3 Triple Crown hopefuls in today's Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park

Sheahin's career-high 28 points lead Loyola women past Iona in OT, 83-80

February 26, 2011|By Sports Digest

Laurel Park

3 Triple Crown hopefuls in today's Miracle Wood Stakes

Three Triple Crown hopefuls and a quartet of locally based runners will face off in today's $75,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park. The Miracle Wood goes at seven furlongs and will help shape springtime plans for many of these promising 3-year-olds. J J's Lucky Train is the 7-5 morning-line favorite. The son of Silver Train won three of four starts last year and started 2011 with runner-up finishes in the Count Fleet and Whirlaway Stakes, both contested at Aqueduct. Trainer William Anderson will ship J J's Lucky Train from his base at Parx (formerly Philadelphia Park), and regular rider Jose Ferrer is his pilot. "He's run against some tough company and he's shown speed in his last couple against some nice horses," Anderson said. "We had wanted to try him long, so that's why we went to New York, but he won easily at six furlongs at Monmouth, so we now want to shorten him back to seven furlongs. I expect a good effort." Rodney Jenkins will saddle Bandbox (3-1), a three-time winner from four starts. The Tapit offspring broke his maiden at Laurel, captured the Charles Town Juvenile and then won the Sleepy Hollow Stakes, a race restricted to New York-breds at Belmont Park. He ended his 2-year-old campaign with a troubled fourth in the Grade II Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct, where he had to steady after clipping heels. Travis Dunkelberger, who rode Bandbox to his maiden win, regains the mount. Both J J's Lucky Train and Bandbox are Triple Crown nominees. The third nominee named to start is Concealed Identity (10-1), who captured the Maryland Juvenile Championship, one of two wins during his juvenile season. Eddie Gaudet trains the Smarty Jones gelding. J.D. Acosta will be aboard.Four of the previous 10 Miracle Wood winners — Talk Is Money (2001), Water Cannon (2004), Malibu Moonshine (2005) and Sweetnorthernsaint (2006) — competed in at least one Triple Crown event later that year.

College basketball

Sheahin's 28 points lead Loyola women past Iona in OT

Katie Sheahin scored a career-high 28 points, and Miriam McKenzie matched hers with 23, leading the visiting Loyola women's basketball team (18-10, 15-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) to a 83-80 overtime win over Iona (11-18, 7-10) on Friday. The Greyhounds forced overtime with two free throws by Marissa Flagg and never trailed in the extra period.

Men: Erik Etherly scored a career-high 19 points, including going 9-for-12 from the line, to power visiting Loyola (15-13, 10-7 MAAC) to a 75-63 win over Niagara (8-22, 4-13). The last time the Greyhounds beat the Purple Eagles was Jan. 12, 2007, when they recorded a 96-95 victory.

Et cetera

Ex-Mount star pitcher Pease signs deal with Padres

Former Mount St. Mary's baseball standout pitcher Dustin Pease (Archbishop Spalding) has been signed by the the San Diego Padres organization. He will report to the Double-A camp at the Padres' spring training complex in Arizona next week. It will be Pease's second shot with a major league organization after he signed with the Kansas City Royals in 2008.

Women's college soccer: UMBC coach Alyssa Radu announced that Tiffany Williams and Josh Osit have joined the Retrievers staff as assistant coaches. Radu's college teammate at Rutgers, Williams spent three seasons on Radu's staff at New Jersey Institute of Technology, including a record-setting 2005 campaign, when the Highlanders earned their first-ever postseason berth, advancing to the six-team Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Tournament.

Women's college lacrosse: Salisbury announced that the start time of its April 10 home game against The College of New Jersey has been changed to 11 a.m. … Tuesday's game between Hood and Trinity (D.C.) Tigers has been canceled. Trinity was unable to field a sufficient roster and as a result has canceled its 2011 season.

Navy indoor track and field: Navy junior Cody Rome has been named the Patriot League Men's Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Rome played a key role in the Mids' victory at the 2011 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Championship last weekend in Annapolis. With Navy trailing 32 points and four events to go, Rome won the 3,000 meters with a new personal record, field house record and Patriot League championship record time of 8 minutes, 7.51 seconds. Rome holds a 3.55 GPA and is an applied mathematics major. … Junior Jess Palacio will head to George Mason's Last Chance Meet on Sunday to compete in the 800-meter run. Palacio can earn an automatic qualification to the NCAA championships with a time of 2:05 or below. The indoor championship will be hosted by Texas A&M March 11-12. Palacio can also qualify by having one of the top-14 times on the final national performance list.

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