Sports Digest: Rapid Redux to try for most wins in one year

November 23, 2011|Sports Digest

Horse racing

Rapid Redux to try for most wins in one year

Less than two days after Rapid Redux set the North American record with 20 consecutive wins, owner Robert Cole set another goal for his 5-year-old: most victories in a year. Eighteen of Rapid Redux's 20 straight victories have come this year; the mark is held by Citation, who won 19 of 20 starts (including the Triple Crown) in 1948. Cole, a Baltimore County native and Loch Raven graduate, said he was "leaning" toward running Rapid Redux in the $50,000 Iron Horse on Dec. 3, one of six Claiming Crown races at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. "I think the best thing to do is go into the national spotlight and give him more attention," Cole said. "If [trainer David Wells] says the horse is ready, we are going. I looked at the nominations and wasn't overly impressed. It's not going to be a large field." Rapid Redux has faced only 94 other horses during the winning streak, an average of 4.7 per race, but has won about every 18 days. Without a clear favorite for Horse of the Year, Rapid Redux has been mentioned as a long shot. "We would be honored to get one vote," Cole said. He has never been an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding owner despite leading the nation in victories in 2008 (234) and being ranked among the leaders in wins and earnings seven times since 2001.

Laurel Park: Trainer Dane Kobiskie had three winners Wednesday: Live the Dash (+$3.40) in the fifth race, Manito ($3.40) in the eighth and One to a Royal ($9.80) in the ninth. Kobiskie, 32, has a career-best 98 victories this year, including 52 at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, and leads the Laurel Park fall trainer standings with 23 wins. "Very impressive performance by Manito, who missed the break but was still able to get it done against a solid group,:" Kobiskie said. "The goal at the beginning of the year was 100 wins. I have great owners [PTK LLC]. They trust my judgment."

Jamie Ness and Dove Houghton each had two winners Wednesday. Ness won the first two races on the nine-race card with Cayman Condo ($3) and Repenter ($4.20). Houghton won the third and fourth races with Hitchin' Tothemoon ($11.60) and Cool Punch ($5.40).

Colleges

Four Morgan football players make All-MEAC

Morgan State senior tight end Lamont Bryant was selected to the 2011 All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference first team, while senior offensive tackle Lawrence Brewer, junior running back Travis Davidson and senior defensive end Zary Stewart made the second team. Bryant caught 21 passes for a MEAC-best 371 yards and two touchdowns this season. Brewer, an All-MEAC selection for the second time, was the Bears' top-graded blocker in eight of 11 weeks. Davidson ranked fourth in the conference with 796 yards (5.1 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. Stewart finished sixth in the MEAC in sacks (six) and tied for eighth in tackles for a loss (13). … Bucknell junior punter Ryan Gutkowski (Calvert Hall) made the All-Patriot League first team, and senior linebacker Tim Bolte (Loyola) was named the league's Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was selected to the Academic All-Patriot League Team.

Men's basketball: Ameer Ali scored 17 points and Kevin Thompson (Walbrook) had 15 points and 11 rebounds, but Morgan State couldn't hold on to a 16-point lead and lost, 65-62, to host Southern California late Tuesday night. After the Bears (0-4) led 31-15 more than 15 minutes into the game, the Trojans (2-3) used a 32-9 run spanning both halves on their way to ending a three-game losing streak. Morgan took a 60-59 lead on two free throws by Aric Brooks (St. Frances) with 4:15 left before Maurice Jones hit a free throw with 1:55 remaining to give USC a 63-62 advantage. Jones (18 points) added a jumper 77 seconds later to give the Trojans a three-point lead. Aaron Fuller (19 points) stole the ball in the final seconds to preserve the victory. Thompson grabbed the 1,000th rebound of his college career in the loss.

Women's volleyball: Maryland middle blocker Adreene Elliott was named to the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team.

Blast

Team adds journeyman forward Shaun David

The Blast signed forward Shaun David, general manager Kevin Healey announced. David started his career with the Dallas Sidekicks in 2003-04 and has also played for the St. Louis Steamers, New Jersey Ironmen, Monterrey La RaZa and Omaha Vipers. He was named to the Major Indoor Soccer League All-Rookie team in 2004 and was an All-MISL selection in 2005-06 with St. Louis. David is a veteran of two MISL championship games: in 2006, when St. Louis lost to the Blast, and in 2010, when Monterrey won the title. He recorded eight points (three goals and two assists) in nine games for Omaha last season. "I am very pleased to be able to bring in a player like Shaun," Blast coach Danny Kelly said. "His pace, experience and versatility will make us a better team immediately."

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