08/24/2012 2:36PM

Columbus: Diamond Joe trying for eighth straight win in Breeders' Special

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COLUMBUS, Neb. – Diamond Joe will go for his eighth consecutive win when he faces four 3-year-old Nebraska-bred rivals in the $15,000 Columbus Breeders’ Special on Sunday at Columbus’s Agricultural Park.

Diamond Joe has towered over his rivals in Nebraska this year since winning an entry-level allowance at Fonner Park on March 24. He has since rattled off six straight stakes wins at distances of six furlongs and one mile at Fonner Park, Lincoln Race Course, and Horsemen’s Park. His last three win have come in the Lincoln Breeders’ Special, Lincoln Derby, and Skunktail Stakes, all at a mile. His combined winning margin in those three races is 31 lengths. Regular rider Jake Olesiak once again has the assignment.

Sunday’s 6 1/2-furlong Columbus Breeders’ Special is expected to serve as a tuneup before Diamond Joe ventures to Remington Park in Okalahoma with trainer Chuck Turco. His ultimate goal is the Oklahoma Derby at the end of September.

If Diamond Joe wins Sunday he will move into a tie for the winningest horse in the country. Clean Jean, a New York-bred filly campaigning at Finger Lakes, is alone atop the national leader board with eight wins in 2012. Diamond Joe is in an eight-way tie for second but has the highest winning percentage of the group as he is 7 for 8 this year.

Turco will also send out Black Jack Vision as an uncoupled entry. Trainer Kelli Martinez also sends out an uncoupled entry of Franks Delight and Mywildirishdream.