Maryland Juvenile Filly title is wide-open affair
The leader among 2-year-old state-breds in both divisions will be determined this week, starting with the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship on Wednesday at Laurel Park. Six fillies will race 7 1/2 furlongs in the midweek feature. All six are maiden winners, but Walkwithapurpose has two wins on her resume. Walkwithapurpose (2-1) is 2-for-3 lifetime for trainer Ignacio Correas. The Sagamore Farm home-bred finished third in her debut at the Timonium State Fair but has won her past two starts relatively easily. Jeremy Rose continues in the irons on the daughter of Candy Ride. Correas will also start Listen Boy (9-2), another Sagamore home-bred. She is by After Market, a son of Storm Cat. Listen Boy has won one of three starts and Abel Castellano gets his first chance on the filly. Hot Fun (5-2) has started five times with a win, two seconds and a third. Easter Fashion (10-1) is the most experienced of the bunch, with a maiden win in her debut and a runner-up finish in the Ms Shenandoah Stakes at Charles Town. Completing the field are maiden winners Bear Access and No Means No.
ESPN's Kurkjian to speak at Leadoff Banquet Feb. 8
ESPN reporter and former Baltimore Sun Orioles beat reporter Tim Kurkjian will headline the Maryland Baseball Leadoff Banquet on Feb. 8 at Under Armour headquarters in Baltimore. The price of a ticket is $100 for Home Run Club members and former players, and $125 for the general public. Table pricing is to be determined. The banquet will begin at 7 p.m. and include a live and silent auction, dinner and an address from Kurkjian, a Maryland graduate. Contact director of baseball operations Matt Swope at firstname.lastname@example.org for event information.
Presidents' Athletic to add men's, women's lacrosse
The Presidents' Athletic Conference announced recently that men's and women's lacrosse will be added as official sports beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. The additions increase the number of sports sponsored by the conference to 21. The change was adopted by the Presidents' Council at its Dec. 5 meeting. Unofficial conference championship events in both men's and women's lacrosse will take place in 2013 and 2014. The PAC will be the 25th Division III conference to sponsor women's lacrosse and the 22nd to sponsor men's lacrosse. Saint Vincent, Thiel and Washington & Jefferson sponsor both men's and women's varsity lacrosse programs, with Bethany sponsoring a men's program and Waynesburg a women's program.
—From Sun staff and news services