Apprentice rider Ritvo wins at Laurel Park in his first race in Maryland

September 13, 2014|Sports Digest

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Apprentice rider Ritvo wins at Laurel Park in his first race in Maryland

Apprentice rider Michael Ritvo guided Winter Lady to victory in the eighth race at Laurel Park on Friday on his first Maryland mount. Ritvo, 20, who moved his tack from Gulfstream Park to the Mid-Atlantic last week, kept Winter Lady in close contention along the rail in the 6-furlong $45,000 optional allowance test for fillies and mares before slipping past front-runner Who Needs on the turn and turning back Proud to be Wild in the stretch to win by four lengths in 1 minute, 10.33 seconds. "It is an excellent way to start," Ritvo said. "The horse was just as cool as can be. She just sat in the pocket. There was no reason to rush with so many horses around her. When there was room we went and she just cruised." Ritvo has six wins at three tracks since making the move with victories at Laurel Park, Delaware Park and Penn National. He also plans to ride at Parx Racing. Ritvo's father, Tim, is a former jockey (1983-1989) and trainer (1996-2010) who now serves as president of Gulfstream Park. His mother, Kathy, trained recently retired Mucho Macho Man, the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic (Grade 1) champion. Winter Lady paid $11.

Today's card: Six stakes races exclusively for Virginia-breds are included on the 12-race program. Colonial Downs' ownership and horsemen could not reach agreement on holding a meeting this year, so the Maryland Jockey Club agreed to help keep the Virginia stakes program intact. The Brookmeade Stakes for fillies and mares goes as Race 3, followed by split divisions of the Jamestown for 2-year olds as races 5 and 10, the Oakley Stakes for fillies and mares as Race 7, the Punch Line for sprinters as Race 9 and the Bert Allen, around two turns, as Race 11. Trainer Mike Trombetta, a Baltimore native, will saddle Hard Enough, the 5-2 morning line favorite, in the Bert Allen.

Women's college basketball: Mount St. Mary's extended the contract of coach Bryan Whitten, who is entering his eighth season with the team and guided the Mountaineers to 19 wins and the program's first bid to the WNIT a year ago. Additionally, Whitten has named Adam Surguine as director of basketball operations.

Women's college lacrosse: Former Florida All-American Ashley Bruns (Mount Hebron) was named assistant coach at Longwood, head coach Elaine Jones (Friends) announced Thursday. Bruns, the Gators' all-time leader in points (283) and assists (94), joins Longwood after previously serving as assistant at Campbell.

Men's college soccer: The No. 11 UMBC (3-1-1) men’s soccer team lost, 1-0, at Nevada-Las Vegas on Friday night, dropping a game in regulation for the first time since Oct. 10, 2012, at Albany. Salvador Bernal scored his sixth goal of the year for the Runnin’ Rebels (5-0-0) midway through the first half, flicking in a direct kick from 11 yards out inside the far right post. ... David Kabelik scored the equalizer with 22 seconds remaining in regulation as No. 12 Maryland (1-2-2) earned a 1-1 tie Friday at Michigan (1-2-1) in the Terps’ first Big Ten Conference match in any sport. The Wolverines had taken a 1-0 lead in the 75th minute.

Women's college soccer: Morgan Dankanich scored the winning goal in the 81st minute to lead host Navy (3-2-2) to a 2-1 win over Marist (1-3). ... Kelsey Targarona scored her first career goal to lift Loyola Maryland (3-4) to a 1-0 win over Towson (2-4-1) in the Battle of Baltimore at Ridley Athletic Complex. In the other game, Lilly Rydon scored twice as UMBC (5-1) rolled to a 6-0 win against Mount St. Mary's (0-8).

National Women's Soccer League: Washington Spirit goalkeeper Chantel Jones and midfielder Lori Lindsey have signed with Canberra United of the Australian W-League. Lindsey will retire from pro soccer after her stint with Canberra. The Spirit also waived forward Danesha Adams.

Women's basketball: Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored a team-high 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting from the field and added five rebounds to lead the Red team to a 95-87 victory over the White in a Team USA intrasquad scrimmage in Newark, Del. Nneka Ogwumike scored 26 off the bench for the White. The game was one of the last chances to impress coach Geno Auriemma and the selection committee before the first round of cuts from the 24-player roster ahead of the FIBA World Championship.

Varsity football: Frank Richard is no longer the football coach at St. Mary's, The (Annapolis) Capital has learned. St. Mary's athletic director Allison Fondale would not elaborate on the circumstances and would only confirm that Richard is no longer the coach and that Brad Best would coach Friday's game with Malvern Prep (Pa.). When asked whether Best was taking over as the full-time head coach or on an interim basis, Fondale had no comment. Richard also had no comment when reached by phone Friday.

Bob Hough, Baltimore Sun Media Group

More varsity football: Old Mill's Brady Ludwig and David Marrocco teamed up to win the Ravens' High School QB Challenge over Arundel on Thursday night. Ludwig, a senior, the quarterback for the Challenge, completed a 54-yard pass to Marrocco, also usually a quarterback, for the winning toss at halftime of the Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game at M&T Bank Stadium.

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