Digest: Eyeplayeveryday wins upset in $75,000 Find Stakes at Pimlico
Jun 26, 2016 at 12:41 AM
FROM SUN STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES — M & D Stables homebred Eyeplayeveryday ($19) took the lead in midstretch and held off a closing English Minister to capture the $75,000 Find Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. The upset victory over 1-5 favorite Phlash Phelps completed a sweep of the Maryland-bred stakes in the nine-race Maryland-Virginia Breeders' Day program for breeders Mike and Debbie Horning and trainer Bill Komlo. Eyeplayeveryday held on to win by a neck in 1 minute, 49.61 seconds over 11/8 miles. Phlash Phelps finished third, three lengths ahead of Sonny Inspired. Piloted by Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, 14-1 long shot Jack's in the Deck finished fifth.
Other stakes races: Panic Stable LLC's Rose Brier took the lead straightening for home and held off a late charge from Special Envoy with a one-length victory in the $60,000 Edward P. Evans. Favored at 4-5 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up, Rose Brier ($3.60) and jockey Alex Cintron completed the 11/16-mile race in 1:42.77.
Gabby Gaudet's analysis and betting tips for Sunday's race card at Pimlico Race Course.
Jun 24, 2016 at 5:32 PM
— Nine-year-old gelding Two Notch Road won the $60,000 White Oak Farm for 3-year-olds and up. Sent off at 12-1, Two Notch Road ($27.60) split horses in midstretch and pulled away to a one-length victory in 56.89 seconds over 5 furlongs. He was followed by Moon River, Available, Made Bail and Joe Tess, each separated by a head. Exaggerated finished last as the 1-5 favorite in a field of 11.
— Queen Caroline ($4.60) made her stakes debut a winning one, rallying from just off the lead for a one-length victory in the $60,000 Nellie Mae Cox for fillies and mares ages 3 and up. The 3-year-old filly trained by Michael Matz and favored at 6-5 ran 11/16 miles in 1:42.41.
— Debbie's Tude withstood a late rally from 9-5 favorite Ginger N Rye to post a front-running victory in the $75,000 All Brandy. Breaking from outside post 6 as the field's biggest long shot at 8-1, Debbie's Tude ($18.40) won by a head in 1:49.62 over 11/8 miles with Luis Garcia aboard.
Note: There will be carryovers in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 ($8,037.49) and $1 Super Hi-5 ($3,152.04) wagers today, the finale of the 28-day Preakness Meet at Pimlico. The first race's post time is 1:10p.m.
6 more taken in NHL draft; Ex-GM's son taken by Oilers
The Washington Capitals wrapped up the final day of the NHL draft in Buffalo, N.Y., with six additional selections. Washington picked center Garrett Pilon (87th overall), left wing Damien Riat (No. 117), left wing Beck Malenstyn (No. 145), left wing Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (No. 147), defenseman Chase Priskie (No. 177) and defenseman Dmitriy Zaitsev (No. 207). The Capitals selected 6-foot-1, 176-pound defenseman Lucas Johansen of the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets on Friday night with the 28th overall pick. Washington held the No.26 selection but swapped picks with the St. Louis Blues and acquired a third-round pick in return, which they used to draft Pilon, who had 15 goals and 32 assists with the WHL's Kamloops Blazers this past season. Pilon is the son of former New York Islanders and New York Rangers defenseman Rich Pilon.
More: Graham McPhee, son of former Capitals general manager George McPhee, was drafted No.149 overall by the Edmonton Oilers. George McPhee, who was fired in 2014 after 17 seasons with Washington, is a special adviser to Islanders general manager Garth Snow.
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has withdrawn from consideration for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, indicating Friday via Twitter that he plans to use the time to focus on getting healthy for the regular season.
Jun 25, 2016 at 12:07 AM
The Washington Wizards, along with the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets, "appear to be outsiders in the process" to sign free-agent forward Kevin Durant because Durant wants to play for a team that can immediately compete for an NBA title, according to a report from The Vertical on Friday night. The Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly remain the favorite to re-sign Durant, likely on a one-plus-one-year deal that will allow Durant to return to free agency in the summer of 2017. The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Thunder will get the first three meetings with Durant, according to ESPN, while The Vertical reported that Durant also will meet with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers and Miami Heat in New York. The NBA's free-agency period begins Friday at 12:01 a.m. Durant is expected to make a decision before leaving on a publicity tour on July 9.
Major League Soccer:Lamar Neagle had a goal and an assist to give D.C. United a 2-0 victory over the visiting New England Revolution. The United (5-6-5) leapfrogged the Revolution (4-5-7) into fifth place in the Eastern Conference.