Trevor McCarthy on Gypsy Heart at Laurel Park (Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey…)
Apprentice McCarthy wins four races at Laurel Park
Apprentice Trevor McCarthy matched his career-high by riding four winners Wednesday at Laurel Park. In the process, he moved into first place in the jockey standings for the winter meeting. The 19-year-old reached the wire first with Holy Sugah ($5.20-race 1), Hard Rock Candy ($8.80-race 3), Proud to Be Wild ($4.20-race 5) and Gypsy Heart ($6-race 6). Last year, McCarthy topped the standings at the major Maryland tracks with 107 winners, which included three four-win days. "It is a good feeling," said McCarthy, who has 15 winners at Laurel this year, one more than Victor Carrasco. "I rode a lot of good horses today. I have the bug until April 20. The goal right now is to ride the best races I can and prove to trainers that I can continue to win after becoming a journeyman." Gypsy Heart gave owner-trainer Rick Buckley his first victory since 2000. Buckley, a salesman at Northwest BMW a few miles from Pimlico Race Course, had not saddled a runner in more than 13 years, before acquiring the daughter of Domestic Dispute last year from his cousin, trainer Snake Frock. "I grew up at the track and made this my career in the 90's," Buckley said. "Unfortunately I broke my neck in a swimming accident at the end of 2000 and it made me wake up. I had three young children that needed me." The 4-year-old filly defeated seven other maiden fillies and mares with a 11/4-length score in her third career start. Gypsy Heart ran twice last month, including a second-place finish Dec. 20. "She took to me right away. We had an instant bond," Buckley added. "This is a really nice filly. I have had some decent allowances horses but she is far and above the best horse I have ever had and she is still learning. Her future is going to be going long on turf." Buckley indicated if Gypsy Heart continues to progress he would consider running in the $100,000 Conniver Stakes for Maryland-breds here March 22.
Loyola picked to win Patriot in men's lacrosse
Loyola Maryland, entering its first season as a member of the Patriot League, was picked to finish in first place in men's lacrosse in a vote of conference coaches. The Greyhounds picked up 123 points and 13 first-place votes to finish ahead of the participants in last year's Patriot League title game, Bucknell and Lehigh. Navy was picked to finish sixth. Loyola senior co-captain Joe Fletcher was named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, and the defenseman was joined by his fellow captain, senior attacker Justin Ward, on the Preseason All-Patriot League team. Navy defensive midfield specialist Pat Kiernan also made the team.
Men's basketball: The Colonial Athletic Association announced various ticket promotions for its tournament, which will be at Baltimore Arena on March 7-10. Beginning Monday, military personnel, government employees, group ticket purchasers and more will have the opportunity to receive discounts on tickets in the 100, 200 and 300 levels. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster.com, or through the Baltimore Arena box office at 410-347-2020. ... Former Maryland guard John Lucas was named to the 15-member Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Legends 2014 Class. Lucas, who played at Maryland from 1972 to 1976, earned All-America honors in basketball and tennis and won the ACC's McKevlin Award in 1976 as the conference's top all-around athlete. On the basketball court, he started four seasons at point guard, earning All-America honors three times, including being named first-team consensus All-America in both his junior and senior years. The legends will be honored at the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C., on March 12-16.
Women's volleyball: Steve Aird, who spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Penn State, which won the national championship last month, was named head coach at Maryland. Aird also was an assistant at Auburn and Cincinnati, and was a two-time captain during his playing days at Penn State.
Women's bowling: UMES junior Marianna Alvarado was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Bowler of the Week.
McFadden makes cross-country ski team
Paralympic track champion Tatyana McFadden, a Clarksville resident who attended Atholton, has skied her way into the winter Paralympics. McFadden, a December graduate of Illinois, was named Wednesday to the U.S. Paralympic cross-country ski team that will compete in Sochi, Russia, on March 7-16. McFadden is one of the leading wheelchair track racers and marathoners in history. Last year, she made an unprecedented sweep of the titles at the Boston, London, New York and Chicago marathons. She was one of four women named to the U.S. team in Nordic skiing. which also encompasses biathlon in the Paralympics. McFadden, orphaned as an infant born with spina bifida in Russia, was adopted by a Maryland family at age 7.
—Philip Hersh, Tribune Newspapers