Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit, the public transportation agency for Thurston County, recently received ISO 14001 certification for its significant environmental and sustainability efforts. It is one of only nine U.S. transit systems to earn this prestigious certification, achieving a high international standard of environmental management and resource conservation.The International Standards Organization (ISO) provides practical tools for addressing operational and business challenges. The ISO 14001:2004 standards, in particular,outline a framework for an effective environmental management system. ISO 14001 certification provides an assurance that an organization’s management, employees and business vendors are meeting a high threshold of environmentally sound practices.“Intercity Transit’s sustainability efforts extend to every area of the agency and are embraced by its employees and leadership alike,” said Intercity Transit General Manager Ann Freeman-Manzanares.“Our work is about making the community a better place to live by providing a diversity of quality transportation services, implementing innovative programs, developing successful partnerships, and acting as a good public steward of the environment we all share.”Although recognized as an early leader in sustainability, Intercity Transit began its formal work to develop an Environmental & Sustainability Management System following its selection by the U.S. Federal Transit Administration in 2010 to participate in the FTA-sponsored national EMS training program. Coordinated by Virginia Technical University’s EMS Institute, the program provided a two-year, in-depth training to a handful of Intercity Transit managers to create systems, evaluation metrics and process improvement tools that support the agency’s overall sustainability commitment.In recent years, Intercity Transit’s sustainability efforts have:Cut total waste to landfill 10 percent;Cut water use 6 percent;Reduced electricity use 20 percent;Reduced natural gas use 24 percent; andReduced greenhouse gas emissions 13 percent.In addition to being good environmental stewards, Intercity Transit believes its environmental and sustainable practices also benefit the organization’s bottom line. Since 2011 Intercity Transit has increased its bus fleet fuel economy through implementing no-idling policies, practicing fuel efficient driving techniques, and adding more hybrid coaches to its fleet when replacing its oldest vehicles. The agency estimates it saves approximately $186,000 each year by not using the equivalent of 62,000 gallons of diesel. And that number will grow as more hybrid coaches are put into service.In addition to the agency’s Environmental & Sustainability Management System (ESMS), Intercity Transit has an active employee-driven sustainability committee and a sustainability program called Moving Green. This is all supported by its policy board, the Intercity Transit Authority, and an engaged Citizen Advisory Committee.Intercity Transit is the smallest of the nine transit systems to earn the ISO 14001 certification. The other agencies to have received 14001 certification for environmental management are Sound Transit (WA), LA Metro Transit District and Foothill Transit (CA), Utah Transit Authority (UT), Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (IL), SunTran (AZ), New York Metro Transit Authority (NY), and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (PA).Following the ISO certification this spring, Intercity Transit also received a top honor from the Thurston Chamber of Commerce Green Business Program (April 2014). The award recognizes efforts in waste reduction, water conservation, energy efficiency, green purchasing, pollution prevention, and transportation.Other Intercity Transit accomplishments include receiving the nation’s first gold-level rating for its sustainability commitment from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in 2012, based on its efficient management of natural resources including energy, air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions and water. APTA awards the designation to public- and private-sector organizations that make significant advances in preserving the environment, reducing waste, modeling social responsibility and helping bolster economic vitality in the regions they serve.Intercity Transit also received the nation’s top honor as the best mid-size transit system by APTA (2009), a Bicycle Friendly Business designation by the League of American Bicyclists (2013), and Project of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association for its park & ride facility built atop an old landfill (2013). The agency was among the first in the country to fuel its fleet with cleaner-burning biodiesel fuel (2001) and the first system in the South Puget Sound region to operate hybrid diesel-electric buses (2010). A full one-third of the Intercity Transit coach fleet will operate with hybrid diesel-electric technology beginning this summer with the arrival of ten additional hybrid buses.More information about Intercity Transit’s sustainability program, visit http://www.intercitytransit.com/about/sustainability/Pages/default.aspx or email the agency’s sustainability coordinator at email@example.com. Facebook12Tweet0Pin0
