Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: A Big Year for Indian Charlie? - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Keeneland presents American Graded Stakes Standings: A Big Year for Indian Charlie?

This could be quite a year for the Airdrie Stud stallion Indian Charlie. The 16-year-old son of In Excess out of Soviet Sojourn, by the Sovereign Dancer stallion Leo Castelli, is the sire of Uncle Mo, last year's unbeaten 2-year-old male champion and the No. 1 horse on this year's Paulick Derby Index.

Uncle Mo, owned by Mike Repole, is getting into serious training for trainer Todd Pletcher at the Palm Meadows training center in Palm Beach County, Fla., with an eye on a March 12 return to the races, either in the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs or an overnight stakes that same day at Gulfstream Park. Uncle Mo has not raced since his sensational victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6. He has had three workouts since Jan. 30, each progressively faster, and Pletcher is expected to announce his decision on Uncle Mo's 2011 debut after he work on Feb. 20.

Indian Charlie, who was trained by Bob Baffert, brought a perfect 4-for-4 record into the 1998 Kentucky Derby, following a maiden victory at two, along with two allowance wins and a triumph in the Santa Anita Derby at three. He finished third to Baffert-trained Real Quiet in the Kentucky Derby and never raced again. Uncle Mo will try to do his sire at least one better.

But even without Uncle Mo, Indian Charlie is off to a running start in 2011.

On Saturday, his 3-year-old son, Anthony's Cross, won the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park to become Indian Charlie's second American Graded Stakes winner of the year. Anthony's Cross, bred by George Strawbridge and foaled in Pennsylvania, races for the ADK Stable of Arianne de Kwiatkowski. He was produced from Screening, an unraced daughter of Unbridled whose previous foal, Fugitive Angel, by Alphabet Soup, won the G3 Valley View Stakes.

Last month, Indian Firewater, a 4-year-old by Indian Charlie out of Touched, by Touch Gold, won the first American Graded Stakes of his career when he took the G2 San Fernando Stakes, also at Santa Anita. Indian Firewater, trained by Baffert, was bred in Kentucky by John and Laura Mulholland and races for Karl Watson, Paul Weitman, and Mike Pegram.

The two AGS winners of 2011 already equals Indian Charlie's total output for that category in 2010, and there is a long way to go in the current racing season.  He finished 2010 ranked 18th on's general sire list, with over $6 million in progeny earnings, his second best year behind 2008, when his sons and daughters earned nearly $6.5 million.

Indian Charlie stands the 2011 season for $70,000 live foal.

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