Santo Pezzutti Turns 90, Full Speed Ahead

first_imgBy Art PetrosemoloSanto Pezzutti is a well-known, respected, local artist listed in the prestigious Who’s Who in American Art. He has had three major shows in the past two years while also working as a free-lance art director. And somehow Pezzutti finds time for his other passion, sailing. He has been the Sanderling fleet champion at the Monmouth Boat Club for more than a decade and always a fierce competitor on the water.The eye-opener, however, is he is doing this at 90 when most people are happily retired or happy to get out of bed every day. Pezzutti shows no sign of slowing down as he approaches his milestone birthday June 2. He is one busy nonagenarian.Pezzutti was born in Italy in a family of five children; he has a sister, 83, and a brother, 65. Pezzutti came to the United States just before turning 6, settling with his family in Passaic. His dad, a stonemason, moved the family after World War I, looking for work and opportunities for his children.When asked about his artistic ability and when he began to enjoy art, Pezzutti laughs. “Because I was still learning the English language in kindergarten,” he says, “I spent an extra year there before moving on to first grade. One of the things the teachers did to keep me busy was provide me an easel and paint. It both kept me busy and got me started.”Today, Pezzutti paints several times each week and has three or four projects under way at any one time. He paints in all mediums on all surfaces. Although he is best knows for his semi-impressionistic portraits, Pezzutti says that recently he is painting what he wants to paint and has been focusing on boats and nautical scenes.“Great painters never retire,” says his daughter Carol, herself a respected portrait artist. “What would they retire to?” she says with a smile.Santo Pezzutti, an artist and a sailor, with one of his paintings.Critics comment that Pezzutti brings to his paintings the joy of the outdoors with a clarity and freshness that depicts his enthusiasm for the world around him. They say his bold contrasts of unique color combinations express intense emotion.Pezzutti, many times, uses thinned down paint, which can be partly transparent, like watercolor, to capture his subjects and the drama of the moment. He describes his work as a “stream of consciousness ” method, never striving for photographic realism.Pezzutti’s formal training came during and after high school at Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. He spent time in the U.S. Army during World War II and then returned to art school in 1945, before taking his first job as an illustrator at Charles Dallas Reach, a Newark advertising agency. His career progressed to New York City where he worked for years as an art director for Paris & Pert and handled the packaging line for Jane Parker products.Pezzutti married (the late) Gertrude Doherty in 1952, a fellow artist he met in art school. They were married for 59 years and had four children, three who are in art-related fields including portrait artist Carol; Diane, an art director in Atlanta; and Paul, a New York architect.While he was working in New York City, Pezzutti had a summer home in Monmouth Beach. The family decided they wanted to live permanently in Monmouth County so he built a home in Rumson and continued to work as a free-lance art director for such accounts as Smart Balance foods, a company he actually named for its developer Bob Harris. Harris, an octogenarian, is still a close friend and entrepreneur. He continues to work closely with Pezzutti in developing concepts and marketing approaches for new products.Pezzutti’s busy schedule still allows time for sailing. Living now on the Navesink’s north shore, he has a perfect view of the Monmouth Boat Club where he has been a member for 52 years and is one of the club’s oldest, but none-the-less most active, racing sailors.For many years, Pezzutti sailed in the small, one-design Albacore Class with his son Paul as crew. At age 61, Pezzutti realized the small, tender Albacore was for younger skippers. “It was just too tippy,” he says. Pezzutti switched to the Sanderling class – a larger catboat rigged boat – where he has been more than competitive, almost impossible to beat, for the past decade.Son Paul continues to crew for his dad and says Pezzutti, as would be expected, sails like an artist “always looking for the most wind on the water to achieve the closest tacking angle to get to the turning marks and finish line.”Pezzutti has outlasted the entire Sanderling Fleet as the number of boats sailing in the class has decreased for the past several years providing him with only about a dozen bridge and bay races to show his skills each season. Pezzutti’s Sanderling (No. 25) is 45 years old and – with a talented skipper – is still the boat to beat in the fleet. In its heyday, the bay race attracted nearly 20 Sanderling and cruising boats from Monmouth Boat Club and Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht Club and Pezzutti took top honors or top three finishes nearly every time it was sailed.Pezzutti won Sanderling class honors from 2000-2009 and the trophy detailing those accomplishments has been retired; his record never to be equaled.As he looks forward to the years ahead, he has no plans to slow down. He will continue to work as an art director, paint, exhibit and sail. Pezzutti’s family and friends will honor his 90th birthday at a special party at the Monmouth Boat Club June 2. All fully expect Pezzutti to be art directing, sailing, and painting when they gather to celebrate his 100th birthday in 2022.last_img read more

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Raymond Taylor: Finding The Right Open Door

