Hierro wins delayed Derby Trial
Hierro took charge on the outside of a four-wide sprint to the finish to capture the $200,000-added Grade III Derby Trial at a sloppy Churchill Downs dirt track on Saturday night after a violent storm moved through the area and delayed action. The Steve Asmussen-trained 3-year-old chestnut colt with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard lurked in fifth early before making his move on the backstretch to beat Paynter and Stealcase in the mile race.
The Derby Trial ended up being delayed 39 minutes because of golf ball-sized hail, but Hierro, sent off at 5-1 odds, finished strong.
It was the opening night of the 39-day Spring Meet.
■ To Honor and Serve, the 3-5 favorite, beat Boys At Toscanova by 51/4 lengths Saturday in the $142,500 Westchester Stakes at Belmont. To Honor and Serve, running his season debut, picked right up where he concluded the 2011 campaign. The 4-year-old colt trained by Bill Mott finished last year with three wins in his last four starts.
■ Jockey Rafael Bejarano, a 29-year-old Peru native, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen on Friday during a ceremony in Louisville before flying back to California so he could ride on the evening card at Hollywood Park. He passed his citizenship test two months ago.
■ Star racehorse Black Caviar won her Australian-record 20th consecutive race on Saturday in Adelaide as she prepared for her first international race at Britain's Royal Ascot. The 5-year-old mare, owned by a consortium of families and friends in Melbourne, went off at odds of $1.04 to win on a $1 bet in the Sportingbet Classic at Morphettville racetrack.
Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio reported that while many race fans bet only a dollar to keep the winning ticket as a souvenir, one bettor placed $100,000 on Black Caviar, making a $4,000 profit from the horse's 70 seconds on the track.
Dufner has 2-shot lead in Zurich Classic
Jason Dufner shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Graham DeLaet after the third round of the Zurich Classic in Avondale, La.
Winless in 163 starts on the PGA Tour, Dufner lost playoffs last year to Mark Wilson in the Phoenix Open and Keegan Bradley in the PGA Championship for two of his three career runner-up finishes. Dufner had a 17-under 199 total at TPC Louisiana.
■ Stacy Lewis birdied five of her last seven holes to shoot a 5-under 67 and take a two-stroke lead over Brittany Lincicome into the final round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Alabama.
■ Chas Narramore shot a 5-under 67 in the third round of the NGA Tour's Savannah Lakes Villages Classic to extend his lead to three shots over Bo Hoag and Erik Barnes on Saturday in McCormick, S.C. Brandon Brown of Shelbyville, who started the day one shot back in second, dropped to fourth and four shots behind.
Freshman second in 100 at Penn Relays
Kentucky freshman sprinter Keilah Tyson broke the school's freshman 100-meter dash record in the women's 100 meters at the Penn Relays on Saturday in Philadelphia. Tyson finished second in 11.48 seconds. Freshman Raymond Dykstra was fourth in the men's javelin with a best throw that went 229 feet, 10 inches.
■ The second-ranked Florida softball team defeated Kentucky 5-0 on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. UK's Brittany Cervantes had two hits for the third straight game.
Ex-Vol Woolridge to play at Southern Cal
Former Tennessee men's basketball player Renaldo Woolridge will use his fifth year of eligibility playing for former Vols coach Kevin O'Neill at Southern Cal next season.
Woolridge, known as "Swiperboy" when he performs rap music, once wrote and recorded a song at Tennessee called: Never Leave You Like Kiffin, a reference to the departure of former Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin for Southern Cal after the 2009 season.
"I haven't talked to Coach Kiffin yet, but Coach O'Neill said he and Coach Kiffin talked about it, and they thought it was pretty funny," Woolridge said.
■ Auburn Coach Tony Barbee said Friday that Cedrick McAfee and Josh Langford were kicked off the team for violating team rules and Noel Johnson was suspended. Langford averaged 5.2 points and 2.1 rebounds as a sophomore. McAfee was redshirted last season. Johnson averaged 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds.
Georgetown wins Mid-South Tournament
Georgetown (45-9) defeated Sewanee St. 3-0 Saturday in the Mid-South Conference Tournament baseball finals at Campbellsville.
Jason McGinnis pitched a complete game. He gave up three hits and two walks and had six strikeouts. Right fielder David Higuera had two hits and left fielder TC Oneal and catcher Brian Smith both knocked in a run.
■ Georgetown College's board of trustees voted for the institution to apply to become an NCAA Division II member. Georgetown, an NAIA member school, would need to file the application by June 1, and a decision would be expected by July 15.
Rookie leads Rangers past Capitals
Rangers rookie Chris Kreider scored the go-ahead goal and then set up Brad Richards' insurance tally 90 seconds later in the third period to lift host New York to a 3-1 victory over the Washington Capitals in the opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Saturday. Henrik Lundqvist earned the win, and needed to make only 17 saves to do it.
■ Matt Greene scored shorthanded late in the second period for the lead and Jonathan Quick was strong in net throughout as the Los Angeles Kings beat the host St. Louis Blues 3-1 in the opener of a Western Conference semifinal series.
The last word
PGA golfer Jason Dufner leads this week's event in Avondale, La., by two shots, but that doesn't mean he's a fan of the course:
"It's not a golf course I'm absolutely in love with, but my results I'm in love with here. There's some holes that don't look too well to me, but I played really well."