Want to play ultimate frisbee?A group of players from Nelson is hosting a free and fun skills clinic on (Wednesday) April 20th at 6 p.m. at the Lakeside playing fields for anyone interested in learning, or joining the game. Participants interested in the game are invited to learn the basics of the game, including proper throwing techniques and strategy.The skills clinic marks the beginning of the summer season, and we are hoping to recruit new players to join us for games twice a week, as well as to participate in tournaments around B.C. Nelson has an enthusiastic group of people who regularly meet to play ultimate.The group has been playing in Nelson for more than 20 years and are continually welcoming new players to play this exciting and fast-paced game.Ultimate frisbee is played throughout the summer at Lakeside Fields and throughout the winter at the indoor soccer facility.Ultimate is a co-ed sport, and we have a wide variety of players in Nelson who bring their best game to the field, regardless of age or skill. Those interested in in the clinic are asked to bring water, clothes and shoes. For more information phone or text Tobias at 250-505-6005.
Peter Eurton31410513%61%$202,160 Gary Stevens2242018%27%$496,680 Drayden Van Dyke4555611%36%$309,304 Jeff Bonde1242033%50%$94,260 Doug O’Neill65791211%43%$371,302 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 23) Martin Garcia4455711%39%$346,414 Flavien Prat671041215%39%$511,578 Fernando Perez68841112%34%$424,026 Vladimir Cerin1141236%64%$111,550 David Lopez691351219%43%$380,008 Mike Smith4143510%29%$458,860 GRAZEN SKY MUST ‘STEP UP’ IN TURF CLASSICGrazen Sky has a win and a third in two starts on turf, but in the opinion of Steve Miyadi, the four-year-old gray son of Grazen owned and bred by Nick Alexander should be perfect on the green.As it is, he won the Silky Sullivan at a mile on a “good” course at Golden Gate last April, then was an eventful third, beaten just a length, in the nine-furlong Snow Chief on Santa Anita’s turf course a month later. In that race, Grazen Sky steadied at the quarter pole, but rallied in a field of 11.“He should have won both races,” Miyadi allowed. “There was an inquiry when he ran in the Snow Chief and I think he was impacted by the incident.“But that said, he is meeting much tougher horses Saturday than what he’s faced, so he’s going to have to step up his game to beat them.”A gem of consistency, Grazen Sky has been out of the money only once in 13 lifetime starts. Overall, he has a 3-7-2 mark with earnings of $293,018. Edwin Maldonado63115817%38%$343,010 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Tyler Baze919171110%41%$482,792 Martin Pedroza3852113%21%$94,190 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kristin Mulhall1542127%47%$153,710 Mark Glatt3242113%22%$132,920 Kent Desormeaux3447512%47%$330,220 Peter Miller4673315%28%$252,630 Joseph Talamo739101012%40%$448,564 Philip D’Amato4287919%57%$488,820 Mario Gutierrez76815711%39%$444,724 NYQUIST DRILLS FOR THREE-YEAR-OLD DEBUT Champion two-year-old colt of 2015 Nyquist took another step closer to his three-year-old debut in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes Feb. 15, working six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday in 1:15.60.On yet another spectacular sun-filled morning, exercise rider Jonny Garcia was aboard the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner who is unbeaten in five starts.“Jonny and all of us are happy with where Nyquist is right now,” said Doug O’Neill, who conditions the son of Uncle Mo for owners Paul and Zillah Reddam.“We just have to keep him injury-free and that’s why his groom, Elias (Anaya), who is brilliant, earns the big bucks. He does a great job with him and keeps the horse happy.”Added Doug’s brother, Dennis: “Nyquist was going in a two-minute gallop with Donworth before he broke off for the work, so technically, it was three-quarters, but he galloped a lot before he broke off to get some wind in him. He went great.”Donworth got a six furlong time of 1:13.80. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Bob Baffert3775819%54%$448,820 Richard Baltas4375316%35%$462,774 Santiago Gonzalez1012114921%44%$772,648 William Spawr1664138%69%$146,914 Jerry Hollendorfer514588%33%$277,152 CHAMPION COLT NYQUIST WORKS FOR SAN VICENTESUNDAY RULES REBOUNDS FOR SUNSHINE MILLIONSGRAZEN SKY TACKLES TOUGHER IN TURF CLASSIC SUNDAY RULES EYES SUNSHINE MILLIONS TURF DASH If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again is an adage that would apply for Phil D’Amato when the meet’s leading trainer enters Sunday Rules in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill course.It is one of five stakes offering a total of $1 million in prize money on what promises to be a festive day of racing featuring horses bred in The Golden State.Sunday Rules had been scheduled to run in Saturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes against open company, but a minor ailment forced D’Amato to make an 11th-hour change, opting for Saturday’s grass sprint.Sunday Rules, a five-year-old daughter of the late Tribal Rule owned and bred by Nick Alexander, is one-for-one on turf, having captured a five-furlong overnight dash at Del Mar by a neck last Nov. 22. Overall, she is seven for eight, her other wins coming on dirt or synthetics.