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2006 Opening Weekend at Saratoga

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Angara wins the Diana Handicap
Angara (outside) and Sweet Talker battle down the stretch in the Diana Handicap (G1) at Saratoga

Angara (outside) and Sweet Talker battle down the stretch in the Diana Handicap (G1) at Saratoga

© Vanessa Ng
Also on Saturday, the $500,000 Diana Handicap (G1) featured older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Six went to the gate with Regret winner Lady of Venice sent off as the 6-5 favorite over 7-2 Angara, second in the New York BC Handicap at Belmont in her last start.

8-1 shot My Typhoon was loose on the lead early through fractions of 47.94 and 1:12.22, while being stalked by 9-2 Sweet Talker down the backstretch. Entering the stretch, My Typhoon faded from contention allowing Sweet Talker to take over the lead with a furlong to go. However, Angara, who raced in fifth early, was able to find running room late and charged through the stretch to get up by a head in a time of 1:49.20. It was just a nose back to Argentina in third, while Lade of Venice finished a disappointing fifth.

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