Pletcher Thinks Alabama for Indian Vale

Trainer Todd Pletcher already had a potential starter for the Aug. 20 Alabama (gr. I) in Spun Sugar, winner of the Black Eyed Susan (gr. II), but the leading Saratoga trainer believes you can never have too many top fillies and is considering sending Indian Vale to challenge her stablemate.

Indian Vale won a nine-furlong entry-level allowance by 13 lengths Monday.

Indian Vale, a daughter of A.P. Indy out of the 1999 Test (gr. I) winner Marley Vale, is undefeated in a pair of starts.

Prior to her big win Monday, she had won a sprint race at Monmouth Park.

"With her pedigree, she's a filly we've always been pretty high on," said Pletcher, who leads all trainers at Saratoga with 11 wins. "It surprised me that she was able to win going six furlongs at Monmouth because I didn't think she was a sprinter. Clearly, she has found her niche; I think the other day going a 1 1/8 miles is what she wants to do.

"We will probably nominate her to the Alabama but she's also a Canadian-bred and there's a stake up there at the end of the month."

Indian Vale is eligible for Woodbine's Eternal Search Aug. 31st.