Month: August 2020

  • Razor Clam Dig Reduced to One Day this Week

    first_imgFacebook102Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThree days of a four-day razor clam dig have been canceled on all ocean beaches because of public health concerns, state shellfish managers said today.The opening will continue as planned Thursday on Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches after state health officials cleared that day’s dig.Levels of domoic acid, detected through routine testing, have been on the rise since late Monday and could exceed state health guidelines by this weekend. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is canceling the dig May 8-10 as a precaution, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager with WDFW.Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. More information about domoic acid can be found on WDFW’s webpage here.“Warm ocean water temperatures have created ideal conditions for the algae that produce domoic acid,” Ayres said.Earlier this week, the department had approved the four-day dig after marine toxin tests over the weekend showed clams on Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks beaches were safe to eat. Since that time, routine testing detected elevated toxin levels, prompting a second round of testing on razor clams by the Washington Department of Health (WDOH).Those tests, evaluated today, show domoic acid levels in razor clams are rising and could surpass state health guidelines by the weekend.Since 1991, when the toxin was first detected on the Pacific coast, outbreaks of domoic acid have prompted the cancellation of three entire razor clam seasons in Washington – the last one in 2002-03. Kalaloch Beach, jointly managed by WDFW and Olympic National Park, also was closed for much of the 2004 season due to high toxin levels. In 2005, WDFW closed Long Beach for two days due to elevated toxin levels.WDFW and WDOH will continue to monitor toxin levels to determine whether two proposed digs tentatively scheduled later in May will go forward.last_img read more

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  • Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund Now Accepting Requests From Individuals and…

    first_imgFacebook370Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Community Foundation of South Puget SoundThe Thurston County COVID-19 Community Response Fund is now accepting requests from Thurston County residents who are being severely affected by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus.The fund is available to provide assistance with rent, utilities, child care, and other basic needs. Our partner, the Community Action Council (CAC) of Lewis, Mason & Thurston Counties is accepting phone calls and coordinating resources for people who need this emergency assistance. If you are a resident of Thurston County and need help, please call the CAC Monday – Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 360-438-1100 or 1-800-878-5235.The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound and United Way of Thurston County (UWTC) established the Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund on March 15, 2020, to help those disproportionately impacted individuals and families, as well as specific organizations in our community who are serving those populations.UWTC and the Community Foundation are accepting donations to the Thurston County COVID-19 Response Fund. Donations can be made online at https://www.unitedway-thurston.org/covid-19Individual and corporate gifts can also be made in person or by mail at either United Way of Thurston County, located at 3525 7th Ave SW Suite 201, Olympia, WA 98502, or the Community Foundation at 212 Union Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98501.About the Community Foundation of South Puget SoundCommunity Foundation of South Puget Sound inspires philanthropy throughout Thurston, Mason, and Lewis Counties and helps donors give back in ways that matter to them. The Community Foundation stewards $26 million in assets within more than 90 separate funds. Since its founding in 1989, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $13 million in grants and scholarships. Visit www.thecommunityfoundation.com.About United Way of Thurston CountyUnited Way of Thurston County mobilizes the caring power of our community to advance the common good in our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Thurston County.Visit www.unitedway-thurston.orglast_img read more

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  • Residents Organize To Offer Ideas on Affordable Housing