first_imgThat official separation of the races was very much part of life that followed Taylor when he was drafted and inducted into the Army in 1942. Taylor served in the all-African-American machine-gunner units assigned to the 450th and 207th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA) Battalions. His units had served in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands before being moved to the farther Pacific theater, stationed in Australia. “Australia didn’t want us then, either,” he recalled, referring to his black fellow servicemen.Taylor went on to see duty in New Guinea, New Britain, Guam, the Philippines, “All the way to Japan,” Taylor recounted with pride.He ended the war with the rank of “buck sergeant,” the lowest level of sergeant, indicated by a three-chevron, with no rockers, insignia.Taylor returned to Fair Haven and then again to active military duty during the Korean War. He again served with the 450th Battalion, being involved in the landing and battle at Inchon in 1950, which became a decisive victory for U.S. and United Nations forces.He finished his military service with the rank of first sergeant; his brothers, William and Kenneth, both gone now, had seen duty at the Battle of the Bulge and elsewhere for William; Kenneth was part of the “Red Ball Express,” a famed truck convoy relying largely on African-American soldiers to provide supplies to the fast-moving Allied Forces making their way across Europe after the D-Day invasion.“I guess we got it in our blood,” to serve, Taylor observed.The three boys came to live in Fair Haven when Raymond was 7. Their parents weren’t in a position to care for the boys. They were taken in by John and Ella Bailey, who weren’t related but became their foster parents. The Taylor boys lived with the Baileys in the River Road home built by John Bailey, who worked as the lighthouse keeper at Twin Lights, Highlands.“Aunt Ella,” as the boys referred to her, was the child of former slaves who relocated to Fair Haven. Her father, Horace Corliss, was one of the carpenters who helped build the historic Bicentennial Hall/Fisk Chapel, still existing on Fisk Street. The site was the center of Fair Haven’s African-American community in the late 19th- and early 20th century.The Taylors continue to live in the Bailey River Road home, having raised their children there.Fair Haven was a good town to grow up in, both Taylor and Elizabeth said. As a child, she said, there were just two stores in town, one at each end, and only one policeman.“We had fun,” Taylor recalled fondly. “We would build wagons. We would go down to the river and jump in,” living the carefree life of the very young.Coming home from the Army in 1953, Taylor went to work for the Little Silver Board of Education, spending his career as a custodian at Point Road School, the district’s elementary school, eventually becoming head custodian. He retired in 1992, but not before establishing some lasting relationships with both teachers and students. “Some of those kids grew up with my kids, played with my kids,” Taylor said. And he cared for his charges, always looking out for them in small ways. “I always knew all their names,” he said.“I always lectured the boys who worked under me about what was expected of them,” in the school, he said. “To respect the kids, respect the teachers.”It’s been a good life for the Taylors, who have six grandchildren and six great-grandkids, who come to visit when they can. And a life that will continue in Fair Haven, if Elizabeth has any say in it. “I wouldn’t live anywhere else,” she said.For Raymond, his more than nine-decade life provided lessons. One of the most important, he stressed is, “The world’s open to you if you just find the right door.”This article was first published on the Scene Page in the April 20-27, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By John Burton |Memorial Day means a lot to Raymond Taylor Sr., who has spent most of his 94 years living in Fair Haven. As the day approaches Taylor takes out his U.S. Army uniform – the olive drab, old Eisenhower waist jacket that Taylor can still fit into, bearing the “three up and two down,” chevrons and rockers indicating his rank of Army first sergeant and his Distinguished Service medal and combat infantry badge. His Army cloth side cap can sit proudly on his head, now with the gray hair of age, the cap adorned with insignias of his former outfits, as well as noting his membership in the Red Bank Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 438, alluding to his experiences in World War II and in the Korean War a few years later.Taylor, barring his deployment for military service, has appeared at every Fair Haven Memorial Service since 1947, according to Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli. At the annual services honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country, Taylor often offers a few words about the holiday’s true meaning and his personal experiences. “I just want to speak the truth,” he said. “I don’t write it down … I just speak whatever comes into my head and out my mouth.”And he said he plans to do it as long as he can, God willing, because “I understand what I was fighting for,” he said in his soft-spoken voice and with a steely glint of remembrance in his eyes. “I was fighting for the good of my people.”“His people” – Taylor is an American who served his country proudly in two conflicts and cared for his wife, Elizabeth, who is now 88, and their seven children. But he’s also an African-American man who grew up in the early part of the 20th century, a time when segregation was still very much a part of life.Taylor and his wife, who also grew up in Fair Haven, recalled going to Red Bank on Saturdays. She and her friends would walk there and back, Elizabeth remembered, “to save the 20 cents the bus cost, 10 cents each way.”Taylor said he liked to go to the Carlton Theater (now the Count Basie Theatre) to watch the “cowboy pictures.” But as an African-American, Taylor acknowledged, he would have to sit in the balcony.In his hometown at the time, blacks and whites attended separate churches and he, his brothers and black friends had a separate Boy Scout troop. Taylor was the first African-American to graduate Red Bank High School, back when it was on Mechanic Street.And the “’N-word’ was spoken,” he remembered. But, “We learned to live around it,” he said. He and his brothers, William and Kenneth, played with white children and had wonderful relationships with their families in the days before Fair Haven’s streets were paved, when they were simply covered with dirt or gravel. “Sometimes we stayed over in each other’s house,” as children, he said.last_img read more

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Silver medal bittersweet for Kootenay Wildcats

