07/18/2007 11:00PM

Diamond Fever to get double test in Stanton


Diamond Fever went a combined 0 for 5 on dirt and Polytrack to begin his racing career. But since trainer Michael Matz switched Diamond Fever to the grass, the 3-year-old son of Seeking the Gold has won twice.

Diamond Fever's fondness for turf will be tested by stakes winner Rebel Yeller and the razor-sharp Wheels Up at Noon on Saturday at Delaware Park in the $55,000 Stanton, a 1 1/16-mile overnight turf stakes for 3-year-olds.

Diamond Fever's breakthrough came when he defeated 10 other maidens in his first turf start on May 14, starting a three-race winning streak that includes an off-the-turf first-level allowance over a sloppy main track at Delaware.

Last time out, Diamond Fever ran down loose-on-the-lead Whale, the 7-5 favorite, to capture a second-level turf allowance at Delaware by 1 1/4 lengths. His Beyer Speed Figure of 86 is the best lifetime turf figure in the field.

Rebel Yeller won his turf debut in the Woodlawn Stakes at Pimlico in early May, but failed to fire in the Lamplighter at Monmouth Park, and was beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Wheels Up at Noon as the 9-5 favorite in a second-level allowance in the most recent race for both horses.

Wheels Up at Noon has won 3 of his last 4, all on the turf. In his only stakes try, Wheels Up at Noon endured a wide trip in the Restoration at Monmouth, and although he finished fourth, he was beaten only 2 1/4 lengths and earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 80.

If the race were moved to the main track by rain, Disco Indy's chances would greatly improve. He comes off a wire-to-wire 7 3/4-length victory in the slop.