10/05/2006 11:00PM

Credit Robsham with Jerome 1-2


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Breeding a graded stakes winner is a major accomplishment, but breeding the first two racers home in a graded event shows more than good planning and judgment. It requires plenty of good luck, too.

But that was the case in the Jerome Handicap last weekend, when the winner, Discreet Cat, and second horse, Valid Notebook, were both products of the breeding program of the late E. Paul Robsham.

The winner was bred in Kentucky, and the runner-up was bred in Florida, where most of the Robsham horses are kept.

The breeder's widow, Joyce Robsham, said: "We've always been with Ocala Stud in Florida, but we did send Pretty Discreet" - the dam of Jerome winner Discreet Cat - "to Kentucky to stay."

Winner of the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes during her own racing career, Pretty Discreet has been the most successful individual from Robsham's breeding program. Racing at 2 and 3, Pretty Discreet, a daughter of the fine sire Private Account, also ran second in the Matron and third in the Frizette, both Grade 1, and earned $230,422.

Mike O'Farrell, owner of Ocala Stud, said that they "had Pretty Discreet here when she was in training as a yearling." Ocala Stud also sold the Robshams Trust N Luck, who won the 2003 Fountain of Youth and is by the Ocala Stud stallion Montbrook. Valid Notebook, second in the Jerome, is by the Ocala Stud sire Notebook.

Robsham said: "We love to breed our own horses and race them. They're lovely, it's a pleasure to watch them, and Pretty Discreet was one of them."

Pretty Discreet has repaid her owners' faith in her prospects as a broodmare, producing two good horses in stakes winner Pretty Wild (by Wild Again), who also ran second in the Grade 1 Hopeful and third in the Jerome, and the unbeaten Discreet Cat.

Godolphin purchased Discreet Cat privately from Robsham last year after the colt had made a smashing 2-year-old debut.

Now the handsome bay colt is poised to join his dam as a Grade 1 stakes winner, as his next start is virtually certain to be a race at the premier level.

A Grade 1 success for Discreet Cat would make this the third generation of the family that has produced a Grade 1 winner. Pretty Persuasive, the dam of Grade 1 winner Pretty Discreet, is a full sister to Kentucky Oaks winner Buryyourbelief (by Believe It).

In keeping with her heritage, Pretty Discreet has been bred to some outstanding stallions.

The mare has a yearling colt by leading sire El Prado named Discreet Treasure and a filly of 2006 by Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker named Discreet Empire. The mare is back in foal to Horse of the Year Mineshaft.

These three stallions stood the 2006 season for stud fees of $100,000 live foal, like the Storm Cat stallion Forestry, the sire of Discreet Cat.

The sire of 23 stakes winners to date, Forestry is the sire of Smokey Glacken and Diplomat Lady, who both won Grade 2 stakes this year. Diplomat Lady and Forest Danger are the stallion's Grade 1 winners, and Discreet Cat would be his third. Among the stallion's 2-year-olds is the breed's record-priced sales horse, The Green Monkey, who brought $16 million earlier this year and is in training for his debut.

Out of the Pleasant Colony mare Shared Interest, Forestry won the 1999 King's Bishop and the Dwyer during his racing career, when he counted 7 victories from 11 starts. A premier sales yearling who brought $1.5 million at the Keeneland July sale in 1997, Forestry has successfully followed up his racing career and become one of the most consistent and respected sons of Storm Cat at stud.

He is a half-brother to Cash Run (Seeking the Gold), who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. They are out of Shared Interest, winner of the Grade 1 Ruffian Stakes and a half-sister to the outstanding sprinter Sewickley (Star de Naskra), winner of the Vosburgh Stakes at 4 and 5.

Their dam, the Dr. Fager mare Surgery, was only a winner but came from a distinguished family. Her dam was the Bold Ruler mare Bold Sequence, also a minor winner. Bold Sequence was a half-sister to Cowdin Stakes winner Noorsaga (Noor) and to the multiple stakes winner Gold Digger (Nashua), who became the dam of the great sire Mr. Prospector and two other stakes winners.

Forestry's female family traces in quick succession through the stakes winners Sequence (Count Fleet) and Miss Dogwood (Bull Dog) to the outstanding racehorse and great broodmare Myrtlewood (Blue Larkspur).