Reshuffled Fritchie gains Merry Meadow
The field for Saturday's $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) at Laurel Park is significantly different from the one originally scheduled to race last Saturday. Four of filly and mare sprinters will not be competing this weekend, while another has been added into the mix. Parx Racing-based Winning Image and Villette are not permitted to leave the Philadelphia track because of a quarantine after an equine herpes outbreak. More Than a Cruise will be pointed to the Conniver Stakes at Laurel on March 22, a race in which she finished second a year ago. Trainer Charlie Williams decided against running long shot Sunlit City. The field of seven's new addition is Merry Meadow (6-1). The speedy daughter of Henny Hughes has finished in the money in 17 of her 18 career starts, including an allowance victory at Aqueduct earlier this month. Forest Boyce will ride for trainer Mark Hennig. Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Keith Feustle has tabbed La Verdad as the 9-5 morning line favorite. Access to Charlie (20-1) will make the final start in her career for trainer Larry Murray. The Indian Charlie mare has finished on the board in 13-of-22 starts for $251,220. She earned stakes victories in the 2011 Twixt Stakes and 2013 Geisha Stakes, both at Laurel. Julian Pimentel will ride. “She is going to the breeding shed after this start so I am hoping to go out with a bang,” Murray said. “She has been a very productive runner. If she could be third in the Fritchie and get some graded black-type that would be perfect. She is a cut below the top horses but she has been very sound and tries every time. She has run some big races. Hopefully she can run by a few down the lane and hit the board.”
Navy football schedule has Baltimore-D.C. flavor
The Navy football team, coming off a 9-4 season, released a challenging schedule Wednesday that includes games against seven programs that were bowl-eligible in 2013. There will be five games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and three at neutral sites in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. Schedule highlights include the season opener Aug. 30 at M&T; Bank Stadium against Ohio State (12-2 in 2013); the home opener Sept. 20 against Rutgers (6-7); a game Oct. 4 against rival Air Force (2-10); a matchup Nov. 1 at FedEx Field in Landover against Notre Dame (9-4); and the traditional regular-season finale Dec. 13 at M&T; Bank Stadium against Army (3-9). This will be the Midshipmen's final year as an independent before joining the American Athletic Conference. Full schedule below.
JUCO basketball: Baltimore City Community College won the men's and women's Maryland tournaments Monday at Prince George's CC. The men beat Howard CC, 83-70, in the final for first championship since 2010. The women topped Harford CC, 61-58, in the title game.
Baseball: Junior outfielder Scott Matthews was named a Washington College captain, joining senior first baseman and outfielder Lucas DiFabbio, senior shortstop and second baseman Nick Marinelli (Marriotts Ridge) and senior outfielder Ian Remington, who were announced in August.
Women's swimming: Johns Hopkins senior Taylor Kitayama was named the Philip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Women's Division III Swimmer of the Week for her performance at the Bluegrass Mountain Conference (BMC) Championship. It is the fifth time in her career that she has earned the honor and the first this season.
Fred Davis suspended for substance abuse violation
Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has been suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, the league announced. Davis' suspension is without pay and begins immediately, according to the announcement, which was released by the Redskins and was attributed to an NFL spokesperson. Davis said in a statement released by the NFL Players Association that his violation related to a banned substance contained in a supplement. The NFL announced in its written statement that Davis had been suspended for "violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse." That is separate from the sport's policy on banned performance-enhancing substances, formally known as the policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.
Indoor football: The American Indoor Football draft will be shown tonight at 7 at aifprofootball.com. The first-year Baltimore Mariners have the first pick.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United waived striker Casey Townsend (Maryland). Townsend joined United in 2013 after Chivas USA selected him fifth overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.. In two season, he has appeared in 26 games (13 starts) and scored one goal.