    first_imgSince itsinception, ROSAH has established a board of trustees, adopted bylaws andcommittees and applied to the IRS for 501(c)(3) status. It has also defined itsstrategic goals, interviewed and obtained legal counsel, launched its websiteand social media platforms and fundraised. Now it is seeking additionalsupporters, volunteers and donors to help reach an affordable housing plan“better than” the current agreements. By Allison Perrine | aperrine@tworivertimes.com “It’sabout what they’re doing to our neighborhood…and how they kind of hidoverdevelopment of our town under the guise of caring for middle-to low-incomefamilies,” said Michael Timpone, a Rumson resident who lives near the proposedhousing development site on Rumson Road. TheRumson Open Space and Affordable Housing (ROSAH) nonprofit organization, establishedin response to Rumson’s affordable housing plan, had its first public meetingMarch 11. As partof Yellow Brook’s agreement, housing will be constructed on Rumson Road,Bingham Avenue and Carton Street. Mumford will build luxury market-rate unitson rezoned areas of Bingham Avenue and Rumson Road. He will also contribute$1.35 million toward the town’s construction of affordable housing at 62 CartonSt. Additionally, he will convey his land on Carton Street to the borough. Timpone,an attorney, said he grew up in a family of modest means in Ridgewood. “I getthe value of a good education. I don’t think that I’d be here had I not grownup in that town where I saw all these people who were successful, who achieved,who went to college,” he said. “I realized that I can do this if they can doit. And I think that’s what affordable housing is about. It’s about givingpeople who might not otherwise have the opportunity to excel to get into thesekinds of schools that our children are fortunate enough to get into.” Severalkey points were stressed, especially that ROSAH is for affordable housing,not against it. “Based onthe findings of its experts, ROSAH argued that the settlement agreements shouldnot receive court approval because they are not fair to the interests of low andmoderate-income households and fail to provide a realistic likelihood ofconstruction that is affordable to such households.” However,while ROSAH supports affordable housing, it claims to be against “high-densityluxury developments and bypassing zoning rules with no input from the public.” Theorganization has taken legal actions to pursue its goals, including filing alawsuit Feb. 28 in state Superior Court. It alleges that the adoption of theresolutions “was arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, and contrary to publicpolicy,” because the adoption was done under “substantial duress” by Rumson. “Even ifyou’re not immediately impacted… this can happen to you tomorrow or 2025, andyou should know that at that time, ROSAH is going to be there for you and fightthe same fight,” said Memtsoudis. As part of a settlement agreement with Rumson and Yellow Brook Property Co., the developer plans to build this duplex at 132 Bingham Road. Courtesy Yellow Brook Currently,the borough’s total affordable housing obligation is 603 units. It’s realisticdevelopment potential (RDP), however, is 51 units. The remaining obligation, anunmet need of 552, will be addressed with inclusionary overlay zoning andadditional ordinances. The inclusionary overlay zoning will allow propertyowners to keep a property as is or, if they choose, to one day developmultifamily housing with affordable set-asides. “No onethat I have spoken to is against affordable housing. People are frustrated withthe process that we’ve gotten no public input, no ability to have communication,even to date,” said resident Donald Devine. ROSAH wasfounded in February after the borough council approved two settlementagreements and plans to meet its state-imposed affordable housing mandates. Onesettlement was with the Cherry Hill-based Fair Share Housing Center and theother was with Red Bank-based Yellow Brook Property Co., owned by localdeveloper Roger Mumford. Now members await the Fairness Hearing at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold, currently scheduled for March 26. They are encouraging people in the meantime to write letters to Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Linda Grasso Jones objecting to the borough’s settlement agreements as well as state legislators and department of environmental protection members, and to contact the borough council. Additionally,on March 5, ROSAH filed its objection to the Rumson Housing Settlements.Working with engineers and planning reports, they found that the borough’ssettlement agreements “conflict with the intent of the Mount Laurel doctrine,are inconsistent with the Borough’s master plan documents, and incompatiblewith sound planning principles,” according to the ROSAH website. “We haveto realize that no matter where you are geographically located in Rumson, weare all affected by this. And that’s the school system, it’s traffic, it’ssafety, it’s town services, property values, the integrity of our town and itsinfrastructure,” said resident Stavros Memtsoudis, M.D., who gave thepresentation that evening. Membershighlighted the group’s accomplishments over the past month and roadmappedwhat’s to come in the fight to find alternative solutions for affordablehousing in Rumson. Down the road, the group hopes to help other towns in NewJersey fight the same fight while protecting the environment, open spaces andhistoric structures. About 70people attended the meeting hosted at the Knights of Columbus building in FairHaven. Organizers expected more would have attended if it were not for COVID-19concerns. (Gov. Phil Murphy’s ban on gatherings of more than 50 people toprevent community spread went into effect Monday, March 16.) This article originally appeared in the March 19, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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  • Canucks Down Kings As Playoff Races Intensify

