Johnny Hop, a 3-year-old son of Bodemeister who sold for $350,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company March Sale of 2-year-olds, held off Honor the Fleet down the stretch to break his maiden in his first attempt.
Owned by Three C Stables, West Point Thoroughbreds and Robert Masiello, trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Trevor McCarthy, Johnny Hop covered 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 11.01 seconds. The Kentucky-bred colt is out of Smarty Deb, a multiple-stakes winner at Emerald Downs who finished fifth in the 2007 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade 1).
"He broke really sharp today." McCarthy said. "I was surprised. I didn't think he'd break that sharp. Graham just wanted to see him run a good race. He was in a bit of a hurry there. I would have rather have covered him up and teach him a little something. But he did everything so easy. At top of stretch I was just hand-riding him and he moved up easy on his own. That [Honor the Fleet] ... I was working that horse before. When he kind of hooked me I just gave him a little encouragement and he was pretty game for me."
Racing resumes today with a 12:30 p.m. first-race post time. There will be a Rainbow 6 carryover of $4,951.62.
Terps women win lacrosse opener, 13-3
Jen Giles (Mount Hebron), Caroline Wannen and Kacie Longo (South River)each scored twice to lead No. 2 Maryland (1-0) to a 13-3 victory over host William & Mary (0-1) on Saturday. The Tribe scored with 20:01 left in the first half and not again until 3:46 remained in the game.
More women's college lacrosse: Steph Lazo (St. Mary's) scored five goals to lead No. 7 Penn State (2-0) to a 13-11 victory over No. 19 Towson (0-1). The host Tigers, led by Samantha Brookhart (Mount Hebron) and Kaitlyn Montalbano each with two goals and an assist,opened the second half with a six-goal rally. ... Abby Godfrey scored on a free-position shot with one second left as visiting Elon (2-0) earned an 11-10 upset over No. 13 Virginia (0-1). The win is the Phoenix's secondever over a nationally ranked team; Elon (2-0) beat No. 8 Duke last season, 7-6. Josh Hexter earned his 100th win as coach. ... Sammy Jo Tracy had four goals and Ela Hazar had two goals and four assists to lead No. 1 North Carolina (2-0) to a 13-10 victory over No. 3 Florida (0-1). The visiting Tar Heels led 6-3 at halftime. ... Michaela Michael had a hat trick to power No. 4 Southern California to 20-2 victory over visiting Saint Mary's in the season opener and Mountain Pacific West Sports Federation opener. The host Trojans led 14-1 at halftime. ... Riley Donahue had four goals and three assists to lead No. 6 Syracuse to an 18-8 victory over No. 17 Boston College in the season opener and Atlantic Coast Conference opener. Host Syracuse used a 9-2 run in the second half to pull away. ... Savannah Buchanan (McDonogh) had nine draw controls to tie the single-game school record and No. 8 Notre Dame (2-1) won, 24-9, over Detroit Mercy (0-1). Cortney Fortunato and Samantha Lynch scored six goals and Jessi Masinko had five goals for the host Fighting Irish. Notre Dame went on a 16-2 run in the second half.
Women's state college basketball: Hannah Fenske made the game-winnning 3-pointer with 25 seconds remaining and visiting Navy (17-6, 11-2 Patriot League) won, 68-65, over Lafayette (2-23, 1-12). Keena Samuels scored 18 points, but host Coppin State (5-18, 5-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) fell, 76-56, to Bethune-Cookman (13-9, 9-1). ... Host Morgan State (4-19, 2-8 MEAC) won, 74-57, over Delaware State (11-11, 7-3). The Bears have won their past two games; the Hornets have lost four straight. ... Freshman Ashlee White scored a career-high 20 points to lead Mount St. Mary's (9-15, 7-6 Northeast Conference) to a 66-58 win over Saint Francis (Pa.), which fell to 13-12, 10-5. ... Host Norfok State (13-10, 8-3 MEAC) opened with a 22-6 run and won, 74-43, over UMES (9-12, 3-7). Ra'Jean Martin had 12 points for the Hawks. ... Boston University (10-14, 8-5 Patriot League) won, 67-55, over host Loyola Maryland (9-15, 5-8). The Terriers used a 20-2 run in the second quarter to pull away. Molly Taylor had 14 points for the Greyhounds.
Baseball: A person familiar with the situation told Associated Press that the Chicago Cubs and former Orioles reliever Pedro Strop agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million, avoiding arbitration.