Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned the Chairman’s Trophy and 93-points at the 2015 Ultimate Wine Challenge for their best-selling wine, Duckleberry Grunt. This is a unique blend of blueberries and Gewurztraminer that is so popular each bottle is wrapped in camouflage tissue when it leaves the winery since most people choose to hide it from their friends.A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Grays Harbor Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. The sculpture commemorating this wine features five decoys carved from cork by Westport artist Vern Jones.When you visit Westport Winery Garden Resort be sure to explore the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why four times this has been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination.These award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery Garden Resort at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
Facebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Public Health and Social ServicesThe holiday season is upon us. For those of us with children, it’s easy to focus just on their needs and wants, while we neglect taking care of ourselves in order to get everything done. Sound familiar, moms?This is a reminder to not only take good care of yourself this time of year, but all year long, so that you can be ready for all that this and every season bring. Why is this so important? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease, cancer and stroke together cause over half of deaths among women in the U.S. Make sure that you can be there to enjoy your children—and their children—by taking the following steps to reduce stress and your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems.Get an annual well-woman visit with your healthcare provider. During the visit, discuss your health habits, family history, and family planning if you are in your child-bearing years. Your annual checkup is also the time to get current on your vaccines, have your blood pressure and cholesterol levels checked, schedule any additional screenings you may need, like a mammogram, and set health goals. Your well-woman visit is covered by insurance.Eat a well-balanced mix of nutritious food such as vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and lean protein every day. Eating well can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, certain types of cancer, and anemia. In addition, a healthy diet can reduce high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, help manage diabetes, and help maintain a healthy weight.Aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Choose activities you enjoy like walking, hiking, jogging, cycling, taking a class at the gym, or following along with a workout DVD. Daily exercise can help control weight; help prevent or manage metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, and certain types of cancer; improve your mood; boost energy; and promote better sleep.Take time to unwind. Stress impacts our bodies, mood and behavior. Making time for things we enjoy, exercising, relaxation techniques including meditation, and getting good nutrition can help us manage stress. Having a relationship with a higher power—something larger than ourselves—can make us feel more hopeful and help reduce stress levels. If you have tried these methods and are still having trouble managing stress, talk to your healthcare provider for support.Get treatment for depression. Women are twice as likely to experience depression as men. If you are one of these women, discuss it with your healthcare provider and consider treatment options.If you smoke, quit, and don’t substitute vaping for smoking. The CDC reports that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S, and estimates that people who smoke are 2 to 4 times more likely to have coronary heart disease; and are 2 to 4 times more likely to have a stroke. Smoking also increases women’s risk of lung cancer by more than 25.7 times. The SmartQuit TM App for smartphones is a research-based smoking cessation program that may be more effective than trying to quit on your own. It can be used with or without nicotine replacement therapy. The App is free for download to Washington residents and is private, easy to use and always within reach. Learn more online here.Limit alcohol use. According to the National Institute for Health, drinking too much canGetting enough sleep each night impacts your health and ability to handle the stress of daily life.negatively impact the brain, heart, liver, pancreas and immune system, and can also increase your risk of developing certain types of cancers. More information is available here.Get seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night. Too little sleep on a routine basis can affect our mood and ability to think clearly and is also linked to obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. More recent studies also indicate connections between lack of sleep and Alzheimer’s disease. Adequate sleep helps keep the mind and the body healthy.When we take care of ourselves, we can better give our time, love, and support to those we love. Wishing happy, healthy holidays to you all!
