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TVG Diana winner Somali Lemonade “Better with Age”

TVG Diana winner Somali Lemonade “Better with Age”: Somali Lemonade and jockey Luis Saez won the TVG Diana at Saratoga on Saturday, July 19, 2014 for trainer Michael Matz and owner Caroline Forgason. The five-year-old mare by Lemon Drop Kid won the G1 $500,000 1 1/8 mile inner-turf race in 1:48.51.

TVG Diana 2014

Somali Lemonade Somali Lemonade and jockey Luis Saez won the TVG Diana at Saratoga on Saturday, July 19, 2014 for trainer Michael Matz and owner Caroline Forgason.
Photo: Adam Mooshian, Coglianese/NYRA

Finishing the 2014 TVG Diana by just a neck in front of Stephanie’s Kitten, 11-1 Somali Lemonade made her move in the final furlong passing up favorite Alterite and Discreet Marq.

Somali Lemonade’s trainer Michael Matz reported after the 2014 TVG Diana victory, “Not a bad horse to have. I said I didn’t think she needed to be on the lead but, listen, what the hell do I know at this point? She’s won on the lead, she’s won from behind. I think she’s just a good filly and she showed it today. It was a pretty tough group that she ran against today. I don’t know if it was the blinkers, I don’t know if it was maturity, but she’s doing really well right now. I was glad somebody was putting some pressure on Discreet Marq. I was sort of surprised Tannery was up that close but I guess things happen. That’s why they call it horse racing. She’s just a good filly, I believe. I don’t know what else to say about her. She’s better now at 5 than she was her whole life.”

Jockey Luis Saez was thrilled to get another Saratoga win under his belt saying, “Today, I broke in front, but another speed horse was coming outside of me. I let her pass, but when we came to the three-eighths I had so much horse that when I got in the clear, she responded and won the race. It’s amazing to win another Grade 1 in Saratoga.”

Somali Lemonade paid her loyal fans $24.60 for a win bet at the Saratoga track.

TVG Diana Stakes Results & Payouts
3 Somali Lemonade and Luis Saez $24.60 to Win, $11.00 to Place, $7.40 to Show
9 Stephanie’s Kitten and Lanfranco Dettori $6.60 to Place, $4.60 to Show
6 Discreet Marq and Irad Ortiz, Jr. $6.50 to Show
Also ran: 2 – Abaco , 1 – Solid Appeal , 5 – Strathnaver (GB) , 7 – Caroline Thomas , 8 – Alterite (FR) , 4 – Emollient , 10 – Tannery (IRE)

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