Volunteer Squads Hold Christmas Tree Sales to Raise Funds

first_imgBy Muriel J. Smith | It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas all over the Two River area, but the spirit of the season shines especially bright in the volunteers who give hours of their own time selling Christmas trees for organizations that then use those profits to assist even more good causes.Take the case of the Little Silver Fire Company.  Their Christmas tree sales in front of the fire company have been going on so long there’s no one around who can give the precise date when they started. But everyone knows how the seasonal business has grown over the decades and what good will is delivered along with the more than 1,000 spruce and two varieties of firs that are sold.Or stop in at the tree sale on First Avenue across from the Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall. That sale has also been going on for decades, first run by the borough’s volunteer Fire Department, but in recent years taken on by the borough’s Community Event Committee, another non-profit organization formed to help local causes. There’s no doubt Christmas is in the air along with the aroma of fresh fir trees and many times with the added spice of holiday music.Shawn Mery is president of the Little Silver Volunteer Fire Company and a second lieutenant on its fire fighting team. The borough owns all the equipment, including all the firefighting apparatus, but the nonprofit fire company owns the building and grounds that house the equipment. Funds derived from the tree sales go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the department’s building, covering everything from keeping the grounds neat and clean to paying the electric bill and making any necessary repairs.Still, part of the funds also go towards the borough’s annual Christmas Eve toy delivery program, a unique idea of the department which once again spreads good will in more ways than one. Parents can bring toys with their addresses included to the firehouse for special fire truck deliveries to their children on Christmas Eve. The deliveries number in the hundreds, Mery said, explaining why several trucks and many man hours are used for the deliveries. In return for this special service, each family is asked to donate a food item to the delivering truck volunteers, which in turn, is then donated to Red Bank food pantries by the department.It takes more than 80 volunteers over 2,800 hours to hold the Little Silver Fire Company’s Christmas tree sale. The popular sale is a successful fundraiser each year. Photo: Eduardo PinzionBuying a tree at the Little Silver Fire Department is also a family tradition for many in town and a delightful way to spend an evening, or better yet, some time on a weekend. That’s when one of the department members, Kevin Halpin, brings a pair of alpaca from his animal farm to the firehouse to the delight of the children. More closely related to the camel than the reindeer, this fluffy-fleeced animal that hails from South America is known for its quiet personality and gentleness, especially with children. And for the adults, the Coffee Corral, a popular Red Bank business known for its fresh ground coffee beans, sets up a concession weekends at the tree sale for coffee, hot chocolate and other goodies.The Little Silver Department was established in 1906 and currently has more than 100 members. Their tree sales are open every evening during the week and all day Saturdays and Sundays, thanks to the more than 2,800 volunteer hours put in by more than 80 men and women of the department. Their trees range in price from $40 to $250, and in size from 3-foot to 20, a price that includes baling, fresh cutting, putting on top of the car or making a home delivery as far as Colts Neck, and setting it up in the home. There are also wreaths, grave blankets, roping, sprays and some very unique handmade wooden snowmen custom made by a local craftsman for sale.The Atlantic Highlands volunteers offer three varieties of trees, coming from Nova Scotia, Pennsylvania and North and South Carolina. In addition to the Nova Scotia balsam, best known for their prolonged fragrance, sales are also popular for the Douglas and Frasier firs given their stronger branches and long retention of needles. Their trees range in price from $45 to $120, and come in all sizes from 4 feet to 12. As in Little Silver, the price includes fresh cuts, baling, hoisting on top of the car, or delivery to local homes.Kim Spitola has chaired the tree sales almost from the beginning eight years ago when the Events Committee took over the job from the Fire Department, who had conducted the sale for decades. Eight years ago, the Fire Department, which was formed in the early 1880s, opted to extend their other popular annual event, the Fireman’s Fair at the Yacht Harbor over Fourth of July weekend, an extra day, requiring more volunteers then in order to accommodate the thousands of visitors who attend. The Events Committee took up the challenge of continuing the popular tree sale event.The tree sales are just one of numerous events the committee organizes, always for a specific cause or need within the borough. One year it was for the Genevieve Hawley Scholarship Fund at Henry Hudson Regional School, another for the Sandy Hook Little League; this year’s cause is the Fire Department, Spitola said. Just as in Little Silver, the sales demand volunteer labor, and it isn’t unusual, as on a recent Sunday, to see both Mayor Fred Rast and his wife, Mickey, putting in hours helping customers select the perfect tree and prepare it for its trip to a family’s living room. A portion of each year’s proceeds also forms the start-up for the next year’s cause, another portion goes to the Blind Men’s Association in Leonardo, and some always goes to both local needy families and the local food pantry.Spitola added that in addition to trees, sprays and wreaths are also available at the site, including some special wreaths celebrating the shore. She gathers shells from the beach and creates unique designs with them, along with ribbons, pinecones and holiday fare.While the Rasts are frequently on the scene volunteering, Marci and Billy Mount are the primary volunteers for the entire season, Spitola pointed out, with Billy “the strongman of the lot,” trimming, bailing and lifting. The Mounts say they volunteer so much of their time “because that’s the right thing to do, it’s the right thing to help your neighbor and help anyone in need.”Volunteers don’t have any firm dates or times to show up to do their share, the chairman said, “but anybody who stops in and wants to help, we welcome. We are always looking for those sturdy guys who can help with the carrying and lifting.”A middle school teacher, Spitola spends the three to four weeks before Christmas coming from school to the tree sales, and does it, along with her husband, because, like the Mounts, she believes “it’s the thing to do. We’re all neighbors and friends.”She admits there’s a lot of fun involved in the volunteerism as well, and it always gives her a thrill to see families come together, walk through the trees and make that final big decision of which one is the perfect one for them. “You can’t forget those special memories and to play a part in making them happen, well, that’s just Christmas.”The Atlantic Highlands tree sales are 4 to 8 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. As in Little Silver, there’s no final date for sales…it’s the day they’re all sold out.last_img read more

