Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome 'in great shape' at practice

June 02, 2014|Sports Digest

California Chrome walked the shed row in front of a crowd of spectators Sunday morning at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., before trotting out for a practice run under jockey Victor Espinoza. The son of Lucky Pulpit went four furlongs in 47.69 seconds, five furlongs in 59.93, six in 1:12.95 and seven in 1:26.28 over a tightly packed Belmont oval. "Chrome came out of the work in great shape," said Alan Sherman, son of California Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman. "He was pulling [exercise rider] Willie [Delgado] around the shed row this morning. Everything is cold and tight, and we're ready for Saturday." California Chrome will go for the first Triple Crown since 1978 at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

WNBA

Ivory Latta scored all 14 of her points after regulation to help the host Washington Mystics outlast the Los Angeles Sparks, 92-84, in three overtimes at Verizon Center. The Sparks (2-2) led in the final 10 seconds of the first two overtime periods, but clutch jumpers and free throws from Latta in the final seconds of the first and second overtimes allowed the Mystics to survive through to the decisive third. Bria Hartley, the seventh pick in the 2014 WNBA draft, finished with 20 points on the night for Washington (3-2).

Tennis

Riverdale Park's Tiafoe wins at Junior French Open

Francis Tiafoe, 16, of Riverdale Park claimed his first match at the Junior French Open on Sunday at Roland Garros, topping French wild card Clement Larriere in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5. Tiafoe, who won the prestigious Orange Bowl tournament in December, entered the Junior French Open as the No. 1 seed amid a slew of media attention. "There was a lot of nerves for me, being first time in a [Grand] Slam as the No. 1 seed," Tiafoe said. Tiafoe plays again today against German Jan Choinski in a second-round match.

Liz Clarke, The Washington Post

Et cetera

Justin Boston of Sparks led for 42 laps of the Automobile Racing Club of America's Great Railing 150 on Sunday, including the first 32, before a left-rear-tire blowout cost him at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Andrew Ranger took over control of the race in Lap 53 and held on from there, as Boston ultimately finished seventh in Millville, N.J. Boston took his first career checkered flag May 19 at the Menards 200.

College football: Johns Hopkins earned a pair of top-20 preseason national rankings, with the Blue Jays ranked eighth by Lindy's College Football and 16th by Sporting News. Last season, Johns Hopkins went 10-1, won its fifth consecutive Centennial Conference title and advanced to the Division III tournament for the third straight season.

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