By John BurtonRED BANK – Borough residents who were hoping to plant their tomato plants and geraniums in a community garden will have to wait until next year, possibly, as plans for a garden on borough-owned property are on hold.Cindy Burnham, who has been leading the charge for establishing a community garden, said plans to establish a garden on a parcel the municipality owns on Marion Street have fallen through.Proponents would work to establish one for spring 2013, she said.Marion Street was not the location some gardeners had been seeking, insisting the borough council allow them to use 94 West Front St., a 2,400 square-foot plot, next to the borough’s public library and overlooking the Navesink River.But borough council members said the Marion Street site was the most viable location of any owned by the town. Council members have opposed using the property next to the library, saying that given the limited amount of green, open recreational space in the borough, that site should remain available for more than the handful who would have access to a community garden.Supporters have been arguing the location is the most ideal of the borough-owned sites because of its accessibility and size. They also have contended that officials have not offered any adequate reason why the site can’t be used for a garden and have questioned whether officials have other plans for the property, possibly selling it off. Mayor Pasquale Menna in the past had denied that assertion.Burnham acknowledged there wouldn’t be a garden, “not this summer,” because two potential financial benefactors have dropped their support. “They realized this is not the appropriate site for a first community garden,” she said, referring to the approximately 129 foot by 40 foot Marion Street location, a former water utility pumping station, on the borough’s eastern border with Fair Haven.Several thousand dollars would be needed to remove and dispose of the site’s existing asphalt sections and install water to get the site ready for planting. The benefactors, who Burnham declined to identify, have said, “They don’t even want to be involved with Marion Street,” Burnham said.Borough Councilwoman Kathy Horgan, who is the council’s liaison to the environmental commission, said last week it was up to Burnham to let the council know about the plans for the Marion Street site. “She hasn’t presented us with anything,” Horgan said.When informed about Burnham’s take on the issue, especially the money needed to get the garden up and running, Horgan said, “But you know these are things that could have been done nearly a year ago.”The debate over a community garden had gotten remarkably contentious and heated over the last two years as Burnham and others locked horns with the governing body over its potential location.Borough officials continued to oppose as inappropriate the West Front Street location, along with plots at Maple Cove’s natural area overlooking the river at the northern tip of Maple Avenue and a spot in Marine Park, a municipally owned and maintained public park. Proponents of the garden had suggested the three sites proposed as the best choices.Council members, Horgan said, insisted they support the garden but in a space that would be accessible and available in a borough that is almost entirely built out.“The organizing people in a community garden wanted it in a certain space and they weren’t happy with it any place else,” Horgan said.Burnham, who lives in Fair Haven but owns a rental property in Red Bank, has regularly challenged the governing body on a variety of issues over the last few years.The garden supporters will look for available funding to work on next year’s plan, she said.
Her son, as a teen, started smoking marijuana, which motivated Regan to take him out of public school and enroll him in a private Catholic high school, hoping to get him away from a bad element. In high school, however, her son soon graduated to abusing prescription pain medications. And even though he eventually won a full scholarship to college, he continued his downward slide into addiction, stealing jewelry and other things from family members to pay for his habit. That resulted in numerous rehab stays and admissions to various treatment programs – all failing to change her son’s behavior, Regan said. Ultimately, her son almost died in a rundown Los Angeles motel, with a needle dangling in his arm. “Addiction follows you wherever you go. It destroys you,” she said.Looking back, she has come to realize “love is blind,” and you may not see the symptoms right in front of you. She recommended looking through your child’s clothes. If you find things like small pieces of aluminum foil, little plastic bags, or hollowed-out ballpoint pens (used to snort drugs), these are telltale signs, as are weight loss, a loss of interest in things that had been a passion, and sullenness.“If you’re not aware of the signs, it can happen to you,” she warned.Her son, Daniel, who is now 26, eventually turned his life around through a program he completed in California – a program covered by the family’s “platinum” health insurance plan, which would now cost $135,000 a month, Regan said. He has been clean and sober for six-and-a-half years, she said.She has started a program, Coming Full Circle: Loud N Clear Foundation, working with families on prevention, intervention and recovery. She has worked with 7,500 families through CFC Loud N Clear. “My mission was always to help parents to avoid the pitfalls I fell in,” she said. And that involved some tough love: drug testing your children if you suspect illegal use. And maybe more importantly, talking with your children, she recommended. “The best place to have a conversation with your kids,” she advised, “is in the car. They’re trapped.”Lagrotteria is a 10-year veteran with the department, grew up in Rumson and serves as the department’s juvenile officer. He established the program with fellow Patrolman Dwayne Reevey and hopes to encourage residents to help pass along the information. Lagrotteria said he would be willing to offer the presentation for schools or community groups. By John Burton |FAIR HAVEN – Put aside those notions of the Rumson-Fair Haven “bubble,” says Fair Haven Police Patrolman William Lagrotteria.The truth of the matter is opioid and other substance abuse does happen here on the peninsula. “It affects us as well,” he said.Lagrotteria took this lesson and other information to residents in a program he presented at Knollwood School, 224 Hance Road, last Thursday evening (July 27).Before an audience of approximately 15 in the borough’s middle school, Lagrotteria laid out what statistics indicate and what his professional experience with the department has shown him of how this epidemic is infecting this affluent suburban area.In his professional experience, “It’s coming from kids going into medicine cabinets,” getting ahold of prescription pain medications they and family members have received from doctors, using them for what they thought would be recreational use and getting hooked, he said, “leading down that rabbit hole to heroin addiction.”The three major drug groups youths would likely abuse, Lagrotteria explained, are depressants, stimulants (which would include anxiety, seizure and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medications) and barbiturates.The easy availability of these drugs has led to “rainbow parties,” which are, Lagrotteria told the gathering, parties kids have where pills of every variety and color are thrown in bowl and taken indiscriminately by the party-goers. He personally knows of police breaking up two such parties in Rumson in the last year.ADHD drugs like Adderall and Ritalin, already widely prescribed for adolescents, are being sold to other youths. For those who don’t have the medical condition, these drugs give users heightened focus and attention, and are used by some to concentrate on grades and college applications. “They’re showing the same effect as someone who is taking crystal meth or cocaine,” Lagrotteria said. These drugs, he added, are now used by some girls as appetite suppressants, as a substitute for forced vomiting and other tactics for eating disorders.Kids are selling the drugs for upwards of $20 per pill. “It’s incredible the amount being passed off in the high school,” he said.Lynn Regan, who now runs a substance abuse recovery program, relates her experiences deal-ing with her son’s addiction and working with other families facing similar situations.Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in Rumson is a sports-oriented school, said Lagrotteria, who coaches varsity football there. He pointed out that many students play multiple team sports during the year. “They’re so active,” he said of the kids, “they’re eventually getting injured,” which can lead to pain medication prescriptions.“I can’t begin to tell you how powerful these drugs are,” he said, pointing to the commonly prescribed Percocet or Oxycodone, which he said some kids will snort as well as swallow. Three out of four of those with heroin addiction admit to starting by using a pain medication, Lagrotteria noted. And when it comes to heroin, “Guess what?” Lagrotteria asked, “It’s very easy to get.”Lagrotteria was not alone in voicing the stark realities. He was joined by Lynn Regan, originally from the borough who now lives in Howell and runs an addiction recovery program, adapting hard-learned lessons to treat her clients.Regan knows the suffering of addiction or having a loved one go through it.“Unfortunately, we all know someone who went through this,” she said, telling the experiences she had with her son, Daniel. “You don’t want to be part of this club,” she said. This article was first published in the August 3 – 10, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
During the meeting, county administrator Terri O’Connor said the resolution had been put forth by Scharfenberger, but he said in a later interview that it had come in response to a resident raising the issue at a meeting several months ago. Before the freeholders were due to vote on the resolution, county counsel Michael Fitzgerald cited some concerns he had about the measure, including using the word illegal “in places that it probably shouldn’t have been.” He said he was unsure he had drafted a resolution “that properly conveys the freeholders’ concerns or what the freeholders’ expressions are for purposes of doing this.” “I think that the timing of this is shockingly inappropriate,” said Red Bank resident Cathleen Goode of the resolution. “And I have to tell you this embarrasses me for our county, for the county in which I live and I vote.” Yeimi Hernandez, a DACA recipient who read a statement on behalf of the Latino Coalition, criticized the freeholders for practicing “shameful politics.” The Rev. Jonathan Elsensohn, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Freehold, said that in recent years, fewer people are using a food pantry in town. Subsequently, Scharfenberger made the motion to table the resolution. His office did not respond toa request for comment. “And I think before we do anything that is I think this important or of this much interest (to) everybody who’s here and beyond, I think we owe it to everybody to take a look at it, as Mr. Fitzgerald said (and) make sure the wording is correct to convey I think what the motivation was from our standpoint and also look into some of the things we heard here,” Scharfenberger said from the dais. “If we’re satisfied and we want to revisit it in a couple of weeks, then so be it.” Fellow freeholder Patrick Imprevedutosaid officials would “come back in the futurewith our decision.” But critics of the freeholders’ resolution gathered en masse at the board’s meeting. The timing of the resolution coincided with the nation confronting a crisis on its