07/24/2013 4:07PM

Saratoga: Brown enters talented trio in Diana

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Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 1 winner Samitar drew the outside post in a field of six for Saturday's Grade 1 Diana.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – It is understandable why Chad Brown may have a soft spot in his heart for the Diana Stakes after posting the first Grade 1 win of his training career in the filly-and-mare turf fixture two summers ago with Zagora.

On Wednesday, Brown entered half the field for this year’s renewal of the Diana – Dream Peace, Dayatthespa, and Samitar. They are part of a compact but extremely talented lineup that also includes Stephanie’s Kitten, Laughing, and Centre Court.

Brown said shortly after the Diana draw that he is uncertain which horses in the trio would start, although he did not rule out running all three Saturday.

“I don’t know what I’m doing yet,” Brown said. “It’s a short field. I’ve got horses that run with different types of pace styles and prefer different types of ground, so I thought the smartest thing to do was just put all three of them in, evaluate the turf conditions and the pace of the race, and see what combinations are going to give me the best chance to win. It’s not out of the question all three could start. I need to look at all the different scenarios and speak to all of the clients involved before making a final decision.”

Brown said that even though he has three of the six potential starters, he’s not likely to have the favorite in the race, although he believes that under the right conditions, all three of his horses are capable of winning the 1 1/8-mile Diana.

“Samitar has won two Grade 1s, Dayatthespa has won one, and Dream Peace has placed in Grade 1s before,” Brown said. “So, obviously, on their day, all three of them can win the race.”

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Micahdog More than 1 year ago
Terrible betting race with only 6 entered IF they all go. Small fields are better passed in my opinion. Nice race but not for wagering and ROI. That said I'd lean to # 1 Dream Peace. Good luck to all. In 5th Race can # 3 Ju Ju Eyeballs step up her game coming back in 6 days off Big Win at Monmouth ? Have no idea but if price may have to venture a few dollars. So much for Saratoga on Saturday :-). Have a grateful day.
Tom Mallios More than 1 year ago
Centre court is my pick in this one.Even if Chad entered another runner,i would think it would be hard to beat her.in her last race at Belmont,under an awfully soft course in which she recently did not run on. she was butchered in the race by laperoux. he was in front of the eventual winner on the turn,came off the inside.allowed the winner to motor past her,then ducked back inside to follow her to the wire.maybe it was the footing ,a bad ride or anything else.the turn of foot this filly has shown in her previous starts this year,should be enough to handle this talented bunch.
therealdubwhite More than 1 year ago
When was the last time 4 Grade 1 winners entered one race in California. lol
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 1/2 weeks ago - six Gr 1 winners in an eight horse field; the winner now makes it seven out of eight...your point? LOL
G G More than 1 year ago
this guy has no point..... Ever heard of breeder's cup ? G1 field? ignorant and unfounded comment
David Oppedisano More than 1 year ago
Is Chad trying to win the race for his owners or is Chad trying to win the race for Chad?
Edward Nelson More than 1 year ago
Ummm i would say both, idoit
Jack More than 1 year ago
...if you cant even spell it.....
David Johnson More than 1 year ago
Chads got arguably the top turf barn in Saratoga. Why shouldn't he enter his hitters here?
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Bob More than 1 year ago
Tell her not to play horses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you auditioning for "American Greed"?
nancyb More than 1 year ago
Bring back Capcha