Thursday first contest between the two West Kootenay rivals was close through one quarter before a suffocating press allowed LVR to score 14 consecutive points to lead 30-16 at the half.Zondervan led all scorers with 17 points while Perkins added 16.Shannon Oosthoyen had nine while Christina Champlin had eight.Jennifer Chung led the Hawks with 10 points while Gina Oostlander had nine.The Bombers opened the season going 1-2 at a tournament in Agassiz before getting beaten by Pen Hi. Ali Zondervan and Naomi Perkins combined for 33 points to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a convincing 74-34 victory over the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball action Thursday night at the Hangar in Nelson.The win was the second of the season for the Bombers and made up for a loss during the weekend to AAA power Pen-Hi Lakers of Penticton.
LVR now meets G.W. Graham of Chilliwack in consolation round action Saturday. The winner finishes 11th. Lewis powers Bomber past Tupper at Rugby ChampionshipsRyan Lewis scored three tries to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 20-14 victory over Sir Charles Tupper of Vancouver in consolation round action at the BC High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Wednesday in Abbotsford.Lewis was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring three times and converting a penalty to lead the Bombers scoring machine.”This was a big win for us,” said Bomber head coach Michael Joyce from Abbotsford.”We played well in the first half, but (Sir Charles Tupper) came back hard in the second.”LVR opened the tournament Saturday in Kelowna, dropping a 31-5 decision to South Kamloops.The Bombers, ranked 13th in the 16-team field, now advance down the consolation round trail playing the winner of DW Poppey of Langley and Smithers Thursday.LVR advanced to the provincial tournament by blasting Stanley Humphries Rockers 43-0 in the Kootenay Final played earlier this month at the Lakeside Pitch. The L.V. Rogers Bombers dropped a heartbreaker at the BC High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Thursday in Abbotsford.D.W. Poppey of Langley scored the winning points in the final minutes of he game to edge the Bombers 13-7 in consolation round action.The loss drops LVR into bottom half of the 16-team draw.”We played amazing defence and beat them physically, but had our troubles getting our offence to click,” said Bomber coach Michael Joyce.Chase Gilbertson gave the Bombers a 7-6 advantage with two minutes remaining in the game.However, the Bomber defence cracked just enough to allow Poppey to score the winning points.
Reel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson B.C It’s time for another boat load of fishing information from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. Now that summer has arrived what better time is there to get out in the boat for some fishing.Kootenay Lake: Although the fishing tourism is way down, the main lake has still been producing lots of the usual 2 – 4 pound Rainbows, with a few Bull Trout also from 2 – 6 pounds. Some of our best days see up to 20 fish being caught. But, an average day would produce between 8 – 12 fish. Lots of action to keep our guests busy. We have been mixing it up a bit lately as far as fishing location on the lake as well. We have fished the extreme north, the extreme south, and the central portions of the lake and have found the better fishing to be from the central portion and south. Lighter gear is the ticket for fun now. Still lots of excitement catching these 2 – 4 pounders on a fly rod or lighter spinning rod. But, be prepared to break a few fish off if you manage to hook into some of the bigger fish still around. Either way, there’s still lots of action and lots of fun to be had on the lake. The West Arm has been producing some nice fish as of late. It seems that some of our bigger fish have been cruising the West arm in search of food. There have been a few surprises coming in lately. Fly fishing has been a blast in the past few weeks. Lots of 2 – 4 pound Rainbows, but were also hooking into some Rainbows and Bull Trout up to eight pounds in the Arm. This is a pleasant surprise when targeting the smaller fish. Lots of opportunity for fish this summer. Looking forward to the tourist season and hoping to get lots more people hooked on this great sport.Columbia River: The river was on fire for the early months of April, May, and June. Lots of fantastic days floating the river with both floating and sinking lines. As the water remained low, the seams were plentiful and the fish remained very active. Lots of Rainbows between 2 – 5 pounds were being caught. Also started to see more Walleye showing up in the fishery. Now, with the rising water, the fishing holes have changed a bit and the fish are moving around. The back eddies are producing well, especially after the crazy caddis hatches that we had early in the season. Usually these hatches don’t start until this time of year. A sign of the times I guess, as our seasons seam to be getting earlier every year. June and July should see some of the largest caddis hatches of the year and should put these fish back into a frenzy. Also, the Walleye should get to be more plentiful as the summer continues. Looking forward to the next couple months on the river!More Fishing Opportunities: It’s that time of year again when we spread the boats out to maximize our fishing presence. For the next few months we will have our boats stationed at the following locations: one boat on the Columbia River, two boats on Kootenay Lake, and one boat on the West coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet. So, no matter what your fishing preference is, we can accommodate. Looking forward to a busy summer.What are they biting on??? Not a lot of secrets out there at this time of year. The main lake has been producing most Rainbows on the usual bucktail flies. Common colours have been grey/white, black/wht, green/wht. The common numbers of these flies are: 210, 215, 221, 222, 234. Also catching some Rainbow and Bull trout on apex lures and my favourite Lyman plugs. Check out some of the new Lyman patterns as they have been producing well for us. On the River we have been catching most of our Rainbows on the fly. Dry lines with elk hair caddis have been working well on the hot days. And on the cooler days, or when we can’t seem to catch on the dry, we have been drifting nymphs through our favourite holes. On the days when we are not flyfishing, we have been spin casting with spinners and spoons, as well as bottom bouncing with bait. The bottom bouncers or jigs have been producing best for the Walleye. Lots of different techniques to use on the river and lots of different fish to be caught. Lets Go Fishing!Tight lines………………. Kerry Reed
