Legendary, Vielsalm among stakes winners at Laurel Park

Bern Identity and Sheer Drama also victorious

September 07, 2014|Sports Digest

Laurel Park

Legendary, Vielsalm among stakes winners

Legendary enjoyed a clean stalking trip, picking off the leaders straightening for home and drawing off to win the grassy, $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes, the final of four stakes on Saturday's opening weekend at Laurel Park. The Fair Hill-based runner, who was making his fifth start in the United States, was scoring his first stakes win for trainer Niall Saville after campaigning previously in England. Rosie Napravnik Sheldon Russell guided Legendary to a 21/4 length victory in 1 minute, 41.52 seconds for the 11/16-mile distance over the firm turf. Under Control took second while Hamp finished third. Legendary paid $4.80 as the public favorite. Eighttofasttocatch, making his season debut, led for the first three-quarters but faded to last. The Tim Keefe trainee, who has won 10 career stakes races, nine on the Laurel main track, will attempt to win his third Maryland Million Classic in four years Oct. 18 at Laurel. In the other stakes:

Dylan Smith, who graduated to trainer this spring after Maryland legend Dickie Small died, won her first stakes when Vielsalm galloped home to win the $125,000 All Brandy Stakes. "Very exciting and also a little emotional," Smith said. "Dickie was excited about this filly." This was the first stakes victory for Vielsalm as well, in a race restricted to Maryland-bred fillies and mares. Julian Pimentel guided the daughter of Fairbanks from last to first by a neck. Front-runner Nashly's Vow finished second, with post time favorite Joy third. Vielsalm covered 11/8 miles in 1:49.88 over the firm turf and paid $21.20.

•Heavy favorite Bern Identity fought hard to the wire to capture the $100,000 Dave's Friend Stakes. Sent to post as the 3-5 betting choice, Bern Identity pushed by front-runner King Henry and held off late mover Trickmeister to prevail by a length in 1:08.99 for 6 furlongs. The winner paid $3.40.

•Sheer Drama won as the crowd favorite in the $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes for fillies and mares. Ridden by Trevor McCarthy, the 4-year old David Fawkes trainee covered the mile over the fast main track in 1:35.75 and paid $4.60. She beat South Andros by three lengths, with Made Up taking third.

Et cetera

Tiafoe loses in semifinals; Winter Classic at Nats Park

Francis Tiafoe lost in the boys junior semifinals at the U.S. Open in New York, falling to Quentin Halys of France, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (8). The 16-year-old from Riverdale Park, seeded sixth, trains at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park. Halys committed 15 unforced errors to Tiafoe's one but won 58 percent of his break points, compared with 44 percent by Tiafoe, who was up a break in the third set before losing the tiebreaker.

The Washington Post

NHL: The league and baseball's Washington Nationals have reached terms allowing the 2015 Winter Classic game, set for Jan. 1 between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks, to be played at Nationals Park, according to three people familiar with the negotiations. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak about the matter ahead of a planned public announcement, expected "very soon." The deal ends months of speculation about the venue for the NHL's annual New Year's Day outdoor spectacle.

Mike DeBonis, The Washington Post

Men's college soccer: Loyola Maryland lost, 1-0, at Campbell (2-0) on a goal in the 38th minute. ... No. 10 Maryland and No. 14 UMBC played to a 0-0 draw Friday night in College Park in front of an announced 7,284 — the fourth-largest crowd in Ludwig Field history. Maryland (1-1-1) outshot the Retrievers (2-0-1) by 13-6, including two shots apiece from George Campbell (McDonogh), Emmanuel Korvah and Mael Corboz. UMBC goalkeeper Phil Breno (South Carroll) made six saves; the Terps' Zack Steffen made none.

Women's college soccer: An own goal in the ninth minute was the only scoring as host Mount St. Mary's (0-5) lost to Penn (1-0) on Friday.

College football: Seth McFall capped a two-minute, seven-play drive over 40 yards with a 1-yard touchdown run with 26 seconds left to lift visiting McDaniel (1-0) to a 34-31 victory over Catholic (0-1) on Friday night. The Green Terror trailed 31-14 with 13 minutes left in the game.

Women's college volleyball: Senior Adreene Elliott had a match-high 18 kills to lead visiting Maryland (4-0-0) to a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Lehigh on Friday at the Patriot Invitational. The Terps are 4-0 for the first time since 2005, when they started 14-0 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. ... Towson (4-0) rolled to a 3-0 win over Saint Peter's (0-3) in its opening match of the Towson Invitational on Friday night. The 25-9, 25-9, 25-16 victory was the first time since 2010 that the Tigers held an opponent to under 10 points in a pair of sets that were played to 25.

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