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Risen Star S. (G2) winner DISCREETLY MINE (Mineshaft), Silverbulletday S. (G3) heroine JODY SLEW (Slew City Slew) and Fair Grounds H. (G3) victor BLUES STREET (Street Cry [Ire]) all came out of their respective victories in Saturday's events in good order and were doing well Sunday morning. Discreetly Mine and Blues Street, both trained by Todd Pletcher, as well as their stablemate DEVIL MAY CARE (Malibu Moon) -- fifth in the Silverbulletday -- will leave Fair Grounds Monday morning on an equine charter returning to their South Florida home base. Expected to accompany them on that flight are TEMPTED TO TAPIT (Tapit) and DROSSELMEYER (Distorted Humor), the second and fourth-place finishers in the Risen Star...
New Orleans native Spanky Broussard, who has based his winter operation at Fair Grounds for more than four decades, reported Sunday morning that Mineshaft H. (G3) hero STONEHOUSE (Chester House) came out of his neck victory in Saturday's event in good order. "I'm thinking about running him back in the (March 27) New Orleans H. (G2)," Broussard replied when asked about Stonehouse's next step. "I don't know if he can get a mile and an eighth, but I think we'll try. That's really my only option. I know I'm going to nominate him." If Stonehouse goes in the New Orleans, he'll have a rematch with Mineshaft runner-up GENERAL QUARTERS (Sky Mesa). Owner/trainer Tom McCarthy indicated Sunday that his one-horse stable is bound for the race. "I've never had a horse come back as good as he has after such a hard race as he ran yesterday," McCarthy said, "and I think the mile and an eighth is really going to be his best distance." Trainer Neil Pessin, who saddled GIANT OAK (Giant's Causeway) to finish third in the Mineshaft, is also thinking positively about the New Orleans. "We got everything we wanted yesterday," Pessin said. "That race was just a prep for the next one. The two that beat us yesterday won't beat us next time."...
Fair Grounds starter Frank Comberrel Jr. reported that Horse of the Year RACHEL ALEXANDRA (Medaglia d'Oro) visited the starting gate during training hours for the first time this season on Sunday morning. "She just stood there and didn't make a move," Comberrel said. "She was as cool and calm as she could be. She's always like that. All of (trainer Steve Asmussen's) horses are always very well schooled."...
Discreetly Mine flaunts speed in Risen Star
Discreetly Mine wired the Risen Star in his two-turn debut (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)Just minutes after the Todd Pletcher-trained Eskendereya (Giant's Causeway) romped in Saturday's Fountain of Youth S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park, DISCREETLY MINE (Mineshaft) posted a quick Derby prep double for the barn in the $300,000 Risen Star S. (G2) at Fair Grounds. The E. Paul Robsham Stables homebred went straight to the front beneath new rider Javier Castellano, and he never looked back in his two-turn debut.
Discreetly Mine was coming off a mightily-troubled fourth in the six-furlong Spectacular Bid S. at Gulfstream Park in his first start for Pletcher. On the strength of the high-class form he had displayed as a juvenile, when second in both the Champagne S. (G1) and Futurity S. (G2), as well as his sparkling worktab, the well-bred bay was sent off as the 5-2 second choice at Fair Grounds.
Smoothly securing the early lead, Discreetly Mine proceeded to carve out steady splits of :24 3/5, :48 3/5 and 1:13 2/5. Tempted to Tapit (Tapit) and Northern Giant (Giant's Causeway) were in close pursuit, while 2-1 favorite Drosselmeyer (Distorted Humor) eventually improved into fourth. Meanwhile, Ron the Greek (Full Mandate), the winner of the recent Lecomte S. (G3) over the track, was anchored in his usual spot near the tail of the 12-horse field.
Discreetly Mine remained in control on the far turn, brushing aside a challenge from Tempted to Tapit, and spurted two lengths clear in midstretch. The top three, who had been racing in that order for virtually the entire race, maintained their respective positions at the wire. None of the deep closers managed to get involved after the leisurely early pace.
Discreetly Mine enjoyed a 1 1/2-length advantage while completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:44 4/5 on the fast track.
"I'm so blessed," Castellano said. "I expected him to be in the lead. He broke well out of the gate and he looked happy galloping along.
"I'm very satisfied with the way the race developed; this course tends to favor those that come from behind. We got a position, relaxed, made a move on the backstretch and just continued to the wire.
"He's a speed horse, and the fractions he did today were very lovely. He just galloped along in the lead and I'm very happy," Castellano summed up.
"This horse gives 110 percent every time he runs," assistant trainer Ginny DePasquale said. "We're very pleased with the outcome of this race."
Tempted to Tapit held second by a neck from Northern Giant, who in turn salvaged third by a head. Drosselmeyer, who had made a steady move along the inside, threatened to grab third, but was ultimately outfinished by Northern Giant.