While the Beaver Valley Nitehawks have cruised along this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season over nice smooth newly laid pavement, the Nelson Leafs have hit almost every pothole along the way to a third-place finish in the Murdoch Division.However, despite the Hawks finishing with 17 more wins and 33 points better in the Murdoch standing than the Leafs, both teams enter Tuesday opening game of the best-of-seven series on even terms.That’s right, when the starting pistol goes off at 7 p.m. in the Fruitvale Arena it’s open season on which team will advance to the Kootenay Conference Championship.“We’ve had tight games with them all year but I believe we need to adopt the same game plan as we did against Castlegar . . . continue our physicality, our defense-first hockey and then capitalize on our chances,” said Leaf veteran forward Dale Howell after Nelson posted the 4-2 series upset of the Castlegar Rebels — a team that also finished well ahead of the Green and White during the regular season.Most experts have the Nitehawks waltzing through this series just like the KIJHL regular season champs disposed of the Grand Forks Border Bruins in the first round of the playoffs — in straight games.However, those same experts probably also penciled in a Beaver Valley-Castlegar Murdoch Final in their KIJHL pool.“I think we have play with composure,” said Leaf head coach Mario DiBella when asked about the Nitehawks.“We have to get pucks to the net and we need to have traffic in front of their goaltender.”Nelson managed to take two games from the Hawks this season — one of the games coming in overtime.However, a quirk in the schedule saw the teams play only twice since Christmas with both games decided by a single goal and the Leafs struggling to put a complete roster together. “We went through some key injuries earlier in the season but it seemed like everything kind of lined up as the season ended with everyone getting healthy and back into the lineup,” said Howell, leading a balanced Leafs scoring attack with six points.“That’s been a big difference for us having a full lineup with everyone able to play to our full capabilities.”DiBella said the Leafs are fairly healthy following the Castlegar series.“We’ve got 22 guys eager to get started on the next series,” he said.“We’ve got a few days off now. We’ll practice Monday and get started Tuesday and I think that we’re in good shape to give Beaver Valley a run.”Facing the KIJHL best goalie will be a test for LeafsThere haven’t been many nights when Tallon Kramer has not left the ice a winner for the Nitehawks after starting the game.Similar to how Tyson Brower dominated the crease when the Kimberley Dynamiters won the KIJHL title in 2015, Kramer has owned opposing shooters, posting a league high 28 wins during the regular season and four more in the playoffs.To make matters worse, the Grande Prairie native has lowered his regular season goal average from 1.81 to 1.75 in the playoffs.“(Tallon Kramer) is a premier goalie in the league and we have to show him that we’re prepared to go hard to the net and earn our opportunities,” DiBella said.Nelson has a pretty good goalie of their own heading to the net to open the series Tuesday.Devin Allen, finishing the season with a 3.47 goal average, has put up some pretty good numbers of late, allowing two goals in three games — plus two posting two 1-0 shutouts — as Nelson rallied from a 2-1 deficit against Castlegar.Allen lowered his goal average to 2.04 in the playoffs.
Brice Blanc5072414%$297,000 Richard Baltas661310520%$536,422 John Sadler11817171714%$1,037,584 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato631311921%$635,230 Michael Pender4266414%$175,740 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Mike Smith9720191521%$2,243,551 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Mark Glatt6611111117%$493,792 Mike Puype94813139%$417,756 Drayden Van Dyke17921212312%$1,347,810 Martin Pedroza14916211811%$666,204 Hector Palma2764122%$142,370 Mark Casse56105818%$784,378 FINISH LINES: In addition to the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic against males on April 18 and the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn, Craig Lewis is considering the Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes on May 9 for Warren’s Veneda, and if all went well, the $1 million Ogden Phipps on Belmont Day, June 6 . . . Thanks mainly to a Zenyatta-like last-to-first finish by first-time starter Rutile (44.80) in Saturday’s fifth race, there is a hefty Pick 6 carryover of $92,696.80 going into Sunday’s card. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss of Zenyatta fame, Rutile is a half-sister to speed deficient 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, also owned by the Mosses . . .Multiple graded stakes winner Sahara Sky, a candidate for the Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on April 11, worked six furlongs Sunday in 1:13.20 for Jerry Hollendorfer . . . Santa Anita Handicap third-place finisher Catch a Flight, possible for the Charles Town Classic, worked five furlongs for Richard Mandella in 1:03.40 . . . Perennial SoCal leader Rafael Bejarano has opened a 58-34 lead over runner-up Tyler Baze in Santa Anita’s jockey standings through 51 racing days. Kent Desormeaux and Victor Espinoza share third with 31 wins apiece . . . With two triumphs yesterday, Peter Miller inched to within 28-26 of training leader Hollendorfer . . . Favorites are winning at a 35.68 percent clip (157 of 440) . . . Next Saturday, March 28, the Grade III Tokyo City Cup will be the feature race on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For more details, visit www.tokyocitycup.com. Gary Stevens9316141717%$1,483,818 Fernando Perez1661521169%$721,400 Santiago Gonzalez10413121713%$628,034 Flavien Prat1201014148%$619,136 Peter Eurton8113131416%$808,606 Victor Espinoza16731322419%$2,024,226 Martin Garcia12123161519%$1,716,960 Kent Desormeaux17631322018%$1,799,870 Joseph Talamo22023233510%$1,590,558 Mario Gutierrez9481399%$429,760 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Felipe Valdez6910111014%$326,328 Peter