Updated on 09/18/2011 12:37AM

Angara on time - twice in the same day

Angara, Fernando Jara up, wins the Grade 1, $500,000 Diana Stakes by a head at Saratoga on Saturday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - At 5 a.m. Saturday, Angara walked out of her stall at Belmont Park and boarded a van bound for Saratoga. She made it to trainer Bill Mott's barn less than 90 minutes before she had to report to the New York Racing Association's race-day security barn.

It wasn't the only close call she would have on the day.

With Fernando Jara up, Angara rallied from fifth place by splitting horses in midstretch and outfinishing Sweet Talker and Argentina to win Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 by a head. Sweet Talker finished second, a nose ahead of Argentina. It was another half-length back to My Typhoon. Lady of Venice, the even-money favorite, finished fifth, followed by Sabellina.

The victory enabled Mott to celebrate his 53rd birthday in style. Last year, he won the Diana with Sand Springs, one day after his birthday.

Mott also entered My Typhoon and Wend in the Diana but scratched the latter because of her disdain for soft ground. Angara was being pointed to the Grade 1 Beverly D. at Arlington Park on Aug. 12. But when heavy rains hit the area Friday, Mott decided to summon Angara from Belmont. She would further benefit when more rain came down early Saturday afternoon, creating a yielding turf course.

"She moves up big on the soft ground, that's why she ran,'' Mott said. "Angara was at Belmont until 5 o'clock. She shipped up this morning. We made arrangements after we got the rain yesterday. If we would have had sunny, dry weather she wouldn't have made the trip.''

My Typhoon set the early pace, carving out fractions of 23.95 seconds, 47.94, and 1:12.22 while Sweet Talker, Argentina, and Lady of Venice were three abreast chasing.

Jara saved ground aboard Angara until the middle of the turn when he went around Argentina. In the stretch, Sweet Talker made the lead, and Jara went outside of her while Edgar Prado took Argentina to the inside. Angara won the three-way photo, and covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.20. She paid $9.60.

The victory was Angara's sixth in 19 career starts, and the $300,000 first-place purse raised her career earnings to $1,071,344.