Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races & Festival

first_imgFacebook688Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Harbor DaysWith less than 60 days to go, final plans are now being made for the 44th Edition of the award winning and free Olympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races and Festival, the South Sounds largest maritime festival at the Olympia waterfront, September 1-3, Labor Day weekend. This year promises to be better than ever adding a bit of sand to the already popular festival and host of the World’s Largest Vintage Tugboat Show and Races sponsored by Chehalis Tribe’s Lucky Eagle Casino.  Arts, crafts, commercial, non-profit and food booths will line the docks from Percival Landing to the Port Plaza broken only by buskers, musicians and the occasional juggler.Photo credit: Diane Waiste.Squaxin Island Tribe, this year’s proud title sponsor of the annual Olympia Kiwanis Club non-profit event, is preparing to turn the Port of Olympia Plaza (near the Farmers Market) into the Squaxin Salish Seaport featuring the cultural and tribal art of the Squaxin Island Tribe.  The Tribe’s Little Creek Casino will offer a traditional Salmon Bake while adding a second festival stage for music and performance featuring tribal drumming and more under the Lookout Tower.  Percival Landing continues as home of the Main Music Stage presented by Washington’s Lottery featuring nine area bands and musicians.Sail on a tall ship!  Both the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain will be at harbor beginning Wednesday, August 30.  On Friday, the historic Mosquito Fleet steamship, the Virginia V, arrives as the festival begins.  All three ships provide multiple excursions, including our Weekend Getaway aboard Virginia V cruising to/from Tacoma, charter cruises, battle sails, and Tugboat Race watching throughout the holiday weekend sponsored by Washington Federation of State Employees.  Cruise and sailing schedules and ticket prices at the Olympia Harbor Days website.  Secure your tickets early. Email info@harbordays.com for information about private charters.Sand returns to the harbor with local sand-sculpting team Form Finders.  Find them at Percival Landing as they work together to create a tugboat carved out of sand.  And watch as master sand sculptors compete head to head in 10 minute “Quick Carve” contests, where the audience picks the subject and the winners of each round.  Special thanks to Thomas Architecture Studios, Thurston First Bank, and OSG Dozing as sponsors.Stuff for kids! Heritage Bank is sponsoring two days of kids activities, not just rides, including a Cork Boat Regatta by the Hands On Children’s Museum and marine related activities by the Puget Sound Estuarium.As always, Olympia Harbor Days promises to be the best way for families and kids of all ages to celebrate the end of the summer season!  And it is free!  So make your way by land or sea and cruise on down to Olympia Harbor Days! For a complete schedule and all festival details or for more information, please visit www.HarborDays.com.  Net proceeds and donations support Kiwanis activities that benefit kids and their families.last_img read more

