Dreamsgonewild upsets Ben's Cat
In a blanket finish, Dreamsgonewild ran down the speed and held off Ben's Cat to win the $100,000 Laurel Dash, the last of six turf stakes Saturday at Laurel Park. The 12-race card featured five open stakes races on the turf and the Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred and/or -sired runners. Dreamsgonewild, a speedy son of Freud who was ridden by Trevor McCarthy and trained by Bruce Alexander, covered the 6-furlong distance in 1 minute, 7.99 seconds, just a few tenths off the course record of 1:07.29. Bold Thunder finished second, only three-quarters of a length behind the winner, while Ben's Cat, the 3-5 favorite, finished a neck farther back in third. "We were going farther today than usual so my instructions were to take the lead if we could get it. If not, stay just off," McCarthy said. "He didn't get the lead so I stayed just off and we didn't have any trouble in the race. He had a lot left in the last eighth but I didn't think I would get by the four. As we approached the wire, the four got a little tired and my horse started to dig back in. Ben's Cat, coming on the outside also helped to push us along. We were able to get up." It was the third win of the day for the 20-year-old McCarthy, who leads the Laurel rider standings with 18 victories. "I'm Trevor's great uncle," Alexander said. "He rode a perfect race. I think I was riding as hard as Trevor was. I think he's going to be one of the premier riders in the country. Very disciplined for a young kid." Dreamsgonewild won for the seventh time on the grass, but this was his first stakes victory. He paid $16. "This will pay for a lot of groceries," Alexander added. "The four [Bold Thunder] was in front but we didn't want to be chasing him the whole way. Then my rider heard Ben's Cat coming and the horse pinned his ears back and won." Ben's Cat, who became the seventh Maryland-bred to reach $2 million in earnings this summer, was looking to win the Laurel Dash for the third time in four years. The King Leatherbury homebred won the 2011 Laurel Dash, a race taken off the turf and was upset by Jazzy Idea two years ago. He won last year's edition at odds of 3-5. "He just didn't have it today," Leatherbury said. "I don't know why. He went into the race fine. I wasn't worried about the field. He shouldn't have had any trouble if he had been himself. He got a perfect trip. No excuses. This is a devastating loss. This race is right down his alley. No tigers in the field, on his home course. It's very disappointing. One race means something because it's very unlike him. It's not like him to not have any excuse when he runs like this." Said Ben's Cat rider Julian Pimentel: "He had a perfect trip the whole way. No excuses. He always runs the same race; he just couldn't get there today." The 8-year-old son of Parker's Storm Cat is now 3-for-6 this year and has 27 wins in 43 career starts for earnings of $2,175,990.
•Manchurian High covered more ground than any other runner in the 11/2-mile $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup, but it didn't matter as he got up in time to win the marathon test for his owner-trainer Lilli Kurtinecz. Ahead of only one runner for most of the contest, Manchurian High carried Sheldon Russell to victory in 2:27.91 over the firm turf, beating Calvados by a neck.
•Madame Giry held off a late rally by Monster Sleeping to repeat in the $125,000 Jameela Stakes for Maryland-bred/sired fillies and mares. Madame Giry won by a neck in 1:08.54 for the 6-furlong distance over the firm turf. Tizgale finished third.
•Medea came off the rail approaching the top of the stretch, moved to the middle of the track and was up in time to win the $100,000 Lady Baltimore Stakes for fillies and mares. Forest Boyce (Garrison Forest) guided the daughter of Danehill Dancer to a half-length score in 1:42.47 for the 11/16-mile distance over the firm turf. Seventy-to-1 shot Party Started broke for the lead at the start and managed to hold on to finish second. Scampering was a fast closing third. Medea paid $11.40 and topped a $454.80 exacta and a $3,945 trifecta.
•Cyclogenisis left the field in his wake after he was set down to win the $100,000 Laurel Futurity for 2-year olds. Trevor McCarthy guided the George Weaver trainee to victory in 1:01.94 for the 51/2-furlong distance, winning by 53/4 lengths.
