The golf season may be in the rearview mirror, but before the weather turned frightful players took to Granite Pointe to participate in the City of Nelson Tournament.The tournament was a fundraiser for the Angelo Mastorbuno Bursary, handed out yearly to a student at L.V. Rogers High School in Nelson.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the players, and the organizing commmittee with Team of the Week honours. The tournament was a hit with the players and goes onto honouring the City of Nelson worker.
–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (March 20, 2015)–Comebacking Oliver’s Tale went to the front early and registered an emphatic 3 ½ length win under Tyler Baze in Friday’s $60,000 Miss Lady Bug allowance feature at Santa Anita, covering 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course in 1:12.25. Trained, owned and bred by Mark Tsagalakis, the 6-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by E Dubai had been idle since June 12.“My instructions were to get him out of the gate and after that, he just did it himself, really classy,” said Baze. “He was going fast but he was doing it easy. If they’re fast horses and they’re doing it nice and well within themselves, it doesn’t take as much energy out of them…When I asked him, he really fired home.”Off at 5-1 in a field of 10 older horses, Oliver’s Tale paid $13.00, $7.60 and $6.20. Undefeated in two starts down the hill, Oliver’s Tale got his third win from eight starts and with the winner’s cut of $36,000, increased his earnings to $133,450.“He runs well fresh,” said Tsagalakis, who is headquartered with a small stable at Los Alamitos. “We brought him over here a week before the race and he likes the track here. I felt he’d run well today.”When asked if the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, to be run down the hillside turf on April 19 would be considered, Tgagalakis said “Yes, we can think about it.”Longshot Indexical, who sat close to the winner’s fractions of 21.54, 43.28 and 1:06.23, proved second best under Mario Gutierrez, finishing second, a half length in front of Horse Laugh. Off at 12-1, Indexical paid $10.60 and $7.20.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and the next-to-longest shot in the field at 41-1, Horse Laugh rallied from last for the show and paid $10.40.Note: Owner/breeder and trainer Mark Tsagalakis was joined in the Winner’s Circle by his 82-year-old father, “Sad Sam” Tsagalakis, who gained national fame in the early 1950s as an outstanding place kicker for the USC Trojans football team.“I’ve been coming here since I worked as an usher when I was going to USC, back in 1952, ’53 and ’54,” said Sam Tsagalakis. “It’s so nice to be out here for Mark. It’s not the Kentucky Derby. It’s not the Preakness, but it is Santa Anita.”First post time for a nine-race card Saturday, highlighted by the Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes, is at 12:30 pm. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Edwin Maldonado4382419%33%$236,030 Santiago Gonzalez711610523%44%$576,330 Philip D’Amato3367918%67%$396,540 Jeff Bonde1132027%45%$81,660 Ty Kennedy191325%32%$66,780 Agapito Delgadillo1822211%33%$65,284 Gonzalo Nicolas141207%21%$34,590 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will honor Paddock Captain John Shear in the Winner’s Circle after the fourth race Sunday on the occasion of his 95th birthday . . . Fans can feast on the cheap this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when Santa Anita offers another of its Dollar Days, with draft beers, hot dogs and sodas on sale for just a buck. Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing resumes Friday, Jan. 22, at 1 p.m. . . . As a thank you to fans, Santa Anita offers FREE General Admission and FREE general parking every Thursday and Friday during the Winter Meet . . . Probable for next Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs: Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo; Kiss at Midnight, no rider; Living The Life, Flavien Prat; Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez; and Sunday Rules, Mike Smith. Trainer Peter Eurton said he is considering two races for Kyriaki, the Santa Monica and the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 30 . . . Popular former world featherweight champion Danny (Little Red) Lopez, his wife, Bonnie, and sister-in-law Murphy were Santa Anita press box visitors Saturday . . . With two wins yesterday, Santiago Gonzalez overtook Rafael Bejarano for the riding lead, 16-15, through 13 racing days. The 32-year-old Venezuelan also is making his presence felt nationally, ranking eighth in purse earnings through Jan. 13 with $343,700. Bejarano was fifth in that category with $436,720. Among trainers, Richard Baltas, tied with Bob Baffert at Santa Anita with seven victories, was third nationally in money won at $301,940, while Baffert was fourth at $289,680. Vladimir Cerin721229%71%$70,850 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Brice Blanc131048%38%$148,490 Peter Eurton1946321%68%$154,830 J. Keith Desormeaux1520413%40%$51,360 Martin Garcia3454715%47%$327,014 ROTHBLUM MINDING THE FORT FOR TEAM O’NEILLWhile Doug O’Neill and his entourage were in Florida today awaiting the formality of Nyquist being named champion two-year-old male of 2015 at the Eclipse Awards, team member Steve Rothblum was minding the store at Santa Anita, where O’Neill had three horses entered.“We work our butts off,” Rothblum said, offering a condensed version of the reason for their success. “We get together and get a ton of stuff done, but at the end of the day, if we’re not smiling about it, we just feel like it’s been wrong.“We have a saying, ‘Everyone’s welcome but no one’s safe,’ because we give each other hell. But everybody knows what we need to do and what’s expected of them. The credit has to go to Doug, because he’s open enough to listen to all of us. We put together a good team, because every member is pretty good at what they do.“Doug listens to us, but he’s good at what he does, too. He delegates authority and he never panics. We’ve been together so long, we have a lot of trust in each other and that’s really important. We all represent the brand, we all care about it and try to move forward every day.