3 Aug
2020

Minor Baseball Season in full swing

first_imgThe minor baseball season is in full swing throughout the West Kootenay, and in the Heritage City, the Nelson Jays are out to defend West Kootenay Babe Ruth Baseball Championship won in 2015.The Jays met Castlegar this past week at Queen Elizabeth Park. Both teams battle the opposition, and the weather, during this mid-week contest with the host team coming out on top.The NDBA has fields teams in six divisions — Tee-Ball, Rookie, Minor, Major, Junior and Senior Babe Ruth.The teams play at Queen Elizabeth Lions Park.Nelson plays in the West Kootenay Minor Baseball leaqgue, which  runs until the middle of June when playoffs close out the house league campaigns.The West Kootenay teams — Grand Forks, Fruitvale, Castlegar, Trail and Nelson — then form all-star squads to participate in provincial play.last_img read more

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3 Aug
2020

Hawks, Heat faceoff in KIJHL Final

first_imgThe Beaver Valley Nitehawks will meet the Chase Heat to determine the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Champion after the Hawks and Heat outlasted Kimberley and Osoyoos in deciding Conference Final games Friday.Beaver Valley scored four times in the opening frame to dump Kimberley Dynamiters 5-2 in the Kootenay Conference fifth game.Tyler Ghirardosi got the party started for the home fans with two goals seven minutes into the first period.Devon Langelaar stopped the bleeding with a goal two minutes later.However, Ghirardosi, with his third of the period, and Dylan Heppler scored before the period concluded to give the Hawks the early lead. Beaver Valley then rode the netminding of Tallon Kramer to a berth in the KIJHL final which begins Monday in Fruitvale.Meanwhile, the Heat completed the comeback in Game five at Osoyoos.Two second period goals by Kaden Black and Zachary Fournier powered Chase past the Coyotes.Osoyoos won the first two games of the series.However, the Heat won two games in overtime at home before pulling off the shocker in the South Okanagan City.Game two of the KIJHL Final best-of-five series goes Tuesday before the series shifts to Chase for Games three and four, Thursday and Friday.If necessary, Game five is Sunday, April 2, in Fruitvale.The KIJHL Champion represent the league at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 6-9, 2017 in Creston.last_img read more

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3 Aug
2020

Countdown is on for MS Bike Challengers — still time to register

first_img“The difficulty and length, combined with the epic scenery of the West Kootenays really sets this event apart from other MS Bike rides,” said Jillian Earl, event coordinator. “It’s not hard to see why many would travel to participate.”Riders are supported throughout the weekend with several rest stops and support vehicles along the route. A dinner is also hosted on Saturday evening, celebrating their hard work.Earl is still encouraging those interested in riding to register. She is hoping to have 25 more join by the event weekend.“The countdown is on, but there’s still time to register,” said Earl.Those interested in riding in the MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge can learn more, and register at www.westkootenayglacierchallenge.ca. In less than two weeks, participants of the MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge will take on 222km of road (and hills) around the Kokanee Glacier, and all for a good cause.Over August 19th and 20th, cyclists will travel from New Denver to Nelson, and back to Nelson via Kaslo raising funds to support the MS Society of Canada. So far, participants have raised over $40,000 towards the event’s goal of $115,000. These funds will support the programs and services offered by the MS Society, as well as research into treatments and a cure for the disease that affects approximately 100,000 Canadians.Of this year’s 75 registered participants, nearly half are taking on the ride for the first time. Many are from the West Kootenays, but some will travel from other parts of the province, and one participant will come as far as Manitoba.last_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

GO WEST MARIE STRETCHES OUT TO TAKE $125,000 FRAN’S VALENTINE STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER STEVENS; TRUMAN TRAINEE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:38.81

