Beech Mountain Opening Day 2012-13 from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.In the past few years, North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort has positioned itself to be a powerhouse in the realm of four season outdoor recreation. Beech went all in with downhill and cross-country mountain biking, becoming one of the best places to gravity ride on the East Coast — and this is saying something in a state as well known for singletrack as it is for basketball. The mountain hosted the Gravity Nationals in 2011 and 2012 and was the scene for the Collegiate Nationals in 2013, hosting the best college riders from around the nation (and by around the nation, we mainly mean Colorado). With the recent development of the Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park, Beech Mountain and the greater Boone area is rapidly capitalizing on the growth of mountain biking and downhill riding in particular.Despite this influx of biking infrastructure, however, Beech Mountain Resort remains a skier’s mountain. Conveniently nestled on a sliver of land surrounded by national forest just north of Linville, Beech is the highest ski area in the eastern U.S. with an elevation of 5,506 feet at the summit, with 95 skiable acres, 830 feet of vertical, and 16 trails served by 7 lifts. The mile-high elevation means if there is snow in the area, it is falling at Beech, but this is still North Carolina so the battle against Mother Nature is constant. For the 2013-14 ski season, Beech has made significant improvements to its snowmaking capabilities, says the mountain’s Talia Freeman.“This summer we added an additional 12 new SMI Super PoleCat snow guns,” she said. “That ups our snowmaking system to 40 total SMI guns, so this gives us a pretty sophisticated snowmaking system. This is the largest modification of our snowmaking capabilities that we’ve ever had and it completely replaced our old compressor system.”Beech boasts snowmaking on 100 percent of their trails, so if the temperature cooperates, the slopes will be open.Speaking of open slopes, another big change at Beech for this year involves a scheduling change. Previously, Beech closed to groom the slopes between the day session and night session, but no more. The slopes will be open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 10pm on weekends.“We think that the streamline hours will allow us to provide a longer and more enjoyable experience for our customer base,” said Freeman. “We aren’t doing a session break anymore. It will be a nice addition for our customer base.”This will allow more skiers and boarders shred one of Beech’s terrain parks designed by Director of Operations Ric Wilkinson, now in his second year at the helm. Freeman says big improvements were made in that department last season, and this year Beech features two parks – one advanced and the other a progression park where youngsters can learn new tricks. Freeman also says there is a continuing commitment at the mountain to get first timers and local kids on the slopes through learn to ride programs and clinics throughout the year.On the events and amenities side, Beech is bringing back its very popular Totally 80’s Retro Weekend at the end of February featuring parties, costume contests, and a banked slalom race. There is also a new facility at the top of the mountain: a skybar/lounge/snackshack called 5,506.“It’s a really cool facility. The deck in front of the lounge area is about 2,200 square feet, it’s really large. The view up there is incredible. It’s kind of like a little glass round house, so we’ll have food and drinks and snacks up there, and then the viewing deck is really cool. It will be a nice addition to the top of the mountain and something we can use year-round.”There’s that term again: year-round. Beech may be expanding its clientele into all four seasons, but with the improvements geared toward the winter, Beech remains committed to skiers and boarders. They know where their bread is buttered.
