Arcadia, CA (January 8, 2021) – Discretionary Day took advantage of a nimble start to take the opener on the card at Santa Anita, a maiden special weight going one mile over the firm turf course.
Showing good speed away from the gate, the 3-year-old Acclamation colt was able to take up the rail position from post seven. He set a lively pace of 23.23 and 46.98 while opening up a length and one-half on the field. The field closed in as he passed six furlongs in 1:11.85. He looked like he would be swallowed up, but there was a lot more in the tank. Jockey Mike Smith asked at the top of the stretch and he responded with a quick turn of foot that reestablished his lead. They would not get any closer and he came home best by a length and one quarter in a final time of 1:36.50.
Discretionary Day is a homebred racing for Don Valpredo and he is trained by Jeff Bonde. He was produced by the winning Gone West mare, Westline.