Servis' Tap Star favored in today's $75K Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park

UMBC sputters in 2nd half, falls to host Florida in first round of Women's NIT, 59-47

March 19, 2011|By Sports Digest

Laurel Park

Servis' Tap Star favored in today's $75K Private Terms Stakes

Todd Pletcher, John Servis and Tony Dutrow will each send runners to Laurel Park to contest today's $75,000 Private Terms Stakes for 3-year-olds. The program favorite is Servis' runner Tap Star (2-1). The son of Tapit left the maiden ranks with a 31/2-length victory in December, finished a game fifth in the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct and sped to victory in 1 minute, 9.6 seconds for six panels most recently at Parx Racing, beating Harbor Kid by a neck. Kendrick Carmouche retains the mount. "The thing I liked the most was he broke running but settled really nice just off the pace and when [Carmouche] called on him, he swung up four or five wide and beat a nice horse," said Servis, who won the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Smarty Jones. Dutrow's entry is Rush Now (3-1), a Tiznow colt who has won three of six starts. Rush Now finished far behind Tap Star in the Count Fleet, then came back to trounce $40,000 claimers at Laurel in early February at today's one-mile distance. Mario Pino has been named to ride. Joe Vann (6-1) represents Pletcher's interests in the Private Terms. The Silver Deputy offspring has won two straight, both front-running efforts by open lengths, over this course. Harry Vega picks up the ride.

Shoe in: Shoe Freak Marlene is expected to make his fourth start this month and fifth during a 30-day period since arriving in Dane Kobiskie's barn in today's fourth race, a $5,000 claimer. In his first start for his new connections on Feb. 18, the Florida-bred won at the same level as Saturday's race. On March 3, the six-year-old finished second, a length and a half behind Rapid Redux, who has won all five of his starts in 2011. Then two days later Kobiskie wheeled the gelding back for his second score of the year. Wednesday afternoon, Shoe Freak Marlene finished sixth in a $20,000 claimer. With six live racing days remaining in the Laurel winter meeting, Kobiskie leads the trainer standings with 18 victories, four more than John Rigattieri.

Et cetera

Drunken driver gets 2 years in crash that injured Davies

A drunken driver responsible for a 2009 crash that killed her best friend and seriously injured U.S. national team forward Charlie Davies, now a member of D.C. United, has been sentenced to two years in prison. Maria Alejandra Espinoza of Clarksville was sentenced at a hearing in federal court in Alexandria, Va. She tearfully apologized for her actions during the hearing. Espinoza was legally intoxicated as she drove Davies and Ashley Roberta on the George Washington Parkway on their way back to Davies' hotel. She drove off the road and the crash seriously injured Davies and killed Roberta. Davies missed the 2010 World Cup as he recovered from his injuries. Espinoza had pleaded guilty in November to involuntary manslaughter in the case.

Women's college basketball: UMBC (20-12) struggled in the second and fell, 59-47, to host Florida (19-14) in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Junior center Tope Obajolu (Archbishop Carroll) led the Retrievers with 16 points, including 12 in the first half, while junior forward Erin Brown (Walt Whitman) tallied 15 on five 3-pointers.

Men's college basketball: Bowie State senior Eric Vann (Prince George's Community College) was named to the Division II All-District Atlantic Region second team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Men's college lacrosse: Corey Roberts scored twice in a losing effort as host Hood (3-3) fell, 7-4, to Oswego State (1-3). The Lakers held the Blazers scoreless in the second and fourth quarters.

College baseball: Maryland (9-9, 0-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had just one hit after a three-run first inning in a 7-2 loss to Boston College (7-8, 1-3 ACC). … Graduate student Matt Wiegand and juniors Lucas Henneman and Ryan Scherich combined for a seven-hit shutout to lead seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins to a 1-0 victory over William Paterson in Phoenix.

College softball: Freshman pitcher Ashley Czechner threw a one-hitter as Maryland (16-9) beat Princeton, 6-0, in its opening game of this weekend's Maryland Round Robin.

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