Canucks Defeat Wild to Extend Northwest Division Lead

first_imgLeigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily. Also, I thought that before the season started, NHL head office decreed that players giving a goaltender a needless snow shower would be assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.  This clearly happened to Schneider tonight, but no call was made.Broadcast Observation of the Day:  Two items of note tonight:  First, I was wholly unimpressed at Shorthouse’s attempted revival/homage of Jim Robson’s famous call after game 6 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, when while referring to Trevor Linden, he proclaimed “He’ll play, you know he’ll play… he’ll play on crutches if he has to.”  Shorthouse attempted this one before the game in reference to Henrik… and it just didn’t come off very well.  Something like that should be saved for a really important game, not an early-February divisional game.Also, again, Garrett delivered a great little story about how the old rink in Minnesota back in the WHA days had clear glass boards.  I had never heard of that, and found it quite amazing to think that would have been the case.  Garrett was pointing out that as a goalie, it was next to impossible to pick the puck up without the white background of the boards.  I found this web page with a writeup of the old St. Paul Civic Center, and it contains a picture which shows the clear boards – very unique!Looking ahead: Vancouver travels to Calgary to face the motivated Flames on Saturday night. With his team down 5-2, and with less than a minute to play, he decided to ice forward Brad Staubitz, who is the Wild’s tough guy.  Staubitz went after Edler with a clean check, however, then decided to give rookie Cody Hodgson a cheap shot on the way by. In the ensuing scrum, Lapierre was assessed a five minute major for spearing along with a game misconduct.  In a post-game interview, Lapierre stated he was merely trying to lift his stick, and that he didn’t think his stick even made contact with the Wild player.  Replays support his version of the story, although I can see how maybe a two minute minor could have been assessed.  Expect the league to reverse this game misconduct upon review tomorrow morning.At the next whistle, Wild pest Cal Clutterbuck decided to “square off” with Dan Hamhuis of all people.  This actually led to one of the funnier things I have seen in a long time – Kevin Bieksa, tied up by a linesman in front of the net, did the only thing he could, which was throw his glove at Clutterbuck!  Unfortunately, it hit Hamhuis in the back.  He was immediately assessed a ten minute misconduct for his trouble.  This was a very amusing moment.All in all, Yeo was silly tonight.  I know he must be frustrated with his team, but throwing out guys like Staubitz at the end of what was a one-sided game is a very schoolyard tactic. There’s a time and place to put your tough guys out but at the end of a game when you’re down by three on home ice is not that time nor place. As John Garrett pointed out on the telecast, Brad Staubitz played only 6:39 tonight, so Yeo put him out in the last minute?  An earlier shift saw Staubitz attempting to goad Bitz into a fight as well, who declined.Anyway – I don’t really know what Yeo was trying to prove, but whatever it was, it didn’t work.  His team is in a tailspin (now 5-14-5 in their last 24 games) and they aren’t coming out of it – and trying to “act tough” against the Canucks is not going to change anything in the standings. VIGNEAULT SPREADS ICE TIME OUT, TEAM PLAYS BETTERAlain Vigneault has changed his lines up the last couple of times out.  As I mentioned, tonight he stuck with the lines from the third period of the Nashville game. This meant the lines were Sedin-Sedin-Bitz, Kesler-Burrows-Booth, Malhotra-Hansen-Raymond, and Hodgson-Lapierre-Duco.  Also of note, Keith Ballard was a late scratch with some neck issues, so Andrew Alberts drew into the lineup on the third pairing with Aaron Rome.One thing that struck me tonight was that AV seemed to really balance the ice time, more so that he has done for most of the year.  The Sedin line only played 12 minutes at even strength, approximately the same amount as the Malhotra and Hodgson lines. All four lines were effective tonight, which has been a rare occurrence of late.  In addition, the third defensive pairing of Alberts and Rome also played an equal amount of minutes as the other pairings.  All in all, it was a very balanced game for the team, and they responded with a very good overall effort.  It was a nice change from the coach. As I’ve mentioned before, AV is going to need to be comfortable using all the lines in the playoffs if the team is going to be successful.GM Mike Gillis has done a considerable amount of work upgrading his bottom-six forwards.  To my chagrin, Vigneault seems hesitant to use these players – I think the team is better when everyone is involved and getting in on the action.  Tonight, however, was a different story, and I hope that AV learned something tonight. PARTING SHOTSQuick comments:  Minnesota’s top line of Koivu-Heatley-Setoguchi was dangerous all night.  Unfortunately for the Wild, they were the only line that displayed any level of skill whatsoever. The Vancouver Canucks continued their road trip on Thursday night, paying a visit to the Xcel Energy Center to face the Minnesota Wild in a Northwest Division tilt.  Vancouver was full value for a 5-2 win.The Canucks gave up a goal just 13 seconds into the game, failing to score first in for the first time in their last 13 road games.  Alex Edler, who had a pedestrian first period, stood still at his own blue line while Devin Setoguchi pushed the puck past him, where Dany Heatley skated in on Canuck goaltender Cory Schneider and scored to give the home side the early lead.After that, the game was all Canucks.  Vancouver scored twice before the first period was done, Daniel Sedin scoring on a 5 on 3 power play, and Max Lapierre shoveling home the puck after a scramble in front of Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom.  The Canucks were the better team in the first period.Henrik Sedin then scored 50 seconds into the second period, converting a beautiful backhand saucer pass from new linemate Byron Bitz.  The balance of the second period featured the Canucks consistently frustrating the Wild, limiting their offensive opportunities.  It was the first time in recent memory that the Canucks have “won” the second.The third period featured chippy play as the Canucks scored again to extend the lead to 4-1, after a nice deflection by Manny Malhotra.  The goal came against the run of play, as the Wild had ramped up their level as the Canucks went out to play a “good road period” with a two goal lead. Minnesota got to within two when Setoguchi scored on a late power play, before Ryan Kesler put the Wild out of their misery with an empty-netter.  The shots actually wound up in Minnesota’s favour, 24-20, but this does not tell the story of the game.Vancouver was never threatened in this contest.  Although they spotted the Wild a 1-0 advantage right off the hop, the Canucks just played their game and created enough offense to get back out in front. More importantly, the Canucks were very responsible in their own end.  Schneider played well, but did not have to deal with any odd-man rushes or other crazy gaffes by the team in front of him. Vigneault stuck with his line combinations from the third period of the Nashville game, with the exception that Mike Duco was recalled in Dale Weise’s absence and played alongside Lapierre and Hodgson. MINNESOTA RESORTS TO SCHOOLYARD TACTICSMinnesota coach Mike Yeo, who must have been frustrated given his post-game comments, embarrassed himself late in the third period.  NHL officiating continues to be a problem.  I try not to complain about it too much, but sometimes the decisions made are baffling.  Tonight, Bitz received a penalty for goaltender inference when he was clearly pushed into Backstrom by a Wild defenseman; his skates were turned sideways as he was trying to stop.  Also, the decisions at the end of the game were also suspect. If you’d like a humorous look at the Bieksa glove-toss, see this recap and video posted at the Legion of Blog.  Pay special attention to Bieksa’s post-game quote, it’s hilarious.center_img Bitz continued to impress.  His pass to Henrik was a thing of beauty, as he saucered it over the defenseman’s stick.  His skating looked better tonight as well.  If he continues to play well, he provides a nice option as a Sedin linemate. Henrik’s consecutive game streak was in doubt after suffering a deep bone bruise in his foot after blocking a shot in the last game.  He played the game and looked no worse for wear.  He and his brother appeared to continue their slow climb out of their slump, each registering a goal tonight. Lapierre and Clutterbuck fought early in the third period.  Lapierre is now tied for the team lead in fights with Dale Weise. Minnesota played very chippy and were constantly trying to push, prod, annoy, or fight the Canucks.  This isn’t a tactic that we have seen from recent Wild teams, and I’m not sure why they started now.  They do better as the Minnesota Mild than the Minnesota Wild.last_img read more

