Diamond Stripes

Diamond Stripes

Rick Samuels

Old Friends Acquires Diamond Stripes

Gelding by Notebook won grade II races in the U.S. and Dubai.

Diamond Stripes, a group II winning son of Notebook, has been retired to Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement center near Georgetown, Ky.

Bred in Florida by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Rogers Jr, and trained by Rick Dutrow for Four Roses Thoroughbreds during most of his career, Diamond Stripes won six of his 16 starts, including three stakes. His earnings totaled $1,478,014.

Unraced at 2, Diamond Stripes won all three starts, including the Pegasus Stakes (gr. III) as a 3-year-old. The following year, he captured the Meadowlands Cup (gr. II) and placed third in three grade I stakes—the Stephen Foster, Whitney, and Woodward—and in the grade II Clark Handicap.

His greatest victory, however, came in 2008 in Dubai where he triumphed in the $1 million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) under jockey Edgar Prado.

In recent years, the 9-year-old gelding had been running in the claiming ranks at New Mexico’s Sunland Park.

“I contacted his trainer, Chris Hartman, about retiring the horse,” said Old Friends president and founder Michael Blowen. “Chris put us in touch with Mrs. Rogers and she generously donated Diamond Stripes and sponsored his trip from New Mexico to Kentucky."