Ashley Makes a Splash in Red Bank

first_imgTRT Style Editor Julie Davis and I were on a mission recently to buy new swimsuits for the season. Not just any swimsuit, but something eye-catching with great lines that would flatter our figures. Where did we shop? At the celebrated Femme by Ashley in Red Bank, a trendy lingerie and swimwear boutique that opened in mid May on Broad Street. It just happens to be near my favorite boutiques CoCo Pari and Wisteria. Ashley is named for Ashley Dupre, the former escort from Wall Township, whose liaison with ex New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer created a wave of political scandal that led to his resignation. But that was then, and this is now. Ashley is doing swimmingly and is debuting a well-edited bathing suit collection. And her selections are divine. Stop in. She personally helped me decide between two gorgeous two-piece styles. We decided on the aqua. Thanks, Ashley (my new BFF). I might be back for the metallic one.last_img read more

Fair Haven Asks State to Review Open Records Law

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – The borough is joining other public entities around the state in the coming weeks in a call to reexamine and reform the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), claiming that excessive requests are tying up town hall. The borough council took action by resolution Monday, Nov. 25, encouraging the state Legislature to form a commission of stakeholders to review the demands of OPRA on local governments. The resolution, distributed by the Municipal Clerks’ Association with the support of the League of Municipalities, states that OPRA, as it approaches its 20th anniversary, “has outgrown its original intended use and has become ripe for comprehensive review and reform.” The association distributed 700 sample resolutions to its members to urge support for the initiative about a month ago. To date, Popkin said 200 have been endorsed by local governments around the state. “I’m betting we get 500 of these by Christmas,” he said. Fair Haven received 241 requests in 2019 as of Oct. 31, compared to the 244 received in 2017, and 202 in 2018. Some are more complex than others. The staff has collectively spent about 400 hours responding to OPRA requests this year as of Oct. 31, Fair Haven stated in the resolution. OPRA was established in 2001 to make government records accessible to the public unless permitted otherwise or deemed confidential. “We are as open and as transparent as we can be,” Cinquegrana said. OPRA requests must be responded to within seven days. “We have no problem with the average person coming in, requesting a copy of a budget or ordinance,” said Joel Popkin, executive director of the Municipal Clerks’ Association of NJ. But, he said, businesses are using OPRA to prospect potential customers, and gadflies are using OPRA to demand historical records. Some clerks in small towns can’t keep up. “A couple of weeks ago, someone wanted all the emails from the mayor from last eight years,” Popkin said. Some requests are short and simple; others require the clerk to request a time extension to complete them. Some examples of requests include: information from 1996 to February 2019, such as emails, voicemails, letters, etc.; the histories of ordinances, like copies of the first Land Use Ordinance through current times; multiple requests from the same person for the same information provided numerous times; past and current Land Use applications such as resolutions and exhibits; businesses and solicitors looking for vendor information; requests for borough employees’ email history; media requests for police internal affairs reports or settlements; vendor contracts; and much more. “It’s constant,” Allyson M. Cinquegrana, the municipal clerk in Fair Haven, said of OPRA requests. As the custodian of government records in the borough, she has completed 20 OPRA requests this month alone, as of Nov. 26. Most requests come in electronically through the borough’s website, but some people also make them by fax or in person. Electronic requests are easier to respond to in general, she said. Fair Haven is not the only municipality experiencing an uptick in OPRA requests. In 2018 a public school in Spring Lake considered hiring a part-time assistant solely to handle OPRA requests. The school’s superintendent at the time said the influx of requests was keeping administrators and secretaries from their day-to-day tasks. Salary and property information are among the more popular requests for information, Cinquegrana said. Requests are free of charge unless the information is more than 20 pages. After that, it’s 5 cents per page. If the office sends out plans for an OPRA request, it’s about $1 per sheet. Suggested members of the commission would be mayors, municipal clerks, municipal managers, attorneys, police chiefs, open government advocates, privacy experts, media members, citizens and other stakeholders, the resolution states. Copies of the resolution were sent to Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R-13); Assemblymembers Amy Handlin (R-13) and Serena DiMaso (R-13); Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin; Senate President Stephen Sweeney; Sen. Loretta Weinberg, Senate majority leader; the executive director of the Government Records Council; and Gov. Phil Murphy. Sea Bright clerks have seen similar increases over the years as well. According to Christine Pfeiffer, municipal clerk, she has seen a slight increase in OPRA requests over the years. The types of requests “run the gamut,” she said.last_img read more

No luck Wildcats have little to show after hockey weekend

first_imgby Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIf the Kootenay Wildcats didn’t have bad luck the team would have no luck at all.Despite being in every game, even out shooting the opposition by a wide margin during one of the losses, the Cats came away with a 1-3 record during the B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey Super Weekend this past weekend in Nelson.
