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The eyes of the horse racing world are likely to zero in on two races in particular this weekend: a one mile allowance race featuring two undefeated three-year old colts at Gulfstream Park and the mile and a sixteenth New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds featuring the reigning Horse of the Year. While both of those races have their draw, it is the G2 Inside Information Stakes that most intrigues me. The seven furlong sprint drew a deep field that includes Musical Romance, Her Smile, Persuading, R Holiday Mood, Groupie Doll, and Belle of the Hall, and that is just half the field!
In her last race, champion Musical Romance pulled a Mucho Macho Man, but instead of the shoe coming completely off, hers ended up turned around backwards, fighting her every step of the way. With her shoes firmly in place, we may just see a different mare in tomorrow’s race. However, history is not on her side. In seven starts at Gulfstream, she has won only once, that also being the only she has ever hit the board at the track. She like the seven furlong distance of the Inside Information, but I do not know if that will be enough to overcome her obvious dislike of the track.
Two fillies that do like the Gulfstream surface are R Holiday Mood and Groupie Doll. R Holiday Mood, trained by Todd Pletcher, is a perfect two for two over the Gulfstream main track but has never raced at the seven furlong distance. Groupie Doll, on the other hand, is 1-1-1 in 3 starts at Gulfstream but has never finished worse than second at 7 furlongs. Trained by William Bradley, the Bowman’s Band filly has had a tough last couple of races. Earlier in the meet, she faced Boys At Tosconova in a field of males and ran a very game second. Last out, she faced Awesome Maria and Royal Delta, running third behind the two stars. She looks to have an easier outing at a distance more to her liking in the Inside Information.
Her Smile and Persuading, though good fillies in their own right, neither like the track nor the distance. Neither filly has a win in either of those two categories. Belle of the Hall, however, is 2 for 4 at Gulfstream and has only finished off the board at 7 furlongs once. Also entered are Catch A Thief, Funny Sunny, Much Rejoicing, Hot Summer, and Magical Feeling. Catch A Thief, Funny Sunny, and Much Rejoicing all have an affinity for the track, also.


I have spent a lot of time looking at which fillies and mares run well at Gulfstream because this track is one in which a horse either does or does not run well, something I have emphasized time and again. With the track favoring speed, front runners obviously have the advantage over closers. Musical Romance had a rough last outing over the GP main surface, something I would normally be very willing to forgive. However, even if that race was thrown out, her record at the track speaks for itself. Despite being a reigning champion, I do not think this is the race for her, something the oddsmakers obviously agree with. She is listed as the 6-1 co-fourth choice, and Her Smile and Funny Sunny are the top two choices at 3-1 and 4-1 respectively. Personally, I like R Holiday Mood and Groupie Doll for this race. R Holiday Mood is being sent out by the leading trainer at Gulfstream Park and will have the meet’s second leading jockey, John Velazquez, on board. Plus she is coming in off a sharp last out effort in the Hurricane Bertie, a race in which she beat three of the fillies and mares she will face tomorrow. Groupie Doll is coming off two races in which she faced tough competition, and I believe that will set her up for a nice effort in tomorrow’s race. 


What the Nation is saying about Groupie Doll Set Up for Big Effort in Inside Information...

Groupie Doll probably needed a little extra distance, but Musical Romance was best today.
hot summer was so close, dang. but she finally beat groupie doll
I feel that this is her race to lose, but I also like R Holiday Mood. Should be an interesting race!
wow, me too, lol. 9,5,6,11
I'm all in on Groupie Doll!


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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


Before joining Horse Racing Nation, Ashley created her own blog Wired with Ashley Paige. The idea to venture into the world of blogging came to her when she realized that she had much to say about horse racing and no one to say it to at the time. Since joining Horse Racing Nation as a contributing blogger, Ashley writes as frequently as possible as the Florida Filly. Though she mainly covers racing in South Florida, Ashley also blogs about nationwide racing, industry issues, and from time to time offers her opinion on how various changes could be beneficial to the industry as a whole. Most recently, Ashley was selected to participate in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Polls.


An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.