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

Overlay is crazy

first_imgRe “Overlay is the right way to go for new Valley area code” (Our Opinions, Oct. 25): The editors got it wrong this time. In the past, when an area code is split, it was split geographically. Every area code in SoCal is by geography. Splitting the Valley is most logical thing to do. It doesn’t make sense to have to dial 10 digits to call your neighbor or have to dial 4 extra numbers if you don’t have to. Overlay is just another example of NIMBYism or NIMACism. If you’re wondering, I don’t mind switching to the 747 area code. – Ngan Adams AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Burbank Boston – Phooey! So the Red Sox have the best home team record in baseball. Why, you ask? Because they have an (unfair) advantage over the visitors because they play in a jai-alai palace instead of a ball park. Balls bouncing off the monster. No doubles defense. Bullpen banging on the walls. Give Manny a big “scooper.” This place should be condemned and torn down. But no! The “Bastan” fans go there to worship in this obsolete “house of horrors.” Ever wonder why New Yorkers can’t stand the Sox? Now you get the idea. – Thomas Wierzbicki Van Nuys PIOs work hard Re “Last P.R. hero” (Our Opinions, Oct. 26): Your Friday editorial regarding public-information officers took a “broad brush” approach to communications during a disaster and does not recognize the hard work performed by PIOs, especially in the wake of the recent fires. Here in Santa Clarita, our L.A. County fire and sheriff PIOs worked day and night, hand in hand with the city of Santa Clarita PIO to provide verified, up-to-date information to our residents around the clock. Our city Web site (santa-clarita.com) was updated minute by minute, a bulletin board was used on our local cable channel and we even set up a hotline for residents to call, which was utilized 6.4 times per minute Monday. The first priority was communicating with our residents, helping them through the disaster, not providing photo opportunities for our elected officials. – Gail Ortiz Communications Division manager/PIO City of Santa Clarita Chimneys survive Once again I am looking at photos of homes destroyed by the fires. Once again, the only surviving structures seem to be the chimneys, standing like obelisks in a smoldering landscape. Why can’t homes be built like chimneys, or am I missing something here? – Ann Harootyan Van Nuys Phone-users tax Re “Now we know” (Your Opinions, Oct. 22): George Timko is not the only one fuming about the corruption in L.A. city government. We do not need a telephone-users tax put on the ballot. We could make up the $270million just by taking away all the perks city officials get, letting them drive their own cars, paying for their cell phones just as we the taxpayers do, freezing their salaries, reducing the staffs that each council member has, getting rid of the assistant city attorneys because anytime there is a lawsuit they have to hire outside help and make a stipulation for city employees when hired that they can’t sue the city if they are fired. And put an end or cap to the outrageous lawsuits brought on by L.A. city firefighters who couldn’t take the heat. – Marianne Castro Lawson Granada Hills Jewishness Re “They are Christians” (Your Opinions, Oct. 24): Richard Sharfman has in a few brief sentences casually disregarded centuries of philosophical debate about “what is a Jew.” The answer depends on who you ask. Hitler considered Jews a race. I have known and been friends with several Jews and none of them believed that they were defined by their religion. Nor are they a nation. Some consider themselves a tribe or a clan. In the Bible, they are referred to as a tribe. According to Sharfman, anyone in the world who believes in and practices Judaism is a Jew and those who don’t, aren’t. That is a simplistic view to a very complex and as-yet unanswered question. – Leonard E. McGinnis Granada Hills Where there’s a will The administration should finance the health bill the same way it finances its war in Iraq. – Chuck Crawford Newhall160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more