Indiano, Action Andy to meet again in Mr. Prospector
Indiano, third and beaten a half-length by Apriority in last year's Grade 3 Mr. Prospector, will get a chance to improve on that result in next Saturday's edition of the six-furlong dash. The $100,000 Mr. Prospector is the final graded stakes of the year on the East Coast.
A son of Indian Charlie, Indiano has made only three starts since the 2011 Mr. Prospector, on December 31, punctuated by two significant layoffs. The first went from the Mr. Prospector until July when he finished second to Gantry in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder before following that up with a victory in the Giant Ryan overnight stakes there on August 4. He was sidelined again until December 8 when he finished second in the Pelican at Tampa Bay Downs.
"The first layoff was because he had a long campaign and we decided he needed four or five months off," trainer Marty Wolfson said. "The second was because of a bad lung infection that took time to get over. He ran a big race in Tampa off just four works."
When not sidelined, Indiano has a highly-consistent record of 16-9-4-2 for earnings of $427,000. After winning the first five starts of his career in Panama he came to Wolfson at Calder early in 2011 and made his first two starts here at Gulfstream, finishing second in an allowance race in March and second to Travelin Man in the Grade 2 Swale in April.
Meanwhile, Action Andy breezed a half-mile in :49 2/5 Saturday morning at Tampa Bay Downs and trainer Carlos Garcia confirmed plans to ship to Gulfstream Park to bid for a fourth consecutive stakes victory in the December 29 Mr. Prospector.
"He's a good horse doing great right now," Garcia said. "We're going to do things a little different than when we brought him down there last year and he didn't run very well. Instead of shipping down the day before we'll come several days ahead to let him settle in. John Velazquez is going to ride him."
A Maryland-bred son of Gators N Bears, Action Andy has won 11 of 30 career starts with eight seconds and four thirds for earnings of $560,430. He has never been better than on his current streak as he swept to victories in the Maryland Million Sprint and Frank J. De Francis Memorial at Laurel in October and a powerful 2 1/4 lengths victory last out over Indiano in the Pelican.
In his only previous start at Gulfstream early this year Action Andy finished sixth behind Travelin Man in the March 31 Sir Shackleton.
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