Leafs make it seven straight wins, blast Sicamous Eagles 6-1

first_imgThe formula is simple — press the opposition until mistakes turn into goals.Leaf fans got to see the strategy in action as the home side exploded for 18 goals in two games en route to recording a season high seven-game win streak Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena.After dropping a dozen on the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday, the Leafs kept up the goal-scoring assault Sunday against Sicamous, blasting the Eagles 6-1.“The boys are focused and concentrating in practice and in games and are being rewarded for their hard work,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida.The Leafs took a 2-1 advantage into the first-period intermission on goals by rookies Matt McDonald and Colton McCarthy.Kelyn Opel got the Eagles on the board, spoiling the weekend shutout streak of Leaf netminder Cody Boeckman.Boeckman sat in a lawn chair for most of Friday’s game against the defending KIJHL champs, facing only nine shots in the game. In the second Nelson increased its lead to 4-1 on goals by captain Colton Schell, his first of two on the night, and Jacob Boyczuk.MacDonald and Schell rounded out the scoring for the Leafs in the third.“This is a very disciplined, good group of boys that are eager and wanting to be on a winning team,” Maida explained when asked about the recent success.“They work hard every night and their work ethic has been real good.”Maida said conditioning has played a big part in the recent success, as constant pressure by the Leafs appears to be wearing down the opponents.“We’ve been really working hard off the ice on our conditioning so we’re able to play as that (high-octane) pace for 60 minutes,” Maida said.“I think the boys really enjoy the quick fast pace we’re presenting . . . showing teams we want to play at this pace and it’s been successful for us.”The win keeps Nelson in sole possession of top spot in the Murdoch Division, two points ahead of Castlegar.The Rebels, playing one fewer game than Nelson, kept pace by posting a pair to divisional wins over Grand Forks (8-0) and Spokane (5-4).ICE CHIPS: Nelson travels to Grand Forks to face the Bruins Friday before returning to host the Golden Rockets Saturday at the NDCC Arena. . . . The Leafs welcomed Nelson native Dallon Stoddart back to the fold after the Minor Hockey grad returned from the Winkler Flyers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. . . .If the Grand Forks Border Bruins didn’t have back luck, the team would have no luck at all. Leading 4-1 after two periods, the Bruins watched as the Spokane Braves rallied back to beat the Bruins 5-4 in overtime Sunday in the Lilac City. Brycen Fisher scored at 28 seconds of the second overtime to lift the Braves to the win after the home side scored twice in the final two-plus minutes to force the extra time.last_img read more

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BC Hockey to discuss raising the age for legal bodychecking

first_imgWilf Liefke, president of BC Hockey said this is an apropo time to raise the issue, explaining, “Many local associations are holding their AGMs in the weeks leading up to the provincial AGM, so this is a good opportunity to discuss the issue and make informed decisions.”But not everyone’s taking a neutral position on the issue.”Increasingly medical research confirms that the adolescent brain is especially vulnerable to traumatic brain injury,” said Bill Barrable, CEO of the Rick Hansen Institute. “A growing body of research is also telling us that body checking in youth rep leagues is a major risk factor for spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. It’s very important that minor hockey associations promote awareness among all parents, coaches and players with these facts.”Quick Facts:* The BC Hockey Annual General Meeting will be held June 7-9 in Sun Peaks near Kamloops.* Hockey Canada rules do not allow bodychecking below the age of 11. Each provincial or territorial association sets its own rules for bodychecking for players 11 and above.* Many health organizations, including the BC Provincial Health Office, Canadian Paediatric Society, Rick Hansen Institute, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit, Sport Med BC, BC Health and Safety Council, and the Canadian Maternal and Child Health Network recommend that bodychecking should not be allowed in peewee (ages 11-12) level hockey. Bill Bennett’s Castlegar visit today coincided with a press release issued from his ministry regarding bodychecking in youth hockey. Bennett, B.C. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, didn’t speak to the release, as he was here to acclaim BC Liberal candidate for the West Kootenay Riding Jim Postnikoff, but the issue is sure to garner some attention from sports fans in the region.“In light of research highlighting the frequency and severity of injuries as a result of bodychecking … Bennett today encouraged education and awareness about youth bodychecking for parents, coaches, and all involved in youth hockey,” the press release read.“In June, members will consider a resolution at the BC Hockey Annual General Meeting to raise the age of the introduction of bodychecking in youth rep hockey. BC Hockey is encouraging members to let their associations know if they support raising the age.”Bill Bennett didn’t take a stance on whether he supports the change.”I played defense in hockey. Both of my sons played, I coached and I managed hockey teams, but I don’t pretend to be any sort of an expert,” he said.“I just want parents and coaches to be aware of the medical information available today on the impact of bodychecking at a young age, so that they can make an informed decision.”last_img read more

