Secret Prospect justifies odds in Conniver win

March 10, 1997|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Secret Prospect, heavily favored against six other Maryland-bred fillies and mares, won by three-quarters of a length from Hay Let's Dance at Laurel Park yesterday in the $60,000 Conniver Stakes.

The seven-furlong trip of 1: 23 4/5 was the eighth stakes victory in less than a year at Laurel for the daughter of Allen's Prospect.

With regular rider C.H. Marquez Jr. aboard, the filly from Conover Stable stayed second much of the way while Smartly set the pace. Then she surged to the lead in the stretch and outran Hay Let's Dance to the wire.

Faster and Farther finished third, ahead of Norstep, Smartly, Conradley and Dance for Jan.

Secret Prospect paid $3, $2.40 and $2.10. Hay Let's Dance paid $4.20 and $3.40. Faster and Farther paid $3.60 to show.

John Tammaro III, who trains Secret Prospect, said he is considering a race at Turfway Park for her, but added with a grin, "considering her record, you'll see her [at Laurel] every chance I get."

Secret Prospect won the Francis Scott Key Stakes Jan. 11 at Laurel and was to be a top contender in the rich Barbara Fritchie Handicap early in February. But she developed colic two days before the race and was withdrawn.

Pub Date: 3/10/97

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