07/08/2009 11:00PM

Injury clouds Diamond Diva's future


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Diamond Diva, the winner of the Grade 2 CashCall Mile at Hollywood Park last summer, was shipped to Kentucky on Wednesday for a lengthy break and possible retirement after a recurrence of a suspensory injury, trainer Jim Cassidy said.

Cassidy said it was unclear whether owner Three Chimneys Racing would retire 5-year-old Diamond Diva for the 2010 breeding season, sell her this fall, or put her back in training in 2010.

"She'll need another six months and they'll have to make a decision," Cassidy said.

A winner of 6 of 18 starts and $774,645, Diamond Diva was third in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes in her most recent start, which came at Hollywood Park on May 30.

Imported from England in late 2007, Diamond Diva had her best season in 2008, which included victories in the American Beauty Stakes at Santa Anita and the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood Park. The CashCall Mile turned out to be Diamond Diva's final start of 2008 because of a suspensory injury.

Slow breeze for Zenyatta

Zenyatta, the undefeated champion older female of 2008, breezed five furlongs in 1:03.20 on Thursday, her first major exercise since winning her 11th race in the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on June 27.

Jockey Mike Smith was aboard for the workout, which equaled the second-slowest time of 28 works at the distance.

Trainer John Shirreffs intends to start Zenyatta in the $300,000 Clement Hirsch Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Del Mar on Aug. 9. Zenyatta, 5, won the 2008 Hirsch when the race was run as a handicap. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Zenyatta has earned $2,414,500.

Two huge fields in pick six sequence

For the second consecutive weekend, Hollywood is offering a $300,000-guaranteed pick six pool on Saturday.

The pick six covers the sixth through 11th races and consists of two turf races, three sprints on the main track, and the $700,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.

The Gold Cup itself will be a puzzle for bettors. Parading, a stakes winner in Kentucky and Maryland earlier this year, is the 4-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 13.

The Gold Cup does not have the largest field in the pick six. The final race, a maiden claimer for fillies and mares over 6 1/2 furlongs, has 14 starters.

In the seventh race, an allowance race for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles, Allicansayis Wow will be well-backed to win her second race of the meeting. She won an allowance race in late April before finishing third behind Zenyatta in the Milady and fifth in the Vanity.

Last Sunday, on the American Oaks program, the pick six attracted bets of $604,793.

Stakes possible for O'Neill pair

Trainer Doug O'Neill and Joel Rosario combined to hit the early double on Thursday, winning a 2-year-old maiden race for fillies with the first-time starter Octogarian and an allowance race for fillies and mares with Champagne Eyes.

Octogarian ($5) led throughout, winning by a length over 4-5 favorite Mi Sueno. Owned by Paul Reddam, Octogarian ran six furlongs in 1:10.27. According to Dennis O'Neill, the trainer's brother, Octogarian will be considered for the $100,000 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga on July 29.

Doug O'Neill intends to have a small stable at Saratoga this summer. The trainer is in the middle of a Mediterranean cruise this week with his family.

Champagne Eyes ($5.80) led throughout an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles, pulling clear to win by 10 1/2 lengths. Owned by Pablo Suarez, Champagne Eyes has won 3 of 8 starts. She won the restricted Santa Lucia Handicap at Santa Anita in April before finishing fifth in the Milady Handicap, her only start against Zenyatta.

Suarez said that Champagne Eyes will be considered for the $85,000 Osunitas Handicap on turf at Del Mar on July 26 and not the Clement Hirsch.

"We've lost to Zenyatta one too many times," Suarez said.