October 26, 2014
Runners from the first crop of DISCREETLY MINE are beginning to roll. MINESHAFT’s G1 King’s Bishop S. winner closed out October with a big Saturday that saw two new maiden special winners and a new stakes horse on Oct. 25.
At Delta Downs, Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Control Stake, a 2yo colt by DISCREETLY MINE, ran a strong second in the $200,000 Jean Lafitte S.
Trained by Tom Amoss, Control Stake won a five-furlong maiden special over Indiana Grand’s main track in a swift :56 4/5 on Sept. 27. In his route and stakes debut in the Jean Lafitte, Control Stake led through three-quarters before being overtaken by CURLIN’s Golden Actor. It was 6 3/4 lengths back to third. The Jean Lafitte is a prep for the local $1 million G3 Delta Downs Jackpot Nov. 22. Control Stake was an $85,000 OBSAUG yearling.
Earlier on the same afternoon, another 2yo colt by DISCREETLY MINE caught the attention of the Belmont Park faithful. Classy Class, a son of the Grade 1 juvenile performer Collegiate, was offered a 7-2 chance at first asking in a maiden special, and made that look generous with a stylish 4-length win. In addition to the winner’s share of the $75,000 purse, Classy Class earned an 88 Beyer for the win.
Owned by Cheyenne Stables and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Classy Class was a $250,000 OBSMAR purchase.
Completing the exacta was Performance Bonus, another first-out colt by DISCREETLY MINE, and another owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence. Performance Bonus is a half to three graded winners in New York, including the Grade 2 winner Unlimited Budget.
Adding to DISCREETLY MINE’s own personal Super Saturday was the previously unraced 2yo colt Discreetly Placed, an overlooked 18-1 on debut in a $49,520 maiden special at Parx. Off a step slowly, Discreetly Placed “rallied outside horses into the stretch, closed determinedly to run down the leader in the final furlong and won going away” by 3 lengths, according to the official chart. Kathleen A. Demasi trains Discreetly Placed for Pewter Stable and Robert P. Levy.
All this follows another successful sales season for DISCREETLY MINE, whose yearlings sold for up to $100,000 to buyers including Kenny McPeek, Nick de Meric, EQB, Hidden Brook and Dwight Pruett. DISCREETLY MINE has 8 weanlings and 13 in-foal mares at Keeneland November–keep your eyes peeled!