By John BurtonOne of the most stalwart Republican forces in the state Legislature, Middletown’s Joseph Kyrillos, announced on Tuesday, he would not seek another term in the Senate.“It has been the greatest privilege of my life to serve the people of my district and the state of New Jersey in the Legislature,” said Kyrillos in a statement his office released this week. “Ever since I was a kid growing up in Monmouth County, I’ve always believed that public service is an important and noble profession. I am truly fortunate to have had the ability to serve for so many years in the state Senate, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished on behalf of the people of New Jersey. And, of course, the frustrations of serving in the Minority and the current political process are obvious.”Kyrillos, 56, has been serving in Trenton for 27 years, first in the Assembly for two two-year terms and was sworn in for his first Senate term in 1992, where he will continue to serve until his current term expires in January 2018.Kyrillos represents the 13th Legislative District, made up of 13 Monmouth County communities, including the Bayshore area from Aberdeen to Highlands, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Marlboro, Oceanport, Rumson, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright. According to his office, Kyrillos is the second youngest person elected to the Senate since the 1947 Constitutional Convention and the tenth youngest since 1844. He served as only the 29th Republican state chairman in the recorded history of the party since 1880 and one of only four to serve simultaneously in the legislature. When he unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012, Kyrillos’ office said he joined a small group of 135 individuals in the history of New Jersey who earned the privilege to have been nominated for governor or U.S. senator by the two major political parties.“When I leave the Senate in January 2018, I will have spent more than half my lifetime serving in public life,” Kyrillos said. “It’s time for some new challenges and opportunities and it’s also time to give others an opportunity to serve.”“He’s going out a winner,” observed John O. Bennett III, a fellow Monmouth County Republican who had served as senator, Senate president and acting governor during his tenure in Trenton. Bennett had worked closely with Kyrillos during their time together in the Legislature’s upper house. “Joe has always been recognized as a great legislator, a good guy, a nice guy, a team player,” Bennett said of his friend and former colleague. “He’ll be missed by his constituents.”By giving a lengthy notice, Kyrillos will give ample time to the county GOP organization to name a replacement for next year’s ballot, Bennett explained. Economic GrowthWhen Republicans held the legislative majority in the Statehouse, Kyrillos served as majority conference leader and chaired standing committees on economic development and natural resources. A ranking member of the Economic Growth, Judiciary and Legislative Oversight committees, he was the original sponsor of the state’s landmark Business Employment Incentive Program (BEIP), which has resulted in the creation of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey jobs. Kyrillos also sponsored the “Grow New Jersey” bill, which is the state’s current business incentive program. He voted more than 140 times to reduce taxes and fees. Environmental and Shore ProtectionA lifelong Monmouth County resident, Kyrillos worked to protect New Jersey’s coastline and help the shore region rebuild in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy. He helped establish the state’s Shore Protection Fund in 1993, which provided the first stable source of funding for protecting New Jersey’s beaches. He also sponsored legislation to keep our oceans clean and close the CAFRA loophole to protect the shoreline from overdevelopment and decay. Kyrillos led the early fight for green acres and open space efforts and sponsored the state’s Environmental Infrastructure Trust. EducationKyrillos, an advocate for improving education, was the prime sponsor of the School Report Card legislation to hold public schools and teachers accountable. He also sponsored the current teacher tenure reform bill and has advocated for reforms to the state’s inequitable school funding formula. Government ReformWorking with legislators on both sides of the aisle, Kyrillos championed several bi-partisan reform measures to lower property taxes and fix systemic problems with the state budget. He was a prime sponsor of the 2-percent cap on property taxes that is helping to control excessive local spending. He worked with the governor and legislative leaders to begin to fix the state’s broken pension system. Recently, he helped forge the coalition to renew the Transportation Trust Fund, eliminate the estate tax and the income tax for most retirees. Along the way, he sponsored initiatives that created the NJ Cultural Trust, the NJ BEST vehicle for higher education savings, and the bill that created today’s NJTV.