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Ortiz and Brown capture Belmont fall meet titles
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After sharing the spring/summer Belmont meet title with Javier Castellano, Irad Ortiz, Jr. made sure he was alone atop the fall leaderboard by winning seven races on closing weekend, giving him 46 victories for the meet and three more than Castellano. Joining Ortiz, Jr. as meet leaders were trainer Chad Brown, who took his third consecutive fall meet title with 30 wins, and Michael Dubb, whose 13 wins made him top owner for the third straight time on the NYRA circuit. Joel Rosario finished third with 38 wins, and Jose Ortiz, Irad’s younger brother, finished fourth with 32. Brown entered closing weekend with a commanding lead over runner-up David Jacobson, who also finished second in the owner standings, and coasted to the finish line to best his total from last year’s fall meet by four wins. The trainer saddled three graded stakes winners at the meet, topped by Stephanie’s Kitten’s triumph in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl. Brown also took the Grade 2 Sands Point with Ball Dancing, and the Grade 3 Miss Grillo with Lady Eli. Stephanie’s Kitten and Lady Eli will both represent the trainer at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on October 31 and November 1 at Santa Anita Park. Jacobson tallied 23 wins at the stand, while Christophe Clement caught fire on closing weekend to finish third with 18. Dame Dorothy undefeated Dame Dorothy remained undefeated with her fourth straight victory on Sunday, taking the lead at the top of the stretch and holding on for a half-length win in the Grade 3, $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap for fillies and mares, the closing day feature at Belmont Park. Owned by celebrity chef Bobby Flay, the 3-year-old Bernardini filly waited patiently under jockey Javier Castellano as long shot Flores Island took the field through an opening half. Moved up on the turn, Dame Dorothy powered past her stablemate, Teen Pauline, at the quarter-pole and had enough left to hold off the late rallies from Catch My Drift and Toasting. “On the backside, I had to steady a little bit, and tried to angle her outside and keep her in the clear,” said Castellano. Purchased for $390,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales, Dame Dorothy was a half-length winner of her first race last November, and returned to win a first-level optional claimer in January at Gulfstream Park. Following a 6 ½-month layoff, she took the Malvern Rose on August 10 at Presque Isle Downs. With the win, Dame Dorothy more than doubled her career earnings to $231,900 for Flay. “Her performance was terrific,” said Flay. “You never know - it was her first time against older horses. We’re looking forward to running her against straight 3-year-olds. Looking Ahead Thoroughbred racing action moves to Aqueduct Racetrack on Wednesday, October 29, where opening weekend will feature the simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park, as well as a trio of graded stakes at the Big A. On opening day, guests will be greeted by more than $14 million in capital improvements to the facility designed to enhance the guest experience. Admission to the Big A is free, with gates opening at 11 a.m. Aqueduct’s first race post time on Friday and Saturday is 1 p.m.
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Brooklyn Rugby women play to a draw in final match
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The Brooklyn Rugby Club women’s team played their final match of the 2014 season on Saturday, earning a 17-17 draw against the Worcester Shamrocks, who traveled down from Massachusetts. Meanwhile, the men’s team earned a 33-21 win in a non-league friendly match against Lansdowne RFC. The Brooklyn women fell behind 5-0 early after a try from Worcester, who then missed on the conversion attempt. Brooklyn responded with a penalty kick from Kyla Maxwell to trim the score to 5-3. Shortly thereafter, Worcester capitalized on a turnover by Brooklyn inside their own 22-meter line and scored to make the score 10-3. Moments later, Erika Hernandez broke away from the Worcester defense to score Brooklyn’s first try of the day, and with Maxwell adding the conversion the score would be even at halftime, 10-10. In the second half, Worcester again struck first and this time slotted their conversion to go up 17-10. However Brooklyn was resilient for the remainder of the game and was able to push a try over in the final ten minutes after a bruising run by Robyn Martinich through the Worcester defense. Maxwell converted the kick to tie the score at 17, and that’s where it would remain until the final whistle. Kyla Maxwell’s kicking was perfect on the day, finishing 3 from 3 with two conversions and a penalty. The Brooklyn women, who acquired a number of promising new players this year, finished the 2014 season with a 3-3-1 record. The Brooklyn Rugby men, off from conference play this weekend, played a non-league friendly match against Bronx-based Lansdowne RFC. Brooklyn jumped out to a large lead early in the game, with all of their scoring coming in the first half. The Brooklyn forwards contributed the bulk of the scoring, with tries coming from Rob Roche, Kevin Keebler and a pair from Dan Newcombe. Fly half Kamil Ryzcko contributed the scoring for the backs, as Brooklyn went into the half leading 33-0. Johnny O’Brien’s kicking was nearly perfect on the day, going 4 from 5 on conversion attempts. Lansdowne would go on to score three tries in the second half, and successfully converting each of their conversions, but Brooklyn’s defense ultimately prevailed. Brooklyn walked away with a 33-21 victory. The team heads into an off week before finishing the season on November 8 against Long Island, where Brooklyn will try to solidify a place in the Empire GU Division 3 playoffs. The game starts at 1 p.m. at Fort Hamilton Military Base in Brooklyn.
