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.