Equine Law/Insurance/Accounting click here!   Equine Education click here!   Directory of Services click here!

Join Our Mailing List!

Sign up to get interesting news
delivered FREE to your inbox.  

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Diplomat wins N.Y. Turf Writers to lead in race for Eclipse Award

Flying Elvis Stable's Diplomat, trained by Kate Dalton and ridden by her husband Bernie, settled ninth in the 11 horse field and moved powerfully forward through the stretch to win the G1, $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 24.

Bernie Dalton DiplomatBernie Dalton celebrates after winning on Diplomat"That was special," said Kate Dalton, who started training Diplomat in October of 2015.

Diplomat's win in the Turf Writers along with his third place finish in the A.P. Smithwick on July 27 makes him a lukewarm early favorite for the Eclipse Award as Swansea Mile, who won the Smithwick, finished fifth in the Turf Writers and Scorpiance, who won the G! at Iroquois hasn't run since.

"We'll go to Belmont for the Lonesome Glory," said Dalton. "He had a nice light weight for the Smithwick and Turf Writers, which was good because he's not an overly big horse. He'll be weighted down a bit now, so we'll see how he carries weight."

"WE PROBABLY won't go to Far Hills," said Dalton, referring to another meet that includes a G1 race. "He doesn't like soft ground. He likes flatter ground like there is at a race track."

"I got him to train two years ago," Dalton said. "Jimmy Day bought him from Ireland. He was claimed by my owner, Charlie Baker. They ran him in the Lonesome Glory (with Day as the trainer). That didn't go so well. (Diplomat finished seventh)."

"The owners wanted him to go more on the steeplechase circuit, so I got asked to train him," said Dalton. "I think it was only because they wanted Bernie to ride him."

"I've been training since 2005, and I've won some lesser filly and mare stakes," said Dalton. "Diplomat won the first race that I ran him in, the G3 Zeke Ferguson, and that's been my biggest win until this."

"Diplomat is a star," said Dalton. "He's an absolute professional horse. He pretty much trains himself. Whatever you ask him to do, he does."

Diplomat won the Turf Writers by 3 lengths over Robert A. Kinsley's Modem, trained by Elizabeth Voss and ridden by Jack Doyle with Buttonwood Farm's All the Way Jose, trained by Jonathan Sheppard and ridden by Darren Nagle, another 1 3/4 lengths back in third.

By Kitten's Joy out of Waki Affair, by Miswaki, Diplomat was foaled in Kentucky in 2009 but started his racing carrer in Ireland as a 2-year-old.

After Day boughthim, he started his racing career in this country with a win in the Carolina Cup Hurdle Stakes in Camden on March 28, 2015.

Since then, he has alternated between allowance and stakes races, winning two allowance races.


The Horse of Delaware Valley

Editor: Sara Cavanagh

Advertising Director: Ginny Jenkins

Marketing Manager: Heather Bradway

 Since 1980


HODV27 SignUp 200x200

Monthly Advertising Themes

Monthly Themes Are Back!

  • March
    Spring & Summer Competitions, Barns & Equipment
  • April
    All Natural Products & Services, Spring & Summer Competitions
  • May
    Devon Horse Show, All Natural Products & Services, Equine Vets & Caregivers
  • June
    Pets & Pet Supplies, Pest Control & Footing & Fencing
  • July
    Pets & Pet Supplies, Pest Control & Footing & Fencing, Equine Education & Colleges
  • August
    Show Previews, Equine Education & Colleges, Equine Insurance, Legal & Business
  • September
    Show Previews, Equine Artists/Photographers & Galleries
  • October
    Trainers, Trailers & Equine Transportation, Equine Artists/Photographers & Galleries
  • November
    Holiday Gift Guide, Trailers, Real Estate
  • December
    Stallions/Breeding & Gift Guide
  • January
    Stallions & Breeding, Photo Contest
  • February
    Barns & Equipment, Photo Contest

Click here for more Information.