Diodoro Joins Vance, Norman And Asmussen In Oaklawn’s 50-Win Club

Robertino Diodoro became the fourth trainer in Oaklawn history with 50 meet victories when Freedom Hill ($7.40) won Thursday’s second race at the Hot Springs, Ark., track under defending riding champion David Cohen.

Freedom Hill represented the meet-best 50th victory for Diodoro, who is averaging nearly a win per day during the 57-day season that is scheduled to end May 2. Friday was Day 51.

“It’s a great achievement,” Diodoro said during training hours Friday morning. “But, again, I’m one person and you’ve got to have a great team behind you – owners, help in the barn. It’s been a good run. We’ve just got to, hopefully, finish up strong the next six days.”

David Vance became the first trainer in Oaklawn history to reach 50 victories when he won 50 races during the 50-day meeting in 1974. The late Cole Norman set a single-season Oaklawn record with 71 victories during the 49-day season in 2003. Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen won 64 races during last year’s 57-day season.

The Canadian-born Diodoro has eclipsed his victory total every year since he began wintering in Hot Springs in 2015. He won nine races in 2015, 22 races in 2016, 31 races in 2017, 32 races in 2018 and 48 races last year. Diodoro was Oaklawn’s second-leading trainer the last three years, but he entered Friday with a sizable lead over Asmussen (50-41), who is seeking his fifth consecutive local training title and record-tying 11th overall (all since 2007).

Entering Friday, Diodoro had also set single-season personal Oaklawn bests for stakes victories (three) and purse earnings ($1,941,297). His purse earnings have also climbed each year in Hot Springs.

Freedom Hill is owned by Diodoro’s main client, M and M Racing (Mike and Mickala Sisk), which won a single-season Oaklawn record 61 races last year. M and M topped the owner’s standings through Thursday with 27 victories and $949,177 in purse earnings.

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