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Digest (Feb. 3): Correjon sets track record in Laurel Park win

Digest (Feb. 3): Correjon sets track record in Laurel Park win
FTF Racing’s Correjon continued his winter hot streak at Laurel Park, earning his third straight win over its main track with a record-setting half-length triumph in Sunday’s featured Super Bowl Starter Handicap.

FTF Racing’s Correjon continued his winter hot streak at Laurel Park, earning his third straight win over its main track with a record-setting half-length triumph in Sunday’s featured Super Bowl Starter Handicap. Ridden by Jorge Ruiz, the gelded 5-year-old son of 2008 Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Cool Coal Man covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1 minute, 15.07 seconds, breaking the track record of 1:15.40 set by 3-year-old Ebonizer Nov. 23, 1990. Breaking from the rail, Correjon ($8) raced along the rail as Bobcat, half of the favored 7-5 entry, and Tradfest dueled through a quarter-mile in 23.07 seconds. In tight quarters leaving the backstretch, Ruiz steered Correjon to the outside after a half in 45.80 and was set down for a drive once straightened for home, edging past Tradfest in deep stretch. It was the third win from four starts for trainer Jose Corrales since early December, including a neck victory Jan. 6 in his previous effort.

More horse racing: Jockey Jevian Toledo, Maryland’s leading rider in 2015 and 2017, visited the winner’s circle three times aboard Pat’s No Fool ($23.20) in Race 2, The Great Catsby ($14) in Race 3 and 2018 Maryland Million Classic winner Saratoga Bob ($9.40) in Race 8. ... There will be carryovers of $6,028.78 in the 50-cent Late Pick 5 and $5,411.06 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 when live racing returns to Laurel with an eight-race program Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

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NFL

Former Raven Reed rules out joining Bears staff

After Ed Reed discussed his emotions after becoming a first-ballot selection to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the former Ravens ballhawk ruled out any possibility of teaming with his former mentor Chuck Pagano on the Chicago Bears coaching staff. Pagano, the Bears new defensive coordinator, coached Reed at the University of Miami and again with the Ravens as a position coach and defensive coordinator, but Reed isn’t in the mix for what looks to be the final vacancy on Matt Nagy’s staff — assistant defensive backs coach. “No, man,” Reed said Saturday night. “That didn’t happen. I didn’t even get an interview if that helps you.” Reed was an assistant defensive backs coach for the Bills in 2016 and worked with Pagano last month as an assistant in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl in Los Angeles, but he’s not looking to get into that line of work right now. Pagano replaces Vic Fangio, who became head coach of the Broncos and was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year.

— Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune

Women’s college basketball

Towson falls to CAA leader James Madison in OT

James Madison went on a 9-0 run in overtime to take control and defeat visiting Towson, 71-59, in women’s basketball. Towson (12-8, 6-3 Colonial Athletic Association) had two players with 11 points, a team-best, in Q. Murray and Kionna Jeter, while Nukiya Mayo added 10. The Dukes (16-4, 8-1), who got 18 points from Kamiah Smalls, remain atop the league standings.

Et cetera

Salisbury open men’s lax season with win over Berry

The second-ranked Salisbury men’s lacrosse team, last season’s NCAA Division III runner-up, earned a 9-7 season-opening victory over visiting Berry College. Junior goalie Brandon Warren (Calvert Hall) had a career-high 17 saves for the Sea Gulls. Junior attackman Josh Melton scored four goals, including three in the fourth quarter, with his first of the frame coming on a man-up opportunity to push the Salisbury lead to 7-5. Melton capped his scoring with 5:47 left to play to make it 9-6. With the Sea Gulls holding a 9-7 advantage with just over three minutes left, Berry was awarded its final man-up opportunity. However, Warren made two saves in a 14-second span to end the threat. The Salisbury defense forced 28 turnovers with junior defenseman Drew Borkowicz (Calvert Hall) leading the way with four. Salisbury faces No. 20 Lynchburg on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Golf: Steven Delmar and Bob Dolan, a PGA Associate at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, are the first-round leaders of the Four-Ball Stableford Team Championship at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The 54-hole event is played on both the Wanamaker and Dye Courses at PGA Golf Club and is scheduled to conclude Tuesday.

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