My Juliet: Indian Way Sets Philly Track Mark

Odds-on choice Indian Way set a track record for six furlongs at Philadelphia Park while leading all the way for jockey David Cohen in the $250,000 My Juliet Stakes on May 23 (VIDEO).

The 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie--Ghazo (by Ghazi) clocked 1:07.61 over a fast track, earning her third consecutive win for Mercedes Stables and trainer Tony Dutrow.

Five contested the six-furlong main track event for fillies and mares. Game Face, the expected favorite, was scratched by trainer Todd Pletcher in favor of the Vagrancy Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park May 24.

Indian Way went directly to the front for Cohen and posted quarter-mile fractions of :22.53 and :44.43 through the first half-mile. Challenged boldly by Sunday Geisha and Richard Migliore with a furlong to run, Indian Way responded, edging away in the deep stretch while finishing the final eighth in less than 12 seconds.

Indian Way paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.20 as the 9-10 pick. Sunday Geisha ($2.80, $2.40) was second in a game effort, 5 3/4 lengths over the show horse Jet Away Jane ($2.80), ridden by Angel Rodriguez.

This was the first stakes triumph for Indian Way, who won a pair of allowance races at Aqueduct prior to the My Juliet by a combined margin of nearly 14 lengths. In her only previous stakes try, Indian Way finished third behind Indian Blessing in the Prioress Stakes (gr. I) at muddy Belmont Park last July.

A $280,000 purchase at the Keeneland 2005 November Breeding Stock Sale, Indian Way began her carer on the West Coast, breaking her maiden by five lengths at Hollywood Park one year ago. Overall, the bay filly has won four of six starts with two thirds and earnings of $264,760. Brereton C. Jones and Fred Trainor bred her in Kentucky.
 

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