Indian Charlie

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Indian Charlie
SireIn Excess
GrandsireSiberian Express
DamSoviet Sojourn
DamsireLeo Castelli
CountryUnited States
BreederHal J. Earnhardt
OwnerHal Earnhardt and John Gaines Racing
TrainerBob Baffert
Record5: 4–0–1
Major wins
Santa Anita Derby (1998)

Indian Charlie (March 27, 1995 – 2011) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 1998 Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby, equaling the stakes record time,[2] before finishing third in the Kentucky Derby in his final start. He is best known as an important sire of Champions, and his son Uncle Mo was the leading freshman sire of 2015.

Racing career[edit]

Indian Charlie won his first four races, including a 4+12 length victory over Real Quiet in the Santa Anita Derby, equaling the stakes record of 1:47 flat.[3] He started at odds of 5/2 for the Kentucky Derby, in which he finished third to Real Quiet. He was rested after the Derby and missed the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. He was being prepared for a return to racing in the Haskell Invitational in August when he pulled a suspensory ligament during training at Del Mar Racetrack and was retired from racing.[4]

Stud record[edit]

Indian Charlie stood at Airdrie Stud near Midway, Kentucky where his stud fee for 2011 was set at $70,000.[5] To date he has sired four champions:

Among his other notable progeny, Indian Charlie is the sire of multiple stakes winners A. P. Indian, Conveyance, Bwana Charlie, Indian Firewater, Iindyanne, Mr. Nightlinger, My Pal Charlie, Pampered Princess, Roxy Gap, Two Trail Sioux, Zada Belle, as well as 2011 Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Anthony's Cross and Jerome Stakes winner Adios Charlie. [7]

Indian Charlie is the grandsire (through Uncle Mo) of Nyquist, American Champion Two-Year-Old Colt and winner of the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

Indian Charlie was euthanized at Airdrie Stud at approximately 9:30 a.m. EST on December 15, 2011. The sixteen-year-old had been battling cancer.[8]


Pedigree of Indian Charlie
In Excess
Siberian Express Caro Fortino
Indian Call Warfare
La Morlaye
Kantado Saulingo Sing Sing
Vi Vilmorin
Soviet Sojourn
Leo Castelli Sovereign Dancer Northern Dancer
Bold Princess
Suspicious Native Raise a Native
Be Suspicious
Political Parfait Diplomat Way Nashua
Peach Butter Creme Dela Creme
Slipping Round


  1. ^ "Indian Charlie Profile". Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ New York Times - April 5, 1998
  3. ^ Privman, Jay (5 April 1998). "Indian Charlie Is a Front-Runner For Derby After Victory at Anita". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  4. ^ New York Daily News - August 5, 1998
  5. ^ Daily Racing Form – November 23, 2010
  6. ^ "Uncle Mo on Stallion Register Online". Stallion Register Online. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  7. ^ Indian Charlie at Stallion Register Online
  8. ^[bare URL]