On the March 27 edition of New Jersey 101.5’s ‘Ask the Governor’ program, where he regularly fields calls and messages from residents, the MCRP was brought up by host Eric Scott.Christie said he wants the BPU to go through their public hearing process first, so he can get a feel for what the people are saying.“Ultimately this is going to be a decision made by the Board of Public Utilities,” Christie said. “Can I have some influence on that? Sure, but I have not taken a position on this issue one way or the other yet, because I think the information is still being gathered and being brought in.”Christie added that he is briefed on the public hearings, and said that his office is “keeping an eye on things.”Citing pipelines and the Susquehanna-Roseland Reliability Project – a 150-mile long, 500 kV transmission line beginning in Salem Township, Pennsylvania and ending in the Borough of Roseland, New Jersey – the Governor said the state has tried to make energy more reliable in the post-Super Storm Sandy era.“Everybody objects to the pipelines or the powerlines – ‘I don’t want them’ – well how do you expect us to get the energy to be more reliable? These projects are about making these power delivery services tougher, stronger, more resistant to storm,” Christie said.“I understand that people don’t like it in their backyard, but they like the electricity in their house when they turn the switch,” Christie added. “It’s a balance, ever ybody.” By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – To explain why it believes its proposed powerline project is necessary and would benefit Monmouth County, JCP&L officials point to a situation last August, when a mix of hot and stormy weather jeopardized power for thousands.Between Aug. 12 and 14, the Freneau Substation in Matawan experienced a chain of events that could have disrupted power to 65,000 Monmouth customers, Larre Hozempa, a FirstEnergy transmission operations manager, toldmembers of the media at an invitation-only information session Tuesday.With temperatures in the 90s and thunderstorms in the area, a dead end connector for a 230 kV transmission line at the Freneau substation in Matawan failed. That substation is served by the transmission line connecting the Atlantic substation in Colts Neck and the Raritan River substation in Sayreville.Complicating the issue, Hozempa said, was that two smaller 34.5 kV lines were not functional. One was out for a scheduled service, and the other had tripped, due to an overload of power. This left the potential open for a cascading outage.“You really don’t know what the situation is going to be – it’s kind of an uncontrolled event,” Hozempa said of the potential outage. “We’re not allowed to have those on our system.”He said approximately 10,000 customers experienced power disruptions at that time.This weather event occurred just days after JCP&L officially filed the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP) petition to the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) on Aug. 9.Hozempa said if the project were in service, its 230 kV source coming into the Freneau substation would have mitigated the issue.As described in the petition to the BPU, the MCRP is a 230 kV transmission line which would span a nearly 10-mile stretch of the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail right-of- way. It would begin at Aberdeen’s NJ Transit substation, travel through Hazlet and Holmdel, loop at the Taylor Lane substation in Middletown, and continue on before ending at the NJ Transit substation in Red Bank. The $111 million project also accounts for upgrades to the substations at Taylor Lane, Aberdeen and Red Bank.Utility officials also believe two previous events underscore the necessity for the project. Failures at the Oceanview substation in 2008 and at the Atlantic substation in 2010 resulted in a combined 350,000 customer outages.Scott Humphreys, a transmission siting supervisor for FirstEnergy, said the trio of events expose vulnerabilities for Monmouth County.He added that the MCRP is “reliability for Monmouth County, in Monmouth County, and solely for the residents of Monmouth County.”Ron Morano, a JCP&L spokesman, said these events will be used as rebuttal testimony for the next stage of the MCRP’s fate. Scheduled for six sessions between April 4 and 11, Administrative Law Judge Gail M. Cookson will be presiding over evidentiary hearings on the MCRP. All testimony regarding the case from the parties involved is pre-filed to Cookson, and the meat and potatoes of the hearings will be lawyers cross-examining witnesses.Residents Against Giant Electric (RAGE), the citizens group which has fought the project since its beginning in May 2016, are officially one of the many intervenors in the case, meaning they can provide witness testimony and object to the MCRP petition.RAGE has held steady in their disapproval of the project, stating they are concerned with the depreciation of home values, potential negative health effects and the possible diminished aesthetics to the five affected towns.“We don’t believe that the project is needed,” said RAGE spokesperson Judy Musa. “If there are issues to the power service to the area, there are experts that have suggested other ways to ameliorate those problems.”She said the group has hired experts who support their belief that the MCRP is unnecessary: photographer and graphic designer Michael Basch; electrical engineer Jeff Palermo; property valuation expert and founder of the Kislak Real Estate Institute Donald Moliver, PhD; and public health physician David Carpenter, MD.Carpenter spoke to concerned residents on July 20 at Raritan High School about the potential dangers from living near high voltage powerlines and electromagnetic radiation at an event coordinated between RAGE and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin of Middletown.RAGE is represented by attorney Peter Dickson of Potter & Dickson, based in Princeton.Musa said RAGE has spent $110,000 in legal fees, adding that “it’s not even close to what it’s going to cost us.”The list of other intervenors in the case, all against the MCRP, has grown in the past months. Among them are The Division of the Rate Counsel, which is ordered by statue to be an intervenor on the behalf of ratepayers; the boards of education in Middletown, Hazlet and Holmdel; and the “Joint Defense Group,” which consists of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the townships of Middletown, Hazlet, Holmdel and Aberdeen, according to Anthony Mercantante, Middletown’s township administrator. The Joint Defense Group is represented by Bevan, Mosca & Guiditta, PC, a firm based in Basking Ridge.Government officials from the municipal, county and state levels in the affected areas have spoken out on how the MCRP would be detrimental to Monmouth County. The most important voice, though, is Gov. Chris Christie, who recently commented after previously staying mum on the subject.
By Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – Six former Army barracks buildings in Eatontown will be converted into a diverse arts community following approval last month of a purchase agreement between the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) and Red Bank businessman and arts patron Kenneth Schwartz. The as-yet-unnamed cultural center will host artists, sculptors, gallery and studio space, dance and music classes, and performances. It will also have short-term residences for artists working there.“It’s a commercial enterprise with art-centric endeavors,” said Schwartz, who paid $200,000 for the six 1942 box-like structures on 4.4 acres in need of repairs, updates, and renovations. He will also take possession of the adjacent 2-acre Soldiers Park which must be maintained in perpetuity. Schwartz plans to turn that into a sculpture park featuring works by American and international artists. The park will be visible from vehicles driving on Route 537 (Avenue of Memories) with parking for those who choose to walk through it.The buildings were originally slated for demolition until Schwartz approached FMERA officials with his “outside the box” plan based on similar arts communities he saw around the world. Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, said that while they did not initially envision such a use for the barracks, they found Schwartz’s proposal worthy of consideration.The new culture and entertainment hub will join Schwartz’s Detour Gallery opened on Clay Street in Red Bank last year, and a renovated former stair factory nearing completion on that borough’s Drs. James Parker Boulevard that will be used for art storage, framing services, and offices.Closing on the fort property is expected within six months. In the meantime, Schwartz and his team will go before Eatontown officials seeking design approval and building permits. The residential units intended for working artists have a limited occupation term of 30 days with a renewal option to a maximum of six months. One manager and 12 resident artist jobs will be created.Courtesy Detour Gallery“The buildings need a lot of work,” said Schwartz. “I want the buildings themselves to look like art so they will have murals on them.” All six roofs will be replaced and plumbing, electrical, and HVAC will be modernized. New lighting will be added. Structural work includes adding rooms for the various new activities occurring there. The public will be able to view artists at work in open studios and peruse completed works in galleries. Applications are already being taken for studio space, Schwartz said.“It will be Woodstock without the pot,” he joked. “I lived in that era. I want this place to have that vibe as well as a new vibe. I’m not an artist but I create for other people and want to assist artists and enhance the arts, not add any more businesses to my business. Creative people of any age can come, work, and be around other like-minded individuals to have a synergistic effect.” Schwartz, an arts and antiques collector for over 40 years is primarily known for his ownership of the area’s World Auto Group dealerships and a restaurant/bar in Keyport. He is also founder of the Fidelis Charitable Foundation.“Some of the soldiers stationed at the fort were my customers at the auto dealerships,” he said. “When Fort Monmouth closed it was like a cold wind came through the area, generating a lot of nervousness. I was raised here and wanted to do this project.”According to FMERA rules, construction must begin no later than 45 days after closing and be completed within 12 months. Schwartz is expected to invest a minimum of $500,000 to complete the project. He recently awarded the first Detour Gallery $5,000 student scholarship at the New York Academy of Arts in Tribeca.
