Digest: Jockey Carrasco gets first Maryland win since injury

Victor Carrasco, pictured last year at Laurel Park, earned his first local win Friday since returning Sept. 16 from a foot injury.
Victor Carrasco, pictured last year at Laurel Park, earned his first local win Friday since returning Sept. 16 from a foot injury. (Maryland Jockey Club)

Victor Carrasco guided 9-5 second choice Daily News ($5.80) to a decisive three-length victory in Laurel Park's second race Friday, the jockey's first local win since returning Sept. 16 from a foot injury. Carrasco, the Eclipse Award-winning apprentice of 2013, had gone winless through 13 mounts at Laurel with three third-place finishes over three racing days before scoring on his first try Friday atop the 4-year-old gelding, who he had been aboard in his previous six starts.

Carrasco, 24, was hurt when his mount, 2-year-old first-time starter O Dionysus, dumped him and stepped on his foot as the horses were leaving the paddock for the main track. He wore an orthopedic boot to protect the injury before receiving medical clearance to return Sept. 12, earning his first win Thursday on Midnight Man at Delaware Park.

Gabby Gaudet's betting tips and best bet for Saturday's race card at Laurel Park.

More from Laurel Park: Tommy Ligon's Totally Drenched took the lead from pace-setting Amherst Street with 2 furlongs to run and turned away a stretch bid from Saucy Don to win the eighth race. Ridden by Gabriel Saez for trainer Larry Jones and favored at 4-5 in a field of seven, Totally Drenched ($3.80) ran 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 9.80 seconds over a fast main track in the $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance. It was the second straight win for Totally Drenched, a 4-year-old Stormy Atlantic gelding, after a second-level allowance win Aug. 21, also at Laurel, where he dueled from start to finish, briefly losing the lead before going on to a one-length victory. "He's coming along real well," Saez said. "Larry's doing a great job with him, kind of taking it easy with him in the morning and you can see by his last two races he improved himself a little bit."

— There will be carryovers in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 and $1 Super Hi-5 for today's 11-race Commonwealth Day program featuring eight stakes, three graded, worth purses of $850,000 to be contested over Laurel's world-class turf course. First-race post time is 1:10 p.m.


— Jockey Trevor McCarthy and apprentice Kevin Gomez each posted a riding double. McCarthy was first with Lady of Moray ($4.60) in the fifth and Hot and Heavy ($16.40) in the seventh, while Gomez won aboard Dancing Magician ($47.80) in the third and Boppin Anda Weavin ($9.40) in the sixth.

NFL: Wide receiver DeSean Jackson is expected to play for the Washington Redskins at the New York Giants on Sunday. After sitting out practice earlier in the week because of knee and ankle injuries, Jackson participated Friday and coach Jay Gruden said afterward: "Based on the injury report, he'll be ready to roll." Players listed as questionable include center Kory Lichtensteiger with back spasms, rookie receiver Josh Doctson with an Achilles tendon injury, rookie linebacker Su'a Cravens with a hip problem and defensive lineman Chris Baker with rib, elbow, toe and knee problems. The Redskins (0-2) will try to avoid falling three games behind the Giants (2-0) in the NFC East.

— Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (Maryland) was fined $12,154 by the NFL for coming off the sideline to join an altercation in Sunday's win over the Green Bay Packers.

— Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart, a former Raven, was fined $9,115 for a forearm shot to the quarterback.

Baseball: The Chicago Cubs activated former Orioles right-handed reliever Pedro Strop off the 15-day disabled list.

Men's lacrosse: Tickets for the Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Hall of Fame induction Dec. 9 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel were put on sale Friday. The inductees, announced last month, are Henry Ciccarone Sr., Bud Beardmore, Howdy Myers, Tony Seaman, Jerry Schmidt, Willie Scroggs, Paul Doherty and Renzie Lamb. The cost $155 per person. For more information, go to hopkinssports.com.

College swimming and diving: Scranton named Mark Yankovich men's and women's coach and aquatics director. Yankovich, who graduated from McDaniel in 2007, has coached at Lafayette, Washington College and LaSalle. ... UMBC senior Emily Escobedo was named to CollegeSwimming.com's list of preseason All-Americans. Escobedo finished third in the 200 breaststroke at the NCAA championships last year.

Women's college track and field: Mount St. Mary's freshman Maddie Kole was named Northeast Conference Athlete and Rookie of the Week.

College field hockey: Lebanon Valley senior goalkeeper Sarah DiMaggio (Fallston) was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Region Defensive Player of the Week.

Women's college soccer: Navy sophomore forward Anabell Motley was named espnW NCAA Player of the Week.

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