NEWARK — Two Monmouth County men, brothers-in-law who ran two area Asian restaurants, were sentenced last week in federal court on charges of failing to pay payroll taxes and for their involvement in hiring and harboring illegal aliens, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Mou Chor Tung, who also goes by “Kenny Tung,” a 45-year-old Colts Neck resident, was sentenced to 20 months in prison; Sin Ching Chang, also known as “Alton Chang,” 35, Long Branch, Tung’s brother-in-law and business partner, got two years probation, when the two appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Claire C. Cecchi on Nov. 30, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said last week.Cecchi also sentenced Tung to a two-year supervised released and fined him $10,000. For Chang the fine was $3,000.Tung was the owner and manager of Sawa 1, an Asian and sushi restaurant in Eatontown, while Chang owned and operated Sawa 2, at the Pier Village shopping development in Long Branch. Authorities had alleged, and the two men eventually admitted in court, that they were responsible for the businesses’ bookkeeping, including collecting and paying to the IRS restaurant employees’ contribution to Social Security, Medicare and income taxes, the traditional employee obligations for payroll taxes. But, from 2007 through 2010, authorities said, Tung did not collect from or forward to federal agencies about $263,523. Chang, for 2007, failed to make the necessary $57,048 payments, according to the attorney’s office in Newark.Tung was also obligated to verify the identity and immigration status of his employees, he hired who were in this country illegally; and for some of them he had them use others’ Social Security numbers, the U.S. Attorney said.Tung had bought two Long Branch residential properties and would house the undocumented workers there and transport them back and forth to work in a vehicle belonging to the restaurant, according to federal law enforcement officials.
By Lily Marten |SEA BRIGHT – The annual action-packed Sea Bright Skim Bash took place June 23 and 24 in the borough. Skimboarders ranging from beginners to professionals came out to wow the crowd and judges while competing for prizes. The Skim USA contest showcased skills of all levels and made for a fun and free summer spectacle.This article was first published in the June 28-July 5, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.
Last year’s impromptu ‘Gathering’ brought together the legendary group of friends who perfected the freeski alpine lifestyle, melding mountaineering with mogul-mania and fashion with free-dog in Verbier in the 1970s and 80s. News of the frenetic blend of skiing, philosophizing and partying that ensued over three days in March 2009 at Red Mountain traveled through the blogosphere and pub counter conversations throughout the West, and the call was made for a repeat performance.The Gatherers must gather again, bigger and better!For 2010, The Gathering takes it to another level as several generations of Powder Magazine’s most coveted lensmen converge to present and describe the true stories behind some of the finest ski photographs ever captured. Hank deVre, Wade McKoy, Scott Markewitz, Christian Pondella, Jordan Manley, and Erik Seo collectively represent the past, present and future of Powder’s photographic excellence. Their work has inspired thousands of skiers across the globe, and has helped each of us understand why we seek out that perfect day. Red Mountain’s heritage as the original ski resort of Western Canada and cult northwest powder mecca makes it the perfect location to bring together the old guard of the ski world with young up-and-coming skiers, photographers and filmmakers of the vibrant Kootenay region. The Gathering is a TMP (The Mountain Project) event and another signal of Red Mountain’s growing reputation as a global crossroads for mountain professionals from North America, Europe, Down Under and Up Yonder.The Gathering is a three-day ski-festival culminating in a big night out of photos, short films and live music in the infamous Miners Hall heritage building (circa 1890). The already classic TGR film ‘Swift, Silent Deep’ will make its Kootenay premiere earlier in the day. The event runs from April 2nd – 4th. Visit the Gathering website or click through at Red’s website for presenter bios, full schedules, accommodation event specials and to book.
