The fifth annual Creston Just “Tri” It! Triathlon is just around the corner.The swim, bike and run events starts at 8 a.m. at the Creston and District Community Complex Saturday, June 4.The 500 metre swim, in the Creston and District Community Complex pool, will be followed by a 13 kilometre bike ride to the viewpoint on Highway 3A towards Wynndel via Hillside Street. The race culminates with two 2.5 kilometre running laps through the neighbourhood around the CDCC.To register and get more information stop by the Complex and /or visit the link on the RDCK website.
Fun, focused on developing a love of the game Appropriate for all skill levels Emphasis on skill development Supportive, friendly environment Gender equality Equal playing timeFor more information on how players can register go to www.nelsonhoops.com for details and a link to join. The sport of basketball has claimed international fame with hoops being played around the world. A now a local person wants to give youngsters the same opportunity to play basketball as some of the other popular sports in the Nelson area.Brian McCarthy has established the new Youth Basketball League created with the guidance and assistance of long-time Nelson basketball advocate Jeremy Phelan, with the aim of creating a fun, safe environment for kids ages 6 – 13 to develop basketball and teamwork skills.The focus of the new Youth Basketball League is:
Philip D’Amato2436713%67%$283,600 Alonso Quinonez1835117%50%$125,270 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Peter Miller3041113%20%$129,880 Vladimir Cerin420250%100%$57,840 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 9) Bob Baffert2753519%48%$359,310 Tyler Baze483896%42%$228,118 David Lopez2762622%52%$170,270 Rafael Bejarano521212423%54%$610,680 CALIFORNIA CHROME FILLS RACING’S VOID My son had to put his cat to sleep Friday night. It was a traumatic experience.Anyone who has been through that knows it. There is an attachment, a bonding, a kinship that humans have with animals, which is why, specifically in horse racing, fans have connected so fervently with the likes of Zenyatta, American Pharoah and the most current active Thoroughbred through which they live vicariously, California Chrome.Each of the aforementioned champions has been based in Southern California. Chrome ran for the first time in nine months yesterday when he captured the San Pasqual Stakes in expected workmanlike fashion, by a length-and-a-quarter over Imperative.The 2014 Horse of the Year who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness that year was vanned back to his Los Alamitos headquarters Sunday morning, in relatively good order, except that understandably, he was “a little tired,” according to Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to Art Sherman, who trains the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, now bound for Dubai on Jan. 21 and another run in the $10 million World Cup on March 26, in which he was second last year.“That was to be expected,” Alan added, speaking of Chrome’s minor post-race weariness. “We have options for his next race, but he will have one start before the World Cup.”“Chromies,” meanwhile, could have to wait until Nov. 5 to see their hero in action at Santa Anita again. That’s the date of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, expected to be Chrome’s final race before being retired to stud.Then racing will be the poorer. The game needs its superstars on the track. So says Bob Baffert.“Anytime a Kentucky Derby winner shows up, it attracts a lot of people,” reasoned the Hall of Fame trainer, who has won the Run for the Roses four times and directed American Pharoah’s Triple Crown successes last year with faultless aplomb. “It’s a very important race the mainstream readily connects with.“It took Zenyatta about 15 wins before she started to get rolling and gathering a big fan base. Of course, the way she won, with her last-to-first running style, brought everybody on board, wondering if she could continue to do that.“There are so many horses that run every day, it’s hard to follow them all, so fans latch on to one and that creates excitement. Pharoah had a little bit of a following when he won the Derby as the favorite, but he didn’t get a heavy following until after he won the Preakness. That’s when fans felt maybe he was the one to end the 37-year Triple Crown drought.“Then after he did and made history, everywhere we went, it was pretty crazy, but it was a good crazy.“California Chrome is really good for the sport, and when he wins like he did yesterday, it’s important for the fans. When Zenyatta left, there was a big void, and here comes Pharoah. Now he’s gone and there’s Chrome, but he’s leaving for Dubai, so that will quiet things down.“But another horse will jump up. Every year, there’s a horse that will come along and generate fan interest. I think Santa Anita’s done a great job of promoting these horses and the races. It’s been a pretty good meet, considering you have to work around this (rainy) weather.” Mario Gutierrez4247410%36%$231,294 William Spawr942044%67%$101,350 Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Martin Garcia2533612%48%$260,044 Martin Pedroza2731111%19%$59,060 Kristin Mulhall931133%56%$133,800 Steve Knapp920122%33%$48,630 Flavien Prat3242613%38%$205,452 Mike Smith2342217%35%$381,540 Gary Stevens1631019%25%$360,080 Doug O’Neill373388%38%$181,082 Steven Miyadi1133127%64%$75,980 Peter Eurton1636219%69%$116,930 NYQUIST BREEZING ALONG FOR SAN VICENTE STAKESUndefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Nyquist worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday morning in 1:14 flat as he prepares for his three-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15.