August 2020

first_imgLITTLE SILVER – Red Bank Regional (RBR) junior Matthew Rosen of Little Silver has achieved a notable accomplishment in his musical career with his selection to the exclusive All-Eastern Honors Band.Matt Rosen, a Red Bank Regional High School junior, has been playing clarinet since he was 10.Matt will play bass clarinet for the ensemble. The band is composed of 150 of the best musicians in 12 states on the East Coast from Maine to Virginia, with only 16 percent of that number coming from New Jersey.The ensemble convenes every other year, and the players are picked from among the best musicians in their state, having performed with their All-State Honor Musical Ensembles, which alone is a major feat.Matt achieved this last year, along with the Region II Band and All-Shore Band honors. He was seated as first chair alto clarinet in the 2012 All State Wind Ensemble and was also accepted to the wind ensemble on contra alto and bass clarinet. He played first chair bass clarinet in the 2011 and 2012 All-Shore Band.The All-Eastern Band is one of five honors ensembles and includes concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble voice chorus and jazz ensemble. The groups, which feature 780 of the most musically talented high school students in the Eastern Region of the U.S., will give a virtuoso performance on Sun­day, April 7, at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Morten­sen Hall, in Hartford, Conn.Matt began his deep interest with the clarinet at age 10. It has been a major focus of his life ever since. He has studied both privately and as an instrumental music major in RBR’s Academy of the Visual and Performing Arts, where he plays in the orchestra as well as the concert and jazz bands. “I have only known Matt for about three months; however, I quickly learned what an accomplished musician he is,” said RBR’s new band teacher Ross Chu. “He has developed a mastery of his instrument that is very impressive for someone as young as he is. His love of music and his desire to learn and improve his playing ability is truly inspiring.”Matt’s long-time private teacher, Jennifer Brush, coincidentally was the last RBR student to make the All Eastern Band in 2003. She is currently the Markham Place Middle School orchestra and choir director.Matt plays bass clarinet in the Rutgers University Sym­phonic Band, conducted by Darryl Bott. He was recommended to the position by Dr. Maureen Hurd, chairman of the Mason Gross Woodwind Department. He is the only high school student to ever play with this ensemble. Additionally, Matthew studies the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones with the well-known saxophonist Dr. Paul Cohen from Manhattan School of Music and Rutgers.Next to his selection to the All Eastern Band, Matt considers his biggest accomplishment to be his acceptance to the highly competitive Man­hattan School of Music Pre-College Program where he studies clarinet with Renee Rosen. Matt spends every Sat­urday in Manhattan in this prestigious program. He hopes this will help him realize another dream: that of studying music at this exceptional conservatory of music, al­though he is also very fond of Rutgers’ music program at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.“I just love it and believe I was born to play,” Matt said.last_img read more

first_imgRED BANK – Sometime this fall with the move of Prown’s to Middletown, it will mean the borough won’t have a Prown’s-operated business for the first time in nearly 90 years.David Prown, whose family operated Prown’s variety store in the borough for three generations, has been active on a number of community involvement fronts. Still, he will be relocating his home improvement business from its current location at 135 Monmouth St. to Route 35 North in neighboring Middletown. His plans are to move sometime in the next couple of months.“Everything’s the same. The business model is the same,” Prown said. “The only thing that’s changed will be the location.”Prown has been operating Prown’s Home Improvement as a stand-alone business at the Monmouth Street location for the last 13 years.The reason for the move, Prown said is to find a higher profile spot to help expand the business. “It’s really about the visibility,” he explained. “It’s just a busier street.”“You always have to think about growing your business,” he continued.Prown will continue to live in the borough.Prown has lived in the borough since 1989, moving here from Connecticut, when he took over operating the family-owned variety store, which first opened in 1925 at 47 Broad St. The first location, whose motto was the familiar “Prown’s Has Everything,” was destroyed by fire in 1960, with the family relocating the operation to 32 Broad, where it continued until David closed it in 2003.At that time, Prown said his store could no longer compete with large box-style stores and spun off his home improvement business. Relocating to Monmouth Street Prown said, “It was definitely a smart move moving here. No regrets at all.”In addition to his business activities, Prown has long been active in helping area underprivileged families, especially borough youth, get a leg up, seeing sports as a great equalizer for many of the kids. Over the years, he’s organized various sports leagues to engage the young. And more recently he and other like-minded area residents have been collecting sports equipment donated from a variety of sources for his Red Bank Replay program, making the items available to needy young people.“Nothing’s going to change on that. I’m actually looking for ward to the next stage. A little bit more energy a little bit more passion, ” concerning his activism, Prown said. “The only thing different is kids won’t be able to walk into my showroom after school to pick up a pair of cleats or whatever.”