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsFor the third consecutive year the Kootenay Wildcats watched as another team celebrated a provincial title.Thompson/Okanagan Rockets scored the only goal of the third period to squeak out a 3-2 victory in game three of the 2010-2011 Female Midget AAA Championship Sunday night in Rutland.The Rockets win the best-of-three series 2-1 and repeat at Female Midget AAA Champions.“Try as we might we (just) could not get a break,” said Kootenay coach Mario DiBella. The Wildcats lost in 2009 to the Vancouver Fusion and in 2010 to the Rockets.This season it appeared to be different story as Kootenay opened the series Friday with a 3-1 win. Goals by Shannon Hall of Rock Creek and Hailey McLean of Castlegar staked the Cats to a quick 2-0 lead.Thompson/Okanagan scored a power play goal to pull within a goal of Kootenay. But before the regular season champs could get any closer Hall scored her second of the game into an empty net.“(We) played tremendous defence over the last period,” DiBella said.Saturday, once gain the Cats scored first with Cranbrook’s Daley Oddy giving the visitors the early 1-0 lead.Thompson/Okanagan tied the game then scored twice on the power play to take a 3-1 lead.Oddy, a member of the 2011 Team B.C. squad that competed in the Canada Winter Games in Halifax, scored her second of the game to close the margin to 3-2 but Kootenay could not find the equalizer. DiBella was less than impressed with the officiating in game two.“(Those calls) unfortunately adversely influenced the outcome of the game for the Wildcats,” DiBella lamented.Sunday, for the third consecutive game Kootenay scored first as Team B.C. defenceman Aimee DiBella of Nelson gave the Cats a 1-0 lead with a power play marker.Thompson/Okanagan tied the game before the period ended. In the second the Rockets took the lead. This time Hall came to the rescue, evening the game after 40 minutes.The third period turned into a defensive battle as both teams looked for opportunities to score.The Rockets took advantage of their chance, getting the winner on the power play.Kootenay pressed for the tying goal, pulling the goalie in the final minute of the game despite playing a player short but could not tie the contest and for the third straight season win finish as silver medalists.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Kinrade, Baby Sens off to next round in AHL playoffs

first_imgWith their backs against the wall the Binghamton Senators found a way to win.The Sens, a team that features Nelson Minor Hockey grad Geoff Kinrade on defence, ran the table on the Manchester Monarchs after getting down 3-1 in the series to advance to the next round of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs.Ryan Potulny scored 3:07 into overtime as Binghamton completed a historic series victory over the Monarchs, advancing to the division finals with a 6-5 decision Saturday in Game 7 at the Verizon Wireless Arena.Binghamton won the final three games in overtime.The Senators became just the second team in AHL history to win four OT games in one series, the 16th club to successfully come back from a 3-1 series deficit, and the sixth to win Games 6 and 7 of a series on the road.Kinrade did his part to the historic series by scoring in the second overtime period Friday to power the Sens to a 2-1 win, finishing the game with a goal at 10:01.Kinrade, in his second season with the NHL Ottawa farm team, finished the series with a goal and three assists for four points.Binghamton will face Portland Pirates in the Atlantic Division finals beginning Wednesday night.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week – Kootenay Chill Club Basketball Team

first_imgThe squad, under the direction of L.V. Rogers Bombers coach and grad, Jeremy Phelan, consists from players in the Steve Nash and Trafalgar Thunder programs.The Chill have posted wins against opposition from, Penticton, Kamloops, Gibsons from the Sunshine Coast and Kelowna.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the players with Team of the Week honours.There are two teams in the program — U14 and U13.Some of the players posting a 3-0 record at the recent Pro Hops Tournament in Kamloops include, Callum McClure, Kelton Forte, Boris Oudeman, Mateo Kataoka, Van Kozak, Evan Lammle, Nathaniel Pan, Jaheem Berry and coaches Mike Nagle and Jeremy Phelan. The Kootenay Chill Club Basketball Team continues to gain experience on the spring minor basketball circuit, playing various tournaments in the Thompson and Okanagan region.Club basketball is played outside the high school season, allowing players and coaches to gain more experience in preparation for the next season beginning in the fall.last_img read more

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Mixed results for Bombers Field Hockey Teams

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers Field Hockey teams had some mixed results during games against West Kootenay rivals Stanley Humphries of Castlegar and J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail.The LVR Girls defeated an inexperienced Stanley Humphires side Monday 8-0. Shianne Michalchuck was a one-person wrecking crew scoring six times with Jessica McLeod and Paige Miesner adding singles.Tuesday, the Hawks broke open a close game with three second half markers to defeate the Bombers 6-2 Tuesday.The game started out very even and both sides had opportunities to score good defense and goal tending at both ends. The Bombers began to press late in the first half through the speedy play of Hanna Quinn, Julia Burkart and Michalchuck and were soon rewarded with a goal from Quinn after the Bombers began to assert themselves around the Crowe penalty area. Michalchuck scored a few minutes later after a quick free hit was taken by Burkart. Crowe came back a few minutes later and scored two quick ones on rookie goalie Mae Gillespie before adding a marker before half time. On Monday the LVR Senior girls field Hockey team played an inexperienced Stanley Humphries side from Castlegar.  One player wrecking crew Shianne Michalchuck netting six for the Bombers, singles from Jessica McLeod and Paige Miesner en-route to an 8 – 0 victory.  Keeper Johanna Brochhagen recorded her third shut out for the Juniors.On Tuesday the LVR Juniors played JL Crowe Juniors from Trail.  A very even game until late in the second half as Zoe Baxter scored for the Bombers on a goal mouth scramble.  A few minutes later Jessica McLeod scored with a low shot to the right corner for a 2 – 0 victory.  Later that same day the Senior Bombers took to the field to play the JL Crowe senior team.  After the Junior game, Junior keeper Johanna Brochhagen (who is the back up for Senior team, filling in for the injured Senior Keeper Rylee Zondervan) fell ill, and untested Junior mid-fielder Mae Gillespie stepped up to help out the Senior team.  The game started out very even and both sides had opportunities to score good defense and goal tending at both ends.  The Bombers began to press late in the first half through the speedy play of Hanna Quinn, Julia Burkart and Shianne Michalchuck and were soon rewarded with a goal from Hanna Quinn after the Bombers began to assert themselves around the Crowe penalty area.  Shianne Michalchuck scored a few minutes later after a  quick free hit was taken by Julia Burkart.  Crowe came back a few minutes later and scored two quick ones on rookie goalie Mae Gillespie.  Who was doing all she could to help out the team.  Crowe began to press the Bombers and were soon rewarded with another goal before half now up 3 – 2.  In the second half the Bombers tried to make some adjustments but just could not get the right combination out there to re-establish our fast checking game.  J.L Crowe scored three more times to a 6 – 2 win over the Bombers. Next up for the Seniors is the always challenging Oliver tournament. Photo: Tuesday afternoons action, Forward Hanna Quinn pressures a Crowe attacker with support from Shianne Michalchuck as Zoe Baxter asses play.center_img In the second half the Bombers tried to make some adjustments but just could not get the right combination out there to re-establish our fast checking game.Meanwhile, the Junior Girls edged Crowe 2-0. Zoe Baxter and Jessica McLeod scored for the Bombers against Crowe.Next for the Bombers is a tournament this weekend in Oliver.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – THURSDAY JANUARY 15, 2015