    first_imgLeigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily.The Vancouver Canucks opened their final homestand of the season with a hard fought, 1-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night at Rogers Arena.  The Canucks received stellar goaltending from starter Roberto Luongo, who stopped all 38 of the Kings’ shots to earn his fourth shutout of the year.  With the result, the Canucks climbed to within two points of conference-leading St. Louis and the Kings fell to ninth place in the conference – such is the way of things with the standings the way they are.  This game review won’t be that long because, for the most part, not much happened tonight.The Canucks received the only offense they would need courtesy of Manny Malhotra, who streaked down the left wing and received a pass from fourth line centre Max Lapierre before snapping a perfect shot off the post and in over Jonathan Quick’s glove at 3:05 of the opening period.From there, the game was a horribly tight checking affair with very few quality scoring chances at either end.  Luongo faced nine shots in the first, 12 in the second, and a whopping 17 in the third as the desperate Kings team threw everything they had at the home side. The Canucks played well defensively throughout the game, and when the Kings did get a good chance, Luongo was there to turn them away.  Luongo’s best work came late in the third period, when L.A. upped their game and generated a number of their scoring chances, some from point blank range.Throughout most of the game, the Canucks were full value for the lead as they had an advantage physically over the Kings and threw a lot of hits, finishing with 34 to L.A.’s 24.  While I would say the first two periods were relatively even, the Canucks came out in the third with a notion to putting the Kings away, at one point outshooting them 8-2 in the third.   Sami Salo hasn’t been having a great stretch of hockey.  I’m hoping coach Alain Vigneault will find a way to get him some rest prior to the playoffs. Meanwhile, there’s a ton of clutching, grabbing, and other stick fouls occurring all over the ice – and those remain uncalled as the referees focus on these other chincy calls. Sutter’s suits are even worse than his comments. Zack Kassian had a great first few games with the team after the deadline, but he’s fallen into a funk while playing with Henrik.  He recorded only two hits tonight and had only one in the last game.  He needs to use his size and be physical to be effective.  Hopefully the coaching staff gets the young player going, otherwise, I think we’ll be seeing Byron Bitz back in the lineup come playoff time. For a team that can trot out Doughty, Voynov, Carter, Richards, and Kopitar on its first power play unit (not to mention Justin Williams), the Kings’ power play unit is anemic. IF THIS WERE A PLAYOFF GAMEAs I said above, this game really felt like a playoff game with the intensity shown by the Kings and the quality of the goaltending at both ends.  Further, the Canucks were full value for the win tonight.  Therefore, it would have been another win if it were a playoff game, and the Canucks are now 5-3 since I began tracking the games in this fashion. PARTING SHOTSBroadcast Observation of the Night:  TSN was the broadcaster of choice tonight.  They do a few things well, but mostly I enjoy watching it when Ray Ferraro is the colour guy (I think he’s one of the best in the business). Tonight, he and partner Gord Miller brought up the fact that this was the 25th time that the Kings went to the third period with the score at 1-1 or less.  That’s an absolutely insane statistic. Jonathan Quick should get some serious consideration in the Hart Trophy race, as many nights he’s the only reason his team is in the game.  At a minimum, he’s in a good position for Vezina consideration.Looking ahead: The Canucks continue their homestand on Wednesday night as they host the equally desperate Colorado Avalanche. The fourth line of Lapierre-Malhotra-Weise was also pretty good in limited duty.  I just find that I notice them every time they are on the ice – they usually make a good play with the puck and they can be counted on to play physically.  Lapierre and Weise accounted for 11 of the team’s 34 hits on the night. I’m really not a fan of Kings’ coach Daryl Sutter and his cryptic gameday comments did nothing to help that.  