She's All Scat rallies to win Gin Talking Stakes
Barry and Joni Butzow's She's All Scat led to the furlong marker, lost the lead for a few strides, then fought back to win in the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park. Jose Caraballo rode the daughter of Scat Daddy for trainer Michael Pino to a clocking of 1 minute, 26.18 seconds for the seven-furlong distance. Ek Haseena, who battled She's All Scat into the deep stretch, lost the win by a length and a half but finished a length and a half ahead of post-time favorite Disco Barbie, who took third. She's All Scat, now a winner of two of four starts, was annexing her first stakes. She paid $28. The exacta paid $163.60, and the triple returned $286.90. "She's a game little filly," Caraballo said. "She'll go to the front, she'll come off the pace. Today, when a horse came up to me and passed me, the filly came running again, and she did it. I was a little concerned about racing seven-eighths for the first time, but she handled it pretty well. She's pretty quick, and I knew I was going to be in the first flight."
Pearl Harbor Day card to honor former local star
Jake Smith's Baltimore Boxing Promotions, in association with Baltimore Boxing & Fitness, will hold the tribute card "Bombs Away on Pearl Harbor Day" on Dec. 7. Taking place on the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Baltimore Boxing will honor the late Mike "The American Dream" Dietrich, a local star who died in March 2010 at age 26. In his honor, the first-ever Mike Dietrich Award is being presented to legendary boxing trainer Frank Gilbert, and a canned food drive will take place throughout the evening for the church Dietrich attended. "This is going to be one of my most memorable nights in boxing," said Smith, who trained and promoted Dietrich. "Mike was not only one of my favorite fighters, he was a close friend and the kid had a heart of gold. I've wanted to do something like this for a while and there's no better place to give an award in his honor than in the same building he had some of his most memorable moments in." Topping the fight card is a matchup between undefeated Maryland state and East Coast middleweight titlist Jerome Featherstone of Baltimore and Salisbury's Maynard Sterling. A local high school wrestling legend who starred at Oklahoma, Featherstone is unbeaten in the ring and continues to improve rapidly at the Baltimore Boxing & Fitness Gym. A veteran of 40 fights, Sterling competed in national tournaments and is a former Metro titlist. The co-featured bout of the evening pits Baltimore native Jamal Dyer against Jeffrey Rodriguez of Lancaster, Pa., for the East Coast welterweight belt. Additional bouts featuring top local talent will be added. For the second time in 2012, Baltimore Boxing is teaming up with the American Red Cross Gala of the Chesapeake Region to help with relief efforts. A silent auction will take place throughout the evening along with a 50-50 raffle, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. Tickets for "Bombs Away on Pearl Harbor Day" start at $20 and are available at baltimoreboxing.com and at the Baltimore Boxing & Fitness Gym. VIP tables cost $200 to $500. All VIP ticketholders can enjoy free hors d'oeuvres and half-price drinks from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the first bout is scheduled for 8:15. For more information, go to baltimoreboxing.com.
In the second match of a two-game Thanksgiving weekend road trip, the visiting Blast defeated the previously unbeaten Missouri Comets, 12-4, to improve to 7-0 in the Major Indoor Soccer League. Rookie Tino Nunez scored a hat trick, and goalkeeper Troy Hernandez recorded his fourth win of the season. After nearly 25 minutes of scoreless play, the Blast struck first when Machel Millwood scored in the 10th minute of the second quarter. Adauto Neto and Nunez added goals in the next three minutes to increase the lead to 6-0 at halftime. The Comets scored the first goal of the second half to cut the Blast lead to 6-2, but Max Ferdinand scored and Nunez knocked in his second goal of the night to extend the Blast lead to 10-2 heading into the final quarter. Nunez completed his hat trick early in the fourth quarter, making it 12-2. The Comets scored a PK late in the game but were unable to overcome the early deficit and Baltimore's defense.
Lacrosse: The Cincinnati Queens women's post-collegiate lacrosse team raised $2,000 for the One Love Foundation last weekend at its One Love Playday in memory of former Cockeysville native Yeardley Love. The second annual event featured games between the Queens, CapCity Lacrosse, Xavier University and the University of Kentucky. Love, a lacrosse player at Virginia, was murdered in May 2010 by her boyfriend, George Huguely V. Love's mother, Sharon, and her sister, Lexie, established the One Love Foundation in her memory for initiatives that combat relationship violence, provide equipment grants for underserved sports teams in need and assist other nonprofit projects.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers' Danny Thompson was named American Professional Basketball League Southern Conference Player of the Week after finishing with 22 points, 20 rebounds and three blocked shots in a 115-101 win over the Nova Hawks on Nov.17.
—From Sun staff and news services