first_imgPeter Miller3896424%$531,386 Mark Glatt2054325%$167,776 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS COACHING LEGEND BOB BOYD MISSED AT SO CAL TRACKS            Southern California horse racing lost an ardent supporter on Wednesday, with the passing of longtime USC basketball coach Bob Boyd, who died of natural causes at age 84 in Palm Desert.A star player at USC in the early 1950s, Boyd coached the Trojans with distinction from 1967-79, amassing a record of 216-131. Through 1975, he went head to head with the legendary John Wooden at arch rival UCLA, and Boyd became the only coach to ever defeat “The Wizard of Westwood” twice on his home court, Pauley Pavilion.A regular attendee at Santa Anita, Hollywood and Del Mar during his playing and coaching days, Boyd was an annual visitor at Del Mar throughout his retirement and regularly sat with a spirited group of longtime friends such as fellow coaches Pete Newell (Cal), Jerry Tarkanian (UNLV, et al), Dan Ayala (assistant to Tarkanian), Ed Goorjian (Crescenta Valley High), and Gene Victor (Mt. SAC).Coach Boyd is survived by his sons, Bill, Jim and John, and 10 grandchildren. For all of those who knew him, he’ll never be forgotten. Elvis Trujillo5195418%$458,448 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Joseph Talamo535979%$409,508 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 11 FINISH LINES: Yes, that is Chantal Sutherland galloping horses at Santa Anita these mornings, but she has no plans for a comeback. She studied interior design at the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach and also hopes to obtain a real estate license soon . . . Jockey Drayden Van Dyke‘s five-pound apprentice allowance is good through Monday, Jan. 19. On Jan. 20, he starts as a full-fledged journeyman, with no weight advantage . . . Victor Espinoza worked Zenyatta‘s first foal to make it to the races, Cozmic One, five furlongs Thursday in 1:03.20. “This makes the third time I’ve worked him,” Espinoza said. “The time before, I worked him from the gate. He feels great. John (trainer John Shirreffs) has been going easy with him, bringing him along slow. I don’t know how good the horse is, because I’ve never really asked him to run yet. ” . . . Tom Quigley‘s guests in the East Paddock Gardens this weekend will be HRTV host/analyst Scott Hazelton, Saturday, and Derek Lawson, agent for jockey Flavien Prat, Sunday, both days at 11:20 a.m. . . . Jockey Alex Canchari has been suspended three racing days (Jan. 17, 18, 19) for careless riding on Best Efforts in Saturday’s fourth race . . . A Celebration of Life for the late Dr. Jack Robbins will be held Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., in Del Mar’s Turf Club . . . Sign of Beelzebub: Life a Riley, a son of the late Bertrando who turns six next Jan. 1, has finished sixth in his last three starts. In today’s sixth race, he breaks from post position six . . . Bob Baffert isn’t showing his age. The Hall of Fame trainer celebrated his 62nd birthday Tuesday and took the occasion to get a senior’s discount at a car wash. His day was made when the cashier carded him. Rafael Bejarano591313822%$674,816 TALAMO SEEKS STAKES REPEAT IN MONDAY FEATUREJoe Talamo seeks his second straight stakes win on Harlington’s Rose when he rides her in Monday’s holiday feature, the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Talamo guided the 4-year-old daughter of Harlington to a picture-perfect victory in the Kalookan Queen at 6 ½ furlongs on Dec. 28, rallying from a stalking trip to win by a length and a quarter.“She ran great; it set up for her,” Talamo said. “They went quick up front, and she runs her race every time, especially sprinting on dirt. She comes with that big run, so hopefully they go pretty quick and she’ll have a big shot.”Added trainer Steve Knapp: “She’s really sharp right now. We just asked her a little bit and she exploded in her work. We know she loves the dirt and she came out her race fantastic, so now’s the time to run.”Fans can “buck up” on bargain day at Santa Anita this Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which completes a three-day weekend at The Great Race Place with another popular Dollar Day. On-track attendees can enjoy draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for a dollar each. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Victor Espinoza4178317%$486,130 JOJO WARRIOR STRETCHES OUT IN LA CANADAIf punters were caught unaware by Jojo Warrior’s uncharacteristic eighth-place finish at7-2 in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs on Dec. 26, join the club.Imagine how Bob Baffert felt. He trains the 4-year-old Pioneerof the Nile filly, who finished 20 ½ lengths behind victorious Sam’s Sister.“I was surprised at how poorly she ran,” Baffert said. “She was training great going into it, but you know what? She wasn’t effective going one turn last year, and when I finally stretched her out, she was a different filly.”That’s what Baffert is hoping for when Jojo Warrior runs in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.“She’s been training well for this race, so I think she doesn’t want any part of one turn,” Baffert said. “That’s it. She doesn’t want to be rushed.”On the status of Horse of the Year and male 3-year-old finalist Bayern Baffert said: “It’s not that serious, but I haven’t been able to work him.“He just had an abscess (on his right hind foot), so I’ve got to be really careful with it. He’s day to day.”The field for the La Canada: Fleet of Gold, Alex Solis, 12-1; Sam’s Sister, Elvis Trujillo, 2-1; Lexie Lou, Corey Nakatani, 6-5; Thegirlinthatsong, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Jojo Warrior, Martin Garcia, 4-1; Une Cherise, Joe Talamo, 15-1; Ramona’s Wildcat, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; and Colonel Joan, Gary Stevens, 12-1. Martin Pedroza4375516%$241,410center_img Kent Desormeaux4395621%$512,008 Tyler Baze701031214%$520,698 Peter Eurton2252323%$244,130 DISTANCE KEY FOR JOJO; BAYERN ‘DAY-TO-DAY’THIRD TIME THE CHARM FOR FLORAL ROMANCE?HARLINGTON’S ROSE SHARP FOR MONDAY STAKESARDENT RACING FAN COACH BOB BOYD PASSES Gary Stevens2054225%$236,630 SISE HOPES FLORAL ROMANCE SETTLES IN FOR MEGAHERTZCliff Sise Jr. hopes for an improved performance from Floral Romance when she runs in Saturday’s $75,000 Megahertz Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on the turf.The Kentucky-bred daughter of After Market owned and bred by Marty and Pam Wygod finished a disappointing ninth in Katherine Crosby at Del Mar last out on Nov. 7. The Megahertz will mark her third start for Sise. Previously, Floral Romance had been trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. The 6-year-old mare was third for Sise in the Swingtime at Santa Anita last Oct. 4, rallying after a slow start.“She ran great in the Swingtime, but when she shipped to Del Mar for the Crosby, she got very nervous in her stall, but she’s always shipped to Santa Anita well,” Sise said. “I have a window in her stall and she’s OK in there.Sise is back training full time after running Jenny Craig’s farm, “but when she closed it down and sold it, I went to Saudi Arabia a few months, then I came back and here I am, training out of San Luis Rey Downs.”The field for the Megahertz: Blingismything, Kent Desormeaux; Fanticola, Martin Garcia; Rusty Slipper, Rafael Bejarano; Nashoba’s Gold, Joe Talamo; Floral Romance, Brice Blanc; Winning Rhythm, Kieren Fallon; Industrial Policy, Corey Nakatani; Bee Brave, Gary Stevens; Oscar Party, Victor Espinoza; Magnificent Shirl, Martin Pedroza; and also-eligible Birdlover, Elvis Trujillo. Mike Smith3765616%$530,841 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer3996523%$799,552 Drayden Van Dyke574597%$284,886 Corey Nakatani3063420%$293,536 Mark Casse2143319%$287,150last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MARCH 4, 2016