“I’m happy with how we came out of the weekend and what we learned and now we have something to focus on for the next few weeks,” said Kootenay coach Mario DiBella.“What I’m not particularly happy with is the results. We get an “A” for effort and a “C” for results,” DiBella added.Kootenay finished the weekend losing 4-1 to Fraser Valley Phantom at the NDCC Arena.Trailing 2-1, Kootenay saw its bad luck grow after missing two glorious scoring chances that would have evened the contest. As luck would have it, Fraser Valley came back to score the next goal to win the contest. Aimee DiBella’s shorthanded tally had given the Wildcats a brief 1-0 lead in the first period. Brianne Burns was in goal for Kootenay.The Wildcats opened the round robin tournament that included teams from Vancouver, Prince George, Thompson/Okanagan and Fraser Valley, Friday dropping a 4-2 decision to Vancouver FusiomDespite out shooting the Fusion 45-19, it was the Lower Mainland squad coming away with the victory.“We out shoot Vancouver by a wide margin but get a bad bounce when our goalie goes out to clear the puck . . . it hits the heel of her stick and goes right to the opposition who shoots it into the empty net,” DiBella explained. “We press for the tying goal but (Vancouver) gets an empty net goal and we lose 4-2.”Aimee DiBella and Christina Bonacci scored for the Wildcats.Kootenay then dropped a tough 9-2 decision to Thompson/Okanagan Rockets. Stephanie Schaupmeyer scored three times for the winners. Shea Weighill and Kiana Strand replied for Kootenay.Kootenay’s lone trip to the win column came later Saturday when the Cats dumped Prince George Cougars 5-1. Bonacci led the attack with two goals and two assists. Aimee DiBella also scored twice with Randi Brown adding a single.Thompson/Okanagan came away undefeated during the weekend with wins over Vancouver Fusion (8-2), Fraser Valley (2-1) and Prince George (4-3).The other scores had Prince George edging Vancouver 4-3 and Fraser Valley blasting the Cougars 10-2.Kootenay, 4-4 has a week break before returning to action November 6-7 with a two-game series against Fraser Valley in Pitt Meadows.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Italian Society Bocce Winners

first_imgThe A-event winners were Hans Barth and Giuseppe Bertuzzi. But on this day everyone celebrated playing the sport they enjoy with friends.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to recognize all the players with Team of the Week honours.The results from the annual Italian Society Bocce Tournament are:A-Division: First Hans Barth and Giuseppe Bertuzzi; second, Armando Savarin and Terry Tagami and Egidio Maida and Jayden Maida. B-Division: First Joe Szabo and G. Babuin; second Nic Murano and Joe Geurcio and third Joe Sacino and V. Toteda. The Nelson Italian Society staged its annual Bocce Tournament at Rotary Lakeside Park courts during the summer.last_img read more

Another year, another crop of players at the NMHA Novice Tournament

first_imgThe tournament boosted the population of the Heritage City for the annual event for boys and girls between the ages of five to eight years.The Nelson Daily dropped by the tourney to snap a few pictures of the stars in action. Another year and another crop of boys and girls participating at the annual Novice tournament in Nelson.A total of four Junior Novice teams and six Senior Novice teams from Spokane, Fruitvale, Trail/Rossland and Castlegar along with two Nelson squads each played three games during the weekend in the playday format.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 30, 2015

first_imgJockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jeff Bonde1640325%$163,570 Bob Baffert3969515%$550,868 Michael Pender1643025%$120,400 Mark Casse2754419%$371,570 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita invites fans to its Big Game Party Sunday in the Bud Light Lounge & Sirona’s. Enjoy a buffet, program, big screen HDTV’s, two full-size pool tables, and $3 Budweiser and Bud Light brews all day for only $20. Tickets are available online at santaanita.com/events. Must be 21 or older to enter this area on a first come, first served for seating. Call 626-574-6400 for group rates. First post time Sunday is 11 a.m. . . . Oklahoma Derby winner Tonito M., a candidate for the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7, worked six furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer Friday on a main track dampened by light rain in 1:14 under Rafael Bejarano . . . California Chrome is scheduled to work 8 a.m. Sunday at his Los Alamitos base for the San Antonio . . . Bob Baffert has not ruled out the San Antonio for San Pasqual winner Hoppertunity. “It’s either that or the Donn,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “The San Antonio would set him up for the Santa Anita Handicap (on March 7).” . . . Kalookan Queen winner Harlington’s Rose went four furlongs in 48 flat Friday morning. Trainer Steve Knapp is considering two races for the 3-year-old daughter of Harlington, the $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Feb. 8 and/or the Grade III Las Flores Stakes at six furlongs on the main track March 8 . . . Trainer Craig Lewis has designs on the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 14 for Paseana Stakes winner Warren’s Veneda . . . Congrats to Daily Racing Form selector Rich Wroble for tabbing six winners on top Thursday, including Humorista ($19.40) in the fifth race and North Pacific ($39.60) in the sixth, triggering a Pick Six carryover into Friday of $39,891 . . . Humorista is an impeccably-bred daughter of Distorted Humor out of Halfbridled, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2003. Humorista was making the first start of her career at the age of four. “She was a big, coarse filly growing up and had a lot of little problems, but she’s good now,” said Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella in explaining the belated debut. Halfbridled won the Grade I Del Mar Debutante, the Grade II Oak Leaf Stakes and the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies under Julie Krone en route to an Eclipse Award. Halfbridled finished with four wins and two seconds from six starts with earnings of $959,400 . . . The Breeders’ Cup has announced that Bryan Pettigrew has been named Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sponsorship. Pettigrew will oversee marketing, business development and sponsorship sales for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-ending international event, which will be held Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland. Pettigrew, who will be based in Lexington, officially begins his duties on Feb. 2. Pettigrew comes to the Breeders’ Cup from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) where he was Senior Vice President of NTRA Advantage for the past three years. During this period, Pettigrew was responsible for soliciting and developing national sponsorships for the NTRA’s member racetracks and affiliates within the U.S. horseracing industry. Pettigrew increased sponsorship revenues for the NTRA since 2012 by forging new partnership agreements with Lockton Insurance Brokers, Valvoline, Tito’s Vodka, and Nationwide Insurance. His division also oversaw the partnerships with Office Depot, Sherwin Williams Paints and John Deere, among others. “We are proud to have selected a very talented, hardworking and proven sponsorship sales professional in Bryan Pettigrew,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO . . . Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho worked four furlongs for trainer Jim Cassidy Thursday in 47.60 as the son of Street Sense prepared for the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7 . . . Congratulations to jockey Santiago Gonzalez on winning his first race at Santa Anita, aboard 12-1 shot Fabulous Fit for  Cassidy last Friday. Former trainer Craig Stephen represents Gonzalez. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas2442317%$137,258 Martin Garcia49710514%$579,570 Tyler Baze11714111612%$897,344 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won BAFFERT TRIES TO TEACH OLD DOG OLD TRICKWith a bankroll of $2,430,790 from only 14 career starts, Secret Circle has more than paid his way for owners Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman,But equine or human, the aging process eventually creeps up, which is why Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will have blinkers on Secret Circle when he runs in Saturday’s Grade II Palos Verdes Stakes for older horses at six furlongs.Secret Circle, a 6-year-old Eddington horse bred in Kentucky, is coming off a fourth-place finish as the odds-on favorite in the Grade III Midnight Lute Stakes on Dec. 27. He won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in 2013 and was second in the race last year. The only previous time he ran in blinkers was as a 2-year-old, when he captured the defunct Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint in 2011.Last year, Secret Circle was second in the Palos Verdes, beaten a neck by Wild Dude, who’s back for another go Saturday.“We worked him the other day with blinkers on and we thought he worked better with them,” Baffert said of Secret Circle. “He was a little bit more focused. Sometimes when they get older they lose a little interest.“I don’t know if it made a big difference, but put it this way; it’s not going to hurt him. When he was a 2-year-old, he’d go too fast early. Now he’s not going fast enough early.”Trainer Jeff Bonde on committed front-runner and 2-1 morning line favorite Distinctiv Passion, who has failed to make the lead at some point only once in 13 career starts: “He’s a very quick horse. He makes his own race.”            The field for the Palos Verdes, race six of nine: Distinctiv Passion, Mike Smith, 2-1; Big Macher, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Conquest Two Step, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Secret Circle, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; and Chief Lion, Martin Pedroza, 15-1. Victor Espinoza671213618%$723,030 Elvis Trujillo861212714%$761,186 Kent Desormeaux74179923%$926,992 CASSE SENDS OUT TWO IN GRADE I LAS VIRGENES             Mio Me and Miss Mandate face their greatest challenge yet when they run in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile.Mio Me is coming off a maiden win in only her second start, while Miss Mandate was second last out in an overnight race.“It’s definitely a step up, but I kind of feel at least our fillies have two turn races under their belt, which is going to be a help,” trainer Mark Casse said. “They’re definitely going to have to step up their game to be competitive, but that’s why they’re Grade I races.”The field for the Las Virgenes, which goes the eighth race: Glory, Mike Smith, 4-1; Maybellene, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Lutine Belle, Alex Solis, 12-1; Achiever’s Legacy, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Mio Me, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Majestic Presence, Gary Stevens, 7-2, Callback, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Suva Harbor, Martin Pedroza, 8-1; Miss Mandate, Joe Talamo, 12-1; and Light the City, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1. Joseph Talamo87612127%$545,474 Corey Nakatani5187716%$452,140 Fernando Perez7386611%$302,094 Peter Eurton3364718%$304,958 Peter Miller611214620%$705,520 Martin Pedroza71913613%$357,450 HORSEMEN NOT AT ODDS WITH THE BIG GAME: IT’S CLOSEWith Sunday’s Big Game in Phoenix expected to be one of the most contentious and competitive ever, according to oddsmakers, who have the match between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots anywhere from Pick ‘Em to one or two points favoring New England, and the total points hovering around 48, depending on the moment, following is a random sampling of opinions from Santa Anita:Barry Abrams: “New England and over.”A.C. Avila: “I’m a soccer fan.”Bob Baffert: “I’ve always been a Bill Belichick fan. He presented the Eclipse Award to us when Point Given was Horse of the Year in 2001.”Richard Baltas: “Patriots. I can’t stand Seattle, that’s why.”Brian Beach: “I’m a Seattle fan. I attended the first game the Seahawks played there as a new franchise.”Ray Bell: “If I had to, I’d pick New England, but I’m rooting for New England. (Seattle coach Pete) Carroll bailed on USC and was fired by New England.”Vann Belvoir: “Seattle. I’m a Northwest guy.”David Bernstein: “Seattle. My kids (Darryl and David Jr.) live up there. And I like their little quarterback (Russell Wilson).”Jeff Bonde: “The Seahawks have the edge but Brady is the X-factor.”Simon Callaghan: “New England.”Jim Cassidy: “Either the Bills or the Redskins.”Caesar Dominguez: “New England by 10 points.”Neil Drysdale: “I’m going to take the points.”Victor Espinoza: “My agent (Brian Beach) is a fanatic for the Seahawks so I’m going to go against him.”Jerry Fanning: “I think it will be a great game. I’m rooting for New England.”Mark Glatt: “Seattle . . . defense.”Jorge Gutierrez: “New England but I have a side bet with Gary Stevens.”Dan Hendricks: “Seattle. I think karma will catch up to New England.”Steve Knapp: I’m pulling for Seattle, but it’s kind of up in the air. I always like to see a fired coach win.”Eric Kruljac: “I just hope it’s not over in the first five minutes, but the game sure has the media tied up for now.”Craig Lewis: “It should be a helluva game. I agree with the odds. I can’t pick it. It’s too close. It’s like trying to pick between two real good horses.”Richard Mandella: “Seahawks.”Ron McAnally: “New England. They took so much heat on the deflated footballs.”Derek Meredith: “Seattle in a close