$100,000 Sprint more likely for Ben's Cat
Owner-trainer King Leatherbury said Saturday that he is leaning toward entering Ben's Cat in the $100,000 Sprint at next Saturday's Jim McKay Maryland Million but won't make a decision until he handicaps both the Sprint and $125,000 Turf. Ben's Cat, who could become the first horse to win four Maryland Million races, is pre-entered in both races. Leatherbury, 81, says that if his decision is clear-cut, he will not cross-enter the horse, as he did last year. After victories three straight years (2010-2012) in the Turf Sprint, the son of Parker's Storm Cat finished second by a neck in the Turf a year ago after the Turf Sprint was eliminated. Though he is famous for being one of the top turf sprinters in the country, Ben's Cat is no slouch on the main track with 10 victories in 14 races on the dirt, including five stakes wins, and is 6-for-7 at the 6-furlong distance. Overall, the 8-year-old has won 27 of 43 lifetime for earnings of $2,175,990. Hall of Famer Safely Kept (Distaff, 1989-1991), Countus In (Ladies, 1989-1991), Mz. Zill Bear (Ladies, 1993-1995) and Docent (Sweepstakes, 2001 and Classic, 2002-2003) are the only other runners to win three times on Maryland Million day. Eighttofasttocatch (Classic, 2011, 2013) and Roadhog (Turf, 2012-2013) are looking to join the exclusive club next weekend. The post-position draw will be held at noon Wednesday in Laurel Park's Tips Restaurant.
Saturday's results: Trainer Wayne Potts and apprentice jockey Carlos Gutierrez teamed up for a pair of victories in the 11-race program, visiting the winners' circle with Alworth ($75.20, Race 2), who outdueled Muggsy down the stretch and Lovmeister ($6, Race 3), who rallied to beat Last Heartbreaker in the final strides. Donald Barr scored back-to-back maiden victories with 2-year-olds. First-time starter E Dubai ($15.20) was a driving winner in the sixth then Savvy Street ($12.20) was impressive in beating the boys one race later.
Caltabiano's free kick carries UMBC to 2-1 win
Senior midfielder Geaton Caltabiano (Mount St. Joseph) converted on a free kick with 6:27 left as host UMBC (6-4-2, 2-0) earned a 2-1 victory over Hartford (5-5-2, 0-2) in a rematch of the 2013 America East men's soccer championship game, won by the Retrievers, 4-0. The winning goal Saturday was set up when sophomore midfielder Michael Burgos was fouled just outside the box. Caltabiano set the ball down just left of the center of the field, 20 yards away from the goal. His right-footed shot went left of the wall, eluded diving goalkeeper David Mackinnon and tucked into the right corner for Caltabiano's fourth goal of the season. Senior midfielder Stephen Ho scored UMBC's first goal in the fifth minute on an assist from senior forward Kay Banjo, a transfer from Towson. The Hawks tied the game in the 63rd minute.
More's men's college soccer: Junior Jamie Dubyoski and sophomore Sam Bascom scored in the 49th and 81st minutes, respectively, as Navy (7-4-2, 3-1-0 Patriot League) collected its third straight shutout victory in the conference with a 2-0 win against host Colgate (4-6-1, 1-3-0).
Women's college soccer: Freshman forward Clare MacAdam scored in the 16th and 55th minutes to lead host Navy (7-3-4, 3-1-1 Patriot League) to a 3-0 victory over Bucknell (7-6-2, 2-1) on Friday night that extended the Mids' winning streak to five games. Sophomore midfielder Rachel Feldman added her first college goal in the 78th minute.
Men's college lacrosse: Georgetown has elevated Justin Ward (Loyola Maryland, Old Mill) to assistant coach, and Jack Runkel (Loyola Maryland) has joined the staff as a volunteer assistant. Ward, who was brought on as a volunteer assistant last month, replaces Brian Phipps, the new boys coach at Archbishop Spalding, and will work with offensive coordinator Matt Rewkowski in developing the attack, offensive personnel and extra-man units. Runkel will work with the goalies and assist with scouting reports.
College field hockey: Ursinus, ranked fifth in Division III, scored two goals less than two minutes apart as the Bears (11-1, 7-0 Centennial Conference) earned a 2-0 victory over host Johns Hopkins (5-7, 2-3).
Women's college volleyball: Senior Victoria Williams had a season-high 16 kills to lift Towson (16-3, 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association) to a 3-0 win over visiting James Madison (10-8, 2-3) on Friday night. ... Visiting Maryland (7-9, 0-5 Big Ten) lost, 3-0, to No. 23 Minnesota (12-4, 2-3), on Friday, falling by scores of 15-25, 24-26 and 17-25. Senior outside hitter Ashleigh Crutcher made a team-high 13 kills for the Terps. ... Fueled by 53 kills and a .538 hitting percentage, Coppin State (9-9, 3-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North) cruised to a 3-0 win over Delaware State (0-15, 0-5) on Friday night.
Men's college basketball: Coppin State senior Taariq Cephas was named to the College Sports Madness preseason Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference second team, and junior Sterling Smith was named to the fourth team.
Women's college cross country: Johns Hopkins junior Sophia Meehan was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Region Runner of the Week.
Men's college cross country: Johns Hopkins senior Austin Stecklair was awarded ECAC Division III South Runner of the Week.
Baseball: Washington Nationals assistant general manager Bryan Minniti announced Friday that he is leaving the team. Minniti, who has indicated that he might work outside baseball, has been with the Nationals since 2009. Before that, he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2000 to 2008.
NFL: The Ravens will host "A Purple Evening" for female fans Monday at M&T; Bank Stadium. The event will include on-field activities, coaching sessions, fan forums, locker room tours and autograph sessions. Tickets purchased for the original date will be valid for Oct. 27. Fans will be notified no later than Thursday if the event is being moved.
Boys basketball: Charm City Basketball is looking for more varsity and junior varsity teams to compete in its annual showcase style tournament from Dec. 27 to 30. Call Jeff Harshman at 443-520-2464.