Sistercharlie Nails Ultra Brat On The Wire In Diana

Peter Brant’s Sistercharlie earned her second Grade 1 win in the United States on Saturday, getting up in the final strides to out-finish Ultra Brat in the $500,000 Diana Stakes. The 4-year-old Myboycharlie filly got a masterful ride from Hall of Famer John Velazquez, utilizing his rail advantage and helping the filly dig deep at just the right time to nail the photo finish. Trainer Chad Brown saddled the even-money favorite to win his third consecutive Diana; Sistercharlie completed the nine-furlong course over Saratoga’s firm turf in 1:46.26.

“In mid-stretch, I was worried that she wouldn’t get there, especially when she didn’t want to get her correct lead in the lane,” said Brown. “When Johnny finally got her there, I could see her surging. It was a matter of being on the right side of that photo [finish]. Luckily, she got there.”

A Raving Beauty was very sharp out of the gate, but ceded the lead to Hawksmoor approaching the clubhouse turn. Hawksmoor pulled jockey Julien Leparoux to a two-length lead through fractions of :24.25 and :47.77, tracked by Ultra Brat and A Raving Beauty at the rail. Down the backstretch, the gap between second and third widened to nearly three lengths as A Raving Beauty took a breather alongside stablemate New Money Honey.

Hakwsmoor continued to hold the lead through six furlongs in 1:11.62, but Ultra Brat took command from her nearing the top of the lane. Velazquez, who had been riding the rail in about fifth position, saw his chance to take Sistercharlie wide around the turn to make her bid. Meanwhile, A Raving Beauty got steadied hard on the inside at the quarter pole.

Ultra Brat leapt into the bridle and took a one-length advantage at the three-sixteenths pole, but both A Raving Beauty and Sistercharlie were hot on her heels as they sought racing room on the outside. In the final sixteenth, Sistercharlie seemed to find her best stride under a hand-ride from Velazquez, and she surged forward to just nail the photo finish at the wire. Ultra Brat had to settle for second, while the troubled A Raving Beauty finished third. Hawksmoor finished fourth.

“Going to the three-eighths pole, I went to go around Javier [Castellano, aboard New Money Honey, No. 3] and he went out so I had to travel a little bit wider from the five-sixteenths pole to the quarter-pole,” Velazquez explained. “It cost me a little bit down the lane to get her back into rhythm. She switched leads late but when she final did, she gave me that spur down the lane to get down there in time. She’s a very good filly. She just has to put it together at the start and break better, but she’s definitely talented.”

Bred in Ireland by Ecurie Des Monceaux, Sistercharlie was originally a $13,592 yearling purchase at Arqana. In her sophomore season, Sistercharlie captured a Group 3 race and was second in a Group 1, after which she was transferred to the United States. There, she ran second in the Belmont Oaks before a nine-month vacation saw her win the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland. Overall, Sistercharlie has won five of her nine starts, finishing second three times, to earn over $1.1 million.

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