LAUREL, MD. 11-12-08---Exactly 10 months after stablemate Silmaril retired with a victory in the What A Summer Stakes, multiple stakes winner Lexi Star went out a winner with her 12th trip to the winners’ circle in today’s $40,000 allowance feature.

Making her twenty-ninth start for trainer Chris Grove, the 6-year-old daughter of Crypto Star delivered another workmanlike effort in the 1-1/16th mile test over the fast main track. All Night Labor, who led from the start, finished a reluctant second after the winner circled up to challenge around the far turn and gradually wore her down as the duo closed in on the finish line. Lexi Star won by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:44.75 under jockey J.D. Acosta and paid $3.20.

The Bowie-based mare, who won five career stakes races and was a perfect six-for-six at the allowance level, boosted her earnings to $605,424. Silmaril retired with $1,032,973 in earnings, 16th on the all-time Maryland-bred list.

“I always thought she was going to be as good as Silmaril but she was not as fortunate away from Maryland,” Grove said. “Having those two in my barn was a reason to get out of bed every day. They gave me everything they had. Lexi may not have been as consistent but she had a great career. She struggled a bit today and that is why it is time to call it quits. When she was on her best she would have won this race by eight or nine lengths. She had to dig deep and find the class today so I know it is time.”

Lexi Star is now headed to owner Stephen Quick’s St. Omer’s Farm in Harford County to prepare for the 2009 breeding season.


A horse at Laurel Park showing neurologic signs has caused Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) officials to place an "Investigational Animal Hold Order" on Barn 1 pending laboratory results.

“We are monitoring the situation and taking the proper precautions,” said Maryland Jockey Club president and chief operating officer Tom Chuckas. “We felt it was best to be proactive in communicating what we know.”

The Hold Order restricts movement of horses currently stabled in Barn 1 at Laurel Park. None of the other horses are showing neurologic signs. MDA took blood samples and nasal swabs on the horse this afternoon and preliminary test results should be available by tomorrow.