2nd at 5ARISTIDES S.
(gr. III , 6f , to Indian Chant, defeating Elite Squadron, Kelly's Landing, Esperamos, Carnacks Choice ).
Five-year-old Indian Chant continued his mastery at Churchill Downs. The former claimer has won or finished second in all five of his Churchill races. He captured the May 31 Aristides Stakes (gr. III) at six furlongs in 1:08.40 after fighting back at the end and winning by a head over Noonmark. The victory was his first in a graded stakes.
ÒItÕs a big win over a good bunch of horses, and weÕre thinking big things for this guy,Ó said trainer Tom Amoss. ÒThatÕs what weÕre going to do. WeÕre going to point toward the bigger things. Obviously heÕs not BreedersÕ Cup nominated, so IÕm not going to step out there, but weÕre going to run in some big races and see where he fits with the group.Ó
Amoss was highly pleased over the geldingÕs fighting finish. ÒIn Indian ChantÕs defense, the fight that he showed at the end of the race is a little newfound,Ó he said. ÒI didnÕt know that he could show that kind of fight at the end, and thatÕs exciting.Ó
Indian Chant prepped for the Aristides with a victory May 11 at Churchill, winning by five lengths over a sloppy track at six furlongs. At last yearÕs spring meeting, he set the six-furlong track record of 1:07.55.
The Aristides, named for the first Kentucky Derby winner, was the first stakes win at the Louisville track for owner Maggi Moss of Iowa. A lawyer by profession, Moss has racked up a number of wins this decade since entering racing in 1998. Last year, her horses won 196 races and earned $4.2. million. This year through June 1, Moss is one of the leaders, with 84 wins and earnings of $1.8 million.
Indian Chant was bred in California by Larry WashingtonÕs Triple Crown Bloodstock. He was foaled and raised at Ernest MoodyÕs Running Luck Ranch near Parlier, Calif., where Indian ChantÕs sire, Suggest, stood at stud. Owned by Washington in partnership, Suggest, by Topsider, died last year.
Triple Crown Bloodstock, in partnership with Good Guy Stables, also is the breeder of multiple stakes winner Hostility.
Indian Chant is the fourth stakes winner this year for Moss. Her others are Classic R. J., Shopton Lane, and Temporary Saint, who won the April 5 Excelsior Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct.
Moss has owned Indian Chant two different times. She first claimed him through trainer Ted H. West from Scott Strader for $25,000 at Del Mar in August 2006. Five races later, she claimed him for $50,000 through West from Dare To Dream Stable at Hollywood Park that November.
Suggest sired two other stakes winners before his death at age 15.ÑD.S.
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