Sally’s Curlin Draws Well in Inside Information

By Emily Shields

Aside from the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational and Pegasus World Cup Turf, the next best race at Gulfstream Park on Saturday is the Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes. The seven-furlong race on the main track for fillies and mares has a purse of $200,000.

Of the eight runners, Sally’s Curlin has faced the best competition. The daughter of Curlin has earnings of just under $450,000 and was Grade 1 placed in September at Churchill Downs. She finished seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, then tried a mile here in December which was too far. Dale Romas trains the Grade 3-winning mare, who is a winner at the distance. Corey Lanerie will ride.

Dream Marie drew the rail. The daughter of Graydar was a romping allowance winner at Gulfstream Park West in November, then ran second in graded company over a mile here December 12. She shortens up to a distance where she’s unbeaten, and the hard-knocking filly has five top three efforts in seven tries here. Matthew Williams trains.

They all have to beat the speedy Cinnabunny. Brad Cox took over the training on this daughter of Golden Lad, who won two in a row at Parx in the fall and then had a rough trip to be a narrowly beaten third in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl here December 12. Irad Ortiz, Jr will ride the four-year-old, who has four wins in seven starts overall.

Bronx Beauty beat her last out when second by just a head in the Sugar Swirl. The six-year-old mare has had a long career with 10 wins in 25 starts, but has yet to win on this track. She was a stakes winner at Monmouth Park in September, and gets Luis Saez up for this.

Thismytime has won two in a row for trainer Kathleen O’Connell. The daughter of Carpe Diem loves both this track and this distance and cannot be dismissed in this spot. Edgar Zayas will ride.

Piedi Bianchi, Pacific Gale, and Sound Machine complete the field, and all three also have a shot. This contentious race goes as Race 9 on a 12-race program.