Pegasus World Cup Odds, Contender Profile: Diamond Oops

Pegasus World Cup Odds and Post Positions

By Lynne Snierson

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Owner Kin Hui got lucky when Diamond Oops, his homebred son of 2010 Preakness winner Lookin At Lucky, didn’t meet his $42,000 reserve price when offered as a weanling at the 2015 Keeneland Breeding Stock sale. So he was kept to race and now, he’s a two-time Grade 3 winner, earner of $646,490 and a 20-1 long shot in Saturday’s $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1).

His best races are a mile and shorter, so he’ll be hard-pressed to get the 1 1/8 miles of the World Cup against top class competition. But the 5-year-old gelding has an affinity for Gulfstream Park, where he has won five of seven starts. Both of his graded stakes wins, the Smile Sprint (G3) at 6 furlongs in June and the Mr. Prospector (G3) at 7 furlongs last time out on Dec. 21, landed him in Gulfstream’s winner’s circle.

When taking the Mr. Prospector while coming from off the pace, he defeated the highly regarded Imperial Hint, a finalist for 2019 champion Sprinter, and the ill-fated, Grade 1 winning X Y Jet.

Diamond Oops ran only once in 2018, and when he returned for a full season he 2019 he was impressive on both the main track and the grass course. After winning the Smile, he finished second to Imperial Hint – and ahead of Mitole — in the Vanderbilt (G1) at 6 furlongs, then was nosed out for the win by Bowies Hero in the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1). Before cutting back in distance in the Mr. Prospector on dirt, he was eighth in Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) on Nov. 2 after lunging at the start and losing any chance.

His latest workout was Jan. 21, when he worked 3 furlongs on dirt in 36.20 seconds at Palm Meadows Training Center.

Diamond Oops

Odds: 20-1

Post position: No. 2

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

Trainer: Patrick Biancone

Owners: Diamond 100 Racing Club (Kin Hui), Amy E. Dunne, DP Racing, Patrick Biancone

Career record: 12 5-2-1

Career earnings:  $646,490

Pedigree: Lookin At Lucky-Patriotic Viva, by Whywhywhy

Age: 5

Running style: Versatile. Can close, rate off speed or contest pace

Handicapping Insights:

“Talented sprinter/miler never has gone two turns; dream on.’’ Ed McNamara

“Sprinter/miler type … soundly beaten by Spun To Run and Omaha Beach when eighth in BC Dirt Mile …  long shot here.” Noel Michaels

Notes: Originally on the reserve list for the Pegasus World Cup, Diamond Oops was moved up into the main body once the shape of the field changed … if drawing a line through the BC Dirt Mile, Diamond Oops has been first or second in his other efforts (four) dating back to June … Julien Leparoux has been in the irons for all of those last five races … Biancone trained both the dam, who won the 2010 Serena’s Song at Monmouth Park for Kin Hui, and maternal grandsire Whywhywhy, a Grade 1 winner at one mile in 2002 … “This gelding’s fighting spirit is typical of his family,” he said. … Biancone, who enjoyed success in his native France and Hong Kong before coming to the U.S., accomplished victories in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) in back-to-back years with the exceptional All Along (1983) and Sagace (1984).

Pegasus World Cup Post Positions
PP Horse Jockey Trainer ML
1 True Timber Joe Bravo Kiaran McLaughlin 15-1
2 Tax Jose Ortiz Danny Gargan 8-1
3 Diamond Oops Julien Leparoux Patrick Biancone 15-1
4 Seeking the Soul John Velazquez Dallas Stewart 30-1
5 Omaha Beach (SCR) Mike Smith Richard Mandella SCR
6 Higher Power Flavien Prat John Sadler 6-1
7 War Story Joel Rosario Elizabeth Dobles 30-1
8 Mr Freeze Luis Saez Dale Romans 20-1
5 Spun to Run (SCR) Javier Castellano Juan Carlos Guerrero SCR
10 Mucho Gusto Irad Ortiz, Jr. Bob Baffert 9-2
11 Tenfold Tyler Gaffalione Steve Asmussen 30-1
12 Bodexpress Emisael Jaramillo Gustavo Delgado 30-1

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