By The Nelson Daily SportsFor the second time in three years the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks are off to the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships.The Hawks used timely scoring before holding off the Bomber charge to knock off defending champion L.V. Rogers 3-2 in the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Championships Friday afternoon in Trail.A goal by Marlese Mauro off a free kick midway through the second half snapped a 2-2 tie sparking the Hawks to the narrow victory.“We dominated about 90 per cent of this game . . . we had multiple chances in the end but just couldn’t capitalize,” said Bomber head coach Deb Fuhr, thrust into the role on the sidelines after last season’s tag-team of Reed Bambrick and Heather Stewart were unable to commit to the coaching full time.“The girls showed a lot of heard and determination against Crowe and never gave up.””Everybody brought their A-Game to Trail,” added Fuhr.J. Lloyd Crowe, dumping Prince Charles Comets of Creston in semi final action, now represent the Kootenays to Port Coquitlam June 2-4 for the B.C. High School AA Girl’s Championships.Just what the doctor didn’t order for LVR was a Crowe team jumping to a 2-0 first half lead. A mix-up by defender Samantha Einarson and keeper Olivia Marshman gift-wrapped the first marker for the Hawks, heading into the tournament as the number one seed despite the two teams not playing this season.Crowe went up 2-0 before Andrea Stinson gave LVR some life when the skillful midfield curled the ball into the net off a corner kick.LVR tied the game early in the second half when senior striker Sarah Fuhr set up Paige Mansveld.However, minutes later Mauro drilled a free kick over the head of Marshman for the winning goal.“I always knew we could come back even though we were down by two goals,” said Fuhr. “We tied it 2-2 but the goal by Marlese took a little wind out of our sails . . . but still never game up, we just couldn’t finish.”For the Bombers the Kootenay Zones could not have come at a worse time.The squad was besieged by injuries with no less than striker Morag Paterson and defender Alex Hawes both having to leave the game.Defenders Brittany Wheeler and Austin McGauley as well as Sarah Fuhr were also hampered with injuries.LVR also missed the services of defender Kiraya Spencer, missing the tournament due to a previous commitment.LVR advanced to the final by stopping Stanley Humphries Rockers 3-1.A pair of second half goals by Paterson and Wheeler, with a lazer of a shot off a free kick, snapped a 1-1 tie powering the Bombers past the Rockers.Samantha Einarson scored in the first half for LVR, driving home a corner kick by Fuhr.The game marked the final contest of the high school career for Sarah Fuhr, Kiraya Spencer, Jessica Stack, Sara Einarson and Teresa Cutler.Despite losing some key pieces of the puzzle, the head coach says the Bombers will be back in the running next season.“This is a team to watch out for next season,” Fuhr said. “There’s some very good players coming up and some good Grade 11’s so LVR will be good next season.”firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nelson Youth Soccer U12 Boys lost 1-0 to Kelowna in the gold medal final of the Icebreakers Tourney recently in the Okanagan.The tournament was the first of the competitive rep season for the U12 squad.Nelson missed a pair of penalty kicks that came back to haunt the squad as Kelowna would score the only goal in the contest. “They represented the organization very well and I couldn’t be more proud of each and everyone of them,” said head coach Al Faraguna.”I was a little worried prior to the tourney, as I put our squad in the Gold division for the weekend and wasn’t sure how they would compete with the best there,” Faraguna added. “It didn’t take long for me to realize that they were one of the most well rounded teams in that category.”Nelson opened the tournament defeating Calgary 1-0 before rocketting past Vernon 6-1.”Our boys controlled the play from start to finish,” Faraguna said.Nelson then defeated Kelowna in penalty kicks to advance to the final.
“He is a well-rounded player who has no problem going to the tough areas of the rink to score goals and make plays.”Playing in a small town in Manitoba, Avery feels like Selkirk College will be a good fit for him.“I chose Selkirk College because of the great hockey program and I’ve always wanted to live in BC,” he says. “It’s a great opportunity to get a start on my education and figure out what path I want to go.”During his time in Swan Valley, Avery was popular with his teammates and in the community.“The Stampeders are pleased that Selkirk College had successfully recruited BJ Avery for their upcoming season,” says Stampeders head coach Erik Peterson.