February 6, 2020 Associated Press For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 18 LSU (17-5, 8-1) vs. No. 11 Auburn (20-2, 7-2)Auburn Arena, Auburn, Alabama; Saturday, 12 a.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 11 Auburn goes for its fifth straight win over ranked opponents against No. 18 LSU . Auburn’s last loss vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 4 Kentucky Wildcats 80-53 on Feb. 23, 2019. LSU fell 99-90 at Vanderbilt on Wednesday. BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Skylar Mays and Emmitt Williams have led LSU. Mays has averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and two steals while Williams has recorded 14.2 points and seven rebounds per game. Auburn have been anchored by Samir Doughty and Isaac Okoro. Doughty has averaged 15.5 points while Okoro has put up 13 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.MIGHTY MAYS: Mays has connected on 34.6 percent of the 81 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 14 over the last five games. He’s also made 84.2 percent of his free throws this season.STREAK STATS: Auburn has won its last 12 home games, scoring an average of 84.2 points while giving up 67.9.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Auburn offense has recently used assists to create buckets more often than LSU. Auburn has 31 assists on 67 field goals (46.3 percent) across its past three outings while LSU has assists on 28 of 86 field goals (32.6 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Auburn offense has scored 79 points per game this season, ranking the Tigers 20th among Division 1 teams. The LSU defense has allowed 71 points per game to opponents (ranked 204th).___ No. 11 Auburn looks to knock off No. 18 LSU
The top three sides will take part in hostilities on the continent this month in Egypt when the Africa Cup of Nations gets under way.Nigeria is in group B alongside Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi.These teams will be heading to AFCON ranked 13th (71), 25th (108) and 37th (134) respectively.Only Burundi in the group moved up stepping up two places, while Guinea dropped three spots and Madagascar also slipped by a spot.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Super Eagles of Nigeria slipped three spots from 42nd in the world to 45th in June and the latest ranking published by the world governing body.Despite holding firm to third spot in Africa, Nigeria failed to pick from their impressive jump back in April when the country moved four places in the ranking.Meanwhile, Senegal are still the best team in Africa and are ranked 22nd in the world, with Tunisia in second and 25th globally.
The Dodgers were red hot Monday, even after their marathon with the Red Sox the night before.Los Angeles put away Philadelphia with a whopping 16-2 win at Citizens Bank Park. No. 32 for Belli? Ring that. pic.twitter.com/C6jpUlpJ74— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 16, 2019TOP TWO AND HE’S NOT TWO. pic.twitter.com/YTP9HT2Lrd— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) July 16, 2019Seven Dodgers recorded two or more hits on the night while the Phillies struggled offensively. Clayton Kershaw got the win after pitching six innings while allowing one run. He moved to 8-2 in 2019.Studs of the NightBrandon Crawford impressed in the first game of the Giants’ doubleheader where they won 19-2 over the Rockies. He went 5 for 6 with two home runs while tying a team record with eight RBIs.Xander Bogaerts has been having success at the plate and continued that in the Red Sox’s 10-8 win over the Blue Jays. He was 3 for 4 with an RBI and scored twice.Travis d’Arnaud was perfect at bat. He was 3 for 3 with three homers and drove in all five runs in the Rays’ 5-4 win over the Yankees. Duds of the NightVictor Alcantara was stuck with the loss after the Tigers fell 8-6 to the Indians. He pitched only 1/3 of an inning but allowed four hits and three earned runs.Yolmer Sanchez and Charlie Tilson both went 0 for 4 as the White Sox lost, 5-2, to the Royals.HighlightsGoing, going, scoreboard? Freddie Freeman hit a three-run home run that bounced off the bottom of the scoreboard. MLB trade rumors: Brewers, Giants ‘engaged in discussions’ about reliever Will Smith It was a true team effort as all but three Dodgers scored and all but four brought in runs. However, Cody Bellinger managed to steal the show after he hit two home runs to now lead MLB with 33 on the season.What made things even sweeter? Max Muncy followed Bellinger with his 24th home run of the season in the seventh inning. By that point, L.A. had already put the game away. Related News Tyler Glasnow injury update: Rays ‘don’t know’ if starter will pitch again this season Giannis Antetokounmpo takes swings with Yankees “Scoreboard.” – @FreddieFreeman5 pic.twitter.com/LowSeSxEaS— MLB (@MLB) July 16, 2019Avisaíl García tested the arm of Aaron Judge — and lost.That was so effortless, @TheJudge44. 😱 pic.twitter.com/4q7yDyPojN— MLB (@MLB) July 16, 2019What’s Next?Rays (55-40) at Yankees (59-32), 7:05 p.m. ET — After the Yankees dropped the first game in the series to the second-place Rays, they are hoping to get one back Tuesday. New York is currently in control of the AL East and are five games ahead of Tampa Bay. The Yankees will send CC Sabathia (5-4, 4.03 ERA) to the mound while the Rays have not yet announced their starter.
