Satsop Business Park CEO Tami Garrow Announces Retirement Plans

first_imgTami Garrow, Satsop Business Park CEOELMA – After 11 years at the helm of the award-winning Satsop Business Park, Tami Garrow, CEO, officially gave notice of her decision to retire next spring, during Tuesday’s board meeting of the Grays Harbor Public Development Authority, the Park’s governing board.“This was a purely personal decision, but not a hard one,” said Garrow, 53. She and husband John Mertz, 64, plan to travel more, work less and spend time with parents, kids and grandkids.“I love my job, my staff and this Park, but the time is right for me to move on, and I am blessed to be able to do so. I’ve worked since I was 13, manning the counter at the Red Rooster grocery store in Humptulips, waiting tables to pay for college, and, for the past 30 years, working in the ‘economic development trenches’ of rural Washington trying to make a difference, the last 13 here at the Park.  It has been a terrific experience.”Garrow said that she plans to work through the end of March 2013, but wanted to give the board plenty of time to plan for her departure.“She’s done an outstanding job, just an incredible job. She’s brought the Satsop Business Park into the 21st Century,” said Jack Thompson, a longtime board member who helped hire Garrow. “She has really been responsible for putting the Park on the map throughout the county,  the state of Washington and beyond,” he said.Garrow, who has been working at the Park since it’s inception in July 1999, became CEO in early 2001. She said she’s glad to be leaving the Park in such good shape. Not only is it debt free with more than $6 million in reserves, her legacy includes several new and renovated buildings, new roads and other vital infrastructure, with a new sewer system connection on its way.Garrow said she’s especially proud that the Park has had 10 straight years of clean financial audits. She has been credited with guiding the Park through the growing pains of its early years, turning its finances around and building a solid foundation for future growth.It’s not just the financial picture that has improved at the Park.  Over the years she and her staff converted many former nuclear power plant structures to commercial building use, as well as constructing new office and manufacturing buildings. Under her direction, the Park’s first comprehensive master plan was developed, miles of new roads were constructed and an entire telecommunication infrastructure was built from the ground up. Other utilities, including water and sewer, a chlorination plant and a filtration plant were also built. In all, more than $50 million in improvements to the Park were made during her tenure – much of it largely financed through grants and loans. “We literally built the proverbial shining city on a hill,” she said, “out of an unfinished, hidden asset.”Much of this success has not gone unnoticed with Garrow and Satsop Business Park garnering many accolades over the years.Earlier this month the Satsop Business Park’s collaborative forestry program withGrays Harbor College received the 2011 Pacific Northwest Champion Award from the U.S. Forest Stewardship Council for the innovative way its 1,200 acres of forest are managed. Past honors have included the 2005 Excellence in Rural Economic Development Award from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, and the 2004 Governor’s Economic Development Award.In 2005, Garrow received the Woman of Influence Award from the Business Examiner publishing group.A graduate of the University of Puget Sound in English literature and business, before Garrow began at Satsop, she served as Executive Director of the Grays Harbor Economic Development Council, the Business Development Director for the Grays Harbor PUD, the Planning/Real Estate director for the Port of Grays Harbor and a Program manager for the State Dept. of Community Development (now Commerce). She also served as City Planner for Hoquiam, her hometown, and worked for Grays Harbor College and WSU in a collaborative partnership.“Grays Harbor has benefited from Tami’s leadership at the Park through her tireless dedication to developing a public asset and inviting investment and job creation for our citizens,” said board member Shelli Hopsecger.As for Garrow, who still has 10 months left at her job, she wants the public to know that “There really is no more welcoming, business-friendly place in Washington State than Satsop Business Park. You won’t find anyone who will work harder than we will, to help your business succeed. Not only do we try to attract businesses here, but once they’re here we take on the role of advocate. We’re always asking, ‘What do you need to be wildly successful, and what can we do to make it happen?’ And then we go do it.”Satsop Business Park is a 1,700-acre mixed-use business and technology park located in scenic Grays Harbor County in Southwest Washington just 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 corridor. It is home to more than 30 businesses, offers 440 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure and surrounded by 1,200 acres of sustainable managed forestland.The Park is managed by the Grays Harbor Public Development Authority, a public corporation whose mission is to create new jobs and investment for the region. More information on Satsop Business Park can be found at www.Satsop.com. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Samba Olywa Transforming Into Grey Wolf Pack For 2013 Procession Of…

