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Hole's 2,000th win comes aboard Dr Bolt at Pimlico

Veteran jockey Taylor Hole is honored after earning his 2,000th career win Friday. He rode Dr Bolt to victory in the sixth race at Pimlico Race Course.
Veteran jockey Taylor Hole is honored after earning his 2,000th career win Friday. He rode Dr Bolt to victory in the sixth race at Pimlico Race Course. (Maryland Jockey Club)

Taylor Hole, 43, picked up his 2,000th career victory aboard Dr Bolt in the sixth race at Pimlico Race Course on Friday. Dr Bolt, owned by Five Hellions Farm and trained by Donnovan Haughton, took the lead down the stretch from Puturseatbelton while covering 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 13.27 seconds. Dr Bolt returned $8.60. After the race, Hole was joined in the winner's circle by his fellow riders, friends and staff of the Maryland Jockey Club. "It's a little surreal," Hole said after the race of his milestone. "I took my time getting here but it feels great." Asked whether he was relieved to have victory 2,000 behind him, Hole replied; "It is, but it isn't. It's very special. I just never focused on this one number. I just tried to do the best I could with every horse I rode. We'd get here eventually." Hole's late father, Michael, was a British-born jockey who came to the U.S. in 1961 and rode 2,042 winners mostly in New York and New England before his death in April 1976. Hole followed in the business working odd jobs as a Rockingham Park stablehand in the mid-1980s, then moved to the Maryland steeplechase farm of a family friend to learn professional riding. On Jan. 17, 1992, Hole earned his first victory on his third career mount at Rockingham. Hole picked up win No. 1,000 aboard Salt State at Suffolk Downs on Jan. 14. A multiple stakes winner, Hole, 43, had single-season career highs of 198 wins in 2001 and $1.63 million in purse earnings in 2000. He ranked seventh at Laurel Park's 2015 winter meet with 14 victories, and is among the top 10 riders at the current Pimlico meet.

More Pimlico: The 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $139,740 when racing resumes today. There was no single winning ticket on Friday's Rainbow 6. Multiple tickets with six winners returned $361.96. Today's six-race sequence includes three races scheduled on the turf and a $40,000 maiden event for 3-year-olds at 51/2 furlongs.

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College baseball: Navy junior left-hander Luke Gillingham and Maryland sophomore right-hander Mike Shawaryn were among 21 players announced by USA Baseball as semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, which goes to the nation's best amateur player.

Men's college lacrosse: Maryland junior Kyle Bernlohr was selected winner of the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award, which goes to the nation's most outstanding goalkeeper in Division I. His 6.57 goals-against average leads the nation. The Terps' Niko Amato won the honor last season.

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College softball: Bowie State senior outfielder Cassandra Clayborne was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. ... 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 late Thursday in Salem, Va. The Sea Gulls (36-6) were scheduled to play Tufts on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Men's college tennis: Johns Hopkins sophomore Mike Buxbaum lost, 6-2, 6-3, to top-seeded Warren Wood of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the NCAA Division III semifinals in Mason, Ohio. Before this year, no Blue Jays player had advanced to the quarterfinals since 2009.

Towson: The school announced its Athletics Hall of Fame class: lacrosse faceoff specialist Justin Berry; women's lacrosse, field hockey and basketball player Barbara Kimball; field hockey player Julie (Lambi) Martelli; football running back Brian McCarty and director of athletic media relations Pete Schlehr. They will be inducted Oct. 30 at the West Village Commons Ball Room. The 1990-1992 Tigers women's lacrosse team will be honored as a Team of Distinction.

Baseball: The Arizona Diamondbacks sent right-handed pitcher David Hernandez to Double-A Mobile on a rehabilitation assignment. Hernandez, an Oriole in 2009 and 2010, missed the 2014 season while recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery.

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