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury, front left, covers the puck as teammates Brooks Orpik, left, Paul Martin, front right, and Columbus Blue Jackets’ Brandon Dubinsky look for the rebound during the second period of a first-round NHL playoff hockey game Monday, April 21, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)NEW YORK (AP) – Before this Eastern Conference semifinal series, the one spot where the New York Rangers seemingly had a clear advantage over the Pittsburgh Penguins was in goal with Henrik Lundqvist.The King has been good for three games, but Penguins counterpart Marc-Andre Fleury has gone from shaky question mark to star of the series with shutouts on consecutive days.Suddenly Pittsburgh is dominating all over the ice, and its 2-1 series edge feels a whole lot wider.“He is 10 out of 10,” defenseman Kris Letang said Tuesday. “For the guys in the dressing room, Flower has always been our go-to guy that shows up every night and gives us a chance to win.“Since the playoffs began, he has been our best player.”Letang is hardly alone in that assessment.Since a 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1, Fleury has been perfect. He stopped 22 shots in Pittsburgh’s 3-0 home win in Game 2 on Sunday and followed that with a stellar 35-save performance in the Penguins’ 2-0 victory at Madison Square Garden on Monday.“I felt good out there. Confident,” Fleury said. “We didn’t want to give them much, and we didn’t.”Forget about the guy who faces constant criticism, or the one who seemed to be crashing and burning during the first round against Columbus when no leads were safe.Through it all, Fleury – the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 NHL draft and a Stanley Cup champion with the Penguins in 2009 – keeps bouncing back.“I have won a lot of hockey games with Marc-Andre Fleury in net,” Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. “There are questions from when he was 17, 18, whatever. They have been asking those questions for a long time, and he has done nothing but answer those questions.”That wasn’t the case a year ago when Fleury had a miserable first-round series against the New York Islanders and lost his starting job to veteran Tomas Vokoun.Vokoun went 6-1 after taking over and led the Penguins to the Eastern Conference finals, where they were swept by the Boston Bruins.After a summer away from it all, and time with a sports psychologist, Fleury regained his starting spot. Now he is the biggest reason the Penguins are two wins away from a return trip to the conference finals.“To see your goalie confident like that, on top of his game, you see everyone is calm,” said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, whose first goal of the playoffs made it 1-0 in Game 3. “(The Rangers) get a chance, he makes a save, and we move on.”Bylsma has a theory about how Fleury is able to shake off the naysayers.“Right now, it’s from a lot of practice,” he said. “Questions have been asked for 100 days in a row. He knows the answer only comes on the ice and winning hockey games.”Lundqvist has been sharp for the Rangers in the three games against Pittsburgh, but has just one win to show for it. The Penguins attacked him in waves in Game 2, and Lundqvist’s play was the sole reason the Rangers trailed only 1-0 in the third period.Rangers coach Alain Vigneault relayed a scouting report given by former Penguins star and current team owner Mario Lemieux to current Rangers assistant coach – and former teammate – Ulf Samuelsson.“Like Mario Lemieux told Ulfie yesterday, anything Fleury can catch he will catch,” Vigneault said Tuesday during a conference call. “Maybe if we stay away from that middle a little bit, our chances might become better.”Anything is worth a try. The Rangers hadn’t been shut out in consecutive playoff games since the 1937 Stanley Cup finals against Detroit.“(Fleury) has been pretty much great from when we first started the season,” Penguins forward Brandon Sutter said. “Last year he obviously faced a lot of postseason critics. He is kind of the same old guy that is pretty goofy, pretty loose around the room. I think that helps him with dealing with all the pressure. He just goes out and plays.“We’re up 2-1 now because our goalie probably stole one for us. We need that this time of year. It’s not always going to be pretty.”While the Penguins held an optional practice, Vigneault gave his players a full day off. They needed it after a stretch of five playoff games in seven days. Game 4 is Wednesday.“We know it’s a challenge. We know it will take our best game. That’s what we’re trying to put on the ice,” Vigneault said. “I don’t sense at all any frustration on our part.”
