(Imperial Hint / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Speed is a good thing.

When used in moderation. When used at the right time. When it is necessary and warranted.

On Saturday, Imperial Hint used his speed early and often. And, when the wire was in sight? He and his speed were used up.

As a result, Diamond Oops took advantage. Full advantage. The powerful bay rallied from off the pace to whip both Lasting Legacy and a tiring Imperial Hint to capture the Stakes event in impressive style.

Diamond Oops, who entered the G3 race with just one win in 6 previous starts this year. But that was a win in the G3 Smile Sprint over this same track surface on June 29.

Trainer Patrick Biancone — Diamond Oops (1st):

“He appreciates a little moisture in the track,” said Biancone. “He’s still a young horse for his age because he missed a year. Even though the pace was fast, he was cruising behind them. Julien rode him perfect.”

Trainer Luis Carajal, Jr. — Imperial Hint (3rd):

“It was a little too far, that’s it,” his trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. said after the race. “That’s all I was worried about. Javier (Castellano, the rider) said he felt good. He just got a little tired. You could see he was struggling a bit at the end.  His best distance is six furlongs. But this should set him up good, hopefully, for Saudi, and if all goes well we’ll jump to Dubai from there.”

Imperial Hint’s next race may be the $1.5 million Riyadh Dirt Sprint on Feb. 29 in Saudi Arabia.