EIGHT YEAR OLD VETERANS WHAT A VIEW & TRIBALIST SQUARE OFF IN $100,000 CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF SATURDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2019)–A pair of classy 8-year-old geldings, What a View and Tribalist, head a field of eight California-bred or sired horses going 5 ½ furlongs on turf in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita.Idle since beaten 3 ½ lengths in the Grade II Del Mar Mile Handicap Aug. 18, What a View, who is closing in on $1 million in earnings, will be making his third start for trainer Phil D’Amato and the speedy Tribalist, most recently fifth in the Grade II Eddie D Stakes at five furlongs on turf Sept. 27, will be making his 14th career start for trainer Blake Heap.WHAT A VIEWOwner: Finish Line Racing LLC, the Ellwood Johnston Trust and Taste of Victory StablesTrainer: Phil D’AmatoNow in his sixth racing season, this Grade I winning son of Vronsky has been based at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center since his last race and his connections are hoping he’ll be able to show sprinter speed off the bench. Bred in California by the Johnston family’s Old English Rancho and Patsy and Sal Berumen, What a View, who is out of the Manila mare Oceans N Mountains, is winless in his only career turf sprint–a sixth place finish in the Grade III Daytona Stakes eight starts back on Feb. 24, 2018. A winner of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile (turf) here in March of 2016, What a View has earnings of $922,057 from an overall mark of 29-8-5-1.TRIBALISTOwner: Robert Abrams, Mitchell Duko & Michael ParanTrainer: Blake HeapA sharp second, beaten a neck by talented Eddie Haskell in a five furlong turf classified allowance two starts back at Del Mar July 24, this Tribal Rule gelding was not as quick away from the gate in finishing fifth, beaten 2 ½ lengths by Pee Wee Reese in the Grade II Eddie D here on Sept. 27. Considered one of the top turf sprinters on the circuit when he’s on his game, Tribalist, who is out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Ultimate Summer, will be ridden for the first time by Flavien Prat in what will be his 14th career start. A close third in the 2017 California Flag at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Tribalist will need to show his customary early zip on Saturday.THE CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 6 of 8 Approximate post time 3 p.m. PTWhat a View–Tyler Baze–122Tribalist–Flavien Prat–121King Abner–Martin Garcia–119General Interest–Rafael Bejarano–116Castle–Abel Cedillo–117My Friend Emma–Silvio Amador–121Portando–Ruben Fuentes–116Grinning Tiger–Heriberto Figueroa–117First post time for an eight-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Paperless transactions, an important countermeasure against roving bandits, just received a boost thanks to an initiative launched by a re-migrant in partnership with GTT.Ronson Gray, who founded local company IntellectStorm upon returning from overseas, introduced the payment website payment.gy at a press conference held by GTT at the Marriott Hotel on Monday.IntellectStorm founder Ronson Gray explaining his new platformGray explained that with payment.gy, persons can purchase items from businesses listed with the website, then go and pick up the item at their convenience. It also uses a merchant code, which must be scanned.“Payment.gy is the simple and safe way to pay. What we have done is we have designed a platform that will allow users to pay for any goods and service as long as they have an Internet connection. So that can be done from a mobile phone, a web browser, a laptop computer.”“You can scan the merchant code and the merchant information would populate and the payment amount. There’s a small convenience fee for the service and you are protected by password and pin. Businesses can accept business anywhere, anytime, in Guyana, whether they’re in store or online. For customers, it’s safe and secure. Transactions are protected by the pin. And it’s easy to use.”He noted that businesses can attract customers without them even coming to the store, while customers can make purchases without leaving their homes. In addition, he explained that it has been integrated with popular social application Facebook.Meanwhile, the press conference also heralded the start of a partnership between GTT and CANTO, based in San Francisco, USA. At the press conference, an award was given to second year UG Computer Science student, Jonathan Jacobus.Jacobus placed second in CANTO’s video competition themed ‘The Future of AI’. At the press conference, his video proposing bold solutions for the world and the Caribbean, using AI was played.CANTO is a non-profit association made up of operators, organisations, companies and individuals in the ICT or telecommunications sector. The association has been a major driver in initiatives to boost the ICT sector in the Caribbean.