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Indian Blessing targets quick return

4/17/2009

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Two-time champion Indian Blessing, second in the $2 million Golden Shaheen for sprinters in Dubai on March 28, will make a quick turnaround for the $300,000 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 2, trainer Bob Baffert said.

Baffert said Indian Blessing has shown no effects of a trip to the other side of the world or her first start against males. Often, horses that compete in Dubai are given lengthy breaks, returning to racing during the summer.

"She came back like it was nothing," Baffert said. "She looks better than before she left. We've done blood work and it looks good."

On Monday, Indian Blessing worked a half-mile in 47.40 at Santa Anita.

Owned by Hal and Patti Earnhardt, Indian Blessing has won 9 of 13 starts and $2,837,200. The champion 2-year-old filly of 2007 and champion female sprinter of 2008, Indian Blessing has not finished worse than second in her career. She won the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita last December, her most recent start in this country.

Indian Blessing finished second to Big City Man in the Golden Shaheen, a six-furlong race over a straightaway.

Zenyatta works toward return

Zenyatta, the champion older female of 2008, is growing closer to her 2009 debut. She worked six furlongs in 1:10.60 on Saturday at Hollywood Park, the fastest of 20 recorded works at the distance.

Trainer John Shirreffs said Zenyatta is likely to start at Hollywood Park in May, but he has not finalized a race. Zenyatta won the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita in her most recent start last October, extending her unbeaten streak to nine races.