Experience and a heady ride from Trevor McCarthy were a winning combination for Bodhisattva in the $100,000 Federico Tesio for 3-year-olds, one of six stakes Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Owned and trained by Jose Corrales, the stakes-tested Student Council colt coasted through comfortable early fractions and had plenty left in the stretch to turn back Noteworthy Peach and win the 11/16-mile race by 11/2 lengths.
In the other stakes races:
•Nellie Cashman, a graded-stakes winner and multiple graded-stakes placer, held off Stuart Janney III's Run of the River inside the final 70 yards to win the $100,000 Dahlia by a nose while covering a firm mile course in 1:35.95. Nellie Cashman, a 5-year-old mare trained by Francis Abbott III and ridden by Forest Boyce (Garrison Forest), has won four of 19 starts.
•Winless in three stakes since opening the year successfully in Florida, Galiana returned to the winner's circle with a come-from-behind victory in the $100,000 Primonetta. Sent off at 8-1 in a field of eight in the 6-furlong race, Galiana ($18) hit the wire in 1:11.27 over a fast main track, 23/4 lengths ahead of 2-1 favorite She's Ordained.
•Gelding Talk Show Man drove along the rail down the stretch and just got up at the finish line to win the $100,000 Henry S. Clark. Trained by Hamilton Smith and ridden by Xavier Perez, Talk Show Man was driven through a hole along the rail inside the final eighth of a mile and put his nose down at the finish line ahead of Paris Vegas, covering a firm mile course in 1:36.09.
•Lady Shipman, a homebred filly, won the $100,000 Stormy Blues by five lengths, taking her fourth consecutive race and second consecutive stakes race. She covered five furlongs in 56.65 seconds.
•Brenda's Way rolled to a front-running 101/4-length victory in the $75,000 Geisha for Maryland-bred fillies and mares. It was the second straight gate-to-wire victory and first career win in a stakes for the 5-year-old mare, who covered 11/16 miles in 1:46.78 on a fast main track.
Dahlgren throws two TD passes in Tiger Bowl V
The White team edged the Black team, 10-9, during Tiger Bowl V, Towson's spring football game, at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday. Junior quarterback Heath Dahlgren made his first of three big passing plays when he hit senior wide receiver Joe McCargo for a 60-yard touchdown to give the Black team (first-team offense, second-team defense) an early 7-0 lead. The White team's touchdown came when Dahlgren (who played for both teams) hit Penn State transfer Richy Anderson on a screen pass that turned into an 80-yard score.
More college football: Former Ravens tight end Daniel Wilcox has been hired as the color commentator for Appalachian State games. A former standout for the Mountaineers, Wilcox, 38, will start calling games this fall. Wilcox played for the Ravens for five seasons through the 2008 season, catching 76 passes for 595 yards and eight touchdowns.
For more of Aaron Wilson's blog post on Wilcox, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider.
NHL: Washington Capitals starting goalie Braden Holtby says he's over his illness and ready to return for Game 3 of Washington's first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders today. Coach Barry Trotz isn't making a commitment to who he'll start. But he says Holtby looked fine during a brief practice on Long Island on Saturday, a day after the Capitals rallied to a 4-3 win to tie the best-of-seven series. Holtby made the decision to pull himself from the lineup for Game 2 because he didn't feel close to 100 percent recovered from an illness that began affecting him before Game 1 on Wednesday. Rookie Philipp Grubauer filled in, making 18 saves to win in his playoff debut after being called up from the minors.
Indoor soccer: Funeral services for former Blast star Billy Ronson, who died April 8 at age 58, will take place Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Evans Funeral Chapel at 8800 Harford Road in Parkville. Ronson, who was inducted into the Blast Hall of Fame in 2009, played seven seasons with the franchise and had a 26-year playing career that began at 18 when he played outdoors for the Blackpool Football Club in England, his home country. In addition to his playing career, Ronson spent four seasons as the head coach for the Goucher College women's team starting in 1993. He returned to the Blast organization as an assistant coach and assistant general manager from 1998 to 2002.
Major League Soccer: Ricardo Clark tied the game off a rebound in the 65th minute and the Houston Dynamo (2-2-3) held on for a 1-1 draw with host D.C. United (3-1-2). Chris Rolfe scored for United in the 36th minute.
National Women's Soccer League:Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) scored the tying goal in the ninth minute and an insurance goal in the 65th as the host Washington Spirit (1-1) earned a 3-1 win in its home opener against defending champion FC Kansas City (0-2) on Saturday night. Crystal Dunn also scored for the Spirit.
Major League Lacrosse: Hoping to bounce back from a disappointing year in 2014, the Chesapeake Bayhawks will begin their season today by hosting the Florida Launch at 4 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. After winning championships in 2010, 2012 and 2013, the Bayhawks were 5-9 last season. "I think we'll be quicker and faster as a team, I think we'll be better in the goal ... and I think we're improved at the faceoff stripe," coach Dave Cottle said.
For Bill Wagner's season preview, go to baltimoresun.com/lacrosse.
Sailing: Maryland native Ryan Breymaier, a St. Mary's College alumnus, and co-skipper Renaud Laplanche were set to depart Newport early this morning in a bid to break the world speed record from the Rhode Island port to Bermuda, a distance of 635 nautical miles. They were aboard the 105-foot trimaran Lending Club 2. The course record is held by Steve Fossett, who, aboard his 125-foot catamaran Playstation, set a time of 38 hours, 35 minutes, 53 seconds — at an average speed of 16 knots — in 2000.
Pro football: The Washington Redskins have invited Towson pass rusher Ryan Delaire to their local prospect day Wednesday, league sources said. The defensive end-outside linebacker is also attending the Ravens' local prospect day Tuesday. ... South Florida cornerback and kick returner Chris Dunkley told The Baltimore Sun that he will visit the Ravens this week.
For more from Aaron Wilson on Delaire and Dunkley, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers lost, 136-117, to the host Rockville Victors (15-3) in the American Professional Basketball League Elite Eight despite 27 points from Gus Chase (St. Frances).
Baseball: The Chicago Cubs sent former Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada to Triple-A Iowa on a rehabilitation assignment.
College baseball: Anthony Papio homered, his fifth home run of the season, and Rob Galligan pitched six innings of one-run relief to earn his first career win as No. 23 Maryland (27-10) earned a 9-5 victory over visiting Cal State Fullerton (19-18). ... Towson starter Kevin Ross allowed just five hits over eight innings, but the Tigers (10-25-2, 4-10 Colonial Athletic Association) lost, 13-3, to visiting Elon (18-18, 10-5).
College softball: Shannon Bustillos hit a walk-off two-run home run to lead Maryland (25-19, 7-7 Big Ten) to a 7-6 victory over Penn State (23-22, 6-10). ... Towson senior Missy McCormick, sophomore Holiday Cahill and freshman Brook Miko were named Co-Pitcher of the Week, Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week in the Colonial Athletic Association last week.