Digest: Red Bull Budds Creek National pro motocross set for Saturday at Budds Creek

Itsmyluckyday out four months with ilium fracture

  • World's fastest motocross riders return to Southern Maryland's Budds Creek for Red Bull Budds Creek National. This is the holeshot in the 250 Class. Photo courtesy of MX Sports Pro Racing
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June 20, 2013|Sports Digest

Pro Motocross

Red Bull Budds Creek National set for Saturday

The Red Bull Budds Creek National, Round 5 of the 12-race Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville in St. Mary's County. Among the riders scheduled to compete are former champions Ryan Dungey (2010 and 2012), Ryan Villopoto (2011), Chad Reed (2009) and James Stewart (2008). Dungey is the defending race winner in the 450 class, and Blake Baggett is the defending race winner in the 250 class and reigning division champion. Other competitors will include the JGRMX team, owned by DeMatha alumnus Coy Gibbs, son of former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs; Gary Bausum Jr. of Harwood; Daniel Rucker of Point of Rocks; and Broc Schmelyun of Westminster. Practice and qualifying start at 8:30 a.m.; final motos begin with opening ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. Tickets (Saturday only) cost $40 for adults and $20 for children 6 to 11 and are free for children 5 and under. Friday-Saturday night camping costs $70 per vehicle; Saturday night camping costs $30 per vehicle. A pit pass (purchase on-site) costs $20, providing access from 9 a.m. to noon. For tickets, go to BuddsCreekProMX.com. For information on the championship, go to AlliSports.com/Motocross and MXSportsProRacing.com.

Horse racing

Preakness runner-up Itsmyluckyday out four months with ilium fracture

Itsmyluckyday, the 2013 Preakness runner-up who was pulled up on the backstretch during the running of the Pegasus Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth Park in Oceanside, N.J., is expected to miss four months of training with a slight fracture of the ilium. "It's as good as we could have hoped for," said trainer Eddie Plesa Jr., who conditions Itsmyluckyday for his wife, Laurie, and Triology Stable. "It's a little fracture of the ilium, which is in the pelvic area. He's still at Mid-Atlantic [Ringoes, N.J.] for a little more testing today, but I expect him to be back here tomorrow or the next day. I'm told the success rate of a full recovery is outstanding. I heard that of 29 horses that have had this issue, 27 of them came back to run just as well as they had before, so that's very promising." Itsmyluckyday won the Grade 3 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park and was 15th in the Kentucky Derby.


Mary Washington's Hall promoted, leaves coaching

Longtime Mary Washington coach and athletic administrator Dana Hall (Frostburg State) has been promoted to the full-time administrative role of senior associate athletic director, effective immediately. Hall, who coached the field hockey and women's lacrosse teams simultaneously for 21years and lacrosse for the past 23 seasons, will step down from her coaching duties as she transitions into her new role. Since taking over the field hockey and lacrosse programs at Mary Washington in the fall of 1990, Hall guided her teams to 16NCAA championships, including in 10 of the past 14 years in lacrosse. Named the 2001 NCAA Division III National Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year by 360Lacrosse.com, Hall also was named national Coach of the Year in field hockey in 1993.


Maryland routed by Texas, tops Arkansas at Heartland Classic

Brady Acker (Atholton) hit a grand slam in the top of the first inning Wednesday as Maryland won, 5-1, over Arkansas in the Heartland Classic baseball tournament in Norman, Okla. Ryan Selmer (Riverdale Baptist) earned the victory, allowing one run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out three batters and walked three. Andrew Yacyk (North Hagerstown) also had an RBI single in the first inning as Maryland bounced back from a 10-run loss in its first game during the second day of the tournament. In that game, Texas scored four runs in the top of the third inning and four more in the top of the fourth to beat Maryland, 11-1, in five innings. Brady Policelli (Walkersville) scored Maryland's only run after hitting a single in the first inning. Justin Morris (DeMatha) and Andy Szamski (Eastern Tech) each had a single for Maryland, which had only those three hits in the loss. Alex Kennedy (Catoctin) started for Maryland and allowed six runs, five hits and three walks in 22/3 innings. Eli Ginsburg (Hereford) relieved Kennedy and gave up five runs, five hits and two walks while striking out two batters in 12/3 innings. Maryland is 2-2 after the first two days of the tournament, with games against Ohio and Colorado scheduled for today. The elimination round begins Friday, and the championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

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