Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson’s B.C. Games Reps


first_imgA quartet of local hockey players is off to Vernon next month to represent the Kootenays at the 2012 B.C. Winter Games. The four girls are from the West Kootenay Wildcats female hockey team and were selected during a U16 evaluation camp last weekend in Invermere. Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours. The four players, from left, goalie Catalina Hartland from Kaslo and Nelson’s Merissa Dawson (defence), Emma Hare (forward) and Jesse Cooper (forward). — Submitted photolast_img


Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Darnel St. Pierre


first_imgUnfortunately, when your a hard-nosed defenceman, known for his on-the-edge play, like Darnel St. Pierre sometimes there’s a bulleye on your back.Which maybe explains why the 19-year-old St. Pierre is serving a two-game set for too many “hit to the head” penalties.However, the former Revelstoke Grizzlies star will be back on the blueline for Sunday’s afternoon home tilt against the Spokane Braves at 2:30 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.And that game can’t some soon enough for a Green and White team needing all defencemen on deck for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League stretch run.While watching his Leaf teammates on the ice last week, the Nelson Leaf captain sat down with The Nelson Daily.com Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr for the latest installment of the Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the WeekDarnel St. PierreAge: 19Born: Kelowna, BCHeight: 6-feetWeight: 175 poundsYears in Hockey: 15Hometown: Kelowna, BCFavorite NHL Player: Kris Letang, Pittsburgh PenguinsFavorite NHL Team: Colorado AvalancheKIJHL Stats: 129 games, 27 goals, 65 assists, 157 points, 270 penalty minutesFavorite Music: Hip-hop, RapPre-Game Meal:  mainly pasta Biggest accomplishment in hockey: Named captain of the Nelson LeafsWork: Warehouse OneNickname: Saint or DSPOther interests: Working out, spending time with friends and family and playing video gamesTwitter, Facebook, Instagram: All threeThe Nelson Daily: What type of player would you classify yourself?Darnel St. Pierre: I think I’m a hard-working, two-way defenceman. I like to scores some goals . . . creates opportunities and shut down the other teams top players while playing a responsible game.TND: What are your individual goals, this season and beyond?DSP:  Individual goals? Hopefully be names top defenceman of this (Neil Murdoch) division if not the league. Help the (Leafs) obviously win the Cyclone Taylor Championship and beyond this season get a scholarship somewhere in hockey to continue my career.TND:  What attracted you to come to Nelson?DSP: I requested a trade to Nelson (during the offseason). My mom is from (Nelson). Nelson teams are obviously very good as well Nelson hosting the Cyclone Taylor had some factor in my decision. Just figured I might as well try it out playing for Nelson.TND: Being the captain of the Leafs comes a lot of responsibility and added pressures. How do you cope with that pressure?DSP: Pressure is doing what is right because the guys won’t listen to you if you doing the opposite of what you’re saying in the room. So I need to make sure I’m that I’m using my head out on the ice all the time and really thinking while I’m playing.TND: Nelson has done with five defenceman most of the season and still ranks as one of the better defensive teams in the KIJHL. What has been the secret of this success?DSP: We’ve some really talented defencemen here. Any one of our defencemen could probably be the top one or two D-men on any other team in the league. There’s really a lot of skill with this unit, but our forwards help us out and we’ve been working a lot on our D-zone coverage lately, which has helped a lot.TND: The Leafs lost Cole Arcuri right before the roster deadline. How big of a loss is that for this team?DSP: It leaves a pretty big hole with only having five defencemen right now. He was a big part of this team. I loved playing with Cole myself . . .. At such a young age Cole was able to carry a pretty big responsibility with the team so it’s tough to lose him. But it’s great for him moving up to Junior A. Still we’ll find a way to replace him, whether it’s more minutes for us, but it’s a tough loss for sure.TND: Is the team upset that Cole left?DSP: No, not at all. Cole is a good guy, a good friend and I’m just happy to see him move up to Junior A. I rather Cole not get stuck down in here with all the talent he’s got.last_img read more


