Sway Away moves into void created by Santiva's exit

Gehlsen, Stick champions in Preakness 5K at Pimlico

May 15, 2011|By Sports Digest

Preakness

Sway Away moves into void created by Santiva's exit

The defection of Santiva, the sixth-place Kentucky Derby finisher, on Saturday has cleared the way for Sway Away to be included in the prospective 14-horse field for the Preakness next Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Sway Away, the son of Afleet Alex, just missed qualifying for the 20-horse Derby — he was 21st in graded-stakes earnings. The Jeff Bonde-trained horse will be ridden by Garrett Gomez. Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom jogged a half-mile Saturday and galloped a mile.

Running

Gehlsen, Stick champions in Preakness 5K at Pimlico

Nick Gehlsen, 23, of Timonium won the Down the Stretch for SGK Preakness 5K at Pimlico. Gehlsen finished in 17 minutes, 27 seconds. Peter Keating, 45, of Columbia was second in 17:44, followed by Sergio Flores, 26, of Abingdon in 18:45. Sherry Stick, 32, of Eldersburg repeated as the women's champion in 20:04, followed by Emily Doucette, 21, of Westerly, R.I., in 20:13 and Amy Horst, 21, of Baltimore in 20:25. Saturday's 784 runners broke through the starting gate; the course included a trip around the dirt course and finished in the infield. Sheldon Russell, Pimlico's leading rider, was 14th overall in 20:56. The 23-year-old could have a Preakness mount aboard Concealed Identity. But as of Saturday, the Eddie Gaudet trainee is 15th on the earnings list; the Preakness is limited to 14 starters.

Colleges

Terps eliminated in ACC softball semifinals by UNC

Maryland (39-17) lost, 7-3, to North Carolina (34-20) in the Atlantic Coast Conference softball semifinals in Atlanta. Terps sophomore Sara Acosta went 3-for-3, and ACC Pitcher of the Year Kerry Hickey added two hits. The Terps will learn their NCAA regional opponent and site at 10 tonight on the selection show on ESPNU.

Baseball: Host Mount St. Mary's (15-35, 7-25 Northeast Conference) lost, 12-3, to Monmouth (34-17, 25-7) despite two hits and two RBIs by Mark Quaranta (Loyola). … UMBC (8-35, 0-8) dropped both ends of a doubleheader against America East rival Albany (19-25, 11-7), losing 9-4 and 6-0. The second game was shortened to six innings because of rain.

Men's tennis: Maryland (13-13) was eliminated from the NCAA championships in the second round, 4-0, by host Duke (22-9). … Johns Hopkins (19-3), ranked No. 13 in Division III, won, 5-1, against Vassar (10-11) in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Williamstown, Mass.

Women's tennis: Johns Hopkins (17-2), ranked No. 9 in Division III, handed Methodist (25-2) a 5-0 loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament indoors in Lutherville.

Et cetera

Phelps second in 200 fly; Weaver's haul is $126,306

China's Peng Wu surged past Michael Phelps of Baltimore to win the 200-meter butterfly at the Charlotte (N.C.) UltraSwim. Wu trailed through the first half of the race but reached the wall in 1minute, 56.83 seconds. Phelps touched in 1:58.22, and Davis Tarwater of Knoxville, Tenn., was third in 2:00.52.

Baseball: Earl Weaver's memorabilia sold for a total of $126,306.80 at Hunt Auctions Sports Memorabilia Live Auction in Chicago. The top-selling items in the former Orioles manager's collection were his Hall of Fame induction ring ($31,625), his 1966 World Series ring ($20,700) and his Hall of Fame display plaque ($12,650).

—From Sun staff and news services

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