“We try to emphasize playing harder than most teams,” Wilson said. “We’ve still got guys out and other guys still have to step up. Lately, we’ve been using that as our talent just to out-play people defensively and turn that into easy offense for us.”If there was any rust after two days of rest, recovery and holiday celebrations, it wasn’t evident in the Clippers’ game during the second quarter. They recovered smartly from a lackluster finish to the first, when they led by as many as nine points before the Kings tied it at 30-all.Unlike their loss to the Grizzlies, when Rivers and Williams carried them, the Clippers had no shortage of contributors Tuesday. Wilson got them started by topping his previous career high of 13 points with 14 in the first quarter. Dekker, Teodosic and Williams really got them rolling in the second.The Clippers extended their lead to 95-73 entering the fourth quarter and five players had scored 10 points or more. Saturday, Rivers and Williams were the only Clippers to score in double figures. Rivers had 38 and Williams scored 36, but no one else was in double figures.It seemed effortless Tuesday against Sacramento (11-22).Griffin and Gallinari watched intently from the sideline. They weren’t needed, but they were missed. Griffin (sprained knee) could be back in the starting lineup Friday against the Lakers, with Gallinari (torn glute muscle) expected to be back a little while later.“They’re going to come in and play hard, their going to move the ball,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of the second unit. “They have kind of figured that part out and scoring just happens. It’s strange with that group. I can’t tell you who’s going to score, but it just happens.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, left, pulls a rebound away from Sacramento Kings forward Justin Jackson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III #10 lost the ball against LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker #7 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Los Angeles, CA 12/26/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Jamil Wilson #13 blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple #17 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Los Angeles, CA 12/26/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III #10 runs into LA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell #0 and LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker #7 on his way to the hoop in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Los Angeles, CA 12/26/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers guard Austin Rivers #25 gets past Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple #17 for 2 points in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Los Angeles, CA 12/26/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Sacramento Kings guard George Hill #3 goes to the hoop against LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan #6 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Los Angeles, CA 12/26/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein #00 lost the ball against LA Clippers forward Jamil Wilson #13 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Los Angeles, CA 12/26/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell #5 blocks a shot by Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos #41 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Los Angeles, CA 12/26/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, shoots past Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker, right, shoots over Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, shoots around Sacramento Kings guard Malachi Richardson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks over Sacramento Kings forward Justin Jackson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, dunks over Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan shoots past Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LA Clippers guard Sindarius Thornwell, left, pulls a rebound away from Sacramento Kings forward Justin Jackson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III #10 lost the ball against LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker #7 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Los Angeles, CA 12/26/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 14Sacramento Kings guard Frank Mason III #10 lost the ball against LA Clippers forward Sam Dekker #7 in the first half. The Los Angeles Clippers played the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Los Angeles, CA 12/26/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Jamil Wilson scored a career-high 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting in the first quarter. Milos Teodosic tied his personal best with eight assists by halftime. Sam Dekker scored 10 points, making all three of his shots and going 4 for 4 at the free-throw line in the first half.Meet the new Clippers, not the same as the old Clippers.Blake Griffin and Danilo Gallinari sat on the Clippers’ bench, wearing sharp suits and wide smiles on their faces as their teammates rolled past the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday at Staples Center, taking a 122-95 victory over their Pacific Division rivals.The names were different, for sure, but the results were the same. The Clippers’ victory over the Kings was their 17th in their last 21 meetings, and it was sparked in the first half by supporting players whose roles have increased while Griffin, Gallinari and Patrick Beverley have been sidelined by injuries. Austin Rivers, who scored a career-high 38 points in the Clippers’ loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, didn’t get his first basket until sinking a 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 23 seconds left in the first half Tuesday. He didn’t need to score. His teammates had his back.