The Batesville Lady Bulldogs improved to 6-0 on the season after a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night against the visiting South Dearborn Lady Knights.After a back and forth first half the Lady Bulldogs were able to notch the first goal of the match. Taylor Rowlett made a great effort to get around two defenders and passed the ball to Carlie Werner. Werner made a great turn and struck a hard and low shot just inside the near post for the score.Batesville would go up 2-0 after a score from Rowlett, just two minutes later. Gabi Garcia played a ball into Rowlett’s feet, but Rowlett allowed it to roll past the defender before touching it around her and finishing a left-footed shot into the back of the net. In the last minute of he half, goalkeeper Molly Wintz made a great save to keep the score 2-0 at halftime.The second half was very similar to the first half. For the first 30 minutes, the game was play back and forth with neither team able to capitalize on their opportunities. South Dearborn was able to make it a 2-1 game with about 11 minutes to play in the match when Alyssa McClanahan found the back of the net after Wintz cleared the ball and McClanahan was able to 1-time the shot before Wintz could recover to goal. Just a minute later, the Lady Knights tied the game on another score from McClanahan. This time, it was a nice build up from the Lady Knights as they found McClanahan open behind the Batesville defense for a nice driven shot into the back of the net.Although there were several more chances for the Lady Bulldogs, the end of regulation ended with the score 2-2. Since this was an EIAC matchup, the teams would play two 7-minute overtime periods to find a winner. Batesville would capitalize midway through the first period of OT. Garcia found Marigrace Anderson in the middle of the field and Anderson played a nice t-touch wall pass that led Garcia into space. Garcia attacked the ball and drove a shot from 30 yards out that tucked just under the crossbar for the score.The Lady Knights weren’t finished once again. They were determined to make the comeback and were able to even the score on a nice finish from Madison Fentress from 30 yards out that skipped on the wet grass past Wintz. End of overtime period 1, Batesville 3 South Dearborn 3.The second overtime period was just as eventful as the rest of the game. This was a great game to watch as a fan as the teams battled back and forth. After a free kick by South Dearborn, Batesville was able to counter with a great penetrating pass from Garcia to Werner. Werner took a few touches before playing a through ball to a sprinting Rowlett behind the Lady Knight defense. Rowlett took a touch to her left to set up her second left-footed finish across the face of goal and into the side net for the game winner.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.Photo courtesy of Denise Wintz.
Troubled Antonio ConteBrighton, United Kingdom | AFP | Antonio Conte will attempt to find a solution to Chelsea’s problems in front of goal without the services of suspended pair Alvaro Morata and Pedro when they face Brighton on Saturday.Michy Batshuayi’s strike in the midweek FA Cup third-round replay win against Norwich City, a success achieved on penalties after a 1-1 draw, was the Blues’ first goal after three successive scoreless draws.Chelsea manager Conte insisted there were positives to take from the performance ahead of his side’s return to the battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League.The champions dropped to fourth place after last weekend’s round of fixtures and could slip to fifth if they lose at Brighton and Tottenham Hotspur beat Southampton the following day.However, the loss of Morata and Pedro, both of whom were booked for diving against Norwich and then dismissed after collecting second yellow cards, does nothing to help Conte revive his side’s goal threat.Spain striker Morata has struggled since his impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge and is without a goal in six games, while winger Pedro has scored four times in the league.“Our performance was positive against Norwich. Despite making many changes, we scored one goal and we created many chances to score the second goal. Instead we conceded with 10 seconds to go,” he said.