LAUREL -- Ice Society's victory in the feature at Laurel Race Course yesterday wrapped up a wonderful month of racing for owner Rocco DeMilio.
DeMilio's horses have won eight consecutive races since Nov. 8.
It's difficult to determine whether that is a record, locally or nationally, because there is no clearinghouse for such matters.
DeMilio, a plumbing-equipment distributor from the Crofton area who got into racing in 1982, never has had as good a month.
His latest loser was Special Ruler, who finished in a dead heat for third Nov. 3. Since then, Sir Sprite has won three races, Ice Society and Special Ruler two and Sir Dance one.
Yesterday, favored Ice Society led virtually all the way in a half-length triumph over Wood So and paid $4.20.
Howard Wolfendale, who trains all of DeMilio's horses, plus those of several other owners, is dueling Ben Perkins Jr. for the Laurel lead in winning percentage.
With yesterday's triumph, Wolfendale leads with 23 winners in 52 starts (.442). Perkins has 14 winners in 32 starts (.438).
* At Laurel today, Buy the Firm carries top weight of 122 pounds in the $75,000 Carousel Handicap, a Grade III event for fillies and mares.
Buy the Firm, shipped in from New York, is trained by Carlos Martin. She won the Athenia Handicap at Belmont Park and the Long Look Handicap at the Meadowlands recently, and was second to Colonial Waters in the Ladies Handicap at Aqueduct.
Buy the Firm is based at Belmont Park.
Seattle Dawn is the other invader. Trained by Michael Dickinson, she is based at Fair Hill and last won a stakes race in the Delaware Handicap. Seattle Dawn captured the Snowgoose Handicap at Pimlico Race Course in March.
The best recent race by a Maryland-based runner in the Carousel was turned in by Starfield, who won the Chrysanthemum Handicap by four lengths. Starfield is owned by Bob Meyerhoff and trained by Dick Small.
Others in the race are Double Bunctious, Sweet Bunny, Sweet Alex, Thirty Eight Go Go and Tia Juanita.