Facebook476Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Solid Waste“Opting out” is not an option for many people these days. In a world of pervasive social media, with constant visual reminders of all of the fun things that everyone else is doing, nobody wants to be the one missing out on anything.This is especially true if opting out means not being a part of the latest photo your friend just posted that’s sure to get a ton of likes.Opting out doesn’t have to be a bad thing, however, especially when it comes to junk mail. According to 41pounds.org:Americans receive an average of 41 pounds of junk mail per year, of which 44% goes to the landfill.More than 100 million trees are cut down each year in order to produce junk mail.28 billion gallons of water go into the production and recycling of junk mail every year.Approximately $320 million of local tax money is spent on the disposal of junk mail every year.Not only is junk mail a nuisance, it is also resource intensive and just plain wasteful. Luckily, opting out of junk mail and unwanted phone books is easy.Use the sites below to stop receiving unwanted credit card offers, catalogs, magazine subscriptions, coupons and phonebooks. You may also contact the companies directly that you receive mail from and ask to be removed from their mailing lists.Yellow Pages Opt Out – Use this site to stop receiving the big yellow phone book.Catalog Choice – This site allows you to input the company information from mailings that you have received and remove your name from the company’s database.Opt Out Pre-Screen – Use this site to stop receiving credit card offers in the mail.Direct Mail – Register for the national Do Not Mail List through this site.DMA Choice – This is a mail preference service that allows consumers to select the companies they wish to continue receiving direct mail from and opt out of the ones they don’t.The unsolicited ads packet delivered in plastic bags to driveways throughout Thurston County have been of particular local interest lately. As of January 1, 2016 the company that owns the Olympian has indicated that they will no longer be delivering the ad packets to residents.For more information on recycling and waste reduction visit the Thurston Solid Waste website at www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org or call 360-867-2282.
Image Courtesy: MKCITIZENAdvertisement 411zwNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1us1gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ey( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) dy16kWould you ever consider trying this?😱vyaCan your students do this? 🌚nm2Roller skating! Powered by Firework Milton Keynes Dons F.C. or MK Dons, a team currently competing in EFL League One, obviously not a big name in English football. However, today marks a special day for the club and football fans across the country as back in 2014 on this very day, the club achieved a thrashing 4-0 victory over none other than Manchester United!Advertisement Image Courtesy: MKCITIZENOn 26th August 2014, the Red Devils traveled to Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire to face the Dons in the second round of the League Cup, who were under the management of Karl Robinson, and faced a shock defeat of four goals to none at Stadium MK.Below is the highlights from the match with the bizarre result, courtesy to the official YouTube channel of MK Dons.Advertisement Louis van Gaal’s star studded Devils, with the likes of de Gea, Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernández were overpowered by the Dons, who back then had a future superstar in their starting 11: Dele Alli, who rose from the club’s youth system.Advertisement Dons’ overpower came in form of double braces from two strikers. Will Grigg, Northern Ireland international netted the ball in 25th and 63rd minute, soon followed by two goals from the DR Congo international Benik Afobe in the 70th and 84th minute, who was on loan at the club from Arsenal back then.MK Dons were originally the ‘Crazy Gang’ Wimbledon FC, who decided to relocate to Milton Keynes in 2004. A part of the fanbase were against this decision and formed AFC Wimbledon, while Pete Winkelman, the current chairman of the club, decided to buy the club out of liquidation and renamed it to Milton Keynes Dons Football Club. Advertisement
Image Courtesy: AFP/GettyAdvertisement ql7r2wNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs91Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eo680( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) x0waWould you ever consider trying this?😱2chtCan your students do this? 🌚6er0jRoller skating! Powered by Firework It was a saddening display for the home fans as New Zealand were utterly smashed by Team India in their T20 tour, where Kohli and the team picked up a dominating 5-0 whitewash series victory. Add to that the 3-0 Test defeat against Australia, its all going wrong for the Black Caps in the recent past. While the team’s head coach Gary Stead is facing slack from supporters, former Kiwi skipper and legendary cricketer Jeremy Coney comes forward to criticise him for his current holiday trip with his family.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/GettyEven when New Zealand were looking to clinch victories in the third and fourth matches, their batsmen failed in the dead overs and India pulled off two back to back super over wins. Following the 5-0 T20 series defeat and while the team is looking to convert the ongoing ODI series into a win, Stead is out for seven days break to have some family time, and that has irked Jeremy Coney.In a recent talk show with New Zealand’s sports broadcaster Radio Sport Breakfast, the former Black Caps skipper pointed a finger at Stead’s time away from the squad.Advertisement “This is probably the most important season we’ve had for 10 years, with no Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and West Indies to feast on. We’re facing the three big boys (Australia, India, and England). They were marmalised in Australia and it’s now five-zip at home. Wouldn’t you think the main coach and selector would be there?” Coney said in the show.Stead, who succeeded the legendary Mike Hesson to take charge of the New Zealand cricket team in 2018, has been lacklustre in supervising the team management, according to Coney.Advertisement The 67 year old continued: “I’ve seen wayward bowling, mismanaged games resulting in losses, bungled run outs, I’ve seen the fielding coach away, the bowling coach away, the batting coach away.”The 52 Test and 88 ODI cap holder went onto reprimand Stead for taking his time away from the team in a crucial moment like this, and even asked him to leave the job to work ‘in a hardware store’.