SHARED BELIEF ‘HORSE OF MEET’ IN MEDIA POLL


first_img2014-15 Santa Anita Winter Media PollHorse of the Meet: Shared BeliefOlder Horse: Shared BeliefOlder Filly/Mare: Warren’s VenedaGrass Horse: Finnegans WakeGrass Filly/Mare: Go West Marie3-Year-Old: Dortmund3-Year-Old-Filly: Stellar WindSprinter: MasochisticClaimer: NextdoorneighborTrainer: Jerry HollendorferJockey: Rafael BejaranoApprentice: Gonzalo NicolasRace: Robert B. Lewis StakesOwner: Hronis Racing, LLCAchievement: Shared Belief ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2015)–Shared Belief, winner of three rich stakes at the Winter Meet including the Grade I Malibu at seven furlongs and the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter, was unanimously named Horse of the Meet in Santa Anita’s annual Media Poll.The 4-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride trained by Jerry Hollendorfer also defeated Horse of the Year California Chrome in the Grade II San Antonio Invitational.Shared Belief earned $1,080,000 in winning the three races for ownersJungle Racing (Jim and Janet Rome of Los Angeles); Jerry Hollendorfer of Point Richmond, CA; George Todaro of Seattle; Alex Solis III of Glendale; and Jason Litt of Lexington, Ky.“He won two Grade I’s, at seven furlongs and a mile and a quarter, and in the other race, he beat the Horse of the Year, California Chrome,” pointed out Hollendorfer’s trusted assistant, Dan Ward. “It’s a most deserving honor and we appreciate it.”Shared Belief also was voted Outstanding Older Horse, and his three major stakes wins voted Achievement of the Meet.Unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund was a unanimous selection as Outstanding 3-Year-Old. Trained by Bob Baffert for owner Kaleem Shah, Dortmund came again in deep stretch after appearing to be beaten to win the Robert B. Lewis Stakes by a head over Firing Line in a thrilling battle that was named Race of the Meet.Stellar Wind, who won the Santa Ysabel Stakes and the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks in her two starts at Santa Anita after a private purchase by Hronis Racing LLC for trainer John Sadler, was named Outstanding 3-Year-Old Filly.Warren’s Veneda came into her own at the meet for Craig Lewis who trains the California-bred mare for owner/breeder Benjamin Warren. The 5-year-old chestnut daughter of Affirmative was named Outstanding Older Filly or Mare by posting authoritative victories in the Paseana Stakes, the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes and the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes.Finnegans Wake, winner of the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes and the Grade II San Marcos Stakes, was voted top Grass Horse. He is trained by Peter Miller for Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch.Go West Marie, winner of Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint and the Irish O’Brien Stakes and second in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes, was named Outstanding Grass Filly or Mare for trainer Eddie Truman and owner Peter Redekop.Masochistic, winner of the Grade II Kona Gold Stakes for Los Pollos Hermanos Racing and Jay Em Ess Stable and trainer Ron Ellis, was Outstanding Sprinter.Rafael Bejarano, the runaway riding leader with 76, was named Outstanding Jockey, and Jerry Hollendorfer, who shaded Peter Miller for the crown, 34-33, by winning the sixth of nine races on the final day of meet, Outstanding Trainer.Gonzalo Nicolas, winner of seven races at the meet, was named Outstanding Apprentice jockey, while the Hronis brothers, Kosta and Peter, were Outstanding Owners by virtue of 13 victories, most of any owner at the meet.Nextdoorneighbor, who climbed from $8,000 to $14,000 to $20,000 down to $16,000 on the claiming ladder, the only four-time winner at the meet, was named Outstanding Claiming Horse for Peter Miller, who claimed the Florida-bred son of Lido Palace for owners Rockingham Ranch for $8,000 before capturing his four victories. Hollendorfer, Bejarano Earn Honors as Top Trainer and Jockeylast_img read more


OC Mom Blog features fun for the whole family


first_imgOCMomBlog.com recently featured our Family Fun Zone. The blog was titled, “Santa Anita Park Family Fun Opening Day Celebration.” Shelby Barone wrote, “The celebration will feature a free Family Fun Zone in the track’s infield with carnival games, pony rides, jumpers and face painting, surrounded by horses racing around the track.” She went on to say, “Along with the family fun, there is also an event just for mom and dad. Opening Day will mark the return of Santa Anita’s popular Guest Chef Series, which showcases Los Angeles’ innovative dining culture.” OC Mom Blog clearly sees the fun in a day spent with us.Via OC Mom Bloglast_img


STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – Friday February 12, 2016


first_imgTyler Baze1371322219%41%$770,361 RECORD SPEAKS FOR UNBEATEN CHAMP NYQUIST RELAXED OM IS READY TO GO IN GRADE II ARCADIA ‘TANGO’ DANCES TWO TURNS AGAIN IN SANTA MARIASANTA ANITA JOCKEYS DEFEAT HOLY ANGELS, 43-34 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Eurton47714715%60%$563,560 Philip D’Amato6715111222%57%$856,120 Rafael Bejarano12728271122%52%$1,338,620 Santiago Gonzalez13825201418%43%$1,023,544 Flavien Prat11620151617%44%$1,299,848 Doug O’Neill9413151714%48%$682,087 Peter Miller6793713%28%$335,020 Tiago Pereira523746%27%$213,429 Fernando Perez1021071710%33%$539,209 J. Keith Desormeaux2652619%50%$153,280 Alonso Quinonez544837%28%$198,230 Jack Carava1942121%37%$91,620 Gary Stevens3866316%39%$801,605 Bob Baffert581371022%52%$1,036,855 Joseph Talamo11815151613%39%$743,114 (Current Through Thursday, Feb. 11) Alex Solis1630319%38%$193,613 Steve Knapp2041220%35%$138,140 Abel Lezcano3541211%20%$170,905 Richard Baltas5798516%39%$689,044 Agapito Delgadillo4885617%40%$198,557 Mario Gutierrez11011201510%42%$771,191 Kent Desormeaux50712514%48%$656,490 Victor Espinoza443837%32%$492,305center_img J. Eric Kruljac2342517%48%$91,100 Jerry Hollendorfer80861210%33%$631,381 William Spawr2265327%64%$159,227 NYQUIST MAKES THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT ON MONDAY            Nyquist is the Rodney Dangerfield of Thoroughbreds. He gets no respect, no respect at all. Critics say his time is too slow and his numbers are too low.Doug O’Neill, of course, isn’t on board. He trains the unbeaten champion two-year-old male of 2015, winner of an Eclipse Award in that category and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in his last start on Oct. 31, his third straight Grade I victory and his fourth graded stakes win from five career starts.Still, there are three horses listed ahead of him in Daily Racing Form’s Derby Watch as the countdown dwindles below 72 hours for the son of Uncle Mo’s three-year-old debut in Monday’s Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs.“We’re just eager to see him compete at a high level on Monday and let that speak for itself,” said O’Neill, not in the least nonplussed by naysayers. “That’s what I love about this game, though; everyone has an opinion.“I don’t always agree with people. Whenever you read something negative about your own horses, it’s like somebody saying something about your family members, so it does make you pause for a bit, but if he runs a big race Monday, we can write our own story.“I actually don’t mind flying under the radar. I just want to keep flying.”O’Neill’s stance is remindful of Lincoln’s when he told members of his Cabinet who criticized Grant for over-imbibing:“I’m going to find out what he drinks and give it to all my Generals.”In addition to the attractive racing card, Santa Anita will celebrate Presidents’ Day with another of its popular Dollar Days. Draft beers, hot dogs and sodas will be available for a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.OM, BOLO IN GRADE II ARCADIA STAKES SATURDAYOm has been a gem of consistency in a career of 10 races, winning five, with one second and two thirds for Dan Hendricks, who trains the four-year-old son of Munnings for the Sareen Family Trust.Om is the 7-5 morning line second choice to continue his steady run in Saturday’s Grade II Arcadia Stakes at a mile on grass, a race Hendricks hopes will lead to the Grade I, $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 12.“He’s been progressing since he came back last year, and I look forward to our mile turf races this year,” Hendricks said. “I think he’ll fit real well. He can be on the lead or just off it. The way he’s finally matured and started relaxing really helps him.“He’s either going to be way out in front, or just a little in front, because we can keep up as much as Gary (Stevens) wants.“We’ll be close to Obviously. It’s a matter of how they go the first part. The two of us are definitely the speed of the race, and it will be interesting to see how Om does against a classy older horse like Obviously.“It will be a different type of race for Om.”Meanwhile, Carla Gaines is hopeful that Bolo runs to his works in the Arcadia, his first race since last July 4 in the Grade I Belmont Derby. The four-year-old Temple City colt won the Eddie Logan at one mile last Dec. 27.“He’s been away but he’s had some good works,” Gaines said. “He went through the whole Triple Crown thing, traveling and what-not, so we freshened him up and he’s back.”Bolo was third in the Santa Anita Derby and an eventful 12th in the Kentucky Derby before winning an allowance race at Santa Anita last May 29.The Arcadia field: Om, Gary Stevens, 7-5; Cape Wolfe, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Yes Yes Yes, Brice Blanc, 20-1; Bolo, Flavien Prat, 4-1; and Obviously, Mike Smith, 6-5.Big Cazanova and Prospect Park were scratched.TARA’S TANGO STRETCHES OUT IN SANTA MARIATara’s Tango was third by a neck in the seven furlong Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 23, but Jerry Hollendorfer is optimistic that the four-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song can successfully go two turns when she runs in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.The Hall of Fame trainer bases that faith on his filly’s game second by a nose to StellarWind in the Grade II Summertime Oaks at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita last June.Trained by John Sadler, Stellar Wind would go on to earn an Eclipse Award as outstanding older female of 2015.