Prado, 'Secret' breeze to 3rd in row 119TH PREAKNESS

May 22, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

Edgar Prado and Secret Odds remained unbeaten as a tandem in the $150,000 Maryland Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap, a Grade III event at six furlongs on the Preakness card yesterday at Pimlico Race Course.

Secret Odds proved a prophetic name. The horse went off as the fifth choice in a field of 10 and returned $16.60 to win.

Prado took his mount to the front soon after the start and never relinquished the lead.

Speed horses were faltering in the preceding races, but Secret Odds defied the trend and trainer Larry Murray said he "was scared to death" before the race.

"It's tough when you not only have to beat horses, but the racetrack, too. I've been waiting all week for the track to speed up. It always does before the Preakness. But it didn't."

Linear, coming off a two-month layoff, chased Secret Odds into the stretch but tired and finished third behind Honor The Hero, the favorite.

Secret Odds is 3-for-3 with Prado aboard and has three wins and two thirds since being turned out for six weeks.

Speedy Schaefer

Speed held again in the $75,000 William Donald Schaefer Handicap at 1 1/8 miles.

Taking Risks dueled with another quick contender, Sunny Sunrise, put him away, then easily held off the closers for his fourth straight victory.

Claimed for $20,000 by King Leatherbury last fall, Taking Risks has since won seven of eight races and finished second by a head in the other.

Leatherbury said he was expecting Sunny Sunrise to take the lead, so he figured jockey Mark Johnston should stay just off the pace and close.

"As it was, Sunny Sunrise got off poorly and that let us on the front end. So we ran our game, converting to speed horse again."

Johnston said because of his break, Taking Risks was fresh when Sunny Sunrise did get in gear.

"My horse got left in the gate and that really hurt us," said Sunny Sunrise's rider, Rick Wilson.

Long shot wins

Kayacan, the longest shot in the field, came from off the pace and won the $50,000 Sir Barton Stakes, beating Silver Profile by a head.

It was finally the right spot for Kayacan, who bounced in the Woodlawn Stakes on the turf last time, running 10th after winning his previous start.

"We've put him in down here and races haven't gone," said trainer John Secor. "We haven't gotten into any of the races that we wanted to. I've always liked this horse a lot but we hadn't been able to get into the swing of things."

Takeitlikeaman, whom trainer John Myers considered entering in the Preakness, faded to a badly beaten seventh.

"We don't know what the heck happened," said Myers. "He's always tried before."

Miscellaneous

With the aid of the simulcast centers at Laurel and Rosecroft and the off-track betting sites, the Preakness drew an all-time high attendance of 99,834. The previous record of 98,896 was set in 1989 for the Sunday Silence-Easy Goer duel. The in-house total at Pimlico was 86,343. . . The last time only four Kentucky Derby starters ran back in the Preakness, they finished 1-2-3-4 with Tank's Prospect leading the way in 1985. This time, Tabasco Cat and Go For Gin did their part, but Blumin Affair was a dull sixth and Powis Castle was ninth. . . There were few traffic problems in the Pimlico area, according to Baltimore police colonel Leon Tomlin. "The clear skies had people out early and the flow of traffic was smooth," he said. "This is the largest crowd we have to handle until the Pope visits here [in October]."

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