Two-Time Champion Indian Blessing Returns In Desert Stormer

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Posted 06.11.09 at 3:10

Two-time champion Indian Blessing, under John Velazquez, returns after victory in the $250,000 La Brea Stakes (GI) last December at Santa Anita. (Benoit Photo)

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 12, 2009) — Two-time champion Indian Blessing will carry high weight of 124 pounds when she returns to the races in Sunday’s $70,000-added Desert Stormer Handicap at Hollywood Park. Indian Blessing, never worse than second while winning nine of 13 starts, won Eclipse Awards as the nation’s outstanding 2-year-oId filly in 2007 and as female sprinter in 2008. The homebred daughter of Indian Charlie, owned by Patti and Hal Earnhardt and trained by Bob Baffert, finished second in the Dubai Golden Shaheen while making her lone 2009 start on March 28. She will spot seven rivals from five to 11 pounds in the six-furlong Desert Stormer.

Indian Blessing, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2007, won six graded races at three, including the Prioress, Test and La Brea — all Grade I events. She has earned $2,837,200.

Victor Espinoza has the call on Indian Blessing, who will break from the seven-post. The field lines up as follows:

Foxy Danseur, with Tyler Baze up, carries 118 pounds; Ashley’s Kitty, Joel Rosario, 117; Waveline, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Free Flying Soul, Joseph Talamo, 113; She’s Cheeky, Alex Solis, 117; Silver Swallow, Garrett Gomez, 114; Indian Blessing, Espinoza, 124, and Coco Belle, Mike Smith, 119.

The Desert Stormer will run as the fourth race on Sunday’s ten-race program at Hollywood Park. First post time is at 1 p.m.

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