Ridden by Forest Boyce, Broad Rule wins the $100,000 Fire Plug… (Maryland Jockey Club photo )
Broad Rule repeats in Fire Plug Stakes
Broad Rule ran down the speed and captured the $100,000 Fire Plug Stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park for the second year in a row. The Fire Plug was the last of four stakes races at Laurel Park on Saturday. Forest Boyce was at the controls aboard the Dickie Small trainee for the 33rd time in 34 career starts. "It worked out because the speed kind of blew the turn and it kind of opened up for us," said Boyce. "If you really have a good enough horse you'll get there one way or another. He flattened out a little bit in the middle but then picked it up in the last eighth." As was the case last year, Broad Rule was overlooked in the wagering and paid $26.80. The late run was good enough to stave off Service for Ten, who finished three-quarters of a length behind in second, and Warrioroftheroses, who finished third. Broad Rule covered the 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 11.49 seconds. In the other races:
•Firenze Feeling saved ground to the far turn, angled outside and caught the front-runner, and then drew away to win the $100,000 Nellie Morse Stakes. Firenze Feeling is a lightly raced daughter of Macho Uno. She was making her first start since Jan. 19 and her first for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. Apprentice Victor Carrasco earned his first stakes win. Firenze Feeling completed the 11/16-mile distance in 1:48.69, winning by 43/4 lengths and paying $5.80 as the second betting choice. Pacesetter Celtic Katie finished second, while Access To Charlie was third.
•Odds-on favorite Gracer survived a spirited duel and came home the clear winner of the $100,000 Marshua Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Trained by Tony Dutrow, Gracer covered the 6-furlong distance in 1:12.18 and won by three lengths. Long shot Jump Two, who was left at the gate at the start, rallied to take second, while pacesetter Jonesin for Jerry drifted home after tiring from her duel with the winner and finished third. The daughter of Exchange Rate paid $3.
•Germaniac broke on top and stayed there the rest of the way in the 7-furlong, $100,000 Frank Whiteley Stakes. Germaniac popped to the lead under J.D. Acosta from his outside post in the field of five 3-year-olds. No other horse took a run at him and he came home in 1:25.08, 61/2 lengths ahead of 2-5 betting favorite Jessethemarine, with Starry Moon rallying to take third. Germaniac paid $14.80.
Horse World Expo comes to Timonium this month
The Horse World Expo on Jan. 17-19 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium will feature vendors, demonstrations, seminars and clinics. The expo will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 17, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 18 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 19. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. For more information, go to horseworldexpo.com, email email@example.com or call 301-916-0852.
Horse breeding: Northview Stallion Station will hold open houses Jan. 18 and Jan. 25. The Maryland Division open house will be Jan. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Chesapeake City and will feature recent additions Buffum and E Dubai. The Pennsylvania Division open house will be Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Peach Bottom and will feature recent additions El Padrino and Bullsbay. RSVP is required. Call 410-885-2855 (Maryland) and 717-548-3401 (Pennsylvania). ... Paul O'Loughlin has been named to take over as director of bloodstock at Northview Stallion Station starting this month.
Arenacross: Reigning three-time title holder Tyler Bowers will lead AMSOIL Arenacross dirt-bike riders into Baltimore Arena on Friday and Saturday. Amateur Day will close the weekend Jan.12, with hundreds of local riders competing. For tickets, go to ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000. For more information, go to arenacross.com.
Varsity boys basketball: Archbishop Spalding (7-6) improved to 2-0 at the Doc Larson Roundball Classic in Wasilla, Alaska, by defeating Lathrop, 79-41, Friday night. Gary Jefferson scored 23 points and Jourdan Grant added 19 for Spalding, which faces host Wasilla tonight at 10.
Youth football: Maryland rallied with a late touchdown pass from quarterback Doc Bonner to Deonte Hill but lost, 10-6, to GFL Georgia in the Football University eighth-grade national semifinals Friday night in San Antonio.