game.”Corey Nakatani: “I think Tom Brady’s got something to prove. He’s one of the best quarterbacks. Maybe Seattle can beat them by passing, because I think New England will stop the run.”Doug O’Neill: “Seattle. I’m going with my head and saying defense wins.”Tom Proctor: “I don’t care. I’m worried about the next horse I run.”John Sadler: “The Patriots. I’m not rooting for them but I think they’re the better team.”Gary Sherlock: “Seahawks.”Cliff Sise Jr.: “It should be a good game. Whichever team is best that day will win.”Bill Spawr: “Seattle, but I like Brady and Belichick.”Joe Talamo and his agent, Scotty McClellan: “We’re very patriotic, so we’ve got to go with the Patriots.”Eddie Truman: “I already have lunch bet with two guys. I took New England with one guy and Seattle with the other. But personally, I’m for New England.”Private clocker Gary Young: “The best defense usually wins the Super Bowl and Seattle’s got the best defense, so I’d probably go with them.”Howard Zucker: “I’m rooting for the Patriots.” John Sadler4646109%$289,332 Philip D’Amato2846514%$251,640 Richard Mandella2243518%$196,930 Jerry Hollendorfer671510822%$1,340,844 Drayden Van Dyke85981311%$525,266 Eddie Truman840150%$168,030 Brandon Boulanger5052410%$116,900 Mark Glatt3255516%$263,942 Mike Smith49109720%$759,041 Rafael Bejarano10126171526%$1,193,754 Gary Stevens3985721%$474,400 Flavien Prat3762516%$237,580 SADLER SEEKS BETTER TRIP FOR TALCO IN ARCADIAJohn Sadler will be a busy man tomorrow. He has horses entered in five of the nine races, including Talco in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes for older horses at one mile on turf.The stretch-running French-bred was a close fifth in the Mathis Brothers Mile last out, but was compromised breaking from the extreme outside post position (10) and steadying at the three-eighths marker.“He had a lot of trouble the other day,” Sadler said of Talco, who has made up ground late in each of his four U.S. starts, all graded stakes. “We hope he gets a good trip this time.”Sadler also sends out Suva Harbor in the Las Virgenes, in which he’ll fly solo against five entered by Jerry Hollendorfer and two each by Bob Baffert and Mark Casse.“She’s doing good,” Sadler said of the daughter of the late Rockport Harbor, in her first stakes race after two straight victories against lesser, one a maiden allowance test on turf, the other a one-mile overnight race on dirt.“She’s going up in class but she’s run well every time. We’re ready to go.”On Sunday, Sadler sends out Bench Warrant in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs against Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red and five other 3-year-olds with Triple Crown aspirations.Bench Warrant will be making his first start on dirt, having won at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf on Jan. 15 before running a distant fourth to Dortmund in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity at 1 1/16 miles last Dec. 20.“He wasn’t really ready for that,” Sadler said of the Los Al race. “But it’s good for him to be in the San Vicente, going under a mile.”The Arcadia field: Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 3-1; Baccelo, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Kaigun, Corey Nakatani, 5-2; Edge of Reality, Flavien Prat, 8-1; El Nino Terrible, Fernando Perez, 12-1; Talco, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; Za Approval, Mike Smith, 3-1; and Avanzare, Gary Stevens, 4-1.Play Hard to Get was scratched.The San Vicente field: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Serbian Syclone, Elvis Trujillo, 3-1; Jazzy Josh, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Texas Red, Kent Desormeaux, 9-5; Punctuate, Martin Garcia, 9-2; Magic Taste, Omar Santos, 50-1; Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 12-1; and Sir Samson, Joe Talamo, 15-1. Doug O’Neill5877712%$383,820 BLINKERS ON SECRET CIRCLE IN PALOS VERDESCASSE DUO STEPS UP IN GRADE I LAS VIRGENESTALCO SEEKS FIRST U.S. STAKES WIN IN ARCADIABENCH WARRANT TRIES THE DIRT IN SAN VICENTESUNDAY’S ‘BIG GAME’ BRINGS VARIED OPINIONS (Current Through Thursday, Jan. 29) Tiago Pereira5252710%$150,770 A. C. Avila1440129%$83,160last_img read more

FAVORED BAL A BALI BURSTS CLEAR LATE TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 AMERICAN STAKES AT MILE ON TURF; MANDELLA & PRAT TEAM FOR VICTORY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 9, 2015)–Favored Bal a Bali burst clear with a furlong to run and went on to a convincing one length victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and conditioned by Richard Mandella, Brazilian-bred Bal a Bali made an impressive U.S. debut as he covered a mile on turf in 1:35.69.Idle due to a case of laminitis since winning a Group I in Brazil 11 months ago, Bal a Bali, a 5-year-old horse by the Honour and Glory stallion Put It Back, was off as the 3-2 favorite in a field of eight horses aged 3-and-up and he paid $5.00, $3.80 and $3.00.“He did a great job today,” said Prat, who split horses three off the rail a furlong out en route to winning his second race of the day in combination with Mandella and his third overall. “He’s just a really good horse. I had a little trouble on the turn because it was his first time on a short turn like that, but he can run longer than this. He can run a mile, he’s a great horse.”Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Siena Farms, LLC, Bal a Bali, who won four Group I races last year, including the Brazilian Triple Crown, got his 12th win from 13 starts and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased his earnings to $570,078.“It really is fulfilling to get his first race in the U.S. under his belt, because he really had a serious problem coming out of quarantine when he had laminitis,” said Mandella. “The podiatrist at Rood and Riddle (in Lexington, Ky.) named Vernon Dryden (DVM) did an unbelievable job of getting him back like this…I can’t say enough about the job he did.”Talco, who made an eye catching run around the far turn under Victor Espinoza, settled for second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Gabriel Charles. Off at 9-2, Talco paid $4.80 and $3.20.“My horse ran an awesome race,” said Espinoza. “I decided to make a run around the turn and he was really running, but the winner got through inside of us and he was too much.”Gabriel Charles, who was full of run around the far turn under Tyler Baze, angled off the rail a furlong from home and was a clear third, finishing one length in front of second choice Winning Prize. Off at 8-1, Gabriel Charles paid $5.40 to show.First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. BRAZILIAN-BRED OVERCOMES LAMINITIS TO REGISTER IMPRESSIVE U.S. DEBUTlast_img read more

LOCALS BEN’S DUCHESS & RATTATAPTAP FACE SHARP EASTERN SHIPPERS BIRDATTHEWIRE, CAVORTING & HOT CITY GIRL AS FIELD OF 10 FILLIES CONTEST WIDE-OPEN GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES OPENING DAY, DEC. 26