first_imgFILLY BY WESTERN FAME TAKES GOLDEN STATE SERIES RACE FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED OLDER FILLIES & MARES ARCADIA, Calif. (May 23, 2015)–Favored Go West Marie stretched out off of three consecutive sprints to win Saturday’s $125,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths, while covering one mile on turf under Gary Stevens in 1:38.81. Trained by Eddie Truman and owned by Peter Redekop BC, Ltd., the 4-year-old filly by Western Fame appeared on the muscle early but settled into a stalking trip en route to notching her fourth stakes win and seventh win from 20 starts. (The Fran’s Valentine, run as Santa Anita’s sixth race, was the second in a series of five Golden State Series stakes for horses bred or sired in California).“The key with her is to get relaxed,” said Stevens. “When Rafael (Bejarano, aboard eventual sixth place finisher Wild in the Saddle) was getting out pretty good going into the first turn, it gave me a little bump to get out and she got a little aggressive. Once I got her back midway around the turn, she switched off for me and she has an explosive kick. She outclassed these fillies today.”The 3-5 favorite in a field of eight older fillies and mares, Go West Marie paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.40. The win improved her overall mark to 20-7-2-5, and with the winner’s share of $75,000, she ran her earnings to $557,520.“Gary loved her at a mile,” said Truman, who is enjoying perhaps his best year as a conditioner. “We both think she’s actually better going a mile. Today it scared me with that slow pace, and he rode her like the champion rider that he is. He said ‘Hey, we’re not saving ground. We’re the best horse and here we come.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Chati’s On Top rallied from last to finish second, one length in front of longshot My Monet. Dispatched at 7-1, Chati’s On Top paid $5.20 and $3.40.Ridden by Gonzalo Nicolas, My Monet set the pace to the furlong pole and tired to finish third, three quarters of a length in front of Mangita. Off at 16-1, My Monet paid $6.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.33, 49.68, 1:14.47 and 1:26.78. –last_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

LONGTIME SPORTS WRITER, RACING PUBLICIST & THOROUGHBRED OWNER, JACK DISNEY PASSES AT AGE 80

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (July 1, 2015)–Jack Disney, a longtime sports writer with the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner, who went on to serve as Director of Publicity at Hollywood Park and who was an integral part of Santa Anita’s publicity efforts for many years, passed away at his home in Irvine on Monday at the age of 80 following a long bout with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (C.O.P.D.).An avid racing enthusiast from his days at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, Disney hired on at the Herald Examiner at the age of 19 in 1954 and, for the better part of 35 years, covered USC football and basketball, the Lakers, Raiders, Angels, Dodgers, boxing at both the Olympic Auditorium and the Forum, and even had a fling as an on-air pro wrestling analyst alongside the legendary Dick (Whoa Nellie!!) Lane, on KTLA channel 5.Known simply as “Diz” to close friends and press box colleagues, Disney was the product of a bygone era, when sports writers often drew close to the athletes they covered, and enjoyed, for the most part, non-adversarial relationships. Accordingly, Disney often recounted nights out on the town and eventful charter flights with the likes of Bo Belinsky, “Hot Rod” Hundley, Elgin Baylor, and many others, including one of his all-time favorite athletes, the Raiders’ Lester Hayes.“Jack’s love and enthusiasm for sports was evident in all of his reporting,” said former Santa Anita General Manager George Haines. “Jack built thousands of relationships over the years here in L.A. and these were of great benefit to him and all of us here at Santa Anita. He was just a class act and he was very well liked by our jockeys and horsemen. He will be sorely missed and my best wishes go to his wife and family.”Married for the past 19 years to his high school sweetheart, Emily, Disney enjoyed some of his greatest success late in life–as a Thoroughbred owner. Calling upon his close ties to the sports community, Disney and his twin brother, Doug, formed “Indizguys” Stable about 10 years ago. Members ranged from former Angel catcher, Buck Rogers, to former USC and San Francisco 49ers receiver Paul Salata and retired L.A. Times sports writer and Baseball Hall of Famer, Ross Newhan.This disparate entourage struck gold on Nov. 25, 2006, when, at the behest of the late trainer Mike Mitchell, they claimed a long-fused 5-year-old English-bred gelding named On the Acorn. Finishing fifth on the day they purchased him, On the Acorn was subsequently last in a field of nine for a $50,000 claiming tag on Dec. 16, 2006, but he then rattled off consecutive allowance wins on turf at Santa Anita and was poised for stakes company.In what Disney described as “A once in a lifetime” run, On the Acorn would go on to win the Grade II, $250,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap on April 22, 2007, en route to a pair of $250,000 wins in the Grade II, Jim Murray Memorial Handicap on May 12, 2007 and on May 10, 2008.“Jack, along with (the late columnist and editor) Allan Malamud, were the people most responsible for me getting an opportunity at the Herald Examiner back in the late 70s and for that I was forever grateful,” said current Los Angeles Newspaper Group handicapper Bob Mieszerski, who worked alongside Disney at the Herald and is also currently serving as Thoroughbred Publicity Director at Los Alamitos. “Jack and I have been close ever since and I could always count on him for guidance and support.“He was a brilliant writer and a first class gentleman. In all the years I had the pleasure of knowing Jack, I never heard anyone utter a bad word about him. The world won’t be the same without him and I already miss him terribly. I only hope he knew how much I loved and appreciated him.”In addition to his wife, Emily and brother, Doug, Jack Disney is survived by his sons, Rick and Mitchell, and two grandchildren. Services are pending. POPULAR SCRIBE COVERED ORIGINAL L.A. ANGELS, NEWLY ARRIVED LAKERS IN 1960slast_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

