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Ortiz, McMahon win meet titles at Laurel

The Laurel Park winter meeting ended Saturday with apprentice rider Yomar Ortiz and veteran trainer Hugh McMahon winning individual titles. The 50-day stand began Jan. 1. Ortiz topped the jockey standings with 57 first-place finishes, six more than fellow apprentice Trevor McCarthy. The 21-year-old had 16 multiple-win days during the meet, including four three-win afternoons. "It was a battle until the end," Ortiz said. "Trevor McCarthy was winning races at a high rate, and it wasn't settled into the last couple days." Maryland-based apprentice riders have captured nine of the 42 Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Apprentice, with Chris McCarron (1974), Ronnie Franklin (1978), Alberto Delgado (1982), Allen Stacy (1986), Kent Desormeaux (1987), Mike Luzzi (1989), Mark Johnston (1990), Jeremy Rose (2001) and Ryan Fogelsonger (2002) all being honored. The last dominating apprentice in the state was Rosie Napravnik, who won 279 races during her bug year (2005-2006). Ortiz won races for 19 trainers, including 16 for McMahon, who topped the trainer standings with 34 winners, 17 more than Mike Trombetta and Juan Vazquez. McMahon, a former rider and longtime assistant to Scott Lake, won races at a 32 percent rate. The Jim Stable (King Leatherbury) topped the owner standings with 12 victories. Leatherbury finished fourth in the trainer standings with 15 inners from 64 starters.Live racing shifts to historic Pimlico Race Course on Thursday for the 36-day spring meeting, headlined by the 138th running of the $1 million Preakness, the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown, on May 18. First post for opening day is 1:10p.m.

More Laurel Park: Debt Ceiling won the first race for 2-year-olds in Maryland this year. The son of Discreet Cat broke well, took the lead at the quarter pole and pulled away down the stretch to beat seven other juvenile runners by 41/2 lengths. The Jerry Robb trainee completed the 41/2-furlong distance in 53.71 seconds and paid $6.40 as the second betting choice.

Aaron Wilson

Brady Kirkpatrick allowed two runs in seven innings as Maryland (15-11, 4-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned a 3-2 victory at North Carolina State (18-10, 4-7). Kirkpatrick improved to 3-3, and Kevin Mooney (North Harford) earned his third save.

Men's college swimming: UMBC junior Mohamed Hussein concluded his stay at the NCAA championships by besting his mark in the 200 backstroke in Indianapolis. Hussein finished 37th overall in the event with a UMBC record time of 1 minute, 44.90 seconds.

Women's college soccer: Rising senior Kristen Schmidbauer (Glenelg), rising junior Cory Ryan and rising sophomores Aubrey Baker and Ashley Spivey (McDonogh) scored in Maryland's 4-0 victory over visiting Rutgers in a spring soccer game Friday night. Maryland hosts the National Women's Soccer League's Washington Spirit on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Ludwig Field.

Women's pro soccer: Caroline Miller scored in the 27th minute and Laurel native Tiffany McCarty in the 47th as the Spirit defeated the University of North Carolina, 2-0, in an exhibition in front of an announced 1,725 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown.

National Lacrosse League: Forward Joe Walters, Maryland's all-time leading scorer, had three assists as the host Rochester Knighthawks (5-6) rode a hot start to a 12-8 win over the first-place Toronto Rock before an announced 7,013 at Blue Cross Arena. Walters helped set up the Knighthawks' last two goals of a first quarter in which they outscored the Rock (9-5) by a 4-0 margin.

Jon Fogg

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers defeated the Winchester Storm, 120-108, in an American Professional Basketball League first-round playoff game. With the victory the Shuckers advance to the APBL quarterfinals for the second season in a row.  Gus Chase (St. Frances) led the Shuckers with 35 points. Terry Hosley (Parkville/Maryland Bible), and Rocky Coleman (Walbrook/Towson) scored 25 each.

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