Josh Loughrey (Wrag Barn) and Jordan Smith (Bowood G&CC), both members of Wiltshire’s 2011 County Championship-winning team, face a busy schedule over the next few months as they prepare for the 2012 British and European season. Both have already played for England at the Costa Ballena Quadrangular tournament in Spain last week, at the conclusion of which they headed off to Australia under England Golf’s annual arrangement with the Waverley Golf Club of Melbourne. They will guest for the club’s team in the Victoria Golf Association’s Pennant Series of events, which begins on 18th March and runs until May, as well as competing in the major Australian amateur championships prior to that. Loughrey, 21 (picture © Tom Ward), enjoyed a number of high finishes last year including equal third in the Darwin Salver, fourth in the Duncan Putter and tied fifth in the Berkshire Trophy. The latter performance helped him win the Scrutton Jug for the best aggregate from the Berkshire and Brabazon Trophies. He was also tied fourth in the Chiberta Grand Prix and equal sixth in the Biarritz Cup when representing the EGU. Smith, 19, an AASE graduate of Filton College, has developed through their golfing programme. He has been the Intercollegiate Tour Players champion for the past two years and is an England Schools international. Apart from being a member of the County Championship-winning Wiltshire team at Ganton last year, he also finished fourth in the Faldo Series Grand Final at Lough Erne. The link-up with the Waverley club, which has run for several years, will see Loughrey and Smith staying with club members. Two years ago, Todd Adcock from Sussex helped Waverley win the Pennant while Lincolnshire’s David Coupland was in the team that finished runners-up last year. The Pennant Series is a club team competition which commenced in 1899 between five clubs. This year, 46 clubs will be involved divided into six divisions with promotion and relegation operating at the end of the series. Matches are played each week at a different venue on a round robin basis in each division with each club represented by a seven man team. 1 Feb 2012 Busy duo head for the sunshine of Australia
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 17, 2015)–Idle since running a disappointing fourth as the favorite in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks May 1, Hronis Racing, LLC’s Stellar Wind heads a field of ten 3-year-old fillies going a mile and a sixteenth in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita. A winner of the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks two starts back on April 4, the John Sadler-conditioned daughter of Curlin will again be ridden by racing’s “Triple Crown Man,” Victor Espinoza.Dispatched at 3-1 in a field of 14 in the mile and one eighth Kentucky Oaks, Stellar Wind’s chances were significantly compromised in the early running, as she steadied at the break and fell 10 lengths off the lead over a strip that was conducive to speed. Despite getting hung nine-wide turning for home, Stellar Wind called upon her considerable class and rallied to be beaten 4 ¾ lengths.A winner of three consecutive races prior to her defeat in the Kentucky Oaks, Stellar Wind, who ran her first two races before being purchased privately at Laurel Race Course in Maryland, is 5-3-0-1 with earnings of $373,200.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s Sheer Pleasure, who comes off a pair of state-bred tallies in the 6 ½ furlong Evening Jewel Stakes April 4 and the 1 1/16 miles Melair Stakes May 23, tries graded stakes competition for the first time and retains the services of Tyler Baze. A California-bred filly by Birdonthewire, Sheer Pleasure sat close to the pace and rambled to a 7 ¼ length win in the Melair at odds of 4-5.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and R/M Racing, Sheer Pleasure has three wins from five starts and has earnings of $257,450.Bob Baffert’s Fantastic Style comes off an impressive gate to wire win in the seven furlong Angels Flight Stakes May 16 and could pose an elusive target as she tries two turns for the first time on Saturday. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., the Kentucky-bred filly by Harlan’s Holiday took the Angels Flight by 3 ¼ lengths and was third, beaten 3 ½ lengths in the Grade II, seven furlong Beaumont Stakes two starts back at Keeneland on April 12.With an overall mark of 5-3-1-1, Fantastic Style has earnings of $152,000.Second as the 3-5 favorite in the Angels Flight on May 16, Stonestreet Stables, LLC’s Tara’s Tango will also “two-turn” for the first time Saturday and will be ridden back by Mike Smith. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Tara’s Tango, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song, has a win and two seconds from three starts.Trainer Mark Casse’s lightly raced Conquest Curlgirl comes off a gate to wire one mile maiden win at Santa Anita on May 7 and rates a “live” look with Joe Talamo set to ride back. Owned by Conquest Stables, LLC, the Kentucky-bred filly by Curlin broke her maiden by a half length at odds of 9-5. She’ll make her third career start in the Summertime Oaks.The complete field for the Grade II Summertime Oaks, to be run as the eighth race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: All Star Bub, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Sheer Pleasure, Tyler Baze, 118; Danette, Fernando Perez, 118; Guild, Flavien Prat, 118; Roksana, Felipe Valdez, 118; Tara’s Tango, Mike Smith, 118; Conquest Curlgirl, Joe Talamo, 118; Scat Means Go, Gary Stevens, 118, Stellar Wind, Victor Espinoza, 123, and Fantastic Style, Martin Garcia, 118. First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
CHAMPION SONGBIRD IS STILL ‘PERFECT’ AFTER OAKS ROMPKENTUCKY AWAITS SANTA ANITA DERBY KING EXAGGERATORD’AMATO HONORED TO WIN HIS FIRST-EVER TRAINING CROWN John Sadler9614111115%38%$907,814 Jeff Bonde4575716%42%$201,895 FINISH LINES: Trainer Richard Baltas, who saddled Mokat to a runner-up finish behind Songbird in the Santa Anita Oaks: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Songbird is a champion. We ran into a horse that’s a true champion, it’s that simple. There aren’t many like her, and you can say the same the same thing about Nyquist. “We’re in a year where we have two juvenile champions and they’re both going into the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby undefeated. It’s very exciting. Mokat ran her race and we’re very happy running second to Songbird. Flavien (Prat) said she wasn’t really handling the track, so if she comes back good, we’ll try Songbird one more time in the Kentucky Oaks.” . . .Congrats to Peruvian sensation Rafael Bejarano, who entered today’s card with 74 wins, enabling him to win his fourth consecutive Winter Meet riding title and his seventh overall. Along with his seven Golden Whip Awards, Bejarano, dating back to 2007, now has a staggering 24 Southern California riding titles to his credit . . . Phil D’Amato, on winning his first-ever training title: “It’s an honor, and I have to give a lot of the credit to my owners and my crew. Without the horses, I couldn’t do this. I have a great bunch of hard-working members of my staff, from my assistants down to my grooms. Everything’s jelled and they get just as much credit for the success as I do.” . . . Congrats to Jesus Camacho on winning the Men’s Division of Santa Anita’s 5K Derby Day run Saturday in the time of 21:09 over runner-up Aaron Galvan, and Lulu Joko in 29.09 over Christine Beer in the Women’s Division . . . Santa Anita’s 63-day Winter Meet ends today. Live racing returns to The Great Race Place May 5 and runs through July 10. Mark Glatt10711121010%31%$525,575 Doug O’Neill20534302617%44%$1,645,662 Jerry Hollendorfer15825161816%37%$2,008,048 Agapito Delgadillo10814121113%34%$406,157 Flavien Prat28750544417%52%$3,106,466 Victor Espinoza10312131012%34%$969,825 Philip D’Amato16639252723%55%$2,068,665 Martin Garcia14421161715%38%$1,236,631 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Puype881013611%33%$457,975 Martin Pedroza12618141114%34%$551,565 Steven Miyadi7913171116%52%$456,427 Carla Gaines5586315%31%$654,045 (Current Through Saturday, April 9) Jeff Mullins37109427%62%$295,039 Michael Machowsky4488518%48%$322,731 SONGBIRD CONTINUES TO FLY ABOVE THE REST Superstar filly Songbird, who soars over her prey like a raptor, won her seventh straight race with consummate ease Saturday, taking the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ¾ lengths, leading throughout the 1 1/16-mile race as is her wont despite breaking from the rail and running over a sloppy track.Now, it’s on to Kentucky for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms for her next major goal, the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6.“Songbird came out of the race in perfect order,” Jerry Hollendorfer said on an overcast but rain-free Sunday morning at Santa Anita, where it was business as usual for the Hall of Fame trainer, assistant Dan Ward, and their team, despite the fact that the main track was closed for training for the second straight morning due to a spate of rain that had begun early Thursday morning but abated to typical Southern California status Sunday, sunshine and all.“She seems very good this morning,” Hollendorfer went on. “We have to wait to make shipping plans because there will be a lot of horses going back and forth at that time (for the Kentucky Derby May 7 and the Oaks).