"It was just a slow pace," lamented Kent Desormeaux, who came in to ride Drosselmeyer. "He was trying hard at the end, and we just couldn't catch up. It was very encouraging the way he galloped out. He has a good turn of foot, and I'm very pleased."
The winner paid $7, $4.20 and $3.80. Tempted to Tapit, the 8-1 fourth choice, gave back $8 and $6 and ended the $50.20 exacta. Northern Giant outran his 53-1 odds, fueling a $14.60 show payout and an $848.80 trifecta. Drosselmeyer concluded the 4-2-7-6 superfecta that was worth $5,134.
Stay Put rallied from far back for fifth, and Ron the Greek closed for sixth. Next came Worldly (A.P. Indy), Letsgetitonmon (Maria's Mon), Mountain Justice (Afleet Alex), Hotep (A.P. Indy), Random Move (Empire Maker) and Bravo Whiskey (Smart Strike).
Discreetly Mine now sports a mark of 7-2-3-0, and he doubled his earnings to $359,350. The Kentucky-bred just missed in his debut for Stanley Hough at Belmont Park last July, then finished fourth to subsequent Hopeful S. (G1) winner Dublin (Afleet Alex) in a Saratoga maiden. Discreetly Mine broke through emphatically in his third start, defeating Super Saver (Maria's Mon) by 6 1/4 lengths at the Spa.
He endured an eventful stakes bow in the Futurity, where he hit the gate and was steadied, but recovered to finish a clear second to the talented D' Funnybone (D'wildcat). Next time out in the Champagne, Discreetly Mine dueled early, took the lead in the stretch, but yielded to Homeboykris (Roman Ruler). Switched to Pletcher for his three-year-old campaign, he bobbled at the start of the January 9 Spectacular Bid, was slammed on the turn, and splashed home an unhappy fourth in the slop.
Produced by Alabama S. (G1) heroine Pretty Discreet (Private Account), Discreetly Mine is a half-brother to Discreet Cat (Forestry), hero of the Cigar Mile H. (G1); multiple stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Pretty Wild (Wild Again); Grade 3-placed Discreet Treasure (El Prado [Ire]); and the unraced Discreetly Awesome (Awesome Again), the dam of last year's Matron S. (G2) queen, Awesome Maria (Maria's Mon). This is the family of 1987 Kentucky Oaks (G1) queen, Buryyourbelief (Believe It).
When asked if he intended to return to Fair Grounds to team up with Discreetly Mine in the March 27 Louisiana Derby (G2), Castellano was enthusiastic.
"Hopefully. I said to Todd Pletcher, whatever he wants to do with this horse, I want to be on it. I'm the pilot, and wherever they want to send me, I'll be available.
"I'm very fortunate to have been on some good horses -- Ghostzapper, Bellamy Road, Bernardini -- and I've been getting on the horse in the morning, so I know him well enough."
Jody Slew fires in Silverbulletday
Jody Slew (outside) just ran down Quiet Temper (Lynn Roberts/Hodges Photography)
Martin Racing Stable LLC and Dan Morgan's JODY SLEW (Slew City Slew) made her first start for new trainer Bret Calhoun a winning one in the Tiffany Lass S. at Fair Grounds on January 23, and on Saturday continued progressing for her new conditioner with a hard-fought nose victory in the $141,500 Silverbulletday S. (G3) at the New Orleans venue.
Quiet Temper (Quiet American) tried to lead the field all the way home, grabbing the advantage soon after the start and posting splits of :23 4/5, :47 2/5, 1:11 3/5 and 1:38 2/5. Age of Humor (Distorted Humor), Elusive Jozi (Johannesburg) and Devil May Care (Malibu Moon) were strung out just to her outside, while jockey Miguel Mena allowed Jody Slew to settle in last. Quiet Temper appeared well on her way to the winner's circle in the lane, drawing off under Robby Albarado, but Mena was just getting busy with Jody Slew. The bay lass responded to the encouragement, running down the near 3-1 second choice to earn her spot in the gate for the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).
"I knew there wasn't going to be as much pace pressure today, but I did not expect (Quiet Temper) to be loose," Calhoun said. "I at least thought there would be some company up front and when she was loose and going so easy I thought it was over. I was really surprised my filly was that far back; as sharp as she's been in the mornings, she's been just the opposite in the afternoons. I was afraid she might be more keen today but it ended up working out great.
"She didn't really get into the race until she got that horse in her sights. She was just kind of wide out there down the lane -- running, but not like she was bearing down -- but she got that horse in her sights and she found another gear."
"When she sees a horse in front of her, she goes," co-owner Bill Martin agreed. "She likes to run them down. If she has to do it that way we're happy to leave her alone."
"We're not used to winning exciting photos like that," co-owner Dan Morgan said. "We're usually second-best. You have to take heart medicine to watch her races."
