07/24/2012 4:26PM

Saratoga: Hungry Island ready for Diana

Tom Keyser
Hungry Island, wiht John Velazquez riding, wins the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Hungry Island pulled off a significant upset here last summer when she knocked off Winter Memories at 9-1 in the Grade 2 Lake Placid.

Hungry Island will try to do it again when she meets Winter Memories, Tapitsfly, Zagora, and others in Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Diana at 1 1/8 miles.

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Hungry Island, who won the Grade 2 Distaff Turf Mile on Derby Day, finished third behind Tapitsfly and Winter Memories in the Grade 1 Just a Game at Belmont on June 9.

Trainer Shug McGaughey said that Hungry Island broke a bit flat-footed and had to be ridden along the first part of the race, which compromised her finish.

“It took her out of her game plan a little bit,” McGaughey said. “I don’t know that anybody was going to beat Tapitsfly that day. She caught a hard, fast course and she flew the last part of it. But she’s the kind of filly that usually breaks and you got to throttle her down. That day she didn’t. I think going a mile and an eighth might help her, might hurt Tapitsfly a little bit.”

John Velazquez will ride Hungry Island in the Diana.