Horse Racing

Lion Hearted dead at 19, was a top sire at Northview Stallion Station

Lion Hearted, who stood his entire stud career at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, died of an apparent heart attack after breeding a mare Thursday. The son of Storm Cat was 19. The dark bay was one of a number of leading Maryland sires from the Phipps Stable to stand at Northview. He was a multiple graded stakes-placed sprinter out of Cadillacing, a Grade 1-winning full sister to champion and classic winner Easy Goer who also produced Grade 1 winner and sire Strolling Along and Grade 2 and graded stakes-producer Cat Cay. Lion Hearted entered stud at Northview in 2001 after winning or placing in 13 of 18 starts, finishing second in the Grade 2 Riva Ridge and Grade 3 Amsterdam Stakes, and earning $191,630. Lion Hearted's first crop hit quickly as his first starter, daughter Chocolate Brown, won her debut in early April 2004 at Aqueduct and took the Fashion Stakes at Belmont Park in her next start. Lion Hearted was the leading Mid-Atlantic freshman sire of 2004. The sire of 21 stakes winners and 24 stakes-placed runners, Lion Hearted sired two or more stakes winners in each of his first six crops. His leading earner is Silver Heart, a winner of 15 races and $596,824. His leading son is five-time stakes-winning sprinter Roaring Lion, an earner of $542,536. Lion Hearted's runners from 11 crops to race have earned in excess of $25.5 million. Among his producing daughters is Mother, dam of 2014 Kentucky Derby-G1 runner up Commanding Curve.

Horse racing: Trainer Graham Motion said Miss Temple City, winner of the Hilltop Stakes on May 15 at Pimlico Race Course, is on schedule to ship to England for the June 19 Coronation Cup at Royal Ascot. "I've always wanted another opportunity to go back over there," said Motion, who saddled Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom to an 11th-place finish at Royal Ascot in 2013 in the Queen Anne Stakes. "I love the fact she can go over there and run against 3-year-olds and not open company, which is hard to do. I like that she can run against 3-year-olds, go a mile, which we know she can do, and she's a filly who has never run on Lasix and that's a big fact, too." Miss Temple City, who won the Hilltop by 23/4 lengths, finished third in the Sweetest Chant at Gulfstream in January and second in the Appalachian at Keeneland in April. Motion said he's also looking forward to running at Royal Ascot because he won't have to run against Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and Appalachian winner Lady Eli, who "looks awfully good, and if [Miss Temple City] stays here she has to run with her." Motion said he'll likely work Miss Temple City at Fair Hill once before leaving. ... Henry S. Clark Stakes winner Talk Show Man will likely have his first work this weekend since finishing 11th in the Grade 2 Longines Dixie Stakes on Preakness Day. The Maryland-bred son of Great Notion, who won the Maryland Million Turf Stakes last year, prompted the pace in the Dixie before fading down the stretch. Smith said he's looking at an allowance race on the turf Friday June 5 at Pimlico.


Horse racing betting: Pimlico's 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $205,300.61 when racing resumes today with a 1:10 p.m. first-race post time. The Rainbow 6 survived Friday despite Wayne's Way returning $74.60 in the fifth race, the second leg of the Rainbow 6 sequence, Tiz Showbiz paying $40.40 in the sixth race, and Foursouthernbelles returning $16.80 in the eighth race. Going into the ninth and final race, there was one single, unique ticket to bring down the Rainbow 6 with the 20-1 shot Hildy. But race favorite Dixie Victory held off a late rally by Hildy to win the race. Multiple tickets Friday with six of six winners returned $4,958.77. The Rainbow 6 carryover jackpot is paid out only when there is a single ticket sold with all six winners. On days when there is no unique ticket, 60 percent of that day's pool goes back to those bettors holding tickets with the most winners, while 40 percent is carried over to the next racing day's jackpot pool. The bet has produced payoffs as high as $6.6 million. There is a mandatory payout of the Rainbow 6 scheduled for Saturday, June 6.

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Wizards star Wall kicked off flight in Las Vegas

Police say NBA star John Wall was kicked off a flight in Las Vegas on Tuesday after a disturbance was reported. Las Vegas police said Friday that the Washington Wizards' All-Star point guard was with a group of people on an American Airlines flight around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Police said one of the people with Wall got into a verbal fight with another passenger who was unrelated to the group. Authorities said that's when the airline requested Wall and his group be removed from the plane. Police said there were no charges or arrests.

NFL: Former Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce has been assigned a July court date in his case for driving while under the influence of alcohol, according to Maryland court records. Pierce had been scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, but the case was postponed until July28 in Towson District Court. Pierce was arrested March 18 at 1:54 a.m. in Baltimore County on Dulaney Valley Road and was released by the Ravens hours later.

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Local golf: Jim Foster of Argyle Country Club was the low gross champion at the Free State Seniors May Championship Tournament on Tuesday at Hanover Country Club by shooting a 76. Cris Smith of Kenwood CC was the low net champion with a 65. ... The Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. and House of Ruth Maryland will partner for the fifth annual High Heels for Hope Longest Drive Contest today from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. at Pine Ridge Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit House of Ruth's mission to provide victims of intimate-partner violence with services to help rebuild their lives. For more information, go to

Women's college basketball: Kiah Gillespie, who will attend Maryland, has been named to the Parade All-America women's basketball team. Gillespie, a 6-1 forward, was named Connecticut's Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 31.2 points, 16.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.5 blocked shots to lead Capital Prep to the Connecticut Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Class L title. She was named to the USA Basketball U-19 team that will compete this summer in Russia.

John Altavilla, Tribune Newspapers

College softball: Bowie State senior outfielder Cassandra Clayborne was named to the Academic All-American Division II softball second team.


Orioles: Former Evening Sun reporter Jim Henneman will sign copies of his book, "Baltimore Orioles: 60 Years of Orioles Magic," today from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Orioles team store at Oriole Park. Fans can purchase the Orioles official legacy book at the signing for $50.