Bandbox wins $75K Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park

Capitals goalie Holtby sent down to AHL's Hershey Bears

March 20, 2011|By Sports Digest

Laurel Park

Bandbox wins $75K Private Terms Stakes by 11/2 lengths

Under confident handling, Hillwood Stable LLC's Bandbox cruised to victory in Saturday afternoon's feature at Laurel Park, the $75,000 Private Terms Stakes for 3-year-olds. Sent to post as the overwhelming favorite under Travis Dunkelberger, Bandbox tracked speedster Rush Now to the top of the lane before edging to the front and pulling away to win by 11/2 lengths in 1 minute, 37.25 seconds for the one-mile distance. Rush Now finished a clear second, while No Easy Answer edged out Tap Star to take third. The winner, a gray-roan colt by Tapit, paid $3.40. Bandbox, who won the Charles Town Juvenile and Sleepy Hollow Stakes last year, is trained by Rodney Jenkins at Laurel Park. Nominated to the Triple Crown, he is now 4-for-6 lifetime. "He definitely won't go to the Derby unless Ms. [Ellen] Charles insists, and I know she won't," Jenkins said. "She's the best owner in the whole world. It's great for her to have a horse like this. We're not going to rule the Preakness out. The horse is doing good. We might give it a shot. We don't know where we're going next. I'll discuss it with her."

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Caps goalie Holtby sent down to AHL's Hershey Bears

The Washington Capitals have assigned goaltender Braden Holtby to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced. Holtby, 21, appeared in 13 games for the Capitals this season, including his NHL debut Nov. 5. He posted a 9-2-2 record, a 1.95 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

More Capitals: The Capitals have signed free-agent right wing Garrett Mitchell to a three-year, entry-level contract beginning next season. Mitchell, 19, has recorded 50 points (18 goals, 32 assists) and 140 penalty minutes in 69 games with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League this season. He ranks second on the team in goals, third in assists and points, and second in penalty minutes. The Pats captain has registered 110 points (51 goals, 59 assists) and 465 penalty minutes in 263 career WHL games. After Satuurday's final regular-season game with Regina, Mitchell will report to Hershey on an amateur tryout agreement.

College baseball: Maryland (10-9, 1-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) broke a 3-3 tie on a bases-loaded balk by Boston College pitcher Eric Stevens in the bottom of the seventh and held on for a 4-3 win over the Eagles (7-9, 1-4) thanks in part to a leaping catch at the wall in the eighth by freshman right fielder Charlie White, who threw to first to complete an inning-ending double play.

College wrestling: Navy senior captain Bryce Saddoris closed out his collegiate wrestling career by earning a 4-3 TB victory over Harvard's Walter Peppelman to place seventh at 157 pounds at the NCAA championships in Philadelphia.

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