Subtle Indian improved his career record to a perfect three for three with a front running victory in Saturday’s six-furlong Gazebo Stakes.
Sent off as the heavy 7-5 favorite after the scratches of Cinco Charlie and American Sailor, the winner paid $4.80, $2.80 and $2.40.
Subtle Indian, breaking from the rail, was the quickest away from the gate and proceeded to lead his competition through early fractions of :22.16 and :45.46. Chris Landeros gave the colt a breather around the turn, and when the rider called on him in the stretch, the winner dug in gamely to hold off Bayerd by a half-length in a final time of 1:11.51 over a track rated good. Hebbronville made a mild rally to finish third, followed by A M Milky Way and Bourbon Cowboy. Cinco Charlie and American Sailor were scratched.
“He broke sharp and was very alert early on,” said Landeros. “He was going along nicely on the backside and I was able to give him a breather around the turn. He handled everything so well. He kicked on and gave me his all down the lane. I was proud of him for getting over this track. He’s worked over it a few times and they were mediocre, so I was really proud of his effort today.”
“It feels good, for sure,” trainer Robertino Diodoro said after winning his first Oaklawn stake in his first meet in Hot Springs. “He ran big today. I thought he dug in. I still don't think he really cared for the race track today. But, like Chris said, he dug in late when it counted.”
Diodoro said Subtle Indian, an Indian Charlie gelding owned and bred by Mercedes Stables in Kentucky, will be pointed for the Bachelor Stakes on April 10 where he will look to build on his $112,500 in career earnings.
Edited Oaklawn Park release with additional content by Dick Downey