southern border and amid concerns about the treatment of border crossers in federal detention facilities. One woman at the meeting held up a photo that appeared in that day’s edition of The New York Times and elsewhere of drowned migrant Oscar Martinez and his young daughter, whose bodies washed ashore in the Rio Grande River. In 2017, authorities at the MiddlesexCounty Jail did not honor an ICE detainer, oradministrative hold, on a Mexican national,who was released and later charged in a triplemurder in Missouri, in November 2018. “We’re just looking at this from a law enforcement perspective,” freeholder and state Assembly candidate Gerry P. Scharfenberger said after the meeting. “And there’s been documented instances where the lack of communication between the state and the federal government have resulted in people who probably shouldn’t have been released being released. The real motivation was just to make sure that the law is followed and cooperation between law enforcement is an ongoing thing.” Rita Dentino, director of Casa Freehold, an immigrant rights organization, told the freeholders that her organization was “horrified” by the proposed resolution. “We believe it is important to welcome immigrants living among us, regardless ofthe immigration status,” she said. “They cutyour lawns, make your food and repair yourhomes. Do not fall prey to the notion that weare criminals and need to be feared.” But politicians in Republican-controlled parts of the state like Monmouth have pushed back against the Murphy administration. In Middletown Township, where Murphy lives, the township committee voted in April for a resolution saying it would not be a sanctuary city and opposing New Jersey becoming a sanctuary state. The language in the freeholders’ resolution was similar to the one in Middletown. “Our best supposition for this decline is that members of the undocumented community are no longer coming out to receive vital services because they fear for their safety,” he said. “This resolution will only contribute to that culture of fear and will impede our ability, as people of faith, to care for our neighbors.” “This document will take this level of fear, which is at its highest in our 16 years of existence, … to a new level of high fear throughout Monmouth County,” she said. By Philip Sean Curran FREEHOLD – On a hot June afternoon, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders faced a blizzard of criticism about its proposed resolution opposing New Jersey becoming a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants. “The proposed resolution illustrates the Board of Chosen Freeholders’ desire to divide the residents of our county rather than to bring us together for the betterment of our community,” they said. “We would encourage our Freeholders to focus on priorities directly impacting Monmouth County’s residents every day rather than fueling an already divisive cultural conversation.” The board, at its June 26 meeting, voted to table a measure that said, in part, that “sanctuary policies are harmful to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the county of Monmouth.” Nationally, immigration has become a subject of concern among a growing number of Americans. A Gallup poll released in June found immigration ranked as the country’s second biggest problem, at 23 percent, behind government, at 26. This was the first time in Gallup’s tracking of the issue that it rated so high a concern, the polling agency said. In February, the Pew Research Center said a “majority” of the roughly 10.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States live in New Jersey and five other states. New Jersey was home to an estimated 475,000 as of 2016, behind California (2.2 million), Texas (1.6 million), Florida (775,000), and New York (725,000) and ahead of Illinois (400,000), the report found. One estimate, by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, said Monmouth County was home to 23,000 undocumented immigrants in 2017. New Jersey, home to the fifth largest population of undocumented immigrants in the country, has provided them with college financial aid and earmarked $2.1 million to pay for legal aid for their immigration cases since Murphy, a Democrat, became governor last year. In November, state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal issued an “immigrant trust directive” to all law enforcement in the state saying they cannot stop, arrest or question someone based on their actual or suspected immigration status, and cannot participate in immigration enforcement actions by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), among other restrictions. The directive carved out some exemptions. Freeholder Lillian G. Burry said the decision to table the resolution was not because freeholders agreed with some of the “disturbing” comments by the public during the meeting, where freeholders were called hateful. “Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Legislature has enacted legislation providing benefits to illegal undocumented immigrants,” the resolution read in declaring that the county will “never become home to a sanctuary city.” The Trump administration has taken a tough stance on illegal immigration. In April, ICE said 12 of 123 “immigration violators” arrested earlier in the year were from Monmouth County. Moira Nelson and Michael Penna, the two Democrats running for freeholder this November, released a statement criticizing the board after the June 26 meeting. “The reason is we obviously put forth the wrong message in the way it was written,” she said of the decision to table the resolution. “So I want to see it reworded. I want the true intent of what we have in mind to come for ward.”