Miller13426271519%$1,320,396 James Cassidy62981115%$369,930 Brandon Boulanger11565105%$213,346 Doug O’Neill14716132211%$832,798 Thomas Proctor4676315%$525,628 Steven Miyadi3575320%$218,210 Steve Knapp3362318%$260,510 CALIFORNIA: A CHAMPIONSHIP STATE OF MINDBAFFERT HOLDING STRONG HAND FOR DERBYOCHO OCHO OCHO SEEKING BLUER PASTURES? Ron Ellis54114820%$426,470 Richard Mandella52109919%$641,766 Jeff Bonde3190329%$324,240 Edwin Maldonado11614111412%$514,354 Jerry Hollendorfer14828202319%$3,170,038 (Current Through Saturday, March 21) Eddie Truman1761235%$255,180 Jack Carava47610613%$191,970 Rafael Bejarano24158343124%$2,685,642 Tiago Pereira1101291411%$419,542 Elvis Trujillo19423241712%$1,311,950 Tyler Baze26134323113%$2,100,784 Bob Baffert9220161322%$1,764,752 ‘WEATHER’ OR NOT, SANTA ANITA IS ‘PARADISE ON EARTH’The other night at The Meadowlands in North Jersey, trotters were running throughsnow flakes the size of golf balls.Meanwhile, 3,000 miles away in California, the sun was out and temperatures were in the 80’s.Call it coincidence. Credit the good purses, the good racing surfaces and the greatweather, but whatever it is, from north to south, California currently is the home of the best and the brightest in the business, to wit:Los Alamitos Race Course in Orange County is the headquarters of 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome; Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area is the stomping grounds of the best horse in America, Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief; Santa Anita is the permanent residence of the two Kentucky Derby favorites, American Pharoah and Dortmund; and, with all due respect to Untapable, the home court of the best older mares in training, Beholder and Warren’s Veneda.“It’s paradise on earth,” said native Los Angelino Craig Lewis, who trains Warren’s Veneda, the streaking California-bred mare who has won three straight, including the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes on March 14.“The surfaces and the purses are very good, and you can’t beat the weather,” Lewis said. “Hot Springs (Oaklawn Park in Arkansas) calls me every day trying to get me to run Warren’s Veneda there (in the Grade I, $600,000 Apple Blossom on April 10), and I said to the guy, ‘Why would I come all the way across the country to run against the best mare in the country, Untapable?’“And he told me, ‘You’ve got the best mare in the country.’“You can’t beat the weather we’ve got. We’re fortunate to be here.”CLOCKER FANCIES BAFFERT DUO FOR KENTUCKY DERBYThe Kentucky Derby is six weeks hence, but twisting Gary Young’s arm today for his picks, he wouldn’t deviate from the obvious.“If I had to name a Derby winner on three notes right now it’d be American Pharoah, Dortmund and Carpe Diem,” said the respected private clocker, referring to Bob Baffert’s dynamic duo and Tampa Bay Derby winner Carpe Diem, trained by Todd Pletcher.“As far as the two Baffert horses are concerned, I think Pharoah is probably the more brilliant horse,” Young said. “But just looking at who’s bigger, looking at their bodies and their stride, Dortmund might have a better chance of getting a mile and quarter than Pharoah.“You’ve got to go back a long time since one guy had two horses as strong as this, six weeks from the Derby. These are two good horses.“One thing about Baffert: he gets good horses and he’s not afraid to train them.”In other Santa Anita Derby news:Trainer Jim Cassidy said he may opt out of the Santa Anita Derby in favor of the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 4 for Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho, who suffered superficial leg cuts when finishing eighth behind Dortmund in the San Felipe Stakes.In either case, his current go-to rider, Santiago Gonzalez, would have the mount.Santa Anita offers a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool and a $300,000 guaranteed Pick 6 pool on Santa Anita Derby Day. -30-
JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “He warmed up great, he was on his toes. Our game plan was to put him on the lead unless he didn’t jump out of there well. We didn’t want to experiment. We wanted to play our hand, right off the bat. Let’s go to the lead and if they want to go with us, we’ll be probably be going too fast and if that’s the case, that’s the case. We were going to worry about it next time.“We did it. I left there very aggressive and he didn’t get away with anything. If you go twenty-two on this track today, you’re smokin’. And for him to hold off the caliber of horses he held off, was very impressive.“In the mornings we’ve been schooling with him and it doesn’t seem to be bothering him at all. I was pretty impressed with the caliber he showed today and the numbers that he put up. He’s flashy in the afternoon. He’s so easy on himself in the mornings and that’s a good thing. If he was a bit too aggressive in the morning it would probably take its toll on him.“He’s a big horse. He’s still carrying a lot of flesh on him. There’s room to trim him down as we get closer to the Derby and we’re doing it little by little. He’s handling everything. He’s a big, beautiful horse and he’ll start tucking up as we get closer.“We don’t do much with him. There’s room to tighten those screws, tighten him up.” KEITH DESORMEAUX, EXAGGERATOR, THIRD: “He ran nice and steady. They were quick the first part of the race. He was sitting chilly and relaxed. I loved the way it set up, but he didn’t finish. I would like to think he’ll move forward off of this. He might be maxing out at a mile, too. That’s what’s going through my mind right now. But we’ll stay here for the Santa Anita Derby, try them again and try and prove me wrong.” NOTES: The winning owners are Ted Aroney (Halo Farms) of Carlsbad and Jim and Diane Bashor of La Jolla. The victory was worth 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. Second was worth 20; third, 10; and fourth, five. 2/2/2/2 TRAINER QUOTES BOB BAFFERT, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “He ran well. The horse that won is a pretty good horse. I wanted to run first, second or third. He’s coming on. A mile and an eighth will be more to his liking, but he got a lot out of it today. I’m happy with the way he went and we’re learning more about him. He’ll stay here for the Santa Anita Derby.” -more- CLIFFORD SISE JR., DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “I expected him to be on the lead. We didn’t want to experiment in this race. Mike (Smith) just said, ‘I’ll let him come out the first few jumps and if he’s there, he’s there. If somebody sends, he’ll sit second.