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Text Box: Steve Zerda in 2010 to bring the opportunity for thoroughbred ownership to more racing fans in the Pacific Northwest.  Steve is currently on the Board of Directors of the Washington Breeders and Owners Association and is formerly a successful airline executive whose interest in horse racing began back in 1978 when he calculated Beyer figures by hand for races at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar.  Steve has studied pedigree analysis and conformation to enable the acquisition of quality stock for racing.  Along with his company based in Renton, Washington, Steve previously owned a portion of the multiple Grade I winning filly Turbulent Descent based at Hollywood Park, winner of the Hollywood Starlet (GI) as a 2 year-old in 2010, and an Eclipse Award finalist for 2010.  At 3, Turbulent Descent won the Test Stakes (GI) at Saratoga, the Santa Anita Oaks (GI) and the Beaumont Stakes (GII) at Keeneland and was 2nd in the Las Virgenes (GI) and Acorn (GI) and finished a troubled 5th in the 2011 Breederís Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.  She was 7-2-0 in 11 starts and had lifetime earnings of $901,350 prior to being sold to Coolmore in July of 2012.  Her final career earnings totaled $1,211,640 including winnings from the 2012 Ballerina Stakes (GI) at Saratoga making her a Grade I stakes winner at 2, 3, and 4 years-old.  She was retired after the 2012 Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

Volume 4, Issue 1, October 2014

Emerald Downs Racing is Off and Running

Emerald Downs Happenings


ZTR Unraced Fillies-Shares Available


ZTR Horses Prepare for 2015


Discreet Cat is a Value Sire


Discreet Miss and Laurenís Bluff Work Towards Debuts

Laurenís Bluffís dam is 1/2 sister to Royal Lahaina, by Chapel Royal, winner of the Go For Wand Stakes (G2) and Mariensky Stakes in New York.

2 year-old Kentucky-bred filly Discreet Missí 2nd dam is Balletto (UAE) a millionaire earner by Timber Country and winner of the Frizette Stakes (G1) and she finished 2nd in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), Beldame S. (G1), Personal Ensign S. (G1),† Matron S. (G1), and Go For Wand H. (G1) and 3rd in the Breedersí Cup Distaff (G1) and Ogden Phipps H. (G1).

Discreet Miss shares her 3rd dam with Qismah, also by Discreet Cat and winner of $1,090.000 in Japan.

Quality Rule

ZTRís multiple stakes-placed filly Sunpenny began her 4 year-old year at Emerald Downs placing 3rd and a 2nd in two prep races preparing for tries at stakes races for older fillies and mares.

3 year-old Washington-bred filly Laurenís Bluff was given 30 days off at the farm before returning to the track on May 20th and since then has been working under tack at Emerald Downs for Blaine Wright. She last worked 3/8 mile going† 36 2/5 on June 25th.

Laurenís Bluff is from the family of Hollywood Starlet and Santa Susana Stakes (G1) winner Fabulous Notion who is the great granddam of Kent Handicap winner Carrabelle Harbor, granddam of Debutante Stakes (G3) winner Decelerator, and dam of Test Stakes (G1) winner Fabulously Fast.

Laurenís pedigree includes inbreeding to the great Danzig, sire of 188 graded stakes winners and 10 champions including War Front, Danehill, and Laurenís grandsire and 1992 Preakness winner Pine Bluff.

Partnership shares in Laurenís Bluff are available until her first start in late July.

Emerald Downs has opened for racing for its 20th season, a 70 day meet under the new management of Emerald Downs LLC owned by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and managed by Phil Ziegler, President.

Early returns indicate that attendance, field size, and handle are all up after a 20% purse increase was initiated this year.† On-site racehorse population exceeded 1000 on May 17th, the largest contingent at the track since 2011.† The 30í x 45í big screen above the tote board is scheduled to arrive about July 1st with a second screen up the stretch a possibility.† Field sizes for the first seven stakes races have averaged 9.2 per race.

Z Thoroughbred Racing currently has four horses in training at the track including Frank Lucarelliís multiple stakes-placed 4 year-old filly Sunpenny who was nominated for 2013 2 year-old and 2014 3 year-old WA Champion filly.† Also, 3 year-old unraced Raise the Bluff filly Laurenís Bluff has had six workouts so far at the track and 3 year-old gelding My Discretion has been in-the-money in 6 of 7 starts at Golden Gate Fields in Northern California this year before shipping north for trainer Blaine Wright and has been on the grounds since June 10th.† My Discretion recorded the 2nd fastest workout on June 22nd going† 5/8ths in 1:00 1/5 and is probable to race on July 3rd, fireworks display night at Emerald Downs.† Laurenís Bluff is working in and around the starting gate and is on pace for her first start this July.

Other ZTR horses in training at Emerald Downs is 4 year-old Mizzen Mast gelding El Mesano moved north by Lucarelli after a winter at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, AZ and he finished a closing 3rd at 1 mile in his first start here on the dirt in early June.† He is entered to run in the 7th race on June 28th at 1 mile in a field of 9.

Curragh Training Grounds

Discreet Cat stands at Darley farm in Kentucky and is considered a value sire with a $7,500 stud fee but with progeny earnings in 2015 exceeding Stormy Atlantic, Mizzen Mast, and Street Boss.† 2yos at auction this year have averaged $89,000.

