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Brown Enters 5 of 10 Starters in Saratoga’s Diana

Coach Chad Brown has positioned his stamp on many of the graded turf stakes in New York.

That’s significantly true of the Diana Stakes (G1T).

In recent times, it is a lot simpler to ask when Brown did not win the 1 1/8-mile turf stakes for older fillies and mares versus when he did.

His runners have captured the Diana seven instances within the final eight years and on eight events general.

The chance of him including to these glittering stats appears somewhat good as within the July 13 version of the $500,000 stakes at Saratoga Race Course, Brown will ship out 5 of the ten turf entrants.


“It is a various group as a result of there aren’t a variety of choices proper now that make sense for these high-caliber horses. We’ll see how the race seems by way of climate and different elements as we get nearer to it,” Brown mentioned.

Of the 5, the one in the most effective type could be Chili Flag . Owned by Madaket Stables, Michael Dubb, Michael Kisber, and Michael Caruso, the 5-year-old daughter of Cityscape  has received her final three begins, a trio of mile turf stakes capped by a half-length victory within the June 7 Only a Recreation Stakes (G1T) on the Spa, when she beat 5 of her Saturday rivals.

Chili Flag, who will break from submit 10 with Irad Ortiz Jr., received the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes (G2T) and Honey Fox Stakes (G3T) previous to her preliminary grade 1 rating within the mile Only a Recreation.

“She’s coming off a very nice win,” Brown mentioned.

Brown mentioned that Chili Flag in addition to Fluffy Socks  and Coppice  can reply some pertinent questions on their capacity to win a grade 1 stakes at 9 furlongs.

Fluffy Socks, a homebred 6-year-old Slumber   mare owned by Head of Plains Companions, exits a powerful 7 3/4-length triumph within the Gallorette Stakes (G3T) at Pimlico Race Course. The $1.26 million earner was fifth in final 12 months’s Diana.

Juddmonte’s Coppice was the 3-2 favourite within the Only a Recreation however by no means posed a critical risk and completed sixth.

“Coppice was disappointing final time. I am actually unsure what occurred. Possibly an early center transfer between horses halfway on the backstretch made her sad. For no matter cause, as soon as she obtained in that place, she dropped the bit turning for residence,” Brown mentioned concerning the 4-year-old homebred daughter of Kingman  . “So I’m not actually positive of what to make of that race as a result of her first race in the USA (a second within the Distaff Turf Mile) was excellent.”

The gap ought to pose no drawback for Juddmonte’s homebred Whitebeam , who received final 12 months’s Diana. The 5-year-old Caravaggio  mare was second by a half-length to Chili Flag within the Only a Recreation.

“She is rounding into type properly. That is her third race of the 12 months and it could possibly be her greatest,” Brown mentioned.

Peter Brant’s Gina Romantica  was fifth within the Only a Recreation, simply 1 3/4 lengths behind Chili Flag. Solely crushed a size when fourth towards males in final 12 months’s Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1T), she was seventh within the Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1T), her solely different 2024 begin.

“Possibly the race within the Breeders’ Cup took extra out of her than we thought,” Brown mentioned concerning the grade 1-winning Into Mischief   mare. “What I’ll say for her is that she has run properly at Saratoga prior to now and she or he has been a second half of the 12 months sort of horse.”

Whereas Brown has numbers on his aspect, the Diana figures to be something however a layup for his quintet. Not with Merriebelle Stables and Resolute Racing’s Didia  within the discipline.

A 6-year-old Orpen  mare, she took cost within the stretch to win the New York Stakes (G1T) June 7 on the Spa, whereas racing a barely longer 1 3/16-mile distance. Skilled by Ignacio Correas IV, she began this 12 months by profitable the Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf Invitational Stakes (G2T) after which was third within the Jenny Wiley.

“Hopefully she retains doing it the best way she has been doing it,” Correas mentioned.

Coach Graham Movement is hopeful the added distance might be helpful for Mission of Pleasure , a Kitten’s Pleasure filly who rallied from sixth on the eighth pole to complete third within the Only a Recreation, a half-length behind Chili Flag.

“She obtained carried vast on the ultimate flip and with a pair extra jumps, she’s there,” Movement mentioned concerning the Only a Recreation. “Possibly the mile is a bit of fast for her. She ought to admire the mile and an eighth.”

Entries: Diana S. (G1T)

Saratoga Race Course, Saturday, July 13, 2024, Race 10

  • Grade I
  • 1 1/8m
  • Interior turf
  • $500,000
  • 4 yo’s & up Fillies and Mares
  • 5:43 PM (native)


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