The Laurel Race Course stewards determined no wrongdoing yesterday following a report that one jockey allegedly attempted to coerce another into claiming a foul in a race Saturday.

The stewards completed their investigation yesterday morning after trainer Charlie Hadry notified them of the alleged impropriety following Saturday's seventh race. Hadry voiced the complaint after being told that jockey Chris DeCarlo allegedly offered to pay jockey Marco Castaneda $100 to claim a foul against Hadry's horse, Chubby Hubby, who won the race.

Chubby Hubby beat Too Dan Smart and Junk Bond King but was disqualified and placed third for veering out suddenly and impeding Junk Bond King at the head of the stretch. That advanced Too Dan Smart to first place and Junk Bond King to second.

The stewards called for an inquiry soon after the incident, in which Castaneda restrained Junk Bond King apparently to avoid contact. Castaneda and Greg Sacco, the trainer of Junk Bond King, lodged objections against Chubby Hubby and jockey Joe Rocco for interfering with their horse.

Hadry said Rocco told him he heard DeCarlo, the jockey of Too Dan Smart, offer Castaneda $100 to place an objection against Chubby Hubby as they were bringing their horses to a halt after the race, whereupon Hadry notified the stewards. By finishing second, DeCarlo and Too Dan Smart stood to gain the victory with Chubby Hubby's disqualification.

Castaneda and DeCarlo denied the allegation, and the stewards closed the case, issuing no sanctions. They also decided not to suspend Rocco for careless riding.

Castaneda said that DeCarlo spoke to him after the race but offered nothing in the form of inducements. "When I pulled up {Junk Bond King}, he {DeCarlo} asked me, 'You going to claim foul?' " Castaneda said. "I didn't answer yes or no."

Castaneda, whose mount went from third to second with the disqualification, said he was determined to file an objection as soon as his horse was impeded.

"When {Chubby Hubby} came out and bothered me, I had to claim foul," he said. "My horse wasn't the same after that. Right before he bothered me, I had a lot of horse. If I didn't react like I did, I would have clipped heels."

DeCarlo chose not to discuss the allegation other than to say, "It's all a lie."

Rocco also declined comment.

Hadry remained upset yesterday, saying: "It's bad enough I didn't think too much of that {disqualification}. I thought {Chubby Hubby} was pretty much in the clear."

Stewards John Heisler and Bill Passmore said they would have moved to disqualify Chubby Hubby had no objections been filed. "We had to take the number down," Passmore said.

Heisler said Maryland racing rules do not specifically forbid coercion by jockeys, but he added, "We've got to call it to their attention that we won't tolerate something like that."

Too Dan Smart paid $22.20 to win, leading a $469.40 exacta and a $9,609.30 triple. He went off at 10-1 odds, Junk Bond King 16-1 and Chubby Hubby 6-1. Roberson Rides Again

Apprentice jockey Brad Roberson was well enough to ride yesterday -- one day after his ninth-race mount dumped him near the wire -- and began the card with a winner.

Carlos Barrera, who suffered a sore lower back in a separate incident, said he'll probably ride Tuesday. . . .

Will Lacy, the long shot in a field of six, and jockey Michael Strickland held off Muddy Rudder by a nose to capture the $24,000 Gallant Bob Purse, running the seven furlongs in 1:23 2/5.