02/08/2010 12:00AM

Indian Legend facing winners at Philly


The filly Indian Legend earned very little respect, both when she went through the sales ring in Kentucky as a 2-year-old last year, and in her career debut as a racehorse a month ago.

In February 2009, Indian Legend sold for a mere $15,000 at Fasig-Tipton's winter mixed sale in Kentucky. That was well below the $25,000 fee of her sire, Cherokee Run.

Making her first start on Jan. 8, Indian Legend was sent ignored by bettors, but she outran her 16-1 odds by coming off from the pace to prevail by four lengths.

The 3-year-old Indian Legend, one of just three maiden special weight winners in a field of eight, will try to prove that her first start was no fluke when she tackles winners in Monday's featured ninth race at Philadelphia Park.

The first-level allowance for 3-year-old fillies will be contested at six furlongs.

A daughter of the mare Virginia Bee trained by Cynthia Reese, Indian Legend is a full sister to Cherokee Queen, who won 4 of 16 starts and $173,742, primarily on turf.

Indian Legend's race looks even better when you consider the fifth-place finisher, Rosesandlightning, came back to clear her maiden condition at Laurel Park, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 60.

The main threat to Indian Legend looks like Insurance Money, who adds Lasix after winning back-to-back races in November and December.

Insurance Money indicated she retains her fitness by working a best-of-31 four furlongs in 47.20 seconds on Friday. She is trained by John Servis and owned by Dixiana Stables, a combination that has a $3.21 return on investment the past two seasons, according to DRF's Formulator.

The best last-race Beyer Figure, a 68, belongs to Seaside Fortune. She improved dramatically in her first start off the claim for trainer Eberd Estrada, outrunning nine $40,000 maiden claiming rivals by 11 lengths on Jan. 5.

Pretty at Dawn and Jonathan's Girl also come off daylight victories over maiden claiming competition. Jonathan's Girl defeated Pretty at Dawn by more than five lengths when they met two months ago.