- SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS HOOPS BENEFIT THURSDAY
- LA TIA HEADS PRESIDENTS’ DAY FEATURE FEB. 16
SANTA ANITA JOCKEYS-HOLY ANGELS ON TAP FEB. 12
Corey Nakatani, whose natural athletic prowess spans wrestling, golf and basketball in addition to world-class race riding, is looking forward to the 48th annual Santa Anita Jockeys vs. Holy Angels School Charity Basketball Game next Thursday, Feb. 12, at La Salle High School in Pasadena.
Proceeds benefit the Holy Angels athletic program, the Kentucky-based Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) and the Eye on Jacob Foundation.
“It’s a great cause and the kids are always great about it,” Nakatani said. “For a few
years there, we had no chance, but now with me and Kent (Desormeaux) back, things are looking better. We have a few guys who can play a little bit. We’ll have some fun out there.”
Sponsored by J. Paul Reddam’s CashCall and Santa Anita Park, game time is 7:15 p.m., with admission doors opening at 6:15 p.m.
Hall of Fame jockeys Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens will be available for an autograph signing session beginning at 6:30 p.m.
With Pincay serving as honorary team captain, Desormeaux, Smith and Solis will comprise a team of fellow active riders such as William Antongeorgi, Tyler Baze, Rafael Bejarano, Brice Blanc, Brandon Boulanger, Alex Canchari, Victor Espinoza, Santiago Gonzalez, Mario Gutierrez, Aaron Gryder, Edwin Maldonado, Felipe Martinez, Corey Nakatani, Irving Orozco, Martin Pedroza, Fernando Perez, Tiago Pereira, Flavien Prat, Iggy Puglisi, Kayla Stra, Joe Talamo, Elvis Trujillo, Drayden Van Dyke and perhaps others.
The PDJF helps assist permanently disabled jockeys nationwide, while the Eye on Jacob Foundation, named for Jacob Desormeaux, who is the 16-year-old son of Kent, benefits those suffering from Usher’s Syndrome. An extremely rare neurological disorder, Usher’s Syndrome causes progressive loss of hearing, imbalance, and eventual loss of sight in approximately 14,000 children in the United States.
HRTV’s Kurt Hoover, a former standout cager at Arcadia High School, will again coach the jockeys’ team. Known for his laid-back approach, Hoover stated his game-day philosophy will be similar to that of past years–“We’ll keep the clock runnin’ and just let ’em run and gun.”
Tickets are $5 per person, and for every two tickets purchased, individuals receive one free admission ticket to Santa Anita. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a trip to Las Vegas and a Paintball Package to Hollywood Sports Paintball and Airsoft Park.
La Salle High School is located at the southwest corner of Michillinda Ave. and Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena, approximately four miles northwest of Santa Anita. Admission tickets and promotional tee shirts are on sale now at Champions! Gifts and Apparel in Santa Anita’s East Paddock Gardens, or through Holy Angels School.
FINISH LINES: California Cup Derby winner Mischief Clem worked five furlongs onSanta Anita’s main track Saturday in a rapid 59.80under Kent Desormeaux . . . Sam’s Sister, winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes on opening day,will be ridden by Elvis Trujillo in the Grade II, $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel next Saturday for Jerry Hollendorfer, agent Tom Knust reports . . . Agent Scotty McClellan has booked Joe Talamo on War Story for trainer Tom Amoss in the Grade III Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park next Saturday . . . Jockey Fernando Perez has been suspended three racing days (Feb. 12, 13and 14) for causing interference aboard Richard’s Boy in Thursday’s sixth race. . . Monday, Feb. 16, is Presidents’ Day, featuring live racing and Dollar Day at Santa Anita. Draft beers, hot dogs and sodas will be just a buck. The holiday feature race is the Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf. Expected to head the field is La Tia, winner of the Grade I Matriarch at Del Mar last Nov. 30 under Joel Rosario, who will be back aboard the 10-race winner trained by Armando De la certa . . . Former agent Harry (The Hat) Hacek was a visitor at Clockers’ Corner Saturday. “I’m just out and about renewing old acquaintances and here to see the big race,” Hacek said in reference to the San Antonio Invitational . . . Accomplished actor Alex Rocco, best-known for his signature portrayal of Las Vegas casino boss Moe Green in the all-time 1972 movie classic, “The Godfather,” was a Santa Anita visitor Friday along with his lovely wife, actress Shannon Wilcox.
|SANTA ANITA STATISTICS|
|(Current Through Friday, Feb. 6)|
|Drayden Van Dyke||103||12||13||16||12%||$703,746|
|A. C. Avila||17||4||0||2||24%||$94,924|