Friendship Train Enriches Children’s Lives

first_imgBy Judy O’Gorman Alvarez. Photos by Tina ColellaRED BANK – Some say it takes a village to raise a child, but an innovative enrichment program allows a community of inspirational adults to share their talents with underserved children.Friendship Train Foundation, a nonprofit based in Red Bank, taps into the talents and wisdom of community members to provide creative programs for children.“It’s a mosaic of talent,” said Connie Isbell, program coordinator at Friendship Train Foundation.Since 2011 the foundation has helped to provide an afterschool enrichment program for more than 150 students in the 1st through 8th grades at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Asbury Park. OLMC’s All Stars program offers creative classes – as varied as robotics, glass arts, cake decorating, yoga or engineering – to children to enable them discover their talents and interests while building their self-esteem.“This is not a typical aftercare program,” Isbell stressed. “It’s innovative, and close to being unique.”The key to the Friendship Train Foundation program are the professionals, artists, artisans and teachers who share their time and talents. Instructors include a gourmet baker sharing culinary skills, a retired NASA scientist teaching astronomy, artists, musicians, computer whizzes, and many more.With some 45 innovative instructors involved in each 10-week session, the classes run the range from career exploration, CSI science, video game design, volleyball, public speaking, and more. New classes are introduced each session.Isbell is inventive and relentless in recruiting new talent and over the years has enlisted some 125 teachers, who rotate through the sessions. Interesting and talented people are around us every day, she said, whether it’s asking an artist if he’d like to share his talent, or meeting a retired professional who now has time to teach. “It’s all about making the connection.”For all the knowledge and smiles Friendship Train Foundation brings, tragedy is where it got its start. Almost a decade ago retired businessman Michel Marks of Red Bank, was moved and curious about the story of a family involved in a horrific car crash on the Garden State Parkway.Marks befriended the family and “adopted” the four children, who had lost a parent and were struggling financially. He became involved in their education at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, providing tuition and expenses, in addition to guidance and mentorship. His generosity grew exponentially among the children’s relatives, friends, classmates, and eventually the community. As a result, he founded Friendship Train Foundation in 2007 to bring together groups united by a common and worthy need. One of the first needs identified was the lack of afterschool activities for the children.The OLMC after-school program has been a success by all accounts.What Sister Jude Boyce, principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel school, appreciates the most is the “collaboration and inclusion of all,” she said. “It’s extremely gratifying to me.”According to Sister Jude, the students at OLMC are mostly from Hispanic families. “If they didn’t have a place to come after school, they would stay in the house,” she said. Their close-knit families won’t let them out of the apartment for fear of violence, the unknown.“A program like this is a gift their parents can give them.”She cites that since the program began, OLMC 8th grade students who have applied to area high schools, such as St. Rose in Belmar, have scored significantly higher on entrance exams. “You can’t help but get better when you have three extra hours (in school) every day each week,” said she said.OLMC’s programs are funded through a variety of sources, including Friendship Train and grants from other private foundations, as well as from a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the State of New Jersey. In 2014, the program was one of three featured by the United States Department of Education for excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programming.After a snack and an hour of homework help, where students are able to study and complete their homework assignments, most students head to an assortment of classes in groups of 12 to 15.Through the program’s STEAM theme, students can dabble and expand on subjects such as computer programming, fashion design, or video production.“Some of these students have a real interest in a topic,” said Isbell, and others are introduced to something new. She is impressed with the creativity and ingenuity among many of the students. “Sometimes it’s a challenge to keep up with them.”Volunteers and paid instructors share their talents and skills. A recent community service project with High Tech High School resulted in a new class in which High Tech students teach chess each week at OLMC, and Red Bank Catholic High School hosts OLMC 8th grade students so they can experience high school level activities.Collaboration has always been a focus for Friendship Train, and the All Stars program has proved to be a good venue for area businesses and organizations to get involved. A Lakehouse Music Academy instructor gives guitar lessons and a nonprofit donated nine guitars that students can earn after completing the course. Kula Café in Asbury Park, a community café and job training program, brings OLMC students in each week to learn about Kula’s urban farm, how to run a café business as well as what it takes to get a job in the food industry.Artist Manda Gorsegner, arts education manager at Monmouth Arts, lends her artistic skills to the program.“I’m an environmental artist too, so I see how the arts can help people talk about social issues deeply,” said Gorsegner who is also in a graduate program at Drexel University studying arts administration for nonprofits.“We spend a lot of time integrating ecology into our projects,” she said, talking about the human impact on birds like the piping clover, what nonprofits do to clean up the environment, and creating art out of recycled materials.Gorsegner was impressed at how many fourth graders were just as interested in the ecology lessons and not just the hands-on art projects – creating bird figures out of typical beach debris.“They knew words like entanglement,” and how birds can become entangled in ocean debris. “But they didn’t realize it happened so close to their home.” She shared photos of debris on the Asbury Park beach, just blocks from their school. “It was not as abstract as climate change.”“It’s great to see the students through a different lens,” said Isbell. “There are no grades in afterschool. They get a chance to try things and be confident in themselves.Isbell said she has heard students remark: “I could never get into that high school,” but now that they’ve been exposed to different career options, met successful high school students and have tested the waters of new topics, many have a newfound confidence. Now they’re thinking about careers such as detective, engineer, or nurse.“And college is not that far away.”With the success of the OLMC program, the Friendship Train Foundation recently launched STEAMLabs, a new educational enrichment program available to schools, recreation departments and other organizations in Monmouth and northern Ocean counties.STEAMLabs spark children’s interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) through a variety of exciting, hands-on enrichment activities that reinforce school learning. Students are encouraged to create, experiment, investigate, and collaborate in an informal, fun environment.STEAMLabs classes are designed for afterschool and recreation programs, school assemblies and end of year activities, and summer camps. Visit to learn more.last_img read more

