03/23/2013 4:58PM

Laurel: Bold Affair scores as heavy favorite in Conniver

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Bold Affair, ridden by Abel Castellano Jr., improves to 11 for 18 lifetime by winning the Conniver for the second straight year.

Bettors pounded Bold Affair down to 1-9 and she had no problem justifying their confidence by cruising to a repeat victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Conniver Stakes for Maryland-bred fillies and mares at Laurel Park.

Facing just four rivals, the 5-year-old Bold Affair ($2.20) easily made the lead under regular rider Abel Castellano Jr. in the seven-furlong Conniver and was never seriously threatened while reaching the wire in 1:25.14.

“I started to hustle her a little bit and she started going so I let her do her own thing,” Castellano said.

More Than a Cruise rallied to get second, 1 1/4 lengths in front of Access to Charlie.

It was Bold Affair’s 11th win in 18 lifetime starts and her eighth stakes victory. She increased her bankroll to $659,540 for owners Chuck Reed and Mike Zanella and trainer Howard Wolfendale.

Reed and Zanella indicated Bold Affair, a daughter of Two Punch, will be pointed to the Primonetta and Skipat stakes at Pimlico, races she won a year ago.