“We feel she can stretch out, based on her second to Stellar Wind,” Hollendorfer said.The Santa Maria: Star Act, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Gas Total, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Birdatthewire, Mike Smith,5-2; Big Break, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Kyriaki, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Living the Life, Gary Stevens, 6-1; Yahilwa, Joe Talamo, 7-2; and Tara’s Tango, Martin Garcia, 2-1.BONNET LEADS SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS WITH 17 POINTSSanta Anita’s jockeys led from start to finish in last night’s 49th annual charity basketball game against Holy Angels Elementary School at La Salle High School in Pasadena, winning 43-34 under the direction of Coach Kurt Hoover of TVG.“We led throughout and were always in control,” said Hoover, coaching the riders for the 15th consecutive year. The riders led at halftime, 28-15.Newcomer Chester Bonnet led the riders with 17 points, followed by Drayden Van Dyke with 11; Kent Desormeaux’s son, Josh, with seven; Omar Figueroa with four; and Kent and Edwin Maldonado with two each.Kayla Stra, Tiago Pereira and Bruno Panicucci played but did not score.“It could not have been any better,” said Nancy Dollase, who chaired the event for the ninth straight year. “It was a packed house. We’re looking forward to our 50th next year.”Proceeds benefit Holy Angels athletic program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Eye on Jacob Foundation. The game was sponsored by Thoroughbred owner J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park.FINISH LINES: Leading rider Rafael Bejarano has been suspended three days (Feb. 21, 25 and 26) for careless riding on All That Heat in Sunday’s first race . . . Prospect Park, winner of the Grade III La Jolla Handicap last August, was scratched from Saturday’s Grade II Arcadia Stakes at one mile on turf to run in an allowance race at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track Sunday in preparation for his major goal, the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12. “Sunday’s race is ideal for his comeback,” said Cliff Sise Jr., who trains the son of Tapit for owners/breeders Marty and Pam Wygod. “We’re trying to set him up for the Santa Anita Handicap. He’s training well. I don’t want Sunday’s race to take a lot out of him, but I want him to run good, too.” . . . Gary Sherlock has Lost Bus ticketed for the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course on March 19. “There’s the Grade III Las Flores the next day, but it’s also $100,000, so I may as well run her against Cal-breds for the same purse,” the trainer reasoned . . . Richard Baltas had every confidence Jose Verenzuela could get the job on 7-1 shot Tale of Papa Nick in Thursday’s fifth race, and he was right. The five-year-old California-bred daughter of Papa Clem hadn’t raced since last Aug. 28, but won the $58,000 allowance race at about 6 ½ furlongs on the hillside turf course by a comfortable 2 ½ lengths for owner/breeder Nick Cafarchia. “Jose had been working the horse and I told him she had some issues in the gate,” Baltas said. “He did the right thing. You’ve got to ride those hungry guys.” . . . Agent Tony Matos has Martin Garcia booked to ride Sham Stakes winner Collected for Bob Baffert in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Monday . . . Hall of Fame jockey and three-time Kentucky Derby winner Kent Desormeaux and his wife, 31-year-old jockey Rosie Higgins, have 5,713 career wins between them, thanks to Rosie’s first-ever victory from only her fourth mount in Thursday’s second race aboard favored Blue Law ($4.40) for trainer Bob Hess Jr. “I wasn’t worried,” Rosie said. “I just didn’t want them to close the door on me. Last time, I hung in there and Kent told me, ‘Don’t be hanging there too long,’ but this time, I knew I had enough horse. My very first race, I was stuck back there for a bit, but I knew I had horse this time. He just exploded (winning by three lengths). Hopefully, this helps my career a little bit. I understand that I’m new, still green and what trainers think, too, because I’ve been in that situation. Hopefully, this builds my career and I keep moving up.” Kent, meanwhile, played second fiddle Thursday despite his 5,712 career wins. “Just call me Mr. Higgins,” he said. David Lopez1062081619%42%$594,216 George Papaprodromou2552520%48%$120,730 Carla Gaines2942214%28%$291,760 Brayan Pena2530312%24%$60,495 Brice Blanc3032710%40%$367,895 Martin Garcia66106815%36%$584,114 Jeff Bonde2162329%52%$143,340 Mike Smith5674813%34%$844,580 John Sadler4466414%36%$317,115 Edwin Maldonado95178918%36%$650,520 Steven Miyadi3257516%53%$179,434 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mark Glatt4856210%27%$263,940 Patrick Gallagher2152524%57%$419,688 Vladimir Cerin2171233%48%$190,780 Drayden Van Dyke82881110%33%$510,219 Kristin Mulhall2452221%38%$218,645 Ron Ellis2042220%40%$128,810 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jose Verenzuela1631219%38%$95,015 Martin Pedroza5264312%25%$161,605last_img read more


