Steady N Love wins Laurel's Caesar's Wish Stakes
Steady N Love raced within striking distance, then moved to the front when asked and won the $100,000 Caesar's Wish Stakes for 3-year old fillies Saturday at Laurel Park. The Not For Love filly left the starting gate as the 3-5 favorite under Victor Carrasco for trainer Gary Capuano. She completed the mile in 1 minute, 41.18 seconds, which was 13/4 lengths ahead of long-shot front-runner Aviddiva, who held on to finish a game second. New Zone chased the pacesetter throughout and was third. The winner paid $3.40. "She broke well. When I saw a couple of the runners break out front I just took a hold of her and waited to make one move," Carrasco said. "I had plenty of confidence and thought we would go by the long shot [Aviddiva] really easy, but she didn't stop trying." Steady N Love has been a steady performer with nine in the money finishes in 10 career starts, including second place finishes in the Wide Country Stakes in January and the Maryland Million Lassie last October. In her previous start, she scored by 203/4 lengths as the overwhelming favorite against optional claiming foes. "She was fourth her first time out and we were happy with that," Capuano said. "She is just a gusty filly. She tries and gives it everything she's got. She is still a little green. The mile is not her best distance but she dug in." Capuano runners have finished in the money 21 times in 25 starts at Laurel this year. Carrasco rode three winners on the 10-race card but still trails Trevor McCarthy in the jockey standings 44-32.
More from Laurel: Apprentice rider Eli Rosa returned to the winners' circle for the first time in nearly a year when he guided Son of the Sun ($12.60) to a score in the third race. The 24-year-old, who finished 10th in the 2013 Laurel winter standings, broke his left arm and dislocated his left wrist in a spill March 23 at Charles Town. "To be honest, I almost cried when we crossed the wire," Rosa said. "I feel very happy. It was a very tough year. There were complications after the surgery and I got tendinitis. Then I had my appendix taken out. There were all kinds of problems, but here I am. With all the tough times you have to keep fighting." Son of the Sun was Rosa's fourth mount back. He returned to the track in January and has been galloping horses for Linda Gaudet, Lacey Gaudet, John Rigattieri and Claudio Gonzalez. Gonzalez trains Son of the Sun.
College baseball: Charlie White slapped an 0-2 pitch through the right side of the infield, allowing Anthony Papio to beat the throw home as host Maryland (11-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned a 3-2 victory over No. 13 North Carolina (13-5, 3-2). With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Papio reached after being hit by a pitch and then stole second. Krysthian Leal worked a five-pitch walk with two out to bring White to the plate. ... Freshman Andrew Casali lined a single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth, and senior Brandon Coluccio scored from second as UMBC walked off with a 3-2 win over Albany in Game 1 of an America East doubleheader. The Great Danes won the second game, 9-7. UMBC is 3-7 and 1-1; Albany is 2-7 and 1-1. ... No. 30 Houston (14-3) scored 15 runs in the first two innings and rolled to a 20-3 victory over visiting Towson (9-5) in the second game of their three-game series.
College wrestling: Johns Hopkins senior Henry Stauber (141 pounds) finished his career with a sixth-place finish and junior Paul Bewak placed (125) seventh at the NCAA Division III championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Both had secured All-America status entering the second and final day of the championships.
Men's indoor college track and field: Johns Hopkins senior Andrew Carey took second in the 800 meters to earn All-America honors at the Division III NCAA championships in Lincoln, Neb. He finished in 1 minute, 51.58 seconds, less than three-tenths of a second behind McKenna Ramos of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. ... UMBC senior Andrew Smith placed 16th overall in the preliminaries of the 800-meter run at the NCAA Division I championships Friday night in Albuquerque, N.M. He finished in 1 minute, 58.06 seconds.
Women's indoor college track and field: Johns Hopkins senior Maggie Shelton finished second in the 800 meters to earn All-America honors at the Division III championships. Seeded third after Friday's preliminaries, she finished in 2:08.94 Saturday, breaking her Blue Jays indoor record.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers (11-4) rolled to a 133-91 victory over the NoVa Hawks (7-6), breaking a franchise record with their 11th win of the season and setting up a showdown for the Patriot Division title March 29 against the Rockville Victors (10-4). Marvin Jackson led the Shuckers with 24 points.