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Hopkins to be inducted into Lindenwood Hall of Fame

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsNelson’s Matt Hopkins left his mark on the golfing scene while attending Lindenwood University in Missouri on scholarship.And now the L.V. Rogers grad is being honoured for his contributions as a member of the 2010 Lindenwood University Hall of Fame Class.Hopkins joins Dawn Cameron (softball), Jennifer Dykes and Debbie Johnson (women’s soccer), Jason Micek (men’s golf), Daniel Odom (men’s basketball), Michelle Patrico (softball) and Katie Pizzardi (women’s basketball) at the induction ceremonies later this week. Also included in the 2010 class are Fern Bittner (former Director of Horsemanship), Dr. Harlen C. Hunter (meritorious service), the 1977-78 men’s basketball team, the 1999-2000 women’s basketball team and the 2004 men’s soccer team.Hopkins, 28, was a four-time all-conference and all-region men’s golfer for Lindenwood from 2002-05. He helped the team win four Conference Championships and participated in four national tournaments.Hopkins had 24 top-ten finishes and won three tournaments during his career. As a freshman, he was the regional individual champion and led Lindenwood to a regional championship. The next year, Hopkins helped the team repeat as regional champions. In 2005, the son of Sheila Hopkins of Nelson and Matt Hopkins of Victoria finished in the top 15 at the national tournament and was named to the All-American team. He set a course record that year with a six-under-par 66 at the national championships.After graduating Hopkins toiled on the Canadian Professional Golf tour during 2007. He made one of 10 cuts, experiencing his best finish a 48th at the Jane Rogers Championship.Hopkins, a former Granite Pointe at Nelson member, now lives in Vancouver.The 2010 induction ceremony will take place during Lindenwood’s Homecoming on Oct. 15-16. The Lindenwood Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2007 to honor the people who have helped make the school’s athletics department one of the most successful programs in the nation. sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Eagles sweep senior races at Kaslo River Run, LVR’s DeGroot second

