E. Paul Robsham Stable’s 4-year-old filly R Holiday Mood has already
won a pair of stakes races at the Gulfstream Park meet for leading
trainer Todd Pletcher while Pinnacle Racing and Bill Kaplan’s 5-year-old
mare Musical Romance, the 2011 Eclipse champion filly and mare
sprinter, bids to bounce back from an unfortunate beginning to her 2012
The two will meet for the first time in Saturday’s $150,000 Inside
Information Stakes (G2) at seven furlongs with jockey John Velazquez
back aboard R Holiday Mood and regular rider Juan Leyva atop Musical
Romance for co-owner and trainer Bill Kaplan in the strong field of 11
fillies and mares.
R Holiday Mood is a Florida homebred by Trippi with five wins in eight
starts, scoring in the Ms Preakness Stakes at Pimlico last spring, but
appears to have taken her game to a new level this season winning the
one-mile Ocala Stakes on Jan. 9 and posting her first graded stakes win
with a hard-fought neck victory in the 6 ½-furlong Hurricane Bertie
Stakes (G3) last out on Feb. 19.
Musical Romance sealed her Eclipse championship campaign last fall
winning the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) at
Churchill Downs on Nov. 4 at the seven-furlong distance of the Inside
Information. She returned to competition in the six-furlong Sunshine
Millions Filly & Mare Sprint here on Jan. 28, finishing fourth after
grabbing a quarter shortly after the start.
“She grabbed herself pretty good coming out of the gate,” said Kaplan.
“A horse outside of her acted up just as the gate opened. She also bent a
shoe and took a piece of a quarter off. There was actually a small
puncture wound (foot), but she‘s fine now and ready to go.”
The next three to finish behind R Holiday Mood are back for the Inside
Information led by runner-up Whisper Hill Farm’s 4-year-old Funny Sunny,
Kent Desormeaux; Stronach Stable’s 4-year-old Her Smile third, Javier
Castellano; and West Point Thoroughbreds’ 5-year-old Belle of the Hall
fourth, Elvis Trujillo.
Desormeaux teamed up with Funny Sunny to finish a neck behind R Holiday
Mood in the Hurricane Bertie. The daughter of Sharp Humor had
previously posted an impressive three-length victory in an allowance
race over the track on Jan. 8 in her first start since October at
Keeneland for trainer Bob Hess, Jr.
“She’s A-plus right now and obviously likes the Gulfstream track,” said
Hess Wednesday morning of her two wins and two seconds in as many
starts over the track. “We bought her from WinStar in November ($380,000
at 2010 at Keeneland November sales) after she broke her maiden at
Hoosier Park in her first career start a month before.
“She popped a splint after she won here last year and we gave her all
the time off she needed (Feb. 25 –Aug. 11), which is the way Amanda Pope
(Whisper Hill Farm owner) operates, doing the right thing for the
finished third in the Hurricane Bertie in her first start
since finishing third to Musical Romance in the Breeders’ Cup Filly
& Mare Sprint at Churchill. The Hurricane Bertie was her first start
for Stronach Stable and trainer Chad Brown after being purchased for $1
million at the Fasig-Tipton November sales in Kentucky days after the
A daughter of Include, Her Smile scored her biggest victory in the
Prioress Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park in early July for owner Bobby Flay
and trainer Todd Pletcher after turning back in distance from an
11th-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) two starts before.
An intriguing prospect is Peter Blum Thoroughbred’s 6-year-old Kentucky
homebred Magical Feeling with jockey Roberto Alvarado, Jr. in the
saddle for trainer Allen Iwinski. The daughter of Empire Maker has
shipped down from Iwinski’s division at Parx Racing in Philadelphia
after winning the seven-furlong Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) at Laurel
Park on Feb. 18.
Completing the field for the Inside Information are Charles Dimino’s
Catch a Thief, Julien Lepraoux; Fred and William Bradley’s Groupie Doll,
Rajiv Maragh; Harold Queen’s Hot Summer, Luis Saez; AJ Suited Racing
Stable’s Much Rejoicing, Jose Lezcano; and James Lauffer and Poplar Hill
Equine’s Persuading, J.L. Castanon.