Gainesway Stable’s homebred Indigo Gin fought back and won Saturday’s Hatoof Stakes at Arlington International Racecourse, which had four stakes races in the Ride To Million Day card. The $75,000 stakes race went to post with a field of seven 3 year-old fillies who were sent 1 1/16th miles over the firm turf course.
Trainer Eoin Harty acquired the services of Flavien Prat—in town from California to ride several stakes horses—for Indigo Gin with regular rider Sophie Doyle at Indiana Grand. Indigo Gin broke mid pack and sat behind pace setting Ambassador Luna who went a first quarter in 24.20. Down the backstretch, Indigo Gin took over the lead and opened up a length margin through a half mile in 48.14 seconds. Turning for home, Flavien Prat began asking. After being passed by Winning Envelope, Indigo Gin fought back impressively and came away with a half-length score.
The 3-year-old fillies went the distance in 1:41.71 seconds.
“She’s such a game filly,” said trainer Eoin Harty. “At the sixteenth pole I though we were going to be third, but she fought back and that’s who she is. She’s a unique filly, she never forgets her target and always runs with a ton of heart.”
This was the first stakes win for Indigo Gin who has now won three of her five career starts, and her first victory going longer than one mile,
“I’m not sure where we’re going to go next, but I do know the longer the better for this filly,” said Hardy.
Indigo Gin is a 3-year-old filly out of Lemon Drop Kid, and is now two for two at Arlington.
Rounding out the top three were #6 Princesa Carolina who paid $4.60 to place and $2.60 to show. Third was #1 Winning Envelope who paid $3.00 to show