Gee has led efforts to make a change in his community through Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE) and Consumers Helping Affect Regulation of Gas & Electric (CHARGE), even when the odds were stacked against them. In this election, Gee advised that if people truly believe in a cause, they should pursue it regardless of any politics behind it. In response, Hinds directed his attorney Lawrence Luttrell to file a lawsuit Dec. 5 against Holmdel Township. It states that the censure was made “for alleged conduct which is based on one or more false allegations that (Hinds) ‘violated the Township of Holmdel Ethical Standards’” by “diverting public funds.” Election officials indicate their findings on the outside of the ballot envelope. Those findings are then given to the Monmouth County Board of Elections for counting. The board makes the final determination on whether or not the ballot is valid and decides what will be counted and what will be voided. The board of elections also counted late mail-in ballots both on Election Day and Friday, Nov. 8, and made determinations of write-in candidates. Liu declined to comment on the situation. “Based on past recounts that I’ve seen, the results usually don’t change,” Santhana told The Two River Times after the recount results came in. “We have to obviously thank our supporters, not only in the regular election process but in the recount process. I’m definitely thrilled with the support.” In the Nov. 5 election, voters were asked to select two members for the governing body. Mayor Eric Hinds, who was seeking re-election to the township committee, faced censure in a 3-1 vote by elected officials at the Oct. 22 meeting, which he did not attend. The mayor was accused of misdirecting taxpayer money to bring a turf field project to the Holmdel Swim Club without township committee approval. Aside from commissioners and board of election staff, there were eight people present for the recount, Gee recalled. That included an attorney for Liu, a representative of the Monmouth County Republican Committee, Santhana, his attorney, Gee and a few additional campaign staff members. Once the final tallies were counted, results were read aloud by the county administration. Liu’s and Santhana’s teams were able to independently confirm the count as well. “With all the technological advancement we still go back to pen and pencil,” said Gee. Before the recount, it appeared that first-time Republican candidate Chiung-Yin Cheng Liu had won the seat on the dais alongside Weber. Kin Gee, Santhana’s campaign manager, described the scene at the recount as quiet and intense. County commissioners responsible for recounting votes require complete silence during the process so as to not make a mistake, especially considering it’s all done by hand. The Two River Times was unable to reach Hinds for comment before press time. “Even though the odds were clearly against Independents, we believed that was the right thing,” he said. Official results after Election Day showed that Liu had beaten Santhana by three votes. Due to the tight margin, the Independent candidates asked for a recount. HOLMDEL – In a surprising twist in the township’s local election, a Dec. 5 recount has revealed that Independent candidates Cathy Weber and Prakash Santhana were the top vote-getters in November’s election, clearing the way for them to join the Holmdel Township Committee in the new year. “We try to get to the issues and have frequent and constant engagement,” said Gee. “Very early on we identify what are the issues that we want to focus on, what residents should be concerned about, and a lot had to do with integrity and transparency.” At the Dec. 12 township committee meeting, elected officials agreed to direct the township attorney to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Hinds. Deputy Mayor Mike Nikolis and committeemen Rocco Pascucci, Gregory Buontempo and Tom Critelli voted “yes.” Hinds abstained. This is the first time in 25 years that Independent candidates have had a seat at the table in Holmdel, Gee said. It took a lot of effort to get this far. The candidates visited neighborhoods, made themselves available to the public and listened to residents’ biggest concerns. Official tallies after the recount put Santhana in the lead by two votes over Liu. Weber now has 2,170 votes, followed by Santhana with 2,087, Liu with 2,085, and Mayor Eric Hinds with 2,066. According to Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon, there are three offices involved in the election process in Monmouth County. The Superintendent of Elections Office is responsible for counting out provisional ballots and determining whether or not the sender is eligible to vote in the county, without opening the envelopes. The office counted over 3,000 provisional ballots this election season. HINDS FILES SUIT The lawsuit also states that per the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), municipalities must notify residents of meetings at least 48 hours in advance and must post the meeting agenda. The lawsuit alleges that the resolution for the censure Oct. 22, Resolution 2019-322, was not listed on the agenda “despite the (township committee) knowing in advance of the meeting of this subject matter and the intention to adopt it at said meeting.” When recounts are called for, the Monmouth County Board of Elections manually rechecks and recounts the late mail-in ballots and provisionals, and reviews machine tapes from the voting booths Nov. 5. Robin Major, the administrator at the board of elections, said the time it takes to complete a recount can vary, depending on how many districts are involved in the town. All the while, the clerk’s office waits for results and then posts them to the monmouthcountyvotes.com website.
It’s obvious that a rusty, healthy team has a better chance of winning than a battle tested, injured squad.Which is just what happened during round one of the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships.Southridge of Surrey scored early and often en route to a 28-7 victory over Kootenay Rep, L.V. Rogers Rugby Bombers Saturday at City Field in Kelowna.Southridge now advances to the second round of the 16-team tournament to face two-ranked Brentwood College of Mill Bay.The injury-riddled Bombers face 15-ranked Esquimalt. The Island school was rocked 81-0 by Brentwood. LVR entered the tournament without a handful of starters, all suffering injuries down the stretch of the season.Bomber head coach Michael Joyce had hoped the Surrey private school squad may be a little rusty heading into the first round of the provincial tournament.However, that wish was quickly shattered as Southridge beat up and already battered Bomber squad.The Bombers returned home after the game in Kelowna.The team travels to Abbotsford for round two of the tourney Wednesday.Round three goes Thursday before the final placings are set in place Saturday.The Bombers, ranked seventh — the highest in school history — finished 13th spot in 2011.