first_imgFernando Perez1321113198%33%$642,344 Jeff Bonde2872425%46%$168,010 Santiago Gonzalez20538292419%44%$1,507,469 John Sadler62118518%39%$507,619 Kristin Mulhall3676219%42%$306,520 FINISH LINES: Congrats to seven-pound apprentice rider Bruno Panicucci on winning his first race at Santa Anita yesterday aboard Icona for trainer Phil D’Amato. “He earned it,” D’Amato said. “He works hard.” Icona won by a length-and-a-half and paid $7.60 as the second choice. Panicucci now has eight career wins, his first four coming in his native France . . . Retired Hall of Fame riding great Laffit Pincay Jr. was a visitor to Clockers’ Corner Friday, looking fit enough to ride again. “I visited my native country of Panama a few times, I’ve also spent some time with my mother, Rosario, who is 93 and in an assisted living facility, and I recently returned from a Jockey and Jeans event in Ft. Lauderdale benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund,” said Pincay, who turned 69 last Dec. 26 and retired in 2003 . . . Rosie Ybarra celebrates her 64th birthday next Thursday, March 10. “I came to Santa Anita 37 years ago for the Strub Stakes and never left,” said the popular grub and grog hostess at Clockers’ Corner. “I’ve been at Clockers’ Corner now for 20 years.” Tyler Baze19520312810%41%$1,077,416 EFFINEX ARRIVES FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPMOR SPIRIT DRILLS SATURDAY FOR SAN FELIPE KOBE‘S BACK WORKS FOR THE SAN CARLOSOM IS ON COURSE FOR GRADE I KILROE MILE Martin Garcia94169917%36%$905,399 Rafael Bejarano19342372022%51%$1,898,377 UNUSUAL HEAT: CALIFORNIA’S $50 MILLION MANPerennial California leading sire Unusual Heat has passed the $50 million mark in cumulative progeny earnings, becoming the first sire in the history of California breeding to achieve this while standing his entire career in the Golden State.Unusual Heat has sired 18 crops, and his 16th crop of two year olds will hit race tracks this year. As of Thursday, he boasted $50,158,241 in earnings.It was only fitting that the race putting Unusual Heat over the milestone was the stirring stretch drive victory by his son Boozer in the Sensational Star Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 27.Unusual Heat is the all-time leading sire in California in total progeny earnings, California-bred earnings and career progeny turf earnings. He set the all-time single-season California record for progeny earnings in 2008 with over $5.8 million and was again the California earnings champion for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, becoming the leading sire in California for an unprecedented six consecutive seasons in the modern era.In 2015 Unusual Heat achieved an unmatched ninth consecutive season of over $3 million in progeny earnings and also won his 12th consecutive California-bred North American Turf earnings championship. He has sired one Eclipse Award winner and 15 California champions, including 2015 two-year-old filly champion Pacific Heat.Unusual Heat has also started to make his mark as a broodmare sire, adding eight new stakes winners since 2015, including Grade I winners Masochistic and Spanish Queen.Unusual Heat is 26 years old and currently standing his 19th season at stud in California and his sixth at Harris Farms in Coalinga, CA.For more information about Unusual Heat, contact Harris Auerbach at harris@unusualheat.com or go to www.unusualheat.com . Mike Smith68761310%38%$944,075 Edwin Maldonado13025111219%37%$849,205 David Lopez1162081617%38%$600,811 (Current Through Thursday, March 3) Brice Blanc464579%35%$451,940 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Joseph Talamo17318202210%35%$968,014 Steven Miyadi49911818%57%$304,544 Drayden Van Dyke11213131512%37%$741,724 Mark Glatt6588312%29%$369,025 Hector Palma3053517%43%$134,547 Gary Stevens50106720%46%$1,113,803 William Spawr2975324%52%$187,687 Carla Gaines3762216%27%$453,015 Bob Baffert7917121222%52%$1,263,570 Ron Ellis2252223%41%$164,730 OM ‘READY TO ROLL’ IN FRANK E. KILROE MILEMultiple graded stakes winner Om is at the ready for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf March 12.“He just breezed two days ago, so we’re all set in that regard,” trainer Dan Hendricks said. “He got his work in and we’ll get a good strong gallop in Wednesday or Thursday. He’s doing good and we’re ready to roll.”Om was third behind Bolo and Obviously in the Grade II Arcadia Mile on grass Feb. 13, but won three of his previous four starts before that.Probable for the Kilroe: Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat; De Treville, Bolo, Mike Smith; Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado; Ocho Ocho Ocho, no rider; Om, Gary Stevens; and What a View, Kent Desormeaux. KOBE‘S BACK BREEZES FOR SAN CARLOSKobe’s Back, on the winning track again after wearing blinkers to capture the Palos Verdes Stakes on Feb. 7, worked four furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 47.20 for Peter Eurton under regular rider Gary Stevens.Kobe’s Back is headed for the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on March 12. Also working for the San Carlos Friday was Salutos Amigos for trainer David Jacobson. Salutos Amigos was second in the Palos Verdes, beaten only a half-length.Probable for the San Carlos: Calculator, Flavien Prat; Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia; Salutos Amigos, Mike Smith; San Onofre, no rider; and 2015 San Carlos winner Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano. Flavien Prat18433262718%47%$1,944,601 Mike Puype58611310%34%$301,130 Philip D’Amato9621161622%55%$1,100,485 Agapito Delgadillo7398612%32%$251,607 Jerry Hollendorfer991591415%38%$981,546 Doug O’Neill13522192116%46%$1,130,473 J. Keith Desormeaux3565817%54%$241,069 Peter Miller971191211%33%$476,435 EASTERN INVADER EFFINEX SETTLES IN FOR BIG ‘CAPEffinex, the probable favorite for the 79th running of the Grade I, $1 million Santa AnitaHandicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino a week from Saturday, March 12, arrived safely from Florida early Thursday evening and was bedded down in trainer Eoin Harty’s barn to prepare for the prestigious mile-and-a-quarter classic.