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2012 Jim Dandy and Diana Stakes


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Winter Memories wins the 2012 Diana Stakes
Winter Memories wins the 2012 Diana Stakes

Winter Memories wins the 2012 Diana Stakes at Saratoga

© Vanessa Ng
The first graded stakes on the Saturday card was the $600,000 Diana Stakes (G1) featuring a field of 6 older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles over the inner turf course. Beaugay Stakes (G2) winner Winter Memories was sent off as the 7-4 favorite off her second place finish in the Just a Game Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park. In to challenge her inclded 5-2 second choice Tapitsfly, winner of the Just a Game, and 7-2 third choice Hungry Island, third in the Just a Game after winning the Distaff Turf Mile (G2) at Churchill Downs.

Jockey Joel Rosario sent Tapitsfly to the lead first time past the stands and she set fractions of 23.31, 47.56, and 1:11.27 over the good turf while styalked by 26-1 longest shot Law of the Range. Entering the stretch, Tapisfly tired as Winter Memories, fourth early, came through to take the lead through 1 mile in 1:35.86. 7-1 Dream Peace put in late rally but Winter Memories easily held her off by 1 1/2 lengths at the line in 1:48.50. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to 4-1 fourth choice Zagora third.

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