11/10/2012 7:38PM

Laurel: Whiskey Romeo romps in James F. Lewis III

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Whiskey Romeo, with Stewart Elliott in the irons, leads all the way in the James F. Lewis III.

Whiskey Romeo went straight to the lead under jockey Stewart Elliott in Saturday's inaugural running of the $125,000 James F. Lewis III Stakes at Laurel Park, and he never relinquished that lead.

Cruising under the finish line in 1:11.70 for the six-furlong distance on the fast main track, Whiskey Romeo was being gently geared down by Elliott as he beat Amerigo Vespucci by 7 1/2 lengths, with Alpha Mike Foxtrot another 1 3/4 lengths back in third.

"It was very impressive," Elliott said. "I let him run a little bit the last part but wrapped up on him at the end. I worked him a couple times and knew he has some talent. He looked like he was the speed of the race, so the plan was to get to the front, and he did it easy."

Tony Dutrow trains Whiskey Romeo ($3.20) for owner Morris Bailey. A 2-year-old son of Forestry, Whiskey Romeo was sent off as the 3-5 favorite off an impressive maiden victory at Parx Racing in late September.