The new location, however, doesn’t have as much storage space as the Monmouth Street spot and he’s looking to partner with organizations to help in distributing the equipment.Brookdale Community College in May awarded Prown an honorary degree for his mentorship and “has built a reputation as a staunch children’s advocate by work- ing directly with local students of color and spearheading a wide range of youth service programs in the Red Bank area,” the college said in presenting the degree.last_img read more

first_imgBy Chelsea Maguire |SHREWSBURY – Since the nation’s earliest days, the red, white and blue banner of stars and stripes has endured as a visible symbol of the United States, its citizens and the fight for freedom.But there comes a time when Old Glory shows signs of wear and tear and is no longer in a suitable condition to fly. According to Title 36, Section 176, Paragraph K, of The United States Code, that’s when the flag “should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”Shrewsbury-based Boy Scout Troop 50 will provide that service to the community with a dignified public Flag Retirement Ceremony Oct. 11 at Gopher Field at Borough Hall.Assistant Scoutmaster John E. Hogan will lead the ceremony, during which the scouts methodically take each flag apart with scissors, cutting stripe by stripe, because a flag ceases to be a flag when it is cut into pieces. While this is taking place, the boys take turns reading words that tell the story of the importance of each stripe in regard to the history of our founding fathers, the country and the people, from gaining our independence from Great Britain to putting a man on the moon.Hogan describes the event as a very “somber and respectful event and a reminder of the importance of our citizenship and our community.”Sometimes the worn, torn or stained banners Troop 50 receives have stories attached to them as well, such as where they were flown and for how long. The stories are incorporated into the ceremony.Also participating in the Shrewsbury Scouting Program ceremony will be Cub Scout Pack 50, which includes boys ranging from first to fifth grades.Being outside after dark, in a field near a roaring fire, is an exciting experience for the kids, said Hogan. They listen to the scoutmasters tell them about the symbolism of the flag, the importance of the ceremony and how they must be responsible for treating the flag with reverence.The scoutmasters ask the boys to remember the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the name of freedom and liberty.Since the tradition began, many of the same Scouts have returned for the solemn remembrance, reading from a script they have especially for this ceremony, singing the national anthem and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, acting respectfully as each flag surrenders to retirement.A tradition such as this is not a simple flag burning, but in the words of Hogan “a funeral for an honored symbol of our nation which served its purpose.”The flag retirement ceremony will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 on Gopher Field at Borough Hall. Community members who wish to retire a flag can place it in a collection box left by Troop 50 in the vestibule of Borough Hall.This article was first published in the Sept. 20 – 26, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |FORT MONMOUTH – Plans to solidify and expand former Fort Monmouth’s future as a technology and innovation hub have won a $100,000 state grant – the only Monmouth County recipient of the new statewide “Innovation Challenge” pilot program.Nine awards of up to $100,000 were granted Sept. 13 to fund future-focused projects with demonstrable potential for success following a proposal process that began in July. The program is part of Gov. Phil Murphy’s “Stronger and Fairer” economic development agenda.“Communities responded with a clear commitment to spurring innovation,” the governor said. “From the installation of a high-speed 5G fiber network to the creation of a collaborative research-driven incubator, and a maker’s campus, these plans will help further New Jersey’s ability to compete and win in the 21st century economy.”The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) – partnering with Monmouth County, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and the New Jersey Innovation Institute (NJII) – will utilize the funds to facilitate development of a 50-acre tech park at the fort’s former McAfee complex, already slated for technology-focused re-use. In August, FMERA hosted a showcase there, which officials said garnered “a high level of interest” from developers, real estate professionals and technology companies in attendance. The McAfee complex will be formally offered for sale by FMERA this fall. Built in 1997, the facility features a 6-foot loading dock, eight 2,400-square-foot raised floor labs, and an anechoic chamber designed to absorb reflections of sound or electromagnetic waves.