Digest: Jazzy Idea captures Jameela Stakes at Laurel in record time

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Jazzy Idea captures Jameela in record time

Owner-trainer Edwin Merryman's Jazzy Idea swept past the leaders in the deep stretch Wednesday and set a course record in the $100,000 Jameela Stakes, the opening-day feature of the Laurel Park fall meeting. Ridden by Luis Garcia and sent to post at even money against eight other Maryland-bred fillies and mares, Jazzy Idea completed the distance over the firm turf in 1 minute, 7.45 seconds to better the mark set by Chasin Tiger in 2007. "I knew we got a really nice horse so there isn't any reason to get in trouble so I just let the speed go and asked her from the three-sixteenths until the end," said Garcia. "I never thought she would run that 1:07. This was fun. I have ridden a lot of good horses but this filly is something else. When I asked her she was as strong as any I have been aboard." Jazzy Idea paid $4.20 and won by three lengths. Colony Club took second, and Queen Chatanika finished third. This was the third stakes win over the turf this year for the daughter of Great Notion. Previously she had won the Thirty Flags (May 2) at Belmont Park and the Crank It Up (June 9) at Monmouth Park. The 3-year-old now has six wins and five second place finishes in 15 career starts with earnings of $295,730. She spent the summer at Saratoga with respectable finishes in the Grade I Prioress and Grade I Test. Merryman indicated Jazzy Idea will make her next start on Jim McKay Maryland Million Day at Laurel on Oct. 6.


T. McFadden wins gold in wheelchair 800 meters

Tatyana McFadden is 2-for-2 in her drive for five gold medals. The Atholton graduate won Wednesday's wheelchair 800 meters at the Paralympic Games in London, leading from start to finish in a time of 1:47.01. Edith Wolf of Switzerland was second in 1:49.87. McFadden won the 400 meters Monday. She plans to race the 100, 1,500 and marathon, giving her a range of distances no athlete has ever attempted in the Paralympics.

Philip Hersh, Tribune Newspapers

Men's swimming: Ian Silverman of McDonogh and North Baltimore Aquatic Club set a Paralympic record in the 400-meter freestyle S10, winning in 4:04.91. He had won his heat earlier in the day in 4:13.48.

Women's swimming: Jessica Long, formerly of Middle River, captured the 200 individual medley in 2:37.09, a Paralympic record. She finished first in her heat earlier in the day in 2:40.42.

Men's wheelchair basketball: Trevon Jenifer, a La Plata native who lives in Huntingtown, had five rebounds and two points as the United States beat Germany, 57-46, in a quarterfinal. Team USA will play Australia in the semifinals today.

Men's cycling: Clark Rachfal (Towson University) of the Annapolis Bicycle Racing Team placed eighth in the Individual B time trial final, finishing in 31:53.97.

Women's sitting volleyball: Washington native Kari Miller had five digs as the United States defeated Ukraine, 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-19), in a semifinal. Team USA will face China in the gold-medal match Friday.

Et cetera

United's Najar to sign at Clifton Park on Sunday

D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar will sign autographs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Donate Life Maryland's free "Play for Life" event Sunday at the Clifton Park soccer fields. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. and features free food and beverages from Miguel's Cocina y Cantina and promotional raffles and giveaways.

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