A Customer’s Acquaintance with The Lanai Cafe

first_imgFacebook210Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Sylvie Delaney for The Lanai CafeUpon disappearing from rainy Capital Way to enter The Lanai, I was welcomed by an ambiance of tropical colors and natural furnishing in a charming atmosphere. I was greeted promptly with an endearing “Aloha!” by a pleasant hostess. On the way to a table, I received the pleasure of observing original local artwork, succeeding in complementing the setting I began to delve myself into.The Lanai Cafe is located on Capitol Way in downtown Olympia and brings the fresh breeze of Hawaii to the downtown core.After settling into my seat, I noticed the lush atmosphere around me. It started with the natural wood paneling and continued to the plants placed in a casual, yet noticeable way within the restaurant. I unwound in the natural setting and found a sense of comfort. Standing out in this aesthetic is a beautifully decorated chalkboard, displaying events and specials in a lively and artistic way. For an event board, it was far too vibrant to ignore.My meal and drink orders were taken by a friendly and relaxed server. The server checked on me pleasantly. I noticed this same treatment being given to the patrons surrounding me. It became apparent the business takes this personable service ethic into serious consideration.The wait staff seems to enjoy their work without missing a beat. The spotless environment is one example of how serious the staff takes their responsibilities. All of my questions about the menu and facilities were answered patiently, thoroughly, and very politely.My Chicken Katsu appetizer and Warrior Burger entrée arrived after a surprisingly short wait. The dishes were delicately prepared and served with the tasty traditional sides of salad and one ripe pineapple slice. My Chicken Katsu was a plate of tender dark meat chicken. The meat was breaded, modestly fried and served with two heaping servings of fluffy steamed rice.Original art throughout the cafe helps set the warm ad friendly tone of the islands.I made sure to keep room for my next dish as it held a hamburger, piled 6 inches high with fresh beef, tomato, lettuce all contained in a sweet bun. I opted for experiencing the traditional Hawaiian cuisine, so I ate it with an added side of spam and eggs. It was quite savory, but I didn’t find much pleasure in adding it to a burger.I ordered one of the options off the dessert menu.  Seconds later I was given a plate with an unreal serving of a simple, rich chocolate cake I am almost embarrassed to have finished as fast as I did. However, it was well worth the embarrassment, in my opinion.As I finished my meal, I noticed the customers around me. In the same way I did, those entering seemed to marvel at the bright atmosphere and happy people. The owner strolled his establishment, making himself no stranger to patrons by introducing himself. I felt proud to help support this relationship between customer and local business.Even the events and activities board at Lanai Cafe reflects the friendly spirit of Aloha!Today I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Hawaiian culture, not fifteen minutes from my home, in downtown Olympia. For the afternoon I delved myself into a leisurely atmosphere, filled with warmth, contagious enough to be felt by anyone. Regardless of your previous tastes of Hawaiian cuisine, The Lanai provides an authentic experience.I will make a point to return to enjoy the ambiance of warmth and, of course, a delicious cuisine portraying Hawaii. In an area that could benefit from discovering a satisfying change of culinary scenery, The Lanai Cafe is a breath of fresh air.last_img read more

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Host Families Needed for Chinese Middle School Exchange Students

first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Education FirstNon-profit organization EF (Education First) is bringing 30 middle school students to the Olympia area this summer to promote the learning of the English language and American culture.  Hosting an international student allows your family to open your home, share your world and create the opportunity to help your kids form lasting friendships around the world while learning about another culture.If you have children in your home they can receive community hours for hosting and discounts on future educational homestay programs they may participate in. You do not have to have children living at home in order to be a fabulous host family, just a welcoming heart! Families and singles 21 and up are encouraged to apply.Our students arrive July 12 and depart July 31. They will be in school Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Lacey.For more information please contact Lisa Solon with Education First Lacey at lwsolon@gmail.com or by phone at 706-306-7733.last_img read more

