Discreetly Mine takes Risen Star Stakes
A clear day and a fast track presented perfect conditions for
Discreetly Mine to win the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes by a length
on Saturday in the final prep for the Louisiana Derby.
With 5-1 morning-line odds improving to 5-2 at the post,
Discreetly Mine led from start to finish with Javier Castellano in
the saddle, holding off Tempted to Tapit and 50-1 underdog Northern
Giant for the win at Fair Grounds.
“He broke well out of the gate and he looked happy galloping
along,” Castellano said. “We got a position, relaxed, made a move
on the backstretch and just continued to the wire.”
It was Discreetly Mine’s first win as a 3-year-old and just the
second win of his seven-race career. He paid $7, $4.20 and
Tempted to Tapit returned $8 and $6 while Northern Giant paid
Drosselmeyer, a 3-2 favorite, finished fourth. Ron the Greek,
who started the day at 3-1, finished sixth, a disappointment after
winning the Lecomte Stakes last week.
“He was trying hard at the end and we just couldn’t catch up,”
Drosselmeyer’s jockey, Kent Desormeaux, said. “It was very
encouraging the way he galloped out. He has a good turn of foot and
I’m very pleased.”
Discreetly Mine broke fast out of the fourth post and, on a
track where late-breaking horses have found success, withstood a
challenge by Tempted to Tapit with a furlong remaining to take the
1 1/6-mile race in 1:44.88.
Trainer Todd Pletcher earned his third victory in a week, and
second in just one day after his 3-year-old Eskendereya won the
Fountain of Youth earlier in the day. But he did not attend the
Tempted to Tapit, who won his last race by more than 11 lengths,
ran a close second under David Cohen the entire race and held off
Northern Giant by a nose down the stretch.
“I was behind horses in the first time and then got him outside
and he seemed to relax very well,” Cohen said. “He finished very
strong and held off those other challengers for second.”
In winning the Lecomte, Ron the Greek was looking for a strong
before the Louisiana Derby on March 27. But he couldn’t find his
way out of the pack, was angled into the rail and didn’t have
enough on his final surge to make a showing or beat Stay Put, who
ran two pounds overweight.
Seventh-place Worldly was followed by Letsgetitonmon Mountain
Justice Hotep, Random move and Bravo Whiskey to round out the field