Peewee Leafs finish on winning note at weekend house tournament

first_imgNelson Leafs finished seventh overall at the Peewee House Minor Hockey Tournament Sunday at the NDCC Arena.Callum Cutler scored twice while Pax Arrowsmith and Seamus Boyd added singles to lead the Leafs to a 4-0 victory over Kelowna Chiefs in consolation round action.Josh Marsden registered the shutout in goal.The tournament was won by Creston, which defeated Grand Forks Grizzles in the final 7-2.The Grizzlies advanced with a thrilling 4-3 overtime win in semi final action while Creston blasted Grand Forks Bruins 8-0. Nelson opened the tournament Friday with a 4-1 loss to Castlegar Giants.The game was tied 1-1 before the Giants scored three times on Leafs goalie Ben Thast.Cutler scored the lone goal for Nelson.The Leafs bounced back Saturday by stopping Tri-Cities Thunder 4-1.Nikko Lazier, Haydu, Jack Centrone and Cutler each scored singles for Nelson.Marsden was in goal to register the win.In the final round robin contest, Nelson lost a heartbreaker, dropping a 5-4 decision to Kelowna.Haydu, Boyd, Centrone and Cutler scored for Nelson.Thast, who began playing between the pipes this season, was in net for Nelson.last_img read more

Nelson Selects teams off to BC Provincial B Cup — Erickson powers U14 boys past Kootenay East

first_imgKeegan Carmichael and Linden Jones also scored for the Selects.”The entire team played well,” said the team spokesperson.”Defensive stand-outs were Quinn Tondu-MacDonald at centerback position and keeper Finnegan Megale, who earned the shutout.”Nelson advanced to the final by stopping Kootenay South of Trail/Castlegar/Fruitvale in a two-game total goals series.The Selects won the opener 2-1 before blasting Kootenay South 5-0 on the road in Trail.Also advancing to the BC Provincial B Cup were the U13 Boys, defeating Kootenay East of Cranbrook 5-0; U15 Boys; U16 Boys, edging Kootenay East 2-0; and U18 Boys, thumping Invermere 5-0.The U14 Girls got past Kootenay East 4-1 while the U16 Girls and U18 Girls received a bye into the provincial tournament. Matt Erickson scored three times to power the Nelson Selects past Kootenay East Friday in U14 Boy’s Kootenay Provincial B Soccer Playdowns Friday in Cranbrook.The Select represent the Kootenay Zone at the Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Provincial Cup July 7-10 in West Vancouver.After playing to a scoreless tie in the first half, Nelson picked up the pace as Erickson opened the scoring and Selects never looked back.last_img read more

Kootenay Youth Soccer campers meet Whitecaps Marco Bustos

first_imgPlayers at the Whitecaps Kootenay Youth Soccer Camp got to meet a rising star on the Major League Soccer Team when Marco Bustos paid a visit to the Nelson. The 20-year-old central attacking midfielder who was named ‘Caps 2013 Whitecaps FC Most Promising Player, joined Whitecaps FC Residency in September 2011 after last playing for FC Northwest in his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.”Kids were extremely excited,” said Brett Adams, Kootenay Regional Head coach with the Whitecaps.”It’s not every day that they get to meet a player that has played for their country.” More than 100 players attended the Whitecaps camp held at the Lakeside Soccer Pitch. “The main focus is to give all the player a fun experience of soccer,” Adams said when asked about the focus of the camp.”We look to teach them skills in the morning and then in the afternoon we play a World Cup were players are put into teams. “This seems to be a huge hit with the players.”Tim Parker, who now starts with the MLS club on defence, attended the camp in 2015.The Whitecaps move onto Cranbrook Monday for a camp before returning to the West Kootenay for a stop July 25-29 at Twin Rivers Fields in Castlegar.On July 19-22, the Whitecaps host a Prospects Camp in Nelson.For more information go to the Whitecaps Youth Camps link.last_img read more

There’s life left in them Nelson Leafs

first_imgJust when fans thought it was time to begin drafting the eulogy on 2016-17 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season for the Nelson Leafs the Buds showed some life.Dale Howell had three points to lead the Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Fernie Ghostriders in KIJHL action Saturday night in the East Kootenay City.Not only does the win snap a six game winless streak but also the Leafs keep their hopes over overtaking the Grand Forks Border Bruins for third spot in the Murdoch Division.last_img

