Wholesale Executive Pleads Guilty for Role in $9 Million Pasadena Bank Fraud Scheme

first_imgBusiness News Wholesale Executive Pleads Guilty for Role in $9 Million Pasadena Bank Fraud Scheme From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, April 1, 2016 | 12:42 pm Community News 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * A California man who was vice president of a wholesale equipment company pleaded to fraud charges Wednesday in connection with a bank fraud scheme that resulted in more than $9 million in losses to a Pasadena bank based.FBI agents arrested Chung Yu “Louis” Yeung on February 24, 2015 after he was indicted on October 22, 2014.On Wednesday, Yeung, 39, a resident of San Dimas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder of the Central District of California to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and four counts of bank fraud against East West Bank. Sentencing was set for June 20, 2016, before Judge Snyder.East West Bank’s corporate headquarters are at 135 N. Los Robles Avenue in Pasadena.According to admissions made in connection with his guilty plea, from 2007 to 2012, Yeung was the vice president of Eastern Tools and Equipment Inc., a wholesale equipment company in Ontario, California, that sold portable generators to retailers across the country. Yeung admitted that beginning in 2007, he and his co-conspirators defrauded East West Bank in connection with a line of credit for Eastern Tools by making and causing to be made material misrepresentations to the bank about Eastern Tools’ accounts receivable and its financial statements.The conspirators created numerous shell corporations to act as purported suppliers and retailers doing business with Eastern Tools, when, in reality, these shell corporations were entirely under the control of Yeung and existed for the sole purpose of creating the illusion of such business, he admitted.Yeung admitted that the fictitious companies allowed him and other conspirators to falsely inflate Eastern Tools’ accounts receivable and financial statements in representations to East West Bank.To further the scheme, Yeung and other conspirators opened and caused to be opened post office boxes, phone accounts and email accounts purportedly associated with the shell retail companies, and provided information about these items to East West Bank auditors to promote the illusion that these shell customers were independent entities, according to admissions made in connection with Yeung’s plea.Eastern Tools defaulted on the promissory note after East West Bank discovered the fraud, causing more than $9 million in losses to the bank, Yeung admitted.SIGTARP, IRS-CI and the FBI investigated the case. Senior Litigation Counsel David A. Bybee of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section is prosecuting the case. More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community Newslast_img read more

A famous investor from Shark Tank has become a victim of business email fraud….

first_img Twitter A famous investor from Shark Tank has become a victim of business email fraud. The BBB has tips to stay safe. WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Facebook By Tommie Lee – March 9, 2020 0 264 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter (“170 – Typing” by Hillary, CC BY-SA 2.0) Business EMail Compromise, or BEC, can do lasting damage to companies and individuals. Many perpetrators are being prosecuted but the problem isn’t going away.Marjorie Stephens of the Better Business Bureau of Northern Indiana has advice on how to protect yourself from these phishing scams, and what to do if you’re affected by one.Click here to hear more.Find more information in the BBB’s official study here. IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook Pinterest Previous articleElkhart Pipe Bomber sentencedNext articleBHAS Teacher fired after video of her encourage attack on a student Tommie Leelast_img read more

50 Shades! The Musical Parody on Sale

first_img 50 Shades! The Musical Related Shows 50 Shades! features a book by Samuels, Amanda Blake Davis, Emily Dorezas, Jody Shelton, Ashley Ward and Dan Wessels and music and lyrics by Samuels, Davis, Shelton, Ward and Wessels. The musical opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is lead on an amusing ride through Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s kinky relationship. The show features dance numbers and original songs delivered by a live, on-stage band accompanying the cast. View Comments This show is not to be confused with Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody, which featured parodies of hit songs and is also appearing off-Broadway. Handcuffs at the ready! Tickets are now available for  50 Shades! The Musical. The original parody of E.L. James’ erotic bestseller will begin performances off-Broadway on February 21. Directed by Al Samuels and Rob Lindley, the lampoon musical will officially open March 12 at the Elektra Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 26, 2015last_img read more

Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy Extends Before Opening

first_img Related Shows View Comments Incident at Vichy Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 13, 2015 Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy has extended before opening off-Broadway. Directed by Michael Wilson and starring Emmy winner Richard Thomas, along with Tony nominees Jonathan Hadary and Jonny Orsini, the production will now play a limited engagement through December 13; the show had previously been set to shutter on December 6. Previews are scheduled to begin on October 27 and the play will officially open on November 15 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.Celebrating the Centennial of Arthur Miller’s birth, Incident at Vichy returns the work of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright to Signature for the first time since his 1997-98 Residency. In Vichy, France at the height of World War II, nine men and a boy are rounded up under suspicious circumstances. As ominous reports of far-off camps and cattle cars packed with prisoners begin to circulate, the men battle over politics, philosophy and how to escape.The cast will also include David Abeles, Curtis Billings, James Carpinello, AJ Cedeño, Quinlan Corbett, Brian Cross, Demosthenes Chrysan, Jonathan Gordon, Alex Morf, Darren Pettie, John Procaccino, Alec Shaw, Derek Smith and Evan Zes.last_img read more

