STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN -FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019

first_imgMIDNIGHT BISOU STIRS THE MIX FOR HORSE OF THE YEAR GINOBILI TRIES TURF IN ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ SPEAKEASY SADLER HAS THE NUMBERS, 19 ENTERED IN THREE DAYSJohn Sadler, who has run eight horses the first four days of Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn meet, continues his entry box binge today through this weekend with 19 more entered, seven of them in stakes.“We have Flagstaff and Horse Greedy in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Saturday,” Sadler began. “Flagstaff is a very fast horse with good numbers, stepping up in class but we’ve got a good draw (four of six).“Horse Greedy hasn’t started in three months–there wasn’t another race–so it looks tough for him, but he’s a nice horse, so we’ll give it a go.“Catapult is in the City of Hope. He won the Grade I Shoemaker Mile last May and we ran him once at Del Mar (eighth in the Grade I Eddie Read on Aug. 18), but he was a little close to the pace in that race. We’ll back off on Saturday.“Selcourt goes in the LA Woman, and all four of her wins have come at Santa Anita. She’s been freshened for four months, and we hope this will be a prep for the Breeders’ Cup ($1 million Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs on Nov. 2).“Yuvetsi makes her first start on the grass in a while (in the Springtime Stakes), and Lady Suebee (also in the Springtime) is coming off a sharp win in the Tranquility Lake.”Overall, Sadler has six horses entered today, 11 on Saturday, and two on Sunday.The Sprint Championship, race nine of 10 with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: $6,000 supplemental nominee One Flew South, Evin Roman, 30-1; Omaha Beach, Mike Smith, 8-5; Shancelot, Emisael Jaramillo, 4-5; Flagstaff, Victor Espinoza, 4-1; California Street, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; and Horse Greedy, Martin Pedroza, 15-1.The City of Hope, race eight: Ohio, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 12-1; Synchrony, Joe Talamo, 5-1; True Valour, Drayden Van Dyke, 10-1; Restrainedvengence, Martin Garcia, 15-1; Big Score, Mike Smith, 10-1; Catapult, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; River Boyne, Ruben Fuentes, 4-1; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Prince Earl, Geovanni Franco, 7-2; Andesh, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; and Bolo, Tyler Baze, 6-1.Ohio drew the rail for the sixth time in his last 12 races. “My owner told me the odds of that happening are 44,000 to one,” trainer Michael McCarthy said.THREE STAKES FEATURED ON SATURDAY’S NBC SPORTSSaturday’s NBC Sports Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series will present expanded coverage to include the Grade III LA Woman Stakes (scheduled post time 2:33 p.m. PT) incorporated into the regularly scheduled America’s Day at the Races Show.America’s Day at the Races (4 to 5 p.m. PT) will cover the Santa Anita Sprint Championship with Laffit Pincay and Gary Stevens in studio and Michelle Yu reporting.STREAKING MIDNIGHT BISOU HAS HORSE OF YEAR CREDENTIALSWith seven straight graded stakes win on her gaudy resume and a clouded picture in the handicap and three-year-old ranks, Midnight Bisou has emerged from the also-eligible list to the starting lineup among those vying for Horse of the Year honors.“She’s very much in the conversation,” said part-owner Jeff Bloom, on hand at Santa Anita where the four-year-old filly trained by Steve Asmussen arrived Monday from Belmont Park to prepare for the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 2.“When you look at her body of work and the fact that she started in January of this year and has continued throughout, hopefully undefeated, it speaks for itself,” added Bloom, a San Diego native who rode for nine years, learning his trade at San Luis Rey Downs under the tutelage of former jockey Muzzy Francis.“She’s had a stellar campaign and I think her performances put her right in there for Horse of the Year consideration. It’s a year where there isn’t an absolute clear-cut handicap horse, and the three-year-old division has been topsy-turvy all the way through.“One horse has been consistent and it’s Midnight Bisou. She’s been solid from the get-go. It’s been the ride of a lifetime. Just as a fan, it’s been a remarkable experience to witness her greatness. She’s one of a kind.”BALTAS HOPES GRASS IS GREENER IN ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ SPEAKEASYGinobili tries the turf for the first time in his abbreviated career of three races when he starts in Sunday’s $100,000, Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Speakeasy Stakes for two-year-olds on the grass.After breaking his maiden at nearly 20-1 at Del Mar on Aug. 3, the bay son of Munnings was fourth of eight in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 2.“The horse is very fast and he’s bred a little bit for the turf,” trainer Richard Baltas said. “It’s a Win and You’re In and we thought it’d be an easier spot than stretching him out in the American Pharoah, and it does seem like he’s got a lot of gas.“So it was either this or we send him back east. It might be the right move. We’ll see.”The Speakeasy is race six on an eight-race program with a 12:30 p.m. first post time: Greg’s Diva, Tyler Baze, 9-2; Alfie Solomons, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Commander, Abel Cedillo, 12-1; Mr. Tip, Sophie Doyle, 12-1; Bulletproof One, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 12-1; Ginobili, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Raging Whiskey, Rafael Bejarano, 5-1; Square Deal, Flavien Prat, 5-1; Absolute Weapon, Martin Garcia, 30-1; Biddy Duke, Aaron Gryder, 12-1; and El Tigre Terrible, Ruben Fuentes, 8-1.FINISH LINES: Citing illness, Flavien Prat took of his scheduled three mounts today. The Kentucky Derby-winning jockey has stakes engagements at Keeneland tomorrow . . . Effective immediately, agent Mike Ciani has taken the book of Aaron Gryder . . .Eastern based jockey Sophie Doyle, who will be at Santa Anita Sunday to ride Mr. Tip in the $100,000 Speakeasy Stakes, is also set to pilot Larry Jones-conditioned Street Band in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff here on Nov. 2 . . . Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. is expected to miss about two weeks after suffering minor injuries in a training mishap at San Luis Rey Downs on Wednesday . . . A special edition of America’s Day at the Races airs Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. PT on FS2 featuring coverage of the City of Hope Mile (race eight) and the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship (race nine). Earlier in the day, on the 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. edition of ADR, the LA Woman (race five) will be shown from Santa Anita with Michelle Yu reporting . . . Private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young and XBTV analyst Jeff Siegel will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday respectively, 11:20 a.m. in the XBTV studios. SADLER BEGINS BUSY WEEKEND TODAY AT SANTA ANITA LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:All-Star Stronach 5 Ticket for October 4th, 2019XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 4th, 2019FEATURES:A Day in the Life With Exercise Rider Taylor Cambra at Santa Anita ParkQuick Questions With Trainer Eoin Harty: Part 1 of 2Quick Questions With Eoin Harty: Part 2 of 2WORK OUTS:Midnight Bisou (Asmussen) 10/03/19Roadster (Baffert) 10/03/19Bolo (City of Hope Mile) (Gaines) 10/02/19Shancelot (SA Sprint) (Navarro) 9/29/19Omaha Beach (Outside) and Magic Rate (Mandella) 9/27/19last_img read more

