The game was probably one of the most competitive finals in Jackson’s Hole Christmas Indoor Soccer history as the The Who’s knocked off the defending champion Scoregasms to capture the 2012 Competitive title at the Soccer Quest Facility in Nelson.The tournament was played during the Christmas holiday break and attracted many former Nelson Youth Soccer graduates for the two-day event. In the Recreation Division, Abacus defeated Red Dog 5-1.Jordan Michaux proved to be the hero for The Who’s, scoring his third of four goals to snap a 3-3 tie to power the victors.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports want to add to the celebrations by selecting The Who’s Team of the Week.The team includes, back row, L-R, Heather Stewart, Alexi St. Jean-Duncan, Taylor Russell, Tyler Anderson, Jordan Michaux and Marlesa Crossland. Front, Fiona Jamin, Sachi Del-Snively, keeper Shelby Tett, Taylor Stewart and Kelly Newhouse.
When asked about the violence aspect he shakes it off.”It’s a sport. We’re not here to kill each other. Tell me that a six minute boxing match this weekend is going to do more damage than my buddies partying tonight.”In the bathroom of the restaurant I ask Rudkoski how he’s feeling, curious if his calm demeanor is hiding a nest of butterflies. After all, it is his first fight.”I feel good,” he says. “I’ve definitely got a bit of the nervous feeling but that’s just because I’m competitive. I get nervous before a chess match. It’s good. It keeps you sharp.”Rudkoski prepares to enter the ring The second annual Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club’s Charity Challenge is held in, where else, the Eagles Hall — a legion-like room filled with enough chairs and banquet tables to seat over 200 people.At one end volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the raised ring while at the other a stuffed Golden Eagle in a glass case presides over the action. Near the taxidermy watcher Rudkoski sits as Pineiro wraps his hands.The wrap is done in silent ceremony. A curt nod of approval from Rudkoski is all that is given after the completion of each fist followed by a mock hit into his palm. Satisfied coach and fighter rise along with the anticipation.Now people are filing in. Now the bell rings. Now the fights begin. The “thwack, thwack” of gloves on flesh is mirrored by fighters warming up in corners and alcoves around the room hitting pads with coaches.There is no animosity here. No intimidation or verbal aggression. Only a sense of a show, in this case put on to raise money for families in need. At the first Charity Challenge they had hoped to raise $5,000. Instead they raised $20,000.Fighters dressed in blue and red move through the crowd either in anxious, pre-fight wanderings or in post-fight glory. Even the defeated seem content, showing little signs of disappointment. After every battle there is a hug of recognition.”Respect is given all around,” Bockner tells me,” because everyone knows how hard it is.”Rudkoski is scheduled to fight tenth. His opponent, a tall, broad-shouldered man named Tyler Crew from the Southpaw Boxing Gym in Calgary, is dressed in blue trunks and sports a Mohawk.Somewhere between the seventh and eighth fight they disappear to the basement to warm up. Pads are pummeled as the final words of advice are given.”Be fast, be relaxed,” Pineiro tells him. “Basic stuff. It’s gonna be good.”Seventy-five seconds later the boxing match is over As the bell rings, Rudkoski moves almost gracefully from the red corner. The pace is different than most of the previous fights. There is no rush. They both seem to say, there is time. And then the blows begin to land.A gasp escapes from the crowd as Rudkoski lands a bone crushing shot on Crew’s shoulder, missing his head by inches. The next one finds its mark, Crew’s head snapping back as he stumbles into the corner. Rudkoski hesitates and in that moment the referee steps in, ushering Crew to the corner as blood streams down the left side of his face.The doctor is summoned and after two white medical pads are turned crimson he shakes his head. Seventy-five seconds after the opening bell the fight is stopped due to a technical knock out by injury. Rudkoski looks almost disappointed. The bubble of anticipation has burst and his record is officially 1-0.Great first fight, but now it’s time to train for the next oneOutside the car rain hammers down with tropical intensity, inside the victorious fighter once again appears calm.”It’s funny,” he says, “you do all that paperwork, you train for months and drive all that way and then it’s over in 75 seconds.” As with most things in life, there is an ebb and flow to boxing. Moments of intense, adrenaline-fueled action are