first_imgSubmitted by Dr. Diana Yu, for Samba OlywaFor Thurston County residents who enjoy the rhythms and dance of Samba Olywa, you are in for another treat come April 27th as the largest grey wolf pack will parade down the streets of Olympia, complete with howling!Over the last few weeks, over 100 folks have gathered at the Eagle’s Ballroom every Sunday evening from 5 – 7pm to practice the rhythms and steps for this year’s performance.  It is amazing to see individuals transform into a moving pack of wolves.  At each practice, more and more folks arrive wearing their version of a grey wolf costume and I can truly say that you’ve never seen wolves like these – definitely works of art and one of a kind.This year Samba Olywa will be paying special tribute to Geoff Johns, a noted percussionist from Vashon Island who recently passed away.  Geoff was one of the folks who started Samba Olywa years ago and continued to work with us and local groups to spread the joy of percussion and music.  He was an enthusiastic and talented musician, and an inspiring teacher.  One of the pieces we will perform this year, Afro Baio, was created by Geoff to accompany choreography arranged by his wife, Carol Lutra-Johns.Samba Olywa is an amateur percussion and dance group dedicated to building community through the learning and sharing of Samba and other rhythms. We provide the opportunity for anyone, regardless of experience, to join us as we take our spirited and joyous energy to the streets and to the stage.Procession is such a wonderful way to meet others and give back to the community. From the time the studios are open, allowing any person to unleash their inner artist all the way to the procession down the streets of Olympia, we are a community. With thousands participating and tens of thousands watching, enjoying and joining in the revelry, we can all put aside the negatives, stress, and strain and just be happy to be alive.Come join us on Saturday at 4:30 pm. While you are there, just look around you and see the smiles. Watch the children’s faces light up and their little happy feet dancing to the beat of the drums. You will smile too.It all started in 1995 as part of the Procession of the Species Celebration, the Olympia community’s honoring of our natural world through the public making and sharing of art, music and dance.  We’ve performed as zebras, octopi, butterflies, the sun, and the rainforest. This is still our main event and procession practices usually start in February each year.  A smaller group of Samba Olywa also performs several times a year throughout the Puget Sound region. Our performances range from small performances at private functions, to large community celebrations throughout the Sound. Visit our Facebook page for photos and clips of our gigs. Facebook27Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Providence St. Peter Honored for Landscaping

first_imgFacebook40Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Providence Saint Peter HospitalProvidence St. Peter Hospital has been named a Grand Award winner in the 2013 Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) Green Star Awards for health care facilities. The award will be presented at the PGMS Awards Banquet Oct. 25 in Louisville, Kentucky. The awarding organization was first established in 1911.The goals of the Green Star Professional Grounds Management Awards program are:To bring national recognition to grounds manicured with a high degree of excellence.To recognize individual professional efforts leading to high maintenance standards and high quality appearance of the landscape.To challenge those responsible for maintenance of grounds throughout the country to achieve a higher level of excellence. In sponsoring this awards program, the Professional Grounds Management Society wishes to extend its mission in promoting well-maintained landscapes throughout the country.For more information, go to www.PGMS.org“We take pride in our grounds. It’s another way we can ease our patient’s way,” said Facility Manager Keith Deline. “It is an honor to be recognized for the beauty we provide to our patients and their families and friends.”In the award announcement, Providence St. Peter Hospital was noted for having a total of four acres of planting with two acres that are seasonal all of which were considered to be at a high level of landscaping design while utilizing native plants, minimal irrigation and pesticide as well as weed killer free practices.In other comments the Green Star Award judges noted that St. Peter Hospital has a very nice variety of planted materials, employs the use of boulders, hardscape and artwork at the highest level of quality while protecting and preserving the mature trees.“We are very proud of our landscape management plan,” said Deline. “It includes onsite walking trails, a program that replants more than 100 pine trees every year and, most importantly, beautiful views of the grounds and local mountains from almost every patient room providing a greater level of holistic healing.“Our promise to each patient – know me, care for me, ease my way – is clearly visible in our landscaping.”The hospital is also a contributor to the local Kiwanis Charitable Wood Program. As a result of the major snow storm of January of 2012 the hospital lost some of its mature trees. These trees were cut as necessary with the wood going to Kiwanis for donation to needy members of the local community.last_img read more

