Barbara Houck's Toe Curlin' Kiss, making his fourth career start and first as a gelding, proved best in a field of six that included pair of high-priced rivals to graduate in style with a 1¾-length victory Friday at Laurel Park . Ridden by apprentice Reylu Gutierriez in his first start for trainer Donald Barr, Toe Curlin' Kiss ($11) was unhurried racing third behind front-runners Smart Step and March Screamer after a quarter-mile in 23.69 seconds in the $40,000 maiden special weight for 3-year-olds and up. Tipped three wide leaving the far turn following a half in 47.72, Toe Curlin' Kiss reeled in Smart Step at the top of the stretch and edged clear to win in 1:24.01 for 7 furlongs over a fast main track as 4-5 favorite Flying the Flag – a $675,000 son of Malibu Moon – made a belated bid for second, one length ahead of Smart Step.
Pimlico show: The rescheduled Totally Thoroughbred Horse Show will take place Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m., in the infield at Pimlico Race Course. The show was postponed from his original July 7 date due to heavy rains in the weeks leading up to the event. All proceeds from ticket sales and entry fees will benefit Beyond the Wire, a Thoroughbred aftercare program launched in 2016 by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. For entry fees, forms and further information contact Phoebe Hayes, 301.470.5454 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pimlico.com/events/tbred-horse-show.
Unitas Golden Arm Awardwatch list trimmed to 30
The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award has narrowed its watch list to 30 of the country's top college quarterbacks. After five weeks of play, the Golden Arm Award Selection Committee selected the remaining nominees based on player performance on-and-off the field. Candidates must be a college senior or fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with their class. Remaining candidates for the annual award are: David Blough, Purdue; Jake Browning, Washington; K.J. Carta-Samuels, Colorado State ; Taylor Cornelius, Oklahoma State; Eric Dungey, Syracuse; Ryan Finley, NC State; Ty Gangi, Nevada; Will Grier, West Virginia; Justice Hansen, Arkansas State; Justin Herbert, Oregon; Tyler Huntley, Utah; Tyree Jackson, Buffalo; Drew Lock, Missouri; Trace McSorley, Penn State ; Marcus McMaryion, Fresno State; McKenzie Milton, UCF; Gardner Minshew, Washington State; Steven Montez, Colorado; James Morgan, FIU; Shea Patterson, Michigan; Bryce Perkins, Virginia; Gus Ragland, Miami of Ohio ; Brett Rypien, Boise State; Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt; Jarrett Stidham, Auburn; Jordan Ta'amu, Ole Miss; Khalil Tate, Arizona; Clayton Thorson, Northwestern; Brady White, Memphis and Manny Wilkins, Arizona State. The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ceremony will be held on Dec. 7 in Baltimore.
— From Sun staff and news services