“Joe Kyrillos’s history of public service to Monmouth County and all of New Jersey is extraordinary,” said state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. (R-21), in a statement released on Wednesday. “He has been the voice of reason that members of both parties in the New Jersey Senate have looked to for leadership on key issues since 1992,” especially for such issues as shore protection and efforts to grow the state economy.Outside of his legislative responsibilities Kyrillos has worked in commercial real estate as senior managing director for the Newmark Grubb Night Frank firm and as a director for Newport Capital, a Red Bank investment advisory firm. In the political trenches over the years he had been a leader in the state and national Republican Party, serving as New Jersey Republican state chairman and member of the Republican National Committee from 2001 to 2004. Kyrillos was the New Jersey Chairman of Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2008, and in 2009, he served as the chairman of Gov. Chris Christie’s successful campaign and as a member of the transition team. He was the Republican nominee for the United States Senate in 2012 and served as a close advisor to former Florida governor Jeb Bush in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.Over the years he tried to move up and secure other elected positions but was unsuccessful. In 1992 he took on Democrat Frank Pallone for the U.S House of Representative. And in 2012 Kyrillos won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Frank Lautenberg until his death. Kyrillos, however, had the misfortune of competing with the juggernaut that was Super Storm Sandy, that had devastated so much of the shore area, Kyrillos’s base, displacing many voters; and had as his Democratic competition Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the national attention his campaign had attracted.In the Legislature he had developed a reputation of working with opposing sides to reach consensus as a leader of the minority party.Vin Gopal, chairman of the Monmouth County Democratic Committee, spoke of his appreciation for Kyrillos’ bipartisan efforts for the state’s betterment and their personal friendship.“I think he’s a great senator, a great guy,” Gopal said. “He’s one of the last remaining gentlemen in New Jersey politics who was able to work across the aisle.“He will be sorely missed.”“I love Joe and I’ll miss him,” offered Declan O’Scanlon, a Republican member of the Assembly who represents the 13th with Kyrillos. “He is one of the most outstanding public servants that New Jersey has seen in the last 30 years. And I don’t think I’m exaggerating.”Kyrillos hasn’t announced his future plans other than to say he hasn’t ruled out a possible return to the political arena sometime in the future.“He’s a young guy,” Bennett observed. “I don’t know that’s Joe’s taking a departure from public service forever.”Kyrillos and his wife, Susan and children will continue to reside in Middletown, according to office.
Head coach Mario DiBella is going have his eyes glued to the NDCC Arena ice as more than 50 players are expected for the Kootenay Ice Major Midget Evaluation Camp.Team officials and BC Hockey High Performance evaluators will evaluate players at the three-day camp. Final selections of the 20 players, including two goaltenders, which make up each Major Midget team will be made by September 15.Evaluation camps are run every year in order to evaluate players and help select the following year’s teams.Camp registration is designated as “open” registration, meaning that the number of players who can attend each camp is unlimited.The BC Hockey Major Midget League was established in 2004 to provide elite level 15, 16 and 17 year olds an opportunity to play within their own age group at a high level and be developed for the next level of hockey. These teams have an opportunity each year to compete for the National Midget Championship.Also this weekend at the NDCC Arena, the Kootenay Wildcat Tryouts are scheduled for Saturday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Sunday, 7:30-8:45 a.m. and Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Rafael Bejarano63916914%54%$823,485 GORMLEY IN COMFORTABLE DRILL FOR JUVENILE FrontRunner winner Gormley worked six furlongs under Chantal Sutherland for John Shirreffs at 8 o’clock Sunday morning for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.Working in company with regular workmate Veneto, Gormley was timed in 1:15 flat while Veneto was clocked in 1:17 flat.“Gormley went very well,” Shirreffs said. “We wanted to make sure he was comfortable next to the other horse. We put him in a different position to see how he handled it.“We weren’t looking for a fast time, just more of a comfortable, non-stressful work.”Victor Espinoza has ridden Gormely in his only two races, both front-running victories, but Sutherland has been working the son of Malibu Moon owned by Jerry and Ann Moss.“Chantal has really nice hands and she sits very still on the horse,” Shirreffs said in explaining why she works Gormley. “It’s nice to have a different rider on him sometimes, other than the rider who’s going to be on him in the afternoon.“Every time his regular rider gets on, Gormley tends to think, ‘Oh, we’re going to do something (serious).’ He can tell the difference between riders.”Sutherland is understandably impressed with Gormley, and would welcome the chance to ride the colt in competition.“The horse can do anything,” she said. “I wouldn’t mind if the Mafia came and tied Victor up to give me a chance to ride Gormley in a race.”The Juvenile will be decided at 1 1/16 miles, the same distance as the FrontRunner. Tyler Baze50104920%46%$377,520 INTANGIBLES KEY IN BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINTMasochistic worked four furlongs under Mike Smith Thursday in a bullet 45.40, handily from the gate for trainer Ron Ellis.It was the fastest of 46 drills at the distance as the California-bred son of Sought After prepared for the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint at six furlongs Nov. 5.“I wanted to sharpen him up a little bit,” Ellis said in explaining the gate drill. “We might even do it one more time. He’s got two more works, one next Friday and probably on Saturday after that, a week before the race.”