California Chrome gallops 'good and strong'

Ex-Terp, Blast player Buete added as Maryland soccer assistant

May 28, 2014|Sports Digest

Belmont Stakes

'Chrome' 'much more sharp' in 2-mile gallop

California Chrome had his connections raving about his form after his 2-mile gallop Tuesday at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, Art Sherman, said the colt, who will attempt to win the Triple Crown when he competes in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7, expressed his eagerness Tuesday before setting foot on the track. "He was feeling really good," Sherman said. "He was dragging me around the [shed row] before we went to the track. He's on it." California Chrome tugged at exercise rider Willie Delgado during his gallop, which pleased Sherman. "When I was watching through the binoculars I saw when he grabbed ahold of Willie," Sherman said. "You can always tell because he leans on him and you can see Willie start to lean back. He was galloping good and strong today. I was happy about it." Delgado said it was difficult for him to resist the temptation to let California Chrome go faster. "Today he was much more sharp," Delgado said. "I let him [go to] see how far he'll go pulling me like that, but then I have to slow him down. I'm like, 'No, son, you got to get back over here.'" California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby by 13/4 lengths and the Preakness by 11/2 lengths, and Delgado said he has even more confidence going into the 11/2-mile Belmont than he did before the first two legs of the Triple Crown. "I can tell you he loves this track, and I don't see any problem him getting a mile and a half," Delgado said. "This is the strongest I've felt about him winning a race. I said it before, if he wins the Derby, we'll probably go all the way. He's starting to show he can go over this track very easy." Sherman said California Chrome remains on schedule to breeze Saturday, likely at 8:45 a.m.


Seahawks sign Miller, pass rusher from Dunbar

Former Dunbar standout Horace Miller has officially joined the Seattle Seahawks. He was signed by the Super Bowl champions Tuesday after a rookie minicamp tryout, according to the team. Miller was an all-state pass rusher at Dunbar, where he won a state championship with the Poets. Miller went undrafted out of Texas-El Paso. He participated in the Ravens' local prospects day and the NFL super regional combine in Detroit before the draft.

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Ex-Terp, Blast player Buete added as UM assistant

Maryland has named former Terps soccer standout Scott Buete assistant coach and promoted Brian Rowland to first assistant/recruiting coordinator. Buete was a three-year captain from 2001 to 2003 and was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America first-team All-American in 2003 after earning third-team honors in 2002. Buete was a first-round draft pick for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer and also had stints with the Atlanta Silverbacks, Charleston Battery and Tampa Bay Rowdies of the United Soccer Leagues and the Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Most recently, he has served as academy director for the Baton Rouge Soccer Club. A native of Bowie, Buete replaces Michael Dellorusso, who left Maryland to become head coach of Arizona United of the USL. Rowland is entering his fifth season with the Terps.

Softball: Seeking its first Division III national title, Salisbury lost, 6-0, to defending champion Tufts (47-4) in Tyler, Texas. The Sea Gulls (44-5) were shut down by the Jumbos' Allyson Fournier, who allowed just seven base runners in earning her 28th win and 14th shutout of the season. Salisbury finished as runner-up for the third time in school history. Three Salisbury players made the all-tournament team: Rachel Johnson, Paige Knussman and Kim Dorsey (Franklin). ... CCBC-Catonsville pitcher Samantha O'Connor, infielder Krystin Ellicott, outfielder Jessica Dubbs and designated player Crystal Heffington made the National Junior College Athletic Association National Fastpitch Coaches Association's Division II East Region team.

Women's lacrosse: National champion Salisbury (23-1) is ranked No. 1 in the final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III poll. Washington College (11-5) finished 17th and Stevenson (13-6) was 19th.

Et cetera

Reservoir's Morris wins Md. Gatorade award

Senior pitcher-first baseman Cody Morris, who helped Reservoir win the Class 3A state championship, won the Gatorade Maryland Baseball Player of the Year award. At the time of his selection, Morris had a 6-1 record with a 1.10 ERA, 81 strikeouts and nine walks in 42 innings. Ranked No. 26 in the nation in the class of 2015 by Perfect Game USA, he also batted .356 with 13 runs scored, 10 RBIs and a .554 on-base percentage through 24 games. Morris has a 3.71GPA and has volunteered as a mentor for children with special needs and as part of community service initiatives in association with his church youth group. He has committed orally to play at South Carolina.

Indoor football: The Baltimore Mariners (4-2) of American Indoor Football will play a road semifinal Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against the Rochester Raiders (4-3) for the right to play last year's runner-up, the Cape Fear Heroes (6-1), in the AIF championship game June 14 in Fayetteville, N.C.

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