Sindy With an S Sizzles in Safely Kept Victory

Shipping cross-country for Southern California trainer Mike Mitchell, favored Sindy with an S took command mid-stretch en route to a 3 1/4-length win in the $200,000 Safely Kept Breeders' Cup (gr. III) on the Laurel Park main track Oct. 6.

It was the first graded stakes win for the Dream Stable filly who completed the six furlongs in 1:10 with Delaware-based Jeremy Rose riding her for the first time. The daughter of Broken Vow  --Backroom Blues (Dixieland Band) is under consideration for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Oct. 26 at Monmouth Park.

After settling four wide after the break, Sindy With an S advanced into contention at the race mid-point and rallied on the outside of the lively pacesetter Ticket to Seattle (:21 4/5, :44 3/5) to put her head in front in upper stretch. Ticket to Seattle, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, proved stubborn but finally gave way in the final sixteenth. Sindy With an S won under steady left-handed encouragement from Rose. It was 1 3/4 lengths to third-place finisher Change Up, who closed gamely for Jesus Castanon.

“She ran a real nice race,” Rose said. “The trip was perfect. She is a nice, nice filly. I like the way she handles herself.” 

Sindy With an S did not race as a 2-year-old but has now won four of seven starts in 2007, with two seconds and a third. She has earned $309,959 after claiming the $120,000 winning share in the Safely Kept. The dark bay filly, a $55,000 2-year-old-in-training sale at Ocala in the spring of 2006, was coming off a second-place showing in a restricted stakes at Del Mar one month ago. She also won the Manhattan Beach Stakes at Hollywood Park and finished second in the Azalea (gr. III) at Calder this summer.

Louisa W. Lenehan bred the winner in Kentucky.

Sent off at odds of 7-5, Sindy With an S paid $4.80, $3, and $2.20. Ticket to Seattle returned $3.40 and $3.20. Second-choice Change Up was $2.60 to show.

“She ran a very good race, but she got beat by a better horse,” said Carmouche of the runner-up. “I thought I had set pretty good fractions but we just got run down.”

Half Time Crown finished fourth, followed by Russian Gypsy, Changeisgonnacome, and Miss A. Bomb.

Most Popular Stories