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Dutrow filly placed on stewards list after four races in 12 days

Indian Tale, a 3-year-old filly by Tale of the Cat who ran four times at Saratoga over a 12-day period and most recently was eased while finishing last in an Aug. 18 starter allowance on the turf, has been placed on the stewards list. The Rick Dutrow-trained filly will not be eligible to race in New York until she has a public workout to the satisfaction of the stewards.

Dutrow and owner J.W. Singer LLC claimed Indian Tale for $35,000 on Aug. 7 from Carlos Martin and Flying Zee Stables. She finished second that day, beaten a head, in a 5 1/2-furlong dirt sprint originally scheduled for turf. That was her fourth career start, following a maiden win at Aqueduct last November, an allowance race at Gulfstream Park in April, and a stakes at Belmont Park in June.

Wheeled back four days later going seven furlongs on dirt for her new connections, Indian Tale scored a 3 1/4-length win while carrying a $75,000 claiming tag Aug. 11. She earned $33,000 that day and paid $7.20 as the second betting choice in a four-horse field.

Indian Tale was again entered on just three days' rest, this time finishing second, beaten a half-length, in an Aug. 15 allowance race originally scheduled on turf but run at seven furlongs on the main track. That finished earned her connections $12,720, which combined with the $33,000 she previously won more than paid for the claim price.

The fourth time wasn't the charm for Indian Tale, who ran again three days later, on Aug. 18. In this one-mile turf race, Indian Tale encountered trouble right after the start, trailed throughout and was eased. According to Equibase footnotes, she walked back to the barn without the assistance of a horse ambulance.

Dr. Ted Hill, The Jockey Club steward for New York racing, said house rules were imposed to place Indian Tale on the stewards list. “It was the fourth race in 11 days that concerned us,” he told the Paulick Report. “There is no rule in New York that specifically applies, but we felt it was a veterinary issue and the right thing to do.”

Indian Tale had been entered in Sunday's Grade 2 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid Stakes on turf as a “main-track-only” runner, but Hill said she would not have been able to run had the race been taken off the turf because of her placement on the stewards list.

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