TRIPLE CROWN CHAMP AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS ONE MILE OVER MAIN TRACK, TWO-TIME ECLIPSE CHAMPION BEHOLDER GALLOPS STRONGLY IN ADVANCE OF SATURDAY’S GRADE I ZENYATTA STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 23, 2015)–Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah, who walked Bob Baffert’s shedrow yesterday, came on Santa Anita’s main track at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday and jogged off the “wrong way” one mile before decelerating to a walk and a return to the Baffert barn with American Racing’s most recognizable human in-tow.With trainer Richard Mandella looking on, two-time Eclipse Champion mare Beholder graced the main track at 5:50 a.m., proceeding directly to the seven furlong pole where she commenced a strong mile and a quarter-plus gallop.After backtracking to the finish line, she headed through Santa Anita’s Grandstand tunnel and a schooling engagement in the track’s saddling paddock. With Mandella at her head, the superstar mare stood quietly in one of the stalls prior to being led to the Seabiscuit Walking Ring for a couple turns and a return to Mandella’s Barn 4 as she continues to prepare for a run at a record third consecutive win in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. –30–last_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

FAVORED LIAM THE CHARMER RALLIES TO TAKE $56,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY ONE LENGTH UNDER ESPINOZA; TRAINED BY MCCARTHY, HE GETS MILE AND A QUARTER ON TURF IN 1:59.55

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2017)–Last with three furlongs to run, classy Liam the Charmer rallied five-wide around the far turn en route to a solid one length win in Thursday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Victor Espinoza, as he got a mile and a quarter over a “good” turf in 1:59.55.  Trained by Michael McCarthy, “Liam” had been idle since running fourth as the favorite in a 1 1/16 miles turf allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 19.“We’ve always thought he was a nice colt,” said McCarthy, who saddled the 4-year-old son of Smart Strike to a close fifth place finish two starts back in the Grade III La Jolla Handicap on Aug. 6.  “Victor rode him great, the pace was ideal and the ground had a little ‘give’ to it, which was to his liking.”The 9-5 favorite in a field of nine older horses, Liam the Charmer paid $5.60, $3.80 and $3.00.  Bred by Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally and his wife Debbie, he’s owned by Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Warren, Jr.  With the winner’s share of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $94,226 while running his overall record to 7-2-1-1.Like the winner, Beach View, who was ridden by Stewart Elliott, rallied wide from off the pace, finishing a half length in front of Mission Driven.  Originally based in the mid-Atlantic region, Beach View made his Southern California debut at 25-1 and paid $22.00 and $10.00.Off at 5-2 with Flavien Prat, Mission Driven paid $3.00 to show.Fractions, which were set by eventual sixth place finisher Little Scotty, were 23.01, 47.14, 1:11.23 and 1:35.33.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m.  Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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2 Aug
2020

