This article first appeared in the March 8-15, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. The ordinance is expected to be up for public hearing and adoption at the next Oceanport Borough Council meeting, scheduled for March 15.Irace said the zoning law is modeled after the one passed by the Point Pleasant Beach Borough Council in December.“Because it’s a small town and a residential town, we really don’t have an area for any kind of marijuana dispensary or marijuana growing center,” Irace said. OCEANPORT – Two more Two River-area towns have taken a stance on the issue of legalized cannabis.Oceanport and Rumson are moving forward with local legislation prohibiting marijuana, elected officials from both towns told The Two River Times last week.“I just don’t think that it fits in with the character of the town or the area,” said Joseph Irace, Oceanport Borough Council president.Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl said the reason is simple: “Those aren’t the types of businesses that we want to attract to Rumson.”Oceanport introduced a bill at the March 1 borough council meeting “prohibiting businesses engaged in the growth or sale of medicinal and recreational marijuana or paraphernalia in any zoning district,” according to the ordinance.Oceanport is a 3.2-square-mile town with more than 5,800 residents and is “greatly concerned” about the establishment of a cannabis-based business, according to a draft of the ordinance. Oceanport officials would look to prohibit businesses from establishing within a quarter mile of any residence, church, school or recreational facility and stated that “no area” in town is fit to house a cannabis-related business. By Jay Cook | Because Oceanport, like Tinton Falls and Eatontown, is affected by decisions made in the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority’s redevelopment plan, Irace said the town wants to put its position about cannabis sales on the record. Eatontown has also had discussions about legalized marijuana.“At this point, they’re basically auctioning it off to the highest bidder,” Irace said. “Our fear is, what’s going to stop somebody from coming into Fort Monmouth and all of a sudden Fort Monmouth becomes the guinea pig for the experimentation on legalized marijuana?”Irace said with the new Oceanport borough hall, residential developments, care facilities and private businesses, Fort Monmouth is no place for a dispensary of any sort.“We’re a small town,” he reiterated. “We have a small-town police force, we’re not a city and we don’t have a downtown area where people come and congregate.”The same goes for Rumson, a borough nearly twice the size of Oceanport with about 1,000 more residents.Ekdahl said Rumson’s two primary business districts – on West River Road before the Bingham Avenue intersection and East River Road before the intersection with Ridge Road – are stable enough. He believes there isn’t any desire to see a recreational cannabis business there.“In Rumson, we’ve got your basics and that’s about it,” he said. “We think we would just not rather see those types of businesses in our small business districts.“I guess you could call it our protest,” Ekdahl added. Rumson’s ordinance was first introduced at a Feb. 13 Borough Council meeting and will prohibit “the sale of medicinal and recreational marijuana, its derivatives, accessories and paraphernalia.”At that same meeting, Rumson officials also received a letter from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders referencing a resolution it passed formally opposing recreational marijuana in New Jersey. It was the first county in the state to do so.Rumson’s marijuana business prohibition ordinance is set for a public hearing at the next Borough Council meeting, March 13.Both Ekdahl and Irace said their respective municipalities are not against residents using medicinal marijuana, they simply don’t want to see dispensaries in town.Neither elected official was concerned about missing out on potential tax revenues generated through legalized recreational marijuana. A marijuana legalization bill was introduced into the state legislature early this year by state Sen. Nicholas P. Scutari (D-22). Ekdahl said the state government should be focusing on “the pension crisis we have going on and the extremely high property tax rates we have,” rather than legalizing