Breeders' Cup - At The Races

In profile: Disco Partner

    Third in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, can Disco Partner go two places better?


Disco Partner
  • Trainer: Christophe Clement
  • Likely Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
  • Owner: Patricia Generazio
  • Age & Breeding: 6yo h; Disco Rico—Lulu’s Number (Numerous)
  • Season Form Figures: 31531
  • Career Highlight: Winning the Belmont Turf Sprint for the second year in a row.

By Peter Fornatale

This New York-bred started his career sprinting on dirt and even back then he caught the eye. I had a trip note on his first ever race, noting his greenness and strong gallop out, noting him as one who should improve. The real improvement came later that summer when he was switched to turf. He ran a good third at Saratoga in stakes company at 23-1.

Following that race, he’s never run a truly bad one on turf in 15 starts. There have been some poor starts and wide runs, and the Grade 1 Fourstardave over tacky ground wasn’t his best moment but this is a horse who gives his all every time.

He nearly won this race last year, finishing well to just miss by less than a length after having prepped successfully in the Belmont Turf Sprint. This season he started off at Keeneland in a race on soft ground where he had to steady meaningfully. Turf sprint rival Bucchero got the better of him that day but no doubt had the easier journey.

His next stop was Belmont for the Jaipur, where he flew home to win the six-furlong stake for the second year in a row (he was second in the same race in 2016 as well). Next time, also at Belmont, he started poorly and didn’t really finish his race at a mile. At Saratoga, he ended up close to a fast pace on soggy turf and was beaten by Blind Ambition.

In his last start, he captured the Belmont Turf Sprint once again, showing devastating quickness and running a strong speed figure, easily handling Blind Ambition in the process. His form coming into 2018 looks an awful lot like 2017. If you wanted to be critical you could point out that his biggest wins are all at Belmont going slightly further.

But he does get more room than last year when the Turf Sprint was contested at 5 and it’s not like he’s run poorly elsewhere. Plus, the Turf Sprint is usually run at a fast gallop and that could well make the five-and-a-half furlongs play more like his preferred six.

Disco Partner is a cool old warrior coming to this year’s Turf Sprint in career form. He’s got every chance to land the spoils. I’m interested in him at his current odds of 7-2.