Bullet Catcher follows more traditional path, reaches winners' circle
Bullet Catcher, who made local and national headlines Jan. 11 after escaping from the Laurel Park backside and taking a 1.6-mile journey on nearby roads, won his first race in nearly two years with an impressive performance in Friday's eighth race, a $40,000 allowance. Jerry Robb Jeremy Rose Abel Castellano Abel Castellano The 4-year-old gelding broke alertly then tracked the pace to the 16th marker before he surged ahead to win by 21/2 lengths in 1 minute, 4.71 seconds for the 51/2-furlong distance. "My main concern was to get him to relax and he did that. When I asked he responded," jockey Abel Castellano said. "I am very happy to be able to win with him. We got our 15 minutes of fame two months ago, and I am glad the connections thought enough of me to let me ride. He tries so hard and it was good to see him win." Bullet Catcher was sent off as the crowd favorite and paid $5.20. The son of Strong Hope is 2-for-11 lifetime with eight in-the-money finishes. His maiden score occurred in his debut on May 11, 2011, at Pimlico Race Course.
More Friday: Mallory Strandberg, 22, a recent graduate of Chris McCarron's North American Racing Academy in Lexington, Ky., reached the winners' circle at Laurel for the first time in her career, guiding Light Of Truth to victory in the opener.
Today: Multiple stakes winner Bold Affair leads four less accomplished Maryland-bred fillies and mares into the Conniver Stakes. The daughter of Two Punch captured this race a year ago, the first of five stakes victories during her 4-year-old campaign. Bold Affair, the 2-5 morning line favorite, then won the Primonetta, Skipat, Maryland Million Distaff Handicap, Geisha in 2012 and took the What a Summer in her 2013 debut. Overall, the Howard Wolfendale trainee is 10-for-17 lifetime, with seven stakes scores, for earnings of $599,540. Castellano will be aboard for the 11th consecutive race. ... Laurel will put on an early birthday celebration for trainer King Leatherbury, who turns 80 on Tuesday. The tribute will include a presentation in the winners' circle after the third race. Cake will be available for fans. Leatherbury ranks fourth on the all-time win list with 6,373.
JHU men set D-III national mark in 800 freestyle relay
The Johns Hopkins men's swimming team claimed two NCAA Division III titles and a national record on the third day of the NCAA swimming and diving championship Friday night in San Antonio. Sophomore Dylan Davis won gold in the 100 backstroke, and the 800 freestyle relay team closed out the night with a title and a national record. Davis came from behind on the last lap to win by one-hundredth of a second, touching in 48.62 seconds. In the 800, juniors Anthony Lordi and Will Kimball and seniors Dylan Coggin and Nick Schmidt led from start to finish and finished in an NCAA record time of 6:29.27. The quartet shaved 1.13 seconds off the national mark and 6.30 seconds off the program record. The Hopkins women won the 800 free relay by 1.70 seconds to claim its first NCAA relay title. Sophomore Ana Bogdanovski rallied the Blue Jays from third place with a final-leg split of 1:47.42.
Terps wrestler Sheptock earns All-America honors
Maryland junior Jimmy Sheptock rebounded from a quarterfinal loss to win two matches Friday night at the NCAA Wrestling Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, to become the 19th Terrapin all-time to earn All-America honors. After falling to second-seeded Ben Bennett of Central Michigan, 1-0, Sheptock responded with two overtime victories in the wrestleback to secure All-America honors for the first time and will face fourth-seeded Steve Bosak of Cornell for a spot in the third-place match this morning. At 174, Josh Asper (Hereford) fell one match short of earning All-America status for a third time. Asper lost an 11-3 major decision to fourth-ranked Robert Kokesh of Nebraska in the quarterfinals before losing a dropping a 6-5 decision to seventh-seeded Jordan Blanton of Illinois in the wrestleback. Christian Boley also fell one match short of becoming an All-American for the first time.
Men's college basketball: Bowie State senior forward Byron Westmorland (Mervo) made the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II All-Atlantic District first team.
College baseball: Host Maryland scored five runs in the first five innings and held off a rally by Wake Forest to win, 5-4. Senior left-hander Jimmy Reed pitched six scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to a team-best 1.96.
Women's college bowling: UMES senior Anggie Ramirez was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Bowler of the Year. Ramirez, UMES' T'nia Falbo and Morgan State's Atoya Leatherbury were named to the All-MEAC first team. The Hawks' Megan Buja and Mariana Alvarado made the second team.