He “thanked the Canucks for fitting the Kings into their schedule”, which most people believe was a sharp comment directed either at the Vancouver media, or the team itself, for thinking that the Canucks are a very good team.  Like most of the crap that comes out of his mouth, that just didn’t make any sense.  I still can’t believe that Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi hired him. In general, you can put me in the camp of those that think the Canucks usually get a raw deal from the officials.  Not tonight.  The referees called a number of weak calls on both teams, but tonight it seemed like the Kings got the short end of the stick as they had at least three weak calls against them. The evenness of the forwards’ play was reflected in the icetime tonight, as only Ryan Kesler played more than 20 minutes.center_img Equally bad was the call in the late going against Dustin Penner, as he barely touched Luongo in his crease and fell victim to a dubious goaltender inference call.  If I were a Kings fan, I would have been incensed. As noted above however, the Kings dug down deep and threw everything they had at the Canucks in the last half of the period.  Throughout it all, the Canucks’ defense had a strong night, as they didn’t fall into their habit of backing in and did a good job standing up to the L.A. forwards as they came in over the blue line and were able to keep the shooting lanes clear for Luongo to see pucks.Overall, this game felt like a playoff game (this is becoming the norm) as the Kings were very desperate and the play was scrambly at times.  In addition, there were a number of hard hits dished out by both sides.  Finally, both goaltenders were on the top of their game, only allowing one goal between them. The Kings are a team that has a relatively strong possibility of finishing in a position (seventh or eighth) that will represent the Canucks’ first round playoff opponent, so this may have been a playoff preview.  If so, we are in for a long, dull series. GAME OBSERVATIONS None of the Canucks’ offensive lines were that noticeable tonight.  For the first time since Daniel Sedin’s injury, the first line of Sedin-Raymond-Kassian didn’t do much on the ice.  Consistent with many recent games, both the second and third lines were relatively effective. Drew Doughty has also been a disappointment.  Since his strong 2009-2010 campaign, where he was one of Canada’s best players at the Olympics, he has regressed.  He doesn’t take over a game the way he once displayed he could. The Kings received almost nothing offensively from Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.  If they are hoping to get into the playoffs, they need those guys to score.  Ditto for Anze Kopitar – for a supposed young star of the NHL, he was invisible most of the night. Marc-Andre Gragnani drew into the lineup, replacing injured Aaron Rome.  Gragnani needs to play six more games for the Canucks to avoid him becoming an unrestricted Group 6 free agent, so expect to see him a lot before the end of the regular season.  Gragnani played reasonably well in his 12 minutes of icetime. The referees continue to cause me to pause and wonder what the hell is going on in the NHL.  Tonight’s game was the second in a row where a good number more penalties were called than we have been seeing since December. One such call was the ridiculous call against Kyle Clifford for unsportsmanlike conduct when he gave Luongo a snow shower.  I’m generally in favour of this rule, but this situation tonight was one where Clifford was chasing the puck and he was bearing down on Luongo with steam – and if he hadn’t stopped, he would have completely run him over.  Just a bad, ridiculous call. As a result of all the penalties, the Canucks received four power plays to L.A.’s three.  Neither team scored and the Canucks’ power play in particular looked discombobulated.  I’ve noticed in the last few games, and even moreso in the last two games against Colorado and the Kings, that teams are being very aggressive on the Canucks’ defensemen at the point and on the forward lined up on the half wall.  Once the Canucks figure this out, they should be able to get the puck down low very quickly to generate more scoring opportunites.last_img read more