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first_imgBizBash named our top notch facilities number seven on their “2016 Preview: 10 Most Anticipated Los Angeles Venues for Meetings and Events.” The online article featured our newly renovated suites, Chandelier Room, and invite-only speak easy. BizBash suggests Santa Anita Park for your next meeting, event, or party.Learn more about hosting your event at Santa Anita Park, here.Via BizBashlast_img

GOLDEN GATE FIELDS FORCED TO SWITCH RACES 10 & 12 FROM TURF TO MAIN TRACK AS JOCKEYS CITE UNSAFE TURF CONDITIONS

first_imgALBANY, Calif. (June 12, 2016)–Following today’s ninth race, jockeys informed Golden Gate Fields management that they refused to ride the 10th and 12th races, citing unsafe turf course conditions. Accordingly, Golden Gate management switched Sunday’s 10th and 12th races to the main track, which necessitated that both races be considered “no contest,” resulting in an “all” payout for Pick Six wagering purposes.Today’s net pool and carryover was paid as a single price pool to tickets with the most winners in accordance with CHRB regulations.“We are truly sorry and we understand that this is a very disappointing outcome for our horseplayers and fans that participated so enthusiastically here on closing day,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President, West Coast Operations for The Stronach Group. “We did not agree the turf course was unsafe and we were disappointed the jockeys didn’t communicate with us earlier. However, after the jockeys informed us about their concerns, we had no choice but to make the surface change to our main track.“The safety of our athletes, both human and equine, is always our top priority.”last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2019