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 21, 2015)–Saturday’s Opening Day Grade I La Brea Stakes, which has attracted a field of ten 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, looms a wide open affair as it’s comprised of five locally-based runners and as many well-accomplished Eastern shippers. First run at Santa Anita in 1974, this year’s lineup includes no less than five graded stakes winners.Idle since winning the Grade III LA Woman Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs, trainer John Sadler’s Ben’s Duchess, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Munnings, is at the top of her game, having earned a career-high 100 Beyer Speed figure. Owned by Doubledown Stables, Inc., she’ll again be handled by Joe Talamo.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Rattataptap cuts back in distance off a smashing 4 ½ length allowance score on Nov. 21 at Del Mar and will be bidding for her first graded stakes victory. A grey daughter of Tapit, she’s owned by Mark DeDomenico, Jerry Durant, LLC, and Michael House.A winner of the prestigious Grade I Test Stakes going seven furlongs on Aug. 8 at Saratoga, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s Cavorting has three graded stakes wins to her credit and looms the horse to beat in the La Brea. A winner of five of eight starts, the Kentucky-bred filly by Bernardini is by far the leading money earner in the field with $902,000 on deposit.Idle since running fourth, beaten 4 ¾ lengths in the Grade I, seven furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Keeneland Oct. 31, Cavorting will retain the services of Irad Ortiz Jr., who has ridden her in all of her eight previous races.An 8 ¼ length winner of the seven furlong Safely Kept Stakes on Nov. 14 at Laurel, trainer Linda Rice’s Hot City Girl was a handy 2 ½ length winner of the Grade III Charles Town Oaks going seven furlongs on Sept. 19 and enters the La Brea on the heels of a three-game winning streak for Lady Sheila Stable. A New York-bred daughter of City Zip, she has two wins and a second from four starts at seven furlongs.Trainer Dale Romans’ Birdatthewire, who is winless in three starts since taking the Grade II,       1 1/16 miles Gulfstream Park Oaks on March 28, is undefeated in her lone try at the La Brea distance, as she annexed Gulfstream’s Grade II Forward Gal Stakes on Jan. 24. A Kentucky-bred filly by Summer Bird, she’s owned by Forum Racing IV.Third, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade I Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos a year ago, Bob Baffert’s Maybellene has been idle since running second, beaten a neck (and subsequently placed first via DQ) in the 1 1/16 miles Sunland Park Oaks March 22. Owned by his wife, Natalie, Maybellene is well-seasoned, with an overall mark of 10-3-1-2.The complete field for the Grade I La Brea, to be run as the seventh race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Birdatthewire, Mike Smith, 120; Hot City Girl, Jose Ortiz, 118; Cavorting, Irad Ortiz, Jr., 123; Maybellene, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Lily Pod, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 118; Rattataptap, Tyler Baze, 118; Pleasant Tales, James Graham, 118; Moyo Honey, Drayden Van Dyke, 118, and Finest City, Gary Stevens, 118.                  First post time on Opening Day is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. –30–last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 7, 2016

first_imgThen just a few months later, the 3-year-old champion thrilled both the record multitude at Keeneland Racecourse and the largest Breeders’ Cup television audience in 20 years when he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic by a commanding 6 1/2 lengths. Sports media have dubbed the sum of these four hallmark wins as Thoroughbred racing’s first ever “Grand Slam.”“American Pharoah’s 2015 racing campaign was a true gift to the fans inside and outside the sport who have been waiting so long for their next Triple Crown champion,” said Mrs. Chenery. “In his efforts, we were able to once again witness greatness, and we were reminded that excellence can still be achieved. This racing hero has inspired a whole new generation of young fans, which I find most exciting for the future of the Thoroughbred racing. I congratulate American Pharoah’s team on their amazing year, and I am delighted to present them with the Secretariat Vox Populi Award.”Jockey Victor Espinoza and trainer Bob Baffert guided American Pharoah during his history-making career, with earnings totaling almost $8.7 million and nine wins in 11 starts. American Pharoah has been retired and will stand at Kentucky’s Ashford Stud.“American Pharoah is a horse of a lifetime, and we have been blessed to have bred him. His legacy will be forever lasting in my mind and in my heart and I am so happy that he was able to give a thrill to all of his fans and racing as a whole,” said owner Ahmed Zayat.“His greatness has been defined, his place in history has been secured. The love he has given us has been boundless. We knew he was special from the moment he first stepped onto the track, and we were so fortunate to watch him fulfill his destiny. I thank the racing fans who have been so supportive during this past year and as the recipient of this wonderful award for the second time after my beloved Paynter, it makes it even more special. My team and I are especially honored and deeply moved.”Zayat Stables’ Paynter received the Vox Populi Award in 2012, and American Pharoah joins other previous winners California Chrome (2014), Mucho Macho Man (2013), Rapid Redux (2011) and Zenyatta (inaugural 2010).Mrs. Chenery will present the custom-made Vox Populi trophy to the American Pharaoh team on Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park. In conjunction with the presentation, a special Vox Populi poster give-away and autograph signing will be offered to the public. For more information about the Secretariat Vox Populi Award, visit Secretariat.com, the official website for the legendary Thoroughbred champion. -more-2/2/2/2 FOUND MONEY HEADS O’NEILL TRIO IN SHAM STAKES      Doug O’Neill has three of the nine three-year-olds entered in Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile, the most experienced of which is Found Money, winner of three of seven starts for owners/breeders Paul and Zillah Reddam.A son of Square Eddie, Found Money captured the King Glorious Stakes at one mile Dec. 12 at Los Alamitos.