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Win sets up a winner-take-all match in Chicago for St. John's
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Junior All-American Rachel Daly broke a scoreless tie in the 59th minute on Saturday evening, providing the game-winning tally in a 1-0 victory for the St. John’ s Red Storm at Seton Hall. With the win, the Red Storm (10-6-1, 6-1-1 Big East) has set up a winner-take-all scenario for its final regular-season game at DePaul. The Blue Demons lead the conference with 20 points in the standings, while St. John’s has 19, meaning that a win for either team would result in a regular-season title. Seton Hall remains winless in the Big East following the loss, falling to 3-9-5 with an 0-5-3 mark in conference play. The St. John’s defense proved spectacular once again, registering its eighth shutout of the season and its fifth in Big East play. Sophomore goalkeeper Diana Poulin, the conference leader in clean sheets, turned away one Seton Hall shot in the winning effort. Despite not getting on the board, the Red Storm dominated the first half of play, outshooting the Pirates 8-2 in the opening period. Three of the St. John’s tries were on target. The Red Storm finally broke the stalemate 14 minutes into the second half, as Rachel Daly netted her eighth tally of the year to give her team the lead. After going down in the 18th minute and missing a majority of the first half, Daly swiped the ball from a Seton Hall defender just inside the top-right edge of the box. She then placed a masterful right foot on the ball, sending it to the top-left corner of the goal and burying it just inside the post, an impossible spot for the goalkeeper. St. John’s controlled the ball in its offensive zone for a majority of the contest, outshooting the Pirates 16-5 for the game. St. John’s travels to The Windy City to face DePaul on Friday. First kick for that match is slated for 4 p.m. ET.
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Shamrocks crush Supreme
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It has been a perfect October for the NY Shamrocks, with their 6-1 win over NY Supreme at St Michael’s in Woodside on Sunday keeping them well in control at the top of Division Two. A fourth win overall this month - three in the league and one in the State Cup - keeps Glen Wrafter’s men firing on all cylinders. Mohamed Fofana scored twice while left back Chris Burns notched his first of the season in a game dominated by the Rocks from start to finish. Fofana scored the opener, rounding the keeper skillfully to slot home in the 10th minute. The Ivorien striker then paired up neatly with Burns whose great finish from the left arrived courtesy of an impressive one-two with Fofana. Mike Stone made it 3-0 35 minutes in with a low drilled free kick that split the wall giving the keeper no chance. It took a while for the fourth to arrive, but it duly did with 15 minutes to go and another arrived just behind it. Fofana finished sublimely at the back post after a Brendan Lane cross and then Joe Aronovsky got his name on the scoresheet with ten minutes to go, volleying home from close range on the end of a deep Mitch Jones cross from the left. The visitors pulled a goal back late with a penalty and with time almost up, Michael McGreevy added a sixth for the Rocks, Aronovsky’s low cross finding the Belfast man in space. Earlier in the curtain raiser, there was a vital and brilliant win for the reserves. Sean Hand’s excellent first half strike proving to be the difference between the sides as the Rocks beat their title rivals 1-0 to stay top of the league. Top scoring midfielder Hand notched his seventh of the season with a superb 35-yarder from the right flank. Meanwhile, the Over 30s kept their undefeated record in the league going with a hard fought 2-0 win over the Greek Americans. A first half free kick from Danny Parkin and a second half strike from Tayfun Gokmen gave their coach Paddy Mc Carry a nice birthday present. Elsewhere, the women’s team earned a 1-1 draw against Astoria in Williamsburg, with Shauna Cleary scoring the Rocks goal. All three men’s teams face crucial ties once again in the league this coming weekend. The Ukrainians will be a tough match up for the firsts and reserves at St Michael’s on Sunday (1 p.m./11 a.m.), while the Over 30s will have revenge on their minds when they take on Barnstonworth Premier on Sunday at 8 a.m. on Randall’s Island.
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