interspersed among long periods of training, waiting and anticipating.Unlike other sports there is no season or pre-season. There are no playoffs and no World Series. There is only the fight. And again, like life, it is often over before you fully realized it had begun.”Great job and have a good weekend,” Pineiro says as Rudkoski goes his separate way, “I’ll see you Monday.”A days rest is all he will get before the work begins anew. There will be no coddling or ego stroking, no time off to relish his achievement and none is expected.With the next fight already on the horizon the coach will ask for everything the fighter has and the fighter will oblige. By Louis BocknerMore than 200 people recently flocked to the Eagles Hall in Cranbrook to take in the second annual Eagles Boxing Club’s Charity Challenge.Nelson boxer Jacob Rudkoski was one of the fighters on the card, jumping into the ring for the first time.Louis Bockner was one of the 200 fight fans watching with anticipation as Rudkoski realizes his dream to box in a sanctioned event and writes this account of the Nelson Boxing Club inaugural taste of the sport.My first memories of Jacob Rudkoski are found on baseball diamonds and are preferable to the ones that came after on football fields. I consider myself lucky to have escaped the meetings of our rival high schools unscathed and now, after watching his performance as a boxer, I am forever indebted to John “Jack” Broughton who, in 1743, created weight divisions, ensuring Rudkoski and I will never be re-united in the ring.Rudkoski joined coach Jesse Pineiro and assistant coach Peter Bockner at the Nelson Boxing Club in May after several years of training as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, a move instigated by a desire to refine his skills.Unlike MMA, which combines multiple fighting disciplines, he feels boxing allows him to focus on one aspect while leaving the kickboxing, wrestling jiu jitsu and muay thai in their respective fields. Now, six months later, we’re somewhere between Yahk and Cranbrook on our way to his first fight.The talk in the car centers on boxing — this fighter versus that fighter, the match ahead and the training behind. As the Nelson club’s only heavyweight he rarely finds anyone on par to spar with, a fact he believes has made him a better fighter.”Even training in MMA I rarely met guys my size,” he says. “It makes you work on speed, it makes you faster.”The Weigh InIn the basement banquet room of Cranbrook’s Sandman Hotel he strips to his underwear for the weigh in. Tipping the scale to a modest 102.1 kilograms he carries his weight lightly on legs like telephone poles. Even his head is big with a heavy-set brow and his hands resemble toaster ovens.As the room fills with people — fighters, coaches, mothers, fathers and more — glances dart around the room, hoping to discern prospective opponents. All Pineiro or Rudkoski know about his man is that he’s from Calgary and is about 100 kilograms.This narrows the field considerably as most of the fighters sitting in the lineup to see the doctor are in their teens or younger; a sign that boxing is still alive in Canada despite competition from the ever popular Ultimate Fighting Championship and major sports like soccer and hockey. Some are lanky, some are round, some are silent, some are laughing and some look simply scared.As the doctor shines his flashlight in the pupils of a young man with a “Lethbridge Boxing Club” T-shirt the voice of Bill Watson, one of the Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club coaches, cuts through the murmurs.”Can I have everyone’s attention?” he asks. “If you’re fighting in the blue corner you get changed and ready in the basement. If you’re in the red corner there’s a cube truck in the parking lot.”Cornerman and Trainer, Jesse Pineiro ‘At dinner the advice from coach to fighter begins to flow.”What I really want you to do is keep your hands up and finish with the left,” Pineiro says. “Do it religiously. That left brings you back defensively.”Use your punches. Nice and long and remember, keep your left up.”Although Pineiro’s amateur career record (10-5) is “kind of underwhelming” he carries with him a wealth of knowledge acquired through sparring with, and learning from, world-class fighters and coaches all over the world.In the early 2000’s he brought that knowledge back to his hometown of Nelson — a city whose once vibrant boxing community was all but extinct.”In Nelson we’re building it from nothing,” Pineiro says. “[People] have no idea about boxing and they have little interest.”A point he and fighters like Rudkoski are hoping to change.”It’s a good thing to get into,” says Rudkoski. “It’s character building.”
