APSE honors Sun for O's section, reporting

The Baltimore Sun has been recognized in the 2014 Associated Press Sports Editors contest for a Top 10 special section (Orioles season preview/60th anniversary), beat writing (Childs Walker) and breaking news (Justin Fenton). Walker was honored for his coverage of horse racing and Fenton for his story on Ray Rice's arrest in Atlantic City, N.J., last February. In addition, The Sun's sports website received an honorable mention. The Sun competes in the largest circulation category, 175,000 and above.

Laurel Park


Lady Sabelia takes Fritchie; 'McKenney,' 'Surge' also win

Lady Sabelia demonstrated an affinity for Laurel Park's racing surface again Saturday, speeding to her fourth straight victory over the main track to run away with the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (Grade 2), a 7-furlong event for fillies and mares. The daughter of Majestic Warrior ($7.20), who previously had won three straight races over wet surfaces at Laurel, had no difficulty outrunning 10 rivals over a fast surface Saturday. "She is cool and relaxed about everything. Whatever you ask her to do she does," said Robin Graham, the winner's Laurel-based trainer. "This one is good for the home team." After breaking sharply from the starting gate to assume a quick early lead under Horacio Karamanos, Lady Sabelia never was threatened while posting fractions of 22.67, 45.61 and 1:10.18 for six furlongs on her way to a final clocking of 1 minute, 23.14 seconds. The 5-year-old mare won by 11/2 lengths over Princess Violet and jockey Jose Ortiz, who finished a length ahead of Expression, a 60-1 long shot ridden by Wilmer Garcia. "She has natural speed," Karamanos said. "She wanted to go to the front. There was nothing to cover me up so I let her go." Southern California-based Sam's Sister, a Grade 1 stakes winner trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, finished fourth as the 2-1 favorite.


In other races:

•Page McKenney earned his first victory in nine starts over the main track Saturday, taking the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap with a late stretch run to beat Behemoth by a neck. The 5-year-old gelding, trained by Mary Eppler and ridden by Karamanos, covered the 11/8 miles in 1:51.88 for his ninth victory in 31 career starts.

1/8-mile event with a record of nine wins and nine seconds in 31 lifetime races, had only four second-place finishes and a third to show for his previous Laurel Park experience. However, the Mary Eppler-trained gelding fought hard Saturday to finally get to the winner's circle first.

•Lunar Surge was the beneficiary of a ground-saving trip under Jose Ortiz on her way to victory in the $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes, a 11/8-mile route for fillies and mares. Lunar Surge, the 5-2 favorite, was in last place in the 10-horse field after the first quarter-mile and advanced steadily while never venturing from the rail. She picked up her first stakes victory, and first win in nearly 11 months, winning by a length over Flores Island in 1:52.41.

Et cetera

Pursley's Triple 7 Quest interrupted by bad weather

Kim Pursley's quest to complete seven marathons in seven days on seven continents has hit a snag. Pursley, 44, of Forest Hill and 34 other runners finished six marathons or half-marathons in six days on six continents as part of the Triple 7 Quest series – "a feat in and of itself — she wrote in an email to The Baltimore Sun on Saturday — but they've been unable to land in Antarctica for the last leg, which was scheduled for Saturday on King George Island. "This morning we boarded our flight to Antarctica to finish our Quest. Antarctica — the magnificent beast that she is — had other plans in store for us. I have been to Antarctica and I speak from experience. The weather in this part of the world can change on a dime," the former McDonogh field hockey and lacrosse player wrote. "Our pilots are required to have 800 meters of visibility in order to land our plane in Antarctica. However, Antarctica is only willing to offer us 200 meters of visibility today. Too dangerous. We simply cannot risk life and limb to land and run today. And so Antarctica makes us wait. She may make us wait indefinitely. She may provide us with a window of opportunity, such as today, and then steal it away from us in the blink of an eye or she may offer that opportunity again and we will land and run."

College wrestling: Competing in his final Centennial Conference tournament, Johns Hopkins senior Paul Bewak won all three of his matches in decisive fashion at McDaniel. He opened with a 7-0 victory over Gettysburg's Noah Malamut, added an 11-2 major decision of Muhlenberg's Jaryd Flank in the semifinals and completed his title run with an 8-0 victory against Chris Donaldson of Ursinus in the finals. Bewak won Centennial titles as a freshman and sophomore before missing last season's tournament with an injured hip labrum. McDaniel junior Ryan O'Boyle won the 133-pound weight class to successfully defend his title.


Women's college gymnastics: Maryland posted a season-high total of 195.375 in a quad meet victory over Rutgers, Cornell and Ursinus on Saturday. The Terps (4-5, 2-3 Big Ten) also won individual titles on vault, bars and beam.

Swimming: Conor Dwyer of North Baltimore Aquatic Club finished second to Ryan Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist, in the 200-meter individual medley at the Arean Pro Swim Series in Orlando, Fla. Lochte finished in 2 minutes, .52 of a second, Dwyer in 2:01.31.