“As an organization we wish to thank BJ for his dedication, and wish him success in his education and hockey in the future.”Avery is very appreciative of the opportunity that was given to him in Swan Valley, but is looking forward to his next chapter in British Columbia.“It was a great place where my teammates and I were treated very well,” says Avery. “I’m going to miss the organization and the community.”Avery’s academic goals are to enroll in Selkirk College’s Business Administration Program in the Fall Semester.Avery is the fourth forward to commit to the Saints for the upcoming 2015-2016 season joining Dallas Calvin (Trail BCHL), Troy Maclise (Osoyoos KIJHL) and Marcel Fuchs (Creston KIJHL). The Selkirk College Saints men’s hockey team has bolstered its 2015-2016 roster with the addition of hulking forward BJ Avery who has committed to playing in the upcoming British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season.Avery is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward who recently completed his final season with the Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL).A strong presence down the middle, the Clearwater, Manitoba native spent three seasons with Swan Valley posting 30 goals and 35 assists in 118 career games at the Junior A level.This past season saw Avery set career highs in goals (18), assists (18), and points (36).“I hope to be a go-to guy on the ice and in the locker room that will help the team in any way possible,” the towering Avery says of joining the three-time defending BCIHL champion Saints.Recruited by former Saints head coach Alex Evin, Avery will bring something the team was missing during the 2014-2015 season.“BJ will bring size and strength to an already skilled, hardworking forward group,” says Evin, who announced last month that he will be taking up assistant coaching duties with the BCHL’s Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
In the end, a short bench proved to be the undoing for the L.V. Rogers Bombers at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships in Langley.Already without power forward Vinnie Watson, the Bombers lost top scorer Josh Matosevic in the third quarter of Saturday’s consolation round game against Bodwell Bruins of North Vancouver.The injuries made it easy for the Lower Mainland squad to blast the Bombers 74-54 on Day four of the Provincial High School Basketball Tournament.The result left the Bombers in 14th spot in the 16-team tournament.Bodwell took a 18-10 lead into the second quarter, increasing the margin to 33-22 at halftime.Bombers remained close, but after Matosevic was taken out attempting a jump shot, the Kootenay reps had very little offence left to overtake Bodwell.Matosevic led all Bombers scorers with 22 points while Robby Dixon added 16 and Eamon Studer nine.Bodwell dominated the boards at both ends of the courts, finishing the game with a 40-8 points in the paint advantage.Bodwell also held the advantage shooting, shooting 53 percent to LVR’s 29 percent.LVR finished the tournament with a 1-3 record, losing to eventual champion Southridge of Surrey and Duchess Park of Prince George. The lone win came against Charles Hayes of Prince Rupert.Bombers knock off No. 4 Charles Hayes at Triple-A Basketball TournamentThe senior class led by example, combining for 78 points to spark the L.V. Rogers Bombers to an 81-74 upset victory over fourth-ranked Charles Hayes of Prince Rupert Friday in consolation round action at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Championships in Langley.Robby Dixon led the 16th ranked Bombers in scoring with 30 points while Josh Matosevic had 28 and Jake Anderson 20.LVR opened the game with a solid first quarter, building a 23-17 advantage.Charles Hayes closed the gap to 40-36 at the half before LVR increased the margin to 61-56 after three periods.LVR forward Kai Shave played most of the game in foul trouble and and Vinnie Watson injured a knee to limit the Bombers attack.”Vinnie is probably out of the tournament now,” said LVR coach Jeremy Phelan.The Bombers shot 45 percent from the field during the game and hit 89 percent at the foul line.LVR lost Thursday to Duchess Park of Prince George 80-57.”We brought it to within 10 but they pulled away on free throws and fast break at the end when we had to gamble and pressure then full court,” Phelan explained.The Bombers now meet Bodwell of North Vancouver in consolation action Saturday at 1:15 p.m.
