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My Wandy's Girl wins Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel

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My Wandy's Girl wins Barbara Fritchie 'Cap

After finishing second last year, My Wandy's Girl returned from New York to win this year's $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap, a Grade 2 race for fillies and mares. The Fritchie was rescheduled for Saturday after the card for Feb. 15 was lost to inclement weather. My Wandy's Girl pressed, caught and repulsed post-time favorite La Verdad to win by a length in 1 minute, 23.79 seconds for the 7-furlong distance. Centrique finished a close third. This marks her second North American stakes victory. Rajiv Maragh also came from New York to ride the daughter of Flower Alley, who paid $7.20. The win also marks the third victory in the Fritchie for trainer Michael Hushion, who won with Golden Dawn (2008) and Harissa (2011). "It was a very competitive race," Maragh said. "I had one to the inside and one to the outside and my horse showed a lot of guts by holding them off. I was hoping to be up close without using her too much. I didn't want the 3 three [La Verdad] to be out there all alone. My horse seems to have much better fight when she's in a real race. I kept her off the rail because it seems to be a disadvantage today. She was getting tired, but I switched leads and she found more in her."

John B. Campbell Handicap: Behemoth dogged the 1-5 betting favorite until he caught him in the last jump to win the $100,000 race at Laurel. Victor Santiago was relentless atop the son of Giant's Causeway, sending him hard from the far turn to the finish line after front-runner Managed Account, a previous stakes winner. They won by a nose; Concealed Identity finished third. Trained by Claudio Gonzales, Behemoth covered the 11/8-mile distance in 1:51.59 and paid $24.60. This was the first stakes win and the second stakes start for the 5-year old. "Victor did everything the right way," Gonzales said. "I said if we fight the 1 horse [Managed Account] we'll be last. Take him back and relax and make one move. He had trouble at the start in his previous race, but he's getting better and better." Said owner Somraj Singh: "Sometimes you just take a shot. He's well-bred and has a lot of talent and he loves this track." Behemoth has hit the board 10 times in 13 starts at Laurel.


Thompson charged with suspicion of pot possession

Ravens reserve wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested and charged with suspicion of possession of marijauna Friday night, according to the Gainesville, Fla., police department. Police said an officer "noticed a strong odor of burned cannabis" coming from a Chevrolet SUV that had been pulled over late Friday night for driving without its headlights on. A search of the vehicle uncovered 29 grams of marijuana in a duffel bag, but Thompson said only the bag was his. The driver, Alvon Summerall, and another passenger, Erskine J. McKinley, said the drugs were their own. Thompson played at Florida and was signed by the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

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Birk to sign copies of book; Shuckers' win streak ends

Former Ravens center and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Matt Birk will sign copies of his new book, "All-Pro Wisdom: The 7 Choices that Lead to Greatness," at Greetings & Readings of Hunt Valley on Thursday at 7 p.m. Birk wrote the book with Rich Chapman. During the signing, Birk will sign copies of the book purchased at the store as well as one additional piece of memorabilia per reader. Information: greetingsandreadings.com.

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers' five-game winning streak ended with a 104-97 American Professional Basketball League loss at home to the Metropolitan All-Stars (9-0). Gus Chase (St. Frances) led the Shuckers with 28 points, and Terry Hosley (Maryland Bible, Parkville) added 25.

College baseball: Maryland received superb pitching from Jake Stinnett and Mike Shawaryn, and added some timely hitting to sweep a doubleheader against Bryant on Saturday at home. The Terps (3-2) took both games by the score of 3-0. Stinnett retired 17 straight batters in Game 1, and Shawaryn scattered four hits over six innings in Game 2. .... A run-scoring single by Garrett Pierce with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning capped off a three-run rally as host CSU Bakersfield (4-2) pulled out a 5-4 victory over Towson (3-1) in the opening game of their three-game weekend series on Friday night.


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