Month: August 2020

Stand on your feet

first_imgWhile skiing a couple of days ago, I ran into our ski school director and skied a few runs with her. Wendy is one of those graceful women skiers, deceptively fast and smooth. She’s great to ski with. The day started with 18cm of power and by the afternoon the conditions were ‘variable’ to say the least.On the chair rides we talked a bit about ski school, the great group of returning instructors this year.  We talked about her new boots and how they moved her a little more forward in her stance than her last pair. And the incremental issues of moving from one comfortable piece of gear to the next and being forced to accommodate the subtle changes. We talked about how skiing erect leaves you loose and able to handle different terrain. Her concern with the new boots was not remaining as erect as in the old boots.Wendy powers down everything in even round carvy turns. Smooth, balanced and consistent in her speed. On the last ride up we talked about the training at Lake Louise she’d attended for most of the previous week. One of the people she skied with was the former director of Western Region Programs for the Canadian Ski Instructors Association (CSIA).He ripped.Wendy asked what he was working on in his skiing these days.“Nothing. I just try to stay over my feet.”She laughed as she said this.In thinking about his answer, the core truth is deceptively simple while complex at the same time. Of course you want to stay over your feet. If you don’t stay over your feet, you are going down.When we walk, we stay over our feet. When we run we stay over our feet. In both cases, we don’t even think about it.Or do we?Think about walking. You are essentially directly over your feet. Think about running. Your actual stance is slightly forward of your feet as they propel you down the road. Your feet push you like a hand on your back. Now, think about trail running and how you constantly move side to side and yet still stay ahead of your feet as you run down the trail. So how do you stay over your feet skiing? Use the same feeling and reflexes.Start on a gentle slope. Stay in a wedge and make slow round turns. Like walking, you are very centered, standing directly over your foot in each turn. The non-turning foot is used for balance at the slow speed, an outrigger. Similar to training wheels on a bicycle.Now speed up. To maintain balance, you must project yourself forward as when you are running. In effect, your skis are pushing you down the hill in the same way you push yourself running, but you are not pumping your feet. You are standing still—right on your feet.Now think about trail running and how you anticipate and project forward as you are going down through the changing terrain. You are always a little ahead of your feet, letting your feet almost catch up and then pushing down the hill ahead of them. Going back and forth across the trail letting your feet push you along.The same for skiing. The exact same feeling.You let your feet push you down the hill. You stay on top of your feet by staying in front of your feet.When you run downhill on a trail and your feet get out in front of you, what happens?They pop out and you fall on your butt.And what happens skiing when you let your feet get in front of you?  Same.As you speed up, think about the feeling of running and project ahead of your feet. Let your feet propel you down the hill and just stand on them as they push.Simple.Right?So simple, it’s complex.Don’t think, Simply do.Keith Liggett is a Fernie-based writer.last_img read more

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Nelson Nordic skiers bring home medals at Teck Kootenay Cup

first_imgA little snow didn’t stop teams from Nelson, Rossland and Kimberley from competing in the Teck Kootenay Cup Series race Sunday at the Apex Trails south of the Heritage City.The host club took home many of the medals, winning a handful en route to the team title.Leading the medal haul was Berend Platje and Dylan Gyr in Peewee Boys, each placing first in Division one and two. Sabian Ednew was also first in  Peewee Girls.In Bantam boys Oliver Mcdougall-Eisele took first while Sophie Edney was third in Bantam Girls. Keiran Marchand of Nelson captured the gold in Midget Boys while Jack McKimm was second in Div. two.In Div one, Ira McKimm was third while Sonje Boyd injured an ankle in Midget girls and did not finish.All skiers are part of the Nelson Nordic Ski Club Track Attack.Galen Boulanger and Walker Mourer-Dempster, older members of the Track Attack, topped juvenile boys and junior boys, respectively.Rounding out the Nelson results:Doris Hausleitner was first in women’s 30-39; Louise and Kim Poole — George Edney was second to Kim Poole — topped their women’s and men’s 50-59 division; and Travis Hauck was first ahead of teammate Ned Woods in men’s 30-39 division.The final round of the Teck Kootenay Cup series goes February 16-17 in Kimberley.last_img read more

