09/16/2005 11:00PM

Thistledown: Double Diva draws off


Double Diva prompted the pace while five wide into the stretch, went up to make the lead just before the eighth pole, then drew off to a 3 3/4-length victory in the 24th running of the $40,000 Emerald Necklace Stakes at Thistledown.

Mercy finished second in the six-furlong race, 2 1/2 lengths in front of Tommeyesgold, who finished third in the field of eight Ohio-bred 2-year-old fillies.

Double Diva, a daughter of Railway Cat out of Carson Sue, was bred by her owner, Double D. Farm Corp., is trained by Jevon Crumley, and was ridden by Weldon Cloninger Jr. She got the six furlongs in 1:13.54 over a sloppy track and returned $7.80 to win.