Christmas hockey game to benefit Selkirk Saints Hockey Program

first_imgThe Christmas Classic Hockey game and the Broomball Dance will be joining forces this year at the Complex in Castlegar on (Saturday) December 27.The cause behind the Christmas Classic Hockey game is to raise funds for our Selkirk Saints Championship Hockey Program. All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Selkirk Saints.  The game is from 7-9:00 p.m. at the Castlegar Complex. There are beer gardens, various giveaways and Broomball Dance tickets at the game. After the game, the Broomball Dance will be held in the Complex main banquet hall.All the proceeds from the Dance will go to the Castlegar Broomball Association. The Broomball Dance tickets are $20 each.For more information email xmasclassic@hotmail.comlast_img read more

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SHAM STAKES QUOTES

first_imgPETER MILLER, CALCULATOR, WINNER; ROCK SHANDY, SECOND; AND ST. JOE BAY, FOURTH: “I was trying to watch all of them, and I thought I could run one, two, three for a minute, but they ran one, two, four, so it wasn’t bad at all.“I was very concerned (with where Calculator was on the first turn), because it looked like five or six of them were sending, and I said, ‘Oh, no. We’re going to be 10-wide,’ but he (Elvis Trujillo) saw the same thing and he adjusted and brought him back into maybe the three or four path. We had a wide trip, but there’s less trouble out wide.“I didn’t expect him to be this good (today). I was hoping he was good enough to win at 90 percent (fitness). The water gets deeper from here on out, so we’re going to have to step up our game and move forward off of this one.“We’ll see how the horse comes out, but I wouldn’t rule out coming back in a month in the Lewis (Grade II, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 7). The timing of it is good and when my horses are good, I like to run them. He’s good right now so I’m going to run him.”Asked if the Santa Anita Derby (April 4) would be a long-range goal if all goes well: “That makes a lot of sense right now, but I’ll get with Mr. Pell (owner, see note below) and we’ll kind of map things out.”On Rock Shandy: “Super. Really pleased with how Rock Shandy ran. I think he’s just getting better and better. He had an inside trip and took a lot of dirt. For his first race on the dirt I was really pleased.” JOCKEY QUOTES VICTOR ESPINOZA, ROCK SHANDY, SECOND: “He went very nice. I think he’s going to be a nice colt; he’s still trying to figure it out, he’s still green. I think he’ll be better on the dirt rather than the turf. The way he works in the morning, I’ve always been very impressed. As a colt, he may be a late learner. It was a big step for him today.”TRAINER QUOTES -30-center_img             ELVIS TRUJILLO, CALCULATOR, WINNER: “It was a perfect trip. I went wide because I’d rather go wide than be in between horses, or caught inside. I wanted a clean trip. He did it very easy today. Stretching out will be no problem for him; he’s very good.” NOTES: The winning owner is Richard Pell of Rye, N.Y. The winning horse receives 10 qualifying points towards determining the field for the May 2 Kentucky Derby if more than 20 enter. Second is worth four points, third, two, and fourth, one point.last_img read more

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NEWCOMER STELLAR WIND MUCH BEST IN GRADE III, $100,000 SANTA YSABEL; SADLER TRAINEE MARCHES TO 2 ¾ LENGTH WIN UNDER ESPINOZA

