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Hilda’s Passion & Beautician Clash in Inside Information
For Immediate Release
Starlight Partners and C.E. Glasscock’s 4-year-old filly Hilda’s Passion was very impressive winning the 6 1/2-furlong Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) by 2 ½ lengths at Gulfstream Park last out on Feb. 13, and will likely be solid choice to win going seven furlongs in Saturday’s $150,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2).
Jockey Javier Castellano gets the return call on Hilda’s Passion for leading trainer Todd Pletcher as she bids for her sixth victory in 10 career starts. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Canadian Frontier closed out her 2010 campaign with victories in the Bennington Stakes at Saratoga in August and Raven Run Stakes (G2) at Keeneland in late October. In one start at the meet before the Hurricane Bertie, Hilda’s Passion finished second by a neck in the six-furlong Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) on Jan. 15.
A highly-accomplished rival for Hilda’s Passion in the field of seven fillies and mares will be Peter Callahan’s 4-year-old Beautician with Alan Garcia named to ride for trainer Ken McPeek. The roan/gray daughter of Dehere ranked among the leaders of her crop as a 2-year-old in 2009 when second in the Spinaway Stakes (G1) at Saratoga and second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita.
Beautician had an up-and-down campaign last year, finishing an even fourth in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) behind Eclipse champion Blind Luck, but won only once in nine starts on the season with two second and two thirds. She came back with a good effort to capture her 2011 debut after shipping to Fair Grounds to score by a length in the six-furlong Pan Zareta Stakes on Feb. 19.
A fresh challenge in the field making her South Florida debut in the Inside Information will be Farnsworth Stables’ 4-year-old Stephanie Got Even as she makes her first start for trainer Marty Wolfson following a private purchase by Farnsworth and jockey Alex Solis in the saddle.
Stephanie Got Even has won five of eight career starts with a second and a third. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Stephen Got Even finished fifth and third in her first two career outings on the Tapeta synthetic track at Presque Isle Downs last June, and is nearly perfect since, winning four straight at Mountaineer Park through the end of 2010.
In two starts this season at Oaklawn Park before the sale, Stephanie Got Even won the American Beauty Stakes on Jan. 23 and finished second by 1 ¼ lengths as the favorite in the Spring Fever Stakes there last out on Feb. 20.
Another contender with credentials in Saturday’s feature is IEAH Stable’s Amen Hallelujah with John Velazquez taking the call for trainer Rick Dutrow. The daughter Montbrook won the one-mile Davona Dale Stakes (G2) here last year by 6 ¼ lengths and finished second to Devil May Care in the Bonnie Miss Stakes (G2).
Following a sixth-place try in the Kentucky Oaks, Amen Hallelujah finished a close-up second in the Acorn Stakes (G2) on Belmont Day, June 5, in her final start of the year. She came back with an even fifth-place effort in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint on Jan. 29 and finished second last out going a mile in the Sabin Stakes (G2) on Feb. 19.
The richest entrant in the field is Eugene George’s 5-year-old Canadian homebred mare Milwaukee Appeal with Kent Desormeaux in the saddle for trainer Scott Fairlie. However, the daughter of Milwaukee Brew has posted most of her nearly $1.2 million in earnings in two-turn stakes, some restricted races, and makes her first start since finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.
Completing the talented field for the Inside Information are Florence Patitucci’s Ms Vanenzza, Rajiv Maragh; and Lothenback Stable’s Choragus, J.L. Castanon.