Jody Slew wasn't given much respect in the Silverbulletday as the 8-1 fourth pick, but rewarded her faithful supporters with payouts of $18, $7 and $4 while keying the $76.40 exacta. Quiet Temper was game in defeat, returning $4 and $3.20, while it was another 10 lengths back to Age of Humor, who gave back $4.20 at 9-1 for holding Bella Medaglia (Medaglia d'Oro) by a head on the wire. The 7-1-3 trifecta totaled $427.80. Devil May Care, the 4-5 favorite, was three lengths back of Bella Medaglia, and Elusive Jozi completed the order of finish after The Rumor's True (Kafwain) was withdrawn.
Jody Slew was making her second start here for Calhoun after beginning her career under the tutelage of Larry Lay. The bay lass took three tries to break her maiden, getting the job done at Ellis Park in mid-July, then added an allowance victory to her mark next out at River Downs. She ran third in the Bassinet S. back at that track, but was no match for graded rivals when trying the Pocahontas S. (G3) two months later, winding up 10th in that Churchill Downs event. She stayed in Kentucky to finish third in the Caressing H. under the Twin Spires to complete her juvenile season, and opened up the new year with a 23-1 shocker in the Tiffany Lass, with Quiet Temper back in fifth that day. The Silverbulletday score improved her line to 9-4-0-3 and she's now earned $185,179.
Bred in Kentucky by Brandywine Farm, Jody Slew only brought $9,500 as a Keeneland September yearling. She is out of the winning Trustbuster (Housebuster), making her a half-sister to last year's Czaria H. victress Cape of Bradford (Cape Town) as well as an unnamed yearling filly by Kafwain.
Jody Slew's third dam is dual stakes queen Honest and True (Mr. Leader), third in the 1980 editions of the Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Fantasy S. (G1). Honest and True would go in the breeding shed to produce champion two-year-old filly Epitome (Summing), herself the dam of U.A.E. highweight Faltaat (Mr. Prospector), multiple Grade/Group 2 victor Essence of Dubai (Pulpit) and record-setting stakes hero Danjur (Dayjur), all three of whom are now sires.
Blues Street rallies to win going away in Fair Grounds
Blues Street graduated from claiming status to graded winner (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)
Antsu Stables' BLUES STREET (Street Cry [Ire]) rallied down the middle of the course to win going away in the $100,000 Fair Grounds H. (G3), registering his first graded stakes victory with a 2 1/4-length decision. Trained by Todd Pletcher, who won his second graded event on the stakes-packed program one race later with Discreetly Mine (Mineshaft) in the Risen Star S. (G2), the six-year-old gelding improved his overall mark to 21-7-5-3, $307,178, when completing about 1 1/8 miles in 1:51 3/5 over the firm turf.
A former high-priced claimer, Blues Street extended his win streak to three after garnering a pair of allowance/optional claiming events at Gulfstream Park and Aqueduct. Favored at 9-5 over eight rivals on Saturday, the dark bay paid $5.80, $3.60 and $3 and keyed the $53.60 exacta with 10-1 runner-up Dubious Miss (E Dubai), who seized a brief lead in midstretch before being passed by the winner and gave back $9.80 and $6.60. It was 4 1/2 lengths back to Baltimore Bob (Malibu Moon), who returned $4.40 at 10-1, and another 2 1/2 lengths to the 25-1 Transduction Gold (Formal Gold) in fourth. The trifecta yielded $227.20, and the 4-7-1-10 superfecta was $1,291.20. Gretsky (Toccet), Silverfoot (With Approval), Get Rich Quick (Seeking the Gold) and Acting Zippy (City Zip) came next under the wire, and Secret Getaway (Skip Away) was eased. Giant Oak (Giant's Causeway) was withdrawn in favor of the Mineshaft H. (G3) later on the card.
Bred in Kentucky by Harriet Finkelstein, Blues Street sold for $85,000 as a 2005 Keeneland September yearling and RNA'ed for $77,000 at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May two-year-old sale. He's the first foal to race out of Capote Blues (Capote) and has two-year-old half-sister named Henny Blues (Hennessy) and a yearling half-sister by Hard Spun. Capote Blues hails from 1994 Matron (G1) winner Stormy Blues (Cure the Blues). Blues Street captured last year's Memorial Day H. at Mountaineer Park and has placed in two listed stakes.
Earlier on Fair Grounds' Saturday card, Gold Mark Farm LLC's DOUBLE ESPRESSO (Medaglia d'Oro) stalked the pacesetting Simplify (Pulpit) on the backstretch of the $56,400 Pan Zareta S., rallied on the outside of that rival to take command in the stretch and just held the late run of Dubai Majesty (Essence of Dubai) by a head on the wire under jockey James Graham. The Tom Amoss charge earned her first stakes score when stopping the clock in 1:10 4/5 for six furlongs on the fast dirt, improving her line to 10-5-1-3 and pushing her earnings to $161,933. The dark bay four-year-old ran second in the Orleans S. in December and captured her 2010 debut last out against allowance/optional claiming rivals...
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