Aces Mark placed in the eighth race at New York's Belmont Park Saturday.
The horse is named after Ace Bailey
and Mark Bavis
, Los Angeles Kings
scouts who were killed during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
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