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~p~r[t of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE Sports Thursday, December27, 2012 B7 Thoroughbred tracks work together on race times Three thoroughbred race tracks -- Hollywood Casi- no at Charles Town Races, Penn National Race Course, and Sam Houston Race Park in Texas -- have announced a plan to coordinate their night- racing post times beginning on Dec. 26. The tracks will arrange a post-times schedule that elim- inates conflicts between their live-racing signals. The new schedule will allow for as many as 28 races at the three tracks to be run no less than five minutes apart. Penn National's Chris McEr- lean said, "We felt this was a good opportunity to coordinate post times among our nighttime thoroughbred tracks. While it is certainly beneficial to the tracks, it is really being done for the benefit of our on- and off- track fans and customers who shouldn't be put in the position to choose one track over anoth- er when we can take reasonable steps to avoid it." Charles Town will conduct its live racing from Tuesday through Saturday until May. ' BOB MADISON Spirit Staff Was Round Pond really worth the $5.75 million she brought at a Fasig-Tipton auc- tion back in 2007? There were two bidders that were embroiled in the heated exchanges that quickly led to that record figure. They were heavily-financed rivals. And not friendly ones at that. The quick-paced bidding was between John Ferguson, the bloodstock manager for a sheikh from Saudi Arabia and Ireland's equally-funded Cool- more Stud. Ferguson had Round. Pond for the sheikh's a.nd Darley's Jonabell Farm when his bid of nearly $6 million was not topped by Coolmore, oWned by a competing Saudi sheikh with equally deep pockets. Round Pond had raced only 13 times before being retired with, earnings of $1,998,700. Not making the $2 million fig- ure might have been assuaged some by the gilt-edged $5.75 million auction number. One of the trainers of the gentle bay was none other than Michael Matz, who had guid- ed the ill-fated Barbaro to the 2006 Kentucky. Derby champi- onship . . . before the disaster in the Preakness Stakes had the nation captivated by the night- 9 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Michael Matz trained Round Pond when she won the Breeders' Cup Distaff. ly news and those presentations Breeders' Cup Distaff win, her of how the thoroughbred was other important stakes victo- doing in his struggle for surviv- ries included four others -- one al against the effects of his shat- of those being the 2005 Grade I tered leg that was always threat- Acorn Stakes. ened by laminitis. Ferguson told of his $6 million Round Pond became such interest in Round Pond. "Any a celebrity when she won the mare that wins a Breeders' Cup Breeders' Cup Distaff in 2006. is very special, and a mare by a Any thoroughbred whose .arse- top stallion (Awesome Again) nal of wins contains a Breeders' out of a half-sister to three Group Cup success gets the attention of I or Grade I winners is obviously breeders and owners across rac- a really top prospect. ing's spectrum. "It's a lot of money to pay, but As the Fasig-Tipton auction if you want to buy the best mares neared, Round Pond's attributes you have to bid more than every- were placed in the sales guides body else thinks they're worth." for anyone interested to see. When she was competing in Topped by the mention of the those 13 lifetime races, Round Pond, was owned by Rick Porter when she prevailed in the Acorn at Fox Hill Farms and trained by Stakes at age three. John Servis and Matz. Matz became her trainer along Even with her showy success the way and in 2006 he had guid- in winning the four graded stakes ed her path through the win in the before the Breeders' Cup Dis- Breeders' Cup Distaff. taft, Round Pond's competition BarbarohadtoflashintoMatz's that afternoon was such stiff stuff mind as he watched Round Pond that she was sent out at odds of win the Distaff... because two 14-1, handsomely repaying her horses in the race "broke down" backers for their trust in her and with leg injuries and one had to trainer Matz. be euthanized on the track. Rick Porter had purchased her In the winner's