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  • 2015 Nelson Cyswog ‘N’ Fun Sprint Distance Team Results

    first_img      Pos     Time    Team Name / Competitor Name                   ——– ——- —————————————          1     1:16:39 Vote for Pedro                                                     Swim:  Matthew HOLITZKI                          Run:  Luka Eyre                                                                             Run:  Liam JONES                                                                 2     1:21:24 The Waldorks                                                   Swim:  Sianna MORNINGSTAR                                                                           Bike:  Alex MURRAY                                                                                  Run:  Relmu WILSON-VALDES                                                        3     1:22:31 Could Have Been the Wine                                            Swim:  Nicholas CHISAMORE                                                                           Bike:  Mike HESLA                                                                                      Run:  Lise BEAULIEU                                                                 4     1:33:31 Tri-umph                                                       Swim:  Rachelle VOGEL  — Nelson                                                                Bike:  Shannon CARTER  — Nelson                                                                   Run:  Amy MACKAY  — Nelson                                                            5     1:39:07 CD Fitz                                                             Swim:  Denise FITZSIMMONS                                                                        Bike:  Chris FITZSIMMONS                                                                            Run:  Denise FITZSIMMONS                                                           6     1:41:15 Health’s Angels                                                     Swim:  Dawn POWELL                                                                                    Bike:  Katie WEIR                                                                                      Run:  Carla KLEIN                                                                  7     1:50:52 Turbo TEB Turtles                                                   Swim:  Elisa CLARK                                                                                   Bike:  Teagan MCTAGUE                                                                                  Run: Brynn MCTAGUE                                                                8     1:50:52 What Were We Thinking                                              Swim:  Emily KLAPSTEIN                                                                                 Bike:  Emily KLAPSTEIN                                                                              Run:  Mykalya COMMANDEUR                                                       9     1:53:32 Three Kool Kats                                                Swim:  Colleen DRISCOLL                                                                             Bike:  Robin CHERBO                                                                                    Run:  Patricia DOOLEY                                                              10     1:57:43 Three’s Company                                            Swim:  Heather CHOPKO BUTLER                                                                         Bike:  Alana ARDBORD                                                                                 Run:  Alana HARDBORD                                                              11     1:57:58 The Shermans                                                      Swim:  Ron SHERMAN                                                                                   Bike:  Deryn COLLIER                                                                                   Run:  Graham SHERMAN                                                             12     2:19:22 Old Enough to Know Better                                          Swim:  Deborah BIRD                                                                                  Bike:  Barbara WILLIAMS                                                                               Run:  Barbara WILLIAMS                                                           13     2:36:39 Message Maniac Volenteers                                         Swim:  Mahira NANA                                                                                   Bike:  Driscoll COLLEEN                                                                               Run:  Christine SUTHERLAND 33rd Annual Nelson Cyswog ‘N’ Fun                                                                Nelson, BC                                                              August 2, 2015                                               Timing by “Results Canada” – 780-416-5124                                                       Sprint Distance Team Results                                                  (0.5 Km Swim – 22 Km Bike – 5 Km Run)last_img read more

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  • The Nelson Leafs run winning streak to five games, bounce Princeton Posse 4-1

    first_imgHowever, Nelson was not going to allow the Posse two wins against the Green and White this season.Austin Lindsay, with goal and an assist, and Maximilan Daerendinger each had two points to lead the Leafs to the victory.Kyle Chernenkoff, Brendan Smith and Tyler Garcia also scored for the Leafs, which held period leads of 1-0 and 4-1.Nelson dominated the Posse for most of the game, out shooting the visitors 45-25, including a 14-7 and 21-12 advantage in the first two periods.Nelson, 10-5 on the season for third spot in the Murdoch Division, scored twice on the power play.Patrick Ostermann had an easy night to register the win in goal for the Leafs.After playing seven times at home during the month of October, the Leafs take to the road beginning Friday in Armstrong against North Okanagan Knights.Saturday the Leafs face Kelowna Chiefs before concluding the road trip in Summerland against the Steam. Nelson Leafs are a team on the rise while the Princeton Posse continue to spiral down.Nelson won its fifth straight Kootenay International Junior Hockey League game, outlasting the Posse 4-1 Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The loss was the ninth straight for the Posse.Ironically, the last win for Princeton came in September against the Leafs.last_img read more

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  • Great Weekend for Minor Baseball in Heritage City

    first_imgSaturday the Cards edged Castlegar 9-8 before dropping the heartbreaker to the Padres.“The tournament was success as a whole with very competitive games throughout,” Augustin said.“The feedback we received from all visiting was positive and complimentary.”More than 25 games were played at Lions and Queen Elizabeth Parks as well as the Lakeside Ball Diamonds.Teams from Beaver Valley, Castlegar and Trail joined host Nelson for the weekend event.Augustin said the sport in Nelson has grown over the past few years with more than 150 players registering in the Heritage City.“The town is producing some great baseball players at all levels,” he said.“This year we have two kids from Nelson that have made the Trail All-star team —12-year-old Koa Wintraub and 11-year-old Brady Augustin.“These two players are destined for four tournaments in the US and Canada including the nine days of provincials in Victoria.Augustin said there are also six to eight players from Nelson trying out for a Castlegar tournament team. The Heritage City was a beehive of activity as Nelson Minor Baseball hosted the West Kootenay Major and Rookie Playoffs this past weekend.Trail Orioles defeated the Nelson Angels 9-5 in the tournament final to capture the West Kootenay title.The Angels, which managed to defeat the Orioles during the preliminary round, had a chance to make it two straight in the final but failed with the bases loaded.Nelson Angels opened the tournament with wins over Castlegar Stingers and Trail to advance to the final.“(This was) truly an honor for Nelson to host this tournament as the hosting rights go to the previous year’s champion,” said Nelson Minor Baseball board member Griffin Augustin, adding the tournament attracted 11 teams and close to 125 players during the weekend.The other Nelson teams entered in the tournament had the Giants losing two games to strong squads from Castlegar and Trail while the Nelson Cardinals lost out after being eliminated from the double-knockout tournament by Trail Padres.The Cardinals opened the tournament with a close 10-7 loss to the Beaver Valley Jays Friday.last_img read more