“Now we have to play in two days against Brighton at 12.30. We have to try to recover very well.“I hope we don’t pay, also because my decision was clear: to try to go to the next round tonight and give a bit of rest to the other players.“For sure we have to face many problems, and also because Pedro and Morata are not able to play, but we want to try to get three points.”Conte instructs Morata in training– Not easy – Responsibility for leading the attack at Brighton is likely to fall on Eden Hazard, with Batshuayi providing a central striking option from the bench.Belgium playmaker Hazard admitted Chelsea were below their best in beating Norwich and he fears the combined impact of extra time and the two late red cards could take a toll.“With extra time and penalties it’s not easy, we got two red cards which is the bad thing, but at least we go through and we are ready for Brighton at the weekend,” he said.Brighton are in desperate need of a win after dropping to within two places and three points of the bottom three.Chris Hughton’s men have been guilty of failing to convert too many draws into wins at home and another slip could further undermine the progress they made in establishing themselves close to mid-table earlier in the season.After just one win in 12 league games, the manager admits the onus is on his side to improve their form at home.“I expect a very difficult game, I don’t think anybody would say any different. Irrespective of their situation at the moment it won’t be anything other than a difficult game,” Hughton said.“But these are the challenges you look forward to. We know we are more likely to get points at home than away, we have had some difficulties away from home, this is the next opportunity we have.“There is no-one in the changing room who wouldn’t want to play, it’s our next opportunity to pick up points.”Share on: WhatsApp
By Celia BelmonteRED BANK – During a time of economic turmoil, borough merchants and those in the business community have differing views on the state of the town’s business landscape and conflicting feelings about its future.For some business owners, there are far too many vacant storefronts along the city’s most popular drags. Others say they know that looks can be deceiving and that there are more businesses slated to open. After a tough economic period, they say, there are reasons to be optimistic.“The building that I am looking at across the street from me on Broad Street has been vacant for four years now,” said Vinnie Woods, manager of Love Lane Tuxedos. “That is disgraceful.”Employees at Mr. Pizza Slice, the 16-year-old pizzeria on Monmouth Street, agree.“The lack of occupancy in town hurts our business,” said Phil Sloan of Mr. Pizza Slice. “Companies like Lucas Oil and Wells Fargo have moved out taking their employees with them so less people are around who used to stop in for a meal.”Additionally, a few businesses have moved out of town, doing little to suppress the qualms of current business owners.Space Interiors, the furniture and design store located on White Street at the corner of English Plaza, is relocating to Deal. Paw Palace at 16 Monmouth St. is moving to 333 Silverside Ave. in Little Silver. It will have the same ownership and grooming staff and will be called The Dog Spaw’ Grooming Salon.“For our type of business a Red Bank location does not suit us,” said Alaina Jawidowicz of Paw Palace. “Lack of parking for our customers… is an issue. Deliveries of heavy merchandise, like dog food, are also hard due to the parking situation.”Others see Red Bank’s business district in a different light.“I’m very excited about what’s happening downtown,” said Jay Herman of Downtown Investors, a development firm that owns office and retail space in Red Bank. “There’s a lot of good going on.”Herman, who has been a member of the Red Bank RiverCenter executive board since its inception, said that, while some may see empty storefronts, he knows that a good number of them – at least 15 by his count – will be filled soon. Several business owners have signed leases but have yet to open.The perception that stores are empty is wrong, he said. “Most of the vacant space isn’t really vacant. It takes a long time to open” a new business.Reasons for the delays include getting borough permits and certifications, financing, construction issues and possible inexperience of first-time business owners who need time to work out the details of their new ventures, Herman said.