“That last loss was tough because I felt like we were the better team when we were playing our game and our style,” explained Denison, part of two BC Basketball Championships during his time at Trafalgar Junior and L.V. Rogers High Schools.“But they played very good in the last game and we fought hard so none of us on the team have any regrets.”Denison was a star during his high school days, leading the Bombers to a fourth-place finish at the BC High School AAA Basketball Championships during his senior season after titles in Grade 9 at Trafalgar and Grade 10 Junior crown at LVR.The local hoop star went on to play four seasons at Santa Clara in NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball. He played also for Canada internationally program for some years — the Canadian Senior National Team in 2007, the U21 National Team in 2004 and at the Pan-American Games trials.Denison, who came to Romania following stops in Turkey, Germany and Russia, played 37 Liga Nationala games for CSM Oradea recording 10.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg and 1.2bpg — the latter was fifth best in the league.In six games in EuroChallenge Denison averaged impressive 15.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg and 1.7 bpg and was also voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention Team.“I played very well in EuroChallenge but had a hard time adjusting my game for the referees in the Romanian league,” he admitted.“Almost every away game I would have two fouls in five minutes and have to sit until the third quarter. They just call the game different and there is no governing body to regulate or review their calls. So instead of a block or a steal I would get a foul. “These things add up and as a result I couldn’t play as aggressively as I wanted in the normal league.”Denison, on a one-year contract in Romania, is considering his options for next season. He’s returned to Canada to spend his offseason with his wife, Tricia, and two children in the North Okanagan near Salmon Arm.“Not sure where I will play next year, still looking at the possibilities but I feel great,” he said. “I feel better every year and will continue to work on my game and staying healthy.”No doubt after the 2013-14 campaign, a few teams most likely will be calling for his services. When Sean Denison hopped a flight last summer for Romania, he hoped the move to the European Basketball team would be a good one.Well the move proved to be good for CSM Oradea, Denison’s new club, and amazing for the former L.V. Rogers hoop star.Not only did CSM Oradea make history but also Denison realized a happiness about playing the sport again that had been missing for a few years.”It was a successful year for me personally . . . and it was felt really good to play in a competitive league again,” the 28-year-old power forward said after completing the successful campaign in Romania.“We made history all year,” the 6’11” 245-pound Denison added.“First we got a nod from the EuroChallenge league saying we were the best new entry (first year team) in EuroChallenge this season.“For the first time the club made the Romanian Cup final and then for the first time in club history we made the finals in the playoffs.”Unfortunately, CSM Oradea came up short in both finals — losing in the Romanian Cup and League Final — the latter, a six-point setback in the final of the best-of-five series.
PROSPECT PARK SHARP FOR RICH SANTA ANITA DERBYMIKE SMITH KEEN ON BOLO IN SANTA ANITA DERBYSANTA ANITA DERBY COULD LURE ONE LUCKY DANEHOLLENDORFER HAS THE ‘EDGE’ IN TOKYO CITY CUPELLIS EYES IMPROVEMENT AT MILE FOR MAJESTIC CITY Philip D’Amato6614111021%$659,090 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Thomas Proctor4776315%$529,528 Rafael Bejarano24561343125%$2,818,492 SANTA ANITA RIDERS IN DERBY DAY 5K WALK & RUNSeveral Santa Anita-based jockeys will participate in Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Walk and Run on Saturday, April 4. A traditional prelude to the 78th running of the Santa Anita Derby later in the day, the Derby Day 5K will start at 8 a.m.“We’re going to have more jockeys participating than ever before,” said veteran rider Aaron Gryder, who was born in nearby West Covina and has more than 3,600 wins in a career dating back to 1987.“We’re all out here to have fun, but I think the number of jocks participating is a pretty good indicator that we all are living healthier and are much more committed to fitness than maybe we were 20 or 30 years ago.”The jockeys, with their probable odds of winning provided by Santa Anita morning line maker Jon White follows:Saul Arias, 15-1; Cheryl Charlton, 15-1; Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Omar Figueroa, 6-1; Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Aaron Gryder, 10-1; Modesto Linares, 12-1; Edwin Maldonado, 12-1; Bryan Pena, 15-1; Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Iggy Puglisi, 15-1; Alex Solis, 10-1; Joe Steiner, 12-1; Kayla Star, 15-1; Elvis Trujillo, 8-1; and Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1. All runners will begin their 5K journey in Santa Anita’s parking lot area that adjoins the Westfield Santa Anita Mall. After running north on Baldwin Ave., the course angles west into the Los Angeles County Arboretum for a scenic loop. The runners will then head east across Baldwin Ave. for a short tour of Santa Anita’s stable area en route to the track’s Infield tunnel which takes them to a quarter-mile finish on Santa Anita’s inner training track.Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to participate and may register online at www.kinaneevents.com. Derby Day 5K walk-up registration will be available from today, March 20, through April 2 at Run With Us, located at 235 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena.Those wishing to register the day before the event can do so on April 3 at the Promenade at Westfield Santa Anita from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Race day registration will be available in the Santa Anita parking lot, next to the 5K starting line, beginning at 6:30 a.m.For more information on the Santa Anita Derby Day 5k Run and Walk, please visit santaanita.com/events or call (626) 574-RACE. Victor Espinoza16731322419%$2,024,226 Mike Puype96813138%$419,126 Jack Carava47610613%$191,970 Elvis Trujillo19823242012%$1,331,510 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mark Casse57106818%$797,378 Richard Mandella531091019%$649,566 Joseph Talamo22623253810%$1,636,488 Jerry Hollendorfer15028202319%$3,171,428 Martin Garcia12123161519%$1,716,960 Mike Smith9820191520%$2,247,451 Felipe Valdez7411111115%$348,558 Jeff Bonde3190329%$324,240 DECISIVE EDGE IN GOOD SPOT FOR FIRST STAKES WINJerry Hollendorfer entered Distinctive Edge and Rousing Sermon in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at 1 ½ miles on dirt, but is likely to run only Distinctive Edge, with Rousing Sermon going in Sunday’s $75,000 Santana Mile.It would mark the first stakes start for Distinctive Edge, a 4-year-old Bernardini colt who has made eight of his 12 career races on turf.“We’ll enter Rousing Sermon in the Santana and make a decision,” said Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward, “because he’s very good at a mile, and since he’s a Cal-bred and there’s a Cal-bred bonus (of $22,500), it’s almost the same purse (as the Tokyo City Cup).“But aside from that, we’ve really been wanting to run Decisive Edge long. His best was a mile and a quarter (second by a half-length on Feb. 6), and his dirt race (second to the front-running Alfa Bird at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 2) also was an excellent race. He might be a real specialist at that distance.”The field for the Tokyo City Cup, race eight of nine: Helm, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Decisive Edge, Alex Solis, 8-1; Rousing Sermon, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Bronzo, Gary Stevens, 9-5; Arlington House, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Image of Joplin, Agapito Delgadillo, 12-1; Bailoutbobby, Elvis Trujillo, 8-1; and Sky Kingdom, Martin Garcia, 5-2. John Sadler12017181714%$1,049,034 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Fernando Perez1701521169%$724,990 Drayden Van Dyke18021212312%$1,348,060 Flavien Prat1221114149%$652,986 Michael Pender4366514%$178,020 Bob Baffert9321161323%$1,798,352 (Current Through Sunday, March 22) James Cassidy64981114%$371,480 Tyler Baze26834343113%$2,133,564 Mario Gutierrez9681498%$441,210 Richard Baltas681411521%$616,422 Kent Desormeaux17631322018%$1,799,870 PROSPECT PARK TO BREEZE SATURDAY FOR DERBYProspect Park arrived Tuesday from his San Luis Rey Downs headquarters for theGrade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on Saturday, April 4. Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. couldn’t be happier with the status of the son of Tapit owned and bred by Pam and Marty Wygod.“He galloped here yesterday,” Sise said. “He’ll work five furlongs on Saturday. It’s a very good crop (of 3-year-olds) this year, and thank God, they’re not dropping like flies like they did last year.“Right now, I’m as happy as I could be. He’s doing great.”In other Santa Anita Derby news:Bob Baffert said Thursday morning he is considering the Santa Anita Derby for One Lucky Dane, 9 ¾-length winner of his 3-year-old debut last Thursday. The bay son of Lookin At Lucky finished sixth by 9 ½ lengths in his previous start behind Texas Red in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Nov. 1.“I might run him,” Baffert said. “He likes this track. He’s two-for-two on it (One Lucky Dane broke his maiden by 9 ½ lengths at Santa Anita last Oct. 4). Either that, or I could wait for the Lexington. Now’s the time to find out if you fit.”The Grade III Coolmore Lexington offers $250,000 in purse money and will be decided at 1 1/16 miles April 11 at Keeneland.Santa Anita offers a $750,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool and a $300,000 guaranteed Pick 6 pool on Santa Anita Derby Day. Peter Miller13526271519%$1,323,756 SORESCA TRIES NEW TACTIC IN MARCH MADNESSSoresca was nominated to Saturday’s March Madness Starter Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf and the Grade III Tokyo City Cup at 1 ½ miles on dirt for older horses, but trainer Jim Cassidy is opting for the lesser of the two evils, on paper at least.An Irish-bred daughter of Elusive City, Soresca won her last start at 13-1 going a mile on turf at the $25,000 claiming level, coming from well off the pace under Santiago Gonzalez.“She had shown speed in her earlier races in this country,” Cassidy said, “but it didn’t work out. We’ve taken her back and that suits her better.”The March Madness: Soresca, Santiago Gonzalez, 6-1; Jade With Envy, Felipe Valdez, 5-1; Toppers Sunshine, Fernando Perez, 6-1; Handfull, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Love Blind, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Teasing Moment, Brayan Pena, 30-1; Loan Savant, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Grandiose Tactics, Tyler Baze, 5-2; Marina Del Heat, Flavien Prat, 30-1; Bitter Tears, Modesto Linares, 30-1; and Summers Dignity, Tiago Pereira, 20-1.SANTANA MILE IDEAL SPOT FOR MAJESTIC CITYRon Ellis has found a softer spot for Majestic City. After performing admirably but not winning in four straight graded stakes, the 6-year-old City Zip horse has been entered by the trainer in Sunday’s $75,000 Santana Mile in quest of his first victory since capturing the restricted Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita in October of 2013, a span of seven races.The Santana Mile will mark Majestic City’s second start since finishing fifth in the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on March 7. It was his first race in more than 10 months.