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Breeders' Cup 2017

Eastern Invader Discreet Marq Wins Del Mar Oaks

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, Rutherienne.

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.

 

 

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