Digest (Aug. 17): Bye Bye Bertie soars to win at Laurel Park in second start

Bye Bye Bertie, owned by Jerry Romans, Charlie Spiring and Zoom & Fish Stable, continued trainer Hamilton Smith's strong summer meet by soaring to a 5½-length front-running triumph Friday at Laurel Park . Bye Bye Bertie ($4.40) jumped to a quick lead in her second career start in the $40,000 maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies. ... When it comes to multiple stakes winner Whirlin Curlin, trainer Kieron Magee is hoping new surroundings will rekindle old form in today's $75,000 Star de Naskra Stakes at Laurel Park. The Star de Naskra for 3-year-olds and the $75,000 Miss Disco for 3-year-old fillies, both contested at 6 furlongs over the main track, are among four stakes for Maryland-bred/sired horses worth $300,000 in purses that help comprise the 12-race Maryland Pride Day program. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. Also on the card are the $75,000 Ben's Cat for 3-year-olds and up and the $75,000 Jameela for fillies and mares 3 and older, each scheduled for six furlongs over Laurel's world-class turf course. A gelded son of two-time Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Curlin, Whirlin Curlin will be making his first start since being claimed for $25,000 July 29 at Laurel by Magee, Maryland's leading trainer from 2014-16. In that race, his first against older horses and first time outside of stakes company since November 2017, Whirlin Curlin closed from far back to be fourth, beaten three lengths, going 7 furlongs. Whirlin Curlin broke his maiden winning the six-furlong Christopher Elser Memorial Stakes last November, then came right back to beat fellow state-breds in the seven-furlong Maryland Juvenile Futurity two weeks later, both at Laurel at odds of more than 20-1. ... .. Trainer Claudio Gonzalez, 41, enters the final three days of Laurel Park's summer meet with 23 wins, nearly double that of Kieron Magee and Hamilton Smith, tied for second at 12 apiece. Gonzalez is also tops at the 40-day stand that wraps up Sunday with purse earnings of $504,273.

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Ex-Terp Confroy nominatedfor NCAA Woman of Year

Former Maryland basketball player Kristen Confroy has been selected as the Big Ten Conference nominee for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Confroy is among 154 candidates across all three NCAA divisions (including 58 NCAA Division I students) nominated for this year's honor, which has been presented annually since 1991 and recognizes the nation's top senior female student-athlete. Confroy, one of Maryland's two Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients, graduated in May with her bachelor's degree in biology and a concentration in neurobiology and physiology.

Women's college basketball: District of Columbia announced that forward Patricia Albert and center Alexis Taylor have transferred from Coppin State and guard Etalyia Vogt has transferred from Towson.

Women's college soccer: Visiting No. 20 North Carolina State scored two goals in the final 22 minutes to come from behind for a 2-1 victory over Navy on Thursday night at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility in the season opener for both teams.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United announced that Steve Clark was placed on waivers and selected by Portland Timbers FC in the Western Conference. Clark made eight MLS appearances for United and recorded 29 saves.

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