“If it is too much for them…you can go and get a job in a hardware store and see your family every night. It seems to me this is your job and this is the time of year when you really work.” Coney added.Following the conclusion of India’s tour with a two match Test series in February, Kiwis will take on their neighbours again in back to back ODI and T20 series, before facing Scotland and Ireland in June.Also read-Read Shoaib Akhtar’s hilarious rant about New Zealand after the Kiwis are whitewashed by IndiaSee which records were broken by Indian batsmen in the first ODI against New Zealand Advertisement
Image Courtesy: Reuters/PTIAdvertisement 7doy8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsbn3p8qWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E0y5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7hf2eWould you ever consider trying this?😱liukCan your students do this? 🌚t1Roller skating! Powered by Firework The past few months under the lock down in the novel Coronavirus pandemic has been a very unusual phase in the lives of athletes. Self isolated in their homes, away from their natural habitat was a new experience for many, and a number of sportspersons resorted to self training and exercising to keep their form up even during the lock down. The story is same even for the country’s boxing icon MC Mary Kom. However, the atmosphere away from the training facilities brings forth new obstacles, and for the her, it was the absence of a sparring partner.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Reuters/PTIFor boxers, drills with a sparring partner is a vital part of their training regime. Unfortunately for Mary, neither her footballer husband Karung Onkholer Kom, nor their three little boys are fit enough for the role.While regular exercises and workout sessions have been a part of the Olympic bronze medallist’s life for the past months, not having a boxing partner was the biggest obstacle Mary felt, as she spoke to Time of India.Advertisement Every boxer would definitely say yes,” Mary acknowledged the lack of a sparring partner for training. “Sparring is an integral part of boxing, where we apply our learning, thoughts and counter. It’s definitely been a problem.”“This time of pandemic is challenging for all of us in different ways. It has been the same for me and my family. We have to embrace this time, which was never expected and deal with it,” the 37 year old answered when asked about how difficult the lock down period was.Advertisement Although Mary added that the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic to next year has disrupted her plans, but the extra time she would be getting to prepare in the future has been beneficial.“I can’t call it better, but am accepting the fact that it does give me much more time to be well prepared to take on the best in the world,” Mary went on, “Now let’s hope things become normal soon and we can all start preparing.”In addition to that, the lock down has not been all dull for the pugilist, as she opened up about the quality time Mary has been spending with her family.She continued, “My children got to eat more than they normally do on other days as I love preparing various recipes and snacks. I play, dance, and sing with my children,”“I am also training daily at home, doing my regular fitness exercises.” Mary added.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Popular WWE personnel announces Covid-19 infectionSunil Gavaskar compares Virat Kohli’s batting to this all time great! Advertisement
By Joseph SapiaMIDDLETOWN – On June 1, the township Planning Board is scheduled to begin hearing the commercial component – almost 340,000 square feet of movie theater, retail and restaurant space – for the proposed Route 35 “Village” project.The Shoppes at Middletown are proposed for about 52 acres of Route 35 North, between Kings Highway, Kanes Lane and Carriage Drive — or diagonally across the highway from the municipal complex.The property is famous for its “Calico the Clown” sign, various businesses, a few residences and open space, including woods.Plans on file at the township Planning Department show 338,455 square feet of commercial space, broken down into:— Retail space of 285,622 square feet, individually ranging from 5,000 to 199,572 square feet.— Restaurant space of 27,033 square feet, individually ranging from 4,000 to 9,500 square feet.— Movie theater space of 25,800 square feet.Plans show a combination of connected and disconnected buildings, along with parking areas, an internal road system, storm water basins and wetlands. The plans call for the removal of most of the existing structures.The 52 acres are part of the 118 acres owned by Mountain Hill LLC. No application – expected to be residential – has been made for the remaining 66 acres, said Amy H. Sarrinikolaou, director of the community development in the township Planning Department.The commercial developer – Village 35 LP, Purchase, New York – is to present the plans at the Wednesday, June 1, township Planning Board meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the municipal complex courtroom.Village 35 seeks preliminary and final major subdivision and site plan approval. The subdivision is necessary to divide the 52-acre commercial aspect from the property’s remaining 66 acres, Sarrinikolaou said.The proposed use of the property complies with the site’s “Planned Development” (PD) zoning.“The property has been the subject of many applications to the township’s Planning and Zoning Boards over the past two decades,” according to paperwork filed with the Planning Department in September.The other projects did not come to fruition.
