Derby winner shipping to Baltimore
Trainer Doug O'Neill isn't wasting any time in sending I'll Have Another to Maryland for the second leg of the Triple Crown.
The chestnut colt who edged past Bodemeister to win the Kentucky Derby by 1 1/2 lengths on Saturday, will fly from Louisville to Baltimore today. He will be the earliest arriving Derby winner since Monarchos showed up at Pimlico four days after his 2001 win.
I'll Have Another is in position to win horse racing's first Triple Crown since 1978 when Affirmed swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes within a five-week span.
"I get goose bumps just thinking about it," O'Neill said. "I think he is the kind of horse who can maintain his form and keep it going."
Back in Louisville, the discovery of a man's body Sunday in the stable area of Churchill Downs was being investigated as a homicide. Authorities said there appears to be no connection to the race track or the Derby.
Redskins anoint Griffin as starting QB
No sense fooling around with a talent like Robert Griffin III. Barely a week after the draft, the Washington Redskins are already proclaiming the Heisman Trophy winner their No. 1 quarterback.
Saying that Griffin has the ability to do things no one else has done in the NFL, coach Mike Shanahan wrapped up a rookie minicamp Sunday by putting RGIII squarely atop the depth chart.
"He's the starter. Period," Shanahan said.
Shanahan said Griffin will begin working with the first-teamers when the veterans reconvene for offseason workouts later this month. Fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins and last year's starter Rex Grossman will share snaps to sort out the second- and third-string spots.
Six crews gain regatta titles
Six local crews rowed to titles Sunday afternoon at the 21st John Bennett Invitational regatta at West Side Rowing Club.
Nichols had two winners in the event, which featured 23 youth programs from New York, Pennsylvania and Canada and included more than 500 competitors.
The winning local crews came in the following races on the Black Rock Channel:
Women's senior four: Nardin (Maggie Downing, Mary Bridge, Tessa Yurko, Clare Costello and coxswain Hannah Blum).
Women's junior eight: West Side Rowing Club (Maddie McDonnell, Katherine Greene, Sarah Casillio, Marissa Jeswald, Emily Evans, Heavyn Drener, Emily Radziwan, Ashley Johnson and coxswain Kenzie Obrochta).
Women's junior four: Nichols (Allie Nash, Eva Schletir, Alex Gunner, Hillary Vossler and coxswain Tricia Daly).
Men's junior four: Nichols (Cameron Hejna, Oscar Ostendorf, Joel Almand, Spencer Bacor and coxswain Eleanor Brasca).
Women's flyweight four: Holy Angels (Alaina Longo, Jen Griebner, Marissa Beinhauer, Marissa Mele and coxswain Maddy Wahler).
Men's novice four: Bishop Timon-St. Jude (Sean Overdorf, Conor Gilson, Matt Eagen, Stephen Moran and coxswain Will Welsby).
Armstrong third in St. Croix Ironman
Lance Armstrong dominated the cycling but finished third Sunday in the St. Croix Ironman triathlon in U.S. Virgin Islands. "I felt like maybe I waited a little long on the bike to make my move," said Armstrong.
From News Staff and wire service reports