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Count Basie Theatre Series Raises More Than $400,000 for Charities

first_imgRED BANK – In the months that followed Super Storm Sandy, the Count Basie Theatre quickly became the hub for fundraising concerts and events.Charities, local and national musicians, and television celebrities reached out to the Basie and creative endeavors began. Count Basie Theatre CEO Adam Philipson spearheaded the plan to fill the calendar with not only Count Basie Theatre presented shows or rentals, but also with outside organizations needing a space that could accommodate the public. The results have yielded substantial donations for the relief efforts in the Monmouth County area.The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties was among the organizations assisted with fundraising efforts by the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank following Super Storm Sandy. Accepting a representational check, from left, are: Charles Woolston, a board member for the theater and foodbank; Peter Ardolino, a theater foundation board member; Linda Keenan, the foodbank’s director of development; Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich and Michael Parent, theater board members.“Our vision was to become an active agent of change and support during one of the worst national disasters” Philipson said. “We opened our doors and hearts to the families that were suffering and were grateful to have had so many artists willing to participate with us.”Of the many concerts that took place over the past three months, Count Basie Theatre presented or co-presented events generated funding toward Sandy relief from combined donations through Count Basie Theatre Raffle ticket sales, the Grace Potter & The Nocturnals performance, a private donation from the Feaster Family and Swing’ and Singin’ for Sandy Relief featuring The Manhattan Transfer.Other events that took place at Count Basie Theatre included An Evening with Brian Williams and Jon Stewart (both Williams and Stewart matched the funds raised from ticket sales); Hope for the Highlands and Santa for Seabright (Brian Kirk and the Jirks).A total of $415,782 was raised and allocated to: Lunch Break; Foodbank of Mon­mouth and Ocean Counties; VNA; Salvation Army New Jersey Division; St. Rose High School Music Department; and Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy for bussing displaced students to the theater to see special performances as part of the Basie’s Outreach Program.Response from the recipients has been overwhelming and the staff at the Count Basie Theatre are happy to have helped facilitate the process.“The Board is very honored with this kind gift in recognition of the efforts of the staff and volunteers in the days following the storm to continue the vital services to our community that defines our mission,” said Bonnie Featherstone-Johnson, Lunch Break board of trustees. “We are indeed humbled.”Organizations like the Salvation Army provided 214,488 meals and 7,381 blankets. Rosemary Calderalo of the Salvation Army New Jersey Division said, “Thank you so much. We are very moved by the Count Basie Theatre’s support. You are a great community partner.”last_img read more

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Raptors spoil home coming of Kid Canada

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr, TND SportsOnly in Vancouver, with hockey starved fans awaiting the puck to drop on the new NHL season Saturday, would a hockey game break out at a NBA preseason basketball game – with fights both on the court and in the stands.On Captain Canada’s home coming at the newly crowned Rogers Arena, the Toronto Raptors out-slugged, out-hussled and simply embarrassed the Phoenix Suns 127-78 in NBA exhibition play before a sellout crowd of, well, hungry hockey fans.The game was the first test of the new-look Raptors.No Chris Boch. He left T.O. for greener pastures in South Florida to play with King James and D-Wade.Hedo Turkoglu? He was on the other team’s bench. Good thing, he was booed every time the ball touched his hands by the Canuck . . . I mean Raptor fans.This night belonged to the new-look Raptors, stealing the thunder of B.C. boy Steve Nash. Kid Canada was limited to nine points in just over two quarters of play.Sparked by the all-round team play, and the 20-point performance of Lina Kleiza, the Raptors looked like mid-season form in their season-opening exhibition game.Even the Vancouver Canucks players sitting in the front row had to be impressed with the knock-them-down-drag-em-out contest.DeMar DeRozen added 16 points while Joey Dorsey had 13 points and 10 rebounds.But while this game lacked strong basketball play, it did have more in the way of a hockey game. Player after player made way to the locker room to patch up gashes to the face.Suns’ forward Grant Hill and Reggie Evans of the Raptors were both ejected after picking up two technical fouls in the span of two minutes early in the third quarter.Suns center Robin Lopez, after requiring stitches in the second quarter, was quickly sent to the showers in the third period after picking up four fouls, and a technical.Both teams experienced poor shooting performances so the bulk of the work was done in the trenches under the boards, with the Raptors winning out at both ends following a slow start offensively.DeRosan and Dorsey both put the crowd on their feet with a pair of thunder jams in the face of Suns’ defenders.All in all this was a good night for Canada.Fans got treated to some NBA entertainment.The people in the seats got to salute the Canuck players when the left early to beat the traffic.Except most fans came to watch Kid Canada, Victoria’s Steve Nash and not Canada’s new NBA basketball team from T.O.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Blog from the Pod — Bantams return from northern road trip with bronze

