The $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park came up particularly strong with Summerplace Farm’s 8-year-old gelding Kelly’s Landing coming out for another season and Wind River Stable’s 5-year-old Black Seventeen shipping in from California for the six-furlong dash on Jan. 17.
Jockey Julien Leparoux will be aboard Kelly’s Landing in his first start since finishing seventh in the Bet On Sunshine Handicap at Churchill Downs Nov. 22. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, the Kentucky homebred son of Patton had his best season in 2007 when he won the Mr. Prospector in early January and went on to capture the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I).
Kelly’s Landing showed his readiness for the stakes test with a five-furlong breeze in 1:00 at Palm Meadows Training Center Jan. 8, which was the second fastest of 13 workouts at the distance. The gelding may be eyeing a return trip to Dubai if all goes well in the Mr. Prospector.
Regular rider Clinton Potts will fly in for the mount on Black Seventeen for trainer and co-owner Brian Koriner. The Florida-bred son of Is It True scored his biggest victory posting a 24-to-1 upset in the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park in late September before checking in seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita Oct. 25. He finished third last out in the El Conejo Handicap (gr. III) on New Year’s Day.
After the top two in the field of seven drawn for the Mr. Prospector, Lael Stables’ 4-year-old Rollers is likely to get some support with jockey Alan Garcia getting the call from trainer Barclay Tagg. The son of Stormy Atlantic was a $500,000 OBS February 2-year-old purchase and won three races and finished second twice in six starts last year.
Rollers scored his biggest victory in the $250,000 Gallant Bob Handicap at Philadelphia Park in late September and registered his only disappointing performance when seventh on a ‘muddy’ track at Aqueduct last out on Nov. 15.
The co-feature on the 10-race program will be the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf and drew a wide-open field of 14 with Three Diamond Farm’s Smart Shot and Green Lantern Farm’s Koptar among the likely favorites.