Carrots Only overtook Fagedaboudit Sal in the deep stretch and beat him by a neck in the $135,000 Charles Hesse Jersey Breeders’ Handicap at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Trained by John Mazza and ridden by Chris DeCarlo, Carrots Only covered 1 1-16 miles over the fast main track in 1:42.4 and paid $5.20, $3 and $2.80.
Street Sense will enjoy a few more days at the Spa, then it’s back home to Kentucky to begin training for the next race of an already exceptional career. Just when and where that will be remained the biggest question a day after the Kentucky Derby winner’s hard-fought, half-length victory over Grasshopper in the $1 million Travers Stakes.
With September looming, Boston looks like the team to beat. The Chicago White Sox look like the team anyone can beat. David Ortiz hit a two-run homer, and J.D. Drew and Bobby Kielty ended long homerless droughts to back Julian Tavarez’s first win since late June as the Red Sox finished a four-game sweep of Chicago with an 11-1 victory Sunday.
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said it was a must-win situation. His team delivered that victory in dominating fashion. Ryan Howard homered and drove in four runs and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak with a 14-2 rout over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. Howard, the reigning National League MVP, ended a season-high 11-game homerless drought and finished with three hits and…
Maybe in the regular season the red flag will come out. Preseason games don’t count and neither do touchdowns that are erroneously ruled incompletions, as Brady Quinn discovered Saturday night. Quinn was efficient and effective for the second straight game, leading the Cleveland Browns past the Denver Broncos 17-16, although it probably wasn’t enough to win him the starting job over Charlie Frye.
This was money well spent for Jim Raymer. The trainer of Green Day paid a $60,000 supplemental entry and won the Yonkers Trot, the second leg of trotting’s Triple Crown. Raymer was rewarded with a payoff of $322,356 for the wire-to-wire victory by the 3-year-old bay gelding. Green Day, driven by Catello Manzi, was timed in 1:56 for the mile race at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night.
The Minnesota Twins had just ended Erik Bedard’s nine-game winning streak and completed a season’s sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. While the hip-hop music resonated throughout the clubhouse, the Twins simultaneously celebrated their accomplishment and looked ahead to another challenge. Next up for resurgent Minnesota: an important three-game series in Cleveland against the AL Central leaders.
Tom Shearn was living in a camper outside a minor-league ballpark — saving money as the season wound down — when he got the call he feared would never come. The Cincinnati Reds wanted him. Finally, somebody wanted him. Two days shy of his 30th birthday, after 11 seasons knocking around the minors and another recovering from elbow surgery, the right-hander got his chance — and a win, too.
The New York Yankees hit the ball hard Sunday. The Detroit Tigers just kept making all the plays. The Tigers used three early homers and three late defensive gems to beat the Yankees 5-4, and can win their first series since mid-July with a victory in the series finale Monday night. “We’ve had some bad moments this year, but the one thing about this team is that they always give it everything they…
The Houston Astros retired Jeff Bagwell’s No. 5 jersey before their game with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. “This is an amazing day,” said Bagwell, who played his entire 15-year career with Houston. “To have your number retired, I really can’t believe it.” Bagwell, a first baseman who entered the big leagues in 1991, finished with 449 home runs and a .297 average.
The stadium lights dimmed while Kyle Boller’s throw was in mid-air. The pass was incomplete — just like the game. With more lightning on the way, officials decided enough was enough. Saturday night’s preseason game between the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins was halted with 11:38 remaining in the third quarter, giving the Redskins an abbreviated 13-7 win.