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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (4/22/06)

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Plenty of Wind in This Indian's Sails

Forwardly placed throughout, Paul Saylor’s Fleet Indian took full command at the top of the stretch before drawing away to a dominating 12 ˝ length victory over Silver Highlight in Saturday’s 30th running of the Grade III Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course.

The 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie was ridden to victory by jockey Jose Santos. Her final time of 149.37 for the nine furlong distance was a three full seconds faster than Three Hour Nap’s winning time in the National Jockey Club Handicap. It was the second consecutive Sixty Sails score for trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the race last year with Iso Piu Bella.

As the 3-5 favorite, Fleet Indian returned $3.40, $2.40 and $2.20. Silver Highlight paid $5.40 and $3.80, and Platinum Ballet returned $2.60 to show.

“This filly is getting better and better,” said winning rider Santos. “There is no strategy with this kind of horse. You just have to make sure you don’t fall off. This filly was well clear of the rest and doing it in an easy way.”

Current owner Paul Saylor purchased Fleet Indian as a broodmare prospect at the Keeneland January sale, but the way she’s running right now, it doesn't appear that she’ll be headed to the shed anytime soon.

"She had won her last two races before that (the purchase) and she’s a New York-bred, so Todd (Pletcher) and I had talked about program of running her in New York stakes and eventually breeding her to a stallion I own an interest in,” said Saylor, who also owns a third of the Eclipse Award winning mare Ashado (now retired) and campaigns current Triple Crown contender Keyed Entry within his Starlight Stables partnership. “But, she showed in the two races that I‘ve had her that she’s better than I thought she was. Good horses, good trainers, and good riders make owners look smart.”

More quotes from the Sixty Sails Handicap

Cliff Berry, rider, third-place finisher, Platinum Ballet, “Everything went great. I liked where I was at turning for home but they just took off again. That winner looked like a colt. I rode a good mare and one of these days she’s going to win one of these races but it just wasn’t her day.

Larry Melancon, rider, second-place finisher Silver Highlight, “She was just second best today. I had no excuse. The pace was slow and she was laying up there but the winner was just much the best. She’s a nice filly and this was only her second race on the dirt. She’s only going to get better.

Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs February 24 through May 4 with live racing five days per week: Friday through Tuesday. Post time is 1:10 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday and 3 p.m. on Friday. Hawthorne is dark Wednesdays and Thursdays and Easter Sunday April 16, but full card simulcasting from racetracks across the country is offered every day.

Hawthorne’s summer 2006 Standardbred meet runs May 6 through June 17 with live racing six days per week: Tuesday through Sunday. Post time is 7:20 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Opening day, Saturday, May 6, post time will be at 6:30 p.m.

Hawthorne’s fall 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs September 15 through December 31 with live racing five days per week: Wednesday through Sunday. Post time is 1:10 p.m.

For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com.

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