“He’s coming off a nice win at Los Al,” O’Neill said of Found Money. “He tries hard every time and I thought he deserved a chance.”O’Neill also has Semper Fortis, winner of his last two starts, and maiden Sorryaboutnothing entered. The latter runs in blinkers for the first time.The field for the Sham, which goes as race six: Rare Candy, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Dressed in Hermes, Mike Smith, 7-2; Let’s Meet in Rio, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Found Money, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Semper Fortis, Kieren Fallon, 8-1; Laoban, Tyler Baze, 15-1; I’malreadythere, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Sorryaboutnothing, Flavien Prat, 15-1; and Collected, Martin Garcia, 3-1. PUBLIC CAN SUBMIT PIX WITH PHAROAH TO NTRA, XPRESSBETThe National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Xpressbet are asking fans and horsemen to submit personal photos with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah for inclusion in a video montage to be shown at the 45th Annual Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 16.Submissions can be made on Twitter by tagging @NTRA or using the hashtag #APandMe; via Facebook by posting an image to the wall of the official NTRA page (Facebook.com/NTRA1); or by e-mail at APandMe@NTRA.com. Steven Miyadi933033%67%$72,970 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Patrick Gallagher1031130%50%$206,684 -30- Kristin Mulhall630150%67%$121,700 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Santa Anita hosts a Burger & Brewfest Saturday. Fans can enjoy their repast while watching Thoroughbred racing at its best on the trackside apron. Visit www.santaanita.com/events for package and pricing information . . . Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird works five furlongs under Mike Smith before Friday’s first race as she prepares for her three-year-old debut in the Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 6 . . . Trainer Eric Guillot has Grade I Whitney winner Moreno back in training and hopes the son of Ghostzapper can defend his title in the Charles Town Classic in April. “He’s had his issues,” Guillot said. “As soon as he might show he’s off a little bit, I’ll put him back in the van and retire him on the farm with no damage done.” . . . Brad Pegram, who handles business for Mike Smith, also now represents Drayden Van Dyke . . . Retired all-time great Laffit Pincay, Jr., will present the trophy for Saturday’s San Pasqual Stakes. Mike Smith1941221%37%$369,190 AUTHOR GARY WEST HERE SATURDAY TO SIGN ‘RIDE TO WIN . . . ‘            Award-winning turf writer Gary West will be on hand Saturday in the East Paddock Gardens at 10:30 a.m. to sign copies of his newest book, “Ride To Win, An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft.” A New Orleans native and the son of a jockey-turned trainer, West and co-author Bob Fortus have a combined 50-plus years covering Thoroughbred racing and the pair interviewed over 100 jockeys, trainers, owners, stewards and jockey agents in preparing the book, which was published by JockeyTalk360.com.Among those interviewed over a three year period were Hall of Fame jockeys such as Jerry Bailey, Calvin Borel, Pat Day, Eddie Delahoussaye, Chris McCarron, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens.“Jockeys are probably the most misunderstood and least appreciated workers at the racetrack,” said West. “Even serious fans have no idea what’s necessary to ride a racehorse or what’s going on out there on the track. The sport and the few turf writers who actually understand the game need to do a better job of explaining its complexities, and maybe this book is a step in that direction.”Fortus, a longtime turf writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper, derived his idea for the book by listening to hard-core handicappers engaging in incessant banter while watching races at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.“Just listening to the ‘jockey-ologists,’ it always struck me how little people know (about) what’s really going on in a race,” Fortus said. “These are world class athletes, and they have to make decisions while they’re on a horse (that’s) running. “It’s fluid, all on the fly. It’s pretty amazing. There’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.”Bailey, who retired in 2006 while regarded as one of the game’s best prepared and all-time great game-day tacticians, is quoted extensively in “Ride To Win . . . ”“Yes, I watched video, hours of video,” he told West and Fortus. “I read the Racing Form like it was my bible.”West will be accompanied at the signing by retired Hall of Fame great, Laffit Pincay, Jr., and top rider Joe Talamo. Copies of “Ride to Win, An Inside Look at the Jockey’s Craft,” will be available for sale as well. (Pincay will also present the trophy for Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes.) Richard Baltas1251142%58%$289,180 Rafael Bejarano3697325%53%$489,000center_img CHROME READY FOR SAN PASQUAL, RAIN OR SHINEO’NEILL HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SHAM STAKESSONGBIRD TO WORK BEFORE FRIDAY’S FIRST RACEAUTHOR WEST TO SIGN ‘RIDE TO WIN . . . ‘ ON SATURDAY (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 3) David Lopez1831617%56%$120,620 Peter Miller2241118%27%$121,730 -more-3/3/3/3 ‘PHAROAH’ TO RECEIVE VOX POPULI AWARDTriple Crown champion American Pharoah, the first ever winner of Thoroughbred racing’s “Grand Slam” with his win at the Breeders’ Cup Classic, has been selected to receive the 2015 Secretariat Vox Populi, or “Voice of the People,” Award. The award recognizes the horse whose popularity and racing excellence best resounded with the American public and gained recognition for Thoroughbred racing.American Pharoah was the clear favorite among the voters in the Vox Populi online poll recording the largest margin of victory in the award’s existence. The Zayat Stables colt was one of a select group of nominees submitted by the Vox Populi Committee and Mrs. Penny Chenery, owner of beloved Triple Crown champion Secretariat in whose name she established the award in 2010. In the honor’s true spirit of celebrating fan favorites, several other popular horses received a groundswell of write-in support, including the former Vox Populi nominee and recently departed champion Shared Belief.American Pharoah’s victorious Triple Crown campaign was the first in 37 years and added his name to an elite list of only 11 other horses in history to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes. Flavien Prat2331313%30%$159,302 The deadline to submit is Jan. 12. Only JPG files will be accepted at the e-mail address.