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Digest (Feb. 16): Alwaysmining continues winning streak at Laurel Park's Winter Carnival

Runnymede Racing LLC's Alwaysmining won his fourth consecutive race and third consecutive stakes with a 41/4-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 Miracle Wood presented by Blackwell Real Estate at Laurel Park . A 3-year-old gelded son of Stay Thirsty, trained by Kelly Rubley and ridden by Daniel Centeno, Alwaysmining covered the mile in 1:35.27. Gray Magician, who shipped from California, finished second by a nose over Tybalt. Alwaysmining, a Maryland-bred coming into the Miracle Wood off a victory Dec. 29 in the Heft at Laurel, went to the front under Centeno and cruised through surprisingly mild fractions of :24.23 and :47.51 while Wendell Fong and Gray Magician chased the leader. Entering the stretch, Centeno asked Alwaysmining and the colt responded by opening up to a clear advantage. Breeze Easy's Late Night Pow Wow extended her win streak to nine races in dramatic fashion, turning away defending champion Ms Locust Point and holding off Grade 1 winner Spiced Perfection to win the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie (G3) by a head. .... Three Diamonds Farm's Bonus Points, trailing all but one horse after a half-mile, swept to the lead on the far outside and outfought favored Monongahela through the stretch to win the $100,000 John B. Campbell. ... Saddling just her 18th starter as a trainer and first in a stakes race, Jenn Patterson admitted she "definitely had tears in my eyes" when Uncontested, owned by Robert LaPenta and Harry Rosenblum, went nearly gate-to-wire to win the $250,000 General George Saturday afternoon at Laurel Park. ... Making her stakes debut and first start since breaking her maiden, Las Setas (9-1), 3-year-old Maryland-bred daughter of Seville, led throughout to win Saturday's Wide Country Stakes by 5 ½ lengths over Our Super Freak. Crafty's Dream finished third. Bred by Robert Manfuso and trainer Katharine Voss and owned by Manfuso, Voss and Wayne Harrison, Las Setas covered seven furlongs in 1:22.99 under jockey Jevian Toledo in her first trip over a fast track.

Monday racing: Stakes winners Isotope, Indy's Lady and Timeless Curls are among a field of eight set to line up in the $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes on a special Presidents Day holiday program Monday, Feb. 18 at Laurel Park. The 29th running of the Maryland Racing Media for fillies and mares 4 and older going about 1 1/16 miles will go off as Race 5. First race post time is 12:30 p.m.

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Saturday betting: Saturday's Winter Carnival at Laurel Park, featuring the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie (G3) and $250,000 General George (G3), generated a total handle of $4.338 million, up 62 percent from last year with one less race. Last year's total handle on the day of the Winter Carnival was $2.668 million. In-state handle Saturday was up 57.7 percent.

Colleges

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Megan Konig (Mount Hebron) hit two crucial late free throws and led Salisbury's women's basketball team with 15 points in a 51-47 victory over Frostburg State . ... Liv Storer led McDaniel with 14 points in a 53-46 loss Haverford. ... Bowie State (20-4) defeated Chowan, 65-45, as Pere Alexander led the way with 23 points. ... Junior Hannah Crist had a career-high 21 points as Stevenson closed the regular season with a 67-47 win over Albright. ... Emily Thiemann had 12 points and six rebounds in Washington College 's 63-59 victory over Dickinson.

Men's college basketball: DJ Harper led McDaniel with 18 points and seven rebounds in a 77-59 loss to Swarthmore. ... Mike Ward (St. Paul's) scored 25 points to lead Salisbury to a 90-83 victory over Frostburg State.

Men's lacrosse: Cody Pascale had five goals and two assists and Cooper Sloan added four goals and three assists as Washington College defeated Berry, 21-12. ... Jude Brown (John Carroll) had four goals for St. Mary's in a 13-10 loss to Dickinson.

Track & field: Mount St. Mary's captured its first Northeast Conference women's championship in 22 years at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex. Erin Jakot was named the meet's most valuable performer as the Mount took home the team title with 138 points. The Mount men's team finished in sixth place at the meet.

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