10/07/2006 12:00AM

Diamond Stripes stays perfect in Pegasus


Unbeaten Diamond Stripes broke last but came rolling late to win the $250,000 Pegasus Stakes for 3-year-olds Friday night at the Meadowlands Racetrack.

The gelding trained by Richard Dutrow, Jr. ran the 1 1/8 miles on a fast track in 1:47.30.

Edgar Prado was aboard for his third Pegasus victory. He also won with Brass Scale in 1994 and Pies Prospect in 2004.

Diamond Stripes ($7) was making his stakes debut in the Grade 3 Pegasus and extended his win streak to three. He debuted on July 12 with a narrow win at Belmont Park and followed with an allowance score at Saratoga.

"He came out of the Saratoga race the way we liked a horse to come out of a race like that and we decided to get aggressive with him," Dutrow said. "He showed up the right way tonight."

Diamond Stripes suffered an early shuffle before sweeping into contention on the backstretch. He dueled pacesetting Gotcha Gold into submission and went on to a 1 1/2 length victory while drifting out in the lane.

That late drift prompted a claim of foul by Javier Castellano, the rider of runner-up On Board Again, that was dismissed by the stewards.

"He had plenty left when we hit the wire," Prado said. "He was looking around a little in the stretch, but once he heard On Board Again coming, he took off again. I think you'll see a lot of him as a 4-year-old. He's really something good."

Hesanoldsalt was third.

Todd Pletcher, closing in on his own single-season earnings record, fell short of the mark as his two Pegasus runners ran poorly. Fairbanks was seventh, one spot better than 9-5 favorite High Cotton who was eased as the trailer.

* Pickapocket ($6.60) surged late to catch 8-5 favorite Daytona for a one-length victory in the $55,000 World Appeal Stakes for 2-year-olds on the turf. Ridden by Eddie Castro for Frank Alexander, Pickapocket covered the mile and 70 yards in 1:41.23 on the firm course.

* Parisian Affair ($4.20) got up in the final strides to nip Big City Danse by a neck in the $55,000 Phoenix Stakes for fillies and mares on the turf.

Joe Bravo was aboard for Christophe Clement as the 5-year-old ran the five furlongs 56.59 seconds.

* Silent Roar ($9.20) rallied off the fence in the lane to beat L'Es Marq by 1 1/4 lengths in the $55,000 Paterson Stakes for 3-year-olds on the grass. Stewart Elliott was the jockey for trainer Mike Moran as Silent Roar went the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.43.

* Bravo won a second stakes when Why Oh Why ($6.80) rolled to a two-length win over John's Pic in the $55,000 Accordant Handicap for New Jersey-breds.

Why Oh Why, trained by David Geist, ran the six furlongs in 1:08.43.