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Saints announce veteran blueliner Tanner Lenting to bolster roster of current BCIHL champs

first_imgHe picked up five goals and 27 points in 43 games during the 2012/13 campaign to lead all Devils’ blueliners and served as the team’s captain. In 83 career PJHL games, Lenting totaled 13 goals, 54 points and 70 penalty minutes.”Tanner is a smart and reliable blueliner with good size who also has the skill to contribute on offense and on the power-play,” sids Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”He was a leader and a key player in North Delta this season, and he’s also been gaining some great experience with the Surrey Eagles during their very successful playoff run. He brings all the ingredients to be a successful athlete at the college level.” The 20-year old also picked up one assist in four games with the BCHL’s Surrey Eagles during the 2012/13 regular season, and made nine more appearances during the team’s postseason run that ended with a Fred Page Cup championship series win over the Penticton Vees.He is currently rostered with the Eagles as they represent the BCHL at the Western Canadian Cup in Nanaimo. Lenting will join a number of fellow Saints recruits in Selkirk’s Business Administration program. “I chose Selkirk College based on their winning hockey program and from having heard nothing but good things about the experience from my friends on the team,” said Lenting, who describes himself as a solid stay-at-home defenseman who makes a good first pass.”I’m looking forward to helping the Saints’ capture another BCIHL championship while also continuing to improve my own game.” Lenting is the fourth defenceman and ninth player overall to commit to the Saints for the 2013/14 season. He joins forwards Darnell Dyck (Langley, BCHL), Markus McCrea (Youngstown, USHL) and Garrett Kucher (Osoyoos, KIJHL), blueliners Stefan Gonzales (Aldergrove, PJHL), Arie Postmus (Beaver Valley, KIJHL) and Ryan Procyshyn (Delta, PJHL) and goaltenders Myles Hovdebo (LaRonge, SJHL) and Marcus Beesley (Nelson, KIJHL). The Selkirk Saints are not planning to make it a one-and-done year at the top of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League.The current BCIHL champs continue to add to the best team in 2012-13 by  announcing a playing commitment from defenceman Tanner Lenting of Richmond to attend Selkirk College beginning in the 2013/14 BCIHL season. Lenting has spent the past two seasons with the Pacific Junior Hockey League’s North Delta Devils, where he earned a reputation as one of the league’s top defencemen.last_img read more

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Silver the colour of the medal for Nelson Selects in Kelowna

