Courtesy of DRF.com Shelbyville, IN (June 21, 2021) – From the time she began lengthening her stride going around the far turn in her career debut, a six-furlong Indiana Grand sprint race in August 2020, Diamond Solitaire had the look of a route horse. She finished a distant third in that first outing, and when she won by 10 lengths sprinting again in her second start, Diamond Solitaire had the look of an Indiana-bred stakes horse.
Diamond Solitaire, making the third start of her 3-year-old season, stands a strong chance of winning her first stakes when she faces at most nine rivals in the fillies’ division of the $75,000 Hoosier Breeders’ Sophomore Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile test for Indiana-breds.
Trained by Steven Lyster for the Diamond Solitaire Partnership, Diamond Solitaire got in one route race as a 2-year-old, rallying from 12th to finish fourth in the Miss Indiana Stakes last fall. Lyster brought her back into 2021 action going two turns straight off the bat, with Diamond Solitaire finishing second in a one-mile Indiana-bred allowance in the mud. Blinkers went on for her second start of the season, and whether through the equipment change, getting back on a fast track, or simply improving after the comeback run, Diamond Solitaire traveled like a winner while racing down the backstretch and cruised home 2 1/2 lengths best. Diamond Solitaire, by Majestic Harbor, had no pace at which to run in either race this year and should get a more favorable setup Wednesday.
Very Amelia, rail-drawn and stretching out from a sprint to this 1 1/16-mile trip, almost has to show speed, and she enters off a career- and field-best 79 Beyer Speed Figure earned sprinting in Indiana allowance company. The filly’s pair of route races came on a wet main track and on turf, so the jury’s still out on her ability to stay two turns on a fast main track. Pearl Tiara also fits this spot, but until proven otherwise must be regarded suspect at route trips. Mizzen Ash and Taperinea are cross entered in turf allowance races on the Wednesday program.