Hamil­ton earns first win in 10 years in re­turn to Lau­rel

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Jockey Steve “Cow­boy” Hamil­ton earned the first vic­tory of his rid­ing come­back Sun­day, pilot­ing owner-trainer Robert Vuke­lic’s Bo Vuk to a 43⁄ length vic­tory in the third race at Lau­rel Park. It was Hamil­ton’s first win in 10 years. Sent off at 9-1 in the $22,000 maiden claim­ing event for 3-year-olds and up, Bo Vuk ran 51⁄ fur­longs in 1 minute, 5.46 sec­onds over a muddy and sealed main track in just his sec­ond ca­reer start. “I’ve been wait­ing for that one,” Hamil­ton, 42, said. “Words don’t de­scribe be­ing back on that end of it.” Hamil­ton had more than 1,200 vic­to­ries and was one of the top five rid­ers in Mary­land at the time of his re­tire­ment in Dec. 2006. MORE LAU­REL PARK: Jockey Je­vian Toledo swept the early daily dou­ble with Clas­sic Wild­cat ($7) in the first race and Mag­gie Wag ($4.40) in the sec­ond. Vic­tor Car­rasco also had a rid­ing dou­ble, aboard Risky Guy ($8.40) in the fourth and Just Jack ($9) in the eighth, while Ho­ra­cio Kara­manos was first with How’s Your Su­gar ($9.60) in the seventh and My Ade­line ($3.80) in the ninth. SPEED SKAT­ING: Thomas Hong, a Mary­land stu­dent who lives in Lau­rel and grad­u­ated from Atholton, fin­ished third i n the A Fi­nals 500-me­ter race at the Short Track World Cup Qual­i­fier/AmCup in Kearns, Utah. The short track team will be an­nounced to­day for the In­ter­na­tional Skat­ing Union Short Track World Cup on Nov. 4-6 in Cal­gary. MEN’S SOC­CER: D.C. United de­fender Steve Birn­baum was named to the United States men’s na­tional soc­cer team’s fi­nal ros­ter for friendly matches Oct. 7 in Cuba and Oct. 11 at RFK Sta­dium in Wash­ing­ton. WOMEN’S COL­LEGE VOL­LEY­BALL: Kelsey Wicin­ski served a ca­reer-high six aces and three Mary­land play­ers had dou­ble-digit kills but the host Terps (8-8, 0-4 Big Ten Con­fer­ence) fell to No. 24 Illi­nois (10-5, 3-1) in five sets, 18-25, 25-22, 28-30, 25-23, 14-16. —

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