first_imgA glitch in the network held up the final installment of the Tyler Podgorenko blog from Smithers, site of the B.C. Hockey Tier III Bantam Rep Championships.The West Kootenay rep, Nelson Leafs, managed to rebound from a pair of tough losses — including a setback in the semi final — to edge Revelstoke in the bronze medal final.Nelson defenceman Tyler Podgrenko has one last blog on what happened last week in Smithers.(Thursday) we again had to wake up at 8 a.m. for our final game as a team and for some of us our last game in Bantams.The game was for Bronze and we were playing the Revelstoke Grizzlies whom we have played three times before in exhibition and tournament (play).The game began very slow and by the end of the first we were winning 1-0.  The game then started to rise and both teams began to play hard and before you knew it we were up 3-2 with some great goals from our forwards. In the third the game began to  be a rough one and Revelstoke was starting to get penalty after penalty and began to play with no intention to win.  We were up 4-3 and the clock began to count down and we ended up winning 4-3 taking home the bronze. Right after the game our parents were eager to get home and we began our long journey home. After nine hours of  driving we stopped in Kamloops for the night and stayed in the Thompson Hotel on the main street. Waking up in the morning after a rough night with little sleep was tough after many players were sick from receiving the flu that night and some with colds. In the morning we all left the hotel for our last chunk of traveling to take on and by 2:30 p.m. the majority of the team was back home in Nelson. Even though not reaching our ultimate goal of winning the provincials i believe that we all gained much knowledge on what it takes,and also many memories. As a team we all improved tremendously and also individually.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 15, 2015

