Jump Sucker Stable's Blacktype ran his winning streak to three races with a record-setting performance, settling early and finding room along the inside down the stretch to capture the $200,000 Commonwealth Turf Cup (Grade 2) on Saturday at Laurel Park.
The 1-mile Turf Cup for 3-year-olds and up was the fourth of eight stakes worth $850,000 in purse money and second of three graded stakes on the 11-race Commonwealth Day program. Given an ideal trip by jockey Trevor McCarthy for New York-based trainer Christophe Clement, Blacktype ($9.40) hit the wire in 1 minute, 33.43 seconds over a firm All Along Turf Course, breaking the mark of 1:34.23 set by 4-year-old Cozy Gain in April 2006.
Two's Company stormed through the stretch to beat Zanclus by a head in the $25,000 Brown Advisory Legacy Chase on Saturday at Shawan Downs in Hunt Valley.
Sent off as the third choice in a field of 11 at 7-2, the 5-year-old Blacktype won by a half-length over 25-1 long shot Top of Mind with Grade 1 winner Force the Pass, the 3-2 favorite, another neck behind in third.
Blacktype settled near the back of the field under McCarthy, saving ground ahead of two horses as 80-1 long shot Heiko – who set Laurel's 1 1/16-mile Bowl Game Turf Course record July 24 – ran a quarter-mile in 23.26 seconds and a half in 46.43, with Macagone and Mister Brightside in close pursuit.
Heiko held on to finish fourth, a half-length ahead of multiple stakes winner Phlash Phelps. Farhaan, Mister Brightside, Flatlined, Reporting Star, Macagone and El Jefe Grande completed the order of finish.
The Turf Cup was Blacktype's first start since winning the Oceanport (G3) July 31 at Monmouth Park, which was four weeks after his victory in a one-mile optional claiming allowance at Belmont Park. He has seven wins and $471,665 in purse earnings from 20 career races.
— In other graded stakes races, Deeply Undervalued boosted his stock in the 3-year-old turf division by rallying with a strong stretch run to capture the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby (G2) and My Impression found her footing over a firm turf course, surging to a 31/4-length victory in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3). Turning for home, the 6-1 fourth betting choice was taken five wide for the stretch drive and the Kentucky-bred colt responded with a strong kick to the finish. The winning time was 1:46.63.
— Stuart Janney III's My Impression found her footing over a firm turf course, surging to a 3 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (G3). The Shug McGaughey-trained daughter of Sky Mesa, who finished troubled sixth in the Lake Placid (G2) at Saratoga Aug. 21, rebounded to add graded-stakes credentials to her resume in the 1 1/8-mile turf race for 3-year-old fillies presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance. The winning time was 1:46.57.
— Winners in the $60,000 stakes were Rose Brier (Bert Allen Stakes), Moon River (Punch Line), Skipalute (Brookmeade), Lime House Louie (Jamestown) and Rapid Rhythm (Oakley).
No. 1 UM tops Mich. St., 2-0, in men's soccer Friday night
Playing in front of an announced 7,391, the fifth-largest crowd in Ludwig Field history, the No. 1 Maryland men's soccer team (6-0-2, 3-0-1 Big Ten) got a goal from Jake Rozhansky in the 54th minute and an own goal in the 73rd to earn a 2-0 victory over visiting Michigan State (5-2, 2-1) on Friday night. Rozhansky's goal came off a wild play. Chris Odoi-Atsem's serve from the far corner was one-timed by Eryk Williamson from the near side of the box directly to Rozhansky, a transfer from Virginia, for the point-blank score. The own goal came in the 73rd minute.
Senior defender Alex Crognale took a free kick and nearly missed a streaking junior midfielder-forward George Campbell (McDonogh) before Pimlott pushed the ball into the net.
"This was our best and most complete game of the year. I thought our guys came out and played with tenacity, skill and commitment from the first minute to the last minute," Terps coach Sasho Cirovski said. "The last two wins didn't feel great for us in terms of the way we performed and we committed to getting things right and making sure that we make it tough for other teams to score."
Women's soccer: Casey McKenzie took a pass from Jourdan Ziff, ran past her defender and scored the winning goal on a low 16-yard shot at the 105:05 mark to give Loyola Maryland (5-2-2, 1-0-1 Patriot League) a 2-1 double-overtime win over visiting Navy (4-7-1, 1-1-0) on Saturday. ... Junior defender Kendall Ballotti scored the game-winner off a rebound in the 107th minute as Elon (5-4-1) earned a 2-1 victory over visiting Towson (3-7-1) on Friday night in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams. Towson senior defender Marissa Green had tied the game with 13.2 seconds remaining by scoring off the rebound of a set-piece shot taken by senior midfielder Emily Marshall.
Women's volleyball: Maryland (8-6, 0-2 Big Ten) fell, 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-21), at No. 3 Wisconsin (10-1, 0-2) one night after losing, 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-12), at No. 2 Minnesota (9-1, 1-0).
Former Terp Dez Wells signs with Greek team
Former Maryland basketball star Dez Wells has signed with Doxa Lefkadas B.C., which began play in 1982 and will be playing for the first time in the top division of the Greek Basket League. Wells, who went undrafted after being an All-Big Ten first-team selection as a senior in 2014-15, played last season with the Oklahoma City Blue, an NBA Development League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder. After playing on the Chicago Bulls' summer league team this year, Wells had an offer from a team in Germany but failed a physical because of hamstring problems.
Local golf: Hunt Valley Golf Club, featuring a hole-in-one by Gavin Springer, defeated Congressional Country Club, 8-4, for the Senior Team championship of the Maryland State Golf Association. Springer made the third ace of his career on the 11th hole of Congressional's Gold Course, helping Hunt Valley to win five of six available points at the Bethesda course.
Major League Soccer: Patrick Mullins (Maryland) scored two goals and D.C. United (8-9-13) earned a 4-1 win over visiting Orlando City (7-10-13) to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
United won for the first time since Aug. 27, while Orlando City lost its third straight.
United led 1-0 at halftime and scored two goals in the first eight minutes of the second half for a 3-0 lead. Lloyd Sam headed home Taylor Kemp's cross in the 51st, and Mullins scored from a difficult angle two minutes later for his seventh goal of the season.
Mullins opened the scoring in the 34th after a five-pass buildup. Patrick Nyarko back-heeled a pass and Kemp one-touched it across goal for Mullins to tap in. Julian Buescher scored his first MLS goal in the 90th. Julio Baptista scored for Orlando in the 72nd.
National Women's Soccer League: The visiting Washington Spirit (12-5-3) got a goal early in the second half from Crystal Dunn but lost, 3-1, at the Chicago Red Stars (9-5-6). The Spirit still would finish the league's best regular-season record if the Portland Thorns (11-3-5) lose at Sky Blue FC (7-7-5) tonight.
—From Sun staff and news services