Versatile Cistron Bids For Third Consecutive Win In Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes

first_imgVERSATILE CISTRON BIDS FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE WIN IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 DAYTONA STAKES AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (May 20, 2020)–A head shy of seeking his fifth consecutive win, Hronis Racing’s versatile Cistron bids for his third straight as he heads a field of seven 3-year-olds and up going 5 ½ furlongs on turf in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by John Sadler, Cistron comes off a solid head victory over the course on March 21 and he appears at the peak of his powers at age six.Texas Wedge, trained by Peter Miller, is also seeking his third straight win and along with Doug O’Neill’s Wildman Jack and the Ron Ellis-trained Blameitonthelaw, the contention in Saturday’s Daytona runs deep.CISTRONOwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerA winner of the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes on dirt two starts back on July 27, he then took the Grade III San Simeon Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf here March 21–earning back to back 100 Beyer Speed figures.  If this 6-year-old full horse by The Factor runs back to his San Simeon, he’ll be plenty tough under regular rider Victor Espinoza.TEXAS WEDGEOwner:  Altimira Racing Stable, Rafter JR Ranch, LLC, STD Racing Stable & A. MillerTrainer:  Doug O’NeillA winner two starts back of the Grade II Joe Hernandez Stakes over the course on Jan. 1, this 5-year-old Colonel John gelding then took an ungraded five furlong stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.  Based at San Luis Rey Downs, he’s won three out of his last four starts and four of his six lifetime wins have come on grass.  With an overall mark of 14-6-3-2, he’ll be ridden for the third consecutive time by Flavien Prat.WILDMAN JACKOwner:  W C Racing, Inc.Trainer: Doug O’NeillA lightly raced 4-year-old homebred gelding by O’Neill’s 2012 Kentucky Derby winner Goldencents, he returns from Dubai following a 4 ¾ length win in a Group III turf sprint contested at six furlongs.  With all seven of his career starts coming in turf sprints, Wildman Jack, who has three wins, has been off the board only once.  Fleet of foot early, he’ll be ridden for the first time by Mike Smith on Saturday.THE GRADE III DAYTONA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9   Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PTSparky Ville–Geovanni Franco–122Stubbins–Umberto Rispoli–122Murad Khan–Abel Cedillo–120Blameitonthelaw–Drayden Van Dyke–120Cistron–Victor Espinoza–124Wildman Jack–Mike Smith–124Texas Wedge–Flavien Prat–124First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.  Although there is no public admittance, wagering on all Santa Anita races is available via or through  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Bonn Climate Talks Yield Some — But Not Enough — Progress Putting the Paris Agreement Fully Into Motion

first_imgNegotiators made progress in a number of areas at the latest UN climate talks, which wrapped on May 10, but an overburdened agenda left them with a lot more ground to cover before the big climate summit (COP24) in Katowice, Poland this December.Negotiators must now ramp up progress, as COP24 will be the most critical political moment for climate action since 196 countries adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015. The year-end summit – where key decisions will be made on how to take the Paris Agreement forward – will determine whether the Agreement can turn promise into reality and galvanize the transformation needed globally.Three issues dominated the talks in Bonn, Germany: the Paris Rulebook, the Talanoa Dialogue and climate finance. Here’s a snapshot of where negotiators landed on each:Paris RulebookBy COP24 in December, countries are expected to finalize the rules and guidelines that underpin the Paris Agreement on climate change, known informally as the Paris Rulebook. In Bonn, negotiators worked hard to keep that goal within sight.Delegates recognized that the Paris Rulebook is critically important because well-designed guidelines and additional support for developing countries are essential for incentivizing greater national climate action and fully mobilizing the potential of the Paris Agreement.However, a long list of technical and political hurdles slowed progress at times, including: the sheer volume of agenda items to consider, reflected in 270 pages of informal notes; the technical complexity of the endeavor, exacerbated by complex interlinkages between various elements of the Rulebook; political sensitivities about achieving a balanced package; the need to ensure that developing countries receive predictable and adequate financial and technical support; and issues around how countries can improve both their climate actions and information in their progress reports. In the upcoming negotiations, delegates will need to hash through each of these issues while respecting countries’ different national circumstances, capabilities and vulnerabilities. This is no small task.To better prepare for the next round of negotiations in Bangkok in September, the co-chairs of the process must prepare tools