Third in the Doubledogdare Stakes (gr. III) a year ago, Donald Adam’s homebred Indescribable was much the best in the 2009 running of the $100,000 event (VIDEO), as she pulled away in the stretch to win by 2 1/4 lengths April 17 at Keeneland.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Indescribable stalked the pace set by Awesome Ashley, who recorded opening splits of :24.08 and :47.27. The 5-year-old daughter of Pleasant Tap made her winning four-wide move leaving the far turn and opened up a one-length lead over Serenading at the top of the lane. She gradually edged clear and was never seriously challenged in the final furlong. The chestnut mare covered 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack in 1:42.40 while being sent off as the 8-5 favorite in a field of eight fillies and mares.
Serenading chased gamely in the stretch under Robby Albarado to finish a clear second, 2 1/4 lengths better than Tejida.
“She really won the race leaving the gate," Desormeaux said. "She was really sharp today. It was a powerful effort. I turned for home full of run."
Indescribable entered the Doubledogdare after being idle for five months. Her last race was a victory in the Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Churchill Downs turf Nov. 15. The versatile mare also won the Arlington Matron Handicap (gr. III) on the Polytrack last season. She has produced a 6-1-4 record from 17 lifetime starts for trainer Bill Mott and has earned $394,595.
"This really seems to be her preferred going - on the the Polytrack," Mott said. "She trained well on the dirt in Florida this winter and was coming back like she really meant it."
The winner, who was bred in Kentucky in the name of Adam's Courtlandt Farm, paid $5.40, $3.20, and $2.60. The exacta (8-4) returned $32.60 and the trifecta (8-4-1) was worth $193.40.
Just prior to the Doubledogdare, Stronach Stable’s Ariege made a successful 4-year-old debut for trainer Bobby Frankel, as she went wire-to-wire in an allowance race on the turf (VIDEO). A daughter of Doneraile Court—Kostroma, by Caerleon, Ariege covered the 1 1/16 miles under Julien Leparoux in 1:45.18.
Bred in Kentucky by Calumet Farm, Ariege won both the Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) and Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) in her sophomore campaign. She had not raced since last October.