Cats finish seventh at UBC Okanagan; Salmo Falcons take Gold Division

first_imgThird-ranked Mount Sentinel held their own in finishing seventh at the UBC Okanagan Heat High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.Eighth-ranked College Heights of Prince George defeated the Wildcats 22-25, 26-24, 12-15 in the battle for fifth spot.”The big lesson learned is that against the best in the province ‘there are no nap times’,” said Mount Sentinel head coach Joe Moreira.”Each time we lost focus we got beat up.”The Wildcats opened the 48-team tournament losing to Kelowna Secondary (2-0), Handsworth of North Vancouver (2-0) and Vernon’s Kalamalka (2-1).”Although we were 0-3 it is a bit misleading because we were playing in tier 1 (top 12 teams in the tournament) in a field of 48 teams,” Moreira explained.Saturday, the Cats were able to rebound during the playoff round pulling the upset with a 25-21, 25-23 straight set win over fourth-ranked 4A South Kamloops.”It was clear from the beginning of the match that we were intent in competing from beginning to the end,” said Moreira. “We served tough, passed well and we caught them napping.”In quarterfinal play the Cats lost 25-16, 25-15 to a strong Elphinstone team.Mount Sentinel returns to Kelowna Friday to compete in the Best in the West tournament.Falcons top Gold Division at UBC-OThe Salmo Falcons knocked off Summerland in straight sets to claim the Division title at the UBC Okanagan Heat High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.The Falcons won the championship in straight sets 25-22, 26-24.J.V. Humphries of Kaslo finished fifth by stopping Pleasant Valley of Armstrong 25-13, 25-20.J.Lloyd Crowe of Trail lost to Summerland in the semi final round.Bombers ninth in Blue DivisionThe L.V. Rogers Bombers finished tied for ninth in the Blue Division of the the UBC Okanagan Heat High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.LVR suffered losses to George Elliott of Winfield and Chestemere in consolation round play.last_img read more

