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Karen Fraser to head Evergreen Board of Trustees

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeFormer state Sen. Karen Fraser was elected incoming chair of The Evergreen State College Board of Trustees on June 13, succeeding businessman Fred Goldberg, who will continue on the board as vice-chair.Fraser, who for decades represented the college’s legislative district, is a former Evergreen adjunct faculty member, and the parent of an Evergreen graduate.“Students at Evergreen benefit from a top-quality education, and our state in turn benefits from these critical thinkers, collaborative leaders and life-long learners,” said Fraser. “It will be an honor to help strengthen and grow these excellent educational opportunities.”The Evergreen Board of Trustees consists of eight members, including a student, chosen by the governor. They provide long-term strategic leadership for the college, initiating policy and delegating authority to the president.  Their meetings are open to the public.  Members serve for six-year terms.“Karen’s leadership and wisdom are incredibly valuable as Evergreen focuses on improving and renewing the way we serve students,” said Evergreen President George Bridges.  “Her understanding of Evergreen’s strong return on investment to our region, and the impact our alumni have on our state’s quality of life, will help us now and in the future.”last_img read more

RVP chooses between Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry

first_imgAdvertisement 96lgusNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsuy1uWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebck9v( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) wk872Would you ever consider trying this?😱185Can your students do this? 🌚k20Roller skating! Powered by Firework Robin Van Persie was asked to choose one option between two in the Champions League studio of BT Sport. The choices Robin Van Persie made, was not very obvious ones and some would certainly hit you hard at the back. He was told to choose between Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson; Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry.Advertisement Robin Van Persie was asked that who was the biggest influencer of his life as a manager. The star Dutch centre forward chose Arsene Wenger over Sir Alex Ferguson. According to Robin Van Persie, Arsene Wenger was the first manager who saw something in him. Arsene Wenger gave him the confidence that he needed in the initial part of his career. Wenger gave him back to back chances after failures.Advertisement Between Thierry Henry and Wayne Rooney in terms of skills, Van Persie chose Thierry Henry. When he asked to choose between the intensity of North London Derby and Manchester Derby, Van Persie said that the intensity of Ajax vs Feyenoord can not match any Derby at all. According to Van Persie, the goal against Aston Villa was more special than the flying header for Netherlands.He also told that the defeat against Wigan Athletic in the Carling Cup Final hurted him more than the defeat in the Champions League final.Advertisement Wilfried Zaha openly calls out media houses on Twitter for twisting his words from an interview  Advertisementlast_img read more

Harbhajan Singh reveals exactly how Greg Chappell destroyed the Indian team

first_imgImage Courtesy: Reuters/HT PhotoAdvertisement iykdNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsqvudWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3t( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6hi1Would you ever consider trying this?😱d02Can your students do this? 🌚rcbqRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the history of head coaches of the Indian cricket team, the one name that has been associated with the most disputes and detested by the country’s cricket fandom is Greg Chappell. In just two years of his stint with Team India, the controversial figure earned much detest following his spat with former captain Sourav Ganguly, and a number of players who were dissatisfied with the former Aussie cricketer’s management. Such one name is Harbhajan Singh, as the iconic spinner recently opened up on how Chappell did the damage to the squad.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/HT PhotoFollowing the departure of New Zealand hall of fame John Wright, Greg Chappell joined as India’s head coach in 2005. In addition to his falling out with Ganguly, Chappell also earned slack for India’s poor performance at the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the same tournament that Harbhajan Singh dubs as ‘the lowest point’ of his career.In a recent chat in his former teammate Aakash Chopra’s official YouTube channel, Harbhajan opened up on the former Men in Blue gaffer, accusing him of damaging the squad during his tenure.Advertisement “When Greg Chappell came as the coach of our side, he disrupted the entire team, no one knows what was his motive when he came to coach us, no one knows how to disrupt a solid team better than him, he used to do whatever he wanted,” Bhajji said in the video.India were eliminated in the first round of the 2007 World Cup, followed by Chappell’s rift with Ganguly, which made him a detesting figure in the Indian sports media and the cricket fans. In addition to Harbhajan himself, senior faces of the team such as Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan spoke against Chappell and his coaching method.Advertisement “2007 50-over World Cup has to be the lowest point of my career, I thought we are going through such a difficult time and I also thought that maybe it is not right time to play for India, wrong people were at the helm of Indian cricket, Greg Chappell was trying to divide and lead, he used to do such things,” the 39 year old added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Cricketers and Indian athletes mourn the passing of Sushant Singh RajputWatch: Christian Eriksen scores screamer directly from a corner in Coppa Italia semis Advertisementlast_img read more

