In a battle of Diodoro stablemates, Malibu Kash ($7.80) claimed a wire-to-wire, half-length victory over Hymn’s Girl with 4/5 favorite Joan of Arch third another 2 ¼ lengths back in the scratched-reduced field of five 3-year-old fillies.
Owned by Mercedes Stables LLC and ridden by Daniel Vergara, Malibu Kash covered the one mile over firm turf in 1:38.0. The Kentucky bred earned $16.368 for her second career win and first stakes victory to have earnings of $29,316.
Diodoro came right back in the Tempe, again for Mercedes Stables with Gunfire ($10.40) getting the head bob in a four-horse photo-finish with Senator Robert second a nose in front of Ready Intaglio third in the field of ten 3-year-olds.
In scoring his first stakes win, Gunfire raced the one mile turf in 1:37.70 while increasing his bankroll to $37,477.