“The approximately 50-acre campus (named in the grant award), refers to the planned redevelopment of the McAfee Center and surrounding property in Oceanport and Eatontown,” said Sarah Giberson, FMERA senior marketing and development officer. “The McAfee Center is envisioned for reuse as a technology or research and development facility that will potentially include an accelerator, incubator and/or graduation space for entrepreneurs, startups and emerging tech companies.” Funding will be funneled through Monmouth County, which works closely with FMERA in myriad areas of the fort’s redevelopment and maintenance on a daily basis.Initially, NJII will lead a Cluster Readiness and Feasibility Assessment to determine which tech sectors should be targeted, as well as identifying the area’s key assets and opportunities to attract business and investment.“NJII, led by Drs. Donald Sebastian and Timothy Franklin, who also hold faculty and/or administrative positions at NJIT, is the state’s leader in cluster/regional development, distributed research, and transformative regional engagement,” Giberson said, adding that FMERA staff will participate and contribute at no cost to the county. The authority’s staff includes expertise in real estate development, engineering, planning, finance, marketing and economic development. A 20 percent funding match required through the grant will be provided as in-kind services, primarily in the form of faculty and staff time.“Providing seed funding to catalyze planning and key investments is an important step in advancing Gov. Murphy’s mission of reclaiming the innovation economy,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), which oversees the Innovation Challenge. “This program will help our communities advance plans and build the capacity they need to drive innovation-centered economic development.”Since initiating the fort’s redevelopment more than seven years ago, FMERA has ushered three tech companies through the processes to locate their headquarters on the 1,127-acre fort, which spans portions of Eatontown, Oceanport and Tinton Falls. To date, those firms employ more than 1,000 people.Applicants for Innovation Challenge grants were limited to cities or partnered municipalities representing at least 25,000 people, or county or regional partnerships that collectively represent at least 100,000 people. Applicants were required to demonstrate “a viable path to bring ideas to implementation, including a collaborative stakeholder engagement process and strategy.” Economic and social impact, management experience and the strength of solutions based on utilizing new and emerging technologies were among the criteria.Other awardees are: Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Bridgeton, Camden County, New Brunswick, Passaic County, Trenton, and Union Township. Atlantic City and Stockton University will create a Center for Marine and Environmental Science, while in Bridgeton, the new Center for Smart Food Manufacturing seeks to create a national model by using emerging technology to establish a futuristic hub for the food industry. Projects will be tracked and assessed to “inform the EDA’s own plans for economic development activities and programs, and will be shared with other local governmental entities to foster further innovation across the state,” Sullivan said.“We owe our gratitude to Freeholder Lillian Burry and Monmouth County director of planning Ed Sampson for their overwhelming support of this initiative, as a county or municipal partner was an eligibility requirement,” Giberson said. “The county’s decision to partner with NJIT, its affiliate NJII, and FMERA indicates the significance of this grant and its potential impact on the fort and its surrounding communities.”This article was first published in the Sept. 27 – Oct. 3, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgBy Elizabeth Wulfhorst “There’s still so much left for me to learn and this is a time to be amplifying Black and indigenous, people of color,” she said. “All I can say is that for white people, now is the time to listen, not speak. Support, not direct. And Black lives always have and always will matter.” “It’s easier for us to find information in this age and the world is so issue-ridden that we all have causes we care about,” she said. At a June 7 protest, Nupol Kiazolu, 19, the president of BLM Greater New York, said, “Young people have been carrying every single movement we’ve seen across the world, so it’s time for adults to step aside and uplift us. We are not just the future. We are the present.”  