Is the BCCI sidestepping women’s cricket?

first_imgAdvertisement bmNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6a0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9yiol9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) g0iWould you ever consider trying this?😱az4Can your students do this? 🌚2n70Roller skating! Powered by Firework In the summer of 2017 in England, the Indian women’s cricket team reached the World Cup final and fell short by just nine runs from being World Champions.Advertisement Three years later, in Australia, the eves showed glimpses of their huge potential again – yet another final berth, yet another title went away by a whisker!Gone are the days, when women’s cricket was considered futile with little to show for. Just like the Men’s team, the Indian women’s team have shown great promise and have gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years.Advertisement Last week, IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed that the IPL 2020 will take place in the deserts of the UAE, thus putting women’s cricket on the back-burner. There will be no IPL exhibition matches for women this year as it clearly does not interest the BCCI. In addition, the BCCI has pulled the eves out of the tour of England citing logistical challenges and travel restrictions.So women’s cricket is not worth going the extra mile while the men cricketers will get a red-carpet treatment in the UAE. Can we sense some double-standards here?!Advertisement Indian women’s team during the women’s Twenty20 World Cup cricket tournament in Australia.The brighter sideThe steady growth of women’s cricket in India can be attributed to the strong cricket infrastructure in India. The past decade has seen cricket become more professional, better organised as financially viable for women cricketers.The mushrooming of cricket academies across the country has given more opportunities for budding cricketers to undergo proper training. This has resulted in a surge of talented cricketers emerging and a pool of women cricketers all over the country.However, talent turns into potential only with the exposure, and the BCCI must ensure that women’s cricket gets its due with a properly chalked up calendar for them. The women cricketers can’t just sit idle while men enjoy the riches of the IPL.Given the fact that Indian women haven’t played any cricket since the T20 World Cup in March, and may not do so until next year, the WBBL could be their only realistic chance of playing competitive cricket till March 2021.Players speakAs legendary player Mithali Raj put it a fortnight ago, Indian women’s cricket seems to be heading in the wrong direction. “Unfortunately, women’s cricket may have been set back by a couple of years by this pandemic as some of the momentum that had been built between India’s success in World Cup 2017 and World T20 2020 has been lost,” she had said.Meanwhile, Shantha Rangaswamy, the BCCI Apex council member has tried to play down the notion that women’s cricket receives inferior treatment from the BCCI.Rangaswmay suggested that the BCCI’s commitment towards women’s cricket should not be questioned. Women’s cricket right now stands at a crosspoint with no selection panel in place and uncertainty over the future matches, given the fact that 50 over World Cup is not far off.“The post-COVID-19 scenario will be a testimony to their commitment to women’s cricket. People doubting BCCI’s intentions will have to wait for things to be normal before passing their judgement. The situation was not in their control on this occasion,” the 66-year old Rangaswamy commented.Former India skipper Anjum Chopra too is of the opinion that women’s cricket deserves more exposure and a bio-secure training facility would do a world of good for the confidence of the current crop.“The squad could have gotten together at a venue like Dharamsala or Ahmedabad and started training in isolation. Most international teams are back in training barring India,” Chopra explained.The futureThe next ODI Women’s World Cup, if everything goes according to plan will be held in New Zealand in February 2021. And given the significance of the quadrennial event, the BCCI needs to have specific training and preparation plan for the eves. The Indian women have qualified directly for the tournament and would hope to go one better and clinch their first-ever World Cup.In New Zealand, where wickets are hard and true, finger spinner can be meat and drink and the Indian setup, which women’s team coach WV Raman will be mindful of. Since Raman took over as the head coach, the team has made remarkable progress. Raman had a tricky task of setting the house in order without having to ruffle any feathers, but he has brought about a change in the mentality in the team and transformed the team in a winning unit.All he needs is some supporting hand from the BCCI which in turn might work wonders for women’s game in India. We can talk over Virat Kohli’s cover drives or Rohit Sharma’s sparkling tons from dawn to dusk but do we really care to think about women’s cricket with the same zeal?It’s about time things change within the BCCI, and women’s cricket is given the respect and the attention it deserves!ALSO READ:Virat Kohli reveals how he prepares for bowlers in international cricket Advertisementlast_img read more

