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Frosted to challenge American Pharoah in Belmont

Frosted, with jockey Joel Rosario, captures the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in New York.
Frosted, with jockey Joel Rosario, captures the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in New York. (Associated Press/New York Racing Association)

Godolphin Racing's Frosted, who was fourth in the Kentucky Derby on May 2, will run in the Belmont Stakes on June 6, the colt's trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin, said Thursday.

Frosted joins a plethora of horses likely for the Belmont who finished behind American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby and then skipped the Preakness. Others probable for the Belmont exiting the Derby are Materiality (sixth), Keen Ice (seventh), Mubtaahij (eighth), Carpe Diem (10th), Frammento (11th) and War Story (16th).

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Breaking from post 12, Frosted lagged well behind a moderate early pace in the Derby, went wide on both turns and closed to be fourth, 31/4 lengths behind winner American Pharoah and a neck behind third-place finisher Dortmund.

"We ran good breaking from a wide post in an 18-horse field and going six-wide on the far turn, and we wish there were more pace," McLaughlin said. "He ran a great race, but we were a little disappointed; we wanted to win."

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McLaughlin hopes Frosted will follow in the footsteps of one of his former trainees, Jazil, who won the 2006 Belmont after finishing fourth in the Derby.

"We're very happy to be running," said the trainer. "He's doing well and will work [this] morning."

More horse racing: Ahmed Zayat, owner of Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah, asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses him of owing $1.65 million to a man who says he fronted Zayat money for gambling bets placed at offshore casinos. The federal breach-of-contract lawsuit was filed in March 2014 by Howard Rubinsky of Florida. It said that in 2003, Rubinsky and Zayat entered into a personal services contract. Rubinsky said he advanced Zayat credit at a couple of casinos and that the agreement was that he'd be paid back. He said by the end of 2005, Zayat owed him $2 million. Some has since been repaid, but Rubinsky says Zayat still owes him $1.65 million, something Zayat vehemently denied early Thursday. "It's a fraud. It's a scam from A to Z," Zayat told the Associated Press by phone. "It's total fiction. It's a total lie." ... Pimlico Race Course's 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $127,916.43 when racing resumes today. There was no single winning ticket on Thursday's Rainbow 6, which ended with Wyandot winning the ninth race and returning $105. Eighteen tickets with all six winners returned $1,091.30. The six-race sequence begins Friday with the fourth race, a $40,000 maiden special weight event for 3-year-olds going 51/2 furlongs. The six-race sequence also includes three races scheduled on the turf with one a maiden special weight contest with a field of 12 going five furlongs.

Women's college lacrosse: Maryland sophomore Zoe Stukenberg (Marriotts Ridge) won the Elite 89 Award for having the highest cumulative GPA among players at the Division I final four. The award is given at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships. Stukenberg has a 4.0 GPA as a biological sciences major.

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College softball: Kim Dorsey (Franklin) singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth as fourth-ranked Salisbury edged DePauw, 2-1, in its first game at the 12-team NCAA Division III championship in Salem, Va. The Sea Gulls (36-6) were scheduled to play Tufts on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

College baseball: Frostburg State will play Ramapo today at 10 a.m. and Salisbury will face Wisconsin-La Crosse at 7:45 tonight in the NCAA Division III tournament in Appleton, Wis.

Men's college basketball: Terry Larrier, a 6-foot-8 swingman who was a top-40 recruit before choosing Virginia Commonwealth last year, is considering transferring to Maryland or Connecticut, according to several media reports. Larrier visited College Park this week, according to InsideMDSports.com. After averaging 6.6 points and three rebounds in 18.5 minutes a game as a freshman, Larrier announced that he was transferring when VCU coach Shaka Smart left to become the coach at Texas.

For more of Don Markus' blog post on Larrier, go to baltimoresun.com/trackingterps.

Et cetera

Evans' widow, former players file suit in Md. against NFL teams

Former NFL players filed a lawsuit Thursday in the U.S. Northern District of Maryland claiming all 32 teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players — often illegally — as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health. The suit names each NFL team individually as a defendant and lists 13 plaintiffs, including Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Renfro of the Dallas Cowboys and Etopia Evans, the widow of Charles Evans, a running back who played eight years with the Minnesota Vikings and the Ravens and retired after the 2000 season. Charles Evans died of heart failure in October 2008, at age 41. "This lawsuit alleges intentional activity by the teams, not negligence," said plaintiffs' attorney Steve Silverman. "It's another part of a unified effort to provide health care and compensation to the thousands of former players who have been permanently injured or died as a result of playing professional football."

Minor league baseball: Former pitcher Eric Estes, 42, was sentenced in Frederick to five years of probation for sexually abusing a 15-year-old in 1998 while a member of the Keys, the Orioles' High-A affiliate. Estes apologized in court. He resigned from his teaching and coaching job at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Wash., after pleading guilty in January.

Youth lacrosse: Baltimore Lacrosse Club is one of 10 teams selected to compete in the inaugural Warrior World Series of Youth Lacrosse, a U-13 competition in July 2-4 in Denver.

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