“Red Bank’s comeback is remarkable” after a period of economic downturn which hit most people hard four years ago, Herman said. “If you take a drive down, say Route 35 from Hazlet to Brielle, you will find vacancy rates much higher in those areas than in Red Bank.”“Red Bank is reinventing itself,” said Sharon Fisler, owner of Wayne’s Market. The market has been a Red Bank staple ever since her late brother, Wayne Fisler, opened the wine, food store and catering business 37 years ago.Wayne’s Market will soon get some new neighbors as Jr’s West End, a popular Long Branch late-night burger joint, will open another location in the former home of Zuleyka’s Kitchen. Boardwalk Fresh Burgers and Fries will move into the original home of Zebu Forno.Another newcomer is Char Steakhouse, taking over the former site of Ashes Cigar Bar on Broad Street“Char is going full blast,” Red Bank RiverCenter Executive Director Nancy Adams said. “They are doing $2 million in renovations to that building. They are going to have glass windows all the way up and down.” Char plans to open what Adams calls a “first-class restaurant” this fall.RiverCenter is focusing on businesses moving into Red Bank, viewing new additions as vital to the city’s unique economic evolution.“People see stores boarded up and paper on the windows and think they are vacant,” Adams said. “Some places have ‘Coming Soon’ signs but some do not. That does not mean that they are not committed and leased. It is not as bad as people may think. Perception is not reality.”Adams notes plans for a new Subway Café on Broad Street, a health food store next to Smoothie King and hopes a Red Bank location will appeal to more national retailers.“I work with a retail broker and we are trying to get national tenants,” Adams said. “National retailers tend to have longer leases, nice merchandise and stay open later.”Larger stores like Urban Outfitters, Restoration Hardware and Tiffany & Co., all along Broad Street, have done considerably well in Red Bank over the years.However, there are no intentions to shut out Red Bank’s mom-and-pop shops.“The RiverCenter does not want to duplicate a mall,” Adams said. “Small, independent retail stores create a nice mix and are what make people come to Red Bank. They are what makes it unique.”The owners of a new gluten-free cupcake store, Posh Pop Bakeshop, could not be happier with choosing to open the company’s first store in Red Bank.“Red Bank seemed like the ideal place,” said Matthew Pytel, chief sales director at Posh Pop. “I have seen a lot of customers return, even some daily. So far we have performed above expectations.”It appears that securing some sense of economic stability in Red Bank will be about business originality and reinvention.Patti Siciliano, owner of Funk & Standard, will relocate the 14-year-old Red Bank clothing store to 7 Broad St. where she will focus more on expanding her Yummy Yummy Good Stuff juice bar.In addition, after a recent move up Broad Street, Zebu Forno has once again closed its doors as owner Andrew Gennusa plans to team up with Red Bank resident Biagio Schiano to create Biagio Wood-Fired Pizza.Rumson China & Glass also will be moving to space in the borough, as will a photographer and a consignment shop. A Broad Street salon is moving from an upstairs space to a space twice the size on the street, Herman said.Herman points to other positive indicators for the business district’s health. That includes new housing being built in the area, such as the 60 units that are under construction at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor on Riverside Avenue. He also points to the expansion at Morgan Stanley, a project handled by his company, making it the third largest Morgan Stanley office in the Northeast, after New York and Boston – larger than even the firm’s Philadelphia office.“I am frustrated by how long it takes people to get new businesses open but I am excited that it’s happening,” Herman said.“I think the future looks very good,” he said. “I see what’s happening in Red Bank and the immediate future looks very rosy … I am very optimistic.”