Ranney Students Present ‘Man of La Mancha’ Friday and Saturday

first_imgTINTON FALLS – Ranney International Thespian Troupe No. 630 presents Man of La Mancha, at 7 p.m. through March 9 in RSPA Panther Hall.The five-time Tony Award-winning show will be directed by John Doyle, with musical direction by Tess Nielsen, performing arts director, and Kevin Cotter, conductor.“To reach the unreachable star…” best describes the dramatic and song-filled message of the musical adventure that retells the story of Don Quixote and his quest for truth and valor.Performed with a live orchestra, the imaginative storyline creates a highly theatrical experience, making it a must-see production for all ages. The Impossible Dream is but one of many inspiring tunes that complement the equally poetic script.Tessa Payer from Wall portrays Antonia and Jack Fink from Middletown, Dr. Sanson Carasco, in the Ranney School production of Man of La Mancha.Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ 17th-century masterpiece, Man of La Mancha is an epic story of knight-errant Don Quixote (Noah Goldstein ’14), his servant and trusty sidekick Sancho (George Timmins ’15), the leader of the muleteers, Paco (Ben Puvalowski ’13) and the woman of his dreams, the lovely Aldonza (Peri Rohl ’16) also affectionately known as Dulcinea. Taking place during the Spanish Inquisition, the play is filled with drama, suspense and passion.The Ranney School performance is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $10 at the door.last_img read more

Old Gravestones To Be Repaired

first_imgBy Rick Geffken |SHREWSBURY – If you’re whistling past Shrewsbury’s Christ Church graveyard next year, it won’t be out of superstitious fear. You’ll probably be reacting to the restoration of 75 historic grave markers in the 300-year old burial ground. Thanks to a recently awarded $117,000 preservation grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust, the Sycamore Avenue and Broad Street final resting place of about 1,500 souls will look, well, old, but better.A weather and time-worn sandstone grave marker in the Christ Church Cemetery in Shrewsbury.Graveyard Commission chairman and parish historian Robert M. Kelly Jr. said the grant enables the parish to continue the important restoration work begun under a previous grant related to Super Storm Sandy. It will also supplement work first started in 2015 under a Department of the Interior grant for storm repair and resiliency efforts. The former project included photographs of every grave marker from multiple angles. The condition of each stone was described and notated – a historical record in itself and a beginning point for future restorations.Fourteen grave markers in critical condition, mostly 18th century brown sandstones, were expertly restored two years ago by Jablonski Building Conservators, under the supervision of Lorraine Schnabel LLC., an architectural conservation firm specializing in historic masonry.  Schnabel’s company also submitted a complete condition assessment, detailed specifications which will guide restoration work funded by the new grant.Kelly is pleased by the results to date. “Grave marker repair can be a complex process depending upon the composition of the marker,” he said. “Is it made from granite, marble, sandstone or slate? And the condition of the stone: Is it broken, delaminated, leaning, etc.? Multiple steps also involve chemicals and adhesives. Considerable training and experience is required.”The Christ Church burial ground has been in use continually since its inception, forming a historical record of the evolution of the area. Eight hundred eighty individual markers have been recorded and mapped, with the likelihood that more are just below the surface and out of sight.Kelly became highly involved with the Christ Church Cemetery some years ago when he and Trevor Kirkpatrick undertook an immense project to identify all the folks interred there. Kirkpatrick plotted and photographed each individual gravesite, then created a searchable genealogical database invaluable to researchers. New and overlooked information about Shrewsbury history, religious and secular, was discovered.Kelly’s foresight is now rewarded. “The funding demonstrates the recognition by the New Jersey Historic Trust of the value of grave markers in understanding our history,” he says. “Further, the grant includes funding for a grave marker cleaning workshop for the public and a self-guided tour that makes the history more accessible and vibrant for the community.”Richard Veit, chair of the department of history and anthropology at Monmouth University and a leading expert in New Jersey graveyards, will develop the curriculum for the self-guided tour of the cemetery.This article was first published in the Oct. 12-19, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week — Louie’s Steakhouse

first_imgPowered by the clutch pitching of Ken Anderson and some timely hitting, Louie’s Steakhouse upset defending champion Jackson’s Hole 12-6 in the final of the Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championships at Queen Elizabeth Park. The win avenged a loss by Louie’s to Jackson’s during the 2011 final.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to add to the celebrations with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Tom Trubetskoff, Maurice Penner and Craig Theissen.Middle, Arlene Anderson, Edi St Arnaud, Loni D’Andrea and Nikita Gardner.Front, Ken Anderson, Stacey Miller, Wayne Germaine, Ashley Germaine, Ethan Whitford and Cory Whitford.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY MARCH 12, 2015