A New Tribute to the Military at Former Fort Monmouth

first_img The new Veterans Memorial and park at the East Gate residential development in the fort’s Oceanport section.Photo by Laura D.C. Kolnoski Guests eagerly toured the commander general’s house, situated at the end of East Gate on Parker’s Creek, recently placed on the market for $799,999. While RPM rehabilitated the exterior, improved landscaping, and installed new water and sewer, the interior of the two-story structure with a full attic is largely original, including the wood floors, doors and trim, stucco walls and steam heat radiators. The kitchen is devoid of cabinetry and there is no air conditioning. Fully enclosed porches on the main and second floors overlook the scenic creek. “We wanted to pay homage to the for t’s rich history,” said RPM’s Assistant Vice President Michael Hong in his opening remarks. “We worked with Executive Director Bruce Steadman of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), who connected us to a trio of retired veterans. Collaborating brought the veterans’ vision to life.” Two of those retired veterans were in attendance – Lt. Col. John Edward Occhipinti and Col. John L. Booth. The third, Col. Michael T. Ruane, was unable to attend. The tribute to the military is located amid former officer housing, which is now a renovated residential development known as East Gate. By Laura D.C. Kolnoski “This monument is a tribute to our military,” Martoglio said in his closing remarks. The memorial is a solid granite cap on a brick pier. The applied cast metal plaque honors the men and women who served at Fort Monmouth. There are cast metal seals representing the major military branches that performed at the post. “The FMERA team made this a very professional and wonderful relationship,” said Occhipinti of the veterans’ continued active participation in directing its future as a mixed-use community combining high-tech, education, residential, retail, entertainment, office, dining, recreation, and more. “In this crowd are folks who lived and worked here. With their families, they created a bridge from the past to the future. It’s a higher magnitude than most people realize.” Also making comments prior to the ribbon cutting were Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas Arnone and founder and president of RPM Development Edward Martoglio. Occhipinti retired from active duty with more than 22 years of enlisted and commissioned service. His final duty position was deputy commandant for the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at Fort Monmouth from 1999 to 2003. He then became a Department of Defense civilian and was the garrison director for plans, training, mobilization and security until the fort closed in 2011. He continued to serve as the fort’s site manager and Army liaison until June 2018. center_img Col. John L. Booth, also retired, served at the fort and consulted in its operations as a public works director, Occhipinti said. He remains active with a close-knit group of former fort personnel and families, writing a newsletter still circulating among them. Noting that the base closure was “devastating” for the area and its economy, Arnone thanked RPM for creating the memorial and park, adding, “History is what Monmouth County is about. We do not forget our vets.” In addition to Arnone’s fellow freeholders, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden and members of the FMERA staff were also in attendance. The monument pays homage to 1917 through 2011 – veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, the Cold War and conflicts in Southeast Asia – and sits in the center of a professionally landscaped park with walkways and benches. It was constructed by RPM Development of Montclair, the firm that bought and renovated Officers Row in the fort’s historic district inside the gates off Oceanport Avenue. Fort Monmouth veterans, members of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, representatives of RPM Development, and other dignitaries attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Veterans Memorial and park at East Gate in the Oceanport section of the fort Nov. 4.Photo by Laura D.C. Kolnoski Attendees were invited to tour a model of the 68 modernized townhomes, duplexes and single-family residences in the century-old Officers Housing opposite the fort’s parade grounds, nearing completion by RPM. New homeowners began moving in earlier this year, the first to reside on the fort since its closure. Thousands of new inhabitants are expected once redevelopment is completed in several years. OCEANPORT – Veterans who lived and/or served at Fort Monmouth when it was a U.S. Army base gathered with others under a sunny skies last week to witness the dedication of a new monument. “As we brought folks in, everyone had different ideas on how to realign the main floor, take down walls and reshape or move the kitchen to suit their particular needs,” Martoglio said of his decision not to fully renovate the structure. He added that several offers are pending on the stately home, considered a jewel of the fort’s historic district.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Tournament of Roses winners

