Undefeated Indyanne Romps in Azalea
Photo: Eliot Schechter
Undefeated Indyanne rolls in the Azalea.
David and Jill Heerensperger’s Indyanne remained undefeated with a dominating 9 1/2-length romp in the $250,000 Azalea Stakes (gr. III) (VIDEO) July 12, the first of four graded stakes on ‘Summit of Speed’ day at Calder Race Course.

A 3-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie, Indyanne was in complete control after dueling with Dite Moi for the early lead. She stuck a head in front after two furlongs and never stopped extending her lead. Under Russell Baze, the gray filly led by four lengths at the top of the stretch and drew off with ease. The final time for six furlongs on the fast main track was 1:10.82.

Dubai Majesty was second under Manny Aguilar, 1 1/4 lengths in front of Dancing Allstar.

Trained by Greg Gilchrist, Indyanne was making her first start outside of California. She broke her maiden by 10 lengths last August and one month later took the Bay Meadows Debutante Stakes by six lengths. In her 3-year-old debut June 6 at Golden Gate, Indyanne was an easy winner in optional claiming company on the synthetic surface.

Bred in Kentucky by Offshoot Farm, Indyanne is out of the Silver Ghost mare Merchant. She was purchased for $375,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Select 2-year-olds in training sale last year. The victory increased her earnings to $226,850.

After breaking a step slowly from post six, Indyanne was hurried to the front. She went a speedy :21.39 for a quarter and :44.99 for a half. Dite Moi was a length and half in back after four furlongs, but could not keep up as Indyanne extended her lead.

“There’s no doubt she’s a very good filly," Gilchrist said. "I thought the four (Dancing Allstar) would show a little more lick out of the gate than she did and our filly didn’t break as sharp as she usually does, but Russell looked very comfortable with where they were (stalking pace). Then, nearing the stretch, when he looked under his left arm to see if anybody was coming, I felt pretty confident. This was the logical spot for her to step up and I think she needed it. Now, if all goes well, we’ll look at the Test (Stakes, gr. I, Saratoga, Aug. 2), and she’ll have to take another step up there.”

The winner paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite. The exacta (6-7) returned $24.60, while the trifecta (6-7-4) netted $88.20.

Grand Obsession finished fourth, followed by Dite Moi, Orinoquia and Freedom Afleet.

(Chart, Equibase)

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