Month: August 2020

  • Hard work pays dividends for Red Mountain Racer Sasha Zaitsoff

    first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsFor Sasha Zaitsoff, it’s the walk in the park he enjoys the most during his stay in Calgary.Of course that walk is not of friendly variety say down the sidewalk at Lakeside.This walk . . . well, let’s just say it’s more than a walk.This walk has this soon to be 21-year-old skier building core strength flipping tractor tires to power around those gates on the Men’s World Cup Ski Circuit.
After toiling the past few years on the Nor-Am circuit as a member of the National Prospect Team, the Red Mountain Racer star has his best shot ever at cracking one of the spots on the Canadian Men’s Team after being selected to the main squad.“No one really knew what was going on with the team,” Zaitsoff told The Nelson Daily last month after hearing the good news from coach Paul Krisofic, head coach of the Men’s National squad, during a telephone call.“I was just happy to that I was going to be on the team.”As Zaitsoff knows first hand, nothing is guaranteed in the sport of skiing. Results do the talking.But this is a major step being named to the National Team roster.And who knows what can happen if the six-foot, 200-pound Zaitsoff puts together a few solid results.“This is something I’ve been working toward for a long time,” Zaitsoff explained. “This is a big step for me.”“I know have access to a lot more resources on the National team, that will only help me get better,” he adds. “Like there’s a physiotherapist that travels with the team everywhere and funding for training.”Competing last season on the Prospect Team Zaitsoff turned heads of the Canadian coaching staff after scoring two, fourths in Super G at Whistler in March and Panorama near Invermere in December 2010.Add in a fifth and sixth-place finish in slalom in Val St. Come, Que., in January along with a handful of sixth-place finishes during the season and it was only a matter of time before Krisofic came calling.“(Skiing) is totally results based but anything is possible . . . and if you can imagine it, you can do it,” said the son of Peter and Elaine Zaitsoff of Balfour who has set Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics as a goal.“The harder you work for something the nicer it is when you achieve it and the more you appreciate it,” he adds.After taking a break after the 2010-11 season Zaitsoff joined his new teammates in Calgary for some extensive dry land training.Zaitsoff experienced a taste of what’s to come in January during a slalom race in Adelboden, Switzerland.However, the L.V. Rogers grad could not overcome the soft conditions and failed to qualify for the second run.”I felt pretty confident (but) I wasn’t too nervous,” Zaitsoff said on the Alpine B.C. website. “It was really neat to race against all the people you watch on TV all the time.”Zaitsoff expects to be winging his way to a summer camp, possible in Australia.If things go according to plan, it will be Zaitsoff people will be watching on the wide-screen television.And that will be no walk in the park. But it will be a lot of fun.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

  • Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Rec Leadership

    first_imgThe LVR Recreational Leadership made a lot of families in Nelson very happy. The class raised close to $2,000 during a Christmas Fundraiser in early December held at the Fairview school. The event, initiated by Grade 12 Leadership student, Taryn Scarff allowed th class to present the Nelson Community Services with a cheque for $1,000 as well as purchase clothes, toys, and blankets for the Nelson Transition House. The class also bought seven people presents from the wish tree at Kootenai Moon.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to salute the class with Team of the Week accolades.  Pictured is Taryn Scarff )holding the cheque along with LVr principal Tim Huttemann, rec leadership instructor Sheri Morrison  and members of the Recreational Leadership 11 and 12 classes from LVR.last_img read more

  • Murphy’s Law weekend for Kootenay Ice

    first_imgTrevor Ayre scored twice to lead the Hawks.Sunday, Valley West held period leads of 3-1 and 6-5 before blowing the game open by outscoring the Ice 5-2 — with five of the goals coming on the power play.“We took some bad penalties,” Wright admitted.“I don’t mind taking those hard-nosed penalties, I just don’t like penalties when we act up after a play.”“We took a lot more penalties than they did but they did a lot of stuff behind the play that maybe wasn’t seen by the refs,” said Wright, choosing his words carefully when assessing the score sheet after the game.Jeffery Stewart scored three goals to lead the Hawks while Ayre finished the game with five points.Tanner Costa (Castlegar), before being ejected late in the game, led the Ice with three goals while Korbyn Chabot (Cranbrook), Ellis Junker (Castlegar), Aigne McGready-Bruce (Nelson) and Shawn Campbell (Castlegar), on a nice two-way passing play in the third, replied for Kootenay.Solomon Burk (Castlegar) and Jason Mailhiot (Trail) shared the netminding duties for Kootenay.“This weekend we were hoping to steal a point or two, but we’ve to go get ourselves ready for another strong team next weekend in Kelowna, and just play as hard as we can,” Wright explained.The two wins kept Valley West tied for third in BCMMHL standings with Okanagan Rockets of Kelowna while Kootenay remains in ninth spot with a 2-6-0 record.Next home date for Kootenay is November 1-2 in Trail at the Cominco Arena against league leading Cariboo Cougars. It was a Murphy’s Law weekend for the Kootenay Ice.That’s right, everything that could go wrong — including the refs not showing up for Saturday’s game — did to wrong.The Valley West Hawks put some serious hurt on the Ice, dumping Kootenay by scores of 7-0 Saturday and 11-7 Sunday in BC Hockey Major Midget League action in Nelson.“It started with officiating not scheduled properly,” Ice head coach Rob Wright said following Sunday’s loss.“There was major delay . . .. When we got playing they jumped on us and we just never were able to get it back.”“(Sunday) we played a lot better but we just gave them too many scoring opportunities and ran into a little panic mode,” Wright added.Saturday’s game was rescheduled for later in the day when referees could be located.Valley West took a 1-0 lead after one period then increased the margin to 4-0 after two frames.last_img read more