“Based on the data we received, it’s questionable if the cap was saving money. But you really don’t knowbecause of the add-ons.” But some local legislators believe that tactic only made the situation less transparent. William O. George, Middletown Township Public Schools superintendent, distributed a set of qualitative and quantitative district goals for the 2018-19 session. Quantitative goals included expense reduction and revenue generation, student growth objectives and personalized student learning initiatives. O’Scanlon was a “yes”vote in the Senate to lift thecap, where the bill passedby a 28-7 margin with fiveabstentions. A bill on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk could lift the $191,584 cap on superintendent salaries first instituted in 2011 by former Gov. Chris Christie. “We were seeing a lot of qualified candidates going to New York and Pennsylvania, especially if they were already vested in New Jersey’s pension system. They can go out of state and make more money,” DiMaso said in a July 8 interview. “If you’re the superintendent of Jersey City overseeing 30 schools, compared to the superintendent of Brielle who has one, it’s not the same. And that’s a challenge of having one category of superintendent.” Qualitative goals included increased communication and transparency with community members, as well as a commitment to create a personalized learning environment for every student. State Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) serves on the state education committee and said research the committee received depicted northern New Jersey school districts paying between $500 and $750 a day for interim superintendents, in addition to paying search firms to find and vet potential candidates to fill positions. One of those measures includes increased county superintendent powers to nix a contract if a superintendent’s compensation fails to align with districts in the region of a similar size and scope. Sen. Vin Gopal (D-11), who voted “no” in the senate, said those may be issues worth looking into, but lifting the salary cap at this time provides poor optics. “Districts have compensated in other ways,” state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon (R- 13) said, adding that additional perks like vehicle allowances, top-rate health benefits and merit bonuses are unseen and do not factor into base salary. “North Jersey may havetheir challenges, but liftingthe cap doesn’t send a greatmessage when schools areundergoing funding cuts. Idon’t buy the argument,”Gopal said. Though some state legislators fear lifting the cap could lead to mass renegotiations of superintendent contracts, new restrictions included in the bill aim to keep any potential negotiations in check. DiMaso noted that the school budgets will still be capped at an annual increase of 2 percent, and she urges residents to let their voices be heard. Of the 581 public school superintendents in New Jersey, George is one of 35 who earned a salary exceeding $200,000 this past school year, and is the third-highest paid public school superintendent in Monmouth County behind Long Branch City’s Michael Salvatore and Freehold Regional School District’s Charles Sampson. Under the amended law, bonuses for qualitative goals may not exceed 2.5 percent, while those earned for quantitative goals may not exceed 3.33 percent. Other notable regulations include limits on severance pay and restrictions on merit bonuses for qualitative and quantitative goals met. DiMaso, who was a “yes” in the Assembly vote, said the research also pointed to school principals standing pat rather than seeking an executive position, because it made more financial sense for them to stay in the principal role. The amended bill also intends to limit perks by prohibiting contracts from including provisions or reimbursements that would compensate superintendents for their legally mandated tax, health care, pension and life insurance payments. At the time, it was a measure taken to stem the rising tide of superintendent salaries and generous perks. The state Assembly voted to remove the cap 48-21 and sent it to Murphy for approval. If signed, the bill would deter the state Department of Education from establishing a maximum salary for superintendents, among other directives. Current law includes salary cap exemptions for superintendents of charter schools, districts with career and technical schools, institutes for special education students and those with special needs, as well as districts with enrollment exceeding 10,000 students. Gopal said another option would be to explore a salary system based on district size, which he noted the bill does not do. “If a taxpayer thinks a superintendent is being paid too much, they have an opportunity each year to vote in members of the board of education that will be able represent those concerns.”
By The Nelson Daily SportsBeggars can’t be choosers.Which is why the Nelson franchise will gladly take its first two points of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season, a 3-2 victory over the visiting Penticton Lakers Sunday afternoon a the NDCC Arena.Connor McLaughlin scored the winning goal midway through the third period to give Nelson its first win in five attempts.Twice the 2010 KIJHL finalists took a one-goal advantage.Colton Schnell gave the Leafs a 1-0 when he tucked the centering pass past Adam Harris in the Laker nets.Andriano Mungioli tied the game in the second before Patrick Martens restored the Nelson lead with an unassisted marker just over a minute later.But Rylie Gallagher beat Marcus Beesley three minutes into the final frame setting up McLaughlin to be the hero.Nelson out shot Penticton 30-22 in the contest.Nelson netminder Beesley registered his first junior hockey win.The win lifted the weight of the world off the Heritage City franchise especially after Nelson took it on the chin Friday and Saturday against two Murdoch Division opponents.Beaver Valley Nitehawks doubled the Green and White 6-3 at the NDCC Arena to open the weekend on a sour note.Six different Nitehawks found the score sheet for the visitors.McLaughlin had three points for Nelson, two goals and an assist.Braden Redschlag rounded out the scoring for Nelson.Beesley registered the loss for the Leafs.Saturday, the Grand Forks Border Bruins looked like KIJHL contenders against the Leafs.The Bruins scored six power play goals, including three in the opening period to erase a 1-0 deficit, en route to a 6-2 trashing in the Boundary City.Nelson gets another shot at the Bruins when the teams hook up Friday in Grand Forks.Saturday, the Fernie Ghostriders, the team Nelson edged in the Kootenay Conference final, pay a visit to the Heritage City.Puck drops at 7 email@example.com
The Castlegar Rebels played coy for most of the season, sitting the balance of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League campaign in second spot in the Murdoch Division.But when the playoffs rolled around the Rebels turned up the intensity to roll to the KIJHL crown with a 16-4-0-1 record. Ironically the toughest games came during the run to capturing the Murdoch Division title as both Spokane Braves and Beaver Valley Nitehawks — the latter taking the Rebels to seven games — pushed Castlegar before the Sunflower City franchise prevailed.After winning the Murdoch, the Rebels won eight of night against the Golden Rockets and a tired North Okanagan Knights squad to clinch the playoff crown.The Rebels capped off the series against the Knights, winning 4-0 before a jubilant Castlegar home crowd.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the Rebels with Team of the Week honours.Pictured are the beaming Rebels with the KIJHL trophy after Monday’s championship clinching win at the Arena Complex in Castlegar.
