06/07/2013 3:24PM

Presque Isle: Dr. Diamonds Prize in top form for Satin and Lace


Dr. Diamonds Prize won the prep for the $100,000 Satin and Lace on May 12, and trainer Mark Hubley is confident she will win the stakes itself Sunday at Presque Isle Downs.

“She is back to 100 percent now, and I feel great about how she will do Sunday,” Hubley said.

A field of 10 was entered for the 5 1/2-furlong Satin and Lace, but two mares were crossed-entered. Sweet Cassiopeia finished second in a turf allowance at Churchill Downs on Friday. Lisa’s Booby Trap was entered in the seventh race on Sunday at Presque Isle and is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a six-horse allowance field.

Dr. Diamonds Prize, 5, finished third in the Satin and Lace last season and did not race again until March of this year.

“She had an ankle last year that kept getting progressively worse,” Hubley said. “She didn’t cool out well after the race last year, and we decided to give her all the time she needed to get it better.”

Dr. Diamonds Prize raced with blinkers prior to last year’s running of this race, when Hubley decided to take them off.

“When she ran in the Hendrie at Woodbine the race before, she was down on the rail and a horse came midtrack to beat her,” he said. “I felt like if I took them off, that wouldn’t happen again.”

Hubley has since decided to put the hood back on.

“She just seems to run better with them and so they are back on,” Hubley said. “I forgot we had taken them off last year and so in her first race at Oaklawn this year, we had to run without them.”

Hubley is thrilled with how Dr. Diamonds Prize, a winner of five races from 20 starts and more than $200,000, is doing this season.

“It took her a few races to get back to her winning ways, but I am confident she will give her best effort from here on out,” he said.

The goal for Dr. Diamonds Prize this season is the Grade 2 Masters over Presque Isle’s Tapeta surface this fall.

“If she wins this like I think she will, we will point her towards the Masters and work backwards,” Hubley said. “I am going to keep her on synthetic tracks, and we are stabled at Keeneland, so that gives us the upper Midwest to choose from. There are plenty of opportunities at Arlington, Woodbine, and Presque Isle to get her to that race.”

Deshawn Parker will ride.

Interrogate comes into the Satin and Lace off a win at Finger Lakes on May 23, her first outing of the year. Trained by Mike Ferraro, the 5-year-old mare sports a record of 5-4-1 in 13 attempts over the Presque Isle Tapeta surface, including three wins in five attempts last season.

David Lopez retains the mount.