CALIFORNIA-BRED QUEEN BEE TO YOU ALL HEART IN WINNING GRADE III, $200,000 LA CANADA STAKES BY A NOSE OVER DER LU; FUENTES & LERNER TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILE WIN IN 1:44.36 ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 11, 2020)–When you’re hot you’re hot. Not just according to the late Country Music star Jerry Reed, but with horses the same applies, as evidenced by Queen Bee to You’s thrilling nose victory in Saturday’s Grade III, $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Andrew Lerner and ridden by Ruben Fuentes, the California-bred Queen Bee to You got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:44.36 while registering her second consecutive Grade III win and her third consecutive stakes victory dating back to Nov. 17.Part of a four-horse scrum into the first turn, Queen Bee to You seemed rank at the rail as the field turned up the backside and with early leader Der Lu drifting out a bit leaving the five furlong pole, she engaged for the lead and prevailed in one of the most exciting finishes of the New Year.“I thought my horse was getting rank, but the pace was a little slow and that’s why she was pulling,” said Fuentes, who guided her to a 3 ½ length triumph in the Grade III Bayakoa Stakes at Del Mar on Dec. 8. “Once she made the lead, she relaxed real nice. My plan was to angle outside and put the pressure on the other filly, but we ended up inside and she fought back.”Off at 2-1 in a field of six California-bred or sired older fillies and mares, Queen Bee to You paid $6.60, $3.20 and $2.60.“She has been training so well, she’s coming into each race so happy and doing extremely well,” said Lerner, who registered his first Santa Anita graded stakes win today and took over Queen Bee to You’s training six starts back on June 29, 2019. “The plan wasn’t to be that close, but in the paddock, she was so much on the muscle, I told Ruben, ‘She’s not gonna let you hold her back this time.’ So I got a little nervous that he wasn’t able to get outside, but what a brilliant ride by Ruben…“She’s just one of those gritty mares that wants to win. She’s just all heart and you gotta love horses like that. It’s unbelievable, just to saddle next to guys like Bob Baffert, Richard Mandella and Richie Baltas, guys I’ve looked up to growing up and going to the races. It’s incredible to be in the same paddock with them, but to be standing here in the Winner’s Circle, it means a lot.”Owned by An Equal Amount of Blueberries, LLC and Adam Vali, Queen Bee to You, a 6-year-old mare by Old Topper out of the Touch Gold mare Silk Queen, got her third career stakes win, all with Lerner and improved her overall mark to 33-8-11-5. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she now has earnings of $658,770.Der Lu, who slowed down the early pace in masterful fashion under Drayden Van Dyke, was off at 7-2 and paid $4.20 and $3.60 while finishing two lengths in front of longshot Zusha.Breaking from post position two, Zusha, who was ridden by Tiago Pereira, stumbled badly leaving the gate, but was quickly into contention about three quarters of a length off of the lead around the Club House turn. In a big effort, she finished a head in front of Kaydetre and paid $5.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.00, 48.06, 1:12.35 and 1:37.75.
Two people were arrested, and a driver who drove a pickup nearly through several protesters was detained, following a rally thrown by local conservative activist Joey Gibson at the Vancouver waterfront.Around 4 p.m., after the rally, counterprotesters had begun to disperse, heading downtown and toward Esther Short Park, some to follow and continue to engage with people leaving Gibson’s event.A driver in a pickup and protesters along Columbia Street, near the entrance to the Vancouver Convention Center, apparently goaded each other, and protesters started kicking the truck.The man driving then reversed, prompting the crowd around the pickup to scatter.Shortly after, the pickup — a black, lifted Chevrolet Silverado with two American flags flying from its hood — swung back around to Sixth Street.Some in the crowd tossed rocks and water bottles at the pickup.The driver pulled past three vehicles waiting in front of him and accelerated through the Washington Street light at Sixth Street. A police officer immediately stopped and detained the man driving.The driver’s identity was not immediately clear. Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said the man was not arrested.The Vancouver police said officers arrested two people: Shawna L. Gonzalez, 34, was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment. Kapp said Gonzalez tossed chunks of wood at a crowd. Gonzalez’ residence was not available.