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Gulfstream Park notes: Dust and Diamonds retired
By Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Dust and Diamonds, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint behind the champion Groupie Doll, has been retired and sent to Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky. Dust and Diamonds retired a winner, having captured the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl here on Dec. 8.
Dust and Diamonds, a daughter of Vindication, was purchased out of the Fasig-Tipton November sale just days after the Breeders’ Cup.
“They bought her mainly as a broodmare prospect, she had a few little things going on, and we just decided to be conservative and retire her,” trainer Todd Pletcher explained.
Hutcheson looking compact
A small field appears to be lining up for Saturday’s Grade 2 Hutcheson led by Spectacular Bid winner Merit Man. Among the others committed to the race are recent allowance winner Singanothersong, Honorable Dillon and Pataky Kid.
** Ecabroni, who has not started since finishing last in the 2012 Sam F. Davis at Tampa, sizzled five furlongs in 58.55 seconds to top the Gulfstream work tab on Monday. Ecabroni is currently trained by Wesley Ward after having begun his career with Pletcher.
** A carryover of $828,273 in the 10-cent Rainbow 6 will await horseplayers when racing resumes on Wednesday. The total jackpot exceeded $1 million on Sunday and figures to top that figure once all wagers are in on Wednesday.
** Javier Castellano, fresh off another big week, will carry a five-win margin, 44-39, over Luis Saez, in the jockey standings when the new week begins on Wednesday. Joel Rosario is one win further back at 38, with Jose Lezcano and Velazquez rounding out the top five.
The bigger the Rainbow 6 carryover, the more money it attracts, and the less likely it will ever be taken down by a single ticket. The effective takeout is an exorbitant Lotto-like percentage, but the 10-cent betting unit and the four-figure likely conso makes it hard to pass up. But is it really a smart play?
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That's a shame about DAD. I liked her since I saw her at Del Park last summer, before she really came into her own. She looked like she could have provided serious competition to Groupie Doll (more than in the B.C. last year), and now one has been retired and the other is out until at least the fall. Disappointing! But best wishes for good health to both fine fillies.
The reward is much greater than the risk. Good move, she has done enough.
I wish much good luck and a happy retirement to Dust and Diamonds. I hope she becomes a wonderful mama to beautiful, talented horses in the future.
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