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Indyanne - euthanized; godspeed to her

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  • Indyanne - euthanized; godspeed to her

    Worth looking up on Calracing.com for the replay is the effort today by High Resolve with up at Bay Meadows. See race 1 For 2-yo's albeit a 3 horse field. Not just because of the blowout performance but due to the always sharp as a tack announcer Michael Wrona's comments.

    (This was High Resolve's 2nd start, first was 9-14-07 and he won by at least 8+ lengths)

    ...Baze should've brought a magazine to read as he has nothing else to do ..he could've won by 25 lengths ..

    As an aside - and speaking of Bay Meadows - I was looking forward to seeing Indyanne in the JV Fillies on Breeders' Cup day but she was sidelined until Spring 2008 with an ankle chip. So no BC for this Greg Gilchrist trainee.
    Last edited by Glimmerglass; Jan. 13, 2009, 07:27 PM.
  • Original Poster

    Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
    As an aside - and speaking of Bay Meadows - I was looking forward to seeing Indyanne in the JV Fillies on Breeders' Cup day but she was sidelined until Spring 2008 with an ankle chip. So no BC for this Greg Gilchrist trainee.
    She's (almost) back!

    All eyes on Indyanne in season debut

    Indyanne, who could be the most exciting horse in Northern California, returns to the races Friday in a 5 1/2-furlong $50,000 optional claimer.

    The 3-year-old filly, who has won her two career starts by a combined 16 lengths, had minor ankle surgery last year after winning the Bay Meadows Debutante on Sept.o8.

    Trainer Greg Gilchrist originally penciled her in for a similar race on June 22, the last day of the meeting. Friday's race was originally in the condition book for last Sunday, but did not fill. It finally filled for Friday when the distance was shortened from six furlongs.

    Friday's race will be Indyanne's first against older rivals.

    Gilchrist purchased Indyanne for $375,000 for David and Jill Heerensperger last February.
    Hold on to your hats when this bullet leaves the chamber. Imagine that a 3-yr old filly taking on older rivals in her 3rd lifetime race. Go Indy go!


    • Original Poster

      Indyanne with Russ Baze aboard looked brilliant in her return.

      This gal will take the big league So. Cal racing by storm this summer!


      • Original Poster

        Indyanne is running tomorrow (Sat July 12) in the Grade 3, $250,000 Azalea for 3-year-old fillies at Calder Racing Course - having been shipped in from California this week. It almost seems like old times with the Lost In the Fog crew, save for Harry and Fog looking down:

        SF Chronicle July 11, 2008 "Going east for big races"

        The track at Calder hasn't been a problem for Indyanne's trainer, Greg Gilchrist, who has won there with Lost in the Fog, Victorina and High Resolve. But Saturday's race will be only the fourth of Indyanne's career, the second this year after she had a small chip removed from an ankle, and her first outside of the Bay Area.

        Indyanne has led every step of her three previous starts, winning by 10, 6 and 7 lengths, but four of her six opponents Saturday also have shown front-running speed. Dancing Allstar, who is based at Hastings Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, has eight wins and two seconds in 10 starts.

        "In this particular race it's almost like a Lost in the Fog situation in that your horse has never been behind anybody," Gilchrist said. "But that hasn't been by design; we weren't sending our horse, we were simply faster than the other horses. Believe me, this filly doesn't have to have the lead to win."

        Indyanne drew the No. 6 post and will be ridden by Russell Baze.

        "The other speed is inside of us," Gilchrist said. "Russell will be able to see what's going on after an eighth of a mile. She went through the shipping with no problem at all, and although I probably would have preferred two starts before this race, she had three workouts and she's fit enough."
        From the NTRA/DRF - "Azalea: Indyanne may get tested"

        A daughter of Indian Charlie, Indyanne has never been headed while winning her three starts by an average margin of nearly eight lengths. She figures to get challenged during the early stages of the Azalea, although trainer Greg Gilchrist doesn't seem overly concerned at the prospect.

        "She's got a good post; there's no speed outside of her, which will help," said Gilchrist. "We've never had to really get after her in any of her races or test her to see how much is there. I imagine she'll get tested Saturday."

