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Discreetly Mine (2007 b by Mineshaft x Pretty Discreet, by Private Account)

Lane’s End $15,000

One of the big three sprint championship contenders, along with Majesticperfection and Eclipse Award winner Big Drama, Discreetly Mine is not an obvious “sprinter.”

He is neither a huge horse nor a massively muscled animal. He’s big enough, standing right on 16 hands, and he’s strong enough to win the G1 King’s Bishop. In physique, however, he is the type of horse who should race a mile or somewhat farther with facility, and he showed good class early in his 3yo season when winning the Risen Star at the Fair Grounds.

When a classic campaign reaped no harvest, the handsome bay was retrained to sprinting for much greater successes. Discreetly Mine won the Jersey Shore, Amsterdam, and King’s Bishop to claim a central position among last year’s sprinters.

Yet both Discreetly Mine and Majesticperfection were on the sidelines when Big Drama scored in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and secured his championship, and the difference in their natural abilities was not very wide. All were very good and very fast. They left their competition in the dust.

Of the three, Discreetly Mine is the puzzler on pedigree. His sire is the AP Indy stallion Mineshaft, who showed his best for at 4 going nine and 10 furlongs at such a high level that he was named Horse of the Year. Also, Discreetly Mine is a half-brother to the young stallion Discreet Cat (Tale of the Cat), whose first foals race this year. Discreet Cat was a miler of exceptional class and will be watched with interest this year.

Those breeding to Discreetly Mine will do well to have their goals in mind when sending him a mare. Matched with quick and precocious broodmares, he is likely to get some early-maturing stock.