Eastern invader Discreet Marq, given a beautifully-timed ride by
jockey Julien Leparoux, swept to the lead in the upper stretch and then
held off the late charge of Wishing Gate to win the Grade I $300,000 Del
Mar Oaks for three-year-old fillies Saturday.
Prominent from the start of the nine-furlong contest over the infield
grass course, Discreet Marq moved three-wide entering the home
straightaway and had enough left to repulse the strong rally of Wishing
Gate, ridden by Garrett Gomez, by three-quarters of a length.
Emotional Kitten was another three-quarters of a length back in
third, a length ahead of her stablemate, Kitten’s Dumplings, the 8-5
favorite among ten fillies.
Sarach, victress in the Sandy Blue Handicap Friday, was scratched from the Oaks.
Discreet Marq, owned and bred by Patricia Generazio of Tequesta,
Florida and trained by Christophe Clement, came into the Del Mar Oaks
fresh from two stakes victories at Belmont Park in New York, the Sands
Point in late May and the Eventail, a race for New York-breds July 4.
She arrived at Del Mar last Tuesday.
Second choice at 9-2 in a strong field of fillies, Discreet Marq, a
daughter of Discreet Cat, accomplished the distance in 1:47.38 and
returned $11.40, $6.20 and $4.40. First money of $180,000 after the
filly’s fifth victory in ten starts increased her earnings to $485,900.
Clement won the 2007 Del Mar Oaks with another East Coast-based filly,
Wishing Gate, winner of the Oaks steppingstone San Clemente Handicap
July 21, ran well in defeat and paid $6.80 and $4.40, while Emotional
Kitten returned $4.60 to show.
With no perfect tickets in the Pick Six Saturday, Sunday’s program
will feature a carryover of $189,822. Ten races are scheduled for Sunday
with the Pick Six offered on races five through ten. Post time for the
first race is 2 p.m.