08/17/2013 9:37PM

Del Mar: Discreet Marq alters tactics to take Del Mar Oaks

Benoit & Associates
Discreet Marq, ridden by Julien Leparoux, draws clear late to win the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Discreet Marq proved she is more than just a front-running filly in Saturday’s $300,000 Del Mar Oaks.  She is equally dangerous when given a target.

Making her first start in a Grade 1, Discreet Marq closed from third in a field of 10 to win the Del Mar Oaks by three-quarters of a length over a determined Wishing Gate. The Del Mar Oaks was Discreet Marq’s third consecutive win and the most prestigious of her 10-race career.

The Del Mar Oaks marked the first time Discreet Marq had won by running from off the pace.

Given a confident ride by Julien Leparoux, Discreet Marq took the lead with a three-wide move on the turn. She finished 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.38.

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“The plan before the race was to get her to relax behind horses,” Leparoux said. “There was enough pace that I could place her behind and relax. When I got her outside and in the clear, she ran for me.”

Emotional Kitten and Kitten’s Dumplings, the 8-5 favorite, finished third and fourth in an attempt to give owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey their fourth Grade 1 win in the nation on Saturday.  Earlier in the day, the Ramseys won the Sword Dancer Stakes at Saratoga with Big Blue Kitten, and two stakes at Arlington Park – the Secretariat Stakes with Admiral Kitten, and the Arlington Million with Real Solution, via the disqualification of The Apache.

Discreet Marq paid $11.40 as the second choice in the Del Mar Oaks. She was well-placed throughout, always racing in the first three. Need You Now set a pace of 23.69 and 48.67 seconds, leading by a length over Unusual Way for the first half-mile. Discreet Marq, who was within 2 1/2 lengths of the lead for the first six furlongs, took the lead with a smart move entering the stretch.

Owned by breeder Patricia Generazio, Discreet Marq is by Discreet Cat. A New York-bred, she is trained by Christophe Clement.

The Del Mar Oaks was Discreet Marq’s first start away from the East Coast. In her two previous starts, Discreet Marq won the Grade 2 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park on May 27 for her first graded stakes win, and the Eventail Stakes for New York-breds at Belmont Park on July 4.

Discreeet Marq has earned $485,900.


mark oleary More than 1 year ago
yes i too noticed an east coast shipper,new york bred at that,dominated a west coast grade 1,and conversely , west coast shippers to the east and midwest dissapointed ,ie Indy Point in the Arlington Million. is the pendulum swinging this year and can we see more east coast shippers prominent in the Breeders Cup ?
Goldhybrid More than 1 year ago
What happened to the East coast shippers the day before? We can make generalizations. I've bet on the shippers and been let down. Especially closers. Often they don't catch up. It makes one cautious.
Shatova More than 1 year ago
Very Confidant ride by Julian, he's great when he's great and sometimes gives the worst ride ever, hence last years FL Derby and KY Derby!
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
He's improved since coming to SoCal. He seemed a little scared in the past, but not anymore.
Dave More than 1 year ago
All riders have bad days. Leparoux's bad days are few and far between.
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
Thanks Discreet Marq. And nice ride Leparoux! One weird ride by Smith on the favorite.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Jeffie, A NY bred just flew west and took the easy GRADE 1 $ ! BTW The other two east coast shippers ran 3rd and 4th . 3/4 of the top 4 positions.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Also Jeffie how did the east coast shippers do in the Secretariat and Arlington Million today ? Mark12 hours ago Only american trained horse with a shot is Real Solution.
Mark More than 1 year ago
How pletcher filly do vs baffy in Alabama ?
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Anyone out West who knows anything would have said the local 3 year old turf fillies are weak this year. No Lady of Shamrock or Evening Jewel. Clearly, others outside California recognized this and shipped out. Wishing Gate and Emotional Kitten had made their last starts in California, but both began the year back East and are trained by guys who have most of their horses back East. So, one could actually claim that Eastern horses ran 1-2-3-4. And Emollient had won the American Oaks. And this goes to show that when there's good money and graded status on the line coupled with weak locals, Eastern horsemen will jump all over the opportunity. Amazing how it works. It also supports what i've been stressing recently, that when people criticize supposedly weak stakes fields out in Cali, it is unfair to only look at the local horses and condemn them. One must also ask why there weren't more shippers if there was even one to begin with? If the locals are THAT bad, why wouldn't folks ship and raid? Why see in the Del Mar Oaks that when the locals are truly weak, and by weak it is when the locals are devoid of a horse of national stature and/or lack depth, we witness shipping. Maybe in the cases where we don't see shipping it's because the locals aren't actually that bad. Just a thought.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Could someone do a little research and let us know if any owner has ever had 3 Grade 1 wins on the same day in the U.S. previously, particularly by the same sire (who they own, naturally.) Quite an achievement, and it's nice to see that the Ramseys clearly enjoy racing and winning so much.
KeithT More than 1 year ago
I believe Eugene Kline might have accomplished this feat in the Breeders Cup back when he had Lady's Secret. Could be wrong.
Chuck Seeger More than 1 year ago
I believe the Phipps Stable won at least 4 Grade I races back in the late 90's on one of those Belmont Park Super Saturdays prior to the Breeders Cup.
Goldhybrid More than 1 year ago
Had it singled. Kitten's Dumplings relied too much on a closing trip. Otherwise they raced against related company.