first_imgThe Nelson Selects U14 Girls squad shook off the winter rust at the annual Kelowna Icebreaker tournament over the Easter weekend and brought home a silver medal.The Selects put together a 2-1 record in the round robin to earn a spot in the gold medal final where they lost 2-1 in a heartbreaker to Okanagan Mission #2.“The teams we played in this tournament have been practicing together as a unit for several months and were from much larger associations,” said U14 coach Paul Burkart.“Though most of our girls have spent the winter honing their skills indoors, we have not had much time to work together as a team. I’m very proud of the effort and pleased with the outcome in Kelowna.”Nelson came out of the blocks strong on Friday in their opening contest against the Edmonton West Raiders. Jodi Surina and Shaen Panko-Dool scored in the first half to give the Selects the 2-0 lead.Midway through the second half, Mattea Lorenzo Langevin salted away a Panko-Dool rebound to give Nelson a 3-0 win.  Keeper Hannah Quinn and defenders Emily Taylor, Julia Burkart, Allison Bendis, Bella Guderyan, Ashley Hall and Anna Milde did an excellent job of controlling the backfield allowing Quinn to come away with the shutout.“That was a pretty great start, but more impressive than the score was the possession game the girls played,” said Burkart. “That is the style of game we will continue to work on over the season.”The Selects carried the momentum into their Saturday morning game against Okanagan Mission #1, when Surina scored five minutes into the first half thanks to a pretty pass from Shianne Michalchuk. The opposition got that one back before the end of the half on a penalty kick. Missing two of their key players due to illness, Nelson fought hard in the second half and goalkeeper Guderyan came up with some big saves to preserve the tie.The format of the tournament required immediate penalty kicks to determine a winner so the game went into shootout. All five Selects’ shooters scored—Taylor, Grace Dehnel, Sophia Arcuri, Michalchuk and Surina—and Guderyan made the shootout’s only save to secure the victory.In the team’s second game of the day against the Kelowna Eagles, Nelson again jumped out to an early lead when Panko-Dool converted a nice pass from Haley Slomba.Before the end of the half Kelowna tied the game and it would stay that way until the end of regulation. In their second shootout of the day, Nelson did not come away with the same result and had to swallow the 2-1 loss.In the gold medal game Nelson continued its streak of scoring first when Surina notched her third goal of the tournament pouncing on a penalty kick rebound off the foot of Taylor. The lead would last only a few minutes as Okanagan Mission #2 scored on a scramble to tie the game 1-1.Midway through the second half, a foul just outside the 18-yard box provided Okanagan Mission #2 with the chance they needed in an extremely tight contest.The free kick sailed over the head of an outstretched Quinn to give the eventual champions the 2-1 lead, which they would hold despite a spirited push by Nelson late in the half.“We found ourselves in some foul trouble at various times during our games that cost us some key goals,” Burkart explained.”The girls were disappointed to lose, but this weekend was about learning, and to earn a hard fought silver medal was a great way to start what I am predicting to be a great season.”“There is plenty of soccer left to play this season and our ultimate goal is earning a spot in the provincials,” he added.Next up for the U14 Selects Girls side is the Couer D’Alene tournament in early May. All Nelson Youth Soccer boys and girls rep teams will host the Annual Terry Walgren Tournament on the May 23 weekend.Provincial playdowns take place in mid-June with the Kootenay champions heading to the Provincial B Cup July 3-6 at Townsend Park in Chilliwack.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – Friday June 19, 2015

