July 2, 2017 - Santa Anita, Race 2, Msw, USD $54,000, 5F

Diamondsandpearls, F, 2, 2015 by Congrats

1st Dam: Azalea Belle, by Dixie Union
2nd Dam: Westerly Breeze, by Gone West
3rd Dam: On the Brink, by Cox's Ridge

Owner: Phoenix Thoroughbred III Ltd.
Breeder: Todd & Chad Frederick & Phoenix Farm & Racing
Trainer: Bob Baffert

Diamondsandpearls, the $1.7-million topper at this year‚??s OBS March sale after breezing a furlong in¬†:9 4/5, took all the money for her debut and rolled to a frontrunning tour de force victory, earning¬†‚??TDN Rising Star‚??¬†honors in the process. Backed to 1-2 despite an average-looking worktab for the Bob Baffert barn, the dark bay broke sharply and made a clear lead in the first handful of strides. Tracked by eventual runner-up Mondaymorningblues (Morning Line) through a :22.30 quarter, the favorite cut the corner nicely and shook loose soon after straightening. Blowing the race apart by the eighth pole, Diamondsandpearls coasted home seven lengths to the good in :58.03. The winner is the second¬†‚??TDN Rising Star‚??¬†juvenile for Bob Baffert in a week, as his Serengeti (Algorithms) toyed with a field of maidens by 11 lengths last Sunday. Diamondsandpearls has a yearling half-sister by Orb and her dam was bred to Constitution last spring. Second dam Westerly Breeze (Gone West) was a Grade II winner as a juvenile.

Bloodstock agent Kerri Radcliffe, the wife of trainer Jeremy Noseda, made plenty of noise worldwide on behalf of Phoenix Thoroughbreds‚??the Luxembourg-based investment platform‚??at the 2-year-old in training sales this spring, led by OBS March topper Diamondsandpearls and a record-breaking ‚?¨1.4-million Street Sense colt at the Arqana Breeze-Up Sale. With Amer Abdulaziz serving as Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix currently has operations in six countries, with the goal of becoming the first regulated Thoroughbred investment fund in the world.¬†Some of Phoenix‚??s other purchases this spring include: an $800,000 Scat Daddy filly and $750,000 Uncle Mo filly-both at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream; and a $625,000 Super Saver colt and $600,000 More Than Ready filly at OBS March.


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