07/25/2013 4:09PM

Del Mar: Indy Point looks headed to Arlington Million

Benoit & Assoicates
Indy Point earned a 101 Beyer Speed Figure for this victory in the Wickerr on Wednesday.

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DEL MAR, Calif. – Indy Point, the Argentine star who won his U.S. debut in Wednesday’s $95,050 Wickerr Stakes on turf at Del Mar, may be headed to the Arlington Million at Arlington Park on Aug. 17.

Trainer Richard Mandella said Thursday that he is strongly considering the Arlington Million over 1 1/4 miles on turf for Indy Point’s American graded stakes debut. Another option would be the $1 million Pacific Classic over 1 1/4 miles on the Polytrack synthetic surface at Del Mar on Aug. 25.

“More than likely, it will be the Arlington Million,” Mandella said.

Indy Point has never run on Polytrack, and his lack of experience on the surface could be the deciding point, Mandella said.

“We haven’t worked him hard on it yet,” he said. “We gave him an easy work on it.”

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In the Wickerr, Indy Point ($6.20) closed from fourth in a field of eight to win the one-mile race by 1 1/4 lengths over 17-1 Endorsement. Indy Point, who was sent off favored, was ridden by Gary Stevens and timed in a quick 1:32.74. Indy Point earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 101.

Stevens had Indy Point in third on the turn and took the lead in the final furlong.

“He’s a little quirky,” Stevens said in the winner’s circle. “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 breeder Felipe Lovisi, Indy Point is a 4-year-old colt by the A.P. Indy stallion Indygo Shiner. He 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.

Indy Point was a three-time Group 1 winner in Argentina, including the 2012 Argentine Derby.

Corporate Jungle under observation

Corporate Jungle, a two-time stakes winner in Florida and New Jersey, was pulled up in the Wickerr with a sesamoid injury. Thursday, trainer Tom Proctor said Corporate Jungle’s condition was being closely monitored and that surgery may not be necessary.

“It might be that we don’t have to operate,” Proctor said. “We’ll know more in a day or two and see what support he has.”

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Corporate Jungle was as close as third in the Wickerr before being pulled up by jockey Rafael Bejarano on the final turn.

A 5-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway owned by Gary and Mary West, Corporate Jungle has won 4 of 13 starts and $293,667. He won the Grade 3 Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park and the Elkwood Stakes at Monmouth Park in 2012.

Mandella colt impresses in debut

Mandella had three wins at Del Mar on Wednesday, including a maiden race for 2-year-olds with the promising first-time starter Station House.

A colt by Rock Hard Ten, Station House ($9.60) led throughout a one-mile grass race under Stevens, winning by 1 1/2 lengths over 7-5 favorite Taelyns Prince. The win will lead to a start in the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Turf over a mile on Sept. 4, closing day of the meeting.

“He’d been training very smartly,” Mandella said. “He’s a little bit of an aggressive colt.”