Prime Attraction Gets Clear In Native Diver

DP Racing’s Prime Attraction, scratched from Friday’s Hollywood Turf Cup at a mile and one-half on the grass to compete in Saturday’s Grade III $100,000 Native Diver Stakes at nine furlongs on the main track, rewarded that decision with a convincing triumph under jockey Victor Espinoza.

Prime Attraction, trained by Jim Cassidy, stalked pacemaking Curlin Rules until the top of the stretch where he assumed command and then drew out to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:49.87 for the distance.

Irish Freedom, lone three-year-old in the field of seven horses, closed well in the stretch to be second, a length in front of the 9-5 favorite Mubtaahij, his stablemate from the barn of trainer Bob Baffert. Top of the Game, the 2-1 second choice, was fourth after traffic trouble on the final turn.

Prime Attraction, a four-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song, was scoring his third victory in seven starts on a dirt surface and fourth in a dozen races over-all. Sent to the gate at 7-1, the winner paid $16, $6 and $3.40 while taking home first money of $60,000 to push his earnings to $235,545. Runner-up Irish Freedom, 3-1 under Rafael Bejarano, paid $4.40 and $2.80, while Mubtaahij returned $2.60 to show.

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