“He left much better today. He’s good now. We’ll stay for the Santa Anita Derby ($1 million, Grade I, 11/8 miles April 9). He’s three for three on this track. Why would we change now? I don’t see any reason to, but you never know. You’ve got to leave that up to the owners.” TED ARONEY, PART-OWNER, DANZING CANDY, WINNER: “I won’t make reservations (for the Kentucky Derby May 7) until the last minute! I had Hear the Ghost back in 2013. He won the San Felipe and was the favorite going into the Santa Anita Derby. I made my reservations too early and then we didn’t run (due to a minor knee injury) and they wouldn’t give me my money back! I made my mind up that I won’t be making any reservations this year!“I’m so excited with the way he ran today. I was disappointed after his first race but then his second and third race showed us how game he is. He gets to the lead and he’s so game. The whole thing today was not to experiment. If you have a speed horse you don’t want to experiment now. He’s got a front-running style that we didn’t want to experiment with and Mike bought into that. If we want to, we’ll leave that for later.” GARY STEVENS, MOR SPIRIT, SECOND: “I’m super happy, because he was way too keen in the early part of the race – he was really fresh, hasn’t run for a while. He was super sharp. As I was coming into the lane, I knew I wasn’t going to catch the winner, but I knew we had to get some (Kentucky Derby) points here. I like where we’re sitting for the Santa Anita Derby. I lost a battle today, but I like our position. Bob (Baffert) was happy, so I’m happy. We got a lot out of today’s race. He’ll settle a little better for me in the Santa Anita Derby.” -30-
URUGUAYAN MARE GENEROSIDADE BLOWS OUT TOTE BOARD WITH 71-1 WIN IN GRADE II, $200,000 SAN LUIS REY STAKES; PEREIRA & LOBO TEAM FOR 1 ½ LENGTH WIN GOING MILE & ONE HALF ON TURF IN 2:28.80
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2016)–In a massive upset, 71-1 longshot Generosidade flew late to take Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes under Tiago Pereira by 1 ½ lengths while covering a mile and one half on a turf course listed as “good” in 2:28.80. Trained by Paulo Lobo, Uruguayan-bred Generosidade made her third stateside start today.“I was so excited because this is my (second) graded win in North America,” said an ebullient Pereira, who like Lobo, is a Brazilian native. “Generosidade was so good today. We sat behind, we let the pace go and the last three eighths, I was able to get outside and get up to win it.“Paulo told me to relax the first part of the race in the other three times I rode her (three) because she liked to do that when she ran in Brazil. But, in the three races she’s run here, they were not so good…Her last work was good and today she was too good for them.”The longest shot in a field of 10 older horses that included four females, Generosidade paid $144.80, $45.60 and $17.60.Owned by her breeder, Haras Phillipson, Inc., Generosidade got her fifth win from 16 lifetime starts and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased her earnings to $206,894.“She’s a marathon horse,” said Lobo. “She loves the distance and we were looking for a mile and a half. She had her (recent) race (finishing sixth in the 1 ½ miles turf Astra Stakes here on Jan. 17). I think the rain helped me because she’s seven years old. She has issues, little problems, and the softer ground helped her.Trained by Ron McAnally and ridden by Tyler Baze, Chilean-bred Quick Casablanca rallied boldly from far back to be second, finishing a neck in front of Brazilian-bred Energia Fribby. Off at 10-1, Quick Casablanca paid $11.00 and $5.60.“I tried to thread the needle (at the top of the lane) and a horse stopped in front of me,” said Baze. “The horse is on the top of his game right now. He’s doing awesome. I can’t wait for the next one.”Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Energia Fribby, a 6-year-old mare, rallied wide-out and finished third, a neck in front of Highball. Off at 30-1, Energia Fribby paid $12.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.18, 47.61, 1:12.29, 1:38.20 and 2:03.83.There is a massive two-day Pick Six carryover into Thursday at Santa Anita of $548,670. It is expected Thursday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $2.5 million.First post time for an eight-race card on Thursday is at 1 p.m. The Pick Six will begin with Thursday’s third race, with approximate post time at 2 p.m. LONGSHOT TRIGGERS MASSIVE TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $548,670 INTO THURSDAY; TOTAL PICK SIX POOL EXPECTED TO EXCEED $2.5 MILLION
Box Score | ESPN+ Replay | Photo Gallery | Tournament HomepageSUGAR LAND, Texas – In a semifinal matchup that lasted well into the early morning hours, No. 4 Houston Baptist survived a 12-inning endurance test with No. 8 New Orleans, earning a 4-3 win just before 2 a.m. CT. The Huskies force the “if-necessary” rematch with the Privateers on Saturday at 1 p.m., the winner earning a spot in the winner-take-all title game against No. 3 Northwestern State at 6 p.m.Both pitchers had the better of the opening three innings, with Brayson Smith striking out four on 61 pitches for New Orleans and Taylor Franzman striking out a pair and allowing just one hit to keep the game scoreless.Atop the fourth inning, New Orleans loaded the bases on a walk with one out and Devin Morrill up to bat. Franzman tossed two straight balls before being replaced by right-hander Weston Smart. Morrill then put a sac fly into left field to score Beau Bratton and give UNO a 1-0 lead.BSB: @UNOPrivateers started the scoring in the top of the 4th when D. Morrill delivered RBI sac fly, plating Bratton. 