Bee Jersey’s Infinite Diamond made her seasonal debut a stylish one with a 2 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Cash Run Stakes at Gulfstream Park on New Year’s Day.
Ridden by Jose Ortiz, Infinite Diamond, a 14 ½-length front-running maiden special weight winner two starts back, took the lead at the top of the stretch of the Cash Run as Ortiz waited patiently for a seam along the inside. With a rail-skimming trip, she powered home for a convincing win in the one-mile affair, defeating the late-running Padma in 1:36.70.
“I had a ton of horse, but I didn’t want to move early,” said winning rider Jose Ortiz. “I bided my time, and it opened up a little bit and she went right through on her own. I didn’t even have to ask her. I felt like I could have gone outside and won, either way, but the horse did it on her own.”
A $120,000 graduate of last year’s OBS Spring Sale, Infinite Diamond is campaigned by Diamond 100 Racing Club and trained by Patrick Biancone. Bred in Kentucky by Charles Fipke, Infinite Diamond is produced from the More Than Ready mare Ready for Gold.
“She was very impressive today, and I think she can have a nice run this year,” Ortiz said. “There’s a lot of nice races for her and she likes the track here. Patrick does a great job training here, so I know she’ll be ready when she gets to the starting gate.”
Following her eye-catching maiden-breaking win last September, Infinite Diamond contested the Alcibiades Stakes (G1) at Keeneland in October where she encountered a troubled trip. The win in the Cash Run improved her record to 5-2-1-0 and lifted her bankroll to $103,189.