Saturday, December 18, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 18, 2004 . . . Discreet Hero figured to be the speed in the Prairie Bayou at Turfway Park Saturday and was happy to go right out and oblige. After setting the pace to his pleasure from the start, the six-year-old drew off in the turn to win by 14 1/4 lengths.
Said winning rider Dean Sarvis, “He broke well, and I got into position right where I wanted to be. He relaxed well for me and was coasting down the backside. I had a lot of horse and when I asked him to go, he gave me a big kick. He drew away pretty easy. It was a very easy ride. It was all him.”
Trained by Bernie Flint and co-owned by Flint’s L.T.B. Inc. and R. A. Williams, Discreet Hero’s effortless win gave his connections their second consecutive Prairie Bayou victory. They won the 2003 running with Ask the Lord, who this year ran coupled with Discreet Hero and finished a determined fourth after trailing the field through most of the 1 1/8-mile distance.
Although the winner was a foregone conclusion early, Doc D gave a strong stretch effort to take second by a nose over 34-1 Mr. Krisley, who was making a rare start on dirt. Ask the Lord was just a head behind.
With the bettors making the entry 1-2, Discreet Hero paid $3.00, $2.20, and $2.10. Final time after quick fractions was 1:47.52, less than a second off the track record of 1:46.70.
The win was the second in a row for Discreet Hero, who led at every call to win the Mountaineer Mile Handicap in similar style last month.
Completing the order of finish in the Prairie Bayou were Grey Beard, Bonus Pack, and Punch. Solo Cat scratched before post time.
The Prairie Bayou was Sarvis’ fourth win on Saturday’s 12-race card and his third in a row. He and Flint teamed up in the sixth to win with Midnight Pass, and Sarvis also won the eighth with Silver Vista and the ninth with Strong Cat, both for trainer W. Elliott Walden and owner Stan Fulton.
Racing continues at Turfway Sunday with nine races on the card. First post is 1:10 p.m.