Jerome Breeders' Cup H. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 8f ,)

DISCREET CAT (B h, 124 lb) $95,280
Forestry —Pretty Discreet , by Private Account
B—E. Paul Robsham, KY.; O—Godolphin Racing LLC; T—Saeed bin Suroor

Valid Notebook (B h, 114 lb) $31,760
Notebook —Silk Appeal , by Valid Appeal
B—E. Paul Robsham, FL.; O—Paul P. Pompa, Jr.; T—Patrick L. Reynolds

Nar (GR/RO h, 116 lb) $15,968
Northern Afleet —Country Morning , by Country Pine
B—Milan Kosanovich, FL.; O—Four Roses Thoroughbreds; T—Nicholas P. Zito

Margins: 10¼, 7½, 10¼. Others: Quietly Go 115($8,028) , Noonmark 115($4,764) . Winning Jockey, Garrett K. Gomez.

There is nothing discreet or subtle about the way Discreet Cat has pounded his foes in the first five races of his career. Twice at Saratoga, twice in Dubai, and now, with his stunning 101/4-length victory in the Jerome Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park, Discreet Cat owns a handful of daylight wins. And the only drama surrounding him is not if he’ll win his next race, but what that next race will be.

Undefeated Discreet Cat could resurface in the Hill ‘n’ Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I), the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT), or in the Breeders’ Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I). He was purchased privately by Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing after his maiden score.

Both Discreet Cat and his dam, Pretty Discreet, were bred by the late E. Paul Robsham in Kentucky. Pretty Discreet, by Private Account, captured the 1995 Alabama Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga after having placed in a pair of grade Is, the Matron and Frizette, one year earlier. Discreet Cat’s half-brother, Pretty Wild, by Wild Again, took the 2004 Frisk Me Now Stakes at Monmouth Park and the Mr. Prospector Stakes one year later over the same layout. He finished second in both the Hopeful and Futurity Stakes (both grade I) in 2002, and was third in the Jerome three years before Discreet Cat won it.

Pretty Discreet has a yearling colt by El Prado named Discreet Treasure, and a weanling filly by Empire Maker, Discreet Empire. Pretty Boundary, out of Pretty Discreet, was winless in five races, but has produced Concorde’s Edge, a colt by Concorde’s Tune, who won the Gilded Time Stakes on the Monmouth turf in 2005.

Forestry is the sire of Discreet Cat and 22 other added-money winners. Among his eight 2006 stakes winners are Smokey Glacken (gr. II), Diplomat Lady (gr. II), and Old Forester (gr. IIIT). Forestry stands at Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky., where his 2006 fee was $100,000.—L.S.