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsA nine-point run before halftime was the straw that broke the camels back for the L.V. Rogers Bombers.Norkam of Kamloops blew open a close 35-30 game en route to a 60-43 victory over the Bombers in the final of the Westsyde Wundas High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament Saturday in Kamloops.“A disappointing final 40 seconds of the second quarter proved to be the TSN turning point in the game,” said Bomber coach Blair D’Andrea. “The Bombers allowed three uncontested three-pointers from the Saints to put them in a 14-point hole going into halftime.”In front of a loud partisan crowd, the Bombers worked hard together as a team, with excellent relief minutes from Jessie Zak and Jae Tak to surprise the Saints and keep the game close early.Jason D’Andrea, named tournament Most Valuable Player, paced the Bombers in the finale with 28 points.Clay Rickaby added a double double with 15 rebounds and 16 points while John Zak added 10 and Maverick Seed chipped in with eight points.LVR advanced to the final with a 51-41 victory over Valleyview Vikings of Kamloops. D’Andrea led LVR with 20 points. Seed had eight while Rickaby was another force on the boards with 15.Seeing competition for the first time this season, LVR opened the tournament by smashing Vernon Secondary 52-38.Leading 29-20 at halftime, the Bombers turned up the defensive pressure on Valleyview to register the win.D’Andrea scored 17 for LVR.“The boys played extremely well together, showing off a team-based attack and unity that was fantastic for this early in the season,” said Blair D’Andrea.firstname.lastname@example.org
Brendan Smith, Austin Seaman, Dylan Williamson and Darnel St. Pierre also scored for Nelson, which led 5-2 after 40 minutes.Along with Newton, now tied for top spot in KIJHL scoring with Paul Lautard of Summerland and Castlegar’s Bryan Lubin, Keven Moreau, Matt Lucero and Michael Rand, also scored for Grand ForksNelson Minor Hockey grad Coleton Dawson, playing for Grand Forks was held off the scoresheet.Brett Soles was back between the pipes after getting over the flu to register the win. Nelson outshot the Bruins 32-26.Kiernan Matsuba took the loss in goal for Grand Forks.Nelson, 10-3-2-1, increased its lead in Murdoch standings to four points over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Hawks lost in overtime to Golden 4-3 while Castlegar was edged 4-3 by Fernie.Nelson, winners of three straight games, host the Golden Rockets Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Nelson Leafs couldn’t keep Max Newton under wraps as the Bruins sniper scored three times.However, Nelson had the offence firing on all cylinders, scoring eight times during an 8-6 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Border Bruins Friday in Grand Forks.Nelson’s game star Robson Cramer led the assault, scoring twice while adding a pair of assists before an announced crowd of 351 in the Boundary City.Matt MacDonald also finished with four points, scoring once while adding three assists.
Dylan Haney scored with time running out in overtime to spark the Grand Forks Border Bruins to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Tuesday night in the Boundary City.Haney’s goal completed the comeback as the Bruins rallied from a 2-0 deficit, moving Grand Forks to within a point of second-place Nelson in Murdoch Division standings.The loss was the third straight for the struggling Leafs, playing the game with only 15 skaters. Sawyer Hunt scored twice in the game to give Nelson a 2-0 lead after one period.Nelson continued to enjoy the lead until Garrett Brisebois scored his first of two on the night in the third period, getting the puck past goalie Devin Allen in the Leaf nets.Brisebois scored his second later in the period to force overtime.Nelson out shot the Bruins 41-38 in the game. Anthony Galliart was in goal to register his fifth win of the season for Grand Forks.The Leafs, 8-7-0-0-2, return home to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Bruins, which has now won two straight games, hosts Spokane Saturday at the Grand Forks Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.
Jesemyn Vandonselasr, Emma Wheeldon and Riley Zondervan each added a pair of goals while Emily Taylor and Matteah Lorenzo each scored singles.Against the Prince Charles, it was the Laurel Halleran, Wheeldon and Maya Ida each scoring three times to lead the Bombers.Michalchuk added a pair while Jesemyn Vandonselasr netted a single.Keeper Hannah Quinn was in goal for both games, surrendering a pair of goals.LVR enters the 16-team provincial tournament next month as the defending champion, having won the title in 2016 in Campbell River with a 2-1 shootout victory over St. Thomas Moore of Vancouver.J. Lloyd Crowe, posting a come-from-behind 4-3 win over David Thompson of Invermere, is the second Kootenay team entered in the provincial tournament. The Hawks scored twice on penalty kicks in the final 10 minutes of the game to steal the win.The Bombers opened the season winning the Immaculata Tournament in Kelowna. LVR then finished with a 2-3 record at the high-calibre University of Victoria High School Girl’s Soccer Tournament in Victoria.The Bombers posted wins over Glenlyon Norfork and Royal Bay, both Victoria teams.Laurel Halleran was named LVR Tournament MVP. The L.V. Rogers Bombers left no doubt in anyone’s mind who the better team is in the Kootenays.The Bombers rang up 25 goals in two games en route to capturing the Kootenay High School AA Girls’ Soccer Championship Saturday in Creston.LVR claimed the title with a 12-1 romp over J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail.The Bombers earlier blasted Prince Charles of Creston 13-1 in the tournament semifinal.LVR now advances to the BC High School Girls’ Soccer Championship June 1-3 in Nelson.Shianne Michalchuk led the Bomber offensive attack against the Hawks, scoring four times in the contest as LVR took control of the contest early and never looked back.
