Kid Cruz wins Tesio Stakes at Pimlico

  • Julian Pimentel rides Kid Cruz to victory in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, April 19, 2014.
Julian Pimentel rides Kid Cruz to victory in the Federico Tesio… (Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey…)
April 20, 2014|Sports Digest

Pimlico Race Course

Kid Cruz wins Tesio; 'Image,' One Purr Too and Hamp also prevail

Rated off the pace into the far turn by Julian Pimentel, Kid Cruz charged by his rivals and posted an easy victory in $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes to cap off four stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. The Linda Rice-trained colt, who is based at Belmont Park, won the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park in his previous start, when he rallied from nearly 20 lengths back to win going away. "We were able to sit much closer today," Pimentel said. "He was running very easy and very comfortable. He asked me to run a little early on the backstretch, so I had to hold him a little bit. He got up really well, really strong. I think I could have won by more but I just bided my time. Once I asked him, he was ready." Kid Cruz completed the 11/16 miles in 1 minute, 47.38 seconds and paid $4.40. Matuszak finished second, 31/2 lengths behind. Laurel Park-based Joint Custody took third.

Primonetta Stakes: Out quick under Tony Black, Winning Image maintained the lead from gate to finish line and won the $100,000 race. Winning Image, trained by Michael Aro, completed the 6-furlong distance in 1:12.16, winning by three-quarters of a length and paying $9.40. Do Somethin rallied to take second, beating Red's Round Table, who loomed a threat, by a head.

Stormy Blues Stakes: One Purr Too edged clear of Hot Squeeze and won the 5-furlong, $100,000 race for 3-year-old fillies. The Dane Kobiskie-trained filly, who carried Grant Whitacre (Atholton), won by a neck and covered the distance in 59.65 seconds on the firm turf course. Hot Squeeze was second, and Miss Behaviour finished third. The winner paid $13.60.

Henry S. Clark Stakes: Sagamore Farm's Hamp rallied from the back of the pack to capture the $100,000 race over the grass. Javier Santiago was aboard the Ignacio Correas trainee, who reached in the final jumps to beat Roadhog, while Nutello finished a close third. The son of Sky Mesa covered the 1-mile distance in 1:39.66 and paid $18.80.

Colleges

Shawaryn's 9 K's help Terps beat No. 25 Georgia Tech

Maryland freshman right-hander Mike Shawaryn struck out a career-high nine and Tim Lewis had an RBI single in the eighth to lead the host Terps past No. 25 Georgia Tech, 4-1, sealing the series. Shawaryn, who entered the weekend tied for third in the Atlantic Coast Conference in wins, earned his seventh victory of the season by allowing one run on five hits while striking out a nine over six innings. He struck out seven of the first 10 batters he faced. "We've been putting ourselves in good position to win series. We just haven't been able to finish it," Maryland coach John Szefc said. "Today, Mike was very good on the mound. That's about as good a pitch-to-defense game as you're going to see without it being a shutout. Shawaryn was outstanding. The bullpen was very effective." Leading by one run in the eighth, the Terps added two insurance runs with RBIs by Lewis and Anthony Papio. With one out, Lewis scored Jose Cuas from third with a single up the middle through a drawn-in infield to give the Terps a two-run lead. Two batters later, Papio executed a safety squeeze, enabling Andrew Amaro to score from third.

More college baseball: Salisbury (26-7), ranked No. 16 in Division III, rallied from a 7-2 deficit to advance to today's Capital Athletic Conference championship game with a 10-8 win over host No. 23 York (Pa.), which fell to 22-6. The Sea Gulls, who emerged from the winners' bracket, are seeking their third straight conference title.

College softball: Maureen Hepner set a school single-season RBI mark with a three-run home run in the first inning and Missy McCormick pitched a shutout as Towson (24-18, 4-5 Colonial Athletic Association) earned a 5-0 victory at Drexel (17-19, 4-8). Hepner's 10th homer this season gave her 45 RBIs, breaking the mark of 44 set by Mindy Bean in 2009. ... Nicole Pagano broke the Mount St. Mary's record for wins in a season, picking up her 15th in Game 1 of a doubleheader against visiting Wagner (17-21, 4-6 Northeast Conference). The Mount (19-17-1, 7-3) won, 2-1, before falling, 3-1.

Women’s college bowling: UMES finished fifth at the United States Bowling Congress team championships Thursday night in Reno, Nev., falling to Grand View, 4-2.

Et cetera

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