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 Mountain Views News Saturday, May 26, 2012 

From Arcadia’s Best



La Canada High School, as a veteran solar cup team, won top honors for the Hottest Looking 
Boat at the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition during Metropolitan Water 
District’s 10th annual Solar Cup™ race held on May 18, 19 and 20. Students from 39 high 
schools throughout Southern California, during a seven-month program, participated in 
building, equipping and racing 16-foot, single-seat canoes powered only by the sun.

 A series of qualifying events were completed by the teams with a technical advisory team 
from a few local colleges ensuring boats were both seaworthy and safe. The teams endured 
two, 90-minute, 1.4 kilometer endurance races.

 The La Canada High School team was sponsored by Foothill Municipal Water District and 
La Canada Irrigation District. “We are proud of the accomplishments of the students at La 
Canada High School for winning the Hottest Looking Boat award for two years running. 
This is a great way for students to learn about engineering and solar power while learning 
about water resources,” said FMWD General Manager Nina Jazmadarian.

 Foothill Municipal Water District provides imported water to Crescenta Valley Water 
District, La Cañada Irrigation District, Mesa Crest Water Company, Valley Water Company, 
Lincoln Avenue Water Company, Las Flores Water Company and Rubio Cañon Land & 
Water Association. Kinneloa Irrigation District, another retail agency, takes no water from 
Foothill. Go to for complete Solar Cup scores.

Coming from fourth place to win by a neck at the wire, last month’s Santa Anita Derby winner I’ll 
Have Another notched the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown today by winning the Preakness in Baltimore 
in front of a record crowd of more than 121,000.


That sets up a chance to complete the Triple Crown at Belmont Park in New York three weeks from 
today on June 9. It’s been 34 years since Affirmed became the last horse to win the Triple Crown in 
1978. Big Brown was the last to have a chance by winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2008, 
but an injury prevented the thoroughbred from completing the Belmont race.


Today’s Preakness was also a victory for Arcadia High School graduate Tyler Cerin, now a 24-year-
old horse physical therapist living in Azusa who is one of several tending to the 3-year-old colt, as 
reported in today’s Pasadena Star-News.


Jockey Mario Gutierrez moved his horse ahead of Mike Smith and Bodemeister for the first time just 
a few yards before the finish line. Bodemeister led a slow pace the entire race until that point. Both 
horses finished far ahead of the rest of the pack that included third place finisher Creative Cause. The 
top three finishers were all California horses.


It was the second disappointment in two weeks for famed Santa Anita trainer Bob Baffert, Smith, 
and Bodemeister, after losing to long-shot I’ll Have Another by 1 1/2 lengths at the Kentucky Derby 
earlier this month.


I’ll Have Another is owned by Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O’Neill. Reddam purchased the colt 
for $35,000 at a 2-year-old in training sale in Ocala, Fla., in April of 2011. Prior to winning the Santa 
Anita Derby April 7 at 4-1, I’ll Have Another won Santa Anita’s Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes on 
Feb. 4 at odds of 43-1.

 The horse became the first Santa Anita Derby winner since Sunday Silence in 1989 to win the Kentucky 
Derby. Prior to that seven other horses have parlayed victory in the Santa Anita Derby to the 
Kentucky Derby winner’s circle: Winning Colors (1988), Affirmed (1978), Majestic Prince (1969), 
Lucky Debonair (1965), Swaps (1955), Determine (1954) and Hill Gail (1952).


Racing resumes at Santa Anita in late September and the 2012 Autumn Meet will be highlighted by 
the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 2 & 3.

I'll Have Another (left) passes Bodemeister at wire. 

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images, from


 Rallying support for the services provided by Hillsides, a Pasadena charity, Rusnak/Arcadia recently 
presented the Mercedes-Benz Local Dealer Tennis Tournament. The tournament offered players an 
opportunity to serve both on the court and for the charity. Funds raised benefited Hillsides, a premier 
service provider offering behavioral health care and education services to vulnerable children and 
families in Los Angeles County.

 “A tennis tournament geared for women in our community is a fantastic and competitive way to 
raise awareness and funds for Hillsides!” said Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi, vice president of public 
relations for Rusnak Auto Group. “The competition was fierce and thrilling to watch at Flint Canyon 
Tennis Club in La Canada 

 Rosa LeClerc of La Canada 
and Lourdes Gonzalez of 
Whittier earned a spot at 
The Mercedes-Benz Dealer 
Championships, a nationwide 
amateur-only tennis 
program for players age 
21 years and older. Players 
competed to represent 
the dealer team that will 
advance to the Sectional 
Tournament in the fall in 
Turtle Bay Resort in Ohau, 

 The tournament was hosted 
at Flint Canyon Tennis 
Club (FCTC), La Canada's 
best kept secret nestled 
away in the foothills of La 

 Participants were able to bid on fun auction items donated by The Factory Hair 
& Makeup Salon, AsomBroso Tequila, Déjà vu Spa, RejuvaYou and Cortiglia 
Bags. The event was catered by Scarlet Tea Room and Fine Dining and cupcakes 
were donated by Ah, How Sweet!.

Funds raised will support the services and programs offered by Hillsides, serving 
more than 7,000 children and families annually. To learn more about the 
Pasadena children’s charity, visit To learn how you can also 
support Hillsides, call Carrie Espinoza at (323) 254-2274 ext. 254.


Sports Columnist Harvey Hyde will be 
on vacation until the fall. 


Grab your friends and neighbors and sign a team up for our 2012 Summer 
Adult Softball League! Games will be played on Sunday from 2:00pm 
- 10:00pm and Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. Don’t have 
a team? No worries! Sign yourself up as a free agent and we’ll place you 
on a team. All players must be over 18 years of age to play. 

 The Sierra Madre Adult Co-ed Softball League is divided into an “A” 
league geared towards the competitive participants, and a “B” league for 
recreational competition. The champions of each league receive t-shirts! 
Due to the limited field space, registration is limited. Be sure to sign up 
early and don’t miss out on the 2012 season! Please note that team sign-
ups may have a free agent added to the roster. For more information 
contact 626-355-5278.

Season: Late June through August

Cost: $320 per team or $32 per player

Registration: Must be done in person at the Community 
Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.

Games Site: Heasley Field located at Sierra Vista Park

Deadline: Teams and players must register by Monday, June 4, 2012


This is your chance to be part of the action by welcoming 
thousands of guests to Santa Anita Park for the world's greatest 
races! The Breeders' Cup takes place November 2 and 3, 
2012. Please contact Connie Russell to register or get more 
information at 626-574-6664 or