        Gilchrist, who trained the sprint champion Lost in the Fog, then paid his filly the highest compliment.

        "Off her first three races she's as good a horse, at this point, as any I've trained," he said. "Not just any filly. Any horse."
        Saturday July 12, 2008 - Race 7
        Estimated Local Post Time: 3:30 PM
        Name: Azalea S. Grade: 3
        Purse: $250,000
        Distance/Restrictions: 6 Furlongs, Dirt, F, 3 Year Olds, STAKES

        Post Horse and Jockey/Trainer Odds*
        1 Grand Obsession (KY )
        Jesus Castanon / Eddie Kenneally 6/1
        2 Orinoquia (KY )
        Eduardo Nunez / Rodolfo Garcia 6/1
        3 Dite Moi (KY )
        Elvis Trujillo / Kirk Ziadie 12/1
        4 Dancing Allstar (BC )
        Mario Gutierrez / Terry Jordan 4/1
        5 Freedom Afleet (FL )
        Ariel Smith / Henry Collazo 20/1
        6 Indyanne (KY )
        Russell Baze / Greg Gilchrist 4/5

        7 Dubai Majesty (FL )
        Manuel Aguilar / Joseph Calascibetta 8/1


        • #5
          Sort of off topic, but Gilcrest related. What are they doing with the Aleo horses? Running them out or selling?


          • #6
            I think Calder is only on HRTV, not TVG. Do u know? I can only record one and plan to set the DVR to TVG all day.
            "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


            • Original Poster

              She's kickingbutt and taking names!

              The race was on HRTV and she looked amazing - living up to full expectations and also Gilchrist's pre-race praise.

              BloodHorse 7-12 "Undefeated Indyanne Romps in Azalea"


              David and Jill Heerensperger’s Indyanne remained undefeated with a dominating 9 1/2-length romp in the $250,000 Azalea Stakes (gr. III) July 12, the first of four graded stakes on ‘Summit of Speed’ day at Calder Race Course.
              A link to the replay is off the link above on BH. It's worth watching it!

              Up next for the California blaze: Saratoga! Grade 1, $250,000 Test Stakes on Aug. 2 which I'll be there


              • #8
                She got a Beyer 108 for her effort. Ran, I think, a full second faster than the boys. Knock out performace. The interview with Gilchrist was touching when asked about Lost In The Fog


                • Original Poster

                  Interestingly Indyanne's 1/2 brother might run today at Saratoga in his first effort. Might because he's an AE with the entries so possibly won't get in ...

                  Aug 4, Saratoga Race 5: Maiden Special Weight for 2-yr olds 1 1/16 miles Turf....

                  Recruit (Stormy Atlantic - Merchant by Silver Ghost), who sold for $190,000 as a yearling, is a half-brother to Grade 3 stakes winner Indyanne.


                  • Original Poster

                    As cited in the Russell Baze to ride in England thread, as a result of his ban from riding for 4-days with a whip use infraction the projected Indyanne ride at Saratoga.

                    He'll be banned from Aug. 25-28, although

                    "I have been told that if I apply to the British Horseracing Board Aug. 11, I may be able to change the dates of my ban which kicks in 11 days from today. I am seeking the advice of my friend and former jockey John Lowe, who is going to help me with what I need to do.


                    • #11
                      Their rules might be a bit different than ours in this case to where a rider can appeal, AND can also ride in stakes in which they have first call. The ban really ought not have an effect on whether or not he can ride the filly in a stake


                      • Original Poster

                        Perhaps one of the more odd coincidences .. my original post in October 17, 2007 highlighted two separate horses - High Resolve and Indyanne - who ran in two very different races in on the same day.

                        Well it looks like this weekend they might just race against each other. Perhaps more importantly they'll run against older males.

                        DRF 11-21-08 "Gilchrist waits on decision for his fillies"

                        Participation by Greg Gilchrist's 3-year-old fillies Indyanne and High Resolve in Saturday's $75,000 Sausalito Stakes will be a "game-time decision," the trainer said.

