FRANCIA’S PRIDE will report in good nick, and despite the strong claims of the Anthony Nunes-trained COUNTER ATTACK, she should make amends in a field of seven. TWO STEPS UP, who has been running consistently well, looks the one to beat in the third race 1100 metres for $250,000 – $210,000 claiming horses. She finished a close third to DIFERENTGENERATION and FIERY PATH over this trip in the Millard Ziadie Memorial Cup on February 8, and now dropped in class, should make no mistake in a field of nine. SHE’S A LEGACY, the mount of three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson, should be good enough to win the fourth race over the straight for maiden three-year-olds, following her close second to BILINGUAL over 1100 metres last November. That represents better form than most and although she can expect stiff competition from lightly-raced ZI BEAST and first time runners PAINTTHISTOWNRED and RAGE OF ANGELS, SHE’S A LEGACY is given the edge in a field of 11. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by JESSIE JAMES and BALLON D’OR, with top apprentices Bebeto Harvey and Linton Steadman aboard. Their respective dangers are recent winner NATASHADONTPLAY and Nelson’s mount, LAZZA, a recent course winner. RUNNING CONSISTENTLY FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES With eight favourites having obliged last Saturday, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s were caught by scores of punters and all start anew with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. The Pick 9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from six to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which commences with a three-year-old and up restricted stakes to be contested by seven starters, including hat-trick seeker FEARLESS SAMURAI and recent winner BIRD CATCHER. With 16-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta ensuring that the race will go through by saddling all of four starters, it will take a brave punter to oppose his impressive 3-y-o colt, FEARLESS SAMURAI, with champion jockey Omar Walker again in the saddle. A winner of his last two races, FEARLESS SAMURAI looked a live classic contender on January 25 when strolling home by 81/2 lengths from LADY FAYE over 1500 metres. And before that, on October 17, he easily accounted for HENRY THE SECOND and subsequent champion, 2-y-o SOTOMAYOR, over 1400 metres, The son of Fearless Vision, Sayur, obviously has a touch of class and, having looked razor sharp at exercise, should lead home BIRD CATCHER, a narrow winner from over 1400 metres on February.4 Trainer Fitzroy Glispie, who conditions BIRD CATCHER, should have better luck with highly-fancied FRANCIA’S PRIDE in the second race over 1820 metres. The 4-y-o filly finished a length third to DANCING QUEEN and ANOTHER FURY over a mile on February 8, but the result would have been different had she not suffered interference from stable-companion, ANOTHER FURY, entering the straight. (1) FEARLESS SAMURAI (2) FRANCIA’S PRIDE/ COUNTER ATTACK (4) TWO STEPS UP/ ABOGADO (5) SHE’S A LEGACY/ ZI BEAST (5) JESSIE JAMES/ NATASHADONTPLAY (6) BALLON D’OR/ LAZZA
It’s very hard to beat the same team three times in the same season. But have you ever noticed that for every good cliche, there is an equal and opposite cliche? ANAHEIM – It sounded good. Like it always does. Sometimes it even works out the way the cliche foretells. In other words: There are some teams that you just don’t match-up well against. In this case – with the Cal State Northridge women’s basketball team trying to defeat Cal State Fullerton for the first time in three tries this year- the opposite cliche meant the end of the Matadors’ season. Fullerton beat Northridge 75-65 Thursday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Big West Conference tournament in front of 858 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The game played out much the same way the previous two losses to the Titans have, with Fullerton using its superior size and speed to thwart Northridge’s balanced half-court sets. “Yeah, going in I knew that it was an issue we’d struggled with, matching up with them,” Northridge coach Staci Schulz said. “I would’ve liked to use our size more, but we had to have the players in who could get it done defensively. “So unfortunately, this was a rough closing to what was supposed to be pretty good year and for what was a special senior class. I have to thank them for bringing our program to a higher expectation level.” Northridge (13-16) graduates seven seniors, including four of the five starters in Thursday’s game. Fifth-year senior Ofa Tulikihihifo graduates as just the third player in conference history to be honored as a first-team all-conference pick in all four of her seasons. Thursday, Tulikihihifo and senior LaJoyce King led the way. Tulikihihifo finished with 16points and 12 rebounds. King had 12 points and 16rebounds.. “We talked about it after the game, how we, this senior class, really set the bar higher for the program,” Tulikihihifo said. “Coming in, my first year, we had just three wins. We struggled and it was always about rebuilding.” Northridge was just 3-24 in Tulikihihifo’s first year and 6-20 her second. The Matadors advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament each of the past two seasons, until Thursday’s quarterfinal exit. [email protected] (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!