Railbird Feels Inspiring for Baffert

(form Hollywood Park report)
Bob & Beverly Lewis's Inspiring, unbeaten winner of last summer's Sorrento Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar before a recent setback in Santa Anita's Santa Paula Stakes, is the likely favorite among eight 3-year-old fillies contesting Sunday's $100,000 Railbird Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.

Inspiring will carry high weight of 123 pounds and break from the rail in the seven-furlong event for trainer Bob Baffert.

The Kentucky-bred daughter of Golden Missile has been a heavy favorite in each of her three starts. She won her first two last year before being upset by subsequently retired stablemate No Bull Baby when third in the April 2 Santa Paula. David Flores, aboard for the first two wins, will be reunited on Sunday with the chestnut filly who has earned $125,448.

Inspiring's opposition includes Donna's Doll, impressive winner of a maiden race at Santa Anita for trainer and co-owner Bruce Headley on April 10. Short Route, who captured Oak Tree's Cover Gal Stakes last September, gets a significant jockey change from Cesar DeAlba to Patrick Valenzuela.

$100,000-added Railbird Stakes (gr. III), 3-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Inspiring, David Flores, 123
2. Donna's Doll, Alex Solis, 115
3. Short Route, Patrick Valenzuela, 118
4. Island Escape, Corey Nakatani, 118
5. Conveyor's Angel, Rene Douglas, 118
6. Pegasus Rose, Tyler Baze, 115
7. Off The Richter, Garrett Gomez, 113
8. Good Lord Laurie, Julio Garcia, 113