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A Delightful Ownership Opportunity

Published: February 16, 2018 5:13 pm ET

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When the phone rings and you're offered the opportunity to purchase a multiple award-winning millionaire pacing mare, you listen.

And if you're Adam Bowden, and the mare in question is L A Delight, you make sure that deal gets done.

Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing is the new owner of two-time O'Brien Award winner L A Delight after a private purchase from her prior owner, trainer and breeder Bob McIntosh.

"Bob called me and asked if I was interested in buying her, I said yes, sent the money and the deal was done. Pretty quick and easy," Bowden told Trot Insider. "We had spoken plenty of times in the last year and half about the mare and he knew I have been interested for quite some time."

Many of harness racing's fans and participants have been interested in L A Delight ever since her near spotless rookie season in 2015. In 47 lifetime starts, she sports a summary of 23-7-6 along with a 1:49.1f lifetime mark taken in the Nadia Lobell at The Meadows.

"We had raced her enough with Pure Country that I respected her abilities and her pedigree and race track prowess fit in to what we are looking for in a future broodmare," added Bowden.

L A Delight made her debut for her new connections last Friday in a qualifying mile at The Meadowlands. With Marcus Johansson at the controls for trainer-wife Nancy, L A Delight showed that racetrack prowess with a comfortable 1:54.2 qualifying win last Friday. She followed that up with a 1:55.1 winning effort on Feb. 16 with driver Yannick Gingras at the lines for Bowden & Johansson over a track rated 'good'.

Bowden spoke highly of his chosen trainer, "whose ability to campaign top pacing fillies is top-notch" given a resume boasting the likes of 2014 Horse of the Year JK Shesalady and multiple stakes winner Darlinonthebeach. Trot Insider has also learned that L A Delight will not be the stablemate of Darlinonthebeach as Richard 'Nifty' Norman has taken over the training duties on the speedy five-year-old daughter of triple millionaires Somebeachsomewhere and Darlins Delight for breeder-owner White Birch Farms.

When it comes time to breed L A Delight, Bowden hasn't set a match yet but notes her pedigree and his stallion roster gives him some enticing options.

"No idea yet on who potentially we would breed her to whether it's in 2018 or 2019," stated Bowden. "The nice part is she could get bred to A Rocknroll Dance, Sweet Lou, Downbytheseaside, or Always B Miki."

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