Celestial Diamond Sparkles for First Win
Celestial Diamond Sharp in Victory
Sometimes it takes them a few outings to figure it out, and maybe that's the case with Celestial Diamond who rolled to victory yesterday at Philadelphia Park. Making his fourth career start, the two-year-old son of Malibu Moon finally translated some of the talent he had been showing in the morning to the afternoon in his maiden victory yesterday.
"It was nice to see him put it all together on the track during raceday," trainer Guadalupe Preciado said following Diamond's win. "He trains as well as anybody in the morning, and we've been waiting for him to show it when it mattered. He didn't get too much out of his last race, and we thought he would run better today, but we still didn't have him as tight as I wanted to. Yet, he still got up and got the job done. We were very pleased with his effort in getting his first win."
Celestial Diamond showed a new level of versatility in his win as well. In his past three starts, Diamond had always been on or near the pace. Yesterday, he rated towards the back of the pack in the early stages, and slowly improved position throughout the race, culminating in an exciting run between and past his rivals in the stretch.
Jockey Roberto Alvarado did an outstanding job in maneuvering him between horses and just getting him up at the wire. "He's still learning. He was very green today, looking around at everything around him, but he was still good enough and talented enough to get the job done," Alvarado said.
Celestial Diamond has now earned more than $38,000 in four lifetime starts.