February 17, 2015
Article courtesy of TDN
Diversy Harbor (CURLIN) returned to her winning ways yesterday in Santa Anita’s GII Buena Vista S. The bay began her career with a “TDN Rising Star” performance last January over the downhill course and annexed the China Doll S. in March, but had yet to return to the winners circle after registering mostly solid efforts against graded company.
The 9-2 chance spotted pacesetter La Tia (City Place) a number of lengths as she caboosed the field through the early exchanges. As La Tia, who was being pressed by Blingismything (Arch), clicked off the first half in :46.49, Diversy Harbor improved her position to sit within striking position at the top of the lane. The Glen Hill colorbearer tipped out at midstretch and chased down La Tia to win by 3/4 of a length.
“Kent [Desormeaux on Blingismything] chirped to his filly leaving the gate and I said ‘Good, somebody’s gonna put some pressure on La Tia.,” explained winning pilot Gary Stevens. “I was working her last week and she did tremendous, she’s matured a lot; she’s push-button. She showed a nice kick; I can’t believe how much she’s matured. Like all good fillies, she’s got a mind of her own, but she’s gotten more cooperative and I’ve gotten to know her a lot better with working her in the mornings. She’s turning into one of my favorites quickly.”
The Glen Hill Farm colorbearer had been knocking on the door of graded success for most of last year, but never quite broke through. She was second in the GIII Providencia S. Apr. 5, third in the GII Honeymoon S. May 4 and second in the GI American Oaks during the Santa Anita spring meet. She was fourth in the GII San Clemente S. at Del Mar July 19 and sixth in the GI Del Mar Oaks Aug. 16 before a hiatus. She returned with runner-up efforts in the GIII Autumn Miss S. Oct. 25 and GIII Robert J Frankel S. Dec. 27.