Discreet Marq took the lead right out of the gate and led every step Monday afternoon to take the 19th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Sands
Point for 3-year-old turf fillies at Belmont Park.
Making her first start for trainer Christophe Clement, the gray
daughter of Discreet Cat rolled through fractions of 25.57 and 49.84
under jockey Jose Lezcano. Keeping
challengers Kitten’s Queen and favored Watsdachances at bay as the
field of six rounded the far turn, Discreet Marq turned for home still
in front and had enough left to turn back the late rush from Wave Theory
and win by three-quarters of a length.
Her time for 1 1/16 miles over the firm inner turf course was 1:42.50.
“That was the plan, not too much to say,” said Lezcano, aboard
the filly for the first time. “She broke good and was in the front. I
waited for the final three-sixteenths
for her to make a run, and she pulled out a win.”
Sent off as the 5-2 second choice, Discreet Marq paid $7.80 for a
$2 win bet and nearly doubled her earnings to $245,900 for her first
victory in three starts this year
and first in graded stakes.
“I’m a very lucky man,” said Clement. “She came to me at
Park 2 ½ months ago. She’s trained very well
from Day 1. It’s a bit ambitious to be here, but she was the only speed
of the race and [owner Patricia Generazio] was really happy to take the
shot. It worked out.”
Discreet Marq, a New York-bred who won the Lie Low overnight
stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack to close out her 2-year-old campaign, is
now 3-1-2 from eight career starts.
“She’s a nice horse; she was a nice horse last year,” said
Clement. “She’s a top-class filly, I’m sure of it. We have many races on
the turf coming along, so it’s going
to be fun. Let’s enjoy it for today, and go from there.”
Watsdachances finished 1 ¼ lengths behind Wave Theory in third,
followed by Kitten’s Queen, Caroline Thomas and Unbelievable Dream.