marijuana.MARIJUANA LAWS IN OTHER TOWNSHazlet’s governing body passed an ordinance on Feb. 20 prohibiting a number of different types of marijuana-related businesses in town. The zoning ordinance would not permit cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, retailers and medical marijuana centers.Holmdel Township attorney Michael Collins said at a township meeting on Feb. 27 that the committee began obtaining advice about the laws governing marijuana and other potential ordinances the township could adopt. The committee discussed it further in executive session.Fair Haven’s Borough Council had also floated the idea of passing a zoning ordinance prohibiting marijuana dispensaries in town earlier in February, yet that discussion hasn’t materialized into an actual ordinance or vote.Other towns, like Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Highlands, Monmouth Beach, Red Bank and Sea Bright have taken no official action against prohibiting recreational marijuana.
By Bruce Fuhr The Nelson Daily Sports The Nelson Leafs continue to have success against the defending Kootenay Conference champion Castlegar Rebels. First star Max Mois and Brett Norman each had three points to lead the Leafs to a 6-2 victory over the Rebels Friday in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action at the NDCC Arena. The win gives the Leafs the edge in the season series 3-2. The teams play the sixth game of the regular season series tonight in Castlegar. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Nelson scored twice in the opening period in a span of 15 seconds to put the Rebels on their heels. Mois and Colton Malmsten did the damage midway through the frame. After Anthony Delong cut the margin to 2-1 with a power play goal minutes into the second period, Nelson put the game away with three goals by Norman, Mois and Colton Schell. Nelson then rode the stellar netminding of Andrew Walton in the third to grab the win. Nelson’s Patrick Martens, continuing his point streak and Scott Morriseau on a Castlegar power play, completed the scoring. Martens has eight points in four games since returning to the Leafs after a stint in the BCHL with the Langley Rivermen. The Leafs out shot the Rebels 26-25.The loss is the second in a row for Castlegar while the Leafs have registered points in the last six games going 4-0-0-2.GAME NOTES: The game turned ugly with four seconds remaining when Castlegar goalie Jordan Gluck took exception to some crease crashing and was ejected from the game with a five-minute check-to-the-head penalty. A handful of players were sent to the showers by referee Shawn Peel with 10-minute misconducts. Castlegar back up Patrick Zubick was forced to replace Gluck in goal for the final four seconds. . . . Former Leaf Riley Henderson lasted just under half the game after being whistled for a checking from behind penalty. The Rebels picked up Henderson from Golden after being traded to the Rockets by the Leafs. . . .Castlegar fell to 11 points behind Murdoch leading Beaver Valley after the Hawks stopped Spokane 7-2 in the Lilac City. Ryan Edwards, Craig Martin and Nick Perez each had three points to lead the Hawks. . . .Thursday in the Boundary City, Spokane kept the Border Bruins winless at home with a 6-2 win. Five second-period goals sealed the deal for the Braves.email@example.com
TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owner is Stonestreet Stables, LLC, of Lexington, Ky. JOE TALAMO, YAHILWA, SECOND: “She ran a helluva race, she really did. The plan was to let her break out of there and place herself, which she pretty much did. She ran huge, I mean the winner came to us and she fought back. She did everything but win.” -30- MARTIN GARCIA, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “Today she was good. I think this is the distance that she wants to run, I think she wants two turns. She doesn’t have a lot of early speed. I think she prefers to go at her own pace and this distance lets her run at her own pace.“She has two-turn speed. She just cruises and she’s consistent. This suits her.” JERRY HOLLENDORFER, TARA’S TANGO, WINNER: “We thought she could route because she did run against the Eclipse Award winner (Stellar Wind, second by a nose in the Summertime Oaks last June 20). I was a little distressed when she came away from the gate slower than we wanted her to, but Martin got her into a good position right away.