ALEXANDER’S HOMEBRED S Y SKY ASSIGNED HIGH WEIGHT OF 126 LBS. & HEADS SATURDAY’S $100,000 CALIFORNIA DISTAFF AT 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURFARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2019)–Never worse than third in 15 starts, Nick Alexander’s brilliant homebred S Y Sky heads a field of six California-bred or sired fillies and mares three and up in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap, to be contested at 5 ½ furlongs over the Santa Anita turf.With a solid recent stakes win over the course to her credit, Reddam Racing’s Don’t Sell poses a serious threat, as does Alexander’s other Cal Distaff entrant, Just Grazed Me, who’s been idle since winning a five furlong turf allowance at Del Mar on Aug. 14.S Y SKYOwner: Nick AlexanderTrainer: Phil D’AmatoA solid three quarter length winner of the Grade III Monrovia Stakes three starts back on May 26, this 5-year-old Grazen mare, out of Sky Marni, by Sky Mesa, has been second as the 6-5 favorite in her last two starts, both turf sprints. Idle since second, beaten three quarters of a length going five furlongs on Aug. 25 at Del Mar, S Y Sky has been assigned high weight 126 pounds and will be trying 5 ½ furlongs on turf for the first time on Saturday. Although based at San Luis Rey Downs, her most recent workout was here at Santa Anita–a five furlong drill in 1:02.60 on Sunday.DON’T SELLOwner: Reddam Racing LLCTrainer: Doug O’NeillA 1 ¼ length winner of the 5 ½ furlong turf Unzip Me Stakes Sept. 28, this 3-year-old filly by Square Eddie, out of the In Excess mare Too Much Excess, has enjoyed a tremendous year for O’Neill, winning four out of her eight starts and running second twice while amassing 2019 earnings of $232,160. Although ridden to victory last time out by Evin Roman, she’ll be reunited with Paul Reddam’s go-to jock, Mario Gutierrez. With a career-best 88 Beyer Speed figure to her credit on Sept. 28, she’s unquestionably in top form and rates a big look on Saturday.JUST GRAZED MEOwner: Nick AlexanderTrainer: Phil D’AmatoA winner of two out of her last three starts, this 4-year-old daughter of Grazen, out of Fairway Road, by Cuvee, is also at the top of her game as she bids for her second career state-bred stakes win. Idle since victorious in a five furlong turf allowance Aug. 14, she has seven works on her post race tab, the last five on Santa Anita’s inner training track. Blessed with an abundance of natural speed, she’ll be making her third consecutive start on turf in the Cal Distaff.THE CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 9 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT S Y Sky–Drayden Van Dyke–126Silk From Heaven–Eswan Flores–114Gypsy Blu–Abel Cedillo–121Queen Be to You–Ruben Fuentes–121Don’t Sell–Mario Gutierrez–122Just Grazed Me–Geovanni Franco–122First post time for an eight-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Madeleine (second from left) on her last trip to Donegal before she disappeared.A Donegal bar-owner who played with Madeleine McCann just three weeks before she disappeared said he hopes police are now close to a breakthrough in the case.Joe Peoples rents a bar from Maddie’s grandmother Eileen McCann in the village of St Johnston.Little Maddie was in the bar with her mum and dad, Kate and Gerry, when they visited Ireland before going to holiday in Portugal where Maddie was snatched. Joe told Donegal Daily he feels police are getting closer and closer to finding whoever took Maddie.“I do feel that they are making progress all the time and I hope the television documentary will jog people’s memories.“I will be watching the documentary as I know so many millions of others will be as well.“I just hope they find the wee lassie. I go down on my knees and pray like a lot of other people and she is always in my prayers. “I just hope they find her safe and well and I hope they also find the person who took her away,” said Joe.The bar-owner, who has rented his premises from Maddie’s grandmother Eileen for the past three decades, recalls well the last time he saw Maddie.“They all called in here to say hello when they were passing through over to West Donegal.“I remember the wee girl (Maddie) helping me to arrange bottles on the shelves.“She was a lovely wee thing and to hear that she was taken just a couple of weeks later broke my heart. “How anybody could take such an innocent little child away from her loving parents beggars belief,” he said.Joe said Maddie’s parents never called back to the bar but her grandmother Eileen McCann did drop by last year.“She dropped in but what do you say to someone? I just told her that little Maddie is always in our thoughts and prayers.“It would be an amazing thing if she was found,” he said. BAR-OWNER WHO BEFRIENDED MADDIE HOPES POLICE ARE CLOSE TO BREAKTHROUGH was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:CrimeWatchdonegalJoe PeoplesKate and Gerry McCannMaddie McCann