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Dust and Diamonds Rolls in the Gallant Bloom

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Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese
 
Throw out my Gallant Bloom race analysis because nothing went according to how I thought it would today! Going into today’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint championship series race, I thought that with all the speed drawn toward the inside, the pace setters would burn themselves out and set things up for stalkers and closers Turbulent Descent, Musical Romance, and Emma’s Encore. Boy was I ever wrong!
 
 
At the break, Roman Treasure and Dust and Diamonds broke on top with Roman Treasure grabbing the early lead. Content to let the Michael Hushion trainee do all the dirty work, Dust and Diamonds took up a stalking position right to her competitor’s outside while Roman Treasure zipped through the opening quarter in 21.82 and the half in 44.49. Wheeling out of the turn and into the stretch, Roman Treasure had had enough, but Dust and Diamonds kept rolling right on along. Despite drifting out in the late stages of the race, Dust and Diamonds had enough left to post a 1 ¼ length victory over second place finisher Judy the Beauty, who finished 3 ¼ lengths in front of Musical Romance. Post time favorite Turbulent Descent finished fourth. Dust and Diamonds completed the 6 ½ furlong race in 1:14.71, a new stakes record and just a shade off the track record.
 
 
Today’s win was Dust and Diamonds’ first graded stakes victory, and it also stamped her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Her career record now stands at 9: 5-0-4, and she is on a three race winning streak. 
 
 
If you’re looking for a filly that is on the rise, this very well may be your girl. After winning her maiden at first asking in August of 2010, Dust and Diamonds placed 3rd in the 2010 running of the Presque Isle Debutante Stakes behind It’s Me Mom, won an allowance race at Saratoga after being out for nearly an entire year, and then ran third three consecutive times in allowance optional claiming races between October 2011 and January of this year. Since then, however, she has been flawless, winning her last three races by a combined 11 ½ lengths while stepping up in company each time.
 
 
This is a filly who appears to be peaking at the right time, and after today’s performance, discounting her in the Filly and Mare Sprint would be simply foolish. After seeing her easily put away a more accomplished field, I look for her to be a big factor come November. 

 

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One thing is for sure, people will be taking a second look at her come the first weekend in November.
When I saw her break her maiden at Laurel Park in 2010, I thought "Wow" what a great filly. I am glad that I got to photograph her! Liz
I thought Dust and Diamonds might be cheaper going in, but she proved to be a new female sprinting star today!

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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.

 

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An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley is from Central Georgia but is currently living in New Hampshire with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. A stay-at-home mom, Ashley juggles parenting with blogging and her other passions. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is a fervent football fan, enjoys reading and studying history, and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.