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'Diamonds glitters at Hollywood Park

5/10/2008

Rabbah Bloodstock's Crown of Diamonds prevailed today in a contentious allowance sprint at Hollywood Park with jockey Brice Blanc in the irons. Although the filly was the only 3-year-old taking on older mares, the bettors saw fit to send her off as the 2-1 favorite. She stalked a hot pace of 21.4, 44.2, and 56.1. She swung wide into the stretch and caught the leader approaching the wire to win by a length, finishing the six furlongs in 108.3.

Ridden by Blanc in all five of her lifetime starts, the gray filly has never been off the board. She finished second last time out in a six-furlong allowance race at Santa Anita on April 14th after being bumped at the sixteenth pole. Though she had never run a bad race since her debut in September, she had been close to the pace in all her previous starts. Trainer Eoin Harty chose to take her back off the pace today and the strategy was successful.

The Distorted Humor daughter was saddled by assistant trainer Oliver Costello who said, "She's a super nice filly and she proved today that she is as nice as we thought she was. She settled off the pace for the first time and she relaxed nicely. She made a big move around the turn and got the job done."

Bred in Kentucky by Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds, Dearborn Stables & Tom Van Meter, Crown of Diamonds was purchased at the 2006 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $240,000. She is out of the Pass the Tab mare Horn's Gray.




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