FINISH LINES: Santa Anita will once again give away its popular Wall Calendar free on opening day to all fans at the track with paid admission while supplies last. The theme of the 2016 calendar is “What’s in a name,” describing how Thoroughbreds come by their monikers . . . The first 20,000 paid attendees will receive a $100 Mathis Brothers Furniture gift certificate and the first 5,000 kids 17 and under will get a plush, mini-Thoroughbred toy, courtesy of Mathis Brothers . . . Agent Brad Pegram has booked Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith on multiple graded stakes winner El Kabeir for owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer John Terranova II in the Malibu. El Kabeir’s sire is Scat Daddy, who died Monday at the age of 11, young for a stallion.The son of Johannesburg stood at Coolmore Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky. Also coming in for the Malibu is Zia Park Derby runner-up Pain and Misery for trainer Henry Dominguez . . . Abel Lezcano, a 24-year-old native of Panama, will be a regular at Santa Anita, according to his agent, Nelson Arroyo. “Lezcano has been riding for five years, mainly in Kentucky and New York. I came out to Del Mar with Stuart Elliott last year but he got hurt early in the meet after winning the Best Pal Stakes for Mark Casse,” Arroyo said. “I was so impressed with the treatment I received and the racing here, I fell in love with Southern California.” . . . Jockey Matt Garcia hopes to make a comeback soon. Injured in a riding mishap at Ferndale on Aug. 18, 2013, the 45-year-old rider suffered fractures in his neck and back when he was stepped on by a horse. He is exercising horses now and “hopes to ride again if I get the opportunity. Doctors inserted a plate and six screws, but I’m in no pain. I’m going one day at a time. Getting on a horse is everything to me. It’s my life.” . . . Agent Vince DeGregory has taken the book of jockey Tiago Pereira, currently in his native Brazil, but due to return to the states Dec. 22 in time to ride opening day . . . Agent Vic Lipton will represent apprentice Brayan Pena, who has 25 wins and presently carries a seven-pound weight allowance. According to California Horse Racing Board rule 1619, Pena will ride with the “bug” until he reaches 40 victories or until October, 2016, whichever comes first . . . Trainer Dan Hendricks has multiple stakes winner Om set for the Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for three-year-olds on opening day. With Gary Stevens aboard, Om worked six furlongs on the main track Wednesday in 1:14.40. “He galloped out real strong,” Hendricks said. “We’re all set.” . . . San Pasqual Stakes winner Hoppertunity worked five furlongs for Bob Baffert in 1:00.40 . . . Stormy Lucy, who pulled a 65-1 upset in Del Mar’s Matriarch under Kent Desormeaux to give Ed Moger Jr. his first Grade I win in 40 years as a trainer, is ticketed for the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf Dec. 27, as is Grade I winner Warren’s Veneda, who worked six furlongs on the main track Saturday in 1:13.80 for Craig Lewis with Tyler Baze up . . . Retired turf writer and handicapper for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner & Orange County Register Jerry Antonucci will be Tom Quigley‘s seminar guest on opening day, 10:50 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens. On Sunday, 2015 NHC Tour champion Jonathan Kinchen will do the honors starting at 11:20 a.m. . . .Happiness is just a thing called “Joe.” Los Angeles Turf Club Chairman Keith Brackpool announced today that all visitors to Clockers’ Corner throughout the meet will receive their first cup of coffee free. Decaf or regular, your choice. FOUR CHAMPS EYE RETURN DURING SANTA ANITA MEET Champions Beholder, California Chrome, Nyquist and Songbird could showcase their Eclipse Award talents at Santa Anita’s Winter Meet that begins its 79th season of world-class racing on Saturday, Dec. 26 with a 12 noon first post time. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.Beholder’s next race is at least two months away. The two-time Eclipse Award championcurrently is enjoying R&R in a grass paddock at Peacefield Farm in Temecula “and she’ll be back in” to Santa Anita around Jan. 1, trainer Richard Mandella said.“It’s just life,” Mandella reasoned philosophically about the daughter of Henny Hughes,who missed the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 due to a fever, but owns a remarkable 11 wins from 12 starts at Santa Anita.California Chrome, 2014 Horse of the Year but unraced since finishing second in the Dubai World Cup last March, has been compiling frequent flier mileage since, but is “doing great” now at his Los Alamitos headquarters.“He’s working every Saturday and getting stronger and stronger,” trainer Art Sherman said of the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit. “We have the San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 9 scheduled as his comeback race.”Unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Nyquist has the Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 15 ticketed for his three-year-old debut.“It all depends on how he looks and feels,” trainer Doug O’Neill said of the Uncle Mo colt owned by Reddam Racing, a slam-dunk to be named champion male two-year-old of 2015.“Right now the San Vicente is under strong consideration.” Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Songbird, who should be a unanimous choice as champion two-year-old filly of 2015, is galloping at Santa Anita with no announced date for her first breeze back, but the Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 6 is a long-range goal, according to Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward.As previously stated, Beholder has won 11 of 12 starts at Santa Anita; California Chrome three of five; Nyquist two of two; and Songbird one of one, giving the four horses a combined record of 17 victories from 20 starts at Santa Anita, an astounding 85 percent. STEPHEN/SANTIAGO: A MATCH MADE IN OVERNIGHT HEAVENOn arguably one of the most competitive circuits in the land, jockey Santiago Gonzalez remains below the radar among mainstream race goers, but not with blue chip bettors, who recognize that the 32-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, offers value on almost any horse he rides.Gonzalez was second to perennial Southern California riding king Rafael Bejarano at the recent Del Mar meet, 20-18, and currently is vying for leading rider honors at Los Alamitos.Asked if he envisioned this kind of success when he teamed up with Gonzalez a year ago, agent Craig Stephen said, “Not a chance. It all came to pass through hard work. My car was brand new with 100 miles on it when we began, and now it’s got 28,000 miles on it, so that shows how much running around we did working horses.“We’d go to Santa Anita, San Luis Rey, Los Al, back and forth. I mean, it was no holds barred. On Dec. 12, 2014, I picked him up 11:30 at night at LAX; he rode his first race Dec. 26 at Santa Anita and was second in a photo finish on a 40-1 shot named Life’s Journey for (trainer) Marsha Schwizer.“I couldn’t tell you how many thousands of horses he’s worked from then until now to get to where he’s at, and it’s due to hard work by both of us, but mostly Santiago, because he’s the one getting on the horses.”Stephen, a 52-year-old who is Boston born and raised and still has a noticeable “pack the cah” accent, trained for a dozen years before becoming an agent for the second time.“Being an agent is the easiest thing in the world,” said Stephen, whose boisterous mirth is as recognizable as his girth. “I was a jock’s agent before and another time (I was) agent for a van company. The difference between being an agent for a van company and a jockey is basically the same sell: ‘Can I move a horse for you, can I ride a horse for you?’ The check is certainly greater as a jock’s agent.“My friends have helped me out. (Trainer) Jim Cassidy was huge in making this kid successful. He was the first guy to give Santiago a shot in stakes. Eric Guillot gave us a shot in the Santa Anita Handicap on Moreno when he ran second to Shared Belief (last March 7).“The funny thing was, the day after the race, on the radio they were talking about how Santiago rode Moreno so well from the five-eighths pole to the wire to finish second. They forgot all about the winner. It was so weird. Shared Belief might be the greatest horse of all time, and they’re talking about Moreno and the ride Santiago put up.”Stephen is a race track lifer.“My dad was dragging me out to the track when I was in a carriage,” Stephen recalled. “I remember going to the Marshfield Fair. My dad (Mike), who’s 88 now, owned horses and trained horses for a stint. He always had two or three horses. My uncle, Rick Stephen, had a bunch of great horses, including Windsharp, a multiple graded stakes-winning mare trained by the late Wally Dollase.“My whole family’s been in the sport forever.”Windsharp became the first female ever to capture the San Luis Rey Stakes in 1996 when it was a Grade I race, coming from dead last on the far turn to win the mile and a half marathon by a neck under Eddie Delahoussaye.Added Cassidy: “I have a lot of confidence in Santiago when he rides a horse for me. I liked him right from the start. I watched him in the mornings and that’s when I started using him, and we’ve had a lot of success.“He’s got a good head; we don’t converse very much because his English is kind of lacking, but he knows what’s going on, and I think he’s getting better and better.” FLAVIEN PRAT RETURNS OPENING DAY AT SANTA ANITA Flavien Prat, one of the most surprising gifts from France since the Statue of Liberty, will resume riding at Santa Anita on opening day after recovering from injuries suffered in a riding mishap at Los Alamitos on Sept. 17.“He’s nearly fully recovered, but doctors have given him the OK to ride,” said his agent, Derek Lawson. “He’s been getting on horses the last week-and-a-half and undergoing physical therapy the last two weeks.