“I don’t know what happened to Mike’s horse (Birdatthewire) but she was running up to the front end and I think one of the key things was that Martin let her go so that he could make his own race.”Next race: “I’ve just got to enjoy this for a few minutes. I might make some plans later on.” JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, BIRDATTHEWIRE, FIFTH: “She just ran off. She wouldn’t load today; she was really leaning against the back of the gate so that when he kicked it, she got off slow. She got up and there was only one thing on her mind and that was ‘get to the front.’“I have no idea though. She’s definitely better than today.”
Luis Contreras849102111%48%$450,157 (Current Through Monday, Feb. 20) STEWART ELLIOTT WINS PRESTIGIOUS GEORGE WOOLF AWARDStewart Elliott, best known for his 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins aboard Smarty Jones, has been selected by a nationwide vote of his peers as winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.A dominant force for many years in the Mid-Atlantic region, Elliott, 51, shifted his tack on a full-time basis to Southern California in 2016 and is now firmly established as one of the circuit’s top riders.“On behalf of our membership, I’m elated that Stewart has been selected as this year’s Woolf Award winner,” said Jockeys’ Guild National Manager Terry Meyocks. “Stewart is an exemplary example of what the George Woolf Award is all about. He’s not only a top rider, he’s a top human being as well and continues to be a solid role model for jockeys everywhere. On behalf of the Guild, I congratulate him on a crowning achievement in his career.”One of the most highly coveted honors in all of American racing, the Woolf Award, which was named in honor of the legendary George “The Iceman” Woolf, can only be won once and was first presented by Santa Anita in 1950. The award, which honors riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing, was won last year by Victor Espinoza. Born in Toronto, Canada, on March 11, 1965, Elliott has won more than 4,700 races and earned the respect of horsemen nationwide for his wide array of skills and consistent work ethic. Regarded as a strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott currently counts local trainers Bob Baffert, Kenny Black, Mike Puype, Art Sherman, Neil Drysdale, Mike Harrington, Jeff Bonde and many others among his regular clientele.“He’s just class through and through,” said Elliott’s agent, Craig Stephen. “He loves to work. He’s happiest when he’s on the back of a horse.”One of five Woolf finalists, Elliott outpolled contemporaries Kerwin Clark, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens to win this year’s edition. In becoming the 68th Woolf Award winner, Elliott follows in the footsteps of most of the greatest riders of the modern era.The Woolf Award Trophy, a replica of the life-sized statue of Woolf that adorns Santa Anita’s Paddock Gardens area, will be presented in a Winner’s Circle ceremony in March. Joseph Talamo981281612%37%$420,908 Martin Pedroza789141412%47%$412,888 Victor Espinoza42911621%62%$609,947 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Norberto Arroyo, Jr.71117415%31%$562,035 Stewart Elliott10211121611%38%$527,872 Mark Glatt51911518%49%$387,025 TRIPLE CROWN CONTENDER ROYAL MO BREEZESRobert B. Lewis Stakes winner Royal Mo, one of the West Coast’s leading Triple Crowncontenders, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday morning in 1:15.40 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.Trainer John Shirreffs sent the son of Uncle Mo owned by Jerry and Ann Moss in company with Tiz Adore, who was clocked in 1:17.40.“I’m very happy with the work,” Shirreffs said, adding that there was still no public decision on whether Royal Mo would run in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 11 or the Rebel at Oaklawn Park March 18.The lone certainty at this point is that Royal Mo and the other Triple Crown contender trained by Shirreffs for the Mosses, Sham Stakes winner Gormley, will not race against each other in the immediate future.