01/03/2009 12:00AM

Lord Snowdon rallies from last


Lord Snowdon came from last to run down the leaders and score a three-quarter-length victory over Sharps Island in the $50,000 Native Diver Stakes at Laurel on Saturday.

Making his second start following a five-month layoff, Lord Snowdon trailed the field as I'vegottabeme and P V Lightening set the early pace. P V Lightening took control on the backstretch and was then challenged for the lead at on the far turn by Sharps Island.

Jockey Jeremy Rose angled Lord Snowdon five wide in the stretch and he edged away after collaring the top pair at the sixteenth pole.

P V Lightening was steadied very late off the heels of Sharps Island and finished third. P V Lightening's jockey made a claim of foul against Sharps Island, but the stewards did not allow the objection.

Lord Snowdon covered the mile on a fast track in 1:38.11, returning $5.40 as the favorite in the field of seven. It was the first win for the 6-year-old gelding since the six-furlong Paumonok Handicap at Aqueduct on Jan. 26, 2008.

Trained by Tony Dutrow for Dubb, Goldfarb, Robbins LLC, and Kaplan Racing, Lord Snowdon has won 9 of 32 career starts for earnings of $466,660.

The Native Diver serves as a local prep for the Grade 2 General George Handicap on Feb. 16.