Doug O’Neill2468225%$271,210 Mario Gutierrez1322315%$108,920 John Shirreffs2200100%$67,200 CALIFORNIA ‘BIG THREE’ DOING GREAT FOR PREAKNESSOnly one horse on the planet can win the Triple Crown this year, and that horse is American Pharoah.That said, the first three finishers in the Kentucky Derby, Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund, all based at Santa Anita, are scheduled to meet in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico on May 16.“You go in there with two really good horses and you’re hoping they run their races, and they did,” said Bob Baffert, trainer of Pharoah and Dortmund, recounting the experience last Saturday before a record Churchill Downs crowd of more than 170,000.“Dortmund really looked good in the paddock, but Pharoah got a little worked up on the walk. I was a little concerned because he spent a lot of energy going through all those people getting to the saddling area, and they were running alongside, and he doesn’t like that.“It really stirred him up pretty good, and he dragged his galloper and his groom all the way to the paddock. He was getting a little hot but then he cooled down and settled down, and after that he was real professional, like he usually is.“Everybody wanted to get a picture of him on the walk over. Dortmund handled the saddling really well. Down the backside Dortmund was in a nice stride and I thought he was going to go all the way with it, and then he got a little tired at the end.“Victor (Espinoza) swung way wide on Pharoah who seemed to be struggling a bit and I was worried a little about that, because Firing Line was running the race of his life, and that’s what you need to win the Derby, especially this year.“It was the toughest Derby I’ve ever been in. This crop is really strong.”American Pharoah and Dortmund both went to the track today and Jimmy (assistant Jim Barnes) said they really looked excellent,” Baffert said. “We’re pretty excited about the Preakness.”Simon Callaghan was happy with Firing Line’s second by a length to American Pharoah.“He came out of the race really well,” Callaghan said of the Sunland Derby winner. “He’s showing us all the right signs since the race and he’ll ship to Pimlico on Wednesday. He ran great. He did everything you could ask, he just got run down late, but he came out of the race as good as you could hope.” Alex Solis823125%$108,780 Elvis Trujillo1930216%$134,140 Dan Hendricks721029%$37,090 Santiago Gonzalez1834117%$107,460 Gonzalo Nicolas2432413%$99,940 Tiago Pereira1625313%$129,370 Michael Machowsky922122%$68,850 Fernando Perez3146613%$188,230 (Current Through Sunday, May 3) Victor Espinoza520040%$70,350 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Drayden Van Dyke2334113%$150,840 Bob Baffert621133%$89,690 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS BAZE KEEN ON WARREN’S VENEDA FOR GRADE I VANITYTyler Baze felt he had a good thing going with Warren’s Veneda when he rode her to her first win over two years ago.It came in a stakes race.Baze piloted the California-bred daughter of Affirmative to a 1 ¾-length victory in her second career start, the Alphabet Kisses Stakes for state-breds at Hollywood on April 27, 2013.Since then, the 32-year-old Seattle native has ridden her seven times, winning four, the last three in a row, including the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes on March 14 for Craig Lewis, who trains the stretch-running chestnut mare for owner/breeder Benjamin Warren.Next up: Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Vanity Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 1/8 miles, a race in which two-time Eclipse champ Beholder was entered, but will not run.“She had a temperature this morning and had a high white blood count,” trainer Richard Mandella said Thursday. “She’s on antibiotics and out of the race.”It might have been four straight wins for Warren’s Veneda but Baze was beaten a head by Tiz Midnight in the Grade II Bayakoa Stakes at Los Alamitos last Dec. 6.“She was a little unlucky at Los Alamitos, but she’s done everything so easy this year,just playing around and having fun, just happy really,” Baze said. “Craig’s been keeping her happy. She’s loving what she’s doing.