Pimlico wagering up 9 percent from 2011

Castellano, Ness win spring meet titles

May 24, 2012|Sports Digest

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Pimlico wagering up 9 percent from 2011

The Maryland Jockey Club concluded its spring meeting at Pimlico Race Course last weekend, posting average wagering figures that were 9 percent higher than those at the 2011 spring meet. The average daily handle went from $4.72 million to $5.17 million. The stand featured 29 live racing dates and 21 simulcast days. "We finished strong as betting was up in May on nine of 11 days of live racing," Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas said. "Our handle improved $4.1 million on Preakness Day and $3.1 million last Friday, which helped the final numbers, and I have to thank our racing office for carding two unbelievable cards." Attendance was up nearly 9 percent at Pimlico as the Preakness Day crowd increased from 107,398 to a record 121,309.

More Pimlico: The 29-day spring meeting ended Saturday with Abel Castellano, Jamie Ness and Midwest Thoroughbred Inc. winning individual titles. Castellano dominated the rider standings with 41 victories, 22 more than Horacio Karamanos. The 28-year-old rode winners for 14 trainers, including 23 for Ness. Ness saddled 24 winners from just 65 starters during the stand, 13 more than Dane Kobiskie and Hugh McMahon. Ness leads the nation with 178 winners through Tuesday, including 47 in Maryland. Midwest thoroughbreds topped the owner standings, finishing first 24 times from 64 starters, all with Ness.

NHL: The Washington Capitals and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League have extended their affiliation agreement through the 2013-14 season. They have been together the past seven seasons.

Basketball: The USA Basketball men's and women's national teams will play an exhibition doubleheader July 16 against Brazil at Verizon Center in Washington. Tickets will go on sale May 30 through Ticketmaster and the Verizon Center box office, at 800-745-3000 and at ticketmaster.com.

College baseball: Maryland senior Alfredo Rodriguez was named one of 25 finalists for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award, the College Baseball Hall of Fame announced. ... Washington College shortstop Ryan Normoyle was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Region second team. Pitcher Shane Mattingly (Centennial) made the third team.

College football: Three Navy seniors — long snapper Brian Ackerman, guard-tackle John Dowd and running back Aaron Santiago — were honored as members of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 2012 Hampshire Honor Society for making significant contributions on the field while maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 while completing their eligibility.

Women's volleyball: Harford Community College named Christy Callahan (Stevenson) as head coach; she coached on the high school level at Havre de Grace and Franklin.

Navy: Navy won its first Presidents' Cup, which is awarded to the member institution with the highest cumulative sports point total for its Patriot League standings in sponsored men's and women's sports during the school year. Points are awarded based upon a combination of an institution's regular-season and tournament finishes in each sport. The Midshipmen, who had 121.75 points, had finished second in each of the previous five seasons. Lehigh (109.75) was second in 2011-12.

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