OLLIE’S CANDY, BEAUTIFUL LOVER & KEEPER OFTHE STARS HEAD FIELD OF ELEVEN FILLIES & MARES IN MONDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 GAMELY STAKESARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2020)–Fresh off a huge second place finish on dirt, trainer John Sadler’s Ollie’s Candy heads a solid field of eleven fillies and mares three and up going a mile and one eighth on turf in Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita. Ollie’s Candy will face stiff competition that includes Chad Brown’s lightly raced Beautiful Lover, Jonathan Wong’s Keeper Ofthe Stars, the Richard Baltas-trained Lady Prancealot and others.Named for the brilliant multiple champion Hall of Fame distaffer, the Gamely was first run at Hollywood Park in 1939 as the Long Beach Handicap and was renamed in honor of William Haggin Perry’s Gamely in 1976.OLLIE’S CANDYOwner: Paul & Karen EggertTrainer: John SadlerIn what appeared to be her career-best effort on April 18, this 5-year-old Candy Ride mare finished second by a head to highly regarded Ce Ce in the Grade I, 1 1/16 mile Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 18. A Grade I winner on dirt five starts back last July at Del Mar, Ollie’s Candy hasn’t run on turf since finishing second in the Grade III, one mile Wilshire Stakes here five races back on June 22, 2019. Second on turf in both the Grade I Del Mar Oaks and Grade II San Clemente Stakes in the summer of 2018, she has three seconds from four tries on turf and is thus a major danger in the Gamely.BEAUTIFUL LOVEROwner: Paul Pompa, Jr. & Gary TolchinTrainer: Chad BrownA lightly raced 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Arch, she was most recently a sharp second in a Grade II stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Tampa Bay Downs March 7. Raced on turf exclusively in all seven career starts, she has three wins and two seconds and has shown she’s equally effective stalking the early pace or rallying from far back. Favored on four occasions, she gets the services of top jock Irad Ortiz, Jr. and figures to be plenty tough shipping in from South Florida.KEEPER OFTHE STARSOwner: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLCTrainer: Jonathan WongDismissed at 36-1, she ran the race of her life in taking the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes here on Feb. 22, her second graded stakes win on grass. A close fourth after pressing the pace in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks seven starts back last August, this 4-year-old Midnight Lute filly is in top form and will hope the extra furlong on Monday will be within her scope with regular rider Abel Cedillo up.THE GRADE I, $300,000 GAMELY STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 11 of 11 Approximate post time 5:30 p.m. PTEtoile–Joel Rosario–122Ollie’s Candy–Drayden Van Dyke–124Lady Prancealot–John Velazquez–126Giza Goddess–Victor Espinoza–122Mucho Unusual–Umberto Rispoli–124Simply Breathless–Jorge Velez–122Beautiful Lover–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–122Tiny Tina–Mike Smith–122Siberian Iris–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–122Bodhicitta–Flavien Prat–122Keeper ofthe Stars–Abel Cedillo–124First post time for an 11-race card on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. Although there is no public admittance, fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or Xpressbet.com For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
The two young women walking into the boutique gift shop at Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center Friday morning were looking for the woman who runs the shop. Maria Ramona Rebueno and Karen Mizrahi wanted to thank Barbara Charles for helping make their childhood dreams come true. This Monday morning, both young women will walk back inside the hospital in uniform to begin their careers as licensed vocational nurses. They couldn’t have done it without the help of the hospital’s charitable foundation and Charles, who revamped the hospital’s gift shops into popular mini-boutiques that help raise even more funds for nursing scholarships. All those boxes of See’s Candies, all those newspapers and magazines, all those flowers, stuffed animals and other boutique items that Charles and her volunteer staff sold last year helped provide almost $58,000 for 39 nursing scholarships. “Without the $1,200 scholarship I received, it would have been tough, awfully tough financially, to get through school, work, and take care for my two children,” Maria said. Both Karen and Maria attended classes two days a week at West Valley Occupational Center in Woodland Hills to complete the tough 12-month LVN program. They spent another three days at the hospital as certified nurses aides. Like Charles’ hospital gift shops, the occupational center is another one of those overlooked jewels in the Valley where things happens – lessons are learned – that help young adults have a career they could have never afforded otherwise. The tuition at a private school for the LVN license runs anywhere from $25,000 to $30,000 a year. At the West Valley Occupational Center – a Los Angeles Unified School District school – tuition was $200. “We spent probably another $2,500 for books, uniforms, and other things we needed, but that’s a far cry from $25,000,” Karen said. Trying to reduce a nursing shortage in the Valley and help give a leg up to motivated young people wanting to enter the medical profession, is the reason the Tarzana hospital partners with the occupational center in training nurses, said Jody Junor, director of education at the hospital. “These two young women will start their careers Monday with the latest teaching knowledge and an inquisitiveness to ask questions and keep our nurses already here fresh,” she said. “Everybody pushes everybody around here to stay on top.” With a nursing shortage, there were other local hospitals Maria and Karen could have chosen to work at. But they never had any doubts that they’d come back to the hospital that gave them a chance, they said. “A lot of hospitals don’t have training opportunities for student nurses because they’re afraid of the liability,” Karen said. “This hospital gave us a chance. The people here cared. We’re indebted to them. This is where we want to have our careers.” Maria agreed. “When they gave me that scholarship, it was overwhelming. My family was so proud. I started to cry. “I’ve always dreamed of becoming a nurse and now I am one. Monday morning I’m walking through those doors collecting a paycheck as a nurse. Incredible.” That’s why two young women were walking into that gift shop Friday morning looking for the woman who runs the place. To say thank you. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!