03/26/2017 6:40PM

Skye Diamonds extends Spawr's hot hand in Dream of Summer Stakes

Benoit & Associates
Skye Diamonds, with Tiago Pereira aboard, remains unbeaten in three starts this year after scoring as the favorite in the Dream of Summer.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Since Dec. 26, Bill Spawr’s stable has won 13 races from 34 starters at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.

The 4-year-old filly Skye Diamonds has led the team. She remained unbeaten in three starts this year with a stylish win in Sunday’s $101,035 Dream of Summer Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares at a mile.

“We’ve had a lot of fun,” Spawr said of the season. “It’s easy to go to work.”

Skye Diamonds has made the job look easier. Claimed for $40,000 at Del Mar last summer, Skye Diamonds has won four of five starts since being acquired.

In the Dream of Summer, Skye Diamonds was the 4-5 favorite and had a clean trip under jockey Tiago Pereira. Skye Diamonds was second and then third in the first half-mile, stalking pacesetter Roo’s Valentine, who set early fractions of 24.44 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 49.08 for a half-mile.

Roo’s Valentine was clear by 2 1/2 lengths with a quarter-mile to go and Spawr was fearful she would be tough to catch.

“I thought she had an easy lead,” he said.

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In early stretch, Skye Diamonds began to close into Roo’s Valentine’s advantage and was within a head of the leader with a furlong to go.

“In the middle of the stretch, I thought we had her,” Spawr said.

Skye Diamonds ($3.80) won by 1 1/4 lengths over Roo’s Valentine, a 5-1 shot who was 7 3/4 lengths clear of 7-1 Dressed to a T.

Sheer Pleasure was fourth, followed by Top Notch, Time for Ebby, Cuddle Alert, and Mizzen Glory.

Skye Diamonds, by First Dude, has won 7 of 13 starts and earned $309,150. She has earned $162,700 since being claimed. Skye Diamonds won a $50,000 claimer in her first start for Spawr and owners Tom Acker, Allen Racing, and Bloom Racing Stable. She has not appeared in a claiming race since.

“I think she’s doing all right,” Spawr said.