“American Pharoah has served as racing’s greatest ambassador in the past year, posing for photos with thousands of visitors,” said Keith Chamblin, NTRA Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Producer of the Eclipse Awards. “This Eclipse Awards ceremony will be a celebration not only of the Triple Crown winner’s historic feats on the track but also of his immense popularity and influence beyond racing. With everyone’s participation the NTRA and Xpressbet hope to demonstrate the special connection American Pharoah had with the public in a very personal way.”The Eclipse Awards dinner and ceremony will be held for the fourth straight year at Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla. The Eclipse Awards are presented by Daily Racing Form, Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group and produced by the NTRA. Gary Stevens1431021%29%$358,270 CALIFORNIA CHROME AWAITS SATURDAY’S SAN PASQUAL            California Chrome is at the ready for his first race in nine months Saturday despite El Nino’s futile effort to turn racing into El Nono.“We’ve had five and two-tenths inches of rain since the early part of the week,” said Santa Anita Track Superintendent Dennis Moore Thursday morning, as rain stopped and the sun broke through, illuminating snow on the apex of the San Gabriel Mountains, creating a picture-postcard setting. “The track was sealed after the last race Sunday.”Still, the main track has not been open for workouts for four days, from Monday through Thursday morning.California Chrome, meanwhile, got in his final major breeze for Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes prior to last Saturday’s first race, going six furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza in a snappy and stylish 1:10.04.“We got a good draw and I don’t think the track will be a problem,” said trainer Art Sherman, who has never run California Chrome on an off track. Save for a lone start and subsequent victory on grass in the Grade I Hollywood Derby Nov. 29, 2014, California Chrome’s other 17 career races have been on conventional dirt or synthetic surfaces.“So far,” Sherman said, “everything is good.”The field for the San Pasqual, race eight of nine: Alfa Bird, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Blingo, Alex Solis, 20-1; Point Piper, Rafael Bejarano, 10-1; California Chrome, Victor Espinoza, 4-5; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 5-2; Hard Aces, Joe Talamo, 8-1; Mystery Train, Mike Smith, 30-1; and Imperative, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1.Richard Baltas, atop the trainer standings with five wins from 12 runners through seven racing days, said Imperative “probably won’t run” because of a sore foot, “but if he’s good by race day, I’ll run him.”Trainer Victor Garcia expects longshot Alfa Bird to be close to or on the lead from his rail post position.“Whether we’re in front depends on California Chrome,” Garcia said. “I think he’s going to be fresh coming off a long layoff, but I think we’ll go to the lead behind California Chrome. It all depends on how the track plays, too.” Santiago Gonzalez41107324%49%$396,140 Karen Headley430075%75%$127,450 Edwin Maldonado2331113%22%$77,880 Joseph Talamo2745215%41%$232,540last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 23, 2016

first_imgENOLA GRAY LANDS GOOD POST FOR SPEED-FILLED LA BREAPhil D’Amato is optimistic that Enola Gray can make amends for her second-place finish as the 1-10 favorite in the Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 13 when she runs in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita on opening day Monday.“There is definitely a ton of speed (in the race) but I love my post position with her,” D’Amato said of Enola Gray, a gray California-bred daughter of Grazen owned and bred by Nick Alexander. “Mike’s just going to break and go on with her.”“Mike” is Mike Smith, who rides Enola Gray for the first time in her career of seven starts, four of them victories and two of them seconds. Enola Gray drew post position seven in the field of eight three-year-old fillies.“My filly’s just got a ton of stamina,” D’Amato added. “We’re going to let her roll and see what happens.”Midnight Storm, a graded stakes winner on dirt and turf, remains on course for the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1 and a possible meeting with Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate.“We’re pointing for the San Pasqual,” D’Amato said. “Arrogate or no Arrogate, we’re running. We’re very excited about this meet. We’ve got a lot of nice horses, from two-year-olds to stakes horses and they all should be ready to go here at Santa Anita.”The La Brea: Lunar Empress, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 20-1; Lightstream, Julien Leparoux, 2-1; Finley’sluckycharm, Brian Hernandez Jr., 5-2; Constellation, David Flores, 6-1; Coniah, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Chao Chum, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Enola Gray, Mike Smith, 9-2; and Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1. TWO YEARS LATER AND ‘THE BAMBINO’ IS BACKBettys Bambino is ready to make his first start in nearly two years when he runs in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes scheduled for about 6 ½ furlongs on turf opening day.The 6-year-old Unusual Heat gelding last raced on Feb. 21, 2015, winning the Sensational Star Stakes, capping a four-race winning streak on Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course.“He had a minor suspensory issue and we turned him out six months,” trainer Peter Eurton said in explaining one of the reasons for the lengthy absence. “We had him ready to run and then he cracked his shoulder and we turned him back out again, four more months. Now he’s ready to go.“Those injuries, six months, four months, it’s a whole year just sitting on the farm. Now he’ll be seven in May, if you really want to get technical, but he’s training well.”The California-bred Bettys Bambino has five wins and one third from six starts down the hill and has been out of the money only once in 10 career starts, earning $318,036.The San Simeon, race six of nine: Jimmy Bouncer, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; Hobbits Hero, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 8-1; Drummer, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Ohio, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Richard’s Boy, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; He Will, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Tough Sunday, Chantal Sutherland, 20-1; Betty’s Bambino, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Holy Lute, Jamie Theriot, 9-2; Horse Laugh, 30-1; and Iron Rob, Corey Nakatani, 50-1. ENOLA GRAY IS OUT TO MAKE AMENDS IN LA BREABETTYS BAMBINO RETURNS AFTER LONG ABSENCEWALL CALENDAR PLUS MUCH MORE OPENING DAY WAGERING MENU HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ‘REAL HORSE RACING’ ON DISPLAY AT SANTA ANITABC WINNER FINEST CITY EYES JAN. 21 SANTA MONICA FINISH LINES: Ian Kruljac, trainer of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Finest City, said the Pennsylvania-bred filly could make her 2017 debut in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs on Jan. 21. A leading candidate for an Eclipse Award in the female sprint division, Finest City worked five furlongs Wednesday in a bullet 59.20, fastest of 48 drills at the distance. Kruljac called the move, “easy, fabulous.”. . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500, a $300 bankroll plus a $200 entry fee. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their choice of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers as follows: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest . . . Debby Baltas, wife of trainer Richard Baltas, will be in charge of Santa Anita’s track kitchen on the backstretch starting Jan. 20. “She’s looking forward to it,” Richard said. “She loves helping people.” Debby drew rave reviews when she ran the track kitchen at defunct Hollywood Park. Her mother, Norma, owns the Fresh Gourmet Restaurant on Huntington Drive in San Marino, where Debby lends a helping hand . . . Santa Anita will be dark Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 27 and 28, and resume live racing Thursday, Dec. 29 at 12:30 p.m. . . . Richard Mandella, asked what adjustment he’s made now that three-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder has been retired: “I feel like the guy walking through a crowd that’s had his pocket picked–empty.” SANTA ANITA WAGERING MENU INCLUDES ENHANCED PICK SIX, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet will offer fans a comprehensive pari-mutuel betting menu that will include an enhanced Pick Six with a Single Ticket Jackpot component. Seventy percent of the pool will continue to be paid out to those with six winners, and the same 70 percent will be carried over in the event there are no tickets with six winners.Consolation tickets will now be paid with 15 percent of the remaining pool, while the remaining 15 percent will be allocated for a separate “jackpot,” which will be paid in the event of a single winning ticket. On a mandatory payout day, consolation payoffs will be made just as they ordinarily would on any other racing day.    Santa Anita will also continue to offer the nation’s lowest major track takeout of 15.43 percent on win, place and show wagers, as well as the popular 50 cent Players Pick Five, one dollar exactas, one dollar trifectas, two dollar rolling Daily Doubles, one dollar rolling Pick Threes, an early and late 50 cent Pick Four, a one dollar Super High Five and 10 cent Superfectas.Santa Anita’s 2016-17 Winter Meet Wagering Menu will offer the following:-$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekend (excluding Sun. Feb. 5)            -$300,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekday            -$100,000 guaranteed Pick 6 each weekend            -The 50 cent Players Pick 5. Comprised of races one through five, the Pick Five features a low takeout of 14 percent. If no one correctly selects all five winners, 100 percent of the net pool is carried over to the next racing day.            -Two dollar Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in the nation.            -One dollar Trifectas on each race (minimum of four runners required).            -10 cent Superfectas will be offered on all races (minimum of six horses scheduled to start).            -One dollar Exactas are offered on each race.            -The newly enhanced two dollar Pick Six will be on the final six races each day.             -The 50 cent early Pick 4 will cover races two, three, four and five, each day. The Late Pick 4 will cover the final four races on each card.            -Rolling two dollar Daily Doubles, which feature a 20 percent takeout.            -One dollar rolling Pick Threes will start with the first race each day.            -One dollar Super High Five, which requires bettors to correctly select the first five finishers in each day’s final race (minimum of eight runners) will again be offered. If no one selects the top five horses in exact finish order, 100 percent of the net pool carries over to the next day.            For more information on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.center_img ‘IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER’ THAN SANTA ANITA            It’s another opening, another show as horsemen and handicappers alike look forward to Santa Anita’s Winter Meet and its traditional start the day after Christmas.“This is when real horse racing starts,” said Los Angeles native Craig Lewis, who turns 70 next May 1 and has been training since 1981. “This is great horse racing. It doesn’t get any better than this.“I’ve got a couple young horses and you’re always hopeful, but you never know how it’s going to turn out.”Whether he gets another Larry The Legend or not remains to be seen. He was the unheralded colt that won the 1995 Santa Anita Derby. “I hope so,” Lewis said, “but it’s unlikely. They don’t come along like him too often.” DRESS YOUR VERY BEST ON OPENING DAY MONDAY        Santa Anita will host a contest to discover how many of its loyal fans have true enthusiasm for prize-worthy, race-day attire. Males and females 18 and over are eligible and encouraged to partake in this FREE trackside event.The Grand Prize winner will take home a $2,500 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers Furniture and gain entrance into the VIP seating area of the Craft Brew & Cider Trackside event. Nine runners-up will each receive a $250 Gift Certificate to Mathis Brothers Furniture. SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY            In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita will treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday.A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission.The 2017 calendar is not only bucolic and picturesque, but contains information on Thoroughbreds so profound even a hard-core race tracker can learn something new.Themed “Anatomy of a Champion,” the calendar contains a veterinarian’s glossary in layman’s terms.In short, it’s a keeper!First post time Monday is 12 noon; admission gates open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:–Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.            –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs            –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds            –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf             –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar             –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under            –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission            –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events)            –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details            –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events            –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events            For more racing and event information, visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more