09/22/2005 11:00PM

Discreetly Irish seeks four-peat


Discreetly Irish has won the Manhattan three years in a row, and on Sunday at The Woodlands will be favored to win the six-furlong stakes for the fourth straight time. The Manhattan shares a card with the Sunflower Stakes, both races for 3-year-olds and up bred in Kansas.

The stakes doubleheader serves to usher in the 20-race stakes schedule at The Woodlands, the Kansas City, Kan., track that opened its meet Saturday.

, 7, won the Manhattan for the first time in 2002, and last year romped by five lengths in the race, which is for fillies and mares. She will be moving back on Sunday to dirt, the surface on which she has 11 career wins, after making a rare turf start last out at Arlington Park.

Discreetly Irish is trained by Jim McCoy and will be ridden by Alex Birzer, and she figures to get a nice stalking trip behind the quick .

In the Sunflower, Nick Missed is looking to win a stakes at The Woodlands for the third straight year. He won the Kansas Thoroughbred Futurity in 2003 and the Kansas Thoroughbred Derby in 2004.

Nick Missed will be cutting back to six furlongs for the Sunflower, after running third in a one-mile allowance at Arapahoe Park in his last start Aug. 20. Trainer Kenneth Gleason has given the mount to Carl Kutz.

Top threats are Polar Barron and Scarlet Lad.