The Portland Pirates scored the first five goals of the game en route to a 6-2 victory over the Sens in AHL Calder Cup Playoffs action Tuesday in Binghamton.The Pirates, trailing 3-1 in the best-of-seven series before Tuesday’s contest, force a game six Friday in Portland. Mark Mancari, once on the power play and the second short handed and Luke Adam, on the power play, gave Portland a 3-0 lead before the game was 10 minutes old. Mark Parrish made it 4-0 before the period ended.The goal by Parrish sent Binghamton starting goalie Robin Lehner to the showers in favour of Barry Brust.Portland out shot the Sens 41-37 in the game.In the first round of the playoffs Binghamton rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Manchester Monarchs.Game seven, if necessary, is scheduled for Saturday in Portland.Former Nelson Leaf rearguard Geoff Kinrade, who plays defence for the B-Sens, finished the game a with an even plus-minus.
Josh Coletti of Granite Pointe and Ben Gresley-Jones of Rossland/Trail made the cut and will play in round three following day two of the B.C. Men’s Amateur Golf Championship Wednesday at The Dunes in Kamloops.Both West Kootenay players carded identical rounds of 74 to slip under the cut line — Coletti by the narrowest of margins.Gresley-Jones, slipping from 22nd spot Tuesday, sits tied for 40th spot while Coletti is tied for 66th.Coletti is on a golf scholarship with the Missouri Valley Vikings in Marshall, Missouri.Granite Pointe’s Jordan Melanson, who plays for Simon Fraser University Clan, and Adam Pangburn of Kaslo both missed the cut.Richard Jung of Toronto leads the field at 8-under-par following a second round 69 on the 7,131-yard par 72 The Dunes course.Jung holds a one-stroke lead over Craig Doell of Victoria and first-round leader Jeremy Osborne of Salmon Arm.Kevin Carrigan and Cory Renfrew, both of Victoria, are two and three shots, respectively, behind Jung.Round three goes Thursday while the final round set for Friday in the 72-hole email@example.com
The Nelson Leafs concluded a five-game road trip on a downer Friday night in Creston as the Thunder Cats scored three times in the opening period to dump the Heritage City club 5-1 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.Jayden Smith, former Nelson Leaf Alec Wilkinson and Carson Cartwright in the final minute of the opening frame scored to give the Thunder Cats the insurmountable lead.Sebastian Kilcommons increased the lead to 4-0 with a second period marker before Jackson Bruce-Fuoco made it 5-0 with a third-period power play tally.The Leafs, struggling to find the net of late, got its only goal from captain Rayce Miller in the third period. Ironically, Nelson out shot the Cats 33-31 as Creston netminder Brock Lefebvre out duelled Joseph Barton in the battle of the goalies.Nelson, slipping to 12-8 on the season, returns to action Saturday when the new-and-improved Grand Forks Border Bruins visit the NDCC Arena at 7 p.m.Murdoch-leading Hawks back on winning trackFive players each tallied two points as Beaver Valley dumped Castlegar Rebels 5-1 in Murdoch Division action Friday in Fruitvale.Michael and Allan Pruss, Tyler Hartman, Blake Sidoni and Jace Weegar each finished the game with two points as the Hawks held period leads of 1-0 and 3-1.Jake Yuris, Jaxon Joseph, Brett Roberts, Devin Nemes and Weegar scored for the Nitehawks.Tayden Woods replied for Castlegar.Beaver Valley, 15-4-1 on the season, increased its Murdoch Diviison lead to three points over Castlegar and eight over Nelson.The win also snapped a two-game losing streak for the Murdoch Division leaders.
