09/18/2012 3:12PM

Remington Park: Diamond Joe will bring streak to Oklahoma Derby


Diamond Joe ranks as the winningest horse in North America after making it nine in a row in a Friday night allowance at Remington. He bounced out of the race in good shape and is to make his next start in the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Sept. 30, trainer Chuck Turco said Tuesday.

Diamond Joe earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 78 for his win in the allowance, a one-mile race run on a muddy main track. It was the horse’s first start outside of Nebraska. He arrived at Remington last Tuesday.

Diamond Joe has a huge following in Nebraska, where he has won seven stakes during his win streak, which began March 24. In the immediate aftermath of Diamond Joe’s Remington win, Turco was hit with 90 text messages to his phone, kept in a holster on his waist, including several during the winner’s circle presentation

“My hip was shaking all the time,” he said.

Turco won the Oklahoma Derby in 1995 with Diamond Joe’s sire, Dazzling Falls.