Five-time champion jockey Omar Walker rather fittingly enjoyed a supreme day at Caymanas Park with five winners on yesterday’s 11-race programme, the first meet under the umbrella of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited, the new owners of the racing complex.Walker, the reigning champion jockey, was in his element as he dominated the programme from the very first race aboard 7-5 favourite UNBREAKABLE proceeding to ride consecutive winners from six mounts on the card. The ‘Birthday Boy’ closed out the five-timer with reigning “Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM, who romped the grade one Chairman’s Trophy feature over 1500 metres by seven lengths in near track record time of 1:30.0, behind splits of 46.4 for the half mile and a brisk 1:10.3 for the first 1200 metres.Trained by 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta for Member of Parliament Derrick Smith, who was off the island, SEEKING MY DREAM, who was racing for the first time since his impressive victory in the $13.9 million Diamond Mile on December 10 last year, raced prominently in third as stable-companion MR. AMBASSADOR (99-1) led from last year’s winner FRANFIELD (7-5) in a field of six. The race, however, was all but over passing the 600-metre marker as SEEKING MY DREAM surged into the lead and was merely racing the clock up the lane, stopping it three-fifths of a second outside the long-standing track record held by SKY TRAIN since May, 1983.FRANFIELD, who beat SEEKING MY DREAM by a length in this race a year ago, held on well for second, a length ahead of late-closing HOVER CRAFT, one of four horses saddled by DaCosta in the six-horse field.MAJOR OBJECTIVEAccording to DaCosta, SEEKING MY DREAM’s major objective is the SVL-sponsored Diamond Mile, a race he won in 2015 and 2016.In addition to SEEKING MY DREAM and UNBREAKABLE, Walker also won aboard 6-1 chance LOTTERY TICKET for DaCosta in the third race over 1200 metres; even-money favourite CRAFTY STAR in the sixth then had to survive a stewards’ inquiry and objection from the second, and the front running grey gelding NO MONEY FRIEND, who staged a tremendous rally on the inside after being caught by the favourite MONEYNEVERSLEEP to win by a head.As a result, he leads the standings with 20 wins – five clear of Dane Nelson, who failed to ride a winner on the afternoon.
Source = Collette Japan – New for ColletteJapan – New for ColletteCollette has released a new explorations tour to Japan with dates from September 2017. The 13-day tour was personally crafted by CEO Dan Sullivan Jnr, and expands the number of Collette tours to 170 to across 56 countries.Named hotels and superb included experiences plus 23 meals are part of the new ‘Cultural Treasures of Japan’ tour. The Collette Chauffeur is included within 40km of international Australian airports.“We’re really excited to add Japan to our program. This represents excellent value for money, especially for the date which coincides with the Cherry Blossom bloom in early April 2018. Our explorations program, with an average group size of 18, is increasingly popular in Asia which means that we are guaranteeing more and more dates,” commented Alison Mead, General Manager Collette Australia.For more information on this tour: call Collette on 1300 792 195 or visit www.gocollette.com
Many changes in the way America’s doctors deliver care are challenging long-held notions of how health care functions for patients.Kaiser Health News: Some Doctors Questioning Whether Shorter Shifts For Interns Are Endangering PatientsThese days, interns, as first-year residents fresh out of medical school are known, no longer face the punishing shifts Casoy endured just four years ago. In July 2011, after more than two decades of impassioned debate, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) reduced the maximum allowable shift for the least experienced doctors from 30 straight hours to 16. … But as a new class of interns, who arrived July 1, begins treating patients in teaching hospitals around the country, a recent spate of studies questions whether the rules have made the situation worse (Boodman, 7/9). In the meantime, a study looks at doctors’ roles in coordinating care and the savings that it could bring –Detroit Free Press: Blue Cross Study: 1 Doctor Overseeing Care Better For Health, Cuts CostsA single doctor overseeing your care not only improves your health, it shrinks the cost of maintaining it, according to a new study based on the actual cases by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan doctors. The study found adult patients who belong to a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) saved an average of $26.37 a month per person, or an estimated $155 million collectively over the first three years, according to the study published this month in the journal, Health Services Research (Erb, 7/8).And doctors report difficulties with new payment methods –Medpage Today: Group Practices Struggle With New Pay ModelsCollaborating with payers to implement new payment models was an intense challenge this year, according to a survey of 1,067 group practice executives. In fact, preparing for different reimbursement models was executives’ second-biggest concern, behind rising operating costs, a survey of members of the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) — American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE) showed (Pittman, 7/8). Doctors Weigh Changes In Intern Hours, Role With Patients, Pay Models This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.