first_img-30- SPEEDY DEMONICA MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN IRISH O’BRIENDemonica makes her debut on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course when she runs in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs–a race which is part of the Golden State series for California-bred or sired fillies and mares, age four and up.It will also mark the stakes debut for the California-bred daughter of First Defence trained by John Sadler for the C R K Stable. She is coming off four straight grass races at a mile or longer, winning twice on the front end, as is her wont.“I don’t know if there’s much speed in there, but she’ll probably be in front,” said Joe Talamo, who has ridden her in her last four races and retains the mount Saturday. “Last time she ran well but that was when the turf was real soft from recent rain. She still held on pretty well (finishing fourth by three lengths), so I think she’ll like the cutback in distance.”The Irish O’Brien: Bert’s Melody, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Demonica, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Warren’s Gussie, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Go West Marie, Gary Stevens, 2-1; Qiaona, Rafael Bejarano, 6-1; Velvet Mesquite, Mike Smith, 9-5; and Star Field, Tiago Pereira, 6-1. Elvis Trujillo16419191312%$1,114,650 Fernando Perez14414171410%$632,810 Jeff Bonde2990331%$322,480 Richard Mandella4888917%$561,916 Richard Baltas54129422%$478,028 Martin Garcia11123151221%$1,690,580 Mike Smith8617191220%$2,071,181 FINISH LINES: Trainer Steve Knapp plans to give Grade III Las Flores winner Harlington’s Rose a slight break after her win under Joe Talamo Sunday and look for a race late next month. “There are no races for her now anyway,” said Knapp, whose previous graded stakes win came when $50,000 claim Icantgoforthat took the Grade II Monrovia Stakes in 2003 . . . Tom Quigley‘s guest handicappers this weekend in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. will be Peter Fornatale, Daily Racing Form Contest Editor, Saturday, and Jonathon Kinchen, seventh-place finisher ($59,000) in the 2015 NHC event, Sunday . . . Through 44 racing days, perennial Southern California riding champ Rafael Bejarano has opened his biggest lead yet in Santa Anita’s standings, 50-29 over runners-up Kent Desormeaux and Tyler Baze . . . Eerie racing rarity: Crimson Giant, owned by Bryan Carney who recently sold his popular watering hole called “The Hundred to One Club,” finished 13th and last in Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap. No surprise there. Beaten more than 31 lengths, the same margin by which Secretariat won the 1973 Belmont Stakes, Crimson Giant went off at odds of–you guessed it–100-1. Tyler Baze22229232713%$1,611,754 Victor Espinoza14226282018%$1,791,408 (Current Through Sunday, March 8) Kent Desormeaux14929271819%$1,638,860 John Sadler9412151313%$812,066 Gary Stevens8313131416%$1,230,648 ‘SHIP AND WIN’ PROGRAM EXPANDS IN CALIFORNIA APRIL 2“Ship and Win,” an incentive program to attract out-of-state horses to race in California that met with fine success over the past four seasons at Del Mar, will expand to take in the entire Southern California racing circuit beginning April 2.The arrangement, which will apply to horses starting at Santa Anita, Los Alamitos and Del Mar, will guarantee a $1,000 appearance fee and a 30 percent enhancement to all purse money earned in their initial start for horses not raced in California the past 12 months.Funding for the program will come from the three Southern California racetracks, the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the California Marketing Committee, which is tasked with promoting racing in the state.“Horse recruitment and increasing field size are top priorities for TOC,” said Joe Morris, the ownership group’s president. “We supported the ‘Ship and Win’ program at Del Mar the last four years and believe it will be equally successful year-round for Southern California.”Southern California’s exceptional weather, year-round racing in a relatively compact area, the attractive venues and substantial fan base are strong selling points to out-of-state horsemen. Its top riders and lucrative purse offerings add further luster to that formula.“It’s been a very good program for my owners and my horses,” said trainer Mark Casse, who brought in a large string of runners to Del Mar for the first time last summer with the “Ship and Win” program providing a key push. “It’s a major expense to ship out there, so the bonus monies certainly helped. And now that we’ve seen that we can come and compete well, we’ll be bringing out more horses this year, including some of our better 2-year-olds. Several of my owners have never raced in the west with the exception of the Breeders’ Cup, so this has opened a door for them to try California.”In his first season at Del Mar, Casse started 38 horses at the summer meet and won five races and over $600,000 in purses. He had 13 “Ship and Win” horses who made 25 starts and accounted for two wins, seven seconds and five thirds.“Ship and Win” is not just for out-of-town horsemen, though. Local trainers and owners have tapped into its lure and more are expected to go outside the state to bring back runners this year with the expansion set to begin.Trainer Bob Hess, Jr. had a stellar summer at Del Mar in 2014 with 15 wins and nearly $600,000 in purses. He had 16 different “Ship and Win” horses in his barn and they accounted for six victories, a pair of seconds and a third.“I’m a big fan of ‘Ship and Win’,” said Hess. “We have the best stage in the country for presenting horse racing, but we need to get people aware and involved in being part of it. A program like this is a part of the puzzle, part of how we actually get people to realize how good it is to race in California.”Southern California’s three racing secretaries – Rick Hammerle at Santa Anita, David Jerkens at Del Mar and Bob Moreno at Los Alamitos – are all strong supporters of the expansion of the program. Santa Anita will kick-off the year-round “Ship and Win” on April 2 and race through June 28. Los Alamitos picks it up from there from July 2 to July 12. Del Mar’s summer session then goes from July 16 to Sept. 7. Each of the tracks finishes out the year with additional meets – Los Alamitos (tentatively set for 9/10 to 9/20), Santa Anita (9/24 to 10/25), Del Mar (10/29 to 11/29) and Los Alamitos (12/3 to 12/20).Racing officials at the tracks can be reached about the program either on-line or by phone: Santaanita.com (626 574-6473); Delmarracing.com (858 792-4230); Losalamitos.com (714 820-2658). Further information about “Ship and Win” also can be found on the Calracing.com website.PAPER WORK SNAFU COSTS PEDROZA STAKES MOUNTMartin Pedroza, about to serve a three-day suspension issued by the California Horse Racing Board, on how he missed riding Private Zone in Saturday’s Grade II Gulfstream Park Handicap:“The Gaming Commission in Florida told me my license there had temporarily been suspended and it was no big deal for us to renew it. So we did everything we needed to do and sent the paper work to them at the last minute, but it was in a stack with other applications, from Black Jack dealers to waitresses, you name it.“Just because I was a jockey, I had no priority, and the paper work wasn’t read in timefor my license to be approved. Everybody here tried to help, the stewards from here, the stewards from there, Mike Smith . . . But I never thought I needed to do something about my license being temporarily suspended then, because I never thought I was going to Florida anytime soon, so we let it go. It was kind of our fault.”Formerly trained by Doug O’Neillbut now trained by Jorge Navarro, Private Zone finished second by a half-length as the 6-5 favorite under Carlos Marquez Jr.Pedroza’s long-time agent, Richie Silverstein, said he is “hoping to” regain the mount on three-time Grade I winner Private Zone in the future. Mike Puype78711119%$350,346 Martin Pedroza14014201810%$602,484 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Steven Miyadi3175223%$213,620 Tiago Pereira981291312%$404,268 Flavien Prat10310121110%$567,386 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Drayden Van Dyke16217182110%$1,114,916 Joseph Talamo18921203211%$1,448,340 Brice Blanc4272417%$287,640 Corey Nakatani11019111617%$930,678 Brandon Boulanger1056586%$200,416 Peter Miller11520221317%$1,117,956 Jerry Hollendorfer13426182019%$3,024,008 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Bob Baffert8318151122%$1,673,492 Santiago Gonzalez80891210%$484,614 Rafael Bejarano19950302525%$2,308,138 Doug O’Neill12815122012%$782,114 Peter Eurton6711111016%$636,416 Felipe Valdez53810915%$253,828 James Cassidy5486915%$318,600 Mark Casse53105719%$775,868 Mark Glatt5489915%$412,522 FILLY ON WINNING MENU FOR CELEBRITY CHEF FLAYDEMONICA RETURNS TO SPRINT IN IRISH O’BRIENPOPULAR ‘SHIP AND WIN’ PROGRAM STARTS APRIL 2PAPER WORK DELAY COSTS PEDROZA STAKES MOUNT Mario Gutierrez8361077%$362,380 Ron Ellis4583718%$322,030 Philip D’Amato571210921%$568,340 FLAY STAYS IN ‘KITCHEN’ WITH FILLY’S HEAT Renowned celebrity chef Bobby Flay hopes the filly he owns, Dame Dorothy, serves upanother victory when she runs in Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.A $390,000 daughter of Bernardini bred in Pennsylvania, Dame Dorothy will be seeking her sixth win from seven career starts for trainer Todd Pletcher. She won her first four starts, was third in the Grade III Comely at Aqueduct at nine furlongs on Nov. 29, then captured Gulfstream Park’s Sunshine Millions Distaff at seven furlongs on Jan. 17.“It seems like she shipped in here in great order,” said trainer Mike McCarthy, former assistant to Pletcher who is babysitting Dame Dorothy for the nation’s second-leading money winning trainer through March 10 with $2,890,154, behind only Jerry Hollendorfer at $3,362,670.“She trained super this morning,” McCarthy said. “She galloped a mile and looked lively.”The Santa Margarita: Legacy, Joe Talamo, 20-1; Cassatt, Kerwin Clark, 3-1; Dame Dorothy, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Thegirlinthatsong, Mike Smith, 9-2; Tiz Midnight, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Uzziel, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; and Warren’s Veneda, Tyler Baze, 2-1. A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Michael Pender3866316%$172,240 Thomas Proctor4166315%$491,028 Hector Palma2564124%$141,000 Edwin Maldonado971181211%$437,824last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 18, 2016

first_imgBrice Blanc535579%32%$488,835 Mark Glatt7898812%32%$416,765 Carla Gaines4273217%29%$557,560 (Current Through Thursday, March 17) Abel Lezcano6573411%22%$495,999 Rafael Bejarano23655432523%52%$2,317,512 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Robertino Diodoro2867321%57%$181,500 Fernando Perez1501416209%33%$776,549 Peter Miller11412121711%36%$579,355 Clifford Sise, Jr.2064130%55%$436,885 Martin Garcia11317111115%35%$984,949 Doug O’Neill16024222215%43%$1,240,513 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Puype70712510%34%$352,935 Jerry Hollendorfer12319121515%37%$1,226,771 Drayden Van Dyke1381315219%36%$846,162 Gary Stevens58129821%50%$1,449,548 Kent Desormeaux10116231916%57%$1,423,455 Tiago Pereira9461066%23%$410,034 Bob Baffert8818141320%51%$1,399,060 NYQUIST, BEHOLDER STRUT THEIR STUFF            Santa Anita’s “Winter Meet of Champions” showcased a pair of them Friday when Nyquist and Beholder worked towards future engagements, undefeated male two-year-old champion of 2015 Nyquist for the Florida Derby on April 2 and three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder for the Grade I Vanity Stakes on June 4.Nyquist and Beholder join undefeated two-year-old female champion of 2015 Songbird and 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome as titlists who are scheduled to race or have already started at the Winter Meet.Nyquist went five furlongs on Santa Anita’s work tab in 1:01.40 under exercise rider Jonny Garcia.Trainer Doug O’Neill had a one-mile clocking for Nyquist.“I got him in 1:46 and change and the last eighth in 11 and three,” said O’Neill, who ships the bay son of Uncle Mo owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam to Florida for a highly anticipated throw-down with the unbeaten Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Mohaymen on March 28.“This is the first time I’ve been on her (to work this year),” said Beholder’s regular rider Gary Stevens, who was up for a four furlong drill in 48:40, breezing, after the 7:45 a.m. renovation break. “But I’ve been watching her work.“She looks different, she feels different, she’s stronger, smarter. Dick wanted her to go 48 and change, she went in 48 and two, galloped out (five furlongs) in a minute, and out three-quarters in (one) 15, pulling up, so she’s coming along good. She’s happy, I’m happy.“She made my day.”Trainer Richard Mandella has mentioned the Grade I, $400,000 Vanity Mile on June 4 as a starting point for Beholder, winner of 11 of 12 lifetime starts at Santa Anita, but subsequently left the door open for a start prior to the Vanity.“I couldn’t be happier with how she’s going,” Mandella said. “She couldn’t be doing better. I had her going a half in 48 and galloping out (five furlongs) in a minute and four-fifths.A race before the Vanity that might fit the bill for the six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes would be the Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on May 8.“We’ll just see how it’s going,” Mandella said. “We’ll see what’s up.”BLINKERS ON FOR TARA’S TANGO IN GRADE I SANTA MARGARITATeam Hollendorfer seeks Grade I status for Tara’s Tango when she runs in Saturday’s $500,000 Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles. She will wear blinkers in a race for the first time in her 10-race career.The four-year-old gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song owned by Stonestreet Stables overcame a slow start to capture the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes Feb. 13 under Martin Garcia.With Garcia at Oaklawn Park Saturday, Rafael Bejarano rides Tara’s Tango.“She lost a lot of ground in the Santa Maria,” pointed out Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer. “Garcia suggested blinkers after the Santa Maria to see if we can improve her and keep her more focused.“She has three good works with the blinkers, so we’re very optimistic.”Tara’s Tango will be going nine furlongs for the first time. The only Santa Margarita entrant that has raced that distance is Penwith, having done so four times, with her best finish a third by a neck in the Grade II Demoiselle at Aqueduct on Nov. 30, 2013.Living The Life makes her 11th straight stakes start in the United States when she runs in the Santa Margarita. The Irish-bred mare trained by Gary Mandella made her first start in the U.S. in an overnight race on Aug. 7, 2014.Since then it’s been a string of stakes through Feb.13 in the Grade II Santa Maria, in which the six-year-old daughter of Footstepsinthesand finished a game third, beaten just over a length, after leading into the stretch.“She’s really happy,” Mandella said. “She came out of the Santa Maria really well and she’s been training good. That was her first time going long on dirt, so I’m hoping there’s still a little more room to improve.” The Santa Margarita: Living The Life, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Tara’s Tango, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Penwith, Mike Smith, 2-1; Moyo Honey, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; All Star Bub, Martin Pedroza, 15-1; and Taris, Gary Stevens, 8-5.Lavender Chrissie was scratched. JET LAG NO PROBLEM FOR ESPINOZAVictor Espinoza heads for Dubai Monday on a plane ride that might consume 18 hours.He could sleep all the way.Espinoza departs from LAX at 3:30 p.m. to pilot 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 26. Winner of Santa Anita’s George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award and nominated to the Hall of Fame for the second straight year, Espinoza is scheduled to arrive in Dubai at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, March 22.California Chrome is Espinoza’s only mount.