SYNTHESIS UP TO WIN $57,000 SANTA ANITA FEATURE BY A NOSE AS BEJARANO & PAPAPRODROMOU TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILE WIN IN 1:45.08 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2020)–In his second start of the Winter Meet, long striding Synthesis kept to his task late and was just up to nip favored Lambeau by a nose in Friday’s $57,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by George Papaprodromou, Synthesis got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.08.Synthesis, who broke from post position five in a field of nine older horses, appeared to lunge out of the gate, causing him to lose immediate position, but Bejarano angled him quickly to the outside and he was third, about a length and a half off pacesetting Lambeau mid-way around the Club House turn.Heading to the far turn, Synthesis was lapped on the leader while settling into a good stride, and was about a neck off the lead turning for home. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Lambeau opened up by 1 ½ lengths inside the furlong pole, but Synthesis kept fighting and was just up in a thriller.Well beaten six starts back in last year’s Santa Anita Derby, Synthesis, who was most recently a close second in a one mile allowance here Feb. 7, was off at 5-1 and paid $13.60, $6.00 and $3.60.“We bought this horse with the idea to try and run him in the (Kentucky) Derby,” said Papaprodromou. “Maybe we did too much with him, I don’t know, but he needed time off (following a seventh place allowance finish at Del Mar Aug. 18). “He came back refreshed and he’s put on some weight. He’s a big striding horse and I told Rafael, you can’t take too much hold of him. Let him do his thing.”Owned by Decker Racing, Kretz Racing, LLC and Jay Selby, Synthesis, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by First Samurai, out of the Bernardini mare Trust in Hope, posted his second win from 16 starts and with the winner’s share of $34,200, increased his earnings to $189,722.Lambeau, a promising First Samurai colt trained by John Shirreffs, basically did everything but win in finishing second, a half length in front of Dreams of Valor. Off as the 5-2 favorite, Lambeau paid $4.60 and $3.40.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Dreams of Valor was off at 20-1 and paid $8.00 to show while finishing 2 ½ lengths clear of Street Class.Fractions on the race were 24.01, 48.54, 1:12.81 and 1:38.23.Racing resumes with a blockbuster 12-race card on Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day. Special early first post time is at 11:30 a.m., with admission gates opening at 10 a.m.
Chinese company Meizu on Wednesday launched its flagship MX5 smartphone in India at a price of Rs.19,999. The MX5 will go on sale for the first time on Wednesday itself, starting at 2PM exclusively via Snapdeal.The Meizu MX5 was recently launched in China and has a full-metal body measuring 7.6 mm and149 grams. It comes with a physical home button on the front that houses the mTouch 2.0 fingerprint sensor that takes only 0.48 seconds to unlock the phone, according to the company.On the specifications front, the MX5 has a 5.5-inch FullHD Super AMOLED display with a 1080×1920 pixels resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10 processor with PowerVR G6200 GPU and 3GB RAM.The MX5 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box with the company’s own Flyme 4.5 OS on top. The dualSIM phone supports 4G LTE on both SIMs.It sports a 20.7-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus and dual-tone LED flash along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.The phone uses a 3,150mAh battery and supports quick charging.Meizu had earlier launched the M1 Note in India at Rs.12,000 exclusively via Amazon. The M1 Note’s successor, the M2 Note was recently launched by the company in China.