Alexis Sara CobbWhen my father was teaching me how to drive, he would say indecisiveness will get you killed.These people are following your lead through the signals you give them. If you are indecisive with your signals, there can and will be a fatal collision. I thought he was being extreme at the time. Trying to scare me into using my turn signals but he was correct. Indecisiveness when you are driving is dangerous. I just never thought his lesson would be applicable for the NFL as well.The National Football League should be celebrating opening weekend of the regular season. We should be discussing how our fantasy leagues are doing after the first week and adjusting for injuries. We should be talking about the GAMES! Instead, we are discussing Ray Rice and the infamous elevator incident once again.TMZ sports released another video surveillance of Ray Rice and his then fiancé, Janay Palmer. When the second video of the incident surfaced, the video showed him hitting then his fiancé, people were outraged all over again. It’s repulsive and upsetting. But even though it is video footage, we already knew this incident had taken place.Ray Rice hit the female. What did you think happened in the elevator? Now that we have seen it with our own eyes, is this somehow different than before? We had seen Rice dragging the female out of the elevator in the original video. Roger Goodell had taken the initiative to suspend Ray for two games. It was a deplorable, weak decision but that was the decision Roger Goodell made.Had Goodell used proper judgment in giving Rice a harsher punishment in the first place, then seeing the video wouldn’t have bothered me. I, along with so many others, would have looked at the video and said, “That’s why you will be sitting at home for the entire first half of the season. To think about your poor decision making! You need to take lessons from Jay Z on the appropriate behavior of how to act when a female hits and lunges at you. At no point, is it okay to hit her back. No and no.” But, instead I had to acknowledge that he would be eligible to play within the next 8 days.After viewing the video, the Baltimore Ravens have fired Ray Rice and the NFL, i.e. Roger Goodell, has suspended him indefinitely. Rice had already pled down from aggravated assault. How does seeing the video make his actions different? More punishable? How? He committed the act and deserved significant punishment originally. Now the Ravens are circling back and FIRING him.So, let me get this straight. The woman he was with suffered the physical abuse, suffered the media backlash of her marrying the man that she loves, and now she has to suffer with her husband being unemployed. How is that justice? The point is to punish the man for his actions not to eliminate his opportunity to provide for his family.I understand why the Ravens would want to fire Rice. I don’t agree with it but I understand it. It’s a business decision. Having a prominent player on film hitting a female doesn’t make their organization look good. However, when they had gotten that soft penalty from Goodell, the organization could have suspended Rice with additional games on their own regardless of Goodell’s punishment. The Baltimore Ravens didn’t give him any additional punishment. They greedily nodded and thought about how he would help them win games. Now they are distancing themselves faster than Usain Bolt can get to a finish line. It’s hypocritical.Although his firing is bothersome, that is not what I find most at fault. Goodell just suspended Rice indefinitely from the NFL. Wait a second, how does that punishment fall in line with his new flawed personal conduct policy? It doesn’t. Even if Roger Goodell wanted to be clever and say, in the light of the new video evidence, I am suspending Rice 6 games from the NFL. That I could have lived with. I could argue that Goodell is being consistent with his new personal conduct policy.But suspending him indefinitely? That’s unfair. Once again, the league is listening to the public outcry and acting accordingly. Give Ray Rice a timeline. Let him serve the suspension. Don’t punish Rice because you didn’t punish Rice and well now, he should be punished.Roger Goodell, when you are the person driving, if you are indecisive with your signals, there can and will be a fatal collision. In this case, Ray Rice’s career and ability to provide for his family is lying in the wreckage.(Two Sources for this story was TMZ.com and AP)Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at: [email protected] or (724) 561-8082 Follow her on Twitter: @alexissara
