LAUREL PARK LIVE JUL 30

Waiting for a Star, hampered by a wide draw in her last at Delaware, faces that same challenge in Thursday’s 8th race Laurel feature for state-bred fillies and mares going 1-1/16 miles on the grass.

In her most recent start, the Horatio DePaz-trained filly broke towards the outside fence, losing any chance of gaining decent position coming from her seasonal debut following her sprint return in 2020.

Johan Rosado didn’t help his filly much thereafter, electing to rate while stalking head to head four to five wide throughout, chasing a hopelessly slow pace which, given the dynamics, made her Delaware Park task virtually impossible.

Still she tried, from upper to midstretch, a game effort but she understandably tired at the end of it. Rosado has a chance to make amends in a more favorable spot.

Getting class relief from the tougher open-company set she met at Delaware, she returns to the restricted ranks on her preferred course, [(4) 2-0-1 slate on this course] and goes for a top Maryland outfit that’s a profitable 25% in LAY-3 scenarios.

Taking Waiting for a Star to win, no price restrictions, and key-boxing exactas with classy returnee Irony of Reality and the barn-changing Quiet Company.

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