Thurston County Health Officer: Dr. Yu COVID-19 Letter to the Community

first_imgFacebook253Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyLetter to the Community # 54/21/2020Dear Thurston County Community,I know it has been very difficult and challenging for everyone to stay apart from their families and friends, but I am asking everyone to please hang on a few more weeks. Even when the Governor changes the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the way we move and act cannot be as usual. I expect we will continue to recommend social distancing, limited physical contact, enhanced hand sanitation, teleworking, and maybe even masking in public.Now that the weather is better, it is even more tempting to go out and get together. The past week was Easter, and with the good weather and people venturing out, this makes controlling the disease more challenging. I am hopeful we will not have a setback. We will know in the next two weeks.The good news is that more testing is available in our community. The community testing site run by Providence hospital in Hawks Prairie is currently testing everyone who has symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, regardless of whether you are high risk, and regardless of where you work. When you are tested, we ask you remain on self-quarantine (stay at home, away from others) for a few days until you receive your test results. If you are sick, for any reason, please stay home.The other piece of good news is the staff and patients of our long-term care facilities are doing a fantastic job! So far, we have not had any active cases of COVID-19 in our long-term care facilities in Thurston County. Well done!! In the next few weeks, more test kits will be made available to our clinics so people can get tested. We know anyone who is sick and working or residing in a congregate setting (with a lot of other people), are more likely to pass it on to others, so we will continue to prioritize testing for these populations. Will wearing a mask protect us from COVID-19? Masks work better to protect others. They are a barrier, primarily for droplets that come out of our own mouth when we talk or cough, or from our own nose when we sneeze. When these droplets are contained, less people are exposed. If you tend to touch your face a lot, wearing a mask sometimes reminds you not to.Why do I need to continue social distancing? We really have no way of knowing WHO is infected. Not everyone who is infected has symptoms, and for people who are recently infected, it takes a few days to show signs of the disease. You can be infectious a few days before you start showing symptoms. That means anyone you encounter, in any neighborhood, at any shop, at any time, may be infected. Social distancing is the action we each can control, and which will help protect us.What about herd immunity?  Maybe a lot of people already had the disease and were not identified?  In Thurston County, it is unlikely we have enough cases in the community to consider that ‘herd immunity’ will protect us. So far, we have only tested symptomatic individuals and have about 3% positives out of about 3,600 tests. Estimates from other countries suggest that half of cases are not symptomatic. So even if that were true, the number of cases we have will not be widespread enough to protect us all. The only way we can be assured of herd immunity is with mass vaccination with an effective vaccine, or through the unfortunate natural process of widespread disease and death within our community. We also don’t know if people who have had COVID-19 have immunity, or how long it might last, to protect them from getting COVID-19 in the future.So how do I continue to protect myself once restrictions are changed? You can continue to telework, if that is an option. Definitely continue social distancing and avoiding crowds. Maintain the good habit of washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer, as needed. To protect others, stay home when you are sick and wear a mask if you must be within 6 feet of someone or in public places.Please continue to do your best to maintain social distancing.  We will get through this—and we will get through it best if we all hold the line a while longer.Thank you,Diana Yu, MD, MSPH, Acting Thurston County Health Officerlast_img read more

