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Digest: Full field to challenge California Chrome in Breeders' Cup Classic

Digest: Full field to challenge California Chrome in Breeders' Cup Classic
California Chrome co-owner Perry Martin sports a button in support of his horse. (John Cherwa / Los Angeles Times)

California Chrome heads a full field of 14 horses for the Breeders' Cup Classic, with the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner likely to be the prohibitive favorite in the $6 million race, which includes Arrogate, Effinex and current Kentucky Derby champion Nyquist.

East Coast invader Frosted, Gun Runner, Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Hoppertunity, Keen Ice and Gold Cup winner Melatonin are also among the 14 horses expected to run in the 11/4 -mile Classic, which will be shown live in prime time on channels 11 and 4.

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The Classic field is among a total of 185 horses pre-entered Wednesday for the $28 million, 13-race Breeders' Cup world championships on Nov. 4 and 5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. The track is hosting the event for a record ninth time.

Final entries and the post-position draw will be Monday at Santa Anita.

Thirty-eight foreign horses were pre-entered.

California Chrome has blossomed as a 5-year-old under trainer Art Sherman, who has saddled him to a 6-0 record this year, including the Dubai World Cup. Chrome finished third in the 2014 Classic and was named Horse of the Year in his 3-year-old season. His career earnings of $13.4 million are a North American record.

Effinex finished second to Triple Crown champion American Pharoah in last year's Classic at Keeneland.

Trained by Bob Baffert, late-developing Arrogate set a track record in winning the Travers by 13 1/2 at Saratoga. Baffert's other entry is Hoppertunity. The Hall of Fame trainer is seeking a record third consecutive Classic victory, having won with Bayern at Santa Anita in 2014 and last year with American Pharoah.

Arrogate is ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, who leads Breeders' Cup jockeys with 22 career wins.

After his Derby victory, Nyquist has lost the Preakness, Haskell Invitational and Pennsylvania Derby in successive starts.

Found adds international interest to the Classic. The 4-year-old filly won the BC Turf last year and has since captured the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

New York-based Chad Brown and Irishman Aidan O'Brien pre-entered 13 horses each, tops among trainers. Todd Pletcher has 10 horses, while Baffert has eight. The Coolmore partnerships lead all owners with 14 horses.

Three female trainers will take shots at winning a Breeders' Cup race: Michelle Nevin has two entries; Kathy Ritvo and Laura Wohlers have one each.

The top race on Nov. 4 is the $2 million Distaff for fillies and mares. Nine horses were pre-entered in the 1 1/8-mile race, with the presence of Beholder, Songbird and Stellar Wind making it one of the strongest fields in the 33-year history of the Breeders' Cup.

Benoit Pouliot scores twice as Oilers top Capitals 4-1

Benoit Pouliot scored twice, Cam Talbot made 34 saves and the host Edmonton Oilers beat the Washington Capitals, 4-1, on Wednesday night to stretch their winning streak to four games. Patrick Maroon and Milan Lucic also scored for the Oilers (6-1-0). They have won four of five games at Rogers Place, their new downtown arena. Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals (3-2-1). Braden Holtby made 25 saves.

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Varsity football: Patterson Mill's Steve Lurz was named the Ravens High School Coach of the Week on Wednesday for leading the Huskies to an emotional win over Rising Sun four days after the death of lineman Isaac Pfarr. On the first play of Thursday night's game, Lurz sent just 10 players onto the field to honor Pfarr, a junior offensive guard who died Oct. 16 from a seizure, according to his family members. The Huskies went on to defeat the Tigers, 45-26, for their second win of the season.

Katherine Dunn

Varsity girls soccer: Archbishop Spalding moved up from No. 25 to No. 12 in the USA Today/National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. McDonogh fell from No. 11 to No. 17.

Baseball: Washington Nationals right-handed relief pitcher Aaron Barrett cleared outright waivers this week, chose not to accept an assignment to Triple-A Syracuse, and will become a free agent instead. Barrett, who had a 3.47 ERA in 90 total appearances in 2014 and 2015, underwent Tommy John elbow reconstruction in September 2015 and ankle surgery that winter, then fractured his throwing elbow while rehabilitating two months ago. He's expected to be ready for spring training.

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Lacrosse: 2016 Maryland graduate Taylor Cummings (McDonogh), the only three-time Tewaaraton Award winner, has joined the lineup of presenters Jan. 20-22 at the US Lacrosse Convention at Baltimore Convention Center. Cummings recently has founded a lacrosse instructional company and signed a sponsorship agreement with Under Armour. For more information or to register, go to uslacrosse.org/laxcon.

Men's college basketball: Loyola Maryland was picked in the Patriot League preseason poll to finish seventh and Navy eighth. Lehigh was predicted to win the 10-team conference in the vote of coaches and sports information directors. Greyhounds junior guard Andre Walker tied for the fifth and final spot on the All-Patriot preseason team. ... Mount St. Mary's was picked in the Northeast Conference preseason poll to tie for fourth in the 10-team league. Fairleigh Dickinson was predicted to win the conference in the vote of head coaches. Knights junior guard-forward Earl Potts (Archbishop Spalding) made the five-player All-NEC preseason team.

Women's college basketball: Navy was picked in the Patriot League preseason poll to finish sixth and Loyola Maryland seventh. Bucknell was predicted to win the 10-team conference in the vote of coaches and SIDs. Greyhounds junior Bri Betz-White guard made the five-player All-Patriot preseason team. ... Mount St. Mary's was picked in the NEC preseason poll to finish eighth in the 10-team league. Sacred Heart was predicted to win the conference in the vote of head coaches. ... Stevenson was picked in the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth preseason poll to finish third and Hood ninth. Messiah was predicted to win the nine-team league.

College field hockey: Maryland senior defender Grace Balsdon was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Women's college volleyball: St. Mary's senior Mimi Graf (Broadneck) was named the Capital Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week.

Men's college swimming: Frostburg State junior Christian March (Westminster) was named Capital Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week. ... Washington College named seniors Pat Elliott, Danny Furman (Calvert Hall) and Brent Hochstein captains.

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Women's college swimming: Washington College named senior Ellen Maxwell (Loch Raven) and juniors Maija Adourian (Notre Dame Prep) and Katie Gorman captains.

Women's college tennis: JuniorsKrista Filiopoulos(Annapolis Area Christian)andKiran Pant(Mount Hebron)were named captains at Washington College.

Men's college tennis: Senior twins Jeremy Novick and Zack Novick were named captains at Washington College.

Women's college bowling: UMES graduate student Thashaina Seraus was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Bowler of the Week.

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