first_imgThere are a few new faces on top of the leader board following the first stop on the West Kootenay High School Cross Country Running circuit.J.V. Humphries Eagles Joe Cox and Taylor Wilson took advantage of some home course secrets to capture the Senior Boy’s and Girl’s titles at last week’s Kaslo River Run.Cox nipped defending champion Sean DeGroot of L.V. Rogers at the wire to claim the boy’s race while Wilson outlasted Darya Huser of Salmo to win the girl’s competition.Peter Hinke of LVR finished third behind Cox and DeGroot with Micah May of Trafalgar fourth.Cail Spencer of LVR and Eli Burkowski of J.V. Humphries finished sixth and seventh.In the girl’s race Lara Hunter of J.V. Humphries was third followed by teammate Tasha Hewat.In the junior races Kieran (no last name submitted) of Trafalgar and Kalina (also, no last name submitted) of Mount Sentinel topped the boy’s and girl’s races, respectively.The West Kootenay High School Cross Country makes its way to the Golden City for a stop Wednesday hosted by the Rossland Royals.The race was originally scheduled for Mount Sentinel but was rescheduled.LVR hosts the Kootenay Kramp October 5th with J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail providing the route for the final race of the regular season October 12th.The West Kootenay Championships go October 19th at the Camp Busk Trails south of Nelson.The East/West Kootenay Championships are hosted in Fernie October 26th.The top runners qualify for the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships November 5th in Kelowna.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — Team Unknowns

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the celebration with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row, L-R, Kendra Wayling, Brett Uniat, Joe Capriglione, Mike Laughton, Mike Roch, Rand Wayling, Romon Whylie, Tanis Bouchier-Willans, Christine Wayling, Lauren Suomi, Luree Gould, Jayden Roch, Lorne Wuori, Abby Bouchier-Willans, Katie Wayling, Rob Chernenko, Justin Willans and Michelle Lelievre. The Unknowns team from Nelson outlasted the Wonders to capture the C-division title at the recent Salmo Canada Day Weekend Slopitch Tournament.The Unknowns won the C final by an 18-15 score.The popular Salmo Slopitch event attracts teams from throughout the West Kootenay.last_img

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Frustrating end to tournament for Bombers

first_imgDavid Grey and Jaden Dyck have given LVR the two-goal advantage.Earlier in the day, the Bombers thumped Crowe Hawks in a physical encounter between the two West Kootenay rivals.Jonah Thiele and Nigel Ziegler scored for the Bombers.Marzicola was in goal for both games.Mount Baker thumped Crowe 3-0 to capture the top prize in the three-team round robin tourney.Liddell and Company now prepare for the Zones this weekend hosted in Trail.The young Bombers are ranked second heading into the five-team tournament behind David Thompson Lakers of Invermere.Crowe is third –ranked team in the tournament followed by Prince Charles of Creston and Golden Eagles.Golden and Creston will play off this week to determine the final team in the tournament.The winner represents the Kootenays at the BC High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships next month in November. L.V. Rogers finished with a 1-0-1 record at the Bomber Invitational High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament Friday at the Lakeside Pitch.The Bombers opened with a 2-0 win over J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail before tying Mount Baker Wild of Cranbrook 2-2 in a wild finish later in the day.The tie against the Wild was a frustrating way to conclude the tournament for the Bombers.Leading 2-0 with the game winding down, but with the sun in the face of keeper Ryder Marzicola, Mount Baker was able to score twice in the dying minutes to secure the single point.“With the sun falling low . . . (Mount Baker) made a shot which careened off two players up and over our keeper Ryder Marzicola,” Bomber coach Simon Liddell explained.“Then with one minute to go another looping shot snuck through.”last_img read more

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HARD HITTING LEXIE LOU & SAM’S SISTER HEAD GRADE II, $200,000 LA CANADA STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES ON SATURDAY; ‘SAM’ TRIES TWO TURNS FOR THE FIRST TIME, WHILE ‘LEXIE’ MAKES FIRST START ON NATURAL DIRT

