Diamond Tiara tied for most wins in North America

02:14 AM 09 Apr 2014 NZST
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Diamond Tiara wins for ninth time this year
Photo by Geri Schwarz
It's deja 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 yesterday (April 7) at the Sullivan County (NY) oval.

With Jimmy Taggart, Jr. again at the controls Diamond Tiara wired the field to score in a time of 1:58.1.

Last year another Monticello-based pacer, Tracys Song, led the North America in wins at this time, and nearly all season-long, and finished the season with 21 victories-- 18 of them consecutive.

Not to say that Diamond Tiara will win 21 races this year but at this time her prowess can be compared to Tracys Song's proficiency last year when she, too, led the continent in races won.

On Monday, 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 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 Jimmy Taggart, Jr. 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.

by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway

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