The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders held a press conference to announce the kick off of the county’s COVID-19 testing program, in coordination with the Grunin Foundation, to offer free testing in densely populated municipalities. Photo courtesy Monmouth County Freeholders Murphy said that under McConnell’s plan, there would be “zero flexibility” for states to receive any additional funding amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In the first round of federal funding under the CARES Act’s coronavirus relief fund, the state received $2.4 billion. “We cannot fully support our districts in their plans for the upcoming school year without help from Washington,” said the governor. “We are staring directly at a $1 billion cut in aid to our public schools and we’ll have to further cut operating aid to our struggling colleges and universities which, by the way, have already cut by nearly $200 million,” he said. NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy began his Wednesday afternoon press conference with strong criticism of U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell’s proposed stimulus bill, calling it “a slap in the face of every governor across the country.” By Allison Perrine Additionally, Murphy reviewed updates to the list of states on the travel advisory; anyone returning or visiting from a state on the list should self-isolate for 14 days. It now includes 31 states, up from 22 states last week. Newly added are Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Virginia and Washington. As of Wednesday, July 22, the total cumulative number of positive COVID-19 cases statewide reached 177,645 with 13,787 total lab-confirmed deaths and 1,920 suspected related deaths. The daily positivity rate reached 2.48 percent as of July 18. “What New Jersey has gotten back is a drop in the bucket compared to our needs,” he said. “Because of the pandemic, we are undergoing a historic fiscal crisis, the likes of which has only happened twice in our state’s 244-year history,” during the Civil War and the Great Depression. Through this partnership, free COVID-19 testing is available in Asbury Park, Freehold Borough, Keansburg, Neptune, Long Branch and Red Bank. Anyone interested can simply walk up to the site and get tested; no appointment is needed. Tests will be offered six days a week and will rotate from town to town, Murphy said. More information is available at visitmonmouth.com. “Whether it’s in Monmouth County or your county, we have the testing capacity. The turnaround time to get your results is the challenge,” he said. “That’s a national challenge. But the capacity in this state is as good as any capacity in any state in America.” “We continue to ask everyone who has been in one of these 31 impacted states to practice self-responsibility and good citizenship, and comply with our travel advisory,” said Murphy. He encouraged everyone to get tested if they feel symptomatic or think they may have been exposed to the virus, especially with free testing now available thanks to Monmouth County government and the Grunin Foundation. At the same time, the state cannot ignore its current needs to meet “sharply increased costs” for things like emergency response, public transit, small business aid and school funding, which Murphy said is “especially critical.” In May, the governor’s office predicted having a $9.9 billion budget deficit by June 2021. Similarly, the nonpartisan Center for Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that states nationwide “are staring down a combined hole of $555 billion” by fiscal year 2022, said Murphy. He said New Jersey has already dipped into its “rainy day fund” to get through the next two months and has directed all state departments to plan for 15 percent budget cuts this fall. According to Murphy, the advisory applies to anyone traveling from a state with a positive test rate over 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a seven-day average. The article originally appeared in the July 23 – 29, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.
