Digest: Four leading riders to trade their irons for wheels in Thursday's Sulky-Cycle Challenge

Laurel Park starting gate
Laurel Park starting gate (Courtesy of Laurel Park)

Four of the Maryland Jockey Club's leading riders will trade their irons for wheels when they take part in a Sulky-Cycle Challenge on Thursday as part of Trotoberfest at Rosecroft Raceway. Forest Boyce, Victor Carrasco, Kevin Gomez and Jevian Toledo will square off against harness drivers Russell Foster, Brian Burton, Jason Thompson and Mark Gray in sulky and bicycle competitions between races.

A pair of jockeys and drivers will compete in a one-mile sulky race using double-seated carts following the first and third races, Rosecroft's drivers will be accompanied by a VIP (including Maryland Jockey Club handicapper and analyst Stan Salter) while the jockeys will be accompanied by another driver. All eight riders and drivers taking part in a bicycle race will cover half the homestretch following the fifth race.


"I've never done it before," said Gomez, the leading apprentice rider at Laurel Park's current fall meet. "A new experience is always good for us."

Jockeys and drivers gathered Oct. 13 at Rosecroft for a practice run ahead of the Sulky-Cycle Challenge.

Making his second start in two weeks off a 10-month layoff, Maryland homebred Showalter swept to the lead at the top of the stretch and won Saturday's featured ninth race at Laurel Park by 4 3/4 lengths.

"It feels fun. It's different from what we do here," said Toledo, Maryland's leading rider in 2015 who most recently captured Laurel's summer meet title. "It's more crazy behind them in the cart because you think they're going to kick you. It's nice to do something different."

A native of Baltimore with more than 600 career wins and two Laurel riding titles, Boyce has previous driving experience for Don Swick, a Florida-based owner, trainer and driver whose career includes more than 1,000 standardbred victories dating back to 1968 as well as nine thoroughbred wins from 2010-16.

"He does a good job with them," Boyce said. "I got to drive a good one and I learned a good horse is a good horse, no matter what discipline they're in."

Carrasco won the Eclipse Award as the outstanding apprentice jockey of 2013 and has ridden the second-most winners in Maryland in 2014 and 2015.


"This is a fun event and a great way to connect our athletes from the Thoroughbred and Standardbred worlds," said Maryland Jockey Club president and general manager Sal Sinatra. "I think our fans who watch and wager on each sport will have a good time whether meeting the drivers and jockeys or watching them compete for charity."

Each challenge race will award points from first through eighth place on a 14-9-7-6-5-4-3-2 basis. The overall winner will earn $500 with $250 for second, $120 for third and $100 for fourth through eighth.

Prior to the races on Oct. 20, the jockeys and drivers will be in the grandstand from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. to meet and greet patrons. The Maryland Horse Council will give a paddock tour between Races 1-5.

Bicycles will be given away to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy.

Maryland men's basketball

Point guard Trimble on watch list for national award

Maryland junior Melo Trimble, who has been a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award in each of his first two seasons in College Park, has been named to the preseason

Maryland men's basketball junior Melo Trimble, who has been a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award in each of his first two seasons in College Park, has been named to the preseason watch list of 20 players for the award given to the nation's top college point guard. Trimble was one of only two Big Ten point guards named Monday, along with Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig. Former Terp Seth Allen, whose transfer to Virginia Tech following his freshman season in College Park in 2013-14 was precipitated in part by Trimble's impending arrival, was also named. Allen is now a senior for the Hokies. Trimble was one of the preseason favorites last year, and remained in contention until a hamstring injury contributed to a fall in production and a prolonged shooting slump during the second half of his sophomore year. Trimble is trying to become the second Maryland point guard to win the honor, following Greivis Vasquez in 2010.

Don Markus


Toronto fan accused of can toss no longer employed

The man suspected of throwing a beer can at Hyun Soo Kim no longer works at media company.

The man suspected of throwing a beer can at Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during a playoff game in Toronto is no longer employed at the media company for which he worked. Ken Pagan was charged with mischief for allegedly throwing the can in the seventh inning of the American League wild-card game. A Postmedia spokeswoman said Monday that Pagan, a 41-year-old copy editor, had left the news organization. Georgia Sourtzis wouldn't elaborate on the circumstances of Pagan's departure, but the company had said earlier that it was conducting an internal investigation following the beer-tossing incident. Toronto police detective Pat Alberga has said security camera footage inside the stadium helped identify the suspect. A police photo was widely distributed on social media earlier this month. Pagan later turned himself in to police.

More baseball: The Mid Atlantic Baseball Scouts Association will hold its 26th annual banquet Nov. 12 at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. Fred Manfra will be among the honorees and receive the Career Recognition award from the scouts. Phil Wood will serve as master of ceremonies. Mike Wallace will be the guest speaker. Other honorees include Navy baseball coach Paul Kostacopoulos, who will be honored as Coach of the Year. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased by contacting Tom Burns at 717-805-2802.

Et cetera

Ex-Gilman star QB Locksley to transfer from Texas

Locksley, a two-time All-Metro second-team selection, redshirted last season and switched to wide receiver this offseason.

Former Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley has left the Texas football team and intends to transfer after the season, Longhorns coach Charlie Strong confirmed Monday. Locksley, a two-time All-Metro second-team selection, redshirted last season and switched to wide receiver this offseason. He does not have a catch in Texas' six games, and Strong cited playing time in Locksley's decision to leave the program. Locksley initially committed to Florida State over Texas and Maryland, where his father, Mike Locksley, was serving as the Terps' offensive coordinator. The four-star dual-threat quarterback recruit switched his pledge to Texas just days before national signing day in 2015. By that point, Maryland coach Randy Edsall had been fired, and Mike Locksley had been both promoted to interim coach and not retained by new coach DJ Durkin.

— Jonas Shaffer

NHL: The Washington Capitals will hold a pregame ceremony Tuesday night against the Colorado Avalanche to honor 2015-16 Vezina Trophy winner Braden Holtby. During the ceremony, Holtby will receive a gift from the organization. All fans in attendance will receive a Holtby fan banner.


Men's college soccer: Loyola Maryland freshman Brian Saramago was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for a second straight week. … Salisbury junior Nicholas Carrington was selected as Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. … Washington College sophomore goalkeeper Josh Samuels was picked as Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week.


Women's college soccer: Navy senior Rachel Feldman was named Offensive Player of the Week and freshman Cadie Higginson Rookie of the Week by the Patriot League. … Johns Hopkins captain Ana Bengoechea was selected CC Offensive Player of the Week and McDaniel junior Sarah McDonald was named CC Defensive Player of the Week.

Athletic training: Mark Myers was named head athletic trainer at Mount St. Mary's. Myers spent the past two years as an assistant athletic trainer at St. John Fisher in Rochester, N.Y. Prior to his time at St. John Fisher, Myers worked as the head athletic trainer at Garrett College in McHenry and Henderson State in Arkadelphia, Ark. Myers, a former intern with the Indianapolis Colts, also worked as an assistant at Elon, Georgetown and The Citadel.

Varsity field hockey: Ally Furnari scored to lead Maryvale (8-1, 6-0 IAAM B Conference) to a 1-0 win over host No. 13 John Carroll (8-3, 5-1). ... Elle Kolb and Peyton Taylor scored to lift host Mount de Sales (12-4, 5-1 IAAM B Conference) over St. Paul's (4-6, 3-4).

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