Belmont Stakes hopeful Tale of Verve took to the Belmont Park main track early Saturday morning in Elmont, N.Y., to log his final breeze in advance of the $1.5 million race Saturday. With exercise rider and jockey Kortez Walker up for the work, the son of Tale of Ekati went 5 furlongs in 59.02 seconds, the fastest work at the distance. "He galloped out good and came back blowing, which is good because it means he got something out of it," said Dallas Stewart, who trains Tale of Verve for Charles Fipke. "He came back great and looked awesome." The bay colt was second to Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah in the Preakness at odds of 28-1. "I hope he has another step forward in him; that's what we're here for," said Stewart, who finished second in a Triple Crown race for the third year in a row.
Pimlico Race Course: The track will have a 10-cent Rainbow 6 carryover of $224,995.59 when racing resumes today with a first-race post time of 1:10 p.m. There were multiple winning tickets in Saturday's Rainbow 6. The six winning numbers of 8-12-8-3-6-3 returned $868.89. There was $61,546 bet into Saturday's pool. 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, the same day Pimlico and Laurel Park will have Belmont Stakes watch parties with specials on food and drink and Belmont Stakes and American Pharoah merchandise. ... Jockey Taylor Hole, who recently won his 2,000th career race, won three races Saturday. Hole won aboard Aji ($7.80) in the seventh race, Sterling's Maximus ($5) in the eighth and Outofthedepths ($13) in the 10th. He has ridden five winners the past two days. Trainer Francis Campitelli saddled two winners Saturday, winning the first with Ski Bare ($11.20) and the 10th with Outofthedepths.
Former Ravens guard Chester signs with Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons have added depth to their offensive line by signing nine-year veteran guard Chris Chester, who was drafted by the Ravens in the second round out of Oklahoma in 2006 and played with them through 2010. Chester started all 64 of the Washington Redskins' games during the past four years. He will be reunited with Kyle Shanahan, the former Redskins offensive coordinator who's beginning his first season with the Falcons under new coach Dan Quinn. Atlanta's offense will deploy the same zone blocking scheme Shanahan used with Washington. Chester will compete with Mike Person for a starting job. The Falcons cut longtime left guard Justin Blalock three months ago to create salary cap space. Chester has started 111 of 137 career games.
Broadcasting: Retired former Ravens linebacker Adalius Thomas is among 24 current and former players participating in the league's ninth annual broadcasting boot camp. The four-day workshop starts Monday at NFL Films in Mount Laurel, N.J. The four-day program includes instructors from CBS, Fox, NBC, ESPN, NFL Network, Big Ten Network, SiriusXM and Westwood One Radio.
Nissley to fight Saturday at Horseshoe Casino
Knockout Fitness will host the first fight card at a Baltimore casino when it brings "Fighting the Odds" to the Horseshoe Casino on Saturday. Baltimore personal trainer-turned-boxer Jason Nissley will headline the card against a yet-to-be-announced fighter. In the semi-main event, Jerome Featherstone, a former Boys' Latin and Oklahoma wrestler, will meet an opponent to be announced for the Maryland middleweight title. The undercard will include local boxers Steven Layer, Stephon Morris and Adam Gabriel. The card will have more than 10Olympic-style bouts sanctioned by the South Atlantic Boxing Association. Doors will open at 1p.m., and the first fight is scheduled for 2 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Show Your Soft Side campaign to combat animal cruelty. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $40 for premium seats and $75 for individual VIP seating. For information, go to missiontix.com. Fans can interact on Twitter using the hashtag #maythebesthandswin.
Men's soccer: Chris Rolfe scored on a penalty kick in the 84th minute and host D.C. United (7-3-4) earned a 2-1 Major League Soccer win over the Philadelphia Union (3-8-3). Rolfe and Philadelphia's Zach Pfeffer battled for a service near the left side of the box and the ball deflected off the Pfeffer's arm, resulting in the penalty call. D.C. (7-3-4) ended a three-game winless streak and matched its club-record home unbeaten streak of 19 games; 15 of those matches were in MLS play. The Union's Sebastien Le Toux scored in the fifth minute, and Chris Pontius tied the score in first-half stoppage time with a header. ... The Baltimore Bohemians scored three second-half goals to beat the Lehigh Valley United Sonic, 3-0, in the Premier Development League.
Women's soccer: Crystal Dunn scored the tiebreaking goal in the 28th minute as the host Washington Spirit (4-3-1) rallied to a 2-1 victory over the Portland Thorns (2-3-2) in the National Women's Soccer League.
Track and field: Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti won the Bowerman Mile at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., in 3 minutes, 51.10seconds, edging Broadneck alumnus Matthew Centrowitz (3:51.20).
Women's college rowing: Washington College, ranked 12th, finished sixth in the team standings at the NCAA Division III championship regatta on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif. The Shorewomen's first varsity eight won the petite final.
Canoeing: Competing together in C2, brothers Ian Ross and Gavin Ross of Bethesda finished ninth in the C2 men's 200-meter final and ninth in the C2 men's 1,000-meter semifinal at the ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Cup 2 last weekend in Duisburg, Germany.