Trainer Robertino Diodoro saddled four winners Friday at Oaklawn Park, including three for leading owner M and M Racing (Mike and Mickala Sisk).
Diodoro won the second race with favored It Is Dejavu ($2.60), fourth race with favored Powerful Thirst ($6.60), fifth race with favored Fault Line ($3) and the ninth race with favored Industrialist ($5).
“It was definitely a good day, and everything lined up yesterday for once,” Diodoro said Saturday morning. “We've just had a lot of bad luck, weird things happening. The one thing I was getting frustrated with is I just kept saying that we've got too good a barn and too good of a team to continue to, which I consider, fail. Some guys say, 'Well, you're second or third in the standings and have 10 wins and everything is good.' No, that's not good. We're not settling for mediocrity, especially at a meet like this. This is our big meet for many reasons. Seconds and thirds in the races and second and third in the standings is not good enough my mind. We're here for more than that.”
Diodoro's career day at Oaklawn vaulted him to second in the standings after 21 days of the scheduled 57-day meeting. Diodoro had 14 victories though Friday, four less than perennial champion and Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. Diodoro finished second behind Asmussen in 2017 and 2018 at Oaklawn.
Asked if he has the horsepower to dethrone Asmussen in 2019, Diodoro said, “That's our goal.”
“I know he's tough,” Diodoro said. “He's so tough. He's an animal.”
David Cohen rode Diodoro's first three winners Friday. Orlando Mojica was aboard Industrialist, a full brother to Grade 1 winner Collected who ran fourth in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) in 2016 at Oaklawn for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. On behalf of Lewis Mathews of Bismarck, Ark., 2015 Oaklawn training champion Chris Hartman claimed Industrialist out of his victory for $25,000. Mathews is being known for campaigning multiple Oaklawn stakes winner and millionaire Ivan Fallunovalot.
The triple gave M and M a meet-best 20 victories. M and M captured its first career owner's title last year at Oaklawn with 21 victories.
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