1-0 UNO over HBU at that point, bases still loaded with two out. #SwordsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/qhePArEtEu— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 26, 2018In the bottom of the fourth, the Huskies landed themselves in the same position, with the bases loaded and one out, but the leadoff hitter in Tyler Depreta-Johnson up to bat. His fly out to shallow right field kept the runners stranded and put Jonathon Ducoff at the plate with two outs. Reaching a full count and drawing a walk, the tying run came home before Spencer Halloran came to bat. Again, a full count was on the board, but this time Smith registered a strike out to keep the game tied at one run apiece.Rapidly reaching his pitch limit – throwing 95 in just four innings of work – Smith made way for right-hander Rafael Martinez.HBU took the lead at the bottom of the fifth on a fielding error from center field, allowing Matt Heck to come home. Jake Scott then shot an RBI single through the same spot to bring home the third run for the Huskies and a 3-1 lead. After facing five batters and recording just one out, Martinez was taken off the mound for lefty Matthew Gillis.BSB: With Buck now in scoring position, Scott allowed him to go around the remaining 180 feet. RBI single made it 3-1 @HBUHuskies over UNO, bottom 5th. #DawgsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/erD9b0JGig— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 26, 2018Depreta-Johnson was up to bat again with the bases loaded at the bottom of the fifth with one out. With a 2-2 count, UNO escaped with the score still at 3-1 after turning a double play on a ground out to second base. Gillis escaped again to the final three innings, but an empty-handed top of the seventh slimmed down UNO’s chances for a comeback.However, the Privateers made it a new ballgame at the top of the eighth after a two-run blast from Orynn Veillon went over the left field wall to send him and Pearce Howard home to tie the game 3-3 with no outs. The Bearkats managed to retire though, and they would come up to bat with a tie score. After a botched bunt foul out, fly out to right field and a strikeout, the ninth inning would commence with the two sides still deadlocked.BSB: Just past midnight, Veillon delivered two-run dinger. @Privateers_BSB and @HBUHuskiesBSB tied 3-3, top 8th. #SwordsUp #SouthlandStrong pic.twitter.com/ZJ3IEXBjb1— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 26, 2018Two ground outs and a strikeout saw UNO retired with Sam Houston up for a shot at the win at the bottom of the ninth. Another pitching change took place as John Barr took the mound for New Orleans and Jake Pulcheon up to bat. A leadoff walk put the winning run on first followed by a wild pitch which advanced his pinch runner to second. Barr managed to strike out the next to batters swinging but another wild pitch sent the winning run to third with two outs. Facing a full count, Jeremy Simon sent a fly out to shallow center field to send the game to extra innings.Depreta-Johnson got on first base with a single to right center after a lengthy at-bat with one out and a wild pitch on Ducoff’s sent him to second. Ducoff then lined out to deep center field to put two outs on the board in the bottom of the 10th. Halloran struck out swinging to send the game to the 11th.The Huskies loaded the bases with of the 12th with no outs, and after Jake Scott appeared to make it home on a sac bunt, he was called out. After some choice words exchanged with the home plate umpire, Scott was ejected as the ball game remained tied with two outs. On the next at-bat, however, Halloran was hit by the pitch to bring the walkoff run home to secure the 4-3 victory.BSB: 1:58 am at Constellation Field… this is how it ended. Bases loaded, @HBUHuskiesBSB’s Halloran HBP. HBU won 4-3 and forced rematch with @PRIVATEERS_BSB. Huskies and Privateers play again at 1:02 pm. Winner meets @NSUDemonsBSB in title tilt at 6 pm. pic.twitter.com/e2hPef4DhE— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) May 26, 2018 The two sides combined for 420 pitches on the night – UNO registered 256 with seven different pitchers while HBU had 164 with three.
(Current Through Sunday, Jan. 13) 12 4 PALOS VERDES A FEEL-GOOD STORY WIN OR LOSEIf Touched by Autism wins Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes, there will be more than one feel-good storyline.First, even though only seven horses were entered, it would be the upset of upsets, since Touched by Autism will be the longest shot in the field going six furlongs in the Grade II sprint for older horses.Second, it will draw deserved attention to autism, a pervasive neurodevelopmental condition affecting a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others.People with autism may have a difficult time understanding “typical” social cues and social behaviors, and they may face challenges engaging with those around them–either by using words or non-verbal behaviors.Affecting one in every 68 people in the United States, autism is one of the fastest-growing neurological disorders in the world. There is no known cause and no known cure. It infinitely tests the patience and endurance of every family in which it surfaces with an impact that is all-consuming.It is a life sentence with no possibility of parole.Picture Dustin Hoffman in Rainman. He can tell you how many toothpicks fell on the floor but he doesn’t know how much a hot dog costs.Johnny Taboada owns Touched by Autism, a six-year-old California-bred son of Beau’s Gem, who has won eight of 29 career starts, including the restricted Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields last Nov. 24. His odds were 13-1.“Johnny’s son, Renzo, has autism,” explained Marcia Stolz, trainer of Touched byAutism, who has earned $270,395. “Even before we had horses for him, he named them for something to do with autism. Renzo is 19 and attends Las Positas Junior College in Livermore.”As for Touched by Autism, Stolz, 41, a former jockey, says the horse is “feeling good, but we’ve been trying to stay at Golden Gate and run because it is so tough down south.“However, with a short field and possible scratches because of the rain, who knows? Of course, it’s tough with Peter Miller (Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Roy H, Conquest Tsunami and Distinctiv B), but it could be worse.”An off track wouldn’t necessarily hinder Touched by Autism, since he broke his maiden on a good track at Santa Anita going a mile on Jan. 7, 2016.“It had been pouring rain sometime before that race,” recalled Storz, who was born in North Carolina, raised in Maryland but left when she was 10 when her father came to California to work for NASA circa 1985.She got her trainer’s license in 2015 and has 25 head currently at Los Alamitos.Taboada, a native of Peru who has been in the United States for more than 25 years, resides in Pleasanton and is a senior loan officer and a mortgage consultant in addition to currently owning “about 22” horses.