first_imgMartin Pedroza10211171011%$476,160 Jerry Hollendorfer9619131220%$1,961,070 AMERICAN PHAROAH WORKS FOR 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUTTOMORROW IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITA PARKBEHOLDER DRILLS FOR HER RETURN TO THE RACES Rafael Bejarano14635231924%$1,650,364 Philip D’Amato4288719%$419,710 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won James Cassidy4075718%$251,380 Kent Desormeaux10521181120%$1,213,922 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Felipe Valdez2464525%$129,748 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 14) Elvis Trujillo1231417911%$904,352 Tyler Baze15118151712%$1,157,134 Mike Smith6915141022%$1,329,341 Brandon Boulanger755387%$138,886 Ron Ellis3352515%$201,640 Richard Mandella3685722%$386,186 Gary Stevens57108918%$759,472 Carla Gaines2854218%$316,355 Doug O’Neill899101010%$520,536 Hector Palma1962132%$121,400 Corey Nakatani74128916%$640,258 Thomas Proctor2754319%$339,240 Brice Blanc2641315%$162,092center_img Peter Eurton48108721%$481,558 A. C. Avila2051225%$110,974 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Peter Miller831617819%$966,700 Fernando Perez9991089%$431,962 Drayden Van Dyke11914151712%$781,086 Joseph Talamo13314142211%$1,035,114 Victor Espinoza9718201319%$1,235,870 Edwin Maldonado66731011%$270,216 AMERICAN PHAROAH ‘IMPRESSIVE’ IN DRILL FOR BAFFERT            American Pharoah, a leading member of Bob Baffert’s “best crop of three-year-olds in years,” worked five furlongs Sunday at Santa Anita on a picture-perfect morning in 1:00.40 as the son of Pioneerof the Nile prepares for his 3-year-old debut.The Eclipse Award winner as outstanding male 2-year-old of 2014, American Pharoah was clocked in 47.40 for four furlongs under Martin Garcia, who was aboard the bay colt for the 9 a.m. drill.“Very impressive; he was breezing,” said Baffert, who is mulling either the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita March 7 or the Rebel at Oaklawn Park on March 14 for the handsome bay owned by Ahmed Zayat.“It will be one of them,” Baffert said of the aforementioned two races. “He handled the work pretty well. He’s coming around pretty quickly.”This was American Pharoah’s third recorded breeze since missing the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Nov. 1 due to a suspensory-related injury.In other news from the Baffert barn, the Hall of Fame trainer said both Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern and San Pasqual Stakes winner Hopperunity were on the track Sunday but as for a race, he had “no plans.”Power Jam, who demolished five rivals in a scintillating debut Saturday, winning by 4 ¼ lengths after a series of bullet works, was “no surprise” to Baffert. “He’s a really fast horse, like his sire (Concord Point),” Baffert said.Power Gem was bred in Kentucky by owner Kaleem Shah, who was on hand with his son, Arman, for the race. “Kaleem was so pumped up,” Baffert said.DOLLAR DAY, GRADE II BUENA VISTA ON PRESIDENTS’ DAY            Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Fans can partake of draft beers, hot dogs and sodas for just a buck. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.            Monday’s feature race is the $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf.The Grade II race marks the return to Santa Anita of multiple local riding king Joel Rosario, who pilots favored La Tia from the rail for trainer Armando De la cerda under the top weight of 123 pounds.The field for the Buena Vista, race seven on a nine-race program: La Tia, Joel Rosario, 5-2; Winning Rhythm, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Blingismything, Kent Desormeaux, 6-1; Nashoba’s Gold, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; and Annecdote, Victor Espinoza, 3-1.Uzziel, who finished second at 52-1 in her debut for trainer Keith Desormeaux in Saturday’s Santa Maria Stakes, was scratched. John Sadler697121110%$509,576 Michael Pender2453221%$140,770 Mark Casse4175517%$599,748 Jeff Bonde1950326%$192,730 Mark Glatt4068615%$323,624 Bob Baffert601213820%$1,177,618 Flavien Prat62105616%$460,846 Martin Garcia7914121118%$1,132,850 Santiago Gonzalez4454911%$154,244 FINISH LINES: Working in company with stablemate Moulin de Mougin, two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder went three furlongs Sunday for Richard Mandella as she worked towards her 5-year-old debut. Each horse was clocked in 35.20. “They went nice,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, who has the Madison Stakes at Keeneland on April 4 as “a possibility” for her comeback race. “There’s no plan,” he said. “It’s a race I might think about, but Beholder is coming along great.” . . . Agent Mike Ciani reports that Kent Desormeaux will ride impressive maiden winner Prospect Park for Cliff Sise Jr. in the San Felipe Stakes on March 7. A son of Tapit, Prospect Park worked six furlongs at San Luis Rey Downs Saturday in 1:12.20 . . . Trainer Simon Callaghan was non-committal on either the Sunland Derby on March 22 or the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 for Firing Line, who suffered two excruciating head defeats to unbeaten Dortmund in his last two outings. “We won’t make a decision for a few weeks,” Callaghan said . . . Agent Brad Pegram has Mike Smith booked on Kentucky Jockey Club runner-up Imperia for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds, while Joe Ferrer has perennial Southern California leader Rafael Bejarano also at the Fair Grounds Saturday to ride Chandelier Stakes winner Angela Renee for Todd Pletcher in the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, among other stakes mounts . . . Trainer George Papaprodromou said Charles Town Classic winner Imperative “probably” will run in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7 . . . Former agent Ivan Puhich, who represented Mario Gutierrez when he won the 2012 Kentucky Derby on I’ll Have Another, was a Clockers’ Corner visitor Sunday. “I’m doing great,” said the former Marine, who gets around with a walker but is looking forward to his 89th birthday this Dec. 22. “I’m just old, that’s all.” . . . Congratulations toseven-pound apprentice jockey Brayan Pena onwinning his first race at Santa Anita Saturday. The 25-year-old native of Guatamala piloted the 6-year-old California-bred mare Rich in Tradition to a length-and-a-quarter victory for only her second win from 37 starts for owner/trainer Rafael DeLeon at a $48.80payoff. Agent Susan McBrayer represents Pena . . . All in the family: Alex Solis, represented by agent Brandon O’Bryan, won the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields Saturday. Less than an hour later at Santa Anita, Tyler Baze, whose agent is Brandon’s father, Craig, captured the Grade II Santa Maria Stakes on Warren’s Veneda . . . Santa Anita will be dark this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday when there will be free parking and free Grandstand admission. Live racing resumes Friday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Tiago Pereira7176910%$226,434 Richard Baltas3966315%$234,188last_img read more

