Thursday, November 10, 2016

Stakes winner Discreetness Tries the Turf

Discreetness, among the top 3-year-olds at the 2016 Oaklawn meeting, is entered in the $100,000 Commonwealth Turf Stakes Saturday at Churchill Downs. Trained by Jinks Fires of Hot Springs, he won the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18, Oaklawn’s first of four major Kentucky Derby prep races.

Discreetness set a stakes record in the 1-mile Smarty Jones (1:38.05) under Fires’ son-in-law and 2000 Oaklawn riding champion, Jon Court, and paid $20.20. Discreet Cat colt then finished seventh in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15, seventh in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19 and sixth in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16.

He was the only horse to compete in all four of Oaklawn’s Kentucky Derby prep races this year.

Freshened after a busy spring campaign, Discreetness finished 11th, beaten 7 ½ lengths, in his October 15 comeback race at Keeneland, a 1 1/16-mile allowance event on the grass.

Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile race, which is restricted to 3-year-olds, would be the second career grass start for Discreetness. He is scheduled to break from the extreme outside, post 11, under Jesus Castanon and carry 118 pounds.

A $105,000 2-year-old purchase by Xpress Thoroughbreds (Dwight Pruett), Discreetness has earned $290,785 off four victories from 11 career starts. Discreetness also won the $250,000 Springboard Mile Stakes last year at Remington Park. Xpress won five races at the 2016 Oaklawn meeting.

Probable post time for the Commonwealth Turf Stakes is 4:30 p.m. (Central).

New Homes

Three Oaklawn stakes winners were sold at Monday’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

Haveyougoneaway, offered as a racing/broodmare prospect, was purchased for $1.1 million by Lake Villa Farm. She won Oaklawn’s $100,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 23 and $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes Feb. 20 before being sold privately and going on to be become a Grade 1 winner by winning Saratoga’s Ballerina Stakes. She was the morning line favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 5, but finished seventh in her final career start.

Sarah Sis, winner of Oaklawn’s $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) in 2015, was purchased as a racing/broodmare prospect for $750,000 by Shadai Farm, a leading breeding farm in Japan.

Call Pat, as a broodmare prospect, was sold to SF Bloodstock LLC for $350,000. She won Oaklawn’s $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 14 and $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 19.

Haveyougoneaway and Sarah Sis ran 1-2 in the American Beauty Stakes this year.

Finish Lines

Oaklawn’s stable area opens Monday in advance of the 2017 meeting that begins Jan. 13. The track opens for training Nov. 21. … Jon Court, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2000, has 3,996 career victories, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Court is named on three horses Thursday at Churchill Downs. … Jockey Israel Ocampo, an Oaklawn regular, has 997 career victories, according to Equibase. Ocampo is named on three horses Thursday at Remington Park. … Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, who has collected seven titles at Oaklawn since 2007, has a meet-high 44 victories at Remington Park. He won four races Nov. 2. … Four-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. guided the Asmussen-trained Lookin At Lee to a fourth-place finish in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Saturday at Santa Anita. Lookin At Lee is by champion Lookin At Lucky, who began his 3-year-old campaign with a victory in Oaklawn’s $300,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) in 2010. … Juvenile runner-up Not This Time is out of Miss Macy Sue, winner of Oaklawn’s $50,000 Carousel Stakes in 2007 for trainer Kelly Von Hemel, an Oaklawn regular.

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