“When I buy them as babies, I have the opportunity to name them, and I use the word autism in order to help raise the awareness of the condition,” he said. “If a source recently reports one in 68 are affected by autism, chances are today it’s now greater, because the numbers are constantly increasing.”But the 40-something owner has learned to challenge the odds.“We know we’re over our heads in the Palos Verdes,” he said. “Ideally, we didn’t want to enter, but we wanted to take this opportunity based on how well he ran in his last two sprints.“If we can be in the mix, it would give us something to look forward to in the future. It’s the old story, ‘You can’t win if you’re not in.’ We know we’re going against the best of the best–the best in the world, really.“I wasn’t going to run unless the horse was doing well and Marcia says he’s at his best right now, so we’ll see.”The Palos Verdes is not about winning or losing a race however; not about material success. It’s about love and concern for family.It will not alter Taboada’s priorities. He will always be “touched by autism,” devoted to the well-being of his own flesh and blood and a malady that in a negative sense afflicts and in a positive sense attracts, as if by a magnet.Although autism has no template, Renzo is the tie that binds.“He is,” Taboada says, “the glue of our family.”HOLLENDORFER HAS BUSY STAKES WEEKENDWith seven wins through 12 racings days, Jerry Hollendorfer is right in the thick of the trainers’ race as usual, and hopes to make gains in this weekend’s stakes.The Hall of Fame member has Awesome Anywhere and Kanthaka entered in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes and Vasilika set for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile on turf.“Awesome Anywhere and Kanthaka complement each other with different running styles,” Hollendorfer said.“Awesome Anywhere has speed and Kanthaka comes from off the pace.”Vasilika, who won eight straight races, including the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes after being claimed for $40,000 almost a year ago, on Feb. 11, 2018, had her streak snapped in the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar Dec. 2, finishing fourth but beaten only two lengths.“She’s been training well, so we’re looking forward to running her,” Hollendorfer said of the five-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Skipshot, who has 13 wins from 28 starts and earnings of $758,595. SANTA ANITA’S INDEFATIGABLE JOHN SHEAR CELEBRATES 98TH BIRTHDAYArguably the youngest “old” man on earth, Santa Anita’s beloved Paddock Captain John Shear was set to celebrate his 98th birthday Thursday in predictable fashion, by punching his time clock and settling in for yet another day of managing human and equine traffic in Santa Anita’s picturesque Paddock Gardens.Employed at The Great Race Place for nearly six decades, Shear, who was born in London and originally aspired to be a jockey, immigrated to Vancouver, B.C. following World War II and then came to Southern California in 1954.“I was exercising horses for a guy in Vancouver and he asked me if I’d like to go with him to Santa Anita that fall,” said Shear. “I said ‘sure,’ and as soon as I stepped off that van in the Stable Area here, I said ‘Lord, this is where I want to be.’ The place was so incredibly beautiful and I’ve never gotten tired of it.”A diminutive four feet, 11 inches, Shear weighs 104 pounds and attributes lifestyle, attitude and exercise as the primary reasons for his incredibly vigorous life.“I still do 30 pushups every morning. I do deep breathing exercises and I’ve got a stationary bike for my legs. I do a lot of walking here at work and at home . . . I walk my dog every day and I love what I do.”When asked what he thinks of a world in which seemingly everyone is continuously glued to an electronic device of one kind or another, he responded: “The world changes. My wife is on the computer all day, and I can’t say anything about it!”Shear, who sustained life threatening injuries resulting from an act of heroism eight years ago in which he threw himself between a five-year-old girl and an on-rushing loose horse, has no thoughts of retiring from the job he loves.“I can’t imagine retirement,” he said. “Every day is a blessing and I love everything about this job . . .The people, horses, jockeys, trainers, everyone I work with. I hope it never ends.”And wouldn’t that be something.LIVE RACING CANCELED AT SANTA ANITA DUE TO HEAVY RAINDue to heavy overnight rains and a 100 percent likelihood of continued wet weather, Santa Anita Park cancelled Thursday’s eight-race card, which was scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m.According to Santa Anita Track Superintendent Andy LaRocco, Santa Anita has taken on 3 ½ inches of rain since Monday, and the National Weather Service is predicting an additional two inches of precipitation into this afternoon.Additionally, flash flood warnings have been issued in the local mountains and widespread flooding has been reported this morning throughout Southern California.Horsemen are advised that Santa Anita will make every effort to bring back those races that were cancelled today in the immediate future.Santa Anita was open Thursday for simulcast wagering in the Grandstand Paddock Room with free parking and admission.As the most recent storm is predicted to move out of the area later this afternoon, live racing will resume as originally scheduled on Friday, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.THREE ON TURF FOR FRIDAY’S STRONACH 5Friday’s Stronach 5 will have a $50,000 guaranteed pool and will feature turf races from Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park.The national pick 5 sequence, with an industry-low 12-percent takeout, begins with a one mile turf event from Gulfstream Park before heading north to Laurel Park for a claiming event. The sequence wraps up with turf races at Gulfstream and Santa Anita.First race post time for the Stronach 5 is 4:10 p.m.Past Performances: http://www.laurelpark.com/handicapping/stronach-pick-5.Friday’s Stronach 5 sequence:• Leg One – Gulfstream Park 8th race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 4:10 ET, 1:10 PT• Leg Two -Laurel Park 9th race -(12 entries, seven furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35PT• Leg Three -Gulfstream Park 9th race – (9 horses, 1 1/16 miles) 4:41 ET, 1:41 PT• Leg Four – Gulfstream Park 10th race – (16 entries, one mile turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PT• Leg Five – Santa Anita Park 4th race – (8 entries, one mile turf) 5:30 ET, 2:30 