The Nelson Leafs begin a steady diet of Murdoch Division competition when the Heritage City squad travels to Castlegar Saturday to meet the Rebels in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.In a rare quirk in the KIJHL schedule, Nelson plays the Rebels three consecutive times beginning Saturday — four times in the next six games.Castlegar, clinching a playoff spot, is second in the Murdoch Division with a 25-12-2-0-0 record, 10 points behind division leading Beaver Valley.Castlegar leads the season series against the West Kootenay rivals, winning two of three games including a 9-0 shellacking of the Leafs December 2 in the Sunflower City.The Rebels have also scored more goals than Nelson — 140-118 — and have better goals against — 102-144 — than the Green and White.Rebels see star netminder take flight for BCHLThe KIJHL schedule makers may have done the Leafs a favour as Castlegar saw its top netminder, Joseph McLeod, leave Junior B Hockey for the bright lights of the BC Hockey League in December.After three years with the Pursuit of Excellence program, the 6’2” goalie from Kelowna joined Castlegar this year where in 21 games he has 13 wins, with five of those coming as shutouts.“Joseph is a very good young goaltender who was having a great season with a strong program in Castlegar,” said Spruce Kings general manager Mike Hawes.”He’s got good size, is technically strong, and competes hard. He’s also a well mannered young man who will fit in well with our group.”In three games since joining the Spruce Kings, McLeod, starting two games, sports a 1-1 record with a 5.19 Goals Against Average.Meanwhile, Leafs new goalie Josh Williams appears to be a week away from playing his first game with Nelson.Williams, who came to the Leafs from the Aberta Junior Hockey League, remains on the injured list. It’s hopeful Williams may be back with the Rebels face Nelson next week. Leafs need stretch run to secure third in Murdoch DivisionNelson continues its push to sneak into third place and avoid playing Beaver Valley in the first round of the playoffs.The Leafs, riding a two-game losing streak, trail Grand Forks by a points in the Murdoch standings.Nelson, 17-23,0-0-1, has played one more game than the Bruins, currently struggling with losses in fourth straight games.Veteran Jordan Davie tops Leaf scoringVeteran forward Jordan Davie holds a commanding 11-point lead over Eamonn Miller in the Leafs scoring race.Davie, 20, with 19 goals in 37 games for 33 points, also leads the team in goals.Davie is tied for 33rd in KIJHL scoring, 32 points behind Rainer Glimpel of Osoyoos Coyotes.Leaf captain Rayce Miller leads in helpers with 15.Next home game for Nelson is Friday, January 29 against Castlegar.Leaf games a community eventNelson Leaf home games are more than just a hockey game.Throughout the season the hockey club continually hosts special interest groups.During the January 14 game against Grand Forks, almost 80 exchange students attending schools in Kootenay Lake School District No. 8 attended the game.These students, from Brazil, Mexico, China, Korea, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy and Ukraine, are billeted with local families.Two days later, Nelson Leafs hosted KidSport.
JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Martin Pedroza10511171110%$479,420 Thomas Proctor3064320%$461,350 Ron Ellis3782622%$291,580 AMERICAN PHAROAH TO MAKE 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN REBELEclipse Award winner as male 2-year-old champion of 2014 American Pharoah workedsix furlongs under Martin Garcia Saturday in 1:12.40, after which Bob Baffert said the son of Pioneerof the Nile would make his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II, $600,000 Rebel Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth at Oaklawn Park on March 14.Baffert had also been considering the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes, at 1 1/16 miles also, at Santa Anita a week earlier, on March 7.“He went an easy three-quarters,” Baffert said of the bay colt owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat. “I got him in like (one) 13.”Baffert also worked Bayern, the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner going four furlongs withGarcia up in a leisurely 50 seconds flat.