SANTA ANITA DERBY QUOTES – SATURDAY APRIL 9, 2016


first_img2/2/2/2 TRAINER QUOTES KEITH DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Did I have any doubts as they were going up to the gate? No doubt, I had doubts! We had a good pace to run at in the San Felipe, but not a really fast pace. Today, we had a great pace scenario and he took full advantage. For me, this is like a dream. I mean, the (Kentucky) Derby is what everybody in this business dreams of. I think we’ll probably come in (to Churchill Downs) right on top of the race, maybe ship in on Monday or Tuesday.” MIKE SMITH, DANZING CANDY, FOURTH: ​”Well he [Exaggerator] was quite a bit quicker than we hoped, of course, but we kind of thought that would happen today. I was hoping he’d really take to the mud, to be honest with you, as long as I had him up underneath me he was okay but as soon as I had to let up and run along I felt like I was on roller skates out there. He just didn’t grab quite a hold of it the way we hoped.” JOCKEY QUOTES WHEN ASKED IF HE THOUGHT EXAGGERATOR CAN BEAT NYQUIST NEXT TIME: “We haven’t been able to beat him, what five (actually three) times? I don’t know if we can or not.”             WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE FAMILY DYNAMIC OF HAVING HIS BROTHER RIDE FOR HIM: “I would say we have a very frank relationship. If I feel a certain way about something, I don’t hold anything back, and the same for him. I’m not sure I’d talk to a Mike Smith the way I talk to Kent. We’re just very upfront about everything and express ourselves fully.” NOTES: The winning owners are Matt Bryan (Big Chief Racing) of Ft. Worth; Head of Plains Partners; Rocker O Ranch, and Keith Desormeaux of Maurice, La. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE ADDED DISTANCE OF THE KENTUCKY DERBY: “Yes, the way he finished today and the way he galloped out…If we get a fast pace, and we should, yes, I don’t think there’s any problem with it.” RONNY ORTOWSKI, PART OWNER, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Kent just rode him perfect. It was a real good race. He’s a mud horse, and I had all the confidence in the world. He was feeling good this morning.” -more- GARY STEVENS, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “He warmed up great and left the gate wrong, and we got hit by the first wave of water and mud going into the first turn, he slipped with me and started lunging. He came off the bridle, and the first thing I said was, ‘This is going to be a long race.’ When Kent came by me, he actually tried to go with him – he sort of re-ignited again, but he sort of just looked after himself. I’m real proud of him to run second.” GARY SHERLOCK, UNCLO LINO, THIRD: “The track didn’t make him run any better but I wasn’t worried about it. The biggest thing was to let him run. He ran perfect, that’s what we had in mind. The only thing that fooled me was that Iron Rob didn’t send! Uncle Lino made the lead and just got run down by two pretty good horses, that’s about it.“My next move? I have no idea.” KENT DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, WINNER: “Well, if he shows up the first Saturday in May like he did today . . . he was ultra-confident today. He’s so mature and he walked to the gate like an old pony. He left there quiet and comfortable and I think that’s the difference, when a horse lets you drive and they’re not man-handling themselves. He reminded me of Texas Red.“He’s that caliber of horse and it’s extra special to be with Keith, and we don’t even talk too much, it’s all quite understood. All he said in the paddock was, ‘Kent, I’m telling you that I’ve never seen this horse so confident.’ When I galloped off once I was on the track, he took to the track like a duck to water. He never missed a beat and he showed it winning today.“I don’t think it has soaked in yet, I’m pretty much in shock. I’m just going to pray that unlike Texas Red, we make it there.“He was the fourth horse that I rode in the mud today and the others felt like they had ice skates on. Exaggerator felt like he had track shoes on. He really liked the going and I think that was part of his incredible effort today. He enjoyed the mud.“I don’t know (if he can beat Nyquist); we’ll find out Derby Day. I heard two people say that Nyquist couldn’t handle Mohaymen. When I tried to run with him in the San Vicente and he went twenty-two and change I thought I was going to go by him like he was tied to a pole but he wouldn’t let me by. That is a very good horse.” -30-last_img read more