“We left Palm Meadows at 6:30 a.m. our time (Eastern Standard Time) and got in the barn about 6:30 (Pacific Time),” said Kent Sweezey, assistant to Jimmy Jerkens, who trains Effinex.“It made for a long day for him but he ate up everything last night and looks good. I had him walking this morning and bouncing around, so he shipped good.”Sweezey, who recently turned 30, is a native of Lexington, Ky. He worked with Harty until parting company two years ago at Del Mar and has been with Jerkens for 18 months. Prior to that, he was with Christophe Clement for a bit, then came to Southern California where he was with Harty for three years.“The horse hasn’t run since November 27 (when he won the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs),” Sweezey said. “Initially, we were going to give him a break after that. Then the World Cup was considered but we felt he wouldn’t be ready to go all the way to Dubai (for the March 26 race), so we decided the Santa Anita Handicap was the next-best option.”Effinex, a five-year-old full horse by Mineshaft bred in New York by Dr. Russell S. Cohen, a veterinarian, is owned by the Tri-Bone Stables. The horse has won seven of 20 starts and earned $2,112,950.“Effinex will breeze here for sure, but rain is supposed to come the next couple days, so it puts us in a predicament,” Sweezey said. “We gave him a little breeze Wednesday before we left Palm Meadows–I’m not sure it even went down as a breeze–but he blew out a little bit.“He jogged today, will gallop tomorrow, breeze in the next couple of days and then go straight into the race. Maybe Jimmy will be here for the race. I’m not sure. We’ve got a bunch of good young horses in Florida one of which might run there the same day Effinex runs here, so Jimmy will have to make a decision if he’s going to come out or not.”Probable for the Santa Anita Handicap: Donworth, Mario Gutierrez; Effinex, Mike Smith; General A Rod, Rafael Bejarano; Hard Aces, no rider; Imperative, Santiago Gonzalez; and Melatonin, no rider.In other Big ‘Cap news:According to Santa Anita’s work tab, Donworth worked four furlongs Friday on Santa Anita’s fast main track in 48 seconds flat under exercise rider Jonny Garcia. Trainer Doug O’Neill, however, had the son of Tiznow going a mile in 1:45, the last eighth of a mile in 11:60.“He went super,” O’Neill said. “All systems are go.”Trainer Phil D’Amato said turf marathon specialist Big John B would pass the race in favor of the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on grass Sunday, March 13.Havana Belle, a four-year-old filly that won the $75,000 Astra Stakes at a mile and a half on grass Jan. 17, also is ticketed for the San Luis Rey for D’Amato. Brice Blanc, who was aboard the Irish-bred filly in the 2 ¼-length Astra upset at 10-1, retains the mount.Bob Baffert said Cat Burglar, who also is nominated to the Grade II San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs March 12, would not run in the Handicap.Gold Cup at Santa Anita winner Hard Aces is scheduled to work tomorrow for John Sadler at 6:45 or 7:45 a.m.Team Hollendorfer also is likely to have a starter, although Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, said they were waiting on “the weights and the weather” before rendering a final decision. Hollendorfer has three horses nominated: Cyrus Alexander, Point Piper and Southern Freedom.Fans at Santa Anita on Big Cap Day will receive a free Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino with paid admission while supplies last.            First post time will be 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.MOR SPIRIT HEADS SAN FELIPE WORKERS TOMORROWMor Spirit, Bob Baffert’s primary Triple Crown contender, is scheduled to work Saturday at a time and distance the trainer did not reveal for the San Felipe Stakes on March 12.Baffert said Martin Garcia would be aboard for the workout.Also scheduled to breeze Saturday for the Grade II San Felipe at 1 1/16 miles are undefeated California-bred Smokey Image for Carla Gaines, Robert B. Lewis Stakes runner-up Uncle Lino, five furlongs at 6:45 under regular rider Fernando Perez for trainer Gary Sherlock, and Danzing Candy for trainer Cliff Sise Jr.Probable for the San Felipe: Danzing Candy, Exaggerator, Mor Spirit, Smokey Image and Uncle Lino. Steve Knapp2751319%33%$153,830 Vladimir Cerin3393527%52%$307,630 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Alonso Quinonez614847%26%$206,150 Richard Baltas8014121018%45%$980,394 Martin Pedroza74109414%31%$282,700 Peter Eurton6912161117%57%$743,317 Mario Gutierrez14619252113%45%$1,135,369 Clifford Sise, Jr.1854128%56%$196,540 Victor Espinoza6189613%38%$681,135 Patrick Gallagher2863521%50%$468,023 Jeff Mullins2456021%46%$164,634 Abel Lezcano5462411%22%$254,764 George Papaprodromou3973618%41%$213,890 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux8412211614%58%$1,024,990 -30-last_img read more

