Digest (Oct. 4): Jockeys escape injury after tangling at Laurel Park

Jockeys Trevor McCarthy and Jevian Toledo, who have combined to win the past four overall riding championships in Maryland, got tangled in the stretch during Thursday's third race at Laurel Park . McCarthy avoided injury after landing on the back of a rival horse. McCarthy was aboard 3-year-old Galileo filly Decorating, a Glen Hill Farm homebred favored in the 11/16-mile maiden special weight, and making a sweeping move on the outside from mid-pack into contention around the far turn, as Toledo and Gunpowder Farms' homebred Benevida raced alongside. Toledo and Benevida moved into McCarthy's path approaching the eighth pole in an attempt to avoid a drifting Dumtadumtadum and jockey J.D. Acosta, who were ahead racing in third. Benevida and Decorating made contact causing McCarthy to fall to his left and land on the back of Benevida, staying on for several strides before dangling between the two horses and then falling to the Exceller turf course. Decorating stayed up and finished the race and was caught by an outrider past the finish. Stewards disqualified Benevida from sixth to last in the field of 10 for interference. Phillips Racing Partnership's Soar From Shadows was a 1½-length winner, the first of two turf wins on the day for jockey Feargal Lynch.

More horse racing: The national Stronach 5 wager which debuted last week continues today with a five-race sequence that includes Race 9 (5:22 p.m. post time) and Race 10 (5:54 p.m.).

College football: A jury has found former Towson and Charlotte quarterback Kevin Olsen not guilty on rape charges. News outlets reported the jury returned its verdict Wednesday. Authorities had filed multiple charges against Olsen, including three counts of felony second-degree forcible rape and communicating threats. Kevin Olsen is the younger brother of Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen. Olsen redshirted at Miami in 2013, but he left the following year after multiple suspensions, the Charlotte Observer reported. He then transferred to Towson. Olsen was kicked off the team in 2015 for violating team rules.

Men's college cross country: McDaniel senior Gavin Gibson was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Runner of the Month.

Women's college volleyball: Salisbury senior middle blocker Gianna Savarese (Notre Dame Prep) was named the ECAC Division III South Defensive Player of the Month. She had 64 blocks for the Sea Gulls (11-6), which ranks her first in the CAC as well.

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