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Veteran Super Diamante prevails over claiming rivals at Ruidoso

August 29, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Ruidoso Downs, NM (August 27, 2006) ó The veteran eight-year-old Super Diamante prevailed in the final strides to win the $22,230 Professionalís Choice New Mexico Claiming Challenge at Ruidoso Downs on Sunday afternoon.

The race is for horses who have raced for a $5,000 claiming price or less in the previous 12 months.

Armine Ramirezís Super Diamante, trained by Pappy Aldavaz, raced the 350 yards in :17.53 under jockey Martin Valdez. He crossed the finish line a neck ahead of Rarin To Roll while Streakin Rojo was just a nose behind Rarin To Roll for third in the field of nine horses. Cash N Fly was scratched.

Super Diamante raced to his seventh career win from 58 starts and has finished in the top three in 25 races. He won his trial by a half-length to earn his spot in the finals.

It was the second win on the program at Ruidoso Downs for trainer Aldavez, who also won the fifth race with Mi Banco Negro.

Sent off at 3-1 odds, Super Diamante returned $8.00, $7.60 and $4.60. Rarin To Roll returned $22.60 and $8.20 with Streakin Rojo paying $9.00 to show. The $2 exacta combination paid $115.20 and the $1 trifecta returned $1,612.20.

Racing resumes on Friday at Ruidoso Downs for the final weekend of the summer season. Labor Day weekend concludes on Monday with the finals to the Grade 1, $2,050,000 All American Futurity.

First post time on closing weekend is 12 p.m. daily.