Moon Philly favored in Laurel Park's Morse
Moon Philly is the morning line favorite to win today's feature at Laurel Park, the $125,000 Nellie Morse Stakes for fillies and mares. The 1 1/16-mile test drew 12 runners. Ten can face the starter. Trained by Mike Trombetta, Moon Philly (9-5) drew the rail. The Malibu Moon filly had a troubled trip in the Cat Cay Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 6, her most recent start. After stumbling at the gate under Jeremy Rose, Moon Philly had to jump a fallen horse in the stretch but still managed to take second. Last year, Moon Philly had eight first- or second-place finishes in 11 starts. Rose keeps the mount today. "If you really look at her form, the only time she hasn't run her best races is when I was sprinting her in an attempt to get some stakes placings. When we went back to running long again, she ran well," said Trombetta, who won stakes races at Laurel last Saturday and Monday. "She had a bit of an excuse last time. I don't know if she would have won it, though Jeremy thought she was going to."
Women's college basketball: No. 10 Maryland's home game Feb. 3 against Boston College has been moved from 2 p.m. to 1 p.m. ... Former Mount St. Mary's standout Vanessa Blair was selected to the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame. Blair is the Mount's career blocks leader with 242 and ranks seventh in points (1,488) and third in rebounds (849). She was the NEC Player of the Decade in the 1990s and its Player of the Year in 1990-91 and 1991-92 in helping the Mount post an 80-30 record. Blair was Mount St. Mary's head coach from 1998 to 2007 and is now in her fifth year as head coach at Bethune-Cookman.