Owned and trained by New York-based Rudy Rodriguez, Sweetrayofsunshine split horses in deep stretch and made one final surge approaching the wire to pass long-shot leader Jessica Krupnik and win Sunday's featured eighth race at Laurel Park.
Sweetrayofsunshine ($9.60), a 7-year-old mare ridden by Rosario Montanez, completed 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 12 seconds over a sloppy, sealed main track in the $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for fillies and mares. It was the 15th win in 34 career starts for Sweetrayofsunshine and first at Laurel.
Jessica Krupnick finished a half-length in second at 13-1, with Scip's Sonata third and 2-1 favorite City Siren fourth.
More Laurel: Hard Eight Racing Stables' Boys From Boston made a successful return to Laurel by circling five-wide at the top of the stretch and opening up down the lane for a 5-length win in the sixth race. The $42,000 entry-level optional claiming allowance for 2-year-olds was the son of Pure Prize's first start in Maryland since breaking his maiden in a 5 ½-furlong turf sprint Sept. 11. Boys From Boston ($5.80) ran one mile in 1:38.66. Worth His Salt was second with Fly E Dubai third and favored Bellows fourth. … Jockeys Victor Carrasco and Taylor Hole each posted a riding double. Carrasco was first aboard Ice On the Severn ($13.80) in the second race and Boys From Boston ($5.80) in the sixth, while Hole won with Raven Rush ($10.60) in the sixth and High Tolerance ($) in the ninth … Raven Rush is trained by Mary Eppler, who extended her fall meet-leading total to 21 victories. … Live racing returns with a nine-race program Friday. First race post time is 12:30 p.m.
Terps land 3-star LB from St. John's (D.C.)
Three-star linebacker Kofi Wardlow committed to the Maryland football team Saturday night, he announced on Twitter. The St. John's (D.C.) prospect chose the Terps over offers from Michigan State, Rutgers and others. "Ultimately, I decided that the best place for me to grow as a student, man, and athlete was at the University of Maryland," he wrote on therecruitdigest.com. "I chose Maryland for a variety of reasons. They are really close to home so my family can come and see me whenever. I can really sense the change in the program and the coaches really made it feel like home for me. I love the other guys they have in the class. They are like brothers to me, and I cannot wait to step on the field with them next fall." Wardlow is the third St. John's senior to commit to Maryland, after quarterback Kasim Hill and defensive tackle Cam Spence, both four-star prospects. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Wardlow took official visits to College Park and Michigan State earlier this month.
— Jonas Shaffer
Women's college basketball: Tykyrah Williams scored a game-high 19 points but host Morgan State fell, 58-44, to Robert Morris (5-6). Braennan Farrar added six points for the Bears (2-7), who shot just 21.7 percent from the field, including 5-for-17 from 3-point range. Anna Niki Stamolamprou scored 13 points for the Colonials, who shot 57.1 percent. … William & Mary opened the game on a 26-4 run in a 68-46 win over visiting Mount St. Mary's (2-8). Marlena Tremba went 7-for-10 from the field, including a 5-for-8 from 3-point range for a game-high 19 points for the Tribe (8-1). Stacey Koutris scored a team-high 11 points for the Mountaineers. Alexis Carter and Kayla Bates added nine points apiece, and Kathleen Belanger-Finn had eight.
Major arena soccer league: Tony Donatelli broke a 4-4 tie late in the third quarter and scored the game's next two goals in the fourth as the visiting Blast (5-2) pulled away for an 8-4 win over the Dallas Sidekicks (4-5) on Saturday night in the first game between the onetime rivals since 2004. Donatelli broke the tie with three seconds left in the third period on a pass from Vini Dantas, then scored at 7:20 and 13:51 of the fourth, the latter against an extra attacker, to put the game away. He also had assists on two second-quarter goals. The Blast's Jonatas Melo and Andrew Hoxie each had two goals, and goalkeeper William Vanzela made five saves.