Indian Way shows the way at Hollwood
Mercedes Stable's Indian Way showed the way today at Hollywood Park in a Maiden Special Weight for fillies and mares 3 years old and upward going 6 1/2 furlongs with jockey Corey Nakatani in the irons. Going off as the 2-1 co-favorite, the Indian Charlie daughter broke well and settled four lengths off the pace setter. She made a move three deep on the turn and gained the lead at the top of the stretch. With her opponents in full drive, she pulled away from the field and opened her lead under a hand ride to win by five lengths in a very speedy time 1:14.2.
"She has a ton of potential," said her trainer Eoin Harty. "She has run two huge races and I don't think we've seen the best of her yet."
The 3-year-old bay was making only her second start after hopping at the break in her debut and losing all chance while still finishing a strong-closing third on April 11th. She came four-wide and made up eight lengths in the stretch, getting beaten just over a length for all of it that day. She came back with some bullet works and was primed for victory today while showing the composure of a mature professional in the paddock and post parade.
Indian Way was bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones & Fred Trainor and was purchased at the Keeneland November Weanling Sale for $280,000. She is out of the Ghazi mare Ghazo.
"She appears to have stakes potential," said Harty.