07/27/2008 11:00PM

Indyanne targets Victory Ride


Trainer Greg Gilchrist has a plan for the undefeated 3-year-old filly Indyanne, who won the Grade 3 Azalea at Calder on July 12 and worked an easy 48.20-second half-mile Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

He wants to run her Aug. 23 in the Grade 3, $100,000 Victory Ride, a six-furlong race at Saratoga.

Gilchrist was considering running her in the Grade 1 Test there Saturday, but, he said, "That would have been pretty tough to run back in three weeks after running in the heat in Florida and coming back to California."

Gilchrist also could bring Wild Promises to Saratoga for the Grade 2 Ballston Spa at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares on the turf. That race will be run two days before the Victory Ride. On Saturday, Wild Promises won her third straight stakes in the $52,950 Luther Burbank, a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares on the turf at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa, Calif. Wild Promises has never finished off the board in 14 starts, including 8 wins.

Bumps may have cost Vaderator a win

Trainer Dean Pederson found the perfect spot for Vaderator on the fair circuit, running him in an 870-yard mixed-breed stakes against Quarter Horses. But he didn't plan on what happened Sunday at Santa Rosa, when Vaderator ran second to Slow Modus at 1-10.

"If you look at the head-on, he broke so sharply, it was like the ground gave way underneath him and he stumbled," Pederson said. "Then Whosonfourth came out and bumped him, and Deal Em Hi came in on him and really got him.

"I don't think anyone will say he wasn't the best horse. The only thing that could beat him did beat him."

Vaderator was a game second and was flying late. He seemingly came back none the worse for the incident, except for a nick on the outside of one of his legs.

Vaderator won the Jack Robinson at Pleasanton in his previous start. The race is named after the jockey who was killed while trying to push another rider back onto his mount to keep him from falling at the start of a race at the Solano County Fair.

"That was the race I really wanted to win for personal reasons," Pederson said. "I was 11 and at the track the day he was killed. I was supposed to go home with him that day."

Pederson is thankful that owner John Harris has allowed him the option of running Vaderator in shorter races. Possible next starts include a six-furlong Cal-bred sprint at the California State Fair, but that's also a likely target for the very fast Tribesman.

"He's run against the toughest sprinters in Northern California the past two years," Pederson said of Vaderator. "He may be a bit below them, but you don't want to just give him away in a claimer. These short races have been perfect, and it's not like he's really missed any spots against Thoroughbreds."

Baze heads to Europe for competition

Russell Baze and agent Ray Harris are packing for a trip to Europe on Tuesday.

First stop is England, where Baze will be competing in an international jockey competition named the Shergar Cup. There he will be riding on the same rest-of-the-world team as Jorge Ricardo, the Brazilian rider who is the only jockey besides Baze to have more than 10,000 wins.

After the jockey competition, Baze and Harris will turn tourist and head to Paris. They return home Aug. 13.