“He had seven fractures and a (right) lung that kind of blew up on him, and he spent close to two-and-a-quarter months in a body brace, but he’s completely healed and he’s ready to go; he’s chomping at the bit.” BREEDERS’ CUP KING RUNHAPPY INVADES FOR MALIBU Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Runhappy, who set a Keeneland record of 1:08.58 for six furlongs in winning that rich race on Oct. 31, worked seven furlongs under Gary Stevens Tuesday morning in 1:25.40 for the Grade I Malibu Stakes on opening day.“It was a nice, steady, pretty even kind of work,” said Stevens, who rides the son of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver for the first time in the seven furlong Malibu. “He finished up good and strong, was very balanced, and I love what I felt.”Owned by James McIngvale and trained by Laura Wohlers, Runhappy has won six of seven career starts and had a palpable excuse in his lone loss and lone route race, the Grade III LeComte Stakes at a mile and 70 yards at the Fair Grounds last Jan. 15. He finished ninth by 21 ½ lengths after he was bumped hard at the break and again at the 7 ½ furlong marker.“I feel like he went well in the work,” said Wohlers, who has been at Santa Anita before, having trained at San Luis Rey Downs in 2006 and 2007.“It’s been a slow-playing track this week, and despite all the moisture on it, I think he finished up pretty good. I’m happy with the work. He’ll probably do a little something down the lane before the race.“We like to work at intervals of about every seven days, but we’ll probably do a quarter down the lane next Tuesday.” SANTA ANITA’S ‘MEET OF CHAMPIONS’ BEGINS ON DEC. 26BC SPRINT WINNER RUNHAPPY SET FOR GRADE I MALIBUPRAT RESUMES RIDING ON OPENING DAY AT SANTA ANITAHARD WORK PAYS FOR AGENT STEPHEN, JOCKEY GONZALEZPOPULAR WALL CALENDAR GIVEAWAY ON OPENING DAYFREE COFFEE TO WARM YOUR HEART AT CLOCKERS’ CORNER
Michael Machowsky1633219%50%$145,098 SINK OR SWIM TIME FOR TRIPLE CROWN HOPEFULSAs American Pharoah fades majestically into the sunset, Derby Fever begins anew Saturday when Bob Baffert takes step one on what he hopes is the path to the Kentucky Derby and beyond with his leading Triple Crown candidate, Mor Spirit, in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes.The Lewis is one of four graded stakes on a highly appealing and diversified racing program that also features the $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes marking the three-year-old debut of unbeaten champion two-year-old filly of 2015 Songbird; the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes for older horses which is a steppingstone to the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 12; and the Grade II San Marcos Stakes for older horses at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“This is when you start heading to the deeper part of the pool,” said Baffert, who seeks his sixth win in the Lewis, named for his late client, who died at the age of 81 on Feb. 17, 2006.Baffert captured the Triple Crown with Horse of the Year American Pharoah last year and has won the Run for the Roses four times, with Pharoah; in 1997 with Silver Charm, owned by Lewis; Real Quiet in 1998; and War Emblem in 2002.The Lewis was named the Santa Catalina Stakes until 2007. Baffert previously won what is now the Lewis with General Challenge (1999), Domestic Dispute (2003), Pioneerof the Nile (2009), Flashback (2013) and Dortmund (2015).“They start separating themselves now,” said Baffert of the three-year-olds with designs on the classics. “I think with every start, we’re learning more about Mor Spirit and figuring out what he wants to do. He has a lot of tactical speed but you can’t let him use it too early.“We’re teaching him to sit and wait. He’s a big horse and beautifully made. He’s got a really long stride. He’ll be best going a mile and an eighth and further.”Gary Stevens, who has ridden Mor Spirit in three of his four starts including the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity which resulted in a 1 ½-length victory on Dec. 19, is aligned with Baffert.“He’s doing really well,” Stevens said of Mor Spirit, a son of Eskendereya owned by Michael Lund Petersen. “He’s training forwardly since the Futurity and I’m looking forward to his first start since December, so we’re excited.“He’s got a huge stride and beautiful action.”Sharing Saturday’s spotlight is Songbird, the brilliant daughter of Medaglia d’Oro who captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with complete authority and in a near-unanimous vote was acclaimed the best of her division. In fact, there are those who feel she is better than her male contemporaries, although any potential showdowns seem unlikely.Songbird has not been nominated to the Santa Anita Derby or any of the Triple Crown races. Her major goal beyond the Las Virgenes and the Santa Anita Oaks on April 9 is the Kentucky Oaks on May 6.