first_img47% 14% 9 1 $869,762 $171,278 8 9% 5 26% $169,553 CARAVA EYES BUENA VISTA UPSET WITH ZAFFINAH Steve Knapp37 Win% (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 17) 24% 6 Vladimir Cerin37 5 39% 16 19 1st 9% 9 51% 18% 21 6 TALAMO, S Y SKY EYE PIECE OF SPRING FEVER PIE Tiago Pereira108 21 15% $948,226 $940,225 13 16 17 5 11 John Sadler62 4 7 13% 8 7 18 63% 4 13 30 17% $722,795 42% 9 39% Mike Smith56 Joel Rosario164 44% 41% 30% 63% $1,134,096 12 Mark Glatt50 11 10 5 43% $996,435 $864,185 Eswan Flores62 Hector O. Palma35 22 6 14% 43% 9 SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $238,534 9 32% 19 17 13% Assael Espinoza87 21 5 46% 6 6 ITM% Kent Desormeaux72 49% $885,030 11 8% CARAVA HOPES FOR LUCK OF THE IRISH AGAINST VASILIKAZaffinah has never failed to earn a check in 12 starts since coming from Europe early in 2017, and it’s likely she’ll earn her keep again in Saturday’s Grade II Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares scheduled at one mile on turf.To win, however, the Irish-bred mare trained by Jack Carava for Red Baron’s Barn LLC or Rancho Temescal LLC will have to conquer favored Vasilika, who defeated her by a length and a half last out in the Grade III Megahertz at a mile on a good turf course Jan. 21.“She’s just a hard-trying mare and a mile seems to be her specialized distance,” Carava said of the chestnut mare who will be seeking her first stakes win in this country Saturday. “I had to run her down the hill a few times because races wouldn’t fill for her.“She’s pretty consistent going a mile on turf. She’s doing all right even though we were a little sidetracked training because of the weather. I haven’t been able to do as much with her as I’d been hoping, although she doesn’t require a whole lot.”TALAMO, S Y SKY PROVE SUCCESSFUL COMBINATIONJoe Talamo has ridden S Y Sky in each of her nine career races, winning five, with three seconds and one third. He will be back aboard in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes and understandably is looking forward to the reunion.“She’s never been out of the money, and even when she loses, she shows up and tries really hard,” Talamo enthused. “She’s fun to ride. She breaks really sharp and puts you in a good spot.“She doesn’t need the lead, but she breaks so well she puts you right there, which is really good.” Owned and bred by longtime supporter of the California breeding program Nick Alexander, current president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC), S Y Sky has earnings of just under a half-million dollars at $457,320.As for the gregarious Talamo, hard to believe he’s 29 now after coming west from his native Louisiana at the behest of the late Bobby Frankel.Despite an infusion of young apprentice riders and world-class competition from journeymen like Joel Rosario and Flavien Prat, Talamo and his agent, Scotty McClellan, industriously strive to attain a position among the top 10 riders.“We’re trying to do the best we can with the opportunities we have,” Talamo said, causing a chuckle when he added, “At 29, I’m no spring chicken.”That, of course, is relative and very debatable.SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER IS $238,534With no single ticket winner on Sunday, there is a 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $238,534 at Santa Anita today, President’s Day.With $211,555 in “new” money wagered, Sunday’s total Jackpot pool reached $401,657, which helped fuel a consolation payoff of $212.30 on a total of 532 tickets.Monday’s Rainbow Six starts with race four, the $200,000 California Cup Derby, in which the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Galilean is the prohibitive 2-5 morning line favorite.Approximate post time for the Cal Cup Derby is 2:04 p.m. PT.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Jimmy Jerkens Shedrow Stroll: Getting to Know  Midnight PartyDoug O’Neill Shedrow Stroll:  Shut It UpInstagrand (Inside – Blue Helmet) works 6 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 2/17/2019Why Not Us (Red Helmet) &  Shining Through (Black Helmet) work 6 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 2/17/2019Roadster (Outside) works 6 furlongs &  Reedley works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 2/17/2019Gunmetal Gray works 4 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 2/17/2019FINISH LINES: This Friday, first post time will be 1 p.m., and the following day, Saturday, it will be 12:25 p.m. . . . With four wins Sunday, Joel Rosario took a 37-35 lead over Flavien Prat in the jockeys’ race . . . Numbers are virtually similar across the board for favorites at the Winter Meet, with 33.11 percent winning overall (98 of 296), 32.84 percent on dirt (66 of 201) and 33.68 on turf (32 of 95) . . . Kent Desormeaux was scheduled to ride six horses today, four of them drawing the extreme outside post position. One, however, Seaside Dancer in the first race, was scratched from the also-eligible list . . . Tyler Baze rides All Out Blitz for Simon Callaghan in today’s Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park . . .Two-time Grade I winner Paradise Woods is none the worse for wear after finishing last in her first start for John Shirreffs in Saturday’s Santa Monica Stakes run on a good main track. “She came out of the race really well,” the trainer said. “Obviously, the post (one) really compromised her.” Shirreffs rendered no race for her next start . . . Jockey Felipe Martinez has been suspended three days (Feb. 24, 28 and March 1) for careless riding on Annitasheaven in Saturday’s seventh race . . . As chronicled in an epic column by Bill Plaschke in Sunday’s LA Times, Santa Anita Hornblower Jay Cohen’s joyful notes have been muted for the time being.  Please see the full story and video on his road to recovery  here. . . . The California Horse Racing Board holds its monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Santa Anita. The public is encouraged to attend. An audio-only webcast can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast) . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, presenting live action again on Friday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. The track will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday, Feb. 21, with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. NOTE: FIRST POST TIME THIS FRIDAY WILL BE 1 P.M. 3rd 9 8 Peter Miller86 22 Money Won 3 32% 35 15 4 Martin Pedroza48 $315,496 Jerry Hollendorfer71 Bob Baffert53 $372,568 Drayden Van Dyke105 19% 41% 22% $248,047 53% Ruben Fuentes75 $311,407 29 10% 19 Joe Talamo105 Agapito Delgadillo47 59% 5 15 6 Philip D’Amato68 JockeyMts 16 $185,538 ITM% 7 Mario Gutierrez77 5 Geovanni Franco141 19%center_img 23% 2 2nd 12 27% 21 24% 5 J. Keith Desormeaux43 8 TrainerMts $271,309 17% 49% Rafael Bejarano119 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 13% $483,288 5 19 18% Aaron Gryder44 14 19 3 William Spawr17 14 2nd $775,898 $188,636 9 $1,055,218 8 3rd $172,841 $194,450 William E. Morey45 $1,913,234 Edwin Maldonado51 12% 6 19 29% 43% 17% 1st 39% $831,098 7 10 9 7 58% $296,136 Richard Mandella33 11 7 15 16 Win% 2 $454,744 10 Doug  O’Neill131 Flavien Prat143 9 23% $1,014,511 $594,722 7 8 Money Won 22 11 7 $403,819 11 59% 11 20 $2,185,332 2 9 13 39% 9 37 15% 17% 12% 16 10 9 35% $924,702 42% 14% 29 7 Tyler Baze160 $458,047 19% Heriberto Figueroa140 $266,795 Simon Callaghan28 7 3 5 25% Peter Eurton36 $500,364 $707,138 14 14% 6 40% $156,840 58% 8 46% 5 Richard Baltas87 $1,068,146 38% 48% 54% 18% 15% 12 5 34% 55% 2 10% 58% 15% 41% 29 Jeff Mullins38last_img read more