circle that day, in 2003 at a Keeneland auction of Matz saids, "Nobody here wants yearlings for $105,000. to see such a tragic circumstance. Porter and his consultants had You feel heartbroken for it." studied her family tree and seen Then the questions began to such esteemed colts as North- settle more on Round Pond's em Dancer, Mr. Prospector, Ni- performace. "She came in to this jinsky, Native Dancer, Nasrul- race better than any other for me. lah, Raise A Native, and Blush- She's a really good filly. She's a ing Groom in her background. In champion." fact, Northern Dancer appeared The well-behaved and demure as a sire on both her father's and bay was retired to Fox Hill Farms mother's family tree. in April of 2007. Her career re- After a messy maiden debut cord showed 13 races with sev- where she had to deal with heavy en wins, two seconds, and three traffic and a wide trip, Round thirds. Along with her victory in Pond won in her second race. the Acorn at age three, therewere It was at Oaklawn Park in Hot also wins that year in the Fantasy Springs, Arkansas in a $32,000 Stakes and Honeybee Stakes. heat at six furlongs. Ferguson had outbid his ri- Without mishap in that second vals because his bosses at Darley outing, she pulled away to win Stud speculated on her Value as a comfortably by eight lengths, broodmare. She was being trained by Jef- If her progeny inherit her will- ferson County's John Servis at ing disposition, cooperative that time in her just-beginning ways, and on-track talents, then career. Darley will have made a sound Servis was also her trainer investment. WHEELING -- Shepherd's conference games and moved Harris (17 points off the bench), the half, but Shepherd assumed unbeaten WVIAC record is no to 3-4 overall, and Recardo Gaddy (16 points) short leads throughout much of more after the Rams fell, 97- Wheeling Jesuit made 50 per- paced the Cardinal scorers, the second half. 92, to homestanding Wheeling cent (33-of-66) of its field goal Shepherd had four men in There were six lead chang- Jesuit last Thursday. Converse- attempts,including 10-of-25 (40 double figures led by Austin es and seven ties in the second ly, the conference win was the percent) of its three-point tries. Cunningham's 20 polints. Also half. first of the season for the Car- Shepherd was 28-for-69 (40 scoring in double figures were Wheeling Jesuit grabbed a dinals, percent) from the field, went 11- Chad Moore (18 points), Mor- 90-89 lead with just under four The Rams were 3-1 in the for-33 (33 percent) from three- gan McDonald (16 points), and minutes remaining and never WVIAC and 6-2 overall while point range, and made an im- Brantley Osborne (14 points) as trailed again. having their five-game win pressive 25-of-29 free throws they followed Cunningham in Shepherd won't play again streak stopped on the road. (86 percent), the scoring column, until a Jan. 3 conference date at Wheeling Jesuit was 1-3 in Justin Fritts (22 points) Darin Wheeling Jesuit led 44-40 at Pitt-Johnstown. S The Shepherd softball teamThe other four Shepherd Stone Bridge (Va.) High in- has signed five players for the signees are. Cedar Cliff (Pa.) fielder/outfielder Courtney 2014 season, including Jeffer- outfielder/infielder Rubie Tef- Gibson. son High pitcher/infielder AI- feteller, Bel Air (Md.) High All five players will be 2013 exandra Witt. The JHS senior infielder Jennifer Schofield, high school graduates and en- batted .474 in 2012 and had a East Palestine (Ohio) pitcher/ ter Shepherd for the 2013-14 13-9 record as a pitcher, outfielder Karlyle Pence, and school year. Shepherdstown Knights of Columbus free throw contest The annual free throw shoot- ing contest at the Shepherd- stown Middle School sponsored by the Knights of Columbus will be held for boys and girls ages 10-through-14 on Jan. 19 from 9 a.m.