first_imgMark Glatt5267912%$281,564 Ignacio Puglisi4956210%$189,830 Mike Smith3988521%$659,916 Philip D’Amato55169629%$916,070 Ricky Agarie2341617%$147,160 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Edwin Maldonado8310141412%$410,326 Richard Mandella401110428%$823,240 Fernando Perez11722181219%$841,230 Flavien Prat13321241416%$1,317,380 William Spawr2744215%$140,170 Tim Yakteen1854028%$165,630 R&R FOR PHAROAH; GOLD CUP LIKELY FOR HOPPERTUNITYFANS CAN SEE ‘PHAROAH’ LIVE AT SANTA ANITA ON JUNE 27CATCH A FLIGHT WORKS FOR RICH GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITASMITH FANCIES ‘TANGO’ GOING LONG IN SUMMERTIME OAKS RED HOT SADLER HOPES TO KEEP IT ROLLING SATURDAY Drayden Van Dyke10914121213%$615,848 Martin Pedroza100719147%$404,600 Tiago Pereira701113716%$482,180 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won AMERICAN PHAROAH ON PARADE JUNE 27American Pharoah’s countless fans and well-wishers will have an opportunity to see racing’s newest Triple Crown winner in the flesh when the sensational colt will make a public appearance at Santa Anita on Gold Cup Day next Saturday, June 27.“We want to thank American Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, and his trainer, Bob Baffert, for being so incredibly generous in sharing this horse with fans from coast to coast,’ said Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool. “We’re excited to present him to the public on June 27. It should make for a tremendous day for those joining us on track and on television throughout the world.”In addition to a blockbuster card that includes the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes, the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes and the Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes, all fans will receive an officially licensed “American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion” T-shirt free with paid admission and Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club membership. (Thoroughbreds Club signups will be available free at T-shirt distribution locations).NBCSN will televise the Gold Cup live from 5 to 6 p.m. Pacific Time.CATCH A FLIGHT ‘READY TO GO’ FOR GRADE I GOLD CUPCalifornian Stakes winner Catch a Flight worked seven furlongs under Gary Stevens Friday morning in 1:26.40 as he prepares for the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita a week from Saturday, June 27.Stablemates Ganesh and Osmoz went out with Catch a Flight. Ganesh was clocked in 1:26, while Osmoz got 1:27.“He’s doing real well,” trainer Richard Mandella said of Catch a Flight, an Argentine-bred import who overtook Moreno in late stretch to win the Grade II Californian by a half-length on May 30. “He’s in good shape and ready to go.”Mandella said two-time champion Beholder, winner of the Adoration Stakes June 13, is on course for the Grade I, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 1, while Bal a Bali, who disappointed in the Shoemaker Mile, finishing last of five, “wrenched an ankle in the race, but it was a minor blow.”Mandella added, “I don’t think it will amount to much and we’ll look at the (Grade I) Eddie Read (at Del Mar on July 18).”SMITH LIKES RHYTHM OF ‘TANGO’ ON STRETCH OUTTara’s Tango stretches out in Saturday’s Grade II Summertime Oaks. Mike Smith is looking forward to it.The Hall of Fame jockey has ridden the gray daughter of Unbridled’s Song in each of her previous three races, none beyond seven furlongs, including the Angel’s Flight on May 16 in which she was second in a field of five.“This is what she’s been wanting,” Smith said of the added distance. “I really like this filly. I think a lot of her. Down the road she’s going to a really, really nice one.”Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for Stonestreet Stables, LLC, Tara’s Tango won her first race last July 20 by 3 ½ lengths, going five furlongs at Del Mar in 57.40.The field for the Oaks, race eight of nine: All Star Bub, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Danette, Fernando Perez, 15-1; Guild, Flavien Prat, 30-1; Roksana, Felipe Valdez, 12-1; Tara’s Tango, Mike Smith, 4-1; Conquest Curlgirl, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Scat Means Go, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Stellar Wind and Victor Espinoza, 5-2.Fantastic Style was scratched, and trainer Keith Desormeaux said Friday morning that the maiden Danette also would be scratched. Felipe Valdez9881598%$365,640 Martin Garcia3894624%$333,370 Victor Espinoza3486624%$548,000 Brayan Pena595238%$117,350 (Current Through Thursday, June 18) -30- Doug O’Neill9218161120%$781,368 Joseph Talamo13424132518%$977,928 Robertino Diodoro2764322%$232,130 Bob Baffert2572528%$323,970 Rafael Bejarano15639292525%$1,840,892 Kristin Mulhall2345017%$118,050 Mario Gutierrez4883817%$370,468 Hector O. Palma1642225%$133,910 FRESHENING IN STORE FOR AMERICAN PHAROAH?While Bob Baffert has mentioned the Haskell, the Jim Dandy and the Travers as“options” for American Pharoah’s next race, any firm commitment for the immediate future is on hold as the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 recovers from the Rock Star treatment he’s received since capturing the Belmont Stakes on June 6.The horse has had more requests for personal appearances than Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined. Now, it’s time for some good old R&R.