ZTR Horses - Sunpenny, El Mesano, My Discretion, and Laurenís Bluff On-Site

Z Thoroughbred† Racing News

Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2015

Quality Rule and Sunpenny

3 yo KY-bred gelding My Discretion, by Discreetly Mine, will try his first race on dirt at Emerald Downs after 6 in-the-money finishes in 8 starts on the Tapeta at Golden Gate.

Stallion Discreet Cat - 12% Stakes Runners Lifetime

Z Thoroughbred Racing LLC was founded by managing partner

Laurenís Bluff is from the female family of Fabulous Notion.† Laurenís dam is a half-sister to graded stakes winner Royal Lahaina who has earned $537,000.

Harbor Wind at Jones Farm

Fillies Discreet Miss and Laurenís Bluff

Laurenís Bluff Offering

To debut at Emerald Downs

Partnerships Forming Now!

Discreet Miss Offering

To debut at Golden Gate Fields

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Discreet Miss is by Discreet Cat, sire of stakes-win Discreet Marq, Dads Caps, Air Khalifa, Mama Kimbo, Secret Compass, & Qismah, a millionaire also from the female family of champion Althea.

Harbor Wind at Jones Farm

ZTRís other unraced filly, the 2 year-old Discreet Miss, by Discreet Cat, out of an AP Indy mare, arrived at Golden Gate Fields on June 9th and has been under tack for 7 weeks so far this year for trainer Frank Lucarelli in California and earlier at Turf Paradise in Arizona.† Golden Gate Fieldís winter meet closed in mid-June and their next winter meet commences in October when Discreet Missí first start is expected.


Both Laurenís Bluff and Discreet Miss are available for partnership shares.

Videos: Laurenís Bluff works 1/4 mile on June 18th

††††††††††† My Discretion and El Mesano Work June 22nd

Discreet Cat is currently 49th on the North American sires list by progeny earnings but is in the top 15 in terms of stakes winners and graded stakes winners.† He has had 12% black-type horses from starters lifetime, with 7% black-type winners.† His progeny average earnings index (AEI) is 1.40 with average earnings per starter of $57,418.

DISCREET CAT (Forestry - Pretty Discreet, by Private Account)

Race record: 9-6-0-2 ($1,694,180)


Career highlights:


1st Ė UAE Derby (UAE-2) 1 1/8 miles(VIDEO)

1st Ė† Jerome Handicap (G-2) 1 mile

1st Ė Cigar Mile (G-1) Ė equaled track record(VIDEO)

3rd Ė Vosburgh Stakes (G-1) 6F

3rd Ė Breeders' Cup Mile

Discreet Cat wowed in his late August debut at Saratoga, winning by 3 Ĺ lengths and getting six furlongs in 1:09.76.†† After his maiden victory, the Godolphin owned colt was taken to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and didn't start again until the following March. The well-bred colt remained undefeated in two starts there, including the $2,000,000 UAE Derby.† Later that year, Discreet Cat traveled back to Saratoga to claim the Jerome Handicap and then equaled the Belmont track record for a mile in the Cigar Mile.† Undefeated in 6 starts, he traveled back to Nad Al Sheba in Dubai for a shot at the Dubai World Cup.† Discreet Cat finished seventh after a poor break.† He was unable to return to his winning ways finishing third in the Vosburgh Stakes and Breeders' Cup Mile to complete his racing career.

Discreet Cat is by the Storm Cat son Forestry, out of Pretty Discreet and is half-brother to Discreetly Mine.† Discreet Cat's dirt offspring are best as milers while his turf progeny have won up to 1 3/16 miles.† His 5 crops have produced 18 black type winners, 186 winners, $18,071,082, including Discreet Marq ($1,263,900, Del Mar Oaks [G1], etc.), Dads Caps ($1,008,650, Carter H. [G1], etc.), Secret Compass ($216,120, Chandelier S. [G1]), Discreet Dancer ($365,900, Gulfstream Park H. [G2], etc.), Mamma Kimbo ($242,250, Fantasy S. [G2]), Air Khalifa ($2,054,021).†

ZTRís 2 year-old filly Discreet Miss is by Discreet Cat out of an AP Indy mare Eleganter.† The nick of Discreet Cat with AP Indy mare is similar to the racemare Doe and graded stakes placed Reforestation.

Discreet Catís son Qismah has earned $1,080,000 in Japan and Qismahís 2nd dam is Destiny Dance, Z Thoroughbred Racingís Discreet Missís 3rd dam.† Qismah Race Record.†





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Destiny Danceís dam (Discreet Missís 4th dam) is the great Althea, the 1983 Eclipse Award Champion 2 year-old Filly and winner of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (G2),† Del Mar Debutante S. (G2), Hollywood Starlet (G2), and Arkansas Derby (G1) against the boys.† She also ran against the boys in the Kentucky Derby that year - 1984.

The 5 year-old horse Dads Caps, by Discreet Cat, won his second consecutive victory in the $400,000 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack April 4th. (VIDEO).

The 5 year-old racemare Discreet Marq, by Discreet Cat came out running in her 2015 debut May 9 at Belmont Park, making the pace and holding off several determined rivals to win the $150,000 Beaugay Stakes (gr. IIIT) (VIDEO).

Discreet Miss

Laurenís Bluff