11/28/2005 12:00AM

Aqueduct: Fleet Indian now a stakes winner


Fleet Indian earned her first stakes victory by putting away a pace challenge from The Lamp Is Lit, then drawing clear to a five-length win over Star Celebrity in the $80,400 Montauk Handicap for New York-breds at Aqueduct.

Under John Velazquez, Fleet Indian dueled inside of The Lamp Is Lit through six furlongs in 1:15.68 before drawing away from that rival in upper stretch. A 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie, Fleet Indian covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:53.87 and returned $3.70 as the favorite.

"It would have been a big disappointment if she got beat today," said trainer Jimmy Toner. "She was supposed to win this race. We are very happy to get black type with her. She has had major excuses in the races that she got beat. I'm glad that everything worked out."

Fleet Indian's future is not clear. According to Toner, she is cataloged for Keeneland's January horses of all ages sale. Toner, who is shipping his stable to Florida this week, said he is sending Fleet Indian to Philadelphia Park-based trainer Clifford Sise on Wednesday in case owner Stan Fulton decides to scratch her from the sale.