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Secret Odds scratched from De Francis Dash


Secret Odds, one of Maryland's fastest sprinters, has aggravated an old injury in the front of his left ankle and won't be able to run on Saturday in the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Race Course.

Larry Murray, the horse's trainer, said he was scheduled to work Secret Odds yesterday but canceled the drill after some swelling appeared in the ankle.

The injury is not considered serious.

"We'll just play it by ear and see how he comes along," Murray said. "What he did was just enough to keep him out of the race."

A field of 11 horses now appears set for the race. Secret Odds and Munch N' Nosh were among the dozen horses entered last week, but both have now been withdrawn. However, Never Wavering, a ship-in from Kentucky, is expected to be added to the field.

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