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Senate honors local restaurateur

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Scott’s office said it chose Zankou because it was looking for a small business that had left its mark on the district. “With six restaurants in Southern California – three of which are in the district – Zankou Chicken has been a leader in the local business community,” Scott said in a prepared statement. “Hers is an immigrant story of hard work and perseverance.” Iskenderian, who spends much of her time driving between the various Zankou locations handling day-to-day operations, took over the business after the violent 2003 death of her husband, Mardiros Iskenderian. He shot his mother and sister before taking his own life in an apparent dispute police say could have been aggravated by judgment-clouding cancer medication. Now, Rita Iskenderian, along with her four sons, runs six Zankou locations. A seventh in Hollywood, where the business started in 1984, belongs to her sister-in-law. Rita Iskenderian was born in Syria, married in Beirut during a civil war and started running a restaurant business as a widow. But she had never visited the capital of her adopted state – until this week. On Tuesday, Iskenderian flew to Sacramento to be honored for the success of her six Zankou Chicken restaurants, including locations in Glendale, Van Nuys and Burbank. State Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena, chose Zankou for the 2006 Small Business Award for his 21st Senate District. Over the years, Iskenderian, 50, has dealt with tragedy. But being applauded on the Senate floor was almost enough to get her talking like a teenager. “I was stunned. They took me there and they stopped the meeting and all the senators clapped,” she said a day after the experience. “Can you believe that? I was going to die.” Speaking in Zankou’s 3-month-old Burbank location, Iskenderian said she knows about adversity. “Life itself is a challenge; every day is a challenge,” she said. “But you have to be strong to conquer everything.” On April 24, 2005, a vandal splashed red paint on Zankou’s Glendale location because the Armenian-American business happened to be open the day Armenians commemorate the 1915 genocide. That location was also robbed by the same man twice within a year – once in September 2004 and again the following July. The suspect has not been caught, Iskenderian said. But even as she has faced challenges, Iskenderian has been reinventing Zankou, named after a river in Armenia. The Burbank spot, with its stone and tile work and painted interior dome, is more in line with the way she wants any future restaurants she opens to look – upscale instead of just functional. Iskenderian’s son, Dikran, talks about opening a Zankou in New York City. She goes further, dreaming of having a Zankou in every big American city. But she also knows her limitations after having opened two locations recently. “I need to a little bit rest,” she said, “after those two stores in one year.” [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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