For several decades now, the Western Washington area has been producing top flight, professional level talent in the sport of basketball.However, the sport’s past in the area began long before in-state players headed off to play collegiately and in the NBA.The past, present and future of basketball in Washington State will be the topic of a special program and panel discussion presented by the State Capital Museum, HistoryLink.org, the Washington State Historical Society and Watt’s Basketball at the State Capitol Museum in Olympia on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m.Titled Basketball in the Northwest: Past, Present and Future!, the discussion will be moderated by Cassandra Tate of HistoryLink.org, with special guests including: retired Seattle Supersonics Legend Donald “Slick” Watts; former University of Washington basketball great Donald Watts (Slick’s son); and Keith Cooper, the head coach of the Saint Martin’s University men’s basketball team.Tate will present the history and inception of the sport in the region, while the three guests will add their expertise and detailed perspective regarding the development and future of basketball in Washington.A member of the Sonics from the 1973-74 season until the 1977-78 campaign, Slick Watts compiled 2678 assists and an astounding 961 steals throughout his six year NBA career, where he played in 437 total games. His defensive prowess earned him a spot on the NBA’s All-Defensive 1st Team in the 1975-76 season, which went along with his 8.1 assists and 3.2 steals per contest, both of which led the team that season. Watt’s played under legendary player/coach Bill Russell in his first four years in the NBA.Slick’s son Donald is considered to be one of the greatest players in the illustrious history of University of Washington basketball. In the 1997-98 season, Watts, who graduated from Lake Washington High School, was second on the Huskies in scoring at 16.9 per game, while his 107 assists and 48 steals would lead the team. The Huskies finished the season 20-10 and earned their first NCAA tournament bid since 1986. In the tournament, Watts would help lead the Huskies to the Sweet Sixteen following wins over Xavier and Richmond before falling to UCONN 75-74, who won on a game winning shot by future NCAA and NBA champion Richard “Rip” Hamilton. Watts would go on to average 13.1 points his senior year for the Huskies.The head coach at Saint Martin’s since 2003, Cooper had been an assistant at Central Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University before taking over for the Saints. Cooper is also well known for his high school coaching career, particularly at Decatur High School in Federal Way, where he helped lead DHS to a second place finish in 1996. While at Decatur, Cooper coached standout high school player Quincy Wilder, who would go on to play collegiately at several locations, including the Evergreen State College in the early 2000s. The High School All Area coach of the year in 1999, Cooper played collegiately at the College of the Siskiyous and Tacoma Community College and is a graduate of Morton High School.Cassandra Tate will begin the evening with a brief outline of the history of basketball in the state beginning with its introduction to Seattle as a club sport in the 1890s and including the arrival of the Sonics in the 1960s.Panelists will then be asked about their experiences as players and coaches and how the game has changed. How is basketball in the northwest different from other regions of the country? How come so many great players have come from the Northwest? Where is basketball on all levels headed, and what is the future for professional, men’s basketball in Seattle?ThurstonTalk.com sports writer Tom Rohrer will also be asking questions to the panel members.Admission is free for all youth sports players and a there is a $2 suggested donation for all others in attendance. Post program refreshments will be provided and guests will have an opportunity to meet and greet all the panel members.The State Capital Museum is located at 211 21st Ave SW in Olympia. For more information on the program, please call 360-586-0166, or visit their website. Facebook21Tweet0Pin0
Facebook350Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of Lacey Parks & RecreationLaceys’ annual S.T.E.M. Fair always focuses on science, technology, and the future but the 2019 date will bring even more as May 4 ties in with Star Wars and May the 4th be with you! “When we realized the date for this year’s event we immediately began working on adding some Star Wars to the event.” states Jeannette Sieler, Recreation Supervisor with the City of Lacey. “Attendees will be able to visit with droids and other Star Wars characters, pose for pictures, and take a look at the inner workings of these droids built by the Pacific Northwest R2builders club.” Also this year kids can explore the Mobile Ed STEAM Museum offering hands on activities that will allow all ages to learn while having fun, which is a major goal of the Lacey STEM Fair. “The STEAM Museum is a national traveling exhibit, we were lucky that they were in the area during this event as it will be an exciting addition!” says Sieler, “They will be set up in the Hub at Lacey (next to Ricardo’s) since their displays needed to be indoors, their placement there will expand the event beyond Huntamer Park.” The Museum of Flight will also be at the event with their Robot Garage!S.T.E.M. Fair began in 2014, evolving out of the Lacey Alternative Energy Fair, an event that focused on the electric car rally with student builders and drivers. As Alternative fuel and energy sources