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  • STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 29, 2015

    first_imgRichard Baltas33113233%$438,970 John Sadler4257712%$245,488 Edwin Maldonado61812913%$337,200 Martin Garcia2463325%$156,710 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Eddie Truman1261150%$220,150 Mike Smith3077323%$591,060 Gonzalo Nicolas6966129%$213,758 Bob Baffert2052425%$216,560 Doug O’Neill601112618%$480,648 Jerry Hollendorfer43510612%$388,534 Felipe Valdez69710510%$291,880 Flavien Prat721515421%$921,830 Tyler Baze11320132118%$1,056,040 Joseph Talamo801451618%$544,728 Drayden Van Dyke5876612%$340,612 Peter Miller441011223%$373,710 Philip D’Amato38125432%$671,620 PLETCHER SEEKS OAKS GOLD WITH FEATHEREDMORENO HAS BIG GOALS BEYOND CALIFORNIANESPINOZA SIGNS ‘PHAROAH’ POSTERS TOMORROW FINISH LINES: Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, who goes for the Triple Crown a week from tomorrow aboard American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes, will sign American Pharoah posters Saturday from 11:15 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens across from Champions! Gift Shop. The first 2,000 fans will receive the posters, which will be available free but limited to one per person and the patron must be present. Only the special giveaway posters will be signed, no outside memorabilia . . . Santa Anita will celebrate Belmont Stakes day with live racing, an Infield beer festival, live music, a Chandelier Room party, and more. Visit santaanita.com/events for package tickets and full details. Gates open at Santa Anita next Saturday at 8 a.m., with first post time 11:30 a.m. . . . Beholder worked six furlongs Wednesday in a bullet 1:11.20 for the Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on June 13 and hopefully a belated meeting with Santa Margarita winner Warren’s Veneda, who was upset in the Grade I Vanity Stakes on May 9, a race Beholder missed due to a temperature. “She went real nice,” Richard Mandella said of Beholder . . . Laz Barrera winner Kentuckian, prepping for the Los Alamitos Derby on July 4, worked four furlongs Friday in a bullet 45.40 under Mike Smith for Jerry Hollendorfer. It was the fastest of 34 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 48.99. “He was doing it easy,” Hollendorfer said. Santa Anita clockers had a five furlong gallop out time of 57.80 . . . John Sadler has Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind ticketed for Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on June 20 . . . The races for leading jockey and trainer are thistight after 20 racing days. Tyler Baze leads Rafael Bejarano, 20-19, with Flavien Prat third at 15. Phil D’Amato tops the trainers with 12 victories, one more than runners-up Doug O’Neill and Richard Baltas, and two more than Peter Miller . . . Favorites at Santa Anita this meet are winning at 37.71 percent (66 of 175), above the national norm of about 33 percent. On dirt, favorites are winning at 38.84 percent (47 of 121) and on turf, 35.19 percent (19 of 54) . . . Trainer Edward Freeman and Tony Matos, agent for jockey Martin Garcia, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. Rafael Bejarano9019191721%$917,882 Fernando Perez751210916%$464,110 MORENO HAS BIGGER FISH TO FRY AFTER CALIFORNIANIf speed and class count for anything, Moreno is a legitimate morning line favorite in the Californian Stakes Saturday, even though trainer Eric Guillot would prefer to have another zero on the purse of $200,000 for the Grade II race at 1 1/8 miles, a forerunner to the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27.“I wish there was another zero on there,” Guillot said. “That would be nice. But if things go well, there will be opportunities down the road.”They could include the Gold Cup, a “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race that gives the winner a fees-paid berth in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Oct. 31; the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar this summer; and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.