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Leafs still perfect in September after taking Steam out of Summerland

first_imgNelson Leafs remained perfect in September by outlasting the Summerland Steam 5-3 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Travis Wellman scored twice as Nelson ran its record to 3-0 and a first-place tie with Grand Forks Border Bruins in Murdoch Division standings.The Bruins lost 5-4 to Beaver Valley in Fruitvale.After Paulsen Lautard opened the scoring for Summerland, Leaf rookie Nolan Percival scored his first goal in Junior on the power play late in the period.Wellman gave Nelson the lead two minutes later with his first of two to help the Leafs grab a 2-1 first period lead. The team exchanged goals in the second before Nelson outscored the Steam 2-1 in the third to secure the win.Matt MacDonald and Aaron Dunlap, on the power play, also scored for Nelson.Jordan Boultbee and Michael Winnitoy replied for Summerland.Jamie Vlanich added three assists to move into a tie for third spot in the KIJHL scoring race.Wellman leads the league in goals with six.Nelson outshot the Steam 51-29 in the contest.The Leafs are idle until the team travels to Spokane for a date with the winless Braves Friday.Saturday Nelson hosts the new-and-improved Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: It didn’t take long for burley defenceman Patrick Croome to stake his claim on the ice for Nelson. Croome went toe-to-toe with Ryan Donaldson of the Steam in the second period. . . .Tyler Moffat registered his second win of the season in goal for Nelson. Moffat had 20-seconds of help from backup Adam Maida during the second period when a neck-guard issue forced the Leaf starter to the bench for repairs. . . .Nelson saw a former teammate between the pipes for Summerland as Darren Hogg made a return to the NDCC Arena. Hogg, 20, played 19 games for Nelson during the 2010-11 season, recording an 11-6 record. . . .Beaver Valley Nitehawks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to knock Grand Forks from the undefeated ranks. . . .Two power play goals by the Leafs means Subway in Nelson is donating $20 to KidSport. . . .The three regular season wins runs Nelson’s record to 8-0, including exhibition games, in September.last_img read more

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UPDATED: Saints stumble on the road, drop games to SFU and TRU

first_imgJono Ceci led the Clan with a pair of goals.Jason Garrett and Darnel Dyck replied for the Saints.Jamies Priglone made 20 saves to take the loss in the nets for Selkirk.Friday in Kamloops, a goal by Tyler Jackson with two minutes remaining in the second proved to be the winner as the WolfPack made up for two losses the previous week in Castlegar.Selkirk had outscored TRU 13-3 in during a two-game series in the Sunflower City.After falling behind 2-0 in the first, Logan Proulx and Colin Minardi tied the game for the Saints.However, the defending BCIHL champs had no answer for the WolfPack after Jackson regained the lead for the homeside.Jackson Garrett score the final goal for Selkirk.Chris Hurry was in goal to take the loss for the Saints, out shot 42-30 by TRU.The Saints return to action Saturday at home against Trinity Western.SAINTS NOTES: Selkirk captain Logan Proulx extended his point streak to six games over the weekend, picking up a goal on Friday in Kamloops and a pair of assists on Saturday in Burnaby. Proulx is the only Saints player to have picked up points in all six games so far this season. . . .Winger Jackson Garrett missed Friday’s game after breaking a skate blade in warm-up. Dubois described Garrett’s absence as a big loss: “Jackson has been one of our most hard-working, competitive guys so far this season and we really missed his presence. He’s developed into an emotional leader for us.” . . . Former Ontario Hockey League defenceman David Mead is close to returning from a knee injury suffered in the team’s exhibition opener against the Trail Smoke Eaters on August 27th. Mead is likely to return to the line-up in one of the team’s three upcoming games against Trinity Western. The Selkirk College Saints found out what life was like on the road in the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League.And it wasn’t the greatest feeling.The Saints dropped two straight games 5-2 to Thompson Rivers and 5-3 to Simon Fraser University to fall into a three-way tie for top spot in the BCIHL standings.Selkirk is tied in points with 4-0 SFU and 4-1 Trinity Western.”The effort on Friday night in Kamloops was the poorest I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois in a team media release.”The complacency and lack of focus were glaring, and to their credit TRU took full advantage of the chances they created.”But for our part, it was an unacceptable performance in every aspect, which was surprising because we’ve done a good job avoiding these types of efforts in the past.” On Saturday, the Saints rebounded with a solid effort but nevertheless dropped the decision to Simon Fraser University in their first meeting since Selkirk captured the 2013 BCIHL Championship in March. Connor McLaughlin opened the scoring midway through the first period but left the game soon after when an SFU player’s skate cut him on the neck following a collision along the board. McLaughlin was taken to hospital for treatment but was able to rejoin the team for the trip home to Castlegar. “Connor’s injury was a scary moment,” Dubois confessed. “He was able to make it off the ice, but once we saw the cut on the bench it was obvious that he was very lucky for it not to have been more serious.”The Clan scored three times in the opening seven minutes of the game en route to a win Saturday in Burnaby.last_img read more