Hey Leaf Nation relax, all is well says coach and GM Dave McLellan.However, this was before the Green and White were shellacked 9-zip by of all teams, rival Castlegar Rebels Wednesday night in the Sunflower City.“We’re going in direction I thought we would at this time of the season having all rookie defencemen,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily before heading off to the Sunflower City Wednesday.“It’s the little things that are hurting us right now and we have to find a way to start scoring.”“But it’s important to win at the right time be ready for playoffs,” McLellan adds.Having lost eight of 11 before Wednesday, McLellan was busy working the phones before Tuesday’s December 1st BC Hockey roster deadline.“We were (busy),” McLellan confessed.As of December 1st, Kootenay International Junior Hockey League teams had cut to 25 cards or less, which includes carded players plus available unused cards.McLellan used the deadline to acquire three players — a goalie, forward and defenceman. The Leafs traded with Princeton Posse to get 6’4” netminder Zakery Babin.McLellan then reached out to Columbia Valley Rockies to land forward Malcolm Fenelon before scoring defenceman Zach Morey from defending KIJHL champion Kimberley Dynamiters.All three deals were made for future considerations.McLellan also traded for forward Kelton Nelson and landed local defenceman Cole Arcuri in November.The Leafs released defenceman Ren Mason and goalie Joe Barton to make room for the new players.“Zak is a goalie I’m familiar with in Surrey so I was really glad to add him going forward,” McLellan said.Morey, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound native of Calgary, Alta., spent the bulk of the 2014-15 campaign with the Revelstoke Grizzlies, registering three goals and nine points in 29 games.In 14 games with Kimberley, Morey, who finished up last season with the West Kelowna Warriors of the BCHL, registered two assists.Fenelon scored eight goals and had eight assists in 32 games with Columbia Valley.The acquisitions leave the Leafs, which just passed the midway part of the season with a 13-13-0-0-1 record, with a roster of 23 players with two remaining cards.However, McLellan said the Leafs continue to be plagued with injuries having made the recent trip to the East Kootenay with a depleted lineup with Austin Lindsay, Andy Fitzpatrick, Max Daerendinger and Dash Thompson all out with injuries.“We’re just trying to make it through to Christmas and then get players back to begin to make a push after the break,” McLellan said.Leaf Nation can only hope Christmas is kind to the Green and White.
If the Selkirk College Saints are to claim British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) supremacy in 2017, this weekend’s two-game series against the Simon Fraser University Clan will go a long way in setting the tone.The four-time defending league champion Saints launch the second half of the season Friday at 7 pm. in the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex.Heading into the weekend series with their Lower Mainland rivals, the Saints sit four points behind first place SFU who put together an impressive first half.
Before the first puck dropped on the Murdoch Division Semi Final between Castlegar and Nelson, Leafs Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Mario DiBella said for his team to be successful they must be “disciplined” against a team with a dominating power play.Monday, the Leafs witnessed first hand the dangers of rolling the dice against the Rebels.
Doug O’Neill10120181220%$919,568 TRAINING LEADER O’NEILL EYES ROYAL HEROINE UPSETDoug O’Neill is two in front with four laps to go in quest of his fourth Santa Anita training title. The 47-year-old Michigan native holds a 20-18 lead over runner-up Peter Miller, who is emptying the barn in a bid to overtake O’Neill while training out of San Luis Rey Downs.O’Neill has two outsiders entered in Saturday’s Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf, Birdlover and One More.Birdlover, an English-bred daughter of Byron, won the Mizdirection at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf last out, but has won at a mile on grass and was third, beaten just a head, in the Grade III Wilshire at a mile on turf April 26.One More, a 4-year-old daughter of 1994 Horse of the Year Holy Bull, was third in the Grade III Providencia Stakes last April but has yet to win a stakes.“I think they’re both going to be forwardly placed, and both of them on their best day can be competitive in that group,” O’Neill said.“We know it’s deep water, but both horses are doing well.”The field for the Royal Heroine: Blingismything, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Generosidade, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Stormy Lucy, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Birdlover, Mike Smith, 4-1; Mangita, Aaron Gryder, 30-1; Famous Alice, Gary Stevens, 12-1; Fanticola, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Queen of the Sand, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Alexis Tangier, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; and One More, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1. HOLLENDORFER DUO SET FOR TRIPLE BENDSahara Sky and Wild Dude should have ample pace to run at in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at seven furlongs.Both horses trained by Jerry Hollendorfer have good tracking styles, which should benefit them against expected pacesetters San Onofre and Masochistic.