Maiden Winner India Sold for More Than $2 Million

Peachtree Stable's India, who broke her maiden by 12 lengths in her second career start, has been sold to her breeders, Frank and Jane Lyon, owner of Summer Wind Farm near Georgetown, Ky., Peachtree owner John Fort said today.

Fort said the purchase price was $2,050,000,

The daughter of Hennessy, out of the Miswaki mare Misty Hour, was purchased by Fort for $400,000 at last year's Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale. She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

She was named Hennessy Mist at the time Fort bought her and he changed her name to India.

After losing her career debut June 16 at Belmont by a neck after being bumped down the backstretch, India came back July 28 at Saratoga to romp in 1:04.66 for the 5 1/2 furlongs for trainer Todd Pletcher.

"India is the finest thing I have ever owned. I will forever cherish the memories of watching her train all spring, and watching her win by 12 lengths here at Saratoga," Fort said. "There are only a few of these triumphs in life. My wife Elizabeth and I are greatly indebted to India. I wish the Lyons the best of luck. India is in good hands."

India's dam, Misty Hour, won four races including the Glorious Song Stakes. She ran second in the Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) and earned $157,844. She is also the dam of stakes winner Pilfer, by Deputy Minister. Misty Hour has no yearling but this year produced a colt by Vindication in January and is in foal to Forestry.

"We raced her mother and we loved her (India) since she was a foal," said the Lyon's daughter, Karen Bailey, who helps manage Summer Wind. "It looks like she could be a once in a lifetime filly.

"Her mother is very dear to us; she was one of the first racehorses we owed," Bailey continued. "We were so impressed by India's maiden win, and she is such beautiful filly. We lost three top mares last year -- all three grade I producers -- so we've been looking for some to add back to the broodmare band. We're commercial breeders, so this is slight departure from what we do, but we think it will be a wise investment."

Bailey said India would remain with Pletcher. "He has done such an amazing job with her, we would be silly to move her," she said.