Bob Baffert is back in the winner's circle at Churchill Downs. He's hoping for a return trip this afternoon.
The Hall of Fame trainer's blossoming filly Plum Pretty took charge at the top of the stretch and then held off a late bid from St. John's River to win the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Louisville, Ky.
Plum Pretty stalked early leader Summer Soiree before jockey Martin Garcia sent his 3-year-old filly to the front at the turn. She opened up a sizable lead and needed all of it to beat St. John's River and jockey Rose Napravnik by a neck in the 11/8-mile race.
The win gave Baffert his second victory in the filly version of the Kentucky Derby.
Calcavecchia takes 3-shot lead
Mark Calcavecchia surged to a three-shot lead in the Regions Tradition with a 7-under-par 65 in the second round at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Ala.
Calcavecchia opened Friday's round in a four-man group one shot off the lead but birdied holes 10-12 to move into strong position to contend for his first Champions Tour win at the year's opening major. He's at 11 under par entering the final two rounds.
Kenny Perry matched the 13-time PGA Tour winner's 65 on Day 2, but remains three strokes back.
Spanish Open: Thomas Aiken took a 1-shot lead at a somber second round that was marked by news of golf great Seve Ballesteros' worsening health on Friday at Terrassa, Spain.
The South African player had a 4-under 68 to move ahead of Spain's Pablo Larrazabal (70). Alvaro Velasco (70), Romain Wattel (71), Anthony Wall (70) and first-round leader Scott Jamieson (71) trailed Aiken by two shots.
Woods to return next week: Tiger Woods is returning to competition at The Players Championship.
A PGA Tour official confirmed that Woods has entered the tournament, which starts Thursday.
St. Louis club chosen for PGA events: The PGA has selected Bellerive Country Club of St. Louis to serve as the site of the 2013 Senior PGA Championship and the 2018 PGA Championship.
Favre wants to coach, analyze
Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre says he might become a coach or do work as a television analyst in the future, though he has no plans to enter either field anytime soon.
The 41-year-old Favre ended a 20-year career after an injury-plagued 2010 season with the Minnesota Vikings. The former Southern Mississippi star has famously wavered on retirement over the last few offseasons, but the three-time NFL Most Valuable Player told WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg on Thursday that he was "starting a new career."
He submitted his retirement paperwork to the NFL in January.
Favre, in an interview at a football camp at Oak Grove High School, said he's spent several months traveling and following Southern Miss baseball.
Nadal, Federer to meet again
Rafael Nadal will take on Roger Federer at the Madrid Open for the third straight year after both came through their quarterfinal matches in straight sets Friday in Spain.
Nadal scored a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Michael Llodra, while Federer held off Robin Soderling 7-6 (2), 6-4.
In women's matches, Julia Goerges, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and Petra Kvitova advanced to the semifinals.
Americans dive to final
Americans David Boudia and Nick McCrory advanced to the men's 10-meter platform final at the USA Diving Grand Prix with strong semifinal performances Friday at Fort Lauderdale. Fla.