LAUREL, MD. 02-15-12---John Buckley, Jr., Ralph Durante & Pennston Farm
Inc.’s Lacie Slew rallied from next to last to win the $100,000 Maryland
Racing Media Stakes on February 11 at Laurel Park.
Sent to post as the second choice in the field of five fillies and
mares, Lacie Slew carried Joe Rocco, Jr. to a one length victory in
1:50.98 for the nine furlong distance contested over the fast main
track. Baltimore Belle, third choice in the wagering, finished a game
second and front runner Pilot Point Lady held on to finish third. Odds
on favorite Acting Happy, from the powerful Rick Dutrow barn, pressed
the action but gave way through the lane and finished fourth.
Rocco, the son of former Maryland mainstay Joe Rocco, Sr., was a regular
jockey in Maryland during much of his 13-year career but is riding at
Gulfstream Park this winter. The 29-year-old ranks eighth in the current
standings at Gulfstream.
Lacie Slew, who paid $5.20, has been wintering in Florida, racing one
time and finishing third in December. Previously, the daughter of
Mineshaft had finished third in the Lady Secret Stakes at Monmouth Park
and second in the Sightseek Stakes at Saratoga last summer. The
6-year-old is now seven of 25 lifetime, with 15 on the board finishes,
and earnings of $252,142.