BILINGUAL, MONEY MAGNET, and MARLENE MY LOVE, fillies who have played second fiddle to SHE’S A MANEATER in their last two races, finally get a chance to emerge from the 1000 Guineas winner’s shadow in this afternoon’s Caribbean Choice Jamaica Oaks. The trio was second, third and fourth, respectively, behind SHE’S A MANEATER in the 1000 Guineas three weeks ago, almost the same order in which they had finished in last month’s Thornbird Stakes, save MONEY MAGNET being second then. With SHE’S A MANEATER out of the Oaks, nursing a pulled muscle and being reprogrammed by champion trainer Wayne DaCosta for June’s Jamaica Derby, the Oaks plot has been thickened by her withdrawal. The distance of 10 furlongs is virgin territory for the top three contending fillies. None have gone past a mile or have attempted two turns in a competitive race, a factor which could turn the race on its head despite BILINGUAL appearing to be the best closer of the lot. Going a mile in the Guineas, MONEY MAGNET and BILINGUAL ran practically the same race, trying to keep pace with SHE’S A MANEATER, who changed gears inside the final half-furlong to win by four lengths. MARLENE MY LOVE, meanwhile, ran a contrasting Guineas race, opting to sit in the pace instead of taking charge as she had done on the lead in the Thornbird Stakes. However, the change in tactics didn’t make a difference as she again proved fourth best. CUNNING JOCKEY Whereas MARLENE MY LOVE will have to improve on her Thornbird stakes and 1000 Guineas efforts, MONEY MAGNET, in particular, is rather game and should not be underestimated, having twice finished ahead of BILINGUAL before the Guineas. Though BILINGUAL got the better of her for second behind SHE’S A MANEATER in the Guineas, MONEY MAGNET’s new rider, Shane Ellis, who replaces apprentice Bebeto Harvey, is a cunning jockey, who could use his smarts to steal the race from in front. What BILINGUAL has going for her is a super-confident rider, Robert Halledeen. He rode the perfect race in the Guineas, sitting almost atop SHE’S A MANEATER’s hind quarters from a half-mile out, but was simple outclassed in the stretch run. BILINGUAL, on breeding, should stay 10 furlongs better than MONEY MAGNET. Halledeen is bang in form and relishes the big occasions, which should counter any scheme Ellis could have up his sleeves to steal a march on the field.
PALMDALE – Antelope Valley deputies have been telling anyone who’ll listen that an unprecedented crime-fighting effort unleashed three weeks ago is part of an ongoing effort that won’t go away anytime soon. In a meeting last week of high-ranking Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials, the operation was given an official title suggesting they aren’t kidding. Law enforcement officials are now under instructions to call the effort the “Antelope Valley Crime-Fighting Initiative.” “This is going to be a long-term effort, and people are going to get used to hearing about it,” said Palmdale station Lt. Bobby Denham, who heads the operation. Denham said last week’s three-day saturation patrol in Palmdale produced 105 arrests – 27 for felonies and 78 on misdemeanor charges – and 74 citations. In three weeks since the initiative began, HIT deputies made 237 arrests. In last week’s HIT patrol, 14 gang members were arrested and 13 vehicles were seized, Denham said. He said it was not known if any of the gang members were “shot-callers” that law enforcement officials typically covet. A woman in possession of a brick of cocaine with a $4,000 estimated street value and $3,000 in cash was among 23 arrests made on drug charges. Denham said the operation will target a 10-square block location in an unspecified portion of the Antelope Valley this week. Denham said other components of the initiative, and the Partners for a Better Palmdale Program, which includes after-school programs, are essential, too. “When the community is involved, that’s when we see long-term positive results,” Denham said. email@example.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The name sends a message to the public that the program is ongoing, and that it features a layered strategy that also includes engaging the public, Denham said. Saturation and targeted patrols have produced more than 200 arrests since varying numbers of out-of-town High-Impact Team deputies began flooding the streets of Lancaster and Palmdale on March 20. Denham said the initiative will include the unincorporated regions of Littlerock, Lake Los Angeles and Quartz Hill. Sheriff’s deputies will conduct door-to-door surveys seeking public input starting this week. Deputies also will be gathering public input during a meeting starting at 9 a.m. Saturday on Fifth Street East and Avenue Q-3. Law enforcement officials will conduct a similar survey in Lancaster later this month, Denham said.