RED-HOT VASILIKA ONE TO BEAT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES


first_imgRED-HOT VASILIKA ONE TO BEAT IN SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES AS SEVEN FILLIES & MARES GO ONE MILE ON TURF  RACE IS ONE OF SEVEN STAKES ON SANTA ANITA DERBY/BIG ‘CAP DAY   ARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2019)–Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Vasilika, a winner of 12 out of her last 14 starts, heads a field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita.  One of seven stakes, five of them graded, the Royal Heroine is part of a blockbuster program that will also include three Grade I events, the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap and the $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks.The Richard Baltas-trained Ms Bad Behavior, who has been third and second to Vasilika in her last two outings, would appear to be the second choice in the race with Mike Smith set to ride her back.VASILIKAOwner:  All Schlaich Stables, LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George TodaroTrainer:  Jerry HollendorferThe absolute epitome of a competitive Thoroughbred, this 5-year-old Skipshot mare finds a way to win virtually every time she races.  One of the best claims in California racing history, she was haltered for $40,000 13 starts back on Feb. 11, 2018 and she’s won 10 out of her 12 starts with Hollendorfer, including five graded stakes, one of them a Grade I (Rodeo Drive, at 1 ¼ miles on turf, five starts back on Sept. 29).  With an overall mark of 30-15-4-3, Vasilika has earnings of $938,595.MS BAD BEHAVIOROwner:  Sayjay Racing, LLC, Greg Hall and Brooke HubbardTrainer:  Richard BaltasSecond, beaten 1 ½ lengths by Vasilika two starts back in the Grade III, one mile turf Megahertz Stakes Jan. 21, she made the lead turning for home in the Grade II Buena Vista at a mile on grass Feb. 23, but was no match for the top selection and finished third by 2 ¾ lengths.  A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Blame, Ms Bad Behavior, who was bred in Ontario, Canada, is five-time graded stakes placed with an overall mark of 15-3-7-3.THE GRADE II ROYAL HEROINE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 5 of 11 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PTVasilika–Flavien Prat–124Ms Bad Behavior–Mike Smith–120Meal Ticket–Drayden Van Dyke–120Cordiality–Joe Talamo–120Raven’s Lady–Kent Desormeaux–120Space Talk–Rafael Bejarano–120Smoovie–Martin Garcia–120Special early first post time for an 11-race card that will also include the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, the Grade III Providencia Stakes and two ungraded stakes for California-bred or sired horses, the $200,000 Evening Jewel and the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes, is at 12 noon.  Admission gates open at 10 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more


