Shared Account to be bred with '06 Preakness champ
Sagamore Farm announced that recently retired 2010 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf champion Shared Account will be bred to 2006 Preakness champion Bernardini. Bernardini has produced 335 foals of racing age with earnings totaling $7,316,863 over three years. Registered progeny of Bernardini include seven graded stakes winners, 10 stakes winners and eight stakes placers. Notable active thoroughbreds Bernardini has sired include three-year-old, Stay Thirsty, owned by Repole Stable and winner of the 2011 Travers Stakes with $1,475,000 in career earnings. Other top runners produced by Bernardini include To Honor and Serve, 2011 Cigar Mile Handicap (GI) winner with $1,146,340 in career earnings, and Wilburn, who has compiled $586,515 in career earnings and won the Indiana Derby (GII) this year.
Laurel Park: The winter stand will begin Jan.4 with live racing taking place four days a week, Wednesday through Saturday (with holiday exceptions). The 48-day meet will end March24. First post is 12:35 p.m. The stakes schedule has not been finalized. Racing will then shift to Pimlico for the spring meeting, which will be highlighted by the 137th running of the Preakness on May 19. The Preakness will be held the final day of the meet for the 29-day stand, which will begin March 30. For the first time, the Maryland Jockey Club will permit two also-eligible entrants to the Preakness. Those runners would be eligible to run if any of the entries of the original field are declared out of the race from the post-position draw Wednesday of Preakness week until scratch time the morning before the race. "It is very similar to what Churchill [Downs] is doing for the [Kentucky] Derby," said Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary Georganne Hale. "It enables us to still run a full field of 14 if there is a late scratch by 9 a.m. Friday morning. We have set the deadline because on that afternoon advanced wagering starts on the Preakness." After a 15-week break, which will include seven live days of racing at Timonium during the Maryland State Fair, live racing will return to the major tracks on Sept. 7 at Laurel Park for a 69-day fall meeting.
Blast's Millwood named MISL Player of Week
Forward Machel Millwood was named Major Indoor Soccer League Player of the Week after recording 11 points over the weekend to lead the Blast to wins over the Missouri Comets and Norfolk SharX. In Friday's 17-9 home win over the Comets, Millwood scored one goal and added an assist for three points and two days later in Norfolk he recorded a hat trick and also contributed an assist for a game-high eight points. His first two goals Sunday tied the game at 2-2 then gave the Blast their first lead of the afternoon, 5-2. Millwood leads the Blast and is tied for fourth in the MISL with 30 points; he is also tied for the MISL lead with three three-point goals, a career high. Millwood ranks seventh on Baltimore's all-time scoring list with 345 points over eight seasons. The Blast, which has a 21/2-game hold on first place in the Eastern Division, improved to 7-3 overall, remained perfect on the road (6-0) and earned their first home win of the season (1-3).
NBA: JaVale McGee had 20 points and nine rebounds, but the Washington Wizards dropped their second and final preseason game, 101-94, to the host Philadelphia 76ers. Jordan Crawford added 18 points and six rebounds, and John Wall scored 17 points. The Wizards will host the New Jersey Nets on Monday in their season opener.
Nationals: The team announced the signings of nine players to minor league contracts with spring training invitations, a group that likely will form the core of the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs while providing depth for the big league club in the event of injuries: right-handed pitcher Jeff Fulchino, right-handed pitcher Waldis Joaquin, catcher Carlos Maldonado, infielder Andres Blanco, infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir, first baseman-third baseman Chad Tracy, outfielder Brett Carroll, outfielder Jason Michaels and outfielder Xavier Paul. The Nationals also extended spring training invitations to right-handed pitcher Rafael Martin, outfielder Corey Brown and catcher Sandy Leon.
—From Sun staff and news services