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Digest: Contrarity rolls to win in first juvenile race at Laurel

Contrarity, making her career debut, led all the way for a front-running, half-length victory in the first juvenile race of the season Saturday at Laurel Park. A daughter of Yesbyjimminy, ridden by Katie Davis for trainer Hugh McMahon and owner Danny Limongelli, Contrarity ran 41/2 furlongs in 53.36 seconds in the $40,000 maiden special weight sprint. Sent off at 15-1, Contrarity returned $32 to win. G's Treasure, Cotton Eye Girl, Sammy Be Cool, Pauline's Raven and She Runs Hot completed the field. ... Hillwood Stable's Shimmering Aspen cruised to her third consecutive victory in Saturday's featured eighth race, an impressive front-running performance that may land her in stakes company for her next start. Shimmering Aspen ($3.80) was never threatened from her rail post under a hand ride from jockey Steve Hamilton, drawing off effortlessly in the stretch to win by seven lengths in 1:23.25 for seven furlongs. The Malibu Moon filly was favored at 4-5 in the $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance, her second straight win against older horses.

Laurel schedule: Live racing in Maryland will move to a four-day-a-week schedule beginning Thursday at Laurel Park. Racing will be conducted Thursdays through Sundays through the conclusion of the Preakness Meet at Pimlico, which opens May 11urse. There will be no racing on Sunday, May 21 and a special Memorial Day program to end the 12-day meet on Monday, May 29. Laurel wraps up its 56-day winter-spring meet on May 7.

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Washington College winsMARC rowing title

The 13th-ranked Washington College women's rowing team won its fifth consecutive Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference, securing its fifth straight automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship. The Shoremen won both scoring races (the first and second varsity eights) at the MARC Championships on Pinchot Lake in Lewisberry, Pa.. In addition, first-year Shorewomen head coach Kari Hughes was named MARC Women's Coach of the Year. Washington's men's team finished third in the Petite Division at the MARC championships.

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BOXING: Baltimore Boxing will host a show May 12 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Nick Kisner (Old Mill) will be featured in the main event, a 10-round cruiserweight bout. Kisner (19-3-1) will put his NABA title on the line against Alex Guerrero (12-1-1) of Salisbury. Boxing great Vinny Paz, the subject of critically acclaimed Bleed for This, is attending as a special guest of Baltimore Boxing Promotions and will be available to greet VIP ticket holders. Tickets, from $50, are on sale at Baltimoreboxing.com or by calling 410-375-9175.

Running: The Brigance Brigade Foundation's fourth annual 5.7K Championship Race & 1.57 Mile Family Run/Walk on April 30 will celebrate the kickoff of ALS Awareness Month (May) and the 10-year anniversary of former Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance's ALS diagnosis (May 16). The family-friendly event at Canton Waterfront Park will feature a timed 5.7K run, a 1.57-mile family run/walk and a Kid's Fun Run for children 8 and under. Proceeds will further the foundation's mission to equip, encourage and empower people living with ALS by providing access to needed equipment, resource guidance and additional support services. For details, go to BriganceBrigade.org.

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