Indian Blessing: 2-Year-Old Filly
Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2008 5:09 PM
Posted: Monday, January 21, 2008 9:59 PM
Indian Blessing was rewarded for an impressive 2007 campaign that included three victories in as many starts by winning the Eclipse Award for 2-Year-Old Filly Jan. 21 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The daughter of Indian Charlie
-Shameful, by Flying Chevron, collected 250 first-place votes in clearly winning the first national championship for owners Hal and Patti Earnhardt. Finishing second with 11 votes was Country Star, while Pure Clan was third with two votes.
Indian Blessing, who is a Kentucky homebred for the Earnhardts, capped her unbeaten season with a 3-1/2 length triumph in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) on a sloppy track at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.
The filly earlier posted a 4-1/2 length victory in the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park Oct. 6, and opened her racing career with a gate-to-wire verdict in a 5-1/2 furlong maiden special weight Aug. 30 at Saratoga. The latter victory foreshadowed her brilliance when Indian Blessing ripped off a 1:03.26 clocking, just .13 off the track record in her first start.
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by jockey Garrett Gomez in her two stakes victories, Indian Blessing finished 2007 with $1,357,200 in earnings. The filly started her 2008 campaign by claiming the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) Jan. 13 at Santa Anita Park, her first start on a synthetic surface.
The Earnhardts, who are longtime clients of Baffert, bred and raced in partnership Indian Blessing’s sire, Indian Charlie, and raced both the stallion’s dam, Soviet Sojourn, and Indian Blessing’s dam, Shameful.
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