Indian Dance captures Laurel's Harrison Johnson

March 28, 2010|By Sports Digest

Indian Dance was methodical in victory as the overwhelming race favorite, rallying from just off the pace to win the $70,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes for older horses at Laurel Park. Sent to post as the 3-5 favorite under Luis Garcia, the gelded son of Indian Charlie beat four others in the nine-furlong test, completing the distance in 1 minute, 51.04 seconds and winning by two lengths. Zarroc edged Eddie C. by a neck to finish second. "Even though this wasn't a tough race on paper, it was difficult," Garcia said. "They were walking up front and he was dragging me. He went to the lead too soon, which he doesn't like. He wants a target in front. He ran really green today but he still won for fun." The 4-year-old, who is trained by Larry Murray, paid $3.40. In his previous start, Indian Dance rallied in the same manner as Saturday to finish second in the John B. Campbell Stakes here on Feb. 15.

Laurel Park undercard: Oliver Castillo earned his 1,000th victory in the first race by winning aboard Veer. Castillo, 33, a native of Chile, won his first U.S. race aboard Yeah Ribbon at Tampa (Fla.) Downs 13 years ago. He was a regular in Maryland from 2006 to 2008 and recently returned to the colony with agent Gina Rosenthal after a stint at Penn National. "Things have been going really well," Castillo said. "I got married last summer and have a home in Baltimore, so when Gina called and asked if I wanted to come back, I jumped at the opportunity."

Pro soccer: Ryan Smith had a goal and an assist in his Major League Soccer debut, and the Wizards spoiled former coach Curt Onalfo's return to Kansas City with a 4-0 victory against D.C. United. Smith, who left English side Crystal Palace earlier this year when his contract expired, assisted on Davy Arnaud's first-half goal for a 2-0 lead and made it 3-0 with a put-back in the 54th minute. ... The Washington Freedom and Philadelphia Independence played a scoreless tie in a Women's Professional Soccer exhibition in Boyds.

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