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SAN SIMEON STAKES QUOTES

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES IF THEY ASK YOU TO GO TO COLORADO WILL YOU GO RIDE? “We’ll see! If they ask me, maybe!”TRAINER QUOTES -30- NOTES: This is Mark Tsagalakis’ first stakes win ever. He was 52 on March 23. Winning owner Annette Bishop is from Denver.center_img TYLER BAZE, GET HAPPY MISTER, WINNER: “He was really nice to ride, a really classy horse. I’ve never been on him but I watched all his replays and rode him accordingly. It looks like he can do anything; he loves to run. I let him run out of there and had a beautiful trip. When Pure Tactics and Sweet Swap hooked up in front of me and opened up five I knew they were flying. I just took my time. When the time was right he just . . . he’s so big and strong and he has a huge stride. Just a really classy horse. MARK TSAGALAKIS, GET HAPPY MISTER, WINNER: Asked about trying him on the grass for the first time: “Right now, there weren’t a lot of choices. The horse was doing super. It was time to let him rock and roll. It was fun. This is my first stakes win.”Asked how many years he’s been training: “Too many to count, probably close to 25 years. I’ve won some races, but never a stakes. The race came up, he was ready to go, we were eligible for it, it was like ‘Let’s give it a try.’ We had him out on the turf the other day, he seemed to like it, and he did.“The plan is to go back home to Colorado and then come back here in the fall and run here again. We’ll play it by ear but that was the original plan and we’ll just enjoy it for now and think about that next week.”ANNETTE BISHOP, OWNER AND MOTHER-IN-LAW OF TRAINER MARK TSAGALAKIS, WINNER: “I have a very good trainer. He calls the shots.“I bought him at a 2-year-old sale in Arapahoe. I’ve been in the business about 14 or 15 years. He has a little history with his name, Get Happy Mister. We were sitting at the auction and I was with my trainer, Butch Gleason. He was getting nervous because everyone was bidding on him. I just said, ‘What? What’s your problem? Do you want that horse?’ He said ‘Yes!’ so I said ‘then get happy!’ and that’s how he was named.“He’s been a joy. I don’t know his limits and after today, I have no idea. I’m just amazed that he did as well as he did today. He’s just been training out of his skin. It’s all due to Mark, he takes his time. He takes his pulse every two hours.”last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

