Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Discreetness Completes Southwest Work
Multiple stakes winner Discreetness worked an easy half-mile in :50 over a fast-rated surface Wednesday morning at Oaklawn, his final major move for Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3). He breezed after the renovation break under regular rider Jon Court, the son-in-law of the colt’s trainer, Jinks Fires of Hot Springs.
Fires called the work “perfect” because “:50” was the time he was seeking from Discreetness, who opened his 3-year-old campaign with a victory in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.
“Jon said he might have gone a little fast because the track was deep this morning,” Fires said. “But, Jon said he handled the track like he owned it.”
The 1 1/16-mile Southwest is Oaklawn’s second major prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16 and offers 17 qualifying points toward starting eligibility in the Kentucky Derby, including 10 to the winner.
The Southwest is expected to attract a large field, including Discreetness, Gordy Florida and Synchrony, the top three finishers in the Smarty Jones, and the Bob Baffert-trained Collected, who won the $100,000 Sham Stakes (G3) Jan. 9 at Santa Anita. Baffert has won the Southwest four times since 2010.
Projected Southwest starter Luna de Loco, who was fourth in the Smarty Jones, worked a half-mile in :50.20 after the break Tuesday morning for six-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen.
After working a half-mile in :50.20 before the break Tuesday morning, trainer Kenny McPeek said he was leaning toward starting War Stroll in the Southwest. War Stroll broke his maiden at 1 1/16 miles Jan. 28 at Oaklawn in his last start.
Post positions for the Southwest will be drawn Friday.
Discreetness also won the $250,000 Springboard Mile Dec. 13 at Remington Park.Springboard runner-up Suddenbreakingnews is also scheduled to run in the Southwest.
New York-bred stakes winner Get Jets is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in a conditioned allowance race Saturday at Oaklawn, trainer Tony Dutrow said.
Dutrow said he hopes the 1 1/16-mile race, which would be Get Jets’ first start around two turns, first outside New York and first against open company, is a steppingstone to the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19 at Oaklawn.
A chestnut son of the recently deceased Scat Daddy, Get Jets won 2 of 3 starts last year – all against New York-breds – including the $250,000 Sleepy Hollow Stakes Oct. 24 at Belmont Park in his last start.
“All good, all good,” trainer Tony Dutrow said after training hours Tuesday morning. “We just felt like he’d run three times, and he is obviously better than average, so we gave him a little break there to him ready for a 3-year-old campaign. The horse, knock on wood, has always been great.”
Get Jets has had six published workouts since Dec. 30 in advance of his 3-year-old debut.The first two were recorded on Fair Hill’s all-weather surface, the last four at Oaklawn.
Dutrow said last month that Get Jets would be ready to run in mid-February.
“He’s not going to be 100 percent,” Dutrow said. “You don’t want them being 100 percent in February, but he’s ready to go.”
Get Jets, who races for Team D (David Speziali), was a $300,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s April 2-year-old in training purchase. He won his Aug. 19 career debut at Saratoga before finishing second in the $150,000 Bertram F. Bongard Stakes Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.
“What I’m hoping is he can go to the Rebel,” Dutrow said.
The Rebel is Oaklawn’s final major prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16.
Grade 1 winner Noble Bird moved closer to his 2016 debut by recording a 5-furlong bullet out of the gate in 1:00.80 following the break Wednesday morning for trainer Mark Casse. Casse said the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) for older horses April 16 is the major spring objective for Noble Bird, who won the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) June 13 at Churchill Downs. Noble Bird was also an allowance/optional claiming winner at last year’s Oaklawn meeting. … Dorodansa will be pointed for the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies March 12 at Oaklawn, trainer Kenny McPeek said. Dorodansa finished third in Saturday’s $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn. … McPeek said Rated R Superstar, third in the $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (G1) Oct. 3 at Keeneland, should be ready to make his 3-year-old debut at the end of this month. … Rated R Superstar has had three published works at Oaklawn since Jan. 25. … Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said next-race plans are pending for Ready to Confess and My Master Plan, fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Martha Washington. My Master Plan had been previously unbeaten in four career starts. … Trainer Tony Dutrow said next-race plans are pending for Mo for the Money, a 5 ½-length first-level allowance winner sprinting Sunday at Oaklawn. The 3-year-old colt became the first Oaklawn winner sired by champion Uncle Mo. … Sassy Miss Sue, the 3-year-old full sister to Grade 1 winner and millionaire Tiz Miz Sue, returned to the track Tuesday morning at Oaklawn after being scratched from a Sunday maiden-allowance race (minor illness), trainer Steve Hobby of Hot Springs said.