Leatherbury not entering Ben's Cat in Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

28 bears killed on opening day of Md. controlled hunt

October 26, 2011|Sports Digest

Breeders' Cup

Leatherbury not entering Ben's Cat

King Leatherbury said Tuesday he will not be taking Ben's Cat to the Breeders' Cup next week at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. "I made the rule from the beginning, if I could not raise the [supplemental] $100,000 entry fee, I wasn't going," the legendary Maryland horse trainer said. "I couldn't raise the money, so the decision was made for me." Ben's Cat qualified for the Breeders' Cup Grade II, $1 million Turf Sprint by winning a "Win and You're In" qualifying race. But because the horse was not nominated to the Breeders' Cup in his birth year, Leatherbury — who bred, owns and trains Ben's Cat — was still required to pay the $100,000 supplement. Instead, Leatherbury will run Ben's Cat on Saturday at Laurel Park in the six-furlong, $75,000 Laurel Dash. "Ben's Cat is fine," said Leatherbury, who is based at that track. "We're taking the easier route. We'll just walk over to the paddock from the barn for a little less money." If Ben's Cat wins Saturday, he'll collect $45,000 from the purse. The first-place payout for the If he's won the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, the first place payout would have been is $540,000.

Sandra McKee

Recreation & outdoors

28 bears killed on opening day of controlled hunt

A 33-year-old Towson man was the first hunter to kill a black bear on the opening day of the state's controlled hunt. James Deriu killed a 72-pound male at around 7:25 a.m. Monday in McHenry, about 30 minutes after the hunt officially opened. A total of 28 bears were killed Monday, according to Harry Spiker, bear biologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The hunt will continue until the quota of between 55 and 80 bears have been killed, but won't go past Saturday, Spiker said. The largest bear killed Monday was a 343-pound male; it was shot by David Ford of Sunderland. The youngest hunter to kill a bear was 12-year-old Cody Adkins of Riverdale, who killed a 200-pound female. Spiker said all the bears were killed in Garrett County on Monday. The number of bears killed was about the average for the first day since the state reinstituted the hunt in 2004.

Don Markus

Et cetera

Severn's Kirchenheiter is Ravens Coach of Week

Severn first-year football coach Chris Kirchenheiter was named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week on Tuesday after leading the Admirals to a 42-7 victory over Friends that ensured the program its first winning season in five years. Kirchenheiter, a former Severna Park assistant coach, has the Admirals off to a 6-1 start — a considerable improvement over last year's 0-10 finish. The Ravens will make a $2,000 donation to the Admirals football program in Kirchenheiter's name, and he will join previous season winners at the Ravens-Browns game on Dec. 24 at M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens will announce their High School Coach of the Year.

GSR: For the seventh year in a row, Navy is one of the top schools in the country for graduating athletes, according to the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate figures released Tuesday. Navy graduated 100 percent of its student-athletes in six of the 20 NCAA sports reported on and averaged 96 percent for all sports; this year's report accounts for 2001-2004 cohorts. Navy's overall GSR of 96 percent was tied for fourth among all schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision and was the best among the three service academies. Loyola, meanwhile, also achieved a 96percent cumulative graduation rate.

Blast: The team signed goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald (Loyola) pending league approval. Fitzgerald was the 2005 Maryland Player of the Year and a three-time All-Metro selection.

Men's college soccer: Navy (6-7-3) earned a 3-0 victory over visiting Howard (2-11-2).

Capitals: The team recalled defenseman Sean Collins from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

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