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'Pharoah' has first serious training for Belmont; War Story won't run

Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah, Martin Garcia up, breezes at Churchill Downs in Louisville, K.Y, Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah, Martin Garcia up, breezes at Churchill Downs in Louisville, K.Y, Tuesday, May 26, 2015.(Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Phot / Associated Press)

Trainer Bob Baffert was pleased with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner American Pharoah's workout on Tuesday as he prepares for the Belmont Stakes and his attempt to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since 1978. The colt breezed 4 furlongs in 48 seconds at Churchill Downs after Baffert and American Pharoah's regular exercise rider, jockey Martin Garcia, flew to Louisville, Ky., for the work. Jockey Victor Espinoza will again have the mount in the Belmont, set for June 6. The 3-year-old colt galloped out 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.20 after splits for the half-mile breeze of :12.20, :24 and :35.80. "He's moving like his fluid self," said Baffert, who is making his fourth attempt at completing the Triple Crown. "He came back the right way. That's Pharoah. That's the way, when he's on his game, that's the way he looks. Just really happy with the way he went." It was the first serious training for American Pharoah since his seven-length Preakness victory in the mud May 16. The handlers of War Story, 16th in the Derby, announced that they will bypass the Belmont and instead point toward the Ohio Derby June 20 at Thistledown. That leaves nine horses likely to challenge American Pharoah: Carpe Diem, Conquest Curlinate, Frammento, Frosted, Keen Ice, Madefromlucky, Materiality, Mubtaahij and Tale of Verve.

Pimlico Race Course: The 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $188,771.36 when live racing resumes Friday. There were no tickets with six winners Monday. Five of six returned $677.75. There was $66,363 bet into Monday's 10-cent Rainbow 6 pool. The Pick 5 carryover will be $7,668.21.

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Countess plans to transfer from Michigan to Auburn

Former Good Counsel cornerback Blake Countess said he will transfer from Michigan to Auburn for his redshirt senior season. The Owings Mills native made the announcement on Instagram. An All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection his junior season, Countess appeared in 38 games for the Wolverines, starting 30. He has a year of eligibility remaining, as he redshirted his sophomore year after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the season opener. Countess is likely to start immediately for the Tigers and their first-year defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp.

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NFL: Former Ravens defensive tackle Terrence Cody has been assigned an August court date in his felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor drug charge case. Cody and his girlfriend, Kourtney Jammese Kelley, have been assigned an Aug. 11 court date in Baltimore County Circuit Court. Cody was arrested in February after being indicted for allegedly torturing and causing the death of his bull mastiff, according to a Baltimore County grand jury indictment.

For more of Aaron Wilson's blog post on Cody, go to baltimoresun,com/ravensinsider.

Boxing: Gervonta "Tank" Davis of Baltimore and Upton Boxing Center needed just 1 minute, 15 seconds to defeat Mexico's Alberto "Ironman" Mora by TKO in their scheduled eight-round bout Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. Davis (11-0 as a pro, 10 knockouts) floored Mora (5-4, 1 KO) with an uppercut a few seconds into the fight. After Mora beat the count, Davis, 20, backed him up with a body shot and followed up with a combination that knocked out Mora's mouthpiece. Davis won his previous fight, Feb. 20, in 47 seconds, knocking out Puerto Rico's Israel "Macho" Suarez (4-5-2, 1 KO) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

College lacrosse: Brown junior midfielder Todd Stewart and Notre Dame junior defender Katherine McManus were recognized with The Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award, created in memory of late Virginia midfielder Yeardley Reynolds Love (Notre Dame Prep) to be presented to the men's and women's lacrosse players who best "demonstrate dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness and sportsmanship." The One Love Foundation and US Lacrosse work together to promote positive, healthy and violence-free relationships and a safe sport culture, while increasing awareness of relationship violence and providing educational resources and messaging for the lacrosse community.

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Tennis: Single-session/daily tickets for the Citi Open Aug. 1-9 at Rock Creek Tennis Center in Washington are on sale at citiopentennis.com.

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