Black Diamond Cat used stalking trip on his way to a 2 ¼-length victory over a field that included Grade1 stakes-winners Jackson Bend and Swagger Jack in Saturday’s $115,000 Housebuster S. at Gulfstream Park.
The victory was the fourth black-type win for the 6-year-old son of Wildcat Heir, who has accumulated $402,454 over his career.
Black Diamond Cat sat just behind the pace set by Artefacto and stalked by Apriority for the first five panels of the seven furlong affair. Put down for the drive leaving the turn, Black Diamond Cat kicked in with a powerful run to draw away through the stretch.
Black Diamond Cat earned $75,000 for the win and ran seven furlongs in 1:22.93.
“Everything went perfect. He broke good and everything was fine,” said winning rider Jilver Chamafi. “The only thing the trainer told me was not to fight him too much.”
“The weather really helped him and the way the race set up. (An off track) has helped him in the past,” said trainer Larry Bates of the pre-race rain that changed the track condition from fast to good. “He nickers when it rains.
“He’s such an honest horse. That’s a lovely field that was behind him. He’s a little underrated but we think a lot of him,” said Bates, who trains the gelding for Bluestone Thoroughbreds LLC. “It’s great that he’s getting a little recognition. A horse like him keeps you going.”
Black Diamond Cat, winner of the $75,000 Ponche S. in June, is one of seven stakes horses in 2013 by Wildcat Heir. The venerable Journeyman stallion is one of only three horses standing in Florida this year with North America progeny earnings in excess of $2 million.