HARD NOT TO LOVE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH WHO REGISTERS HIS RECORD-TYING 216TH CAREER GRADE I WIN; TRAINED BY SHIRREFFS, SHE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:22.17
HARD NOT TO LOVE RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER SMITH WHO REGISTERS HIS RECORD-TYING 216TH CAREER GRADE I WIN; TRAINED BY SHIRREFFS, SHE GETS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:22.17 ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2019)–Lightly raced and cast in her first Grade I assignment, Hard Not to Love rallied from well off the pace to register a 2 ¼ length win over odds-on favorite Bellafina in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by John Shirreffs, Hard Not to Love got seven furlongs in 1:22.17 while providing Smith with his 216th career Grade I win, tying him with retired Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey.Last with three furlongs to run, Hard Not to Love made an eye catching run around the far turn and collared Bellafina, who had fought off a serious challenge from Mother Mother, inside the sixteenth pole to win going away as Smith emulated Bailey’s horizontal “Cigar” fist pump at the wire.In her first pairing with Smith, Hard Not to Love, who took a six furlong allowance here by three quarters of a length on Oct. 25, was off at 11-1 and paid $25.20, $6.60 and $4.20.Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and Mercedes Stables, Hard Not to Love, an Ontario-Canadian-bred daughter of Hard Spun, picked up $180,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $288,480. Out of the Vindication mare Loving Vindication, Hard Not to Love now has four wins from five overall starts.Bellafina, who took charge coming out of the chute and onto the course proper, was challenged around the far turn by Mother Mother, who got on terms with her a quarter mile out. Although she shook clear of Mother Mother a furlong from home, her chances were compromised to the extent she was no match for the winner late.Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Bellafina, who was off at 3-5, finished one length in front of Mother Mother and paid $2.40 and $2.10.Ridden by Joel Rosario, Mother Mother, who finished 4 ½ lengths clear of First Star, was off at 6-1 and paid $3.60 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.70, 44.41 and 1:09.31.
Update, Sat. Jan 24, 1:40 p.m.:Four days have passed since the “strange” disappearance of well-known Canadian expat and nationalized Costa Rican Ryan Piercy, 45, and police, family members and colleagues continue to maintain guarded silence over the case. In one of few public comments on the investigation, Judicial Investigation Police Director Francisco Segura told Channel 7’s Telenoticias on Thursday: We’ve got to wait to see what we get out of the interviews with relatives. … We don’t know if he disappeared alone, or if he was disappeared. … Those are questions that happen in reality. … The fact that the vehicle appeared abandoned could have been any of a number of things. However, the OIJ is investigating.The Tico Times will update this story as soon as any new developments emerge. If you have any information to share about Ryan or the case, please write to Tico Times editor David Boddiger at email@example.com.Original story continues here:Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) and the Canadian Embassy in San José confirmed to The Tico Times that they are investigating the disappearance of a Canadian citizen who was last seen on Tuesday.Police discovered an abandoned car with its doors open on the side of the road along Route 32 Tuesday evening. The car is registered to the missing man, Ryan Piercy, 45, OIJ Director Francisco Segura said Wednesday morning. Piercy’s wife told police that her husband left for work in the morning but that she hadn’t been able to contact him since.Segura called the disappearance “extremely strange.” On Jan. 21, 2015, Costa Rican police search the area where Canadian expat Ryan Piercy’s abandoned car was discovered. The Tico TimesPiercy, a businessman, is a Canadian native and nationalized Costa Rican. He also is manager at the Association of Residents of Costa Rica, an organization that aids expats in the residency process here. He had no police record, the OIJ director added.Michael Martin, a representative of the Canadian Embassy in San José’s political and economic section, said that the embassy is in contact with Piercy’s family to offer consular assistance and act as a liaison with local authorities to help obtain information on the case. Martin would not supply additional details, citing the Canadian Privacy Act.This story is developing. Follow ticotimes.net for updates. Facebook Comments Related posts:Missing US hiker Cody Dial’s parents submit DNA to investigators Man linked to Costa Rica murder case sentenced to 3 years for identity theft in US Police investigate disappearance of US expat in Costa Rica Family of US hiker disappeared in Costa Rica passes another dark anniversary