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California Diamond wins Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita

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ARCADIA, Calif. — California Diamond won the $70,000 Speakeasy Stakes for 2-year-olds by 2 1/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, California Diamond ran six furlongs in 1:10.96 and paid $3.40, $2.80 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite.

Right Hand Man returned $7.60 and $3, while Silver Assault was another 2 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $2.60 to show as the 9-5 second choice.

Trained by Peter Miller, California Diamond was purchased privately following a victory in the Santa Anita Juvenile on July 9.

“He’s really talented,” said Desormeaux, who has ridden California Diamond in his last two starts. “The sky’s the limit with him. I was impressed with his performance.”

The victory, worth $55,680, increased California Diamond’s career earnings to $267,780, with four wins in six starts.

Lockdown wins by 2 1/2 lengths in Aqueduct’s Busanda Stakes

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NEW YORK (AP) Lockdown won her stakes debut Sunday, beating Libby’s Tail by 2+ lengths in the $100,000 Busanda for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.

Libby’s Tail, the 3-5 favorite, set the pace with Lockdown right behind before taking charge and turning for home.

Kendrick Carmouche rode for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott as Lockdown got her second win in three starts.

“She has such a long stride, you just have to time her run and she’ll take you home from there,” Carmouche said.

The time was 1:44.75 for the one mile, 70 yards.

Lockdown, the 2-1 second choice, paid $6.60, $2.50 and $2.10. Libby’s Tail returned $2.30 and $2.10 and No Sweat paid $3.20 to show.

More New Orleans Fair Grounds horses test positive for equine herpes

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NEW ORLEANS — Officials at the New Orleans Fair Grounds say more horses have tested positive for equine herpes this week, resulting in the lengthening and expansion of existing quarantines.

The Receiving Barn returned a pair of positive tests, while two other barns returned 28 positive tests combined, resulting in 14-day quarantines being reset.

An additional barn was placed under quarantine when one horse there tested positive.

The virus, called EHV-1, is latent in many horses, but symptoms can emerge periodically, making it contagious. EHV-1 can cause respiratory or neurological problems, as well as aborted or unhealthy pregnancies.

Racing continues at the Fair Grounds, where officials say they’re working with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture to find places outside the Fair Grounds to isolate infected horses.