first_imgThe tournament may have happened on May, but it’s never too late to recognize the winners of the Tournament of Roses women’s golf event held at Granite Pointe. Which is why the staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to honour the group as Team of the Week. The winner’s picture includes, L-R, Cherie Baker and Lynn Young of Creston, Tournament of Roses sponsor Doug Stoddarts and Marlene Pozin and Paula Seibel of the host club. Baker and Young won low gross honours in the team event while the duo of Pozin and Seibel captured the low net title.last_img

Leafs embark on three-game swing through Okanagan Conference

first_imgThe Kootenay International Junior Hockey League schedule-maker was rather kind to the Nelson Leafs during the first seven weeks of the season.However, now comes the hard part as the Leafs set out on the road for six in a row, starting last week in Creston.And head coach Frank Maida wasn’t a real big fan of the preparation by the Green and White during the two games — both losses — in the East Kootenay and Fruitvale against the Nitehawks.Which is why there was an urgent meeting right after Saturday’s 3-2 setback to Beaver Valley — the second in three meetings.“Our focus wasn’t the greatest,” Maida told The Nelson Daily Thursday prior to practice.“There’s preparation to being on the road, the traveling going into a new rink you haven’t seen before. We didn’t have a lot of focus (to start the road trip),” he added.The Leafs get another chance to right a ship that has seen the team drop its last three games to fall out of top spot in the Murdoch Division. Nelson now sits three points behind the Beaver Valley Nitehawks heading into weekend action.First up Friday is 7-6 Princeton Posse. Saturday gets another shot at former Leaf Dane Rupert and the Kelowna Chiefs before concluding the trip Sunday in Osoyoos against the defending KIJHL champion, Coyotes.“Princeton is a small rink and the Posse usually has a big team,” Maida said when asked to give rundown of the weekend competition.“Kelowna, we had a good game against them but ran into a hot goalie the only time we played them and Osoyoos, well, they’ll be looking for some revenge since we beat them in Nelson and it’s the third game of the weekend for us.”But three games in three days is nothing new for the Leafs, one of two teams that has played 19 games this season.“This is the first time all season we’ve had a week’s rest,” said Maida.Maida and assistant coach Stu Linnen get three players off the injury list for the road trip — forwards Matti Jmaeff and Brett Norman and defenceman Walker Sidoni.Defenceman Riley Henderson is listed as day-to-day, but will not play this weekend.The news is not good for defenceman Blake Arcuri, who started the season on the injury list and will sit out another six weeks with an injured thumb.Dustin Reimer is also back on the injury list with an upper body injury after playing four of the opening 19 games.ICE CHIPS: Next home game for the Leafs is November 12 against the Grand Forks Border Bruins. . . . Nelson concludes the six-game road trip Thursday, November 10 in Fernie against the Ghostriders. . . . Leaf sniper Patrick Martens, currently riding a 14-game point streak, continues his assault on the KIJHL scoring title. Martens trails Craig Martin and Ryan Edwards, both of Beaver Valley, but three points. . . . Tryout defenceman Juilan Davis of Vancouver is expected back in the Nelson lineup for the weekend. Davis, 17, will advise the Leaf coaching staff of his future plans during the weekend.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Boyczuk sink Leafs with OT winner as BV edges Nelson 3-2

