St. Leo the Great Church in Lincroft opened its doors and welcomed all local Girl Scout Troops to attend mass Sunday, March 10, in honor of Girl Scout Sunday. Local Kindergarten and first-grade Daisy Troops 524, 696, 854 and 856 gathered at the church to celebrate this tradition. The Rev. John Folchetti greeted the girls at the beginning of Mass and addressed them during his sermon.
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
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery reluctant to change XI over Christmas programmeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery won’t ring the changes over the Christmas programme.Emery will not unnecessarily rest players during the next week despite the threat of further injuries.He said: “In my career I never made these decisions. We are going to play the next match in Brighton and we are going to play full, not with considered options or playing with more caution.”The same three points are in Brighton that are in Liverpool and we are going to play first in Brighton. It’s a tough match and we will need every player with 100 per cent focus to do everything on the pitch to win.”I was speaking with Koscielny about the possibility of playing against Burnley and he said ‘not today’ because he was very tired after two matches in a week, so I decided for him not to be with the group. He said, ‘I’m not Matteo Guendouzi, Matteo is 19 and I’m 33!’.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool favourites to land Exeter teen Ben Chrisene ahead of Chelsea – after inviteby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are favourites to land Exeter City teen Ben Chrisene – after bringing him up to Merseyside.Midfield talent Chrisene, 15, is already the youngest ever player to appear for the Devon side and an England youth cap.And now the Kop want to beat Chelsea to his signature, with an invite to play for their youth team this weekend, says The Sun.Exeter know their latest discovery will leave and are cooperating with the move as long as they collect a decent sum.Liverpool have been after Chrisene for months but Frank Lampard took a personal interest by contacting the kid who followed Ethan Ampadu through the Exeter ranks.
Phallon Stoutenburg, Outreach and Housing Co-ordinator of the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society was ecstatic about the fundraiser. “Thanks to the wonderful overwhelming support from the community between August to Christmas, the pantry at the outreach store is still doing ok. But we are still averaging 500 clients per month so all support is welcome.”The final count of the number of non-perishables donated will not be known until the end of the week, but it is clear that this year’s event surpassed the goals and expectations based on last years fundraiser. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Scissors were flying at Studio 105 on Saturday. The Studio hosted the 2nd Annual Cuts for Cans event with all proceeds going to the Fort St John Women’s Resource Society.In exchange for a non-perishable food donation, people received complimentary haircuts courtesy of seven stylists from Studio 105. The event ran from 10am-3pm on a first come, first serve basis. In 2017, the event resulted in seventy-eight haircuts in six hours, but by the three-hour mark, that number was already surpassed.
Hyderabad: Senior Congress leader Marri Shashidhar Reddy Friday sought removal of the Telangana Congress chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy, terming his leadership as a “failure”. The demand of the four-time MLA and ex-Minister comes at a time when the Telangana unit of the Congress is facing a crisis of sorts after putting up a dismal performance in the Assembly elections last December. Congress won only 19 seats in the 119-member Assembly, and since early March as many 11 of those MLAs have announced their decision to cross over to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi, headed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ There already talk in political circles that if two more Congress MLAs switch sides, they may decide to merge the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) with that of TRS which also means the Congress would lose its tag of main opposition. Speaking to PTI, Shashidhar Reddy, also a former Vice-Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority, called for total overhaul of the party setup in Telangana, which is “long overdue and absolutely necessary”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K “We have not focused on the organisation at the grassroots level; building the organisation at all levels is something which has been lacking,” the son of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Marri Channa Reddy said. Shashidhar Reddy alleged the Congress in Telangana, had missed a lot of opportunities to take on the TRS government, particularly to highlight its “glaring failures and corruption.” As a result, the party has not been able to gain the confidence of the people, according to him. “It’s a clear case of failure of the (party) leadership in the state,” Shashidhar Reddy said hitting out at the Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President and demanding his removal. “We have not been able to give that kind of confidence to the people,” he said and alleged the party’s agitations against the TRS government have been “only on paper”. “There are many sections of society who feel threatened or let down; if we don’t stand by them and gain their confidence, they will not trust you,” he said. Uttam Kumar Reddy should have been made to step down “long back” as he has failed to lead the party with single-minded objective of winning elections and carry everybody together, he said. “We have failed to win the confidence of the people. It’s a sum total of all the failures. We have not been able to take on the government, on all their shortcomings, failed promises,” Shashidhar Reddy added. Asked if he was ready to assume charge as TPCC President if the party’s central leadership gives him the responsibility, he said: “Yes, absolutely”.
