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Wolfson has the Inside Information

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Miller Racing's Centrique will lead a cast of seven in Saturday's featured $200,000 Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream Park.             

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 thing."            

The Inside Information is rounded out by Five Star Momma (jockey Abdiel Jaen), Wildcat Lily (Jose Lezcano) and Zia Zia Zia (Joe Bravo).


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