OA vs. Switzerland County Varsity Baseball Thursday (5-10)SC 200 200 0 4 5 2OA 000 003 0 3 7 2For OA:Andrew Oesterling 1-4Adam Huber 1-4Matt Sedler 1-3, run, sbMichael Hoff 2-3, runRiley Schebler 1-3, rbiChris Hautman 1-3, 2 rbiZach West 0-2, bbZach Wegman 1-3Chris Hautman 7 IP, 4 earned runs, 5 hits, 6 k, 1 bb, hbp LossVarsity Record: 5-11Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.
OLD RIVAL ZEPHYR enjoys a 5.0kg swing with old rival LITTLE BIG HORN and even with in-form champion jockey Omar Walker now taking the ride aboard the latter, the Wayne Parchment-rained ZEPHYR is given the edge in a nine-strong field. BIG BLACK NATION, the mount of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas, has not been running badly for trainer Fitzroy Glipsie this season and could provide the answer to the knotty looking fourth race over a mile in which 13 have been declared. Horses such as BOUNCE, WARTIME, PIANO MAN, HEY CHAMP, KAMALI STAR and JON MARSHALL will all have their supporters in a race of this nature, but BIG BLACK NATION could prove best of all from the convenient mark of 53.0kg. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the well- forward firrst time runner TIZ A VIBE (working well for trainer Anthony Nunes, Steadman up) and down in class RALLY BABY under champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey for trainer Richard Azan in the sixth race over the straight. With fancied horses such as SEEKING MY DREAM, CRAFTY STAR and smart newcomer TWILIGHT DREAMS dominating last Saturday’s meet at Caymanas Park, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew on tomorrow’s 11-race programme with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. On a day when the three-old fillies and colts will undergo their final Guineas prep races in the Thornbird Stakes and Prince Consort Stakes over 1400 metres, the Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the twilight Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a 3-y-o maiden race over 1200 metres to be contested by 11 starters, including the likely favourite, LAWS OF THE CODE, who has been narrowly beaten in her last two races. Owned and trained by Carl Anderson who is enjoying tremendous form this season, LAWS OF THE CODE obviously has less to do in present company judging from her close second to ROGAMMA on March 4 and also to LIGHTNING LILY behind a fast time (1:06.4) over 1100 metres on February 25. Coming back with a mere 51.0kg by virtue of the apprentice Javaneil Patterson 2.0kg claim, should lead home RAKSHA with former champion Wesley Henry aboard. Twelve maiden five-year-olds have been declared for the second race over 1300 metres and while at first glance it has a difficult look about it, on closer examination the winner should come from a trio comprising MR COOKIE (Henry up), BRAVE HEART (Linton Steadman) and MOUNT ZION KING (Odean Edwards). All three figured prominently last time out, MOUNT ZION KING failing by 3/4 lengths to beat WISE JOHNNY over the straight on March 1. BRAVE HEART, on the other hand, beat all barring KHOSHAKEL over 1100 metres on February 11, while MR COOKIE ran well against four-year-olds (behind SMASH AMUSEMENT) over 1400 metres on February 13 and could well start favourite given Henry’s presence. Preference is for the Colin Ferguson-trained MOUNT ZION KING, but only just from MR. COOKIE from the Terence McWhinney stable. They all have the consistent ZEPHYR, with competent apprentice Jerome Innis aboard, to beat in the third race over the straight. The four-year-old chestnut filly was 21/4 lengths third to LORD EQUUS and LITTLE BIG HORN over 1300 metres recently and prior to that went down fighting by half a length to LOTTERY TICKET and again to LIKE A LADY in fast run 1100-metre races. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) LAWS OF THE CODE (2) MOUNT ZION KING/ MR COOKIE (3) ZEPHYR/LITTLE BIG HORN (4) BIG BLACK NATION/ BOUNCE (5) TIZ A VIBE (6) RALLY BABY/ SAMORA
AVALON – Firefighters aided by cooler weather battled to surround a 4,200-acre wildfire Saturday deep in the rugged, unpopulated interior of Santa Catalina Island while the resort’s main town returned to life days after it was threatened by the blaze. “We have a sense of duty to the town to bring it back to normal,” delicatessen owner Rick Miller said as he unloaded sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil and other supplies from his van. “People get hungry and it doesn’t hurt to see businesses open and calm restored.” Better weather Foggy weather and highs in the 60s diminished chances that the fire would spread on its fourth day. It was isolated in the backcountry of the 76-square-mile island. “Conditions are definitely in our favor. The humidity is up, the wind and temperature are down,” Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Andrew Olvera said. The fire was 69 percent contained, he said, meaning its advance was halted in those areas. It was expected to be fully surrounded by Tuesday evening. One home and six industrial businesses burned Thursday but no one was seriously injured. In the island’s interior, firefighters used chain saws and picks to clear fire breaks in a charred landscape that stood out starkly against a backdrop of blue sea. In canyons northwest of Avalon, crews of prison inmates struggled up a steep slope to cut smoldering trees where the fire had raced up to a winding mountain road. At one point, firefighters discovered a rattlesnake that had survived the inferno under a cactus. “We’ve been finding a lot of hot spots along the perimeter, and that’s a concern for us,” said Capt. Scott Hayermann of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “You get a good ocean breeze and you see some smoke.” Nearly 4,000 evacuated residents began heading back to the island Friday to inspect their apartments and homes and reopen businesses that largely cater to tourists. Tourism to resume Ferries had barred tourists from making the 20-mile sea trip but planned to start carrying them again this week. During the summer, an estimated 10,000 visitors arrive daily to lounge on the beach, play golf or take inland tours. The cause of the fire remained under investigation, but it appeared to have been ignited by contractors working on antennas at a radio station in the island’s interior, Avalon Fire Chief Steven Hoefs said. Bill Agresta, chief engineer at station KBRT-AM, said three contractors had been cutting steel antenna cable with a gas-powered circular saw on Thursday when the fire ignited. Agresta said he saw a small blaze and ran inside the station to call 911. By the time he returned, it had moved several hundred feet downhill and engulfed the contractors’ tool truck. The men unsuccessfully fought the fire with two hand-held extinguishers, he said. Agresta said he had warned the men a day earlier against using a cutting torch because of fire danger. Environmentalists said it is too early to tell how the blaze affected the island’s rare animal and plant life, including the Catalina Island fox. Four bald eaglets that hatched earlier this year without human help were unharmed, said Bob Rhein, a spokesman for the Catalina Island Conservancy, which owns most of the island. Scientists have been slowly reintroducing eagles, which were wiped out decades ago by chemical contamination. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!