Fair Haven Antique Dealer Finds Homes For Treasure – Each With…

first_imgBy Art PetrosemoloThe watches, clocks, jewelry and silver on the shelves at Blue Stove Antiques in Fair Haven all come with a story. Some of them are even as interesting as that of its octogenarian owner Isaak “Ike” Burstein.For more than 40 years, Burstein and his wife Myra have sold unique antique treasurers acquired locally or from locations across the world out of the shop. “It’s a labor of love,” he says, “and many times it is very hard to part with things I have acquired.” It is understandable as Burstein lost everything during the Second World War and lived through the horror of the Holocaust.A look in the store safe confirms Burstein’s sentiments for many of his treasures – trays of watches and jewelry – are locked up each night and brought out daily for display.“I always have been a clock collector,” says Burstein, “and am known for that in the business. Many people will bring their timepieces to me to expedite repair, to sell or just to appraise.”One of Burstein’s favorite and most treasured timepieces is a rare, 1746 Henton Brown Musical Bracket Clock made in London that plays six tunes. Burstein has owned it for more than a half century.In a business where many equate age into high price, Burstein cautions buyers that quality trumps age most times. “Remember,” he smiles, “they made junk 100 years ago just as they do today!”Born in Lithuania in Eastern Europe in 1929, Burstein, experienced the horror of World War II and Nazi atrocities firsthand. The family was unable to escape their homeland after the German invasion in 1941. Burstein survived for four years doing slave labor at Dachau, north of Munich in Southern Germany.Dachau was the first concentration camp the Nazi’s opened in Germany in 1933. There were some 32,000 documented – and thousands of undocumented – deaths during its 12-year existence.Burstein was freed by the allies in May 1945 after Dachau guards marched the remaining prisoners west away from the camp toward the German border in what he describes as a “death march.”Although the memories will be with him forever, Burstein today focuses on what happened since 1945, not before it. “My parents made sure I could speak English as a child,” Burstein says,” and I still speak several languages.”After being liberated, Burstein worked for one year as an interpreter for the United States Army in Munich before immigrating to the United States and starting a new life in New York City not yet having celebrated his 20th birthday.Burstein met his wife on New Year’s Eve in 1947. They were married in 1950 and have lived in New Jersey for more than 40 years. “Myra was interested in, loved and understood antiques and collectibles,” Burstein says, “and we opened the shop here in Fair Haven.”In the 1980s, the Bursteins renovated the building and he gave up his corporate job in New York City to focus on timepieces, jewelry and antiques, something both he and his wife loved.Today Burstein, 86, still travels to estate sales and flea markets looking for hidden treasures but more often than not, collectors bring items to him. He also has a client list with names we’d all recognize and he understandably protects. “You’d be surprised how many people buy quality watches, jewelry and antiques as an investment,” Burstein says. “Many times I actually buy back items from clients for more than I sold it to them because of appreciation.”The Burstein’s have two children. Their son Matt is a well-known antique restorer based in Boston and daughter Beth is a photographer in New Jersey.Burstein is patient with browsers and dabblers who visit his shop looking – many times – for a present with no idea of what they want or the cost involved. We have antiques in all price ranges he smiles as not everyone can afford a Patek Philippe, Breitling or Bvlgari watch that – even used – is expensive.Burstein recalls a woman who came in to have her dad’s Rolex watch looked at and repaired. She said her dad also was considering selling it and she wanted to know its value. “I looked at it,” Burstein says, “and told her that indeed it could be fixed and the watch was so valuable that I would be happy to give her dad a new Rolex to replace it as well as a sizable check.” Burstein says the woman was shocked and talked to her dad who decided he would keep the watch.When describing what makes a timepiece so valuable, Burstein is in his element. He reminds visitors that if you just need to tell time, a battery powered Timex will give you hours, minutes, seconds and probably even the date just fine.“But,” he goes on, “if you value a piece of engineering with hundreds of moving parts that tells time accurately plus accounts for the different length of months, leap year or even the phases of the moon – a watch which could take years to complete as well, running flawlessly for decades inside a precious metal case, and will appreciate in value every year – well that’s a work of art.”Many of Burstein’s collectors look for the unusual and unique. He cites a limited edition Longines’ watch – only 80 were made – to celebrate the 80th anniversary in 2007 of the Charles Lindberg’s trans-Atlantic flight. Burstein had a chance to buy one from an owner and gladly paid more than the retail price. It sits patiently in his shop waiting for its next owner.Burstein has good advice to new collectors of antiques, jewelry and watches. “Be sure you buy something of quality. Keep it serviced and care for it,” he says. “Buy one item of quality rather than waste your money on 10 items because they’re cheap.”last_img read more

