first_imgTrainerMts 41% MANDATORY PICK 6 JACKPOT RETURNS $53,312 25% $1,161,492 Peter Miller113 43% 25 27 1st 29 John Sadler90 40 ITM% $1,079,715 27 13% 39 36 25 52 $1,539,962 29 $1,523,404 (Current Through Saturday, April 6) 20 19% 63% 1st HRONIS, SADLER JOIN HOWARD & ‘SILENT’ TOM 32% 15 34 18 20% $1,733,956 Richard Baltas129 JockeyMts 59% 15 Win% 51% FOND MEMORIES RESURRECTED AT SANTA ANITASeabiscuit, Round Table, Damascus, Buckpasser, Ack Ack, Affirmed, Native Diver,Spectacular Bid, John Henry, Best Pal, Lava Man, Game On Dude, Zenyatta.This is Santa Anita.Woolf, Arcaro, Longden, Shoemaker, Pincay, McCarron, Stevens, Delahoussaye.This is Santa Anita.Molter, McDaniel, Jones, Whittingham, McAnally, Frankel, Lukas, Baffert.This is Santa Anita.Hernandez, Johnson, Denman.This is Santa Anita.The San Gabriel Mountains, brought vividly into focus from a spectacular sunrise in a backdrop borne idyllically by nature after eons of gestation, a verdant landscape Monet, to art’s misfortune, missed by a century.This is Santa Anita.Memories of the greatness that was and is blossomed in all its historic glory Saturday as 30,713 fans on track and countless others transfixed to their TV monitors and shoulder to shoulder at betting parlors witnessed a storybook saga featuring marquee players Bellafina, Vasilika, Roadster and Game Winner, and Gift Box and McKinzie.This is Santa Anita.Bob Baffert, after his leading Triple Crown prospects ran first and second in Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby, which he has won a record nine times: “It’s hard to get to this moment. There’s not a better feeling than there is today.“The fans, despite what they’ve been reading, they showed up. They’re here to watch good racing, they brought their families, they’ll always remember the Santa Anita Derby. It was so comforting to see all these fans here and get behind us.“They know at the end of the day we love our horses. We wake up worrying about them, we go to sleep worrying about them. To me, that’s what made this a great day.”This is Santa Anita.TRAINERS LOOK TO THE FUTURE AFTER BIG VICTORIESBob Baffert, Simon Callaghan and Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward reported their respective stakes winners came out of Saturday’s races in good order, Roadster and Game Winner after running one-two in the Santa Anita Derby, Bellafina after capturing the Santa Anita Oaks and Vasilika after yet another smashing triumph, this in the Royal Heroine Stakes.“I got to run my big horses, they ran well and they both look good today, so that’s the main thing,” Baffert said Sunday morning. “The Big ‘Cap was a helluva race (in which his McKinzie was nosed out by Gift Box after a pulsating nose-and-nose duel to the wire).“All the fans showed up to watch those races. It was a good day.”While the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile May 4 had been mentioned immediately after her 2 ¾-length triumph in the Royal Heroine as a possibility for Vasilika’s next race, Ward said Sunday her next start likely will come in the Grade I Gamely Stakes May 27 at Santa Anita, where the dazzling daughter of Skipshot has won 10 of 11 races.The Grade I, $500,000 Gamely is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and Your’e In” Challenge Race to be decided at 1 1/8 miles on grass.As for Instagrand, third by 2 ¼ lengths in the Santa Anita Derby after leading into the stretch, Ward said the Pat Day Mile “is the race to look at” May 4 at Churchill Downs rather than the Kentucky Derby, adding, “but he might still go in the Derby. He ran good yesterday.”“All my horses came out of their races well,” said Callaghan, who also sent out victorious Hostess ($53) and Maxim Rate to finish a nose apart in Saturday’s Providencia Stakes. “The plan is to keep Bellafina here until maybe six days before the Kentucky Oaks (May 3).”MANDATORY SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT PAYS $53,312.60Although early prognostications forecast Saturday’s Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool would reach approximately $3 million, Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent minimum wager, with a mandatory payout in place, generated a massive total pool of $5,352,827.With a carryover from Friday of $815,939 serving as a catalyst, $4,536,888 in “new” Rainbow Six money cascaded in, creating a pari-mutuel bonanza for the holders of 80 winning tickets, each worth $53,312.60.With a nine-race card in store today, the Rainbow Six will be comprised of races four through nine. Approximate post time for race four is 2:35 p.m. PT.BEER, CAMACHO SANTA ANITA’S 5K WINNERSOn a clear and cool morning, Christine Beer blazed the 3.1 mile course she has run so many times before in 35:55, followed by last-minute entrant Loren Lopez of Hospitality in Saturday’s annual 5K run for Santa Anita employees.Third among women was Wendy Thatcher, who decided to actually run, not walk the course, this year. Wendy and her running mate and colleague from Hospitality Billy Malone were proudly wearing their participant medals while working up in FrontRunner today.In the men’s division, lead pony rider Jesus Camacho jumped quickly from the starting gate and ran a very respectable 21:35, 109th overall out of nearly 5,000 participants. Following gamely for medals were Noe Meza of the Corp Yard and Rene Henriquez, who works on the starting gate.All in all, it was a great way to start Derby Day. Thanks to all participants for running and walking in this, the 25th edition of the Santa Anita Derby Day 5K !