06/21/2012 3:51PM

Lincoln: Diamond Joe seeks sixth straight in Lincoln Derby


Diamond Joe should once again be heavily favored to extend his winning streak as he heads a field of six 3-year-olds going a mile in the $17,500 Lincoln Derby at Lincoln Race Course on Saturday.

A son of Dazzling Falls, Diamond Joe has rattled off five straight wins while extending the winning margin with each victory. In his last start, he went a mile for the first time and was on cruise control while scoring by more than 14 lengths against Nebraska-bred rivals in the Breeders’ Special on June 2. While he faces stronger competition here, Diamond Joe should still be considered the strong favorite for leading trainer Chuck Turco.

Diamond Joe has dominated the 3-year-old division in the state this year. He took five starts to win his maiden as a 2-year-old, taking the Columbus Futurity by 12 lengths in his final start of the year. After settling for second against allowance company in his debut this year, Diamond Joe has put it all together. After winning an entry-level allowance on March 24 at Fonner Park, he again moved to stakes company, where he captured the Baxter and Fonner Park Special stakes before moving to Lincoln for wins in the Journal Star and Breeders’ Special.

C.O. Norby stretches out to a mile for the first time and is the likely main threat to the top choice. Trained by Jim Compton, C.O. Norby comes into the race on a three race win streak of his own. His latest win came against second-level allowance company on June 9 when he rallied from 13 lengths back to win going away at six furlongs.