Morgans Ford Farm's River Gal, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner River Deep, continued the family tradition by surging past pacesetter Ready to Run in mid-stretch and going on to a 2½-length victory in the $75,000 Jamestown Friday at Laurel Park. The 12th running of the 5½-furlong Jamestown for Virginia-bred/sired 2-year-olds highlighted a 10-race card on the eve of Laurel's 'Class on the Grass' program that features six stakes, four scheduled for its turf course, worth $650,000 in purses led by the $200,000 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G3) and inaugural $150,000 Bald Eagle Derby. Ridden by Angel Cruz for trainer Phil Schoenthal, River Gal ($9) completed the distance in 1:05.43 in a race rained off the All Along turf course to a fast main track. It was the first win in three starts for the bay daughter of Grade 1 winner Blame, coming five days after River Deep added the Bert Allen Stakes to his victory in the Aug. 4 Hansel, also at Laurel. River Gal, out of the Congaree mare River Fancy, got a three-pound weight break as one of two fillies facing males in the Jamestown.
Donatelli, Rogue re-signedto contracts with Blast
The Blast have re-signed midfielder and captain Tony Donatelli and veteran forwward Lucas Roque for the 2018-19 Major Arena Soccer League season, the team announced Friday. Donatelli will enter his ninth season and seventh with the Blast. Last season, he led the three-time defending Major Arena Soccer League champions in scoring for the fifth straight season, finishing with 22 goals and 21 assists for 43 points to earn All-MASL second-team honors. Roque, in his seventh season with the Blast, had 12 goals and three assists in 11 games last season before being sidelined with a knee injury. "Getting Tony and Lucas signed was critical for our success," said Blast coach Danny Kelly. "They both have a great mentality, lead by example and are game changers with their individual qualities." The Blast open their season on Dec. 1 when they host Canada-based expansion Mississauga MetroStar at Towson University's SECU Arena.
— From Sun staff and news services