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Lets go curling!

first_imgBy Terry Richardson, Nelson Curling ClubFrom now to the conclusion of the season, Nelson Curling Club rep Terri Richardson is going to inform the public of events and happenings at the Cedar Street facility.The opening column is focuses on the Junior Curling Club.The curling season has been underway for a month now at the Nelson Centre and everyone has settled into the fun and excitement of this classic winter sport.  “Sweep”, “hurry hard”, and “swingy ice” can be heard throughout the “sheets” as curlers get caught up in “the shot”. This is typical curling language and once you get involved in the sport, it is just normal lingo amongst fellow curlers. Membership recruitment is always a big focus for the NCC and this year has been no exception. Club offers beginner program We are happy to say that we have once again offered the new curler program; Learn To Curl League which is offered on Monday evenings. This league runs over eight nights with trained instructors providing technical instruction in delivery, sweeping and strategy in a fun and comfortable learning environment, all while playing a game. Players are very supportive of one another as they share in each others’ triumphs and challenges.  Upon completion, participants are welcome to join other leagues as a team member or a spare.Little Rockers, Rock!One of the cutest things to watch is the “Little Rockers” at play.  This program is offered to children between the ages of five and ten where they are taught the sport in an adaptive fashion, utilizing entertaining exercises, like “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”, “Flock of Geese”, and the always-entertaining “Zoo-keeper”.  The focus is to have the children learn basic curling skills in a monitored, safe, fun, and positive environment.  These little tykes have so much fun while, at the same time, getting good physical exercise and making new friends. Helmets are mandatory for all children.What’s a bonspiel . . . an excuse to have fun“Bonspiel”:  Definition: a match or tournament between curling clubs.  It has yet to be decided whether this word is of Scottish or German origin, but for curlers, it is “our word”.  It is said that the first bonspiel in Canada took place in 1839, so here we are, 174 years later, still “bonspieling”.  The longevity of this sport says a lot for how great curling is. Watch for future articles with reports of how our recent West Kootenay Seniors’ Spiel went and our upcoming “Open Cash Spiel” on November 22/23rd and Ladies Spiel on December 7/8th.The Curling Centre is open to new registrations for the after Christmas session. Visit our website at wwwnelsoncurling.com for information regarding leagues and any other details that might interest you.last_img read more

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Chiefs spoil opening night for Nelson Leafs

first_imgMorgan Scriber, Darren Medeiros and Tayden Woods scored three unanswred goals to give host Castlegar a 3-1 win over Fernie at the Castlegar Complex.Justin Peers scored late in the third period on the power play for the only goal for Fernie.Joseph McLeod registered the win in goal for Castlegar while Jeff Orser took the loss for Fernie.Castlegar hosts Kelowna Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.Hawks outlast Braves in Lilac CityJake Yuris snapped a 3-3 tie with a goal late in the game to lift Beaver Valley to a 5-3 win over Spokane Friday in the Washington State City.Spokane took a 1-0 first period lead on a goal by Kurtis Redding, his first of two on the night.Beaver Valley outscored the Braves 2-1 in the second to pull the teams even after 40 minutes.Devin Nemes for the Hawks and Mason Jones for the Braves scored in the third before Yuris snapped home the winner.Ryan Terpsma, Jace Weegar and Braden Fuller also scored for the Hawks.The story originated at The Nelson Daily http://thenelsondaily.com/news/chiefs-spoil-opening-night-nelson-leafs-39161#.VfOuOc7QoUU Wow, nobody saw that one coming.Brady Lenardon stopped all 22 shots to power the Kelowna Chiefs to a 3-0 shutout of the Nelson Leafs on opening night of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Friday night in the Heritage City.Josh Kobelka, Jeffery Schiegel and Jaden McNulty, into an empty net, scored for the visitors from the Okanagan/Shuswap Division.Kelowna led 1-0 after 40 minutes as the hometown Leafs struggled to generate any offence.Everett Yasinski took the loss in goal for Nelson.Kelowna finished third overall last season in the Okanagan Division with a record of 23-24-2-1-2 mark. The Chiefs were ousted in the first round of the playoffs in seven games.The Leafs look to bounce right back Saturday when Nelson hosts Fernie Ghostriders at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Rebels shock Ghostriderslast_img read more

