LAUREL -- In a virtual re-run of her last race, Wait For the Lady won her second straight stakes with a front-running triumph in the $60,000 Squan Song Handicap at Laurel Race Course yesterday.
The 4-year-old filly won by five lengths over Crowned. First Down was another head behind in third.
Alberto Delgado, who rode Wait For the Lady, said the tactics were identical to those which carried her to victory in the Gala Lil Handicap at Laurel three weeks ago.
"I was hoping they wouldn't pressure us," said Delgado. "Once I got to the quarter-pole untouched, I knew it was all over."
Wait For the Lady quickly opened a clear lead, with Crowned in closest pursuit. "I knew Rick [Wilson, on Crowned] was trying to make me go too fast early, but I had them 10 jumps out of the gate," said Delgado.
Wait For the Lady, claimed for $25,000 last May by trainer King Leatherbury for Charles "Nick" Bassford, was 16-1 when making her stakes debut in the Gala Lil. Perhaps doubting she could duplicate the surprise, the Laurel and Pimlico inter-track patrons made her only fourth choice in a field of seven older fillies and mares yesterday. She paid $11 to win after running the 1 1/8 -mile distance in 1 minute, 50 seconds.
George "Chick" Borden saddled the winner in place of Leatherbury, who is serving a 15-day suspension. The stable also sent out fourth-place finisher, Thirty Eight Go Go.