The winner of the 2008 Godolphin Mile, Diamond Stripes has fallen on hard times, and continuing to race is doing nothing to help the son of Notebook. After his Godolphin Mile victory, he was off for nearly two years before returning in a conditions event at Gulfstream Park, finishing fourth beaten seven lengths. Off another 18 months, he was entered at Remington Park in Oklahoma in October, finishing seventh beaten 18 lengths. Then dropped into a claiming race, where horses can be purchased, the old gray gelding was claimed for $15,000 in a race where he trailed through most of the race, finishing seventh beaten 20 lengths. Just yesterday, at Sunland Park in New Mexico, Diamond Stripes was last, beaten almost 30 lengths, racing for a bottom rung, $5,000 claiming tag. In his three starts since returning from an 18-month break, he’s been soundly defeated by nearly 60 lengths.
Better days – coming back from the Godolphin Mile victory under Edgar Prado
This soon-to-be 9-year-old has done good things on the track – no need to do more. Please retire Diamond Stripes.