09/30/2008 11:00PM

Indyanne faces must-win situation


After winning the Yellow Ribbon, Wait a While is 3 for 3 at Santa Anita.P

If she wins at six furlongs Saturday at Keeneland, California-based speedster Indyanne might set the pace Oct. 24 in the seven-furlong Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

But trainer Greg Gilchrist cautioned Indyanne must run well in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes before he commits to the Breeders' Cup.

"If she doesn't win, she'd have to have a pretty big excuse," Gilchrist said.

Indyanne had an excuse when she lost for the first time Aug. 23 at Saratoga. Favored at 2-5 in the Grade 3 Victory Ride, she lunged, steadied and was away last, rushed to the front, battled to deep stretch, and tired to second.

"I think we ran the best horse, and should have won," Gilchrist said.

The gate mishap was unexpected from a filly whose four previous starts produced blowout wins by an average of eight lengths, including a 108 Beyer Speed Figure on July 12 at Calder.

Gilchrist realizes he would face a formidable rival in the Breeders' Cup.

"The filly of Bob's is probably a standout," he said, referring to the Bob Baffert-trained Indian Blessing.

Indian Blessing is scheduled for her first Pro-Ride workout this weekend at Santa Anita, Baffert said.

* Dearest Trickski, the top filly sprinter this summer in California, worked six furlongs Wednesday at Hollywood Park in 1:15. Three-time Grade 1 winner Intangaroo worked five furlongs at Hollywood in 1:00.40.

* Ventura, a Grade 1 turf winner and runner-up vs. males Sept. 7 in the Woodbine Mile, is likely to return to synthetic for the Filly and Mare Sprint, according to trainer Bobby Frankel. "Seven-eighths might be perfect for her," Frankel said.

Ventura already won a seven-furlong race on synthetic - the Grade 2 Madison on April 9 at Keeneland.

* Despite a dull third in the Pine Tree Lane Stakes last Sunday, Magnificience remains likely for the Filly and Mare Sprint.

"She appears not to like this track," trainer Bruce Headley said, hoping she benefits from more distance. Magnificience spun her wheels going 6 1/2 furlongs Sunday in her first start on Pro-Ride.

* Tiz Elemental, runner-up in the Pine Tree Lane, also will move on to the Filly and Mare Sprint, trainer Carla Gaines confirmed.

* Mistical Plan, winner of the Win and You're In Grade 1 Princess Rooney on July 12 at Calder, is out of the Breeder's Cup with a splint injury. Trainer Doug O'Neill said she would resume training in a few weeks.