Victor Espinoza53911617%$615,740 Elvis Trujillo6296615%$480,478 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won -30- Richard Baltas2232314%$114,278 Doug O’Neill464659%$235,840 Brandon Boulanger3951313%$99,780 Mark Glatt2354422%$175,236 Rafael Bejarano812116926%$981,074 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 18) Kent Desormeaux53126723%$622,848 Peter Eurton2753519%$272,708 Martin Pedroza56910516%$329,140 HORSE OF THE YEAR DRILLS FOR SAN ANTONIODESORMEAUX AND HESS TEAM UP IN CAL DERBYVERSATILE KATHLEEN ROSE IS BACK SPRINTINGTEXAS RED NARROWLY MISSES ECLIPSE AWARDBIG MACHER WORKS FOR THE CAL CUP SPRINT DESORMEAUX KEEN ON SON OF PAPA CLEM IN DERBYThere may be no tangible explanation for the success Kent Desormeaux and Bob HessJr. have enjoyed together over the past two decades. Call it karma, but whatever it is, it works.They hope it continues next Saturday when Desormeaux rides Mischief Clem for Hess in the $250,000 California Cup Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.“He’s a very honest little horse,” said Desormeaux, who has ridden the son of Papa Clem in four of his five career races, winning his debut by 7 ¼ lengths at Del Mar Sept. 1. Last out they finished second by nearly seven lengths to unbeaten runaway winner Acceptance in the King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos.“Usually he only gets beat if he gets outrun,” Desormeaux continued. “I really enjoy riding him.”As to his prosperity with Hess, the three-time Kentucky Derby winner and Hall of Fame member said, “It’s always a confidence-builder knowing I’m going out there to ride for Bob.” Eddie Truman530160%$77,530 Fernando Perez5566311%$225,494 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jeff Bonde1230225%$121,560 KATHLEEN ROSE BACK ON THE HILL IN TURF SPRINTKathleen Rose goes from long to short when she runs in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint for older fillies and mares at about 6 ½ furlongs.The 5-year-old Good Journey mare led into the stretch last out in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf, but did break her maiden over the same course as Saturday’s Turf Sprint back in December of 2013.“She’s done it all before,” trainer Mike Machowsky said. “She won down the hill, even though it was only her maiden race. But this is for Cal-breds. There should be enough speed in there to set it up for her. Hopefully we’ll be the closer.” Mike Puype2733411%$131,650 Corey Nakatani4077518%$401,126 Hector Palma831038%$64,460 Flavien Prat2851518%$190,740 Mark Casse2444417%$334,360 Jerry Hollendorfer46126626%$1,000,430 Bob Baffert323759%$420,568 TRAINER LOOKS TO FUTURE AFTER MISSING ECLIPSEThe Eclipse Award for 2-year-old male usually is automatic. It goes to the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Not this time.In the closest vote in any category, Juvenile winner Texas Red lost by 15 votes, 126-111, to American Pharoah, who missed the Nov. 1 Juvenile with an 11th-hour injury.Keith Desormeaux, trainer of Texas Red, took the decision philosophically, focusing on the future, starting with the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1 when the son of Afleet Alex is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut.“I didn’t want to say anything (beforehand), but I was pretty confident leading up to the award,” Desormeaux said Monday morning. “I thought it was his, really, so, yeah, it was a little disappointing. I did the right thing. I kept my mouth shut.“It’s disappointing mainly because an award like that is important to a horse’s value. Having the word ‘champion’ attached to your resume means a lot for marketing. That’s what’s most disappointing, but we’ll try to take care of that business this year.”HRTV will re-broadcast Saturday’s 2014 Eclipse Awards show in its entirety on Friday, Jan. 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific. It will also re-air from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.FINISH LINES: Big Macher, in his final major prep for Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Sprint at six furlongs, worked a half-mile under Rafael Bejarano Monday morning in 47.40. “Very happy,” is what trainer Richard Baltas said after the move by the son of Beau Genius following the 9 a.m. break. “He went 11 flat the last eighth.” . . . Firing Line, second by a head to unbeaten Dortmund in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20, is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes a 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 7, trainer Simon Callaghan said . . . Trainer Barry Abrams on California Chrome being named Horse of the Year: “He totally deserved it. He’s the only horse that ran from the beginning of the year to the end. I don’t care if he was a two-year-old, a three, or a four. He won a Grade I race in the beginning of the year and a Grade I race at the end of the year. In the history of Thoroughbred horses, not very many did that. He might be the only one.”