to help advance the negotiations, which could include draft negotiating text. Reaching that stage will be essential for keeping adoption of the Paris Rulebook within reach.As negotiators continue to shape the Paris Rulebook, they need to keep in mind the bigger picture of what is at stake. These rules need to ramp up global climate action that is pursued in a trustworthy and fair manner. This makes the design of an “ambition mechanism” as important as ensuring a level playing field with transparency and accounting rules. For many developing countries, going further and faster will only be possible if adequate support is available, from climate finance and technological assistance to building the capacity of in-country experts. Moreover, it is clear that governments alone cannot deliver the massive transformations needed across entire sectors. The Rulebook must be robust enough to provide the certainty, clarity and predictability that businesses, investors and planners need to accelerate their own low-carbon transformations.Talanoa Dialogue and Enhanced AmbitionThe Talanoa Dialogue was one of the most highly anticipated events heading into Bonn. Effectively the first stock-taking exercise under the Paris Agreement, the Talanoa Dialogue session in Bonn was a collective reality check on the state of climate action, highlighting how far the world has left to go to limit temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees C (2.7-3.6 degrees F). The process also started to lay the groundwork for countries to strengthen their national climate commitments (known as NDCs) by 2020.Bringing countries, cities, businesses and civil society together to discuss the climate transformation was unprecedented in the history of the UN climate process. During the session on Sunday, a Gabon representative welcomed the fact that “everyone talked to each other like they are people rather than [negotiating] parties.” It was a reminder that governments need the extra muscle of many other actors to turn the Paris Agreement into reality.The Fiji COP presidency deserves credit for its willingness to veer from the norm in these formal negotiations to break down boundaries and build trust. The Polish presidency should continue to actively engage non-state actors on how to further enhance this process at COP24.Given the scale and urgency we face in closing the emissions gap, the Talanoa Dialogue must go further at COP24 to achieve its purpose of fostering greater ambition. Ministers must come ready to explore how to translate the opportunities and lessons learned through the Dialogue into action, and further share the actions they are putting in place at the national level to inspire action globally. As several country groups made clear, the Talanoa Dialogue must set the stage so that at COP24, countries commit to enhance their NDCs by 2020.FinanceThe draft Paris Rulebook contains a number of finance elements. Negotiators in Bonn worked on rules for how donor countries account for the climate finance they provide and mobilize in their biennial reporting to the UN. Another major finance element is developed countries’ biennial communications on future climate funding. Negotiators made some progress in identifying types of finance information these countries could provide to help developing countries better plan and take action on climate, but there was deadlock on whether anything should happen to these communications once they are submitted.This reflects a broader concern about how and where climate finance will be discussed in the UN climate negotiations after 2020, when the current system of annual workshops and biennial ministerial dialogues is set to end. Finance will be a key part of the global stocktake that will take place every five years, but the world of finance is fast moving. Countries should consider making space for more frequent discussion of progress to ensure that all finance flows, at both global and national levels, are fully aligned with the Paris Agreement goals.Lastly, negotiators elaborated the different options for reforms to the Adaptation Fund’s governance, safeguards and operations so that it can function under the Paris Agreement.What’s Next?Delegates will pick up where they left off at an additional negotiating session in Bangkok this September. There, delegates should accelerate the pace of negotiations and craft draft negotiating text while working through sticky issues that remain.By the time the final gavel is struck at COP24 in December, all countries will need to adopt an action and support package that puts the Paris Agreement fully into motion. The measure for success will be three-fold: finalizing a robust Paris Rulebook, a clear commitment that countries will strengthen their national climate plans by 2020, and a signal that support for developing countries will continue to ramp up.As president of the COP and host of COP24, Poland must show the forward-looking leadership necessary to deliver a successful outcome. And between now and December, all countries must use a number of key moments to ramp up political pressure, including at the Petersberg Dialogue and Ministerial on Climate Action in June, the UN General Assembly in September and the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in October.last_img read more