In her first attempt at stakes company, Sunset Ridge continued to impress as she pulled away to win the $200,000 Fleet Indian Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths. The 3-year-old Algorithms filly is now a perfect four-for-four in her career.
Although Sunset Ridge broke last in a field of five, she recovered quickly to stalk the pacesetter before taking control with a half-mile left to run in the 1 1/8-mile contest.
“She’s a very nice filly,” said winning trainer Chad Brown. “She’s been a terrific horse for us. Her record speaks for itself. She’s a horse who has never disappointed us. She shows up and breezes well in the morning and shows up and runs well in the afternoon. I was curious to see if she’d handle the two turns. She always trained like would, but you never know until they do it.”
Sunset Ridge was named a TDN Rising Star at the beginning of August, when she won at Saratoga by 16 3/4 lengths. The filly had broken her maiden at first asking in April at Belmont, and she also won an allowance race there in June by 8 ¼ lengths. She races as a homebred for Alpha Delta Stables.
Algorithms, an undefeated graded stakes-winning son of Bernardini, was ranked #1 in his crop by Rate of Return. His 2016 yearlings averaged more than eight times his stud fee, bringing prices up to $220,000, while his 2-year-olds have fetched up to $180,000 at auction. Algorithms stands at Claiborne for a fee of $7,500.