first_imgSantiago Gonzalez8171299%35%$393,522 Peter Miller641614625%56%$930,190 Mario Gutierrez7571399%39%$641,605 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won STREAKING BETTYS BAMBINO SEEKS SENSATIONAL STAR REPEATStreaking Bettys Bambino guns for his sixth straight victory and his fourth straightstakes win when the son of Unusual Heat runs in next Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for California-bred or sired horses.The seven-year-old gelding, with seven wins in an abbreviated career of 11 races, holds the remarkable record of having started only once in each of the past two years, each a stakes victory. In his last three races, on Dec. 28, 2014, Feb. 21, 2015 and Dec. 26, 2016, he won the Grade III Daytona Stakes, the Sensational Star Stakes and the Grade III San Simeon Stakes, all over Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs.This year’s edition of the Sensational Star, part of the popular and lucrative Golden State Series, also will be decided at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.“He can just flat out run,” trainer Peter Eurton said succinctly in explaining the reason for the gelding’s success.Joel Rosario rode Bettys Bambino last out, but Eurton has Corey Nakatani booked for the Sensational Star. “He’s ridden him twice before (two thirds at Del Mar in 2014) and he’s worked him several times,” the trainer pointed out.Bettys Bambino has overcome relatively minor ailments that limited him to only 11 starts in a span of four years, among them tibia and joint issues.But with seven wins and three thirds, he has earned $378,036 for owners Sharon Alesia, Michael Mellen (Brand Jam Stable) and Joseph Ciaglia.Also ticketed for the Sensational Star are Ambitious Brew with Mike Smith and Forest Chatter under Flavien Prat.Eurton, with seven wins from 35 starts at the Winter Meet, has other upcoming stakes in view for his stable, which has earned $388,879 through Saturday’s races.Kobe’s Back is ticketed for the Grade I Triple Bend Stakes on March 11; Ashleyluvssugar for the Grade II San Luis Rey Stakes at 1 ½ miles on turf March 25; and Eclipse Award champion two-year-old female Champagne Room for the $75,000 China Doll Stakes at a mile on turf March 11.“We want to give her a taste of grass,” Eurton said of Champagne Room, who captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita Nov. 4 going a mile and a sixteenth on dirt, enough to sway any wavering Eclipse Award voters to come on board for divisional honors. FINISH LINES: Santa Anita offers Dollar Day tomorrow Presidents’ Day. Enjoy draft beer, soda and hot dogs for just a buck. First post time for the 11-race program is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing will resume Friday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. . . . There is a single ticket Pick Six carryover of $23,345.87 into Sunday . . .Congrats to 18-year-old apprentice and Puerto Rican native Evin Roman on winning his first race in the Continental United States when he piloted Sly Humor to a 6 ¼-length victory for Jerry Hollendorfer in Saturday’s first race . . . There was a Peter Miller exacta in Saturday’s third race worth $74.60 when Annie’s Candy and Stormy Rocit finished one-two for the trainer, but Bob Baffert trumped that with a cold trifecta in the fourth race when he sent out Bronze Age to win, West Coast to finish second, and Glacier to run third, good for a $145.80 return . . . Trainer Ian Kruljac has two races in mind for Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and Eclipse champion in that category Finest City, the Triple Bend at seven furlongs against males on March 11 or the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes at 1 1/8 miles against her own sex on March 18 . . . Agent Tom Knust has Mario Gutierrez booked on stakes engagements next weekend, Saturday at the Fair Grounds and Sunday at Sunland Park in New Mexico, while agent J.R. Pegram has Hall of Fame member Kent Desormeaux at the Fair Grounds Saturday to ride Dalmore, Majestic Quality and Sorry Erik in stakes for his brother, trainer John Keith Desormeaux. All three horses were among the 26 recorded works on Santa Anita’s “fast” main track Sunday, each going five furlongs, Dalmore in 59.80, Majestic Quality in a bullet 59.60 and Sorry Erik in 1:00.40 . . . All THOROUGHBREDS members at Santa Anita on Big ‘Cap Day, March 11, will receive a free Santa Anita umbrella with paid admission while supplies last. There will be a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and a $100,000 guaranteed Pick 6. First post time will be 12 noon, with admission gates opening at 10 a.m. . . .Royal Albert Hall, conditioned by Doug O’Neill, will be the first American-trained Thoroughbred to race in Qatar. He is entered in the $1 million Emir’s Trophy at 1 ½ miles on turf Feb. 25. Royal Albert Hall left California this past Thursday and settled in nicely after arriving in Doha, Qatar on Friday Mike Smith35113931%66%$1,152,445 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS SANTA ANITA VS. HOLY ANGELS CHARITY GAME FEB. 23.Tyler Baze found his calling as a jockey, but he did have “a cup of coffee” as a basketball player more than two decades ago.Whether it will stand him in good stead Thursday night when Santa Anita’s jockeys play Holy Angels School in their annual charity game remains to be seen, but there’s no doubt his participation will be for a worthy cause.