“It looks like there’s enough pace, but we’ll see how it sets up,” Hollendorfer said. “Both horses should run well.”Sahara Sky, a 7-year-old Pleasant Tap horse owned by Hollendorfer and Kim Lloyd’s Sweetwater Stable, rallied for third, beaten only a length, against Masochistic and San Onofre in the Grade II Kona Gold at 6 ½ furlongs on April 11. Winner of the Grade I Metropolitan Handicap in 2013, Sahara Sky has eight wins from 22 starts with earnings of $1,169,578.Wild Dude, also owned in part by Hollendorfer along with Green Smith Jr., finished a willing third last out in the Los Angeles Stakes at six furlongs May 25. He has won Grade II stakes twice, but will be seeking his first Grade I in the Triple Bend.The field for Triple Bend, which goes as race seven: Blue Tone, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; San Onofre, Alex Solis, 3-1; Appealing Tale, Joe Talamo, 10-1; Sahara Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Masochistic, Tyler Baze, 9-5; Wild Dude, Flavien Prat, 9-2; and Holy Lute, Mike Smith, 10-1. PHAROAH ON PARADE, HOPPERTUNITY GOES FOR GOLDPACE FAVORS HOLLENDORFER TWOSOME IN TRIPLE BENDTITLE ON LINE FOR O’NEILL IN ROYAL HEROINE STAKES?MIO ME SEEKS FIRST STAKES WIN IN GRADE III SENORITA RACING MOURNS PASSING OF SHULMAN, VAN PATTEN Philip D’Amato601710728%$965,550 RACING MOURNS DEATHS OF VAN PATTEN AND SHULMANThe Southern California racing community lost two of its most devoted and treasured members recently with the passing of actor Dick Van Patten and former trainer Sandy Shulman.Van Patten, whose career on stage and screen spanned close to eighty years, died Tuesday morning in Santa Monica. He was 86.Former trainer Shulman, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, saddled more than 800 winners in a career that began in 1981. He died on Father’s Day, June 21, at the age of 78.A top athlete, Shulman held multiple track and field records at Fairfax High School. He is survived by his son, Leonard Shulman; daughter Eileen Daley; grandchildren Shaylynn, Tyson, Tyler, McKenzie and Kennedy, along with two great grandchildren, Hudson and Aiden.According to a report in Variety, Van Patten died at Saint John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., due to complications from diabetes.Van Patten began his career on the Broadway stage as a child in 1937, and appeared in such films “Freaky Friday” as well as several Mel Brooks comedies such as “High Anxiety,” and “Robin Hood:Men in Tights.”It was on television during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s when Van Patten really made his mark, starring as Tom Bradford on the long-running hit, “Eight is Enough.”Van Patten also was a longtime racing fan and horse owner, and as this New York Times article pointed out in 2013, he first began going to tracks in New York as a kid. He made Hollywood Park a favorite stop when he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970’s. Even in his 80’s, Van Patten could always been found at Hollywood Park, Del Mar and Santa Anita, very often in the company of the likes of actor/producer/director Mel Brooks.“I’ve used Dick in more of my movies than any other actor,” said Brooks several years ago in the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle. “He was the most talented and he was a pleasure to be around on the set…He’s the greatest horseplayer I’ve ever met in my life.”Van Patten is survived by his wife Pat; three sons, actors Nels Van Patten, James Van Patten and Vincent Van Patten; a sister, actress Joyce Van Patten; and a younger half-brother, director-producer Timothy Van Patten.Services for Shulman will be held at Mt. Sinai, 5950 Forest Lawn Dr. in Los Angeles tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. For further details, contact Mt. Sinai at www.mountsinaiparks.org. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, www.pcrf-kids.org, or the Downtown Dog Rescue, www.downtowndogresue.org. FINISH LINES: Triple Crown hero American Pharoah is up for an ESPY for best championship performance along with Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants, Florida softball star Lauren Haeger, and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Fans can vote by visiting http://espn.go.com/espys/2015/vote/index?id=13114290&lang=en . . . Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red, who worked a mile in 1:38.97 under Kent Desormeaux in company with Salty Kid after Sunday’s fourth race, will ship to New York July 1 for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes on July 4, trainer and part owner Keith Desormeaux said. “He went the last half (mile) in 48 and three, the last eighth in (one) 11 and two, galloped out from the finish line to the seven eighths pole in (one) 12 and one. It looks like he’s fit. That’s why we do these things. It gets their adrenalin pumping. We train in beautiful Southern California most every morning in 50 and 60 degree weather and this horse has never been taxed over a period of more than six months except for his second in the San Vicente on Feb. 1. With the recent hot temperatures we’ve had here, I just wanted to tax his body a little bit in preparation for the New York heat. There probably will be high heat and humidity in New York, so I tried to simulate that in his work and I think we did that Sunday.” . . . Laz Barrera winner Kentuckian turned in another smart workout Thursday for the July 4 Los Alamitos Derby, going six furlongs under Mike Smith in a bullet 1:11 for Jerry Hollendorfer . . . Tomorrow is the final 4 o’clock Friday of the Spring Meet, with first post time for the eight-race program starting at 4 p.m. . . . Jim Meeks, winner of the 2015 Horseplayer World Series ($267,000) will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Saturday, while handicapper and contest player Nick Tammaro will do honors Sunday, each day at 11:50 a.m. in the East Paddock Gardens. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer67718910%$611,088 Tiago Pereira741113715%$485,520 Martin Garcia47961019%$381,860 Mario Gutierrez5595916%$445,008 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Gary Stevens2983528%$671,820 Flavien Prat15123281715%$1,422,952 Tyler Baze21131343115%$1,802,410 Mike Puype63912714%$502,190 Victor Espinoza40117728%$759,750 Fernando Perez12824211219%$916,480 Edwin Maldonado9110141511%$434,460 (Current Through Sunday, June 21 Richard Baltas62179427%$884,130 Felipe Valdez9881598%$365,640 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Joseph Talamo14724152816%$1,047,908 Eddie Truman2172433%$287,208 PHAROAH READY FOR HIS CLOSEUP ON SATURDAYTriple Crown winner American Pharoah galloped over Santa Anita’s main trackThursday as he prepares to meet his adoring public Saturday at Santa Anita where he will come through the track’s Paddock Gardens and then parade down the runway between the seventh and eighth races.It will be a gala occasion. The only thing missing will be Bert Parks singing, “Oh, there he goes, Mr. American . . . Pharoah.”Owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat and trained by Bob Baffert, American Pharoah will enter the track’s Paddock Gardens at approximately 4:30 p.m., following a gate-to-wire screening of his Belmont Stakes triumph, which climaxed his Triple Crown run.He will then proceed to the track’s Seabiscuit Walking Ring where he will take a pair of laps accompanied by handlers from Baffert’s stable. He will then be led under the Grandstand and onto Santa Anita’s main track, where he will be led towards the Club House turn.After posing for pictures, American Pharoah will turn around and head to the Winner’s Circle where he will be met by Baffert, regular rider Victor Espinoza, and an expected throng of media.The entire ceremony will be shown live on Santa Anita’s simulcast network.It will be no dry run for stablemate Hoppertunity, however. He competes in Saturday’s Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, coming back in just two weeks from his third-place finish in the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 13, an uncharacteristic move for Baffert.“I wasn’t going to run in the Foster, and he was a little short,” the Hall of Fame trainerexplained. “But he got a lot out of it and now he’s sharp and it looks like he’s ready, so I expect a big effort from him.”The 1 1/8-mile Foster was Hoppertunity’s first start since last Feb. 7 when he was third by eight lengths behind Shared Belief in the San Antonio Invitational.The 4-year-old son of Any Given Saturday will be seeking his fifth win from 11 starts and his second Grade I, having taken the Clark Handicap last Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.The Gold Cup is this year’s second “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Breeders’ Cup will pay the $100,000 entry fee for the Gold Cup winner to start in the Classic under the enhancements of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.All fans will get an officially licensed “American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion” T-shirt free with paid admission and Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club membership. (Thoroughbreds Club signups will be available free at all T-shirt distribution locations).The field for the Gold Cup, which will be shown live on NBCSN from 5 to 6 p.m. Pacific Time: Batti Man, Fernando Perez, 30-1; Hard Aces, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Poshsky, Flavien Prat, 30-1; Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Majestic City, Carlos Lopez, 12-1; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Big Cazanova, Corey Nakatani, 12-1; Moreno, Cornelio Velasquez, 7-2; Catch a Flight, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Lideris, Joe Talamo, 50-1; and Finnegans Wake, Mike Smith, 6-1.First post time Saturday and closing day Sunday, June 28, will be 1 p.m. Peter Miller8218181022%$719,260 Bob Baffert3173623%$349,350 Mike Smith47910619%$757,816 John Sadler6813101219%$840,204 Richard Mandella461213426%$892,610 Drayden Van Dyke12116141213%$681,572 Rafael Bejarano17542313024%$1,973,036 PEDROZA, MIO ME UNITE AGAIN FOR SENORITAMartin Pedroza and Mio Me outran their odds in an overnight race on June 5, finishing third, beaten just over a length, at nearly 20-1.Trainer Mark Casse and his team hope the progress continues in Saturday’s Grade III Senorita Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.