“It’s going to be another record breaking year,” says Whitewater Ski Team president Tracy Punchard.”We broke the record for ticket sales last year,” Punchard added, ”and we want to do so again this year because we have also broken our enrolment record.”Whitewater Ski Team has more than 100 racers ready to compete on the circuit this season, which means more kids in the area who will benefit from the proceeds of the raffle. And who doesn’t want to be a rockstar?,” Punchard exclaimed. Punchard said second prize is just as awesome, with the ticket holder winning a pair of Atomic Automatic 102 skis sized to fit from the Village Ski Hut. The third prize winner will enjoy a night’s stay in a deluxe room at any Prestige Hotel. Punchard said the Rockstar winner already has a season pass, the winner will receve full refund of the pass.Tickets are available at the Whitewater Resort offices, at the lodge as of opening weekend, or from one of the many ski team families.The draw date is Sunday, December 21st and tickets are $10. For more information contact Punchard at firstname.lastname@example.org If you’re a frequent skier or boarder to Whitewater Ski Resort, then getting to the hill late can be a bit of a grind.That’s because being late generally means a long walk to the lodge and chair.The Whitewater Ski Team has a solution for skiers and boarders missing the alarm-clock-wake-up-call.The ski team is back hosting the Rockstar Raffle, which not only gives the winner a a front-row parking spot reserved until 12:30 p.m. every single day, but also a free season pass to Whitewater.
A small but determined contingent from Nelson Nordic Ski Club returned from the BC Midgets this weekend in Salmon Arm, with a bronze medal, several ribbons and some proud and funny moments to remember.Nine-year-old Maya Abraham captured third in the 2006 girls’ 300 metre sprints and fifth in the 2 km classic race, while teammate Kaleum Smith nabbed 5th in both events for the 2006 boys, and also took home one of only five coveted technique awards in the classic event.In the 2003 age category, Noah Malenfant won the B final of the boys’ sprints for a 7th place finish overall, with Felix Barron placing 12th overall after an unfortunate spill in the home stretch.First-year racer Elias Lussier (2006 boys) pulled off an 11th place in the sprints and 14th in the classic. Oscar Willems (2005) and Tess Nuttall (2003) also showed good technique and finished strong.The event known as “Midgets” is the provincial championships for skiers aged 9-12. It also draws in high-calibre skiers from places like Canmore, Alberta and the Methow Valley, in Washington State, making for stiff competition, with 20-30 skiers in each age category, many of whom are already training three or more times a week. The Midgets are a great learning experience for all who attend – a chance to work on starts in mass settings, to develop strategy, and to practice dealing with nerves.Coach Doris Hausleitner expressed how proud she was of the kids for skiing smart, clean races and representing Nelson well.All of the athletes worked very hard, encouraged each other, and showed patience waiting through the many heats and divisions.With temperatures right around and above zero, waxing conditions were tricky, making this year’s event even more of a learning experience than usual.But the young athletes benefitted from the positive attitudes and encouragement of the coaches – Hausleitner and Karen Redfern – and the early-morning dedication of the wax techs, Erik Leslie and Kurstun Smith (and the good humour of siblings!)The coaches’ race and the team relays were definite highlights for the kids – Hausleitner’s hastily improvised bright orange Lone Ranger mask added levity and laughter to the occasion, as did the surprised announcer’s comment, “We don’t know who he is [sic], but that little guy canski!”Nelson Nordic’s youth racers now have a bit of a break from competition until Feb 27/28 when Rossland’s Blackjack Nordic Ski Club hosts their annual Loppet and the final race of the Teck Kootenay Cup circuit.The Nelson club encourages as many Nelson skiers as possible to participate, and assist in our bid for the Kootenay Cup.
