JOCKEY QUOTESVICTOR ESPINOZA, FLAGSTAFF, WINNER: (On Flagstaff’s finish) “Excellent. He ran a big race and he fought all the way to the wire. He definitely didn’t want to get beat today.”(On the trip) “It was great. It worked out well. For a minute I thought it was going to be a little complicated. Then the horse in the front kind of split up so I had a little more of a chance to control there.“It worked out good today. We want to get this horse better. John (Sadler), the trainer, is an excellent trainer. He knows how to prepare this horse for the best.“I feel great. I’m ready to roll again.”TRAINER QUOTESJOHN SADLER, FLAGSTAFF, WINNER: “What a great start – can I count this as a Breeders’ Cup win? I’ll count it for the day.”(He’s five and is lightly raced. Why?): “He’s had all kinds of stuff – he had colic at three, and he had been injured several times. When he runs, he’s a really nice horse. He’s Game Winner’s older brother, so we’ve always thought he was a good horse, but had just had things not go right for him. He looks the soundest he’s ever been and is doing really well, so we’re excited.”BOB BAFFERT, ROADSTER, TRAINER SECOND PLACE: “I’m happy with the effort. It was a shame we had to check on the back stretch. He certainly wants to go long.”NOTES: The winning owners is Lane’s End Racing or Hronis Racing LLC.
The BC Government is stepping up to the plate when it comes to bee sustainability.The Ministries of Health and Agriculture announced yesterday that they will be providing a $25 million grant to the Genome B.C. Project, with the majority of that money going towards research towards bees in British Columbia.- Advertisement -Research from this project will be used to help beekeepers minimize colony losses, which has been an annual occurnace. Results from the research can potentially benefit the Peace Region.Our region is among the most prosperous in the province regarding beehives, due in part to our many different species of flowers and plants that grow here.There are close to 1,000 different colonies in the area, yielding about what appears to be 200,000 pounds of honey annually. However, this number has been on the decline, as factors like chemical resistant diseases have been developing in the bee population, a problem that the government is hoping to solve with this research grant.Some of the benefits of a healthy bee population include a healthier agricultural market, improved food security and as most gardeners know in Fort St. John, better gardens.Advertisement