“I would hope he moves forward off his last start,” Ellis said. “I think he’s better going a mile than seven-eighths anyway.”Majestic City has a 4-4-4 record from 23 starts, with earnings of $453,960. The field: Secretsatmidnight, Martin Garcia; Majestic City, Tyler Baze; Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux; Appealing Tale, Fernando Perez; Storm Fighter, Alex Solis; Galicado, Mike Smith; You Know I Know, Santiago Gonzalez; Ankeny Hill, Joe Talamo; Rousing Sermon, Rafael Bejarano; and Edge of Reality, Drayden Van Dyke. Ron Ellis56114920%$433,440 Peter Eurton8113131416%$808,606 Mark Glatt6611111117%$493,792 SMITH SEEKS SECOND SANTA ANITA DERBY WIN WITH PROMISING BOLOA winner of a record 21 Breeders’ Cup races and considered by many to be the best big-money rider in American Racing, jockey Mike Smith figures to be a longshot to win his second career Santa Anita Derby with up and coming Bolo, who will try to turn the tables on top-rated Derby contender Dortmund in the 78th running of the West Coast’s most important Kentucky Derby prep on Saturday, April 4.Dating back to Gallahadion in 1940, the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby has produced a total of 17 winners of the Run for the Roses, including two out of the last three–I’ll Have Another in 2012 and California Chrome last year.Trained by Carla Gaines and owned by Golden Pegasus Racing, Inc. and Earle Mack, Bolo, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Temple City, had won two out of his first three starts with Smith on grass, including the one mile Eddie Logan Stakes on Dec. 27, prior to running a big third, beaten only 1 ¾ lengths, by Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7, which was Bolo’s first-ever start on natural dirt.Although Smith, who’s lone Kentucky Derby win came with longshot Giacomo in 2005, took off of Bolo to ride Ocho Ocho Ocho to an eighth place finish in the San Felipe, he’s more than happy to be back aboard for his next engagement on April 4.Q. You saw Bolo run a big third behind Dortmund in the Grade II San Felipe on March 7. Can he improve enough in the Santa Anita Derby to turn the tables on Dortmund?A. “We’re sure hoping so. He had a slight tendency to get tired the other day. He made a beautiful run, looked like he was going to be a big part of it, but he just got tired. He missed close to three weeks of training in between the Eddie Logan and the San Felipe, so he definitely had a license to need that race and it should move him forward, but you just hope it moves him forward enough.”Q. He’s shown good natural speed on dirt and turf. How important is that to you?A. “It’s good to have a horse that has tactical speed like that, who can put you in the race early and put you in a good spot. It always helps. The first time he ran, he got away real bad. He used to be a little anxious in the gate but he’s gotten a lot better about it and he’s been breaking really well.”Q. He’s by the Dynaformer stallion Temple City and he’s out of a Chief Seattle mare. Does he have the pedigree to be a top-tier Derby candidate?A. “I really think he does. I don’t think distance will be a problem for him whatsoever. Like I said, he got a little tired the other day from missing training but every time I’ve ever ridden him, he’s galloped out like a monster. I don’t think the distance will be a problem, I think it will be a plus.”Q. If Bolo runs a big second or third in the Santa Anita Derby, would you commit to him for the Kentucky Derby, or would you wait?A. “I ride the Arkansas Derby (April 11) after that as well, so I’ll have to see how Far Right (by Notional and trained by Ron Moquett) runs and how Bolo runs in the Santa Anita Derby and go from there. As you know, things can change a lot in these prep races so you don’t want to commit right now. If you commit now and they decide not to go (to the Derby), you may have cut yourself off another horse, so you just want them all to keep taking steps forward and it should be no problem.”Q. If you can take a step back, and assess things as a horseplayer, who’s the best 3-year-old you’ve seen this year?A. “I think Dortmund is the best 3-year-old because he hasn’t missed a beat. He’s the only one that’s been marching straight through. He hasn’t missed training. He hasn’t missed anything. I think he’ll want every bit of a mile and a quarter and he’s already proven he likes Churchill Downs with the way he won there (7 ¾ length one mile allowance win on Nov. 29). American Pharoah ran really well at Oaklawn the other day. I’m not sure how much was in that race and it was his first race back, but he surely can’t be as tight as Dortmund is right now, so I’d have to give the edge to Dortmund.”A native of Roswell, New Mexico, Smith, who will turn 50 on Aug. 10, won the 2007 Santa Anita Derby with Tiago and he was also the regular rider of legendary 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta. A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern, under regular rider Martin Garcia, worked six furlongs in company Thursday morning for Bob Baffert in 1:13.40. Stablemate Oh Billy Billy was timed in 1:14.40. “Nice and easy” is how Baffert described Bayern’s move, but the trainer offered no word on what race he might have in mind for the colt’s 4-year-old debut . . . Two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked six furlongs under exercise rider David Neusch in 1:12.40. “She’s training great,” said Richard Mandella, adding, “We’re still working on where to start.” . . . Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano, who won three races Sunday to increase his lead to 61-34 over runner-up Tyler Baze, has been cleared to ride based on an appeal of a three-day suspension (March 28, 29 and April 2) for causing interference on Jazzy Josh in Saturday’s fourth race . . . Firing Line punched his ticket to the May 2 Kentucky Derby with his facile score in Sunday’s Sunland Derby. “He’s back here at Santa Anita and will train up to the Derby,” Simon Callaghan said of the son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher. “I was kind of hoping for that (kind of margin of victory). I think he needed to go and do that to really put himself into the Kentucky Derby picture.” . . . Crimson Giant, 12-1 morning line chance in today’s sixth race, will be making his eighth start this meet, which began last Dec. 26. That’s eight races in 90 days, an average of nearly one start every 11 days for the 6-year-old gelded son of Formal Gold, who will be seeking his second win today in this, his 68th career start . . .Tom Quigley‘s guest handicappers in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. will be Peter Dills, horse player and Southern California food critic, Saturday, and Jonathan Hardoon of the Ragozin Sheets, Sunday . . . Sign of the apocalypse: Leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has started 150 horses this meet, one fewer than leader Doug O’Neill, does not–repeat, does not–have a horse entered at Santa Anita on Thursday or Friday. “We entered,” Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward said, “but the races didn’t fill.” Team Hollendorfer will make up for the rare shortfall when it plans to enter 14 horses on Santa Anita Derby weekend, April 4 and 5, and possibly one at Keeneland, one at Oaklawn Park and one in New York . . . Popular longtime Southern California-based trainer Norman MacDonald passed away in Vancouver, B.C. this past Jan.16 at age 89. A former professional hockey player, he was perhaps best known as the conditioner of long-fused turf gelding Flying Gene. MacDonald was surrounded at his passing by his sons, former trainers Brad and Mark MacDonald . . .On Saturday, the Grade III Tokyo City Cup will be the feature race on Japan Family Day, with the Ramen Yokocho Festival in the infield. For more details, visit www.tokyocitycup.com. Edwin Maldonado11715111413%$528,154 Doug O’Neill15117142211%$883,498 Tiago Pereira1121391412%$434,302 Gary Stevens9316141717%$1,483,818 Steven Miyadi3775319%$227,570 Martin Pedroza14916211811%$666,204 Santiago Gonzalez10914121713%$640,944 Eddie Truman1761235%$255,180 Hector Palma2864221%$146,210 Steve Knapp3362318%$260,510 Brice Blanc5172414%$297,250
SUPPLEMENTAL NOMINEE HEADS FIELD OF EIGHT OLDER FILLIES AND MARES ARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2015)–Richard Mandella’s two-time Eclipse champion Beholder, idle since winning the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes Sept. 27, will resurface in Friday’s $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, with the Grade I, $400,000 Vanity Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on May 9 as the ultimate objective for the 5-year-old mare by Henny Hughes. Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, LLC, Beholder was a supplemental nominee and she heads a field of eight older fillies and mares.A 5 ¼ length winner of last year’s Santa Lucia, the Spendthrift Farm color bearer ran only three times last year as she was a close fourth in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Ogden Phipps Stakes on June 7 prior to her Zenyatta win at Santa Anita.Blessed with tremendous natural speed, Beholder’s six Grade I wins have all come at The Great Race Place, including the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Voted the nation’s Eclipse Award Champion 2-year-old Filly for 2012 and Eclipse Champion 3-year-old Filly in 2013, she is 15-10-3-0 overall with earnings of $3,368,300. She’ll be reunited with Gary Stevens, who missed her Zenyatta engagement due to reconstructive knee surgery.Bob Baffert’s Tiz Midnight, who was a close second to Beholder four starts back in the Zenyatta, took the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Bayakoa Stakes two starts back but was distanced as the 3-5 favorite in the ungraded Paseana Stakes over a wet fast track on Jan. 11. A 5-year-old mare by Midnight Lute, she looms fresh and dangerous in the Santa Lucia.Bred by Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Tiz Midnight is owned by Watson, Weitman and Mike Pegram and is 10-4-3-1 overall with earnings of $334,970.Trained by Keith Desormeaux, California-bred Uzziel pressed the pace in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Santa Margarita Stakes March 14, but tired to finish fourth, beaten 8 ¼ lengths by streaking Warren’s Veneda. A 4-year-old filly by Harlington, she’s owned by her breeders, James W. and Tammy McKenney. Uzziel has four wins from 13 starts and has banked $233,138 and will be ridden for the second time in-a-row by Desormeaux’s brother, Kent.The complete field for the Santa Lucia Stakes, to be run as Friday’s sixth race, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Backintheacademy, Tiago Pereira, 117; Tiz Midnight, Martin Garcia, 123; Melanistic, Tyler Baze, 117; Uzziel, Kent Desormeaux, 117; Gusto Dolce, Flavien Prat, 120; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 123; Oscar Party, Santiago Gonzalez, 117, and Sky Mega, Elvis Trujillo, 117. First post time on Friday is 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
