FIRST PRIZE DIAMONDS CONTINUES WINNING STREAK IN EASY DATE STAKES AT REMINGTON PARK
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – First Prize Diamonds had to work hard to gain her fourth consecutive victory but did eventually prevail by a head in the $61,800 Easy Date Stakes for older Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares on Memorial Day at Remington Park.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Owned by Gary Hartstack of Washington, Texas and trained by John Weghorst, First Prize Diamonds didn’t have a great start but was in position to run down the fast-starting Send Me Good Candy. Jockey James Flores never panicked aboard his 4-year-old mare, getting her to rundown Send Me Good Candy in the final yards.
“She’s a trying mare and gives it all she can every time,” Flores noted. “We were just a bit shy from the lead but when you have that much confidence in a horse, you just stay calm and she pulled it off.”
First Prize Diamonds managed to get up for victory and handle the 350 yards in 17.292 seconds over a fast track. Send Me Good Candy had to settle for second while Sudden Separation battled to gain third, another 1-1/2 lengths behind the winner.
The heavy betting favorite at 1-2 odds, First Prize Diamonds paid $3 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.10 to show. Send Me Good Candy paid $4.20 to place and $2.80 to show. Sudden Separation paid $2.60 to show.
First Prize Diamonds adds the East Date Stakes to her previous score in the Grade 3 Decketta Stakes on April 1. The 4-year-old mare has now won four in a row, and eight of her last nine starts, dating back to November of 2015. Those eight wins represent all of her career victories from 13 attempts.
Bred in Oklahoma by Weetona Stanley, First Prize Diamonds is a mare by Carters Cartel from the Fly Jess Fly mare First Prize Diamond. The first-place check of $34,680 in the Easy Date Stakes increases the overall earnings for First Prize Diamond to $133,534.
The Easy Date Stakes is named after the 1974 All American Futurity winner and 1975 American Quarter Horse World Champion who was bred, owned and trained by Walter Merrick of Sayre, Okla.
Remington Park now moves to the final three days of the American Quarter Horse Season, Thursday thru Saturday, June 1-3. The first race nightly is at 6pm, except for Saturday, June 3 when racing begins at 5pm on the final night of the season.
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