first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESDRAYDEN VAN DYKE, S Y SKY, WINNER:  “Phil told me she’s fast, but she can be tactical also.  We broke sharp, but I was able to take her back and she finished really well.”FLAVIEN PRAT, BELVOIR BAY, SECOND:  “Turning for home, I didn’t think she could get beat.  The winner was just too much.”TRAINER QUOTESPHILIP D’AMATO, S Y SKY, WINNER:“I thought she was doing well, but I’ve got to give the credit to Drayden Van Dyke.  She popped on top and she was in control, but Drayden realized the top two were really smoking so he eased her back and that was the winning move.  We’re looking forward to campaigning her the rest of the year.”OWNER QUOTESNICK ALEXANDER, S Y SKY, WINNER: “I knew if she caught Belvoir Bay at the top of the lane she would out-finish her, I was sure of that. Her last race at Golden Gate, Flavien rode her and he made a huge move in the turn going for home and he said, ‘This filly has a huge turn of foot,’ and the secret after that was just keep her busy. She prefers the outside. Last time that she was beaten, she was down on the inside and she got caught. I thought it was perfect. A perfect ride and a perfect result.“She’s made over half a million bucks in just Cal-bred races, she’s out of a mare that I claimed from  A.C. Avila at Del Mar about seven years ago for sixteen thousand bucks. Everyone in her family has been a winner, we just get lucky sometimes.”“I’ve won Grade three’s, I’ve won Cal-Bred stakes races, If I live long enough maybe I’ll get that Grade one.“Isn’t she something? We almost retired her and bred her. It was close, it was a coin flip. She’s been so good to us. I’ll have to ask Phil what’s next because to tell you the truth, we didn’t plan beyond this race. I’m just so thrilled.“When Belvoir Bay was a 3-year-old, Enola Gray was a 3-year-old as well and we were both entered in the Torrey Pines at Del Mar. We had to scratch Enola because of a cough. Belvoir Bay obviously won that race but I’ve been trying to beat her ever since then. This was the first time we’ve actually caught her.“You don’t know about the time because it’s dirt from the turf and deeper, but I’ve never seen her better than this. It’s so cool.“She broke her maiden going six and-a-half and then the Melair at a mile and-a-sixteenth but when we tried her on the grass she seemed to take to it so we’ve always tried her on that but several times we’ve had rain and come off of it. She can run on dirt so what the hell but I still think that she’s a better grass horse.“She’s big and strong and I think she’s about 1,175 pounds and tall, long legs. She’s got a big stride, and she’s just a cool horse. Nothing bothers her. I’d love to have more like her.”NOTES: The winning owner/breeder is Nicholas B. Alexander, who resides in Los Angeles.Nick Alexander’s S Y Sky and jockey Drayden Van Dyke win the Grade II, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes, Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

Ex-con charged in North Hollywood strangulation


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.La Brunda confessed to strangling Johnson in his car after she disrespected him, police said. He then placed her body on a row of abandoned tires in an alley less than four blocks from his home, officers said. A neighbor discovered the body around 11 a.m. Wednesday. La Brunda was charged Thursday with two counts of capital murder for the deaths of Johnson and her unborn child. It was unclear if he was the child’s father. He is being held without bail in Los Angeles County Jail. “It’s tragic,” Los Angeles police Detective Rich Wheeler said. “She didn’t deserve this. She’s 21.” In March, Johnson and La Brunda reconnected at a junior college, where her father said she was studying to become a social worker. La Brunda had just gotten out of jail after being convicted in January of battering another woman he was dating, according to court records. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Soft-hearted and the apple of her father’s eye, Alisha Johnson’s family nicknamed her “big” because, as he said, “She was bigger than life.” On Thursday, police said the 21-year-old woman who was four months pregnant was dumped shoeless next to a pile of tires in a North Hollywood alley by a man convicted four times of beating up women. “She was just full of life, love and understanding,” her father, Clay, said as mourners poured into his Orange County home Thursday. Friends told police Johnson had known Michael La Brunda, a 33-year-old father with a criminal record dating back seven years, for more than two years. He was sentenced to nine months in jail, but because of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s early release program, was set free before he completed the time. He had previously been convicted three times on spousal battery and been ordered to take a one-year domestic violence program. None of the charges ever carried more than a one-year conviction. “When you are sentenced to 270 days, you are out in two or three months,” said Richard A. Schmidt, supervising city attorney for the Van Nuys criminal branch. “This illustrates a very grave and long-standing concern that our offices and I know the judges have have had with the early release from the county jail system.” As recently as last year, another woman filed a restraining order against La Brunda. And a neighbor filed one back in 2003. Earlier (818) 713-3741 For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more