“Every time we have an experience like we had yesterday, it sort of brings back the feeling of winning the Triple Crown and seeing all the people,” Baffert said Friday, the morning after American Pharoah arrived home at Santa Anita following a flight from Kentucky, a police escort from Ontario Airport, and a horde of media and fans on hand to welcome him.“It was nice to see the horse back, but I can tell he was a little bit tired from being shown so much, so now that he’s here, we need to tighten up the show circuit a little bit. He probably needs a little bit of freshening, because this wears on him. When he was in Kentucky, they were bringing him out a lot and showing him to people, sharing him with everybody.“But now that he’s here, it’s a different life. He handles it well because he’s so smart.”Asked if he had a horse for the Gold Cup at Santa Anita a week from Saturday, Baffert said, “I might want to run Hoppertunity. He just ran, and I think I’m looking at him right now.”Hoppertunity finished third in the Grade I Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs on June 6. Jerry Hollendorfer62716811%$554,564 Michael Machowsky2555320%$144,950 Jeff Bonde1741324%$188,040 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Baltas56177430%$865,260 Gonzalo Nicolas9567156%$247,208 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Carla Gaines2444217%$210,530 Kent Desormeaux6451378%$321,624 Santiago Gonzalez91916810%$412,944 Vann Belvoir4756711%$180,830 Mike Puype57812714%$488,880 John Sadler631191117%$658,704 Bruce Headley1451236%$128,890 Eddie Truman2072335%$284,928 Gary Stevens2563524%$583,300 FINISH LINES: Om, who handed American Pharoah his lone defeat, is scheduled to return to turf in the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes at a mile on grass opening day at Del Mar, July 16. “Om will be my first horse ever in the Hall of Fame,” trainer Dan Hendricks quipped. “On American Pharoah’s past performances, it will show Om beating him in his first race.” Om finished third in the Grade III Affirmed Stakes on dirt June 7 . . . Keith Desormeaux has “one more big work this weekend” for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red as the 3-year-old son of Afleet Alex prepares for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park on July 4. The Grade III test will be decided at a one-turn mile. “He’ll have one more big work this weekend and we’ll come back with a final little prep work the following weekend and we’re ready to roll,” Desormeaux said . . . Professional gambler Alan “Dink” Denkenson will be Tom Quigley‘s handicapping guest Saturday, while Craig Stephen, agent for jockey Santiago Gonzalez, will do honors Sunday, each day at 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Horsemen are invited to join an open Thoroughbred Owners of California forum and have questions answered by its directors next Saturday, June 27, 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasanton Satellite Wagering Facility. For further information visit info@toconline.com. John Brocklebank1544127%$181,540 Tyler Baze18929302915%$1,691,040 Peter Miller751717823%$679,160 SADLER HOPES TO KEEP ROLLING IN SATURDAY STAKES            John Sadler, who won three races at Santa Anita Thursday, hopes to continue his hot streak when he sends out Zinvor in the $75,000 Singletary Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf and Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind in the Grade II Summertime Oaks at a mile and one-sixteenth.Both horses will be ridden by Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, who was aboard two of Sadler’s winners Thursday. Zinvor is two-for-two at a mile on grass, one win coming at Del Mar, the other at Santa Anita two races back before he finished fifth after leading in the 1 1/8-mile Snow Chief on turf May 23.“He was just a little too close in the Snow Chief,” Sadler said. “He can run further. He was too close to the pace last time.”Sadler said Stellar Wind is “sharp, doing real good” for the Oaks. “We’re looking forward to it.”            The field for the Singletary: Seve’s Road, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; All Indians, Mike Smith, 8-1; Harmonic, Alex Solis, 8-1; Hero Ten All, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Zinvor, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Soul Driver, Gary Stevens, 5-1; Cardiac, Fernando Perez, 12-1; Madiba, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Spin Forty, Edwin Maldonado, 20-1; Ride Hard Kowboy, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Where’s the Moon, Brice Blanc, 15-1; and Royal Albert Hall, Flavien Prat, 4-1.Anytime Anyplace was scratched. Alex Solis4075518%$310,654last_img read more

