By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIn past years the Kootenay High School A Girl’s Volleyball Zone Championships was simply a small speed bump en route to the provincial tournament for the Mount Sentinel Wildcats.However this year is very different, as the defending zone champs must overcome a very huge hurdle to make another return to the Big Show.“For the first time in a very long Mount Sentinel is entering the tournament as not the number one seed,” said tournament organizer and skipper of the Cats, Joe Moreira. “Selkirk (Storm of Kimberley) is now compete at the A level and they are the top seed.”Ten teams from throughout the Kootenays are entered in the two-day tournament beginning today at Castlegar’s Selkirk College.The Cats, ranked 10th in the provinces, are slotted into Pool A with Lucerne of New Denver, Salmo Falcons, Sparwood and top-seeded Selkirk.The Storm holds down the seventh-place ranking in the A Girl’s provincial poll.Boundary Central of Midway, Kaslo’s J.V. Humphries, Nakusp, Elkford and Fernie make up Pool B.Teams play a round-robin format Sunday before shifting to the playoff round Saturday. The final is set for 2 p.m.The winner advances to the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships December 1-4 in Abbotsford. The Mount Sentinel Wildcats have an easier trip to the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Volleyball Championships in Kelowna. The Cats have no one to play to advance to the 16-team tournament. While the girl’s have one berth for the Kootenay Zone, the boy’s earn two berths to the championships November 30 to December 4 at UBC/O in Kelowna.email@example.com
Geall outlasts Jackson to advance to Page Playoff 1-2 game at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships
Cotter edged Michael Johnson of New Westminster 5-4 Thursday to earn the top seed in the playoff.“I don’t think we’ve played Jim this year but we’ve played against him a lot over the years so we know what to expect,’’ Geall explained.“But they’re playing very well right now so we’re going to have to play our best to have a chance at advancing.”The winner of the game advances directly to Sunday’s 4 p.m. final.The loser gets another chance at the top prize, meeting the winner of the Page Playoff 3-4 contest.Those two teams will be decided in the final draw Friday night as four teams playoff for the two remaining spots.Playing for third seed is Dean Joanisse and Neil Dangerfield while the Glen Jackson rink is up against Jason Montgomery.Joanisse defeated A-event finalist Johnson 8-4 in eight ends while Dangerfield knocked out Kelowna’s Jeff Richard 8-2 in seven ends.Meanwhile Jason Montgomery blasted Creston’s Chris Ducharme 7-1 in six ends.Both semi final and final games are being showed live on Sportsnet Sunday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. respectively. Sean Geall has already had a great week after seeing first hand the birth of his third child.The Royal City skip added to the excitement after qualifying for the Page Playoff 1-2 game Saturday at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships by outlasting Glen Jackson of Victoria 5-1 in the B-Final Friday at the Nelson Curling Club.Geall, third Andrew Bilesky, second Steve Kopf and lead Mark Olsen broke open a tightly played contest by scoring two in the ninth before adding a deuce in the tenth after Jackson missed on his final attempt to blast out the a house full of the wrong-coloured rocks.“(Jackson rink) kept it pretty tight but we were able to break it open in the ninth,” Geall said following the contest.“They wanted keep it clean, but we’ve been playing pretty well so it really doesn’t matter what type of game teams play.”Geall now advances to Saturday’s 2 p.m. Page Playoff 1-2 contest against A-event winner and defending BC Champion Jim Cotter of Vernon.