    first_imgFernando Perez12022191218%$856,040 Philip D’Amato561610629%$927,670 Alex Solis4075518%$310,654 Martin Pedroza103719147%$409,350 (Current Through Friday, June 19) (Current Through Friday, June 19) Rafael Bejarano16141292625%$1,899,342 William Spawr2944214%$141,870 MOTOWN MEN EYES RICH GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITABargain claim Motown Men, winner of the $150,000 Tiznow Stakes on May 23, is on course to face Catch a Flight and Moreno, the one-two finishers in the Grade II Californian Stakes on May 30, in the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita at 1 ¼ miles next Saturday, June 27.“We thought he might be a little bit knocked out coming out of the Tiznow,” trainer Ted H. West said, “because he had run three bang-up races in six weeks, so everything would have had to go perfect to make the Gold Cup five weeks after his last race.“But so far, so good. He recently worked 59 and one and just did it awesome, and came back six furlongs last Sunday in 1:11.40, so if everything goes absolutely perfect from here, we’ll take a shot against the big boys.”Motown Men is expected to have his final pre-Gold Cup breeze on Sunday. He was claimed for $40,000 three starts before the Tiznow and has earned $148,000 since. Doug F. O’Neill9418161119%$782,738 Carla Gaines2444217%$210,530 Joseph Talamo13724142518%$990,428 AMERICAN PHAROAH BACK ON TRACK             Triple Crown winnerAmerican Pharoah returned home to Santa Anita on Thursday but returned to the track just this morning. With regular exercise rider Georgie Alvarez aboard, ‘Pharoah’ proceeded to the track at about 7:15 a.m. Saturday morning with assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes and pony “Sunny” in tow. The most popular horse in the world got to stretch his legs as he jogged once around the one mile main track going the wrong way. Kept close to the outside fence, “Pharoah” returned to trainer Bob Baffert’s Barn 5 with Barnes and Sunny leading the way.Though his next race has yet to be determined, American Pharoah will parade between races next Saturday, June 27. Gary Stevens2563524%$583,300 Edwin Maldonado8410141412%$410,576 Santiago Gonzalez94916810%$414,594 Martin Garcia4094723%$339,010 Vann Belvoir4957710%$187,030 Jerry Hollendorfer63717811%$565,764 Felipe Valdez9881598%$365,640 Kristin Mulhall2345017%$118,050 Bruce Headley1451236%$128,890 Bob Baffert2672527%$327,570 Tyler Baze19631313016%$1,749,620 Richard Baltas56177430%$865,260 Brayan Pena6062310%$128,750 Michael Machowsky2655319%$148,310 Tim Yakteen1854028%$165,630 Flavien Prat14021271615%$1,355,830 Tiago Pereira721113715%$484,110 Peter Miller7918171023%$707,280 Richard E. Mandella411111427%$835,240 John W. Sadler651291118%$696,504 John Brocklebank1544127%$181,540 AMERICAN PHAROAH JOGS ON MAIN TRACK MOTOWN MEN WORKING FOR GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITAFANS CAN SEE ‘PHAROAH’ LIVE AT SANTA ANITA JUNE 27VICTOR ESPINOZA CAMPAIGNS ON ‘HOPE’ AND REALITY Mike Puype58812714%$490,040 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Gonzalo Nicolas9567156%$247,208 Mark Glatt5267912%$281,564 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won AMERICAN PHAROAH ON PARADE JUNE 27Trainer Bob Baffert will treat Southern California fans to their first openly public viewing of America’s newest Triple Crown winner on Gold Cup at Santa Anita Day, next Saturday, June 27 as American Pharoah will parade between races.“We want to thank American Pharoah’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, and his trainer, Bob Baffert, for being so incredibly generous in sharing this horse with fans from coast to coast,’ said Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool. “We’re excited to present him to the public on June 27. It should make for a tremendous day for those joining us on track and on television throughout the world.”In addition to a blockbuster card that includes the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes, the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes and the Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes, all fans will receive an officially licensed “American Pharoah Triple Crown Champion” T-shirt free with paid admission and Santa Anita Thoroughbreds Club membership. (Thoroughbreds Club signups will be available free at all T-shirt distribution locations).NBCSN will televise the Gold Cup live from 5 to 6 p.m. Pacific Time.ESPINOZA CONTINUES SUPPORT OF CITY OF HOPEFor Victor Espinoza, everything is different and everything’s the same since becoming a household name after riding American Pharoah to Triple Crown victories in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.The self-proclaimed “Happy Mexican” still has that same ready smile and low-profile persona, but he’s nobody’s fool. He recognizes his every move will now be subject to scrutiny.“Everything is good, everything is under control,” Espinoza said. “There’s a lot ofexcitement and I’ve been keeping busy doing different things, but I know there is more pressure on me than before because now everyone is focused on me and what I’m doing.“Now every time I make a mistake, people will know about it (laughing).”That won’t prevent Espinoza from keeping things in perspective. Despite the whirlwind PR commitments, he maintains support of his No. 1 charity, the City of Hope in Duarte. He grossed $80,000 from his Belmont victory, and donated a good portion of that to City of Hope.“I had to pay taxes and my agent (Brian Beach), but whatever I earned for myself from the Belmont, I gave to City of Hope.“Those kids are so young to be dealing with cancer. But it’s not just kids. Older people, too. I’ve been to City of Hope several times, and I do what I can because they all need help and I can provide some.“That disease is terrible. Your health is your most important thing.”FINISH LINES: Victor Espinoza will make a special appearance and ride on the $1.175 million Summit of Speed program at Gulfstream Park on Sunday, July 5. “I’m very much looking forward to a return to South Florida and Gulfstream Park,” Espinoza said in a statement. “If I remember right, my last time there was the Breeders’ Cup of 1999.” The 43-year-old native of Mexico rode Kirkwall to an eighth-place finish behind Silic in the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Mile…The City of Sierra Madre will be giving Espinoza, a resident of Sierra Madre, a special commendation for his part in winning the Triple Crown at its next City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23. The Triple Crown winning jockey will also be honored with a convertible ride in the annual Sierra Madre Fourth of July Parade this year. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. Mario Gutierrez5093818%$406,388 Hector O. Palma1642225%$133,910 Eddie Truman2072335%$284,928 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Victor Espinoza3486624%$548,000 Mike Smith4188520%$664,596 Drayden Van Dyke11215131213%$637,498 Robertino Diodoro2864321%$232,380last_img read more