first_imgSam Swanson opened the scoring for the Hawks which took a 1-0 lead after one period.The teams exchanged second period goals. Austin Lindsay evening the game before Spencer McLean regained the lead for Beaver Valley, scoring with five minutes remaining in the frame.Leafs took the play to Beaver Valley in the third, out shooting the Hawks 22-6 in the period.Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap finally solved Hawks netminder Conner Schamerhorn with 18 seconds remaining in the game to send the contest into overtime.The shots in the game were even at 38-38.Schamerhorn registered the win for the defending KIJHL champs.The game was the final regulation clash between the two teams, with Beaver Valley, now leading the Murdoch Division by seven points over Castlegar, taking the season series 4-3-1.The teams now meeting in the first round of the best-of-seven Murdoch playoffs beginning in the middle of February. When the Nelson Leafs meet the Beaver Valley Nitehawks later this month in the first round of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoffs, hockey fans are in for a treat.Jacob Boyczuk scored at 3:32 of overtime to give the Hawks a thrilling 3-2 victory Tuesday night in Fruitvale.The contest was the second time in as many games Beaver Valley has defeated the Leafs.However, both of those games were one-goal affairs, setting up what promises to be a tight Murdoch semi final series.last_img read more

Bronze for Koot-Neigh Indigo Bowick at BC Summer Games

first_imgGotzy had three personal best scores in compulsories while Bowick had two personal bests in freestyle as well as earned a bronze medal on Day 2. Indigo Bowick and Ella Gotzy of Nelson were front and center in the equestrian competition at the recent 2016 BC Summer Games in the Abbotsford.The two local Koot-Neigh equestrian vaulters represented Zone 1 as two of 13 athletes competing in equestrian vaulting competition.There was three competitions in Canter D, and both athletes placed in the top half each day.last_img