“Bayern went real slow,” Baffert said.Also Saturday morning: two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked four furlongs in company with Moulin de Mougin, each being clocked in 48 seconds. “It was a nice, easy half,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “Both of them looked great.”At Los Alamitos, Horse of the Year California Chrome worked four furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza in 48.40 as he prepares for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28.Trainer Art Sherman said everything was on course for the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, owned and bred by Steve Colburn and Perry Martin. The colt is scheduled to depart for the Middle East on March 17. Jerry Hollendorfer10221141421%$2,058,940 Martin Garcia8614131216%$1,153,530 A. C. Avila2261327%$149,974 Richard Mandella3886721%$402,536 Kent Desormeaux11623221320%$1,322,730 Fernando Perez108912108%$448,612 Victor Espinoza10820221419%$1,323,610 Brandon Boulanger845586%$161,336 Tyler Baze16923161714%$1,318,314 James Cassidy4475816%$263,330 “He’s won twice sprinting on turf before,” pointed out Maldonado, who won yesterday’s first race by five lengths aboard A Colt Following for trainer Jeff Bonde, who also trains Distinctiv Passion. “The distance of six and a half will fit him perfectly and there’s no reason he shouldn’t like going down the hill.” . . . Met Mile winner Sahara Sky worked four furlongs Friday in 52.80 as he prepares for his return to the races. The 7-year-old trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned in part by Kim Lloyd has the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend at seven furlongs June 27 as a major long-range goal, Lloyd said. “We’ll get him ready, try to find a little prep and point to the Triple Bend,” said Lloyd, a former trainer in his own right and current General Manager of Barretts Sales, which will offer its selected 2-year-olds in training sale starting 2 p.m. Monday at Hinds Pavilion in Pomona . . . Firing Line, two-time tough beat runner-up to unbeaten Dortmund, worked four furlongs in 48.20 for Simon Callaghan, who has the Sunland Derby on March 22 or the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 in mind for the son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher . . . Santa Anita Handicap candidate Imperative worked four furlongs for George Papaprodromou in 49 flat . . . With two wins yesterday before departing for the Fair Grounds where he rides Chandelier winner Angela Renee for Todd Pletcher in the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, Rafael Bejarano opened a commanding 39-23 lead over runners-up Kent Desormeaux and Tyler Baze . . . Apprentice jockey Brayan Pena has been suspended three racing days (Feb. 26, 27 and 28) for causing interference on his mount, Preordained, in Sunday’s fourth race, while journeyman Saul Arias has been banished for the same period for interference on Triunfo in Sunday’s sixth race. (Current Through Friday, Feb. 20) Corey Nakatani791381216%$683,368 Elvis Trujillo13314171011%$919,652 Jeff Bonde2260327%$212,040 John Sadler738131111%$573,206 Philip D’Amato4598720%$438,810 Mark Glatt4578616%$362,324 Peter Eurton51108720%$482,758 Richard Baltas4386319%$328,038 Rafael Bejarano16139252124%$1,816,124 PHAROAH, BAYERN, BEHOLDER, CHROME DRILLGOLDEN PICK 6 PAYS $363,424 AT GOLDEN GATEPOTENTIALLY BIG PAY DAYS ON BIG ‘CAP DAY Felipe Valdez2966521%$146,298 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Brice Blanc2951317%$198,262 Bob Baffert631214919%$1,197,298 Edwin Maldonado71831011%$290,796 Gary Stevens60118918%$880,522 $1 MILLION LATE PICK 4 GUARTANTEE ON BIG ‘CAP DAYShared Belief is expected to rule a prohibitive favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but that won’t prevent fans from trying to land a game-changing score.There will be huge guaranteed pools that day, including a $1 million Late Pick 4 and a $150,000 Pick 6, in addition to three other graded stakes besides the Big ‘Cap, with Triple Crown hopefuls spotlighted in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes.Also, there will be a Beerfest and live music in the infield. First post time will be 12 noon; gates open at 10 a.m.FINISH LINES: Distinctiv Passion is a committed front-runner, and Edwin Maldonado does not plan to alter strategy on the Florida-bred son of With Distinction in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill turf course. Distinctiv Passion is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade II Palos Verdes on Jan. 31, but is no stranger to the grass.