                        High Resolve and Indyanne drew next to each other in posts 4 and 5 for the six-furlong stakes race against six male rivals.

                        "This is not a practice you want to attempt all the time," Gilchrist said of sending younger fillies into a race against older males.

                        But he thinks they are two special fillies.

                        Indyanne has won 5 of 6 starts, including the Grade 3 Azalea at Calder and Grade 3 TCA at Keeneland, which earned her a berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. She developed a slight fever, however, and had to scratched from the BC Filly and Mare Sprint.

                        High Resolve has won 6 of 8 starts, including four stakes.

                        Neither filly has finished off the board.

                        "They have nice records. How can you do much better?" Gilchrist asked.

                        "But they are still 3-year-old fillies running against older horses."


                        • Original Poster

                          High Resolve scratched but Indyanne is a go up against the older boys! Stay tuned


                          • Original Poster

                            She kept on battling one boy after another as one would fall by the wayside another would take up the challenge against her. The pace was insane but she held on for 2nd which against older males is damn good!


                            • Original Poster

                              SF Chronicle 11-22-08 - ''Siren' wins Sausalito Stakes'

                              But with three other confirmed front-runners in the field even after trainer Greg Gilchrist scratched her stablemate High Resolve, Indyanne would have had to have been Wonder Woman to come out with a victory. She didn't miss by much.

                              Indyanne battled Esperamos, A Cat Named Stripe and Bound to Be MVP down the backstretch of the 6-furlong race as they went the first quarter-mile in 21.37 seconds. She inched away to a 1-length lead on the turn and hit the half-mile marker in 44.23. She remained in front until Siren Lure, who had settled in fifth place early, ran her down inside the sixteenth pole.

                              The scenario was the same as when Siren Lure ascended to the top echelon of American sprinters in 2006 when he won five of six stakes races, including the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park.
                              Indyanne was sold last week:

                              Last week John Sikura, president of Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington, Ky., purchased Indyanne from David and Jill Heerensperger in a private sale.

                              Gilchrist wouldn't reveal the selling price, but it probably was at least $1 million, given her excellent prospects as a broodmare.


                              • Original Poster

                                The news of Indyanne's breakdown in the La Brea Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park Dec 27th really broke my heart

                                Her fractured left foreleg sesamoid means the end of her career but at least some glimmer of hope is her longterm survival:

                                “It looks like she is going to be saved,” said Gilchrist, who trains Indyanne for owner John G. Sikura. “The filly fractured the inside sesamoid in her left front leg. The good part is the outside sesamoid is perfect and she tore very few ligaments. We’ve got her in a cast and she is comfortable.”

                                Indyanne was stabilized with a splint on the track by Santa Anita veterinarian Jill Bailey, D.V.M., and transported to Gilchrist’s barn for further evaluation. She was given a tranquilizer and will undergo surgery in the next three days, Gilchrist said.

                                Indyanne’s racing career is over, but Gilchrist estimated that Indyanne had a 65% chance to go on to a second career as a broodmare. He also expressed his gratitude to Baze for quickly pulling up Indyanne when he knew something went wrong.


                                • Original Poster

                                  Doing the right thing, despite the sorrow. From her most recent owner John G. Sikura:

                                  “We did everything we could,” Sikura said. “It was unfair to continue treatment in a manner that would have been inhumane to this courageous mare.

                                  “Her condition deteriorated to the point that she could not enjoy a pain free life. A lack of blood supply to the area of the injured limb caused a large wound that did not respond to treatment. Dr. (Larry) Bramlage (of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital) could not do surgery to stabilize the joint under these circumstances. We did all we could and feel awful about the result.”
                                  BloodHorse 1-13-09 "Fast Filly Indyanne Euthanized "

                                  A reflection of that amazing power: Calder Race Course July 12, 2008: the Grade 3 Azalea Stakes


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                                    • #19
                                      Godspeed Indyanne.

                                      But huge props to her connections, b/c it sounds like they were sensible about it.
                                      "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                                      • #20
                                        I was hopeful for her and hated to hear this. But yes, it was the right thing to do.
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