“Mio Me is coming up to the race beautifully,” said Randi Melton, who oversees Casse’s Southern California division. “I’m very pleased with her. Martin rode her great last time. He seems to suit her.” A Kentucky-bred daughter of Eskendereya owned by W.S. Farish Jr., who campaigns as Woodford Racing LLC, Mio Me was third in the Ultra Fleet Stakes on turf May 1.The field for the Senorita: Rattataptap, Tyler Baze, 6-1; Long Hot Summer, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Lutine Belle, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Curlin’s Fox, Mike Smith, 5-2; Mio Me, Martin Pedroza, 15-1; Screaming Skylar, Victor Espinoza, 8-1; Miss Double D’oro, Martin Garcia, 12-1; Avenge, Flavien Prat, 4-1: and Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 5-1. Santiago Gonzalez10310161010%$450,024
VICTOR GARCIA, SMOOTH ROLLER, WINNER: “I expected him to run big. He had a lot of trouble in his last race. He was washed out, stumbled from the gate, was four or five wide both turns and only got beat a length and one-quarter. I worked the horse twice and he worked real good. Tyler was real happy with it. We’ll go to the Breeders’ Cup (Classic), absolutely. This will be my second Breeders’ Cup. I ran a filly named Approved to Fly in 1988 (fourth in the Juvenile Fillies).“I’ve been training since late 1985. It feels great (to beat the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner from last year, Bayern). I thought we had a good shot in the race, but the only way to find out is to run with the big boys, and the horse ran like I expected.” TYLER BAZE, SMOOTH ROLLER, WINNER: “This is his fourth race and from the very beginning Victor told me he could really run and he proved it. I worked him last week and ever since I’ve been on him down at Del Mar he’s turned into a monster work horse in the morning; he really wants to do it. Last week, Victor wasn’t here, he was at the Keeneland Sale. He called and told me to go seven eighths in 1:28. I literally breezed him in 1:25. I called him and told him ‘that’s as easy as he wants to go and he did it the right way.’“I told him to dress up for Saturday because I’m expecting him to run big and he did.“He’s a good-feeling horse. He goes out there and there’s nothing wrong with a horse that’s feelin’ good. He’s ready to do it and he’s changed and he’s really matured.” MIKE SMITH, HOPPERTUNITY, SECOND: “We ran a good race, but I just couldn’t catch the winner. He ran great. The game plan going in was pretty much what happened. I thought I’d be laying third and he was. He was laying a comfortable third. Hard Aces was coming a little early on the backside, so it turned it into a long run. But he was able to gather himself up and secure second anyway. That’s pretty much it.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES MARTIN GARCIA, BAYERN, THIRD: “He looked like he was going nice and easy but he didn’t want to run.”IS HE THE SAME HORSE AS HE USED TO BE? “Not at all. If he was the same, he would have won. Too quiet; he didn’t show anything.” NOTES: The winning owner is Miguel Rubio of Rancho Santa Fe who races as Lucky Charm Stable.
JOCKEY QUOTES -30- NICK ALEXANDER, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER: “That horse started to come to her and she just put her nose down and just ran. Nothing bothers her. She doesn’t look like she’s going that fast, but she is.(On running against the boys): “We talked about it because she was four-for-four on this dirt course. And those four races, she was never pressed, so we were hoping she had more if she needed it.(On not running against fillies) “I was concerned about the condition of the course. We missed the Santa Monica because of a spider bite. Her hock blew up but it was a spider bite that caused it. She had never been on a turf course before and I thought it was going to be a full field, so Phil (D’Amato) and I talked about it. … I know it’s not always something you should do and I was ready to take the blame for it, but it worked out.” TRAINER QUOTES EDWIN MALDONADO, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER: “She got a little bigger. She’s a small filly but she has such a long stride. I just want to thank Phil and Nick Alexander for giving me the opportunity to get back on her. She’s such a nice horse to ride.“Somebody got a little close to me. I was confident she could win this race though. I was confident.” PHIL D’AMATO, SUNDAY RULES, WINNER: “She had a little two-day deal which is why we scratched her out of the Santa Monica; we cleared it up with some antibiotics though and she was good to go. I gave her a little breeze to make sure that she was as good as she was before her potential Santa Monica bid and she was.“I give a lot of credit to Nick Alexander because he campaigned hard to have her run in here and the more I thought about it and looked at everything, the more I thought it made sense. We got it done today.“I thought it was going to be a horse race and it was. As soon as Raised a Secret came to her, she spurted out a length or so and I thought she’d maintain it. Edwin got her in a great rhythm and she maintained it all the way to the wire.” NOTES: Winning owner/breeder Nick Alexander resides in Los Angeles.