Sports Legends Museum
Wilson, Hoiles, Meissner to attend Babe's Birthday Bash
The Babe Ruth Museum announced Friday that Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson, former Oriole Chris Hoiles and world figure skating champion Kimmie Meissner will be in attendance for Babe's Birthday Bash on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The event will celebrate the 116th anniversary of Ruth's birth in Baltimore on Feb. 6, 1895.
The museum will present the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation with the 2011 Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award. Tickets to the event are $45 each for members of the Babe Ruth Museum, $55 apiece for the general public when purchased in advance and $60 each at the door on the night of the event. Ten or more tickets purchased together are discounted at $40 each. The evening will include admission to Sports Legends Museum's galleries, unlimited food and beverages, a silent auction, appearances by local professional and amateur athletes, and free parking at Camden Yards. Tickets are available by contacting 410-727-1539 or visiting BabeRuthMuseum.com.
Full Moon Blues favored to win today's $75K Marshua Stakes
A competitive band of 3-year-old fillies takes center stage in today's feature at Laurel Park, the $75,000 Marshua Stakes. The six-furlong test features three stakes winners and two stakes placed runners, including a pair from the Tim Tullock barn. Full Moon Blues, the 9-5 morning-line favorite, led from start to finish in the six-furlong Grade 3 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 6. She followed that effort three weeks later with a tiring fourth in the nine-furlong Grade 2 Demoisel, also at Aqueduct. Malcolm Franklin is the regular rider of the Petionville filly and retains the mount. "This is a race I have been pointing to after she ran such a poor race last time," said Tullock, who won the Marshua two years ago with Strut the Canary. "She's ready, and I love the draw [of post 5]. Malcolm can see what's going on and go from there. She's a nice filly, and hopefully we'll have fun with her as a 3-year-old." Tullock will also start Sweet Susan (9-2). The daughter of Wiseman's Ferry has won three of six starts and was a very credible third in Aqueduct's Ruthless Stakes on Jan. 2. "She's a nice, hard knocking filly," added Tullock. "She never shows flashes of brilliance but keeps getting better each time out and deserves a shot. She ran a really nice race in New York." Red's Round Table (5-2) is 4-for-5 lifetime for trainer Tim Keefe, including victories in Delaware's White Clay Creek Stakes and Aqueduct's Only Queens Stakes. Sheldon Russell rides the daughter of Cuvee, who had two bullet works in preparation for this start.
More Laurel Park: When Dane Kobiskie arrived in Maryland in November 2005 as an apprentice rider, he made it clear his ultimate goal was to train horses. Fast-forward five years and three months, and the 32-year-old is now the top conditioner at the Laurel Park winter meeting after saddling two winners on Friday's card. "I had a plan and set goals," Kobiskie said. "But things have fallen into place for me." Kobiskie attended Pensacola Christian College and spent two years in the United States Marine Corps. In 2000 he accepted an internship at Taylor Made breeding farm. His odyssey continued as he learned the ropes from some of the top trainers in the business, galloping horses for Dallas Stewart, John Ward and Todd Pletcher and working as an exercise rider for Michael Pino and Steve Asmussen. After Asmussen encouraged him to continue an aspiration as a jockey, The Wichita, Kan., native won 289 races for more than $5 million in earnings during 33 months in the saddle. He retired as a rider in February 2008, saddled his first winner the following month at Laurel Park and has been a top 20 conditioner at the Maryland tracks. He saddled 74 winners in his first full year as a trainer and captured his first title at the Maryland Timonium State Fair meet a year ago, which included a career-best four-win afternoon on the closing day. However, he was away from the barn for the final three months of 2010, returning to Kansas to help on the family farm after his grandfather had heart surgery; Andy Haylor died Friday morning. "I was ready to walk away up but my owners [PTK LLC] told me to take care of business at home and come back when I was ready," said Kobiskie, who trains more than 50 horses at the Bowie Training Center. "I came back last month and things are heating up. I have a full barn. The horses are fresh with conditions." Kobiskie has started 2011 with a bang, visiting the winner's circle at Laurel eight times from just 19 starters with victories in seven of the past 10 live racing days.
Blast beat Wave, 15-6, to take over first place in MISL