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Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile First Preference for Diamond Oops

Oct 13, 2019
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- Grade 1 stakes-place on dirt and turf in his two most recent starts, Diamond Oops is being pointed to the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.   

“I talked to my partners and we are going to the Breeders’ Cup for the Mile Dirt. That’s our first choice. If he doesn’t get in for some reason, he’ll go in the Sprint,” trainer Patrick Biancone said.

Diamond Oops, who captured the Smile Sprint (G3) on the June 29 Summit of Speed program at Gulfstream Park, finished second in the July 27 Vanderbilt (G1) at Saratoga, four lengths behind Imperial Hint and 3 ½ lengths ahead of Mitole. The 4-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky moved to the turf Oct. 5 at Keeneland, where he finished second in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), in which he set a pressured paced before falling to Bowies Hero by three-quarters of a length.

“I think he’s better on dirt to be honest with you. The plan for the [Shadwell) mile was to give him a good mile before we go to California,” Biancone said. “He’s a nice horse. He’s a very nice horse.

Diamond Oops won three of his first four career starts as a 2-year-old before going to the sidelines with an injury that kept him in his stall at Palm Meadows Training Center for several months.

“He had a pulled flexor in his pastern. It is very rare – the first time I’ve seen that,” Biancone said. “My partners have been very patient and now he’s just showing up. He has to improve, he lost so many months of training at 3. Every race he seems to get better and better. Hopefully, he’ll keep going. He better.”

Diamonds Oops is owned by Patrick L. Biancone Racing LLC in partnership with Diamond 100 Racing Club, Amy Dunne and DP Racing LLC.

Math Wizard Sharp in Breeze for Breeders’ Cup Classic

Math Wizard, who pulled off a 31-1 upset victory in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (G1) at Parx in his most recent start, breezed three furlongs in 35.80 seconds Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park in preparation for a scheduled start in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 2.

“It went good. It went to plan. He went three eighths and galloped out really good. He did it with his ears pricked,” trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said. “Edgard Zayas was on him. He had a lot of energy and is showing all the signs that he’s moving forward, which is good because he’ll need to improve four or five lengths to have a shot.”  

Math Wizard, who had finished third behind eventual Florida Derby (G1) winner and controversially disqualified Kentucky Derby (G1) first-place finisher Maximum Security in a $16,000 maiden claiming race at Gulfstream last December, was claimed by owner John Fanelli for $25,000 out of an 18 ½-length victory Jan. 31 and joined Joseph’s stable. The son of Algorithms went on to finish fourth in the Wood Memorial (G2), second in the Ohio Derby (G3) and third in the Indiana Derby (G2).

Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. for the first time in the Pennsylvania Derby, Math Wizard saved ground while sitting off the pace before making a sweeping move on the turn into the stretch and prevailing over Mr. Money by a neck.

“He’ll have two more works here. We’ll do all the work here and ship on Tuesday. It worked well last time,” Joseph said.

The Joseph-trained Chance It, the highly regarded winner of the $400,000 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes In Reality at Gulfstream last time out, will skip the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 1 and is being pointed to the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs Nov. 30.

Chance It, who also won the $100,000 FSS Dr. Fager, is owned by Shooting Star Thoroughbreds LLC, which is managed by longtime trainer Mary Lightner.

“Mary wants to give him more space between his races,” Joseph said.

At Gulfstream Park West Sunday morning, Matalona Thoroughbreds LLC’s Stormy Embrace breezed five furlongs in 1:03.40 for a scheduled start in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 2. The Kathleen O’Connell-trained mare won a fees-paid berth in the Filly and Mare Sprint by defending her title in the $250,000 Princes Rooney (G2) on the Summit of Speed card at Gulfstream June. 29.

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