became more mainstream, it made sense to move forward with something else the students were working on, which was competitive robotics. STEM learning is essential today and the Lacey S.T.E.M. Fair allows local area students a chance to showcase what there are learning and bringing in businesses that can share STEM careers. Middle school and high school students take the stage to demonstrate their programing and construction as they run their robots through their paces. In addition, students also are at various booths around the event sharing one on one with the public their various STEM projects.This multifaceted event brings the community together to explore, share, and learn from all angles, applying, discovering, and playing with all things STEM, plus adding A for Arts. The event runs 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and is free to attend! Visit http://www.ci.lacey.wa.us/living-in-lacey/the-community/arts-and-events/stem-fairFor more info!Lacey S.T.E.M. FairSaturday, May 4, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.FREEHuntamer Park, 618 Woodland Sq Lp SE, Lacey
Playing against the top teams — the Vancouver side has played 16 games against American teams — has allowed Terminal City to learn the inner workings of the game.“(Terminal City) have five more years of experience in the sport so to be able to come up against them in the second Western Canadian Regional Championships, we’re really happy,” said Beretta Lynch of the Kannibelles, who just happen to be named tournament Most Valuable Player.“We’re super fit and very strong, but it’s just a matter of (Terminal City) having that much more practice,” Lynch added.Kootenay defeated Okanagan/Shuswap Raggedy Rollers Friday before outlasting Red Deer Belladonnas Saturday in semi final action.The tournament is only the second time, and first as Westerns, the tournament has been held.The success of the Kannibelles made it obvious which association would host the 2012 Championships.Last year in Kelowna Terminal City did not attend.E-Ville of Edmonton defeated Red Deer Belladonnas to capture third place.Luludemon was named Team MVP for the Terminal City while Scarlet Bloodbath AK47 earned top marks for the Kannibelles.However, maybe the surprise announcement of the tournament was Lynch earning top individual marks.“As captain I push my teammates very hard and to get tournament MVP I take this award as a team award and a representative of our team and the girls on our team deserved it,” Lynch said.The Westerns concludes much of the all-star season for the Kannibelles.The Kannibelles next action is July 21 in Castlegar against the Spokannibals of Spokane. First jam is 6 p.m.Before that match the Kannibelles players have some league commitments to fulfill and now head back to their respective clubs in the seven-team league — Gnarlies Angels of Rossland, Kill Joys and Lumber Jackies of Nelson, Salmo’s Babes of Brutality, the Valley Vendettas of the Slocan Valley, Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers and the Bad News Betties of Trail.For more information about the West Kootenay Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby League check out the website at http://www.kootenayrollerderby.com/ In the end heart and desire was no match for experience.The Terminal City Roller Girls scored early and often en route to a convincing 159-75 victory over the Kootenay Kannibelles in the final of the Klash In The Kootenays Western Canadian Women’s Roller Derby Championships Sunday at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.Despite losing in the final, the Kannibelles had a soft landing as both teams advance to the Canadian Championships in January 2012 at the site yet to be determined.“I was really hoping this would be the final because we knew the Kootenays have worked so hard . . . and have exponentially taken their game to another level,” said Terminal City skipper Ian McKenzie, AKA Coach McEnroe.“Physically and the stamina they have is far and above all the other teams here at the tournament.”“So we were really happy to play them in the final and really happy with the result,” McKenzie added.From the start of the tournament Friday Terminal City, seeded at the top of the eight-team pool, toyed with the opposition.The Vancouver-based squad first got past Deathbridge of Lethbridge on opening day before advancing to the final with a lopsided decision over E-Ville of Edmonton Saturday.And Sunday Terminal City kept on steamrolling the opposition, this time the Kannibelles, an all-star team from the West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League.Working the transition from offence to defense in what seemed like a blink of an eye to the Kannibelles, Terminal City took the lead minutes into the game and never looked back.“In Vancouver we’re part of the WFTA, which is the American affiliation for all of flat track (roller) derby . . . and you have to be a member to be ranked,” McKenzie explained.“We’re ranked 16th in the West Division (of the WFTA) but being ranked means we get to play American teams which are using all different types of strategies.”