Espinoza, who is single, broke his maiden in 1992 in Mexico City and will turn 43 on May 23. ARCADIA, Calif. (May 4, 2015)–A bus driver 25 years ago in his native Mexico City, jockey Victor Espinoza returned to Santa Anita on Sunday perched firmly atop the racing world following his win in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby aboard favored American Pharoah. A winner of last year’s Run for the Roses with California Chrome, Espinoza, 42, notched his third overall win in America’s biggest race and appears to be a cinch to be inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in the not-too-distant future.No stranger to racing’s peaks and valleys, Espinoza tasted defeat aboard favored Stellar Wind in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks, but true to his credo, marshalled on with a positive attitude on Derby Day and he sat down for a question and answer session following the races at Santa Anita on Sunday.Q. How much sleep did you get last night and when did you get back to L.A.? “None. Just like last year, I stopped at a few places and then I went straight to the airport. I got into LAX at about 10:30 this morning. It’s my job. When my name is in the program and I’m named to ride horses, people expect me to be here and to ride.” (Espinoza won with his first mount on Sunday, a maiden filly trained by John Shirreffs named Two Taps). Q. It’s always crazy on Derby Day and this year, maybe even more so with a record crowd of more than 170,000 people. What was it like? “My biggest concern was how American Pharoah would warm up and he warmed up excellent going to the gate. We stayed a little bit longer in the paddock, I don’t know why so I went and talked to Baffert and I talked to (owner, Ahmed) Zayat a little bit. He was so nervous. I told him, ‘You know what Mr. Zayat, just go up in the grandstand and enjoy the show, I’ll take care of the rest.’ He said ‘Thank you, Victor.’ Then I talked some more with Baffert about how we thought the race was going to be run.” Q. You had a big disappointment with Stellar Wind in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday. It looked like she had a rough trip? “I was very disappointed with the way she ran. I thought she was going to run big. As soon as she came out of the gate, it was just not her. We had a little bit of trouble in the first turn butnot too bad. She still ran fourth, but I had to ride her very hard the last part…Friday was just a rough day, but I had to rest up Friday night, try to forget about it and recover for the next day.” 42-YEAR-OLD MEXICO CITY NATIVE WON LAST YEAR WITH CALIFORNIA CHROME, AND WITH THREE OVERALL DERBY TROPHIES, APPEARS DESTINED FOR RACING’S HALL OF FAME –30– Q. You had a great post in the Derby, but American Pharoah lost a lot of ground. Did that concern you as the race was being run? “No, not at all. When I got the number 18, I knew that we were going to lose a little ground there, but even if we lost a few lengths on both turns, I felt like I was on the best horse and it wasn’t going to matter…With American Pharoah, I’m not real concerned about losing ground. I just want him to run his race.” Q. Are you ready to say that American Pharoah might be the best horse you’ve ever ridden? “They’re all different. They are all different horses. I cannot say which one would be better. I never compare which horse I’ve ridden is the best, they’re all special to me. I mean, California Chrome is my boy, you know what I mean? He carried me through last year and now American Pharoah, he’s special to me.” Q. You’ve won a lot of big races with Bob Baffert, including the Derby 13 years ago. Did he seem more nervous than usual to you this week? “He was really nervous at the draw. I was there and it was like torture. I think American Pharoah could’ve won from anywhere, but you just don’t want the rail in the Derby with 20 horses…It got so late with the rail still available that it was just terrible in there…I can’t take it and I looked at Bob and he couldn’t even talk and I was getting sick. For me, that was the worst moment ever when the rail was still available. There was more pressure at the draw than there was during the race.” Q. War Emblem, California Chrome and American Pharoah. With three Derby wins, it looks like you’re a cinch to get into the Hall of Fame pretty soon. Have you thought about that? “No, not at all. I never think about the Hall of Fame. My focus is just winning…I never thought I’d be in the Hall of Fame you know? If I get in there, it’s just an extra thing that I don’t have to worry about. Safety is the most important thing to me right now for the rest of my career. Since the beginning of my career, I’ve always been able to win races. Winning races for me, it’s always been just a matter of time because I know I can do it. Now, I need to ride smart and stay healthy, that’s the most important thing.” Q. American Pharoah has rated well in his last two races. Can you win on the lead in the Preakness if you need to? “Absolutely. Most his races, he’s been on the lead, but I knew with the big field in the Derby, it would be very tough to go right to the lead and win, but he’s proven he can do that, no problem.” Q. Yesterday, you said you were the luckiest Mexican on earth. Are you planning a trip to Las Vegas soon? “I wish I had time, because my luck is good right now. But there’s one thing, when I go to Vegas, I don’t gamble. I’ll go to the casinos, but I’ve never gambled in my entire life.” Q. Gary Stevens packed you pretty wide with Firing Line turning for home. At that point, you got busy right handed. Tell us about the stretch run. “Turning for home, I knew Gary was going to start drifting out, so I didn’t want to get too close to him. I purposely took ‘Pharoah’ a little bit further out so we didn’t lose our momentum. I have so much respect for Gary Stevens. He’s tough to get by, believe me. Turning for home, I thought I had him whenever I wanted him. I thought at the eighth pole, once my horse puts his head in front, the Derby’s over, but it wasn’t over. He made my horse run hard right to the end.”
