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Indiano Prepares for Mr. Prospector

Stud El Aguila’s 3-year-old Indiano will make his first start since finishing third in the $250,000 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx on Sept. 2 in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park on New Year’s Eve, Sat., Dec. 31. The Mr. Prospector is coming up very strong with rivals expected to include Capt. Candyman Can, Apriority and Nathan’s H Q.

“”He’s doing well. There just haven’t been any races I thought he fit since then,” said trainer Marty Wolfson Friday morning of Indiano, a Kentucky-bred son of the recently deceased stallion Indian Charlie. In the Gallant Bob, Royal Currier got loose on a clear lead and ran the six furlongs in 1:07 2/5 as he won by 3 ¾ lengths while Indiano was beaten a half-length for second.

Indiano came to Wolfson last winter after winning his first five career starts in Panama in 2010 and finished second in allowance races here in March and April won by Escort and Travelin Man, respectively; and then finished fifth in the Derby Trial (G3) at Churchill Downs in late April. Indiano won three straight over the summer at Calder, including the $200,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2) in July.

Wolfson has several other stakes runners getting ready for engagements here in the near future, including Michel Jean Zerolo’s 3-year-old filly Louvakhova and Good Friends Stable’s 4-year-old Golden Moka. Louvakhova is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Maria’s Mon, but made her first six starts in France with one win and five seconds before coming to Wolfson in late September.

“I thought she was a good filly from the time she came to the barn and wasn’t surprised when she won that first race so impressively,” said the trainer of Louvakhova’s 4 ¼ lengths victory in the $75,000 Frances A. Genter Stakes going a mile on turf at Calder on Oct. 15.

“It’s been a little frustrating not to have run her since then, but it’s just been one thing or another. I had her entered in a race in Kentucky (Wolfson had a small string in Kentucky in the fall) and she drew post 12 and I didn’t want to run her. Then she’s ended up on the also-eligible list twice here, but she’s ready and I hope to run her in the ($100,000) Marshua’s River (Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on turf on Jan. 7.”

Golden Moka was also entered in a race here recently but drew the one post and was scratched. He will be entered back soon and will be making his first start since March and first for Wolfson. The Canadian-bred son of Golden Missile is owned by a partnership that includes former jockey Rene Douglas and made headlines in the summer of 2010 when he won the $500,000 Princes of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie when trained by Brian Lynch.

 

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