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsTalk about walking around with a Murphy’s Law bull’s eye on your back.But this time, Raymond Reimer wasn’t walking he was running. Running up a flight of stairs training to stay in shape when that bad boy Murphy, like a heat-seeking missile, struck at the knees.It was just six games into Reimer’s third Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season when the lanky, 6’4”, 205-pound defenceman went down with a torn meniscus.“I trained pretty hard this summer, didn’t make a Junior A team but came to Nelson,” the Vanderhoof product said following Nelson’s 4-2 New Year’s Eve win over Spokane. “I was starting to play pretty well but every year it seems I’m getting injured, which is tough to take.”Reimer followed Nelson Leafs coach and GM Chris Shaw to the Heritage City from the Penticton Lakers. In 2009 he played for the Summerland Sting. At the time of the injury back in September, it was thought Reimer might be lost for the season.However, the doctor decided to perform a less complicated surgery that allowed Reimer to return to the line up for game 32 December 29 in Castlegar.“It depends on surgery,” Reimer explained when asked if he thought the injury might be season ending. “If (doctor) would have fixed it, I would have been out for six months. But he just cut it out so it was six to eight weeks.”Still eight weeks off the blades, watching your teammates under perform and knowing that your presence would make a difference was difficult to stomach for Reimer.“It was really frustrating watching from the stands,” confessed the stay-at-home Reimer, who has two assists in three games. “Nelson has always been a top team in the league and seeing us not playing like a top team, and I know we can, it was really tough.”All that sitting and walking into the dressing room between game six and game 32 in street clothes is all in the past for Reimer.However, after dressing for his first game last week, a 9-0 shellacking at the hands of the Castlegar Rebels, Reimer may have pushed his return back a game.“This team needs to come together,” Reimer exclaimed. “We can’t have one person per game trying to carry the team on its back. We need the whole team to come together and if that happens, we’ll start to win.”Reimer admits to being in less than perfect shape during his first weekend back in spite of all the roadwork he did on the stationary bike.However, it shouldn’t take too long 19-year-old rearguard to get back into tip-top shape.Which should help as the Leafs begin a stretch run to the playoffs.ICE CHIPS: Nelson, 19-15-0-1 for third in the Murdoch Division of the KIJHL concluded the month of December with a 3-4 record . . . . Nelson takes to the road for a trek into the East Kootenay. The Leafs face the Ghostriders, Golden Rockets and Columbia Valley Rockies during a three-game swing against Eddie Mountain opposition starting Friday in Fernie. [email protected]
It took 12 months but Alex MacLeod and the Bentley Generals finally exacted some revenge.A year after the South East Praire defeated the Generals to win the 2015 Allan Cup, Bentley was able to turn the table, defeating the Thunder in their own backyard 4-3 in overtime to win their third Allan Cup — Canadian Men’s Senior AAA Hockey Championship — in franchise history. Bentley won the Allan Cup Championship in 2009 and 2013.”Watching the puck go into the net was almost surreal in overtime,” MacLeod told The Nelson Daily.”It took like 3-4 seconds to realize it was in.””Then shaking their hands and taking the championship from them in their rink was insane,” the son of Allan MacLeod and Deb Naka said.”Probably the best way to win it after losing the heartbreaker last year in Newfoundland. Now all the boys are saying one thing. Defend the title.”The Generals trailed 3-2 in the third period. Ian Schultz tied it up with a powerplay goal with 10:22 remaining. Carter Rigby ended it 15:47 into the extra period with his second goal of the game.”When we tied it up we all knew we could beat them,” MacLeod explained.”It just came down to who wanted it more. Who would take hits to make plays. Who would block shots. Sacrifice their body for the team.”The Allan Cup is the oldest national championship in the country dating back 107 years as the best Senior hockey teams in Canada battled it out for the coveted prize.This is the second season MacLeod has played for the Generals. After retiring from professional hockey following a few seasons in the East Coast Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League, MacLeod, a mechanical engineer, joined the Generals after hearing about the club from a friend.Bentley, playing in the four-team Chinook Hockey League with Stony Plain Eagles, Innisfail Eagles and Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs, won the regular season with a 14-3-0-1 record.The Generals defeated Innisfail 4-3 in a grueling seven-game semi final before knocking off Stony Plain 4-1 to clinch the final and advance to the Allan Cup.”As far as getting the chance to get back to the tournament and capitalizing on all our chances, we did exactly what we had to do,” MacLeod said.”We had four lines contributing every night.”At the Allan Cup, Bentley won its pool going undefeated.The Generals defeated Shelbrook Elks 3-1 in Friday’s semi final before shocking South East Praire in the final.”After we found out we would see South East P rairie again, it was pretty hard to sleep,” MacLeod said.”A lot of nerves ran through me thinking of how we didn’t score a goal against them last year.””When they scored the first goal. A few nerves were running through us. Can we do this? We stick to the game plan. And got a few bounces as did South East Prairie.”MacLeod, who scored twice in the tournament, graduated from Nelson Minor Hockey before playing for Beaver Valley Nitehawks of the KIJHL.He joined Penticton of the BCHL before being traded to Camrose Kodiaks during his final season of junior hockey.MacLeod then spent four years on a NCAA hockey scholarship at Michigan Tech where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.Nelson Senior Maple Leafs were part of the Western International Hockey League, playing in three Allan Cup Finals in 1965, 1986 and 1987.The WIHL folded in the late 1980s.
