Last meet and this meet’s current leading trainer, Diodoro, who’s already won seven of the 18 stakes offered so far this season, swept both the $35,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes and the $35,000 Arizona Juvenile Stakes Saturday at Turf Paradise.
Diodoro also won the second race with maiden Rock Hard Doll ($7.60) to go three wins from four starts for the day.
Lost in the Fog
It was Diodoro’s less heralded Outdated ($9.60) with Jorge Carreno aboard that upstaged stablemate Grand Full Moon to post an impressive 4 ¾ length victory over Highway Boss who finished a 2 ¼ lengths in front of Grand Full Moon, who barely rallied to save third in the field of eight juvenile colts and geldings.
Outdated, who was making his fourth lifetime start in winning his first stakes, covered the 6 ½ furlongs over a fast track in 1:15.47.
While Outdated tracked the pace-setting Shakin Schiller, the favorite Grand Full Moon raced five-wide throughout and at the half-mile pole was in seventh. Outdated took over from a tiring Shakin Schiller as Highway Boss mounted his bid to secure the runner-up spot. Grand Full Moon’s rally was too little too late and he saved third by a length.
Owned by Charles Garvey, Outdated increased his earnings by $21,049 to $42,999 from two wins in four efforts.
Arizona Juvenile Fillies
Diodoro would strike again, this time with Santa Anita shipper Freakin Amazing ($6.40), who registered a 2 ½ length victory over SUM Racer who was a 1 ½ lengths clear of the favorite Perfect Style who finished third in the field of nine juvenile fillies.
Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Freakin Amazing covered the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.05.
Franco gunned Freakin Amazing to the lead thereby denying Perfect Style her usual running position on the lead, forcing the New Mexico import Perfect Style to do battle with SUM Racer for the runner-up spot.
Owned by Mercedes Stables, Freaking Amazing’s winner’s share of $20,832 boosted her earnings to $48,832 from four career starts.