Indian Legend Nips Tar Heel Mom in My Juliet

Indian Legend Nips Tar Heel Mom in My Juliet
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Indian Legend (inside) outfinishes Tar Heel Mom to win the My Juliet Stakes.

Indian Legend registered the first stakes win of her career when she outlasted prohibitive favorite Tar Heel Mom by a nose following a long stretch duel in the $250,000 My Juliet at Philadelphia's Parx Racing May 28 (VIDEO).

Angel Arroyo, aboard the filly for the first time, directed Indian Legend to an upset at nearly 11-1 odds for trainer Cynthia Reese and owner Wintickett Farm. J. Mack Robinson bred the 4-year-old daughter of Cherokee Run--Virginia Bee, by Virginia Rapids in Kentucky. The victory was worth $150,000.

Tar Heel Mom, ridden by Alex Solis in the six-furlong test for fillies and mares, blazed through opening fractions of :21.28 and :43.45. But she led by just a half-length over Indian Legend, who advanced from fifth to challenge along the inside leaving the quarter-pole. The duo hooked up at the top of the lane with Indian Legend getting her head in front at the eighth pole and managing to hold on in a terrific finish. The final time was a sharp 1:08.22.

A $15,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-olds in training purchase in 2009, Indian Legend improved her career mark to 4-4-1 in 14 starts with earnings of $284,120. She was coming off a 3 1/4-length allowance tally at Parx April 26, which preceded a runner-up finish to Harissa in the Langhorne Stakes over the same track a month earlier.

Indian Legend received 10 pounds from Tar Heel Mom while toting 114 and paid $23.80, $6, and $4.20 as the third choice in the field of six. Tar Heel Mom returned $2.10 and $2.10 as the 3-10 pick. It was 7 1/4 lengths to third-place finisher Brilliant Sunshine. She paid $4.20 with Kendrick Carmouche aboard. Lady Lucinda, Sweet Goodbye, and Lady Alexander trailed.
 

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