Star jockey Mario Gutierrez misses winner's circle -- and studio -- in race to radio station
Kentucky Derby and Preakness were a piece of cake compared to Vancouver's downtown traffic
SCENE & HEARD: It’s probably a good thing that jockey Mario Gutierrez earns his living guiding horses through traffic as opposed to, say, driving a cab or delivery truck.
The celebrated young man who rode I’ll Have Another to Kentucky Derby and Preakness victories earlier this year is back in Vancouver preparing for the B.C. Derby Sunday at Hastings Racecourse. Mid-day Team 1040 hosts Matt Sekeres and Blake Price had been plugging the "horse droppings" out of the fact they would have Mario “live and in studio” Thursday. He never made it.
As talented as he is at jockeying for position in tight quarters on a racetrack, Gutierrez was no match for local downtown traffic. In fact, he became quite intimidated.
“I should have ridden a horse to the radio station,” he told Sekeres later while apologizing for being a no-show. “It would have been less stressful.”
HERE ‘N’ THERE: Blake Price and Jeff Paterson will be sharing the play-by-play assignments for the Vancouver Giants home games this Western Hockey League season on Team Radio.
The Giants newly-hired director of public relations and broadcasting Alex Grebenyuk will broadcast all 36 road games. The common denominator here is that veteran Bill Wilms will be doing his regular colour commentary both home and away. Grebenyuk, a BCIT grad, could be the sleeper here. He was the BCHL Merritt Centennials play-by-play man for the past four years.
Low key as it was, Giants’ owner Ron Toigo was presented with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal Thursday by Senator Gerry St. Germain for Toigo’s outstanding service to the community.
With the NHL lockout looming, Team Radio is creatively about to spring a couple of new shows into its programming log.
Matt Baker and Mike Martignago launch Gameday on Team 1040 Sunday, a weekly 9:30 a.m. to noon format.
Morning sports update man Joe Leary and Lions multi-talented centre Angus Reid have a one-hour Saturday afternoon show about to be launched called The Sports Grill.
SHORT HOPS: All of Kamloops should give a cheer for native son Colin Kleven, the 6-6 pitching prospect in the Philadelphia Phillies chain. He was named this week the Phillies’ first recipient of the Minor League Community Service Award for his exceptional volunteer work in Lakewood, N.J.
Kleven led the Single-A Lakewood BlueClaws in wins, starts, innings pitched and strikeouts (119) this summer. He was a Phillies’ draft in 2009
END ZONE: Mr. Hockey of the Kootenays, Gus Adams, passed away peacefully at his home in Nelson last week. A Celebration of Life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Hotel in Nelson. The father of NHL stalwart Greg, Mr. Adams was GM of the Nelson Maple Leafs hockey team and worked with Notre Dame University in helping to provide young hockey players with full scholarships. As a player with the Nelson Maple Leafs, only his wit was quicker than his goaltending catching hand.
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