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Digest: Eighttofasttocatch, Bold Affair, Jewel of a Cat win stakes races at Pimlico

Pimlico Race Course

Eighttofasttocatch, Bold Affair, Jewel of a Cat win stakes races

Eighttofasttocatch took the lead 10 jumps out of the gate and led the rest of the way to win the $91,750 Henry S. Clark Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. Winning for the first time in four tries at Pimlico, Eighttofasttocatch carried Forrest Boyce (Garrison Forest) for the first time to a widening five-length victory in 1minute, 43.91 seconds for the 11/16-mile distance. The race had been carded at one mile on the turf but lost 11 runners to scratches when it was moved to the main track. "I was happy it came off the turf because we would have had to break from the 14-hole in a 14-horse field, so getting the 3-hole in a five-horse field was nice," said winning trainer Tim Keefe. Lubango finished second and Concealed Identity third. Eighttofasttocatch paid $3.80. The past two years, Keefe has run his star in the Dixie Stakes (G2) and Pimlico Special (G3), but he indicated he will not do so this year. Instead he will focus the next six months on getting the 7-year-old to the Maryland Million Classic at Laurel Park in October.

Primonetta Stakes: Bold Affair rallied from last place to repeat as the winner of the $95,000 stakes. Under a patient ride by Abel Castellano for trainer Howard Wolfendale, Bold Affair recorded her ninth stakes victory and her fifth win at Pimlico, beating Irish Exchange by a half-length. The daughter of Two Punch is 3-for-3 in 2013 with earlier victories in the What A Summer and Conniver Stakes at Laurel Park. Bold Affair paid $3 as the prohibitive 1-2 betting choice. She completed the six furlongs in 1:12.19. The 5-year-old mare will look next for a repeat score in the $100,000 Skipat Stakes on Preakness eve.

Stormy Blues Stakes: Jewel of a Cat flashed another gear and pulled away from six rival 3-year-old fillies in the $75,000 race. Chris DeCarlo rode the Benny Perkins-trained daughter of Wildcat Heir to a 23/4-length victory in 59.09 over the five-furlong distance on the main track. The race had been scheduled for the turf and lost three runners to scratches when it was moved to the main track. Jewel of a Cat paid $3.60 as the 4-5 favorite. Ek Haseena finished second, her third runner-up finish in a stakes race. Perkins indicated Jewel of the Cat could run next in $100,000 The Very One Stakes on May 17 at Pimlico.

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UMES women win ITC bowling championship

The UMES women claimed their second Intercollegiate Team Championship bowling title and fifth overall national championship Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. The Hawks topped Pikeville, 2-0, in the finals, winning 209-180 and 173-171. The U.S. Bowling Congress championship was UMES' second in three years and fifth overall in six seasons. "This feels amazing," said senior T'nia Falbo, a three-time All-American whose team bounced back after losing last weekend in the NCAA semifinals following titles in 2011 and 2012. "It's great to go out with a championship!" The Bears were playing for their third USBC title.

College baseball: Dylan Anderson allowed two hits in seven shutout innings of relief and Johnny Schiotis' single in the bottom of the sixth gave Salisbury, ranked fourth in Division III, the lead for good as the Sea Gulls topped Mary Washington, 8-6, in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals. Salisbury (26-6) will play for its 11th conference championship today at 11 a.m., against York (19-16). Mary Washington fell to 22-17. … Host Maryland (21-19, 6-14 Atlantic Coast Conference) and Virginia Tech (23-17, 8-12) combined for 30 runs on 48 hits in two games as the Terps won the opener, 10-9, on Anthony Papio's two-RBI single in the ninth inning and lost the nightcap, 11-0. ... UMBC's Mac Gill threw a five-hitter, but Binghamton (18-13, 8-7 America East) scored the game's only run on an infield hit in the bottom of the eighth to edge the Retrievers (9-19, 4-12).

National Lacrosse League: Forward Joe Walters (Maryland) had two assists as the Rochester Knighthawks defeated the host Buffalo Bandits, 10-9, to clinch the No. 2 seed in the East Division before a team-record announced 19,070 at First Niagara Center. The Knighthawks (8-8) will host a divisional semifinal next week against an opponent to be determined. The loss eliminated the Bandits (6-10) from postseason contention. Rochester led 7-5 at the half. With 26 saves, Knighthawks goalie Matt Vinc broke the 11-year-old NLL record for saves in a season; Vinc finished the regular season with 662 saves.

Major League Lacrosse: The Chesapeake Bayhawks won, 10-9, in a preseason game against the Denver Outlaws at Archbishop Spalding before an announced 1,000. Attackman Grant Kaleikau, the Bayhawks' 2013 first-round supplemental draft pick, had a hat trick.

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