Digest: Bold Affair goes coast to coast in Geisha Stakes at Laurel Park

Inside Lacrosse unveils changes to Powerball event, slated for next July in N.J.

Bold Affair

Bold Affair, ridden by Abel Castellano, wins the $100,000 Geisha Stakes for fillies and mares at Laurel Park on Thursday, November 22, 2012. (Maryland Jockey Club, Jim McCue / November 23, 2012)

Laurel Park

Bold Affair goes coast to coast in Geisha Stakes

Charles Reed and Mike Zanella's Bold Affair went to the lead, galloped along within herself and came home a driving winner in the Thanksgiving feature at Laurel Park, the $100,000 Geisha Stakes. Racing one mile under Abel Castellano, Bold Affair completed the distance in 1 minute, 38.81 seconds over the fast main track and finished four lengths ahead of Catch a Thief, who had to chase the winner throughout. Plum rallied for third. "When I handicapped the race it looked like we were the lone speed, so I wanted to get to the lead and settle," Castellano said. "I am glad it worked out the way we drew it up." Howard Wolfendale trains the 4-year-old daughter of Two Punch, a six-time stakes winner in 15 starts, including the Conniver, Primonetta, Skipat Stakes and the Maryland Million Distaff, all this year. "On the backside she relaxed pretty good and I was ready when we turned for home," Castellano said. "When I asked her to run she started kicking on; the only thing was when she passed the first wire she thought she was done, but I said, 'No, baby we have another furlong to go.' I was very happy the way she ran." Castellano rode three winners on the card to move ahead of Sheldon Russell in the Laurel fall meeting jockey standings. The 29-year-old has 37 victories, two more than Russell. Bold Affair paid $3.20 as the 3-5 betting favorite. Reed indicated Bold Affair would run next in the $125,000 Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes at Laurel on Dec. 22.

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Inside Lacrosse unveils changes to Powerball event

Inside Lacrosse magazine has announced plans for the second annual Powerball Lacrosse Tournament for men's and women's adult club players, with major changes that will benefit a charity and open up competition for college players. The tournament will be held July 12-14 in Atlantic City, N.J., with game action taking place nearby at Richard Stockton College in Galloway, N.J. There are two significant changes for the 2013 tournament. The first is that the elite "Money Division" will now be the "Charity Division"; all teams in the Charity Division will designate a charity to compete for, with a $25,000 prize up for grabs. Second, with the cash prize now going entirely to charity, NCAA bylaws state that current college players will be able to participate in the Charity Division. Last year's Money Division winner was Team Reebok Blacks Out Cancer, a group of National Lacrosse League and Team Canada stars who played to benefit the families of former teammates Chris Sanderson (a former Baltimore Bayhawks goaltender) and Brandon Miller. In addition to the Charity Division for elite men's players, Powerball has the traditional competitive divisions of other summer tournaments such as a men's and women's open division, a men's masters division and a men's grand masters division. Men's and women's teams that register before Feb. 1 are eligible to save 10 percent on the entry fee. Visit PowerballLacrosse.com for more information and to register.

Inside Lacrosse

More lacrosse: Notre Dame named senior midfielder Quinn Cully, senior midfielder Ryan Foley, senior defender Matt Miller and senior attackman Sean Rogers captains for the 2013 season. ... US Lacrosse is hosting Lacrosse Night at the reopened Mount Washington Tavern from 7p.m. to close Dec. 8. Donations will be accepted to US Lacrosse's Sandy fund.

Men's college soccer: UMBC forward Pete Caringi III (Calvert Hall) was the America East Fans Choice Player of the Year. He's the first winner of this award for UMBC in any sport. ... Johns Hopkins sophomore goalkeeper Nick Cerrone and defender Mark Spencer were named to the Capital One Academic All-District II first team. ... Hood junior midfielder Eric Diehl was voted to the All-Commonwealth Conference first team.

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