07/12/2012 4:23PM

Belmont Park notes: Winter Memories works toward Diana

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Tom Keyser
Winter Memories is being pointed to the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga on July 28.

Winter Memories, beaten favorite in the Grade 1 Just a Game on Belmont Stakes Day, worked toward a start in the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga on July 28 by working five furlongs Thursday morning in 1:01.43 over Belmont’s inner turf course.

As Winter Memories was about to break off, trainer Jimmy Toner said that he wanted exercise rider Pierre Godoy to get the Grade 1 stakes-winning filly away from the pole slowly. When the first eighth went in 13.03 seconds, Toner simply said, “Perfect.”

Winter Memories went her first quarter in 24.69, the half-mile in 50.03, and she got her final eighth in 11.40. She continued to gallop out strongly around the clubhouse turn.

Toner said Winter Memories would van to Saratoga on Tuesday and have one more blowout before the Diana.

Jersey Town works on turf, staying on dirt

Jersey Town worked four furlongs in 52.03 seconds on the turf Sunday morning at Belmont, but trainer Barclay Tagg isn’t inclined to run him on the grass.

Tagg, who wasn’t enthused by the breeze, said he felt the turf would be kinder on Jersey Town, a horse with chronic foot problems.

Tagg is not sure where Jersey Town will make his next start, but ruled out the James Marvin, saying the horse won’t be ready by then.

The Teddy Drone at Monmouth on July 29 or the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga one week later are among Tagg’s options for the 2010 Cigar Mile winner.