Tesio, Shine Again will be run today at Pimlico
Pimlico Race Course will feature two stakes today, the $75,000 Federico Tesio for 3-year-olds and the $50,000 Shine Again for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. The Tesio is a prep for runners with an eye on competing in the Preakness on May 18. Ten runners are entered. Pimlico handicapper Frank Carulli has named Abstraction, who broke his maiden March 13 at Fair Grounds, as his 7-5 morning line choice. Trainer David Carroll has worked his charge three times at Churchill Downs in anticipation of this start. Leandro Goncalves has the riding assignment on the son of Pulpit, who is not one of the four Triple Crown nominated runners in the race. Laurel Park-based Dynamic Strike (4-1) is Triple Crown- nominated. The Dickie Small trainee won the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel in February, one of three victories for the son of Smart Strike. Forest Boyce (Garrison Forest) has been aboard for each start. "I was disappointed with his first race around two turns (Private Terms Stakes last month)," Boyce said. "He is one of those horses where you are going to see a different horse next year. For as much as he has done already, he has a lot to learn. I am actually interested in seeing him on the turf." Former Maryland riding star Edgar Prado is named to pilot Heat Press (8-1), a Graham Motion trainee. The Malibu Moon colt broke his maiden at Laurel Park in December and won an entry level allowance start at Parx Racing last time out. Earlier this week, owner Kevin Plank of Sagamore Farm indicated he would like to see Heat Press compete in the Preakness if all goes well in the Tesio. The stable was represented by Tiger Walk a year ago. Rienzi (8-1) moved from the Chad Brown barn to John Servis' stable after returning from Florida and won an entry level allowance at Parx Racing in April. He posted a bullet workout there on April 22 and is scheduled to carry Kendrick Carmouche on Saturday. Rounding out the field are Just Win Baby (10-1), Hanky Doodle (10-1), Wry Me (12-1), Wabbajack (15-1), Handsome Tiger (20-1) and Indian Companion (20-1). The Shine Again is limited to runners seeking their first stakes win and has attracted eight fillies and mares. The morning line favorite is Touch the Birds (2-1), who finished third in this race last year and added in-the-money finishes to her stakes resume this year, with a second in the Nellie Morse and a third in the Maryland Racing Media Stakes.Boyce rides the Dance With Ravens mare for Carlos Mancilla. Mancilla is filling in for regular trainer Chris Grove, who is suspended. "I love her," Boyce added. "I actually rode her first time out for Dickie and won but Chris claimed her. I was trying to get back on her but Chris was using a different rider. It has been a fortunate turn of events that I have been able to regain the mount the last three starts and it is cool to see how she has matured." Mancilla will also saddle Celtic Katie (5-2), who will be making her stakes debut. The daughter of Posse comes into the Shine Again off a romping victory over entry level allowance runners at Laurel Park in late March. Julian Pimentel has the mount. Daydreamin Gracie's (7-2) best stakes effort was a third place finish in the All Brandy at Laurel last fall. She has won eight of 24 starts for Dane Kobiskie, including an allowance score last week. Joshua Navarro will ride.
More horse racing: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Friday that Laurel Park has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance and that Pimlico has been re-accredited by the alliance after a complete review of all racing operations at the two Maryland Jockey Club facilities.
Women: Salisbury junior attacker Katie Bollhorst (St. Mary's) was selected as Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the second straight year. The Sea Gulls' Jim Nestor was named Coach of the Year for the ninth time since 2003. St. Mary's freshman midfielder Shelby Newman (Manchester Valley) was picked as Rookie of the Year. … Davidson sophomore attacker Emily Cooke (Marriotts Ridge) and High Point junior midfielder Jasmine Jordan (Eastern Tech) have been voted the Big South Offensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Cooke finished the regular season as the conference's leading scorer with a school-record 77 points — which ranks fifth in the nation. Jordan's 45 ground balls lead the team and are second in the league. She leads the conference in caused turnovers per game with 1.75, ranking 17th in the country. Davidson's Kim Wayne, a former Johns Hopkins assistant, was named Coach of the Year.
College baseball: Senior left-hander Jimmy Reed recorded his first career shutout, allowing only one Duke runner past second base as Maryland (24-20, 7-15) earned a 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over the host Blue Devils (24-21, 8-14). Reed (5-3, 2.36 ERA) scattered five hits over the nine innings. The Gaithersburg native finished with four strikeouts. Maryland scored in the eighth inning on a passed ball. ... Sophomore left fielder Luke Dunlap had four hits and drove in four runs as No. 21 North Carolina Wilmington (32-11, 13-2) pulled out a 10-5 Colonial Athletic Association victory over host Towson (19-21, 9-7). The Seahawks, who beat No. 1 North Carolina on Tuesday night, have won six in a row. ... Scott Nickerson struck out seven while allowing one earned run in 72/3 innings to help Mount St. Mary's (8-25, 3-14 Northeast Conference) to a 7-1 win against visiting Fairleigh Dickinson (9-27, 4-17).
College football: Will Ulmer, a junior quarterback from St. John's College in Washington, committed Thursday to Maryland. The four-star prospect picked the Terps over offers from Boston College, Nebraska and several others.
College tennis: Chuck Willenborg, the director of tennis operations for Johns Hopkins, was named the Professional Tennis Registry Jim Verdieck College Coach of the Year.
College track and field: The UMBC 4x200 women's relay team of junior Kirsten Jones, freshman D'Nique Phillip and sophomores Kalane' Abbey and Mercedes Jackson set a school record at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, finishing in 1 minute, 37.92 seconds to place 19th. Retrievers junior Yao Adantor (Reservoir/Morgan State/Maryland) took 11th in the men's shot put with a toss of 15.48 meters.
Golf: The team of professional Steve Papanek-Michael Mulieri shot 5-under-par 33-32—65 at the Suburban Club to edge Brandon Post-Kyle Gerard by a stroke in the 57th Pro-Amateur championship of the Maryland State Golf Association. The win in the 46-team program gave Rolling Road Golf Club its first title in the event.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United will play without star midfielder Chris Pontius tonight at Columbus. Pontius hurt his groin Thursday.
Women's tennis: An Annapolis team representing the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section finished second at the USTA League 6.0 Super Senior National Championships on Sunday in Surprise, Ariz., losing, 2-1, to a squad from York, Pa., in the championship match. The Annapolis team was captained by Judy Harr and included Margaret Singh, Linda Daniels, Heidi Salvesen, Eileen Gilkey Covert, Susan Thompson, Tori Matton and Sue Sherrill.
—From Sun staff and news services