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Del Mar Oaks (Grade I)

DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA                                                SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2013



JULIEN LEPAROUX (Discreet Marq, winner) – “Good filly. Good trip. 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. It was hard to take off Mike’s filly (trainer Mike Mitchell’s entrant Need You Now; Mitchell is Leparoux’s father-in-law and the rider won on that filly at Betfair Hollywood Park in her previous start on July 7). But what are you going to do. It’s business I guess, and when you get a chance to ride a nice filly like this, you’ve got to go.”


GARRETT GOMEZ (Wishing Gate, second) – “We had the good trip and she ran really well. They were going a little slow. I knew that, but there wasn’t much I could do. She’s improving; she’s getting better. She’s a nice filly.”


VICTOR ESPINOZA (Emotional Kitten, third) – “I just couldn’t catch that winner. I just couldn’t. I was trying, but she couldn’t get there.”


MIKE SMITH (Kitten’s Dumplings, fourth) – “I got through on the rail. Followed Garrett (Gomez on Wishing Gate) through. My filly was running, but they weren’t stopping.”


COREY NAKATANI (Need You Now, sixth) – “She just wasn’t good enough today.”


CHRISTOPHE LORIEUL, assistant to Christophe Clement (Discreet Marq, winner) -- “This is very good for the owner and breeder  (Patricia Generazio) and very good for us. The decision to come out here worked out well. The only question we had today was the distance. We told Julien (Leparoux) that the only chance we had today was to get her covered up, because she had been running on the lead in New York.  We worked her from behind horses in New York and (rating) had been no problem. She’s very rateable, she can do anything you want. That’s why she’s a very good filly. “


SPLITS:  :23.69 :48.67 1:13.00  1:36.18  1:47.38


The win in the Oaks was a first for Leparoux, but his fifth stakes win of the meet, the most by any rider at the session. He now has six stakes wins overall at Del Mar.


The Oaks victory was the first of the meeting for Clement in his first start of the session, but his second in the race (he captured it in 2007 with Rutherienne). He now has five stakes wins at Del Mar.


Owner-breeder Patricia Generazio lists a mailing address in Tequesta, Florida.

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