A movement that began in 2013 after the murder of a young Black man, Trayvon Martin, resurged this spring with the killing of yet another Black man, George Floyd. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has grown since video in May showed a white Minnesota police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Spurred by the Black community, other people of color and allies, the movement has also found a large number of supporters in Generation Z, young people approximately 23 and under, born after 1996. In 14 years of schooling, she said there has only been one Black teacher at a school she attended and she was never in their classroom. “Representation is so, so important, especially to young people,” said Efobi. “We need to be able to see people like us. It helps us be able to realize our dreams. There needs to be more diversity in teaching staff.” Amber Tanzi, 21, from Middletown, has also attended protests, and “donated, signed petitions, called offices, sent emails, done as much as I can to do my part,” she said. She thinks young people are socially aware because they use the internet to form connections with people across the world, expanding relationships beyond their hometowns, more so than prior generations could at her age. Efobi also thinks Gen Zers are more open-minded than their predecessors. She also feels the United States history curriculum in schools is lacking. “We need to learn about the Civil Rights movement and Black advocacy beyond Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks,” said Efobi. As many young people do, she began educating herself about the gaps in her studies, parts of history she feels should be taught to all students. “I believe that us not learning about Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Polynesian, African, Caribbean and LGBT communities is a big contributor to today’s bigotry,” she explained. “And we’re saying ‘Enough is enough.’ If the people in charge don’t seem to care enough, then we must take matters into our own hands.” Members of Gen Z are “digital natives,” according to the Pew Research Center, those who grew up with little or no memory of the pre-smartphone era. And they have used their knowledge of the digital world and social media to communicate about BLM and support protests in cities around the country and the world. They use the internet to their advantage – to publicize, educate and share stories on platforms like Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. As of July 7, #BlackLivesMatter was used in more than 22 million posts on Instagram, where users share their stories, educational resources, ways to donate and links to petitions. Local and state governments across the country removed statues, monuments and flags that memorialized historical racism after protests advocated for their removal. Organizations and companies have also taken a stand, firing and removing individuals from positions of power who have exploited or treated BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) employees unjustly. Presidents and CEOs resigned because of prior racist acts and words. Corporations like Disney World and Quaker Oats, major sports organizations, television studios and even musicians have abandoned racially charged products, shows and names.  At protests across the country, like this one last month in Red Bank, young people have been instrumental in the Black Lives Matter movement. Photo by Patrick Olivero Calls to action from Efobi, Tanzi, their peers and others have sparked some change. Though police reform at a national level is still lacking, reform is beginning at local and state levels. “No-knock” warrants have been suspended in many police departments, as have chokeholds, and officers have been fired – and some even charged – for their part in unjust actions against Black Americans.  