One of the more interesting races this weekend will be the Grade 1 Vosburgh for world class sprinters that features the return of the phenom of 2005, Discreet Cat.

While many of his rivals will be using the Vosburgh as a prep for the Breeders Cup Sprint-- ideally the same goal for Discreet Cat--for him it will be something more.

At stake is his reputation as the invincible racehorse of boundless talent and speed, possessor of the kind of brilliance that blew the doors off every rival he met, even at the Grade 1 level.

That is until that uneventful try in the Dubai World Cup where we never got to find out whether he was the equal of, or better than, defending Horse of the Year Invasor.

The real Discreet Cat never showed up that night. Not even a reasonable facsimile of a juvenile that won his debut at Saratoga so impressively he subsequently was sold for $5-million.

As a Grade 1 winner of extraordinary brilliance, hes been worth that money and more as a stallion prospect. But he never did prove that he was one of the ones. His body of work is simply not there.

For Discreet Cat, the Vosburgh question will be what, and where, is he now. Is he the same Discreet Cat that was undefeated before a reported throat infection stopped him in the World Cup?

Its taken five months to get him back into a starting gate, about the same amount of time as last year when he raced in Dubai, won the G2 United Arab Emirates Derby, then summarily disappeared for most of the season.

On a grand scale, it will be interesting to see whether he is the same horse that made the hair on the back of your neck stand at attention. That wont take a tour de force Vosburgh effort. Just one that shows the same kind of excitement only dominating brilliance provides.

On a more mundane note, however, we need to see that hes alright, that he's his old self, routinely capable of running three-quarters in nine.

Discreet Cat has been in serious training only since August. His five furlong workout in 1:00.80 Monday was only his fifth recorded work since then. Hes done enough to get fit. Sharp, however, is another matter.

If indeed he proves to be further along than even his handlers believe, he could run himself right into the Sprint.

But even if he does, however, wouldn't he be better off in the Breeders Cup Dirt Mile, run at one mile and 70 yards over the Monmouth Park configuration? It certainly would be easier on him physically.

And maybe thats what he really needs most right now.