Safety Improvements Coming to Busy Belford Intersection

first_imgby Joseph Sapia

MIDDLETOWN – Motorists and pedestrians can expect to see improvements at the Belford intersection of Leonardville Road and East Road in 2017.The traffic signal will be upgraded to provide push-button controls for pedestrians, as well as a visual and sound system to count down seconds before the light changes. Also, left-turn travel lanes on Leonardville Road (also known as County Road 516) will be added, said County Engineer Joseph M. Ettore.The project is being funded via a $339,000 grant from the federal Department of Transportation “Local Safety Program.” The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority awarded the grant to Monmouth County on Jan. 11.The Local Safety Program identifies what would qualify as “quick fixes for high-priority safety improvements,” Ettore said. The state Department of Transportation identifies roadways that should qualify for the grant and the county further evaluates them.“The (current) traffic signal equipment is antiquated and in excess of 30 years old and has no provision (on the signal) for pedestrian improvements,” said Ettore, explaining such improvements as the push-button system.“We tried to make improvements that we could,” Ettore said. The county, for example, painted wide (24-inch) crosswalk striping to provide more visibility, Ettore said. “It’s what we call a high-visibility crosswalk.”KinderCare at Middletown and Bayview Elementary School are located on or close to the intersection.The project is now in the design phase, with this work to be done by the NJTPA, Ettore said.By the end of 2016, the county should be able to solicit bids for the project and award a contract early next year, Ettore said. Construction is projected to start in the spring of 2017 and take an estimated three to four months, Ettore said.last_img read more

No joy in Canada, Russia shocks Juniors

first_imgThere is definitely no joy in the Great White North after Team Canada squandered a 3-0 lead and lost to the Russians 5-3 in the gold medal game at the IIHL World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo, NY.The Russian win completed the biggest comeback in tournament history and was the country’s first gold medal at the juniors since 2003.It was the second straight year Canada has lost in the final.In 2010 Team USA defeated Canada 6-5 in overtime.Canada appeared to be in complete control leading by three after 40 minutes.Ryan Ellis, Carter Ashton, and Brayden Schenn each scored to chase Russian starting goalie Dmitri Shikin on 18 shots.But the contest took a dramatic about face as Artemi Panarin and Maxim Kitsyn both scored from close range just 13 seconds apart to stun the Canadians and the crowd to pull to within 3-2. Four minutes later, Vladimir Tarasenko wired a one-timer past Mark Visentin to complete the comeback.Russia scored twice in the final four minutes, Panarin with his second before Nikita Dvurechenski iced the game.The game marked the seventh time since 1999 that Canada and Russia met in the championship game at the World Juniors. Russia won three straight meetings in 1999, 2002, and 2003, while Canada won the next three consecutively between 2005-07.It was also the 10th straight time that Canada played in the gold medal game at the tournament. Canada’s last gold medal victory was in 2009, when they beat Sweden in Ottawa.OVERTIME: Three Canadians made the tournament all-star team. Ryan Ellis, Brayden Schenn, and Ryan Johansen were chosen, while Schenn was named the overall tournament MVP. Russians Dmitri Orlov and Yevgeni Kuznetsov were also selected.last_img read more

It’s Svensson’s to lose at B.C. Junior Golf Championship — Zone One Golfers well back

first_imgThe Zone One West Kootenay contingent has been reduced from nine to three during Thursday’s round three at the 2011 B.C. Junior Boy’s Golf Championship.Rossland/Trail’s Brenan Moroney and Kevin Bennett along with Tanner Kopan of Christina Lake survived the cuts and conclude the final round of the 72-hole tournament Friday at the Birchbank Course near Trail.Defending champion Adam Svensson of Surrey holds a commanding seven-stroke lead over the field after round three.The Kings Links by the Sea golfer has put together three under-par rounds to sit at 10-under-par.Kevin Kwon of Pitt Meadows and Curtis Chan of Richmond are tied for second spot.Brian Jung of Coquitlam is fourth followed by Connor Kozak, nine shots off the pace, is fifth.The West Kootenay trio is led by Moroney and Kopan, tied for 62nd in the tournament 16-over-par. Bennett is three shots back in 65th spot.The final round goes Friday.Kopan, off to Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah on a golf scholarship in the fall, and Moroney tee of in the same group at 9:12 a.m. with Bennett off at 9:21 a.m. All three golfers tee off on hole 10.The other Zone One golfers missing the cut were Garrett Underwood and Alex Rugg of Champion Lakes, Jordan Hoodikoff of Christina Lake, Tyler and Braden McKay of the host Rossland/Trail and Kevin MacDonald of Salmo.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY JANUARY 29, 2017

