08/18/2017 1:50PM

American Pharoah full brother St. Patrick's Day set for debut

Barbara D. Livingston
St. Patrick's Day will debut as part of a 10-horse field in a six-furlong race.

DEL MAR, Calif. – St. Patrick’s Day will be the center of attention in a maiden race for 2-year-olds Sunday at Del Mar. Having an older brother named American Pharoah tends to leave a colt firmly in the spotlight.

Owned by Susan Magnier and trained by Bob Baffert, who guided American Pharoah to the 2015 Triple Crown, St. Patrick’s Day has worked well for his debut in the ninth race, run at six furlongs.

Baffert took a cautious approach to his expectations at his stable Friday, but there are signs the colt has ample ability.

“He’s been working well, and I expect him to run well,” Baffert said. “He was working with Soul Streit and working heads up.”

Soul Streit, trained by Baffert, was an impressive winner of his debut by 5 3/4 lengths in a five-furlong maiden race here Aug. 13. On the same morning, St. Patrick’s Day worked six furlongs in 1:12 from the gate, the fastest of 12 recorded works at the distance.

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St. Patrick’s Day (by Pioneerof the Nile out of Littleprincessemma) is part of a field of 10 and may not go favored. Jungle Warfare, a game second to the well-regarded Tatters to Riches in a maiden race July 29, will have his second start of the meeting for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Baffert also starts Zatter, a colt by Midnight Lute who drew the outside. Zatter worked in company with St. Patrick’s Day on Aug. 13 and also was timed in 1:12 from the gate for six furlongs.

Skye Diamonds won’t race before Breeders’ Cup

Skye Diamonds, the dominant female sprinter in California this year, will not race again until Nov. 4 at Del Mar in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, a race in which she figures to be a leading candidate.

Skye Diamonds won the Grade 2 Great Lady M. Stakes at Los Alamitos in July and the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap on Aug. 13 at Del Mar. Trainer Bill Spawr said earlier this week that he would prefer to give Skye Diamonds a lengthy break between starts as opposed to adding a race at Santa Anita in October.

“She’ll do well off that,” Spawr said of the break. “If we give her six weeks between races, she’s done well. She’s so professional.”

Skye Diamonds, a 4-year-old filly by First Dude, has won 9 of 16 starts and earned $509,150. She has won 6 of 8 starts since being claimed for $40,000 last August, a span that includes the Dream of Summer Stakes for California-breds at a mile on dirt at Santa Anita in late March.

Since being claimed, Skye Diamonds has earned $389,100 for owners Tom Acker, Allen Racing, Bloom Racing, and Jon Lindo.

This year, Skye Diamonds is unbeaten in four starts at 6 1/2 furlongs. The BC Filly and Mare Sprint is at seven furlongs.

“It’s a perfect distance, and she does well on this track,” Spawr said.