02/11/2012 6:05PM

Laurel: Lacie Slew rallies to victory in Maryland Racing Media

Maryland Jockey Club/Jim McCue
Lacie Slew, with Joe Rocco Jr. riding, wins the Maryland Racing Media.

Lacie Slew made a wide move under rider Joe Rocco Jr. leaving the eighth pole and went from fourth in a field of five to the one-length winner of Saturday's $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes.

The 8-1 Pilot Point Lady made the early pace in the 1 1/8-mile Maryland Racing Media, setting fractions of 24.88 seconds, 48.67, and 1:13.01, with the 6-5 favorite, Acting Happy, in close pursuit while Rocco saved ground aboard Lacie Slew. Pilot Point Lady led Acting Happy by a head entering the stretch. Those two bumped a furlong out, and Acting Happy would fade to fourth.

Lacie Slew edged closer to the leaders approaching the stretch and responded to vigorous hand urging to draw clear in the final yards. Baltimore Belle, who had broken a bit slowly, made a rally of her own but could do no better than second, 2 1/2 lengths ahead of third-place Pilot Point Lady, who was a length ahead of Acting Happy. The 29-1 Queen's Rule was fifth in the field of five fillies and mares throughout.

Lacie Slew, a 5-year-old Mineshaft mare trained by Peter Walder for John Buckley, Jr., Ralph Durante & Pennston, had traveled from Florida for the Maryland Racing Media. She finished in 1:50.98 and paid $5.20 as the second choice.