first_imgD’AMATO HAS TWO FOR THE MONEY IN SAN LUIS REYGAINES EYES BETTER SCENARIO FOR TEXAS RYANOADVANCE WAGERING FRIDAY ON DUBAI WORLD CUPSTEWART ELLIOTT RECEIVES WOOLF AWARD SUNDAY Jerry Hollendorfer12326192221%54%$1,701,389 Joseph Talamo15924162115%38%$822,023 ELLIOTT TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD SUNDAYVeteran jockey Stewart Elliott, who was named winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award on Feb. 24, will receive the prestigious trophy, which depicts the legendary George (The Iceman) Woolf, in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races at Santa Anita on Sunday.Established to honor the memory of Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf Award was first presented by Santa Anita in 1950 and this year marks the 68th anniversary of the honor that can only be won once.Voted on by jockeys nationwide, the Woolf Award seeks to recognize riders who have not only achieved a high degree of success in the saddle, but who have conducted both their personal and professional lives in a manner that brings credit to the sport of Thoroughbred racing and to them personally.Born in Toronto on March 11, 1965, Elliot celebrated his 52nd birthday on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 11. A strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott, best known for capturing the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Smarty Jones, has now amassed more than 4,700 career wins.One of five 2017 Woolf finalists, Elliott outpolled contemporaries Kerwin Clark, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens. Flavien Prat22852384323%58%$3,285,875 ADVANCE WAGERING FRIDAY ON SATURDAY’S DUBAI WORLD CUPOn Friday, there will be advance wagering on races three through nine on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup program. Early bird wagering opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with betting available on races seven through nine, the ninth race being the World Cup with an approximate post time of 9:45 a.m.Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert, drew post position nine in a field of 14. Hoppertunity, also trained by Baffert, has post position 11. Tiago Pereira10712111711%37%$415,991 Vladimir Cerin51912918%59%$491,664 FINISH LINES: Agent Vince DeGregory reports fellow agent Joe Griffin resting at home and doing fine after recently undergoing open heart surgery. “He’s getting better,” DeGregory said . . . Santa Anita Simulcast host Megan Devine did a stellar job on the Night School podcast this past Tuesday night. Night School, which is produced by, can be accessed by hitting the following link: htts:// . . . Santa Anita wagering ambassador Chris Ado and Ragozin Sheets guru Jon Hardoon will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, Saturday and Sunday respectively, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens. JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mark Glatt769111112%41%$460,215 Kent Desormeaux14130171721%45%$1,706,151 TEXAS RYANO SET FOR SAN LUIS REYTexas Ryano finished sixth, beaten just 3 ½ lengths, in the Grade II San Marcos Stakes Feb. 4, his first race in nine weeks, but Carla Gaines doesn’t attribute the off-the-board finish to his absence.“I think he’ll move forward,” the trainer said of the six-year-old full horse owned bybreeder Warren Williamson. “But more than not racing for nine weeks, I think conditions of the race, the pace and other things, caused him not to run quite as well as we were hoping.“It wasn’t just the nine-week layoff. That wasn’t even a factor. That’s my take on it.”A son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, Texas Ryano won Del Mar’s Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at a mile and a half last Nov. 15. All 19 of his races have been on turf. William Spawr32114534%63%$347,000 Philip D’Amato8918121320%48%$1,191,840 Peter Eurton58116719%41%$600,402 Edwin Maldonado771291116%42%$372,616 John Sadler6010121217%57%$625,380 Santiago Gonzalez13113221710%40%$675,443 Rafael Bejarano13823232317%50%$1,656,326 Peter Miller9828221029%61%$1,378,586center_img Mike Smith561861432%68%$1,871,827 Bob Baffert601481023%53%$1,543,516 (Current Through Saturday, March 18) Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza11615212313%51%$699,512 D’AMATO ROLLS SAN LUIS REY DICE WITH LONGSHOTSPhil D’Amato sends out old timer Papacoolpapacool and new hand Syntax inSaturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for four-year-olds and up at a mile and a half on turf.Tied for fourth in Santa Anita’s standings with 19 wins through Sunday, the trainer gives each an outside chance in the grassy marathon.“I’ve had Syntax about five months or so,” D’Amato said. “He’s a neat little horse and I’m still getting to know him. I think I’ve got two nice, live longshots in the race. I can see Syntax sitting mid-pack and coming with his run.”Bred in Ireland, Syntax is a five-year-old full horse formerly trained by Michael Dickinson before D’Amato ran him for the first time on Feb. 5, finishing third by a length in an overnight test at 1 1/8 miles on turf.Papacoolpapacool has run 15 times for D’Amato, winning four, including the restricted Pasadena and La Puente Stakes in 2015. The gelded son of Temple City has run 18 of his 20 career races on turf.“Papacool will be up close to the lead and try to get first run on the closers,” D’Amato said. “Both horses are doing really well and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do at a mile and a half.”On other fronts, D’Amato said Enola Gray came out of her smashing hillside turf course win in last Saturday’s Irish O’Brien Stakes in good fashion and it’s on to the Grade II Royal Heroine Stakes at a mile on grass April 8.“She came to the track Thursday morning and looked good,” D’Amato said of the California-bred daughter of Grazen owned and bred by Nick Alexander. “If she gives me a couple good breezes, that’s where we’ll run.Santa Anita Handicap runner-up Midnight Storm is “tentatively” set for the Grade I Met Mile on Belmont Stakes day, June 10, but D’Amato added,” there are a lot of options out there. He’ll probably breeze sometime next week, stretch his legs, and we’ll formulate a plan.“Tentatively, we have the Met Mile on our radar.”The San Luis Rey, the ninth and final race: Inordinate, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Power Foot, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Liam the Charmer, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Syntax, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Buster Douglas, Santiago Gonzalez, 30-1; Papacoolpapacool, Edwin Maldonado, 10-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Some in Tieme, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; and Site Read, Stewart Elliott, 30-1. J. Keith Desormeaux4494620%43%$509,505 Tyler Baze24743463017%48%$2,375,552 Doug O’Neill15018292112%45%$1,641,356 Corey Nakatani76138917%39%$806,207 Stewart Elliott15417162411%37%$827,993 Richard Baltas12522222018%51%$1,261,832 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Norberto Arroyo, Jr.10219111019%39%$841,556 Victor Espinoza62915715%50%$755,487 Jamie Theriot7497512%28%$440,570 Steven Miyadi60816613%50%$396,906 James M. Cassidy4588318%42%$427,091last_img read more

