Argentine-bred Indy Point, a top horse in his native land as a
three-year-old when he was runner-up to older runners in the prestigious
Carlos Pellegrini Stakes, made his much-anticipated United States debut
at Del Mar Wednesday and it was worth waiting for.
With Hall of Famer Gary Stevens in the saddle, Indy Point rallied
impressively in the stretch to win the featured $95,050 Wickerr Stakes
going away by 1 ¼ lengths, stepping the mile over the infield Jimmy
Durante Turf Course in 1:32.74 with a final furlong in less than 12
seconds. The course record is 1:32.10 set by Obviously last summer.
Indy Point’s reputation preceded him and he was sent to the gate the
2-1 favorite by the crowd of 14.512, returning $6.20, $4.60 and $2.10.
Endorsement outran his 17-1 odds to be runner-up, a length in front of
third-place Tigah. Endorsement paid $13.20 and $9.40, while Tigah
returned $5.80 to show.
Indy Point, a son of Indygo Shiner trained by Richard Mandella, was
scoring his sixth victory in 13 starts, never finishing worse than third
in his career. First money of $56,580 boosted his earnings to $559,061.
The four-year-old, who arrived in Mandella’s barn early this year,
was scheduled to make his U.S. debut in the American Handicap in late
May at Betfair Hollywood Park but had a virus which limited his training
briefly. Indy Point was a three-time Group I winner in Argentina.
Mandella, also a member of the Hall of Fame, and Stevens also teamed
to win the third race with the debuting two-year-old Station House who
returned $9.60 after a strong performance. And, Mandella made it a
training triple in the eighth and final race on the card, sending out
Indycott to win at $7.40.
There were 66 tickets with six winners in the Pick Six and each was
worth $15,677. With a carryover from Sunday of $238,499 and “new” money
of $1,488,621 bet Wednesday, the total Pick Six pool was $1,727,120.