“It’s good for all the charities involved,” said the 34-year-old Baze, second in Santa Anita’s standings with 28 wins through Saturday, seven behind front runner Flavien Prat. “I played on a team in the fourth and fifth grades, but when I got in the sixth grade, they said I was too short to play.”The 50th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels Elementary School game will beplayed at La Salle High School in Pasadena, with proceeds to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), Holy Angels athletic program and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.Given the historic nature of the game, individual jockey sponsors, representing a wide array of racing industry stakeholders, will lend financial support to this worthy cause. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.Hall of Fame jockeys Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph session at 6:30 p.m. TVG’s Kurt Hoover will be back for his 16th consecutive season as Jockeys’ Coach. Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Norberto Arroyo, Jr.67105415%28%$507,790 Vladimir Cerin3076523%60%$227,214 Rafael Bejarano9918151718%51%$983,493 Victor Espinoza3789622%62%$552,567 MARDI GRAS AT SANTA ANITA PARKThe bayou comes to Santa Anita Park on Saturday, Feb. 25 for the first-ever Mardi Gras Trackside celebration. Join in on the festivities a few days early and let the good times roll. The all-inclusive $28 package includes: authentic Cajun fare courtesy of “Ragin’ Cajun on Wheels” (your choice of ½ shrimp or ½ catfish Po’ Boy sandwich with choice of side, or a combo plate comprised of red beans and rice with smoked sausage and Gumbolaya, (a Ragin Cajun on Wheels specialty), live music, loads of Mardi Gras-inspired decorations, one 12 oz. craft beer, Club House admission, racing program, tip sheet and trackside seating.For more info and to purchase your ticket visit: http://www.santaanita.com/events/mardi-gras-at-santa-anita-park/Upcoming Trackside events at the Winter Meet: Feb. 25, Mardi Gras Celebration; March 18, Big ‘Cap Beer & Cider Festival; March 18, St. Patrick’s Day; April 8, Santa Anita Derby Day Extravaganza; May 6, Kentucky Derby Day Celebration; May 13, Tacos y Cervezas; May 20, Preakness Party; May 27, Gold Cup Beer & Sour Festival; and May 27, Belmont Day. Stewart Elliott9411101612%39%$507,852 Joseph Talamo891061611%36%$375,998 Mark Glatt4799519%49%$377,310 J. Keith Desormeaux3072523%47%$434,570 John Sadler40781018%63%$461,824 Tyler Baze15028331519%51%$1,348,931 Jerry Hollendorfer8316101719%52%$1,228,134 TRAINER HAS ‘WRIGHT’ STUFF FOR BAFFLE            Bay Area-based trainer Blaine Wright has two horses entered in Monday’s Presidents’ Day feature at Santa Anita, the $75,000 Baffle Stakes scheduled for about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.They are Anyportinastorm, an impressive maiden allowance winner at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 21, and Bay Muzik, also an impressive maiden allowance winner in his solo outing last August at Golden Gate.The Baffle goes as the 10th of 11 races with a first post time of 12 noon: Tipo Duro, Corey Nakatani, 9-2; Rockin Rudy, Mario Gutierrez, 5-2; Elwood J, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Souter, Kent Desormeaux, 8-1; Conquest Farenheit, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 2-1; Bay Muzik, Stewart Elliott, 6-1; and Anyportinastorm, Tyler Baze, 4-1. Martin Pedroza749131412%49%$402,248 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 18) Kent Desormeaux911911921%43%$1,191,101 Bob Baffert3895624%53%$865,741 Flavien Prat14135192525%56%$2,316,423 Philip D’Amato53126923%51%$772,555 Tiago Pereira6797713%34%$284,710 Doug O’Neill9610211810%51%$985,471 BETTYS BAMBINO EYES HIS SIXTH STRAIGHT VICTORYBAFFLE STAKES HEADLINES PRESIDENTS’ DAY PROGRAMBAZE JOINS JOCKEYS CHARITY GAME ON THURSDAYPOPULAR HORN BLOWER JAY COHEN BACK ON THE BEATIT’S DOLLAR DAY TOMORROW, FIRST POST IS AT 12 NOON HORNBLOWER JAY COHEN BACK ON THE BEATJay Cohen was a welcome and familiar sight at Santa Anita Saturday after being absent since Dec. 27 of last year battling a painful and persistent case of shingles.“It was the most relentless pain I ever experienced,” said the popular horn blower, a fixture at Santa Anita beckoning horses to the post for 30 years.“I was here opening day (Dec. 26), and yesterday was my first day since then (a span of seven weeks). Needless to say, I’m delighted to be back.”A New Jersey native, the 60-year-old Cohen has ingratiated himself with fans and horsemen alike through the years, fulfilling requests in his extensive repertoire from A to Z. William Spawr2091245%60%$261,071 Richard Baltas8415151318%51%$798,674 Peter Eurton3573420%40%$388,879 Luis Contreras849102111%48%$450,157last_img read more

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