Hacketts Wrap Up Decorated Careers at Nationals

first_imgMichaela Hackett finished the 6K course in 20:38.4 less than one-second behind Vilanova’s Nicole Hutchinson (20:37.8) to finish in 91st. Twin sister Allie Hackett finished 107th, clocking a time of 20:45.9 that was a half second behind Penn State’s Kathryn Munks (20:45.4).”Allie and Michaela had solid races today and gave it everything they had,” said distance coach Jarvis Jelen. “They also learned a lot from their first National Championship race. I’m confident that they will take what they’ve learned and continue to improve during the upcoming track season. We are all very proud of Allie and Michaela for how they competed during this race, this season, and during their careers up to this point at ACU. I have been extremely blessed to coach them for the last couple of years. They have made a long-lasting positive impact on our program and will continue to do so in the remainder of their senior season.”Leaders in the race! Watch the finish live on FloTrack:— FloTrack (@FloTrack) November 18, 2017 New Mexico grabbed the team title for the second time in three years with 90 team points and University of San Francisco earned runner-up honors with 105 points. A trio of Pac-12 schools rounded out the top-five: Colorado (139) placed third while Stanford (165) and Oregon (203) were fourth and fifth, respectively.The Northern Arizona men paced to a first-place team finish with 74 points followed by Portland (127). BYU (165), Stanford (221) and South Central Region foe Arkansas (259).Courtesy of Abilene Christian Athletics New Mexico’s Ednah Kurgat paced through the course in 19:19.5 to grab the top spot on the podium. Washington’s Amy-Eloise and San Francisco’s Charlotte Taylor took second and third, respectively, with times of 19:27.0 and 19:28.6.center_img ResultsLOUISVILLE, Ky. – Michaela and Alexandria Hackett finished their redshirt senior cross country season at the 2017 NCAA National Championships Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park.last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESABEL CEDILLO, MONGOLIAN GROOM, WINNER: “I would like to thank the trainers and owners. I had a lot of help and thank you Enebish Ganbat, for trusting me. He told me don’t change anything, just do what you do with him . . . just stay close, and I saw McKinzie didn’t go so I took the lead.”MIKE SMITH, McKINZIE, SECOND: “I thought I could go with the two outside horses, but they seemed like they were determined to get it. So I let them go figuring they’d entertain each other and we’d do what we do. That horse ran a huge race today. We lost the battle, but this ain’t the war. Hopefully we’ll come back and be ready.”TRAINER QUOTESENEBISH GANBAT, MONGOLIAN GROOM, WINNER: “Honestly, I didn’t expect he was going to win because he was running against two of the best horses on the dirt and the best two trainers, Baffert and Sadler. I told everyone I’m happy if he comes in third. I bet $500 on show.“I guess last time (Pacific Classic on Aug. 17) he got tired because it was very hot, he was sweaty and we did a hard jog. Today we did a light jog; he was fresher today.“I told the jockey to do what he had to and he did OK, the horse won at 25-1. That’s horse racing. I expected him to hold off McKinzie through the stretch (through interpreter Josie Goldberg). My horse was not stopping. He continued to go.”“I didn’t think he’d win. He was up against the two best horses in America in McKinzie and Higher Power. I thought I’d be happy if the horse finished third. I didn’t think my horse would win.”Goldberg: “He (Ganbat) went to a university in Russia, and the Russian mentality is, ‘You fight to the end,’ and that’s what the horse did. He wasn’t going to stop until he won. He didn’t tell Abel anything, except, ‘You know your job.’”Asked about the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Ganbat said even though this was a “Win and You’re In” race, the horse has not been nominated to the Breeders’ Cup. Breeders’ Cup rules state: “The winning horse in a Challenge Race shall receive automatic selection into the Championship race that corresponds with the division of the Challenge Race won, provided the horse is Breeders’ Cup nominated before the Championships pre-entry deadline.”Ganbat is a native of Mongolia who began training there in 1999. He began training in the United States in 2010.NOTES: The winning owner is Mongolian Stables.last_img read more


