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Black Diamond Cat trounces Montbrook field

Black Diamond Cat
Photo: Ashley Tamulonis
Bluestone Thoroughbreds’ Black Diamond Cat is having the best year of his career. The 6-year old Wildcat Heir is a veteran of the South Florida racing circuit having exclusively raced in the Sunshine State, but Gulfstream Park’s new summer meet has certainly agreed with the Larry Bates trainee. In two starts on the main track, Black Diamond Cat has recorded two wins and in doing so, has become the first dual stakes winner of the meet after thoroughly trouncing today’s Montbrook field.
Breaking from the rail, Black Diamond Cat and jockey Jilver Chamafi were content to sit right off the pace as Timeless Indy posted a very pedestrian 25:29 first quarter. After being pushed through a grueling 21:89 second quarter by Sr. Quisqueyano, Timeless Indy folded. As the initial pacesetter backed up, Black Diamond Cat slipped through on the rail and it was game over from there. The bay gelding gained the lead leaving the turn and steadily increased his advantage to hit the wire 5 lengths the best. Grande Shores followed right in the winner’s hoof prints up the inside to close for second followed by post time favorite Majestic Express.
Eight Miles East winner Sr. Quisqueyano checked in fourth with Imperial Czar, Joshua’s Comprise, Megamove, and Timeless Indy completing the order of finish. Black Diamond Cat ran the mile in 1.37:39 and paid $7.00/$4.40/$3.20 as the second choice.
Black Diamond Cat was a $6,000 yearling purchase for Bluestone Thoroughbreds, and he has more than made his purchase worth it. The $60,000 winner’s share of the Montbrook’s $100,000 purse boosted the gelding’s career earnings to $462,454 and proved that under the right circumstances the sprinter could stretch out to get a mile, something he’d previously tried twice before with so-so results.
Today’s win was another milestone for the bay gelding. His perfect two-for-two record at this meet pushed him to the top of the meet’s leader board. His jockey for the meet, Jilver Chamafi, currently sits in second place behind leader Edgard Zayas, who was aboard Grande Shores today. Zayas leads the meet with 29 wins to Chamafi’s 25 wins. Prior to today’s card, Zayas had the lead by 7 wins, but by booting home four winners today, Chamafi was able to close the gap considerably.  


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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.


Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Ashley began her time with Horse Racing Nation blogging as The Florida Filly. Using that moniker, she mainly covered racing in South Florida but also blogged about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offered her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. A move north to New Hampshire began both a new chapter in both Ashley's personal life and professional life. She currently pens the new From Coast to Coast blog for HRN, which is simply a revamped version of The Florida Filly. Don't let the new look and name change fool you, though. Ashley still brings to the table the same great coverage as From Coast to Coast as she did for The Florida Filly. Ashley also participates as a voter in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.


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.

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