Eighth early on in the field of 10, Prospectress moved into contention on the final turn en route to winning the $150,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIT) by a head over Innuendo Saturday at Calder. Under Jerry Bailey, Prospectress covered the 1 1/2 miles in 2:26.97 on firm turf. Sent off at just under 10-1, The Thomas J. Skiffington-trained Prospectress returned $21, $9.60, and $6.
Skaya set the early pace while tracked closely by 17-10 favorite Illiquidity. Skaya began to weaken after a mile run in 1:38.71, as Illiqudity assumed the lead with Innuendo looming in third. The Christope Clement-trained Innuendo went to the lead at the top of the stretch as Prospectress angled outside to begin her stretch run, catching Innuendo in the final strides. Clement-trained Orange Sunset finished third, followed by Illiquidity, Aiglonne, On a Soapbox, Chine, Skaya, Melody Queen, and St. Bernadette.
A 5-year-old mare, Prospectress (Mining -- Seductive Smile, by Silver Hawk) earned her first stakes win in the La Prevoyante and $90,000. Owned by Susan Thomas, Prospectress was bred in Kentucky by Dr. J.K. Griggs. Prospectress nearly won her first graded stakes last December at Calder, finishing fourth – beaten by less than a length – in the My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT). Saturday's win was her sixth in 16 career starts.
"I had planned to run her in the La Prevoyante last year after she ran well in the My Charmer, but she suffered a condylar fracture," said Skiffington. "Fortunately, Dr. (Steve) Selway was able to put her back together and we got her back. She'd never tried a mile-and-a-half, but you have to try them to find out. I knew from last year that she'd like the course. The race set up well for her with the contenders up front and her able to sit back off of (the pace). We'll look at The Very One and Orchid at Gulfstream and then the Black Helen at Hialeah. After that she is booked to breed to Theatrical."
Innuendo returned $5 and $3.80 and completed the $103.20 exacta. Orange Sunset was worth $4 to show. The race was the first leg of an all-stakes pick four wager on Calder's Grand Slam II program. (Chart, Equibase