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Black Diamond Cat Goes the Distance in $100,000 Montbrook Stakes
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Black Diamond Cat had to be regarded as a prime contender for Saturday’s $100,000 Montbrook Stakes at Gulfstream Park on the strength of his dominating victory in the $100,000 Housebuster Stakes last time out.
The only question regarding the 6-year-old gelding’s credentials for Saturday’s one-mile stakes for Florida-bred horses was: Could the son of Wildcat Heir be as effective in carrying his abundant talent an extra eighth of a mile as he was while winning the seven-furlong Housebuster?
Black Diamond Cat was able to answer that question emphatically under a ground-saving ride by Jilver Chamafi, who visited the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle four times Saturday afternoon.
“In the Housebuster, coming down to the wire, he still had a lot in him,” owner James Dodge said. “We thought he could get a mile under the right conditions, and it looks like he did pretty easy.”
Black Diamond Cat, sent to post as the 5-2 second choice in a field of eight, hardly faltered in the last eighth of a mile, drawing off instead to a 5 ¾-length triumph. The victory, worth $60,000 for Dodge’s Bluestone Thoroughbreds, LLC, boosted his career earnings to $462,454.
“We’re thrilled to death with our horse,” said Dodge, who owns Genesis Recovery Center in Lake Worth. “We bought him for $6,000 as a yearling and he’s turned into a really quite nice sprinter.”
Black Diamond Cat was rated in seventh early before advancing along the rail leaving the backstretch and around the turn and slipping inside a tiring Sr. Quisqueyano to grab the lead leaving the turn into the homestretch. The Larry Bates-trained gelding was never threatened thereafter and Grande Shores closed along the rail to finish second under Edgard Zayas.
“I was sitting and waiting for a hole to open. When I shook him, he just went and drew off. No problems,” Chamafi said.
Majestic Express, the 3-2 favorite under Elvis Trujillo, held third, 1 ¼ lengths behind the runner-up and a head in front of Sr. Quisqueyano.