Digest (Dec. 28): Whirlin Curlin tries to keep streak going at Laurel Park

Marathon Farms' juvenile homebred Whirlin Curlin, an upset winner of back-to-back stakes at Laurel, looks to make it three in a row in the $100,000 Heft for 2-year-olds going 7 furlongs Saturday at Laurel Park. The Heft is one of six stakes worth $550,000 in purses to be run Saturday as part of Laurel's Christmastide Stakes Day program. A gelded son of Hall of Famer Curlin trained by Gary Capuano, Whirlin Curlin won the 6-furlong Christopher Elser on Nov. 25 and the 7-furlong Maryland Juvenile Futurity on Dec. 9, both against restricted company and each at odds of more than 21-1. Fall meet-leading rider Jevian Toledo, aboard for each of the past two wins, has the call again from Post 9 in the field of 10. Whirlin Curlin is one of two Maryland-breds in the field along with maiden Tattooed, and one of two stakes winners. A Different Style, trained by Parx-based John Servis, has won two straight capped by the James F. Lewis III on Nov. 11 at Laurel in his stakes debut and has posted two bullet works for his return. Also entered are last-out winners Devine Entry, El Corazon and Big Bella Brown; Diamond King, who clipped heels and lost the rider in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) Nov. 25 after winning his first two starts; Blue Ridge Scout, Smooth B and Blame It On Honey. ... Following impressive wins over fellow Maryland-breds in her past two starts, Limited View returns to open company in her quest for a third consecutive stakes victory in the $100,000 Gin Talking for 2-year-old fillies. Owned by Fred Wasserloos, George Greenwalt and trainer John Salzman Jr., Limited View has won three straight and four of five career starts, the exception coming when sixth in the Adirondack (G2) on Aug. 12 at Saratoga. Each of her first two wins came against open company. The Freedom Child filly had no trouble in the paddock or starting gate in her most recent effort, a 6-length romp in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship on Dec. 9 at Laurel at the Gin Talking's 7 furlongs. In her previous start, she broke poorly and trailed the field by as many as 13 lengths before rallying to capture the Maryland Million Lassie. After considering giving Limited View some time until the $100,000 Marshua for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 27 at Laurel, Salzman opted to bring his stable star back in just three weeks for the Gin Talking.

NHL: The Capitals have assigned forward Nathan Walker to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. The Sydney native became the first Australian to play in the NHL on Oct. 7 against the Montreal Canadiens. Walker scored his first goal in his NHL debut and played in seven games for the Capitals this season. Walker also appeared in two games for the Edmonton Oilers.

Women's college basketball: UMES freshman Bairesha Gill-Miles was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. It was the 6-foot forward's third honor of the season.

Indoor girls lacrosse: Quick Stix registration is underway for girls in grades 1-8 for winter indoor skills and scrimmages at Annapolis High School. The program begins runs on Sundays from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11. Online registration is available at quickstix.com. Call Cathy Samaras, 410-573-1414 ext. 111, for more information.

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