08/14/2005 11:00PM

Speedy filly sells for $2M


Owner John Fort has sold his promising juvenile filly India to her breeders, Frank and Jane Lyon, of Summer Wind Farm, for $2.05 million. The deal was finalized Monday, Fort said.

India, whom Fort purchased for $400,000 at last summer's Fasig-Tipton sale in Saratoga, will remain in the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher.

India, a daughter of Hennessy, was beaten a neck in her debut on June 16 at Belmont Park. In her second start, she ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.66, winning by 12 lengths and earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 95 on July 28. India is being pointed to the Grade 2 Spinaway on Aug. 26.

Karen Bailey, the broodmare manager for Summer Wind Farm and the Lyons's daughter, said Summer Wind purchased India because the farm lost three of its Grade 1-producing mares last year. Summer Wind Farm also raced India's mother, Misty Hour, who won 4 of 9 starts, including a minor stakes.

"This is a departure from our typical business plan," Bailey said. "It's hard to go buy a top broodmare at the sales. We loved her from the time she was a baby, and it was hard to ignore that impressive maiden win. If we were going to make a move, now was the time to do it."