“He worked great, he went super,” said Doug O’Neill, who trains the son of Uncle Mo for Paul and Zillah Reddam. “He went out seven-eighths in 1:28 and change.”Breaking from the four furlong pole, Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson caught Nyquist in fractional times of 24.40, 47.60 and 1:00.20.Also working for his three-year-old debut in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 6 was Mor Spirit for Bob Baffert. Winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity, under Gary Stevens Mor Spirit worked in company with Coach Q, the former going in 1:00.60 and the latter in 1:02 flat.FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will be dark tomorrow through Wednesday, but starts a five-day week of live racing Thursday through Monday, Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day when Santa Anita will offer another of its popular Dollar Days, with draft beers, hot dogs and sodas on sale for just a buck . . . Agent Nelson Arroyo reports that Stuart Elliott will begin riding regularly at Santa Anita the week of Jan. 21. “He’s recently in from Keeneland and has been working horses here and at San Luis Rey Downs,” said Arroyo, who also represents Abel Lezcano . . . Trevor Denman wasn’t here to call the races Saturday, having recently retired from The Great Race Place, but Michael Wrona ably did the honors when Denman’s Call, a three-year-old Northern Afleet colt making his debut, bounded home a 3 ¾-length winner at 22-1 under Mario Gutierrez in the fourth race. The Kentucky-bred chestnut was named for Denman, who retired after an indelible 33-year run at The Great Race Place. “We all know where we were when Trevor made his ‘un-be-lieve-ab-le’ call on Zenyatta when she won the Breeders’ Cup Classic here in 2009,” said Glen Sorgenstein, who owns a share of Denman’s Call and named the colt. “I certainly do, and I remember every stretch call he made on a horse I owned a share of, Goldencents,” the 2013 Santa Anita Derby winner and back-to-back winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2013 and 2014 . . . Ocho Ocho Ocho worked five furlongs Sunday for Jim Cassidy in a bullet 58.60, fastest of 117 works at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.49. “Right now, I’m looking at the Clockers’ Corner for him,” the trainer said. The $75,000 race at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf will be run Jan. 24 . . . ESPN’S Kenny Mayne will call a race at Santa Anita next Saturday or Sunday for a piece he’s doing on SportsCenter. Mayne grew up in the shadow of defunct Longacres race track in the state of Washington and is a long-time racing enthusiast . . . Fans might have missed Justonemorething when the four-year-old Sea of Secrets gelding won Saturday’s ninth race by a half-length, the horse is that small. “He only weighs 850 pounds and is 14.3 hands,” trainer Eric Kruljac said of the California-bred owned and bred in part by Melissa Ford. “But it’s not the size of the horse that matters, it’s the size of the heart in the horse.” Jorge Gutierrez420050%50%$32,410 Jeff Bonde921022%33%$64,860 Jerry Hollendorfer312446%32%$157,872 BAFFERT: ‘CHROME’ IS GOOD FOR THE SPORTNYQUIST IN ‘SUPER’ DRILL FOR SAN VICENTE FIVE-DAY RACE WEEK STARTS ON THURSDAY Richard Baltas2263127%45%$375,430 Edwin Maldonado3461418%32%$178,890 Mark Glatt1821111%22%$53,060 Joseph Talamo4067315%40%$322,180 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Santiago Gonzalez57128421%42%$469,900 Jack Carava720029%29%$32,500
ESPINOZA’S WILD RIDE ON CHROME COULD CONTINUEAPPRENTICE FUENTES WINS FIRST RACE AT SANTA ANITASTEVENS PROGRESSING FROM LEFT HIP REPLACEMENT Jerry Hollendorfer4387819%53%$677,364 Mike Smith1951426%53%$485,940 William Spawr1160255%73%$169,341 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas4368514%44%$369,358 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.4773215%26%$323,685 Tyler Baze741610722%45%$542,602 Bob Baffert2453421%50%$396,821 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza2345517%61%$256,770 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux47106621%47%$679,723 Martin Pedroza3966415%41%$211,115 FINISH LINES: There was one winning Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot ducat Friday at Santa Anita, worth a whopping $272,515 . . . There were 78 recorded workouts Saturday on Santa Anita’s dirt training track, 14 of them horses trained by Doug O’Neill, 12 by Phil D’Amato and 10 by Keith Desormeaux . . . Kent Desormeaux and Mario Gutierrez are at Golden Gate Fields today where they ride Vending Machine and So Conflated, respectively, in the $100,000 California Derby. Desormeaux, a superior mudder, won two races on Santa Anita’s wet/fast track Friday giving him 10 for the meet, good for third in the standings behind Tyler Baze (16) and Flavien Prat (15) . . . The California Horse Racing Board will conduct its regular monthly meeting 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Santa Anita. An audio-only webcast of the meeting can be heard through a link on the CHRB website (webcast).The Medication, Safety and Welfare Committee will meet 11 a.m. Wednesday at the same location. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings. The Board agenda and supporting package of materials are available on the CHRB website, as are those for the Medication Committee (agenda and package). Drayden Van Dyke464829%30%$278,085 Flavien Prat661571123%50%$863,983 John Sadler1854528%78%$254,234 Peter Miller2776426%63%$345,205 Philip D’Amato2044420%60%$377,190 CALIFORNIA CHROME: IT AIN’T OVER TILL IT’S OVERVictor Espinoza, who journeyed worldwide aboard California Chrome on a path to goldand glory that has reaped $14,084,600, could ride the great California-bred in his final race next Saturday in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park–or not.Espinoza has ridden California Chrome in his last 20 starts–14 of them victories–and is scheduled to be astride for the last time in the Pegasus, after which the immensely popular six-year-old chestnut son of Lucky Pulpit is to be retired at stud on Jan. 29, standing for a $40,000 fee at Taylor Made Farm’s 1,000-acre spread in Nicholasville, Kentucky.But in an interview with Espinoza this morning and in a press release quoting Frank Taylor, vice president of boarding operations at Taylor Made, the door was left open.“It’s been a great ride,” said Espinoza Saturday morning at Clockers’ Corner,surrounded by the verdant scenery burgeoning in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, an ever-refreshing landscape.“It was just an amazing time and I wish I could find another one like California Chrome. It seems impossible, but you never know. I’m getting ready for the Pegasus but I really don’t know if that’s going to be his last race or he’ll run again.“I think it all depends on how he runs Saturday. So far, the plan is for this to be his last race, but if he runs a big race, they might change their minds, because he’s doing so good.”California Chrome worked five furlongs at Gulfstream Saturday morning in 58.81 under Dihigi Gladney, with fractional times of 23.66 and 35.12, with a six furlong gallop out of 1:12.41.Taylor noted in a release that “discussions recently took place about not retiring California Chrome after the Pegasus, and instead pointing him to the Dubai World Cup (March 25), a race he won in 2016 after finishing second in it the year before.“I thought maybe two or three weeks ago there was a chance, but we polled everybody and there were a few people who didn’t want to run. We’re in the position where we have all these mares booked to him and we bought a lot of mares to breed to him; it was kind of hard to turn back. I was really campaigning to do that.“The reason I want to run him is because he’s sound or better today than when we started in January. He’s just getting better and better. With the Pegasus World Cup and the Dubai World Cup ($10 million) there is so much money. If he were to (win) and do good (this year), he could make $15 million.“He made $8 million (in 2016). He’s just getting bigger and stronger. He’s just amazing. He’s the closest thing I’ve seen to a machine in a horse.”Espinoza didn’t have to have his arm twisted to concur.“He’s better than before, so I don’t really know exactly if this will be his last race,” Victor said. “If it is, it will bring a lot of memories, not just for me and my career, but for the Art Sherman team and all of Chrome’s fans.“California Chrome has just been an awesome ride for everyone.” Corey Nakatani2342117%30%$210,169 Doug O’Neill5367911%42%$324,548 Brice Blanc1643125%50%$157,870 Joseph Talamo434499%40%$157,300 PROMISING APPRENTICE WINS FIRST RACE AT SANTA ANITARuben Fuentes, a seven-pound apprentice rider from New Mexico, won his first race at Santa Anita Friday when he piloted I’ll Wrap It Up to a 4 ¼-length victory for trainer Steve Miyadi in the fourth race for $10,000 claimers at seven furlongs.“We’ve had five mounts and in our last four, ran fourth, third, second and first in a row,”said his agent, Mike Ciani, who also represents Gary Stevens. “He’s a great kid and he really has some talent. His dad (Miguel) is one of the best riders in Mexico City. Ruben’s brother is a rider, his four uncles are riders. It sounds like the line from ‘My Cousin Vinny,’–‘My Dad’s a mechanic, my uncles are mechanics . . .’”Friday’s victory was the 18th in four months for the18-year-old Ruben, a native of New Mexico who “speaks perfect English and tacks 110 pounds. He has his ‘bug’ until late November. Gary and (his brother) Scott are pretty much the ones who brought him here.“The guys in the (jockeys’) room have been great with him, (Rafael) Bejarano and of course Gary. (Martin) Pedroza came up to him and said he liked what he saw.”STEVENS PROGRESSING FROM HIP SURGERYLooking fresh and fit as he recuperates from surgery last Dec. 21 for replacement of his left hip, Gary Stevens was on hand at Clockers’ Corner Saturday morning, counting down the time until he can resume his Hall of Fame career.“I’m doing well,” Stevens said. “I’m rehabbing every day, back on my Equicizer which I’ve been riding for about 10 days now. I see the doctor in two weeks and hopefully I can start getting on horses in 3 ½ more weeks.“I’ll play it by ear from there.” Mario Gutierrez3346412%42%$242,566 Rafael Bejarano5177914%45%$478,513 Stewart Elliott4866713%40%$223,255 (Current Through Friday, Jan. 20) Peter Eurton1943021%37%$158,895 Luis Contreras39461010%51%$226,514 J. Keith Desormeaux1652431%69%$335,075 Gary Sherlock1642125%44%$92,200 -30-