Discreet Marq outkicked Tapicat to win the Pebbles Stakes, the Columbus day feature at Belmont Park on Oct. 14.
The victory was the fourth in five starts, all in stakes, for the New York-bred daughter of Discreet Cat since she was transferred to the barn of trainer Christophe Clement earlier this year. Victorious in the Grade 2 Sands Point, the Eventail overnight stakes, and the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks, Discreet Marq’s only loss since May came when second in the Grade 1, 1 1/8-mile Garden City last time out.
Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Discreet Marq’s winning time for the one mile on turf was 1:34.19.
“She’s a very nice filly who belongs to great people,” said Clement, who trains Discreet Marq for her owner and breeder, Patricia Generazio. “I’m delighted for them. I’ve always thought she was a top-class miler. We’ve been stretching her all year long but she’s good, and she overcame me, which is wonderful.”
The 3-2 favorite, Discreet Marq returned $5.00 for a $2 win bet and earned $120,000. Overall she is 6-2-2 from 12 starts and has amassed $705,900.
Teen Pauline checked in third, 2 ¾ lengths behind Tapicat.