PTThe minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.MARIKIAN, TRAINER OF SWING TILL DAWN, PASSES AT 79Former trainer Chuck Marikian, best known as the conditioner of Swing Till Dawn, winner of Santa Anita’s Grade I Strub Stakes in 1983, passed away on Sunday due to complications from a fall this past August.Marikian, 79, was born in East Los Angeles and played football at Cal State LA in the early 1960s. Gregarious by nature and an imposing physical presence, he was the life of any party and is survived by his wife of 56 years, Isabella, three daughters, Stacy (married to Bob Baffert assistant, Mike Marlow), Holly and Kelly. The Marikians also have three grandchildren, Dustin, Max and Isabella.Services for Chuck Marikian will be held 10 a.m. Friday at St. Therese Church in Alhambra, located at 1100 Alhambra Road, 91801.FINISH LINES: Trainer Peter Eurton has multiple graded stakes winner Giant Expectations ticketed for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Feb. 2 with Joel Rosarioto ride . . . There’s a new chef (not sheriff) in town and he’s Isaac Coleman, cooking up fabulous fare at Clockers’ Corner. A 35-year-old native of Boyle Heights, Coleman formerly managed the menu at the DC 3 Gourmet in Compton. THREE ON TURF FOR FRIDAY’S STRONACH 5 13 0 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $379,700 5 1st $844,869 3rd 16% ITM% 52% 1st Win% 14 Geovanni Franco51 8 50% $1,143,616 17% $450,713 55% $409,325 Money Won $129,559 $599,609 8 56% 6 9 William E. Morey21 7 4 11 $240,829 $547,250 4 9 71% 2 FORMER TRAINER MARIKIAN PASSES AT 79 7 59% 4 Flavien Prat74 57% 8 4 Peter Miller41 7 11 TOUCHED BY AUTISM IS ALREADY A WINNER 24% 4 49% 49% 9 3rd 16% ITM% Win% 41% 4 4 4 24% 6 $382,251 21% 23% Heriberto Figueroa61 Mike Smith24 20% 11 3 5 HEAVY RAINS CANCEL THURSDAY’S RACES 14% 44% 11 2nd 22% 14% 6 Money Won 5 Drayden Van Dyke56 7 $354,938 46% TrainerMts Richard Baltas41 Jerry Hollendorfer32 38% 2nd $416,464 John Sadler29 J. Keith Desormeaux25 19% 5 HOLLENDORFER HAS TWO STAKES COOKING JockeyMts $366,457 JOHN SHEAR CELEBRATES BIRTHDAY NO. 98 40% 35% 5 3 Joel Rosario69 Doug O’Neill45 11 17 9 24% Steve Knapp17 4 $80,803
TRAINER HOPES TRIBALIST AVOIDS ‘HEAP’ OF TROUBLE TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL STARTS WITH THE SHAM STAKES SHAM STAKES ATTRACTS EARLY DERBY HOPEFULSThe road to the 2020 Triple Crown begins Saturday at Santa Anita with the running of the Grade III Sham Stakes, a mile test for youngsters that just turned three today offering 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, four to the runner-up, two to the third-place finisher and one to the fourth.Richard Baltas has two entered, Stackin Silver and Taishan, each making his stakes debut going for the $60,000 winner’s share from a guaranteed purse of $100,000.“I’m not concerned that Taishan is stepping up,” Baltas said of the bay son of Twirling Candy, who broke his maiden going a mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 3 for owners Calvin Nguyen and Joey Tran. “It was his first time going long and he won and got a good number (81 Beyer).”“He’s trained really well since then, he’s had a bunch of time between races and I think he’ll give a good account of himself.”Stackin Silver comes off a 5 ¼-length maiden win against $50,000 claimers going a mile at Del Mar last Nov. 15. The son of Union Rags owned by Slam Dunk Racing, Jerry McClanahan and Michael Nentwig retains the services of Abel Cedillo, who rode him in his two previous starts.Honor A.P., who would have been one of the Sham favorites, if not the favorite based on his 5 ¼-length maiden win at a mile here last Oct. 13, will miss the race.“He galloped well, then when he came back from his schooling he was off in his right front,” trainer John Shirreffs explained. “X-rays were OK so we’ll just have to wait and see.”LOVELY LILIA CLIMBS THE LADDER INTO STAKES COMPANYLovely Lilia, an improving daughter of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, makes her stakes debut Sunday in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.“She is taking a major step up in company here, but she keeps moving forward in her training, so it’s worth taking a chance,” said Phil D’Amato, who trains the chestnut filly for owner/breeder John Liviakis.After finishing a distant ninth in her debut, a five furlong turf dash at Del Mar last Aug. 24, Lovely Lilia broke her maiden by 15 ½ lengths running in a $30,000 claimer at Santa Anita last Sept. 27, then returned in an overnight race Nov. 24 and won by a half-length under Abel Cedillo, who is back aboard in the Santa Ynez.VENERABLE TRIBALIST IN UPGRADED HERNANDEZBlake Heap, who sends out Tribalist in today’s recently upgraded Joe Hernandez Stakes, hopes the old warhorse gives the trainer a present as a nine-year-old.“He’s doing really well,” Heap said of the California-bred son of Tribal Rule. “He got away bad last time (bobbling at the start of the California Flag Handicap on Oct. 19, finishing fifth as the 11-10 favorite but beaten only two lengths).“He kind of stumbled, and you can’t be behind and let good horses go in :22 and two, be behind by eight (lengths) and think you’re going to beat them going 5 ½ (furlongs).“He drew the inside in this race so the break is going to mean everything.”The Joe Hernandez, race eight of 10: Tribalist, Ruben Fuentes; Double Tough, Victor Espinoza; Grinning Tiger, Jose Valdivia Jr.; Texas Wedge, Flavien Prat; True Valour, Drayden Van Dyke; Captain Scotty, Joel Rosario; Legends of War, Abel Cedillo; Blitzkrieg, Rafael Bejarano; Carnivorous, Mario Gutierrez; and Bay Muzik, Tyler Baze.Oiseau de Guerre was scratched.NEARLY $13,000 DONATED TO CARMA THROUGH MATHIS BROTHERSAsk any one of the 35,085 on-track fans and hundreds of thousands watching on television around North America, and one word comes to mind regarding Santa Anita’s Opening Day on Saturday–spectacular. Along with stunning views of the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains and spectacular world class racing, Santa Anita and its official Thoroughbred aftercare charity, the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), joined forces with Mathis Brothers Furniture to help raise awareness and money in order to care for racing’s retired Thoroughbreds.Courtesy of Mathis Brothers, who supplied Santa Anita with 1,000 plush racehorses, nearly $13,000 was raised through the generous donations of racing fans in support of Thoroughbred Aftercare.