A deep, contentious field of 10 are signed up to contest the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) over six furlongs at Gulfstream Park Saturday.
Highweight of 120 pounds will be carried by Shake You Down, a multiple graded stakes winner who will be making his 43rd trip to the post. An earner of better than $1.2 million, Shake You Down comes in off an allowance/optional claiming win at Pimlico in December, one of his 17 career victories. The hickory warrior took the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) last April.
The most accomplished earner in the bunch is Canadian invader Wando, who has banked $2.5 million in a career that saw him take the Canadian Triple Crown in 2003. He was named that country's Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male for his efforts. Wando proved victorious in his last race, the Mt. Sassafras Stakes at Woobine.
Limehouse is proven over the Gulfstream strip, at least the old one from a year ago, where he took the Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II). The multiple graded stakes winner is winless since his score in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) in March, having lost his last three. This will be his first start since June.
Saratoga County is a dangerous late runner, as he showed in winning the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) at Aqueduct last March. His most recent effort was an allowance tally at Churchill Downs in November. Voodoo has back class, winning the Sport Page Handicap (gr. III) at the Big A in 2003. He ran second to Pico Central in November's Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I).
Recent form is with Thunder Touch and All Hail Stormy, both coming into the Mr. P off stakes wins, the former in the Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. III) and the latter just 12 days ago in the Mint Stakes at Calder.
The field for the Mr. Prospector Handicap, in post position order with jockeys and weights:
1) Strength and Honor (Eddie Castro, 115)
2) Shake You Down (Mike Luzzi, 120)
3) Wando (Patrick Husbands, 118)
4) Saratoga County (Javier Castellano, 112)
5) Voodoo (Joe Bravo, 116)
6) Thunder Touch (Jerry Bailey, 115)
7) All Hail Stormy (Eibar Coa, 113)
8) Choose (Tom Turner, 113)
9) Limehouse (John Velazquez, 116)
10) Deputy Storm (Pat Day, 114)