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June 30, 2006 · By · Share

Indy Weekend made a successful turf debut winning the "a other than" allowance on June 29th at <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Hollywood Park. Despite the turf being really beaten up late in the meet and Indy Weekend not really moving as well over it as we'd like, Indy Weekend settled in midpack early and remained under a light hold down the backstretch.  Tyler Baze swung him three wide and launched a sustained bid.  Indy Weekend grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch and dug in resolutely despite numerous challenges to maintain his advantage to the wire.  The win was remarkable considering all the variables Indy Weekend was facing.  It was his first try on the turf, first try against winners, and he was stretching back out around two turns.  The effort only reaffirmed the talent that this colt has, especially in listening to Tyler Baze's comments after the race.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Trainer Craig Dollase said, "I don't think we saw the best from this colt, and he still was good enough to win.  He's got the heart of a lion.  When those other horses came after him, he just wouldn't let them go by.  We threw a lot at him in this race, and he handled it like a real pro.  That tells me that if we can keep him sound we might just have a very special colt.  The turf course here was really chewed up.  Tyler said that Indy Weekend was having a hard time with it.  However, the good horses all have one thing.  They hate to lose, and our colt just dug in.  He should be a lot better at Del Mar.  It's a totally different course, and it will be in a lot better shape."

Tyler Baze said, "You have no idea how good this horse might be.  He wasn't handling the course at all.  He was slipping and spinning his wheels.  The course was pretty dug up, and he was having a hard time finding his footing.  For a horse that had never been on the turf before to fight like he did says a lot.  He is all class.  He has the makings of a very nice horse.  I don't think he dislikes the turf really; he just didn't handle this course in the condition it was in.  Del Mar is so different, that I think he could really like it."

Indy Weekend earned $30,600 for his effort bringing his career total up to $72,040.

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