Richard Vermillion’s Rocky Policy, stakes placed on both turf and dirt, became a stakes winner for the first time in 27 career starts with a front-running one-length victory over multiple Maryland-bred champion Crabcakes in the $75,000 Jameela Stakes on Maryland Pride Day on Aug. 18 at Laurel Park.
A six-furlong sprint for Maryland-bred or sired fillies and mares, the Jameela was Rocky Policy’s first win in nearly two years, since an allowance score over Presque Isle Down’s Tapeta surface on Sept 19, 2016. In the 10 starts between wins, the dark bay mare hit the board five times, including a second in the Penn Ladies Dash this past June, and a third in last fall’s Sensible Lady Turf Dash at Laurel.
Bred by Shamrock Farm, the 6-year-old daughter of pensioned Shamrock Farm sire Rock Slide went off as third choice in the field of 10, led at every call and completed the distance in 1:08.78 over a firm Fort Marcy turf course. She was the third winner on the card for trainer Dale Capuano, who claimed her for $32,000 at Pimlico in June 2016 on behalf of Vermillion. As a 2-year-old in 2014, Rocky Policy won her first two starts and finished second in the Maryland Million Lassie, missing by a neck to My Magician.
The first foal out of Shamrock Farm-bred mare Smart Policy (by Smart Strike), Rocky Policy now has five wins, and earnings of $238,078.