Hilda's Passion, who is a neck away from being unbeaten in her last four stakes tries, looms as the one to beat in the $150,000 Inside Information (gr. II) March 19 at Gulfstream Park.
A field of seven fillies and mares was drawn for the seven-furlong Inside Information, which is the feature on Gulfstream’s 11-race program. Post time is set for 5:25 p.m. EDT.
Starlight Partners’ and C. E. Glasscock’s Hilda’s Passion enters off a dominating win in the Feb. 13 Hurricane Bertie (gr. III) at Gulfstream when she went wire-to-wire for a 2 1/2-length score under Javier Castellano. The 4-year-old Canadian Frontier
filly missed by a neck to Tar Heel Mom
in the Jan. 15 Sugar Swirl (gr. III), her only blemish in her last four starts.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, Hilda’s Passion won Saratoga’s Bennington Stakes and the Lexus Raven Run (gr. II) at Keeneland to end her sophomore campaign. Overall, the bay filly has produced a solid 5-1-0 record from nine starts, with earnings of $340,256.
Bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Kuster and out of the El Prado mare Executricker, Hilda’s Passion will break from post 5 under Castellano. She will carry top weight of 121 pounds.
Dual grade II winner Amen Hallelujah
will look to break a five-race losing streak March 19. The 4-year-old daughter of Montbrook
lost the final three starts of 2010 after capturing the Santa Ynez (gr. II) and Davona Dale(gr. II), and is winless in two starts this year. She was fifth when beaten less than two lengths in the Jan. 29 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint and a distant runner-up in the Feb. 19 Sabin (gr. III)—both at Gulfstream when sent off as the favorite.
Rick Dutrow Jr. has sent Amen Hallelujah out for a pair of solid works since the Sabin. A winner of four of 13 lifetime starts, she will be ridden by John Velazquez for the first time.
Entering off wins are Beautician
. Four-year-old Beautician, a two-time grade I runner-up as a juvenile, won for the third time in 16 starts when she came from off the pace to take the Feb. 19 Pan Zareta Stakes at Fair Grounds for trainer Ken McPeek for her first black type score in her season debut. This will be her first start at Gulfstream though she has worked over the racetrack all winter. Alan Garcia picks up the mount for the first time.
Choragus, who at 6 is the oldest horse in the field, won the Wayward Lass Stakes Feb. 26 at Tampa Bay Downs last out. The Harlan's Holiday mare is trained by Anthony Reinstedler.
Also in the field is Ms Vanenzza
, the runner-up from the Hurricane Bertie; Stephanie Got Even
, a Calder shipper who had a five-race win streak broken last month at Oaklawn; and Milwaukee Appeal
, who seeks her first win since April 2009.
$150,000 Inside Information (gr. II, Race 10, 5:25 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 4 & Up, 7 Furlongs (Dirt)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Stephanie Got Even (KY), A O Solis, 117, M D Wolfson
2. Milwaukee Appeal (ON), K J Desormeaux, 117, S H Fairlie
3. Ms Vanenzza (KY), R Maragh, 117, J C Vazquez
4. Amen Hallelujah (FL), J R Velazquez, 119, R E Dutrow Jr.
5. Hilda's Passion (KY), J Castellano, 121, T A Pletcher
6. Choragus (KY), J L Castanon, 117, A L Reinstedler
7. Beautician (KY), A Garcia, 117, K G McPeek