Digest (Aug. 16): Apprentice Urizar Velazquez rides to first win at Laurel Park

Brian McFarlane's 3-year-old gelding Free to Trump was a gate-to-wire winner of Thursday's fourth race to give apprentice jockey Urizar Velazquez his first career winner in his professional debut. Free to Trump ($11) broke from Post 5 in the field of seven and set fractions of 23.13, 46.48 and 58.48 seconds, completing 5½ furlongs in 1:04.77 over a fast main track to take the $18,000 maiden claiming event for 3-year-olds and up by 2 ¼ lengths. It was the first win from 16 career starts for Free to Trump, a son of Freedom Child based at Laurel with trainer Brandon McFarlane. Velazquez, who turned 26 on July 22, who rides with a 10-pound weight allowance, is a native of Chiapas, Mexico. ... Back in allowance company after three straight tries against graded-stakes competition, 5-year-old mare Broken Bridle emerged from a four-way photo finish with a neck victory in Thursday's feature race at Laurel Park. Co-owned by trainer Gary Capuano and Paul Fowler Jr. and ridden by Alex Cintron, Broken Bridle ($15.20) ran 11/16 miles in 1:43.08 over a firm Fort Marcy turf course in the $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares 3 and up. ... There will be carryovers in the 20-cent Rainbow 6, 50-cent Late Pick 5 and $1 Super Hi-5 wagers for Friday's 10-race program. First race post time is 1:10 p.m.


J. Hopkins football picked for top spot in league again

Johns Hopkins earned the top spot in the Centennial Conference preseason football poll of head coaches and athletic communications directors for the 10th consecutive year and the 13th time since 2004. The Blue Jays went on to win the Centennial title in 11 of the previous 12 years in which it topped the preseason poll, including each of the last nine years. The Blue Jays, led by coach Jim Margraff , have won nine straight Centennial Conference titles.

NFL: The New York Jets signed former Ravens offensive lineman Gino Gradkowski .

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