'Bluesman' Hopes for Redemption in Mr. Prospector

'Bluesman' Hopes for Redemption in Mr. Prospector
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Delta Bluesman

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.

Mr. Prospector S. (G3)

Gulfstream Park, Sunday, January 01, 2017, Race 4
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 4 yo's & up
  • 1:30 PM (local)
11El Deal (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJohn R. Velazquez119Francisco D'Angelo6/1
22Squadron A (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie117Dale L. Romans10/1
33Candip (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTyler Gaffalione121Michael A. Tomlinson5/1
44Yourdreamsormine (FL)Paco Lopez121Milton W. Wolfson6/1
55Shaft of Light (ON)Edgard J. Zayas121Jorge Navarro2/1
66Delta Bluesman (FL)Emisael Jaramillo123Jorge Navarro9/5

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