“I don’t remember us running fillies against colts,” said Dan Ward, who has been Jerry Hollendorfer’s valued assistant for nine years. “Songbird’s owner (Kentucky-based Rick Porter, who races as Fox Hill Farm in Lexington) has never won the Kentucky Oaks and he wants to try for that.”Meanwhile, Team Hollendorfer has been able to dance through the raindrops in maintaining a regular training schedule for Songbird, who has not raced since Oct. 30. “We got lucky,” said Ward, who served 22 years under the late Bobby Frankel before his tour with Hollendorfer. “It’s hard to say if Songbird is better than last year, but it is possible.”Now that’s flat-out scary. Victor Espinoza343829%38%$473,580 Bob Baffert4487818%52%$493,540 Joseph Talamo9412121313%39%$571,084 Tiago Pereira452624%22%$163,962 Edwin Maldonado77137917%38%$520,740 Kristin Mulhall1952126%42%$193,360 Abel Lezcano3131210%19%$133,870 Jerry Hollendorfer6156108%34%$331,822 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 30) Flavien Prat901461416%38%$735,048 Karen Headley730043%43%$137,860 David Lopez841781320%45%$509,378 Drayden Van Dyke6177711%34%$417,994 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Rafael Bejarano941820919%50%$970,180 Brice Blanc252178%40%$235,660 J. Keith Desormeaux2351622%52%$147,390 Martin Garcia5166712%37%$431,484 Doug O’Neill719101213%44%$430,952 Mike Puype363628%31%$160,930 Ron Ellis1731118%29%$87,970 Alonso Quinonez484738%29%$184,320 Gary Stevens2943314%34%$549,810 Jeff Mullins1234025%58%$99,780 Martin Pedroza4463214%25%$149,740 Alex Solis1230225%42%$185,044 FINISH LINES: With rain falling by 7 a.m. Sunday morning and intensifying steadily as the day wore on, the main track was closed for training. Track Superintendent Dennis Moore and his crew sealed the track after Saturday’s last race. Sunday’s three scheduled turf races were moved to the main track . . . Simon Callaghan reports two of his major stakes stars, La Canada winner Taris and Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line, are both doing well. “Taris came out the race (on Jan. 16) really good,” the trainer said. “She’s been jogging and taking it easy, but we’ll build up her training for the (Grade I) Santa Margarita on March 19. We’ve got time on our side so we’ll wait for that. I’m happy with Firing Line (who hasn’t raced since the Preakness last May). He looks great. He’s been tack-walking and we’ll start jogging on the track next week.” . . . Live racing resumes at Santa Anita Thursday, with free General Admission and free general parking Thursday and Friday throughout the Winter Meet . . . Racing oddity: In three of seven career starts, Ipray, a four-year-old filly trained by Hector Palma in today’s fourth race, lost by identical margins of 7 ¾ lengths, the last two in a row. Tyler Baze11212201411%41%$645,872 Mario Gutierrez909151010%38%$516,024 Jeff Bonde1742224%47%$105,520 George Papaprodromou2032315%40%$82,630 Peter Eurton39611615%59%$371,360 Jose Verenzuela1421214%36%$49,430 FORMER JOCK KENNY BLACK RELISHES BIGGEST WIN AS TRAINEROne of America’s top apprentice jockeys in the early 1980s, Kenny Black was at times overcome with emotion yesterday following his biggest training achievement to date–a brilliant 3 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $250,000 California Cup Turf Classic by Old English Rancho-bred What a View, who was ridden by Kent Desormeaux.What made the win especially emotional was the fact that E.W. “Bud” Johnston, who had headed the farm’s breeding and racing operation (which was founded in California in 1948 by his father, E.B. “The Pie Man” Johnston and his wife, Betty) dating back to 1957, passed away unexpectedly one day shy of his 78th birthday last year on May 5.“I’ll be forever grateful to Buddy Johnston and his family for the opportunity they’ve given me,” said Black, who was hired by Johnston as the farm’s private trainer following the retirement of longtime conditioner Don Warren last year. “Buddy has had his horses here in the same stalls since 1953. This is tradition with Old English Rancho.“Mr. Johnston was so good to me, so to be able to win a stake like this is the start of a new era. Me and the (Johnston) family are moving on, so this was cool to win our first stake together.”Black, who was reduced to tears in a post race interview with Michelle Yu on Santa Anita’s simulcast network, was joined in the Winner’s Circle by an equally emotional Mary Hilvers, who is the daughter of Bud and Judy Johnston.