Favorite Potosina pulls away to win $75K Media Stakes at Laurel Park

Overlea's BJ Smith hits another 3-pointer at buzzer to keep Widener in playoff hunt

February 13, 2011|By Sports Digest

Laurel Park

Favorite Potosina pulls away to win $75K Media Stakes

Pozo de Luna Inc.'s Potosina employed different tactics from her last winning effort when she captured the $75,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes, the feature offering on a sunny winter afternoon Saturday at Laurel Park. Sent to post as the 7-5 favorite over six other fillies and mares, Potosina dueled from the start almost to the finish before drawing away to win for leading jockey Sheldon Russell and trainer Mark Shuman. In the Nellie Morse Stakes on Jan. 22, the Cactus Ridge filly rallied from last to win going away. On Saturday she battled for the lead, fended off pace pressure supplied by Kit Kats Luck and spurted away to win by three-quarters of a length in 1 minute, 53.85 seconds for the nine-furlong distance. Blessed Soul rallied up the rail to take second, and Princess Nyla finished third. The winner paid $4.80. "Mark in the paddock really didn't give me instructions," Russell said. "He just said go out there and ride her with confidence and just keep as clean as you can." Going into the first turn, no one had really cleared me, so I just went on and slowed it down as much as I could and just kicked away. She was always comfortable. That horse was always right next to her, keeping her focused. She has a tendency to lose focus and get distracted but not today." Added Shuman: "The instructions were to keep her face clear, and I said: 'See how clean your silks are? Keep them that way.' After the first quarter, I felt better. I wouldn't want to be five back with that kind of quarter [25.41]. Great ride, a heads-up ride by Sheldon. I give him all the credit today."


Boldin to host 'Chalk Talk' session at Morgan State

Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin will host an evening of discussion during a "Chalk Talk" session March 10 at the Morgan State University Theatre. The session, moderated by Rob Long of Fox 1370, is for coaches and parents to hear Boldin's point of view for motivating high school athletes to perform their sport and their school studies to the best of their abilities. Boldin, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, plans to discuss head injury prevention, college selection and the recruiting process, along with questions posed by the participants. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased by calling 510-484-7022 or visiting anquanchalktalk.eventbrite.com. "I am very excited to host this Chalk Talk event," Boldin said. "This is my first opportunity to have a platform for speaking to coaches and parents in order to share my stories and experiences from childhood to the present. I anticipate that everyone involved will have the opportunity to network, share ideas and join together to help our kids know the facts, avoid pitfalls, and ultimately achieve in school and athletics." Proceeds from the event will benefit the Anquan Boldin Foundation as well as the United Way of Central Maryland Emerging Leaders United program, of which Boldin is the honorary chairman. For more information on these organizations, visit anquanq81foundation.com and uwcm.org/elu.

Division III men's basketball

Smith hits another 3 at buzzer to keep Widener in playoff hunt

Junior BJ Smith (Overlea) sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Widener a 65-62 victory at Elizabethtown on Saturday as the Pride stayed alive in the Commonwealth Conference playoff race. After the Blue Jays' Andrew Mantz hit two free throws with 4.3 seconds remaining for a 62-62 tie, Smith took the inbounds pass, dribbled toward the right wing and banked home a 25-foot runner. He also hit a 35-foot shot last season and banked home a 65-footer Jan. 15, both times to win games against Lebanon Valley. Widener (11-12, 6-6 CC) sits one game behind Elizabethtown (16-6, 7-5) and Albright (7-5).

More men's results: Jon Ward scored 31 points to power host Ursinus (11-12, 8-8 Centennial) to a 71-55 win over Johns Hopkins (6-17, 4-12). Ursinus outscored Hopkins, 38-25, in the second half. John Alberici had 12 points for the Blue Jays. … DeSean Antoine scored a game-high 21 points, and visiting Frostburg State (10-13, 5-9 Capital Athletic Conference) won, 75-68, over Salisbury (10-13, 5-9). The win pulled the Bobcats into a tie for sixth and the final playoff spot with Salisbury. Mike Maczko had 18 points for the Sea Gulls. … Michael Jarboe had 15 points, including four 3-pointers, to power host McDaniel (12-11, 9-7 Centennial) to a 68-54 win over Muhlenberg (12-11, 8-8). The Green Terror held the Mules to 17 points in the first half.

Division III women's basketball

Hopkins beats Ursinus, 72-48, to clinch regular-season title

Alex Vassila scored 13 points and visiting Johns Hopkins (19-4, 16-3 Centennial) won, 72-48, over Ursinus (11-12, 8-8 Centennial) to clinch the regular-season conference title. The Blue Jays secured the top seed in the playoffs for the first time since 2003-04.

More women's results: Glen Charlton had a game-high 20 points, but host Salisbury (8-15, 5-9 CAC) fell, 69-59, to Frostburg State (12-11, 9-5). The Bobcats went on a 15-3 run in the second half to spark the win. Mindy Sharp and Elaina Hummel each had 16 points for Frostburg. … Host Washington College (10-12, 8-9 Centennial) lost, 69-64, to Gettysburg (18-5, 13-5). The Bullets' Caitlin Moser and Shorewomen's Sally O'Donnell each finished with 17 points.

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