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PAGE t Spo rts Wednesday, October 3, 2012 BENOIT Little Mike set the pace in Saturday's Hirsch Stakes but faded to next to last as Point of Entry rushed through the stretch to win and quality 1for a Breeders' Cup race at Santa Anita Race Course the first Saturday in November. BOB MADISON grass courses that were termed Spirit Staff "firm", "good", "yielding", or even "soft". Little Mike had alwayk been But Little Mike had more than considered a sprinter. The bay a mile in him. five-year-old had done his best Trainer Dale Romans brought work at no more than nine fur- jockey Ramon Dominguez over longs and usually at a mile.from New York to ride Lit- His versatility shown through tie IVfike in the Arlington Mil- when he proved competitive on lion XXX at Arlington Park, just downstate a bit from Chicago. Romans believed Little Mike could go 10 furlongs (a mile=and-a- quarter) and still have the stamina left to win. The. 46-year-old trainer even told owners Carlos and Pris- cilla Vaccarezza of his confidence. Romans recommended the owners should take the day and come to the mid-August stakes event. Priscilla was born in Chicago, was raised in the suburb of Car- ol Stream and graduated from an area high school. But she had never been to Arlington Park. Priscilla and Carlos decid- ed fo take their trainer's advice and take a busman's holiday to Arlington Park to see if Little Mike (named after the Vaccar- ezza's 10-year-old son) could go wire-to-wire in the appropriately named Arlington Million. Dominguez had flown in from Saratoga, where he was that meet's leading rider. Apprised of Little Mike's run- ning style, which ~as to come roaring from the starting gate and jet out to a lead, Dominguez had his horse alert and ready to move quickly. After 100 yards, the Little Mike-Dominguez rac- ing combination had better than ........... iiiiiiii~ ~iii, i~!ii ~:!iiiiiiii, iiiiiiii!iiiii .... !i iVi !: iiiii!i!iiiii iiiiiiiii!iii ili il i !!, ! i %;ii iiiililili F cv, s STANDS WITH CITIZENS "Frances stood with us against out-of-state corporations to oppose the PATH transmission line. She listened to us, she looked at the facts, and she joined our fight. "Frances supported the north end of the county when PATH was who intervened before the WV Public Service Commission. She helped save farmland and hundreds of homes in Jefferson County from this unnecessar expensive project. "We need Frances Morgan on the Jefferson County Commission: --Steve Smith, Chades Town a length lead over his pursuers,scheduled for one mile-and- Once he had settled to a a-half--again, a distance Lit- workmanlike pace, Little Mike fie Mike had never tried. The slowed things down and wasn't front-running style would not hurried into an energy-draining be changed if Romans decided pace. to send out the sturdy gelding. None of the other 10 thor- Should the Veccarezzas de- oughbreds really came to chal- cide to test the world in the lenge. Breeders' Cup Turf, Little Mike Little Mike's advantage was will have to survive that one never less than a length-and- mile-and-a-half test. a-half. His winning time over Romans hasn't made up his the 10-furlong course labeled mind about whether to go the Ion- "good" was an ordinary 2:02.44. ger distance or try the significant- He was never pressed. And his ly shorter distance in the Breeders' win made the trip taken by Car- Cup Turf Mile on the same after- los and Priscilla worth it because noon as the Breeders' Cup Turf. his winner's share of the purse Romans would use the result was $600,000. from the Hirsch to judge wheth-' The Arlington Million Was a er to attempt the 12-furlong dis- race where the winner qualified tance for the first time in the to enter a lofty race on Breeders' Breeders' Cup Turf. Cup weekend at Santa Anita the "I really don't have a clue," first weekend in November. Romans said recently. "The Bel- Before jetting back to Sara- mont race on Saturday should toga, jockey Dominguez had tell us which way to go." his say to the gathered media. The probable favorite in the "He's a special horse. He gal- $600,000 Hirsch was Point of loped home like a freight train. I Entry, an impressive three-length hope to ride him again." winner of the Sword Dancer Said trainer Romans: "It's un- Stakes at Saratoga in mid-August. believable. It's a great race, one Point of Entry would be of the greatest in America." bringing four straight Stakes The mid-August success at wins to the Hirsch Invitational Arlington Park gave Little Mike on Saturday. his llth win in 19 career races Carlos Vaccarezza ventured a and moved his earnings along to guess a~ to Little Mike's chances $1,466,412. at the longer distances. "If any- Earlier in the calendar year -- one asks, we can go a mile and and at shorter distances--he hada half. To be honest, I was on posted wins in the Sunshine Mil-pins and needles in the Arlington lions Turf at Gulfstream Park and Million. Nobody believed in this the Woodford Reserve Turf Clas- horse. This horse ran tremen- sic at Churchill Downs. Many of dously over just a "good" course Little Mike's wins have come at that day. Gulfstream Park and that Flori- "Dale Romans does a fantas- da track has even been called tic job." his "home track". But there had Should Little Mike give a also been a fading-from-the- creditible performance against lead to fourth place in the Ca- Point of Entry (if both actually nadian Turf at Gulfstream and a run)at the 12 furlongs, he will third in the Shoemaker Mile at give