With the first quarter having ended, popular owner O’Shaun Connection (O’Neil Hinds) has held off the chasing pack to maintain his lead in the owners’ championship, thanks to back-to-back winners at Caymanas Park on Easter Monday.His winners were 4-5 favourites FLYING MIRACLE and BRAVE PROSPECT in the seventh and eighth races, respectively. Both were ridden by top apprentice Linton Steadman for trainer Neive Graham.Once again, Hinds said he was happy to see his familiar light blue silks carried to victory by his two horses, as he duly ticked off his eighth and ninth wins of the season.”Winning races is the joy of every owner and speaking personally, I am thrilled to win not one race today, but two. This has enabled me to hold on to the lead ahead of closest rivals Elizabeth DaCosta and Carlton Watson, with over $3.1milion in stakes,” he explained.”The fact that I have neither a classic horse nor a grade one horse at my disposal will affect my numbers down the road, but the key is to win consistently with claiming horses and see where it takes us, as I would love to win the owners’ championship one day,” said the 40-year-old owner.WON 19 RACESHinds said his aim is to surpass his best ever season in 2013, when he won 19 races. His winners that year included the best horse he has owned to date, FANTABULOUS, who won races up to the open allowance level.Hinds said FANTABULOUS was successful at stud and is the dam of a filly sired by Adore The Gold at New Blue Stud Farm. Also doing stud duties is PRINCESS SHANEIL, who enjoyed a fairly successful racing career.A successful businessman, Hinds is the owner of the O & S Tack Room situated in the official car park at Caymanas Park. The Tack Room, operated by his wife Shauna-Kay Hinds, sells a wide range of horse accessories, medication and equipment to horsemen at the track.”The facility came on stream in the summer of 2013 and has gone a far way in making things available to horsemen in an effort to make their work easier. Given its success, we went that extra mile by sponsoring a race – the O & S Tack Room Trophy – run annually in August for the past two years. This is our way of giving back to the sport,” he emphasised.Meanwhile, on a day when the young claiming apprentice Linton Steadman rode three winners on the holiday card, the 2-1 favourite SHINING LIGHT, with Paul Francis riding for owner/trainer Gary Griffiths, outfinished 5-2 chance DWAYNE STAR by a neck to win the Easter Sprint Cup overnight allowance feature over 1100 metres.
Baha’i s and friends after the indoor program. SRSG Farid Zarif saysFarid Zarif, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG), over the weekend hailed the teachings of the Baha’i Faith, saying it would be “good if all humankind become Baha’is.”Zarif made the statement when he served as keynote speaker on the occasion marking the celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of the founder of the Baha’i Faith – Baha’u’llah, which was observed in Monrovia.He said that the teachings of the faith of the new manifestation of God are unique, “because they present hope and solutions to the world’s problems.”Founded in 1844 in Persia, now Iran, the Baha’i Faith is the latest of all independent world religions whose teachings call for the unification of mankind and religions, and the recognition and respect for the unique singularity of God, the Almighty.It discourages discrimination in all forms and manners and promotes universal peace, universal education, equality of men and women, justice for all and the advancement of civilization at all levels of human existence.“I am not really a good scholar of Baha’i, but considering the little I know about its principles, I believe we should all be Baha’is,” Zarif noted amid rousing applause.“Baha’is belief does not seek supremacy over any other faith neither does it alienate people of other religions or even those who up to now think that there is no God. The followers of Baha’u’llah do not believe in the exclusion of others but their inclusion and participation in working for the betterment of the world,” he said.Zariff speaks to audience at the commemoration of the 200th birth anniversary of Baha’u’llahZarif noted that peace, justice, hard work, honesty and education are the very foundations on which today’s model civil society is also established. “We are all trying to promote these principles regardless of whether they are religious or not. We are all doing this across the world through our constitutions or laws, teachings at universities and several schools and this unique model of our time is eventually becoming a teaching for a way of life,” he pointed out.The religious advisor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Reverend Sando E. Townsend, said the President and the government are aware of the “many impacts the Baha’i Faith is making in the country and will continue to make in the revival of the souls of Liberians and others.”Baha’u’llah was born on November 12, 1817 in Tehran. His father was a renowned and respected government minister. But with all the wealth and comfort at his disposal, Baha’u’llah chose to champion the cause of justice and work for the redemption of humanity from hate, malice, and disunity. In 1863, after several years of exile and incarcerations, he declared to the world that he was the promised one of all ages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)