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2015)–Trainer Mark Casse’s highly accomplished Lexie Lou and Jerry Hollendorfer’s Sam’s Sister, an upset winner of the seven furlong La Brea Stakes, head a field of eight 4-year-old fillies in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Cañada Stakes at Santa Anita.Second to Horse of the Year hopeful California Chrome in the Grade I Hollywood Derby on Nov. 29 at Del Mar, Lexie Lou gets back with her sorority sisters on Saturday but will be trying natural dirt for the first time in the La Cañada. A winner of four of eight starts last year, including Woobine’s Queen’s Plate versus Canadian-bred males and the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita, Lexie Lou has clearly stamped herself as an indefatigable competitor under varied conditions and thus looms the horse to beat.Owned by Gary Barber, Lexie Lou, an Ontario-Canadian-bred daughter of Sligo Bay, has won sprinting and routing and has an overall mark of 16-7-3-2, with earnings of $1,429,714.Off at 12-1 in the Grade I La Brea on Dec. 26, Sam’s Sister will be a much shorter price on Saturday, although the La Cañada will be her first try at two turns. Owned by Mark Dedomenico, LLC, George Todaro and Hollendorfer, Sam’s Sister has four wins from five starts and provided her sire, 2006 Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek, with his first Grade I winner in the opening day La Brea.Sam’s Sister is one of three Hollendorfer-trained fillies signed-on to run Saturday and will be ridden again by regular pilot Elvis Trujillo. Bred in Kentucky, she is out of the Include mare Kittery Point and has earnings of $307,450.Trainer Bob Baffert’s Jojo Warrior, who was well beaten at 7-2 in the La Brea, will attempt to rebound on the stretch-out. A Kentucky-bred filly by Pioneerof the Nile, she was a winner of the Grade II Summertime Oaks and was a close third in the Grade I Cotillion Stakes, both run at a mile and a sixteenth, last year. Bred by Zayat Stables, LLC and owned by Zayat and Winstar Farm, LLC, Jojo Warrior is 8-3-1-2 overall with earnings of $372,231.The complete field for the 41st running of the La Cañada, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race program, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Fleet of Gold, Alex Solis, 118; Sam’s Sister, Elvis Trujillo, 118; Lexie Lou, Corey Nakatani, 118; Thegirlinthatsong, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Jojo Warrior, Martin Garcia, 120; Une Cherise, Joe Talamo, 118; Ramona’s Wildcat, Kent Desormeaux, 118 and Colonel Joan, Gary Stevens, 118.First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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Private Clubs Recognizes Renovations

first_imgPrivate Clubs article titled, “Horseplay” featured our renovations saying, “Can $40 million make an old racetrack glam again? You bet.” Writer, Janice Wald Henderson, seemed to be impressed saying, “Santa Anita Park, about 17 miles northeast of downtown LA in Arcadia, recently completed a snazzy redo, capitalizing on the ravishing art deco design of the original 1934 structure.”Via Private Clubslast_img

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SINGLE TICKET PAYS $319,148 AS SANTA ANITA THURSDAY PICK SIX POOL ATTRACTS $322,648 IN ‘NEW MONEY,’ TOTALING $432,490

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 2, 2017)–With a carryover from Sunday of $71,437 to take aim at, punters wagered $322,648 in “new money” Thursday, which coupled with a Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $38,404, created a total Santa Anita Pick Six pool of $432,490.Purchased for $648.00 through TwinSpires.com, there was just one winning ticket Thursday and it was worth a whopping $319,148.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m.  The Pick Six will begin with race three, which has an approximate post time of 2 p.m. PT. SINGLETON PURCHASED THROUGH TWINSPIRES.COM FOR $648.00last_img

