Story and Photos by Joseph SapiaATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce is now doing business at a new address, one which provides more visibility and easier access in the downtown.“The office we had was on the second floor,” said Cindy Fligor, the chamber president, recalling what had been the chamber office – above the Atlantic Cinema 5 at 82 First Ave. – until February.At that time, the chamber moved to a ground-floor location at 68 First Avenue, just two blocks away. “We moved to street level for easy visibility, access,” said chamber administrator Mary Thompson. “To be more neighborhood friendly,” added Fligor, president since January. “We have a lot of visitors from the harbor, transient boats.”Cindy Fligor, president of the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce, at the new chamber office, 68 First Ave.While the move was made in February, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held April 24.The office is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. From Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, the traditional beginning and end of the summer season, the office will be open Saturdays. Those hours are yet to be established.The chamber office has brochures, business cards, menus and business directories. “We’re a font of information,” Thompson said.The chamber has access to a conference room and extra space provided by their landlords, Mickey and Fred Rast, owners of the Atlantic Cinema 5. The Rasts also were the landlords at the previous location.Work continues on the new chamber location. For example, an awning was to be added above the doorway.The chamber has about 150 members, representing such businesses as retail, eateries, real estate, financial, professional services and contracting.Fligor owns Salon at 68, a unisex salon next door to the chamber office, but at the same address. She replaced Chuck Lero, a mortgage officer who served as chamber president for five years. Fligor is married to Borough Councilman Lou Fligor.
Ask any coach and the response will be they don’t care about preseason wins and losses. Which is somewhat of a lie as everyone likes to win — especially coaches. But everyone knows wins now mean nothing when Bill Ohlhausen and Company are adding up the wins and losses come February. Points from those wins begin accumulating Friday when the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season kicks off the regular season on a host of fronts, including Nelson and Grand Forks in the hotly contested Murdoch Division. “I’m happy with training camp,” Leaf coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily on the eve final exhibition game Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. “I’m a little more in control than I was a year ago so it’s been good,” added Maida, who was unable to recruit his team last season after accepting the job during the summer following the departure of current skipper Chris Shaw. Nelson completed game three of the four-game exhibition set Sunday in Castlegar where the Leafs registered its second tie — 1-1— against the Rebels in an afternoon tilt. The game saw the Leaf coaching staff come a little bit closer to finalizing the starting roster but Maida has yet to dig out the B.C. Hockey cards. “We’re playing everybody so this is a great opportunity for the players prove themselves to us but we’re not ready just quite yet to make any final decisions,” Maida explained. Maida, confessed, the team has committed to a pair of 16 year olds for the upcoming season. Forward Colton McCarthy of Salmon Arm and Nelson’s own Cole Arcuri will be in the Green and White when the team opens the regular season Friday at the NDCC Arena against Castlegar. Maida and assistant coach Stu Linnen have been somewhat blessed with a core group of returning players from last year’s team, Back with the team are defencemen Blake Arcuri, J.J. Beitel and Andew Miller along with forwards Carsen Willans, Colton Schell, James Sorey and Matthew Naka. Nelson product Linden Horswill is also returning after being release by Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Currently Patrick Defoe, who proved more than a worth backup last season to Andrew Walton, is back to assume the starter’s role in goal while Cody Boeckman of Brooks, Alta., and former Kootenay Ice Major Midget backstop Brett Soles of Cranbrook battled it out for the back up position.CAMP NOTES: Maida said defencemen Blake Arcuri and Andy Miller probably will not play Tuesday as both rearguards are battling injuries. . . . Tuesday’s puck drop is 7 p.m. . . .Workers were in the NDCC Arena this week removing 65 seats from top row. The decision was made to give walkers and joggers that frequent the arena more room. The decision reduces the total number of seats in the NDCC to 1,335.