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$5,000 ‘SHOWVIVOR’ RETURNS DEC. 26; POPULAR FREE ONLINE CONTEST FEATURES $2,500 TOP PRIZE & REQUIRES PLAYERS TO TAB ONE IN-THE-MONEY RUNNER PER DAY

first_img                –SHOW STREAK The player that has the longest “show” or no-worse than third place finish streak at the end of the Spring Meet will win the Grand Prize of $2,500. Players are advised that if they fail to make an online selection on a given day, their streak is still alive, but they will not receive credit for days missed.                 –WIN STREAK This carries a $1,000 prize and is intended to reward players who have selected the most consecutive first place finishers. If a player fails to make a selection on a given day, his or her streak may continue, but the player will not receive credit for any days missed.–TOTAL WINS At the conclusion of the Spring Meet, the player with the most total wins will take a $500 prize.TOTAL PLACES This too, carries a prize of $500 and rewards the player that selects the most total places (second place finishes) through both the Winter and Spring meets.WIN PAYOUT At the end of the Spring Meet, the player who has tabbed the highest single day win payout will be awarded a $500 prize.Fans are encouraged to sign up as early as possible at santaanita.com/showvivor, although registration will be available after Dec. 26. Daily online selections must be made no later than 10 prior to first post time each racing day. Please note, special early first post time on opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26, is at 12 noon.                For additional Showvivor details, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2015)–Santa Anita’s popular free online “Showvivor” will again be available to fans everywhere on the track’s opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26. Showvivor will offer participating fans $5,000 in prize money, highlighted by a $2,500 top prize–to be awarded to the longest “show streak” over the course of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, which concludes on April 10. A new contest will begin in the spring on Thursday, May 5.Showvivor participants are required to select one horse from one race per racing day, and that horse must run no worse than third in order for the player to “Showvive.” If the player’s horse of choice fails to finish 1-2-3, that individual is not eliminated, as he or she may start up a new streak the next racing day. The player with the longest show streak at the conclusion of the Spring Meet will be declared the winner of $2,500.Along with the longest “show streak” there are a total of five separate ways to win, beginning Dec. 26:last_img read more

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SANTA ANITA HANDICAP QUOTES – SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017

first_imgJAMES JERKENS, SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “He was in a nice spot the whole way, and then when the leader kicked away a little on the turn, for a second it looked like he was getting a little discouraged.“Javier was able to head him to the outside, out of the dirt, and I felt good right before they turned for home. I felt like, ‘May the best horse win.’“It didn’t look on paper like there was much pace, so it didn’t surprise me that he was placed where he was. He’s been showing up in all of his races, so I think he should get some (respect) now.” FRANK STRONACH, OWNER/BREEDER OF SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “This is my third win in the Big ‘Cap (Frank Stronach also owned Milwaukee Brew who won the 2002 & 2003 Big ‘Cap’s.) Of course any time you win a Grade I it is a thrill, especially this race.“I was kind of sitting there quiet (watching the race.) He’s had a lot of bad racing luck and he’s better than what he has shown. Today it all worked out.” TRAINER QUOTES             NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Frank Stronach. Shaman Ghost was bred in Ontario, Canada at the Stronach-owned Adena Springs North. RAFAEL BEJARANO, MIDNIGHT STORM, SECOND: “I didn’t try to send him right away, I just left him alone. At the first jump he was stepping slow but I didn’t rush him. I let him go and when I got him to the lead I tried to hold the pace, letting everybody follow me. It was good.“I stayed on the rail, and the horse relaxed. He was really, really relaxed the whole race. I tried to get the jump at the start and tried to steal the race, but the winner was much the best today.“With my horse, it was the first time running the mile and a quarter on the dirt. I think he did a really good job.” JAVIER CASTELLANO, SHAMAN GHOST, WINNER: “I knew there wasn’t a lot of speed in the race so I just wanted to focus on the horse on the lead, Midnight Storm, and keep track of him. (Shaman Ghost) was comfortable the whole way.“I knew I had it won at the eighth pole. I asked him for full speed at the eighth pole, and he gave it to me, right away. I said ‘Yes!’”“I tried to get away from Midnight Storm in the stretch. I could tell that my horse was a little sensitive to going by the other horse. I switched my stick to my left hand, tried to make him switch leads to go by and that’s what he did.“He’s a classy horse. With not a lot of speed in the race, I had to ask him a little, put him really close to the pace and he responded. Very classy horse.” JOCKEY QUOTESlast_img read more

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