Winter Memories and
jockey Javier Castellano hit the Oklahoma turf course Monday morning to turn in
a 59.83 five-furlong breeze in the lead up to Saturday’s Grade 1,
$600,000 Diana for turf fillies and mares.
“Nice and comfortable, so we’re very happy with her,”
said trainer Jimmy Toner. “We’re good to go. Every time she runs,
you get excited. And the way she runs is exciting.”
Last year at Saratoga, Winter Memories
won the Grade 2 Lake George and was a troubled fourth in the Grade 2 Woodford
Reserve Lake Placid before going on to earn a Grade 1 score in the Garden City
at Belmont Park.
After finishing fourth in her 3-year-old finale, the Grade 1 Queen
Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, Winter Memories made a winning 2012 debut in the
Grade 3 Beaugay in May at Belmont.
She enters the Diana off a second to front-running Tapitsfly, also confirmed
for the Diana, in Belmont’s
Grade 1 Longines Just a Game on June 9.