“She’ll run either way,” D’Amato said. “The forecast is calling for rain but Mike Smith, who rode her when she won the Del Mar turf sprint, thought that with her stride, she’d love Santa Anita’s turf course even more, so that’s what we have her pointed for.” Agapito Delgadillo2945314%41%$119,554 FINISH LINES: There were 18 claims in for favored It Is Living Water in Saturday’s sixth race, but it wasn’t close to a record. “At Los Alamitos a couple years ago there were 33 or 34 claims in for a horse,” said trainer Jack Carava, who took the six-year-old Texas-bred gelding for $20,000 for a partnership of which he is a member. “I lost a horse at Del Mar one year when there were 28 claims in for it, and there have been multiple times when I’ve seen claims running into the 20’s.” . . . Trainer Richard Mandella expects Beholder back at his barn “probably at the end of the week. I sent her out to get the edge off, and she’ll be jogging in two weeks,” Mandella said.The three-time Eclipse Award champion currently is preparing for her return to the track at Julie Adair-Stack‘s facility in Chino Hills . . . Agent Tora Yamaguchi reports Rafael Bejarano rode in six races and won two during his recent trip to Saudi Arabia. The perennial Southern California riding king is scheduled to resume riding at Santa Anita Thursday . . . Jockey Matt Garcia returns to the saddle tonight at Los Alamitos after an absence of nearly two-and-a-half years spent recovering from major injuries in a spill at Ferndale on Aug. 18, 2013. The 45-year-old rider is named on Lucky Cotton for trainer Kelly Castaneda in the first race, an 870-yard dash, and Papa’s Lil Willow for Gary Stute in the second at 4 ½ furlongs. “I had my last surgery in May of last year and I’ve been working horses the last 37 days to get fit,” Garcia said. “Riding is what I love.” . . . Santa Anita’s current leading jockey, Santiago Gonzalez, has been suspended three days (Jan. 29, 30 and 31) for causing interference on the first turn aboard Perfect Set in Friday’s third race, while Tiago Pereira also has been banned those three days for causing interference on Goodlookinwife in Friday’s fifth race . . . Kent Desormeaux, who was aboard Exaggerator Saturday for his seven furlong workout in 1:25.80 for the Feb. 15 San Vicente Stakes: “It was his best one since the Delta Jackpot. We’re ready to go.” . . . Despite saddling two monster longshots to victory Saturday, trainer Gary Sherlock did not have the life-changing Pick Six that paid $1,132,476. Sherlock sent out Karma King to take the fifth at a $36 return and then trumped himself big-time with Lost Bus, who won the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes by a head under Fernando Perez, paying $131.20. “I don’t know how he didn’t have it,” said perplexed fellow trainer Gary Stute . . . With championship games on tap in both the AFC and NFC today, Norm Kelley, former Race & Sports Director at Sam’s Town, Las Vegas, advises “take the over (44 ½) in the Broncos-Patriots game.” Rafael Bejarano751614821%51%$810,130 J. Keith Desormeaux2040620%50%$101,170
BERT’S MELODY: Owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. John Barr’s Oakcrest Stable, Bert’s Melody has been idle since winning the one mile turf Fran’s Valentine Stakes versus state-breds here on May 28, a race in which she got a career-best 90 Beyer Speed figure. Trained by Sean McCarthy, she’s winless in two tries down the hill, but she was a close fourth, beaten one length, in the 2015 Irish O’Brien. ROO’S VALENTINE: Trained by Kristin Mulhall, she comes off a half length win down the hill against open company in a second condition allowance at odds of 24-1 on Feb. 10 and looks to be a solid fit in Saturday’s Irish O’Brien. Martin Pedroza, who has been aboard for all four of her wins, is set to ride back on Saturday. Owned and bred by Kretz Racing, LLC, the 4-year-old filly by Vronsky figures to press the pace in her second lifetime start over the course. ENOLA GRAY: A respectable third two starts back in the Grade I La Brea Stakes here on Dec. 26, she returned to state-bred competition in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf on Jan. 28 and responded with a dominating 3 ¼ length win over the course at 3-5. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old daughter of Alexander’s Grazen is unbeaten in two starts down the hill and looms the horse to beat on Saturday. ARCADIA, Calif. (March 15, 2017)–Nick Alexander’s classy homebred Enola Gray will face sharp allowance winners Bert’s Melody, Roo’s Valentine and others in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. The Irish O’Brien, for older fillies and mares bred or sired in California, attracted a deep and competitive field of 10 and will serve as Saturday’s co-feature, along with the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes. THE IRISH O’BRIEN STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 10 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT Chaulk O Lattey–Rafael Bejarano–120Roo’s Valentine–Martin Pedroza–122Enola Gray–Tyler Baze–124Desert Steel–Flavien Prat–122Lily Kai–Stewart Elliott–122Bert’s Melody–Brice Blanc–120Smoove It–Mario Gutierrez–120Cuddle Alert–Corey Nakatani–124Emmy and I–Joe Talamo–122Late ‘n Left–Edwin Maldonado–120First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.