European-based trainer Charlie Appleby will try to deny Chad Brown a victory in the Diana Stakes for the second straight year when he sends out Irish bred Creative Flair in the 2022 Diana Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Last year Appleby finished first and second in the Diana, denying Brown his seventh win in the Grade 1 turf race. This year, Appleby’s Creative Flair is an 8-1 longshot in the 2022 Diana Stakes odds. Meanwhile Brown has the top four contenders in the six-horse Diana Stakes 2022 field: Bleecker Street (6-5), Rougir (3-1), Technical Analysis (3-1) and In Italian (6-1). Dalika (15-1) rounds out the field.
Post time for the Diana Stakes 2022 is 5:03 p.m. ET. With an accomplished field set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you’ll want to see what racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir has to say before making any 2022 Diana Stakes picks.
A Saratoga Springs-based racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker, Weir is a two-time qualifier for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. He has produced multiple five-figure days at the track over the years, including a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar in 2014. Last year, he was on fire. He hit the exacta in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Peter Pan Stakes, the trifecta in the Risen Star Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby and the superfecta in the Belmont Stakes.
This year, he has been red-hot in the Triple Crown prep races, hitting the superfecta in the Blue Grass Stakes, the trifecta in the Louisiana Derby and exactas in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby. He also has hit the 19-1 winner of the Man o’ War Stakes, the trifecta in the Pegasus World Cup, the superfecta in the Met Mile and multiple Pick 4s, including May 14’s at Belmont for $1,851. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, he has handicapped the 2022 Diana Stakes lineup, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see them at SportsLine.
Top 2022 Diana Stakes predictions
One surprise: Weir is not making 6-5 morning-line favorite Bleecker Street his top choice. A perfect 7-for-7 in her career, Bleecker Street will be making her sixth straight start without a break since January. This will be her first start on the Saratoga turf course, which doesn’t suit every horse.
In addition, Bleecker Street will be facing the toughest field of her career; her foes have combined for 24 wins in 66 starts. “Bleecker Street seemingly improves with every race, but her price will finally catch up with her Saturday,” Weir says. He prefers another horse over Bleecker Street.
How to 2022 Diana Stakes picks
Weir’s top pick is a “talented runner” who is projected to get a “close stalking trip.” Weir is including this horse in his 2022 Diana Stakes bets, and so should you. He’s sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.
So who wins the Diana Stakes 2022? And how has Weir constructed his wagers? Check out the latest Diana Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Weir’s picks for the Diana Stakes.
2022 Diana Stakes odds, post positions