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2019

first_img24 45 41% Joseph Talamo125 3rd 1st 8 11 42% $459,889 9 Peter Eurton43 Bob Baffert58 ITM% Money Won Joel Rosario200 Agapito Delgadillo55 7 26% 1st 10 8 11 17% $384,127 Mark Glatt63 18 $2,383,086 35% 4 $482,030 Peter Miller101 26 18 8 $1,274,293 Simon Callaghan30 23 10 44% 19 $201,484 7 Mike Smith67 Flavien Prat173 11 6 4 Richard Baltas102 60% 26 10 19 3rd 15% 40% 27% 40% 14% 13% 20 10% 55% 17 J. Keith Desormeaux53 Assael Espinoza111 43% 23 $307,251 16 25 Ruben Fuentes80 10 Win% 16 13% $868,953 McKINZIE TOTES HIGH WEIGHT OF 123 IN BIG ‘CAP Mario Gutierrez95 13 8 34 $1,103,457 11 10 41% 18 23 24% Win% $940,770 16 10 Heriberto Figueroa165 11 8 17% $872,079 $329,972 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Edwin Maldonado65 34% 12 11% 8 $1,113,837 5 26 10 16% $587,067 3 2nd Kent Desormeaux89 51% Drayden Van Dyke130 William E. Morey56 13 $1,036,157 $805,204 23 13 51% 8 11% 12% 59% 41% 8 Philip D’Amato87 $764,428 58% $2,718,176 $243,390 TrainerMts 9 2nd SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT UP TO $549,038 15% Money Won 9 Doug O’Neill159 37% 40% Rafael Bejarano133 McKINZIE, GIFT BOX TOP WEIGHTS IN BIG ‘CAPMultiple Grade I winner McKinzie, who finished second by a half-length as the 1-2 favorite in the Feb. 2 San Pasqual Stakes under 123 pounds, has been assigned one pound less for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Casino at a mile and a quarter.Next on the list is Gift Box at 122 pounds, the same weight the six-year-old son of Twirling Candy carried winning the Grade II San Antonio Stakes on Dec. 26.Among others expected in Santa Anita’s marquee race for older horses offering $600,000 in purse money are Dabster (118 pounds, Joe Talamo), Mongolian Groom (114, Geovanni Franco), and Noble Commander (115, Flavien Prat).Mike Smith rides McKinzie, while Joel Rosario retains the mount on Gift Box.Smith, still on top of his game at 53, is enjoying a sensational Winter Meet while remaining highly selective with his mounts.Through 40 days, the Hall of Fame member has 23 wins from 67 rides, a gaudy 34 percent. More remarkably, he is the show bettors’ salvation, finishing in the money 22 additional times, a total of 45, for an average of 67 percent.Fans will be treated to five stakes Saturday, greatest interest focusing on the Grade II, $500,000 San Felipe Stakes expected to match Bob Baffert’s two leading undefeated Triple Crown contenders, champion Game Winner and Improbable in the Grade II test.Additionally, the prestigious Frank E. Kilroe Mile with Grade I status will be showcased on turf; the Grade II San Carlos Stakes will attract sprint stars going seven furlongs; and for good measure, three-year-old fillies will vie in the $75,000 China Doll Stakes at a mile on grass.First post time on Big ‘Cap Day will be 12 noon.LEADING SOPHS VIE IN ATTRACTIVE SAN FELIPE STAKESThe eyes and ears of the racing world will be on Santa Anita Saturday, specifically the most attractive and intriguing three-year-old race to date this year, the Grade II, $500,000 San Felipe Stakes at a mile and one-sixteenth.Worth 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, the San Felipe is expected to bring together two undefeated Kentucky Derby favorites, champion Game Winner and Improbable, each trained by two-time Triple Crown king and five-time Run for the Roses winner Bob Baffert.Understandably, trainers are not waiting in line to enter against the two heavyweights, although Jerry Hollendorfer is an exception. The Hall of Fame conditioner, third all-time in career victories with 7,577, has Sham Stakes winner Gunmetal Gray set to tackle Baffert’s dynamic duo.A gray son of Exchange Rate owned in part by Hollendorfer, Gunmetal Gray has been beaten twice by Game Winner, running second by 4 ½ lengths in the Grade I American Pharoah last Sept. 29 and fifth by 12 ½ lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 2.Mike Smith, who was aboard for the one mile Sham on Jan. 5, coming from seventh and last while four wide to score by a length, will be back aboard in the San Felipe.Hollendorfer’s leading Triple Crown candidate, Instagrand, makes his three-year-old debut in the Grade III Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct this Saturday.