Hat Creek Racing's Averly Jane (Midshipman–Sh Sh Shakin', by Richter Scale) powered home a much-the-best winner in Keeneland's Indian Summer S., a 'Win and You're In' race for the GII Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Del Mar Nov. 5. Undefeated in three prior starts for trainer Wesley Ward, including a commanding score in Saratoga's Skidmore S. Aug. 20, she was installed the 4-5 choice while facing the boys and getting blinkers off here. To the front like a shot, she rolled through opening splits of :21.64 and :44.50. Turning on all boosters late, Averly Jane crossed the wire a commanding four-length winner over stablemate Kaufymaker (Jimmy Creed). With the win, Averly Jane set a new stakes record of 1:02.65 for 5 1/2 furlongs.
The Indian Summer marked Averly Jane's third score over colts as she'd also faced and beaten them in both the Skidmore and in Churchill's Apr. 28 Kentucky Juvenile S. The bay filly has faced her own gender just once when debuting with an 8 3/4-length victory Apr. 15 at Keeneland. The Indian Summer was her first start on the lawn.
Trainer Ward also won the Indian Summer in 2019 with another filly in Kimari (Munnings), whose further exploits included victory in Keeneland's GI Madison S. this past April.
Sh Sh Shakin' has also produced 2018 Skidmore winner Chattel, whose injuries sustained when clipping heels and falling in the stretch at Kentucky Downs later that year caused his death. The mare also has a yearling colt by Brody's Cause, who sold for $45,000 to Emerald Farm as a Fasig-Tipton short yearling, and was bred to World of Trouble for next term.
INDIAN SUMMER S. PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT, $200,000, Keeneland, 10-10, 2yo, 5 1/2fT, 1:02.65, gd.
1–AVERLY JANE, 117, f, 2, by Midshipman
1st Dam: Sh Sh Shakin', by Richter Scale
2nd Dam: Capote's Gift, by Capote
3rd Dam: Bubbles Darlene, by Fappiano
($35,000 Ylg '20 FTKOCT). O-Hat Creek Racing; B-University
of Kentucky (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward; J-Tyler Gaffalione.
$120,000. Lifetime Record: 4-4-0-0, $313,140. *1/2 to
Chattel (Giant Oak), SW, $111,540.
2–Kaufymaker, 116, f, 2, Jimmy Creed–Heaven's Touch, by
Montbrook. O/B-Gregory Kaufman (KY); T-Wesley A. Ward.
3–Circle Back Jack, 118, g, 2, Tonalist–Sucat, by Medaglia
d'Oro. O-Susan Evans & Cathy Sweezey; B-Susan Evans &
Mary Catherine Sweezey (KY); T-Sarah Hamilton. $20,000.
Margins: 3, NK, NK. Odds: 0.90, 3.20, 47.50.
Also Ran: Detroit City, Pure Panic, Roman Poet, Big Boss Ben, Bonus Appreciation, Diamond City. Scratched: Sonnyisnotsofunny.
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