07/01/2010 12:00AM

Indian Apple Is rallies to upset Sweet Briar Too


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Indian Apple Is, closing strongly on the outside under Chantal Sutherland, ran down the odds-on Tribal Belle to capture Thursday's $113,000 Sweet Briar Too at Woodbine.

Indian Apple Is, a 9-1 chance in the field of six for the Sweet Briar Too, prevailed by three-quarters of a length, with Tribal Belle ending second after looking like a winner in deep stretch.

"She relaxed very nicely, and when I asked her to run I had to work a little bit for it," said Sutherland, who had Indian Apple Is well positioned outside the leaders in the early going before rallying four wide into the stretch.

"Her strides are big; she makes up a lot of ground."

Tribal Belle, last year's champion female sprinter in Canada, did not get off to the best of starts from the No. 1 post and moved off the rail to stalk the pace of Waccamaw.

Turning into the stretch, Waccamaw held a clear lead, but Tribal Belle kept coming to take over, only to succumb to the winner's charge.

Waccamaw held well to finish third, with Pretty Miss Trippi, Carem Crescent, and Rag and Bone completing the order of finish.

Indian Apple Is, a homebred 4-year-old who is trained by Bob Tiller and races for Frank DiGiulio Jr., earned $72,000 to run her career bankroll to $251,556 from a record of 5-4-1 from 11 starts.