“I grew up with this,” said Hilvers. “It’s amazing. Obviously, when we lost dad so unexpectedly and suddenly, there were questions about whether we’d be able to keep it (the family racing business) going…It’s a family thing. We really want to carry on my dad’s legacy and my grandmother’s.”And, thanks in-part to Kenny Black and homebreds like What a View, the future appears bright for the red and white colors of Old English Rancho. Mark Glatt4045210%28%$209,930 Steve Knapp1431221%43%$97,570 Philip D’Amato5312101023%60%$775,560 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Fernando Perez80951311%34%$460,046 Steven Miyadi2847514%57%$168,084 PHIL D’AMATO RULES THE TRAINING ROOSTThanks to two winners Saturday, including Sunday Rules over males in the Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint with the impeccably-presented Tribal Rule mare, trainer Phil D’Amato increased his lead in Santa Anita’s standings to three over Doug O’Neill, 12-9.D’Amato also has more than a $280,000 lead over runner-up Bob Baffert in money won, at $775,560 to $493,540.D’Amato ran one-two in Saturday’s 10th and final race, with first-time starter ShyCamelita and apprentice David C. Lopez overtaking $2.30-1 second choice Desperate Chick by a half-length at a $26.20 win mutuel, capping a two-day Pick Six return of $13,253.20 on 61 winning tickets.An assistant to the late Mike Mitchell for 10 years, D’Amato has two goals for Sunday Rules, a five-year-old bay owned and bred by Nick Alexander, who also owns and bred Shy Camalita: first, earning black type as a graded stakes winner, and second, running in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.“Sunday Rules came out of the race good,” D’Amato said between raindrops at Clockers’ Corner Sunday morning. “We’re going to try and make her a graded stakes winner in the next month or two, so we’ll keep all our options open and give her a little extra time after yesterday’s race. She ran hard (although winning by 2 ¼ lengths under Edwin Maldonado) but she came out of it good.“Our main goal would be the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita at the end of the year (Nov. 4). We’ll keep her sprinting for now.”D’Amato may not have the equine ammo of O’Neill, Bob Baffert, Jerry Hollendorfer and Peter Miller to stay atop the standings throughout the Winter Meet that ends April 10, but to paraphrase Al Jolson, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”“I’m very happy with our success early on,” said the 39-year-old D’Amato, a native of San Pedro, “and come February and March, we’ve got a lot of young talent still to unleash, so I’m looking forward to that.” SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Miller5783714%32%$316,060 Patrick Gallagher1642225%50%$265,008 John Sadler3445312%35%$197,170 Vladimir Cerin1661238%56%$154,690 Santiago Gonzalez11723161120%43%$916,248 Robertino Diodoro1234125%67%$96,090 Kent Desormeaux4278517%48%$607,800 MOR SPIRIT ON A BLOCKBUSTER SATURDAY CARDCHAMP SONGBIRD SET FOR LAS VIRGENES STAKESD’AMATO ADDS TO TRAINING LEAD, MORE TO COMEKENNY BLACK RELISHES CLASSIC WIN WITH WHAT A VIEW Brayan Pena1720012%12%$37,580 Mike Smith4653611%30%$502,240 J. Eric Kruljac2132514%48%$78,560 Jack Carava1642125%44%$90,410 William Spawr1865133%67%$152,414 Agapito Delgadillo3555414%40%$141,654 Richard Baltas4776315%34%$476,634 Kenneth D. Black830038%38%$230,250
ACARDIA, Calif., Jan. 4, 2017 – Much like human athletes, performance horses of all equestrian disciplines need sports therapy to recover from various aches and pains from strenuous physical activity. Leading the rehabilitation industry with cutting edge technology and services is Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center (Eclipse) who helps heal some of California’s finest horses.As a tribute to the magnificent Thoroughbreds they care for, Eclipse has created a special promotion to benefit the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), a nonprofit dedicated to funding aftercare for California-raced horses.“After a successful 2016 working with several top trainers and their horses, Eclipse would like to give back to the industry. Our commitment to the well-being of Thoroughbreds is unwavering, whether they are beginning their racing career or retiring. ,” said Angie Hager-Scully, owner of Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center.Starting January 1, 2017, for each new Thoroughbred racehorse that receives a minimum 30 days treatment from the state-of-the-art therapy center, Eclipse will donate $200 to CARMA. With this promotion Eclipse hopes to raise funds and awareness about importance of aftercare.“Our goal is to be able to provide rehabilitation, retraining and/or retirement for as many former racehorses as we can. Getting support from the local equestrian community and businesses is vital to our success,” said CARMA Executive Director Lucinda Mandella.Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center is located in Paso Robles, California. The promotion ends on March 31. For more information please visit www.eclipse-equine.com. About California Retirement Management Account –CARMA (California Retirement Management Account) is a charitable 501 (c)(3) organization formed to assist Thoroughbred rehabilitation and retirement organizations that facilitate the care and retraining of horses who raced in California and whose racing careers have ended. CARMA ensures the racehorses have retirement options by managing and disbursing funds to qualified retirement facilities caring for such horses.