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram: InstagramThe Nelson Daily: What type of player are you?Alec Wilkerson: I’m a playmaker. I just look for my teammates on the ice. I have good vision and I’m more of a passer than a scorer, for sure.TND: What are your individual goals this year and beyond?A.W.: To win the Cyclone (Taylor Cup). That’s the only goal I really have this year. I really have no goals for myself. I just want to win as a team. I really have no goals of being the leading scorer or anything like that. I just want to win as a team.TND: What attracted you to come to Nelson?A.W: The Cyclone Taylor Cup probably is the reason that brought me here. But I also heard Nelson is a good team and I wanted to come to play for a good team.TND: What do you like about playing for this year’s edition of the Leafs?A.W.: I just like how everyone is a team. Everyone loves each other in that dressing room and they’re all good guys and that’s how you know you’ve got a good team is everyone comes together and plays hard for each other.TND: You’ve been out of the lineup with an injury. How difficult is it to be watching from the sidelines?A.W: It really hard. I just want to get out there and help the team. But there’s nothing you can do so you have to wait it out. But it’s definitely difficult watching for sure.TND: You’re a small player. How have you had to adapt to the KIJHL?A.W: This is a tough league to play in and there are a lot of guys out there who are just trying to take your head off. So you’ve just got to keep your head up . . .. As long as you have your head up you should be fine. You can’t be scared, that’s for sure if you’re a small guy. You’ve got to be tough and be willing to go into the corners.TND: Is that your biggest adjustment your size?A.W.: This is a pretty fast league and there are guys, who are a lot stronger than me so I need to use my quickness and move out on the ice and be smart.TND: Where do you hope to be next year?A.W.: I don’t know where I’ll be, if it’s back in Nelson, but I’m definitely going to be playing hockey somewhere.TND: Where do you hope to be in five years?A.W.: In five years I want to own a business. I’m going to SAIT (Southern Institute of Technology) in Calgary and take business and hopefully I can own my own business.TND: In 10 years?A.W: Hopefully I’m retired. He may be a rookie but at 5’8″, 150 pounds Calgary native Alec Wilkinson is playing like a season veteran for the Green and White.Wilkinson, one of the Leafs “super pests”, is having a very fine first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League seaso, tied for third on team scoring with another pest, Carsen Willans.Wilkinson is back in the lineup, and will be needed as Nelson is currently in a battle for top spot in the Murdoch Division with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Nelson faces two Murdoch opponents this weekend at the NDCC Arena as Castlegar Rebels and Grand Forks Border Bruins come to town Friday and Saturday, respectively.The Nelson Daily.com, in conjunction with Nelson Home Building Centre present a closer look at Wilkinson in the latest Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Alec WilkinsonAge: 18Born: Calgary, AltaHeight: 5’8”Weight: 150 poundsLeafs Stats: 36 games, 16 goals, 31 assists, 47 pointsYears in Hockey: 12Hometown: Calgary, AltaFavorite NHL Player: Sydney Crosby, Pittsburgh PenguinsFavorite NHL Team: Pittsburgh PenguinsFavorite Music: RapPre-Game Meal: Grilled Cheese SandwichBiggest accomplishment in hockey: Finishing second at the Western Canada Bantam AAA Finals, losing in overtime to WinnipegWork: Pacific InsightNickname: WilkeyOther interests: Snowboarding and Golf
Rafael Bejarano29568583223%54%$3,210,966 Tiago Pereira119712106%24%$501,878 David Lopez17424152214%35%$753,801 Edwin Maldonado19441192021%41%$1,322,460 Santiago Gonzalez26947343317%42%$1,898,601 Joseph Talamo24631272913%35%$2,056,423 Fernando Perez17919202311%35%$965,852 Gary Stevens6412111019%52%$1,595,898 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Kristin Mulhall52118321%42%$408,990 Doug O’Neill18730282616%45%$1,494,192 Drayden Van Dyke16917172610%36%$1,048,147 Kent Desormeaux13220252315%52%$1,643,269 Steven Miyadi7313141018%51%$405,782 Mario Gutierrez17621312412%43%$1,267,069 Agapito Delgadillo9914111014%35%$390,362 (Current Through Friday, April 1) ‘CANDY’ SWEET IN FINAL SANTA ANITA DERBY DRILLLONE PICK SIX WINNER REAPS $52,823 ON $32 TICKETCHAMPION STELLAR WIND WORKS FOR HER RETURNBALDWIN AVE. TRAFFIC TO BE DIVERTED SATURDAY JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Abel Lezcano817559%21%$539,769 Martin Pedroza1101413713%31%$398,690 DANZING CANDY IN ‘PERFECT’ BREEZE FOR SA DERBYSeveral of the West Coast’s leading Triple Crown aspirants got in their final major licks on a summer-like morning today for next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, which has produced the winner of the Kentucky Derby two of the last four years, I’ll Have Another (2012) and California Chrome (2014).San Felipe Stakes winner Danzing Candy worked five furlongs under regular rider Mike Smith in company outside of Miraglo. Each was clocked in 1:00.60.