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2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament Tips Off Wednesday

first_imgNo. 1 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 2 Nicholls earned a two-round bye and will start their campaigns Friday in the semifinals. No. 4 Sam Houston State will await the winner between the Privateers and the Islanders while No. 3 Stephen F. Austin will face the victor of the Cardinals and Bears. Thursday’s matchups are set for 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively. The tournament opens up with No. 5 seed New Orleans taking on No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a rematch of last year’s championship. No. 6 Lamar and No. 7 Central Arkansas will hit the court at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to conclude the first round of competition. No. 6 Lamar – 19-12 (11-7 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 7 Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m.Lamar is the No. 6 seed in the Southland tournament for the second consecutive season after posting a 19-12 overall record and an 11-7 league mark. The Big Red finished the season winning six of their last eight games but fell in its regular season finale against McNeese, 69-60. This is the Cardinals’ 17th trip to the Southland postseason, searching for their seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They are led by senior Colton Weisbrod, who was named to the All-Conference First Team for the second straight year. He ranked second in the league for rebounds (8.1) and 10th in the league in scoring (15.0). No. 2 Nicholls – 21-10 (15-3 SLC) – First Game: Friday vs. Winner Game 4, 7:30 p.m.Nicholls returns to the Southland Conference Basketball Tournament with a co-championship to its name. In his second season at the helm, Southland Coach of the Year Richie Riley leads the Colonels back to postseason action after earning their first title since 1998. He welcomed 10 newcomers to his team this season with senior guard Roddy Peters leading them all, averaging 19.7 points per game in league play. Peters, the Southland Newcomer of the Year and an all-conference first team honoree, paces a Nicholls offense that averaged 78.4 points per game against league opponents. The Colonel defense ranks first in field goal percentage defense with Stephen F. Austin (.417) in league games. No. 1 Southeastern Louisiana – 21-10 (15-3 SLC) – First Game: Friday vs. Winner Game 3, 5 p.m. After a thrilling home victory over Nicholls to close out the regular season, Southeastern Louisiana earned the No. 1 seed and a share of the 2017-18 regular season title. The Lions will look to Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-Southland selection Marlain Veal to send Southeastern back to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. Their lone appearance in the Big Dance came in 2005. In conference games, SLU led the league in scoring defense (65.7) and was third in field goal percentage defense (.420). The Lions head into Friday’s semifinal with a league-best winning streak of eight games. No. 7 Central Arkansas –16-15 (10-8 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 6 Lamar, 7:30 p.m.Southland Conference Player of the Year Jordan Howard brings Central Arkansas to its first consecutive trip to Katy and third overall since becoming eligible for the tournament in 2010-11. Howard led all Southland scorers in league action (26.4) and overall games (25.8), which ranks him third in the nation. Freshman center Hayden Koval earned a selection to the Southland All-Defensive Team after leading the league in blocked shots (3.1 per game), ranking sixth across all of Division I. The Bears are looking for their first win in the Southland postseason. KATY, Texas – The 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament tips off Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. No. 4 Sam Houston State – 18-13 (12-6 SLC) – First Game: Thursday vs. Winner Game 1, 5 p.m.The Bearkats head into their 16th consecutive Southland Tournament, earning a first-round bye with a 12-6 league record. Led by first team All-Conference selection Chris Galbreath, Jr., Sam Houston State was top of the conference in rebounding margin (+2.7) with Galbreath ranking seventh individually in the league (7.3). Junior guard Josh Delaney ranked first in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.478) in Southland contests. Sam Houston will look to shake off a two-game losing streak after falling to No. 7 Central Arkansas and No. 3 Stephen F. Austin to close the season. The first two rounds and semifinal contests will stream on ESPN3, available on WatchESPN.com and ESPN apps. The championship will air live Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. The radio broadcast of the title game will be on SportsRadio 610 KILT in Houston and Sirius-XM ESPN Xtra channel 81 nationwide. No. 3 Stephen F. Austin – 25-6 (14-4 SLC) – First Game: Thursday vs. Winner Game 2, 7:30 p.m.Entering the tournament at the No. 3 seed for the second consecutive season, Stephen F. Austin has its eyes set on returning to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years. The Lumberjacks claimed a conference-best three all-conference selections in junior guard Shannon Bogues, sophomore guard and forward Kevon Harris and junior forward TJ Holyfield. SFA led the league in field goal percentage offense (.488) in conference games and held league opponents to a league-best .417 clip with Nicholls. The Lumberjacks rank first in the nation for steals per game (10.1) and turnovers forced (20.39). No. 5 New Orleans – 14-15 (11-7 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 8 Central Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 5 p.m.The defending tournament champions walk into the Merrell Center as the No. 5 seed, gaining the seeding advantage in the two-way tiebreaker with No. 6 Lamar. The Privateers match up with familiar foe No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who UNO defeated in the 2017 championship 68-65 in overtime. Senior forward Makur Puou averaged 8.7 points and 5.5 rebounds and pulled down 10 rebounds in the two of the final three games of the regular season. Wednesday will be New Orleans first game since last Wednesday after having an open date Saturday. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 11-17 (8-10 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 5 New OrleansThe Islanders snuck into the tournament at the No. 8 seed, owning the three-way tiebreaker over McNeese and Abilene Christian. Led by senior guard Joseph Kilgore, who was a Second Team All-Conference pick, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will look to make another deep run in the Southland tournament. The Islanders won three of their last four games, most recently coming off a 92-87 win over Houston Baptist in which Kilgore downed a career-high 36 points.last_img read more

