Dogwood horse to run next week
Palace Malice, a Kentucky Derby hopeful out of Aiken’s Dogwood Stable, will run in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes next week.
The Grade II race will be held Feb. 23 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans.
Rosie Napravnik will be the jockey.
Palace Malice is a son of Curlin out of Palace Rumor, a Royal Anthem mare. Curlin won the Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2007 and was the Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
Palace Malice has a victory – at Saratoga – and two second-place finishes in three career starts. The Risen Star Stakes will be Palace Malice’s first stakes race.
“We think we’ve got a good one, but we’ll find that out pretty quick now,” said Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell.
Former Panther is on watch list
Francis Marion University junior pitcher Jeffrey Stoner, a former Lakeside High star, has been named to the watch list for the Tino Martinez Division II Player of the Year Award.
There are 150 players on the list for the award, which goes to the nation’s outstanding Division II player.
Last season, Stoner was 6-4 with a 3.67 ERA. He finished the season as the team’s closer, recording nine saves. He struck out 88 batters in 83⅓ innings.
Back as a starter this season, is has 1-0 record with a 1.62 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 16⅔ innings.
• Augusta State’s game at Anderson (S.C.) University, which was postponed Wednesday because of inclement weather, will be played at 4 p.m. today.
Player survives poisonous bite
In Yarralumla, Australia, Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist said she was bitten midround by a highly poisonous spider while playing in a pre-qualifier for the LPGA Tour’s Australian Open, which begins today.
Holmqvist told Svensk Golf she was bitten around her sock line on the fourth hole of the Royal Canberra Golf Club on Tuesday, saying she felt a sharp pain before swatting away the ankle-biting arachnid.
“When I told the local caddies in my group what had happened, they got very upset and said it was a black widow and immediately started looking for their phones to call the medic.”
But with her round already under way, Holmqvist cut out the venom with a golf tee.
“It wasn’t the prettiest thing I’ve ever done, but I had to get as much of it out of me as possible,” Holmqvist said of her self-performed surgery.
Despite the pain and anxiety she said she felt, Holmqvist finished the final 14 holes of her round while under the watchful eye of course doctors.
Holmqvist finished with 74 and did not make the tournament.
“It still hurts,” Holmqvist said of the bite. “I don’t recommend getting bitten by a black widow.”
Azarenka among winners in Qatar
In Doha, Qatar, top-ranked and defending champion Victoria Azarenka breezed into the third round of the Qatar Open with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Romina Oprandi.
Other winners were fourth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki.
Radwanska beat Australian qualifier Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 6-2, and Wozniacki downed Sorana Cirstea 7-6 (7), 6-0.