Digest: Russell takes Pimlico jockey title; Vazquez wins trainer crown

Terps' Stinnett, White and Cleary selected on Day 3 of baseball draft

June 09, 2013|Sports Digest

Pimlico Race Course

Russell takes jockey title; Vazquez wins trainer crown

The Pimlico Race Course spring meeting ended Saturday with jockey Sheldon Russell and trainer Juan Vazquez winning individual titles. The 36-day stand began April 4. Russell topped the jockey standings for the second time in three years with 28 first-place finishes, two more than Xavier Perez and apprentice Victor Carrasco. The 25-year-old had six multiple-win days during the meet, including three wins May 4. "I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to ride for who I ride for," Russell said. "I am lucky to hang on. The last two days have been nerve racking though it hasn't stopped me from riding my own race. It has been close but I am proud to be on top at the home of the second leg of the Triple Crown." Forest Boyce and Yomar Ortiz tied for fourth in the standings. Each rode 22 winners. Vazquez earned his first training title in Maryland by winning 22 races, six more than Scott Lake. Dane Kobiskie and King Leatherbury each had 14. PTK LLC topped the owner standings with 14 victories, three more than the Jim Stable. There will not be live racing at the major Maryland tracks for the next 14 weeks. The Laurel Park fall meeting begins Sept. 19.


Terps' Stinnett, White and Cleary drafted on Day 3

Three Maryland baseball players and two high school players signed by the school were selected on the final day of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft. Junior right-hander Jake Stinnett (Pittsburgh Pirates, 29th round), redshirt sophomore center fielder Charlie White (New York Yankees, 29th round) and senior catcher Jack Cleary (Milwaukee Brewers, 39th round) were all selected. The two high school players drafted are Hainesport, N.J., catcher Nick Cieri (San Francisco Giants, 32nd round) and Carneys Point, N.J., right-handed pitcher Michael Shawaryn (Kansas City Royals, 32nd round).

Health: Johns Hopkins dermatologists, in conjunction with the Baltimore-based Kropfelder Foundation for Melanoma Research and Education, will provide free skin screenings at the Ripken Baseball Complex in Aberdeen during the Father's Day weekend tournament. The Kropfelder Foundation's goal is to provide awareness and education to prevent melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancer.

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Boston 9th in Pocono 200, cites brake problems

Baltimore native Justin Boston finished ninth at the Pocono 200, an ARCA race in Long Pond, Pa. The result, in Boston's seventh start of the season, ended his two-race streak of top-five finishes. It was the 23-year-old's fifth top-10 finish this year. He started Saturday's race in the No. 6 position and was ranked fifth in series points at the start of the month. After the race, Boston tweeted that "brake issues" led to what he considered a disappointing finish. Boston and his team will travel to Brooklyn, Mich., for the Michigan ARCA 200 on Friday.

Golf: Baltimore-area players Andrew Rice, Billy Wingerd, Ryan Triller and Jake Leavitt won twice and reached the quarterfinals of the Amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association at the Country Club of Woodmore in Mitchellville. Rice defeated Brian Lesniak, 7 and 6, and defender Josh Eure, 6-4; Wingerd edged Phillip Fenstermaker, 1-up, and Myke Cohn, 4 and 2; Triller thwarted Jack MacDonald, 1-up, winning the last two holes, and Chris Hickman, 19 holes, after having had to win 18 to stay alive; and Leavitt, a co-medalist, turned back Patrick Higgins, 1-up, and Chris Demetrakis, 3 and 2. Two rounds today will determine which two players will play a scheduled 36-hole final Monday.

WNBA: The Washington Mystics have played only four games this season, but they are already more than halfway to their 2012 win total. Ivory Latta's 24 points and Mo Currie's 23 led the host Mystics to an 85-80 victory over the Minnesota Lynx, improving their record to 3-1. Minnesota, which lost in the Finals last year, fell to 2-1 in 2013. Washington lost its last 13 games last season and finished 5-29.

Major League Lacrosse: The Rochester Rattlers came from behind to defeat the Boston Cannons, 16-14, Friday night at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga., in front of an announced 4,000. Attackman Steve DeNapoli, a former Chesapeake Bayhawk, scored the game-winner with 1:20 left, and midfielder John Ranagan (Johns Hopkins) added an insurance goal a minute later. Midfielder Jordan MacIntosh recorded four goals to earn Player of the Game honors. The Rattlers improved to 3-3; Boston dropped to 1-5.

College track and field: Maryland sophomore Thea LaFond broke the school record in the triple jump at the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene, Ore., with a leap of 43 feet, 5.75 seconds. She finished 10th overall. ... UMBC freshman Vincent Rentzsch finished 21st in the men's javelin. His best throw of the day was 62.17 meters (204 feet).

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