07/24/2013 8:58PM

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.