Discreetly Mine, who developed into one of the nation’s top sprinters this summer before being injured, has been retired from racing according to E. Paul Robsham Stables’ racing manager Anna Ford.
A stallion deal has not yet been announced.
The 3-year-old son of Mineshaft won three consecutive sprints this summer, including the grade I King’s Bishop Stakes Aug. 28 at Saratoga. He was expected to be one of the favorites for the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs until injuring his left stifle in October. Trainer Todd Pletcher was hopeful the bay colt would be able to return to racing in 2011 after getting time off, but it was not to be after his latest evaluation.
“The deciding factor (to retire him) was that the diagnosis was not what we were hoping for,” Ford said Dec. 9. “He was re-evaluated at the farm and the decision was made not to continue his career.”
Discreetly Mine found a niche sprinting in the second half of his season after finishing 13th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). He finished runner-up in the June 5 Woody Stephens (gr. II), and then won the Jersey Shore (gr. III) at Monmouth and Amsterdam (gr. II) at Saratoga before claiming his first grade I victory.
Earlier in the year, Discreetly Mine won the two-turn Risen Star (gr. II) at Fair Grounds to become a legitimate Derby contender. As a juvenile he was 1-3-0 from five starts including runner-up efforts in the Futurity (gr. II) and Champagne (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Joyce Robsham is the owner/breeder of Discreetly Mine, who is out of the Private Account mare Pretty Discreet. Paul Robsham, who passed away in 2004, bred and raced 1995 Alabama (gr. I) winner Pretty Discreet, who is also the dam of grade I winner Discreet Cat. A son of Forestry, the 7-year-old Discreet Cat stands at Darley near Lexington.
Discreetly Mine ended his career with five wins from 13 starts and earnings of $799,350.