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Helen charges back to win English senior title

first_img Leicestershire’s Helen Lowe staged a superb fightback to become the new English senior women’s amateur champion at Woodall Spa.She’d been trailing Julie Brown – the defending champion – since the turn and was three down after 14 holes of the final. But then she turned the tide. She produced a pair of birdies to launch a charge and won four holes in a row to snatch victory on the 18th.“That was when I started pinching myself and thinking ‘Is it really me that has done this?’ It’s absolutely fantastic, I couldn’t happier,” she said.Lowe (image © Leaderboard Photography), who has twice been the Leicestershire county champion, was playing in this event for only the second time. On her debut last year she qualified for the second flight match play; this time she played her way comfortably into the championship match play and proceeded to despatch a series of high quality opponents.First to fall was former champion Caroline Berry (Bromborough), followed by international Lulu Housman (Highgate) and then, in the semi-final, the number two seed Lindsey Shaw (Chevin).The final brought her up against Staffordshire’s Brown, who was not only the defending champion, but also the top seed and an international who last year helped England become European and Home International champions.The first few holes were closely contested, but Lowe (Scraptoft) hit a wobble in the middle, lost her putting touch for a few holes and was three down after 14. But then her feel on the greens returned and she started an unbeatable charge, with birdies on the 15th and 16th, followed by a solid par on 17 to get back to all square.On the 18th Lowe’s birdie putt stayed out, but finished stone dead, while Brown (Trentham) missed a three-foot par putt to keep the match alive.The title belonged to Lowe and she said: “It’s been great, senior golf has opened up a whole new world.” As well as playing in England events, she also finished sixth in last year’s British senior championships.The Flight Two matchplay was won by Debbie Warren (King’s Norton) on her debut appearance in this event, beating former international Roz Adams (Royal Blackheath) by 5/3 in the final.“It was a really good match,” said Warren, who has been Staffordshire county champion three times. “It was nip and tuck at the beginning, and Roz holed some very good putts, but over the last five or six holes I went up a gear.“My long game was fantastic and I hit some iron shots close and had a couple of birdies.”On her way to the final Warren defeated past senior champion Sue Dye (Delamere Forest), Airlie Dyson (Batchworth Park), and former British senior champion Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest).“I played really good golf over the two days and I’m certainly level par for the four rounds, or under par,” said Warren.She described the match play rounds as a “fresh start” after the two days of stroke play qualifying, played in brutal conditions of strong winds and rain.Click here for full scores 8 May 2015 Helen charges back to win English senior title last_img read more

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FAVORED WILD IN THE SADDLE HANDY 6 ¼ LENGTH WINNER OF $100,000 DREAM OF SUMMER STAKES UNDER BEJARANO

first_imgRACE PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED RUNNERS;ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET, PURCHASED THROUGH ‘ELITE TURF CLUB’ PAYS $385,622.40 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 22, 2015)–Odds on favorite Wild in the Saddle made short work of three California-bred or sired fillies and mares in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 6-year-old mare by Silic was attentive to a fast pace and took charge midway around the far turn en route to getting a flat mile in 1:36.73.Ridden by Elvis Trujillo, Sudden Sunday, who broke from the inside, was hustled to a narrow advantage over the winner into and around the Club House turn, but Wild in the Saddle opened up leaving the quarter pole and the Dream of Summer was over.“The trainer told me to go to the lead, but when I saw Sudden Sunday rushing too much into the first turn, I just decided to let her go,” said Bejarano. “My horse doesn’t have to be on the lead and the way she was going I didn’t have to worry about the lead. I was holding her as long as I could and when we hit the three eighths pole, I asked her to pick it up and she showed me a big kick. She won easy.”With no show wagering, Wild in the Saddle was off at 3-5 and paid $3.40 and $2.40. Owned by Nadine Anderson and Cheyenne Ortiz, Wild in the Saddle was bred in California by Dinesh Maniar. The Dream of Summer marked Wild in the Saddle’s first stakes win and improved her overall mark to 34-8-1-9. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $289,318.“She’s starting to relax in her training finally,” said David Meah, assistant to Baltas, who is currently out of town. “It took a long time to get there. I think she can go a mile and a sixteenth and I think anywhere from seven furlongs, that will be her thing…It pays to have a Cal-bred.The longest shot in the field at 7-1, Melanistic, who was ridden by Tyler Baze, moved into contention when a close third going into the far turn and proved second best, finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Grazenette. Melanistic paid $4.40 to place.Fractions on the race were 22.63, 46.13, 1:11.15 and 1:23.94.With a Pick Six carryover of $92,696.80 coming into Sunday, today’s total Pick Six pool reached $641,020.62, and there was just one winning ticket, worth $385,622.40. The ticket was purchased for an as-yet undisclosed amount through the Elite Turf Club wagering hub.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more