Digest: Motion's 'Kingdom' to compete in Breeders' Cup Mile

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October 03, 2012|Sports Digest

Breeders' Cup

Motion's 'Kingdom' to compete in Mile

Animal Kingdom will return in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile on the Santa Anita Park turf on Nov. 3 with a chance to become the first Kentucky Derby winner to go on to Breeders' Cup glory since Unbridled in 1990. The reigning champion 3-year-old male of 2011, who finished second in last year's Preakness after winning the Derby, scored an easy turf win Feb. 18 at Gulfstream Park in his only start this year. He developed a stress fracture of the ilium three weeks later that knocked him out of the Dubai World Cup. Over the summer, trainer Graham Motion suggested the Mile as an option if the colt didn't encounter any setbacks. Team Valor CEO Barry Irwin agreed, but he and Motion decided to not reveal the plan until Animal Kingdom showed in his training that the race was a reasonable goal. "Coming off the layoff, the Mile just seems very logical for him," said Motion, who captured the Breeders' Cup Turf in 2004 with Better Talk Now and Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf with Shared Account in 2010. "He certainly has the turn of foot to handle it. The timing is right for his schedule coming back, and the caliber of horse that he is, you're not going to look for a nice, easy spot. It's a totally different situation than last winter when we ran him in the Gulfstream allowance to get ready for the Dubai World Cup. Going a mile, we feel he should be very fit for this race, and he deserves the opportunity." On Tuesday morning, Animal Kingdom breezed five furlongs in company with Badleroibrown on the turf racetrack across the street from Fair Hill Training Center, Motion's base in Elkton. The official time was 50.20 seconds for the final four furlongs since there is no five-furlong pole on the undulating course.

College lacrosse

Loyola's Adams is IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Coach of Year

Loyola women's coach Jen Adams has been chosen as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's Division I Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year for the second time. Despite losing 73 percent of their scoring from 2011, the Greyhounds won their second straight Big East Conference title — defeating then-No. 6 Notre Dame and then-No.2 Syracuse in the conference tournament — and reached the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.

More women: Stevenson will host the second annual Meghan Puls Lacrosse Classic at 10 a.m. Oct. 21 at Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills. This year's tournament features five teams: Stevenson, Goucher, Virginia Wesleyan, Franklin & Marshall and Elizabethtown. Admission is free; a donation of $5 at the gate is suggested. All proceeds will benefit the Meghan C. Puls Foundation Inc., which helps families and children through supporting organizations in the areas of health services and research, youth recreation and education. ... Syracuse coach Gary Gait, a former Maryland assistant coach, was named Northeast Region Coach of the Year by the IWLCA. Gait, who earned the award for the second time in his career, led the Orange to its first appearance in the national championship game last season.

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