first_imgPEGASUS UNFURLS BITTERSWEET STORYLINECHAMP CHAMPAGNE ROOM VS. UNIQUE BELLASHEER FLATTERY WORKS FOR GRADE III LEWISGRAZEN WINNERS AMONG STRING OF CHALKVAN DYKE IS RECOVERING FROM BROKEN ARM ARROGATE REIGNS SUPREME AFTER PEGASUS VICTORYIf there were any doubts after the Breeders’ Cup Classic, there should be none now.There’s a new sheriff in town and his name is Arrogate.California Chrome, on the other hand, is heading out of Dodge.Sure, The People’s Horse had an excuse with a bum right knee in the final performanceof his storybook career, never mounting a threat in Saturday’s inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park won geared down by Arrogate, who was 4 ¾ lengths clear of 19-1 runner-up Shaman Ghost.California Chrome came out of the race with a possible chip in his right knee.Thus the widely anticipated rematch between Arrogate and Chrome, who were a dramatic half-length apart at the finish of the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, never got close to becoming a reality.Arrogate will race again. Californian Chrome will not. He will make his new home in Kentucky as a stallion at Taylor Made Farm.The Pegasus thrill of victory, agony of defeat storyline stood out in bold relief, emotions ranging from euphoric to crestfallen in a heartbeat.Jerry Hollendorfer, winner of 7,218 races in his remarkable career, has felt both.“I was standing on the other side of the race track when Shared Belief pulled up (afterthe start of the 2015 Charles Town Classic, in which he suffered an injury that prevented him from finishing the race), and there’s just nothing you can do,” Hollendorfer said. “You’re helpless.” Hollendorfer was helpless too when Shared Belief, champion two-year-old male of 2013 and winner of the 2015 Santa Anita Handicap, died on Dec. 3, 2105, after colic surgery.The 70-year-old Hall of Fame trainer is not prone to high fives after a big victory, or extended periods of mourning after major setbacks. “I try to stay steady,” Hollendorfer said, adding he had no remedy as to how to deal with the inevitable disappointments. “You just hope that it never happens,” he said, “but if you run enough horses, it’s going to happen.”Added private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young: “Arrogate is a great horse, but it was really sad to see a great horse like California Chrome so empty so early. Starting up the backside at a time when Victor’s (Espinoza) usually got his arms full just trying to restrain him, you could see he wasn’t restraining him at all.“Soon after the five-eighths pole, he was actually chirping to him and trying to get him up there. He had all he could do to hold his position to try and keep Mike (Smith) boxed in there.”Chrome and his legion of fans can savor cherished memories of a fairytale better scripted for Hollywood, but for the unhappy ending. Chrome’s successes on the racetrack will be embellished in retirement, perhaps to the point of legend.“Now,” as Secretary of War Stanton said after Lincoln died from an assassin’s bullet, “he belongs to the ages.”Unfortunately, through no fault of his own, he went out like Willie Mays. Doug O’Neill647141011%48%$616,513 Stewart Elliott61861113%41%$320,115 VAN DYKE RECOVERING FROM SURGERYDrayden Van Dyke was doing well at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena Sunday recovering from surgery on his broken right arm suffered when the 22-year-old rider was involved in a two-horse spill at Santa Anita in Thursday’s fourth race.“He’s resting, he’s got a right forearm fracture and he’ll take his time and let it heal,” his agent, Brad Pegram, said Sunday morning, taking solace in the fact that the other rider he represents, Hall of Fame member Mike Smith, won the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Saturday aboard Arrogate.“There’s no time frame (on how long it will take before Van Dyke resumes riding),” Pegram said. “We’ll take our time. The good thing is he’s young, it’ll heal and go from there.” JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas52910717%50%$502,698 (Current Through Saturday, Jan. 28) Jerry Hollendorfer551081118%53%$886,174 CHAMP CHAMPAGNE ROOM WORKS FOR LAS VIRGENESBreeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and eventual Eclipse Champion Champagne Room worked five furlongs Sunday in a minute flat, breezing, in preparation for her three-year-old debut against monster Santa Ynez winner Unique Bella in next Sunday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile.“Awesome” is how trainer Peter Eurton summed up the drill under exercise rider Jose (Pepi) Aragon. “I’m very pleased with her work.”Champagne Room, a bay daughter of Broken Vow, has been firing bullets since her Breeders’ Cup win last Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Four of her last seven recorded breezes were the fastest at their respective distances.Among the 123 recorded works on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday was a seven furlong move by Sheer Flattery, a contender for Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes for three-year-old Triple Crown prospects. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer called it “a nice workout’ under exercise rider Freddie Rodriguez. Tyler Baze861817821%50%$833,072 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Woncenter_img Philip D’Amato3484624%53%$560,335 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Norberto Arroyo, Jr.5985314%27%$401,485 Kent Desormeaux58129621%47%$850,313 Rafael Bejarano701191416%49%$683,968 Peter Eurton2273032%45%$323,995 FINISH LINES: Santiago Gonzalez, who has been aboard Grade I-winning stretch runner Hard Aces in his last six races, including a victory the Grade III Cougar II Handicap, retains the mount in Saturday’s Grade II San Antonio Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Masochistic, prepping for the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on March 11, worked six furlongs Sunday for Ron Ellis in 59 flat . . . Santa Anita hosts the Dumpling and Wonton Festival next Saturday, Feb. 4. Patrons can snack on scrumptious Asian and Asian-inspired dumplings and wontons on Santa Anita’s trackside apron. Buy online and save at www.santaanita.com/events . . . Next Sunday, Feb. 5, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch The Big Game at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to view it. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar. Santa Anita is dark for live racing Monday through Wednesday. Live racing resumes Thursday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. FAVORITES ROLL A SEVEN IN ‘NICK’ OF TIME            Owner/breeder Nick Alexander had back-to-back winners sired by Grazen Saturday when Enola Gray captured the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint for trainer Phil D’Amato and All of a Sudden came back to take the next race for trainer Steve Miyadi.The two winners were part of a string of seven straight favorites Saturday, ranging from And Then Some (5.80) in the first race; Enola Gray (3.20) in the second; All of a Sudden (4) in the third; Gypsy Ju Ju ($5.20) in the fourth; Sircat Sally ($3.80) in the fifth; Richards Boy (6) in the sixth; and Ashleyluvssugar ($4) in the seventh.River Echo ended the chalk streak big time when he won the eighth race paying $44.40 for trainer Peter Miller, who also saddled 19-1 longshot Aldrin ($21.40 to place) to finish second, forming a $246 exacta for $1.“I’m relieved to win,” Alexander said after Enola Gray’s victory. “We haven’t won a race since the last race she won in October. We’ve been nosed out twice. We got disqualified once, on New Year’s Eve so, we needed a win.“She’s a neat horse, she really is. The dam had not had anything worth a darn before that. Everyone that gets on her says you can’t even feel her hit the ground. She just has one of those big, long strides. She’s a sweetheart.“She threw in two horrible races at 1-9 and 1-5 and she got beat, with no apparent excuse. I think she has to be on the lead, or fighting for it. I think you have to go as fast as you can and that’s the way she likes it. That’s the way her daddy liked it, too.” Flavien Prat841991223%48%$1,166,118 Peter Miller41913422%63%$574,650last_img read more