Mourinho wishes topless Dele happy birthday as Spurs duo keep distance


first_img11JOSE MOURINHO wished Dele Alli a very personal happy birthday – after spotting his Spurs star across the road while out for a stroll.The Tottenham boss was sticking to guidelines and keeping his distance when a topless Dele, who turns 24 today, stepped outside his house in North London.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates11 Spurs star Dele popped outside his house topless today when he bumped into boss Mourinho other the over side of the roadCredit: NHPIX11 The Portuguese kept his distance as he wished his player a happy 24th birthdayCredit: NHPIX11 Mourinho stuck to the guidelines today after being pictured apparently taking a training session with three Spurs players in a park earlier this weekCredit: NHPIXMourinho, 57, risked a telling off from police earlier this week after he appeared to flout coronavirus guidelines by taking a training session in a London park.Pictures appeared to show the Spurs boss doing drills with club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele on Hadley Common.Youngster Ryan Sessegnon and central defender Davinson Sanchez were also spotted jogging side by side.Mourinho has since apologised for his actions and looked to have learned his lesson while keeping a safe distance away from Alli – who himself went on a two-night binge with the season suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak – when out and about today.Our photos show Mourinho – who wore a coronavirus mask for his sunshine stroll – keeping the other side of the road while talking to his player.The Special One, who was out at the same time as goalkeeper coach Nuno Santos and Spurs tactical analyst Ricardo Formosinho, even stopped to take a photo on his allotted period of exercise during the global pandemic.Dele – who lives about five minutes away from Mourinho – took to Instagram after his chance encounter with his boss to show how he is coping with being stuck indoors.11 Mourinho stopped to admire the view and take a photo when out on his walkCredit: NHPIX11 The England and Spurs midfielder is celebrating his 24th birthdayCredit: NHPIX11 Mourinho lives close to Alli and was enjoying the sunshine on his time outdoors amid the coronavirus pandemicCredit: NHPIX11 Alli joked he was having a brilliant birthday in isolationCredit: Instagram @Dele11 The Spurs ace put up a number of photos showing how he was celebrating his birthday – which he appeared to be spending with girlfriend Ruby MaeCredit: Instagram / @deleGive now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappeallatest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticThe England midfielder posted a brilliant photo of himself playing Twister on his own, as well as flipping a burger, with the caption: “Isolation birthday #stayhome.”However, it appears Dele was not totally by himself.Girlfriend Ruby Mae posted a short clip to her Instagram of Dele playing the game – and slammed him for his skills, shouting: “You’re s***!”11 Dele appeared to be sticking to the isolation guidelines in the company of stunning girlfriend Ruby MaeCredit: Social Media – Refer to Source11 Mourinho and Alli are, like the rest of us, waiting to find out when the Premier League season will resumeCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdDele Alli posts hilarious Lion King mock with dog Uno as Tottenham star shows off giant projector TV at his houselast_img read more


EAP lose by 94 runs to Western Australia


first_imgSwitching back to the 50 over format of the game, Western Australia batted first and set a target of 209 for victory after batting out the innings.This was thanks to Julian Crudeli’s unbeaten knock of 62 runs.With the ball, Crudeli destroyed the EAP batting attack taking three wickets to help bowl out EAP for 115.Alei Nao from PNG was outstanding for EAP finishing with 32 runs and bowling figures of 4-24.In the women’s matches yesterday, EAP has an easy eight-wicket win over Western Australia Country.Photo credit: Cricket Illawarra Facebook Pagelast_img


Míchel wants to recover Juan Carlos Real and Dani Raba


first_imgConsecutive defeats against Rayo Vallecano and Mirandés indicated In a direct way to two Barça players: Juan Carlos Real and Dani Raba. The two soccer players they didn’t live their best afternoons in both meetings and Míchel took letters in matter and left them out of eleven in the clash of the Copa del Rey in Laredo and in the crashes in front of Real Zaragoza and Elche. Since they were ‘punished’ they have only had 13 minutes for the Galician and 10 for the Cantabrian in the last three games.A touch of attention for two of the most unbalanced players of the Catalans, but which are key for the future plans of the people of Osca. The challenge ahead the coach goes through recover the best version of the two players and begin to give them relevance in a week loaded with matches, since the azulgranas they face Cultural Leonesa in Copa del Rey, in Liga al Tenerife in El Alcoraz and Real Oviedo in Carlos Tartiere. LaBiga SmartBank* Data updated as of January 9, 2020 Juan Carlos is he top scorer of Huesca, along with Okazaki and Mikel Rico, with four goals each and Raba adds three. The midfielder and the end have been overcome in the last lineups by David Ferreiro and Sergio Gómez in the last two league commitments. With the loss of the player assigned by Borussia Dortmund by a muscle elongation, the opportunity will come for either of us players who could have their first revalidation this Saturday in the Kingdom of León.Yáñez: “There is no easy rival in the Cup”Rubén Yáñez will start in the Kingdom of León instead of Álvaro Fernández. In the previous tie against Laredo he was chosen to defend the Barca goal: “There is no easy rival, we saw it in the other phase, in which we had a tough game, although Our goal is always to win and pass. We are prepared and it is a match to take advantage of it. It’s always good to have good individual feelings, because that indicates that you have been able to help the team. “He explained the keeper given by Getafe.last_img read more