Digest (July 4): Midnight Poker dealing going into Laurel Park feature

Main Line Racing Stable's stakes winner Midnight Poker, knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten in his last start, looks to get back on the winning track in Saturday's $75,000 Concern Stakes at Laurel Park . The 7-furlong Concern for 3-year-olds is one of two stakes on the 11-race program along with the $100,000 Stormy Blues for 3-year-old fillies over Laurel's turf course, the richest stakes of the 40-day summer meet. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. A gelded bay son of 2004 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Smarty Jones, Midnight Poker won his first four career starts by 14 combined lengths capped by a 1 ¾-length triumph in the 7-furlong Robert Hilton Memorial April 21, run around two turns at Charles Town. Midnight Poker will face a familiar foe in Swilcan Stables' homebred Navy Commander, also based at Parx with trainer Butch Reid. Also entered are Whereshetoldmetogo, winner of the 2017 First State Dash who ran fifth in the Gotham and fourth in the Hilton; Hilton and James W. Murphy runner-up Threes Over Deuces; Birdies Honor and Make the Rules. ... South Florida-based homebred Miz Mayhem, whose four consecutive victories include back-to-back stakes triumphs, will put both her streaks on the line in Saturday's $100,000 Stormy Blues at Laurel Park. The 5 ½-furlong Stormy Blues for 3-year-old fillies on the Fort Marcy turf course is the richest stakes of Laurel's 40-day summer meet and is joined on the 11-race program by the $75,000 Concern Stakes for 3-year-olds going seven furlongs on the main track. Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. for his wife, Laurie, Miz Mayhem enters the Stormy Blues having won her last four starts by 14½ combined lengths.

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AFL 's weekly awards goto Soul, Empire players

The Arena Football League announced that Philadelphia Soul 's quarterback Dan Raudabaugh and Albany Empire's linebacker Terence Moore have been named as the offensive and defensive Players of the Week for Week 12, respectively. Raudabaugh was 22-of-27 passing for 255 yards, one interception and seven touchdowns in the Soul's 49-48 win over the Baltimore Brigade. Moore had nine tackles in the Empire's 55-41 win over the Washington Valor. The Brigade finishes its regular-season schedule on Saturday when it plays at Washington Saturday at 3 p.m.

College squash: Tyler Osborne, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant at Princeton, was named coach at Navy. A 2015 graduate of Princeton, Osborne was a three-time All-American and All-Ivy player who amassed a 54-5 record (58-12 including individual championship) over four seasons.

Boys lacrosse camps: Calvert Hall is hosting two youth boys lacrosse camps this month. 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. The camps will be run by the Calvert Hall lacrosse coaching staff with help from alumni standouts. For more information, visit calverthall.com or contact Dan Mulford at 410-821-2426 or mulfordd@calverthall.comd.

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