first_imgHEAVILY FAVORED TOINETTE ALL BUSINESS IN WINNING GRADE II, $200,000 GOLDIKOVA STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER PRAT; TRAINED BY DRYSDALE, 4-YEAR-OLD FILLY BY SCAT DADDY GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:33.38 WITH THE WIN, PRAT FINISHES IN A DEAD HEAT WITH CEDILLO FOR LEADING RIDER HONORS ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 3, 2019)–Attentive to the early pace, heavily favored Toinette proved much the best in winning the Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes by 2 ¼ lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.  Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Neil Drysdale, the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.38.With longshot Streak of Luck bounding to the early lead, Toinette and Coach Rocks were in close attendance, with Toinette a length off the leader mid-way around the Club House turn.  Under a long hold from Prat, Toinette settled into a rhythmic stride heading to the far turn, as she continued to sit second to the outside of Coach Rocks.Three sixteenths of a mile from home, Toinette reeled in Streak of Luck and lengthened her stride turning for home en route to an impressive win with her ears pricked.“It didn’t look like there was much speed in the race, so we didn’t want to be too far behind,” said Prat who has ridden her to six of her seven victories. “As you could see, she was very comfortable and she won pretty easy today. Yes, I’m glad to hear she’s going to run next year.  I think she can be a Grade I mare.”A winner of the restricted Swingtime Stakes here on Oct. 5, Toinette was off at 2-5 in a field of six fillies and mares three and up and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10.Owned by Ken Baca and Joseph and Lynne Hudson, Toinette, who is out of the Sunriver mare I Bet Toni Knows, notched her third graded stakes win and her third win from four starts this year. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she now has earnings of $488,720 and her overall mark stands at 10-7-0-1.“She’s had a late year,” said Drysdale in reference to the fact Toinette didn’t get back to the races this year until Aug. 7. “We discovered she had an infected tooth and we had to remove it. Following that, we discovered she had another pocket of infection and we had to treat that, so we had to take our time with her. She’s come around very nicely and yes, we’re hoping for things from her next year.”English-bred Simply Breathless rallied late to finish second by 1 ¼ lengths in front of Richmond Avenue. Off at 6-1 with Joel Rosario, Simply Breathless paid $3.60 and $2.60.Irish-bred Richmond Avenue, next to last a quarter mile out, was up to touch Streak of Luck by a neck and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.97, 46.66, 1:10.58 and 1:22.04.Note: With the Goldikova win, Prat notched his 21st win of the 23-day Autumn Meet, finishing in a dead heat atop the jockey standings with Abel Cedillo.Live racing will resume at Santa Anita with opening day of the track’s traditional Winter Meet on Thursday, Dec. 26. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Chinese food … and here come the Americans

first_img We did have a little chat, with the sprinter seeming relaxed and ready to step on track. Should be an interesting few days ahead. The Americans arrived shortly afterwards and it’s certainly interesting that the previously blocked social media platforms Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and even Google only became available – like magic – as soon as they arrived. The Americans’ arrival to their hotel was also preceded by a full security sweep of the property with vehicular restrictions said to be put in place around the hotel. I must admit that I’m never too adventurous where food is concerned, and Chinese cuisine doesn’t exactly get me excited. And before you knit your brow, I’ve long discovered that the typical fare served in our neck o’ the woods as ‘Chinese’ food is anything but. Twice I’ve been to China and I have yet to see ‘mallah chicken’ or ‘sweet and sour chicken’ on any menu, for instance. What a rip-off! I arrived at breakfast on our first morning here this time around, having convinced myself that I needed to sample some of the local food on offer. I needed to immerse myself in the culture, experience the heralded Chinese gastronomy, eat like the emperors did. Well, my autogenic pep talk quickly lost its effect as my eyes caught the first item on the line. ‘Stir-fried cabbage with black fungus.’ That didn’t sound too appealing. Judging from the many forks that were sent teeth first into the bowl, it seems to be a favourite among locals. Still, I couldn’t muster the courage. Maybe I’ll give it a try in a few days. There was something quite off-putting about pizza-size egg pancakes as well. But there were some really good surprises like the Chinese dumplings (baozi) with their delightful fillings, as well as the ‘fried jiaozi’, which in this case was crescent shaped and filled with spicy sauce. I suppose you would guess that rice and noodles were never too far away, but perhaps to make the influx of Westerners feel right at home, there was some Sprite and cola to wash it all down – something we learnt is not always on the breakfast menu at our hotel. On another note, the bulk of the Jamaican athletes checked into their Beijing hotel yesterday evening, and the most conspicuous of them all, Usain Bolt, created a stir as usual as he made his way through the lobby, before heading off to training. relaxed and readylast_img read more


first_imgVOICE of sport Charlie Collins has joined forces with Letterkenny businessman Enda Nicholls in a bid to oust Highland Radio off the airwaves, it has emerged.The Sunday Times reports that Collins, who quit Highland earlier this year, is part of a consortium with the owner of Arena 7 entertainment complex which is bidding to win the license to broadcast in north Donegal from next year.Until now the only person named in the consortium is Inishowen businessman Paddy Simpson who has extensive business interests including Derry’s version of Arena 7 on the city’s Buncrana Road. Mr Collins worked at Highland for 22 years.Friends say he left the station where he worked as general manager and head of sport.That position was later given to presenter Shaun Doherty.The consortium would put the station back in the hands of Donegal people. It is currently owned by a Galway family. However Highland has vowed to fight to keep the license to broadcast for another ten years.* For all the latest breaking news online – www.donegaldaily.com CHARLIE COLLINS JOINS ARENA 7 BOSS IN BID TO PUT HIGHLAND RADIO OFF AIR was last modified: August 27th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie CollinsHighland Radiopaddy simpsonlast_img read more