-more-2/2/2/2 Drayden Van Dyke12815151812%$812,716 Tiago Pereira78971112%$299,334 Hector Palma2163129%$128,650 Doug O’Neill95910129%$534,756 Santiago Gonzalez5654109%$169,974 PERFECT GOLDEN PICK 6 TICKET PAYS $363,424The 20-cent Golden Pick 6 was hit for $363,424 Friday at Golden Gate Fields when only one ticket nailed all six winners in races two through seven. The bargain basement ticket was purchased on-track for just $9.60A jackpot-style wager held on the final six races each day, the Golden Pick 6 is only paid in full when there is just one perfect ticket with all six winners. When there is more than one ticket with all six winners, 70 percent of the net pool is paid to those handicappers going six-for-six. The remaining 30 percent of the pool is carried over to the next racing day.Since it was hit for $8,391 on Dec. 27, the second day of the winter/spring meet, there had been 31 consecutive racing days without a single winning ticket.The drought ended Friday when one player correctly selected the following winners: Princess Ofst.jude ($61) in the second race; Awesome Silver ($9.20) in the third; Kat Proof ($7) in the fourth; Prince Charmant ($14) in the fifth; Kimnjet ($9.20) in the sixth; and Global Harbor ($9) in the seventh.There were no winning favorites in the sequence.Although fans across the country can play the Golden Pick 6 via simulcast wagering, it’s likely a Bay Area resident got the money, since the winning ticket was purchased at Golden Gate Fields. Flavien Prat74109614%$501,466 Mike Smith7215141121%$1,337,491 Mark Casse4175517%$599,748 Joseph Talamo14115142411%$1,075,894 Michael Pender2964221%$155,720 Peter Miller941819819%$1,017,858 -30-
D’AMATO SENDS OUT TWO IN EDDIE D. STAKESPhil D’Amato, in pursuit of his third consecutive training title having won Santa Anita’s Summer Meet and the recent Del Mar crown, has entered Hunt and Toowindytohaulrox in Friday’s opening day headliner, the Grade III, $100,000 Eddie D. Stakes which will be run in two divisions for three-year-olds and up at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.“Hunt’s doing really well,” D’Amato said of the four-year-old Irish-bred gelding owned by Michael House. “We’ve been pointing to this race for a couple months, he’s four for five down the hill and he’ll be ready to go.“Toowindy, he likes this down the hill configuration also. He comes from way out of it, so if there’s a lot of speed in there, he’ll have a good shot. He’s also doing well.”The Eddie D. is named for one of the game’s greatest riders, Hall of Fame member Eddie Delahoussaye, who will be on hand to present a trophy to the winning connections.“I don’t know him that well,” D’Amato said of the ever-popular Cajun, who turned 65 last Wednesday, “but I watched him for a long time growing up and he was one of my favorite riders. I don’t think anybody could rally like he did.“He’d cut the turn coming into the stretch, angle out and nail them all. I’ve seen that move so many times. Receiving the winning trophy from him would be special.” CHROME, BEHOLDER HOLD AUDIENCE ON SATURDAYCHANDELIER’S ZAPPERKAT NO SURPRISE TO BALTASD’AMATO: WINNING THE EDDIE D. WOULD BE SPECIALSONGBIRD AND NYQUIST ARE DUE HOME TOMORROW RACING ROYALTY CHROME, BEHOLDER AT SANTA ANITA OCT. 1 King California Chrome and queen Beholder, two members of racing’s reigning royalty, will descend from their lofty pedestals Saturday to greet their adoring audiences, California Chrome performing in the Awesome Again Stakes and Beholder the Zenyatta Stakes, in which she will seek an unprecedented fourth victory. California Chrome eyes his sixth straight win in the Awesome Again. The 2014 Horse of the Year arrived Sunday from his Los Alamitos headquarters and is rarin’ to go for the Awesome Again when entries for the mile and a one eighth race are taken tomorrow.“He galloped this morning; he’s a beast,” said Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to trainer Art Sherman. “He’s ready to roll. A small field doesn’t matter to me. Just a clean, safe trip and I’ll be happy.”Beholder, winner of 13 of 14 races at Santa Anita and 17 of 24 overall, galloped a mile and 5/8 Tuesday morning after which trainer Richard Mandella declared all systems go for the Zenyatta, which the six-year-old mare won in 2013, 2014 and again last year.For fillies and mares three and up, the Zenyatta will be decided at 1 1/16 miles and is expected to attract 2015 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding three-year-old filly Stellar Wind, who upset Beholder in the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar July 30.The Awesome Again and the Zenyatta are two of five Grade I, “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge events on the second day of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet.Santa Anita hosts the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented ninth time on Nov. 4 and 5.Should Beholder win the Zenyatta, she would become the first four-time winner of the race and if she went on to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4, she would be the first horse to win three Breeders’ Cup races on dirt.The Awesome Again is named