Saratoga, rolls out 2 GI’s on its big multiple graded stakes card this Saturday that concludes with the $600,000, GI Diana Stakes, for 4y0 and up lady turfers, at 1 1/8 mile over the Saratoga turf course!
A 6-pack of some of best older f/m turfing flesh in the land (including four GI winners ) will break from the gates here at Saratoga this Saturday.
Stephanie’s Kitten , is undefeated in 2 starts this year winning the GI Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park last out on Belmont Stakes Day by a 1 1/2 length over a yielding turf course but covering the mile distance in a solid enough 1:36.1 over that boggy going. She is always a late runner when she wins and she wins a lot!
Centre Court , is another 2012 top female turfing name winning the GI Jenny Wiley Stakes out at Keeneland this past spring but didn’t fare as well in the GI Just a Game at Belmont Park last out snapping a 3 race winning streak with a middling 4th finish! Perhaps the soggy turf going for that GI turfer just wasn’t her brand of vodka. We’d look for her to be right there at the end here on Saturday.
Samitar , winner of the GI Garden City last year but didn’t find the winner’s circle again until her last out in the $100k Fairy Garden Stakes at Belmont Park on the 4th of July card. She’ll be a good exotic’s thought as she did find a way to be part one exotics payout or another while on that losing streak.
Dayatthespa , who seemed to be winning everything she ran in 2012 including the GI QEII at Keeneland last fall then ran into trouble in a GI So/Cal turfer last Nov. and didn’t run again until a win in the $90k GoWestGal Stakes, than finished a close 2nd in the GIII Eatontown Hcp last out at Monmouth. Third time out off the winter layoff here on Saturday for this multiple graded winner and if you think she ready to find her 2012 form again then she is a must use across all your exotics and multi plays!
Dream Peace, finished 2nd here last year to the now retired Winter Memories then has finished 3rd in 4 consecutive graded outing since. Perhaps a home on one of your exotics plays would fit her best here this Saturday.
Laughing , makes her way into this GI turfer off a big win at Monmouth Park last out in the GIII Eatontown Hcp beating Dayatthespa by 3/4 of a length in a crisp winning time of 1:39.1 over a firm 1 1/16 mile Monmouth turf course!
So, big time lady turfers are coming to Saratoga this Saturday in the GI Diana Stakes as 6 of the best older F/M turfers go to the post this Saturday in this classic Saratoga ladies turfer!
Mizdirection, winner of the 2012 downhill B/C turf sprint last fall at Santa Anita winning 4 straight and 8 of her last 9 races. Although mostly know for her sprinting abilities she did win the GII Buena Vista Stakes at a mile in a sharp 1:33.2 2 back so a mile is within her range!
Centre Court , winner of the GI Jenny Wiley at Keeneland last out is sporting a 3 – race winning streak and is 6 of her last 8 as she has been either first or 2nd in all her lifetime outing!
Stephanie’s Kitten , Winner of the GII Distaff Turf mile at Churchill on Derby Day over a boggy turf course that day leading to a 1:37 and chg winning time! Although she is a multiple graded winner seems to have a fits and starts record and does most of her winning over less than firm conditions.
Dayatthespa, winner of 6 of her last 7 outings including the GI QEII Cup at Keeneland last fall! This one prefers it up front in a stalking position so look for in the early mix here on Saturday!
Hungry Island , 2nd in that same GII Distaff Turf mile on Derby Day by just a neck won this race in 2012. She’s been a consistent graded runner but has only an Aoc win to her credit since that 2012 GII Distaff Turf mile win!
Better Lucky , is another multiple graded winner with a GI win in last fall’s Matriarch Stakes at BHP. She opened 2013 with a solid 4th in that same GI Jenny Wiley Stakes but she’ll need to find her stretch legs again in this GI turfer to be in the finish line mix here on Saturday!
Laugh Out Loud , makes her first U.S. start after a so-so turfing career across the pond!
So, 7 lucky ladies will vie for this GI title and a $500,000 purse in the GI Longines Just a Game Stakes here at Belmont Park on a very big Belmont Stakes Day card!
Dayatthespa , put them all to sleep early on here in the $400,000, GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes, grabbing the early lead as expected, then clicked off easy factions for herself on the front end and then turning on the juice down the stretch, not allowing any of her 7 foes get close enough to threaten to win this 1 1/8 mile 3yo ladies turfer by 2 lengths!