SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Alpha Delta Stables’ homebred Sunset Ridge overcame a poor start to remain unbeaten after winning Friday’s $200,000 Fleet Indian Stakes for 3-year-old New York-bred fillies.
Stumbling when the gates opened and getting away last in the field of five, Sunset Ridge quickly recovered under jockey Jose Ortiz and settled into second while Somekindasexy set early splits of :24.19 and :48.22 before relinquishing the lead.
Sunset Ridge and Bonita Bianca quickly distanced themselves from the rest of the pack as they entered the far turn. Put down for the stretch drive, the Chad Brown trainee kicked clear with ease, drawing off to win the 1 1/8-mile main track event in 1:51.28.
Bonita Bianca took second, 6 1/4 lengths behind the winner, with the rest of the field strung out farther back. The Chad Summers-trained Somekindasexy held on for third, 15 1/2 lengths behind Bonita Bianca, with Danielle’s Pride and Five Each Way completing the order of finish.
Now four-for-four lifetime, the $120,000 winner’s share doubled Sunset Ridge’s career earnings to $242,400. The Fleet Indian was the first stakes victory for the Algorithms daughter.
Sunset Ridge returned $2.10 to win and $2.10 to place, while Bonita Bianca brought back $2.50 to place. There was no show betting.