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2015)–Thegirlinthatsong pounced on pacesetter Jojo Warrior a quarter mile from home and went on to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 La Canada Stakes by 4 ¼ lengths under Rafael Bejarano as even money favorite Lexie Lou got up for second. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Thegirlinthatsong bested a half dozen other 4-year-old fillies and covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.84.Idle since running second in the Zia Park Oaks on Nov. 26, the 4-year-old Texas-bred daughter of My Golden Song tried Santa Anita’s main track for the first time and registered her fifth win from 19 overall starts. Second behind 8-5 second choice Jojo Warrior through splits of 23.63, 47.13 and 1:11.66, Thegirlinthatsong got the mile in 1:36.99 en route to her biggest career win.“She’s been training well here and we were looking for a good effort from her,” said Hollendorfer. “I think Rafael wanted to stay back a little more than what I wanted him to. I asked him to stay as close as he could and be comfortable, so he did that, and that ended up working out well.”Off at 6-1, Thegirlinthatsong paid $15.00, $4.20 and $2.60. Owned by Gatto, Hollendorfer, and Tim and Peter Russo, she picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $407,695.“I thought Lexie Lou and Jojo Warrior would go to the lead so I expected to put my horse right behind Jojo Warrior after the break,” said Bejarano. “When we broke, my horse was real fresh…I just put us right behind and I had a beautiful trip. By the three eighths pole, I still felt I had a lot of horse and when I let her go in the stretch, she took off.”Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Lexie Lou, who came off a second place finish to likely Horse of the Year California Chrome in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar, was just up for the place by a head over Jojo Warrior while never threatening for the win. She paid $2.80 and $2.20.“Not bad for her first time on dirt, not bad at all,” said Nakatani. “When Jojo Warrior kind of crossed over (going into the first turn) she got a little dirt in her face and she started to jump a little. I lost our position but for her first time on dirt, she showed her heart and she ran a big race. The farther the better with her.”Jojo Warrior, who was ridden by Martin Garcia and appeared to be running easily on the lead, finished 5 ¾ lengths clear of longshot Une Cherise and paid $2.60 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover into Sunday at Santa Anita of $104,326 and it’s expected Sunday’s total pool should exceed $500,000. First post time is at 12:30 p.m., admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $104,326 INTO SUNDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $500,000
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2017)–Cistron, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by The Factor, provided Hronis Racing and Little Red Feather’s all-new Equity Crowdfunding Partnership with their first collaborative winner, as he took Santa Anita’s first race on Sunday, a $56,000 allowance for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf. Ridden by Luis Contreras and trained by John Sadler, he prevailed by a head while getting the distance in 1:35.20.With an overflow crowd of enthusiastic partners celebrating in the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle, the win is the byproduct of a marketing collaboration between Little Red Feather Racing and Santa Anita Park that was first announced in October. The Crowdfunding platform is designed to reach potential new horse owners and provide them with an opportunity to have equity in a top race horse for a relatively small investment.”We want to sincerely thank Kosta Hronis for allowing us to buy-in on this very promising horse,” said Billy Koch, Managing Partner for Little Red Feather Racing. “We also want to thank Santa Anita for helping us to bring new owners into our sport – and just as importantly – making sure they were all treated like the real owners they are today with the fantastic hospitality. This was a great win for us today, as many of our Equity Crowdfunding partners are first-time owners and that makes it really special.” Cistron, who is also Triple Crown nominated, was most recently third in the Eddie Logan Stakes on Dec. 30, and was making his fifth career start today. Sent off at 8-5 in a field of six, he paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.10.Link to Cistron’s winning race and Winner’s Circle Celebration – http://www.xbtv.com/replay02052017_1/ TRAINED BY SADLER, DERBY HOPEFUL IS FIRST WINNER FOR ENTHUSIASTIC NEW OWNERSHIP GROUP