“He’ll work here Tuesday and ship Wednesday,” Hollendorfer said of the son of Into Mischief, winner of his two starts by a combined margin of just over 20 lengths. Javier Castellano has the mount in the Gotham which will be decided over a one-turn mile.Working on Santa Anita’s training track Sunday for the San Felipe was Easy Shot, who went four furlongs in company for Keith Desormeaux in a bullet 49 flat, the same time given stablemate Speedette.Calumet Farm’s Sonneteer, bound for the Big ‘Cap, also went in 49 for Desormeaux.OHIO STATES HIS CASE FOR GRADE I VICTORYBargain claim Ohio goes for his first Grade I victory Saturday in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf. Taken by Michael McCarthy for $50,000 last June 10, the eight-year-old Brazilian-bred gelding was third in the Grade II City of Hope Mile, won the restricted Cotton Fitzsimmons at Turf Paradise, and was second by a half-length in the Grade III Thunder Road,“Everything’s status quo,” McCarthy said, alluding to his training regimen during the recent wet weather. “Luckily enough the rain hasn’t hampered our situation too much. We got a nice work into him on Friday (four furlongs in 47:80).“He runs turf, dirt, whatever.”Others expected for the Kilroe include Caribou Club (Joe Talamo), Desert Stone (Geovanni Franco) Hunt (no rider), River Boyne (Flavien Prat) and True Valour (Andrea Atzeni).GIANT EXPECTATIONS BACK SPRINTING IN SAN CARLOSGiant Expectations shortens up to seven furlongs in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes after seven straight routes at a mile or a longer.Not to worry, says Peter Eurton.“He’s done well doing that on occasion,” the trainer said of the six-year-old full horse bred in New York, a two-time Grade II winner and earner of more than a million dollars. “In the Pat O’Brien he shortened up and ran a huge race, probably the best race he’s ever run.”That was in August of 2017 when he rallied from sixth under Gary Stevens to win the seven furlong race by a length and a half.Joel Rosario, who rode the son of First Giant for the first time last out finishing third on a sloppy track in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/8 miles Feb. 2, rides back Saturday.Also expected for the San Carlos are Ax Man (Drayden Van Dyke), Dr. Dorr (Joe Talamo), Kanthaka (Flavien Prat), St. Joe Bay (Victor Espinoza) and Touching Rainbows (Tiago Pereira).St. Joe Bay worked five furlongs on a fast main track Sunday in 59.80 for John Sadler.SANTA ANITA SINGLE TICKET PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER OF $549,038          Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot continues to grow, as a Jackpot carryover of $549,038 awaits fans today.The Rainbow Six begins with race four, with an approximate post time of 2:46 p.m. PT.The $100,000 Tiznow Stakes, for older horses bred or sired in California at one mile, highlights Sunday’s program and it has been carded as race five.With $156,029 in “new” money wagered helping to create a total Jackpot pool Saturday of $669,346, there were 335 consolation tickets, each worth $248.50.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Irish Heatwave works 4 furlongs (Desormeaux)St. Joe Bay (Outside) and  Acker works 5 furlongs (Sadler)Easy Shot (Outside) and  Speedette works 4 furlongs (Desormeaux)Always Forgiven (Outside),  Beautiful Shot (Middle) and  Ocean Fury works 4 furlongs (Desormeaux)Campaign works 6 furlongs (Sadler)Quite A Starlett works 3 furlongs (Stute)Shedrow Stroll:  Lava Man (O’Neill)Quick Questions With Jockey  Joseph TalamoEnaya Alrabb works 6 furlongs (O’Neill)-3/01/19Dream Tree works 6 furlongs (Baffert)-3/01/19Bellafina works 4 furlongs (Callaghan)-3/01/19Kanthaka works 6 furlongs (Hollendorfer)-3/01/19Instagrand preparing for San Felipe Stakes Mar. 9 (Hollendorfer)-2/25/19Improbable working 6 furlongs (Baffert)-2/25/19Game Winner (outside) works 6 Furlongs with  Dr. Dorr (Baffert)-2/25/19FINISH LINES: Congratulations to apprentice Jorge Velez on winning his first race at Santa Anita yesterday aboard Just Be Held for trainer Craig Dollase in the third event. “It felt good,” said the native of Puerto Rico, who came back to win the seventh on Coil to Strike for trainer Bill Morey . . . Impressive maiden winner Bizwhacks runs Saturday in the Grade III Honeybee at 1 1/16 miles for three-year-old fillies at Oaklawn Park. Mario Gutierrez has the mount on the daughter of Fed Biz trained by Doug O’Neill for J. Paul Reddam . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but resume live action Thursday, March 7 at 1 p.m. There will be simulcast wagering Wednesday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. 11 $1,420,321 16 21 ‘EXPECTATIONS’ ARE HIGH FOR THE SAN CARLOS 12 20 49% 7 9 17% 50% 18 15% 19% 8 38% 19 9 11 9 62% 24 Aaron Gryder54 14 44% 21% Geovanni Franco172 50% $1,102,351 33% 17 14 42% 30 $1,378,736 28 John Sadler69 11 16 19% $493,437 Jeff Mullins47 16% $446,927 67% $343,458 2 ITM% 13 41% BARGAIN CLAIM OHIO IS SET FOR GRADE I KILROE 53% 4 ALL EYES ON THE SAN FELIPE STAKES SATURDAY 10% 2 26% 21 18% 19% 7 24% 47% Jerry Hollendorfer84 $682,662 37% 9 $1,074,074 50% 10 JockeyMts $1,055,318 18 57% $245,730 $481,198 14% 13% 6 (Current Through Saturday, March 2) 23 20 $1,042,146 10 34 Vladimir Cerin49 32% 13% 18% 15 12 $296,979 Steve Knapp48 12 18% 8 47 19% $989,304 Richard Mandella38 26 3 8 Tyler Baze181 Tiago Pereira141 35last_img read more

