Track record-holder Indian Chant cruised to a five-length victory over Success Success to win the $60,000 six-furlong feature for three-year-olds and up Sunday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Owned by Maggi Moss, Indian Chant set the Churchill Downs six-furlong record of 1:07.55 last July. On Sunday, the five-year-old California-bred son of Suggest negotiated the distance on a “sloppy” track in 1:10.13.
Ridden by Jamie Theriot, Indian Chant took the lead from Going Wild leaving the backstretch and then turned back a bid from Kelly’s Landing at the head of the stretch before drawing off for his eighth victory in 22 career starts.
Trained by Tom Amoss, Indian Chant returned mutuels of $4, $3 and $2.10. Success Success, ridden by Calvin Borel, paid $6.20 and $2.80, while multiple stakes winner Kelly’s Landing finished four lengths further back in third in the field of five and paid $2.40 to show under Julien Leparoux. It was the first start for Kelly’s Landing since a fifth-place finish last fall in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park.
The victory was worth $29,760 and increased Indian Chant’s career earnings to $404,535.