Da Big Hoss
Da Big Hoss
Harvey Diamond saw something that others overlooked in Da Big Hoss, a solid upper level claimer who dabbled in the allowance ranks. The colt had won while carrying a $50,000 tag late in his 3-year-old season in 2014, but was not claimed. When he resurfaced at that level on June 21, 2015 at Churchill Downs, trainer Mike Maker claimed him on behalf of Diamond’s and Jim Shircliff’s Skychai Racing.
Like a modern day Seabiscuit, Da Big Hoss went from ordinary to extraordinary and ranks as one of the best claims of all-time. After winning an allowance race in his first start for his new connections, Da Big Hoss has raced exclusively in stakes company while raking in more than $1 million. He capped a four-race winning streak by taking the lucrative Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (G3) at Kentucky Downs for the second time September 10 in his most recent start.
“I think it's fun to try to pick a horse out that you might see something in that somebody didn't,” Diamond said in an August 18 article on paulickreport.com. “There are so many different angles to the reason you may make a claim. This may not be something you want to keep forever — you may want the horse for a special time of the year or special race, and you just happen to see something that didn't catch somebody else's eye.”
Da Big Hoss will be making his second start in the Turf after finishing mid-pack in 2015.