“I’ve trained on my own for 30 years and have been with Doug since 2007 and couldn’t be happier or ask for a better work situation.” Jeff Mullins831038%50%$77,530 William Spawr1152045%64%$120,874 Mike Smith2742215%30%$386,640 Barry Abrams821025%38%$94,260 Jerry Hollendorfer362556%33%$174,792 Steven Miyadi1534220%60%$99,266 DORTMUND AND EXAGGERATOR IN SOLID WORKS‘TEAM’ KEY WORD IN SUCCESS OF TEAM O’NEILLDOLLAR DAY AGAIN AT SANTA ANITA ON MONDAY Drayden Van Dyke2832211%25%$140,200 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza242318%25%$242,130 Kent Desormeaux3136510%45%$282,970 Peter Miller3552114%23%$176,380 Tiago Pereira251514%28%$118,602 David Lopez40721018%48%$233,328 George Papaprodromou1320215%31%$48,080 Abel Lezcano1821111%22%$86,570 Kristin Mulhall1342131%54%$150,100 John Sadler2122210%29%$102,750 James M. Cassidy1420214%29%$154,420 Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 Alex Solis720229%57%$114,384 Richard Baltas2774226%48%$427,730 Jack Carava921022%33%$40,420 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 15) Doug O’Neill5047108%42%$244,882 Steve Knapp920122%33%$48,630 Flavien Prat3953813%41%$272,522 Fernando Perez4944118%39%$233,696 Gary Stevens1631019%25%$360,080 Bob Baffert3073523%50%$405,760 Mark Glatt2131114%24%$88,360 Jose Verenzuela811113%38%$20,930 Rafael Bejarano631514424%52%$749,060 Alonso Quinonez2235114%41%$130,250 Brayan Pena710014%14%$17,120 Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 EXAGGERATOR IN ‘GREAT’ BREEZE FOR SAN VICENTESanta Anita Derby winner Dortmund and Delta Jackpot winner Exaggerator worked on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday morning in preparation for upcoming stakes engagements at The Great Race Place.Dortmund, ticketed for the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12, went four furlongs under regular rider Martin Garcia in a bullet 47 seconds flat for Bob Baffert, who is in Florida awaiting the coronation of Triple Crown king American Pharoah later today.Exaggerator, set to make his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15, went six furlongs according to Santa Anita clockers in 1:13.80 for trainer Keith Desormeaux.“It was a great work,” said Keith, who gave his brother, Hall of Fame rider Kent, a leg up for the drill. “I clocked him faster than what’s on the tab, however, I got him in 1:12 1/5.” Tyler Baze63410106%38%$275,668 Martin Pedroza3032110%20%$62,970 Mario Gutierrez5569511%36%$325,904 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Joseph Talamo5288415%38%$364,190 Jorge Gutierrez420050%50%$32,410 -30-
AWESOME AGAIN IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACES ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2016)–Superstar California Chrome was sensational yet again at Santa Anita on Saturday, taking the Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes in gate to wire fashion by 2 ¼ lengths over rival Dortmund, who pressured him early. Ridden by Victor Espinoza and trained by Art Sherman, California Chrome covered 1 1/8 miles while geared down in 1:48.07, and thus served notice to the world that at age five, he is the horse to beat in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at The Great Race Place on Nov. 5.Breaking from the rail, the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit was hustled out of the gate as Dortmund, adding blinkers and to his immediate outside, was sent as well by Rafael Bejarano. The pair were separated by a neck into and around the Club House turn and Espinoza with a look to his outside, stepped on the gas at the 4 ½ furlong pole and the Awesome Again, was for all intents and purposes, over.“Dortmund wasn’t a threat today,” said Espinoza. “Maybe after the first quarter mile, but after that, I just kept pulling away, which only helped me get some breathing room between us and the rest of the field. It’s tough when I get the one-hole and want to try and do something crazy…I ran the first part fast, yes, but then eased up on him. I didn’t want to overuse him today, we’ve got a big race coming up. It seemed like he was doing everything today very easily. Hopefully he’ll run big in the Breeders’ Cup.”The overwhelming 2-5 favorite in a field of five 3-year-olds and up, California Chrome, North America’s all-time leading money earner, paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. (There was $779,170 bet to show on him, the lion’s share of the total show pool of $862,455).Fresh off a five length win (from the rail) in the Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 20, “Chrome” notched his sixth consecutive win and improved his overall mark to 24-15-3-1. Owned by Perry Martin and Taylor Made Stallions’ California Chrome, LLC, he picked up $180,000 for the win, increasing his record bankroll to $13,432,650.“I can’t say enough about the ride–it was just perfect,” said Sherman, 79, himself a former jockey. “We have a great staff with the groom and the hot walkers, Dihiji (Gladney), who rides him in the mornings and my son (Alan) who lives with him. I’m just really blessed.“When he gets in front, he’s a hard horse to get by, and I knew he’d wear Dortmund down with the fractions the way they were. He took his game plan away from him. (Dortmund ) tried and ran a hell of a race, but you’re looking at maybe the best horse in the world right now. I can’t say enough about (California Chrome).“I’m looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup Classic and I hope everything goes according to plan. Each race seems a little bit better. It’s a little scary. It’s a dream come true. I never had the ability to buy the most expensive horses…Maybe it was just my time to shine. I’m enjoying it and I’ll enjoy seeing his babies years from now.”Dortmund, winner of the 2015 Santa Anita Derby and trained by Bob Baffert, kept to his task throughout and finished 4 ½ lengths in front of longshot Win the Space. Off at 8-5, Dortmund paid $2.20 and $2.10.“Second best, no excuses,” said Bejarano. “The winner had a lot of pressure on him and that was the only chance I had. My horse ran good, just second best.”Ridden by Gary Stevens, Win the Space was third throughout and finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of Hard Aces. Off at 26-1, he paid $2.80 to show.With the win, California Chrome earned a fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.Fractions on the race were 22.76, 46.08, 1:09.28 and 1:34.45.