The new HD Golden Gate signal also will feature three new cameras: one on the starting gate, a camera near the walking ring to enhance paddock coverage and a scenic camera. The track will implement a new HD graphics package, similar in format to the one currently in use at Santa Anita, but with a style unique to Golden Gate. More cameras will be added in the future. On-track patrons will be able to watch Golden Gate’s races on 500 new HD televisions that have been installed on the Turf Club tables, in the Top of the Stretch betting carrels and throughout the Golden Gate facility. The HD Golden Gate Fields signal will be contractually produced by the track’s longtime vendor, Pegasus Communications, which also produces the HD signal for Santa Anita Park. Pegasus and Santa Anita were honored as 2015’s Outstanding Simulcast at the International Simulcast Conference. ALBANY, CALIF. – Golden Gate Fields on March 17 will begin to broadcast its races using high-definition cameras and video, The Stronach Group has announced. “Taking the Golden Gate broadcast signal HD is another example of The Stronach Group’s continuing commitment to long-term racing in California,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations. “Golden Gate, with its scenic location and near year-round racing, is made to be seen in HD and we are excited to make this investment in the bayside track’s future.” Live racing at Golden Gate Fields, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, generally is conducted four days a week on a Thursday-Sunday schedule. Closing day for the Winter/Spring Meet is June 12.
FOX SPORTS SATURDAY TO TELEVISE GRADE III LEWIS DECENT START IS CRUCIAL FOR GIANT EXPECTATIONS WELL-TRAVELED PAVEL BACK HOME FOR SAN PASQUAL Peter Miller631312721%51%$788,648 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat9625201326%60%$1,553,170 KEITH DESORMEAUX LOOKS FOR ‘EASY SHOT’ IN LEWISEasy Shot is an 8-1 outsider on Jon White’s morning line for Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes, but Keith Desormeaux is hoping with better racing luck the son of Trappe Shot can outrun his odds and post an upset in the 1 1/16-mile race for three-year-olds.“He steadied a couple times (in the Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile in which he finished fifth by 3 ¼ lengths on Jan. 5),” the trainer noted. “We’re hoping better luck makes a difference tomorrow.“It’s about the same field (as the Sham) except for the addition of Mucho Gusto. If we can get a clean trip and finish strong, we’ll see if we have a (Kentucky) Derby horse.”The field for the Lewis, race six of 10 with 12 noon first post time: Kid Cantina, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Magnificent McCool, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Easy Shot, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Gunmetal Gray, Mike Smith, 9-5; Mucho Gusto, Joe Talamo, 8-5; and Nolo Contesto, Joel Rosario, 5-2.SAN PASQUAL START KEY, FOR PETE’S SAKEPeter Eurton would like to have a decent start for Giant Expectations in Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes, a nine furlong test for older horses that is a precursor to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 9.A six-year-old New York-bred son of Free Giant, Giant Expectations is a notoriously balky gate horse, as the trouble lines in his 14 career starts indicate: “Off slow, fractious gate, off slow, hopped, bobbled start, slow start, slow start.”“He has to break well,” Eurton said. “He’s had issues, but lately, he’s been standing good in the gate, so we’ll see what happens.”Great Expectations closed a gap in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs despite yet another tardy beginning.“It wasn’t a bad start,” Eurton said. “It’s just that the track was not like it was when we ran a month before that (third in the Ack Ack at Churchill on Sept. 29) . . . He’s trained well for this race although this is a tough spot with McKinzie and Battle of Midway, but we’ll be there.”The field for the San Pasqual, race nine: Pavel, Mario Gutierrez, 8-1; Dalmore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Dabster, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Shivermetimbers, Geovanni Franco, 30-1; Giant Expectations, Joel Rosario, 12-1; Sonneteer, Rafael Bejarano, 20-1; McKinzie, Mike Smith, 4-5; and Battle of Midway, Flavien Prat, 5-2.PAVEL BACK HOME FOR SAN PASQUAL World traveler Pavel is back home for Saturday’s San Pasqual Stakes and Team O’Neill hopes the gray son of Creative Cause owned by principal client Reddam Racing returns to form for the steppingstone to the Santa Anita Handicap on March 9.Pavel was “never a factor” finishing 10th in the Grade I Champions Cup in Japan last out on Dec. 2, but has been working well at Santa Anita for the San Pasqual.