Horse Racing

Digest: Exaggerator breezes half-mile in first workout since Belmont Stakes

Exaggerator conducted his first official workout since the Belmont Stakes, breezing a half-mile Saturday in 51.69 seconds on the Belmont Park main track with Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux in the irons.

Exaggerator, the Preakness winner who finished 11th in the Belmont on June 11, had splits of 24.99 seconds for the first quarter and 26.70 for the second. Trainer Keith Desormeaux said he is on target for the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on July 30 at Saratoga Race Course.


"It was a little slower than expected but it was his first work back, so we didn't want to push him," Keith Desormeaux said. "We'll crank it up next week and get him on the road to the Jim Dandy."

— Real Smart, trained by Maryland's H. Graham Motion, earned her first career stakes victory in the $200,000 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park in Stanton. With Edgar Prado aboard, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Smart Strike won by two lengths and covered the 13/8 miles in 2:16.10.


Laurel Park: Hug a Tree earned a half-length victory in the featured eighth race. Ridden by apprentice Kali Francois for trainer Joe DelozierIII, Hug a Tree ($15.20) ran 51/2 furlongs in 1minute, 2.81 seconds over a firm Dahlia Turf Course for her second straight victory and third this year. Breaking from the inside post in a field of 10, Hug a Tree tracked in third as Cowgirl Creed and Summer Frock dueled through an opening quarter-mile of 21.89 seconds and a half in 44.84. Summer Frock took command turning for home but was unable to hold off the late charge from Hug a Tree down the center of the course. "It worked out perfectly for her because she's a filly that loves to get nice and tucked in there. She thrives off of just sitting behind and really targeting a horse," said Francois, aboard for all three 2016 wins. "As soon as she broke I had to catch her in my hands a little bit. Once she had that contact in her mouth, that's her go signal and that's when she really started to get going." Summer Frock was and Xavier Perez were second, followed by Southern Peach.

— Apprentice jockey Kevin Gomez won back-to-back races before being taken to the hospital after he was thrown from Whiskey Sour in the third race. Gomez, 22, was aboard even-money favorite Whiskey Sour tracking the leaders along the inside when they appeared to clip heels with Mr. Beer Goggles approaching the far turn of the 7-furlong claiming event. Whiskey Sour stumbled slightly and dropped Gomez to the track beside the rail. Gomez was alert and moving but was transported to the hospital complaining of neck pain and replaced on his final two mounts of the day. Whiskey Sour continued to run before being caught by outriders. Prior to the spill, Gomez won the second race with Little Miss Lupe ($4.40) and the third with Imnaha ($25). Gomez is named in five of nine races on today's card.

— There will be a 20-cent Rainbow 6 jackpot carryover of $647.65 for today's nine-race program. First-race post time is 1:25 p.m.

— Jockey Feargal Lynch visited the winner's circle twice with Ivy Pepper ($4.80) in the first race and Louis the Great ($11.20) in the seventh. Trainer Dove Houghton saddled both Icy Miss ($8.60) in the fifth race and Louis the Great.

Et cetera

Hawkins, Walters spark MLL All-Star victory by Riptide

The Boston Cannons' Josh Hawkins (Loyola Maryland) had three goals and an assist, and the Chesapeake Bayhawks' Joe Walters (Maryland) had two goals and three assists to lead Team Riptide to a 21-20 win over Team Rolling Thunder in the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game on Saturday in Fullerton, Calif. The Rochester Rattlers' Ned Crotty had four goals for Team Rolling Thunder, and Ohio Machine goalkeeper Scott Rodgers was named the Most Valuable Player. The Bayhawks had two other representatives, with midfielder Matt Abbott and goalkeeper Brian Phipps (Maryland, Severn) playing for Team Rolling Thunder. Abbott finished with a goal and an assist.

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Track and field: Kiani Profit, a former three-time All-American at Maryland, was in 20th place after the first four events of the women's heptathlon finals at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. Profit, who is making her second straight appearance at the trials after finishing 16th in 2012, finished 19th in 100-meter hurdles, 18th in high jump, 13th in shot put and 16th in the 200-meter run out of 20 competitors to earn 3,256 points. Barbara Nwaba, the 2015 U.S. heptathlon champion, was in first place with 3,903 points. Profit will compete in the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run tonight, needing to finish with at least 6,150 points to earn automatic qualification for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Major League Soccer: Ilsinho and Roland Alberg scored on first-half penalty kicks, Ilsinho added a second-half goal, and the host Philadelphia Union (8-6-5) earned a 3-0 win over D.C. United (8-6-5), which played a man down after Kofi Opare was sent off in the 65th minute. Alberg opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 20th minute and Ilsinho converted from the spot in the 37th, his first career MLS goal to make it 2-0. Ilsinho's second goal came in the 47th when C.J. Sapong headed Alberg's free kick back into the middle of the area and Ilsinho smashed it into the far corner. The Union (8-6-5) moved within a point of East-leading New York City FC. Opare put United down a man when he was sent off in the 65th minute. He received his first yellow card on a foul on Chris Pontius that led to a penalty kick and the second for a reckless challenge, also against Pontius.

National Women's Soccer League: Estefania Banini scored in the 20th minute and substitute Katie Stengel converted a header in the 74th off a corner kick from Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) to lift the host Washington Spirit (7-2-2) to a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars (5-4-3). Kelsey Wys earned her second shutout of the season.