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Jr. Bombers rally past Wildcats; Grand Forks takes home big prize at West Kootenay Championships

first_imgHowever, Salmo was able to take advantage of turnovers by the Bombers to score six unanswered points to hold off the Bombers.West Kootenay second team All Star Alex Soukra led all scorers with 31 points.Leidtke led the Bombers with 16 points while Mangapot had 11 and Baxter, who earned West Kootenay Second-Team All Star recognition, added eight points.Top seed Grand Forks Wolves broke open a close game with a 20-7 third quarter en route to a 59-47 victory over J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of in the Championship game of the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Tournament.The Hawks led 25-23 at halftime before Grand Forks rang up 20 in the third period.Grand Forks defeated Boundary Central of Midway Friday to advance to the final while Crowe defeated host Stanley Humphries Rockers 45-35 in the other semi final.The Rockers stopped Boundary Central 47-40 to capture third overall in the seven-team tournament.Morgan Lynn led the Rockers with 25 points while Ronnie Puno scored 15 for Boundary Central.Meanwhile Josh Soukeroff scored 17 points to lead Mount Sentinel past Salmo 51-47. Sukra scored 27 for Salmo.Other First Team All Stars included Morgan Lynn of Stanley Humphries, Nahum Colwell of Crowe, Ronnie Puno of Boundary Central and Grand Forks players Noor Sibat and Liam McKinley.Second Team All Stars were Baxter of LVR, Sukra of Salmo, Christofanetti-Sopow of Mount Sentinel and Karrsey Leung of Crowe and Marvin Archer of Stanley Humphries.K.J. Taktsand and Tristan Franki of Boundary Central and Rory Bond of Salmo earned honourable mention status. L.V. Rogers Seniors Jairo Mangapot, Ben Hradil-Kasseckert and Thomas Baxter combined for 34 points sparking the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 61-52 victory over Mount Sentinel Wildcats in Consolation round action at the West Kootenay Junior Boy’s Basketball Championships Saturday at Stanley Humphries in Castlegar.Trailing 18-5 after one quarter, the Grade 10 players went to work as the Bombers outscored the Cats 56-34 the rest of the game to register the win.Mangapot led the trio scoring 12 points whileHradil-Kasseckert and Thomas Baxter each had 11.Morie Leidtke added eight points for LVR.Sam Christofanetti-Sopow and Felix McMillan each had 15 points to lead the Wildcats, the defending West Kootenay Champs.Josh Sookorukoff added 10 points.LVR opened the day dropping a 50-39 decision to Salmo Falcons.The Bombers had climbed back into the contest, trailing 42-39 late in the contest.last_img read more

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FINNEGANS WAKE ROLLS LATE TO TAKE GRADE II, $200,000 SAN GABRIEL STAKES BY ONE LENGTH UNDER ESPINOZA; MILLER-TRAINED VET GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:48.38 & NOTCHES HIS SECOND STAKES WIN IN-A-ROW

