Ben's Cat wins the Mister Diz Stakes at Pimlico Race Course for the fifth straight year.
Ben's Cat wins the Mister Diz Stakes at Pimlico Race Course for the fifth straight year. (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)

Fan favorite Ben's Cat, who won the Turf Sprint Handicap on May 15 at Pimlico Race Course, then finished a nose back in the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup on May 30 despite a tough trip, is being pointed toward the $200,000 Parx Dash (Grade 3) on July 11 in Bensalem, Pa. Trainer King Leatherbury called the Governor's Cup a "heartbreaker," adding: "I really expected to win so it was a little disappointing. But he ran a dynamite race and he didn't get a very good trip. In fact, the races he usually gets beat in, he doesn't get a good trip." Ben's Cat, who has placed first, second or third in 41 of his 48 races, came out of the Governor's Cup well. "The exercise boy who's been on him ever since he first came to the track keeps saying he's better than ever," Leatherbury said. "He appears to be in the best shape to have a good 9-year-old season."

More horse racing: Another local Maryland-based star, Page McKenney, is also scheduled to hit the road. The multiple-stakes winner, claimed for $16,000 two years ago by his current owners and trainer Mary Eppler, is headed to Prairie Meadows and the $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap (G3) on June 27. The Cornhusker will be Page McKenney's first start since finishing second in the Pimlico Special (G3) on May 15 behind the graded-stakes winner Commissioner. The gelding previously finished third April 18 in the Charles Town Classic (G2). Eppler said the 5-year-old came out of the Pimlico Special fine with the exception of a cut on the back of his left ankle.

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Pro soccer: D.C. United will face the Philadelphia Union on June 30 at 7:30 p.m. at PPL Park in Chester, Pa., in the Round of 16 of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The pairing was drawn during a live stream from Soccer House in Chicago. United advanced to the round of 16 by scoring twice in overtime to defeat the host United Soccer Leagues' Pittsburgh Riverhounds, 3-1, on Wednesday night. Facundo Coria, Kofi Opare and Nick DeLeon scored for D.C. The Union advanced to the round of 16 with a 3-1 win in penalty kicks after a scoreless draw with the USL Rochester Rhinos on Tuesday.

Men's tennis: World No. 9 Marin Cilic, the defending U.S. Open men's singles champion, and Mike and Bob Bryan, the defending U.S. Open men's doubles champions, have committed to play at the Citi Open on Aug. 1-9 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center in Washington.

Baseball: The New York Mets selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Logan Verrett from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Orioles selected him in the Rule 5 draft in December, then lost him on waivers to the Texas Rangers late in spring training.

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