“It didn’t seem like the race in Japan took that much out him; that’s why he’s back Saturday,” said O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora. “It was just another trip for the horse, who is OK traveling, but the track was different and he couldn’t get a hold of it. It was very sandy.”With three wins from 13 starts on tracks including Saratoga, Parx, Belmont, Del Mar, Meydan, Churchill Downs and Chukyo in Japan, in addition to Santa Anita, Pavel has more than paid his way, earning $1,375,000.FOX SPORTS SATURDAY AT THE RACES RETURNS TOMORROWThe New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), FOX Sports and The Stronach Group have announced the return of FOX Sports Saturday At The Races, the live racing television program launched in 2018 to provide nationwide coverage of the best Thoroughbred racing from marquee venues around the country.Airing on FS2 and produced by NYRA, the telecasts begin tomorrow with a two-and-a-half hour show offering live coverage of the Grade III Withers from Aqueduct, the Grade II Holy Bull from Gulfstream Park and the Grade III Robert B. Lewis from Santa Anita.“FOX Sports Saturday at the Races kicks off year one of our expanded coverage of the very best in horse racing,” said Michael Mulvihill, FOX Sports Executive Vice President, Research, League Operations & Strategy. “The races we are showcasing this Spring have produced five of the last six Kentucky Derby champions, including the immortal American Pharoah. As a horseplayer, you simply can’t be prepared for the Triple Crown without seeing these races. We are very excited to present these key stops on the road to the Triple Crown.”The year 2019 will see 12 editions of FOX Sports Saturday at the Races airing on FS2 with more than 24 hours of in-depth coverage and analysis of major stakes races and key Triple Crown preps such as the Grade II Fountain of Youth, Grade II San Felipe, Grade III Gotham, and the Grade III Withers.The 2019 package of live shows builds on the 2018 schedule, when FOX Sports Saturday at the Races aired on six Saturdays providing a national audience on FS2 with 17 hours of live horse racing.Santa Anita’s Michelle Yu will be reporting on the Robert Lewis, which has a projected “off time” of 2:56 p.m. PT.GUARANTEED $2 MILLION POOL IN TODAY’S 20 CENT RAINBOW PICK 6 JACKPOT With a massive mandatory payout looming on Saturday, Santa Anita Park will again guarantee $2 million in today’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot.Even though Thursday’s Rainbow Six sequence endured a total of 14 program scratches, mainly as a result of heavy rains, $199,909 in “new” money was bet, creating a total live money Rainbow Six pool of $1,699,756.There were 117 consolation tickets Thursday with six winners, each worth $910.30. (Through 21 racing days, the average daily payout on Santa Anita’s 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot has been $7,560.60).With no rain forecast today, Rainbow Six field size stands at better than eight horses per race. Friday’s Rainbow Six will begin with race four, with an approximate post time 2 p.m. PT.Although rain is predicted for Saturday’s 10-race card, all 10 races will be run on the main track, including the Robert B. Lewis Stakes, which has been carded as race six, and the San Pasqual Stakes, which goes as the ninth race.Should there be no Single Ticket winner today, track officials project Saturday’s mandatory payout Jackpot pool could reach $15 million.For additional information, including entries for both Friday and Saturday, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.FREE GENERAL ADMISSION AT SANTA ANITA FOR BIG GAME SUNDAYSanta Anita will offer fans free General Admission on Big Game Sunday, this Sunday, as the track will present a nine-race program with special early first post time at 11 a.m.Following the races, fans are encouraged to enjoy the Rams vs. Patriots in Sirona’s Sports Bar, located on the Grandstand main floor overlooking the Paddock Gardens.Fans will be treated to an impressive list of Game Day Drink Specials, including $3 Bud Light Drafts (12 oz.), $5 Golden Road Drafts (12 oz.), $8 Micheladas, $6 Margaritas and $6 Baldwin Buck Cocktails.In addition to drink specials, New England Clam Chowder and Bacon-Wrapped “LA” Hot Dogs will be served to all Patriot and Ram fans, regardless of which team they’re pulling for.For additional information on Big Game Sunday at Santa Anita, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.STRONACH 5 OFFERS $50,000 GUARANTEED POOLBettors will take a trip cross-country today when the Stronach 5 visits Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita, and Golden Gate Fields offering a $50,000 guaranteed pool.The sequence kicks off at Laurel Park at 1:35 p.m. PT with 10 claimers going a mile. After two races at Gulfstream and another at Santa Anita, the national pick 5 with the industry-low 