2018 Southland Cross Country Season Starts Friday

first_imgThree Southland teams open with their own meets – Abilene Christian, McNeese and Nicholls. ACU hosts the Naimadu Classic while McNeese, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana will compete in the McNeese Season Opener, both on Friday. Opening Weekend Schedule Saturday, Sept. 1Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist – Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic, Memphis, Tenn.New Orleans, Nicholls – Nicholls Cross Country Invitational, Thibodaux, La. Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi begin their seasons the following weekend at the Norry Hersey Rice Invitational in Houston on Sept. 7. Lamar gets the latest start on Sept. 22 at the Texas A&M Invitational. Central Arkansas and Houston Baptist head to Tennessee for the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic on Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – The 2018 Southland Conference cross country season begins Friday with 10 programs in action for opening weekend.center_img Nicholls and New Orleans are set to take part in the Nicholls Cross Country Invitational in Thibodaux, La., on Saturday. Incarnate Word heads to Waco for the Baylor Bear Twilight Invitational on Friday while Stephen F. Austin will compete in the Aggie Opener, hosted by Texas A&M in College Station. The season culminates with the 2018 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships in Lake Charles, La., hosted by McNeese. Lamar eyes its sixth consecutive men’s team title and 17th overall. The Cardinal men have won 11 of the last 12 Southland championships. On the women’s side, Abilene Christian is the defending champion, winning its second team title in 2017. Stephen F. Austin won in 2016 and leads the conference with eight all-time women’s titles. Friday, Aug. 31Abilene Christian – ACU Naimadu Classic, Abilene, TexasIncarnate Word – Bear Twilight Invitational, Waco, TexasMcNeese, Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana – McNeese Season Opener, Lake Charles, La.Stephen F. Austin – Aggie Opener, College Station, Texaslast_img read more