. . . Through 16 racing days, Bejarano has opened a 21-12 lead over runner-up Kent Desormeaux in the jockeys’ race, while Jerry Hollendorfer holds a 12-11 edge over Peter Miller among trainers . . . Santa Anita races through today, but will be dark this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Santa Anita will be open for simulcast racing on Thursday, however, with free admission and free parking. First post time for live racing Friday is 1 p.m. Michael Pender1143036%$113,690 Barry Abrams1231025%$104,898 Peter Miller44117525%$614,636 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mike Smith4167715%$558,411 CALIFORNIA CHROME WORKS FOR SAN ANTONIOHorse of the Year California Chrome–has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?–drew ever closerto his 4-year-old debut in the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7 when he worked seven furlongs at his Los Alamitos base Monday morning in 1:27 2/5 under regular rider Victor Espinoza.“He went easy and galloped out strong,” said Alan Sherman, son of and assistant to trainer Art Sherman. With California Chrome wearing blinkers and running on a cleared track, Los Alamitos head clocker Russ Hudak recorded fractional times of 25 1/5, 50 3/5 and 1:02 2/5, with a time of 1:14 1/5 for six furlongs at the wire.“They let him run through the lane,” Hudak said. Added Sherman: “We’re real happy with the work. He’ll breeze again next Sunday.” Carla Gaines1733118%$198,265 Tyler Baze861161313%$588,978 Philip D’Amato2144419%$190,530 Joseph Talamo69511107%$463,328 Drayden Van Dyke62651010%$341,636 John Sadler383688%$255,766 A. C. Avila1130027%$67,480 Gary Stevens2864321%$278,430
CALIFORNIA-BRED ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR PRESSES PACE EN ROUTE TO VICTORY IN $60,000 ‘YOU CAN’T MAKE IT UP’ ALLOWANCE PURSE; SMITH, EURTON TEAM FOR 1 ¾ LENGTH WIN ON GRASSBy admin on
PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $49,133 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $300,000ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2015)–Longshot Ashleyluvssugar pressed the pace from his outside post position and went on to an authoritative 1 ¾ length win in Thursday’s $60,000 “You Can’t Make It Up” allowance purse at Santa Anita, as he covered 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.10 under Mike Smith.Trained by Peter Eurton, the 4-year-old California-bred gelding by Game Plan pressed French-bred Sofast into and around the far turn, took a narrow advantage at the top of the lane and widened late on even money favorite Talco.Off at 8-1 in a field of eight older horses, Ashleyluvssugar paid $19.20, $5.80 and $4.00.“This was my first time on him on the turf, and he might be better on this than on synthetic,” said Smith. “I think it may be time to see if he can win a stake.”Owned by his breeders, Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Ashleyluvssugar won for the first time in three tries on turf and improved his overall mark to 9-4-0-2. With the winner’s share of $46,800, he increased his earnings to $215,504.“This is the first time he’s had a chance to really show himself on turf,” said Eurton. “He needs something tight (surface-wise). He’s not a big horse. He uses all of his energy trying to get through dirt and he couldn’t do it last time out (when sixth, beaten 11 ¾ lengths on a wet fast surface Jan. 11).”French-bred Talco, who exited a close fifth place run in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) on Dec. 26, was next to last around the Club House turn, pulled his way into contention turning for home while five-wide, but flattened out to finish second, a nose in front of Jules Journey.Off at even money, he paid $2.60 and $2.40.Jules Journey, ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, was mid-pack after the first half mile and just missed the place. Off at 10-1, he paid $4.20 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover of $49,133 into Friday and it’s expected Friday’s total pool will exceed $300,000. First post time for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–