first_imgMASSIVE PICK 5 CARRYOVER OF $392,388 & PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $87,422 INTO SUNDAY,       TOTAL POOLS ON SUNDAY EXPECTED TO EXCEED $2 MILLION & $500,000, RESPECTIVELY ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2015)–Ridden patiently by Victor Espinoza, long-fused Finnegans Wake wheeled five-wide turning for home and bounded to a one length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes, getting 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48.38. Trained by Peter Miller, the 6-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Powerscourt notched his second consecutive stakes win, as he came off a neck victory in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Nov. 27.“I thought today was going to be too short for him, but obviously it wasn’t,” said Espinoza. “He’s getting good. I thought they would go slower up front, but there was still a good pace. I wanted to be closer to the front, but not too close.“He was a little confused because of (the shorter distance) so I think he sat back further than usual because of that. He went nice and comfortably which worked out well, but I had to encourage him a bit to get into the race. I had to ask him early because he’s big and he doesn’t have a ton of speed.”Owned by Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch, Finnegans Wake, who prevailed in a field of eight older horses, improved his overall race record to 26-5-3-3, and with the winner’s share of $120,000, increased his earnings to $945,375.“He eats well and he’s been training very well, so I felt like he would run his race,” said Miller. “Whether he could get up going a mile and an eighth was the big question, Victor gave him a super ride.“We’ll look at all our options including maybe even Dubai. The horse trains well on dirt and he ran well in the Clark (Grade I, 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29, 2013), so perhaps even the Santa Anita Handicap (Grade I, 1 ¼ miles on March 7). I don’t know. I’ve got to get with the owners, enjoy this for now and maybe next week set up a game plan.”Fractions on the race, which were set by eventual last place finisher Edge of Reality, were 24.60, 48.80, 1:12.52 and 1:36.65.Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, runner-up Patrioticandproud was inside the winner into and around the far turn, finally got out a furlong from home and was gaining ground late to finish three quarters of a lengths in front of Power Ped. Off at 13-1, Patrioticandproud paid $11.20 and $5.20.“It got a little congested turning for home so I had to wait for a hole to open up,” said Van Dyke, who is considered a front-runner to be voted America’s Eclipse Award winning Apprentice Jockey for 2014. “One never did, so I had to go outside the winner eventually. I think if I could have let him get a run under him a bit sooner it would have been closer. I think it would have been a horse race for sure, but it didn’t happen.”Off at 26-1, Power Ped, with Tyler Baze up, paid $7.00 to show.With longshots the order of the day on Saturday, there is a massive carryover into Sunday’s 50 cent Pick 5 of $392,388, and the expectation that Sunday’s total Pick 5 pool will exceed $2 million. There is also a Pick Six carryover of $87,422, and it’s expected the total Pick Six pool on Sunday will exceed $500,000.First post time for a nine-race card Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. The Pick 5 is comprised of the first five races and the Pick Six covers the final six on the program. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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HEAVILY FAVORED GIMME DA LUTE WINS $200,000 ECHO EDDIE STAKES BY 5 ¼ LENGTHS; GARCIA & BAFFERT TEAM FOR VICTORY

first_img–30– ECHO EDDIE PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2015)–Heavily favored Gimme Da Lute sat second early and marched to an emphatic 5 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Martin Garcia and conditioned by Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old colt by Midnight Lute stopped the clock in a rapid 1:14.64 for 6 ½ furlongs.Off as the even money favorite in a field of nine sophomores bred or sired in California, Gimme Da Lute paid $4.00, $2.60 and $2.20. Owned by his breeders, Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman, Gimme Da Lute notched his second win from three starts, with the only blemish on his resume a nose defeat against open maiden company in his first start on Jan. 31. With the winner’s share of $110,000, Gimme Da Lute’s earnings now stand at $158,160.“Winning in California is always great, especially having a Cal-bred here,” said Pegram, who also owned the colt’s sire, Midnight Lute, his dam, Casino Gold, and his grand sire, Real Quiet. “We bred Casino Gold in Kentucky and brought her to California specifically to be foaled here so we could run this colt as a Cal-bred. It’s always good when plans work like you hope, and the way he won today, I can’t wait for him to run again.”Second to eventual third place finisher Richard’s Boy turning for home, Gimme Da Lute exploded clear and improved by roughly 10 lengths on his maiden win at the same distance Feb. 21.“First time I ran him, I had completely forgotten that he was a Cal-bred,” said Baffert. “Somebody forgot to give me that memo, so here we are. We have different options with him. He’ll determine where we run next. He was working great. We’re looking for bigger and better things.”Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Grazen Sky rallied from off the pace to finish second, a half length in front of Richard’s Boy. Off at 3-1, Grazen Sky paid $3.60 and $2.40.Richard’s Boy, who was ridden by Fernando Perez, was off at 7-2 and paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.13, 44.77 and 1:08.36.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – MONDAY DECEMBER 26, 2016