trainer Romans all the more Hollywood Park. reason to fully consider (or even The Arlington Million was" commit) to the Breeders' Cup the first time in his 19 career Turf Classic that comes up in races that Little Mike had ever only five weeks in California. been 10 furlongs. Priscilla might just take .son Romans will try to fit in an- Mike with her and sail on out to other race before the Novem- Santa Anita for her first look at ber Breeders' Cup weekend. A the royal palms and purple-hued probable spot for Little Mike mountains hovering above the was last weekend's Grade I Joe backstretch. And Little Mike Hirsch Invitational at Belmont might have shown his mettle by Park. negotiating the longest distance The Saturday event was he has ever attempted. Rams At halftime, Shepherd had Finally, after the third intercep- been penalized only once and tion in Concord's last three pos- FROM PAGE B1 had a 10-6 lead. sessions, The Rams overcame Midway through the third pe- two more penalties to position riod, the Mountain Lions mis- themselves for Earls' successful by De'Ontre Johnson that blunt- fired on a 39-yard field goal try, 29-yard field goal. ed drives that jeopardized Shep- but claimed Shepherd's only lost Leading, 20-6, the Rams cod- herd's always slender leads. Do- fumble on the next play. ed seven straight Concord pass minique Dixon and Keon Robin- Back came the Shepherd de-completions before Robinson son had the other thefts, fense. And that defense forced made an interception near the The Rams had answered Con- another field goal try after six goal line. Robinson had 10 tack- cord's only score with a lengthy plays, les and Johnson had eight stops 73-yard drive that took 17 plays That field goal was blocked as Shepherd muzzled Concord and resulted in Ryan Earls' 26- and Hall scooped up the free and kept it to 41 rushing yards on yard field goal. football and hoofed it 71 yards 25 tries. Shepherd had managed a with the help of several shielding Witrh the clock shrinkage fa- fourth-and-2 problem from the or body-clearing blocks, voring Shepherd, Concord had Concord 35 to get a first down Shepherd had moved to a 17-6 one more possession. But after and eventually the Earl points, lead. 11 plays it ran out of downs when Shepherd's next possession , In quick order, the Rams in- Rose was sacked on successive was turned into a 62-yard drive tercepted Rose three times, but plays at the Ram 25. that took 13 plays and was only by now its penalties (eight in the Defense. Four interceptions. ended with an Allen Cross scor- second half for 84 yards) had re- The weekly contributions of one ing run of three yards on another turned and its quarterback, Bob- of the special teams. And Shep- crucial fourth down decision by by Cooper, had also been inter- herd had bubbled to the top of the the Rams' coaching staff, cepted. WVIAC. 'b AND X.RAY ON-SITE I Graf /I Fall Events [I :::~:~ii::!~ FFIOM PAGE B1 Subscribe to the felt in the state to last year's runner- up team, Cabell Midland and Ja- I CALL 725-2046 .... cob Burcham, the top individual ======:=====:=:==.===:====::=.:.=.=.===:::.:==.==:: runner in the state in any class. a/ - Jefferson Urgent Carepat'wnt At Jefferson Urgent Care, our patients are treated like individuals who matter instead of just another,number on our list. Our professional staff skillfully attends to the needs of each person who walks through our doors. We care for them. We help them, And we want them to know they're importantto us... as if they were our own family.. OPEN WHEN YOU NEED US MOST: MON-FRI 9AM-7PM SAT & SUN 9am-5pm NEW HOURS STARTING OCT. 15 MON-FRI 8AM-8PM SAT & SUN 9am-5pm Somerset Village Shopping Center, Charles Town, 304.728-8533 www.jeffersonurgentcare:com In the Keyser Meet on Satur- day, Ryan Graf was third overall with a time of 15:19A. Milliron was sixth overall in 15:29.4. Jacobs, Wiberg, and ZiUinger picked-up their times -- all com- pleting the course in under 17 minutes and finishing 19th (Ja- cobs in 16:25.3), 22nd (Wiberg in 16:37.2), and 27th (Zillinger in 16:51.2). With Burcham widely expect- ed to win the Class AAA race at this year's state meet, Jefferson has to deal successfully with Ca- bell Midland's third, fourth, and fifth runners or find the Knights occupying the top level on the 2012 championship stand. Jacobs, Wiberg, and Zillinger showed improvement and post- ed some of their best times of the fall season. Following Jefferson in third place was River Hill with 119 points. There were 126 runners in the i Large School Division. Washington competed in the "Small School Division" and was 15th in a 21-team field. That race was won by Poolesville's Chase Weaverling in 15:02.9. Washing- ton's Joe McCormick was 38th overall in 17:24.4. Thererwere 145 runners in that race. In the "Large School" division of the girls meet, Jefferson was seventh behind meet winner, Riv- er Hill. Jefferson had 175 points and River Hill had only 64. Urbana's Emily Mulhern won in 18:02.7, while 1efferson fresh- man Abby Colbert was second and right behind her in 18:03.4. Jefferson's Anya Wallace was 23rd, Malika Briggs 40th, Emma Lindberg 41 st, and Emma Alquist 69th. There were 118 runners entered. In the "Small School" divi- sion, the team champion was Boonsboro with 78. Oakdale was second with 85, Liberty was third with 99, with Washington finish- ing 10th with 261 points. Winter's Mill's Jennifer Bre- ichner won the "Small School" race in 18:26.5. Washington's Destiny Harrison was 24th over- all in 20:32.8. That race had 123 runners entered.