Ben's Cat finishes sixth; California Chrome out with bruise
From Sun staff and news services|
Jul 13, 2015 | 2:14 AM
Ben's Cat, a 9-year-old gelding who has earned nearly $2.5 million, returned to Laurel Park after finishing what trainer King Leatherbury described as a "very disappointing" sixth in Saturday's $200,000 Parx Dash Handicap (Grade 3) in Bensalem, Pa. Seeking his 25th career stakes win and his fourth consecutive Parx Dash, Ben's Cat broke ninth before launching a mild rally. "It was very disappointing," Leatherbury said Sunday morning. "He was sluggish early and didn't have his usual big kick at the end. He ran a bad race, and we're not used to that. If it was a normal horse, you'd just say he ran a bad race. But he's not the kind that does that. But he's fine this morning and maybe it was just a bad race." Leatherbury, who will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing And Hall Of Fame on Aug. 7, said he was considering the $300,000 Turf Monster (G3) at Parx, "but that's seven weeks away and I don't know if I want to wait that long. We'll just think about things the next couple days."
California Chrome: California Chrome, who won the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and went on to earn Horse of the Year honors, has a bruised cannon bone that will force him out of the Arlington Million and likely sideline him for the rest of the year. Trainer Art Sherman said Sunday on Twitter that X-rays revealed the injured bone that extends from the knee to the fetlock a day earlier. California Chrome has been at Arlington Park outside Chicago since Tuesday, when he arrived back in the U.S. from England. He was scheduled to run in the Arlington Million on Aug. 15. Sherman says the injury isn't life-threatening and the horse should be fine.California Chrome hasn't raced since a second-place finish in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28. After that he was sent to England and was scheduled to run twice there, but he never did. He developed a reported foot bruise while at Newmarket.Sherman told the Daily Racing Form that the cannon bone bruise was found when California Chrome underwent thorough X-rays while being checked out for a possible sale to breeders. Perry Martin is majority owner and breeder of the colt, along with Steve Coburn.
Laurel Park: Fast Furlong Stable's Sunnysammi, a 3-year-old daughter of First Defence trained by Nicholas Esler, won Sunday's second race at Laurel, a $40,000 maiden event over a 51/2-furlong turf course. Sunnysammi covered the distance in 1 minute, 3.37 seconds.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble was named Sunday to the 12-man team that will represent the United States in the Pan American Games this month in Toronto. Trimble, 20, a rising sophomore, was the youngest player taken by Gonzaga coach Mark Few. The team is made up of college players and pros. Trimble, who was voted an All-Big Ten first-team selection by the media after leading the Terps in scoring with 16.2 points per game, beat out more experienced college point guards, including Fred VanVleet of Wichita State. The most interesting matchup for Trimble in the preliminary rounds will come in the opening game July 21, when the United States faces Venezuela, led by former Terps star Greivis Vasquez.
Saturday: Baltimore's Donnell Whittenburg qualified for four individual event finals in men's gymnastics: floor exercise, still rings, vault and parallel bars. The Edgewood graduate will compete in the all-around finals today and in the event finals Tuesday and Wednesday. ... Frederick-born Eva Fabian won gold in the women's 10-kilometer open-water swim, finishing in 2:03:17 to edge Venezula's Paola Perez Sierra for the top podium spot. ... Rowers Colin Ethridge (Laytonsville) and Austin Meyer advanced to the "A" finals in men's lightweight double sculls with a time of 6:31.53.
The agent for Dez Wells said Sunday that the former Maryland star suffered a dislocated right thumb at a summer league team practice with the Washington Wizards last week, calling the injury a "minor setback" and adding that the 6-foot-5 guard should be able to resume workouts in August. The injury, though not considered serious, does cloud Wells' immediate future with both the Wizards and other potential NBA employers. Agent Lance Young said Wells, who went undrafted after being an All-Big Ten first-team selection by the coaches as a senior, is "not sure" whether he will be invited to training camp with the Wizards or another NBA team. Wells was hoping to use NBA summer league games in Las Vegas as a showcase.
More Wizards: As expected, Washington signed free-agent forward Alan Anderson, who averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists last season with the Brooklyn Nets, to a one-year, $4 million contract.
The Chesapeake Bayhawks rallied from a 13-9 deficit but lost, 14-13, to the host Rochester Rattlers (7-5) in Major League Lacrosse. Despite a season-high seven points from attackman Matt Danowski (four goals, three assists), a 42-40 advantage in shots and a 34-33 edge in ground balls, the Bayhawks fell into further danger of missing the four-team postseason. The New York Lizards top the standings at 10-2, followed by the Rattlers, Ohio Machine and Boston Cannons at 7-5, and the Bayhawks and Denver Outlaws at 5-7. The Bayhawks must win their final two games to stay in contention. Chesapeake could finish with the same record as Ohio and Boston, and would have split with them, necessitating secondary tiebreaker scenarios.
WNBA: Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 32 points to lead the host Atlanta Dream (6-7) to an 84-76 victory over the New York Liberty (7-5). McCoughtry hit 12 of 19 free throws in a game that featured 70 attempts. ... The host Chicago Sky (8-5) held Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) to three points and earned a 96-76 win over the Connecticut Sun (7-4). ... The Phoenix Mercury (8-5) limited Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) to four points and emerged with a 70-60 victory over the visiting Seattle Storm (3-12). ... Kristi Toliver (Maryland) scored nine points and had six assists Saturday night as the Los Angeles Sparks (2-10) lost, 82-67, to the host Tulsa Shock (10-4).