Discreetly Mine, whose bid to capture a classic earlier this year was unsuccessful, returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since February when he scored by 1 1/4 lengths in the $192,750 Jersey Shore Stakes (gr. III) (VIDEO) at Monmouth Park July 4.
Ridden by John Velazquez, the favored bay Mineshaft colt galloped along on the inside during the race’s first half-mile, saving ground before angling out at the quarter pole and charging past Out of Respect for the victory.
“The only thing I wanted to make sure of was that I wasn’t head-to-head for the lead,” Velazquez said. “He got kind of squeezed coming out of there (the starting gate) in the first four or five jumps and I had to encourage him a little bit to make sure he wasn’t too far back. Once I pulled him out around the turn, he was on his game.”
A homebred running for E. Paul Robsham Stables, Discreetly Mine completed six furlongs for 3-year-olds over a fast dirt surface in 1:09.71. Out of Respect held on for second, finishing a length ahead of Safe Trip. Partyallnightlong was fourth, followed by Christine Daae, the only filly in the field of six, and Cool Bullet.
“Johnny saved all the ground on him, and I guess he decided when a hole didn’t open on the inside that he’d better get him to the outside,” said Anthony Sciametta Jr., an assistant to Discreetly Mine’s trainer, Todd Pletcher. “Once he (Velazquez) got him in the clear, he switched leads nicely and took off.”
Discreetly Mine opened his 2010 campaign with a fourth-place finish in the Spectacular Bid Stakes Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park. He then won the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) by 1 1/2 lengths and finished fourth in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds.
Entered in the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I), Discreetly Mine wound up 13th. In June, he was the runner-up to D’Funnybone in the Woody Stephens Stakes (gr. II) on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) program.
Sciametta reported after the Jersey Shore that Discreetly Mine was cool, calm, and collected throughout his Monmouth experience after shipping in from New York the morning of the race. The colt, the assistant trainer said, was “just laying in his stall” in the afternoon while waiting to run and “with all the heat and everything, he didn’t turn a hair.”
Out of Respect, with jockey Paco Lopez aboard, took command early in the Jersey Shore, setting fractions of :22.13 and :44.85 while Partyallnightlong, the longest shot in the field at nearly 16-1, pushed the pace. Partyallnightlong eventually faded, but Out of Respect hung tough and held a narrow advantage over Safe Trip, who had stalked and then challenged the front-runners before Discreetly Mine went rolling by.
“We got the trip we expected from the rail,” Lopez said. “He had the perfect setup. He ran hard.”
Kentucky-bred Discreetly Mine, who is out of the Private Account mare Pretty Discreet, paid $4.80, $3.20, and $2.20. Out of Respect returned $8.60 and $2.40 to his backers while Safe Trip paid $2.40. The exacta (2-1) returned $33.20.