Thursday, January 15, 2009


Kelly’s Landing & Black Seventeen Clash in Mr. Prospector Saturday


The $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park came up particularly strong for Saturday’s renewal with Summerplace Farm’s 8-year-old gelding Kelly’s Landing coming out for another season and Wind River Stable’s 5-year-old Black Seventeen shipping in from California for the six-furlong dash.

The co-feature on Saturday’s 10-race program will be the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf and drew a wide-open field of 14 with Three Diamond Farm’s Smart Shot and Green Lantern Farm’s Koptar among the likely favorites.


Jockey Julien Leparoux gets aboard Kelly’s Landing in his first start since finishing seventh in the Bet On Sunshine Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 22 when obviously off form. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, the Kentucky homebred son of Patton had his best season in 2006 when he won the Mr. Prospector here in early January and went on to capture the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) in late March.

Regular rider Clinton Potts will fly in for the mount on Black Seventeen for trainer and co-owner Brian Koriner. The Florida-bred son of Is It True scored his biggest victory posting a 24-to-1 upset in the Vosburgh Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park in late September before checking in seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita on Oct. 25. He finished third last out in the El Conejo Handicap (G3) on New Year’s Day.

After the top two in the field of seven drawn for the Mr. Prospector, Lael Stables’ 4-year-old Rollers is likely to get some support with jockey Alan Garcia getting the call from trainer Barclay Tagg. The son of Stormy Atlantic was a $500,000 OBS February 2-year-old purchase and won three races and finished second twice in six starts last year.

Rollers scored his biggest victory in the $250,000 Gallant Bob Handicap at Philadelphia Park in late September and registered his only disappointing performance when seventh on a ‘muddy’ track at Aqueduct last out on Nov. 15.

Completing the field for the Mr. Prospector are Vintage Thoroughbreds’ Granizo, Elvis Trujillo; Brian Prichard’s How’s Your Halo, Juan Leyva; Edmund Gann’s Ikigai, Jermaine Bridgmohan; and Char-Mari Stable’s He’s So Chic, Jose Lezcano.

Jockey Eibar Coa rides Smart Shot in the Dania Beach for trainer Michael Trombetta. A $150,000 OBS March 2-year-old purchase by Smart Strike, Smart Shot won his debut on turf at Laurel Park in late October and finished a game second in the Grand Canyon Stakes over the Churchill Downs course in his only other start on Nov. 29.

Kopitar has won both of his starts for trainer Rusty Arnold. Jockey Javier Castellano picks up the mount on the son of Military, who won his debut on Polytrack at Keeneland in mid-October and a ‘non-winners of two’ allowance on turf at Churchill on Nov. 8.

Padua Stable’s English-bred Duke of Homberg is an intriguing prospect with Alan Garcia to ride for trainer Tom Albertrani. The son of Kentucky stallion Dynaformer won one of two starts in France last summer and finished a close-up fourth in the Pilgrim Stakes (G3) at Belmont in the fall for trainer Jean-Luc Pelletan. In one start for Albertrani he finished third in an overnight stakes over the Belmont course on Oct. 26.

Completing the field for the Dania Beach are Teresa and James Remez’ Livingston Street, Our Sugar Bear Stable’s Show Me the Cash, Stable H M A’s Big Al Cordes, Bear Stable’s Bear’s Rocket, Oxbow Racing’s Cape Royale, Char-Mari Stable’s Beacon Hill Road, Dogwood Stable’s Lime Rickey, Jacks or Better Farm’s Sweetlandofliberty, Alex Lugo’s Adari, David Ross’ Rockin Joe and Sand Dollar Stable’s Jack Spratt.


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