UPDATE: Leafs 2-0 on Okanagan road trip

first_imgNelson Leafs exploded for four goals in the third period to dump the Kelowna Chiefs 5-1 Satuday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action in the Central Okanagan City.Travis Wellman, Carsen Willans, Tyler Garcia and Alec Wilkerson scored for Nelson in a period the Leafs out shot the Chiefs 15-5.Cole Arcuri and Kyle Hazelwood exchanged first period goals.Tyler Moffat made 19 saves to register his ninth win of the season.The Leafs wrap up the three-game road swing Sunday afternoon in Summerland against the Steam.Former Leaf Matthew Naka was in the lineup for the Chiefs. Naka, traded to Kelowna last week, registered no points in the game.Wellman scores twice to power Leaf past North Okanagan 5-1 Travis Wellman scored twice to pace the Nelson Leafs to a 5-1 win over North Okanagan Knights in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in Armstrong.Nelson scored three times in the second period to erase a 1-0 deficit en route to the win.Brandon Sookro, Bryce Nielsen and Darnel St. Pierre added singles at Nelson pushed its season record to 11-0-1-1.Wellan, increasing his goal scoring lead to 21, finished the game with three points.St. Pierre, Jamie Vlanich and Alex Wilkerson each had two points.Mat Lambert scored the lone goal for the Knights, which led 1-0 after the first periodd.Nelson, leading the Murdoch Division by six points over Beaver Valley, out shot North Okanagan 37-31 making a winner out of goalie Tyler Moffat.Nelson travels to Kelowna to take on the Chief Saturday.The Leafs conclude the three-game swing through the Okanagan with a game Sunday in Summerland.last_img read more

SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2016

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES -30- FLAVIEN PRAT, RICHARD’S BOY, SECOND: “I had a good race today. Last time I rode him, I wasn’t on the lead and I think being on the lead today made all the difference. He’s so much better on the turf, he did a great job. It’s always sad to be beat by so little, but I don’t have any excuses.” GARY STEVENS, BOOZER, WINNER: “He loves this turf course. He runs well off the hill even though he hasn’t run off it for a while. Mark had him sharp today and he broke real sharp. I just followed Mike (Smith, aboard Forest Chatter) the whole way down the hill and when we crossed the dirt, I pushed the button and he just ground it out. He’s a lot of fun to ride, he’s a true professional.“I knew when I got up to the top of the hill before the race that he was sharp. He was on his toes; he was dancin’ and prancin’ around. He went into the gate aggressive. I told Mark this morning that I was going to try and put him on the lead, or close to it and he just smiled at me.” MARK GLATT, BOOZER, WINNER: “He comes with his game every time. Sometimes they’re a little bit better than him and sometimes we’re running him at a distance that he’s not at his best, because he’s a good Cal-bred, and to run against Cal-bred company, sometimes the distances fluctuate a little bit.“I think a mile, a mile and a sixteenth are his best distances, a mile and an eighth is a hair too far, and he runs good down the hill. I wasn’t really concerned about him shortening up. He’s pretty versatile.”center_img AL AND SANDEE KIRKWOOD, OWNERS, BOOZER, WINNER: “He’s definitely paid his way for us. We’ve had a lot of fun with him. He’s always competitive. He’s hardly ever off the board. He won a hundred -grander coming down the hill before (California Flag Handicap, Oct. 18, 2014). We ran him a mile-and-an-eighth last time, he ran third behind some real good horses, so we decided he had a little extra wind for this race and he sure did. Gary did a good job riding him and Mark Glatt’s done a good job training him.” NOTES: Winning owners Al and Sandee Kirkwood are from Ridgefield, Washington. They have been in racing since 1988. JOCKEY QUOTES last_img read more

