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

$3.80.

Tempted to Tapit returned $8 and $6 while Northern Giant paid

$14.60.

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

races.

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

of 12.

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