But systemic racism is most concerning to members of Gen Z and something both Tanzi and Efobi feel they have a chance of combatting and even overcoming. One way to make that happen, according to Efobi, is through education. “I’m a Black girl and I never saw much diversity around me until my sophomore year of high school. That was reflected in the curriculum and classroom conversations,” she said. She experienced firsthand the effects of institutional racism when she tried to explain to a middle school history teacher why saying “all lives matter” was disrespectful. Efobi told her, “You wouldn’t walk into a breast cancer treatment center and announce that there are other types of cancer, nor would you walk into a funeral and say that you’ve lost someone, too.” The teacher told the other students Efobi didn’t know what she was talking about, Efobi said. Many of those young people live in the Two River area, like Chika Efobi, 17, a first-generation Nigerian-American from Long Branch who uses Instagram to help secure justice for victims of police brutality. She shares “useful information that I come across that will help people understand the systemic racism that’s been embedded in our lifestyles,” Efobi said. As a white person, Tanzi feels now is a time for reflection and allyship, not stealing the spotlight from those who truly need it. She said she will continue to educate herself and hopes others do the same. Even though she isn’t BIPOC, Tanzi understands Efobi’s experiences with lack of representation. “I am a Jewish, bisexual woman who grew up in a town that didn’t have many resources for those things,” Tanzi said. She believes these facets of her identity allowed her “to not only empathize,” but also “actively fight alongside any group that needed help.” Efobi, who throws shot put for the Mater Dei Prep track and field team and plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist for athletes, has attended two Black Lives Matter protests so far. “I also make sure I have the hard conversations with my friends and peers which are absolutely necessary if we want a genuine change,” she said. “Thus far I’ve been fortunate enough to have friends who understand the movement.” Tanzi, who said she became socially active after the 2016 presidential election, agreed that access to information has spurred Gen Z’s involvement in the movement. “With a world of news, albeit both accurate or otherwise, right in front of us seemingly at all times, we’re potentially the most well-informed generation of young people to ever exist,” she said. Tanzi cited growing up with events like 9/11, the war in Afghanistan, the 2008 financial crisis and “so many school shootings with no intervention from our government” as the impetus for social activism. “We’re finally exposed to and can comprehend on our own all the cracks in the systems,” Tanzi said. The article originally appeared in the July 9 – 15, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsFrank Maida has been desperately trying to replace sniper Patrick Martens since the sophomore center left the Leafs for the greener pastures of the B.C. Hockey League in November.Maida needs to search no longer for a player to replace Martens.Because just when it appeared a deal could not found Martens became available and has agreed to return to the Green and White starting Saturday against the Fernie Ghostriders.“It’s a great boost to our team,” Maida told The Nelson Daily Wednesday after his star sniper was released by the Langley Rivermen of the BCHL at the roster deadline.“It’s unfortunate things didn’t work out for Patrick in the BCHL but we’re happy to have him back.”“We’ve added an real depth player and a great team leader and we’re all looking forward to having him back in the lineup,” added Maida, receiving the news Tuesday.Martens, recording three goals for 10 points in 21 games for the Langley Rivermen, appeared to be a mainstay with the BCHL club during the first 12 games. But during the past nine contests the native of Moncton registered one assist.“I think having Patrick back is going to be a huge confidence booster in the dressing room,” Maida confessed. “Patrick is a hard working player now with Junior A experience and will really help our young team.”The 6-foot, 180-pound speedster left Nelson as the scoring leader with 22 goals and 17 assists in 21 games. Martens also had a 14-game scoring streak during his 21-game stint in Nelson.Maida also added defenceman Andy Miller to the roster. Miller, who started the season off with the Leafs, was released but remained as an affiliate player with the Trail Midget Reps.Miller is expected to return to Nelson after he completes high school mid-term exams.The Leafs, 21-14-0-3, are currently locked into third place in the Murdoch Division, trailing the Beaver Valley Nitehawks by 16 points and second-place Castlegar by 12.The margin increased during the past month of the season due to the Leafs inability to keep pace with the front runners — Nelson is 4-5-0-1 in its last 10 games while both Beaver Valley and Castlegar are 8-1-0-1.“We need to focus on the little things in our game,” Maida explained. “I know we have the players who can score but we’ve got to work on our zone and prevent more goals which will turn into scoring opportunities at the other end.”Saturday’s game time is 7 p.m. at the NDCC Arena.ICE CHIPS: After Fernie, Nelson has 13 games remaining in the season before the start of post season. . . . Martens is expected to be on the ice for Wednesday night practice with the Leafs.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

