1:45 AM EDT, June 2, 2013
Cerro holds on for win in Canonero II Stakes
Odds-on favorite Cerro led to the far turn, allowed Dynamic Strike to move to his inside and battled that one the rest of the way to win the $75,000 Canonero II Stakes for 3-year-olds at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. Cerro, who is owned by Team Valor International, is trained by Rick Mettee and was ridden Alan Garcia. The ownership partnership includes Olympic swimming star Michael Phelps, a Baltimore native, his longtime coach Bob Bowman and former VISA USA chief executive Carl Pascarella. Cerro won by a nose, with Dynamic Strike finishing second. The winner covered the 11/8 miles in 1 minute, 51.81 seconds and paid $3.20. Dreaming of Jazz was a distant third, 123/4 lengths behind the first two. "We knew on paper this was a closer race than what the odds said," Mettee said. "We knew it was going to be a tough race, and he got the head bob. I think those first two are pretty solid horses." "He ran very well," said Forest Boyce (Garrison Forest), who was aboard Dynamic Strike. "He runs better when he is in striking distance. I had to move early because the other horse was getting his own way early on. I am very proud of the effort, and he is just going to get better and better." Cerro is 3-for-8 lifetime and improved his career earnings to $109,125. After breaking his maiden in Italy last summer, the son of Mr. Greeley raced at Gulfstream Park and Keeneland earlier this year under the tutelage of Fair Hill-based Graham Motion and posted a sixth-place finish behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Fountain of Youth and a fourth-place finish in the Lexington Stakes. This was the first official win as a trainer since 2001 for Mettee, who like Phelps is a Towson High graduate. Mettee, who spent many years running Godolphin's U.S. division for Dubai's royal family, began his new job at the Fair Hill Training Center on May 1. "It is nice to get a off to a great start. Stakes wins are hard to come by," added Mettee, who now has a win and two seconds from three starters this year. "Things are going well. Fair Hill is a wonderful place to train. We have a few nice horses and are going to try to spot them in the right races. I have fond memories of Pimlico. My grandmother lived in Hampden and I used to take the bus here on Saturday's, which is how I got into racing." The Canonero was the last of 25 stakes races carded at Pimlico during the spring meet, which ends a week from today. Three days remain in the stand, with live racing also conducted today and Friday afternoon.
Reports say Dunbar's Miles commits to West Virginia
Dunbar guard Daxter Miles has committed orally to play next season for West Virginia, according to reports. Miles, an All-Metro first-team selection as a senior, averaged 15 points, six rebounds and 3.4 assists as he led the Poets to their third straight Class 1A state championship last winter. Miles scored 20 or more points in eight games while leading Dunbar to a 26-2 record.
Women's basketball: Guard Lexie Stevens of North East signed a letter of intent to play at Cecil College.
Baseball: A program-record four Johns Hopkins players were chosen to the Capital One Academic All-America Division III team. Senior catcher Ryan Zakszeski was chosen to the first team, becoming the third Blue Jay since 2008 to earn the honor and the first since John Swarr (2010). Senior Adam Weiner was selected to the second team, while senior Chris Wilhelm and junior Tyler Goldstein were named to the third team. Hopkins had previously earned at least three such honors in the same year just once (2008). Salisbury senior Andrew Levy made the second team, and Stevenson senior Heath Johnson made the third team. ... Five Salisbury players were named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Division III All-South team. Senior right-handed pitcher Andrew Levy (North Carroll), junior first baseman Quinn Griffith and sophomore left-hander Dan Fein earned first-team honors, senior outfielder Nick Gentry (Bel Air) received second-team recognition and senior designated hitter Evan Graci got third-team accolades. The first team also included Frostburg State outfielder Kevin Kean (Old Mill).
Women's volleyball: Melissa Stansbury, who was named the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Assistant Coach of the Year, has been named an assistant at Towson. Stansbury joins the Tigers from Salisbury.
Centrowitz finishes 10th with career-best mile time
Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck), a 2012 Olympian and 2011 world championships medalist in the 1,500-meter run, finished 10th in the Bowerman Mile at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., with a personal-best 3 minutes, 51.79 seconds. Kenya's Silas Kilplagat won the event in 3:49.48, which is the world's fastest time this year. Lopez Lomong was the top American finisher with a personal-best 3:51.45, which was good for ninth in the race.
Photography: An exhibit displaying sports photographs taken by Neil Leifer will open Friday at Sports Legends Museum and run through October 2014. The exhibit will be housed in the museum's Thomas Winstead Jr. Gallery and will feature 54 images, including many of his memorable Sports Illustrated photos, such as Muhammad Ali's punch that knocked out Sonny Liston in 1965, Team USA's men's hockey victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics, the 1973 Preakness featuring Secretariat and Alan Ameche's winning touchdown for the Colts in the 1958 NFL championship game.
Charity softball: The fourth annual Lardarius Webb Celebrity Charity Softball Game will be held today at 4:30 p.m. at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen and will include such Ravens players as Lardarius Webb, Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and Torrey Smith. The offense will play against the defense. Gates will open at 2:30 p.m. with batting practice at 3:30 p.m. and first pitch slated for 4:30p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Lardarius Webb Foundation in its mission to provide opportunities for underprivileged youth in the Greater Baltimore region. Tickets start at $14, and parking is free. Tickets can be purchased at the Ripken Stadium box office and at IronBirdsBaseball.com. For more information, call 410-297-9292.
NFL: The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation will host an autograph signing and program with Ravens kicker Justin Tucker on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. Tickets are available at VIP ($59) and general-public ($30) signing levels. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to BabeRuthMuseum.org.
—From Sun staff and news services
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