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LOOOCH FLOURESCENT GREEN BLANKETS SCARLET AND GRAY
Ohio owner Ron Paolucci is a brazen horse trader at every level. He seeks out prospects from coast to coast with private purchases and sales ring buys and has had an amazing run in 2017 with graded stakes winners and a slew of state-bred winners. He is not married to any trainer, as you can see from his horse’s running lines, former rider Anthony Rini was selected to condition speedsters Proper Discretion and Katalust. Rini had them wound up for top efforts in the $75,000 Scarlet & Gray Handicap at JACK Thistledown Racino and it turned into a two-horse race.
Katalust set the pace in the 6-furlong affair and at the half-mile marker was engaged by her stablemate in :45.86. They matched strides through the length of the stretch in a thrilling stretch duel with Luis Colon aboard Proper Discretion on the outside getting the nod at the wire. It was 4 ½ lengths back to longshot Orientate to Luv in third.
“I was proud of both fillies,” said Rini. “I was especially proud of Katalust because she’s more of a route filly but there wasn’t much pace, so she wound up on the front end. Proper Discretion showed a lot more patience today. Sh e’s been a speed-crazy son of a gun so we took the blinkers off today and she relaxed. They ran exactly backwards (to form).” Final time for the six-furlong race for Ohio-bred fillies and mares was 1:10.46.
The entry was sent off the 1-5 favorite and paid $2.40 to win. Neither place nor show wagering was offered on the race. A 4-year-old filly by Discreetly Mine out Prizes by Prized was bred and formally owned by Bruce Talisman. Proper Discretion improved her record to 9-2-3 in 16 starts and increased her earnings to $283,166. She finished second in this race last year to state champion Justalittlesmoke. Trainer Robert Gorham wanted to put rumors of Justalittlesmoke’s retirement to rest prior to the race. “It was a handicap race and as well as she is running this year we know she would have to spot the field a lot of weight,” said Gorham. “There are opportunities down the road and she has been so good to us we’ll wait for the right spot.”
Galloping out: Ron Paolucci pulled off a real class act on Saratoga’s Woodward Day when his graded stakes winner War Story, tried to take on 10 ¼ length winner Gun Runner in the $750,000 Grade 1 event. Through his twitter account he sought out war veterans that he could treat to an amazing day at the races. He sponsored three vets and their significant other to an all-expense paid trip to Saratoga for the race with a box seat on the finish line and access to the paddock. “If it wasn’t for guys like this, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to ply our trade in the racing game,” said Paolucci. “They all like racing, but had never been to Saratoga, I’m just glad to be able to pay them back.”