Saturday, January 30, 2016
Smarty Jones Winner Discreetness Works Toward Southwest
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Multiple stakes winner Discreetness worked a bullet 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 Saturday at Oaklawn in preparation for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Feb. 15. The 1 1/16-mile race is the second major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16.
Discreetness captured Oaklawn’s first major Arkansas Derby prep – the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 – in his 3-year-old debut.
He breezed just after the renovation break on a sunny, unseasonably warm morning under regular rider Jon Court, the son-in-law of the colt’s trainer, Jinks Fires of Hot Springs. After completing 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 over the fast-rated surface, Discreetness galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13.40.
Fires, who teamed with Court, to win the 2011 Southwest with Archarcharch breezed Discreetness in company leading up to the Smarty Jones, but said that wasn’t necessary Saturday.
“It was just a maintenance work,” Fires said. “He’s fit already. It was maintenance work to keep him where he’s at.”
Depending on weather, Fires said Discreetness will probably have a half-mile “blowout” work about four days before the Southwest.
Prior to the Smarty Jones, Discreetness, who races for Xpress Thoroughbreds (Dwight Pruett), won the $250,000 Springboard Mile Stakes Dec. 13 at Remington Park in his final start at 2.
Whitmore Works for Southwest
Co-owner/trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said he’s still leaning toward running Whitmore in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn following the gelding’s 5-furlong work Saturday morning.
Breezing over a fast track approximately 20 minutes after the track opened, Whitmore, in company, covered the distance in 1:02.
Whitmore normally breezes in company and worked with Smed, a 4-year-old gelding who broke his maiden for a $10,000 claiming price in his last start, Nov. 12 at Churchill Downs. Wearing blinkers, he started about a length behind his stablemate on the outside at the 5-furlong pole, accelerated past Smed on the outside in midstretch and was approximately seven lengths clear at the finish.
Smed was credited with 5 furlongs in 1:03.40.
“Just a typical maintenance deal,” Moquett said of Whitmore. “He has a whole lot of character, that horse. He’s quirky, but it’s the fun kind of quirky. He can run.”
Whitmore, racing in blinkers for the first time, won an entry-level allowance/optional claiming sprint in his 3-year-old debut Jan. 16 at Oaklawn. The son of Pleasantly Perfect would be stretching out from 6 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles for the Southwest.
“Looking that direction,” Moquett said. “Favoring it.”
Whitmore finished fifth in his only start around two turns, the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes (G3) Nov. 21 at Delta Downs.
Not Picking Cotton
Multiple stakes winner Hebbronville was scratched from the $100,000 King Cotton Stakes for older sprinters Saturday at Oaklawn because of hives, trainer Lynn Whiting said.
Whiting said the skin disorder “was there” Saturday morning, adding he planned to pull blood on the 4-year-old son of Majesticperfection and have it analyzed to try and determine the cause of the allergic reaction.
“We changed the straw that he was on, and we put him on wood chips and thought he was going to be OK,” Whiting said during training hours Saturday. “We changed his feed. I thought that was going to work. It didn’t.”
Hebbronville, who was scheduled to make his 2016 debut in the King Cotton, won the $100,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park and $100,000 Perryville Stakes at Keeneland last year.
He also ran third in the $100,000 Gazebo Stakes and $100,000 Bachelor Stakes last year at Oaklawn.
New York-bred stakes winner Get Jets moved closer to his 3-year-old debut by working 6 furlongs in 1:14 Saturday morning at Oaklawn. Trainer Tony Dutrow said Get Jets should be ready to run in mid-February. … Subtle Indian, winner of the $100,000 Gazebo Stakes last year at Oaklawn, worked a half-mile in :49.40 Saturday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Robertino Diodoro. The $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 5 at Oaklawn is a goal for Subtle Indian, Diodoro said Saturday morning. Subtle Indian won his 4-year-old comeback race, a Jan. 15 conditioned allowance/optional claiming sprint at Oaklawn. … Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Super Saks, fourth in the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23 at Oaklawn, will be pointed for the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes Feb. 20 at Oaklawn. American Beauty winner Haveyougoneaway is also pointing for the Spring Fever, trainer Allen Milligan said. … Brewing passed Saturday’s $100,000 King Cotton Stakes at Oaklawn, Lukas said, because he’s shopping for a confidence-building allowance spot for the son of Maimonides, who has lost 11 consecutive starts. Brewing won the $100,000 Gazebo Stakes and $100,000 Bachelor Stakes at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting. … Two-time Oaklawn riding champion Calvin Borel will begin a three-day suspension Sunday, according to Arkansas state steward Stan Bowker. The suspension, which continues Thursday and Friday, stems from a Jan. 21 incident aboard Dubai American, who was disqualified from second to third for interference in deep stretch. … Oaklawn surpassed $1 million in claims Friday, the ninth day of the meeting. … The $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 6 at Oaklawn closed Friday with 36 nominations.