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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.

Injury knocks El Areeb out of Kentucky Derby contention

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LAUREL, Md. (AP) El Areeb has been knocked out of Kentucky Derby contention because of a slight knee fracture.

Trainer Cal Lynch said Thursday that El Areeb would undergo surgery on Monday for the injury that is not career-threatening.

El Areeb had won the Jerome and Withers, making him one of the East Coast’s leading candidates for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

Lynch said X-rays showed the knee fracture after the colt completed a 1 1/8-mile workout on Thursday. El Areeb was set to make his next start in the Wood Memorial on April 8 at Aqueduct.

Lynch said the colt’s surgery would be done at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The timetable for recovery and return is uncertain, although Lynch said it’s typically six months.

Man o’ War exhibit honors racing legend born a century ago

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — A new exhibit on Man o’ War is opening across the street from the New York racetrack where the thoroughbred racing legend suffered his only defeat.

“Man o’ War at 100” is being unveiled Wednesday at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, across Union Avenue from Saratoga Race Course.

The exhibit’s opening coincides with the 100th anniversary of the horse’s birth on March 29, 1917, at Nursery Stud near Lexington, Kentucky. The horse was sold the next year at the Saratoga yearling sales.

Considered one of racing’s greatest thoroughbreds, Man o’ War won 20 of 21 lifetime starts. The horse’s only defeat was to a horse named Upset in the 1919 Sanford Memorial Stakes at Saratoga.

Man o’ War died in Kentucky in 1947 at age 30.