Xpress Thoroughbreds-owned Discreetness came back from being off the pace to start the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on his way to a win in the race for three-year-olds held at Oaklawn Park earlier in the week. William Fires trains Discreetness, while Jon Court was the rider.
The win marked Discreetness’ second straight two-turn stakes win after taking home the Springboard Mile in December at Remington Park.
The race began with Gordy Florida and Toews On Ice battling for first place at the start of the race until Discreetness decided to join them after six furlongs. He eventually overcame them both and finished the race in a winning time of 1:38.05. The win by Discreetness paid out $20.20.
Gordy Florida finished in second, with Synchrony coming in third. Toews on Ice wound up finishing in sixth place.
“Jon and I had talked before the race,” said Fires regarding the short stretch run. “Going a mile here, if you’re not first, second, or third at the three-eighths pole it’s hard to make up ground, so we decided to ask him a little early.”
After a purchase price of $105,00 last year, Discreetness has returned that almost three-fold, having earned $282,122 in his career. “We felt we could be competitive,” said owner Dwight Pruett. “We’ve got a great trainer, a great jockey, and a great group of people back at the barn that help us every day. And a good horse, apparently.”
Next up for Discreetness and his team is training for the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), which will also take place at Oaklawn Park on April 14th.