The three-year-old gelding went into chase of speedy WESTERN WARRIOR from three furlongs out and outbattled him in the stretch run to win in 2:09.3 with stable jockey Omar Walker astride. ANOTHER BULLET was among a stinging trio of outsiders to rock punters at the back end of the 10-race card. TAZ, running for the second time, made all from postposition one at five furlongs straight in the eighth race, winning at odds of 16-1 with Oneil Mullings. After ANOTHER BULLET’s shocker in the ninth, ABOGADO stormed past 14-1 shot KACI a furlong out to win the 10th at 16-1 with apprentice Javaniel Patterson. The two-kilo claiming apprentice had a second winner, COLORS OF WAR in the sixth, joining Shane Ellis as the day’s leading riders. Ellis opened the programme with CONNOR and returned to make all aboard Richard Azan’s debutante, SWEET PEPPA, in the fourth, a maiden event for three-year-old fillies. Racing continues at Caymanas Park on Saturday. TRAINER Patrick Lynch’s ANOTHER BULLET yesterday scored a stunning 11-1 upset at Caymanas Park, convincingly beating eight open-allowance rivals at 1100 metres, including 2015 Sprint champion POKER STAR. Coming into the event on the back of two strong performances, both at a mile, the last being a stubborn defeat against 2000 Guineas winner FEARLESS SAMURAI on April 29, inform ANOTHER BULLET was overlooked at the shorter distance. However, the sprinter-stayer showed his rivals no respect, swooping down four wide on the battling trio of TALENTED TONY K, KING D and POLLY B at the top of the lane. Running super light at 49.0 kilos with two-kilo claiming apprentice Odeen Edwards, ANOTHER BULLET powered off the turn and kicked in his mid-race pace, leaving the short-speed sprinters running for second. The race was not without incident as a lengthy stewards’ enquiry resulted in the disqualification of third-past-the-post CRUCIAL APPEAL, who had broadsided 1-4 favourite POKER STAR shortly after leaving the gate. POKER STAR, who finished fourth, was promoted to third behind CHACE THE GREAT, who passed the post second, but was lucky to escape disqualification after crossing stablemate CRUCIAL APPEAL in mid-track near the end of the race. Though POKER STAR had a rough reintroduction, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for trainer Wayne DaCosta, who watched RADICAL score a fighting victory over WESTERN WARRIOR at 10 furlongs in the I’msatisfied Trophy. STRETCH RUN
Leading 1-0 after 20 minutes of play, the Huskies put the pressure on in the second, and fired three goals past Cody Garnett, to take a 4-1 lead. The Huskies backed up their promise, and beat their rivals from Dawson Creek Friday night. Coach Kalb will lead eight of his own players as the bench boss for Team West, at the NWJHL All-star game on Saturday in Sexsmith. As a rookie, Robbie Sidhu will be making his first appearance, and the youngster admitted that he’s excited about taking part. “I think it’s going to be a really good game” said Sidhu. “There’s a lot of good players on both teams, and I just can’t wait.” Cody Kalb also chipped in a goal and two assists on Friday, while Luke McInerney and Cody Hildebrand scored the other two. Lorne Weaver, Nathan Bomben and Cole Calliou responded for Dawson Creek. The Huskies were 2/4 on the powerplay, while Dawson Creek went 1/5. Robbie Sidhu led the way offensively on Friday, posting two goals and two assists, before he was kicked out for his objection to a roughing minor with 13 minutes remaining. “This was a good effort tonight” Sidhu said after the game. “We needed to the two points. They’re right behind us, and they’re on a big win streak, but we pulled it out.” It got interesting in the third, as the Jr. Canucks began to find some holes in the Fort St. John defence. But, Garrett Muir made some strong saves late in the game, and the Huskies escaped with a 5-3 win. “It’s a definite improvement over the last few games” said Coach Bob Kalb of his team’s effort. “We had better energy tonight, and better intensity.” He was concerned with his team’s dip in the third period, but said the problem was mental errors, not a lack of effort. “Our goaltending was good … we got some timely scoring … and just a better effort for us.” Kalb suggested that some of his team’s leaders have been underachieving lately, but said they stepped up and made the difference against Dawson Creek. – Advertisement –
Talk about a West Covina sports hall of fame has been around for years, said Mayor Mike Touhey. “We want to do another walk of fame elsewhere where we can immortalize some of our important residents and community activists, so maybe we can talk about doing two projects,” said Touhey. Freeland said that if approved, the project could be paid for with money from the city’s Art in Public Places fund. Established in 2004, the fund generates money from commercial or residential developers that do not install public art displays at their projects. The remainder of the estimated $75,000 to $135,000 for the project could be covered from loans from the city’s general fund, Freeland said, which would be paid back as more in-lieu art project fees are received. The Lidle family is thrilled at the possibility of Cory being honored at Big League Dreams, said family spokesman Dave Bletcher, who coached Lidle throughout his youth baseball days in West Covina. “All of his youth ball was here, and he never forgot,” said Bletcher. “Every coach out here that would call him, whatever they wanted, he would do. He would come out to talk to the kids, go on trips with us.” If the council approves the project, city officials hope to complete it in time for the opening of Big League Dreams, scheduled for seven months from now. The sports complex – which will cost West Covina about $57.1 million over 30 years – will feature six replica ballfields modeled after real Big League parks and be available to youth baseball and softball leagues from throughout the area; volleyball courts and an indoor soccer pavilion; and a playground and family restaurants. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – Late Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle – along with other products of West Covina youth baseball – could be recognized with a public art exhibit at the new Big League Dreams sports park, city officials said Monday. The City Council was scheduled to discuss options at its meeting tonight for a proposed West Covina Baseball Hall of Fame at the multimillion-dollar sports complex, which is going up at the site of the former BKK Landfill near Amar Road and Azusa Avenue. Preliminary plans call for a bronze statue of Lidle, 34, who died late last year when the small plane he was flying in crashed into a Manhattan high-rise. The proposed installation could also feature the names of Big Leaguers who got their start in West Covina, including Lidle’s Yankee and South Hills High School teammate Jason Giambi, Giambi’s brother, Jeremy, and former Dodger Jay Johnstone. Names of current and former professional ballplayers could be engraved in bricks and placed in a wall or as part of the pavement of the exhibit, said Chris Freeland, assistant to City Manager Andrew Pasmant.