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
and Good Friends Stable’s 4-year-old Golden Moka
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
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