“Total team effort,” he said. “It seemed like every role player was a star in their role.”The Clippers broke open the game by outscoring the Kings by 37-14 to end the half with a 71-53 lead. They seemed to be scoring at will while reaching a season high for points in a half, shooting 61 percent (25 of 41), including 50 percent on 3-pointers (10 of 20).By game’s end, Wilson scored 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting, Teodosic had 10 assists to go with eight points and Dekker scored 10 points as the Clippers won for the third time in four games. Montrezl Harrell scored a game-high 22 points for the Clippers (with seven rebounds) in 22 minutes, and Lou Williams added 21 points.Willie Cauley-Smith led the Kings with 17 points.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2015) – A competitive field of nine 3-year-old colts and geldings are set to go in Saturday’s $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs as part of the Golden State Series for California bred or sired horses.One of two Triple Crown nominated horses in Saturday’s Echo Eddie, Gimme Da Lute could make it an even bigger day for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert should he win. Second by a nose in his first outing on Jan. 31 at Santa Anita in a maiden special weight, he broke his maiden in his second attempt on Feb. 21 in a state-bred maiden special weight going 6 ½ furlongs.The bay colt by Midnight Lute is out of the Proud Citizen mare, Casino Gold and is owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman. He is 2-1-1-0 overall with earnings of $48,160.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sends out Chief of Staff Saturday and reunites him with Mike Smith. A first time starter at Emerald Downs in September for then trainer Michael Puhich, the Triple Crown nominated Chief of Staff first raced and won for Hollendorfer in a Jan. 24 maiden special weight that he won by 5 ¼ lengths.The colt by Majestic Warrior out of the Awesome Again mare Morning Jewel is 3-1-1-1 overall with earnings of $46,218.Trainer Peter Miller will send out Richard’s Boy for the first time Saturday, an Idiot Proof gelding out of a Cee’s Tizzy mare, Marissa’s Joy who is undefeated in three lifetime starts. In his only turf try, Richard’s Boy won a down the hill allowance turf race March 13 for then trainer Herb Bacorn and won it gamely, fighting back at the rail. He will return to dirt on Saturday and will retain the services of jockey Fernando Perez.Richard’s Boy is owned by Rockingham Ranch and is 3-3-0-0 overall with earnings of $105,240.Grazen Sky comes into Saturday off of two wins and has never been worse than second in four lifetime starts. Second in his first two races, maiden special weights, going 5 ½ furlongs, he has won his last two in-a-row. He will again be ridden by leading-rider Rafael Bejarano who was up in his most recent score, a 6 furlong allowance March 5, in which he was favored at odds of 4-5.He is trained by Steven Miyadi and owned by Nicholas Alexander and is 4-2-2-0 overall with earnings of $91,800.The complete field for the Echo Eddie Stakes, to be run as the third race on an 11-race card Saturday, in post position order with jockeys and weights: Rocko’s Wheel, Joe Talamo, 118; Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez, 116; McHeat, Flavien Prat, 118; Richard’s Boy, Fernando Perez, 120; Run Like a Million, Kent Desormeaux, 118; Chief of Staff, Mike Smith, 118; Grazen Sky, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Over Par, Elvis Trujillo, 116; Gimme Da Lute, Martin Garcia, 118.–30– COMPETITIVE FIELD OF NINE SOPHOMORE COLTS AND GELDINGS SET TO COMPETE IN GOLDEN STATE SERIES EVENT
TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won John Sadler68128618%38%$553,654 Vladimir Cerin3593526%49%$312,499 Martin Garcia991691016%35%$914,339 Martin Pedroza74109414%31%$282,700 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita’s main track was sealed after Saturday’s last race, and an inch and one-fifth of rain had hit as of 7:30 Sunday morning, according to Track Superintendent Dennis Moore, but by 8 o’clock the sun was out in all its glory, reproducing the picturesque setting with the San Gabriel Mountains as its backdrop familiar to fans worldwide . . .Happy birthday to Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens. A native of Caldwell, Idaho, Stevens puts up number 53 today…The $75,000 Aboretum Stakes scheduled to be run today at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf, was not drawn when rain was forecast for this weekend. The race for older fillies and mares will be run Friday, March 18, as Arboretum II. All original nominations will automatically be honored, but new nominations also will be accepted . . . Santa Anita is dark Monday through Wednesday. Racing resumes Thursday at 1 p.m. with free Grandstand admission and free general parking . . . First post time on Big ‘Cap Day, this Saturday, is at 12 noon. On-track fans will receive a free (with paid admission) Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino . . . On Saturday, March 19, Santa Anita presents the biggest Michelada Contest in Southern California, featuring live horse racing, live music, a car exhibition and an art show in its spacious Infield. For further information, visit www.micheladarumble.com . . . Through 42 racing days, favorites at Santa Anita were winning at a 36.94 percent clip, 133 out of 360. The average on dirt was higher, 39.47 (105 of 266), but lower on turf, 29.79 (28 of 94) . . . Talk about living on the rail: Johns Journey, a five-year-old gelding trained by Paul Aguirre that was scratched from today’s second race, had the No. one post position in nine of his last 12 races, the last three in a row and six times in his last seven races, never winning from the one hole in any of them. He had drawn post position five today. Jose Verenzuela3131310%23%$106,545 EFFINEX HIGHWEIGHT FOR SANTA ANITA HANDICAPSONGBIRD ‘PERFECT’ AFTER SANTA YSABEL ROMPBAFFERT SEEKS FIFTH WIN IN GRADE II SAN FELIPEMIDNIGHT STORM YES, OBVIOUSLY NO FOR KILROEDAUGHTER TRIES TO EMULATE DAD IN SAN CARLOS Joseph Talamo18120202211%34%$1,054,654 William Spawr3485324%47%$224,977 Fernando Perez1391115198%32%$659,499 Gary Stevens51116722%47%$1,148,603 Jeff Bonde3172523%45%$172,420 George Papaprodromou4073618%40%$214,235 Doug O’Neill14522212115%44%$1,169,138 Rafael Bejarano20447382123%52%$2,009,122 Santiago Gonzalez21941292519%43%$1,584,933 Mike Smith74971312%39%$1,052,510 Flavien Prat19634332917%49%$2,041,926 Agapito Delgadillo78118714%33%$305,817 BAFFERT EYES FIFTH SAN FELIPE WIN ON SATURDAY Bob Baffert will seek his fifth win in the San Felipe Stakes next Saturday when he sends out likely favorite Mor Spirit and stablemate Cupid in the Grade II, $400,000 race for Triple Crown aspirants at 1 1/16 miles.Baffert won last year with Dortmund; in 2009 with Pioneerof the Nile; 2005 with Consolidator, in 2001 with Horse of the Year Point Given; and in 1999 with Prime Timber.Probable for the San Felipe: Cupid, Martin Garcia; Danzing Candy, Mike Smith; Exaggerator, Kent Desormeaux; Mor Spirit, Gary Stevens; Smokey Image, Victor Espinoza; and Uncle Lino, Fernando Perez.MIDNIGHT STORM SET FOR GRADE I KILROEIf trainer Phil D’Amato wins the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf Saturday, it will be with Midnight Storm and not the speedy Obviously.“The horse is fine,” D’Amato said of Obviously, a committed front runner who missed by a neck as the 9-10 favorite in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes Feb. 13.“But I like to space his races and give him only five or six a year to keep him fresh. I will be running Midnight Storm, however.”A son of Pioneerof the Nile, Midnight Storm captured the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on Del Mar’s turf course Nov. 27 under Victor Espinoza, who retains the mount for the Kilroe.Probable for the Kilroe: Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat; Bolo, Mike Smith; De Treville, no rider; Kenjisstorm, Edwin Maldonado; Ocho Ocho Ocho, no rider; Om, Gary Stevens; and What a View, Kent Desormeaux. Edwin Maldonado13625131518%39%$873,205 Mark Glatt7098313%29%$389,605 LIKE FATHER LIKE DAUGHTER IN SAN CARLOS?Karen Headley will try to emulate her father, Bruce, when she sends out San Onofre in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes for older horses at seven furlongs.Bruce, who was 82 on Feb. 14, won the San Carlos five times, with Surf Cat (2008 and 2006), champion Kona Gold (2001), Son Of a Pistol (2000), and Softshoe Sure Shot (1995).Karen will attempt to win with San Onofre, a 6-year-old California-bred son of Surf Cat owned by Karen’s mother and Bruce’s wife, Aase, who campaigns as Matson Racing.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, meanwhile, will seek to win the San Carlos for the fourth consecutive year, either with Wild Dude or Outside Nashville. He won with Wild Dude last year and Sahara Sky in 2014 and 2013.Probable for the San Carlos: Calculator, Flavien Prat; Kobe’s Back, Gary Stevens; Mystery Train, no rider; Outside Nashville, Martin Garcia; Salutos Amigos, Mike Smith; San Onofre, no rider; and Wild Dude, Rafael Bejarano.Trainer Phil D’Amato said Clockers’ Corner winner Coastline could start in either the San Carlos or the Kilroe. SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Philip D’Amato10221171821%55%$1,133,070 Alonso Quinonez634846%25%$206,840 Tyler Baze20420313010%40%$1,093,021 David Lopez1242091716%37%$612,416 (Current Through Saturday, March 5) Kristin Mulhall3876218%39%$307,505 Drayden Van Dyke11813131511%35%$745,224 EFFINEX GALLOPS AS HE PREPARES FOR BIG ‘CAP East Coast invader Effinex, the probable favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, was assigned highweight of 123 pounds for the Grade I classic at a mile and a quarter and is expected to have his first and only breeze over the track Tuesday or Wednesday, weather permitting.“He galloped this morning,” said Kent Sweezey, assistant to Jimmy Jerkens, who trains the five-year-old Mineshaft horse for the Tri-Bone Stables. “He’ll probably work a half mile Tuesday or Wednesday. Being highweight is no surprise. We figured he would be.”Effinex has not raced since winning the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27. He had been working at Palm Meadows in Florida before arriving at Santa Anita early Thursday evening.The New York-bred horse was second to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Oct. 31 prior to his victory in the Clark. He has earned $2,112,950 thanks to a 7-2-3 record from 20 lifetime starts.Probable for the Big ‘Cap: Effinex, Mike Smith, 123; Imperative, Santiago Gonzalez, 120; Hard Aces, no rider, 118; Donworth, Mario Gutierrez, 117; General A Rod, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Cyrus Alexander, Martin Garcia, 115; and Melatonin, Joe Talamo, 114.Fans at Santa Anita on Big Cap Day will receive a free Santa Anita Fleece Blanket presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino with paid admission while supplies last. First post time is 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. Bob Baffert8117121221%51%$1,269,915 Richard Baltas8715121317%46%$1,023,644 Patrick Gallagher3063520%47%$468,713 Peter Miller1001291212%33%$492,380 Brice Blanc474579%34%$452,580 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Peter Eurton7412201116%58%$766,022 Kent Desormeaux8812211614%56%$1,027,285 Alex Solis2030415%35%$219,423 Steven Miyadi51911818%55%$305,849 Jerry Hollendorfer10516101515%39%$1,063,556 Abel Lezcano5872412%22%$293,654 SONGBIRD: ‘PERFECT’ IS AS PERFECT DOESSongbird, perfect in six races after her front-running, 3 ¾-length victory in the GradeIII Santa Ysabel Stakes Saturday, was fittingly “perfect” Sunday morning.That was the succinct description offered by her trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer. Now it’s on to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks April 9 for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, who has won her six career starts by a combined margin of more than 32 lengths, an average of slightly over five lengths per victory.Just call her American Pharoah in a skirt.“What a beast she is,” said trainer Doug O’Neill, who has saddled Land Over Sea to finish second to the undefeated Eclipse Award champion five straight times, including Saturday’s Santa Ysabel, in which she was 3 ¾ lengths behind, the closest any horse has ever been to Songbird at the end of a race.“Running second to her shows how good our filly is, too,” O’Neill said. “Songbird was definitely geared down, but Mario (Gutierrez) said our filly was geared down, too.“It was a super race by Songbird, but we’re super-proud of Land Over Sea, too.”After five consecutive losses to Songbird, O’Neill said Land Over Sea would head eastfor her next race on March 26 in the Fair Grounds Oaks, a Grade II test at 1 1/16 miles offering a $400,000 purse.Songbird, meanwhile, will remain at home for the Santa Anita Oaks, a race TeamHollendorfer hopes will lead to the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on May 6. Clifford Sise, Jr.1854128%56%$196,540 Tiago Pereira8331064%23%$258,489 Mario Gutierrez15419282112%44%$1,165,894 Carla Gaines3972218%28%$468,360 Brayan Pena553395%27%$125,345 Jeff Mullins2566024%48%$174,234 Mike Puype60611410%35%$308,435 Steve Knapp2751319%33%$153,830 Ron Ellis2352322%43%$166,650 J. Keith Desormeaux3665817%53%$241,414 Michael Machowsky3155316%42%$223,041 Hector Palma3353515%39%$138,127 Victor Espinoza6389613%37%$685,080