“We are so delighted to have been a part of this year’s Opening Day at Santa Anita and to raise money for such a worthy cause,” said Bill Mathis, President, Mathis Brothers Furniture. “There is no greater cause in racing today than Thoroughbred Aftercare and we’d like to thank Santa Anita, CARMA and the many fans who donated on Saturday. We are proud to be a part of this effort and we salute Santa Anita and CARMA for the good work they are doing.”“We were blown away by the success of this fundraiser,” said CARMA President Candace Coder Chew. “One hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly toward providing care for the horses supported by our programs and we are incredibly thankful to Mathis Brothers, Santa Anita and to the racing fans for their generosity.”Men, women and children of all ages were lined up from 9:30 am until supplies ran out around 2:00 pm. The large grey super soft plushies were a coveted item around the track – being scooped by multiple Santa Anita jocks to give to their kids and trainers on their way to and from the paddock to saddle horses.“Once we were out of the plushies, people were emptying their pockets just to support retired racehorses,” said Natalie Rietkerk, CARMA Program Manager. “A good number of attendees knew about CARMA, and what we do, but it was great having face time with those who had no idea programs such as ours exist within the racing industry and all the efforts being made to ensure these horses are retired responsibly and safely.”While the Mathis Brothers plush horse fundraiser has crossed the finish line, donations to CARMA are gratefully accepted any time online. Please visit CARMA4Horses.org to learn more about the nonprofits mission, safe retirement and the many options available to Thoroughbred horses after they leave the track.TRAINER GARY SHERLOCK SUCCUMBS TO CANCER AT AGE 73Veteran trainer Gary Sherlock, who would’ve turned 74 today, passed away at an Arcadia care facility on Sunday following a lengthy bout with cancer. The son of a jockey, William, and racing official, Mary, Sherlock was born at 1:12 a.m. on Jan. 1, 1946 in San Francisco, and was thus celebrated as the first baby born in the City by the Bay that year.Raised in Pleasanton, CA, Sherlock was destined for a life on the racetrack and in addition to training, he also enjoyed success as an insurance agent, specializing in racetrack workers’ compensation policies for trainers and also as a bloodstock agent.A top trainer for many years with Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos, routinely finishing in the top five slots in the standings in the 1970s along with the likes of D. Wayne Lukas and Blane Schvaneveldt, Sherlock won high profile races such as the 1977 Los Alamitos Derby with Azure Three and the 1980 Doc Severinsen Handicap with American Jet. Prior to switching to Thoroughbreds full time, he won 353 Quarter Horse races from 1966 to 1980.Known as a consistent developer of two-year-olds, Sherlock enjoyed his greatest career success in 2008 with the 4-year-old filly Intangaroo, with whom he won three Grade I, seven furlong stakes, the Santa Monica Handicap at Santa Anita on Feb. 2, the Humana Distaff on Kentucky Derby Day, May 3, at Churchill Downs, and the Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 24, 2008. (All three wins came in partnership with jockey Alonso Quinonez).Sherlock would go on to win the Santa Monica a second time, in 2016 with California-bred Lost Bus at 64-1. Owned and bred by Sherlock’s primary client, Terry Lovingier, Lost Bus, a four-year-old daughter of Bring the Heat, paid $131.20 with Fernando Perez aboard.Sherlock would also experience the Triple Crown trail for the first time in 2016, as his speedy Uncle Lino, who was third in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby and a subsequent winner of the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos, set the early pace prior to fading to seventh in the Grade I Preakness Stakes on May 21.Sherlock’s most recent “big horse” was Lovingier’s California-bred Show It N Moe It, now a five-year-old mare by Grace Upon Grace who to date has earned $515,541 from an overall mark of 27-6-6-6. A two-time stakes winner, Show It N Moe It’s most recent start came on Nov. 17 at Del Mar, a second-place finish in the Betty Grable Stakes.A savvy handicapper who loved playing the races, Sherlock had great instincts which enabled him to enjoy a high degree of success over the long haul.Sherlock is survived by his wife Sharon, sons Brian and Michael (Mikey), who works as an assistant starter at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Los Alamitos, as well as two grandsons, Tanner and Luke.At Sherlock’s request, there will be no memorial services. FINISH LINES: Omaha Beach, fresh from his smashing victory in Saturday’s Grade I Runhappy Malibu Stakes, has arrived safely in Florida where he is scheduled to make his final start in the Grade I, $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25. “Everything went well,” trainer Richard Mandella said of the move yesterday from Santa Anita. “We’re in the barn of an old friend named Mark Hennig. I have no date set for his breezes there. It’ll be a while, but he’s doing good.” . . . Belated Happy Birthday wishes to the legendary Laffit Pincay, Jr., who turned 73 on Sunday . . . Jockey Tiago Pereira has been suspended three days (Jan. 5, 10 and 11) for causing interference on So Much Happy in Saturday’s sixth race . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing tomorrow but offers simulcast racing in the Paddock Room starting at 10 a.m. There is free General Admission and free parking. Live racing resumes Friday at 1 p.m. with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES: XBTV Wednesday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 1st, 2020Happy Holidays From Jockey Aaron GryderHappy Holidays From Debbie Baltas and the Backside Cafeteria StaffHappy Holidays From Santa Anita Park Gate Crew’s Huey Barnes and Mikey SherlockA Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 1 of 2WORKOUTS:McKinzie (Baffert) 12-30-19Lady Suebee (Outside) and Curlin Rules (Sadler) 12-30-19Zellda (Daughter of Zenyatta) (Outside) and Elusive Road (Shirreffs) 12-29-19Bast & Azul Coast (Baffert) 12-29-19Dr. Dorr (Outside) and Speed Pass (Baffert) 12-29-19 OMAHA BEACH ARRIVES AT GULFSTREAM FOR PEGASUS LOVELY LILIA ELEVATES INTO GRADE II STAKES LEVEL MATHIS BROTHERS, CARMA PROVE SUCCESSFUL UNION TRAINER GARY SHERLOCK PASSES AWAY AT AGE OF 73