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Diamond Dollars is Jewel in Federal Way

May 21, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Auburn, WA (May 21) - It was a dollar-rich Sunday for jockey Gallyn Mitchell as he rode three winners on the card, including his 50th stakes win at Emerald Downs when guiding Diamond Dollars to the win in the $55,000 Federal Way Handicap.

Mitchell piloted the 3-year-old filly out of post number five, and once the field cleared the gate, it was all Diamond Dollars in a wire-to-wire 10-length victory. "Bill told me to let her do her thing," Mitchell said. "I knew when she switched leads at the three-eighths pole those others were in trouble."

"She broke really well today," Tollett added. "Maybe she's better than I thought. Everyone's got to get lucky once in a while."

Diamond Dollars set opening fractions of 22 1/5 seconds, and :44 3/5, before finishing the race in 1:15 3/5. The filly improved her record to 2-0-1 from four starts.

The lightly raced daughter of Stravinsky began her career at Sunland Park, where Tollett claimed the filly for $12,500 on April 8. After a subsequent fourth-place run in New Mexico, Diamond Dollars was sent north to Emerald, where she won her first local start by seven lengths on May 5 in a $25,000 maiden-claiming race.

Mitchell got the leg up on the filly after Kate Repp, who was named on Diamond Dollars at the time of entry, fell from her fourth-race mount on Saturday. The 24-year-old apprentice was not injured, but she did not ride the Sunday card.

Diamond Dollars returned $8.40, $6.20 and $4.20 for her winning run. The Case Queen paid $11.40 and $6.20 for second, while Devons Smokin returned $2.80 for third. Rounding out the field were Forty Colors, Chestnut Lady and Lady Eliza.