Javier Santiago rides Celtic Katie to victory in the Geisha… (Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey…)
Pimlico Race Course
Celtic Katie gives Grove another Geisha win
Trainer Chris Grove won the $75,000 Geisha Stakes for the fifth time, this time with Lewis Family Racing Stable's Celtic Katie, who beat Maryland-bred filly and mares Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Celtic Katie won the first stakes of her career after finishing second in the Nellie Morse and Conniver Stakes at Laurel Park this year. The 5-year-old bay mare and jockey Javier Santiago tracked the speed of Brenda's Way and Addison Run before taking a path inside both, grabbing the lead a furlong from home and winning by 51/4 lengths. Brenda's Way held on for second. Addison Run finished third. The winner completed the 11/16 miles in 1 minute, 46.67 seconds over the fast main track and paid $12. The daughter of Posse improved to 4-for-20 lifetime with earnings of $198,835. Grove previously won the Geisha with Silmaril (2004), Lexi Star (2007-08) and Princess Nyla (2009).
Tackle Pike named Most Valuable Player for Towson
Offensive tackle Eric Pike was named as the winner of the Doc Minnegan Award as Towson football's Most Valuable Player at the team's annual awards ceremony. Pike, who set a school record by starting all 50 games of his college career, is only the third offensive lineman to win the award, which was started in 1969. He joins Mike Gunthrop (1992) and Joe Ripple (2005) as the only linemen to be honored with the award, which was named in honor of former Towson director of athletics Doc Minnegan. A two-year captain, Pike was a consensus first team All-America selection as a senior. Running back Terrance West (Northwestern) was named the Offensive Player of the Year and linebacker Monte Gaddis the Defensive Player of the Year. Guard Gavin Class (St. Paul's), defensive tackle Arnold Farmer (Poly) and center Doug Shaw (Loyola) shared the Tiger Award for best exemplifying the characteristics of a Towson football player. Punter Jake Ryder won the Tiger Scholar-Athlete Award. Quarterback Ryan Egolf won the Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year award, and linebacker James Simms (Reservoir) took the Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year award. The Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Year award went to defensive back Al Augustine.
Towson shut down in baseball by JMU's Hoover
Aaron Hoover earned his first win of the season by pitching an eight-hitter, leading James Madison (13-26, 5-8 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 7-2 victory over host Towson (20-18, 2-8) on Saturday in the second game of a three-game series. The Dukes ended a six-game losing streak by shutting out the Tigers after the first inning. Pat Fitzgerald (Calvert Hall) and Dominic Fratantuono (Cardinal Gibbons) had two hits each for the Tigers.
More baseball: UMBC (13-20, 6-8 America East) managed just two runs against visiting UMass Lowell starters Shane Beauchemin and Mike Calzetta, and the Retrievers' seven-game winning streak ended as the River Hawks (15-15, 7-6) swept a doubleheader. ... UMES senior outfielder Byron Campbell was named Corvias Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Men's college rowing: Washington College won its second consecutive Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference championship and fourth in the past five years at Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, Pa. The three point-scoring races were the men's varsity eight, men's second varsity eight and men's varsity four. The Shoremen had 47 total points, beating outdistancing second-place Mary Washington by 15.
Women's college rowing: Washington College, ranked 10th in Division III, won its second consecutive MARC championship and secured its second straight automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championships by claiming the overall points title in Lewisberry. Just as they did a year ago, the Shorewomen won the title by splitting the two points-scoring races with 12th-ranked Marietta.
Century's Neral is second in pole vault at Penn Relays
Century junior Nick Neral placed second in the high school boys pole vault championship Saturday at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Neral, an All-Metro first-team pick after the indoor track season, vaulted 14 feet, 9 inches. Six vaulters — including the winner, Brandon Stacy of Caravel (Del.) — matched that mark. Tiebreakers decided final places. During the indoor season, Neral won the Carroll County, region and Class 2A state titles in the pole vault. His best vault indoors was 15-4. The Penn Relays meet, first held in 1895, is the nation's longest-running uninterrupted college track meet. It annually includes athletes from high schools, colleges and track clubs from all over the country and abroad.