The Big Ten relinquished a 3-0 lead in the Challenge early Tuesday night, and eventually needed OSU’s victory to finalize the Big Ten’s first win in 11 tries. Turner said it has been frustrating to constantly hear about ACC’s dominance over the Big Ten and the rest of the country. In the second half it was all OSU. The Buckeyes forced FSU to play fast with their smaller lineup and pushed a lead to more than 20. Florida State fought back within two, but that was the closest the Seminoles would come all night. OSU opened its lead back up to 11 at halftime with key shots and strong defense. “That’s a championship right there. It’s huge,” Turner said jokingly about the win. “You can’t say this is the biggest night of our lives, [though]. We’ve had some pretty big nights.” The game played out the same way the Big Ten/ACC Challenge had early on. Like the rest of the Big Ten, OSU garnered an early lead, but just as its conference had done, the Bucks left the door open. But when in doubt, the Buckeyes and their conference pulled it out. Junior Jon Diebler used guard Evan Turner’s penetration to set up big shots for three. He knocked down six of 12, scoring 22 on the night. Turner again set the pace for OSU, immediately penetrating and scoring within seconds of the tip-off. Effective penetration to the basket is something Turner excels at even though he was unable to utilize in OSU’s only loss of the season, to North Carolina. “Our penetration and our shooters were really amazing tonight and we really complement each other well,” Turner said. “That was key for us.” His 25 points on 10-17 shooting led the Buckeyes. He also added 13 rebounds and five assists. The Ohio State men’s basketball team triumphed over Florida State, 77-64, Wednesday in the final game of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.The Buckeyes put the final nail in the ACC’s coffin, giving the Big Ten the deciding win and its first ever victory in the Challenge’s 11-year history. Turner joked earlier in the week that if the Challenge was tied at five games apiece, a victory would call for confetti and cutting down the nets. No nets were removed after Big Ten’s first ever win over the ACC, but a ton of pressure finally was.
After dropping two of three games to Michigan State last weekend, the Ohio State baseball team (18-8, 4-2 Big Ten) is hoping to get back on track for its third Big Ten weekend series as it travels to face Minnesota. OSU coach Greg Beals is hoping his team can bounce back from last weekend’s series. “We had an opportunity to take the Michigan State series and it’s disappointing we blew it,” Beals said. “Good thing is, we have games this week to get back to winning.” OSU has been trying to work on its winning mindset for a few weeks. “It’s just the mentality of all eight innings, man,” said senior shortstop Kirby Pellant. “The pitching has been there all year and the defense has been there all year and finally the bats are starting to come around.” The Buckeyes beat Youngstown State Tuesday night in Columbus in a 3-0 shutout and took down Miami (Ohio) in a 1-0 shutout Wednesday night. Beals said this week’s games were important for the Buckeyes in preparing for more conference play. “The week games get our guys a lot of at-bats,” Beals said. “They help position players get in the groove and they allow our pitchers to get extended innings.” The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 17-12 and 2-1 in Big Ten play on the year. Minnesota redshirt junior infielder Dan Olinger is a guy to keep an eye on for the Golden Gophers, batting .314 with 14 RBIs and a .984 fielding percentage. Junior pitcher Tom Windle has 1.44 ERA with 45 strikeouts and a 4-2 record in 50 innings pitched. Windle has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice this season. Minnesota will be opening the brand new Siebert Field for this series, having played its previous home games at the Metrodome. An OSU series win brings the team that much closer to capturing the conference title. While it’s still early in the season for talk of the Big Ten Championship, it has been on some of the players’ minds for weeks. “When I was a true freshman, that was the last time we won the Big Ten Championship, so I know what that feels like,” said OSU redshirt senior outfielder Joe Ciamacco. “I’m putting everything out there for the team this year. I want us to win this season. I want to bring back the winning tradition to Ohio State. We haven’t had it here in a while.” OSU is set to take the field against the Golden Gophers at 4:05 p.m. Friday at Siebert Field in Minneapolis.