Steve Cauthen, shown aboard Affirmed after winning the 1978… (ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO )
Famed jockeys to sign during Md. Million
Legendary jockeys Laffit Pincay, Pat Day, Angel Cordero, Steve Cauthen and Jean Cruguet will be at Laurel Park to sign autographs during the 26th annual Jim McKay Maryland Million festivities Saturday afternoon. The retired riders will be signing outside the Horse Wizard Room from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. after attending Schulte Sports' Charm City Heroes 2 Autograph and Collectibles Show at the Pikesville Hilton in Baltimore County. There will be a $15 charge for each signature. "This is a rare opportunity for Maryland racing fans to personally meet five of the top riders ever, including the last two Triple Crown-winning jockeys," said 1983 Preakness-winning jockey Donnie Miller, who coordinated the effort to get the riders to Laurel on Saturday. Cruguet earned Triple Crown immortality in 1977 with Seattle Slew, and Cauthen rode Affirmed to the Triple Crown the next year. The post-position draw for the Million will be held at noon today in Laurel's Terrace Dining Room.
Blast brings back 10 players; Chicago to debut in 2012-13
The Blast has re-signed 10 players from last year's squad, pending Major Indoor Soccer League approval, president and general manager Kevin Healey announced Tuesday. The returning players are forwards Machel Millwood, Adauto Neto, Max Ferdinand, Adrian Bumbut and Lucio Gonzaga; midfielders Pat Healey and Scott Buete; defenders Mike Lookingland and Carlos Garcia; and goalkeeper Sagu. Danny Kelly, the 2011 MISL Coach of the Year, and assistant David Bascome will also return for their sixth season. The Blast will open the 2011-12 season Nov. 12 against the Syracuse Silver Knights at 1st Mariner Arena. An updated schedule has been released, reflecting the recent departure of the Chicago franchise, which will instead begin play in 2012-13.
Bayhawks: The Major League Lacrosse team is offering personalized lessons to youth players. Bayhawks stars Will Dalton (Maryland), Kyle Dixon (Archbishop Spalding), Michael Evans (Johns Hopkins, South River), Danny Glading, Brian Phipps (Maryland, Severn) and Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) will take part in the program. Lessons can be scheduled on an individual basis by contacting Lindsey Burns at 866-99-HAWKS (42957) ext. 409.
Sailing: The Annapolis Yacht Club defeated the San Francisco Yacht Club, 6-2, in the Corinthian Cup competition last weekend on the Chesapeake Bay.
D.C. United: Midfielder Dwayne De Rosario was named Major League Soccer Player of the Week. … United's game Sunday at the Columbus Crew will air on Comcast SportsNet Plus beginning at 4 p.m. The club's rescheduled match with the Portland Timbers is set for broadcast Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. on CSN. United's league finale, against Sporting Kansas City, will air on CSN+ on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
—From Sun staff and news services