Brazil will meet El Salvador in a friendly at FedEx Field in Landover on Sept. 11, four days after coach Tite's team takes on the U.S. in a previously announced friendly at East Rutherford, N.J. The two matches will be Brazil's first since its World Cup quarterfinal elimination against Belgium in July. They will also be the first games since Tite extended his contract until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Tite will announce his squad next Friday. The matches are part of Brazil's preparation for Copa America, which it will host in June 2019.
Paulita earns Laurel victory for late breeder Backer
More than two years after his death, thoroughbred owner and breeder William M. Backer was represented in the winner's circle at Laurel Park on Saturday after a horse he bred won her stakes debut in a race named in his honor. Hat Creek Racing's Paulita ($3.40) turned back a late charge from multiple stakes winner Queen Caroline in the $75,000 William M. Backer Stakes. The Backer and the $75,000 Camptown at 5 ½ furlongs, both for fillies and mares 3 and up, were among four stakes worth $300,000 in purses for Virginia-bred/sired horses on the 10-race Commonwealth Day program. Ridden by Daniel Centeno for trainer Arnaud Delacour, Paulita completed one mile in 1 minute, 38.23 seconds.
More horseracing: Susan Moulton's Altamura earned a front-running 1 ¼-length victory in the $75,000 Camptown. The winning time for 5 ½ furlongs was 1:03.78. ... Morgans Ford Farm homebred River Deep earned a 7 ¼-length victory in the $75,000 Hansel Stakes. River Deep ($3.60 ran 1 mile in 1:36.68. ... Tag Stables and Bedlam's Homespun Hero ($10) won the $75,000 Meadow Stable Stakes. The $75,000 Punch Line Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs for 3-year-olds wraps up the Virginia-bred/sired sprint series Sept. 22 at Laurel.
— From Sun staff and news services