SARATOGA SPRINGS (AP) - Somali Lemonade rallied down the middle of the track and held off a late run from Stephanie's Kitten to win the $500,000 Diana by a neck on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course.
Ridden by Luis Saez for trainer Michael Matz, the 5-year-old Lemon Drop Kid mare ran 1 1-8 miles in 1:48.51 over the inner turf course in capturing the first of 15 Grade 1 flat races during the six-week meeting.
It was the fourth graded stakes win and first in a Grade 1 for Somali Lemonade, who paid $24.60, $11 and $7.40. Stephanie's Kitten returned $6.60 and $4.60 for second, and Discreet Marq paid $6.50 for third.
In Saturday's co-feature, Big Trouble caught Mr. Z in the shadow of the wire to win the Grade 3 $150,000 Sanford. Coming from off the pace, the Tiz Wonderful colt rallied down the middle of the track in capturing the 100th running of the stakes for 2-year-olds.
Trained by Anthony Dutrow for Team D Stable, Big Trouble ran six furlongs in 1:10.64 and won for the second time to start his career and first in a stakes race. He paid $25.60, $10 and $5.60.
Big Trouble and Mr. Z appeared to come together as they approached the finish but the order of finish was left unchanged following a brief steward's inquiry. Mr. Z paid $11.20 and $6.10, while Cinco Charlie returned $3.50 for third.
Jockey Rosario Montanez was taken by ambulance and admitted to Albany Medical Center for observation after complaining of pain in his rib and pelvic area following a spill in Saturday's fifth race. He is also being evaluated for a possible concussion.