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Trainer earns first victory as racing returns to Laurel Park; inaugural Maryland Cycling Classic postponed

Queen of Cause came flying down the center of the track to catch pacesetter Stiva in deep stretch and edge clear in the second race at Laurel Park on Saturday, giving trainer Anthony Lynch his first career victory.

Queen of Cause ($31.60), owned by Frank Davino, completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.56 over a firm All Along turf course in the waiver maiden claiming event for fillies and mares 3 and up. It was the first grass race of the season as live racing resumed in Maryland for the first time since March 15.

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“It’s amazing. I want to cry so bad right now,” an emotional Lynch said. “I just have to thank everyone that’s ever been with me as a trainer and been with me since I was a little kid. It means a lot.”

Lynch, 18, is a son of Laurel-based trainer Cal Lynch who works for his father along with his older brother, Charlie. Queen of Cause made her first three starts last fall for Cal Lynch before being turned over to Anthony Lynch this year.

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Anthony Lynch was fifth with his first career starter, Alphastest, Jan. 18 at Laurel. Queen of Cause, a 3-year-old daughter of Creative Cause, was his eighth runner.

Cycling: Race organizers of the newly created Maryland Cycling Classic announced the event’s postponement until 2021 due to COVID-19 related health and safety concerns. The race was originally scheduled for Sept. 6 in Baltimore.

The race was scheduled to be one of only two U.S. races with the prestigious UCI Pro Series designation. The UCI, cycling’s international governing body, will announce its 2021 calendar later this year with the event’s date announced at that time.

The race, which is slated to start in Baltimore County and finish in Baltimore City, is expected to attract some of the world’s best cyclists, including Tour de France riders, Olympians, World and National Champions. The weekend-long celebration will include community and lifestyle events.

For more information on the event, go to marylandcyclingclassic.us.

Blood drive: The Baltimore Ravens and the American Red Cross will host the Baltimore Ravens-One Team Blood Drive on Tuesday at M&T Bank Stadium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.

In addition to the blood donation opportunity, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross.

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