A Maryland state record 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover of $295,762.95 will greet bettors when racing returns to Laurel Park on Friday with a nine-race program. The multi-race wager went unsolved for the 28th consecutive program Sunday, when $129,183 was bet on top of a carryover of $254,426.59 from Saturday's card. Multiple tickets were sold with all six winners, each worth $304.60. The previous state record for the largest Pick 6 carryover was $275,322, reached heading into closing day of Pimlico Race Course's spring meet on June 6, 2015. Friday's Rainbow 6 covers Races 4-9, highlighted by a $35,000 entry-level allowance for Maryland-bred 3-year-olds and up going one mile in Race 7 and a $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up at 51/2 furlongs in Race 8. There will also be a carryover of $2,404.11 in the $1 Super Hi-5 for Friday's opener. First race post time is 1:10 p.m.
More: Jockey Julien Pimentel rode a pair of winners for the second straight day, finishing first with Springtime Wind ($14.60) in the second race and Big City Blues ($2.40) in the eighth.
Tight finishes at Cherry Blossom 10 mile in D.C.
Ethiopia's Jemal Yimer, 21, used a late burst to win the elite men's division in 46 minutes and 17 seconds at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in Washington. Aweke Ayalew Yimer finished five seconds behind as runner-up in 46:22, while Philip Langat (46:25), James Kibet (46:36) and Chris Derrick (46:53) rounded out the top five. Garrett Patrick, 25, was the top finisher from Baltimore in 51st place (53:41). Cori Burns, 20, was the top female finisher from Baltimore at 82nd overall (1:07.08). The women's elite race also featured a competitive finish as the top six runners finished within 14 seconds. Buze Diriba, 24, representing Ethiopia, won in 53 minutes and 45 seconds. Diriba had been second in the previous two Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Runs and avenged last year's runner-up finish by 15 seconds to Hiwot Gebrekidan. Gebrekidan, last year's winner, crossed the line three seconds after Diriba at 53:48. Hiwott Yemer (53:51), Alemitu Hawi (53:53), Diane Nukuri (53:56) and Vicoty Chepngeno (53:59) completed the top six. Joan Samuelson, 60, the U.S. Olympian who won the first-ever women's marathon at the 1984 Games, returned to racing after having a knee procedure just after Thanksgiving and finished Sunday's course in 1:07:56. Bennett Beach, 68, of Bethesda, continued his streak of completing every Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run, finishing this year in 1:50:03. Matt Centrowitz Jr., 28, the U.S. gold medalist in the 1500 meters at the 2016 Olympics, participated for a tough practice run. The Broadneck High alum aimed for about a five-minute mile pace, fishing in 50:38, while having the opportunity to race alongside his best friend Chris Kwiatkowski. "It's a good time of year, and I figured I haven't really had any opportunities to race in D.C.," Centrowitz said. "The city doesn't really have too many track races, so I figured this road race would be a great opportunity to get out and run in front of some family and friends out there today."
— Callie Caplan, The Washington Post
College baseball: Towson right-hander Michael Adams allowed just three hits to help the Tigers (7-22, 4-5 CAA) to a 6-1 victory over William & Mary (13-20, 3-6). ... Juniors AJ Lee and Nick Dunn both had two-hit games, but Illinois edged host Maryland, 4-2. The Terps (15-17, 3-3 Big Ten) trailed after four innings, but took a 2-1 lead after six. Illinois (19-8, 6-3) scored one in the seventh and two in the eighth to take the win. Maryland starter Hunter Parsons pitched 52/3 innings and struck out seven.
National Women's Soccer League: Washington Spirit forward Mallory Pugh has been named to the NWSL Team of the Month.
Knight Commission: Dr. Christine Copper, the NCAA faculty athletics representative at Navy and the chairperson of the Patriot League Policy Committee, is one of three new appointees to the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics. The Knight Commission is a national organization dedicated to promote reforms that support and strengthen the educational mission of college sports.