A most entertaining contest last night at the arena in downtown La-La Land. Chicagoland’s Patrick Kane (pictured) opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season at 11:21 of Period 1. The Kings equalized early in the second, and the game stayed tied until 1:06 of overtime, when Jeff Carter’s 10th goal of the season gave La-La Land the 2-1 win. Fine game.
The Chicagoland fans were in good voice until the end. Someone brought a Blue-W (‘Cubs win! Cubs win!’) banner to display during the warmups. There were even a few forlorn Notre Dotre supporters who trudged in from the Coliseum. Chicagoland!
Free ones: Rundown…
Calder (a k a Gulfstream Park West) 8, 9, 10
Del Mar 4, 5, 7, 9
Churchill 9, 10, 11
Fair Grounds 7, 9
Golden Gate 4, 7, 9
Woodbine 9, 10
Today’s Stakes Pageantry: Sidestepping the morning-line fave in Del Mar 6, going instead with #5 Conscripted, #4 Hootie.
Portland (!) 7 has #2 Pretty Bodacious in with an upset chance.
Aqueduct (2/0) — Knickerbockers lose at Charlotte, 107-102; Kristaps Porzingis had 25 pts. for Nueva Jork.
Churchill (2/1) — Race 9 was contentious, but only High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads had a chance to be happy with Farrell, a good 86 on the LifeLiner Spread Column analysis; she went gate-to-wire to win by 6 at $23-even. Good work.
Calder (0/0) — Panthers edge Columbus, 2-1, in shootout; Jaro Jagr, still in the league, had Fla.’s regulation-time goal.
Chas. Town (1/0) — Victim identified in Friday Shepherdstown car accident.
Delta (3/0) — Low turnout for first day of early voting in Calcasieu Parish.
Del Mar (0/0) — Band of storms drenches San Diego Co.
Fair Grounds (4/2) — Race 1 was not contentious, but High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads were taken in by the field-best 89 on Quiet Seduction, who went gate-to-wire to win by 1¾ at $22.80. Race 9 was contentious, and only High-Octane Chancers and Progressive Minded Eggheads were eligible to have a good time with Guess Who Charlie, a good-enough prospect on the LifeLiner Spread Column analysis; he went gate-to-wire to win by 3 at $23-straight. Good work.
Golden Gate (0/0) — Host Sharks edged by Anaheim, 3-2; Logan Couture and Dylan DeMelo had the San Jose goals.
Hawthorne (2/0) — See lede.
Los Alamitos (1/0) — See Golden Gate commentary.
Laurel (2/0) — Capitals doubled-up at Toronto, 4-2; Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson scored for Wash., D.C.
Mountain (1/0) — Police cruiser struck head-on in pursuit on Wheeling suspension bridge.
Mahoning (1/½) — Old-School Champeens bagged Mr. Elkhorn, Fair Odds of 5-1 in a contentious Race 6; he won by 8 at $21.20.
PennNat (1/0) — Host Penguins edge N.J. in shootout, 4-3; Sidney Crosby’s 15th goal of the season with 14 secs. remaining in regulation, tied the game.
Keystone (4/1) — Race 3 was contentious, and all the players were tied to Untethered, Fair Odds of 4-1 and with a field-best 89 on the LifeLiner Spread Column analysis; he went head-to-wire to win by 4½ at $33.40. Good work.
Retama (2/1) — Race 4 was contentious, but Dual Qualifier Uncle Ron (99, 82) proved a good relative only to the High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads; he was a stalking-horse throughout before opening up inside the furlong-grounds to a 2¾-length win at $48.60. Good work.
Remington (2/1) — Race 7 was contentious, and High-Octane Chancers and Progressive-Minded Eggheads were hearing only good things from Suite Gossip, a fine 85 on the LifeLiner Speed Column analysis; he rallied like the champion he’s on his way to becoming, winning by 6¾ at $35.80. Good work.
Tampa (2/0) — Lakeland F.D. using new tech to fight cancer.
Turf Paradise (1/0) — Motorist slams into Phoenix police SUV.
Woodbine (0/0) — See Laurel commentary.
Zia (0/0) — Wind, snow around N.M.
Turf Paradise 6f
Aqueduct 1m (T), 1 1/16m (T)
Nocturnal Submission: Sifting through the wreckage…
Thank you. Best wishes. Goodbye. Skate safely.