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017

first_imgJ. Keith Desormeaux3473521%44%$446,760 Vladimir Cerin3487624%62%$283,719 ARROGATE WORKS MONDAY, POSSIBLE FOR BIG ‘CAPSENSITIVELY RETURNS IN THE GRADE III LAS FLORESKOBE‘S BACK DRILLS WITH GARY STEVENS ABOARD Philip D’Amato631371121%49%$815,980 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.78127715%33%$617,100 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer9418111819%50%$1,335,468 Tyler Baze17130362018%50%$1,446,796 Santiago Gonzalez9410131211%37%$481,242 ARROGATE, MIDNIGHT STORM WORK TOMORROW“The big horse works tomorrow.”So spoke Bob Baffert at Clockers’ Corner on an intermittently rainy Sunday morning, referring to Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup winner Arrogate, who is scheduled to work at 7:45 a.m. under jockey Martin Garcia, after which a decision could be forthcoming on whether the Eclipse Award champion three-year-old male of 2016 will run in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11, or go elsewhere.With the spate of recent rain altering training schedules, Baffert deems it crucial to get the work for Arrogate in tomorrow to maintain a regimen that will keep the son of Unbridled’s Song race ready no matter where he surfaces next.Also scheduled to work Monday for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter is Midnight Storm for Phil D’Amato, who has been firm on the Big ‘Cap since  the versatile speedster won the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1.“I’m very happy with him,” D’Amato said of the six-year-old full horse by Pioneerof the Nile out of the Bertrando dam My Tina, and a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf. “We’re looking forward to running in the Big ‘Cap.” Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 25) Joseph Talamo1081681715%38%$515,903 Flavien Prat16238252823%56%$2,495,094 Peter Miller782120727%62%$1,144,515 Mark Glatt54911717%50%$400,570 Mike Smith38133934%66%$1,252,159 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493center_img SENSITIVELY ‘FRESH’ FOR LAS FLORES STAKESSensitively is scheduled to make her first start in nearly seven months in next Sunday’s Grade III Las Flores Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at six furlongs.“She’s training good and she runs well fresh,” trainer Phil D’Amato said of the five-year-old Street Sense mare that last raced on Aug. 17, 2016, but has won twice after layoffs, once after five months and another after seven weeks.“Tyler (Baze) has been breezing her and we’re a go.”Sensitively has won four of nine career starts but seeks her first stakes win in the Las Flores, which offers $100,000 in purse money. The bay mare is a horse for course, however, having won four of six starts at Santa Anita, with one second.Others likely for the Los Flores include Constellation, Flavien Prat; Fantastic Style, Rafael Bejarano; and Watch This Cat, Corey Nakatani. Bob Baffert4496720%50%$886,151 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Doug O’Neill10711221910%49%$1,026,751 Kent Desormeaux10121121021%43%$1,268,091 Richard Baltas9116161418%51%$854,717 KOBE‘S BACK BREEZES FOR TRIPLE BEND UNDER STEVENSKobe’s Back, who last raced June 25, 2016, finishing third in the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s “good” main track at 11:45 a.m. before Sunday’s first race at 12:30 p.m. for this year’s Triple Bend for four-year-olds and up at seven furlongs on March 11.Under regular rider Gary Stevens, Kobe’s Back was clocked in 1:13.13, with fractional times of 23.74, 35.71, 47.94 and 1:00.30.A six-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Flatter trained by Peter Eurton for the C R K Stable, millionaire Kobe’s Back has a 5-3-4 record from 20 starts with earnings of $1,036,250.Also working before the first race were a trio for Bob Baffert, three-year-old American Anthem, in company with Downtowner, and Grade II Matron winner Pretty N Cool, who is nominated to next Sunday’s Las Flores Stakes.American Anthem, runner-up to Gormley in the Sham Stakes, was ridden by Martin Garcia and timed in 59.40 for five furlongs. The fractional times were 23.68, 46.76 and 58.98, with a six furlong gallop out of 1:11.51. Downtowner received a final time of 59.40.Pretty N Cool went six furlongs under Garcia in 1:11.03, getting splits of 23.82, 46.82 and 59.03, with a seven furlong gallop out of 1:24.17. Victor Espinoza46912620%59%$631,797 William Spawr22102245%64%$282,271 Stewart Elliott11212131611%37%$586,157 FINISH LINES: Bettys Bambino, a disappointing third and last as the 2-5 favorite in Saturday’s Sensational Star Stakes, came out of the race with an injury and likely will be retired. “We could bring him back, but at his age (seven), we’d have to give him six months off,” trainer Peter Eurton said Sunday morning. “He strained his (left) front suspensory, but he’s walking sound and more than likely he’ll probably be retired, but I need to talk to the owners. You never know. They might want to bring him back.” The Sensational Star on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs was only the 12th race in the abbreviated career of Bettys Bambino, who had won six of seven starts over the venue. A gelded son of Unusual Heat, Bettys Bambino has earned $390,036 . . . The seven scheduled starters in today’s fifth race will never win any Eclipse Awards, but they’ve certainly paid their dues in longevity, with a combined 275 starts in their careers, topped by Smil’n From Above, a nine-year-old mare trained by Marcelo Polanco who has raced 82 times, winning only three but finishing second and third 17 times each. The seven runners have averaged more than 39 starts each. Gianis, a seven-year-old mare trained by Duff Shidaker, goes postward for the 61st time in the race, labeled the $23,000 Queen of Hearts Starter Handicap for older fillies and mares at six furlongs . . . Agent Tom Knust has Mario Gutierrez booked to ride California Derby winner So Conflated for Paul Reddam and Doug O’Neill in next Saturday’s 1 1/16 mile Gotham at Aqueduct . . . Friends and well wishers of trainer Barry Abrams, of whom there are many, offered congratulations and enjoyed carrot cake at Clockers’ Corner Sunday in advance of his 63rd birthday next Saturday, March 4 . . . All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, March 11, will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. Martin Pedroza829161411%48%$429,713 Peter Eurton4385519%42%$457,269 John Sadler42791017%62%$471,304 Tiago Pereira781081013%36%$320,755last_img read more

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