Indiano proves best in Mr. Prospector
"My horse is very good and I put him in a good spot," Saez said. "John Velazquez (on Action Andy) tried to push us out a little, but I knew we would win this race."
Off the Jak, the 17-1 longshot in the field, held the place by three parts of a length over 7-5 favorite Action Andy. It was another length back to Bull Dozer and Dreaming of Neno trained. Partyallnightlong was scratched.
Bred in Kentucky by Diamond A Racing Corp, Indiano was purchased for $15,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September sale. The son of Indian Charlie earned champion two-year-old and champion three-year-old honors in Panama before making his U.S. bow in March 2011. Indiano captured the Grade 2 Carry Back, Unbridled and Eillo, and placed in four events as a sophomore, including a third in last year's Mr. Prospector. The four-year-old opened 2012 with a second in the Grade 2 Smile Sprint in July and then won the Giant Ryan at Calder in early August.
Indiano entered the Mr. Prospector off a runner-up finish to Action Andy in the December 8 Pelican at Tampa Bay Downs.
"I wasn't worried about Action Andy today," Wolfson said. "I just thought my horse would win and he got a pretty good trip, too.
"I've got to space his races now," added Wolfson, who indicated that Indiano will probably run later in the Gulfstream meeting. "He's kind of delicate."
Indiano is out the Chilean-bred mare Separata, a Group 1-winning daughter of Sam M. who captured a pair of U.S. stakes and also finished second in the Grade 3 Las Cienegas at Santa Anita. Indiano's half-sister, Separate Forest, captured the 2011 Las Cienegas and Separata is also the dam of Grade 3 runner-up Quite the Lady.
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