    first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2016)–Santa Anita Park and the Sheikh Mansoor Festival presented a check for $100,000 to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) Saturday in a Winner’s Circle ceremony prior to the $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes at Santa Anita.In addition to promoting the Arabian breed throughout the world, the Sheikh Mansoor Festival is dedicated to celebrating jockeys as some of the finest professional athletes in any sport.“Santa Anita Park is delighted to partner with the Sheikh Mansoor Festival in making this donation to such a worthy cause,” said Keith Brackpool, Chairman, Santa Anita Park. “We’re hopeful this is the beginning of a relationship that will help to bring international focus to Santa Anita and to benefit the world class athletes that make our sport unlike any other.”Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens accepted the check with a number of Santa Anita jockeys looking on, from Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the Sheikh Mansoor Festival and Santa Anita Chairman Keith Brackpool on behalf of the PDJF.   Founded in 2006, the PDJF currently provides financial assistance to 60 former jockeys who are permanently disabled as a result of on-track injuries. Since its founding, the PDJF has disbursed over $7 million to disabled riders.“This is a huge development for us,” said Stevens. “Everybody knows how much risk we take every day and to get a $100,000 check is fantastic. We’re just so appreciative to Santa Anita and everyone involved with the Sheikh Monsoor Festival for making this happen.” HALL OF FAME JOCKEY GARY STEVENS ACCEPTS CHECK ON BEHALF OF PDJFlast_img read more


