Saturday, May 18, 2013
Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner, finished fourth.
Oxbow, a 15-1 longshot, went nearly wire-to-wire to win the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas the all-time lead in Triple Crown race victories with 14. The bay colt, ridden by 50-year old Gary Stevens and owned by Calumet Farm, took the lead early from Goldencents and won the $1 million Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by 1 ¾ lengths holding off Itsmyluckyday and Mylute in 1:57.54. Oxbow also ended hopes for a Triple Crown winner for another year. Orb, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, never got started from his No. 1 post position and finished a disappointing fourth. "I get paid to spoil dreams," Lukas said after the race. "You can’t mail it in, it’s a different surface, a different …
From A to Z, a wild, fun time at the 138th Preakness Stakes.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The 138th running of the Baltimore tradition will be held this Saturday.
We're in the final stretch before the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Here's what you need to know. When is it? The Triple Crown race will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Pimlico. NBC (WRC, WBAL) and Horse Racing Radio Network (WSPZ-AM in Washington is the only area affiliate) will have the call, which will also be streaming on the radio network's website. The first post on the day is at 10:45 a.m. Tickets? They are still available. Infield tickets are $60. Admission to the grandstand starts at $25, with box seats starting at $110. Tickets for the infield Mug Club, which include unlimited beer, are sold out. Weather? It's forecast to be partly sunny in Baltimore Saturday, with a high of 78. …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The first and second round matches will be held this week.
Sparrows Point is a top seed in the 2A/1A varsity girls lacrosse playoffs, which start this week. The team, like the rest on the north division bracket, has a bye and will host Owings Mills in a second-round match on Friday. On the boys side, Sparrows Point will host Pikesville Wednesday at 5 p.m., with the winner to face the victor in the first-round match between Joppatowne and Southern (Anne Arundel). Patapsco's eighth-seeded boys team will host Dundalk Wednesday for the right to face top seed North Harford in the 3A/2A bracket, while the girls team will travel to Lansdowne, with the winner taking on North Harford or Towson. Dundalk's girls will travel to Hereford Wednesday, with the winner going on to face Franklin or Aberdeen. Check …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Orb won the first leg of the Triple Crown Saturday, making up major ground in the home stretch to win the Kentucky Derby.
Orb, a thoroughbred with Maryland ties, won the Kentucky Derby Saturday, setting up a potential homecoming story later this month at the Preakness. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Orb began well back in the 20-horse field, before closing very strong in the home stretch. "I was really far back," Rosario told NBC. "I said hopefully he can go faster than that. I was saying maybe I was too far back, but it was so easy." See video of the race on NBCSports.com. The horse is owned by northern Baltimore County resident Stuart S. Janney, an executive with a New York-based financial firm, according to The Sun. Orb's father, Malibu Moon, is owned by Bel Air's Pons family of Country Life Farm, The Sun reported last month. The winning time was 2:02.89, as Orb…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts chamber choir sang the American and Canadian national anthems at Oriole Park at Camden Yards Tuesday.
Local students enjoyed a place of honor Tuesday night when they took center stage at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The chamber choir from Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts sang the American and Canadian national anthems at Oriole Park at Camden Yards before the Orioles took on the Toronto Bluejays in Major League Baseball American League play. The school's color guard also got in on the action by presenting the flags for the performance. Do you have any photos or video of the performance? Add them to this article by clicking on the "Upload photos and videos" button below.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The school's Chamber Choir will sing the American and Canadian national anthems and the Color Guard will present the flags at tonight's Baltimore Orioles baseball game.
A few vocally gifted Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts students have to be excited about their next gig. Members of the school's Chamber Choir have the honor of appearing at Oriole Park at Camden Yards tonight, where they will sing both the American and Canadian national anthems before the Orioles take on the Toronto Bluejays. The school's color guard will get in on the action by having the honor of presenting the flags for the performance, according to a statement from the school. The Birds are back and so are the Patriots—now you have two great reasons to get a ticket or two to tonight's game!
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The state comptroller criticizes the president of Towson University and compares her to a movie villain.
Comptroller Peter Franchot went "Old School" on Towson University President Maravene Loeschke during a Wednesday meeting. Literally. Before calling for the resignation of Loeschke, the comptroller gave the Towson University president a political tongue lashing in absentia. Then Franchot, the Amherst graduate, dropped in a pop culture reference comparing her to the Dean Gordon "Cheese" Pritchard, head of the fictional Harrison University in the movie "Old School." Pritchard, played by Jeremy Piven, lies and schemes and connives to thwart a group of middle-age men who attempt to start their own fraternity. In this case, Franchot was worked up over how Loeschke choose to tell students she was eliminating the men's baseball and soccer programs…
Monday, April 15, 2013
Mike Gimbel, a local runner who has run the marathon eight times, said today's explosions hit the most crowded portion of the course. Click here for video of the explosions.
An explosion Monday at the Boston Marathon came at the worst place at the worst time, according to a Maryland runner who has participated in the prestigious race numerous times. Mike Gimbel, who has run the Boston Marathon eight of the last 10 years, said the area of the explosion near Boylston Street is one of the most populated areas. "The majority of the fans and police are located in that area," said Gimbel. "There's 23,000 runners and everyone is there, some times 100 deep, trying to see their loved ones finishing the race. It's the place to be; it's the highlight of the race." Gimbel was scheduled to run the race again this year but withdrew after a leg injury. "I've run it so much, the last time I was there I knew where the potholes…
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Lewis Melcher has been a die-hard fan of the MISL team for 33 years.
When the Baltimore Blast recently won the Major Indoor Soccer League championship, Lewis Melcher couldn't have been happier if he had been a member of the team itself. The St. Helena man is a reminder that the word "fan" is derived from fanatic, and Melcher is a Blast fanatic. He's been a loyal follower of the soccer team for 33 of his 43 years. "I was 10 when I went to my first game," he said shortly after the Blast secured its seventh championship title. "My youth rec coach took my team to a game, and I was hooked." The intimacy of the Baltimore Civic Center—now known as the 1st Mariner Arena—the access to players and the willingness of those players to connect with their fan base made an impression on that 10-year-old. At that first …