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Diamond Goal having impact on the Empire State

04:03 AM 16 Feb 2014 NZDT
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Diamond Goal, a magnificent looking stallion
Diamond Goal winning a heat of the Kentucky Futurity

Most people have heard of the expression “horses for courses,” but in the case of sire Diamond Goal, standing at Leatherstocking Equine Center in New Berlin NY, the phrase might have to be revised to “horses for states” – for this son of champion Armbro Goal seems to have a wealth of dominant factors and traits that would have his offspring in a prime position to campaign in the Empire State:

--He stands 15 hands 2, not a tall horse – but a good size for a sire in a jurisdiction which has five out of seven tracks which are half-milers. “His body is a little longer than his height,” Leatherstocking breeding overseer Nancy Herrick notes (Soren Nordin and his measuring stick are smiling somewhere), “so he is not a small horse, more of a ‘solid’ horse. He’s a nice-looking horse, and for a stud he’s a nice horse to be around.”

--Although his trainer during his racing career, Dan Daley, has been racing primarily at bigger ovals the last few years, Diamond Goal won two New Jersey Sire Stakes at Freehold at three, showing his ability to adapt to a four-turn mile. And even while racing on a big track, taking his mark of 1:53.1 in the first heat of the 2001 World Trotting Derby, he picked his way through a 13-horse field while winning, showing drivability and maneuverability – key talents to pass on to his NY-based offspring.

--He certainly has the class necessary to be a “player” among the talented New York sires crop: we noted Diamond Goal’s WTD elim win (the only race the vaunted $800,000 winner Chasing Tail lost among his last seven), and he just missed in the final, sitting behind a creaking pace set by Cobol in the raceoff, then closing individually in 26.3 to miss overhauling the pacesetter by a neck in the final; then he won a heat of the Kentucky Futurity before chasing home Mr. ‘Tail’ in that event’s last heat. In all, he earned over $300,000 at three, and then added another $200,000+ in his older form, including a win in the Frank Ryan Memorial at Rideau Carleton. “And he came off the racetrack sound,” added Herrick.

--His mother, the stakes-placed Another Tiffany, also produced two other $100,000 winners, including the filly Royal Jewel, a five-time NYSS winner at three. A Carlisle sister to the Arnie Almahurst-sired Another Tiffany, Lauxmont Super Car, produced Natural Image, who trotted to a 1:56.1 mark in 1987, when that was a good time for a pacer, and “Super Car” was the granddam of the millionaire Stiletto – so there is plenty of maternal-side power to back the racetrack prowess and the talent sire Armbro Goal brings to Diamond Goal.

--And finally, maybe even most importantly, he already has to his credit, from his initial crop, a $350,000+ winner in the still-racing Super Manning – who himself was a New York Sire Stakes winner, and hit the board in six other state-restricted events at three. Just last year, he won five times in Opens at the track with the highest purses in North America – Yonkers Raceway.

Nancy Herrick refers to Diamond Goal “as a horse who is all business in the breeding shed – he knows why he is there, and he gets the job done.” She reserves the term “non-studdish” to speak only about his inherent placidness, his not being a behavioral problem near or away from the breeding shed.

Leatherstocking is located in approximately the middle of a triangle described by the cities of Syracuse, Albany, and Binghamton – closest to Monticello, and not far from Tioga or the Metro New York area. Leatherstocking also has boarding facilities for mares – while there is no residency requirement to be eligible for the NYSS (although the mare must physically be in the state when bred by whatever method), the emerging breeders program does require the broodmare to be in-state for 180 days for offspring to generate them breeders awards based on racetrack performance.

If Diamond Goal casts a sparkle in your eye, with all of the above-mentioned qualities going for him, contact Nancy Herrick at 607 847 9990. “Or come on up and see him,” she adds. “You should like what you see.”

By Jerry Connors for

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