Racing for the first time following the Aug. 7 death of her owner-breeder, Elizabeth 'Binnie' Houghton of Buckingham Farm, Crabcakes gave the family reason to celebrate with an emotional 1¼-length victory in Saturday's $75,000 Miss Disco at Laurel Park. The 6-furlong Miss Disco for 3-year-old fillies was one of three stakes restricted to Maryland-bred/sired horses on the Maryland Pride Day program, joined by the $75,000 Find for 3-year-olds and up and $75,000 All Brandy for fillies and mares 3 and older, both at 11/8 miles on Laurel's world-class turf course. Trained by Houghton's nephew, Bernie Houghton, and ridden by Forest Boyce, Crabcakes ($6.60) took the lead at the midway point of the race and steadily pulled away down the stretch to win in 1:08.77 over a fast main track, snapping a four-race losing streak with her second career stakes triumph. Houghton was 79 when she passed away from a respiratory illness at Buckingham Farm, which she founded with her late husband, Eddie, on the shores of the Chester River in 1964. Over the next five decades, they bred, raised or campaigned more than 40 stakes winners including five Maryland-bred champions and four winners of the Maryland Million Classic. ... After needing six tries to break his maiden, Skeedattle Associates' Just Howard continued his forward progression by running down Dothat Dance and holding off Ghost Bay to earn a third straight win in the $75,000 Find at Laurel Park.
Bayhawks' Byrne earnsRookie of Year award
Josh Byrne of the Chesapeake Bayhawks was named the Cascade Lacrosse-Major League Lacrosse Rookie of the Year at the MLL's Championship Weekend Awards Dinner on Friday night. Byrne, who was selected by Chesapeake with the 19th pick overall in the MLL Collegiate Draft out of Hofstra, tallied an MLL rookie record of 39 goals and added seven assists in just nine games. ... The Ohio Machine won their first MLL championship Saturday night, topping the Denver Oulaws, 17-12. Marcus Holman led the Machine with four goals and two assists.
Women's soccer: The Washington Spirit visited the league-leading North Carolina Courage on Saturday in the NWSL on Lifetime Game of the Week, falling 2-0.
Towson volleyball: Junior right side hitter Jocelyn Kuilan was named the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Player of the Year. Kuilan becomes Towson's first preseason player of the year since Katy Buck in 2012. The Puerto Rico native is coming off a 2016 season in which she earned First Team All-CAA.
— From Sun staff and news services