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Willian fuels talk of Chelsea exit saying it may not be ‘possible’ to stay

first_imgWILLIAN has hinted that he will be leaving Chelsea at the end of his current contract as the Blues “are not going to change” their offer.The Brazilian signed for the West Londoners in 2013 and is believed to be very settled with his family in the capital.2 Willian celebrated in front of Spurs’ fans after scoring a brace against them in DecemberCredit: ReutersNow 31, Willian would like the security of a long-term contract.But Chelsea have so far only been willing to offer him a two-year extension – with his current deal set to expire at the end of June.On his future, Willian revealed that he will commit until whenever the 2019-20 Premier League season finishes, but beyond that was non-committal.He said: “It’s a difficult situation, Chelsea offered me two years and they are not going to change.”I don’t know if it will be possible to stay. My goal is to continue working and focus on the remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning games.”I have a clear head and I’m focused for the rest of the season that we have left. Let’s see what happens.”Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have both shown an interest in Willian and a transfer to either would allow him to stay in London and not have to uproot his family.CHELSEA NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Blues newsThe North London pair are set to be strapped for cash this summer, with the possibility of signing an experienced title-winner on a free transfer an attractive one – particularly for his former boss Jose Mourinho at Spurs.But while the move would make sense logistically for Willian, it would seriously sever his positive relationship with the Chelsea fanbase… who regularly chant that he “hates Tottenham”.2 Willian previously worked under Mourinho at Stamford BridgeCredit: Getty Images – GettyMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticNICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himWillian had looked set to join up with Spurs all the way back in the summer of 2013, having had a medical at Hotspur Way… before dramatically heading to Stamford Bridge instead.Barcelona have also shown a strong interest in him in the past, although this summer appear to be prioritising ambitious, big-money moves for Lautaro Martinez and Neymar.But with the LaLiga champions struggling financially, Willian could potentially still be in their thoughts as a cheap back-up plan.Willian produces epic goal in Chelsea traininglast_img read more

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