Away alertly and on the hunt of frontrunner Laughing from her outside post, Silver Screamer carried Jose Espinoza over the 1-1/16 mile distance in 1:40.63 across the firm turf, winning by a neck. Laughing held on to finish second, narrowly edging out Federation (GB), who was another neck behind at the wire.
The winner, who is trained by Rudy Rodriquez at Aqueduct, paid $10.40. The exacta returned $67.60 and the triple paid $133.40. She is now 3-of-6 this year, which also includes a Grade 3 score at Monmouth in June.
“She looked very comfortable,” said Rodriquez. “I think the time we gave her really made the difference as she came in fresh.”
Rodriguez is now 9-of-17 at Laurel Park during the fall meeting.