September 17, 2013
Diamond Bachelor won the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf S. at Del Mar of Sept. 4. This War Front colt out of the mare Seasoned is now 2 for 2.
“TDN Rising Star” Diamond Bachelor kept his perfect record intact and earned his first black-type score in this test. The flashy dark bay was an impressive 3 1/2-length debut winner over this course-and-distance Aug. 8, which earned him heavy backingin this initial stakes attempt. He broke sharply and went right to the lead, whistling through an opening quarter in :21.87 and caught a breather through a half in :46. Diamond Bachelor was well clear in the stretch and cruised home to an uncontested victory. Ontology made a smart rally to be second. "We let him roll a little bit more this time," trainer Patrick Biancone said. "He's very fast from the gate anyway so I told Julien [Leparoux] just get him out of there and then do what you do in the mornings. Timing the next step properly is now important. I think I'm going to stay on the turf with him this year. Next year will be different. This horse can win the Derby. He is one of the best at [his] age I've ever trained. [That said], it's a long way from the cup to the lips."