Boyce wins four races, leads 2010 jockey standings
Forest Boyce tied a career high by riding four winners on Thursday's nine-race card at snowy Laurel Park to take the lead in the overall rider standings in Maryland for 2010 with two live racing days remaining in the year. Boyce, who began the day tied with Erick Rodriguez, visited the winners' circle with Sassy Number ($3.20 in the third race), The Mad Limey ($6.40 in the fifth), Ham And Ernie ($3.80 in the seventh) and Auctoritas ($6 in the eighth). "I am super pumped," said Boyce, who also had four winners at the track Dec.2. "I had live mounts today and it worked out well." Boyce, a Garrison Forest and Maryland Institute College of Art graduate, has 101 wins at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course this year, including 68 during the current fall meeting, three more than Rodriguez. She is named to ride horses in 16 of the 18 races Friday and Saturday; Rodriguez has eight scheduled mounts during the same period. Two of the winners (Sassy Number and Auctoritas) are conditioned by Richard Small, who moved into a first place tie in the fall trainer standings with John Rigattieri. Both have 18 victories with Hamilton Smith (17 wins) and Ferris Allen (16) still in the mix. Chris Grove has wrapped up the year-round training title with 55 first place finishes, two more than Scott Lake, who does not have any starters the last two days.
Just 1,500 of school's ticket allotment remain available
The University of Maryland has sold more than 7,300 tickets to the Military Bowl as of the close of business Wednesday. Fewer than 1,500 of the team's 10,000-ticket allotment remain available for public sale through Maryland Athletics. "I'm very appreciative of the support we have received so far from Terrapin Nation," coach Ralph Friedgen said. "I hope we can finish this out strong and see plenty of Terp fans in RFK Stadium." Only the $55 tickets remain for purchase with the $90 tickets having been sold out. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-IM-A-TERP or visiting umterps.com. The Maryland ticket office is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Buying tickets through the university guarantees that Terps fans will sit in the Maryland section. Terrapins fans not able to attend the game Dec. 29, may purchase and donate tickets for use by local military personnel.
—From Sun staff and news services