Digest: Laurel Park race features rare double dead heat

Phelps, Schmitt, Bowman nominated for Golden Goggles

  • Rockaby Bay (3), ridden by Luis Garcia, and Masterel (6), with jockey Chris DeCarlo, finish in a dead heat for the win in Mondays seventh race at Laurel Park. Colonel Bill (9) and Elkhorn Creek (inside horse) had a dead heat for third place.
Rockaby Bay (3), ridden by Luis Garcia, and Masterel (6), with… (Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey…)
October 09, 2012|Sports Digest

Horse racing

Laurel Park race features rare double dead heat

The seventh race at Laurel Park went down to the wire Monday afternoon as four horses arrived at the finish line together, resulting in a dead heat for first and a dead heat for third. The one-mile turf race for was for optional claiming runners. The final charge to the finish line included 21-1 shot Rockaby Bay and Masterel, who tied for the win, and Elkhorn Creek and Colonel Bill, who tied for third, a neck behind the winners. "I've never seen that in all my years," said track announcer Dave Rodman, who has called races since 1981. "There have been dead heats for the win and off-the-board runners, but never one for win and show in the same race." Luis Garcia and Rockaby Bay returned to the winner's circle to be photographed with trainer Hamilton Smith. Jockey Chris DeCarlo and Masterel represented trainer Graham Motion. Rockaby Bay paid $18.20, $11.40 and $4.20 across the board. Masterel returned $4.60, $4.60 and $3.60. The Rockaby Bay-Masterel exacta paid $116.60. The reverse paid $60.60.

Exhibit: "Beauty in Sport: Celebrating Horse Racing in Harford County," a free exhibit featuring photography, paintings, silks and other horse racing memorabilia, will be on display at the Hays-Heighe House at Harford Community College from Oct.20 through January. The exhibit is open Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon. The Hays-Heighe House was the centerpiece of Robert and Anne Heighe's 225-acre Prospect Hill Farm from 1921 until Anne Heighe's death in 1953. The Heighes established a successful thoroughbred stud farm and raced winners at tracks up and down the East Coast. Prospect Hill was also the last home and burial location for the 1914 Epsom Derby winner Durbar II, whom Robert Heighe inherited from his aunt. The exhibit includes more than 30 race-day photographs from the 1930s and 1940s; family photographs from the personal collections of the Heighe, Boniface and Mergler families; Prospect Hill racing silks; stadium seats from Bel Air Race Track; and other memorabilia related to Prospect Hill and Harford County horse racing. The exhibit also features the legacies of Prospect Hill trainers Jack Boniface and Joe Mergler and racing writer and historian Joseph B. Kelly. Several events are planned in association with the "Beauty in Sport" exhibit. Patrick Smithwick, author of the new book "Flying Change: A Year of Racing and Family and Steeplechasing" and "Racing My Father," and the son of legendary steeplechase rider and trainer A.P. Smithwick, will discuss his books and life in the racing world at a luncheon Oct. 19 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Chesapeake Center. A book signing follows. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information or reservations, call 443-412-2316.

Et cetera

Phelps, Schmitt, Bowman up for Golden Goggles

Swimmers Michael Phelps of Baltimore and Allison Schmitt of North Baltimore Aquatic Club have been nominated in four categories apiece in the USA Swimming Golden Goggle Awards. The winners will be announced Nov. 19 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Schmitt is up for Female Athlete of the Year, and Phelps has been nominated for Male Athlete of the Year. Their coach, Bob Bowman, is in the running for Coach of the Year. More information is available at goldengoggles.com. Online voting will continue through Nov. 9. A percentage of the fan vote will count toward the final ballot.

College baseball: Maryland will hold its annual scout day at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium. Maryland features eight draft-eligible position players — Jack Cleary, Kyle Convissar (Severna Park), Jordan Hagel, Tim Kiene, Michael Montville, Alex Ramsey (Severna Park), Blake Schmit and Charlie White — and six draft-eligible pitchers — Ben Brewster (Park), Brady Kirkpatrick, Jamie Pashuck (Harford Community College), Jimmy Reed, Jake Stinnett and Chase Tokunaga. Admission is free.

College football: Salisbury sophomore linebacker Steven Gamble was honored as the NCAA Defensive Player of the Week. Sea Gulls sophomore punter Kyle Hamby of Laurel was named Empire8 Special Teams Player of the Week.

Women's college lacrosse: Defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Towson announced its 16-game schedule, which begins Feb. 15 at North Carolina. Other highlights include games at Georgetown (Feb. 23) and UMBC (Feb. 27), and home games vs. Loyola (March 2), Syracuse (March 9) and Maryland (March 26).

College field hockey: St. Mary's sophomore forward Olivia Edwards was selected as Capital Athletic Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week. ... McDaniel junior Vicci Alexander (Archbishop Spalding) was named Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Women's college soccer: Loyola goalkeeper Didi Haracic was recognized as Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. ... Mount St. Mary's senior defender Andrea Bujacich was named Northeast Conference Co-Defender of the Week, while freshmen goalkeepers Rachel Bourne (Mercy) and Vicky Cocozza were chosen as Co-Rookies of the Week. ... St. Mary's junior midfielder Yvonne Latour was named CAC Offensive Player of the Week. ... Johns Hopkins sophomore Hannah Kronick was selected as the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season.

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