Jockey Pino moves into 13th on wins list

Salisbury QB Griffin honored by Empire 8

November 18, 2011|Sports Digest

Laurel Park

Jockey Pino moves into 13th on wins list

Mario Pino moved ahead of Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye for 13th on the all-time win list when he guided 13-1 shot Torcello ($29) to victory in Thursday's second race at Laurel Park. The 50-year-old Ellicott City resident has 6,385 trips to the winner's circle during his career. Pino's next goal is to land in the top 10 all-time before retiring. He is 86 wins away from passing Earlie Fires and moving into elusive company. He still must maneuver by Larry Snyder (6,388 wins) and Sandy Hawley (6,450) before setting sights on Fires (6,470). "It seems like every rider I pass is in the Hall of Fame," said Pino, who rode Hard Spun to on-the-board finishes in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Breeders' Cup Classic. "This game is up and down, but I have been fortunate to ride for all the top trainers around here throughout the years." Pino ranked in the top five of the Maryland rider standings every year from 1979 through 2003, in colonies that included Hall of Famers Kent Desormeaux and Edgar Prado. "It is so hard to stay consistent, but that has been my calling card," added Pino, who has surpassed 200 wins 11 times during his career. "For all those years I was consistently second and third behind Desormeaux and Prado. I have the ability to win and if you get on decent horses the wins add up." Pino won his first race aboard Ed's Desire on January 16, 1979 at Bowie Race Track and became the 15th jockey in North America to win 6,000 races when he rode Pass Play, a horse trained by his brother Mike, to victory at Laurel Park on Nov. 7, 2007.

College football

Salisbury QB Griffin honored by Empire 8

Salisbury junior quarterback Dan Griffin was named Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Year, and the Sea Gulls' Sherman Wood was named Coach of the Year. Griffin made the All-Empire 8 first team along with seven teammates: senior offensive linemen Christian Emezie and Alex Smith, senior linebacker Jamey McClendon, senior defensive lineman Matt Leon, junior defensive back Chris Everett, junior linebacker Matt McMurdo and sophomore cornerback Andre Carter. Junior offensive lineman Brian Mansfield and freshman defensive lineman Tommy Hawks were named to the second team. Frostburg State freshman running back JD Hook was named the Rookie of the Year, and Bobcats sophomore offensive lineman Darius Arrington made the first team; Frostburg State unior wide receiver Anthony Young, senior defensive end Ryan Simmons and junior safety Brendon Blanchette made the second team.

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'Turmoil in College Sports' forum set for Dec. 6

The Shirley Povich Center For Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park will present a panel titled "Turmoil in College Sports: What the Media is Missing" on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Richard Eaton Theater in Knight Hall. The discussion will focus on problems in college sports, including the scandal at Penn State and potential elimination of varsity teams at the University of Maryland. Kevin Blackistone, of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism Faculty and ESPN, will be the moderator. The panel will include Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Barker, Chronicle of Higher Education reporter Libby Sander and (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News sports editor and former Sun sports copy editor Paul Vigna.

Men's basketball: Forward Will Rassman (Gonzaga College) joined center Josh Forney (St.Frances) in signing letters of intent to play at Loyola.

Women's basketball: Chelsea Sanders scored 14 points, but visiting UMES (1-1) fell, 61-53, to James Madison (3-0). The Dukes never trailed. … Elizabeth von Ende had a game-high 18 points to power host Goucher (1-1) to a 60-52 victory over Dickinson (0-2). The Gophers led by eight at the half.

Women's volleyball: Towson sophomore outside hitter Katy Buck (Mount de Sales) was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year. The Tigers' Bruce Atkinson was named as the CAA Coach of the Year. Buck was selected to the All-CAA first team. Junior setter Aubrey Kirven made the second team. Freshman defensive specialist Paige Sekerak made the rookie squad.

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