    first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2016) – Lightly raced Lady Valeur will attempt to earn her first-ever added money victory Saturday when she runs in the 36th running of the Grade III, $150,000 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.LADY VALEUR – In the barn of trainer Paddy Gallagher since late last year, Lady Valeur has been preparing for a jump up in class since her solid second place finish in a downhill turf maiden special weight Jan. 17. A 3-year-old Irish-bred filly by the Danehill stallion Multiplex, Lady Valeur went on to win her next outing, a 1 1/8 miles maiden special weight over a ‘firm’ turf course Feb. 13 before running second to Mirage, by a neck, in the March 12 China Doll Stakes at one mile on grass. Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, she is 4-1-3-0 overall with earnings of $63,088.MIRAGE – Owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Mirage will look to make it three in-a-row Saturday. Eighth in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, the Simon Callaghan trainee ran fourth in the Grade III Jimmy Durante at Del Mar on Nov. 28 before a sixth place finish in the Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita Dec. 27. In 2016, Mirage is two-for-two on the turf, including a win in the China Doll Stakes in her last out on March 12. She is 7-3-1-0 overall with $112,768 in earnings.NODIAC – Trainer Phil D’Amato will send out Nodiac Saturday in hopes of turning the tables on Providencia rivals Lady Valeur and Mirage. With a win and a solid second place finish down the hillside turf course in January and February, this Irish-bred filly by Kodiac ran third most recently in the China Doll behind Mirage and Lady Valeur respectively. Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and Marsha Naify, Nodiac is 5-1-2-2 overall with earnings of $70,181. — THE GRADE III PROVIDENCIA IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 5 (of 12) Approximate post time, 2:05 p.m. PDTDecked Out – Kent Desormeaux – 120Mirage – Flavien Prat – 120Kiss N Scat – Mike Smith – 120How Unusual – Stewart Elliot – 120Nodiac – Rafael Bejarano – 120Do the Dance – Fernando Perez – 120Jeremy’s Legacy – Mario Gutierrez – 120Sheeza Milky Way – Alonso Quinonez – 120Lady Valeur – Gary Stevens – 120First post time for a 12-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.last_img read more

  • $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf – Quotes & Recap – Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

    first_imgThird-place jockey Flavien Prat (Avenge) – “We had a good trip. She was comfortable on the lead. She ran a good race.” Fourth-place trainer Aidan O’Brien (Seventh Heaven) – “I was very pleased with her run. She was running on at the end and it might be that a mile and a half is her best trip.” A 3-year-old daughter of Dansili, Queen’s Trust completed the 1 ¼ miles on firm turf in 1:57.75, breaking the Breeders’ Cup record of 1:58.73 established by Dank in 2013 at Santa Anita.Queen’s Trust is trained by Sir Michael Stoute and was ridden by Frankie Dettori. The victory was the seventh for Stoute in the World Championships and third in the Filly & Mare Turf. His other victories came with Islington in 2003 and Dank in 2013, both at Santa Anita. QUEEN’S TRUST NIPS LADY ELI TO WIN BREEDERS’ CUPFILLY & MARE TURF IN RECORD TIME BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY AND MARE TURF QUOTES Winning jockey Frankie Dettori (Queen’s Trust) – “The pace was a bit slow for her and the straights are a bit short but when I got to Lady Eli’s back wheels, I was confident I would catch her. She dug very deep today and it’s great for the team. I am also very said for Freddy Tylicki (who was paralyzed in a riding accident las week).” ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2016) – Cheveley Park Stud’s Queen’s Trust ($18) caught favored Lady Eli right at the finish line to win the 17th running of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) by a nose Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park. Second-place trainer Chad Brown (Lady Eli, favorite) – “I was thrilled the way she ran today. I was somewhat concerned to see her so far back early, because it left her with so much to do.  Irad was hopelessly trapped early, but somehow miraculously got out in the final turn to give her a chance to win.  I wasn’t sure which filly got it at the wire, but the more I saw the replays, the worse it looked for us. Frankie (Dettori, on Queen’s Trust) rode a fabulous race and it was just two great horses down to the finish line. Naturally, I’m disappointed, but still very proud of her.” Fifth-place trainer Michael Stidham (Zipessa) – “Unbelievable. Obviously without wanting to (come from behind with a frontrunner) we learned something with her today. She was fidgety and right as the gates opened, her head went up and she completely missed the break. Joe (Bravo, jockey) said he didn’t even have to grab her. She was just cruising along and then when he asked her around the turn she was picking them up like crazy. She beat a lot of the best fillies in the world. It was very nice, impressive and we’re very happy with her.” Chris Richardson (Cheveley Park Racing Manager) (Queen’s Trust) – “She has been unlucky in running a few times this year, but it all came right today. Frankie gave her a superb ride.” Second-place jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. (Lady Eli, favorite) – “I saw the filly coming on the outside, but I simply was beaten today. No excuses.” Winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute (Queen’s Trust) – “Thank God everything went right today. I didn’t really have to convince the owners to come here.” For Dettori, it was his 12th Breeders’ Cup victory and second in the Filly & Mare Turf with his other triumph coming with Ouija Board in 2006. Third-place trainer Richard Mandella (Avenge) – “She ran terrific. She’s come a long way since the summertime.  I just left it to Flav (front-running strategy). He kind of likes that stuff. I’m very happy with her.”last_img read more