Goalkeeper of the Week: Erin Smith, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Wichita Falls, TexasSmith faced 18 shots and made six saves over the opening weekend of play, helping the Wildcats to their first 2-0 start since 2013, their first year in Division I. She made four of those saves in the second half of a 2-1 win over UTEP, setting up her team for a late comeback with two goals in the final 20 minutes of play. Offensive Player of the Week: Avery Cortez, Houston Baptist – Jr. – Houston, TexasCortez led the Huskies to a season-opening 5-0 win over Prairie View A&M, recording the program’s first hat trick against a Division I program since Sept. 5, 2007 versus Texas Southern. After opening the scoring with a successful spot kick in the 31st minute, she assisted on Noor Abukish’s goal just four minutes later. Her seven points marked the most by a HBU student-athlete since that 2007 win over Texas Southern. Houston Baptist (1-0-0) begins a stretch of four road matches at North Texas at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by another 7 p.m. start at Texas State on Sunday. Abilene Christian (2-0-0) hosts Southwest (N.M.) at 7 p.m. Friday before traveling to Texas A&M for a 6 p.m. match on Sunday. Cortez extended the lead to three in the 57th minute and capped off the victory with a 76th minute goal. Her three goals lead the conference through the first week of play and match her 2018 goal total. Honorable Mention: Natalie Jones, Abilene Christian; Esther Okoronkwo, Lamar; Anna Watson, McNeese. Defensive Player of the Week: Megan Rickert, Houston Baptist – R-Jr. – Round Rock, TexasRickert helped anchor a back line that prevented Prairie View A&M from generating quality chances on offense. The Panthers recorded seven shots in the match and just four on frame. The redshirt junior was on the pitch for all 90 minutes of the contest. Week Two Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist and Abilene Christian earned the first weekly awards of the 2019 season, the league announced Tuesday. Avery Cortez earned Offensive Player of the Week, while fellow Huskie Megan Rickert was named Defensive Player of the Week. Erin Smith of the Wildcats earned the week’s goalkeeper accolade. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Honorable Mention: Ashtyn Franks, Houston Baptist; Roosa Hurmerinta, Nicholls. Honorable Mention: Ana Campa, UIW; Karina Gonzalez, Nicholls; Sophia Manibo, Lamar; Keely Morrow, McNeese. 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 25 percent of ballots.
Offensive Player of the Week: Bailey Zappe – Jr. – Quarterback – Victoria, TexasSaturday’s win over Texas Southern marked another electric performance for the FCS passing touchdowns leader (21), setting program records for completions (43), attempts (59) and passing touchdowns (7). The quarterback responsible for all six 300-yard passing performances in school history, Zappe threw touchdowns to four different receivers against the Tigers as the Huskies compiled a school-record 749 yards of total offense. This is his second Offensive Player of the Week award of the fall. Murray, a redshirt freshman defensive end, is the Defensive Player of the Week. The ‘Jacks (1-4, 1-1 SLC) spoiled Lamar’s homecoming festivities and picked up the first win of the Colby Carthel era with a 24-17 decision. SFA turns its attention to one of the biggest dates on its schedule – the 94th edition of the Battle of the Piney Woods game against Sam Houston State at 3 p.m. Saturday. Honorable Mention: Scean Mustin, Sam Houston State; Alexis Ramos, Southeastern Louisiana; Tre Richardson, UIW. Honorable Mention: Matt McRobert, Sam Houston State; Max Quick, Stephen F. Austin. Honorable Mention: Taron Jones, Southeastern Louisiana; Nathan Stewart, Sam Houston State. Special Teams Player of the Week: Gino Garcia – Fr. – Kicker – Richardson, TexasGarcia converted two of his three field-goal attempts, with his only miss from 52 yards, to improve to 8-for-10 on the year. The freshman nailed a career-long 54-yarder for HBU’s final points in its 68-31 win over Texas Southern. Garcia was 8-for-9 on extra points, setting a program record for most PATs made. He is 29-for-32 on the year on extra points. Defensive Player of the Week: Amad Murray – R-Fr. – Defensive End – Huntsville, TexasMurray played a vital role in a Stephen F. Austin defense that held Lamar to just three points through the first three quarters of Saturday’s 24-17 win over the Cardinals. The redshirt freshman defensive end tallied two of the ‘Jacks’ four sacks, both of which came on third-downs tops. Murray is the first SFA player this season to record multiple sacks in a game. Zappe is the offensive Player of the Week after tossing a school-record seven touchdown passes, and teammate Garcia, a freshman kicker, is the Special Teams Player of the Week for the second-straight week. The Huskies (4-1, 1-0 SLC) wrapped up the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 68-31 win over crosstown foe Texas Southern on Saturday. HBU returns to league play when it hosts UIW at 6 p.m. CT Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist’s Bailey Zappe and Gino Garcia, along with Stephen F. Austin’s Amad Murray, earned Southland Football Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. 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 25 percent of ballots.