“All the Breeders’ Cup races except probably the Classic appear to be pretty wide open. They look very competitive. I would agree (with Bob Baffert) that the post position, the start, and other intangibles will be important in a race like the Sprint.” Norberto Arroyo, Jr.47115723%49%$429,260 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 15) Peter Miller37105327%49%$296,200 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SONGBIRD HAS HISTORY ON HER SIDE IN DISTAFFSongbird will be facing older fillies and mares for the first time when she runs in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Nov. 4.This late in the year, an age disparity might not make a difference, but since the undefeated two-year-old filly champion of 2015 would be facing older champions Beholder and Stellar Wind, it’s something to think about, in the opinion of Mike Smith, who has guided Songbird to dominating daylight victories in each of her 11 races.“I wouldn’t say the concept of three-year-olds handling older horses is overrated, especially with the older horses she’s going to have to face,” the Hall of Fame jockey said. “They’re extremely talented. They’re the cream of the crop, so Songbird is going to have to step up her game.”Dan Ward, assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Songbird for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm, is a human version of Equibase, up to speed on research, which in this instance bodes well for Songbird: “Just look at the past results of the Distaff,” Ward said. “Ten three-year-olds have won it and most were facing older for the first time, so it’s a good gauge.“Beholder won when she was three (in 2013), Untapable (2014) won when she was three, Ashado (2004) won when she was three, Blind Luck was second (in 2010),” Ward pointed out.Other three-year-old winners of the Distaff were Sacahuista (1987), Dance Smartly (1991), Hollywood Wildcat (1993), Ajina (1997), Spain (2000), Unbridled Elaine (2001) and Royal Delta (2011)“This is a race Songbird will really have to run to win,” Smith said, “but in saying that, I think she’s ready for it. I certainly wouldn’t trade places with anybody, I know that.” Richard Baltas3956313%36%$318,880 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kent Desormeaux3393527%52%$329,925 Flavien Prat50117822%52%$942,715 Doug O’Neill52581010%44%$277,768 FINISH LINES: Songbird galloped Sunday morning and is scheduled to work Thursday for the Distaff . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Tara’s Tango worked five furlongs Sunday in a minute flat, fastest of 59 drills at the distance under Rafael Bejarano for the $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs Nov. 5. “Perfect” is how Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward summed up the drill. “It was a good finish, a good gallop out, just the way you want it. She’s a very good work horse.” . . . Ashleyluvssugar, winner of the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship on Oct. 2, had “a lovely work” in the dark for the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf at 1 ½ miles Nov. 5, going four furlongs in 48.40 for Peter Eurton, while Sprint contender Drefong went six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.20 handily from the gate with Martin Garcia aboard. “He went good and he needed it,” Bob Baffert said. “It was a good work for him,” the fastest of 15 at the distance . . . Runhappy, winner of last year’s Grade I Malibu Stakes, is set to arrive at Santa Anita next Sunday, Oct. 23, from The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky., to prepare for the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Nov. 4 under trainer Laura Wohlers . . . Point Piper, a longshot for the Dirt Mile, went four furlongs for Hollendorfer in 50.80 . . . The jury was still out Sunday morning on why Long Hot Summer finished a disappointing fifth and last by 13 lengths as the 13-10 favorite in Saturday’s California Distaff Handicap. “We’ll evaluate her day to day,” said trainer Phil D’Amato, who sent out Enola Gray to win the race in her turf debut. “Something’s not right. We’ll take Long Hot Summer’s blood tomorrow to see if she could be getting sick on us, because that was not the performance we were expecting from her. On the other end, Enola saved the day for us with a really nice grass performance.” As to Obviously‘s Breeders’ Cup status, D’Amato said he would cross-nominate him to the Mile and the Turf Sprint “and kind of decide after that.” D’Amato has Grade I winner Midnight Storm as a leading candidate for the Mile . . . Trainer Jeff Bonde was pleased as punch with the debut victory of Princess Karen in yesterday’s second race, but revealed no imminent race for the two-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Stay Thirsty, who won by nearly two lengths under Mike Smith. “We’re hoping for good things from her,” Bonde said. . . . Congrats to clocker Toby Turrell of The Yellow Sheet on picking Sundar Creek ($25.40) as his best bet Saturday. The Bob Hess Jr. trainee won by 5 ¼ lengths under Fernando Perez in the ninth race, cementing a Pick Six carryover of $67,281 into Sunday’s races. Turrell wrote in part, “Can’t ask for a softer spot than this. Play: $100 win . . .” for a juicy return of $1,250. GORMLEY WORKS ‘VERY WELL’ FOR BC JUVENILEDISTAFF HISTORY BODES WELL FOR SONGBIRDINTANGIBLES CRUCIAL IN BREEDERS’ CUP SPRINTSPRINT CONTENDER DREFONG IN ‘GOOD WORK’ROSE MENTIONS ‘CHROME’ ON FOX POST GAME SHOW Jerry Hollendorfer2643315%38%$215,735 ROSE MENTIONS CALIFORNIA CHROME ON FOX SPORTS POST GAME SHOW Pete Rose, who along with fellow retired hardball greats Alex Rodriguez and Frank Thomas works as an analyst on Fox Sports NLCS baseball coverage, worked in a mention of superstar California Chrome following last night’s Cubs vs. Dodgers game at Wrigley Field.In an unscripted moment approaching midnight Central Time, Rose asked diminutive field reporter Ken Rosenthal, who had just finished an on-field interview with a Cubs’ player who easily exceeded 6′ 5″, “Are you gonna ride California Chrome?” A bit of uncertainty followed, with Rose being informed by anchor Kevin Burkhardt that “Ken isn’t a jockey.” Unbowed, Rose then pointed out that California Chrome would be running soon in the Breeders’ Cup.THANKS PETE!! Philip D’Amato3340512%27%$361,970