A Star shines at the Park

first_imgSORRENTINO’S STAR, ridden by outgoing champ-ion jockey Dane Nelson for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny upstaged her eight opponents to win race No. 2 in the Supreme Ventures two-year-old series, the $3.6 million Pick 3 Super Challenge Trophy over 1400 metres, at Caymanas Park yesterday.Running at odds of 4-1, SORRENTINO’S STAR, a maiden at the start, made amends for her close fourth to DREAMLINER in the October 19 Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres (race one in the series), turning the tables on Wayne DaCosta’s DREAMLINER, who could only manage fourth over the longer distance of the PIck 3 Challenge.SORRENTINO’S STAR raced close up on the rails as the previously unbeaten ZUGULU, the 6-5 favourite, led comfortably from SIMPY THE BEST (5-2) leaving the half mile. However, ZUGULU, with Shane Ellis aboard, was joined by the smooth running SORRENTINO’S STAR on the outside entering the straight. He quickly disposed of ZUGULU to win by 13/4 lengths from the late-closing FUTURE KING (3-1) widest of all with top apprentice Linton Steadman aboard.A bay filly by Sorrentino out of the Touch Gold mare Santa Baby, SORRENTINO’S STAR was notching her first win on this her fourth start. She is owned and bred by Robert Dabdoub.Nelson, who recently returned home following a stint at Woodbine racetrack in Toronto, Canada, said he couldn’t believe that SORRENTINO’S STAR was a maiden.”I had been working her in the mornings in preparation for the races and she responded well,” said the three-time champion jockey. “The trainer instructed me to break her sharply and stay as close to the pace as possible She’s a nice filly and I’m looking forward to riding her again on Boxing Day,” added Nelson, who will ride the American horse UPPA TUNE in next Saturday’s $13.5 million SVL Diamond Mile.Meanwhile, Melissa Ward, riding 9-2 chance FIFTYONE-STORM in the eighth race, became the first of the three female apprentices who graduated from the Jockeys’ School on September 26 to ride a winner against senior jockeys. And former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry high-lighted the 11-race programme with a fabulous four-timer, this on a day when the Michael Beecham-trained SIR BUDGET scored a 52-1 upset in the ninth race over the straight, then had to survive a stewards’ inquiry and objection.last_img read more

Jewish state’s independence feted

first_imgAmid heavy security on the perimeter of the park and at its entrances, the daylong festival featured local and Israeli entertainers, food, booths and fair rides. Dizengoff Street, for instance, featured booths for the Republican Jewish Coalition on one side of the pathway and for Jewish Sperm Donors on the other side. Up the way was Cafe Tel Aviv, an area created to resemble an Israeli coffee shop. Talit-Birthright Israel, an organization that recruits and helps 18- to 26-year-old Jews visit Israel for the first time, was there. “It was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had in my life,” said Debbie Farnosh, who visited Israel as a UCLA undergraduate in 2003 and now recruits for the group. “It is a cultural, religious and political experience.” The highlight of the festival was the performance late in the afternoon by Israeli musician Yehoram Gaon, whom Stern described as “the Israeli Frank Sinatra.” “Besides celebrating Israeli independence,” said Stern, “this is as close as you can get to being in Israel.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Festival organizers were presented a proclamation from the City Council. Israel Counsel General Ehud Danoch summarized almost six decades of Israeli achievements in a short speech. “Israel is a success story,” Danoch said after a quick synopsis, “and this is only the beginning.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he has been to Israel twice and shares in its celebration. “I stand with you,” he said, “because I know how important it is for Jews to have a homeland.” VAN NUYS – Varda Stern of Encino remembers being 4 years old and very excited in Mugrabi Square in Tel Aviv when news arrived that the United Nations had made Israel an independent state. “My father put me up on his shoulders so that I could see all the celebration,” recalls Stern. “It was an incredible sight.” On Sunday, Stern celebrated Israel’s 59th anniversary with some 40,000 people who attended the Israel Independence Day Festival at Woodley Park, which for the day took on the appearance of an Israeli community with walkways named for streets in Jerusalem, Haifa and Tel Aviv. “No matter where we are,” Israeli-born Broadway performer Mike Burstyn told the crowd, “we’re Israeli, and we’re in Israel.” last_img read more