Confirmed teamsPot 1Liverpool (ENG, holders)Chelsea (ENG, UEFA Europa League winners)Barcelona (ESP)Manchester City (ENG)Juventus (ITA)Bayern Munich (GER)Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)Zenit (RUS)Pot 2Real Madrid (ESP)Atletico Madrid (ESP)Borussia Dortmund (GER)Napoli (ITA)Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)Benfica (POR)Ajax (NED)Pot 3Lyon (FRA)Bayer Leverkusen (GER)Salzburg (AUT)Valencia (ESP)Inter Milan (ITA)Club Brugge (BEL)Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)Olympiakos (GRE)Pot 4Lokomotiv Moscow (RUS)Genk (BEL)Galatasaray (TUR)RB Leipzig (GER)Atalanta (ITA)Lille (FRA)Red Star Belgrade (SRB)Slavia Prague (CZE)How does the draw work? Uefa AwardsThe following prizes will also be announced during the draw ceremony in the South of France:Uefa Men’s Player of the YearUefa Women’s Player of the YearGoalkeeper of the 2018/19 Champions League seasonDefender of the 2018/19 Champions League seasonMidfielder of the 2018/19 Champions League seasonForward of the 2018/19 Champions League season2 Jordan Henderson lifted the Champions League trophy after Liverpool beat SpursCredit: Alamy Live NewsChampions League 2019/20 scheduleAugust 2019Play off round, first leg – August 20/21Play off round, second leg – August 27/28Group stage draw, Monaco – August 29September 2019Group stage, matchday one – September 17/18October 2019Group stage, matchday two – October 1/2Group stage, matchday three – October 22/23November 2019Group stage, matchday four – November 5/6Group stage, matchday five – November 26/27December 2019Group stage, matchday six – December 10/11Round of 16 draw, Nyon – December 16February 2020Round of 16, first leg – February 18/19 and 25/26March 2020Round of 16, second leg – March 10/11 and 17/18Quarter final and semi-final draw, Nyon – March 20April 2020Quarter finals, first leg – April 7/8Quarter finals, second leg – April 14/15Semi finals, first leg – April 28/29May 2020Semi finals, second leg – May 5/6Final, Istanbul – May 30 26 teams given direct entry to the group stage will be joined by the six winners of the play-off ties.The teams will then be split into four seeding pots.Pot 1 consists of the holders, Europa League winners and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations. Pots 2 to 4 are determined by the club coefficient rankings.No team can play a club from their own association, with the exact draw procedure to be confirmed before the ceremony.The draw also establishes the groups for the UEFA Champions League path of the UEFA Youth League. TOTTENHAM are bracing themselves for being paired with one of European football’s giants in the draw for the Champions League group stages.Spurs stunned Europe by marching through to the final of the competition last season, only to be beaten by Liverpool in Madrid.2 Tottenham were given a lesson by Lionel Messi last season and could be paired with Barcelona in the Champions League again this time roundCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut it is back to the drawing board now for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they wait to discover who they will get in today’s draw in Monaco.Their run last season has seen them boost their Uefa ranking, meaning they are seeded in Pot Two when the balls are picked out at 5pm.But it also means Spurs are guaranteed to be paired with one of the big sides in Pot One – other than Liverpool, Manchester City or Chelsea, with teams from the same country unable to face each other at this stage.That leaves five possible opponents in the shape of Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain or Zenit St Petersburg.They were grouped with Barcelona last season, and were handed a Lionel Messi lesson at Wembley in the first game before drawing against a seriously under-strength team in the Nou Camp.Pot Three is a mixed bag, but Pochettino would surely prefer to avoid the likes of Inter Milan or Valencia if at all possible.Antonio Conte is expected to deliver a much improved Inter this season compared to the one Spurs faced last year, especially after signing Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez this summer.Tottenham’s Nightmare DrawBarcelonaTottenhamInter MilanRB LipzigTottenham’s Ideal DrawZenitTottenhamBrugeLille ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big one
5FOOTBALL legend Gary Lineker has piled the pressure on millionaire Premier League footballers to put their hands in their pockets after donating £300,000 towards the coronavirus relief effort.The former England and Tottenham star and now Match Of The Day host has agreed to give away two months of his BBC salary to the British Red Cross, who are helping those most vulnerable during the pandemic.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates5 Gary Lineker has donated two months salary to the British Red CrossCredit: Getty Images – GettyHe has also appeared to throw the gauntlet down to other top earners including millionaire players by asking others to “join in”.Sharing a Just Giving link on Twitter, Lineker, 59, wrote: “Decided to donate a couple months salary to the @britishredcross who are doing vital work to the most vulnerable during this coronavirus crisis.”Feel incredible fortunate to be able to do this. If you’d like to join in it would be greatly appreciated.”Lineker also responded to a tweet put out by Labour MP David Lammy, who criticised pro footballers.Mr Lammy wrote: “It’s criminal that Premier League footballers haven’t moved more quickly to take pay cuts and deferrals.”And completely wrong that taxpayers are now being asked to subsidise cleaners, caterers and security guards at these clubs instead.”5 5CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – BE IN THE KNOWGet the latest coronavirus news, facts