Fourteen-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta holds a very strong hand with three challengers in today’s grade one feature, the 53nd running of the Prime Minister’s Stakes, over 2000 metres.DaCosta saddles ante-post favourite PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, ALL CORRECT and the vastly improved HOVER CRAFT in a field of six.Despite the small field, the race should be keenly contested, especially with the Fitzroy Glispie-trained TIMEFORARMS, under four-time champion Omar Walker, gunning to crash DaCosta’s party.Last year, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR was woefully unlucky to be beaten by a short head by the Dane Nelson-ridden COMMANDING CHIEF. But the 2013 Derby and St Leger winner represents the class horse of the field, and following his good second to stable companion HOVER CRAFT in the recent The Viceroy Trophy over 1800 metres, he can definitely go one better with topweight of 57.0kg.True, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR is winless in four starts over varied distances this season. But this marks the first time since winning the Governor General’s Stakes over the distance last October (Heroes Day) that the five-year-old son of Natural Selection-Desperatehousewives will be running over the distance, and it’s his race to lose, with title-chasing jockey Robert Halledeen aboard.He has worked well in preparation for this race, galloping seven furlongs in a brisk 1:29.1 on July 31. Remembering his easy win over COMMANDING CHIEF in the Harry Jackson Memorial Cup over 2400 metres last Boxing Day, PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, now back over two turns for the first time since then, catches my fancy.HOVER CRAFT, who ran on strongly to beat him by two lengths in the June 27 The Viceroy Trophy over 1800 metres when in receipt of 5.0kg, looks the obvious danger on similar weight terms, as the five-year-old son of He’stherealthing-Royal Pizzaz has shown significant improvement in recent months, while ALL CORRECT will more than likely set off in front in this small field and should make a brave bid.DaCosta’s best hope, however, lies with PERFECT NEIGHBOUR, who should bide his time close to the pace before coming through leaving the quarter pole for the victory.Elsewhere on the nine-race holiday programme, back-to-form DOC HOLIDAY (Halledeen up) should supplement his recent win by capturing the 2015 Independence Day Stakes Trophy over 1600 metres, to be contested by nine starters.Trained by Marlon Anderson, who has done well with his small string of horses in recent months, DOC HOLIDAY steps down in class with winning form and this should make his job a lot easier, despite the presence of another down-in-class contender, SIRMANDI, who has twice won a mile this season.I also like COURT CALL in the third race, ROYAL VIBES to catch old rival PRINCE ANDREW in the fifth, and down-in-class HOLOGRAM SHADOW to romp the seventh over 1300 metres.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals David Rosenboom, dean of CalArts’ School of Music, said his friend and colleague lived a life “celebrating the art of music-making.” “Lucky had an unswerving tenacity in upholding the values of creative risk-taking, and a huge heart always open to his friends, students and creative comrades. He spent many, many years devoted to the mission of CalArts and the betterment of our students. His life benefited all of ours as well.” Mosko was born in 1947 in Denver, where his early musical education was fostered by conductor Antonia Brico. He received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in 1969 from Yale University and his master’s in 1972 from CalArts. In 1972, he became a member of the composition faculty at CalArts, where he continued to teach for 34 years. Mosko’s compositions have been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Sacramento Symphony, SONOR, California EAR Unit, Monday Evening Concerts, Group for New Music of New York, the Aspen Festival Orchestra, the New York New Music Ensemble, La Camerata of Mexico, and at the Ojai, Tanglewood and June in Buffalo festivals. Mosko was music director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players for 10 years and was principal conductor of the Griffin Ensemble of Boston. He was music director of the Chicago Contemporary Players. He has been guest conductor on numerous occasions with the San Francisco Symphony and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. GREEN VALLEY – Composer and performer Stephen Mosko, a faculty member at California Institute of the Arts, died this week of unknown causes. He was 58. Mosko died at home in Green Valley, north of Santa Clarita. He is survived by his wife, renowned flutist Dorothy Stone. “First as a graduate student and later as a faculty member, Stephen “Lucky” Mosko was the embodiment of the joy, adventure and pure fun of new music. For three decades, he brought that experience to students at CalArts and audiences around the world,” said Steven D. Lavine, CalArts president. “Lucky was a visionary artist and magnanimous colleague who will be greatly missed by the entire CalArts community. His contributions in CalArts School of Music have guided generations of students to cross and transcend boundaries in music. His own extraordinary work will be remembered for its embodiment of creative adventure.” Aside from his wife, Mosko is survived by his father Aaron Mosko of Denver and his brother and his sister-in-law, Martin and Alex Mosko of Boulder, Colo. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!