SANTA ANITA TO UNVEIL NEW AREAS, INCLUDING TRACKSIDE SEATING & DINING, IN ADVANCE OF BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOV. 1 & 2

first_img—TRACKSIDE DINING:  This new customer option provides racegoers with a day-long dining and seating experience near the outer rail, just past the finish line.  With tables and seating provided on terraced levels, every seat provides a unique “up close and personal” view of the action. — STRETCH RUN SUITES: Open air suites just west of FrontRunner Restaurants provide an unobstructed view of the racetrack and the San Gabriel Mountains, while providing premium seating and dining. SANTA ANITA TO UNVEIL NEW AREAS, INCLUDING TRACKSIDE SEATING & DINING, IN ADVANCE OF BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOV. 1 & 2 SANTA ANITA’S 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET TO OPEN FRIDAY, SEPT. 27  ARCADIA, Calif. (Aug. 14, 2019)–Santa Anita Park, which will play host to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 & 2, will unveil a number of new patron amenities on Friday, Sept. 27, the start of its 23-day Autumn Meet.  The areas, which are part of a $5 million capital improvement initiative, will include Trackside dining just past the finish line as well as new elevated Stretch Run Suites featuring open air dining with a panoramic view of Santa Anita’s home stretch and San Gabriel Mountains.In addition to these premium areas, all-new Club Loge Box Seats, a luxurious Players’ Lounge (which will play host to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge above Clockers’ Corner), as well as Upper Terrace Restaurants on both the fourth and fifth floors overlooking the Club House turn will await fans this fall.“Customer service and the on-track experience here at Santa Anita are huge priorities for us,” said Aidan Butler, Acting Executive Director of California Racing Operations for The Stronach Group.  “The new dining and seating options will greatly enhance that experience and we are looking forward to sharing all of these new venues with our fans and horsemen.”Following is a listing of Santa Anita’s all-new dining and seating amenities:center_img –CLUB LOGE BOX SEATS:  This will provide fans with additional box seating options on all days, with ready access to food and beverage service.–PLAYERS’ LOUNGE:  Located just above Clockers’ Corner at the top of the stretch, this area will play host to the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge, and affords players ready access to over 30 big screen television monitors, Wi-Fi, betting windows and food and beverage options.–UPPER TERRACE RESTAURANTS:  Fans will find brand new, state of the art culinary options on the fourth and fifth floors, overlooking the Club House turn.  A wide array of food and beverage options will be available.“As we prepare to bring the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Santa Anita for a record 10th time in November, we’re thrilled with what’s being done to upgrade an already tremendous facility,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Limited.  “The sightlines at Santa Anita are unparalleled, as is its long, storied history of world class racing dating back to the mid-1930s.  These dining and seating upgrades are going to further enhance what has already been an incredible experience for our fans and horsemen over the years and we can’t wait for what should be a great two-day event on Nov. 1st and 2nd.”For more information or to make dining and seating reservations for Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet and/or the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES 2019-20 WINTER/SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE; HEADED BY GRADE I MALIBU & LA BREA ON DEC. 26