first_imgNo news is definitely not good news when you’re a team looking to improve its roster on the eve of the BC Hockey roster deadline.Leaf coach Dave McLellan said “it’s pretty slow our there.”“I’ve basically been in contact with every team in the league, but it seems everyone is holding their cards pretty close to their chest,” McLellan told The Nelson Daily prior to practice Thursday.McLellan said he’s a little upset at the way business is done in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League after seeing what he felt was a done deal fall by the wayside.The potential deal was with a team outside the Murdoch Division.“I did a favour for a team on the premise of what I thought would be a deal later in the year, but that fell through,” McLellan lamented.Junior teams, including those in the KIJHL teams have until Saturday (January 10) to finalize their rosters for the playoff run.Nelson has a few cards remaining to acquire players. McLellan was hopeful to land another defenceman and top six forward through deals.Injuries continue to hamper LeafsThe Nelson Leafs continue to look more like a Mash Unit than a hockey team as the Green and White prepare for a home-and-home series against Spokane Braves beginning Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Leafs defenceman Patrick Croome remains on the injury list while forward Michael Rand is out with the flu.McLellan said he is waiting also on status of forward Nolan Percival.As for forward Dylan Williamson, he gets the cast of his injured hand but won’t play while Blair Andrews is also not expected back until next weekend.“Hopefully we can use a few Aps (affiliate players) from the Kootenay Ice to help fill out the roster,” he said.Both goalies on deck for Spokane seriesMcLellan said both goalies, Adam Maida and Joey Karrer are available to play.Karrer saw his first action after the Christmas break in Sunday’s loss to 100 Mile House after overcoming a severe bout with the flu.“I thought Joey played pretty good Sunday considering it was his first game in a long time,” McLellan said.last_img read more

first_imgGORMLEY WORKS ‘VERY WELL’ FOR SHAM            Under Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, Gormley, winner of the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes Oct. 1, worked five furlongs at 9 o’clock Monday morning on a “good” main track in 1:00.60 for Saturday’s Grade III Sham Stakes at one mile, the first major steppingstone on the West Coast to the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8.“I thought he went very well,” said John Shirreffs, who trains the bay colt sired by Malibu Moon out of the Bernstein mare Race to Urga. “He raced in company all the way around with Cool Samurai. He went very nice.”Cool Samurai also was timed in 1:00.60.Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss of Zenyatta fame, Gormley has not raced since the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 5 when he was seventh after bobbling at the start of the 1 1/16-mile race and went four wide from his number seven post position in a field of 11.In addition to Gormley, Sham probables include American Anthem, Blabimir, Colonel Samsen and Term of Art.There were only 32 recorded works on the main track Monday, while nine were recorded on the training track, which was labeled “fast.” CONQUEST DADDYO DEBUTS FOR TEAM SADLERJohn Sadler has newly acquired Conquest Daddyo set to run in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on turf.“We got him out of the Conquest Stables’ dispersal sale in November,” said Sadler, who now trains the four-year-old Scat Daddy colt for principal owners Kosta and Peter Hronis. “He’s a stakes winner in Canada, trained well and had a good work last week (seven furlongs in 1:26.80), and we’re anxious to get him started.”Bred in Canada where he formerly was trained by multiple Sovereign Award winner Mark Casse, Conquest Daddyo has a 3-1-1 record from 10 starts with earnings of $311,891.Sadler added that champion three-year-old filly of 2015 Stellar Wind “is on the track every day and will start breezing later this month,” with the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes March 18 as a major objective.Probable for the San Gabriel: Flamboyant, no rider; Itsinthepost, no rider; Perfectly Majestic, Victor Espinoza; Ring Weekend, Drayden Van Dyke; and Twentytwentyvision, Mike Smith. GORMLEY BREEZES FOR GRADE III SHAM STAKES‘DADDYO’ COOL FOR THE GRADE II SAN GABRIELCADET RONI READY FOR GRADE III LAS CIENEGAS$12 MILLION PEGASUS NEXT FOR MIDNIGHT STORM? CADET RONI EYES GRADE III LAS CIENEGASWith the weatherman playing havoc and conditions ranging from sunshine to rain seemingly minutes apart in recent days, trainer Mark Glatt plans to enter Cadet Roni in Saturday’s Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes scheduled for about 6 ½ furlongs on the hillside turf course, even though she has never run on the course.