first_imgFINISH LINES: Champion filly Songbird is due back at Santa Anita from WinStar Farm in Kentucky the second week in January, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Monday morning . . . Hollendorfer added that Unique Bella, who worked six furlongs Monday under Mike Smith in 1:12.60, is ticketed for the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs on Jan. 8 . . . FrontRunner winner Gormley, headed for the Sham Stakes on Jan. 7, worked five furlongs for John Shirreffs in 1:00.40 . . . After a recent spate of rain, there were 279 recorded workouts at Santa Anita Monday, including 13 on the training track . . . Unable to connect on his flight from Kentucky, jockey David Flores missed his ride on Constellation in today’s Grade I La Brea Stakes. Flavien Prat picked up the mount for Hollendorfer . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy in to Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500, a $300 bankroll plus a $200 entry fee. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their choice of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers as follows: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest. ARROGATE TO WORK TUESDAY FOR POSSIBLE JAN. 1 STARTBreeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate, a leading contender for Horse of the Year along with California Chrome, is scheduled to work at 9 a.m. Tuesday for a possible start in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes for four-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 1, a race that could lead to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28.A three-year-old gray son of Unbridled’s Song trained by Bob Baffert for Juddmonte Farms, Inc., Arrogate has won his last five starts including the Classic, in which he handed California Chrome a half-length defeat, ending a six-race winning streak for the popular California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, himself Horse of the Year in 2014.California Chrome is scheduled to have his final career race in the Pegasus. Trainer Art Sherman plans to ship the five-year-old chestnut to Florida from his Los Alamitos headquarters on Jan. 6, with three works over the track before the inaugural Pegasus at 1 1/8 miles. SAN PASQUAL NOMINEE ARROGATE TO WORK TUESDAYSTEVENS ON HAND AFTER HIP REPLACEMENT SURGERYCHAMP SONGBIRD DUE AT SANTA ANITA IN TWO WEEKSWAGERING MENU OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE STEVENS WALKS THE WALK AFTER HIP SURGERYGary Stevens was moving with alacrity on an invigoratingly brisk Monday morning at Clockers’ Corner after undergoing surgery last Wednesday for replacement of his left hip at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.“Everything went pretty well,” the Hall of Fame rider said. “I had (right) knee surgery in the past and on a scale of one to 10 from what I felt with my knee, the pain on this is a one. I was out of recovery for an hour and the nurse had me up and walking. There is some pain from the swelling, but that’s it.“They said it would be 12 weeks before I can ride competitively, but my body will tell me when I’m ready. The doctor said I could get on horses in six weeks but he’d prefer to have me wait until eight weeks.” SANTA ANITA WAGERING MENU INCLUDES ENHANCED PICK SIX, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet offers fans a comprehensive pari-mutuel betting menu that will include an enhanced Pick Six with a Single Ticket Jackpot component. Seventy percent of the pool will continue to be paid out to those with six winners, and the same 70 percent will be carried over in the event there are no tickets with six winners.Consolation tickets will now be paid with 15 percent of the remaining pool, while the remaining 15 percent will be allocated for a separate “jackpot,” which will be paid in the event of a single winning ticket. On a mandatory payout day, consolation payoffs will be made just as they ordinarily would on any other racing day.    Santa Anita will also continue to offer the nation’s lowest major track takeout of 15.43 percent on win, place and show wagers, as well as the popular 50 cent Players Pick Five, one dollar exactas, one dollar trifectas, two dollar rolling Daily Doubles, one dollar rolling Pick Threes, an early and late 50 cent Pick Four, a one dollar Super High Five and 10 cent Superfectas.Santa Anita’s 2016-17 Winter Meet Wagering Menu will offer the following:-$500,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekend (excluding Sun. Feb. 5)            -$300,000 guaranteed Late Pick 4 each weekday            -$100,000 guaranteed Pick 6 each weekend            -The 50 cent Players Pick 5. Comprised of races one through five, the Pick Five features a low takeout of 14 percent. If no one correctly selects all five winners, 100 percent of the net pool is carried over to the next racing day.            -Two dollar Win, Place & Show wagering on each race, featuring the lowest takeout (15.43 percent) of any major racetrack in the nation.            -One dollar Trifectas on each race (minimum of four runners required).            -10 cent Superfectas will be offered on all races (minimum of six horses scheduled to start).            -One dollar Exactas are offered on each race.            -The newly enhanced two dollar Pick Six will be on the final six races each day.             -The 50 cent early Pick 4 will cover races two, three, four and five, each day. The Late Pick 4 will cover the final four races on each card.            -Rolling two dollar Daily Doubles, which feature a 20 percent takeout.            -One dollar rolling Pick Threes will start with the first race each day.            -One dollar Super High Five, which requires bettors to correctly select the first five finishers in each day’s final race (minimum of eight runners) will again be offered. If no one selects the top five horses in exact finish order, 100 percent of the net pool carries over to the next day.            For more information on Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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