“Perfect,” is how trainer Cliff Sise Jr. termed the move by the speedy Danzing Candy. “Even though it looks like a small field for the Santa Anita Derby, post positions will be important, especially with the speed in there now.“We don’t have to be in front, but I’ll pretty much leave it up to Mike. I’m sure if the other speed (Iron Rob, coming off a front-running win in the six furlong San Pedro Stakes March 20) knows that if I draw inside, I’m going to go, and he’ll sit off of us.“If he draws inside of me, it will be vice-versa.”Santa Anita clockers gave Danzing Candy fractional times of 24, 36.40 and 48.40, with a gallop out time of 1:14 for six furlongs.Exaggerator, second to unbeaten champion Nyquist in the Feb. 15 San Vicente and third behind Danzing Candy in the March 12 San Felipe, worked five furlongs for Keith Desormeaux with brother Kent aboard in 1:02.80.Exaggerator’s fractions were 25 flat and 50.80.“It was a little slower than he’s used to going,” Keith said, “but Kent said he was well in hand and galloped out strong.”Also working for the Santa Anita Derby were Iron Rob, six furlongs in 1:14.40 for George Papaprodromou; California-bred Smokey Image, six furlongs in 1:13.40 for Carla Gaines; and Uncle Lino, five furlongs in 1:02.40 for Gary Sherlock.Smokey Image had splits of 13.40, 36.60 and 48.80. Uncle Lino went a half in 50.40. BALDWIN AVE. CLOSED MORNING OF SANTA ANITA DERBYThose wishing to spend the morning at Santa Anita’s Clockers’ Corner on Santa Anita Derby Day next Saturday, April 9, are advised that Baldwin Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic between the 210 Freeway and Huntington Drive from 7:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. in order to accommodate foot traffic related to Santa Anita’s annual Derby Day 5K Run and Walk.Accordingly, Santa Anita’s Gate 8, which adjoins the Westfield Shopping Mall on Baldwin Ave., and Gate 7, at the track’s northwest end, will also be closed to vehicles during the same time frame.Those wishing to visit Clockers’ Corner on Derby Day morning will be able to enter the track on Santa Anita’s northeast perimeter, through Gate 5, or on the track’s southern perimeter, through Gate 3. Gates 3 and 5 will be open for easy access to Clockers’ Corner beginning at 5 a.m. and will remain open throughout the day. Santa Anita’s main track will be closed for training at 7:30 a.m.Gate 3 is located at the intersection of Holly Ave. and Huntington Drive. Gate 5 is located at the confluence of Colorado Place and Huntington Drive.For additional information on the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby and on the Derby Day 5K Run and Walk, fans are encouraged to visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE.FINISH LINES: Stellar Wind, champion Older Female of 2015, had her first work since running second in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff last Oct. 30, going three furlongs Saturday for John Sadler in 37.40. “Very nice,” is how the trainer termed the move. Stellar Wind went the first quarter-mile in 25.20. Also working for Sadler was Santa Anita Handicap runner-up Hard Aces, four furlongs in 48.20, while Palos Verdes and San Carlos winner Kobe’s Back went four furlongs in 49.20 for Peter Eurton . . . Nyquist arch-rival Swipe worked six furlongs for Keith Desormeaux in 1:13 flat. The trainer has the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 as a long-range goal for 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red . . . Arcadia Stakes winner Bolo worked four furlongs for Carla Gaines in 48 flat, while La Canada winner Taris went the same distance in 49 flat for Simon Callaghan . . . San Pedro runner-up Denman’s Call worked a mile for Doug O’Neill in 1:43.20 . . . With two wins Friday, Phil D’Amato has opened a 32-30 lead over O’Neill in the battle for