It's déjà vu all over again at Monticello Raceway with a local pacer, Diamond Tiara, vaulting to the top of the North American leaderboard after she notched her ninth seasonal triumph Monday at the Sullivan County (N.Y.) oval.
With Jimmy Taggart Jr. again at the controls Diamond Tiara wired the field to score in 1:58.1.
After starting from the two hole Diamond Tiara was looped on the first turn by Red Eye Blue Chip (Jimmy Devaux). But no sooner did Devaux and his pacer take command that Taggart was out and going with Diamond Tiara and they had the lead at the field passed the first stanza in :28.2
When the field headed to the halfway point, Jason Ryan moved May Night out to challenge Diamond Tiara and the two pacers raced as a team around the clubhouse turn and up the backside. But on the final turn Diamond Tiara put it in another gear and opened daylight on her competition and coasted home an easy two-length winner in a seasonal best of 1:58.1. Red Eye Blue had the benefit of a two-hole journey but she couldn't make up any ground on the leader in the lane and finished second. May Night was a close third.
It's usually hard to get Taggart to say much but he did offer, "She (Diamond Tiara) raced good again today. She's got quick speed and likes to be on the front end.”
He hesitated for a moment and as he was walking away he added, "She's better than these (her competition).”
Owned by Philip Schultz and trained by Mike Watson, Diamond Tiara paid $3.30 for win.
With her latest victory--her fifth consecutive--Diamond Tiara, a 7-year-old daughter of McArdle, is joined at the top of the charts by Rockin Rambaran, another pacer who has nine wins in Canada at Rideau Carleton Raceway. (Monticello)