07/01/2017 2:45PM

Diamond Oops comes through in eventful Kiss a Native Stakes

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Diamond Oops wins the Kiss a Native Stakes, the first stakes on Saturday's Summit of Speed program.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Saturday’s Summit of Speed program at Gulfstream Park got off to a formful but somber start.

The 1-5 Diamond Oops rallied to a 3 1/4-length victory over an unlucky Bobby Ax in the $100,000 Kiss a Native Stakes. But the race was marred when Slacks of Course had to be euthanized after fracturing his shoulder while contesting the pace on the turn of the 5 1/2-furlong dash for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Diamond Oops entered the Kiss a Native off a half-length decision making his debut here four weeks earlier. On Saturday, with Luis Saez aboard, Diamond Oops eased off the early leaders while saving ground, managed to avoid trouble after Slacks of Course broke down on the turn, moved clear from the tiring Dial One in early stretch, and won going away.

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Bobby Ax was in the midst of a steady bid outside horses when he was forced to check and alter course to avoid Slacks of Course on the turn. He recovered to be second despite racing greenly through the stretch. Dial One finished a tiring third, while Uncle Runt was eased to the wire far back after he showed brief speed.

Diamond Oops, a son of Lookin at Lucky, is trained by Patrick Biancone, who also owns the colt in partnership with Diamond 100 Racing Club and Amy Dunne. His final time of 1:05.34 for 5 1/2 furlongs was more than two seconds faster than 2-year-old fillies completed the same distance a short time later in the Brave Raj Stakes.

“He’s 16-2 - he’s a very big baby,” said Biancone. “We ran him the first time and didn’t think he could win only going five-eighths and he won very easily. Today, we were lucky and got through. He was forced to take the lead a bit early, but he ran a good race. Just his second start, you cannot ask for more.”

Biancone said Diamond Oops will be pointed to the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar on Aug. 12 or the Grade 2 Saratoga Special at Saratoga the following day. Both are at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Edgard Zayas, who was tossed to the ground after Slacks of Course broke down in the Kiss a Native, bounced right back to post consecutive stakes victories, aboard Rose to Fame in the $100,000 Brave Raj and the odds-on Pay the Price in the $75,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint.

Rose to Fame remained perfect in two starts after rallying down the center of the course to best Diamonds R Trump by a neck in the Brave Raj. Di Maria rallied from the outside to finish third. Classy Dancer was never a serious factor and finished fifth as the even-money favorite in a field of six juvenile fillies.

Rose to Fame, who races for owner-trainer Antonio Sano, ran 5 1/2 furlongs in a slow 1:07.41 and paid $16.

Pay the Price, the track record holder here for five furlongs on the turf, was dominant winning the Bob Umphrey by 3 1/4 lengths while being eased near the end by Zayas. Kentucky invader Partly Mocha slipped through along the rail to outlast the late-striding Padilla for second.

Pay the Price stopped the timer at 54.30 and paid $2.60. He is owned Averill Racing and Matties Racing Stable LLC, and trained by Ralph Ziadie.