09/24/2009 11:00PM

IEAH, Iavarone buy Diamondrella

Barbara D. Livingston
Worstcasescenario, eased in the Matron, will be fitted with glue-on shoes.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The Grade 1 winner Diamondrella has a new owner and a new itinerary.

The International Equine Acquisitions Holdings Inc. and Michael Iavarone closed a deal Friday to privately purchase Diamondrella from Morton Topfer's Castletop Stables. The 5-year-old mare, who will remain in the barn of trainer Angel Penna Jr., will be pointed to the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes for fillies and mares at Keeneland on Oct. 10 and then to a Breeders' Cup race at Santa Anita in early November. The IEAH Stables, of which Iavarone is co-president, bought 70 percent of Diamondrella, while Iavarone personally purchased 30 percent.

"It was a combination of targeting a couple of races right now, and in the future she'll make a nice girlfriend for Big Brown," said Iavarone, referring to the 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner whom IEAH campaigned and owns in part as a stallion prospect at Three Chimneys Farm.

Iavarone said that how Diamondrella performs in the First Lady, a two-turn mile race on turf, will dictate what Breeders' Cup race will be considered for her. Iavarone said the choices are the Mile on turf against the boys, the Turf Sprint, also against males, at 6 1/2 furlongs, or the Filly and Mare Sprint at seven furlongs on the Pro-Ride surface.

"Any one of those three races have to be kept on the radar screen," Iavarone said. "Anything can happen with any horse and change the complexion of any race. Right now, the two-turn mile at Keeneland is an interesting target. How she runs there will dictate a lot. If she relishes the two-turn mile, it does put the Breeders' Cup Mile on the top of the list."

Diamondrella, a 5-year-old daughter of Rock of Gibraltar, has won 7 of 16 starts. She reeled off six consecutive victories, including the Grade 1 Just a Game here on Belmont Stakes Day. Diamondrella had that streak snapped when she finished sixth in the Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes over that track's synthetic surface.

On Thursday, Penna said that he was considering running Diamondrella against the boys in the Kelso, a one-turn mile, at Belmont. IEAH will already be represented in the Kelso by Court Vision, whom Iavarone said is doing extremely well following a freshening.

"I'm expecting big things from Court Vision," Iavarone said.

Worstcasescenario back to track

Worstcasescenario, eased as the favorite in last Saturday's Grade 2 Matron, came out of the race with sore feet, according to trainer Richard Violette Jr. Violette said Worstcasescenario will soon be fitted with glue-on shoes and how she trains in them will dictate when and where she makes her next start.

"Her feet were stinging her like crazy," Violette said. "We'll get some glue-on shoes on her and go from there. She's already been back to the track, which is a good sign. This might be something we can get her to turn right around."

Violette said if Worstcasescenario bounces back quickly then races such as the Grade 1 Frizette here on Oct. 10, the Alcibiades at Keeneland on Oct. 9, or the Mazarine at Woodbine on Oct. 10 will all be considered.

Opus A, another 2-year-old filly trained by Violette, suffered a minor shin injury that forced her to miss Sunday's $100,000 Joseph A. Gimma for New York-breds.

Violette said that while the promising juvenile colt Bulls and Bears remains sidelined due to illness, Not Macho Any More, the runner-up in the Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park, will be pointed to the Grade 1 Champagne here Oct. 10.

Girolamo looks good in Jerome drill

The 3-year-old Girolamo, winner of two allowance races since returning from a layoff, worked a strong five furlongs Friday morning over the main track in preparation for a start in the Grade 2 Jerome here Oct. 11. He was credited with a final time of 58.41 seconds, fastest of 13 at the distance.

Rick Mettee, the assistant trainer who oversees Godolphin's New York string, said he caught the horse a bit slower than that. Regardless of time, the work was an indication of how well Girolamo continues to be doing.

"He didn't look like he was going that fast," Mettee said. "He's just training really well on this big track. It's easier on him than Saratoga."

Ravalo sharp in Spooky Mulder

Maryland invader Ravalo took command from pacesetting Songster outside the eighth pole and roared home a 3 1/2-length victor of Friday's $66,750 Spooky Mulder Stakes. Gold Trippi rallied to get second by a nose over Starforaday.

Songster finished fourth, followed by Accredit, Lucky Island, and Make Me Zach.

Ravalo, a 5-year-old gelded son of Mutaakddim based in Maryland with trainer Donald Barr and owned by Lindy Redding, won for the 13th time in 26 starts. He pushed his career earnings $712,285. Cleveland Johnson was the trainer of record as he usually is when Barr ships Ravalo from his Maryland base.

Ravalo, under John Velazquez, stalked the pace from third, before moving into second approaching the quarter pole and taking charge in upper stretch. Ravalo ran six furlongs in 1:08.85 and returned $8.10.

* This One's for Phil, who was put up to first in the Grade 2 Swale Stakes, began his comeback, working three furlongs in 37.64 seconds Friday morning at Aqueduct. This One's for Phil, trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., has not been out since finishing fifth in the Woody Stephens here June 6. Dutrow is targeting next January's Sunshine Millions Sprint at Gulfstream for This One's for Phil.