California Chrome back on track, jogs mile
California Chrome, the early favorite for the 139th Preakness on May 17 at Pimlico Race Course, returned to the racetrack during training hours at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning. California Chrome was accompanied by exercise rider Willie Delgado and Alan Sherman, the son and assistant of trainer Art Sherman, on his way to the track for the first time since winning Saturday's 140th Kentucky Derby. California Chrome paused before reaching the 5-furlong gap, taking a couple of minutes to check out the activity before going onto the track. California Chrome stood in front of the clockers' stand briefly and then jogged a mile. "Good. Good. Really super," said Delgado, a former jockey, trainer and exercise rider on the Maryland circuit. "He went out there like he always does. He is his normal self." Alan Sherman was similarly delighted. "It went really good," Sherman said. "He wanted to train; he was tired of walking." Sherman said California Chrome would resume galloping today and maintain that schedule for as long as the California-bred colt remains at Churchill Downs. "I still haven't heard about the plane; whether we will go to Pimlico Monday or Wednesday," Sherman said. "I'd prefer Monday. The key now is to keep him happy."
More news about the field: Social Inclusion, the third-place finisher in the Wood Memorial, boarded a Pimlico-bound van at Gulfstream Park at approximately 10:30 a.m. after returning to the track for the first time since being scratched from Saturday's Sir Bear Stakes with a bruise in his right front foot. The son of Pioneerof the Nile jogged to the satisfaction of trainer Manny Azpurua and Rontos Racing Stable Corp.'s Ron Sanchez. "We're all set and excited," Sanchez said. "I was a little concerned Saturday with the bruise, then I was happy (Tuesday) and today I'm excited. He went out jogging today and everything was great. Manny and his guys did a great job." ... Veteran Maryland jockey Julian Pimentel has retained the mount on Kid Cruz. Pimentel, 33, a regular in Maryland since the summer of 2006, rode Kid Cruz to victories in the Private Terms on March 8 at Laurel Park and the Federico Tesio on April 19 at Pimlico.
Betting: The Maryland Jockey Club will add a Preakness Pick 3 wager, offering fans a chance to play the best stakes races at Pimlico Race Course. The Preakness Pick 3 wager will include races over two days: the $300,000 Pimlico Special on May 16 and the $400,000 Dixie Stakes and Preakness on May 17. The wager has a 50-cent minimum with a takeout of 25.75 percent.
Lineman Mazyck won't attend school in the fall
Maryland bulked up on offensive linemen during the last recruiting period, but one of its targets won't be attending school in the fall. Larry Mazyck, a junior college transfer, did not meet academic standards and won't be enrolling, according to multiple sources. Mazyck is listed at 6 feet 8 inches and 340 pounds. He attended Washington's Friendship Collegiate and, later, Iowa Western Community College.
Remenapp is Centennial's top women's lacrosse rookie
Washington College freshman lacrosse goalie Allison Remenapp (Glenelg) was voted Rookie of the Year in the Centennial Conference. Washington College's Heidi Yetman was Coach of the Year. The All-Centennial first team included Washington College senior attacker Carly Eisenbrandt (Towson) and junior midfielder Emily Hubley; McDaniel junior attacker Danielle Entrot (Centennial); and Franklin & Marshall senior attacker Caroline Krohn (Towson). The second team included Washington College senior defender Kathleen Maleski (South Carroll), junior defender Liz Godorov and Remenapp; McDaniel senior defender Lauren McCadden (C. Milton Wright); and Dickinson sophomore midfielder Caroline Clancy (Hereford). Honorable mentions included McDaniel junior attacker Julia Jacobs (St. Mary's) and Haverford senior defender Anne Cullen (Notre Dame Prep).
More women's college lacrosse: Randolph-Macon junior attacker Betsy Hebert (Roland Park Country) was named to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference all-tournament team.
Men's college lacrosse: Maryland senior goalie Niko Amato was named Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
College baseball: Maryland (30-19) had four two-out run-scoring hits and limited Towson (20-24) to one hit in the final four innings in rallying from two runs down for a 4-3 victory to capture the inaugural Ripken Cup in Aberdeen. ... Senior Stephen Chrzanowski pitched a career-best eight innings, striking out a UMBC season-best 11 hitters, as the Retrievers (15-24) earned a 4-3 win over Georgetown (17-27) in Bethesda.