Diego is a Multiple Graded Stakes winner and with that you expect him to have a strong work ethic, but what is surprising is that for all his accomplishments, he is a rather timid horse. He truly needs his rider to be the leader of the team in order for him to perform at his best. When you think about it though, the jockey played the same leadership role for him and that is what he is most comfortable with. Diego is very smart and learns quickly when the rider is confident, quiet and precise. Diego has a good, solid build and with a soft, rhythmical canter and good collection, he would do nicely in a dressage or hunter ring.
Right now Diego is getting back in shape after having a year off of just hanging out and enjoying himself. He tolerates his pesky pasture mate well and will spend his turn out time between just hanging out and quietly grazing. For the past several years Diego has been with his adopter mainly as a pleasure horse with occasional work over trot poles and small 2’3″ fences with the focus on being a Hunter. Diego has no known injuries and is a cribber in his stall.
Diego came from a hard working line of horses. Starting with Diego and going back three generations, 13 horses had a total of 405 starts with a combined record of 109-80-61 and with total earnings of over 10 million. Devil His Due had 41 starts with a record of 11-12-3 and earned 3.9 million. Devil’s Bag was named the 1983 Champion 2 year old Colt, winning all but one of his starts. Cryptoclearance had 44 starts with a record of 12-10-7, earned 3.3 million and placed in both the 1987 Preakness and Belmont.