12-percent takeout will finish at Golden Gate with a starter allowance and a field of eight.Past performances for the Stronach 5:http://www.laurelpark.com/sites/www.laurelpark.com/files/content/Stronach5_1.pdfFriday’s Stronach 5 sequence Leg One – Laurel Race 9 – (10 entries, one mile) 4:35 ET, 1:35 PT Leg Two -Gulfstream Race 10 – (eight entries, six furlongs) 4:41 ET, 1:41 PT Leg Three -Santa Anita Race 4 – (nine entries, six furlongs) 5 ET, 2 PT Leg Four – Gulfstream Race 11 – (13 entries, one mile turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PT Leg Five – Golden Gate Race 5 – (8 entries, 5 ½ furlongs) 5:46 ET, 2:45 PTThe minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after the wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the win pool favorite when wagering closes.The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5.VAN DYKE LEADS SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS TO 31-27 VICTORYLed by Drayden Van Dyke, Santa Anita’s jockeys posted a 31-27 victory Thursday night in the 52nd annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School Charity Basketball Game at La Salle High School in Pasadena.“Van Dyke was their superstar,” said trainer Jeff Bonde, who attended the game. “There was a terrific crowd; all the seats were filled.”Proceeds from the game benefit Holy Angels Athletics and the Bill HartackCharitable Foundation, which contributes to several Thoroughbred racing industry charities and presents the winning rider in each year’s Kentucky Derby with the Hartack Memorial Award.It is named in honor of the late Hall of Fame jockey, William Hartack, who along with Eddie Arcaro, won the Kentucky Derby a record five times.THREE-YEAR-OLD GIVES OWNER/BREEDER ‘EXTRA HOPE’ FOR DERBYExtra Hope joined the flavor of the month club for the 2019 Kentucky Derby on May 4 with an authoritative 3 ¼-length victory in Thursday’s feature race, a one mile allowance test on a sloppy track run in 1:34.74, with the last furlong achieved in 13.05 seconds.“He’s a nice three-year-old and we all have the same dreams,” said owner/breeder Samantha Siegel of the son of Shanghai Bobby ridden by Flavien Prat for trainer Richard Mandella. “I’m really excited.“His dam (Lotsandlotsofhope, by Tiznow) could really run, but got hurt and only ran once. This is her first baby.”LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTVSTRONACH 5 ALL-STAR TICKET FOR FEBRUARY 1ST, 2019BOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW GAME WINNER, THE BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE AND TWO-YEAR-OLD ECLIPSE CHAMPIONMICHAEL MCCARTHY SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW POLAR, A PROMISING THREE-YEAR-OLDBOB BAFFERT SHEDROW STROLL: GET TO KNOW IMPROBABLE, THE UNDEFEATED THREE-YEAR-OLD ON THE DERBY TRAIL COLISEUM (OUTSIDE) AND SPEED FREAK WORKING FROM THE GATEUNDEFEATED GAME WINNER WORKING 5-FURLONGSMEGAHERTZ CHAMP VASILIKA WORKING 4-FURLONGSFINISH LINES: Mike Machowsky, best known as the conditioner of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap and Sunshine Millions Classic winner Southern Image in back-to-backmillion dollar races, sends out his last two horses as a trainer this weekend after a career of three decades. Starting Feb. 15, the 54-year-old Machowsky will be the full-time California representative for national auction giant Fasig-Tipton. “It’s been a helluva run and I’ve had a great time training horses,” said Machowsky, whose last two runners are Ministersdon’tlie in Saturday’s seventh race and Proud Emma in Sunday’s fourth race . . . With more rain in the forecast, Bob Baffert and Jerry Hollendorfer breezed their Triple Crown prospects Friday morning, Improbable going five furlongs for Baffert in a bullet 58.40 and Instagrand the same distance for Hollendorfer in 59 flat. “Improbable looked very good,” said Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson, who had a six furlong gallop out time of 1:11.80 . . . Jonathan Kinchen, 2015 NHC Tour Champion, is Tom Quigley‘s handicapping guest 10:50 a.m. Saturday. There is no seminar Super Bowl Sunday. Richard Baltas6210141116%56%$722,337 EXTRA HOPE VAULTS INTO KENTUCKY DERBY PICTURE TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won VAN DYKE SPARKS SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS TO VICTORY (Current Through Thursday, Jan. 31) GUARANTEED $2 MILLION POOL IN THE RAINBOW PICK 6 Mike Smith37137735%73%$841,350 Doug O’Neill771415818%48%$589,953 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Heriberto Figueroa991791517%41%$585,707 Jerry Hollendorfer50106620%44%$575,191 STRONACH FIVE OFFERS GUARANTEED POOL OF $50,000 TRAINER EYES BETTER TRIP FOR EASY SHOT IN LEWIS Tiago Pereira71139718%41%$483,354 Joel Rosario10420171719%52%$1,173,600 Geovanni Franco921391114%36%$626,856 FREE GENERAL ADMISSION SUNDAY WITH 11 A.M. START