.; WAGERING AVAILABLE AT TRACK’S 1/ST BET & XPRESSBET APPS ARCADIA, Calif. (March 12, 2020)–Although plenty of attention will be focused on Santa Anita’s seventh race Saturday, the Grade I Beholder Mile, the eyes of the racing world will also be riveted on the race just before it, a $57,000 allowance for 3-year-olds at one mile. Bob Baffert’s talented Charlatan, a 5 ¾ length first-out maiden winner on Feb. 16, will attempt to follow in the footsteps of Baffert’s 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify as he stretches out and tries to muscle his way onto the Kentucky Derby trail.The comparisons are unavoidable. Justify, a chestnut colt by Scat Daddy, was foaled in Kentucky on March 28, 2015, sold as a Keeneland September Yearling for $500,000, was unraced at two and was a first-out maiden winner with Drayden Van Dyke up on Feb. 18, 2018.Charlatan, a chestnut colt by Speightstown, was foaled in Kentucky on March 2, 2017, sold as a Keeneland September Yearling for $700,000, was unraced at two and broke his maiden two days earlier than Baffert’s 2018 superstar with you guessed it, Drayden Van Dyke up.From there, Baffert and Van Dyke are hoping history continues to repeat itself, as Charlatan, like Justify two years ago, will be stretching out in a one mile allowance Saturday and will be running over what could be an “off ” surface. (Justify was a 9 ½ length one mile allowance winner over a muddy track, getting the distance in 1:35.73).At this stage, one discernable difference in comparing the two horses at this moment in time is that Mike Smith replaced Van Dyke for Justify’s win, while Van Dyke has retained the mount on Charlatan.First post time for an eight-race card on Saturday is at 1 p.m. There will be no public admission, in accordance with recent health dictates issued by the state of California. Assigned post time for race six is at 3:35 p.m. PT.Wagering on all Santa Anita live racing is available via the track’s 1/ST BET and Xpressbet apps. For additional information on racing and wagering at Santa Anita Park, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma chaired the meeting of the National Steering Committee (NSC) of the Mission Directorate on Swadesh Darshan & PRASAD Schemes of the Ministry of Tourism in New Delhi. The meeting was held to step up inter-ministerial cooperation and coordination for speedy implementation of the two schemes. Officials from 12 Ministries participated in the meeting & gave their views on how their ministries can help to promote tourism in India through expansion of Infrastructure, Road & Transport Facilities, Railways, Civil Aviation & Skill Development training among others.Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mahesh Sharma said that if the various ministries coordinate and work hand in hand, then Indian tourism can grow by leaps and bounds. Dr Sharma took suggestions from the representatives of the 12 ministries on tourism promotion and assured that the Ministry of Tourism will act on the suggestions. Some of the important suggestions by officials included connecting important destinations of the Buddhist circuit like Gaya and Varanasi by helicopter services, special coach for tourists in trains to important tourist destinations, training local people, especially women as tourist guides to help generate employment, and improving basic infrastructure facilities like transport and accommodation in tourist areas among others.The Secretary Tourism, Vinod Zutshi sought the support of various ministries to make the schemes and initiatives of MoT a success