11 stakes tentatively set for Laurel Park winter meet

Towson's West, Dangerfield named to All-ECAC team

January 11, 2012|Sports Digest

Laurel Park

11 stakes tentatively set for winter meet

Laurel Park's winter meeting this year will feature 11 stakes races, pending Maryland Racing Commission approval, after the Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association agreed to a schedule. The next commission meeting is Tuesday at Laurel Park. Headlining the program will be a pair of Grade II $200,000 seven-furlong sprints on Presidents Day weekend: the Barbara Fritchie Handicap for fillies and mares Feb. 18 and the General George Handicap for males two days later. "We had to cancel four stakes because we got a late start not knowing when the meet would start, but because of that we were able to raise the purses for all but one of the remaining stakes," Maryland Jockey Club racing secretary Georganne Hale said. The stakes schedule begins with the $100,000 Dancing Count Stakes for 3-year-olds Jan. 28. Hale also indicated that average overnight daily purses will increase from $185,000 to $205,000 beginning with the second condition book for the winter stand, starting Feb. 1. "We will have a purse increase across the board," Hale added. "Some are 10 percent, others 11 percent. It will make our purses competitive with Charles Town, Penn National and Parx Racing. Horsemen will not have to go out of town to run, because the purse is so much bigger. We are holding our own, and this will boost morale, especially on the heels of the fact we will be running the same schedule as a year ago." The Laurel winter meet began Jan. 4, with live racing on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (with holiday exceptions) through March 24.

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Towson's West, Dangerfield named to All-ECAC team

Towson junior safety Jordan Dangerfield and freshman tailback Terrance West (Northwestern) have been named to the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference Football Championship Subdivision team, conference officials announced. Dangerfield, a two-year starter at safety, was named first-team All-ECAC, and West was selected as the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

More college football: Six Salisbury players were named ECAC DivisionIII North Football All-Stars. Senior offensive lineman Alex Smith and senior defensive lineman Matt Leon earned first-team honors, as did junior offensive lineman Christian Emezie (Poly) and sophomore defensive back Andre Carter (Huntingtown) to round out the Sea Gulls' first-team selections. Senior linebacker Jamey McClendon and junior quarterback Dan Griffin (North Harford) picked up second-team defense and offense nods, respectively. … McDaniel senior punter Jake Nichols and sophomore running back Joe Rollins were named to the ECAC South All-Star team.

Orioles: Harry R. Hughes, who served as governor of Maryland from 1979 to 1987, will moderate "A Conversation with Rick Dempsey," a talk with the Orioles broadcaster and former player Jan. 22 at Washington College. Before his career in politics, Hughes played minor league baseball in the now-defunct Eastern Shore Baseball League, starring as a pitcher for the Easton Yankees.

Track and field: Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck), who took bronze in the 1,500 meters at the 2011 world championships, signed a multiyear endorsement contract with Nike.

Women's college track and field: Coppin State's Sandra Bonga was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week.

Men's college swimming: Salisbury junior Jesse Cunningham was selected as the Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week.

College squash: Navy freshman Andrew McGuinness was named Harrow Sports College Squash Player of the Week by the College Squash Association.

Redskins: Kicker Graham Gano, who kicked for the Ravens in the 2009 preseason, suffered fractures in two bones in his lower back during the final game of the season against the Eagles and has remained in the area to rehabilitate the injury at Redskins Park, according to multiple people familiar with the situation. Gano's recovery is expected to take six to eight weeks.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

Softball clinic: The Hood coaching staff and players will host a series of hitting and pitching clinics at the college's softball field Saturday and Jan. 21. The pitching clinics will be held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the hitting sessions will take place at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The clinics are offered for ages 8-18 and are $40 per session. Contact coach Terry Burdette at burdette@hood.edu or 301-639-7056 for more information.

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