09/15/2003 12:00AM

Hastings: Lord Samarai overcomes bad start

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Lord Samarai, with Nicola Wright aboard, overcame a poor beginning to win the $106,694 Jack Diamond Futurity for 2-year-olds.

After getting bounced around leaving the starting gate, Lord Samarai made a strong move four wide around the stretch turn, then outfinished Proud Son, who had taken the lead in midstretch. Lord Samarai paid $8. Time for the 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:19.10 over a good track.

* She's a Bombshell received a perfectly timed ride by Felipe Valdez to win the $106,538 Sadie Diamond Futurity for 2-year-old fillies. She's a Bombshell broke from the 10-hole but was guided to the rail at the quarter pole and went on to win by a neck.