LAUREL -- The odds-on favorite, Secret Odds, with jockey Larry Reynolds aboard, scored a wire-to-wire victory in the $40,000 Rollicking Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for Maryland-bred 2-year-olds, yesterday at Laurel Race Course.
Secret Odds, trained by Larry Murray, needed no urging. The Secreto colt out of Clever, Miss., opened a four-length lead on the backstretch and breezed home in 1 minute, 11 1/5 seconds, beating the place horse, Taking Risks, by 7 1/2 lengths.
"Secret Odds ran as expected," said Reynolds. "He's got great speed and is maturing every race. He looks like a superstar right now, but time will tell."
The victory was the second in three races for Secret Odds, who has now earned $33,000.
"We had considered a couple of other races for him, but this looked like the best spot for him," said Murray. "This worked out just great. We're considering running him next in the Hopeful Stakes [at Saratoga, Aug. 30], but we'll see what happens. He's a doll to train -- very willing. His speed is very deceptive. He doesn't like any horse in front of him."
There was a $10,212 minus show pool in the race because one bettor wagered $40,000 to show on Secret Odds.
Double Triple winners
Eleven bettors cashed in double triple tickets worth $3,502.50 at Laurel yesterday.
A new double triple pool will begin tomorrow.
Helioscope set tomorrow
Five horses are scheduled to go to the post in tomorrow's featured Helioscope Purse, a 6 1/2 -furlong sprint at Laurel.
Apparitiontofollow, to be ridden by Edgar Prado, and Fortunate Lance, with Mike Luzzi aboard, are the likely favorites.
Simulcast from Monmouth
Tomorrow's simulcast will be a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the turf from Monmouth Park for 3-year-olds and up.
Top horses entered are Swingin Slewpy, What About Michael and Perfect Vodka.