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If trainer intent is the measure–and isn’t it always–price shot Nightlife (10-1) has much going for her in her return to Laurel Park in Friday’s featured turf sprint for Maryland-bred or sire’s offspring.

First things first, there’s plenty of speed signed on and when this filly won here at this trip last year, she did so with tactical speed to gain position and save ground, coming with a late surge to win. Today’s draw puts her in position for a trip redux.

Secondly, she’s reunited with regular partner Johan Rosado who has been aboard for many competitive dirt tries at this level at Parx and Delaware Park earlier this year. Her most recent effort in the slop sets her up nicely for this.

She showed excellent early speed which found her in a pace battle she couldn’t win, fading late to finish fourth after battling on the hot pace throughout. As stated, tactics are likely to change given these dynamics. Now for the clincher.

She’s shipping in for Eddie Coletti who is a profitable 19% effective with his ship-ins. Further, she exits open company for this state-bred event over a course on which she is 1-for-1. The price should be square.

Taking Nightlife to win at 5-1 or greater and key-boxing exactas with the Mike Trombetta entry topped by the fast and classy A Great Time (1-1), and also the sharp Epic Idea (7-2).

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