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Discreet Lover, the 45-1 upset winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), posted his first workout since then on Wednesday, which owner and trainer Uriah St. Lewis told the Daily Racing Form he expects to get the horse off the veterinarian’s list.
The 5-year-old son of Repent was said to appear in mild distress following his Sept. 29 win, which he completed in 1:59.99 for the Breeders’ Cup Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.
“He ties up,” the Parx Racing-based St. Lewis told DRF. “Everyone’s opinion is different. He ran fast in the Jockey Club.”
And Discreet Lover went decently fast Wednesday morning, clocked at 48.63 seconds for his half-mile breeze. Should blood work return correctly, the horse will be on to the Nov. 3 Classic at Churchill Downs, to which connections have a fees-paid trip via the last out win.
Discreet lover appeared on the vet’s list one other time this year, following a fourth-place finish in the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) on Belmont Stakes day. He has a habit of cashing checks, also third in the Whitney (G1) and Suburban (G2) this season.
St. Lewis told DRF the Classic would be Discreet Lover’s final career start. He is 7-7-7 in 44 career races with earnings of more than $1.3 million — not bad for a horse St. Lewis purchased for $10,000 as a Florida-bred 2-year-old.