Without 'Rachel' buzz, Pimlico spring meet wagering down

May 27, 2010|By Sports Digest

Horse racing

Without 'Rachel' buzz, Pimlico spring meet wagering down

Average wagering figures at the Pimlico Race Course spring meeting were 8.7 percent lower than comparable 2009 dates. The average daily handle went from $6.854 million to $6.257million. The meet featured 20 live racing dates and 21 simulcast days. "We expected the numbers to be down based on the Preakness figures, which dictate whether the numbers will be up or down for the meet," said Tom Chuckas, Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer. "The buildup to this year's Preakness did not match 2009 when Rachel Alexandra-mania took over the industry. But we were still able to generate the sixth largest handle ever in the 135-year history of the event."

Lacrosse

Burnett, Ford and Bacigalupo in eight-member Hall class

Michael Burnett (St. Mary's), Harry McNamara "Mac" Ford (Gilman) and Scott Bacigalupo (St. Paul's) are part of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame induction class for 2010. In addition to attackman Burnett (North Carolina, Class of 1983), attackman Ford (North Carolina, 1985) and goalie Bacigalupo (Princeton, 1994), the Hall will induct former U.S. women's national team member Eleanor Keady Gaffney, Francesca Den Hartog (Harvard, 1983), coach Jack Kaley, Bonnie Rosen (Virginia, 1992) and Mary McCarthy Stefano (Penn State, 1987). Ceremonies will be Oct. 30 at The Grand Lodge in Hunt Valley.

More honors: For the second straight year, Stevenson senior Steve Kazimer was named as the Division III recipient of the USILA Lt. Col. J.I. Turnbull Award, which is presented to the nation's most outstanding attackman in honor of the former Johns Hopkins All-American. Salisbury's Sam Bradman received the Fran McCall Award as the nation's most outstanding midfielder.

Et cetera

Hopkins' Kahn named top baseball player in Division III

Johns Hopkins senior center fielder Dave Kahn was named the d3baseball.com National Player of the Year and landed a spot on the All-America first team with two teammates: graduate student and second baseman Brian Youchak and sophomore pitcher Sam Eagleson. Blue Jays junior outfielder Jesse Sikorski made the second team, and senior catcher John Swarr was selected to the third team. Frostburg State junior second baseman Matt Greene (South Carroll) was named to the second team.

Golf: Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. is partnering with the Mayor's Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force to help raise awareness about animal cruelty. Carroll Park, Clifton Park, Forest Park, Mount Pleasant and Pine Ridge will host a "Closest to the Pin" contest Saturday and Sunday, with all proceeds benefiting an animal shelter in Baltimore City. For information, go to classic5golf.com.

Pro soccer: Chris Pontius scored one goal and set up one in D.C. United's 3-2 victory over Italian powerhouse AC Milan in an international friendly before an announced 30,367 at RFK Stadium. United has just four goals in nine Major League Soccer games… Ashley Kennedy scored the tying goal with two minutes left as the Chesapeake Charge (0-1-1) earned a 1-1 tie with the Lancaster Inferno in a Women's Premier Soccer League game at Meade.

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