East Coast invader Discreet Marq swept to the lead at the head of the lane and proved best in the Del Mar Oaks (G1) at Del Mar on Saturday.
The recipient of a well-time ride by jockey Julien Leparoux, Discreet Marq was prominent from the start. She moved three-wide around the far turn and held at bay a strong late rally from
Wishing Gate to win 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.
“Good filly. Good trip,” said Leparoux. “It all worked out right today. The plan was to get her to relax; to get her in behind horses and get her to relax. She did that quite well. Then when I got her outside, she went. She was good.”
Discreet Marq, owned and bred by Florida’s Patricia Generazio and trained by Christophe Clement, entered 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, increased her earnings to $485,900. Clement won the 2007 Del Mar Oaks with Rutherienne, another East Coast shipper.