2023 Diana Stakes Recap Brown strikes again with Whitebeam

As expected, Chad Brown was the man in the winner’s circle after the G1 Diana, but his victory in the main event at Saratoga on Saturday came with the unexpected Whitebeam, the outsider of the barn’s four runners. The classy Casa Creed once again demonstrated his affection for the Spa when taking the G3 Kelso, while 46-1 shocker Yo Yo Candy took advantage in the G3 Sanford when the hot-ticket Gold Sweep fumbled his cue. Here is the 2023 Diana Stakes Recap and more graded races from Saratoga!

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2023 Diana Stakes Recap

G1, $500,000, 1m 1f turf, 4yo+ females

Brown strikes again with Whitebeam

Same again, then. Just as he did in 2022, Chad Brown won the Diana – the feature at Saratoga on Saturday – with the outsider of his four runners, the 7-1 shot Whitebeam springing a mild surprise over heavy chalk In Italian and Fev Rover. It was a record-extending eighth victory in the Diana for the prolific trainer.

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Last year’s winner In Italian so nearly went back-to-back, putting in her usual bold bid to go gate-to-wire, but she got weary in the final furlong and Whitebeam kept coming under Flavien Prat to grab the money on the line by a nose, her first success at G1 level. Fev Rover, the only horse in the field not trained by Brown, was just a half-length back in third.

Diana Stakes Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Whitebeam17.604.602.70
2. In Italian2.102.10
3. Fev Rover2.90

Winning time: 1m 48.33s

2023 Kelso Stakes

G3, $175,000, 1m turf, 4yo+

Home sweet home for Casa

Casa Creed maintained his superlative record at the Spa when getting the jump on odds-on shot Annapolis and staying away to win the Kelso, meaning that in each of the last six years he has either won or been G1-placed at Saratoga.

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The 2-1 second-choice, partnered by Luis Saez for trainer Bill Mott, moved up around the turn and made his race-winning challenge in mid-stretch, opening up daylight that the rallying Annapolis could not close down. Casa Creed hit the wire a length clear, with rank outsider English Bee coming along for third, another length and a quarter adrift.

Kelso Stakes Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Casa Creed6.502.902.60
2. Annapolis2.702.10
3. English Bee6.10

Winning time: 1m 35.51s

2023 Sanford Stakes

G3, $175,000, 6f dirt, 2yo

Candy such sweet surprise

There was a complete boilover in the Sanford, as 46-1 poke Yo Yo Candy turned the tables on the long odds-on Gold Sweep in the sort of upset for which Saratoga – the ‘Graveyard of Champions’ – has long been famous.

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Gold Sweep had beaten Yo Yo Candy last time out but the 1-5 favorite flubbed the start and trailed the field early, losing ground he could never regain. Yo Yo Candy, ridden by Angel Castillo and trained by Daniel Velazquez, went to the lead at the sixteenth pole and drew off to win by two and a quarter lengths, with Gold Sweep getting the place three-quarters of a length ahead of Dickens.

Sanford Stakes Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Yo Yo Candy94.0015.607.40
2. Gold Sweep2.302.10
3. Dickens3.90

Winning time: 1m 11.83s

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