Trainer H. Graham Motion earns 2,000th career victory
From Sun staff and news services|
Jun 10, 2015 | 3:15 AM
Fair Hill-based trainer H. Graham Motion, who won the Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom in 2011, earned career victory 2,000 at Delaware Park on Tuesday. The milestone win came in the seventh race when The Buttonwood Group's Rachel Wall posted a 10-length triumph in a $35,000 allowance event. The 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Blame was ridden by Julian Pimentel. "This is very gratifying, not only for me but for everyone who has been a part of this team," Motion, 51, of Cambridge, England, said. "We have some people who have been working with us from the start, I have been lucky to have very loyal long time owners behind me and I am blessed to have the support of my family. This milestone is a reflection of all of those people. I think it is fitting the win came at Delaware Park since a lot of my accomplishments early in my career were at Delaware and Maryland. Hopefully, we will enjoy many more." Motion earned his first career victory in 1993 and his 1,000th in 2006. Both of those victories were at Laurel Park. He won the Breeders' Cup Turf with Better Talk Now in 2004 and Main Sequence in 2014 and the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf with Shared Account.
Men's college basketball
Former Panther Hamilton selects Jacksonville State
Basketball guard Jared Hamilton, who played his senior season at St. Frances and a postgraduate year at the American Basketball Institute in Atlanta, accepted a scholarship offer last week from Jacksonville State. Hamilton, 6 feet 5, 198 pounds, is a Charlotte, N.C., native whose family moved to Prince George's County before his junior year of high school. He enrolled at DeMatha, then transferred to St. Frances, which offered lower tuition and a similarly competitive schedule.
For more of Matt Bracken's blog post on Hamilton, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.
Enright chooses against returning to Hopkins in '16
Contrary to a previous report, defenseman Robert Enright has decided not to return to Johns Hopkins for the 2016 season. Enright, a senior whose season was cut short when he suffered a knee injury in the team's 13-11 loss at North Carolina on Feb. 21, could have applied for a medical redshirt to regain a year of eligibility. But Enright has already graduated and lined up a job with Barclays Bank, and he informed the coaching staff of his intention to move on to the next chapter of his life, said Ernie Larossa, the sports information director for the Blue Jays.
Men's academics: Johns Hopkins rising senior fencer Glenn Balbus was named to the Division III Academic All-America at-large first team. The second team included Tufts recent graduate lacrosse player Cole Bailey (Severn), York recent graduate lacrosse player Tyler Hutson (Winters Mill), Hopkins rising junior swimmer Andrew Greenhalgh, Hopkins recent graduate swimmer Greg Kogut (Glen Burnie) and McDaniel rising senior swimmer Brad Brooks.
Women's academics: Hopkins recent graduate swimmer Ana Bogdanovski was named to the Division III Academic All-America at-large first team. The second team included Salisbury rising senior lacrosse player Megan Wallenhorst (Centennial).
Baseball: Hood rising sophomore catcher Josh Gall (Arundel) was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Rookie of the Year.
Navy grad Hurley qualifies for U.S. Open
Annapolis resident and PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III will play in the U.S. Open next week after securing a spot during sectional qualifying at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville on Monday. Hurley, a 2004 graduate of the Naval Academy, finished with a 6-under-par 138 to tie for first with Denny McCarthy, a recent graduate of Virginia. Hurley closed with an even-par 72 after shooting a first-round 66. The U.S. Open will be played June 18-21 at Chambers Bay in Washington state. Hurley competed in last year's U.S. Open at Pinehurst, N.C., making the cut and finishing 48th. Hurley, who turned 33 on Tuesday, has three top-25 finishes this season, including eighth place at the CIMB Classic in November. He is 123rd in the FedEx Cup standings.
Tennis: The registration deadline for the Citi Open Wild Card Challenge on Saturday through Tuesday at College Park Tennis Club is 11:59 tonight. Players 14 and older are eligible. Winners of the tournament will receive a wild card into the Citi Open Qualifying Tournament on Aug. 1-2 at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Washington.
Baseball: The Washington Nationals drafted pitcher Mariano Rivera, the son of former New York Yankees All-Star closer Mariano Rivera, in the fourth round. The Yankees drafted Rivera in the 29th round last year after his sophomore season at Iona, but did not come to terms.