Review of Diana Stakes,(G1T), at Saratoga on July 13

Race 9. Diana Stakes,(G1T). For three-year-old and up fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf. Purse $500,000.

Entries:

PP Filly/Mare Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Thais  Manuel Franco Chad C. Brown 15/1
2 Rushing Fall  Javier Castellano Chad C. Brown 9/5
3 Mitchell Road  Jose Lezcano William I. Mott 8/1
4 Sistercharlie  John R. Velazquez Chad C. Brown 8/5
5 Secret Message  Trevor McCarthy H. Graham Motion 12/1
6 Homerique  Irad Ortiz, Jr. Chad C. Brown 5/2

Thais made her American debut in 2017 at Saratoga and is looking for her first US stakes victory. She is a stakes winner in France. She best in the US is third-place finish in the Beverly D. (G1) in 2018. She likes to stalk the pace and tries to catch tired horse late in the race. She should not be a factor in the race.

Rushing Fall record for nine starts is 8-1-0 with earnings of $1,893,000. She a neck short of having a perfect nine-race record. She likes to be forwardly placed. She has won her last three races, which were all Grade 1s, going gate-to- wire. She should be sitting behind the pace in this race and take to pushing the leaders down the backstretch. She should finish in top two.

Mitchell Road has five wins from seven starts. She is on a four-race winning streak that began in an Aqueduct turf allowance in December and has continued through the Gallorette (G3) at Pimlico in May, her first graded stakes victory. She has year-old has never finished worse than second. She should find a spot on the board.

Sistercharlie career record for 11 starts is 7-3-0  and earnings of $2,575,603. She was the 2018 turf female makes. She is making her 2019 debut here. Last year she won a Grade 1 off a nine-month break. She won her last race Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf in November by a neck. She has won her last three races. She is the class of the field and should finish on the board.

Secret Message has a career record of 11 starts 5-2-0. She has won both of her starts this year, with the more recent being the Nassau Stakes (G2) at Woodbine on a yielding turf. Secret Message likes to come from off the pace. She needs a fast pace to increase her chances of being on the board.
Homerique is a graded stakes winner in France. In the US, she has won both of her stakes starts at Belmont Park. The possible fast and distance should be to her benefit. She should challenge the pace setters turning for home and finish on the board.
Our Top Three Picks:

  • Sistercharlie
  • Rushing Fall
  • Mitchell Road

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