Diamond King Putting His Versatility To The Test In True North

Cash is King and LC Racing’s Diamond King will turn back in distance for Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 True North, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for 4-years-old and up at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Trained by John Servis, the 5-year-old Quality Road bay won the one-mile Stymie in March at Aqueduct Racetrack but was off-the-board last out in the one-mile Blame on May 23 at Churchill Downs.

Diamond King last breezed on June 9 at Parx when he posted a swift half-mile in 47.44 seconds. He will again have the services of regular pilot Kendrick Carmouche when he exits the inside post in Saturday’s test, which also features Grade 1-winners Promises Fulfilled and Firenze Fire.

Servis said the cut back in distance won’t be a problem for the versatile Diamond King, who has won at distances ranging from 5 1/2-furlongs to 1 1/8-miles.

“It’s not that big a turnback, he’s going from a mile to six and a half,” said Servis. “I’d like it a lot better if we didn’t have the one hole.”

Servis said he expects Diamond King to be forwardly placed

“Being in the one hole, it doesn’t give you a whole lot of choices. We’ll see how it plays out,” said Servis.

Last weekend, Servis saddled multiple graded-stakes winner Mischevious Alex to a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Woody Stephens, captured by the free-wheeling No Parole.

Servis said Mischevious Alex, who captured the Grade 3 Swale in February at Gulfstream and the Grade 3 Gotham in March at the Big A, has come out of the even effort in good order and he has not yet finalized plans for a possible next start.

“I was a little disappointed with the way he ran. I’m just putting a line through it,” said Servis. “He came out of the race super and we’re considering a number of options for his next start.”

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