Scat's Lassie favored in $75K Selima Stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park

Pratt Library to host exhibit on African-Americans in baseball

October 14, 2011|Sports Digest

Laurel Park

Scat's Lassie favored in $75K Selima Stakes

Scat's Lassie will go for two wins in a row for trainer Bruce Levine when 10 fillies start in the 82nd running of the $75,000 Selima Stakes, race No. 9 on the 10-race card Saturday at Laurel Park. The six-furlong test is Laurel's oldest stakes race, and 16 Selima winners have earned Eclipse Awards as champion 2-year-old fillies. Scat's Lassie (3-1) was a debut winner on the turf at Saturday's distance against New York-breds. Julian Pimentel picks up the mount. Dane Kobiskie, who won last Saturday's Laurel Futurity with Lemon Juice, has entered Softly Lit, Doe and Embracing Hearts. Scattered thundershowers between now and Saturday will determine whether the Selima will remain on the turf. Laurel Park will celebrate 100 years of live racing Saturday with a Birthday Bash and Fall Fest from noon to 6 p.m. The track debuted Oct. 2, 1911. Softly Lit won the Tippett Stakes on the grass at Colonial. Doe placed against boys in both the Charles Town Juvenile and the Dover Stakes. Sarah Rook is named to both. Alberto Delgado has the call on Embracing Hearts, a maiden winner who is among the also-eligibles. The Kobiskie entry is 7-2 on Frank Carulli's morning line."I got a couple of nice horses here," Kobiskie said. "Softly Lit was 30-1 in the Tippett. I ran her back quickly [off four days] to give her a shot to run on the grass. Sure enough she ran the race we were hoping she was capable of running. Embracing Heart will draw in even if I have to scratch Doe. If it goes the other way (on the main track) I'm going to run Doe." Lori Testerman has gotten four strong efforts out of Defy Gravity (4-1), who was fifth in the Matron (Grade II) this summer and a 31/2-length winner at Laurel in late September. Sheldon Russell keeps the mount.


Pratt Library to host exhibit on African-Americans

The Enoch Pratt Free Library will host a national traveling exhibit chronicling African-Americans in baseball from Oct.26 to Dec. 9. Based on a permanent exhibit by the same name in Cooperstown, "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience" examines the challenges faced by African-American ballplayers as they formed their own leagues and later integrated the major leagues in the mid-20th century. The exhibit, which was organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the American Library Association's Public Programs Office, illustrates how these milestones in baseball were part of an ongoing process in American society. For a list of all sites and dates, visit

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No. 10 Terps women blank No. 11 Florida State, 3-0

Three Terrapins each had a goal and an assist to lead the No. 10 Maryland women's soccer team to a 3-0 shutout of No. 11 Florida State on Thursday night, giving the Terps their first win at the Seminole Soccer Complex since 2002. The Terps (9-2-4, 3-2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored twice in the first nine minutes to jump on top of the Seminoles (9-6-0, 2-5-0), getting goals from junior Danielle Hubka (sixth minute) and junior Becky Kaplan.

More women's college soccer: Albany midfielder Rebecca Lee scored on a penalty kick late in the first half, and the Great Danes (5-9-0, 3-2-0 America East) made the goal stand in a 1-0 victory over host UMBC (0-12-2, 0-4-1).

Women's college basketball: UMBC was chosen as the America East preseason favorite as determined by a vote of the league's nine coaches. In addition, senior guards Michelle Kurowski and Erin Brown were selected to the America East Preseason All-Conference team. Before this season, UMBC had never been picked higher than fifth since joining the America East in 2003. The Retrievers start their season Nov. 11 when they host Morgan State at 5 p.m. America East play begins Jan. 2 at home against New Hampshire.


Men's college cross country: Salisbury sophomore Ryan Jackson was named Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this season.

Women's college volleyball: Loyola junior libero Janet Pressler was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

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