“I think she’ll run good down the hill, but if weather intervenes, she’s very good in the mud,” Glatt said, “so we’re going to take a shot in the race whichever way it goes.”Cadet Roni, a five-year-old daughter of 2008 Santa Anita Derby winner Colonel John, was bred by WinStar Farm and is owned by long-time Glatt clients Al and Sandee Kirkwood.She won the restricted Wishing Well Stakes at Santa Anita last January and was third in the Grade III Las Flores in her most recent start 10 months ago, last March 20.Probable for the Las Cienegas: Cadet Roni, Rafael Bejarano; Paquita Coqueta, Flavien Prat; Prize Exhibit, Mike Smith; and Rapid Rhythm, Kent Desormeaux.Paquita Coqueta worked four furlongs on the main track in 47.80 for Richard Mandella.center_img $12 MILLION PEGASUS WEIGHED FOR VERSATILE MIDNIGHT STORMMidnight Storm, at home on any surface, could make his next start in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28, although as of this morning, no decision had been rendered.“So far, so good,” trainer Phil D’Amato said Monday, less than 24 hours after the six-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile rolled to a 1 ¼-length victory as the 3-5 favorite in Sunday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes.“We took him out this morning and gave him a little jog and he’s no worse for wear,” D’Amato said. “We’ll see (about the Pegasus).“We’ll probably know more in the next couple days. We’re just going to get a better line on him and how much this last race took out of him and go from there.”Midnight Storm has earned $1,461,110 from 10 wins, three seconds and a third in 21 starts, seven on turf, one on dirt and two on wet/fast surfaces where he is unbeaten. FINISH LINES: Probable for next Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs: It Tiz Well, no rider; Miss Sunset, no rider; Princess Karen, Rafael Bejarano; Resilient Humor, Kent Desormeaux; Shane’s Girlfriend, Flavien Prat; and Unique Bella, Mike Smith . . . Monday morning Keith Desormeaux was still basking in the glow of Decked Out‘s pulsating nose victory in Saturday’s Grade I American Oaks, with no word on the next race for the chestnut daughter of Street Boss. “We’re still celebrating,” the trainer said, “but the Grade I puts her in another category. The owners are probably thinking about a breeding career eventually, but she’s a very sound horse and the immediate plans are for her to continue racing. We had an amazing year in 2016, but Texas Red kicked everything off for us when he won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2014. It’s got to end sometime, but we’re sure going to appreciate it while it lasts.” . . . Trainer Terry Knight, who saddled Big Energy in Sunday’s fourth race, has 12 head on hand at Los Alamitos for the Santa Anita meet. Knight had been training out of Pleasanton, but since the Bay Area track’s stable area closed last month, he moved his stock south, where he had been a mainstay until 1995 when he went to Northern California . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday. Live racing resumes Friday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. . . . Infobedad‘s 26 ½-length victory in Sunday’s sixth race is believed to be the largest winning margin ever at Santa Anita. “It’s the biggest I remember,” said Equibase chart caller Mike Schneider, at the helm since 1993. Tammy Boag, who has been handling photo finishes for Plusmic since 2009, said it was the largest during her time. Infobedad, a six-year-old Argentine-bred horse owned by Hronis Racing, trained by John Sadler and ridden by Tyler Baze, covered 1 1/8 miles under 122 pounds in 1:48.26 in a field of six $25,000 claimers . . . Players wishing to gain a seat in the 2017 National Handicapping Championship Challenge in Las Vegas Jan. 7 or get a head start in the 2018 event can buy into Santa Anita’s Players Choice contest for $500. The top five finishers in the Players Choice competition will have their pick of a 2017 or 2018 NHC Challenge entry. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four Players Choice finishers: $10,000, $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. For further information, visit santaanita.com/contest.last_img read more