Houston wins Totally Thoroughbred show
Houston was crowned the overall champion of the Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show for the second consecutive year Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, edging out Testimonially for top honors. The duo also went 1-2 in the inaugural show last July. Owned by Megan Sullivan, the 13-year-old was ridden by Courtney Sommers. He qualified for the finals with a second-place finish, behind Testimonially, in the 3-foot jump class earlier Saturday. Testimonially and rider Kara Evans won three classes during the day. "I am really proud of him," said Sommers, who graduated from Hereford High School (class of 2000) and Towson University (2004). "Megan had to work today, so I was just helping out." Sommers teaches riding lessons at Featherdown Farm in northern Baltimore County. Midnight Perspiration finished third, followed by Deep Threat, Daniel and Saratoga Jet. There were nearly 400 entries in 11 classes with 140 thoroughbred horses participating.
Boys' Latin, St. Paul's, Gilman in Showcase semis
Three Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference teams advanced to the semifinals of the inaugural National High School Lacrosse Showcase, which will be played this morning at Boys' Latin. Gilman beat Culver Academies (Ind.), 9-4, in the quarterfinals to advance to play Boys' Latin, a 13-5 winner over McDonogh. In the other semifinal, St. Paul's will face Georgetown Prep. The Crusaders beat a time of Hereford-area players, 7-2, in the quarterfinals Saturday, while the Little Hoyas topped Calvert Hall, 7-6. Both games are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The winners of the semifinals will meet for the championship at 1:30 p.m.
U.S. takes Pool A lead after 19-2 win over Wales
The United States' national team won its second game in three days at the International Lacrosse World Cup, crushing Wales, 19-2. In an effort that put the Americans atop the Pool A standings, 11 American players scored, led by Katrina Dowd's four goals. Kelly Berger (Hammond), Caitlyn McFadden (Maryland, Notre Dame Prep), captain Lindsey Munday, Katie Rowan and Katie Schwarzmann (Maryland, Century) added two goals each. The United States also held Wales scoreless for a 56-minute, 37-second span after they tied the game 12:01 into the first half. The Americans will play Australia (1-1) at 3 p.m. today. The two teams have met in the finals of the past four World Cup tournaments, with the United States winning three times.
U.S. advances to Gold Cup quarterfinals in Baltimore
In its second match of CONCACAF Gold Cup group play, the United States topped Cuba, 4-1, and punched its ticket to Baltimore for next Sunday's quarterfinals at M&T; Bank Stadium. After Cuba took a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute, Landon Donovan put the United States on the board with a first-half extra-time penalty-kick goal. Joe Corona Crespin put the Americans ahead for good in the 11th minute of the second half. Chris Wondolowski added two goals — one in the 66th minute and one in the 85th — to push his tournament total to five. The national team will finish group play Tuesday at 8p.m. against Costa Rica in East Hartford, Conn., before playing in Baltimore on Sunday at 4p.m. or 7p.m.
Dancing Afleet wins Del. Oaks by half-length
Dancing Afleet recorded her first graded-stakes win by taking the $300,000 Grade II Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park in Wilmington. With Joshua Navarro aboard, the Delaware Certified filly by Afleet Alex won by a half-length over Ile St. Molly, with Alex Cintron. Tell A Great Story, with Forest Boyce (Garrison Forest), was an additional 13/4 lengths behind the top pair. The 6-to-5 favorite in the field of nine, Maracuya, with Edgar Prado, finished seventh. Dancing Afleet returned $21.80. She covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1minute, 44.59 seconds over a fast track after Ile St. Molly and Maracuya battled through early fractions of 47.64 for the half-mile and 1:11.40 for the three-quarter mile. Dancing Afleet, a Pennsylvania-bred conditioned by Delaware Park-based trainer Tim Ritchey, raised her career record to three wins from five starts. She bankrolled $187,500 for the victory to raise her career earnings to $248,950.
College baseball: Maryland's 29th-round major league baseball draft selections, pitcher Jake Stinnett and outfielder Charlie White, will return to the Terps. Both remained unsigned through Friday's 5p.m. league deadline.