Halloran, Warzek Earn Weekly Baseball Awards

first_imgPitcher of the Week: Bryan Warzek, New Orleans – Jr. – LHP – Clifton Park, N.J.Warzek added to his impressive 2018 season in Corpus Christi this weekend, allowing just four hits over eight innings and striking out a career-high and conference-high 16 batters in the game to improve to 2-0 on the season. He ranks fourth in the nation in total strikeouts (71) and is fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (14.41). In league play he ranks second with 39 batters struck out 2018 Southland Baseball Week 8 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist senior Spencer Halloran and New Orleans junior Bryan Warzek are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. The Privateers (13-15, 5-7 SLC) play at Tulane tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and head to Lamar for a weekend series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. HBU (11-17, 5-4 SLC) hosts UTRGV tomorrow at 3 p.m. CT before heading to Central Arkansas for a three-game conference road series starting Friday at 6 p.m. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.center_img Honorable Mention: Matthew McCollough, Houston Baptist; Tyler Gray, Central Arkansas; Cody Allen, UIW. Hitter of the Week: Spencer Halloran, Houston Baptist – Sr – 3B/OF – Sheffield, IowaHalloran recorded an extra-base hit in all four games this week, helping the Huskies to a 2-2 record, including a series victory over Lamar. He doubled, drove in a run and stole two bases in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to UTSA. In Thursday’s opener against Lamar, he went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, tallied an RBI and scored twice to help the Huskies to a 7-4 win. He doubled, drove in a pair and scored in Friday’s 5-2 victory. In Sunday’s finale, Halloran was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Honorable Mention: Keaton Presley, Central Arkansas; Ryan Flores, UIW; Pearce Howard, New Orleans; Eric Bohnert, Sam Houston State.last_img read more

Fregia, Ernestine Earn Final Baseball Weekly Awards of the Season

first_imgHitter of the Week: Andrew Fregia, Sam Houston State – Jr. – SS – Liberty, TexasFregia turned in a monster week to lead the Bearkats to a 3-1 week, helping them clinch the outright Southland regular season title with a sweep at UIW. The junior reached safely in 12 of 20 plate appearances and at one point reached base in a string of eight consecutive times to the plate. He had a double and scored a run in a loss at Texas A&M on Tuesday, then had a hit in Thursday’s opener, flying out to the warning track twice. Fregia erupted for a 5-for-5 day that included a pair of two-run homers in Friday’s win, scoring six times and tying the single-game program record for runs scored that has stood since 1986. He homered in his first at-bat in Saturday’s win, finishing just a triple shy of the cycle. This is Ernestine’s second weekly pitcher honor after earning the award on March 26. Pitcher of the Week: Alex Ernestine, Nicholls – Sr. – SP – Coconut Creek, Fla.Ernestine twirled a gem for the Colonels in game two against Central Arkansas on Friday, recording a career-high 10 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout. The senior lefty scattered five hits, none of which went for extra bases, helping the Colonels hold the Bears scoreless in the final 24 innings and 25 of 27 innings in the series. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. 2018 Southland Baseball Week 15 Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State junior Andrew Fregia and Nicholls senior Alex Ernestine are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Sunday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.center_img Both teams now turn their attention to the 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament in Sugar Land, Texas, beginning Wednesday at Constellation Field. Sam Houston State enters as the top seed and defending champion while Nicholls clinched the No. 7 seed. The Colonels take on No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana at 12 p.m. CT while the Bearkats open against No. 8 New Orleans at 4 p.m. Honorable Mention: Bryan Warzek, New Orleans; A.G. Ayala, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Honorable Mention: Taylor Schwaner, Southeastern Louisiana; Grant DeVore, Lamar.last_img read more

Innis, Frank Capture Women’s Outdoor Athlete of the Week Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s Brittany Innis and Northwestern State’s Kelsey Frank are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouthBank.com.Innis set a school record for SFA in the 3,000-meter steeplechase over the weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Torrance, Calif. The senior crossed the line at 10:28.28 for a 14th place finish that stands as the Southland’s best steeplechase time this season. Innis’ mark ranks 33rd nationally heading into the 2019 Southland Championships set for Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5.Frank performed in one event for Northwestern State, claiming first-place honors in the javelin throw with a 168-5-foot launch at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, La., over the weekend. The Oberlin, La., product broke a 20-year-old NSU program record with her heave and claimed the conference’s best javelin toss of the season.Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week – Brittany Innis, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Cedar Park, TexasInnis set a school record in the 3000m steeplechase over the weekend in Torrance, Calif., finishing the race with a new personal best mark of 10:28.28 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Her performance marked a top time in the Southland Conference this season and ranks 33rd nationally.Honorable Mention: Natashia Jackson, Northwestern State; Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Dominique Allen, Incarnate Word.Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Kelsey Frank, Northwestern State – Sr. – Oberlin, La.The senior won the javelin throw, breaking a 20-year-old school record with a 168-5-foot mark along the way at the LSU Alumni Gold this past weekend. Following her performance, Frank now sits on top of the Southland with her top toss nearly 18 feet longer than the second-best mark. Her effort this weekend ranks 20th nationally among javelin competitors.Honorable Mention: Nastassja Campbell, Stephen F. Austin; Sarea Alexander, Incarnate Word; Lonnie Smith, Abilene Christian.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

