first_imgLongshot Keeper Ofthe Stars Takes Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes By A Half Length Over Heavily Favored Jolie Olimpica As Wong & Cedillo Team For Mile On Turf In 1:34.15 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2020)–Heavily favored Jolie Olimpica tired late and longshot Keeper Ofthe Stars took full advantage, as she altered tactics today and rallied under Abel Cedillo to a half length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita.  Trained by Jonathan Wong, the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.15.As expected, Jolie Olimpica, fresh off an impressive win in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, shot straight to the lead into the first turn, with Keeper ofthe Stars settling into fourth, about a length and a half off the lead in a field of nine older fillies and mares.Second, a half length off the lead turning for home, Keeper ofthe Stars easily overhauled Jolie Olimpica en route to her second graded stakes win.“I thought if we could get her to relax off the pace today, she could make one run,” said Cedillo, who had ridden her in her last four starts.  “I got her back going into the first turn and she relaxed really good. The distance was perfect and she finished really strong.”Most recently sixth, beaten three lengths after leading early in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes at one mile on turf here Jan. 20, Keeper ofthe Stars was off at 36-1 and paid $74.20, $14.80 and $6.00.Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, Keeper ofthe Stars, whose last win came in the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes four stars back on Oct. 26, picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $321,931 while improving her overall mark to 14-6-1-3.“When Tom and Debi (Stull) from Tommy Town Thoroughbreds gave her to me, it felt like the best horse we have ever had,” said Wong. “We thought she would come from off the pace.  She is better when she has something to chase and when she on the outside and clear, because she has such a long stride (and) it takes her a while to get going.”As for Jolie Olimpica, a 4-year-old Brazilian-bred who had been so impressive in winning the Las Cienegas, she tried hard but had little to offer late, checking in second, a half length better than Mucho Unusual. Off at 3-5, Jolie Olimpica, who was ridden by Mike Smith, paid $3.00 and $2.20.“Going from a sprint to a route today, she just didn’t relax,” said Smith, who had ridden her in her U.S. debut. “She was pulling and when she does that, she’s not breathing the way she needs to.”Ridden by Joel Rosario, California-bred Mucho Unusual was the second betting choice at 4-1 and paid $3.00 to show while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Lady Prancealot.Fractions on the race were 23.23, 46.49, 1:10.24 and 1:22.30.last_img read more

first_imgAuthorities at City of Derry Airport have been forced to close and cancel all flights in and out of the airport due to flood damage.The busy transport hub has been struck by a deluge of flood waters after the overnight rain which has devastated many parts of the North West.Passengers who were due to travel from City of Derry Airport today are being warned not to come to the building. Passengers are also advised that heavy rain and flooding has led to hazardous driving conditions on the road. People are told to contact their airline directly with queries. Pictures shared on the airport’s Facebook page show the departure hall, offices and outdoor areas all under several feet of water.City of Derry AirportCity of Derry AirportA statement from the airport said: BMI Regional flight, BM1501 from City of Derry Airport to London Stansted, scheduled to depart at 06:10hrs on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. As a result, BMI regional flight, BM1502, from London Stansted to City of Derry Airport, scheduled to depart at 08:40hrs on Wednesday 23rd August 2017 has also been cancelled.Passengers travelling on bmi regional’s evening services to and from London Stansted, (flight BM1507 or flight BM1508) please contact airline for more info. Disrupted passengers are advised to contact the airline on 0330 333 7998 or alternatively email the airport info@cityofderryairport.com.All flights cancelled at Derry Airport amid shocking flood scenes was last modified: August 23rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:City of Derry AirportFLOODINGTravellast_img read more