APACHE PRINCESS, KOOKIE GAL & LAKERBALL ALL LOOM LARGE IN MONDAY’S $200,000 CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS AT ONE MILE ON TURF RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2019)–Keith Desormeaux’s Apache Princess, Peter Miller’s Kookie Gal and Doug O’Neill’s Lakerball all loom large in Monday’s $200,000 California Cup Oaks at Santa Anita. Restricted to 3-year-old fillies bred or sired in California, the Cal Cup Oaks, which has attracted a field of nine, is part of the lucrative Golden State Series, which is sponsored by the CTBA.With two consecutive wins at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course and a close second three starts back at a one mile turf maiden race at Del Mar Nov. 10, Apache Princess looks like the logical top selection as she bids for three wins in a row.A first out maiden winner going one mile over the Santa Anita turf Oct. 18, Kookie Gal, who is owned by her breeders, Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber, was an impressive winner of the state-bred Soviet Problem Stakes at one mile on dirt two starts back at Los Alamitos and comes off a nose defeat at one mile on dirt here on Jan. 11.A winner of the one mile turf Surfer Girl Stakes in open company here three starts back on Oct. 8, Lakerball was a galloping minor stakes winner going a mile on turf at Golden Gate Fields Oct. 27 and has been freshened by O’Neill since well beaten in the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 24.APACHE PRINCESSOwner: KMN Racing, LLCTrainer: Keith DesormeauxBy the late superstar California-based stallion Unusual Heat, Apache Princess, who is out of the Indian Charlie mare Puskita, was bred by her owners and is not only in sharp recent form, but she appears to possess the right “sit and pounce” style. The second leading money earner in the field with $111,960, she has two wins and as many seconds from five starts and will be ridden for the sixth consecutive time by Desormeaux’s brother, Kent.KOOKIE GALOwner: Wachtel Stable & Gary BarberTrainer: Peter MillerA dark bay or brown filly by Boisterous, out of the Comic Strip mare Kukaluka, she was beaten a scant nose on Jan. 11 by talented Calf Moon Bay and is a proven commodity at the distance, as all four of her starts have been at one mile–two on dirt and two on grass. With two wins and a second from four starts, she has earnings of $103,820 and rates a huge chance with Flavien Prat riding back.LAKERBALLOwner: Pappas Horse Racing Corp., Purple Rein Racing & Tom RobertsTrainer: Doug O’NeillBy the Unusual Heat stallion Lakerville, she’s out of the Capsized mare Category Ten. Following her head victory in the Surfer Girl Stakes here on Oct. 8, she was the even money favorite in the one mile turf Pikes Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate, a one mile turf race she took by five lengths. Freshened since a 7 ¼ length defeat in the Grade III Jimmy Durante Nov. 24, Lakerball has two wins from three tries at a mile on turf and will be making her seventh career start on Monday. With three wins from six starts, she’s the leading money earner in the field with $129,825.THE CALIFORNIA CUP OAKS WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 5 of 9 Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PTLippy–Mario Gutierrez–124Mucho Unusual–Joel Rosario–120Tiz a Master–Heriberto Figueroa–122Kookie Gal–Flavien Prat–124Silk From Heaven–Eswan Flores–120Hot On the Trail–Drayden Van Dyke–120Creative Instinct–Brice Blanc–124Lakerball–Rafael Bejarano–124Apache Princess–Kent Desormeaux–126First post time for a nine-race card on Monday is at 12:30p.m. please visitsanttaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
New Zealand’s Nick Willis, twice an Olympic 1,500m medalist, was sixth in 4:00.29 in his outdoor season debut. The 35-year-old Kiwi missed April’s Commonwealth Games with a leg injury.Canada’s Brandon McBride won the men’s 800 in 1:45.18, defeating Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski by .93.Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum, the 2016 world indoor 1,500m runner-up, won the 1,500 in 4:04.65, edging American Charlene Lipsey by .33.The meet concludes Sunday with sprints on a specially constructed straightaway in downtown Boston.Two-time world indoor runner-up Ajee Wilson won the 800 meters Saturday in distance events contested on the opening night of the Boston Games athletics meet.Wilson won at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology stadium track in 1min 59.27secs, .16 ahead of Jamaica’s Natoya Goule, who was third at this year’s Commonwealth Games.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cyrus Rutto all smiles after winning the 5,000m race at the Kenyan trials for the IAAF World Athletics Championships to be held in London in August. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNEW YORK, United States, May 20 – Kenyans celebrated two triumphs In the opening night of the Boston Games athletics meet with Cyrus Rutto taking the men’s 3,000 in 7:45.64 and Caroline Kipkirui taking the women’s 5,000 in 15:55.24.Britain’s Chris O’Hare, a 1,500 Rio Olympic semi-finalist coming off a foot injury, finished second in the mile, with American Drew Hunter winning in 3:56.72 and O’Hare next on 3:57.17.