05/28/2016 5:19PM

Too Discreet rebounds to win Paradise Creek Stakes

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Too Discreet and jockey Joel Rosario win the Paradise Creek Stakes by 2 1/2 lengths Saturday.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Shortening up in distance and allowed to run freely on the lead, Too Discreet rebounded from his first career loss with a dominating 2 1/2-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Paradise Creek Stakes at Belmont Park.

Too Discreet made the front soon after the start under Joel Rosario, gained an uncontested lead through a quarter in 23.05 seconds and a half-mile in 46.07, and then ran away from would-be challengers to gain the victory, his third from four career starts.

Conquest See Ya, who broke outward at the start, costing him a forward position, rallied from fifth to be second, three-quarters of a length ahead of John Q. Public. Mighty Mo, the 3-2 favorite, finished fourth, followed by Rappel and Wicked Wink.

Too Discreet, a son of Discreet Cat and a full brother to the $1.2 million earner Discreet Marq, covered the seven furlongs in 1:20.28 over a fast-playing Widener turf course. Too Discreet returned $7 as the second choice.

Too Discreet won his first two career starts in a 20-day span last August at Saratoga, including the Schenectady Stakes. He didn’t run again until April 23, when he was rank, fought the rider, and finished fourth in the Woodhaven Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Aqueduct.

“It was his first race of the year, and he’s just a better horse today,” said Christophe Clement, the trainer of Too Discreet. “There’s a long run to the turn, they went 23 and 46, which in today’s world here is slow. I’m not sure the level of the race, but you could not ask him to be more impressive.”

Rosario, who is 3 for 3 on Too Discreet, said his initial plan was to sit off Conquest See Ya, but when that horse didn’t go, he found himself loose on the lead.

“When I broke out of the gate, I found myself in front, and I let him be happy where he was,” Rosario said. “After that, he was dragging me the whole way.”

Too Discreet is owned and bred by Patricia and Frank Generazio, who came back 34 minutes later to win an allowance race with Disco Partner, trained by Jim Ryerson.

“I am very happy for the Generazios,” Clement said. “They are loyal supporters of New York racing and have some nice horses with myself and Jim Ryerson.”