Red's Round Table runs the table in Marshua Stakes at Laurel Park

Hopkins women seal playoff berth with 62-50 win over Swarthmore

February 06, 2011|By Sports Digest

Laurel Park

Red's Round Table runs the table in Marshua Stakes

Arnold Heft's Red's Round Table shook off all comers and sped away to win Saturday's feature at Laurel Park, the $75,000 Marshua Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Sent to post as the 6-5 favorite, the daughter of Cuvee dueled for the lead before drawing away to a commanding victory. The Tim Keefe trainee completed the six-furlong distance over the sloppy going in 1:13.4 and won by 43/4 lengths. Heather rallied from last to take second, and Sweet Susan finished third. Laurel's leading rider, Sheldon Russell, was aboard the winner, which paid $4.40. "This filly has just gotten better and better with every run," Russell said. "Having the outside post was an advantage. She doesn't have to be in front, but naturally she is always going to sit close because she has early speed. She did everything right today. When I asked her, she switched to her right lead and really did sprint away from them." Heft is a former co-owner of the Baltimore Bullets and NBA referee. This was Red's Round Table's third straight stakes victory following tallies in the White Clay Creek Stakes at Delaware and the Only Queens at Aqueduct to end her juvenile campaign. She is now five-of-six lifetime and has replaced the recently retired Celtic Innis ($648,638 in earnings) as the barn star. "She had some big shoes to fill," said Keefe. "We were looking for this kind of horse. She stepped up and she keeps running race after race after race. She is small and unassuming. There's not a whole lot to her except her heart. She wants to win." For 13 years Heft met with Boston Celtics Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach and eight other friends, including Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, award-winning journalist John Feinstein and former Washington Post sports editor George Solomon, for Tuesday lunches in Washington. "We continued to meet after Red passed away [in October 2006] and convinced Arnie to name the horse Red's Round Table," Solomon said. "We all feel we are part of the ownership group but Arnie said we could only be a part of it if we helped pay to feed the horse." Morning-line favorite Full Moon Blues scratched.

Et cetera

Hopkins women seal playoff berth with win over Swarthmore

The Johns Hopkins women's basketball team (17-4, 14-3 Centennial Conference) — led by Chantel Mattiola with 18 points — won, 62-50, over visiting Swarthmore (12-8, 8-8) and clinched a conference playoff berth.

More women's college basketball: Erin Fitzgerald scored a career-high 16 points and added 10 rebounds as visiting Washington (10-10, 8-7 Centennial) completed its sweep of Dickinson (8-12, 6-10) with a 67-58 victory.

Men's college basketball: Sean Wildes hit a layup with 51 seconds left to bring host Johns Hopkins (5-16, 3-11 Centennial Conference) within 51-50 before Will Gates went 2-for-2 from the line with one second left to preserve the win for Swarthmore (6-15, 3-11) at the 10th annual Wall-O'Mahony Game. The Blue Jays were ahead led, 24-22, at the half, before surrending the lead five minutes into the second half and falling into a back-and-forth game. … Dylan Chaney (Wilde Lake) hit a layup with a minute to play to put visiting Goucher (5-13, 3-8 Landmark Conference) up for good as they won, 53-50, over Moravian (9-13, 3-8). … David Pearman scored a game-high 23 points to power host Salisbury (9-12, 4-8 Capital Athletic Conference) to a 72-68 win over Mary Washington. … Alex Franz (Cardinal Gibbons) totaled 14 points and six steals for a CAC-record 301 as host St. Mary's (18-4, 12-1) won, 82-52, over Marymount (4-17, 2-10). … Tyler Snoots scored 22 points to power visiting Hood (7-5, 3-2 CAC) to a 76-53 win over Stevenson (4-9, 1-4). The Blazers limited the Mustangs to 16 points in the first half.

Wizards: Head trainer Eric Waters was to be honored Saturday night with a pre-game presentation as the 2009-10 recipient of the Joe O'Toole NBA Athletic Trainer of the Year award.

Men's college soccer: Towson announced five new members for the 2011 season: defenders Michael Greene (Tuscarora) and Justin Breidenstein (Calvert Hall) of the national champion Baltimore Bays Chelsea Academy team; defender Daniel Grundei, a member of the German youth national team; forward Anthony Okodua of Laurel; and midfielder CJ Corey, an All-Met selection by The Washington Post.

College swimming: Loyola sophomore Brennan Morris, a Lutherville resident, was Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week. Greyhounds freshman Elizabeth Mixa was selected as MAAC Diver of the Week. … Johns Hopkins freshman Anthony Lordi was named Bluegrass Mountain Conference Male Swimmer of the Week. … Hood freshman Connor Eliff was named Capital Athletic Conference Men's Swimming Athlete of the Week and Blazers junior Arielle Harding was selected as CAC Women's Swimming Athlete of the Week.

—From Sun staff and news services

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