Winter schedule announced for Laurel Park
Laurel Park's winter meet will begin Jan. 1 and include 46 racing days over 13 weeks, the Maryland Jockey Club, the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Maryland Horse Breeders Association announced. The plan still needs to be approved by the Maryland Racing Commission at its Dec. 17 meeting. The Barbara Fritchie Handicap on Feb. 15 and the General George Handicap two days later headline the 16-stakes program, which includes racing Thursdays through Saturdays with holiday exceptions for the first eight weeks. Wednesday racing will be added in late February for the balance of the meet. Racing will shift to Pimlico Race Course for the spring meeting, which will run April 3 to June 7, Belmont Stakes day. The 35-day stand will feature the 139th running of the Preakness, the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown on Saturday, May 17. For more details, go to laurelpark.com.
Saturday: Tim Keefe Eighttofasttocatch, who has earned more than $850,000 during his career, heads a field of 10 in Saturday's Broad Brush Stakes, one of three stakes races on Laurel's nine-race program. The $100,000 test is at 11/8 miles on the main track. The winner of his past two starts at Laurel Park, the Maryland Million Classic (Oct. 19) and the Jennings Handicap (Nov. 16), Eighttofasttocatch is set to break from the extreme outside post under Forest Boyce. MJC oddsmaker Keith Feustle has made Eighttofasttocatch the 9-5 morning line favorite.
Hopkins' Kronick an NSCAA D-III All-American
Johns Hopkins junior Hannah Kronick was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division III women's first-team All-American. Hopkins freshman Ana Bengoechea was selected to the third team. ... Towson senior Emily Banes was selected to the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region second team. ... Navy junior Jade Seabrook was named third-team All-American by the NSCAA, while senior Elizabeth Hoerner was named a Senior CLASS All-America first-team selection. ... The NSCAA selected Howard Community College's Athena Gramates (St. Mary's High) as National Junior College Assistant Coach of the Year. Gramates and other winners will be honored at the 2014 awards banquet Jan. 17 at the NSCAA convention in Philadelphia.
Women's college volleyball: Maryland juniors Ashleigh Crutcher and Adreené Elliott were chosen to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team. Crutcher, a two-time selection, was named to the second team, and Elliott made the third team.
College field hockey: Washington College sophomore defender Emily Eline (North Harford) was named as the Shorewomen's representative on the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship team for fall sports.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers (4-0) travel to Washington to take on the Metro All-Stars (3-0) on Sunday in the American Professional Basketball League.