“We’ll try and make the most advantageous arrangements. Songbird will stay here and likely have her last work at Santa Anita before the Oaks and then ship.”Many in yesterday’s on-track crowd of 27,821, obviously diminished due to rainy weather that resulted in a “sloppy” but sealed main track throughout the 12-race program, came to see Songbird, who is joining Zenyatta, California Chrome and American Pharoah as recent fan magnets in a game that welcomes them like a bettor treasures a Pick Six score.“She has a pretty good fan base,” Hollendorfer said of last year’s Eclipse Award winner as champion two-year-old filly who has won her races by an average margin of more than five lengths. “We’re very pleased about that.“A lot of the horses from California are doing pretty good right now, so we’ll see what happens in Kentucky.” David Lopez19025172413%35%$812,121 Gary Stevens7212131417%54%$1,914,058 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Vladimir Cerin5397817%45%$365,974 Tiago Pereira138816136%27%$585,478 Alonso Quinonez9971167%24%$357,880 Art Sherman4272417%31%$354,700 Richard Baltas13322221617%45%$1,531,054 Hector Palma4775615%38%$193,462 Joseph Talamo26833283212%35%$2,260,638 Fernando Perez20020222610%34%$1,130,302 -30- Drayden Van Dyke18419183010%36%$1,152,987 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won J. Keith Desormeaux531071019%51%$1,046,919 Brice Blanc7077910%33%$584,555 Rafael Bejarano31274583524%54%$3,506,841 George Papaprodromou6297815%39%$322,710 Tyler Baze30434484811%43%$1,779,991 Kristin Mulhall56138423%45%$471,190 Ron Ellis39103626%49%$267,555 Bob Baffert11223191921%54%$1,897,075 Mike Smith1041391813%38%$1,984,165 Peter Miller14922152215%40%$892,030 William Spawr44107623%52%$294,612 Robertino Diodoro3478321%53%$210,390 ON TO KENTUCKY FOR BROTHERS DESORMEAUXJohn Keith Desormeaux and Kent Desormeaux are down home guys from Louisiana, far removed from Philadelphia, the so-called City of Brotherly Love, but if the brothers make it to Kentucky with Exaggerator on May 7, everything will be, um, relative, when they take on the likes of champion Nyquist and 18 others in the 142nd Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.Trainer Keith was realistic bordering on ecstatic this morning discussing Exaggerator’s 6 ¼-length triumph in the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby Saturday, earning the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.“Here’s a news flash,” Keith said by phone after attending church, a Sunday ritual: “Everything looks good this morning. I said after he was third in the San Felipe that maybe the reasons he didn’t finish were that maybe he was a miler, maybe it was one of those crazy bounce theories, but not now.“I think his impressive win can be attributed to a combination of several things: his fitness, his pedigree, but most of all, his demeanor before the race. He’s never been a fidgety horse, but yesterday before the race he was calm and never turned a hair.”Kent, at 46 three years younger than Keith, enjoyed a banner day, winning two other stakes, the Grade III Providencia on Decked Out trained by Keith and the Grade III Thunder Road on What a View, conditioned by Kenny Black.Overall, horses Kent rode Saturday earned $759,910, boosting his meet total to $2,512,694.Said Keith said of his kid brother, a member of racing’s Hall of Fame and a three-time winner of the Run for the Roses, with Real Quiet (1998), Fusaichi Pegasus (2000) and Big Brown (2008): “He just keeps coming back.”In other post-Santa Anita Derby news:Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. said Danzing Candy came out of his fourth-place finish after leading past the three-quarter mark in the 1 1/8-mile race in good order but had “no plans” on what might be next for the San Felipe Stakes winner.Trainer Gary Sherlock had no word the next race for Uncle Lino, who outran his odds in the Santa Anita Derby by finishing third at 26-1, other than “he won’t run in the Kentucky Derby.”Sise called Exaggerator’s powerful rush from next to last after a half mile to a runaway victory in the Santa Anita Derby “an Arazi-type move.”Meanwhile, in the What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately Department, Brian Beach, agent for Victor Espinoza, winner of five of the last six Triple Crown races who was seventh, beaten 37 ½ lengths on Smokey Image in the Santa Anita Derby, said his rider is “now officially open in the Kentucky Derby.” Brayan Pena8075149%33%$217,625 Stewart Elliott544647%26%$221,231 Peter Eurton10416251415%53%$1,254,397 Kent Desormeaux15126282317%51%$2,512,694 Abel Lezcano969759%22%$624,144 Edwin Maldonado21244222221%42%$1,427,680 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mario Gutierrez18821342511%43%$1,320,514