09/09/2007 11:00PM

Indyanne takes romp in stride

EmailSAN MATEO, Calif. - Indyanne could be the best runner who will compete at this Bay Meadows meeting, and she showed it when she won Saturday's Bay Meadows Debutante in very impressive style.

A 2-year-old filly who won her debut on opening day by 10 lengths, Indyanne defeated stablemate This Side Up by six lengths in Satur-day's six-furlong stakes.

She wasn't even breathing deeply when jockey David Lopez brought her back to the winner's circle. She seemed bored by the postrace excitement, as many of the humans in the winner's circle reached out to give her a pat on the neck. She then nonchalantly walked back to her stall.

"We had to get her up to give her her Lasix shot this morning," trainer Greg Gilchrist said. "When you don't expend negative energy, it makes you much tougher that final sixteenth, and she will be tested in that final sixteenth."

If a horse can be an overlay at 1-20, Indyanne was an overlay. She paid the minimum $2.10, $2.10, $2.10.

Bridge-jumpers were out in force, as the race handled $984,399 in straight wagers, including $895,455 to show.

Bettors wagered $45,812 out of $59,497 in the pool on Indyanne to win (77 percent), $23,076 of $29,447 to place (78.3 percent), and $826,566 of $895,455 to show (92.3 percent). Overall, $895,444 was bet on Indyanne, 91 percent of the entire handle.

Asked if he felt pressure aboard such an overwhelming favorite, Lopez said, "Yeah, a little bit, because everybody expects you to win."

Gilchrist has had a wonderful string of successes at sales of late, primarily for owner Harry Aleo with Lost in the Fog, Victorina, Smokey Stover, and Frisco Star.

Indyanne was purchased for $375,000 at this February's Fasig-Tipton Sale at Calder for David and Jill Heerensperger. Sky Mystic, scheduled to make her debut Friday and nominated to Saturday's Bay Meadows Juvenile, was also purchased by the Heerenspergers at the sale, for $400,000.

"The first time I watched her work at Calder, I said she was the best-moving horse I saw," Gilchrist said of Indyanne. "What's great about that is that after another week of works she was still my favorite. It wasn't so much the time, although she was plenty fast, but the way she moved.

"We had spoken of bidding $400,000, and, if you speak of $400,000, you'll probably go $450,000."

Indyanne is by Indian Charlie, who ran third in the Kentucky Derby after winning the Santa Anita Derby and has proven to be a decent sire. Her dam, Merchant, was winless in four starts but produced Panamanian Grade 1 winner Distintoydiferente and Gold Chant, who won twice in nine starts.

"Hopefully, she'll be the one that makes the dam's pedigree," Gilchrist said.

Indyanne ran 0.81 of a second slower than in her winning debut over a track she may not have cared for that much. That she still won with ease is a positive sign, and her time was much faster than any other sprint on the card.

Gilchrist would like her to run again in early October, probably at a mile. With the proliferation of synthetic-surface tracks, he said he won't worry if Indyanne doesn't have a dirt track to run on.

He admits the Breeders' Cup is "in the back of my mind somewhere. We'd have to run a mile somewhere before then. The stars would have to line up right for it to be a possibility. It may be a little far out."

Three head turf mile

Fillies and mares compete at one mile on the turf in a first-level allowance race in Wednesday's Bay Meadows feature.

Heading the field of seven are Mizzy Topper, who has two wins and a third in three starts over the turf course here; graded-stakes-placed High Cholesterol; and Princess Zozo, who will make her first start in more than a year since graduating at the distance over the Del Mar turf course.

Eleven nominated to Juvenile

Eleven 2-year-olds, including Sky Mystic, were nominated to Saturday's $60,000-added Bay Meadows Juvenile at six furlongs.

Among the nominees are undefeated Joe's Cannon, winner of the Idaho Cup Juvenile; Run Brother Ron, winner of the Everett Nevin-Alameda County Futurity; Whatever Whenever, winner of the Cavonnier; and stakes-placed Sierra Sunset and Younique Cat.

In addition to Sky Mystic, who seems more likely to debut in a maiden filly race Friday, Gilchrist nominated Fort Funston, who won his debut by seven lengths.

Holmes, co-host of seminars, dies

Danny Holmes, the popular co-host of Santa Rosa racing seminars for two decades, died Sept. 2. He was 71.

Holmes was instrumental in getting the seminar located outside the racetrack, where it became a popular spot for fair-goers each racing day.

* Jockey Kyle Kaenel was suspended for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for causing interference on the backstretch aboard Alphabet Seeker in the first race on Sept. 3.

* Trainers Helen Shelley (trainer of Tillygule at Ferndale on Aug. 15), Genaro Vallejo (El Corsario Lula at Santa Rosa on July 30), and Keith Bennett (Sutter Butte and Costal Skimming at Santa Rosa on Aug. 2) were fined $400, $750, and $1,000, respectively, for excessive levels of phenylbutazone.