Super Saver heads field of 11
for $1 million Travers Stakes
Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver leads a field of 11 3-year-olds running in the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga today, with the race most likely to sort out a muddled division.
Minus Preakness and Haskell Invitation winner Lookin’ at Lucky, widely considered the nation’s leading 3-year-old male, the 141st edition of the Grade 1 Travers brings together a group of late-developing potential contenders for the division championship and one, Super Saver, attempting to regain diminished stature.
The field for the wide-open race at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., includes First Dude, runner-up in the Preakness and third in the Belmont Stakes and Haskell; Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box; and Fly Down, second in the Belmont.
Also: The Usual Q.T., defending champion Richard’s Kid and 7-year-old Awesome Gem are among 10 horses entered in today’s $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
The Usual Q.T. is the early 3-1 favorite for the 1¼-mile race. He’ll break from the No. 10 post under Victor Espinoza.
Richard’s Kid, who drew post No. 6 under Mike Smith, is the second choice at 7-2. Awesome Gem will break from post nine under David Flores as the early 9-2 third choice in his record fourth attempt to win the Grade 1 race.
The winner is guaranteed a spot in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.
The owner of Pimlico Race Course said it will offer $5.5 million in shared bonuses to the winning owner and trainer at the 2011 Preakness Stakes.
MID Developments Inc. announced the Preakness 5.5 bonus program. The winning owner would receive $5 million, and the trainer would get $500,000.
Kyle Busch holds off Bodine,
wins truck race at Chicagoland
Kyle Busch withstood two late challenges for the lead from Todd Bodine and hung on to win the NASCAR Camping World truck series race at Chicagoland Speedway in overtime.
It was Busch’s second straight truck win at the Joliet, Ill., racetrack, his fourth series victory of the season and 20th of his career. And it comes in the wake of his remarkable three-race sweep at Bristol last weekend.
Busch did a tire-smoking victory burnout on the frontstretch, with his crew warning him on the radio to take it easy on the engine.
Bodine finished second, followed by Ron Hornaday Jr., Johnny Sauter and Justin Lofton.
Also: Regan Smith signed a contract extension with Furniture Row Racing through the 2012 season to drive the team’s No. 78 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Smith is running a full Cup schedule for the first time this season. His best finish is a 14th at Atlanta in March.
Ryan Briscoe won the pole position for today’s IndyCar series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., turning a lap average of 216.346 mph in qualifying. It was the third straight pole at Chicagoland for Briscoe, the defending race winner.
Dario Franchitti qualified second, followed by Will Power, Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti. Danica Patrick qualified 12th.
Broad Street Bullies foursome
work to become U.S. citizens
The United States is about to let a bunch of former Bullies become citizens.
Four members of the Philadelphia Flyers championship Broad Street Bullies teams of the 1970s are going through the necessary steps that will make them American citizens by the end of the year.
Canadians Bill Clement, Orest Kindrachuk, Bob Kelly and Dave Schultz are known for leading the Flyers to their only two Stanley Cup titles in 1974 and ’75. They raised the Cup together, and they’ll raise their right hands to take the citizenship oath.
“I figured it was time to become an American citizen,” Kindrachuk said.
The Broad Street Bullies, the subject of a recent HBO documentary, ruled the ice with a ready-to-rumble style that made them loved in Philadelphia and loathed throughout the rest of the NHL.
Also: The New Jersey Devils submitted a new contract to the league for Russian star Ilya Kovalchuk, the NHL said.
The league has five days to approve or reject the deal, which media reports say amounts to $100 million for 15 years. A month ago, the NHL rejected a 17-year, $102 million contract for Kovalchuk, saying it violated the league salary cap.
After the rejection, the NHL Players Association filed a grievance, and the league’s decision was upheld by an arbiter.
Free-agent forward Paul Kariya will not play next season after being diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome.
Kariya, 35, spent the last three seasons with the St. Louis Blues. He had 18 goals and 25 assists last season.
He missed six games in December and January after sustaining a concussion. He missed the 1998 Winter Olympics because of a concussion.
Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was found guilty on charges stemming from a DUI arrest in Scottsdale, Ariz., in February.
The four-time All-Star faces up to six months in jail when he is sentenced Tuesday.
A Massachusetts man who beat another man to death at their sons’ hockey scrimmage was released from prison.
Thomas Junta of Reading received a six- to 10-year sentence in January 2002 for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Costin. The case drew widespread attention to the problem of parental violence at youth sporting events.
Guard C.J. Henry transferred from Kansas to Southern Nazarene University in the NAIA.
Henry was the New York Yankees’ first-round pick in the 2005 baseball draft but returned to playing basketball after three years and signed with Memphis. He redshirted there before transferring to Kansas, where he averaged 3.1 points in limited playing time alongside brother Xavier Henry.
Hawaii’s big bats helped carry the boys from Waipahu to the U.S. title game of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.
Waipahu rallied from four runs down against Columbus, Ga., and scored its runs in its final three innings in a wild 12-5 win for the West region champs.
The Little League World Series final four is set. Hawaii will play Pearland, Texas, in the U.S. championship game today, and Japan and Taiwan will meet for the international crown. The winners will play Sunday for the World Series title.
American Tyson Gay won the Diamond League trophy as the season’s top performer in the 100 meters, finishing in 9.79 seconds to beat Jamaican Nesta Carter at the Van Damme Meet in Brussels.
Gay was looking to beat his personal best of 9.69, the time he shares with Usain Bolt as the second-fastest ever.
Ashleigh Shoughro set a program record with four goals as the UNLV women’s soccer team beat Albany 5-2 in the Las Vegas Invitational at Peter Johann Memorial Field.
The Rebels improved to 2-0.
The UNLV volleyball team lost its first two matches of the season, dropping 3-0 decisions to 25th-ranked St. Mary’s and Long Beach State at the Long Beach State Invitational.
UNLV’s Amanda Alles had 11 assists in the first match and 27 in the second.