2018/11/02 12:25
ENTRIES

Diversify

Lauren and Ralph M. Evans’ Diversify is the pride of New York going into the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. A New York-bred trained by Empire State-based Richard Violette, Jr., he has raced solely in his home state, but competed equally well over three of its very different dirt surfaces — Belmont’s sweeping 1 1/2-miles oval, Saratoga’s historic nine-furlong course and Aqueduct’s often quirky one-mile inner track.

Diversify enters the Classic in career-best form, having become one of the few New York-breds to capture the state’s top race for older horses, the historic Jockey Club Gold Cup. Going to the front from the get-go under Irad Ortiz, Jr., the 4-year-old bay gelding was never truly tested throughout, setting realistic fractions before coming home impressively to a one-length victory over fellow Classic hopefuls Keen Ice and Pavel. That effort was his first try in graded company and followed two consecutive one-sided victories over fellow state-breds.

A late bloomer, Diversify did not start until July of his 3-year-old year, a month after his generation had already completed the Triple Crown of 2016. He originally raced for WinStar Farm early in his career, winning his first two starts for them, but then was offered at Keeneland’s 2016 November Breeding Stock Sale where the Evanses purchased him for $210,000. He reeled off two more wins for his new connections before a disappointing effort in the Stymie Stakes at Aqueduct, but rebounded for a pair of good seconds. He was runner-up in a tough allowance (behind Rally Cry, whom he would subsequently beat in the Gold Cup) and in the Commentator Stakes prior to the three-race win streak he carries into the Classic. Overall, he has a record of seven wins and two seconds from 10 starts and $775,425 in earnings.

A son of Wood Memorial winner Bellamy Road, he is strikingly similar in style and build to his sizable, free-running father, and he’s flush with stamina on his mother’s side. Altogether, he is a double threat of speed and endurance that could give swift types like Gun Runner and Collected all they can handle in the day’s marquee event.

Lifetime Stats

Earnings
$
Challenge Series Races Won
2017 Jockey Club Gold Cup S.

Previous Races

ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
No Replay
Available
November 24, 2017Clark H. presented by Norton HealthcareCHURCHILL DOWNS1
October 07, 2017Jockey Club Gold Cup S.BELMONT PARK1
No Replay
Available
August 21, 2017Evan Shipman S.SARATOGA
No Replay
Available
July 02, 2017Saginaw S.BELMONT PARK
No Replay
Available
May 29, 2017Commentator S.BELMONT PARK
No Replay
Available
April 30, 2017 BELMONT PARK
No Replay
Available
March 12, 2017Stymie S.AQUEDUCT
No Replay
Available
January 14, 2017 AQUEDUCT
ReplayDateRaceTrackGradeFinish
No Replay
Available
December 14, 2016 AQUEDUCT
No Replay
Available
September 22, 2016 BELMONT PARK
No Replay
Available
July 14, 2016 BELMONT PARK