Monster Racing Stables' Delta Bluesman will attempt to return to winning form in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) Jan. 1 at Gulfstream Park after finishing a disappointing sixth in the Nov. 5 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
The Jorge Navarro-trained gelding bumped with eventual winner Drefong shortly after the start of the Sprint.
"Right after the (race), I was scratching my head. The horse was training so good. There's no way he could run sixth," Navarro said. "I looked down and the horse had a big cut on his ankle that needed five stitches. The next day I went to the barn and he couldn't walk with the stitches, but he ate up and was fine. Right now he's back to being himself."
The soon-to-be 7-year-old son of Wagon Limit, who has been training sharply at Gulfstream Park West, earned his way into the Breeders' Cup Sprint with a triumph in the Smile Sprint Stakes (gr. II), a "Win & You're In" race July 2.
Navarro also entered Monster Racing Stables' Shaft of Light in the Mr. Prospector, which drew a field of six for the six-furlong contest.
Yourdreamsormine has finished no worse than second in eight starts since being privately purchased and transferred to trainer Milt Wolfson. The son of Mr. Sekiguchi is coming off a Dec. 4 allowance victory.
Gulfstream Park, Sunday, January 01, 2017, Race 4
- 4 yo's & up
- 1:30 PM (local)
|1||1El Deal (KY)||John R. Velazquez||119||Francisco D'Angelo||6/1|
|2||2Squadron A (KY)||Corey J. Lanerie||117||Dale L. Romans||10/1|
|3||3Candip (KY)||Tyler Gaffalione||121||Michael A. Tomlinson||5/1|
|4||4Yourdreamsormine (FL)||Paco Lopez||121||Milton W. Wolfson||6/1|
|5||5Shaft of Light (ON)||Edgard J. Zayas||121||Jorge Navarro||2/1|
|6||6Delta Bluesman (FL)||Emisael Jaramillo||123||Jorge Navarro||9/5|