Patrick Gallagher2663523%54%$466,298 Flavien Prat16631172519%44%$1,794,712 Drayden Van Dyke10311121311%35%$647,839 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato9019141521%53%$1,047,920 Kristin Mulhall3266219%44%$270,735 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Victor Espinoza5569511%36%$622,660 Carla Gaines3452215%26%$417,410 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 26) Jeff Bonde2772426%48%$167,310 Tiago Pereira703864%24%$239,499 William Spawr2775326%56%$186,997 Brayan Pena433267%26%$94,045 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Abel Lezcano514248%20%$198,364 Steven Miyadi46911720%59%$300,059 J. Keith Desormeaux3365818%58%$238,624 FINISH LINES: Texas Red, winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, worked five furlongs for his four-year-old debut on Santa Anita’s fast main track Saturday in 1:02.60. “I’m not pushing him too hard yet,” said trainer Keith Desormeaux. “He’s in a nice rhythm, but I have no race in mind for him right now.” Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runner-up Swipe worked four furlongs for Desormeaux in 51.60 . . . Friday’s Pick Six payoff of 124.20 to 337 winning tickets resulted from favorites capturing five of the races in the sequence, and the other by a horse that was almost favored, paying $7.20. Winners in the Pick Six races were Abets Abet ($5.80), Shortstormcoming ($7.20, second choice by a dime), Amazing Lady ($3), Howdy ($4.20), Hawkedon (5.40) and Herunbridledpower ($4.20) . . . Congrats to Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free who had all six winners on top. Five out of six paid $8.80 on 1996 tickets . . . El Camino Real Derby winner Frank Conversation worked four furlongs under Mario Gutierrez in 49 seconds flat for the UAE Derby in Dubai on March 26. Trainer Doug O’Neill plans to ship Frank Conversation “about two weeks before the race” with Gutierrez arriving later to ride the son of Quality Road . . . Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:25 a.m. will be UK racing commentator and this weekend’s announcer at Santa Anita David Fitzgerald . . . Of Santa Anita’s top 24 jockeys, Kent Desormeaux has the highest in-the-money percentage at 59 with an 11-21-12 mark from 74 mounts. Meet leader Rafael Bejarano, who won three races Thursday to break a tie for the top spot with Santiago Gonzalez, is second with 51 percent in the money. Mario Gutierrez13818232013%44%$1,072,266 Martin Pedroza6998413%30%$232,310 Bob Baffert7316111122%52%$1,203,665 Mike Smith65761211%38%$931,385 Fernando Perez1191112189%34%$614,899 Kent Desormeaux7411211215%59%$973,519 AT 83, THE FUTURE IS NOW FOR AGENT DEGREGORY Vince DeGregory turns 84 on Aug. 29, but he has a lot to celebrate today.On Monday, the veteran agent who now calls the shots for jockey Tiago Pereira, underwent throat surgery for 90 minutes at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Burbank to remove a growth attached to his thyroid gland that left a vertical scar of about three inches just below his Adam’s Apple.If he’s vain about his looks, he can cover the scar with a bow tie. But that’s the least of his worries.“The doctor (Warren Line) told me yesterday that when he first started the procedure he was expecting the growth to be the size of a pea, but as he went further, it became the size of a large grape,” DeGregory said. “He got it all out and thank God there’s no cancer. When I saw him yesterday he gave me a clean bill of health.“I said to him, ‘The scar’s going to remind me that God doesn’t want me to die yet.’”There are still plenty of leaves on the tree, even though the rings are growing.“I started as an agent in 1959,” DeGregory said. “My first jock was Conn Errico at Belmont Park. I went to Aqueduct when it opened later that year. Sword Dancer trained by Elliott Burch won the opening day stakes.“(Eddie) Arcaro was like a stepfather to me. He’s the one who got me to become a jockey’s agent. I had to go in front of (stewards) Marshall Cassidy and Cal Rainey at that time. “They were very, very strict and I remember Arcaro telling me, ‘Vince, never screw anybody at the draw.