for the winner of Canada’s premier three-year-old race, the Queen’s Plate, which Awesome Again captured in 1997 in addition to the Jim Dandy.Frank Stronach, Founder and Honorary Chairman of The Stronach Group and multiple Eclipse Award-winning owner/breeder, saw his homebred Awesome Again go undefeated in six starts at age four, capping his sensational career by winning the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic.Supplementing the headline events will be the FrontRunner Stakes for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the Chandelier Stakes for two-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles; and the Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on Santa Anita’s renovated turf course.Victory gives the winning horse in each race a fees paid berth to its respective Breeders’ Cup event.Next Saturday, Oct. 8, the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship for three year olds and up at six furlongs will serve as a springboard to the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Nov. 5.Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet starts this Friday, Sept. 30 and concludes on Sunday, Nov. 6. First post time opening day is 1 p.m. First post Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, will be 12:30 p.m. ZAPPERKAT TRAINING WELL FOR CHANDELIER STAKESZapperkat may have surprised some folks when she won her debut by 5 ¼ lengths at 12-1, but not her trainer.“No,” said Richard Baltas, who conditions the two-year-old daughter of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper for J K Racing LLC and Bruce Chandler. “She was always training very well. We thought a lot of her from the start.”Zapperkat won Aug. 20 at first asking going six furlongs from the rail in a field of nine at Del Mar under Norberto Arroyo Jr., who retains the mount for Saturday’s Chandelier Stakes.“We were worried about the rail that day,” Baltas said, “but a lot of horses went to the front. We sat behind and she rated behind the speed, closed like a nice horse and galloped out real strong.”Zapperkat was sold for $27,000 at last year’s September Keeneland sale, but Baltas and his connections ultimately made the original purchaser an offer he couldn’t refuse.“The horse went through the ring at $27,000,” Baltas said. “Ten minutes later, we offered the guy $45,000 and we had a deal.” FINISH LINES: Undefeated superstar filly Songbird, dazzling as ever in winning the Grade I, $1 million Cotillion at Parx Saturday for her 11th straight triumph, was due back at her Santa Anita base Wednesday to prepare for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Nov. 4. “She was more relaxed and sat off the pace,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains the three-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro for Rick Porter. “She seems to be getting better and doesn’t have to have the lead. She showed everybody that.” Immediate plans for Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist were undecided after his sixth-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby at Parx, also Saturday. Leandro Mora of Team O’Neill said Nyquist would return to California Wednesday and that the son of Uncle Mo came out of the race in good shape. “Doug (O’Neill) and Paul (Reddam) will meet next week to discuss what’s next for Nyquist,” Mora said . . . Travers winner Arrogate, one of five horses Bob Baffert has nominated to the Awesome Again, worked four furlongs Tuesday in 48.20 breezing under Rafael Bejarano. Baffert also sent Chandelier nominee Noted And Quoted five furlongs in a bullet 59.40 . . . Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery to long-time agent of the stars Vince DeGregory, 84, who underwent back surgery this morning at USC Hospital . . . Agent Brandon O’Bryan has taken the book of jockey Jose Verenzuela . . . Santa Anita offers attractive and appealing guaranteed exotic wagering pools during the Autumn Meet, notably: $300,000 Late Pick 4 on opening day; $750,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick 6 this Saturday, Oct. 1; $500,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick Six Sunday. Oct. 2; $300,000 Late Pick 4 Thursdays, Fridays and Monday, Oct. 10 following opening weekend; and $500,000 Late Pick 4 and $100,000 Pick 6 Saturdays and Sundays following opening weekend . . . ShowVivor, Santa Anita’s popular free handicapping contest, returns opening day and continues through the Autumn Meet, with $2,500 to the winner. Visit santaanita.com for details.