D Day has a winning day, takes $50K Shine Again Stakes at Pimlico

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D Day has a winning day at $50K Shine Again Stakes

Samuel F. Cronk's D Day ran by the pace-setters and drew away to a handy score in the opening weekend feature Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, the $50,000 Shine Again Stakes for fillies and mares. Craftily ridden by Jeremy Rose, the 6-year-old launched her bid around the far turn in the 1/16-mile test, coming off the rail to swing widest into the stretch before blowing past speedsters Lily Quatorze and Trez to win in hand by 43/4 lengths. Grandiloquent, a 40-1 long shot, came along late to edge out Amelia's Brio for second. The winner, who is trained by her owner, paid $6.20. The daughter of Polish Miner, who had not won on the main track since July 2008, was making her first start since December. "It was pretty the way the race was being drawn up," Rose said. "She was ready after the long layoff, and we got a perfect trip. I wanted to save something for the stretch coming off that long layoff. You never know how tired she was going to get. She actually got really tired, which makes sense, but it shows you how classy she is." Rose, who won the 2009 Pimlico riding title, turned 32 on Friday. He has three wins from six mounts in the first two days of the spring meeting. D Day, who is Maryland Million-eligible, improved her record to five wins and 13 in the money finishes in 22 career starts with earnings of $160,066. She was winless in eight starts last year and had not visited the winner's circle since January 2009, when she won on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs.

Opening Day: Dale Capuano jumped out in front of the pack with two wins on the opening afternoon of the 2011 spring stand Friday at Pimlico. The the 48-year-old conditioner has won 18 training titles at Pimlico, including eight of nine spring meets from 1997 to 2005. After kicking off the day with a pair of second-place finishes in Races 2 and 3, Capuano captured the sixth race, a $20,000 claimer with Key to a Cure ($17.20), who won for the second consecutive start. One race later, the barn delivered back-to-back victories when Some ($10.80) rallied to break her maiden. "Pimlico has always been good to us and we are glad to be back," Capuano said. "We always look forward to the meet because it seems that is when we start heating up. The winter is slow so we try to get our horses ready to run well during this meet and then for the rest of the year." In his only mount of the card, Rose guided Park Rules ($6.40) to the wire first in the fourth race. An announced 4,211 turned out at Old Hilltop under cool conditions. The 29-day spring meeting will feature live racing through May 21. The signature race of the stand is the 136th Preakness, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, which will be run May 21.

Et Cetera

Michel leads No. 5 McDonogh boys past No. 2 St. Paul's, 11-6

Keegan Michel scored four goals and Brenny Daley had a hat trick as No. 5 McDonogh (6-1) upset No. 2 St. Paul's (5-3), 11-6, in boys lacrosse on Friday. The Eagles held the Crusaders scoreless in the third quarter and led 8-4 with 11:34 left in the game.

Varsity girls lacrosse: Alexa Kunowsky and Allie Ford each had hat tricks to power host Severn (4-4) to a 17-6 win over the Bullis School-Montgomery on Saturday.

Redskins: Quarterback and former college basketball player Donovan McNabb will return to Comcast SportsNet to contribute to its coverage of the NCAA men's basketball championship game. McNabb will serve as a guest analyst on "SportsNet Central," the network's daily news program, tonight at 10 and Monday at 6 p.m.

College baseball: Freshman Jake Stinnett drove in three runs to lead host Maryland to a 5-0 victory against No. 7 Florida State on Saturday. With the victory, the Terrapins (13-14, 2-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) ended a 40-game losing streak to the Seminoles (20-7, 7-4 ACC). On Friday, Charlie Haslup and Jimmy Reed combined to throw six scoreless innings, but Maryland lost to Florida State, 6-0.

Capitals: Washington recalled defenseman Sean Collins from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

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