“In all three of the wins, I got down to ride her a little bit, but she’s had her ears pricked forward having fun. She’s doing great now and I expect her to run huge.”The field for the Vanity, race five of nine: Warren‘s Veneda, Tyler Baze; Gas Total, Flavien Prat; My Sweet Addiction, Mike Smith; and Legacy, Martin Garcia. Philip D’Amato1351238%$200,440 ‘VENEDA’ SEEKS FOURTH STRAIGHT; BEHOLDER OUTPREAKNESS STAKES NEXT FOR AMERICAN PHAROAHRACING MOURNS THE PASSING OF ‘BUD’ JOHNSTONSTREAKING TALCO EYES HIS THIRD WIN IN A ROW Mike Puype1321115%$103,240 Joseph Talamo2641615%$150,168 TALCO EYES GRADED STATUS IN AMERICAN STAKESTalco steps up in pursuit of his third straight victory when he runs in Saturday’s Grade III American Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf.The 4-year-old French-bred colt won an overnight race at one mile on grass March 12, and the restricted Thunder Road on April 4, also at a mile on turf.“He’s doing really well,” said John Sadler, who trains the son of Pivotal for Hronis Racing LLC. “He had a very good, game win in the Thunder Road. We were delighted with it.“This is a little tougher field, facing the sensational horse from South America (Bal a Bali). I know he’s pretty good, so this is kind of the next step up.”As for Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind, fourth in the Kentucky Oaks on May 1, she came out of the race in good order and could run at Santa Anita late next month.“She came back well, but we have no plans yet,” Sadler said. “She’s possible for the Summertime Oaks (June 20, Grade II, $200,000, 1 1/16 miles).”The field: Enterprising, Gary Stevens, 12-1; War Academy, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Gabriel Charles, Tyler Baze, 8-1; Talco, Victor Espinoza, 5-2; Little Jerry, Martin Pedroza, 20-1; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 5-1; and Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 9-5.FINISH LINES: WELCOME BACK–Veteran jockey Scott Stevens, 54, who just wrapped up his seventh riding title with 104 wins at Turf Paradise, rode first-time starter Mint Julep Taffy to a third-place finish for trainer Molly Pearson in today’s third race, marking his first engagement at The Great Race Place “in at least 10 years.” . . . Jockey David Flores has been granted permission to resume riding by the California Horse Racing Board effective immediately. The 46-year-old native of Tijuana had been disqualified from participating in riding for one year by authorities in Singapore in late March. Felipe Valdez2554120%$153,720 Edwin Maldonado2244318%$122,830 Rafael Bejarano1933516%$154,900 Richard Mandella1224117%$195,120 Peter Miller1023120%$104,830 William Spawr420050%$24,350 RACING MOURNS PASSING OF OWNER/BREEDER BUD JOHNSTONThe racing world and California in particular mourned the passing of Elwood (Bud) Johnston, who died in his sleep Tuesday. Johnston, who bred and raced 2011 Eclipse Award champion older male Acclamation, would have been 78 yesterday.“I’m just numb,” said an emotional Kenny Black, assistant to Don Warren, who trained for Johnston many years. “He was so good to me. He was an excellent horseman and treated me like a son. He loved horse racing and he loved to run.“The only thing he didn’t like was not running. ‘Dag-nab it,’ he would say if he was angry or upset because a horse couldn’t race. I never heard him use a curse word.“He was at our house in Rancho Cucamonga all day Sunday for my daughter Kaylee’s seventh birthday party, playing with all the kids and having a great time. He and his wife were the last people to leave.“In all my years in the business, I never met a better a horseman. I learned something from him every day.”In addition to Warren, the Johnston family had tremendous success over the years with trainer Bruce Headley. “He was my best friend, my buddy, my partner,” Headley told the Paulick Report on Tuesday. “He was very honest, very knowledgeable, and always enthusiastic. He truly loved horses. He was nice to people and always a gentleman, always smiling.”California’s leading breeder 13 times, Old English Rancho has bred more than 200 stakes winners and has been home to prominent stallions such as Fleet Nasrullah, The Pie King, Lucky Mel, Windy Sands, Kennedy Road and Unusual Heat.Johnston was the son of Elwood B. “The Pie Man” Johnston, who began breeding and owning horses in California in the 1940s with the establishment of Old English Rancho in Chino. Bud Johnston and his wife, Judy, took over management of the farm which had been moved to Ontario, in 1957. “O.E.R.” was again relocated in 1997 to Sanger, near Fresno, where its current stallion roster is comprised of Acclamation (by Unusual Heat), Cyclotron, Surf Cat, Vronsky and Big Bad Leroy Brown.Acclamation won 11 of 30 starts including the $1 million Pacific Classic in 2011, in a career spanning from 2008 to 2012. He earned $1,958,048, and was thus Johnston’s all-time leading money earner.Preceded in death by his father and mother, Betty, Johnston is survived by his wife of 58 years, Judy, daughters Darlene Johnston Smith, Mary Johnston Hilvers, five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.Services for Johnston are pending. Tyler Baze3984821%$352,500 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Mark Glatt1422314%$75,220 Richard Baltas1342131%$259,200 Flavien Prat3368118%$359,110
