Indian Blessing to Skip Filly & Mare Sprint

Indian Blessing to Skip Filly & Mare Sprint
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Indian Blessing (inside) is coming off a difficult victory in the Gallant Bloom.
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Unhappy with her recent workouts over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride track, trainer Bob Baffert said Oct. 25 that he is not planning to pre-enter two-time champion Indian Blessing in the $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 6.

Baffert, who could not be reached for immediate confirmation, told Daily Racing Form: "I think I'm going to pass. She just doesn't like the track. What can you do? She looks good. It's frustrating.

"I'm not going to pre-enter because I don't want the temptation to change my mind."

Indian Blessing worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 over the Pro-Ride. Santa Anita is hosting the Breeders' Cup Nov. 6-7.

The 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie was the 2007 Juvenile Filly of the Year and the 2008 champion female sprinter for owners Hal and Patti Earnhardt, who bred her. In last year's Filly and Mare Sprint, Indian Blessing ran second to Ventura, and they were expected to meet once again.

Indian Blessing has won 10 of 16 starts for earnings of $2,995,420. She is to be retired to be bred next year, and Baffert told DRF he was unsure if she would race race again.
 

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