Indy Five Hundred Roars to Garden City Win

Indy Five Hundred Roars to Garden City Win
Photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese
Indy Five Hundred motors to Garden City victory.
Georgica Stable won its second grade I race of the weekend at Belmont Park when Indy Five Hundred, ridden by Pat Day, rumbled past even-money favorite Dimitrova in the stretch to win the $250,000 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) on the turf Sunday.

Day was also aboard Buy The Sport Saturday when the filly pulled off a 48-1 stunner in Saturday's $300,000 Gazelle for Peter Minikes and Georgica Stable. Robert Barbara, who trains the chestnut filly Indy Five Hundred, has taken over the training of Buy The Sport,. Buy The Sport was purchased from French connections.

"This has been the best weekend of my life," Minikes said.

"I'm shaking," exclaimed Barbara. "Oh my God."

At 7-1 in the field of eight, Indy Five Hundred was not the surprise her stablemate was. But like her, she took advantage of a patient ride from Day, powering through the stretch to win by four widening lengths in a time of 1:48 2/5 for the 1 1/8-mile test on a firm course. Campsie Fells was third.

Dimitrova, ridden by Jerry Bailey, was close to a quick pace while racing fourth at the rail. Sand Springs, with Acago and Petionville Indeed in stalking position, carved out fractions of :23 2/5, :46 4/5 and 1:11 3/5 before pulling out on the turn for home. That allowed Dimitrova to take over from Campsie Fells in the stretch. The heavy choice went clear of the field and appeared to be home free until Day wound up Indy Five Hundred for her rally down the middle of the track.

Indy Five Hundred broke in the air but settled down while unhurried at the back of the pack through the first turn and the down the backstretch. She moved up on the turn between rivals and swung wide in the stretch to begin her winning move.

"I was happy with my position on the backstretch and knew we had a solid pace to close into," Day said. "She was dying to run at the three-eighths pole. When I called on her she really exploded. She finished up great. I'm really pleased with her effort."

Bailey thought the race set up well.

"We had a perfect trip," said Bailey. "There was plenty of pace. The winner just outkicked us. My filly kicked hard, she was second best."

A 3-year-old filly by A.P. Indy out of the Lyphard mare Lyphard's Delta, Indy Five Hundred won her first graded stakes race Sunday. She was second, beaten by three-quarters of a length, in the Lake Placid Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga Aug. 17. She ended a three-race losing streak with her third win in nine career starts. She earned $150,000 for the win to increase her overall total to $239,250.

Palides Investments N V Inc. bred Indy Five Hundred in Kentucky. She was purchased for $210,000 at Keeneland in September 2001.

Indy Five Hundred paid $17.80, $4.70 and $3.80. Dimitrova returned $2.80 and $2.40. Campsie Fells paid $6.90. The $2 exacta was worth $44.80.

Ocean Drive, Spoken Fur, Sarie Marais and Alchemist were scratched.

(Chart, Equibase)

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