01/13/2010 12:00AM

Bella Diamante has stakes in sights


Bella Diamante looks like an emerging 3-year-old filly. She ran a troubled second to Quiet Temper in last month's Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Princess at Delta Downs and can win her first stakes race Friday night in the $60,000 Genesis there.

"She's a nice filly," said Allen Milligan, who trains Bella Diamante for Lone Star Stables. "She's done everything we've asked her to do."

The Genesis, for 3-year-old fillies, will share a card with the $60,000 Triple Sec, for 3-year-olds. Both races are at seven furlongs, which is a two-turn race at Delta.

After winning her maiden at Remington Park, Bella Diamante traveled to Delta and ran second to multiple stakes winner Truth and Justice in the $125,000 My Trusty Cat on Nov. 6. The race, which was run at seven furlongs, was the local prep for the Princess.

Bella Diamante returned in the main event and had a stop-and-start trip as she hit trouble on the backside and was not able to make her run until late. She finished 7 3/4 lengths behind Quiet Temper.

"I'm not saying we were going to outrun her," Milligan said, "but we'd have been a lot closer. She never gave up."

Don Simington has the mount on Bella Diamante, who following the Genesis will be based at Oaklawn. Others in the field include Bronx City Girl, who won the allowance prep Dec. 31 for trainer Tom Amoss; Tin Top Cat, winner of the $50,000 Bara Lass at Sam Houston in her last start Dec. 5; and multiple stakes winner Ruby's Big Band.

Man Chester Man goes for No. 5

There are four stakes winners in the nine-horse Triple Sec, but none is more accomplished than Man Chester Man. He will be seeking his fifth stakes win in the race, following a year in which he went 6 for 10 to rank as one of the winningest 2-year-olds of 2009.

"I can't say enough about his constitution," said Cash Asmussen, who trains Man Chester Man for his breeders, Cindy Nottingham and Charles Redfern. "He's an iron man. He brings his 'A' game and asks for no favors."

Man Chester Man enters the Triple Sec off a runner-up finish in the $200,000 Springboard Mile at Remington on Dec. 13. In that race, he was beaten a nose. Other stakes winners in the Triple Sec are Coyote Legend, Bet Your Boots, and Big Texas Daddy.