“He’s the best-traveling jockey I’ve ever had,” said his agent, Brian Beach, who has represented riders for 27 years, among them Hall of Fame members Kent Desormeaux, Julie Krone, Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens.“Victor is usually asleep by the time we hit the gate before the plane takes off. He slept all the way from LAX to London on the trip to Royal Ascot two years ago,” Beach recalled.“He didn’t get up to eat or anything on a flight that took 11 and a half hours.”Espinoza understandably is looking forward to reuniting with California Chrome, who was second in the World Cup last year.“He’s better than before,” Espinoza said of the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit. “He’s stronger physically, which is natural as a horse gets older.“He has more strength and his body is thicker. I like the way he’s coming up to the race. He’s had two good preps and he likes the track.“The prep was easy, and I didn’t want it to be too hard. That’s the reason I wanted to bounce out of there from the one post and get him comfortable outside of the two leaders.“I was focused on him stretching his legs and doing what he wanted, and that was it.”California Chrome’s trainer, Art Sherman, on hand at Santa Anita last Saturday to saddle Mucho Chrome to a third-place finish in the fifth race, said California Chrome is doing well in Dubai, where his son and assistant, Alan, is riding shotgun as usual awaiting Pop’s arrival.Art leaves for the Middle East on Sunday.Espinoza, winner of the Kentucky Derby the last two years and five of the last six Triple Crown races thanks in large part to American Pharoah’s Triple Crown sweep last year, is scheduled to resume riding at Santa Anita Thursday, March 31, following his venture to Dubai.Beach, meanwhile, will remain stateside, wishing Espinoza good luck from afar.“I’m staying here to look for a Derby mount,” the agent said.FINISH LINES: Exaggerator has been galloping the past couple days following his third-place finish in the San Felipe Stakes last Saturday in preparation for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 9. “He had a very light week, which is typical after the race,” trainer Keith Desormeaux said. “He’ll probably breeze next Saturday, a week from tomorrow.” . . . Trainer Gary Sherlock has San Felipe fourth-place finisher Uncle Lino also pointed to the Santa Anita Derby, likely joining the first three finishers in the San Felipe, Danzing Candy, Mor Spirit and Exaggerator . . . Bob Baffert has Mor Spirit galloping, but said he has “no plans” for undefeated three-year-old Malibu Sunset, who worked six furlongs Thursday 1:14.80 . . . Kudos to jockey Felipe Valdez and his agent Brandon O’Bryan on winning Thursday’s sixth race aboard odds-on favorite Shiny Nugget for trainer Hector Palma. It was only the second mount for Valdez since he was sidelined three months ago with a broken collar bone suffered in a mishap at Los Alamitos. Valdez is the older brother of Palma assistant Jose Sanchez Valdez . . . Correlation, a 3-year-old Forestry filly trained by Richard Baltas, is a first-time starter entered in Saturday’s 10th race. Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White notes that Correlation also was the name of a quality three-year-old colt in the 1950s. “The late Noble Threewitt trained Correlation, who won the Florida Derby and the Wood Memorial in 1954,” White said. “Bill Shoemaker rode him in the Wood and Florida Derby and also rode him in the Kentucky Derby. Correlation was the favorite in the Kentucky Derby, but he finished sixth. Determine, a little gray colt that had won the Santa Anita Derby, was the Kentucky Derby winner that year. Correlation did go on to finish second to Hasty Road in the Preakness.” . . . Congrats to Stephen Young on by nailing 70-1 shot Generosidade in Sunday’s San Luis Rey Stakes to advance to The Stronach Group’s Handicapping Challenge that starts Saturday. The live money contest event with a $4,500 buy-in ($3,000 bankroll and $1,500 prize pool) and takes place at Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita. There is a 100 percent payback of all prize pool monies, with up to $300,000 in total prizes based upon the 200 entries. For more information, visit santaanita.com . . . Rafael Bejarano has a 55-44 lead over Santiago Gonzalez in the jockeys’ race, but the battle for top trainer is still thistight, with Phil D’Amato one up on Doug O’Neill, 25-24, through 48 days. Richard Baltas9717151318%46%$1,156,659 Martin Pedroza85119713%32%$311,800 CHAMPS NYQUIST, BEHOLDER IN SMART WORKSBLINKERS ADDED FOR TARA’S TANGO SATURDAYESPINOZA LEAVES MONDAY FOR CHROME, DUBAI EXAGGERATOR POINTED TO SANTA ANITA DERBY SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Michael Machowsky3576420%49%$282,761center_img Victor Espinoza77119614%34%$815,000 Vladimir Cerin4295521%45%$324,934 Philip D’Amato12225212220%56%$1,381,655 Patrick Gallagher3464618%47%$497,993 Jeff Bonde3673519%42%$182,780 John W. Sadler76139617%37%$792,379 Hector Palma3863516%37%$153,307 David Lopez14422111815%35%$665,451 Kristin Mulhall4597320%42%$373,955 Steven Miyadi5710121018%56%$340,422 Santiago Gonzalez25144333218%43%$1,804,231 William Spawr3585423%49%$226,897 Peter Eurton8413211215%55%$971,537 George Papaprodromou4584618%40%$235,580 Tyler Baze23123353410%40%$1,280,791 J. Keith Desormeaux42761017%55%$314,279 Flavien Prat22738403417%49%$2,350,276 Jeff Mullins2876125%50%$195,099 Alonso Quinonez715967%28%$265,535 Mario Gutierrez17320312312%43%$1,246,204 Joseph Talamo20525232512%36%$1,816,889 Edwin Maldonado15228151518%38%$955,295 Mike Smith851181413%39%$1,546,415 Agapito Delgadillo881110813%33%$323,967 Ron Ellis2662323%42%$178,215last_img read more

