10/04/2008 11:00PM

Square Eddie scores in U.S. debut


LEXINGTON, Ky. - The calculated plan that Paul Reddam engineered this week paid immediate dividends Saturday when his new purchase, Square Eddie, ran off and hid from 10 other 2-year-olds in the $500,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland, stamping himself as a major contender for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Square Eddie, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, cruised to a 4 3/4-length triumph in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity, which carries a Win and You're In berth for the BC Juvenile. The winner returned $20.20.

"Paul called me this week and asked me all sorts of questions about him buying this colt," said Doug O'Neill, who will become the trainer of record after Square Eddie won the Breeders' Futurity in the name of English trainer John Best. "Do you want to fly to Keeneland with me, do you want to train him afterward, and I'm like, 'Yes, yes, yes, yes.' "

Although the 93rd running of the Breeders' Futurity was supposed to be highly competitive - the favorite, Advice, was nearly 4-1 - it was no contest after Square Eddie, who stalked the early pace, sped away leaving the quarter pole. Terrain was up for second, 3 1/4 lengths before Pioneerof the Nile, who got third despite a tough trip.

Square Eddie, who raced on Lasix for the first time, had won one of his four previous starts in England for Best. The colt is by Smart Strike, the Lane's End stallion who is the sire of 2007 champions Curlin and English Channel.

"Obviously the colt has the pedigree to go on and be any kind," said O'Neill.

Square Eddie finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.04 over Polytrack.

Reddam has enjoyed considerable success in recent years in all racing categories, including 2-year-olds. He won the Breeders' Futurity two years ago with Great Hunter and the BC Juvenile four years ago with Wilko.

TCA: Indyanne hangs tough

Indyanne, with Robby Albarado aboard, held off a sustained bid from defending champion Wild Gams to post a hard-fought head victory in the Grade 3, $300,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, a Win and You're In race for the BC Filly and Mare Sprint.

Indyanne emerged with the lead down the backstretch, drew clear, then was all-out in getting her fifth victory from six career starts.

"It makes it easy when you ride great fillies like her," said Albarado, who one race earlier won the Grade 1 Shadwell Mile aboard Thorn Song.

Indyanne, a 3-year-old Indian Charlie filly owned by David and Jill Heerensperger, is trained by Greg Gilchrist of Lost in the Fog fame. She returned $5.40 as the favorite after finishing six furlongs in 1:08.50.

Sugar Swirl finished four lengths behind Wild Gams in third, with Indian Delight fourth. Dhanyata and Golden Doc A were early scratches, leaving a field of eight.

Phoenix: Sing Baby Sing steps up

Sing Baby Sing, dismissed at 26-1, ran down favored Talent Search in the final furlong in winning his synthetic debut in the 156th running of the Grade 3, $242,000 Phoenix Stakes.

With Justin Shepherd riding for the Texas-based connections of owner Tom Durant and trainer Jack Bruner, Sing Baby Sing ($55.20) finished six furlongs in 1:08.48. A 5-year-old horse by Unbridled's Song, Sing Baby Sing was coming off four straight runner-up finishes in lesser stakes, most recently the Premier Handicap at Zia Park in New Mexico.

"The main concern was whether he'd like this track or not, and he seemed to love it today," said Shepherd, a Midwest-based rider who rode earlier in his career in Kentucky and notched the only other graded-stakes win of his career at Keeneland in the 2004 Raven Run aboard Josh's Madelyn.

Talent Search, the 17-10 choice when making his first start in more than 10 months, contested all the pace under Bejarano before settling for second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner and a neck before Carnacks Choice in a field of 10 older horses.

Woodford: Chamberlain Bridge wires

Another longshot with Texas connections, Chamberlain Bridge ($39.40), led all the way in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes, turning back favored Smart Enough to capture the 5 1/2-furlong turf race by 1 1/2 lengths.

Jamie Theriot, who less than 24 hours beforehand escaped injury when he was thrown in the same incident in which John Velazquez suffered a severe concussion, was aboard Chamberlain Bridge for owner Carl Moore Management LLC and trainer Bret Calhoun.

"My horse is a very quick horse, and I let him run his race," said Theriot.

Chamberlain Bridge could go on to the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, although Calhoun already has a leading contender for that race in Mr. Nightlinger.

Smart Enough, unraced for nearly six months, held second by a neck over late-running Fort Prado, the 2007 Woodford winner. Trainer John R.S. Fisher called Smart Enough "a definite maybe" for the BC Turf Sprint.