Kelly's Landing Faces 7 in Mr. Prospector

Kelly's Landing Faces 7 in Mr. Prospector
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Phoenix BC winner Kelly's Landing among favorites for Saturday's Mr. Prospector.
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Summerplace Farm's Kelly’s Landing gets his 2007 campaign underway as one of the favorites in a field of eight set for the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) over six furlongs for older horses at Gulfstream Park Saturday.

The 6-year-old gelding had some big moments last year, including a runner-up effort behind Eclipse champion Lost in the Fog in the Aristides Breeders’ Cup (gr. III) at Churchill Downs in June and a victory in the Phoenix Breeders’ Cup (gr. III) at Keeneland in early October.

Trained by Eddie Kenneally, the son of Patton made one more start after the Phoenix last fall, finishing 10th behind Thor’s Echo in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.  Eclipse finalist Edgar Prado, breaking from the far outside, will be in the saddle Saturday.

Two solid contenders coming off impressive victories are Joseph Balsamo’s Weigelia with Ramon Dominguez aboard, and Peter Congelosi’s Slam Bammy, to be ridden by Rajiv Maragh. Both horses are 6-year-old sprint stakes veterans.

Weigelia was developed early in his career at Calder by trainer Manny Azpurua, winning the Carry Back Stakes (gr. II) there as a 3-year-old, and has continued his successful career based in Maryland with trainer Michael Trombetta.

The son of Safely’s Mark has earned nearly $900,000 with a 12-6-9 record in 35 lifetime starts, winning three of eight last year. His most recent victory came in the seven-furlong Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap (gr. III) at Calder in mid-December.

Slam Bammy comes off a pair of impressive tallies at Meadowlands in the Eillo and Rutgers stakes for trainer Joe Orseno. The Grand Slam gelding also captured the Decathlon Stake at Monmouth Park in May.

$100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III, Race 7, 4:10 p.m.), 4 & Up, 6 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. High Finance (KY), 113, Rafael Bejarano
2. Mach Ride (FL), 114, Elvis Trujillo
3. Blazing Purrsuit (KY), 113, Javier Castellano
4. Hither Lane (KY), 112, John Velazquez
5. Paradise Dancer (KY), 116, Eddie Castro
6. Slam Bammy (ON), 117, Rajiv Maragh
7. Weigelia (FL), 119, Ramon Dominguez
8. Kelly's Landing (KY), 118, Edgar Prado

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