ROYAL HEROINE STAKES QUOTES-SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES FLAVIEN PRAT, VASILIKA, WINNER: “We broke fine at the rail. We changed our strategy when I saw Mike (Smith) was out of the race on the first turn and we went to plan B. I can never do anything wrong with this filly. No matter what I do, she covers me. She is definitely something special.”DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, MEAL TICKET, SECOND: “My plan was to follow the speed and when two took the first turn the way she did, it kind of forced me to change it up a bit. But, I was still pretty much where I wanted to be. I almost got myself in a good position where I could trap Vasilika, but she just proved to have too much horse to keep her bottled up down in there. My filly ran a really good race, so I’m pretty happy.”MIKE SMITH, MS BAD BEHAVIOR, EASED GOING INTO CLUB HOUSE TURN:  “No, she didn’t bolt.  I just didn’t like the way she was moving.  I’d rather be safe than sorry.”TRAINER QUOTESJERRY HOLLENDORFER, VASILIKA, WINNER: “I talked to Flavien (Prat) a little bit before the race and I told him if ‘You wanted to do something a little different, I didn’t mind.’ I think he was a little nervous about being back today, so he kept her a little closer and it worked anyway. She’s doing good right now, that’s for sure.”As to what’s next, Hollendorfer said he would look at the $400,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (Grade II) on Kentucky Derby Day, May 4.OWNER QUOTES GEORGE TODARO, VASILIKA, WINNER: “I don’t know what caught my eye on this mare, I didn’t expected this, some of them work out and some of them don’t, that one worked out very well and I am very pleased. Jerry (Hollendorfer) does a good job at picking out horses that can move up, there are several others like that not as extreme but he is great.”MARK SCHLAICH, VASILIKA, WINNER: “Jerry just called us up and asked if we wanted a piece of her (Vasilika) and he talked about her a little bit, I usually say yes about 3 of the 4 times, he took Vasilika to his camp  and put a little weight on her and got her into shape. We are always looking ahead and we like to compete so we will do something creative with here to stay in the competitive world. We like it.”NOTES: The winning owners are All Schlaich Stables LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and George Todaro.Vasilika and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

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Sultans qualify five for state

first_imgHoover wasn’t the only wrestler to lose his undefeated record Saturday. Rancho Cucamonga’s Ryan Eagleson lost his first match of the day, 19-11 to Bobby Scofield of Dana Hills, the top-ranked 130-pounder in the state. “He looked competitive off the bat, took him down early, then it got out of hand,” Cougars coach Rangi Smith said of Eagleson, who is now 46-1. “He definitely wants another shot at (Scofield).” Eagleson, who had never been to the CIF State meet before this year, settled for third place in his bracket. Teammate Corey Castillo also is making his first trip to Bakersfield after placing fifth in the at 125. Cajon’s two-man Bakersfield contingent is its largest since 1985. Alfonso Hernandez placed eighth at 130 and Jesse Moreno, who sat out his final two matches with a shoulder injury, went sixth at 135. A pair of East county wrestlers had a chance at individual championships Saturday. Barstow senior Donavan Barela lost 11-3 to Scofield in the 130-pound final, and Yucca Valley junior Vinny Maraj (152) took second place at the Masters meet for the second straight season. He also became the first Trojan wrestler ever to make state in three straight years. “I’m a little bummed I didn’t get to wrestle in the finals,” Maraj said after a nerve injury forced him to sit out the championship match, “but I plan on doing better this year (at state).” As a 140-pounder in 2006, Maraj took eighth in state. Huntington Beach Marina sophomore Victory Anthony, the first female to compete in the CIF-SS Masters meet since its inception in 1983, was eliminated in her first match Saturday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Everyone that came here qualified,” Sultana head coach Rocky Humphrey said of his squad. “And once you get to state, I’ve seen numerous third, fourth, fifth and sixth-place finishers win state titles.” Junior Jarrod Brooksher avenged last week’s loss to Rim of the World senior Isaac Whisner in the 145-pound championship, winning 3-1 for the team’s only Masters title. He’ll be joined in Bakersfield by teammates Cody Bollinger (second, 140), Eli McWatters (second, 160), Zac Sweeney (third, 215) and Erik Baker (fifth, 135). RIALTO – Sultana High School made history. And Anthony Gonzalez made Ryan Hoover angry. Five Sultans wrestlers qualified for the CIF-State meet at the Southern Section Masters tournament Saturday, the most in school history. center_img Crosstown rival Hesperia qualified five wrestlers too, but a championship-match loss by its undefeated heavyweight Hoover was the day’s biggest surprise. Hoover was leading Gonzalez, a senior from Rosemead, 3-1 with 1:04 left in the second period. Then in a flash of quickness that belied their size, Gonzalez sent Hoover to the mat and pinned him, breaking a streak of 52 straight wins dating back to last year’s state meet. “He tried to shoot on me, and I caught him,” said Gonzalez, who lost to Hoover 10-3 at the Tournament of Champions in December. Hoover declined an interview request as he left the Carter High gymnasium, but Hesperia coach Dave Stidham said that Hoover “thinks (the loss) might give other wrestlers a mental edge, and we’ve got to get that out of his mind.” The other Scorpions to advance were Daniel Gudino (sixth, 130), Dominick Reyes (seventh, 171) and Justin Correa (eighth, 189). last_img read more

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