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Champion Indian Blessing Gives Birth to Her First Foal

Posted by Brian Appleton on February 2, 2011

On January 30th two-time champion filly Indian Blessing gave birth to her first foal, a dark bay/brown colt by multiple Grade 1 winner Zensational.

Champion Two Year Old Filly in 2007 after an undefeated season that she capped off with a dominating win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, Indian Blessing became one of the most proficient female sprinters of the decade in 2008. Wins in the Santa Ynez, Silverbulletday, Prioress, Test, Gallant Bloom and La Brea Stakes helped propel her to her second Eclipse Award in 2008 as outstanding Female Sprinter.

2009 was a more turbulent year for the 4-year-old filly. After traveling to Dubai for the Dubai Golden Shaheen, Indian Blessing finished a determined second to a strong cast of international males, proving that she was one of the best sprinters in the world. Returned to the United States for the remainder of her 2009 campaign Indian Blessing turned in the worst performance of her career when finishing 4th in the Desert Stormer Handicap. After battling an illness during the summer, Indian Blessing returned to action with a second place finish behind Music Note in the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes over a muddy track. In what was to be the final start of her storied career, Indian Blessing gave multiple graded stakes winner Sara Louise the race of her life in the Gallant Bloom Stakes, defeating the talented filly in a stretch long head-to-head duel that will go down as one of the greatest renewals of the Gallant Bloom in history.

Indian Blessing retired with an incredible record of 10 wins in 16 races with an amazing 5 second place finishes and only one unplaced effort.

This wasn’t supposed to be a full fledged Indian Blessing biography, but when you love a horse as much as I love Indian Blessing I guess there’s just no helping it. It will be interesting to see what her offspring can do on the track. At the very least they have the potential to be extremely fast!

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5 Responses to “Champion Indian Blessing Gives Birth to Her First Foal”

  1. Dawn said

    I was a huge fan of Indian Blessing too. Thank you for this update, and I look forward to following her broodmare career.

  2. I was a big fan of Indian Blessing myself. They’ve got a Lawn Jockey in her honor with the Earnhardt silks in the paddock at Monmouth Park for her victory in the 2007 BC Juvenile Fillies.

    She was a versatile, well-traveled and fun to follow throughout her career. 😉

    • Hey Norm,

      I wasn’t aware they gave her a Lawn Jockey, that’s great. I was able to see her at Monmouth win the Juvenile Fillies and remember thinking that she looked incredible in the paddock!

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