UNDEFEATED ECLIPSE CHAMPION FILLY SONGBIRD TOWERS OVER RIVALS AS SHE MAKES HER 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN SATURDAY’S $300,000 LAS VIRGENES STAKES AT FLAT MILE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2016)–Fox Hill Farms’ undefeated Eclipse Award winning Songbird towers over six rivals as she makes her 3-year-old debut Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at a flat mile.Idle since taking the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies by 5 ¾ lengths on Oct. 31 at Keeneland, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Songbird will take a big step down the road to the Grade I Kentucky Oaks here on Saturday.Considered by many industry experts to be the best 3-year-old in America, regardless of gender, Songbird’s Breeders’ Cup victory was even more impressive than her margin of victory would indicate, which led to immediate speculation that she may be pointed to the Kentucky Derby trail, but her connections, Rick Porter, of Foxhill, and Hollendorfer, have been steadfast in their commitment to stay with her own kind and point for the Oaks in three months.Undefeated in four starts, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro was a handy 4 ½ length winner of Santa Anita’s Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Chandelier Stakes two starts back on Sept. 26 and will thus be making her second start at The Great Race Place in the Las Virgenes. With earnings of $1,502,000, Songbird, who has won all of her races in virtual gate to wire fashion, will be ridden for the fifth consecutive time by Mike Smith.Songbird’s primary opposition would appear to be trainer Phil D’Amato’s Street Fancy, who rallied from off the pace at odds of 6-1 to take the Grade I Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 12. A first-out maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs here on Oct. 18, Street Fancy was ridden in all three of her starts by Smith, but will be handled for the first time on Saturday by Victor Espinoza.A Kentucky-bred filly by Street Sense, Street Fancy is owned by Agave Racing Stable. Although she rallied from off the pace in her last two starts, Street Fancy, who overcame early traffic trouble in winning the Starlet, has good natural speed and could be much closer to the pace in the Las Virgenes.Reddam Racing’s Land Over Sea, third, beaten six lengths by Songbird in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante Sept. 5, and second, beaten 4 ½ lengths by Songbird in the Grade I Chandelier here Sept. 26, was never a factor in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, finishing seventh, 13 ½ lengths behind “Song.”Trained by Doug O’Neill, Land Over Sea thus faces Songbird for the fourth consecutive time on Saturday and the Kentucky-bred daughter of Bellamy Road will have to hope for a reversal of recent fortunes. With an overall mark of 5-1-2-1, she has earnings of $148,000 and will be handled by regular rider Mario Gutierrez.The complete field for the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes, to be run as the fifth race on a nine-race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: She’s a Warrior, Flavien Prat, 118; Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Street Fancy, Victor Espinoza, 123; Jade Princess, Martin Garcia, 118; Decked Out, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Songbird, Mike Smith, 123, and Merirosvo, Drayden Van Dyke, 118. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
ONE WINNING TICKET IN SANTA ANITA PICK SIX PAYS $102,243; TICKET PURCHASED FOR $192.00 THROUGH PORTLAND, OREGON HUB
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2016)–With a total pool of $191,389 to shoot at, there was just one winning Pick Six ticket today at Santa Anita.The winning ticket was purchased for $192.00 through Premier Turf Club via a Portland, Oregon wagering hub.There were 50 tickets with five winners in today’s Pick Six, each worth $885.20.Racing resumes with an eight race card on Thursday at Santa Anita. First post time is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
The Stronach Group Recruits Tamir Shanel As Part Of Industry Leading Effort To Revitalize The Sport Of Thoroughbred Horse Racing
TORONTO, ONTARIO – August 23, 2016: The Stronach Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Tamir Shanel as Executive Vice President, Food and Beverage. The recruitment of Mr. Shanel is part of The Stronach Group’s ongoing commitment to develop world-class customer experiences across its properties as it leads the industry to modernize and reignite the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing.Mr. Shanel’s experience in premier international hospitality operations spans three decades across Asia, Europe, The United States and Canada. He is a distinguished executive with superior understanding of the detail, intensity and commitment required to deliver top tier integrated food and beverage operations. For the past seven years Mr. Shanel served as the Vice President, Food & Beverage of Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.“I believe there is a significant scope of opportunity and potential to elevate our brands to exceed the expectations of our existing and new customers.” offered Mr. Shanel who added, “I am honored to be joining The Stronach Group today.”“The Stronach Group is leading the industry in making critical investments to rebuild our tracks as unique entertainment destinations that deliver unforgettable experiences,” said Belinda Stronach, President & Chairman. “We are thrilled that Mr. Shanel will be bringing his diamond standard service to the benefit of our customers.”At the intersection of sport and entertainment, The Stronach Group is mobilizing the next generation of fans while providing a deeper experience to existing fans through social media, mobile applications, and by offering exciting new events and top tier service.About The Stronach GroupThe Stronach Group (TSG) is one of the world’s leading horse racetrack operators and suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering technology. Within our portfolio of racing and gaming businesses, we hold some of the greatest brands in the industry. The Stronach Group owns and operates Santa Anita Park, “The Great Race Place”; Pimlico Race Course, home of the legendary Preakness Stakes®; Gulfstream Park, one of Florida’s newest entertainment destination centers featuring a casino and outdoor retail village; Laurel Park; Golden Gate Fields; and Portland Meadows. www.stronachgroup.comMedia Contact: Tiffani Steer, Director, Special Projects, The Stronach Group Tiffani.firstname.lastname@example.org