–Pete Siberell.Results in the women’s division: Christine Beer, Receiving Barn, 35:55; Loren Lopez, Hospitality, 38:32; Wendy Thatcher, Hospitality, 38:48; Mary Forney, TOC, 43:59; Lucinda Mandella, CARMA, 52:18; Natalie Rietkirk, CARMA, 52:18; and Voni Walker, Parking Operations, 1:02.52.Among men: Jesus Camacho, Racing, 21:35; Noe Meza, Corp Yard, 22:11; Rene Henriquez, Starting Gate, 23:41; Tim Craigmyle, Starting Gate, 24:06; Albert Razo, Plant, 28:36; Alec Jimenez, Corp Yard, 28:58; Billy Malone, Hospitality, 38:11; and Rey Solis, Accounting, 49:09.LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:MidCourt works 7 furlongs (Sherriffs) 4-7-19Once on Whiskey (Outside) and  Explorer works 5 furlongs (Baffert) 4-7-19Soi  Phet works 5 furlongs (Powell) 4-7-19Springs Eternal works 5 furlongs (Mandella) 4-7-19Kanthaka worked 4 furlongs (Hollendorfer) 4-7-19Zoe Cadman catches up with  Mike Smith to talk about  Roadster’s win in the Santa Anita DerbySimon Callaghan recaps  Bellafina’s win in the Santa Anita OaksImprobable works 6 furlongs (Baffert) 4-5-19Ameerah B (Outside) and  Koritsi work 5 furlongs (Sadler) 4-5-19Rickey B (Outside) and  Stone Hands work 5 furlongs (Sadler) 4-5-19Mantaray Island (Outside) and   Don’t Sell works 5 furlongs (O’Neill) 4-5-19            FINISH LINES: With the winter portion of Santa Anita’s meet ending this afternoon, Joel Rosario leads Flavien Prat in the jockeys’ race, 55-52, with each named on seven horses today. Doug O’Neill holds a 29-24 lead over Richard Baltas among trainers . . . Starting with condition book number seven, agent Tom Knust will represent jockey Agapito Delgadillo in addition to Martin Garcia . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and resume live action at 1 p.m. Friday, April 12. There will be simulcast wagering Thursday with free general admission and free parking. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. . . . Fun Fact from Steve Byk, host the popular “At the Races” on Sirius Satellite Radio: With Gift Box following Accelerate’s 2018 Santa Anita Handicap win yesterday, Hronis Racing, LLC and John Sadlerbecame the first owner/trainer combo to win successive Big ‘Caps since C.S. Howard and “Silent” Tom Smith did it with Kayak II and Seabiscuit in 1939 and 1940. $3,472,601 12 11 Mike Smith78 32 24 16 17 25 2nd $1,765,768 16% 14% 55 47% BEER, CAMACHO TAKE SANTA ANITA’S 5K RUNS 15 56%center_img 28 61% 29 25 43% 20 20 30 Drayden Van Dyke160 $2,195,260 Doug O’Neill184 Flavien Prat195 IT’S A GREAT DAY AT THE GREAT RACE PLACE 15 16% 47% $3,357,598 27% 24 FUTURE AWAITS SATURDAY’S STAKE WINNERS 64% Joel Rosario219 55% 15% 19% Rafael Bejarano167 48% $1,845,838 Money Won 27% 18 23 21 12 14 $1,099,199 Tiago Pereira175 Geovanni Franco215 38% Philip D’Amato114 $1,638,086 $1,549,246 ITM% Jerry Hollendorfer104 13 Win% 26 15% 20 Money Won 18 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS $2,336,730 16% 3rd 22 3rd 2nd Bob Baffert75last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Off the eaten path: Ban Mee Off the eaten path: Coconut Off the eaten path: Tamura Off the eaten path: Santa Ana Farmers Market If you’re constantly in search of heat, make your way to Avenida 2, between Calle 38 and 40 and you’ll find the perfect spicy space, literally. Espacio Picante, Spanish for spicy space, serves traditional Sichuan cuisine that’s world-famous for their namesake chili peppers that tingle your mouth with a numbing burn.Here, for the last five years, a family of immigrants from the Sichuan region of China hasbeen satisfying and burning the palates of adventurous diners while staying true to their roots.There is an a la carte menu, but the real reason to visit Espacio Picante is for their Sichuan hot pot. Each table in this restaurant has an electric hot plate where they place a large pot of broth (spicy/plain/or half-half) and bring it to a boil.Guests then cook their own food in this pot. Imagine a steaming cauldron spicy of deliciousness with a different morsel every time you go fishing in it. It’s sort of a choose your own culinary adventure. And by the way, definitely get the spicy broth, or at very least half and half. It’s what we came to the spicy space for, isn’t it? Half spicy, half not, full boil.This format is ideal for family-style eating or plate sharing. I would recommend this restaurant for groups of four and up. They could easily accommodate large groups, too.If you choose the hot pot, the waiter will bring a single page black-and-white menu. Each ingredient is listed in Spanish and Chinese, one of the many reminders that this place is legit. Then