Baltimore Pro Boxing
Heavyweights Byarm, Johnson to clash Dec. 11 in Pikesville
Heavyweight Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm will take on Theron Johnson on Dec. 11 in the main event of Baltimore Pro Boxing's "Season's Beatings" live from the Pikesville Armory. Tickets start at $35 and can be ordered by calling 410-675-6900, logging onto Baltimoreboxing.com or going to the Armory's box office. Byarm and Johnson will battle it out over eight rounds for the East Coast Heavyweight Championship. Byarm, 9-0 (6 KOs), of Washington, scored his best victory to date in June, demolishing previously unbeaten Jason Freeman in 76 seconds. Johnson, of Chicago, has a 4-3-1 record , and needed just 37 seconds to stop Baltimore native Jed Phipps on Sept. 17. In the co-featured bout, middleweights Scott "Cujo" Sigmon and "Vicious" Julius Kennedy of Windsor Mill will battle for the vacant East Coast Championship over 10 rounds. On the undercard will be frequent amateur champion "Slick" Nick Kisner (6-0, 4 KOs), former Towson soccer star Shelly Seivert (4-1-1, one KO), light heavyweight Dale Roberson-El (5-0, 3 KO's) and heavyweight Mark Orendorff (1-0). Besides $35 general admission seats, tickets are available for $50, with individual VIP seats on sale for $75 and $100. VIP tables are sold out. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the opening bell is slated for 8.
Kit Kats Luck extends streak to 6 at Laurel Park
Denning Stables LLC's Kit Kats Luck led from start to finish in Saturday's $32,000 optional allowance at Laurel Park. Kit Kats Luck has won each of her past six starts at Laurel Park, including four in a row during the fall meeting. Laurel Park's leading rider, Forest Boyce, was aboard the 3-year-old filly, who is trained by Ted Maher. Kit Kats Luck completed the 1 1/16th-mile distance in 1 minute, 46.14 seconds and paid $4.40. "She can run," Maher said. "She doesn't have a lot of pedigree, but I always liked her from the beginning. She has a nice stride but has some respiratory problems, so we have to manage that. She has done really well. I thought she was a little better on the turf but she seems to run over anything." The daughter of Deputy Wild Cat began her winning streak with a victory on the Laurel turf course Sept. 18, then won an allowance test Oct. 6 on a race taken off the turf. She returned to the grass with another trip to the winner's circle Nov. 3. In fact, Kit Kats Luck is winless anywhere else but Laurel Park. She is now 6-for-12 lifetime, with a third-place finish in the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on the Black-Eyed Susan day card. Capixaba is also a perfect 4-for-4 during the fall campaign.
More Laurel Park: With three weeks remaining in the fall meet, there are six conditioners with a chance at the training title. Hamilton Smith moved into a first place tie with John Rigattieri after Hi Ho Bambino ($5.60) won Saturday's sixth race. Both have 15 first-place finishes, one more than Ferris Allen. Dickie Small (13 wins), Scott Lake (12) and Charles Assimakopoulos (12) are also in the hunt. Boyce leads the jockey standings with 52 winners, 24 more than Sheldon Russell. … Mario Pino is two wins shy of 6,300 career wins after a victory aboard Corsica ($4.20) in Saturday's seventh race. The 49-year-old became the 14th rider in North America to reach 6,000 wins three years ago. The Ellicott City resident ranked in the top five in the Maryland standings for 25 straight years (1979-2003). He has four scheduled mounts on Wednesday's nine-race card.
—From Sun staff and news services