-12 noon. The con- test is free and registration ma- terial can be gotten at the mid- dle school's main office. Call Bob Rizzo at (304) 876-5687 for any other information. WHEELING -- With reserve Tamez, six turnovers) and the guard Rachel Johnson leading Lady Cardinals committing 22 the way with her 17 points, Shep- floor errors (Jamie Sobczak, five herd earned its second WVIAC turnovers). women's basketball success with Shepherd had a 35-29 lead by an 81-73 win over Wheeling Je- halftime and protected its advan- suit on Dec. 19. tage by going 18-for-28 (64 per- Johnson had plenty of scor- cent) from ther floor in the sec- ing help from Emily Daniel (14 ond half. points), Gabby Flinchum (13 ' Daniel had nine of Shepherd's points in only 18 minutes), Alex 37 rebounds and Jimyse Brown Weakland (10 points), and Pris- and Flinchum both claimed six cilia Moseh (10 points), rebounds. The Lady Rams were 33-for- Wheeling Jesuit had 32 re- 60 (55 percent) from the field bounds with Alex Anderson get- and were 12-for-16 (75 percent) ting nine. from the foul line. Wheeling Jesuit's bench could The Lady Cardinals were only contribute only 17 points while 27-for-63 (43 percent) from the Shepherd received 32 points floor while converting only nine from its reserves, including the of the 15 (60 percent) free throws 17 from Johnson. they were awarded. Shepherd won't be back in ac- Both teams were plagued at tion again until Jan., 3 when it critical times by turnovers with goes back into conference play at Shepherd committing 21 (Alex Pitt-Johnstown. Handley girls keep Jefferson winless SHENANDOAH JUNCTION -- Handley's close 41-37 win over Jefferson on last Wednesday kept the Lady Cougars winless at 0-8 on the season. t Starting West Virginia center ineligible for the 2010 Champs Joe Madsen is academically in- Sports Bowl in Orlando and eligible for Saturday's Pinstripe missed that game as well. Bowl game against Syracuse. Madsen has started 50 of the Madsen was also academically last 52 Mountaineer games. The City of Charles Town offices will be Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for the New Year. Have a safe and prosperous New Year! The City of Charles Town is looking for volunteers to fill vacancies for these boards: Board of Zoning Appeals (2) and Parks and Recreation (1). For info. or to submit applications, please contact City Clerk Kiya Tabb at 304-725-2311 extension 239. Phone: 304-725-2311 : ... 101E. WashingtonSt./POB0x14 [ Charles Town WV 25414-0014 [ www.cnarlestownwv.us I i! (junior college), Broward CC (ju- year from either Division I or Di- Valley League seasons begin League nior college), and Northeast (Tex- vision II colleges, near the first of June and con- FROM PAGE B8 as, a junior college). The Valley Baseball League tinue until the last week in July. The signed cOntract for a has a pair of six-team divisions Eight of the 12 teams reach a (Division I) with two, Oklahoma George Mason player is from labeled as "North" and "South". tiered playoff system that lasts State (Division I) with two, Lib- pitcher Chris Payne, a former Charles Town is in the North about two weeks into August. erty (Division I) with two, Central Jefferson High athlete. Division. The other five teams The playoff survivor is the Val- Arkansas (Division I) with two, Contracts have come in from in the North Division are A1- ley League champion. and Lake Sumter CC (junior col- four pitcher-and-second-position die, Winchester, Strasburg, Front The Luray team that is locat- lege) with two. players, 11 right-handed pitch- Royal, and Woodstock. Aldie ing in Charles Town missed the All of these schools have one ers, six left-handed pitchers, will be another first-year fran- 2012 playoffs for the first time in player returning a signed con- three catchers, five outfielders, chise having moved from Hay- many seasons. tract: Missouri (Division I), Fur- four middle infielders, two first market where a team was located It's six months until the Can- man (Division I), Stetson (Divi- basemen, one third basemen, and for several years, nons fire their first shot from sion I), Jacksonville (Division I), two utility (non-pitcher) players. The South Division has Rock- Sager Field, but the franchise Texas-Pan Am (Division I), Flori- Five of the junior college play- bridge, Covington, New Market, is already getting set for Val- da Southern (Division II), George ers have already accepted schol- Harrisonburg, Waynesboro, and ley League baseball in Jefferson Mason (Division I), Ventura CC arships for the 2013-14 school Staunton. County. 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