Winter Meet training honors. The jockeys’ race is a fait accompli, with perennial leader Rafael Bejarano holding a commanding 68-47 bulge over injured and idle Santiago Gonzalez, but third-place Flavien Prat could take advantage of Gonzalez’s down time and move into second. He sits third with 43 victories. . . Effective today, agent Mark North has taken the book of Stewart Elliott, while apprentice Brayan Pena and agent Vic Lipton have parted company . . . UBER, the official ride to Santa Anita, will continue to offer 50 percent discounts to and from the track (up to $20) through July 10, 2016. The promo code is SANTAANITA2016. Santa Anita employees are welcome to use the discount code. Alonso Quinonez9471067%24%$334,590 Richard Baltas12121201517%46%$1,343,919 WINNING PICK SIX PAYS $52,823 ON $32 TICKETPurchased at Fairplex Park for just $32, there was one winning Santa Anita Pick Six ticket on Friday, and it was worth $52,823.One of just two “live” horses in an eighth race field of 10 fillies and mares, favored Be Mine quickly erased any notion of a Pick Six carryover into Saturday with an emphatic 5 ¼ length win under Flavien Prat at odds of 2-1.There were 70 tickets with five winners, each worth $327.20. Mark Glatt991012910%31%$497,150 Tyler Baze27528444010%41%$1,504,991 Bob Baffert10421181720%54%$1,600,045 Martin Garcia13521141516%37%$1,188,531 Philip D’Amato14232222423%55%$1,648,005 Mike Smith961191811%40%$1,649,530 Peter Eurton9415221216%52%$1,057,037 Victor Espinoza891211813%35%$906,350 Flavien Prat25743464317%51%$2,680,306 Jerry Hollendorfer14424141717%38%$1,708,823 John Sadler861310915%37%$836,244 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Miller13516152112%39%$740,395 William Spawr42107424%50%$288,732
THE CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 3 of 9 Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PST HOME JOURNEY: Drawn on the far outside with “Big Money” Mike Smith up, she has the advantage of rationing her speed while pressuring Enola Gray down the hillside. A gate to wire winner of the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes here in April, 2015 as a 5-year-old, this 6-year-old mare by Good Journey has a win and two seconds from five trips down the hill. Owned by GGG Stables and Russell Sarno, Home Journey pressed the pace and finished fifth, beaten 1 ¾ lengths, in her most recent start, the five furlong turf Daisycutter Handicap on Aug. 5. She’ll be ridden for the third time by Smith, who guided her to victory in a first condition allowance at Hollywood Park in June, 2013. Her overall mark stands at 19-5-6-1 and she has earnings of $357,009. LONG HOT SUMMER: D’Amato hopes to “have ’em surrounded,” as this 4-year-old filly by Street Boss will hope to replicate her off the pace victory in a five furlong turf classified allowance on Sept. 2. If Enola Gray and the Mike Puype-trained Home Journey duel early, it could set up nicely for Long Hot Summer, who has two wins and a second from three hillside tries. Second in the Grade III, one mile turf Senorita Stakes here seven starts back on June 27, 2015, Long Hot Summer could well go favored as she sports an overall mark of 12-5-2-1 with earnings of $341,875. ENOLA GRAY: Undefeated in three starts prior to running second at odds of 1-5 against open company in the six furlong Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos Sept. 11, this 3-year-old gray daughter of Grazen will try turf for the first time as she gets back to state-bred completion. Blessed with extraordinary early speed, Enola Gray, a two-time stakes winner versus Cal-breds, won her first three races by a combined 26 ¼ lengths and will hope to pose an elusive front-running target under regular rider Tyler Baze. ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2016)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray and Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino’s Long Hot Summer, both conditioned by Phil D’Amato, figure prominently in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap, to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.For fillies and mares three and up bred or sired in California, the Cal Distaff, which was won last year by Joe Parker’s Our Pure Creation, will be run for the fourth time and be contested by a field of five. Desert Steel–Rafael Bejarano–120Long Hot Summer–Joe Talamo–125Enola Gray–Tyler Baze–121Out Ofthe Ordinary–Jamie Theriot–117Home Journey–Mike Smith–122First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.