January 14, 2014
Success in the breeding industry is all about timing, and some of the biggest rewards can be generated by breeding to a stallion whose first runners, yet to race, are showing ability. Those who backed the likes of Tapit and War Front—who stood for opening fees of $15,000 and $12,500, respectively—just prior to their first foals running were generously compensated.
We see similar promise in the G1 King’s Bishop winner DISCREETLY MINE, whose first runners hit the track in 2014. And we’re not the only ones. “I have a lot of faith in DISCREETLY MINE, who is beautifully bred and had speed to burn,” said leading owner/breeder George Bolton. “I have a cracking colt by him out of a mare that has already produced a multiple Grade 1 winner.”
Ocala Stud’s David O’Farrell, “We have two outstanding [2yos] by him out of two of our best mares. They are straightforward and very athletic. We are excited about DISCREETLY MINE’s potential as a sire. We have and will continue to give him our full support.”
DISCREETLY MINE actually has plenty in common with the aforementioned Tapit and War Front. Like the former, he is a grandson of A.P. INDY, and a Grade I winner at three who was a player on the Triple Crown trail.
Like War Front, DISCREETLY MINE was an exceptionally fast runner who registered his biggest victories at Saratoga. War Front won the six-furlong G2 Vanderbilt H. in 1:10 1/5 after attending splits of :21 4/5 and :45 flat; DISCREETLY MINE romped by nearly nine lengths in the 6 1/2-furlong G2 Amsterdam S. after attending and then setting splits of :21 2/5, :44 flat and 1:07 3/5, while stopping the clock in 1:14 1/5. DISCREETLY MINE then returned to win clear in the seven-furlong King’s Bishop after cutting out suicidal :21 4/5 and :44 flat fractions.
And like War Front, DISCREETLY MINE hails from a deep family curated by a respected owner/breeder. The Joe Allen homebred War Front was a half to the graded winners Teammate and Ecclesiastic; the Paul and Joyce Robsham homebred DISCREETLY MINE is a half to Grade 1 winner Discreet Cat and to the dam of Grade 1 winner Awesome Maria. The respect afforded to DISCREET CAT’s family was represented in Awesome Maria’s sale-topping $4 million price tag at the 2013 Keeneland November Sale.
Obviously, a sire’s potential on paper doesn’t mean much if it isn’t reflected in his foals. Importantly, DISCREETLY MINE’s first yearlings were roundly praised by buyers. In total, an impressive 22 of them fetched more than $50,000 at auction, with his 50 yearlings that sold averaging $48,520. That matches closely with Tapit’s first-crop yearlings, which averaged $51,121.
DISCREETLY MINE’s sales standouts included:
- $130,000 Lane’s End-bred and -sold daughter of MSW Summer Cruise (purchased by Morton James Racing)
- $125,000 grandson of the graded mare Pretty Meadow (Phase II)
- $120,000 colt o/o the Grade 1 filly Collegiate (Litt/Solis)
- $110,000 colt o/o MSP Darling Monique (Happy Days Stables)
- $110,000 colt o/o SW Miss Jeanne Cat & 1/2 to G1SW Murjan
- $100,000 half-sister to MGSP Trend (John Fort)
- $100,000 colt o/o 1/2 to SW & GSP Daniel My Brother (Dennis Foster)
DISCREETLY MINE’s 2013 weanlings continued the momentum at the bloodstock stales. At Keeneland November, they included a $110,000 half-brother to the $415,000-plus earner Secret Kin from the family of MINESHAFT’s Grade 1 performer Bonnie Blue Flag.