Digest (Sept. 20): Elsa favored filly for Laurel Park's Selima Stakes

A dominant winner over the course in her debut two months ago, Godolphin homebred Elsa returns as the horse to beat as she seeks her first career stakes victory in Saturday's $100,000 Selima at Laurel Park . The 89th running of the Selima for 2-year-old fillies and 92nd running of the $100,000 Laurel Futurity for 2-year-olds both at 6 furlongs, are among six stakes over Laurel's s turf course that complement the 27th renewal of the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) on a 13-race Fall Festival of Racing program. All seven stakes, worth $900,000 in purses, were rescheduled from Sept. 15 due to the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Florence. First race post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. A juvenile daughter of 2011 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom , Elsa rated in third in her July 20 unveiling at Laurel before taking over at the top of the stretch and drawing away to a 3¾-length triumph under jockey Sheldon Russell , who gets the return call from Post 6 in a field of 12. She is favored at 9-5 on the morning line. ... Hamilton Smith-trained stablemates Partisan Divide and Scrap Copper, maiden winners over Laurel's main track, will each look to conquer the turf in a competitive edition of the $100,000 Laurel Futurity. Jerry Romans Jr. and JoAnn Smith's Partisan Divide and Kathleen Willier's Scrap Copper will break from Post 2 and 3, respectively, in the Futurity, which attracted a field of 15 including three entered for main track only.

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Towson soccer programhosts cancer awareness day

The Towson High boys soccer program will host its third annual men's cancer awareness games Sept. 26, when the Generals' varsity and junior varsity teams play Baltimore County rival Dulaney. The JV game is set for 3:30 p.m. with the varsity game following at 5:30. Donations at the gate and concession stand will be given to the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine for research. The event is in honor of longtime varsity coach Randy Dase, who made a successful recovery from prostate cancer two years ago. The Towson varsity team is currently 2-0-1, while Dulaney is 3-1-1.

— Glenn Graham

NBA : The Wizards will open training camp presented at the new Medstar Wizards Performance Center on Tuesday. The Wizards' 20-man roster includes two-way players Devin Robinson and Jordan McRae, LaVoy Allen, Chasson Randle and recent camp signees Chris Chiozza and Tiwian Kendley (Morgan State).

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