FRONT RUNNING CISTRON TRANSITIONS FROM TURF TO DIRT WITH APLOMB AS HE TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 KONA GOLD STAKES BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS

first_imgFRONT RUNNING CISTRON TRANSITIONS FROM TURF TO DIRT WITH APLOMB AS HE TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 KONA GOLD STAKES BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS; ESPINOZA & SADLER TEAM FOR UPSET WIN GOING 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:16.33 ARCADIA, Calif. (April 20, 2019)–Raced exclusively on turf in his last 13 starts, Hronis Racing’s Cistron, who was supplemented at a cost of $4,000, completely dominated Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Kona Gold Stakes at Santa Anita, as he whistled 6 ½ furlongs on the main track in 1:16.33 while winning by 5 ¼ lengths under Victor Espinoza.  Trained by John Sadler, the 5-year-old horse by The Factor notched his first graded stakes win in his 25th career start.“When we saw this race was coming up light and there wasn’t much speed, we decided to supplement,” said Sadler.  “It’s been great, Hronis Racing is as good a brand as you’ll see in racing, the safety and welfare of the horses is paramount with them.  We start from there when we go out and look for horses…hopefully we keep developing a lot of (them).”Breaking from the number two post position in a field of five 3-year-olds and up, Cistron, who is out of the Officer mare Major Allie, broke like a shot and was dominant throughout as he carved out rapid splits of 22.07, 44.70 and 1:09.57.Most recently second coming down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes March 31, Cistron was off at 6-1 and paid $15.60, $5.60 and $4.00.“The important thing for me and the horse today was that he broke running,” said Espinoza, who was aboard for the first time.  “He was able to take control right away and at the sixteenth pole, I said ‘Where is everybody?’  He ran great all the way to the wire, John is an awesome trainer…It is the best feeling ever to be back and ride amazing horses and win amazing races.  I’m just blessed to be here.”With the winner’s share of $120,000, Cistron now has earnings of $480,719.  The Kona Gold marked Cistron’s fourth victory to go along with six seconds and as many thirds.Second throughout, All Out Blitz finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Dr. Dorr.  Off at 5-2 with Tyler Baze, All Out Blitz paid $3.60 and $2.40.Dr. Dorr, who broke from the rail and trailed early, was third best on the day, finishing a half length clear of 3-2 favorite Kanthaka.  Off at 2-1, Dr. Dorr, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, paid $2.40 to show.Racing resumes on Sunday with a first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

SANTA BARBARA QUOTES-SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESGEOVANNI FRANCO, CAUSEFORCOMMOTION, WINNER:  “She was getting really good a year ago, and then she had to be turned out for a little vacation, so we’ve been waiting a long time. Eric was confident she would run well because of the way she’s been training. She’s still improving from what she showed last year.  As you saw, she just galloped through the stretch.”TRAINER QUOTESCAUSEFORCOMMOTION, ERIC KRULJAC, WINNER: “She makes it easier to get up in the morning. We had to give her a little time, she had a little injury/mishap, an issue with a suspensory, but we caught it early at Del Mar and instead of giving her three months off we gave her six or seven. She has come back a monster. Before she would not leave the horses, hopefully that is all behind her. She had the tendency to get the lead and then wait on them, (that’s why), we lost a couple of races including last year’s Santa Barbara.“Really good horses can pretty much excel at almost any distance but at their distance the really excel, her father (Americain, by Dynaformer) was a champion sire in Australia, United Emirates and Europe. He won the Emirates Melbourne Cup (Nov.6, 2012). I practiced my G’day mate!”OWNER QUOTESTOM KESSLER, PART OWNER CAUSEFORCOMMOTION:  “This is great, her value as a broodmare just went way up.  We’ll run her through this year and then we’re going to breed her.”NOTES: The winning owners are Kruljac, E. Dunham, Jim Reed, J. Sondereker, D.&S.YipCauseforcommotion and jockey Geovanni Franco win the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes, Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more