10/18/2016 2:03PM

Discreet Cat to stand at Darley Japan


Grade 1 winner Discreet Cat will relocate to Darley Japan for the 2017 breeding season.

The 13-year-old son of Forestry stood this past breeding season at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky., for an advertised fee of $7,500. His fee in Japan will be announced at a later time.

Discreet Cat has sired six crops of racing age, with 277 winners and combined progeny earnings of more than $23.5 million.

His top runners include Grade 1 winners Discreet Marq, Dads Caps, and Secret Compass, Grade 2 winners Discreet Dancer and Mamma Kimbo, Grade 3 winners Sage Valley, Debt Ceiling, and Out of Bounds, and Puerto Rican champion Discreet Angel. In Japan, his leading runner is Group 3 winner Air Khalifa, who has earned $2 million.

“We are very excited to be standing Discreet Cat in Japan from next year,” said Harry Sweeney, Darley’s president in Japan. “We think his progeny will be well-suited to Japanese races and he already has some very promising runners in Japan, including Grade 3 Negishi Stakes winner Air Khalifa and proven open-class performer Qismah.

“His sire, Forestry, is by Storm Cat and will be an interesting mating for Sunday Silence-line mares,” Sweeney continued. “We look forward to showing him to breeders in the coming weeks.”

In previous years, Darley has sent Kentucky-based Street Sense and Hard Spun to stand a season at its Japanese base.
Discreet Cat won six of nine starts and earned $1,694,180, highlighted by wins in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile, the Grade 2 Jerome Breeders’ Cup Handicap, and the Group 2 U.A.E. Derby. He was campaigned by Godolphin Racing and went to stud in 2008 at Darley at Jonabell.

Bred in Kentucky by E. Paul Robsham, Discreet Cat is out of the Grade 1-winning Private Account mare Pretty Discreet, whose seven winners from nine foals to race includes Grade 1 winner Discreetly Mine, Grade 1-placed stakes winner Pretty Wild, and Grade 3-placed Discreet Treasure. He is from the family of 1987 Kentucky Oaks winner Buryyourbelief and Grade 1 winner Awesome Maria.