you mark down on the right side of each ingredient how many you want (ex. 1,2,3).The hotpot menu has about 60 different items to choose from: meats, seafood, starches, vegetables, and noodles. Tofu is available, for vegetarians, too, and while I suspect the broth to be a vegetable stock, I was not able to get a straight answer and so can’t confidently recommend to vegans.All of these items are brought to the table raw, and some are frozen, so it is important to beaware of the different cooking times, depending on temperature and size of the ingredient. If you have any doubts, the waiter will be happy to help specify.As a Canadian, I cannot guarantee that this is the correct way to eat this meal, but I have made the greatest effort to understand proper practices. I always put everything that I order into the pot and let it all cook before starting the meal, but that could very well be incorrect. Maybe the traditional way is to go one at a time, item by item.Regardless of how you cook your ingredients, everyone is served a plate of freshly grated ginger and green onions. It is customary to put a little of each into your small white porcelain bowl and top of with sesame oil and soy sauce. There is also a fermented fish paste that is supposed to be included in this mix. Be cautious with this since it has a powerful and extremely salty flavor that some might find offensive. Some of the ingredients at Espacio Picante.When you remove cooked proteins and vegetables from the hot pot, the idea is to dip them into this mix before eating.Then, as you finish each plate, you put them on the cart they place next to your table. This keeps the table free so you can keep ordering more and more. This meal should be a feast that goes on for as long as you can stomach it.My personal favorites here are the pork empanadas, thinly sliced beef, spicy beef, pork balls, and whole shrimp. Generally, the quality of ingredients strikes me as more than acceptable and I have always suspected them to be fresh. Quail eggs, lobster balls, tilapia heads, and bamboo were some of the more interesting items I noticed and will have to try next time.The ideal complements to this feast are the 1-liter bottles of Tsingtao beer. When poured over a glass of ice, it is the perfect relief of the spicy Sichuan peppers that will have your nose running, face sweating, and eyes crying – it hurts so good. For those who would prefer something nonalcoholic to drink, try a can of their milk tea with tapioca pearls. It’s equally refreshing under these circumstances.Prices per plate range from 2,400 colones up to 8,500 colones, which would get you a whole chicken. I would say the average hot pot ingredient comes in around 3,600 colones and then the broth, to begin with, has a charge of 3,000 colones. (Prices here do not include the 13% tax.)I am sure solo diners and couples are equally welcomed, but the portions here are never designed for less than four people, and the meal would come out more expensive per person, than with a group of eight people. Variety with every spoonful.Actually, it could make the difference between this being an affordable meal or an expensive one. Either way, the price always feel justifiable, as there is no way you will leave hungry. Things can also get messy, so maybe it’s not ideal for first dates. I recommend going here with people you are comfortable with to maximize the fun.As with most of these kinds of restaurants, it appears to double as the family residence. Don’t be surprised if you see an older woman walking around with her small white dog following at her feet. She’s the owner. For me, this adds to the charm, but if you’re the kind of person who gives out 1-star reviews on Facebook over these kinds of things, maybe stay away.She also does not seem too interested in conversation and so the service can also be hit or miss, especially due to the occasional language barrier. My point is to please know, you are going here for the food, not the ambiance, not the service. It is an experience, and as long as you bring a good group of friends, it will be an enjoyable one. I guarantee it. The food here is good enough and unique enough to happily put up with whatever little hiccup.Espacio Picante is open 7 days a week, from 12 p.m. until 1 a.m., with late night being their busiest hours. Of course they are. This kind of meal is best when shared with friends over loud conversation and the inebriating effects of ice-cold Chinese beers.They accept all major credit cards. To arrive, look up “Restaurante Espacio Picante” in Waze or Uber.William Ayre is a Canadian born chef and restaurateur who has spent the last half of his life doing business in Costa Rica, where he now considers to be home. Inspired by Anthony Bourdain, Ayre’s passion of experiencing different cultures through food has taken him to 35 different countries over five continents. Whether it’s a 20-course meal at a fine dining restaurant in Toronto, or cantina hopping in search for the best chifrijo here in San José, he fits in just fine. Facebook Commentslast_img read more