The Diana event for many years has been an elite race for turf females, and this year’s edition is no exception.
Four of the six entrants are Grade 1 winners, and top local trainer Chad Brown has three in the lineup.
The $600,000 Diana is a Grade 1 event at 1 1/8 miles, and establishing a favorite is going to be difficult.
Brown’s trio includes Dream Peace, who finished second in last year’s Diana, Dayatthespa, winner of the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth at Keeneland last year, and Samitar, winner of the Grade 1 Garden City last year.
Of the three, Dayatthespa is possibly the lone speed in the Diana, although Brown told the Saratogian on Friday she might not run.
Centre Court, winner of the Lake George at Saratoga last year and more recently the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland, has won two of her three starts this year.
Stephanie’s Kitten is in perhaps the sharpest form of the field, with consecutive wins in the Distaff Turf Mile and Grade 1 Just A Game at Belmont in her two starts this year.
Laughing, who completes the field, edged Dayatthespa last out in the Eatontown Handicap at Monmouth while in receipt of four pounds.
Kauai Katie, a sizzling winner at Saratoga last summer, returns to the scene in the Grade 1 Prioress Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.
A winner of six of eight lifetime, she is drawn outside in a field of seven.
So Many Ways, winner of the Spinaway Stakes last year, is also back at Saratoga for the Prioress.
She was most recently third in the Iowa Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.
The consistent Lighthouse Bay, who has trained at the Oklahoma with George Weaver this spring and summer, enters the Prioress off a victory in the Jostle Stakes at Parx.
Completing the field are Irish Lute, Wildcat Lilly, Ju Ju Eyeballs, and Little Rocket.
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