X Y Jet en­tered in Satur­day’s De Fran­cis

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Hav­ing re­cov­ered from spring knee surgery and with a Grade 1 tight­ener un­der his belt, Rock­ing­ham Ranch and Gelfen­stein Farm’s mul­ti­ple graded-stakes win­ner X Y Jet will con­tinue his come­back in the $250,000 Frank J. De Fran­cis Memo­rial Dash (G3) on Satur­day. The 25th run­ning of the 6-fur­long De Fran­cis for 3-year-olds and up is the cen­ter­piece of an 11-race Fall Fes­ti­val of Rac­ing pro­gram that has seven stakes worth $825,000 in purses. A to­tal of 142 horses were en­tered on the card, an av­er­age of 12.9 starters per race. The sched­ule in­cludes the $100,000 Richard W. Small for 3-year-olds and up at 11⁄ miles; the $100,000 City of Lau­rel; the $100,000 Safely Kept for 3-year-old sprint­ers; the $100,000 James F. Lewis III; t he $ 100,000 Smart Halo f or 2-year-olds; and the $75,000 Geisha for Mary­land-bred/sired fe­males 3 and up at 1 mile. Post time for the fes­ti­val, which also in­cludes four races over the turf, is noon. MI­NOR LEAGUE BASE­BALL: The Aberdeen IronBirds, the Ori­oles’ af­fil­i­ate in the Short-A New York-Penn League, an­nounced their 2017 sched­ule, which will be­gin June 19 at 7:05 p.m., when the Hud­son Val­ley Rene­gades come to town for a two-game se­ries, fol­lowed by a sixgame road trip. For de­tails, go to IronBirds Base­ball.com. MEN’S COL­LEGE SQUASH: Navy ju­nior Jack Herold was named Har­row Sports Player of the Week. MEN’S COL­LEGE CROSS COUN­TRY: Navy’s Al Can­tello was named Mid-At­lantic Re­gion Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Coun­try Coaches Association. ... El­iz­a­beth­town fresh­man Ryan Rippeon (Fran­cis Scott Key) made the All-Land­mark Con­fer­ence sec­ond team. WOMEN’S COL­LEGE CROSS COUN­TRY: Johns Hop­kins sopho­more Feli­cia Ko­erner was named the USTFCCCA Mideast Re­gion Ath­lete of the Year. Bobby Van Allen was named Mideast Re­gion Coach of the Year for the third straight sea­son and eighth time in nine sea­sons. MEN’S COL­LEGE SWIM­MING: Sal­is­bury sopho­more Peter Moyer (St. Vin­cent Pal­lotti) was named the Cap­i­tal Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Swimmer of the Week. WOMEN’S COL­LEGE SWIM­MING: Frost­burg State ju­nior Macey Nitchie (Bel Air) was se­lected as the CAC Swimmer of the Week. ... Wash­ing­ton Col­lege ju­nior Katie Gor­man was named Col­legeSwim­ming.com’s Cen­ten­nial Con­fer­ence Swimmer of the Week. NA­TIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE: The Wash­ing­ton Spirit ac­quired mid­fielder Kristie Mewis and de­fender Kassey Kall­man from Bos­ton Break­ers as well as the No. 1 spot in the dis­tri­bu­tion rank­ing or­der for de­fender Me­gan Oys­ter, the Spirit’s Nos. 3 and 9 over­all picks in the col­lege draft and the No. 2 spot in the dis­tri­bu­tion rank­ing or­der. —

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