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Undefeated Diadura Passes Dirt Test for Darley Alcibiades

September 30, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 30, 2016) – Empyrean Stables and Two Princesses’ Diadura, the 5½-length winner of the Arlington-Washington Lassie in her most recent start, on Friday worked five furlongs in company in 1:00.60 with jockey Carlos Marquez Jr. aboard for trainer Mike Stidham.

Working with the unraced filly Rickey’s Girl, Diadura posted fractions of :36.40 and 1:00.60 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.40 over a fast track after the morning renovation break. The five-eighths clocking was the co-fastest of 17 at the distance.

“It is the first time she has worked for me on the dirt,” Stidham said of the undefeated filly who has won twice on Arlington’s all-weather surface. “She had worked on it in Ocala before I got her. The horse she worked with is a 2-year-old Bodemeister filly who has been training well and I wanted to give her a target.”

Diadura started a length in back of her workmate and finished a length in front.

“I would be inclined to do the dirt race (the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades),” Stidham said after the work. Diadura also was under consideration for the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) on the turf on Oct. 12.