“When you give a person a call, stand by that. I’ve used that as my motto my whole life.“I’ve seen all the great horses of their day: Bold Ruler, Nashua, Tom Fool, Damascus, Sword Dancer, but the greatest one to me was Kelso (named Horse of the Year five consecutive years from 1960 through 1964).“When I was a young guy coming up I didn’t know enough about Thoroughbreds to give an opinion, but as time progressed and from being around the game, I learned from other people. I paid attention to trainers, and an old man I never forgot was Sam Winninger, who was a private clocker.“He would bet his own money and taught me how horses worked, how they traveled, so that when I got a rider, I could pick one horse from another. That helped throughout my career.”DeGregory, born in Greenwich, N.Y., about 10 miles from Saratoga Springs where he was raised, served in the Army at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, with Dick Groat, a lifelong friend now 85 who would go on to play shortstop with second baseman Bill Mazeroski for the World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960 and be named National League MVP.“My roommate in the service was (former catcher and longtime broadcaster and comedian) Bob Uecker,” said DeGregory. “He’s my buddy and I love him. He’s still kicking.”As is DeGregory, a living treasure of racing history who has represented seven Hall of Fame jockeys: Angel Cordero Jr., Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Alex Solis, Jacinto Vasquez and Jorge Velasquez, in addition to Victor Espinoza, Darrel McHargue and Joel Rosario, each with Hall of Fame credentials as well.If there’s room for DeGregory, there would be little argument that he deserves a spot, although he’d be the last to lobby for enshrinement.He got all the glory he needed on Monday. Mike Puype52611312%38%$294,475 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Alex Solis1930416%37%$218,303 Brice Blanc403478%35%$399,025 Alonso Quinonez614847%26%$206,150 Richard Baltas731210916%42%$890,569 Doug O’Neill12219172016%46%$1,025,373 Joseph Talamo16418202111%36%$961,404 Peter Eurton6612161118%59%$734,968 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 Peter Miller901171112%32%$444,160 Gary Stevens4796719%47%$1,052,338 Jeff Mullins2456021%46%$164,634 Edwin Maldonado12223101119%36%$804,515 Jose Verenzuela2931310%24%$105,855 Martin Garcia84139815%36%$825,339 Mark Glatt6377311%27%$304,425 QUARTET WORK FOR SAN FELIPE STAKESUndefeated California-bred Smokey Image worked six furlongs Saturday morning under Victor Espinoza in a bullet 1:12.20 as he prepares to run against open company in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 12.The clocking was the fastest of 30 at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.45. Smokey Image, a son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image, won the California Cup Derby at 1 1/16 miles by 8 ½ lengths on Jan. 30 in his first start for Gaines and his first at two turns.Gaines was well satisfied with the drill by Smokey Image, as she was with Bolo’s five furlong workout on the main track in a minute flat.Bolo, winner of the Grade II Arcadia Stakes a mile on grass Feb. 13, is being considered for either the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf or the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap at 1 ¼ miles on dirt March 12.“We still haven’t decided on a race,” Gaines said, adding that at this point it makes little difference except to the media, since both races are the same day, so it doesn’t alter Bolo’s routine from a training standpoint.Smokey Image previously was trained by Greg James who is based in the Bay Area.Also working for the San Felipe Saturday was Danzing Candy for Cliff Sise Jr., who called the six furlong drill under Mike Smith in 1:13 flat “Beautiful. I got him galloping out (seven furlongs) in 1:25 and one or two.”Robert B. Lewis Stakes runner-up Uncle Lino also worked for the San Felipe, going five furlongs in 1:03 with Fernando Perez aboard for trainer Gary Sherlock.