Sistercharlie Shooting For Third Straight Diana

Rushing Fall (near) and Sistercharlie breezing in company Aug. 16 | Sarah Andrew


The list of horses that have won the GI Diana S. on multiple occasions reads like a veritable horse racing Hall of Fame: Miss Grillo, Tempted, Shuvee, Glowing Honor and Forever Together have all accomplished the feat. Peter Brant's Sistercharlie (Ire) (Myboycharlie {Ire}) can ascend to the top of that classy heap as she goes for the three-peat Sunday afternoon at Saratoga, but a fait accompli is most certainly is not.

The 2018 champion turf female made best use of her superior turn of foot to easily defeat her stablemate and TDN Rising Star Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) in this event last summer, then became the first to win the GI Beverly D. S. back-to-back last August. The deceptively easy winner of the GI Flower Bowl S. in October, she was third in defense of her GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf title Nov. 2 and could do no better than to round out the trifecta behind Starship Jubilee (Indy Wind) and Call Me Love (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the GII Ballston Spa S. July 25.

Rushing Fall's defeat last year was just the second of her career and while she was only fourth to Uni (GB) (More Than Ready) in the GI First Lady S. at Keeneland when forced to race off the speed, she has been dominant in two starts this term, besting Call Me Love in front-running fashion in the GIII Beaugay S. June 3 ahead of a 3/4-length success over Jolie Olimpica (Brz) (Drosselmeyer) in the GI Jenny Wiley S. in Lexington July 11, though Sunday's nine-furlong trip remains a question mark. Her two wins at the distance came in age-restricted company in 2018.

Starship Jubilee returns to the Spa, having passed on the GII Dance Smartly S. at her Woodbine base last weekend. The former $16,000 claimer enters the Diana on a three-race streak, having annexed the GIII Suwannee River S. at Gulfstream and the GII Hillsborough S. at Tampa over the winter.

Mean Mary (Scat Daddy), five-for-seven lifetime, figures to make Rushing Fall work for it up front. The Alex Campbell homebred has not been headed in her last three trips to the race, good for victories in the 12-furlong GIII La Prevoyante S. at Gulfstream in January, the GIII Orchid S. over a mile and three furlongs Mar. 28 and a the 10-panel GII New York S. downstate June 27.

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