07/24/2013 7:58PM

Del Mar: Indy Point impressive taking Wickerr in U.S. debut

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Gary Stevens guides Indy Point to a 1 1/4-length win in the Wickerr Stakes on Wednesday.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Indy Point, a three-time Group 1 stakes winner in Argentina in 2012, won his U.S. debut in Wednesday’s $95,050 Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar in a performance that suggests a major stakes is in his short-term future in California.

Trainer Richard Mandella said one race that could be considered for Indy Point is the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic here on Aug. 25, though he stopped well short of making a commitment for that race.

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In the Wickerr, Indy Point ($6.20) closed from fourth in a field of eight to win the one-mile turf race by 1 1/4 lengths over 17-1 Endorsement. Indy Point, who was sent off favored, was ridden by Gary Stevens.
Tigah, an 11-1 outsider, finished third, followed by Chips All In, Wilkinson, Hudson Landing and My Best Brother. Corporate Jungle, the winner of stakes at Monmouth Park and Gulfstream Park last year, was pulled up in early stretch. Corporate Jungle was vanned off and taken to trainer Tom Proctor’s barn for X-rays.

Stevens had Indy Point in fourth for the first half-mile, chasing Endorsement, who set a quick pace of 22.91 and 46.14 seconds. Indy Point was third on the turn and took the lead in the final furlong. Indy Point was timed in 1:32.74.

“He’s a little quirky,” Stevens said. “He runs with his head sideways. Thank goodness for Youtube. This morning, I watched his races from Argentina.

“I think I figured him out a little bit and he figured me out a bit. One thing is for sure – he can run a little bit.”

Owned by Gus-May-Fer, Indy Point is a 4-year-old colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Indygo Shiner. Indy Point has won 6 of 13 starts and $558,961. The Wickerr Stakes was his first start since a second in the Group 1 Carlos Pellegrini Stakes over about 1 1/2 miles on turf in Argentina last December.

In 2012, Indy Point’s major stakes wins included the Group 1 Argentine Derby.

gonzalo ruiz lopez More than 1 year ago
Indy Point always demonstrated to be one of the best of his generation in Argentina. He lost the Argentine Triple Crown due to a jockeys bad choice. He runs equally well on turf and dirt. I think he sould not have a problem with polytrack either. The best running distance for him is probably a mile and a quarter in my opinion. The guys from Gus-May-Fer (breeders & owners) chose Mandella for his knowledge of Argentinian thoroughbreds. It was either him or McAnally. Lookout for these two Argentinian horses when they make their debuts: Winning Prize (a top miler on turf, with some health issues) and Di Giorgio (a pretty good stayer fron Indy Points same generation)
John More than 1 year ago
Very impressive ! If you watch the gallop out, when he slowed and the others galloped up to him, he dug in an went again, not only a fast horse, but a smart one also, this is a good one !
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Wins in a common gallop.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Mandella with another good South American... Colt won in a common gallop. Trainers all across the country are digging thru condition books.
Walter More than 1 year ago
I hope Mandella puts him in the PAC Classic, sounds like Jeronimo might go in that race too. It will be nice to see a full field in G1 in CA. I look forward to it
Jordan More than 1 year ago
The Pacific Classic typically has the largest field of the major Cali stakes for older horses. This even though it is run on Polytrack, and Del Mar's Poly is definitely a bit tricky. It gets turf horses to take a shot, and usually the dirt/Cushion Track horses will go ahead and give it a go. And because the Del Mar poly plays somewhat like turf, it typically doesn't produce dominating winners, and since the meet is so short, it's difficult for a horse to build up a reume that reflects its dominance over the surface. Thus, since moving to synth, the Pacific Classic most often doesn't feature on overwhelming favorite like we saw in the last 2 Hollywood Gold Cups(and 3 of last 4) and this year's Santa Anita Handicap. Finally, the $1 million dollar purse doesn't hurt. The Pacific Classic is the richest race run for thoroughbreds in California. That purse, double that of the Hollywood Gold Cup, makes it easier for horsemen to throw the dice.
Ann Ferland More than 1 year ago
Indy Point is equally adept at turf (GP Jockey Club at 10f, second leg of the Triple Crown) and the 'areia' (sand, GP Nacional at 12f, the Argentine Derby). Should adapt to Poly okay.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Visually impressive! Won it easier than looked.
B More than 1 year ago
I agree.