Horse Racing

Digest (June 16): Carrasco begins his comeback at Laurel Park

Journeyman rider Victor Carrasco, the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2013 sidelined for the past nine months by injury, will launch his latest comeback with a pair of mounts on today's 10-race program at Laurel Park . Ranked among Maryland's leading riders since coming to the U.S. from his native Puerto Rico in March 2013, Carrasco has not ridden in a race since breaking the fibula and tibia in his right leg in a five-horse spill at Delaware Park Sept. 14, 2017. Carrasco, who turns 26 on June 28, is named aboard Three Ms Racing's Mythos, a 7-year-old gelding trained by Jonathan Maldonado, in today's fifth race, a $17,000 claiming event for 3-year-olds and up going seven furlongs, and Fitzhugh LLC's Maryland homebred Another Broad, a 3-year-old filly from the barn of trainer Mike Trombetta, in Race 7, a $33,000 waiver maiden claiming event at 6 furlongs. Carrasco was hurt when his mount, Really, fell while leading the field in the 1-mile turf race. Four other jockeys were thrown including 53-year-old Jose Ferrer, who was able to return from major internal injuries over the winter in Florida. A painstaking rehabilitation followed for Carrasco that included swimming, cycling, jogging and extensive physical therapy at the Dorsey Hall Medical Center in Ellicott City, part of Medstar's National Rehabilitation Network. He first began getting back on horses again May 22.

Laurel feature: Tic Stables' Split Time, making her open company debut in her first race outside of New York, overcame a troubled start to scoot between horses in mid-stretch and earn her second career stakes victory in Saturday's $75,000 Alma North at Laurel Park. The seven-furlong Alma North for 3-year-old fillies highlighted a 12-race program as the first stakes of Laurel's 40-day summer meet which opened June 1 and runs through Aug. 19. Ridden by Horacio Karamanos for trainer Linda Rice , Split Time ($8.40) completed the distance in 1:24.48 over a fast main track to win by three-quarters of a length over fast-closing 45-1 long shot Norma's Charm.



Rooney's move to D.C.isn't quite a done deal


D.C. United 's signing of forward Wayne Rooney is nearing fruition, and if the MLS organization is able to finalize a transfer with the English superstar's Premier League club, he probably would arrive in Washington around July 1, the Insider has learned. Rooney's move to United is "very likely" to happen, one person familiar with the negotiations said Friday. He and the team have agreed to contract terms, leaving just the transfer issue. Manchester United 's all-time leading scorer played this past season for Everton, which, amid a coaching change and roster moves, will not retain Rooney. He has one year left on his contract, necessitating an agreement between Everton and D.C. Rooney, 32, would not be eligible to play for his new side until the MLS transfer and trade window opens July 10. Barring fitness issues, his debut would come four days later at the grand opening of Audi Field, a 20,000-capacity stadium in Southwest Washington. In anticipation of a deal, Rooney applied for a U.S. work visa last week in Belfast. D.C. and Everton officials have confirmed they are talking about a deal but have declined further comment. News of United's pursuit of Rooney first broke on the Insider in early May.

— Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Women's pro: Washington Spirit players Yanara Aedo, Rose Lavelle, Francisca Ordega and Rebecca Quinn have returned to the club this week after playing with their respective national teams during the June FIFA window. Upon their return, the Spirit has released national team replacement players Schuyler DeBree and Maddie Huster.

Men's pro: FC Baltimore posted its first shutout of the season on Friday in the National Premier Soccer League, topping FC Frederick, 2-0. Tunde Akinlosotu scored twice for Baltimore, the first off an assist from Tre Pulliam. Baltimore returns to action Wednesday at 7 p.m. against Legacy 76 in Williambsurg, Va.

Arena Football League

Brigade routs Valor, 72-42,for league-leading 7th win

The Baltimore Brigade defeated the Washington Valor, 72-42, Friday night at Royal Farms Arena. The 72 points scored are a Brigade franchise record. Quarterback Randy Hippeard threw for five touchdowns and was named the game's most valuable player for the seventh time this season for the Brigade (7-2). Brigade fullback Rory Nixon was named offensive player of the game after rushing for a franchise-record three touchdowns. Defensive back Joe Powell won game defensive honors with six tackles, one interception returned for a touchdown. Valor quarterback Arvell Nelson, playing in his third game with the team, totaled five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) and accounted for 236 total yards. The Valor dropped to 1-8 on the season. The Brigade are back in action next Saturday, hosting the Albany Empire at 7:30 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. It will be the team's final home game of the regular season. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.

From Sun staff and news services