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Walsh looking for fast Spa start in Diana, Sanford

By Matt Stahl July 14, 2021

Saturday’s $500,000 Diana Stakes (G1) at Saratoga will feature a field of eight older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on the grass. Trainer Brendan Walsh, entered La Signare, who comes in off a runner-up effort in the Gamely (G1) at Santa Anita on May 31.

“She’s done well, and she’s placed in a Grade 1 twice,” Walsh said. “I’m looking for her to have her day and try to win one with her, but she’s gone up there in good shape, she’s doing really well up there.”

The 6-year-old Siyouni mare faces off against a field that includes the top two finishers in the Just a Game. Both Althiqa, who won that race, and Summer Romance are owned by Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby.

Harvey’s Lil Goil, winner of the Beaugay (G3) before finishing fifth in the New York (G2), will start from post position 5 for trainer Bill Mott. Lemista, who finished second in the Beaugay, is also in the field for trainer Chad Brown as is Pocket Square, fifth in the Just A Game in her most recent trip.

Ricardo Santana Jr. will ride La Signare, who will start from the rail. Before the draw Walsh said he was hoping the race would set up with “plenty of pace.”

“There’s been plenty of rain up there, so there should be a little cut in the ground,” Walsh said. “That wouldn’t hurt her.”

The Diana is carded as race 10 on Saturday at Saratoga with a post time of 6:16 p.m. EDT.

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