Digest: Spicer Cub behaves himself this time, finishes second

Hopkins track women star; Gulls' Tavik a champion again

May 26, 2013|Sports Digest

Pimlico Race Course

Spicer Cub behaves himself this time, finishes second

Spicer Cub, who became a YouTube sensation when his behavior in a maiden race at Pimlico Race Course last month went viral, ran without incident in Saturday's first race, a $40,000 maiden special weight at 1 1/16 miles. The Mary Eppler trainee sprinted to the lead with jockey Xavier Perez and led the race at the half-mile pole before giving way in midstretch to 1-2 favorite Tru Greek and finished 5 1/4 lengths behind the winner. Spicer Cub, the 5-2 second choice, paid $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. The winner finished in 1 minute, 48.36 seconds and won for the first time in his 12th career start. "I had trouble sleeping last night," Eppler said. "I am relieved, very relieved. I told X Man [Perez's nickname] that if he did do anything crazy to pull up. I wanted to make sure everybody was safe." In his previous race April 13, Spicer Cub took an early lead but bolted midway on the far turn before Perez was able to straighten the son of Louis Quatorze at the head of the stretch. The 4-year old gelding regained the lead at the top of the stretch but bolted again, causing Perez to lose his irons inside the three-sixteenths pole. The duo then raced between the starting gate and the outside rail in midstretch and closed determinedly under strong urging to lose by a nose to Turbin. The race replay has been viewed more than 116,000 times on YouTube, more than any other race on the Maryland Racing page. "It was a solid effort," Perez said of Saturday's performance. "I was very happy there was a horse outside of me around the far turn because he did look around at the same spot. I can take a big exhale and get on with the rest of the afternoon." The starting gate crew took extra precaution Saturday by moving the gate up the stretch past the finish line after the horses broke from the gate.

NCAA D-III track and field

Hopkins women star; Gulls' Tavik a champion again

The Johns Hopkins women earned five All-America honors during a three-hour span at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships in La Crosse, Wis. The Blue Jays finished 13th overall with a total of 19 points — their highest finish in program history. The five individual All-America honors are the most in an outdoor season for Hopkins, which had previously earned just five honors since 2003. With a pair of top-four finishes in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters, senior Annie Monagle completed the 2012-13 school year with five All-America honors, becoming the most decorated runner in Johns Hopkins history. In addition to Monagle, junior Emily Swenson took fifth in the javelin, junior Maggie Shelton placed sixth in the 800 meters and freshman Hannah Oneda (Winters Mill) was eighth in the 5,000 meters.

Salisbury: The Sea Gulls earned three All-America awards and two national championships. Freshman Luke Campbell earned his first national title with two All-America performances, while senior shot putter Chelsea Tavik (Seton Keough) capped her stellar career with her second individual national championship. Campbell won the 110 hurdles finals with a time of 14.43 seconds, leaning just past Marietta's Ryan Lopez-Jordan by .01 of a second, then placed third in 400-meter hurdles with a personal-best of 51.82 seconds. Tavik's third throw of the day traveled 50 feet, 2 inches, making her just the seventh Division III student-athlete to hit that milestone, then her final throw went 50-3.25, the fifth-best throw in Division III history. "All in all, it was the perfect meet to end my career on," said Tavik, the 2012 indoor champion. "I went out with the bang that I wanted." Tavik graduates as the most decorated female student-athlete in program history, with five All-American awards, and currently holds six school records.

Major League Soccer

Ex-Terp Wallace helps send United to another loss

Rodney Wallace (Maryland) scored in the 21st minute and Darlington Nagbe added a goal in the second half, lifting the Portland Timbers to a 2-0 win over D.C. United on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. Portland (5-1-7) beat United for the first time in four meetings since the club joined MLS in 2011, extending its club-record unbeaten streak to 11 games. The Timbers remain the only undefeated Major League Soccer team on the road this season. United (1-9-2) is winless in its past 10 games — matching a club record set in 2002 — and failed to score for the seventh time in 12 games.

—The Washington Post

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