01/09/2010 12:00AM

Lots new for Discreetly Mine

Barbara D. Livingston
Discreetly Mine will cut back to a sprint when he makes his first start for Todd Pletcher.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Discreetly Mine will, for all intents and purposes, go back to square one when he begins his 3-year-old campaign in Saturday's $100,000 Spectacular Bid at Gulfstream Park.

Discreetly Mine will have a new trainer, a new rider, and will turn back to six furlongs for the first time since the second start of his career when he finished fourth as the 3-5 favorite against maiden special weight opposition last summer at Saratoga.

Discreetly Mine, a homebred son of Mineshaft, was recently turned over to Todd Pletcher when his owner, Joyce Robsham, ended her relationship with her previous trainer, Stanley Hough, late last month.

Discreetly Mine closed out his 2-year-old campaign in promising fashion, finishing second behind D' Funnybone in the Grade 2 Futurity and second, 1 1/2 lengths behind Homeboykris, in the one-mile, Grade 1 Champagne.

"He was in very good condition when we got him," said Pletcher. "He's trained forwardly since coming to our barn and we're just looking to get the season started on Saturday. I'm not sure what his best distance is so we'll just get started at six furlongs and see from there."

John Velazquez will be aboard Discreetly Mine for the first time in the Spectacular Bid.

Discreetly Mine is certainly the most accomplished member of the field, although, as usual, the Spectacular Bid lured a number of promising 3-year-olds.

Wildcat Frankie enters the Spectacular Bid off just a single start but what a start that was - a 15 1/2-length maiden victory at Calder on Dec. 12. He earned a 95 Beyer Speed Figure, which is best of any horse in Saturday's field.

"We discussed whether to run him right back in this race and decided to find out right away if he's a good horse or not," said trainer Jim Hatchett, who returned from a four-year sabbatical in 2009. "Obviously we're concerned about taking such a big step, but the way he acts we think he can even go further."

Westover Wildcat and A Little Warm are both trained by Tony Dutrow but will race uncoupled in the wagering.

Westover Wildcat is the more accomplished of the pair, having won Belmont's Bold Lad Stakes by nearly three lengths in his most recent start.

A Little Warm has improved dramatically since learning to rate in his last two starts and comes off an impressive 10 3/4-length maiden win at Philadelphia Park on Nov. 23.

Grand Times returned from a seven-month layoff and showed he, too, could rate off the pace when rallying to a two-length entry-level allowance win at Tampa Bay Downs on Dec. 12. Grand Times posted a 93 Beyer when winning his maiden at Calder on May 2.


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