first_imgSANTA ANITA ANNOUNCES 2019-20 WINTER/SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE; HEADED BY GRADE I MALIBU & LA BREA ON DEC. 26, A TOTAL OF 93 STAKES, 11 OF THEM GRADE I, TO BE OFFERED THROUGH JUNE 21ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 22, 2019)–Santa Anita Park, which will open for its 83rd Winter/Spring Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 26, has announced a complete stakes schedule through closing day, June 21.  The schedule, which includes a total of 93 added money races, will be keynoted by a pair of Grade I stakes on opening day–the $300,000 Malibu, for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs and the $300,000 La Brea, for 3-year-old fillies at the same distance.The Malibu and La Brea will again be complemented on Dec. 26 by the Grade II, $200,000 San Antonio Stakes, the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile and the $75,000 Lady of Shamrock Stakes.The prestigious Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, for 3-year-old fillies at a mile and one quarter on turf, will serve as Santa Anita’s final Grade I offering this year on Saturday, Dec. 28.The Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which has produced a total of 18 Kentucky Derby winners and two Triple Crown Champions–Affirmed in 1978 and Justify in 2018, will be run on Saturday, April 4.First run in February, 1935, the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap, which was won this year by Hronis Racing’s Gift Box, will be contested for the 83rd time on Saturday, March 7.SANTA ANITA’S GRADE I STAKES ROSTER, DEC. 26 THROUGH JUNE 21Dec. 26                  $300,000 Malibu StakesDec. 26                  $300,000 La Brea StakesDec. 28                  $300,000 American OaksMarch 7               $600,000 Santa Anita HandicapMarch 7               $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe MileMarch 14             $400,000 Beholder MileApril 4                   $1 million Santa Anita DerbyApril 4                   $400,000 Santa Anita OaksMay 25                 $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa AnitaMay 25                 $500,000 Shoemaker MileMay 25                 $500,000 Gamely StakesFor Santa Anita’s complete Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring Stakes Schedule, please visit santaanita.com/horse-racing/horsemen/last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020

