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Aces Mark to Race on Sept. 11 in New York

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Aces Mark will race in New York on the anniversary of the death of the men the horse was named after, Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis, whom tragically died on Sept. 11, 2001.

Aces Mark will attempt to pick up his fifth victory in the 21st start of his career on Sept. 11, 2010 at beautiful Belmont Park.

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Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis, whose lives were cut short on a day when time stood still, will be remembered on the anniversary of their passing when their name sake will grace the grounds of the “Big Sandy,” in New York to race on 9/11 in their honor. John Velazquez, future Hall of Famer, will be on board in race 8, post time 4:43 PM EST.

Lew Mongelluzzo, an Ottawa Senators scout, owns and operates the thoroughbred-racing stable, Team Power Play Racing, simply combined his two favorite interests to keep the spirit of both Bavis and Bailey alive. Mongelluzzo decided to purchase a New York-bred colt that he named Aces Mark in honor of his two peers.

Garnet “Ace” Bailey, who was 53, was set to begin his 33rd season in the NHL as a player or scout. Bailey had enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in both capacities, with seven Stanley Cup rings as proof. Having spent seven years as the Kings’ director of pro scouting, Bailey spent the previous 13 years as a scout with Edmonton Oilers.

Bailey’s ability to evaluate NHL talent helped the Oilers to five Stanley Cups in the 1980s. During Edmonton’s many great playoff runs, Bailey played the key role of advance scout, supplying detailed information on upcoming opponents.

A veteran of 11 NHL seasons as a player (click here for his career stats), Bailey broke in with the Boston Bruins during the 1968-69 season and spent five years with the club. While with the Bruins, he was a member of Stanley Cup championship teams in 1969-70 and 1971-72. Bailey also spent parts of two seasons each with the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues, and three-plus years with the Washington Capitals.

Bailey, who was originally from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, jumped to the World Hockey Association for the 1978-79 season and joined the Edmonton Oilers, where he was a linemate of teenage phenom Wayne Gretzky.

Mark Bavis, who was 31, was entering his second season as an amateur scout for the Kings. Bavis, a native of the Boston-area, played his collegiate hockey at Boston University, where his brother, Michael, is currently an assistant coach, and prior to joining the Kings he worked as a coach with Chicago of the North American League and as an assistant coach with Harvard of the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Most recently, Bavis, who was drafted by the New York Rangers in the ninth round (181st overall) of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, made his home in West Newton, Massachusetts. He was survived by his mother, Mary; his twin brother, Mike; two brothers, Pat and Johnny; and three sisters, Kelly, Mary Ellen and Kathy.

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