Digest: Curlin gelding Cordmaker wins sophomore debut at Laurel
Apr 03, 2018 | 12:41 AM
Hillwood Stable's Cordmaker, a Maryland-bred son of Hall of Famer Curlin, returned from a nearly four-month layoff to win Monday's featured eighth race at Laurel Park . Ridden by Steve "Cowboy" Hamilton for trainer Rodney Jenkins, Cordmaker ($11.20) made a move in the stretch and pulled clear to win the $42,000 entry-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds in 1 minute, 37.63 seconds for 1 mile over a fast main track. It was the first start for Cordmaker, a gelding, since getting the winter off after finishing fifth in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity Dec. 9 at Laurel.
More Laurel Park: Three jockeys enjoyed two-win days. Edwin Gonzalez captured the opener with Paluxy Princess ($5) and the nightcap with Smart Russian ($20.20), Hamilton was first on Cairenn ($3.40) in the second race and Cordmaker ($11.20) in the eighth, and Luis Garcia won aboard Southern Barbecue ($10.20) in the third and Takedown ($8.20) in the fifth. ... There will be a jackpot carryover of $214,705.26 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 when racing returns Friday.
Men's college lacrosse
Pair of Towson starters suspended indefinitely
The Towson men's lacrosse team is bracing for the possibility of playing the remainder of the season without a pair of starters who have been suspended indefinitely for violating unspecified team rules. Junior attackman Jon Mazza and senior defenseman Sid Ewell did not play in Saturday's 9-3 loss at Colonial Athletic Association rival Hofstra , and Tigers coach Shawn Nadelen said there is no timetable for their return at this point. "It's a team thing, and we're continuing to evaluate it," he said Monday. Redshirt junior attackman Dylan Kinnear has also been suspended, and his name and biography were removed from the team's website. Mazza leads Towson (3-6 overall, 0-1 CAA) in goals with 16 and points with 24 and is tied for the team lead in assists with eight. Ewell, a transfer from CCBC-Essex, has collected 10 ground balls and six caused turnovers. Without Mazza, the offense converted just 13 percent of its shots (three of 23) despite winning 11 of 16 faceoffs Saturday. Junior Timmy Monahan started in Mazza's place and finished with one goal and one assist. Ewell was replaced by freshman long-stick midfielder Koby Smith, who grabbed five ground balls and caused three turnovers.
UMBC men's basketball coach Ryan Odom on Monday was named the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com, awarded to the country's top mid-major coach. Odom led the Retrievers to a program-record 25 victories this season, including two of the biggest wins in school history. UMBC stunned top-seeded Vermont in the America East Conference tournament final on a last-second shot by Jairus Lyles, then became the first No. 16 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men's tournament with a 74-54 victory over Virginia last month. Over two seasons in Catonsville, Odom is 46-24. He agreed to a new contract last week that will keep him at the school through at least next season. Odom was selected from a group of 21 finalists for the award from the nation's top mid-major programs in 2017-18. Past recipients include Morgan State's Todd Bozeman (2009) and then-Winthrop coach Gregg Marshall (2007).
Youth football grant: For the 12th-consecutive year, the Ravens Foundation, Inc. is awarding the Ravens PLAY 60 Grant, which provides funding of up to $5,000 to qualifying nonprofit organizations that create and/or continue programs or projects promoting physical fitness and nutrition education. Applications are being accepted through May 31 and are available at