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  • March 17, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

    HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. Wholesale Flames Jerseys . -- Dearest passed her first test against older horses with flying colors, readily disposing of odds-on favorite Stonetastic en route to a one-length decision over You Bought Her in Saturdays Grade 3 Sugar Swirl at Gulfstream Park.With Edgard Zayas aboard, Dearest engaged Stonetastic midway down the backstretch, took control entering the stretch and, after opening a comfortable advantage, held off a belated rally from You Bought Her. The latter finished willingly despite failing to change leads through the stretch while never really threatening the winner.Stonetastic, who finished second as the odds-on favorite despite a tough trip in the 2015 Sugar Swirl, had no such excuse this time. The Grade 2 winner sprinted to the lead, as expected, but could not match strides with Dearest into the stretch, steadily weakening to finish a disappointing third, more than four lengths behind the winner.Danessa Again and Winning for Sarah rounded out the order of finish. Sky Gold scratched earlier in the day.Dearest, a daughter of Midshipman owned by Gelfenstein Farm and trained by Gilbert Zerpa, was making her first start since finishing second in the Grade 2 Prioress at Saratoga on Sept. 4. She completed her 3-year-old season with four victories in six starts and earnings in excess of $270,000.Dearest completed six furlongs in 1:09.59 and paid $5.Instructions were at the break to put her behind [Stonetastic], Zerpa said through an interpreter. But Dearest had a really good break and was able to put herself in a great position. She is at her best right now and in optimal condition. Calgary Flames Store .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. Calgary Flames Gear . Both players have lower body injuries that will keep them out of the lineup until at least January 31, which is the first game they can be activated from IR. . "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "Its still the same cranky Phil. COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Now that the suspense is over and Ohio State has secured a spot in the College Football Playoff, the Buckeyes have some time to address their biggest weakness -- throwing the ball down the field.Star quarterback J.T. Barrett is the linchpin of Ohio States offense for his ability to run and improvise, and his candidacy for Big Ten player of the year is a testament to that.But too often this season, the Buckeyes receivers have struggled to get open, or Barretts passes have been off target. So even with one of the nations most dynamic quarterbacks, Ohio State hasnt had much in the way of a downfield passing game -- something that may need to change to beat Clemson on New Years Eve.Against Michigan -- the countrys top defense -- Barrett picked up more yards rushing (125) than throwing (124) in a 30-27 overtime victory. Noah Brown led all Ohio State receivers with three catches for 40 yards, and Barrett was sacked eight times.Brown looked promising early in the season but hasnt developed into the reliable deep threat the Buckeyes sought.Neither has anyone else.We have a lot of work to do in certain areas, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Sunday.The mantra around the Ohio State program is nine units strong, meaning that all position groups -- quarterback, running back, receivers, tight ends, offensive line, defensive line, linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties -- must be up to the task. Meyer acknowledged that hasnt been the case, and the next few weeks wiill give the team valuable time to work on it. Calgary Flames Pro Shop. Were so young and theres so much improvement (needed) -- everybody in this room knows what it is -- we have to get much better, Meyer said. So the challenge has already been laid across the table in the last week with the players and coaches, that for us to compete at this level, we have to be nine strong, and at times were not nine strong. And that has to happen.Barrett has deflected criticism of the passing game, noting Ohio States success is partly linked to its ability to take what defenses provide.When pressed, though, Barrett acknowledged he needs to be better at getting the ball in his receivers hands.You get in these tight ballgames, and youre going against great DBs, he said, (receivers are) going to be open, but its not going to be by much. I think I can do a better job of ball placement to make it easier on them. Theyre getting open but theres not breakaway, which is fine. They did their job to get open, and I have to do a better job getting them the ball.Because they didnt play in the Big Ten championship this past Saturday -- Ohio State was shut out in favor of Penn State due to a tiebreaker -- the Buckeyes will have five weeks between games.I think with the time we have, Barrett said, were going to be in a good place.---Follow Mitch Stacy at ' ' '