Teacher, Board of Education member, coach, entrepreneur, legend and all-around great guy Tom Oves will be getting some well-deserved recognition on June 5.Oves is the recipient of the Exchange Club of Ocean City’s 52nd Annual Book of Golden Deeds award and will be honored at a dinner at the Flanders Hotel on June 5, 2017 from 6 to 10 p.m.The event is open to the public. Regular tickets are $50 and $35 to members of the Exchange Club.To register online please visit www.ocxc.org/event-2508520 . To register by phone or email, please contact Jon Batastini at 609-827-4786 or [email protected] is one of Ocean City’s most remarkable residents, well-known to local residents and visitors alike. His Golden Book of Deeds Award recognizes his many contributions to his hometown and community. The dinner is an opportunity to thank Tom for all he does and to have a fun evening in the process.He does so much, from running his iconic boardwalk eatery, to coaching and administering the Ocean City Junior Wrestling Club and its tournament which draws wrestlers from all over South Jersey and surrounding states. He also coached for years in the Ocean City Little League.Tom might be best known for his many years as an educator and supporter of education. An eight-year member of the Ocean City BOE, which he also served for four years as Vice President, he is as familiar as the firmament around Ocean City Schools. He chairs the Building and Grounds Committee, presiding over some of the top school and athletic facilities in the region. He also served on the Strategic Planning and Hall of Fame Committees.Ocean City born and raised, Oves’ dedication to education began in 1987 at Wildwood High where he taught and coached Freshman Boys Basketball. He went on to Atlantic City Middle School and the High School, teaching in that system until 2007. He coached the Vikings’ traveling chess team during that period.If Tom Oves makes it look easy, its because he is so good at giving back, not because it is easy. He has been faced with, and overcome serious health problems for more than 30 years –including bouts with cancer and the loss of a leg at the knee due to circulation problems—Tom just keeps going.“Nothing can stop this guy, he is a force of nature,” said his friend Jon Batastini.This is Ocean City’s chance to thank him at the banquet on June 5.Tom, and his wife Mary have three boys – twins Dustin and John, and Tommy. During the summer season he works with his brothers Alex and Chris at the family restaurant, bike rental and umbrella rental emporium at 4th and the Boardwalk.
HRONIS RACING’S GINGER NUT TACKLES MALES AS SHE HEADS SUNDAY’S $75,000 DESERT CODE STAKES FOR 3-YEAR-OLDS AT FIVE FURLONGS ON TURF SADLER TRAINEE COMES OFF IMPRESSIVE STAKES SCORE AT KEENELAND ARCADIA, Calif. (June 5, 2019)–Hronis Racing’s Ginger Nut, an impressive stakes winner on April 12 at Keeneland, will take on males as she heads a field of six sophomore turf sprinters in Sunday’s $75,000 Desert Code Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs over the Santa Anita turf. Trained by John Sadler, Irish-bred Ginger Nut, who made her U.S. debut two races back at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 23, will be making her first Santa Anita start on Sunday.GINGER NUTOwner: Hronis Racing LLCTrainer: John SadlerA minor stakes winner three starts back versus males in England and by the far the most accomplished runner in the Desert Code lineup, Ginger Nut drew the rail going 5 ½ furlongs and rallied from last to take the ungraded Limestone Turf Sprint Stakes at Keeneland by 1 ¼ lengths on April 12. A winner of four of her 10 starts, she has earnings of $301,088. Ridden by eastern based Joel Rosario last time out, she’ll get the services of Drayden Van Dyke on Sunday.LEGENDS OF WAROwner: C T R Stables LLC (Calvert), Qatar Racing Limited & Steven KehTrainer: Doug O’NeillGroup II Stakes-placed six starts back in England on Aug. 24, he gave a good account of himself in his U.S. debut two starts back, running a close third in an ungraded five furlong turf stakes at Churchill Downs April 27. Most recently third, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in a first condition allowance going one mile over a “good” turf here on May 27, this Kentucky-bred colt by Scat Daddy will be making his third start for O’Neill as he cuts back in distance to a five furlong sprint and gets the first-time services of Flavien Prat. With two wins from nine starts, Legends of War has earnings of $128,189.RAFALOwner: Sh Rashid bin Humaid Al NuaimiTrainer: Bob BaffertThis lightly race New York-bred colt by the Bernardini stallion Alpha was a runaway 4 ¼ length maiden winner over a wet fast main track going 5 ½ furlongs here on May 19 and will be trying turf for the first time in his third career start. Quick from the blocks, he carved out gate to wire splits of 21.60, 44.60 and 56.40 en route to a final clocking of 1:02.60, which earned him a Beyer Speed figure of 86–the top last-out “fig” in the Desert Code field. He’ll be ridden back by Joe Talamo and could prove an elusive target on Sunday.THE $75,000 DESERT STORMER STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 6 of 9 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT Ginger Nut–Drayden Van Dyke–119Listing–Mario Gutierrez–124Legends of War–Flavien Prat–122Rafal–Joe Talamo–120Alleva–Rafael Bejarano–122Strictly Biz–Tiago Pereira–120First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.