One of the leading sophomores in the country last year over the winter and into late spring, Isabelle de Tomaso's homebred Irish War Cry gets another chance to regain that winning form as an older horse in Friday's $300,000 Pimlico Special at Pimlico Race Course. The 48th running of the 13/16-mile Pimlico Special for 3-year-olds and up attracted a field of nine — six of them graded-stakes winners — as one of seven stakes, four graded, worth $1.15 million in purses on a 14-race Black-Eyed Susan Day program. First race post time is 11:30 a.m. Irish War Cry has gone winless in six starts since making the Wood Memorial (G2) last April his fourth win in five starts, including a triumph in the Holy Bull (G2). He finished 10th in the Kentucky Derby (G1) as one of the leading contenders, but bounced back to be a take second in the Belmont Stakes (G1). Irish War Cry drew Post 1 and will be ridden by 2017 Eclipse Award winner Jose Ortiz at 118 pounds. Edgar Prado , two wins away from 7,000 for his Hall of Fame career, retains the call on Something Awesome from Post 8 at 118 pounds. Trainer Todd Pletcher, a two-time Pimlico Special winner with Revolutionary in 2014 and Commissioner in 2015, will take two shots at this year's race with Hedge Fund and One Liner.
More: Good Move will run in Friday's $150,000 Adena Springs Miss Preakness (G3) for 3-year-old fillies. The Miss Preakness is the seventh race, with a 2:39 p.m. scheduled post.
•Trainer Dale Romans, who has enjoyed success through the years at Pimlico, will send out a pair of stakes winners Friday as he goes in search of his third victory in 94th running of the 11/8-mile Black-Eyed Susan (G2) for 3-year-old fillies.
Army, Navy to meet in Patriot League title series
Army West Point and Navy both advanced to next weekend's Patriot League baseball championship series, capturing victories in Game 3 of their respective best two-of-three game series Sunday. No. 1 seed Navy (38-14, 18-7) defeated No. 4 seed Holy Cross (18-27, 11-14), 4-1, at Max Bishop Stadium, while No. 2 seed Army held on for a 4-3 victory over No. 3 seed Bucknell (17-27, 13-11) in a rain-soaked decisive game at Johnson Stadium. The Midshipmen and Black Knights will begin their best two-of-three game series at Max Bishop Stadium in Annapolis on Sunday at 1 p.m. Junior right-hander Andrew Sauer allowed just one run on five hits while striking out nine in nine innings to lead the Mids on Sunday. Sophomore third baseman Jacob Williamson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
More: Maryland scored five runs in the third and held on late in an 8-6 victory over visiting Rutgers . The Terps (24-27, 9-11 Big Ten) jumped out to a 7-1 lead and cruised before the Scarlet Knights (24-23, 7-13) scored five runs over last four frames. First baseman Justin Morris hit a three-run triple in the third inning for Maryland. ... Elon (31-21, 13-8 Colonial Athletic Association) used a six-run second inning to gain the lead for good in defeating host Towson , 9-6. Senior third baseman Billy Lennox went 2-for-5 with a solo home run for the Tigers (13-39, 6-15). ... No. 13 Florida State (37-16) shut out Mount St. Mary's , 22-0, in the series finale. The only three hits for the Mountaineers (20-29) came on consecutive singles by Vaughn Parker II, Pat Daly, and Thomas Savastio in the top of the fifth inning.
Navy men claim first IC4A track crown since 1973
The Navy men's track and field team won the IC4A Championship in Princeton, N.J., claiming the title for the first time since 1973. The Midshipmen had 72 points to finish first among the 43 teams that scored. Devin Enslen (100-meter dash, sixth overall), Demetrius Lanier (200, second), Evan Lexo (200, fifth), Eric Hughey (400, first), Kordell Williams (hurdles, third), Clayton Thompson (400 hurdles, fourth) and the 4x400 relay team of Hughey, John Finnegan, Dan Kelly and Thompson (fourth) led Navy. In the throws, Sean Brennan earned All-East accolades in both the shot put and the discus. The junior was joined by Mike Milcarek in the shot put and Bryson Kasper in the discus as All-East honorees. On the women's side, Navy's Amanda Agana (400), Audrey Fernandez (triple jump) and Rachel Duncavage (discus) each earned All-East recognition. Navy will send a group of qualifiers to the NCAA East Preliminaries in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday.
Men's college tennis: Host and top-ranked Middlebury defeated 24th-ranked Johns Hopkins, 5-1, in the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.
Major League Lacrosse : Steele Stanwick scored five goals to lead the visiting Chesapeake Bayhawks to a 24-22 shootout victory over the Denver Outlaws on Sunday night. Attackman Josh Byrne made his first appearance of the season for Chesapeake and contributed four goals and two assists. Midfielder Myles Jones totaled three goals and two assists as the Bayhawks improved to 2-2.