Sagamore Farm's Walkwithapurpose wins Caesar's Wish
Trainer Ignacio Correas saddled Walkwithapurpose and Listen Boy in Saturday's $150,000 Caesar's Wish Stakes and saw them run first and second in the one-mile test for 3-year-old fillies at Laurel Park. Both fillies are Sagamore Farm homebreds, the winner by Candy Ride, the runner-up by After Market. "It's a great day for Sagamore," Correas said. Walkwithapurpose was the prohibitive 2-5 favorite under Jeremy Rose and won by 91/2 lengths in 1 minute, 38.38 seconds. Listen Boy, a 45-1 long shot, rallied under Horacio Karamanos and beat Sense of Reality and three others to the finish line. Walkwithapurpose has won five straight races, including three stakes, all at Laurel. Before the Caesar's Wish, she captured the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship (Dec. 31) and the Wide Country Stakes (Feb. 2). Listen Boy was making her first stakes attempt and completed a $50 exacta. Correas indicated that he would likely use the Twixt Stakes on April 6 at Pimlico Race Course for Maryland-breds as Walkwithapurpose's prep race for the $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on May 17.
Suspension: Apprentice Trevor McCarthy began serving a four-day suspension Friday for a riding infraction that occurred Feb. 22 at Laurel. The 18-year-old is allowed to ride at other tracks when Laurel does not conduct live racing. McCarthy won 25 races in February, including eight multiple-win days, and ranks second in the winter meeting standings with 38 victories, three fewer than fellow bug rider Yomar Ortiz.
Elsewhere: Ore Pass, trained by Baltimore's Mike Trombetta at Fair Hill, finished last in the $400,000, Grade 3 Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct in New York. Undefeated Vyjack won the Kentucky Derby prep by 21/4 lengths over West Hills Giant.
Maryland runs baseball winning streak to 8 games
Host Maryland (8-3) extended its winning streak to eight games by sweeping, 16-3 and 9-2, against Princeton (0-3). Game 1 starter Brady Kirkpatrick held the Tigers to two hits over seven innings and allowed one run while striking out six. He lowered his ERA to a team-best 1.47 and is holding opponents to a .121 batting average. In Game 2, freshman Kevin Mooney (North Harford) threw six scoreless innings. In the opener, Kyle Convissar (Severna Park) had a career-high five hits and five RBIs and K.J. Hockaday (John Carroll) added three hits, three runs and two RBIs. In the nightcap, Convissar, Blake Schmit and Charlie White each had two hits.
Wrestling: Johns Hopkins senior Paul Marcello won the 141-pound title at the NCAA East regional championships in Gettysburg, Pa., to qualify for the NCAA Division III championships for the fourth consecutive year. Marcello will be joined at the NCAAs by teammate Paul Bewak, who placed third at 125 to earn his bid.
Women's swimming: Junior Kaitlin Burke (Loch Raven) won the 1,650-yard freestyle in Fairfax, Va., helping Towson to its fifth Colonial Athletic Association championship in six years. The Tigers placed just ahead of James Madison with 783.50 points; the Dukes had 735.50.
Women's indoor track and field: Senior Alexis Easterling broke the Coppin State school record in the pentathlon and finished second overall at the Eastern College Athletic Conference indoor track and field championships on Friday in Boston. Easterling finished second with a total of 3,736 points, which topped the record of 3,616 set by Natoya Baird in 2007. It also exceeded Easterling's personal best of 3,580. Andrea Nyback of Manhattan was first with 3,773.
Women's gymnastics: Towson used a season-best 194.675 score to finish second to New Hampshire (194.850) at the UNH Invitational at Lundholm Gym. The Tigers finished ahead of Brown (191.850) and Yale (190.925) at the meet.
Men's club lacrosse: Adrian Thomas had four goals to lead host Morgan State past Howard, 7-5.
Men's basketball: Justin Kuntz (Glen Burnie) had team highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead Baltimore City Community College to an 85-58 win over Harford Community College on Friday, the first day of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX Division I tournament in Hagerstown. BCCC's Kendal Williams added 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Panthers (21-9) will play the winner of the Hagerstown CC-Frederick CC game for the regional title at 5 p.m. today.
Major League Soccer
United drops opener, 2-0, remains winless in Houston
D.C. United allowed two late goals and lost its season opener, 2-0, to the Houston Dynamo, extending its winless history in Houston. An own goal by James Riley in the 80th minute and a shot by Ricardo Clark in the 89th accounted for the scoring. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid saved a penalty kick by Brad Davis in the 40th minute. The Dynamo extended its home unbeaten streak to 26 games, three behind Real Salt Lake's record of 29, and still has yet to lose an MLS match at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Blast's first playoff game will be Tuesday vs. Soul
The Blast will play the Chicago Soul in a Major Indoor Soccer League semifinal series. The first game will be at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday in Chicago and the second game at 7:35 p.m. Saturday at 1st Mariner Arena. The winner will advance to the championship series against the winner of the series between the Milwaukee Wave and the Missouri Comets. If the Blast advances, its home game would be March 16.
Yoga: Katie Shewbridge of Severna Park qualified for today's final round of the Yoga Asana National Championship in New York. She placed ninth in the preliminary round with a score of 54.3.
Lacrosse: The Baltimore Hawks will hold tryouts for their 2014 and 2015 summer club teams next Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Stevenson's Mustang Stadium. There is a nonrefundable tryout fee of $40. For more information, call Tim Puls at 443-352-4298.