Grade II Fritchie Handicap among 3 SprintFest races
Laurel Park will feature a full field for Monday's $150,000 General George Handicap (Grade II) pitting an evenly matched field of 14 sprinters. Laurel's SprintFest weekend also includes the $150,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (Grade II) and the $75,000 John B. Campbell Handicap on Saturday afternoon. Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Frank Carulli has tabbed an entry from the powerful stable of Todd Pletcher as the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Both runners are New York-bred horses owned by Repole Stable. Driven by Success is the more accomplished of the two with 18 stakes performances during his career. The son of Precise End has three stakes victories against state-breds and has finished in the money 10 times, including third-place finishes in three graded races (2009 Metropolitan Handicap, 2009 Carter Handicap and 2009 Toboggan). Mike Luzzi has the mount. Driven by Solar has won five of his past six starts since arriving in the Pletcher barn 14 months ago, starting with three victories against restricted company and two wins against open company. This will be the first stakes start for the son of Freud. Fernando Jara will do the riding. "I will talk to the owner and make a decision on which one we are running," Pletcher said.
Bayhawks get All-Star midfielder Brooks in trade
The Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse announced Thursday that they have acquired All-Star midfielder Steven Brooks from the Rochester Rattlers. In exchange, Rochester received midfielder Brian Vetter. Brooks began his MLL career with the former Chicago Machine, now the Rochester Rattlers, in 2008 and tallied 35 points with 23 goals and nine assists. In his two years with the Machine, Brooks played in 15 games and had a career total of 44 points and 26 ground balls.. "Steven Brooks has made a great name for himself in the lacrosse world as an unbelievable two-way midfielder who can shoot the lights out on the offensive end as well as shut down the opponent's top midfielder," general manager Spencer Ford said. "We feel the addition of Steven will give us the two best midfield units in the league and we are very excited to see Steven in a Bayhawks jersey in 2011. We look to build our roster with the right players based on commitment, character and leadership, and Stephen brings all of those and more." Brooks came to the MLL after an outstanding college career at Syracuse, where he was a recipient of the Lt. Donald C. MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the nation's top midfielder and also named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America first team in 2008.
Men's college lacrosse: Brown defenseman Peter Fallon (Gilman) and Maryland attackman Grant Catalino are among 20 NCAA men's lacrosse players to be named candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Ripken Foundation to honor Kellys at Aspire Gala next Friday
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation has announced its honorees for its seventh annual Aspire Gala, which will include former state Sen. Francis X. Kelly and his wife, Janet Kelly. The Kellys will be honored alongside tennis legend Andre Agassi as well as Richard E. Marriott, chairman of Host Hotels and Resorts Inc., at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront next Friday.
Wizards: Guard John Wall will compete tonight in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge against Golden State's Stephen Curry, Chicago's Derrick Rose, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook and New Orleans' Chris Paul as part of the NBA's All-Star Weekend festivities. … The Wizards and Washington Mystics will celebrate Black History Month by taking a group of fourth-and fifth-grade students from Orr Elementary School in Washington to the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore on Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mystics forward Monique Currie is expected to attend.
D.C. United: The club has waived defender Julius James. In a separate transaction, United acquired allocation money from the L.A. Galaxy in exchange for an international roster spot.
—From Sun staff and news services