Paul Biedermann beat Olympic star Michael Phelps to win the gold medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the world championships in Rome in August and the two will contest the same event this weekend at a World Cup meet in Berlin, but the Baltimore resident isn't making a big deal of the rematch. "I'll be the first to admit I'm not in a great shape," said Phelps, who returned to racing this week after a long layoff. "I'll race as hard as I can and whatever happens, happens." Biedermann, a German, is coming off a torn muscle fiber in his left thigh.
Laurel Park: In his first start since a 12th-place finish behind Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness, Tone It Down won the seventh race at Laurel Park, a $32,000 allowance test. Under Abel Castellano, the son of Medaglia d'Oro rallied down the lane on the sloppy main track to win by 1 1/4 lengths and pay $11.60. He covered the seven furlongs in 1 minute, 25.83 seconds. Our Second Slew finished second.
Tone It Down has won three of seven starts during his 3-year-old campaign.
- From Sun staff and news services