11/19/2010 1:56PM

Indian Apple Is looks to solidify Sovereign credentials in Bessarabian

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Michael Burns
Indian Apple Is, winning the Sweet Briar Too in July, can solidify her credentials as Canada's leading female sprinter by winning Sunday's Bessarabian.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Indian Apple Is will try to nail down the Sovereign Award for this year’s Canadian champion female sprinter at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday in the $150,000 Bessarabian Stakes. The seven-furlong sprint has lured 12 others, including the U.S. shippers Waccamaw, Hooh Why, Ariana D, Sweet Lorena, and Meriwether Jessica.

Indian Apple Is has won 3 of 6 starts and slightly more than $300,000 this year. She captured the seven-furlong Sweet Briar Too Stakes on July 1, and was idle for two months before ending up second in the Grade 3 Seaway Stakes.

Indian Apple Is was off for another two months before her last outing in the Oct. 31 Ontario Fashion Stakes. Waccamaw set a rapid pace in that six-furlong sprint, and Indian Apple Is came charging down the center of the track under Chantal Sutherland to prevail by a half-length.

Trainer Bob Tiller was tickled with the strong showing made by Indian Apple Is in the Fashion.

“It was wonderful,” said Tiller. “We weren’t really expecting to win. Three-quarters is a little short for her. I think 6 1/2 or seven-eighths suits her far better, but we got lucky. She made her run, they quit in front of her, and she got it done.”

Tiller said he feels that Indian Apple Is deserves to be the champion of the division if she secures another victory.

“If she wins this one, I think she’d be the one,” he said.

Waccamaw won an optional claimer here in July, and after finishing third in the Sweet Briar Too, she had a rare subpar performance on a hot day Oct. 9 at Keeneland in the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America. The winner, Dubai Majesty, came back to take the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

Hooh Why was also unplaced in the six-furlong TCA. She won the Seaway on the front end, and could link up with Waccamaw on the lead.

Impossible Time is a contender for the Sovereign Award as champion older female. She is running back just two weeks after finishing a wide-closing second in the 1 1/4-mile Maple Leaf Stakes.

Sugar Again, an up-and-coming 3-year-old, had been sidelined for 13 months when she won a fast allowance Aug. 15, and then doubled up in an optional claimer on the grass. She came from off the pace to notch the six-furlong Ruling Angel Stakes for 3-year-olds Oct. 20.