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Diamondrella Wins US Gr1 First Lady Stakes
European Horse-Of-The-Year & 7-time Gr1-winning Coolmore shuttler Rock Of Gibraltar (Danehill-Offshore Boom, by Be My Guest) added a US Gr1 triumph when UK-bred 5YO mare Diamondrella (Rock Of Gibraltar-Tap Your Feet, by Dixieland Band) scored a 0.75-length victory in the US$400,000 Gr1 First Lady Stakes (8 furlongs on turf) for fillies & mares at Keeneland. Diamondrella (ridden by Rajiv Maragh for trainer Angel Penna) defeated 4YO mare Tizaqueena (Tiznow-Issaqueena, by Mr Prospector) & favoured fellow 5YO mare Forever Together (Belong To Me-Constant Companion, by Relaunch). Diamondrella (a US$185,000 yearling at the 2005 Keeneland September Sale) took her record to 8 wins (also including June's Gr1 Just A Game Stakes over 8 furlongs at Belmont Park & April's Listed Giant's Causeway Stakes over 5.5 furlongs at Keeneland, plus 2008's Listed Xtra Heat Handicap over 6 furlongs at Belmont Park & Listed Positive Gal Stakes over 6 furlongs at Belmont Park) & 3 placings from 17 starts for $784,576 earnings.