Digest: Team Valor's Cerro favored in Pimlico's final stakes of season

Shell voted into Divisional College Football Hall

May 31, 2013|Sports Digest

Pimlico Race Course

Team Valor's Cerro favored in final stakes

Cerro, owned by Team Valor International, a partnership that includes Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and his longtime coach, Bob Bowman, is the overwhelming favorite to win Pimlico Race Course's final stakes race of the spring meeting, the $100,000 Canonero II for 3-year-olds, on Saturday. After racing at Gulfstream Park and Keeneland earlier this year under the tutelage of Fair Hill-based Graham Motion, Cerro (6-5) will be asked to cover 11/8 miles for the second time since breaking his maiden in Italy last summer. The son of Mr. Greeley has one win in four starts this year, including a sixth-place finish behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. Rick Mettee took over training duties after a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes. Alan Garcia has the riding assignment. Dynamic Strike (3-1) is the only stakes winner in the field, taking the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park in early February for trainer Dickie Small. Since then the son of Smart Strike finished off the board in the Private Terms Stakes and Federico Tesio Stakes. Dynamic Strike put in a bullet half-mile work Wednesday morning, in which assistant trainer Dylan Smith reports the colt "came back sharper than he went to the track." Forest Boyce (Garrison Forest) will ride for the seventh straight time. Dreaming of Jazz (4-1), who has wins for John Rigatteri, King Leatherbury and Juan Vasquez, makes his stakes debut. Hector Garcia is now his trainer of record. Apprentice Victor Carrasco will be aboard the Woke Up Dreamin offspring. Hanky Doodle (8-1) has finished first or second in seven of 11 lifetime starts, including the Maryland Juvenile Championship last December. However the Gary Capuano trainee has failed to hit the board in his last two stakes tries: the Private Terms and Tesio. Xavier Perez has the call on the son of Cherokee's Boy. Recent maiden winners Midnight Cello (8-1) and Handsome Tiger (12-1) complete the field.

Et cetera

Shell voted into Divisional College Football Hall

Art Shell, who played offensive and defensive tackle at Maryland State College, now UMES, from 1964 to 1967, was one of seven people voted into the Divisional College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced. The Divisional College Football Hall of Fame considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for induction. He will be enshrined in August in Atlanta. Shell won Little All-America and Pittsburgh Courier Black College All-America honors in 1967. The three-time All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association performer helped Emerson BoozerUMES to a 20-8-1 record during his career. He was drafted by the AFL's Oakland Raiders and became an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.

Women's college lacrosse: Laura McIntyre has been named McDaniel's interim head coach. McIntyre, a former Gettysburg goalie who has spent the past two seasons on the Green Terror staff, takes over after Muffie Bliss resigned to take a position teaching English and coaching field hockey and lacrosse at St. Timothy's. ... Marquette announced that attackers Amanda Bochniak (Maryvale Prep) and Julianna Shearer (Mount de Sales) are part of its 2013-14 recruiting class.

Varsity football: Eric Woodson announced that he will be leaving his position as coach at Northwestern to become Glen Burnie's coach. Caprizio Chisholm will replace Woodson at Northwestern.

Men's soccer: Baltimore Bohemians forward Pete Caringi (UMBC) was named the Player of the Week for the Premier Development League, which is regarded as the top developmental men's soccer league in North America. Caringi had all four goals as the Bohemians defeated the NJ LUSO Rangers, 4-0, on Sunday. After a scoreless first half, Caringi put the Bohemians on top in the 51st minute as he put home a pass from Geaton Caltabiano. The second came 13 minutes later as Caringi's UMBC teammate Milo Kapor sent in a cross from the left that was put away well, and he completed his hat trick in the 70th minute after a good passing move opened up an opportunity. Caringi then capped his standout performance with seven minutes to go, giving the Bohs their first win of the season.

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Futsal: The Blast's Pat Healey (Calvert Hall/Towson University) and Machel Millwood (Towson U.) were named to the U.S. Futsal national team's 14-player roster for the Four Nations Tournament from June 6-9 in England. Healey and Millwood participated in the 2012 CONCACAF Championship.

Field hockey: Four Maryland players were named to the U.S. women's national team after competing in this week's High Performance National Championships in Norfolk, Va. Current Terps Natalie Hunter, Ali McEvoy and Jill Witmer, and alum Katie O'Donnell were selected to the 30-player roster by U.S. coach Craig Parnham.

Baseball: Fred Taylor will discuss his book "The Runmakers" at the regular session of "Talkin' Baseball" on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. For information, call 410-740-1145.

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