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 4, 2015)–Idle since running fourth at 3-1 in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, Pamela and Martin Wygod’s homebred Prospect Park heads a talented field of five 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by Clifford Sise, Prospect Park was a dazzling 5 ¼ length allowance winner at a flat mile three starts back on Jan. 30 and was subsequently second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by eventual Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund in the prestigious Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7.Although he had accumulated a sufficient amount of qualifying points, Sise withdrew Prospect Park from Kentucky Derby consideration shortly after the Santa Anita Derby, citing a fever and an irregular blood count. A Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit out of the Bertrando mare Quiet Romance, Prospect Park was returned to his base at San Luis Rey Downs, where he has had five recorded works. Shipped to Santa Anita last week, Prospect Park drilled five furlongs here in 1:01.60 on May 31.“It was a little slow,” said Sise this past Sunday. “But he came home the last three eighths in 36. He had some kind of viral thing going on in the Santa Anita Derby. Two days later, he popped a temperature…This will be a good starting point back. He’s doing great, fantastic.”With an overall mark of 7-2-2-1, Prospect Park has earnings of $216,570.Trainer Dan Hendricks’ Om, who has the distinction of handing American Pharoah his only loss, a 9 ¼ length maiden drubbing last August at Del Mar, comes off a dominating 2 ¼ allowance win on turf May 10 and may merit second billing in the Affirmed.In explaining the return to the main track this Sunday, Hendricks said “We thought he would be a good grass horse, and he might be, but this time of the year I wanted to try the dirt and either get another option for him, or go back to the turf if he doesn’t like it…It’s a good time to try him, before Del Mar.”Owned by the Sareen Family Trust, Om, a Kentucky-bred colt by Munnings, will try a route of ground on dirt for the first time. With two wins from four starts, he has earnings of $82,500.California-bred Gimme Da Lute, who ran a disappointing third as the 9-5 favorite in Pimlico’s six furlong Chick Lang Stakes May 16, returns to his home base where he annihilated eight state-bred rivals in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes three starts back on April 4.Owned by his breeders, Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, the bay colt by Midnight Lute was third, beaten six lengths, two races back in the Grade III, Pat Day Mile on May 2 at Churchill Downs. With two sprint wins at Santa Anita, Gimme Da Lute could be winging up front along with speedy Om. Gimme Da Lute is 5-2-1-2 overall with earnings of $187,560.A bona fide router, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is well represented by Cyrus Alexander, who comes off a 2 ½ length allowance win at a flat mile April 16 and is a neck away from being unbeaten in his last three starts. Owned by Spendthrift Farm, LLC and Stonestreet Farm, the Kentucky-bred colt by Medaglia d’Oro will be ridden back by Rafael Bejarano. “Cy” has a win and a second at the Affirmed distance and with an overall mark of 7-2-3-2, he has earnings of $115,840.Hollendorfer will also be represented by Cross the Line, who was a well beaten fifth in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles Illinois Derby April 18. A Kentucky-bred colt by Line of David, Cross the Line is winless since taking the 1 1/16 miles California Derby four starts back on Jan. 17 at Golden Gate Fields and will hope to get a stalking trip in the Affirmed. Owned by Red Cap Thoroughbreds, LLC, Michael Sigband, George Todaro and partners, Cross the Line is 7-2-2-1 with earnings of $155,920.With all horses assigned 118 pounds, here is the complete field for the Grade III Affirmed Stakes, to be run Sunday as the third race on a nine-race card, with jockeys in post position order: Gimme Da Lute, Martin Garcia; Cyrus Alexander, Rafael Bejarano; Cross the Line, Corey Nakatani; Om, Fernando Perez, and Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux. First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–