Favorite Catch a Thief surges late to win Twixt Stakes at Laurel Park

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Favorite Catch a Thief surges late to win Twixt Stakes

Charles Dimino's Catch a Thief lost the lead but reasserted herself in the deep stretch and won Saturday's Twixt Stakes at Laurel Park for 3-year-old fillies. The overwhelming 3-10 favorite beat five others in the one-turn test for Maryland-breds, including runner-up Baltimore Belle. Harry Vega kept the daughter of Flatter on or close to the lead before rallying to win by 31/4 lengths. Brave as a Lion, Squabble, Malibu Moon Dance and Miss Speak followed. "I thought we were in trouble turning for home because it is more of a deeper track than she's been racing on," said trainer Tim Hills. "I wasn't too worried about the distance. Flatter is an A.P. Indy and a mile is well within her scope."Catch a Thief has finished 1-2 in all seven career starts with four victories. The runner-up, who won the Maryland Million Oaks in her last start, has finished first or second in eight of her nine races during her sophomore season. "Beating a horse like Baltimore Belle you got to have on your running shoes," said Vega. "My filly, as soon as she got headed, got mad and started to run. It's a good feeling when you get a horse hooked and you're the one that takes off. Both fillies ran well." Catch a Thief completed the one mile on the main track in 1 minute, 38.35 seconds. She paid $2.60 and topped a $6.40 exacta.

US Lacrosse

Joyner-Kersee to keynote national convention in January

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a six-time Olympic medalist, will keynote the 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention at 7 p.m Jan. 21 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The annual convention is the largest educational and networking opportunity for lacrosse coaches and officials in the world. "US Lacrosse is honored to have such a world-class athlete and humanitarian deliver the keynote address at our 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention," said Steve Stenersen, president and CEO of US Lacrosse. "Jackie Joyner-Kersee's accomplishments are extraordinary, and we're excited to expose the national lacrosse community to her inspirational message." Joyner-Kersee was named one of the 50 Greatest Athletes by ESPN, and Sports Illustrated named her the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th century. Additionally, Joyner-Kersee was the first and only woman to be given The Sporting News Athlete of the Year Award. In 2007, she received one of the highest honors as a recipient of the International Olympic Committee's Women and Sport trophy for her active role in the advancement of girls through sport. In 1988, Joyner-Kersee established the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Foundation, which supports the development of leadership programs in urban areas across the United States. In 2007, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, along with athletes like Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Mia Hamm, Jeff Gordon, Tony Hawk, Alonzo Mourning, and Cal Ripken, Jr., founded Athletes for Hope, a charitable organization, which inspires millions of people to volunteer and support the community. "Showing grace under pressure is a universal challenge for coaches, athletes, referees and parents in every sport," Joyner-Kersee said. "I am honored to share my ideas and experiences with the attendees of the 2011 US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore." The US Lacrosse National Convention is the world's largest lacrosse-specific educational and networking event for coaches, officials, program administrators and lacrosse enthusiasts. The convention will take place Jan. 21-23. Registration for the event is open on US Lacrosse's website at uslacrosse.org/2011convention. Those who register before Monday will get half off the regular on-site registration fee of $150.

Et cetera

Maryland faces N.C. today for ACC men's soccer title

Maryland will aim for its fourth league tournament title today when it takes on top-seeded North Carolina at 1 p.m. in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer championship at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. The Terps (16-2-1), the second seed in this year's tournament field, blanked Virginia, 2-0, on Friday behind two goals from senior Jason Herrick to advance to the ACC title match for the first time since they won the crown in 2008. Zac MacMath tied his program record for shutouts in a season by notching his 12th in a four-save performance against the Cavaliers. The Terps, who are currently riding a 12-game winning streak, are 3-2-1 all time in ACC championship games and have faced Virginia every time they landed in the title match prior to this season. The Terps won tournament crowns in 1996, 2002 and 2008. Today's championship will be televised live on Comcast SportsNet Plus.

Women's college soccer: No. 12 Johns Hopkins (17-3-1) got one goal and one assist from freshman Kelly Baker and a goal from classmate Pamela Vranis to knock off visiting Farmingdale State, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

College field hockey: Maryland beat Massachusetts, 4-2, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The Terps (20-1) will host Connecticut today at 2 p.m. in the second round. Senior Katie O'Donnell led the Terrapins with a goal and an assist. … Seventh-ranked Salisbury defeated Rhodes, 7-0, to advance to the Division III quarterfinals against top-ranked Messiah today at 1 p.m.

Running: Anne Arundel Community College will host the 22nd annual 5K Turkey Trot and One-Mile Jaunt beginning at noon Nov. 24 at Siegert Field on the Arnold campus. First-place 5K finishers can win a free turkey for achieving the fastest time in their race category or for accurately predicting how fast they will run their race. Runners-up earn a selection of holiday pies, gift cards, free personal training sessions, gym memberships and more. The One-Mile Jaunt is a noncompetitive, family-friendly event. Both events begin and end on the Siegert Field track. The 5K run follows a moderately hilly, well-marked course around the campus perimeter. There are timed categories for individuals and closest predicted time for individual and doubles team categories. Each member of a doubles team must complete a separate race entry form. The registration fee for the 5K race is $18 for individuals and $30 for doubles teams. The One-Mile Jaunt has a flat $10 entry fee. Race proceeds benefit the fitness center in the David S. Jenkins Gymnasium. Runners and their supporters are encouraged to bring canned goods and nonperishable items to the event for donation to Food Link, a local charity. For information, contact Tara Witten, 410-777-2767, or e-mail trwitten@aacc.edu. To register, for rules and a race course map, go to aacc.edu/physed/turkeytrot.cfm.

—From Sun staff and news services

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