Dacita Rallies from Last to Win Grade I Diana for Second Straight Victory
In a thrilling race that saw four horses surging to the finish together, Dacita rallied from the back of the pack to take the Diana Stakes by a nose. Trainer Chad Brown saddled both Dacita and near miss third place finisher Rainha Da Bateria, the longest shot on the morning line who went off at 28-1.
“Dacita loves Saratoga and knows where the wire is. They were really rolling along the first quarter and it set the tone for the race, that someone from behind, or at least mid-pack at worst, was going to have the best run. Irad was patient and worked out a great trip, he timed it just right.”
With a $500,000 purse in the Grade I at Saratoga, Dacita finished the 1 1/8 miles on the turf in 1:46.25 and paid $10.20, $5.70 and 4.20 across the board as the 4-1 choice. Recepta was 9-1 and finished second by a nose while 28-1 longshot Rainha Da Bateria was third. Favorite Miss Temple City (5/2) was fourth in a blanket finish. The $2 exacta paid $95.90 and the $2 trifecta was $1,217.
“She’s a nice filly,” said the winning rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. “I got the perfect trip while saving ground. She came from last and come running at the end.”
Dacita defeated the great Tepin in her U.S. debut nearly a year ago at Saratoga in the Ballston Spa Stakes. She then was off her game and was a well-beaten fourth to Tepin in April before flashing her winning ways again last time out at Belmont in the New York Stakes.
Dacita has now won nine of her 15 career starts to boast earnings of nearly $970,000.