first_img ABEL CEDILLO, COMICAL, SECOND: “I know the other horse was a tough one. I like my filly, though. I worked her last week and she worked really easy. She tried really hard today. She kept coming, but I think the better horse beat me.”RUBEN FUENTES, K P DREAMIN, THIRD: “My horse ran great. I wish there was a little more speed to run at because our pace was a little slow for anyone to make up some ground. I wish there was somebody pressing the favorite, she had a comfortable trip, nice and easy, but I think we’ll be way better in the Breeders’ Cup”(On the future for K P Dreamin) “She’s most likely going to the Breeders’ Cup. Like I said, we can get a bigger field there. We can probably get a better pace to run at there, too”.TRAINER QUOTES BOB BAFFERT, BAST, WINNER: Surrounded by media: “I’ve never seen so much press here on a Friday.” Asked about the stretch duel: “I thought, wow, man, she’s really going to have to fight for this, but if she’s a really good filly, like I think she is, she’ll get through it, and she got that last eighth of a mile. It just shows you how competitive these horses are.“Both of them were fighting to win. She got there, and at 1-9, you want to win. There’s one down and I’ve got a few more to go.“To be part of his (John Velazquez’s record 661st career graded stakes win, breaking the tie with Jerry Bailey’s 660) record is exciting, but Todd Pletcher is the one who got him all those graded wins. I played a very minor part. I really didn’t know he was up for the record until I read it the other day. That’s all I would have needed was a jinx like that to keep me from winning, because it’s always the last hurdle to get him over, but he’s such a professional.“Down the backside she was going nice, then turning for home, John was like, ‘Come on baby, we’ve got to go,’ and she wasn’t going. He thought she would respond, but I think this will get her ready for the next one (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 1 at Santa Anita).“This is a very demanding, deep, heavy race track. Not only do you have to be really good, you have to be ready . . . The Chus (owners Charles and Susan) are really excited and we’ve been really lucky together, winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with Drefong, so they’ve already had a champion.“They’ve been great supporters of mine. I really think this race is going to move Bast up, so I feel pretty good about it. You’re supposed to get tired first time two turns. They’re a little bit confused; they’re two-year-olds and they probably thought, ‘What are we doing?’ We have to go around again? We just started fromthere.’ But she got the job done. I had gone a little light on her (training ) so I just told John she’s not going to be as tight, but she’s 1-9 so I felt there’d be a little room for error, but there wasn’t much room at all.”NOTES: The winning owners are Charles and Susan Cho who reside in Massachusetts and race as Baoma Corp. JOCKEY QUOTESJOHN VELAZQUEZ, BAST, WINNER: “This means a lot. (Jerry Bailey) is a guy who I rode with for so many years and have looked up to for so long. It’s incredible.”“Going to the backstretch, she looked really good, and I was pretty confident. We got to the turn and I thought we might go a little wide, but I said ‘no, no – you have to stay there.’ I got up to her and she cruised down the lane and put her head out in front of the other horse. She gave me a lot today. I felt she gave me what she could to win the race.”last_img read more