•Miss Bullistic roared by the leaders in midstretch and drew away to win the $100,000 Selima Stakes for juvenile fillies. Xavier Perez was at the controls as the Hamilton Smith trainee covered the 51/2-furlong distance in 1:02.94 over the firm turf to win by 11/2 lengths.
Petty rides Nat Grew to victory at Shawan Downs
It has been a very good year for top-notch jockey Jody Petty. After prevailing in a photo finish in the most prestigious event of the spring steeplechase campaign on Guts for Garters in the 118th Maryland Hunt Cup in April, the Elkton resident topped off the local fall season by coaxing Nat Grew to a 121/2-length victory in the 14th Legacy Chase at Shawan Downs in 6 minutes, 38 seconds. Petty was also aboard Nat Grew's 10-length win at My Lady's Manor two weeks before the Hunt Cup. On Saturday, Nat Grew beat Grinding Speed and City Press in the $20,000 feature event of the five-race card at Shawan Downs. In the opening race, Kieran Norris won by 51/2 lengths on Balance the Budget with Dynafortwo second and Ivy Mills third. The second race went to Mr Universo, with Paddy Young up, edging Mr. Starr's Report by three-quarters of a length and Mr Lickety. After Petty's romp in the third race, James Slater won on Super Saturday, 71/2 lengths ahead of Durer. Wingo Star was third. The flat-race winner in the final event was Witor, ridden by Blair Wyatt, who crossed the finish line 31/4 lengths before runner-up Bob Le Beau. Arrow's Conquest was next.
Ex-Terp lacrosse star Bill McGlone in intensive care
Former Maryland first-team All-America midfielder Bill McGlone is in the intensive care unit at University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia after a small mass was found on the left side of his brain earlier this month. The news came in a blog post Friday by his brother Jack, who said Bill "is requiring very attentive and serious care." On Sept. 4, Jack McGlone said, his brother "had complained of headaches, loss of coordination, and he mentioned that the right side of his body felt 'heavy,' so he wanted to get checked out." A CAT scan at Taylor Hospital in the Philadelphia suburb of Ridley Park found the mass on his brain. Jack said his brother had two seizures on Sept. 16 and underwent emergency surgery four days later to reduce swelling on his brain. Bill has shown progress after the surgery, Jack wrote, though doctors still did not know the cause of the mass and were waiting for results from a biopsy. Bill McGlone has played in Major League Lacrosse and the indoor National Lacrosse League. He was drafted in 2006 by the Baltimore Bayhawks of MLL and also has played for the Chicago Machine, now-defunct San Francisco Dragons and the Boston Cannons. A rare American forward in the NLL, he played for the Philadelphia Wings (now the New England Black Wolves), the now-defunct Chicago Shamrox and the Toronto Rock. With the Terps, McGlone finished his college career with 77 goals and 30 assists in 65 games (31 starts). He was named a first-team All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005 and 2006, his final two college seasons.
Men's college soccer: Despite outshooting No. 20 George Mason (7-0-1) 13-10, visiting UMBC (3-4-2) lost by more than one goal for the first time in over two years, falling, 3-0. ... Loyola Maryland (3-3-2) fell, 2-0, to Holy Cross (3-2-2) in the Patriot League opener for both teams. ... Maryland (3-3-2, 1-1-1) earned its first Big Ten conference win with a 2-0 victory against Wisconsin (1-5-1, 0-2) on Friday night. The Terps outshot the Badgers 14-4 and got goals from sophomore Michael Sauers (Archbishop Curley) and senior Dan Metzger in the 53rd and 59th minutes, respectively.
Women's college soccer: Catherine Williams scored three minutes into the first overtime period, converting a rebound to give Colgate (7-1-1, 2-0 Patriot League) a 1-0 victory over host Loyola Maryland (4-5-1, 0-1-1). ... Navy (5-3-3, 1-1 Patriot League) rolled to a 4-0 victory over Lafayette (3-6, 0-2) on Friday night.
Major League Soccer: Luis Silva scored 10 minutes into the game as first-place D.C. United earned a 1-0 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Union to climb to climb six points clear of Sporting Kansas City and the New England Revolution in the East.