Art of the Hunt takes Squan Song at Laurel

Hopkins women's soccer team cruises in 1st round of NCAAs, 6-1

November 13, 2011|Sports Digest

Laurel Park

Art of the Hunt takes Squan Song Stakes

Art of the Hunt was fifth at the top of the stretch, but jockey Luis Garcia found room and got to the wire first in a competitive $60,000 Squan Song Stakes on Saturday. The seven-furlong test drew 10 Maryland-bred fillies and mares who have never won a stakes race. The 3-year-old filly covered the distance in 1 minute, 25.33 seconds, winning by a half-length over a game Lily Quatorze. Campaign Vows finished third. The winner paid $9.60 and topped a $54 exacta and $597.40 trifecta. "She was just waiting for me to ask," Garcia said. "I knew I had a lot of horse but needed to find a hole because the wire was getting closer and closer. It opened at the right time and we got there." Frannie Campitelli trains the daughter of Lion Hearted, who came into the Squan Song off of two solid efforts last month: a fourth place finish in the Maryland Million Oaks and a late closing, runner-up finish in the Twixt Stakes three weeks ago. "She came out of the last race exceptionally well and made us point for this spot and now might be the time to get the stakes win," Campitelli said. "I was getting a little worried because every time Luis moved the hole closed but when she got free, she made a nice run." Art of the Hunt is now 4-of-12 lifetime with earnings of $114,870.

Spill: Joshua Navarro injured his left shoulder in a bizarre spill in the third race. The 20-year-old rider was knocked off his mount, Queenameina, by jockey Matthew Rispoli, who lost his balance aboard Sweet Energy around the first turn. Navarro was then kicked in the shoulder by Racyn With Gracyn as he rolled onto the turf course. Rispoli regained his balance on Sweet Energy and guided her to a second-place finish behind 4-5 favorite River Fancy, but was disqualified to 11th and last by Maryland Racing Commission stewards Phil Grove, John Burke and Adam Campola. "We were just talking to Mario Pino," Burke said two races after the incident. "Between the four of us we probably have 200 years of experience and none of us have ever seen anything like that before." As far as the kid [Rispoli], that was self preservation. There was no intent. He lost his balance and was just trying to right himself. Unfortunately by doing so he knocked Joshua off his horse. We don't hold him accountable."

Colleges

Hopkins women cruise in 1st round of NCAAs, 6-1

The fourth-ranked Johns Hopkins women's soccer team (20-0-0) rolled to a 6-1 victory over visiting Eastern Connecticut State (11-9-1) in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Blue Jays junior defender Taylor Schulte scored the game's first goal in the 42nd minute, and senior midfielder Erica Suter (River Hill) doubled the lead 1:35 later. Over a four-minute span early in the second half, sophomore midfielder Pamela Vranis scored twice to put Hopkins up 4-0. … Salisbury (13-6-2) lost, 1-0, to Wheaton (Mass.) (16-3-3) in the first round of the NCAA tournament in Geneva, N.Y., on a header in the 59th minute. … Sophomore forward Adria Graham scored two of the first three goals and freshman Stephanie Fazenbaker had a hat trick as Frostburg State (16-2-2) earned a 5-1 victory over visiting Penn State Altoona in an Eastern College Athletic Conference South Regional semifinal. The Bobcats will host Capital Athletic Conference foe Stevenson for the regional title today at noon.

Men's soccer: Stevenson freshman Yianni Sarioglou (Calvert Hall) was named CAC Rookie of the Year, while sophomore Marcus Green (Overlea) was selected to the second team. … Salisbury had a CAC-best four players named first-team all-conference, including junior midfielder James Mundy (Centennial), sophomore forward Trevor Sharpe, sophomore defender Larry Cornish and junior goalie John Vnenchak. Sea Gulls sophomore defender Chase Humphrey earned second-team recognition. … St. Mary's senior captains Matt Grady and Brian Payne (Calvert Hall) and first-year Tommy Krug (River Hill) were named to the All-CAC second team.… Navy senior Sam Miller was named to the Academic All-Patriot League team. … Washington College junior defenders Robert Gavora and Tim Marcin, junior forward Matt Sedney and sophomore midfielder Josh Goheen (John Carroll) each earned a spot on the Centennial Conference academic honor roll.

Field hockey: Second-ranked Salisbury (18-1) advanced to the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament with a 4-2 victory over visiting Montclair State (19-3).

Women's cross country: Florida Tech senior Nicole Clarke (John Carroll) qualified as an individual runner for the NCAA Division II championships next Saturday in Spokane, Wash. … Frostburg State senior Anne Patron (Dulaney) was named to the All-CAC first team.

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