02/08/2003 1:00AM

Laurel: Gimmeawink rallies

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Gimmeawink and jockey Jeremy Rose ran down pacesetter Gators N Bears in the stretch and held off a late charge from Penobscot Bay to win the $50,000 Miracle Wood Stakes.

Gimmeawink won the Miracle Wood, for 3-year-olds, by 1 1/4 lengths over Penobscot Bay in 1:43.07 for 1 1/16 miles. Gators N Bears held third in the field of seven.

Trained by Tim Ritchey, Gimmeawink returned $6.80 as a slight favorite over Gators N Bears.