Miller Racing's Centrique will lead a cast of seven in Saturday's
featured $200,000 Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream
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Purchased privately 12 months ago, the Virginia-bred mare has
developed into a consistent stakes performer since joining trainer Marty
Wolfson's string in South Florida, and paired up victories at
Gulfstream Park in the Claiming Crown Glass Slipper on Dec. 7 and a
tough allowance test on Jan. 29. Wolfson shipped Centrique up to Laurel
Park in Maryland for the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap on
President's Day weekend, but the 5-year-old wound up third when the race
was postponed until Feb. 22 due to wintry weather.
Jockey Javier Castellano, who guided Centrique to her two recent
Gulfstream scores, will be back in the irons on Saturday after Victor
Carrasco handled the reins at Laurel.
"That was when they had that storm up there and she couldn't train
for eight days," Wolfson explained. "She likes Gulfstream and Javier
(Castellano) will ride her."
Centrique, who drew post three, spearheads a trio of Wolfson trainees
in the seven-furlong Inside Information. Peachtree Stable's Heart
Stealer made a wide, late move to take the Sugar Swirl Stakes (G3) at
Gulfstream on Dec. 14, but never fired against Groupie Doll in that
champion's swan song in the Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream
on Feb. 9. Wolfson is optimistic that the Speightstown filly will give a
true account of herself in the Inside Information.
"I expected a lot more from her last time," Wolfson admitted. "I
think she's working now like the way she did up to the Sugar Swirl and
acting the same way, too. She really was not herself in that race
against Groupie Doll."
Heart Stealer was partnered by Castellano in her last two
appearances, but will have the services of jockey Joel Rosario when she
breaks from the six hole on Saturday.
Wolfson's threesome is rounded out by the consistent My Pal Chrisy,
who has hit the board in each of her last four starts in stakes races.
The 6-year-old is coming off a hard-charging second in the Awesome
Feather at Gulfstream on Feb. 6 for owner Miller Racing. Drawn in post
two, the Florida-bred mare will be ridden by jockey Julien Leparoux for
the first time in the Inside Information.
"She's got the right rider on her in Leparoux and he should fit her
good," Wolfson said. "If it's a fast pace, she could be last in the
first part of it. That's her best race."
West Point Thoroughbreds' Toasting is drawn outside in post seven.
The 4-year-old daughter of Congrats is making a quick turn-around
following a sharp, rallying win in a salty Florida-bred allowance at
Gulfstream on March 8. She defeated the likes of Unlimited Budget and R
Free Roll in that seven-furlong test, and trainer Tom Albertrani has
kept her ticking since that effort.
"We decided that we would let her tell us how she was doing, and
she's been full of herself since she ran," Albertrani said. "If she
wasn't doing so well, we would have taken our time with her. All the
good signs are there that she's ready to go again."
After closing with a rush to take the seven-furlong Dream Rush Stakes
at Belmont Park on Oct. 20, Toasting missed by a head in the Comely
Stakes (G3) going a quarter-mile further at Aqueduct on Nov. 30. She ran
third at the same distance in the Sunshine Millions Distaff at
Gulfstream on Jan. 18, but a turf experiment did not go as planned in
the Ten Palms Stakes on Feb. 23, when the chestnut filly struggled over
the grass and wound up eighth. Her recent victory suggests her best form
may be in one-turn races.
"Her last two wins have come going seven-eighths," Albertrani added.
"Maybe it's a coincidence, but she really nailed it the other day. She
came with a strong finish, so we're hoping for the same
The Inside Information is rounded out by Five Star Momma (jockey
Abdiel Jaen), Wildcat Lily (Jose Lezcano) and Zia Zia Zia (Joe Bravo).