The regional wine shop in Osijek will soon become an Eno-gastro interpretation center

first_imgPhoto: Osijek-Baranja CountyThrough the development of innovative multimedia solutions, the eno-gastronomic story of Slavonia and Baranja will be interpreted and presented in a more innovative and high-quality way. The application of modern and intuitive technologies and modern design will expand the experience of potential users, and thus the demand for traditional, indigenous agri-food products. The eno-gastro interpretation center should open its doors to visitors at the end of November this year.The wine shop is also the venue for numerous events of various characters in the courtyard of Kazamat, which attract a very large number of visitors and have a tendency of constant growth, which illustrates the additional potential to increase the number of visitors in the future eno-gastro interpretation center.By the way, during the first ten months of this year in the Osijek-Baranja County there was an increase in the number of overnight stays of as much as 20% and arrivals of 16%. The City of Osijek is implementing the project “Wine Tour – eno gastro interpretation center” through which the space will be arranged and the Regional Wine Shop in Osijek will be multimedia equipped into an interpretation center.The project is worth HRK 667.001,86, of which the Ministry of Tourism provides HRK 392.200,00, and recognizing the importance of project implementation, Osijek-Baranja County has concluded an agreement with the City of Osijek under which it co-finances it with HRK 137.400,00. Over 20 wine producers from Osijek-Baranja County from all 4 vineyards are represented in the Regional Wine Shop. These vineyards also contain 12 wine roads whose offer will also be presented in the new interpretation center.The Mayor of Osijek, Ivan Vrkić, points out that this project is a continuation of the excellent cooperation between the City and the County, in which the City provides space, and the County arranges it. He said that all this is being done with the aim of raising tourism to a higher level, and announced that a new project of special importance for the arrangement of the Fortress and the tourist performance of Slavonia – arranging the infrastructure of the Fortress – will begin in December.Photo: Osijek-Baranja County”In the newly renovated space, about 20 wine producers from 4 vineyards will have the opportunity to present their offer in a modern way, which raises the tourist offer to a higher level. This project fits into the comprehensive story of the renovation and arrangement of the Fortress, so in addition to the existing large project of building Vatroslav Lisinski Square and the reconstruction of the Old Bakery, in December we expect another major project to restore the entire infrastructure of the Fortress. All this opens up opportunities for new employment, new income and new development of the city and the county. ” said Vrkic.Today’s Regional Wine Shop (future Eno-gastro interpretation center) is the result of the EU project – WINE TOUR, worth 1.248.519,29 euros, which includes the Osijek Regional Wine Shop and 4 smaller wine shops in all 4 vineyards of Osijek-Baranja County, 17,13 km of wine roads were arranged and activities of education and promotion of tourist facilities in the vineyards were carried out.”The goal of the project “Wine tour – eno gastro interpretation center” is that the Regional Wine Shop operates daily and is available to tourists who visit Osijek and Osijek-Baranja County and that through wine tasting they can get to know our wines, vineyards and eno offer, but also visit vineyards and winemakers who produce those excellent wines. There is not much to say about the Fortress, it is beautiful in itself, as everyone who comes to it says. Therefore, the entire area should be systematically renovated and at the same time given new facilities and a higher level of tourist offer”Said Osijek-Baranja County Prefect Ivan Anušić.last_img read more

Toddler in Ambon dies after being denied admission by four hospitals

first_img“The hospital does not have any rapid test kits, so the patient should take a rapid test outside of this hospital before receiving treatment here,” Basoni said on Thursday, recalling the words of the hospital staff.Read also: Ambon hospital suspends operations after 25 medical workers test positive for COVID-19Basoni then proceeded to take his son to Bhakti Rahayu Hospital, which was closed at that time. He later took his son to Sumber Hidup Hospital, where Rafadan was met with another rejection because the hospital was being sterilized after the death of a COVID-19 patient.He then took his son back to Haulussy General Hospital. Unfortunately, as soon as he arrived at the hospital, he learned that the hospital was closed for 14 days after 25 of its medical workers tested positive for COVID-19.The family planned to bring him to Bhayangkara Hospital on Thursday, but he passed away on the way there. Rafadan was laid to rest in a public cemetery in Warasia hamlet, Batu Merah village.Rafadan was not the only person in Ambon to die because of a lack of medical support due to the ongoing pandemic. Previously, two other residents reportedly died en route to a hospital after having been rejected from other hospitals. (dpk)Topics : A 4-year-old child from Wara Kolam Sembilan hamlet in Ambon, Maluku, died on Thursday after being denied admission by four hospitals in Ambon that were full with patients as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The toddler, identified as Rafadan, was previously treated at Haulussy General Hospital for aplastic anemia, an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body stops producing a sufficient number of new blood cells.Rafadan’s father, Basoni, explained that he had already taken his son to four different hospitals on Wednesday. The first one was Al Fatah Hospital, where he was advised to have Rafadan take a rapid test outside of the hospital before seeking treatment at the hospital.last_img read more

Saints look to Manitoba to find size up front in recruit BJ Avery

first_img“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.last_img read more

UPDATED: Injuries hamper Bombers against North Van’s Bodwell

first_imgIn 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.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – Wednesday December 16, 2015

first_imgFINISH 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.”center_img 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’ CORNERlast_img read more


first_imgMichael 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%$516,024center_img 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%$230,250last_img read more