first_img3rd 60% 4 TOP O’NEILL ASSISTANT MORA RETURNS TO DUBAI AGAIN 5 6 5 $372,465 Drayden Van Dyke38 ITM% 4 2 ITM% Money Won Umberto Rispoli25 13% 42% Edwin Maldonado18 5 Abel Cedillo71 3 Bob Baffert27 11 TrainerSts $308,508 $270,379 2nd 36% 0 29% 5 Philip D’Amato29 2 6 $571,809 8 6 3 39% 18% 0 41% 74% 15% TINA TINA ‘DOING WELL’ FOR SUNDAY’S GRADE III ASTRA 2 3 7 Michael McCarthy13 Win% 5 $79,371 15 54% 44% 25% 13 31% 1 6 5 $737,340 Jorge Velez44 Peter Miller24 5 1 21% 2 4 CARRESSA TRIES TURF IN MONDAY’S HOLIDAY FEATURE 2 Jeff Bonde7 26% 62% 14% 11% 3rd $235,962 26% Richard Mandella14 8 $79,715 1 $190,887 Steve Knapp13 13 1 Joel Rosario61 35% 2 $188,091 58% JockeyMts 0 3 23% Ruben Fuentes21 1st J.C. Diaz, Jr.28 $547,882 Doug O’Neill34 Mike Smith19 10% 10 Money Won 71% 10 45% $84,675 $609,682 $109,691 39% $1,006,032 1 Craig Anthony Lewis13 12% 2nd 6 $143,851 HIGHER POWER IN SHARP DRILL FOR RICH PEGASUS CUP 2 4 4 $288,177 $1 MILLION GUARANTEED IN RAINBOW JACKPOT TODAY Flavien Prat45 30% 1 $492,914 42% 57% 20% 5 42% $593,620 1 2 Richard Baltas38 43% 23% 1 $497,242 7 4 Win% 44% 1 3 3 Tiago Pereira28 Mario Gutierrez29 33% 9 47% 46% 4 3 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS(Current Through Friday, Jan. 17) 23% 15 5 1st 2 4 4 CARRESSA MAKES GRASS DEBUT IN MEGAHERTZCarressa makes her turf debut in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. holiday feature, the Grade III Megahertz Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at one mile.The four-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo trained by John Shirreffs for Mercedes Stables LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds or Mooney, et al, is coming off a smashing 8 ¼ length win at a mile on Del Mar’s main track Nov. 22.“There wasn’t a race for her otherwise, so we thought this was an opportunity to try her on grass,” Shirreffs said. “I think Uncle Mo (offspring) can run on anything; they like the off going, the dirt, the turf. They just like the track.”The field for the Megahertz, race seven of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post: Carressa, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Take These Chains, Umberto Rispoli, 8-1; Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 7-2; Tonahutu, Andrea Atzeni, 15-1; Streak of Luck, Jose Valdivia Jr., 15-1; Brill, Mike Smith, 3-1; La Sardane, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Super Patriot, Joel Rosario, 5-2.Monday is Dollar Day, with hot dogs on sale for $2 and beer and soda for $1 apiece.TINY TINA ‘DOING WELL’ FOR MARATHON ASTRAWith a little bit of luck, Tiny Tina might have won the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf Dec. 28, instead of finishing second by an onrushing nose despite the fact that she bobbled at the start and was three wide in the lane.At least Phil D’Amato is hoping that’s the case when the five-year-old Kentucky-bred mare runs in Sunday’s Grade III Astra Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile-and-a-half on turf.“She’s rounding into form and doing really well right now,” the trainer said. “She’s reunited with (Flavien) Prat who has won three races on her, so I’m expecting a big effort.”The Astra, race six of eight with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Lostintranzlation, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Tiny Tina, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Blue Diva, Abel Cedillo, 4-1; Trust Fund Kitty, Assael Espinoza, 20-1; Siberian Iris, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Ms. Peintour, Brice Blanc, 8-1; and Heathers Grey, Aaron Gryder, 10-1.$1 MILLION GUARANTEE TODAY IN SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK 6 POOLSanta Anita Park guarantees $1 million in today’s 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot comprised of races four through nine. With five stakes highlighting the nine-race California-Cup program, four of which will be included in the Rainbow Six, fans will have plenty of lucrative betting opportunities on a card consisting exclusively of California-bred or sired horses.Additionally, Santa Anita will guarantee $500,000 in today’s 50 cent Late Pick 4, beginning with race six.Approximate post time for race four, leg one in the Rainbow Six, is 2:04 p.m. PT.LEANDRO MORA IN DUBAI FOR 2 ½ MONTHSSanta Anita is missing one of its friendliest faces for a spell.Leandro Mora is in Dubai for two-and-a-half months.A trusted and valued assistant of two-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill for 18 years, the 61-year-old Mora departed Thursday for the Middle East where O’Neill will campaign 11 horses on a regular basis for the first time.Dubai is familiar territory for Mora.“I’ve been there 13 times,” he said before leaving with O’Neill, who will spend about two weeks with Mora before returning to California. “I started around 2001. I’m excited to be going because this is a good test for American horses.“It’s the first time an American group is going, so let’s hope for the best.”SIMULCAST WAGERING NOW OFFERED IN SANTA ANITA SPORTS BOOKIn addition to the Grandstand Paddock Room, Santa Anita is now offering free parking and admission on Wednesdays and Thursdays for fans attending its Sports Book, which adjoins the Turf Terrace on the Mezzanine level. State of the art in every respect, the Santa Anita Sports Book features wall to wall flat screen television monitors and plenty of betting windows. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.FINISH LINES: Rafael Bejarano took off his scheduled five mounts a today after suffering injuries in a shower mishap in the jockeys’ room Friday. “He hit his head pretty good and has a black eye,” said his agent, Tora Yamaguchi. “It’s unfortunate, but it could have been worse. He won’t ride today but hopefully will tomorrow.” . . . Flavien Prat will be out of town next weekend, riding Higher Power Saturday for John Sadler in the Grade I Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park and Serengeti Empress Sunday for Tom Amoss in the Grade III Houston Ladies Classic. With Prat aboard, Higher Power impressed clockers this morning when he worked five furlongs in 59.60, just a shade under the bullet drill of 59.40 recorded by Sadler trainee Flagstaff . . . Heck Yeah, scratched from today’s Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint, worked four furlongs this morning for Bob Baffert in 50.60. In all, there were 172 recorded workouts today, 23 on the training track . . . Word on stakes winners from the Sadler barn has Catalina Cruiser standing at stud for $20,000 live foal at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky., while Cistron and Ollie’s Candy are scheduled to breeze tomorrow as they prepare for a 2020 campaign, the latter pointing to the Grade I Beholder Mile on March 14. “Catalina Cruiser is doing well,” Sadler said. “He’s got a full book of mares.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on January 18th, 2020A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 2 of 2A Candid Conversation With Hall of Fame Trainer Richard Mandella: Part 1 of 2Quick Questions With Clocker Gary YoungWORKOUTS:Zucchera (Baltas) 1-18-20Shelbe Rose (Desormeaux) 1-18-20Bolo (Gaines) 1-16-20Mucho Gusto (Baffert) 1-16-20Bold Endeavor (Papaprodromou) 1-16-20Tiny Tina (Outside) and Malakai Moxie (D’Amato) 1-14-20Legends of War (O’ Neill) 1-13-20Desmond Doss (Outside) and Lucky Long Legs (D’Amato) 1-13-20 19% 4 6 31% 17% 14% 3 $167,816 $107,060last_img read more