Indian Vale Out to Make Amends in 'Alarm 'Cap
Updated: Saturday, November 5, 2005 2:33 PM
Posted: Friday, November 4, 2005 8:35 PM
Melnyk Racing Stable's Indian Vale, who disappointed as the 2-5 favorite in last month's Cotillion Handicap (gr. II) at Philadelphia Park, will try to atone for that effort Saturday in the $100,000-added Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Aqueduct.
Hall of Famer Angel Cordero Jr. came out of retirement for the mount to raise money for hurricane victims, compounding the debacle. Indian Vale set a contested pace in the race for 3-year-old fillies before tiring to fifth in the field of sixth, beaten 9 ¼ lengths.
"She didn't seem to handle the track at all that day," trainer Todd Pletcher said of Indian Vale's failed effort. "Angel said he knew he was in trouble when she was going into the first turn. She's come back in good shape and we're anxious to stretch her out to a mile and an eighth."
Indian Vale's last win, a 10 ¾-length allowance romp at Saratoga, was at a mile and an eighth. Cordero's employer and the filly's regular rider, John Velazquez, will be back aboard Indian Vale Saturday.
Another 3-year-old filly who competed in the Cotillion and will run in the Turnback the Alarm is Dennis Narlinger's Shebelongstoyou.
"That was the first time horses passed her in the stretch," trainer Kelly Breen said of the filly's third-place effort in the Cotillion behind future Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) starters Nothing But Fun and Yolanda B. Too. "She was five-wide around both turns, so considering the ground loss, she ran a very good race."
The 121-pound highweight for the Turnback the Alarm is Edmund Gann's Personal Legend. Her only win of the season came in a listed stakes at Calder on New Year's Day, but she has since placed in the Personal Ensign (gr. I) at Saratoga. Most recently she was fifth when overmatched in the Beldame (gr. I) against Ashado, Happy Ticket and Society Selection.$100,000-added Turnback the Alarm, fillies and mares 3 & up, 1 1/8 miles
PP. HORSE, TRAINER, JOCKEY, WGT.
1. Shebelongstoyou, Kelly Breen, Joe Bravo, 113
2. Taittinger Rose, Bill Mott, Cornelio Velasquez, 116
3. Personal Legend, Bobby Frankel, Edgar Prado, 121
4. Silent Siren, Tom Bush, Fernando Jara, 112
5. Asti, H. Allen Jerkens, Jorge Chavez, 115
6. Wait It Out, Heriberto Cedano, Jean-Luc Samyn, 112
7. Indian Vale, Todd Pletcher, John Velazquez, 112
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