Updated on 09/17/2011 12:03PM

Dirty Diana bounces back in stakes-record time

Benoit & Associates
Dirty Diana, wearing blinkers for the first time, runs away with the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association stakes on Friday at Del Mar.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Dirty Diana proved on Friday that she is an outstanding 2-year-old filly who can pull away in the stretch.

After winning a maiden race by seven lengths at Hollywood Park in April, Dirty Diana finished a well-beaten fifth in the Cinderella Stakes on June 8. She returned in Friday's $125,000 California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at Del Mar and led throughout to win by 8 1/2 lengths.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Dirty Diana ($6.20) ran the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.31, a stakes record.

Dirty Diana was prominent from the start, leading the 3-2 favorite Smoke Break by a length early. On the turn, Dirty Diana pulled away through fractions of 21.54 and 44.40 seconds.

Champ's Rocket, a maiden making her fifth start, closed from sixth to finish second, 1 1/2 lengths in front of Blowing Bartok in third. Smoke Break finished fourth in the field of nine California-breds.

Dirty Diana races for Carl Watson and Paul Weitman, who bought her from trainer Roger Stein after the April race and turned her over to trainer Bob Baffert. Stein bred Dirty Diana and owned her when she made her debut.

Baffert fitted Dirty Diana with blinkers for Friday's race and had been confident she would rebound from the Cinderella disappointment.

"Last time, she got intimidated on the rail," Baffert said. "I told these guys not to worry. We bought her to run in stakes."