Proper Discretion beats other fillies

AUSTINTOWN — Proper Discretion ($2.40) put an exclamation on an excellent sophomore season as she recorded a decisive victory in the $75,000 First Lady Stakes for Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies on Saturdayat Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course.

Ridden by Ricardo Feliciano, the 3-year-old Discreetly Mine filly tracked the early pacesetter Preachintothechoir thru the opening stages before taking command entering the far turn and pulling clear to win by more than 2¢ lengths. The official running time on a track labeled muddy was 1:12.76 after fractions of 23.07 and 46.54.

Fast Justice rallied strongly to grab the runner-up spot, with I Got Faith checking in third. Ibelieveinmiracles was next across the finish line in fourth, with Mythical Vixen fifth. Sheza Fine Justice, Preachintothechoir, Purple Flowers, and Star Mabee rounded out the complete order of finish. Unbridled Leader was a program scratch.

Proper Discretion won for the sixth time (and first in a stakes race) in nine starts this year. A homebred, she began her career in 2015 with a win and a third and has now hit the board in all 11 of her career starts for owner Bruce Talisman. With the $45,000 winner’s share of the purse, Proper Discretion has now earned more than $208,000.

The third season of live racing at Hollywood Gaming Mahoning Valley Racecourse will extend into late April, offering live racing on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays throughout the season. First posts on weekdays will be at 12:45 p.m. and 12:15 p.m. on weekends.