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2017)–The road to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8 will have its first graded stop on Saturday at Santa Anita, as Grade I winning Gormley and recent first-out maiden winner American Anthem head a group of seven newly turned 3-year-olds in the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes, to be contested at a flat mile. AMERICAN ANTHEM: Trained by Bob Baffert, he made a solid run from off the pace to take his 6 furlong debut by a neck on Dec. 3 at Del Mar, earning a Sham-best last-out Beyer Speed figure of 86. A Kentucky-bred colt by Bodemeister, he’ll most likely be forwardly placed in his first spin around two turns. Bred in Kentucky by Winstar Farm, LLC and owned by Winstar and China Horse Club, he’ll be ridden for the first time by “Big Money” Mike Smith. American Anthem–Mike Smith–119Term of Art–Joe Talamo–124Bird Is the Word–Gonzalo Ulloa–119Colonel Samsen–Flavien Prat–121Gormley–Victor Espinoza–124Big Hit–Santiago Gonzalez–119Blabimir–Mario Gutierrez–119First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com. GORMLEY: A 4 ¼ length first-out maiden winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Sept. 4 at Del Mar, this John Shirreffs-trained colt by Malibu Moon took Santa Anita’s Grade I, 1 1/16 miles FrontRunner Stakes by three lengths in gate to wire fashion on Oct. 1 at odds of 10-1. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, he bobbled at the start and suffered his first loss when well beaten in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 5. Idle since, he’ll again get the services of Victor Espinoza, who’s been aboard for all three of his starts. NEWLY TURNED 3-YEAR-OLDS TAKE FIRST GRADED STEP TOWARD $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA DERBY THE GRADE III SHAM STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 7 of 9 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PST
Tribal Storm–Drayden Van Dyke–123Ann Arbor Eddie–Mario Gutierrez–123Hinx–Norberto Arroyo, Jr.–119Hot Smoke–Joe Talamo–119California Diamond–Kent Desormeaux–123Six Point Rack–Stewart Elliot–119Coils Gold–Martin Garcia–119 ANN ARBOR EDDIE: Owned and bred by Reddam Racing, LLC, this chestnut gelding by top California-based stallion Square Eddie defeated California Diamond by 1 ¼ lengths in the one mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos Dec. 18, as he pressed the early pace and proved best at 5-2. Trained by Doug O’Neill, “Eddie” was a sharp third behind top Kentucky Derby Prospect Mastery and California Diamond two starts back in the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes on Nov. 19 at Del Mar. With two wins from three starts, Ann Arbor Eddie will try to establish himself as a contender for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby with a big performance here on Saturday. ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2017)–Rivals Ann Arbor Eddie and California Diamond will renew acquaintances on Saturday at Santa Anita as they head a field of seven going a mile and a sixteenth in the $250,000 California Cup Derby. Part of the Golden State Series, the Cal Cup Derby is for California-bred or sired three year olds. Along with the top two, impressive first-out maiden sprint winner Coils Gold looms dangerously for Bob Baffert. COILS GOLD: Owned and bred by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, he marched to an impressive 5 ½ length first-out maiden win versus state-breds going six furlongs at Del Mar on Nov. 13. From the first crop of top sprinter, Coil, Coils Gold will certainly ensure a lively Derby pace on Saturday as he runs in the bi-coastal shadow of his Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion stablemate, Arrogate, who takes on California Chrome in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park. CALIFORNIA DIAMOND: Based at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, he was sold privately following his win in the 5 ½ furlong Santa Anita Juvenile on July 9 and he’s been a gem of consistency in seven subsequent starts for Rockingham Ranch and trainer Peter Miller. A four-time stakes winner, the dark bay or brown colt by Harbor the Gold is 9-5-4-0 overall with earnings of $417,780. Despite his impressive resume, distance remains a question, as he tired a bit late when second to Ann Arbor Eddie in his only try at two turns, the King Glorious Stakes on Dec. 18. THE CALIFORNIA CUP DERBY WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 10 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PST CAL CUP DERBY IS ONE OF FIVE RACES FOR GOLDEN STATE SERIES-ELIGIBLE HORSES ON SUNSHINE MILLIONS/CAL CUP DAY AT SANTA ANITA There will be a special early first post time on Saturday at Santa Anita of 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.