first_imgVIRGINIA-BRED FILLY BY CURLIN PICKS UP 50 KENTUCKY OAKS QUALIFYING POINTS ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2015)–A one mile maiden winner on Dec. 18 at Laurel Park in Maryland, Stellar Wind burst upon the Southern California racing scene on Saturday at Santa Anita, as she motored to an impressive 2 ¾ length win in the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes under Victor Espinoza. Trained by John Sadler and owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, she swung four-wide turning for home and easily bested favored Light the City while covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.16.“John told me to come and work her so I could know her well,” said Espinoza. “I like her, she’s so smooth and the way she worked was so nice…I wanted to break and let her do whatever she wanted to do. I didn’t want to irritate her, just make her happy…They were walking up front so I had to press the pace by the three-eighths pole. She was just waiting for me to command her. I knew I could just shake the reins at her and she would just go. I think farther would be better for her.”Breaking from the far outside in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Stellar Wind relaxed well but raced wide throughout behind fractions of 23.99, 48.63, 1:13.06 and 1:36.94. Off at 7-1, she paid $16.00, $8.60 and $5.20. A Virginia-bred daughter of Curlin, she got her second win in only her third career start. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she nearly tripled her earnings to $87,200.“She’s trained really, really well,” said Sadler. “When she got here, her hair was about this long (holding his hands about four inches apart). It was so cold in Maryland, I think she was glad to get out here in this good weather.”When asked if the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks (1 1/16 miles on April 4) might be a consideration for Stellar Wind, Sadler replied, “That would be a logical spot at this point…I think she’s going to be better at a mile and an eighth, a mile and a quarter.”One of three Jerry Hollendorfer entrants, Light the City, who came off a second place finish in the Grade I, one mile Las Virgenes on Jan. 31, sat second throughout under Kent Desormeaux at 2-1 and paid $3.60 and $2.40.“We were similar in placement today to the Las Virgenes, but it was a completely different race,” said Desormeaux. “We were crawling today and really sprinted to the wire…She was full of run under the wire, but she had one that out-sprinted her. She’s obviously very good.”Hollendorfer’s Glory, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, sat third into and around the far turn and was unable to improve her position, finishing third at 5-1 and returning $3.20 to show.Hollendorfer ended up finishing two, three, four, as his Achiever’s Legacy, ridden by Gary Stevens, made a menacing move turning for home but had to settle for fourth, three quarters of a length behind Glory.Stellar Wind picked up 50 qualifying points for the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Kentucky Oaks (to be run May 1), while the second, third and fourth place finishers each received 20, 10 and five respectively.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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LONGSHOT CRUCERO GETS TRIP & UPSETS FAVORED GOING SOMEWHERE BY A NECK IN MARATHON GRADE III, $150,000 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO; DESORMEAUX BROTHERS TEAM TO GET 1 ¾ MILES ON TURF IN 2:49.46

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 28, 2015)–With heavily favored Going Somewhere racing erratically early and late, longshot Crucero, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by his brother, Keith, prevailed by a neck to win Sunday’s closing day Grade III, $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita. Second in a mile and a quarter turf allowance one week ago, the 5-year-old Florida-bred horse by Admiral’s Cruise covered a mile and three quarters on turf in 2:49.46.“Keith prepped him in a mile and a quarter race just 10 days ago (actually seven days ago, June 21) and I think he was a better horse today because of it,” said Kent Desormeaux. “He was aggressive last time and he just cantered around the racetrack today and had tons left down the lane…Some horses want a mile and three quarters, he could run two miles. He should probably live in Europe where they run that distance often. America needs some more two mile races.”Off at 23-1 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up, Crucero paid $48.40, $10.00 and $4.20. Owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, he picked up $90,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $190,380. Crucero’s overall mark now stands at 17-2-5-5.“The typical signs after a horse runs a tough race are, they come out of the feed tub, they might not have as much enthusiasm during training, they lose a little weight. Typical stuff, and he didn’t show any of those signs during the week,” said Keith Desormeaux. “I did the best I could to convince myself not to run back in a week, but this race stared me in the face. A mile and three quarters, and with that long, lumbering stride he has, plus the fact that he can cover it so well, I just had to do it.”Going Somewhere, who is trained by Neil Drysdale and was ridden by Mike Smith, went to the lead after the first quarter mile down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course and took Smith to the middle of the course after he crossed the dirt coming into the stretch the first time and did the same when he came out of the Club House turn and started up the backstretch.“We had trouble with the bit,” said Drysdale, who has four San Juan victories to his credit. “We had the wrong bit on him. He ran dynamite considering Mike couldn’t steer him.”Third, beaten a length in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf Charles Whittingham Stakes May 24, Going Somewhere was off at 3-5 and finished second, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Decisive Edge and paid $2.40 and $2.10.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Decisive Edge paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 25.17, 49.91, 1:14.65, 1:41.11 and 2:06.98.Santa Anita’s 39-day Spring Meet drew to a close on Sunday and the track will re-open for live racing on Sept. 26. For more information, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com. –30–last_img read more

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