On the strength of an authoritative victory over Indiano three weeks ago, Action Andy was the 7-5 choice of the bettors to win Saturday’s Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
But Indiano turned the tables on Action Andy in Saturday’s meeting, proving best under Luis Saez.
”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.”
Indiano, who finished more than two lengths behind Action Andy in the Pelican Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs last time out, rewarded his trainer’s confidence in him Saturday with a professional victory by three-quarters of a length under a textbook ride.
“It was different this time just having a race in him,” said Wolfson, whose steady-running stakes performer had come off a four-month layoff for the Pelican. “He’s a better horse than Action Andy. I knew that last time, but that horse was fresh and had been training at Tampa. My horse just got up there that day.”
Indiano was rated in fourth along the backstretch behind a solid pace set by Dreaming of Neno and closely attended by Off the Jack and Action Andy. When Dreaming of Neno weakened on the far turn, Off the Jack and Action Andy were left to battle it out into the stretch as Indiano began to roll. Off the Jack, a 17-1 outsider ridden by Jose Alvarez, held off Action Andy and jockey John Velazquez through the stretch run but was no match for Indiano nearing the finish line of the six-furlong sprint.
“My horse is very good and I put him in a good spot,” Saez said. “John Velazquez tried to push us out a little, but I knew we would win this race.”
Indiano ran six-furlongs in 1:10.26 to collect his 10th victory in 17 starts for Stud El Aguila. Off the Jack finished another three-quarters of a length ahead of Action Andy.
In last season’s Mr. Prospector, Indiano broke slowly before finishing fast to check in third, just a half-length behind victorious Apriority.
“He should have won last year. He broke terrible,” Wolfson said.
Wolfson said the son of Indian Charlie will likely run next at Gulfstream later in the meeting.
“I’ve got to space his races now,” said Wolfson, whose colt’s only off-the-board finish came in a fifth-place finish in the Derby Trial (G3) last year. “He’s kind of delicate.”
Indiano/Kenny Martin photo