“The plan is to run in the Gold Cup if all goes well,” Guillot said. “Then we would look at the Pacific Classic at Del Mar and beyond that the Breeders’ Cup, but everything would have to go right, of course.”Moreno, a 5-year-old gelded son of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, is approaching $3 million in career earnings, thanks mainly to his two-length win in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 18.While Moreno is winless at Santa Anita in eight starts, twice well beaten in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, in 2013 and again last year, when he was “slammed and steadied” at the start, the speedy bay has four seconds at The Great Race Place.He captured the Grade I Whitney at Saratoga last August.The field for The Californian, race No. 8: Big Cazanova, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Bailoutbobby, Drayden Van Dyke, 30-1; Hard Aces, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Lideris, Joe Talamo, 30-1; Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Moreno, Cornelio Velasquez, 8-5; Catch a Flight, Gary Stevens, 9-5; and Sammy Mandeville, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1.You Know I Know was scratched. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tiago Pereira3467418%$271,420 Richard Mandella2666423%$490,160 (Current Through Monday, May 25) GRASS IS GREENER FOR OAKS CONTENDER FEATHEREDFeathered made her first seven starts on dirt, winning only a maiden allowance race but placing in a pair of Grade I stakes, the Frizette and the Starlet as a two-year-old, not to mention a solid fourth-place performance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, beaten only a length by champion Take Charge Brandi.But her breeding suggested she might like the turf, whereupon trainer Todd Pletcher tried her in the Grade III Edgewood at Churchill Downs on May 1. She led the seven-horse field throughout, winning the 1 1/16-mile race by two lengths.Next up: Saturday’s Grade I American Oaks at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita.“We decided we wanted to give her a try on the grass because she’s out of a Dynaformer mare and had a hunch that she would like it,” Pletcher said by phone from New York where he is preparing three horses for possible starts in the June 6 Belmont Stakes.“It was the first time we put her on grass. We didn’t even have the opportunity to breeze her on it before that. She took to it well and once she ran well, we decided to take a look at the American Oaks. She’s trained well, travel arrangements worked out, and (former Pletcher assistant) Mike McCarthy will look over her while she’s at Santa Anita.”Feathered, a bay daughter of 1998 Santa Anita Derby winner Indian Charlie out of the Dynaformer mare Receipt, is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners. She has a 2-2-1 record from eight starts with earnings of $400,974 and will be ridden by Santa Anita’s leading rider, Tyler Baze.McCarthy said Feathered arrived Wednesday night and “couldn’t be doing any better.”Pletcher, meanwhile, hopes to derail American Pharoah’s Triple Crown express in the Belmont with perhaps Carpe Diem, Materiality and/or Madefromlucky. “We have three currently in training that are possibilities,” said Pletcher, the nation’s leader in purse earnings this year with just over $9.2 million, some $1.7 million more than runner-up Bob Baffert.“Materiality unfortunately missed the break in the Derby. He got way back, then closed very well and has trained well since then,” Pletcher said.Carpe Diem finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby, while Materiality was an eventful sixth, closing from 17th at the mile marker in the 1 1/4-mile classic.The Equibase chart reads: “MATERIALITY hesitated at the break to be away last, dropped well off the early pace, lost ground four wide down the backstretch, remained four wide to the head of the lane, angled to the inside of a tiring Mr. Z in upper stretch, flashed some interest gaining to mid stretch but failed to seriously sustain.”The field for the American Oaks, which goes as the fifth of nine races: Spanish Queen, Brice Blanc, 2-1; Dating Lady Luck, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; Feathered, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Sharla Rae, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Mrs McDougal, Gary Stevens, 5-2;and Consumer Credit, Flavien Prat, 3-1.Strict Compliance was scratched. TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Wonlast_img read more

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