Juvenile Fillies winner Ria Antonia might run
Ria Antonia, the 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner, was added to the list of candidates Tuesday for the 139th running of the Preakness. If the daughter of Rockport Harbor is shipped to Pimlico Race Course to run in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown on May 17, she will be saddled for the first time by Tom Amoss. Ron Paolucci's Loooch Racing Stable and Christopher T. Dunn have transferred their 3-year-old filly from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert to Amoss after her distant sixth-place finish behind Untapable in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday. Should Ria Antonia take on the boys, she would attempt to become the sixth filly to capture the Preakness.
More news: Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is scheduled to return to the Churchill Downs track today at 7 a.m. for a jog. Alan Sherman, son of trainer Art Sherman, is overseeing California Chrome's Preakness preparations in Louisville before the colt heads to Baltimore next week. ... Social Inclusion has recovered sufficiently from the bruise in his right front foot that had kept him out of a Gulfstream Park stakes Saturday to board a Pimlico-bound van this morning. ... Fair Hill-based trainer Graham Motion will closely monitor the training of Ring Weekend this week before deciding the Tampa Bay Derby winner's status for the Preakness. Motion reported that Alan Garcia would be the choice to ride Ring Weekend, the Tampa Bay Derby winner, should he run. ... Kid Cruz, the decisive winner of the Federico Tesio Stakes on April 19 at Pimlico, will have an easy breeze this weekend at Belmont Park — his final timed worked before the Preakness.
Shoremen's Nowicki, McKnight, Shirk honored
Washington College took home three major Centennial Conference men's lacrosse awards with senior midfielder Hunter Nowicki (Franklin) being named Offensive Player of the Year, senior defenseman Casey McKnight being named Defensive Player of the Year and Jeff Shirk receiving Coach of the Year. The All-Centennial first team included Washington College senior attackman Jim Cusick (Calvert Hall), defensive midfielder Kodie Englehart and junior faceoff specialist Mike Trapp; Dickinson senior attackman Brian Cannon (Loyola); and Gettysburg junior attackman Robby Maddux (St. Paul's). The second team included Washington College junior midfielder Grant Hughes and Washington College senior goalie Ted DiSalvo; Dickinson senior defenseman Draper Donley (St. Paul's); and Gettysburg sophomore defenseman Geoff Davis (McDonogh). Those receiving honorable mention included Washington College junior attackman Stephen Luck (Boys' Latin) and junior defenseman Dan Pulzello.
More men's lacrosse: Maryland senior goalie Niko Amato was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Baseball: Brandon Lowe drove in five runs helping to lead Maryland (29-19) to a 12-1 win over host Virginia Commonwealth (32-13). ... Freshman Hunter Dolshun and sophomore Mark Esposito each had four hits to lead an 18-hit offense as visiting UMBC (14-24) overcame a 6-1 deficit to earn a 13-8 victory over Towson (20-23) and end a six-game losing streak.
Football: The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, which will feature Navy if it's bowl-eligible, will be held Dec. 23 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
UMBC: The school handed out the following honors Monday: Dr. Charles R. Brown Athlete of the Year Awards, men's soccer's player Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall) and softball player Taylor Hall; Outstanding Senior Male Athlete, cross country/track runner Andrew Smith and swimmer Mohamed Hussein; Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award, volleyball player Mallory McIntyre and women's soccer player Lauren Kadet; Matt Skalsky Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award, women's tennis player Kim Berghaus and diver Tim Perkins; and Retriever Club Scholarship Award, women's lacrosse player Lexi Bristow. McIntyre was named UMBC's nominee for the America East's Woman of the Year award.