Trainer Marty Wolfson is hoping that a return to Gulfstream Park and a better post position will help Indiano on Saturday in a rematch with the red-hot, Maryland-based Action Andy.
Those two horses head a six-horse field in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes (Grade 3) at six furlongs on dirt for 3-year-olds and up.
Bull Dozer is the likely third betting choice in a race that also has Off the Jak, Dreaming of Neno and Partyallnightlong.
The Mr. Prospector is the fifth race, with a scheduled post time of 2:37 p.m.
It will be the first race for Action Andy and Indiano since Dec. 8 in the $60,000 Pelican Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Action Andy, trained by Carlos Garcia, beat runner-up Indiano by 2 1/4 lengths in that six-furlong dirt stakes.
The victory was the third in a row, all in six-furlong dirt stakes, for the 5-year-old gelding Action Andy. His two previous victories were at Laurel (Md.) Park.
The Pelican was the first race for Indiano, a 4-year-old colt, since last Aug. 4 when he won the 6 1/2-furlong Giant Ryan Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course.
“The layoff was because of a bad lung infection,” Wolfson said. “He ran well in Tampa. But I think he needed a race.”
Wolfson added, “I like our post position” for the Mr. Prospector
Indiano, who has a stalking style, has post position six. That should help Indiano and jockey Luis Saez track the speedy Action Andy, who has post four and will be ridden by John Velazquez.
In the Pelican, Indiano had the rail post and Action Andy was in post four.
But if that had been switched it might not have made a difference as Action Andy, in peak form, won in the fast time of 1:09.14.
In the Tampa Bay race, Daniel Coa rode Action Andy and Daniel Centeno rode Indiano,
On Saturday, Velazquez will have the mount on Action Andy for the first time.
Saez is the regular jockey for Indiano at Gulfstream and at Calder, where the horse trains.
Indiano has raced three times at Gulfstream, with two second place and one third place finish. He came in third in last year’s Mr. Prospector.
In his only Gulfstream race, Action Andy finished sixth in he Sir Shackleford Stakes last March 30.
“We shipped in the day before and he didn’t run very well,” Garcia said.
On Wednesday, he vanned Action from Tampa Bay for the Mr. Prospector.
Calder Racing Dates
In a preliminary filing with state regulators, Calder said it does not plan to change its racing schedule for the 12 months beginning July 1, 2013.
Calder’s filing, which the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering received Friday, shows it continuing its early April through late November schedule of the past two years.
It is the first regulatory filing in a dispute between Calder and Gulfstream over racing dates in South Florida.
Gulfstream president Tim Ritvo earlier this month said his track plans to expand its December through early April schedule and in 2014 will start having racing at least several days during most weeks each year.
Unless one track changes its plan, they could race head-to-head during some weeks in 2014. Since 2002, Florida horse tracks have picked their own racing dates with approval that is usually automatic from the Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering.
The preliminary filing period is from Dec.15 to Jan. 4. Tracks can amend their filings an unlimited number of times through Feb. 28.