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Trainer Diaz’ Winning Streak Reaches Five Before Second-Place Finish
Trainer A. L. Diaz extended his winning streak to five races Thursday when Pure Trickin, the horse that started the run of victories last month, won the second race at Golden Gate Fields.
Diaz’ streak came to an end two races later, however, when his 5-year-old gelding Hot Option finished second at odds of 14-1 in the fourth race.
The 4-year-old gelding Pure Trickin, who paid $17.00 when he won a $4,000 claiming race at Golden Gate Fields on Oct. 27, returned $5.40 when he won for the same claiming tag Thursday as the 8-5 favorite.
Between the pair of victories with Pure Trickin, the Diaz barn scored with My T Quick ($5.80) in the fifth race on Oct. 31, More Champagne ($4.20) in the ninth race on Nov. 16, and Prime Issue ($11.20) in the second race on Nov. 17.
Diaz is enjoying an outstanding campaign at the fall meeting as he has collected six wins and two seconds from 10 starters.
Jockey Christian Aragon sustained a fractured left collarbone in a spill during the stretch run of the sixth race. The accident occurred when Aragon’s mount, Hammurabi, fractured his right front ankle and fell. Hammurabi tumbled right into the path of Kooky Saluki, who tripped over Hammurabi and dislodged jockey William Antongeorgi, III.
Antongeorgi escaped the accident without injury. Hammurabi and Kooky Saluki, who fractured his left shoulder in the spill, both were euthanized due to the severity of their injuries.