The $400,000 Commonwealth Derby (G2) for 3-year-olds and the $250,000 Commonwealth Turf Cup (G2) for 3-year-olds and up will be contested Sept. 19. The $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3) for 3-year-old fillies will be run Sept. 26.
The Sept. 26 program will also include five $60,000 stakes races for Virginia-breds/Virginia sired horses.
The Commonwealth Derby, Oaks and Turf Cup will be presented for the first time at Laurel by the Virginia Equine Alliance and will all be contested at 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Past winners of the Commonwealth Derby include War Dancer, Kitten's Joy, English Channel, Gio Ponti and Paddy O'Prado. English Channel and Paddy O'Prado, along with Showing Up, Turbo Compressor and Rahystrada, were also winners of the Commonwealth Turf Cup from 2005 to 2013.
In all, Laurel will feature 36 stakes races for $4 million. The purse money represents a $350,000 increase over total stakes last year.
There will be five Saturday programs with three or more stakes races, including Nov. 14, when six stakes are headlined by the 25th running of the $350,000 DeFrancis Dash and the $100,000 City of Laurel, and Sept. 12, when the $150,000 Lady Baltimore, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, will be supported by the $100,000 Laurel Dash, the $75,000 Laurel Futurity and the $75,000 Selima Stakes.
Men's college lacrosse: Shawn Nadelen will remain coach of the Towson men's lacrosse program through 2019 after signing a contract extension, athletic director Tim Leonard announced Thursday. The Tigers have qualified for the Colonial Athletic Association tournament in each of Nadelen's four years, captured tournament championships in 2013 and 2015, and earned berths in the NCAA tournament in those seasons. Nadelen, a former Johns Hopkins defenseman, is 37-31 as coach.
For more of Edward Lee's blog post on Nadelen, go to baltimoresun.com/lacrosse.
College football: Former Navy quarterback Roger Staubach was named to the Football Writers' Association of America 75th Anniversary All-America first team. Former Maryland defensive lineman Randy White made the second team. The teams included former Colts linebacker Ted Hendricks (Miami, first team) and defensive end Bubba Smith (Michigan State, third team) and former Ravens defensive back Deion Sanders (Florida State, first team), offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden (UCLA, second team) and safety Ed Reed (Miami, second team).
College field hockey: Maryland senior Anna Dessoye, senior Sarah Sprink and freshman Linnea Gonzales (Patterson Mill) were named Big Ten players to watch.
Soccer: Hannah Kronick, who graduated from Johns Hopkins this spring, won the Jay Fiedler Outstanding Jewish College Soccer Player of the Year Award (Male & Female), as presented by the Jewish Sports Heritage Association. D.C. United defender Steven Birnbaum won the Professional Jewish Soccer Player of the Year Award (Male), and former Washington Spirit midfielder Yael Averbuch, now with FC Kansas City, won the female equivalent.
Varsity boys soccer: Midfielder Sean Clarke, who is set to play his fourth season on varsity for Loyola Blakefield, has committed to Cincinnati.
WNBA: Kara Lawson scored 20 points and the visiting Washington Mystics (15-9) earned a 79-61 win over the Minnesota Lynx (15-9) on Wednesday night.
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Men's soccer: Miguel Aguilar scored in the 85th minute and D.C. United opened CONCACAF Champions League play with a 1-0 victory over Arabe Unido on Wednesday night in Panama City.