arrived at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore in preparation to take on Kentucky Derby winner
in the Preakness on May 17.
Social Inclusion finished third in the Wood Memorial in his most recent race. He arrived from Florida by van Thursday. His 85-year-old trainer, Manny Azpurua, was on hand to greet the colt. Social Inclusion is to gallop Friday.
California Chrome went for a 11/2-mile gallop at Churchill Downs on Thursday and is expected to fly to Baltimore on Monday.
A maximum of 14 horses can start in the 13/16-mile race, but it appears California Chrome won't face that many challengers. Ride On Curlin is the only other Derby horse who will try the Preakness. He finished seventh last weekend. Others under consideration include Pablo Del Monte, Kid Cruz, Bayern, Dynamic Impact, Ring Weekend, and filly Ria Antonia.
COLLEGES The Atlantic 10 released the 2014-15 conference team pairings in men's basketball. The league's 14 members will play an 18-game conference schedule for the first time since the 1990-91 season.
St. Joseph's will play Fordham, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and St. Bonaventure both at home and on the road. The Hawks will host new A-10 member Davidson, George Washington, George Mason, and Richmond and will go on the road to face Dayton, Duquesne, St. Louis, and Virginia Commonwealth.
La Salle will play Dayton, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and St. Joseph's both home and away, and will also host Davidson, Duquesne, George Washington, and Richmond. The Explorers will also travel to George Mason, St. Bonaventure, St. Louis, and VCU.
Villanova senior Samuel Ellison, a six-time all-American in track who was part of a winning Wildcats team at last week's Penn Relays, has been selected to receive a postgraduate Fulbright scholarship to continue his education at the University of Birmingham in England. Ellison, a graduate of Upper Dublin High School, was one of more than 900 applicants for 48 scholarships.
SOCCER A worker at a World Cup stadium in Brazil died Thursday in an electrical accident, temporarily interrupting construction at one of the more delayed venues only five weeks before the soccer tournament.
Muhammad Ali Maciel, 32, is the eighth worker to die in accidents during the construction of stadiums for the World Cup, which will begin June 12. His death comes as organizers rush to finish the last three stadiums. - Staff and wire reports