Digest (May 12): Prado earns honorary 'post' for Preakness

Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado , who has won 24 riding titles in Maryland and rode 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, has been named the honorary postmaster for the 143rd Preakness on Saturday. Prado, who is two wins away from becoming only the eighth jockey with 7,000 wins, will be recognized Thursday at the Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico. Since 1996, the United States Postal Service has opened a temporary Preakness station the week of the Preakness. Past honorary postmasters have included Hall of Fame trainers Bob Baffert , D. Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito, champions Cigar and Ben's Cat, and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Prado, who led the country in wins from 1997-99, earned an Eclipse Award as the nation's leading jockey in 2006. His mounts have earned purses in excess of $266 million, ranking him seventh all-time. The Alibi Breakfast, which began in the 1930's on the porch of the Pimlico Clubhouse, features a gathering of media, owners, trainers, jockeys, horsemen and fans.

Pimlico Special: Stronach Stables' multiple graded-stakes winning homebred Something Awesome breezed 6 furlongs Saturday morning at Laurel Park in his final tuneup for the $300,000 Pimlico Special on Friday at Pimlico. The 13/16-mile Pimlico Special is the richest of seven stakes, four graded, worth $1.15 million in purses on a 14-race program highlighted by the 94th running of the $250,000 Xpressbet Black-Eyed Susan for 3-year-old fillies. Something Awesome was timed in 1:13.20 over a fast main track, the fastest of three works at the distance. Prado was aboard for the move.

Trophy auction: The 1953 Preakness Stakes trophy won by the legendary Native Dancer will be auctioned by Doyle in New York on May 23.

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Watson just what doctorordered for Terps baseball

Senior Will Watson tied a school record with eight RBIs, including seven in the third inning, as the Maryland baseball team routed Rutgers , 17-2, at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Terrapins (23-27, 8-11 Big Ten) dominated the Scarlet Knights from start to finish, scoring 15 runs in the first four innings. The Terps racked up 14 hits and senior right-hander Taylor Bloom (Severna Park resident) gave up just one earned run over seven innings.

Men's college lacrosse: Griffin Moroney had a hat trick and Salisbury overcame a seven-goal deficit to defeat Christopher Newport, 12-11, in an NCAA third-round game Saturday.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit fell to the North Carolina Courage, 1-0, on the road Saturday night.

Field hockey: An Olympian and member of the United State Field Hockey Association Hall of Fame, Stevenson coach Laurel Martin will be inducted June 9 into the 52nd annual Hall of Fame Class for the Capital Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

College Baseball: No. 15 Salisbury captured its 15th Capital Athletic Conference championship Saturday, defeating Penn State University-Harrisburg, 10-4. It marks the third straight title for the Sea Gulls , who have now won the tournament six of the past seven seasons. The Sea Gulls (33-10) entered the day needing only one win to lock up the title.

Boys lacrosse camps: Calvert Hall is hosting two youth boys lacrosse camps in July. The Junior Cardinal Lax Camp for rising second-graders through rising fifth-graders will take place from July 16-19 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The Cardinal Skills Camp for rising sixth-graders through rising eighth-graders is set for July 16-19 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, visit calverthall.com or contact Dan Mulford at 410-821-2426 or mulfordd@calverthall.comd.

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