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Digest (Sept. 22): Trainer King Leatherbury earns 6,500th career win at Laurel Park

Happy Lantern lit up the toteboard at odds of 16-1 to give Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury his 6,500th career victory Saturday to kick off Fall Festival of Racing at Laurel Park. Ridden by Rosario Montanez, Happy Lantern ($34) came with a steady run down the center of the All Along turf course to catch pacesetter Oddseverinurfavor by a nose on the wire in the $22,000 maiden claiming event for fillies and mares 3 and up. The winning time was 1:07.84 for 5½ furlongs. Leatherbury, 85, had started only 17 horses since his last win July 1 at Laurel. The win was his eighth from 60 starters this year and his lone entrant on Saturday's program. "It is a big milestone and we've been waiting a while for it," said Leatherbury, who was cheered by fans as he made his way to the winner's circle. "But, we finally got there."

More Laurel Park: Woodford Racing's Switzerland, who had a four-race win streak snapped in his previous start, made a triumphant return to Maryland with a 2¾-length victory in the $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3). The 27th running of the 6-furlong De Francis for sprinters 3 years old and up was the highlight of a 13-race Fall Festival of Racing program. Switzerland ($5.60), sent off the 9-5 favorite in a field of eight, led from start to finish to earn his second career graded-stakes win. The winning time was 1:09.11 over a fast main track. ... Bran Jam Stable and David Clark's Order and Law, who made his debut in the Tyro last month, rallied from last to break his maiden in the $100,000 Laurel Futurity. ... Epic Racing's Valedictorian became a stakes winner for the second time in her career with a front-running 1½-length triumph in the $150,000 All Along Stakes. ... Edward Short's Class and Cash, usually a pacesetter, closed from well back to win the $100,000 Laurel Turf Dash. ... Backwards Stable's 5-year-old homebred mare Fire Key held off a late rally by Glen Hill Farm's Compelled to win the $100,000 Sensible Lady Turf Dash.

Colleges

Johns Hopkins wins 10thstraight volleyball match

The Johns Hopkins volleyball team completed a perfect Eastern Quad Meet as the Blue Jays earned a 3-1 win over Washington & Lee and a 3-0 victory over Widener on Saturday afternoon. Simoe Bliss led the way with 18kills and three blocks for the Jays (10-0).

College field hockey: No. 6 Salisbury lost to visiting and No. 4 College of New Jersey, 3-1. Tara Daddio scored for the Sea Gulls.

Sprint football: Army West Point (2-0) converted a 17-yard field goal with under 5 minutes to play to claim a 17-14 victory over Navy (1-1) on Friday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in the annual Star Series.

Et Cetera

Wizards to host openpractice for fans Friday

The Washington Wizards will host their annual open practice Friday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights. The event is open to the public and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 500 fans through the door will receive a free T-shirt while the first 200 fans will receive a pass to participate in a post-practice autograph session with select Wizards players. Activities planned for the event in addition to the open practice and team scrimmage include a dunk contest, half-court shooting contest, performances by the Wizards Dancers and Wiz Kids and music from the Ballou High School Band. Fans interested in attending the open practice are encouraged to RSVP at washingtonwizards.com/Wiz-OpenPractice09-20-18. Doors for the open practice will open at 5 p.m.

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