and figures from around the world – plus essential advice for you and your family.To receive our Covid-19 newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.It comes after Spurs, who Lammy supports, became the second Premier League club after Newcastle to slash wages for non-playing staff.But Lineker believes it is not that footballers aren’t interested in helping those less fortunate out, but more that they just don’t know how best to go about doing it.He hit back: “It’s not criminal. Fact is players are not training together so meetings would take time to organise.”I’m positive most of them would want to do something to help but don’t know how, or worry about treading a lonely path.”Let’s give them a chance to act before we all wade in.”CLICK HERE IF YOU’D LIKE TO JOIN GARY LINEKER AND DONATE TO THE BRITISH RED CROSSAfter Spurs putting many of their staff on furlough leave, chairman Levy warned the management and playing staff that they will “have to do their bit” in the current coronavirus crisis.Boss Jose Mourinho pockets an incredible £290,000-a-week at the London club, while star striker Harry Kane makes £200k-a-week.Levy, who was the Prem’s best-paid exec last season with £7million, confirmed in a club statement: “The club’s operations have effectively ceased, some of our fans will have lost their jobs and most will be worried about their future.“The club has an annual cost base running into hundreds of millions of pounds.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’5“We have seen some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus take steps to reduce their costs.“We ourselves made the difficult decision to reduce the renumeration of all 550 non-playing directors and employees for April and May by 20 per cent utilising, where appropriate, the Government’s furlough scheme.“We hope the current discussions between the Premier League, PFA and LMA will result in players and coaches doing their bit for the football eco system.”Famous faces the world over are contributing to the fight against coronavirus with some football stars already pledging millions of pounds.They include Lionel Messi and Pep Guardiola, who have both made donations of over £900,000 to hospitals in Spain and Argentina while Cristiano Ronaldo has made provisions for medical equipment and intensive care units.Brazilian ace Neymar has been revealed as the man behind a £770,000 donation to Unicef and a local charity, while a mystery Liverpool player has given £25,000 to a children’s hospital on Merseyside.And both Brighton boss Graham Potter and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe taking voluntary pay cuts.Best coronavirus memes – Hilarious home schooling montage
Green’s 50th and final match for the Storm ended in heartbreak with Melbourne conceding a late converted try to fall two points short of their second premiership in five seasons. The 30-year-old didn’t have a lot of time to mull over the disappointment, packing up his belongings for Sydney’s northern beaches after inking a two-year deal with the Sea Eagles.Following stints with the Eels, Sharks, Bulldogs and Storm – plus time with Hull KR and Wigan in the English Super League – Green is looking forward to the challenge ahead as he and his new teammates look to make amends after missing the finals in 2016.”It was hard. I’ll probably never watch the game again. It’s not something I’ve really looked back on, to be honest,” Green said of the grand final loss. “I came up to Sydney about two weeks after the game, packed all my stuff up and moved straight to Manly. My family and I had a month to ourselves over here before I started training. “It wasn’t an ideal situation for us and it didn’t pan out the way we wanted it to. We had a really successful time down there in the two years I was there. We were deep into the finals [in 2015] and then got into the GF last year.”I guess I didn’t have anyone to bounce off…but after I stopped feeling sorry for myself, it probably got a little bit easier because these boys were ripping into training and were a month deep into the pre-season when I turned up. “Results from the previous year were the furthest thing from their mind and they were just worried about working hard and starting again.” Green’s move north is a reunion of sorts with coach Trent Barrett after the pair played together at the Sharks in 2009. “It was a hell of a lot different to when I was there. I was 21 when Baz was at Cronulla,” Green said. “I learnt a few really importing things about the game from Baz then. I probably didn’t realise how important they were until I got a little bit older. He was one of my favourite players growing up so I’ve got an enormous amount of respect for him.”I guess he was under a fair bit of pressure when he came back to the NRL and played. At Cronulla he was a really big signing and he was going to be a big chance of taking a lot of pressure off the club. Ricky (then Sharks coach Ricky Stuart) brought him to the club to elevate us to new heights. “He’s still the same person, he’s still got the same principles, he’s still a hard worker, and they’re the things that have rubbed off on the group. “He’s really good for our playing group, he’s got really clear, simple messages, everyone’s under no illusions because he gets his point across. He’s very relaxed, but he’s been getting the best out of the playing group in the pre-season so far.”Barrett’s relaxed demeanour is slightly different to what Green was used to in Melbourne, but the five-eighth was quick to defend Storm coach Craig Bellamy, blaming the networks for always showing him at the most inopportune moments. “He’s a little bit more relaxed than Craig. Craig’s not as angry as everyone thinks, but he just gets in some bad shots on the TV sometimes.”