The teens were eventually caught within the property.They were taken into custody on charges of armed trespassing, armed burglary, and resisting arrest without violence.Police say when the teens were asked where they got the AK-47 from, one of them responded that he “found it.”Additionally, the spokesperson for the Palm Beach Police Department says the teens were not unaware they had entered Mar-a-Lago property.Rather, they told police that they were trying to evade police and ended up at the club by pure coincidence.The trio, whose identities have not been released, are being held at the Juvenile Assessment Center in West Palm Beach. President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was once again the site of an arrest situation late last week. However, this time around was quite different than the previous scenarios.Palm Beach Police said Wednesday that three 15-year-old boys are in custody after they illegally entered the property while armed with an AK-47 in a backpack.Officers spotted the teens parked in a silver Hyundai in the 300 block of Middle Rd. around midnight last Friday.The driver took off as officers approached the car.After a short pursuit, the teens stopped near the Southern Blvd. bridge, where they jumped out of the car and ran toward Mar-a-Lago, according to police.A police spokesperson says Mar-a-Lago security later found a backpack on a seawall on the property. It contained a Mini Draco 7.62 caliber AK-47 with a 14-round magazine.
Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon listens to a question at a news conference during the NCAA college Atlantic Coast Conference media day in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond) Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) avoids a sack by Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) late in their NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)• Congratulations to Terrelle Pryor for having the smarts at such a young age when he graduated from Ohio State University to tell Coach Tomlin and the Steelers he wanted to get away from Pittsburgh and all its distractions, of which there were many. Word to the reader . . . every college bound student-athlete that can go away from home should give it a major consideration and the same can be said after college if the pros are on your radar screen.• The Steelers beat Oakland in Oakland by double digits. Here’s to Pryor having a good game, but coming up short. Hey friends are friends, but business is business.• If you want to make a difference in “our community” and “be a part of the solution and not the problem” call The Champions at (412) 628-4856 to be a volunteer. Remember, Champions Aren’t Born, They’re Made . . . with your support!< YOU’VE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINE > • Pitt ACC Basketball tips off tonight and clearly it’s the exciting start of a new kind of basketball here in Pittsburgh. Tonight’s game is a warm-up against San Diego University but trust me, the heat is coming . . . in the form of North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State and others. But I expect Pitt to hold tight. Defense wins games and Jamie Dixon’s game is defense!• The St. Louis Cardinals will win the World Series on the back of their superior pitching. Boston is no door mat, but I see the Birds popping the cork in six games.
Tyler 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%$492,305 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%$161,605
2/2/2/2 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-