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Dalton gets third Spa win aboard Diplomat
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Ridden by Camden’s Bernie Dalton, owner-trainer Jimmy Day’s Diplomat surged into contention early in Saratoga’s homestretch, took the lead over the last fence, and drew away to a three-length victory in Wednesday’s $70,000 optional allowance hurdle. Diplomat, winner of the 2015 $50,000 Carolina Cup, was claimed out of the race for $40,000 by trainer Charlton Baker for new owner Newman Racing. Ballybristol Farm’s Andi’amu set the pace from the start of the 2 3/8-mile race over 10 National Fences and finished second, a neck ahead of owner-trainer David Jacobson’s All Together, who finished third after a fourth-place finish in last Thursday’s $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap.