(Gulfstream Park notes)
Trainer Eddie Kenneally confirms that Summerplace Farm’s 8-year-old homebred gelding Kelly’s Landing is on target to make his season debut Jan. 17 in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park, one of four stakes to be run over the weekend.
“He’s doing well so far,” said Kenneally Jan. 10. “We’re going to go one race at a time. We’ll see how he does in the Mr. Prospector before deciding what comes after that.”
The son of Patton worked a strong five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Jan. 8 at Palm Meadows.
Two years ago, Kelly’s Landing won the Mr. Prospector in early January and went on to capture the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I)) in late March, punctuated by a fifth-place finish in the Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream in early February. He made only one more start in 2007, finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) run over a ‘sloppy’ track at Monmouth Park in late October.
Kenneally was hopeful of getting Kelly’s Landing’s 2008 campaign going during the Gulfstream meet last year but was delayed with a lung infection. After a third-place in a Churchill Downs allowance on May 11, Kelly’s Landing finished fourth in the Aristides Handicap (gr. III) there, won a Keeneland allowance in mid-October and finished seventh as the favorite last out in the Bet On Sunshine Handicap at Churchill Nov. 22.
Kenneally also has a promising 3-year-old prospect for Jack and Louise Lally’s Summerplace Farm in Saratoga Sinner, a Harlan's Holiday colt that broke his maiden going 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Jan. 7. The $130,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase was making his third start and first since a very good third-place try behind Danger to Society going one mile at Churchill Downs Nov. 19.
“We’ve thought for some time he could be a nice colt. He was making up ground on Danger to Society in the Churchill race,” said Kenneally. “Then, when (Danger to Society) came back and won the allowance here (Jan. 8), it certainly gave us more encouragement. We’ll nominate to the Holy Bull (Stakes (gr. III) on Jan. 31), but he’s still got his allowance condition, so we’ll see what options we have when he’s ready to run again.”