“The decision on where and when each horse runs won’t be made until we talk with Dottie (John’s wife and racing manager for the Mosses) and the Mosses,” Shirreffs said.NO. ONE POST OF LITTLE CONCERN FOR BETTYS BAMBINOBettys Bambino seeks his sixth straight victory, his fourth stakes win in a row, and his seventh in eight tries on Santa Anita’s downhill turf course at about 6 1/2 furlongs in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for California-bred or sired horses.Trainer Peter Eurton is not sweating the fact that Bettys Bambino drew the No. One post position in a field of five entrees that will be reduced to four at post time.“He’s been on the rail before,” Eurton said. “The rider just lets him settle, the field kind of spreads out, and then he goes to the outside. That’s his best place. You try and send him out of the one hole, it’s a silly thing to do.”Acceptance, entered in both the Sensational Star and Sunday’s Tiznow Stakes at one mile on dirt, will scratch from the Sensational Star and run in the Tiznow.“We’re going to go in the mile,” trainer Kenny Black said Friday morning between sips of coffee at Clockers’ Corner. “We didn’t want to hook the other four that are in the Sensational Star. That’s a helluva race.“Outside of Obviously and Om, you’ve got the best downhill horses on the grounds.”Black’s a keen observer on that point. Between them, Ambitious Brew, Bettys Bambino, Forest Chatter and Richards Boy are a combined 18 for 31 over the unique venue, a winning average of better than 58 percent.The Sensational Star, race three of nine: Bettys Bambino, Corey Nakatani, 6-5; Richards Boy, Victor Espinoza, 3-1; Acceptance, Stewart Elliott, 8-1; Ambitious Brew, Mike Smith, 2-1; and Forest Chatter, Flavien Prat, 7-2. FINISH LINES: Gary Stevens is back on horses in the mornings but doesn’t expect to ride in a race for another two weeks. “I’m available from March 4 on but I’ve got calls for the weekend of (Friday) March 10 and 11,” said the Hall of Fame jockey who has recovered from surgery on having his right hip replaced last Dec. 21 . . . Jockey Luis Contreras rides at Santa Anita Saturday but leaves Sunday to ride full time at Oaklawn Park where he will be given first call by Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen. Contreras enjoyed noticeable success under agent Craig O’Bryan at Santa Anita where he has nine wins, 10 seconds and 21 thirds through Monday. “He was a joy to work for,” said O’Bryan . . . Jockey Brice Blanc is approaching a milestone of 1,000 career wins in North America. Blanc has 998 victories in the United States and Canada, and is named on four horses at Santa Anita Friday . . . Chantal Sutherland also is approaching 1,000. She stands at 994 but has no scheduled mounts today . . .Trainer Vladmir Cerin said he is “considering” the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11 for Follow Me Crev, who returned to the races Monday with a rail-skimming victory under Kent Desormeaux after a seven-month absence. The five-year-old Quality Road gelding missed last year’s Big ‘Cap with an injury . . . Abel Tasmin, winner of the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos, worked five furlongs Friday for Simon Callaghan who has her ticketed for next Saturday’s Santa Ysabel Stakes and a meeting with super filly Unique Bella . . . Other notable Friday works were recorded by champion Stellar Wind (five furlongs in 1:01.80 for John Sadler); impressive San Vicente winner Iliad (four furlongs under Flavien Prat in 50.20 for Doug O’Neill for the March 11 San Felipe); Silent Bird with Prat aboard for Mark Glatt for the Grade I Triple Bend March 11); multiple graded stakes winner Bal a Bali (seven furlongs for Richard Mandella in 1:26.80); Grade I Gold Cup winner Hard Aces (five furlongs for John Sadler in 1:01.40, breezing) and Grade I Kilroe Mile winner What a View (four furlongs for Kenny Black on the training track in 49.60). For comprehensive morning workout video, please visit the XBTV.com, “video on demand.” TVG reporter/host/analysts Christina Blacker and handicapping author James Quinn will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday, 11:20 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . There was a single winning ticket in Monday’s Pick 6 that paid $109,732.80 purchased through a Maryland hub for $1,880. SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS FALL TO HOLY ANGELS, 26-20 In a game that went down to the wire, Holy Angels Elementary School defeated Santa Anita’s Jockeys, 26-20, in the 50th annual charity basketball game played between the two squads Thursday night at La Salle High School in Pasadena.Proceeds will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.The Jockeys led at halftime, 14-13, and trailed by only three points until Holy Angels hit a three-point basket at the buzzer to produce the final score.