04/19/2002 11:00PM

Dianehill rallies to take Stravinsky


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Dianehill, making her first start since being badly beaten in the Barbara Fritchie in February, rallied off a rapid pace to win the $84,900 Stravinsky Stakes, the secondary feature on the Lexington Stakes undercard Saturday at Keeneland.

Dianehill prevailed by a half-length over Senorita Ziggy in the Stravinsky, a 5 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares. The winner returned $7 as the second choice.

Dianehill, an Irish-bred 6-year-old now owned by WinStar Farm and trained by Elliott Walden, spent most of her career racing in grass routes in California. She came under Walden's care this winter, with a last-place finish in the Fritchie being her only start during his tenure.

"It looked like she'd sit back and make one run," said winning rider Pat Day. "She got the job done."

Ioya Two, the 2-1 favorite, finished 2 1/4 lengths behind Senorita Ziggy in third.

- Also Saturday, Strut the Stage, making his first start since September, rallied to win a $64,990 turf allowance under Robby Albarado. Strut the Stage, a 4-year-old trained by Mark Frostad, returned $4.40 as favorite in a field of 10. He prevailed by 1 1/2 lengths over front-running Fan Club's Mister.

- Valerie Nagle notched the first victory of her North American riding career when she guided Homem Ra ($44) to a front-running upset in the fourth race Saturday. A native of Ireland, Nagle, 23, was aboard just her third mount in the U.S. She has a 10-pound apprentice allowance.

- The 16-day spring meet closes Friday with the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes and a Grade 1 steeplechase, the Royal Chase for the Sport of Kings. Closing day also will feature a book signing by author Dick Francis, whose new release is "Shattered."