“He does that all the time,” Sherlock said of the relatively slow time. “He was by himself, nobody around (at 6:45 a.m.) and he’ll do that 100 times. I’ll put another horse with him next week when he works again.”San Vicente Stakes runner-up Exaggerator, also prepping for the San Felipe, worked five furlongs for Keith Desormeaux in 1:00.40.Tomorrow, Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Mor Spirit, Bob Baffert’s leading Triple Crown contender, is set to work under Martin Garcia for the San Felipe.The son of Eskendereya was scheduled to breeze last Tuesday with regular rider Gary Stevens aboard but the drill was aborted when the colt “lost interest,” according to Baffert.“He’ll work tomorrow and Martin will work him,” Baffert said. “He’ll either go out at 7:45 or nine (o’clock).” Baffert did not announce a distance for the workout. George Papaprodromou3372521%42%$197,905 Vladimir Cerin3093430%53%$300,070 Tyler Baze18420292611%41%$1,055,661 SMOKEY IMAGE, DANZING CANDY BREEZE FOR SAN FELIPEOCTOGENARIAN AGENT DEGREGORY FINE AFTER THROAT SURGERYTEXAS RED IN EASY WORK FOR HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD DEBUT Agapito Delgadillo6898613%34%$249,412 Steve Knapp2551220%32%$150,610 John Sadler5898516%38%$449,649 Jerry Hollendorfer951291313%36%$888,426 Santiago Gonzalez18736282319%47%$1,424,339 Rafael Bejarano17738341921%51%$1,767,342
TWINSPIRES BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT QUOTES ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Baoma Corporation’s Drefong ($9.80) put away favored Masochistic in deep stretch to win the 33rd running of the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) for 3-year-olds and up by 1 ¼ lengths on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, Drefong covered the six furlongs on a fast track in 1:08.79. It was the second Sprint victory for Garcia, who was aboard Secret Circle in 2013, and fourth overall. Second-place jockey Mike Smith (Masochistic, favorite) – “My horse ran dynamite but Drefong was tremendous. I wish there was something I could have done differently but Drefong just kept running. Every time I thought I would go get away, there he was again.” DREFONG WINS TWINSPIRES BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINT Third-place jockey Joel Rosario (Mind Your Biscuits) – “He had a good trip. They were going fast. I thought I was going to get a bigger part of it but he was third best today. He made a good run. I was happy with him today.” Winning jockey Martin Garcia (Drefong) – “We drew a great post down the inside. My horse broke sharply and came out running. My horse likes to run on the lead and ran hard every step of the way.” The Sprint victory was the fifth for Baffert, who has 13 World Championships victories overall. His other Sprint winners were Thirty Slews in 1992, Midnight Lute in 2007 and 2008 and Secret Circle in 2013. Now a winner of five consecutive races, Drefong is a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Gio Ponti. “I’m thankful for this opportunity, especially on a day like this. I am glad to get this win for the team.” Second-place trainer Ron Ellis (Masochistic, favorite) – “Mike got him a perfect trip. I thought we were a winner at the quarter pole, but the other horse (Drefong) just dug in and outgamed us to the wire. We just got beat by a better horse today.” Winning trainer Bob Baffert (Drefong) – “What a racehorse. What a race. He’s been getting better and better, but we didn’t know how fast he was. He had trained so well coming into this race I thought he was peaking. When I saw him in the paddock I just knew he was going to get it done.” Third-place trainer Robert Falcone Jr. (Mind Your Biscuits) – “He ran great. All respect to the two horses that beat us. He ran the race he needed to run and showed he’s competitive in here. There’s always that saying ‘I wish the wire was a little bit farther’ because he galloped out in front (of Drefong and Masochistic). He showed he belonged. He’s a real professional. He handles himself well and knows what his job is and loves doing it. He takes it easy on himself.”