The excitement is building.

Indian Blessing had her final timed work for next Saturday’s Gallant Bloom Handicap ($150,000 added), a Breeder’s Cup 2009 Challenge race for fillies and mares 3-years old and up, at Belmont Park.

The 4-year-old two-time Eclipse award-winning mare Indian Blessing covered 5 furlongs Sunday morning in 1:00.46, third fastest of 26 moves at the distance.

“Last week was her big work, but she went beautifully this morning,” said Tonja Terranova, New York assistant to Hall of Fame race horse trainer Bob Baffert. “She’s been training great and doing amazing.”

Indian Blessing last ran second in the Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 29, her second start following a long layoff after finishing second against males in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen at Nad Al Sheba in the UAE.

Next Saturday, Indian Blessing will likely face a Gallant Bloom Handicap field of 5 other fillies and mares.

We’ll keep you posted on the results.

Thanks to the New York Racing Authority, for this information about Indian Blessing.

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