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Stephen F. Austin Clinches Southland Tournament Title

first_img Hannah Brister OH Jr. Northwestern State Name Pos. Cl. School Corin Evans (MVP) OH Sr. Stephen F. Austin Breanne Chausse OH/RS So. Sam Houston State Ann Hollas S Sr. Stephen F. Austin CONWAY, Ark. – Top-seeded Stephen F. Austin concluded a perfect run through conference opponents this season with a 3-1 victory over Sam Houston State Sunday afternoon’s Southland Conference Tournament championship inside the Farris Center in Conway, Ark. Senior outside hitter Corin Evans notched her 14th double-double of the year and her first of the conference tournament to boost the Ladyjacks over the Bearkats in the championship match.Set OneThe Bearkats stormed out with a powerful performance, handing SFA its first opening-set loss of the tournament with a 25-20 result. Behind sophomore Breanne Chausse’s five kills, the Kats tabbed a .366 team-hitting percentage on 22 assists and one service ace. The Ladyjacks were clicking as well, logging a .303 hitting mark and a pair of blocks on the defensive side of the ball. Sam Houston State’s offense proved too strong, however, as the Bearkats closed out the set with a 5-1 scoring run.Set TwoSFA revved up its play in the second set, connecting 13 kills on 31 attempts to go along with a trio of blocks over the Sam Houston State offense. Corin Evans, Ann Hollas and Xariah Williams each added three terminations in the set to power the Ladyjacks’ offense to a .323 attack mark. Junior Bailey Mulder stamped the set for Stephen F. Austin with a service ace that capped a three-point scoring run and gave the Ladyjacks 25-17 win to even the match.Set ThreeDefense was cinched up one more notch by the Ladyjacks in the third set as the team combined for 21 digs and three blocks to limit the Kats’ offense to a .130 attack percentage. Chausse was once again a huge factor for the Bearkats, leading the squad with six kills, five digs and a block assist to up her hitting percentage to .550 for the match. SFA proved too powerful, however, as Evans and Taya Mitchell combined for a block to close out the set 25-20 in favor of the ‘Jacks. There were a total of 10 ties and five lead changes throughout the third set.Set FourStephen F. Austin saved its best offensive performance for last, ringing up a staggering .419 kill percentage after tucking away 14 kills on 31 attempts. Sam Houston State mounted an offensive effort at the net but fell on the wrong side of 10 attack errors. Hollas sealed the match for SFA with her ninth kill of the afternoon to grab the 25-17 win for the set and secure the 3-1 win.In addition to clinching the Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament championship Sunday, SFA secured an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which is set to begin Thursday, Dec. 5. First and second round competition at the NCAA Tournament will be held at 16 non-predetermined campus sites. At each campus site, four teams will compete in single-elimination first round competition. The two advancing teams then compete against each other in single-elimination second round competition at the same campus site. The winning team from each of the 16 second rounds advances to the regional round.The Ladyjacks will learn the location of their regional site during the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball selection show Sunday, Dec. 1. The time and network for the selection show have yet to be announced.2019 Southland Conference Volleyball All-Tournament Team Madison Green OPP/S Sr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Danae Daron MB Sr. Stephen F. Austin Addison Miller DS/L Sr. Sam Houston Statelast_img read more

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