SHAM STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, AUTHENTIC, WINNER: “The main thing was getting out of the gate; once we did it was a nice trip. I took the lead and I wasn’t going to go too fast but I’m happy I got the trip I did.“I told Bob when he broke his maiden (Nov. 9) he was my favorite two-year-old. He’s very talented. I think the noise from the crowd made him react the way he did there in the stretch. His ears went toward the crowd, so I think that’s what caused it, but then when he got down to the rail, he spooked himself again.”JOEL ROSARIO, AZUL COAST, SECOND: “He got a lot of dirt in his face early and then he came running. He’ll move forward off of this.”TRAINER QUOTESBOB BAFFERT, AUTHENTIC, WINNER AND AZUL COAST, SECOND: “We thought if he’s a good horse, he should win. That’s what you’re hoping for, the way he was working and all. Drayden (Van Dyke) has always been really high on him. I joked with him when he came back. I said, ‘Do you think he’s a little bit too much horse for you? No, no, no he’s not!’“You want to see him run like that, especially this time of year. We’ve got some other ones back there, hopefully they’ll come along, but the timing is good for him now to run in the March race, whatever it is (Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 7).“He saw the crowd (when he lugged in midstretch). We had a decent crowd today. He saw something, but he’s never really acted that way before. He was just out there by himself and didn’t know what was going on . . . he wanted to throw the brakes on.’“I thought he was the quickest horse in the race. He won going 5 ½ in one oh three and change. He moves like a gazelle. He’s real light, he’s leggy. It was a big move forward. The second race is the toughest one to make.“When I ran him the first time at Del Mar he was a little bit green that day, because I was debating whether or not to put blinkers on him. I didn’t, but he may need something to keep him more focused . . . Today he wasn’t blowing hard after the race and didn’t take a deep breath so that is a good sign.“Azul Coast ran a decent race. He’s better than that. He got a little sick on me after Los Alamitos. He lost some time, lost some weight, but he ran second because he’s a class horse. He’ll move up after that.”Asked about Derby hopefuls: “Whichever one won that day is your Derby hopeful. That’s the way it works in this business. He’s got 10 points (see note below).”NOTES: The winning owners are SF Racing, LLC, Starlight Racing or Madaket Stables, LLC, et al. The winning horse gets 10 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby on May 2. Second is worth four points, third two and fourth one point.last_img read more