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Hungry Island Tunes Up for Diana

Two-time graded stakes winner Hungry Island tuned up for the July 28 Grade 1, $600,000 Diana with a 48.85 four-furlong breeze on the Oklahoma training track on Friday.


“She went fine and is doing fine,” said Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. “All things being equal, we’ll run next Saturday.”


Hungry Island, an Emory Hamilton homebred, will enter the Diana, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares, off a third behind Tapitsfly and Winter Memories in the one-mile Grade 1 Longines Just a Game on June 9 at Belmont.


“She broke fine [in the Just a Game], but then [John Velazquez] had to ride her to get her into the race,” said McGaughey. “You kind of have got to get her covered up. Nobody was going to beat [Tapitsfly] that day as fast she ran, but I think stretching [Hungry Island] out is going to help her. She’s going to be back [in the field], but she’s got to be back the right way. She had a pretty quick work earlier in the week [prior to the Just a Game], and maybe that took some of the sting out of her.”


Hungry Island entered the Longines Just a Game off a win in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile on May 5.


McGaughey added that Stuart S. Janney, III’s Hymn Book, the Grade 1 Donn Handicap winner who was runner-up in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap on July 7, has been confirmed for the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap on August 4 and will work an “easy half” on Saturday. Point of Entry, victorious in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Man o’ War at Belmont for the Phipps Stable, will aim for the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational on August 18, McGaughey said.




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