Baffert First Timer Charlatan Breaks Maiden By 5 ¾ Lengths And Gets Six Furlongs In A Sizzling 1:08.85, Stamping Himself As A Derby HopefulARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2020)–How deep is Bob Baffert’s Derby bench? There’s no telling, as his unraced Charlatan, an imposing chestnut colt by Speightstown, blew away his competition by 5 ¾ lengths in Sunday’s fourth race at Santa Anita, stopping the clock for six furlongs in a torrid 1:08.85 while geared down under Drayden Van Dyke.Breaking from the outside in a field of four, Charlatan was away a step slowly, but was into contention instantaneously, making the lead at the five furlong pole and he maintained a one length advantage over Shooters Shoot going to the three furlong pole, while 3-5 favorite Lane Way was in tight quarters at the rail. Approaching the quarter pole, Charlatan held a 1 ½ length lead and he widened through the lane while well within himself.“I gigged him just a little after the break, just to get him into the race,” said Van Dyke. “I really didn’t know that much about him. You could see he had a couple bullet works from the gate and that he’d been training well. He blew by those horses so easy and as you could see, he galloped out big.”Off as the second choice at even money, Charlatan, who is out of the Quiet American mare Authenticity and sold for $700,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, paid $4.40 and $3.00.With Baffert’s Derby lineup including the likes of recent maiden winner Nadal, stakes winners Thousand Words, Authentic, Eight Rings and Azul Coast, Charlatan is now poised to join them on the Kentucky Derby Trail.“This race gives us great hope,” said Bob Liewald, on behalf of part owners Starlight Racing, which was also a part owner of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify, who perhaps not so coincidentally, broke his maiden at first asking on Feb. 18, 2018. “The (final) time on this racetrack, was pretty good. The next race, we’ll have to step up in a bigger field and see what happens.”Charlatan’s complete ownership line also includes SF Racing, LLC, Madaket Stables, LLC, Stonestreet Stables, LLC, Frederick Hertrich, III, John D. Fielding and Golconda Stables.Baffert, who will be seeking a record-equaling sixth Kentucky Derby win this year, did not saddle Charlatan, as he had a prior commitment according to his assistant Jimmy Barnes.Shooters Shoot, a 9-1 longshot with Abel Cedillo up, held second by 7 ¼ lengths over Lane Way, who was shuffled back a bit going to the far turn and didn’t threaten thereafter.Fractions on the race were 21.89, 44.72 and 56.52.
– to host outreach on consumers rightsThe Consumer Affairs Unit (CAU) of the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) is urgingHead of the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission Haroon Khanbusiness enterprises to “get their act together” since they are preparing to do a number of outreaches across the country that will sensitise the public on their rights as consumers.According to the Unit, business enterprises that provide services and products to consumers will face the full arm of the law if they are found to be in breach of the Consumer Affairs Act 2011.The Consumer Affairs Act states that registered businesses have a right to provide the necessary information that will help a consumer make the right decision when paying for a product or service. The Act promotes and protects consumers’ interest in relation to the supply of goods and services, and for related purposes.According to the CAU, it has observed a number of areas where enterprises have been in breach of the 2011 Act.Head of the Unit, Haroon Khan, identified the primary areas, as the sale of defective items, unfair contract terms and unfair trade practices.He noted that suppliers and enterprises need to desist from the sale of defective items which is a practice where a supplier may sell goods or services which are either expired, not working or generally incompetent of serving their purpose.Khan explained, “If a product is deemed defective, firstly the business is asked to repair or replace the product. If they can’t repair or replace it, they are asked to provide a complete refund to the consumer because failure to adhere to the Act, they are penalties of up to one year imprisonment and one million Guyana dollars in fines.”He further noted that enterprises should ensure that durable goods and services are continually updated, renewed and restocked so as to provide a more efficient item to consumers.Unfair contract terms speak to the practice of businesses creating contracts that are only in favour of the enterprise. This puts the consumer at “a severe disadvantage” when making decisions for purchases.With respect to unfair trade practices, the CCAC outlined that it has to do primarily with misleading and deceptive conduct where an enterprise may advertise and/or showcase details of a product or service that may not entirely be genuine thereby deceiving the consumer.Director of the CCAC, Dawn Holder-Alert, is pushing consumer awareness stating that, “an educated consumer is a smart consumer,” where they would be least likely to be caught in contraventions of the consumer affairs act.The CCAC said that is has an estimated success rate of 78 per cent response to cases reported, especially in relation to the sale of defective items and is calling for full compliance by businesses that are involved in unfair trade practices.Target areas would be the hinterland, Linden and other areas beyond the coast where there have been a number of reported cases of contraventions of the Consumer Affairs Act.