“It was a lot of fun,” said TVG’s Kurt Hoover, who coached the riders for the 16th consecutive season. “It was close until the final three-point basket.”Said Derek Lawson, agent for jockey Flavien Prat: “It was a wrestling match out there. Nakatani should have been tossed out of the game.”But it was for a worthy cause and all in good fun.The following played in the game and scored (points in parentheses): Kent Desormeaux (five), his son, Josh (four), Corey Nakatani (four), Chester Bonnet (two), Edwin Maldonado (two), Jamie Theriot (two) and Chantal Sutherland (one).Playing but not scoring were agent Nelson Arroyo, Chad Lindsay, Mario Gutierrez, Gallyn Mitchell, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Joe Talamo and Jose Verenzuela.On behalf of event organizers Nancy Dollase and Angie Stevens, the Holy Angels Athletics program, the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and the Eye on Jacob Foundation, Santa Anita offers a huge thank you to all sponsors who donated their time and money to such worthy causes:Baltas Racing, Dennis O’Neill, Eclipse Racing, Ruis Racing, Phil D’Amato, Solis/Litt Bloodstock, Bonne Chance Farm, Madeline Auerbach, Desormeaux Racing, Dollase Racing, LNJ Foxwoods, ERJ Racing, KM Racing Enterprise, Inc., Cash Call, Bayern, Little Red Feather Racing Club, Brazilian Friends, West Point Thoroughbreds, Stud RDI, Spendthrift Farm and last but not least, Arrogate. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat15437222824%56%$2,423,166 Tyler Baze16030331719%50%$1,399,786 Santiago Gonzalez899121010%35%$448,752 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS ROYAL MO WORKS FOR SAN FELIPE OR REBELTHE RAIL NO PROBLEM FOR BETTYS BAMBINOELLIOTT WINS THE PRESTIGIOUS WOOLF AWARDBEJARANO RESUMES RIDING NEXT THURSDAYSANTA ANITA RIDERS EDGED IN CHARITY GAMESTEVENS HAS CALLS DURING BIG ‘CAP WEEK FIRST-EVER SANTA ANITA MARDI GRAS SATURDAY MARDI GRAS COMES TO SANTA ANITA SATURDAYThe bayou comes to Santa Anita Saturday for the first-ever Mardi Gras Trackside celebration. Join in on the festivities a few days early and let the good times roll.The $28 package includes Cajun fare courtesy of “Ragin’ Cajun on Wheels” (choice of ½ shrimp or ½ catfish Po’ Boy sandwich with choice of side, or a combo plate of red beans and rice with smoked sausage and Gumbolaya, (a Ragin Cajun on Wheels specialty), live music and Mardi Gras-inspired decorations. BEJARANO TO RESUME RIDING ON MARCH 2Perennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano is scheduled to resume riding at Santa Anita next Thursday after recovering from minor injuries when he was unseated from Eaglemaker in the ninth race on Feb. 18.“He just stayed home and got the (left) knee 100 percent,” said Bejarano’s agent Tora Yamaguchi. “He banged up the knee a little bit in the spill and it was still a little sore. He had to serve a three-day suspension so we figured we might as well take those days at this time. Why come back for one day, Sunday?”Bejarano, a 32-year-old native of Peru, had 18 wins from 99 mounts before his mishap, still good for fourth in the standings right now but well behind leader Flavien Prat at 37. Philip D’Amato611371021%49%$809,080 Jerry Hollendorfer9218111820%51%$1,331,108 Tiago Pereira73107914%36%$303,865 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 Bob Baffert4296721%52%$884,686 Also, one 12 oz. craft beer, Club House admission, program, tip sheet and seating. – For more info and to purchase your ticket visit: http://www.santaanita.com/events/mardi-gras-at-santa-anita-park/Upcoming Trackside events at the Winter Meet: Feb. 25, Mardi Gras Celebration; March 18, Big ‘Cap Beer & Cider Festival; March 18, St. Patrick’s Day; April 8, Santa Anita Derby Day Extravaganza; May 6, Kentucky Derby Day Celebration; May 13, Tacos y Cervezas; May 20, Preakness Party; May 27, Gold Cup Beer & Sour Festival; and May 27, Belmont Day. Mike Smith37123932%65%$1,192,159 Peter Miller732017627%59%$1,065,155 Richard Baltas8915151417%49%$809,517 Kent Desormeaux9921121021%43%$1,267,401 Doug O’Neill10511221910%50%$1,025,986 William Spawr2192243%62%$264,271