Xpress Thoroughbreds (Dwight Pruett)
Born: 8/5/53, McKinney, Texas
Resides: Texarkana, Ark.
- A self-employed businessman (consumer loans), Dwight Pruett has made quite a splash as a thoroughbred owner since he purchased three horses at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
- Through Feb. 24, Pruett, who races under the Xpress Thoroughbreds LLC banner, had a 15-8-11 record from 80 starts and purse earnings of $702,694 the last three years.
- Pruett’s first career winner was Feb. 22, 2014, at Oaklawn with Ship to Shore, who was making his first start after being claimed for $30,000.
- Has 11 horses at Oaklawn – all with trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs – including multiple stakes winner Discreetness, who is pointing for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds March 19. Discreetness was a $105,000 OBS March 2-year-old in training purchase.
- Fires is the only trainer Pruett has had as a sole owner. “I wanted somebody I could trust,” Pruett said. “I started calling around and Jinks Fires’ name came up every time.”
- Discreetness provided Xpress with its biggest career victory in the $250,000 Springboard Mile Dec. 13 at Remington Park. The colt then won the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn in his 3-year-old debut.
- Simply Confection, purchased for $20,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, won a Jan. 28 allowance/optional claiming race at Oaklawn before finishing fourth in the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes Feb. 20, increasing her career earnings to $121,834.
- Pruett now owns 25 horses, including unraced 2-year-olds.
- Stable name derives from Cash Xpress, a consumer loan company with corporate offices in Texarkana.