Indian Blessing tops nominees to Ashland Stakes

Lexington, KY (March 3, 2008) – Champion juvenile filly Indian Blessing
is among 120 three-year-old fillies nominated to Keeneland’s $500,000 Ashland Stakes (G1), to be run Saturday, April 5.

Undefeated in five career starts, Indian Blessing has dominated the filly
ranks, earning an Eclipse Award after decisive wins last year in the Frizette Stakes (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1). She narrowly avoided a loss to Golden Doc A in her three-year-old debut, the Santa Ynez Stakes (G2), followed by a win in the Silverbulletday Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds in early February.

Indian Blessing is owned by Patti and Hal Earnhardt III and trained by Bob

Other prominent nominees to the Ashland include Ron McCauley’s
Golden Doc A, winner of the Las Virgenes Stakes (G1); Cloverleaf Farm II Inc.’s Bsharpsonata, winner of the Forward Gal Stakes (G2) and Davona Dale (G2); Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s Passion, winner of the La Habra Stakes (G3); Michael House’s Final Fling, winner of the Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3); R. Keith Kinmon’s Absolutely Cindy, winner of the John Battaglia Memorial; Brereton C. Jones’ Proud Spell, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Fillies and Silverbulletday; and Fox Hill Farms Inc.’s Eight Belles, winner of a division of the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Run at 1 1/16 miles, the Ashland is a leading prep for the Kentucky Oaks
(G1). Since 1936, 30 fillies have used the Ashland as a stepping stone to victory in the Oaks, the last being Summerly in 2005, who finished fourth in the Ashland prior to her Oaks win. Last year, Edward P. Evans’ Christmas Kid won the Ashland by a bob of the head over Starlight Stable and Donald Lucarelli’s Octave.