Saturday, Oct. 6Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State, 1 p.m. CT, ESPN3*Southeastern Louisiana at Incarnate Word, 4 p.m. CT, UIW Stretch Internet PortalNicholls at Northwestern State, 6 p.m. CT, Cox Sports TVAbilene Christian at McNeese, 6 p.m. CT, Cowboy InsiderHouston Baptist at Central Arkansas, 6 p.m. CT, Bear Nation Network*at Houston’s NRG Stadium FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and its broadcast partners have revealed game selections and start times for football games to be played on Saturday, Oct. 6. While choices for the first four weeks of the regular season were completed during the summer, picks are made 12 days prior to kickoff for the remaining weeks.ESPN3 will feature the 93rd Battle of the Piney Woods, as Sam Houston State faces Stephen F. Austin at Houston’s NRG Stadium. The series ranks as the longest running NCAA Division I FCS rivalry in Texas and has seen the Bearkats win seven conseuctive meetings.Cox Sports Television is set to provide regional coverage of Nicholls at Northwestern State. ESPN3 will simulcast the production outside CST’s territory.The day’s other three games will be streamed via institutional productions.
FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Tyler Smith and Houston Baptist’s Christopher Welch are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Smith’s league recognition is the first for the Cowboys in the outdoor season, while Welch’s honor is the second for the Huskies after decathlete Scott Boon claimed the award last week.Welch, a freshman, posted a Southland-best triple jump of 15.73 meters (51-7.25) to claim top honors in this weekend’s Houston Alumni Invitational hosted by the University of Houston at the Carl Lewis International Complex.Meanwhile, Smith’s running this weekend earned him a first-place medal in the 200-meter race to go with another gold garnered by his 4 x 100 relay squad at the McNeese Spring Time Classic in Lake Charles, La.Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Tyler Smith, McNeese – Sr. – Stonewall, La.Smith posted a new personal-best of 21.0 seconds in his 200-meter race win. The time gives him the fifth-best mark in the Southland this season and is tied for the 46th-best posting nationally.The senior was also a part of the winning 4 x 100 meter relay team that broke the tape at 41.08 seconds.Honorable Mention: Ryan Cleary, Abilene Christian; Chris Jefferson, Sam Houston State.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Christopher Welch, Houston Baptist – Fr. – Dickinson, TexasWelch’s winning leap bettered the runner-up competitor’s jump by more than a foot and a half. The output represents the seventh-best jump in the West region and 13th best in the NCAA this season. The freshman’s victory helped the Huskies to a third-place team finish in the meet.Honorable Mention: JaCorious Jeter, Northwestern State; Kai Schmidt, Abilene Christian.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.
TYLER BAZE, ALL OUT BLITZ, SECOND: “He felt good going around there, I just wanted to make sure I got a jump on the closers. He (Cistron) was rolling and I was cruising. So when he went I thought I’d go with him, but he just pulled away.TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, CISTRON, WINNER: “This horse ran well on the dirt as a 3-year-old. He actually won a stake going a mile and a sixteenth ($150,000 Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 15, 2017). He’s been (running) on grass but trains well on dirt. I expected him to be in front. When we saw this race was coming up a little light and there wasn’t that much speed, we decided to supplement. It’s been great, Hronis racing is as good a brand as you’ll see in racing, the safety and welfare of the horses is paramount with them. We start from there when we go out and look for horses and hopefully we keep developing a lot of (them).“Gift Box worked sensational this morning he’ll be pointing toward the Gold Cup here in May, Catapult looks beautiful we are pointing toward the Shoemaker Mile in May, Nolo Contesto, we will probably drop him back to the Affirmed stakes here in June, so we have a lot of nice stock and were just going roll them out periodically.”OWNER QUOTESKOSTA HRONIS, PART OWNER, CISTRON: “He always works nice on the dirt and he seems to like this track. He’s a pretty versatile horse. I guess not having the hill available (hillside turf course) made it an easy choice to put him back on dirt. It seems to be his distance. If he gets a nice easy lead he’s usually pretty tough . . . It’s good to have Victor (Espinoza) back on board. He works well with John. They’re a good team.”NOTES: The winning owners are Kosta and Peter Hronis, Hronis Racing, LLC.Hronis Racing’s Cistron and jockey Victor Espinoza win the Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes, Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO JOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, CISTRON, WINNER: “The important thing for me and the horse today was that he broke running. He was able to take control right away and at the sixteenth pole, I said ‘Where is everybody?’ He ran great all the way to the wire, John is an awesome trainer, he really got this horse ready for this race and he made my job a lot easier. It is the best feeling ever to be back and ride amazing horses and win amazing races, I’m just blessed to be here.”