Favorite J J's Lucky Train wins $75K Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park

BCCC beats CCBC-Essex, 74-71, to move to Region XX title game Sunday

February 26, 2011|By Sports Digest

Laurel Park

Favorite J J's Lucky Train wins $75K Miracle Wood Stakes

Fresh Start Stable LLC's J J's Lucky Train was put to the test and proved to be best in Saturday's feature at Laurel Park, the $75,000 Miracle Wood Stakes for 3-year-olds. The seven-furlong contest was reduced to five runners after race-day scratches. Triple Crown nominees Bandbox and J J's Lucky Train left the gate as the 1-2 favorites and turned the Miracle Wood into a match race. Bandbox shot to the front and led J J's Lucky Train into the turn before they linked up and matched strides into the stretch. Three-sixteenths from the finish, Jose Ferrer urged J J's Lucky Train to the front and, under constant pressure, held off their rival to win by a neck in 1 minute, 23.60 seconds. Wicked Thunder was another 81/2 lengths farther back in third. The winner, a son of Silver Train who is trained by Bill Anderson at Parx, had been claimed out of his maiden debut for $40,000 by his present connections. "We try to claim young horses that have some potential, and it worked out this time," Anderson said. "I was surprised down the backside. I thought with the one scratch [Diski Dance] we'd probably be on the lead." J J's Lucky Train was the 6-5 second choice in the wagering and paid $4.40. Bandbox, who was the 9-10 favorite, was the bottom half of a $7 exacta and the middle portion of a $13.80 triple. "The horse broke sharp," Ferrer said. "He just found himself on the backside. I just wanted to keep him close and put a little pressure. I didn't want [the leader] to go too easy in front. I saw that good horse go to the front. I thought: 'What is going on? Is the pace going to be slow or something? I should be in front of him, but what can I do for me?'" In his previous two starts, the son of Silver Train finished second behind Triple Crown contenders Monzon (Count Fleet) and Toby's Corner (Whirlaway) at Aqueduct. "I liked what I saw," Anderson said. "He ran real good races, but I thought a step up against the real top horses at a mile and a 16th sixteenth or longer might be a little beyond his limits. His sire won the Breeders' Cup Sprint, and he has a lot of speed. [The Triple Crown series] might be beyond his limitations. It not a definite no — we'll see." Anderson said J J's Lucky Train would start next in the Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct on April 9.

Men's college basketball

BCCC beats CCBC-Essex to move to Region XX title game

The No. 3 Baltimore City Community College men's basketball team upset No. 2 CCBC-Essex, 74-71, on Saturday to advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX Division II championship game against top-ranked Cecil College at 1 p.m. today at Hagerstown CC. Micah Fraction (Montrose Christian) scored a team-high 22 points and had five rebounds for the Knights (18-10). Brandon Belt (Arundel) contributed 21 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the floor and had four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Craig Ryan (John Carroll) also scored in double figures with 10 points while grabbing seven boards. On Friday, the Knights defeated No. 7 Chesapeake, 87-79 in the quarterfinals. David Ford (Arundel) led the team with 29 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.


Left wing Sturm claimed off waivers from L.A. Kings

The Washington Capitals claimed left wing Marco Sturm off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced Saturday. Sturm, 32, has played in 17 games with the Kings this season, collecting nine points (four goals, five assists) and 17 penalty minutes. Sturm, who began the season with the Boston Bruins, missed the first 32 games of the year recovering from a lower body injury. Sturm, in his 14th professional season, has scored 20 or more goals in each of his past seven full NHL seasons.

More Capitals: Washington recalled center Jay Beagle and goaltender Todd Ford from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. In addition, the Capitals assigned center Mathieu Perreault to Hershey.

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