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Digest (Feb. 17): Victor Rosales rides first career winner at Laurel Park

Pink Pearl forged a short lead after a half-mile and drew off to a 4 ¼-length upset of Sunday’s opener at Laurel Park to give jockey Victor Rosales his first career riding victory.
Pink Pearl forged a short lead after a half-mile and drew off to a 4 ¼-length upset of Sunday’s opener at Laurel Park to give jockey Victor Rosales his first career riding victory. (Laurel Park)

Morgan’s Ford Farm, Linda Walls and Kingdom Bloodstock’s Pink Pearl forged a short lead after a half-mile and drew off to a 4 ¼-length upset of Sunday’s opener at Laurel Park to give jockey Victor Rosales his first career riding victory. Rosales, 29, dedicated his milestone triumph to Emerson Schoenthal, the 4-year-old son of winning trainer Phil Schoenthal who is home and doing well following heart transplant surgery Jan. 18. Pink Pearl ($15.60), a Virginia-bred daughter of 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) and 2013 Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Animal Kingdom, ran 7 furlongs over a fast main track in 1:25.77 in the $22,000 maiden claiming event for 3-year-old fillies.

More horse 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 today. First race post time is 12:30 p.m. Longtime Maryland trainer J. William Boniface, jockey Weston Hamilton, breeders Angie and Sabrina Moore, and Grade 1 winner Glorious Empire will be honored after having been chosen as award winners by the Maryland Racing Media Association. Also, there will be a jackpot carryover of $7,212.19 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6, spanning Races 4-9.

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» 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.

Kayla Harris accounted for three goals, including the game-winner, and also totaled a team-high six draw controls and four ground balls in Navy’s 12-11, come-from-behind victory over Saint Joseph’s on Sunday.

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Terps reportedly add JUCO linebacker from California

Junior college outside linebacker Mitchell Agude officially committed to Maryland football for the Class of 2019, InsideMdSports reported Sunday. Agude, a native of Corona, Calif., spent the past two seasons at Riverside Community College after not receiving any scholarship offers coming out of Santiago High School in 2017. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound linebacker had 43 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles in the 2018 season. He chose Maryland over offers from San Jose State and South Alabama. The Terps have 19 players in their 2019 class, which ranks 46th nationally and 11th in the Big Ten, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

College baseball: Sophomore outfielder Randy Bednar reached base three times and had two RBIs to help lift Maryland (1-2) to its first win of the season, 5-3 against VCU (1-2), in the final game of the Brittain Resorts Invitational at Springs Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. Bednar was one of three Terps with two hits, joining juniors Caleb Walls and Sebastian Holte-Mancera. Maryland used seven pitchers, who combined to allow just two earned runs.

Women’s college lacrosse: Jamie Ortega scored four goals and thirteen Tar Heels scored in No. 3 North Carolina’s 21-3 victory over visiting East Carolina (2-1). Olivia Ferrucci added three goals for UNC (3-0), which faces No. 2 Maryland next Sunday at noon.

» No. 6 Northwestern scored the final three goals to earn a come-from-behind 21-20 victory over No. 16 Duke. The Wildcats (3-0) trailed by a pair of goals with 7:16 to play, 20-18, but held the Blue Devils (2-1) scoreless down the stretch. Lauren Gilbert led Northwestern with five goals.

» No. 9 James Madison (2-1) broke a halftime tie by scoring 10 straight goals to open the second half to earn an 18-9 win over Connecticut (0-3) at Tierney Field inside US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks. Hanna Haven had four goals and three assists for the Dukes.

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