04/26/2012 4:13PM

Belmont Park notes: Motion has pair for Inside Information


From April 21-26, trainer Graham Motion finished second with six of 11 starters, including a heart-breaking nose loss with Eagle Poise in the San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita.

In Saturday’s $90,000 Inside Information Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Motion can finish second and still win the race.

That’s because Motion sends out the uncoupled entry of Zucchini Flower and Proud Pearl in the one-turn mile race.

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Zucchini Flower, a daughter of Flower Alley, is 2 for 2 since being moved from the synthetic surface at Presque Isle to dirt. She won a one-turn mile maiden race at Laurel by six lengths and took the Limit Stakes, a two-turn mile race at Aqueduct, by a nose March 14.

“She trained very well over the synthetic last year at Fair Hill, but obviously dirt moved her up,” Motion said. “I thought she ran a super race last time against a fairly comparable group to this.”

Alan Garcia rides Zucchini Flower.

Proud Pearl, a full sister to the Grade 1 winner Proud Spell, began her career in Europe, where she went winless in four starts. She is 2 for 3 for Motion, both wins coming in one-turn mile races at Laurel.

“I think she has improved,” Motion said. “These fillies train together. I think it would be hard to separate them.”

Rajiv Maragh rides from post 5.

The rest of the field includes Lisa T. and Hard Mystery, third and sixth behind Zucchini Flower last out, and Lady Cohiba, who won an off-the-turf overnight stakes at Aqueduct last fall and makes her 3-year-old debut in this spot. Miss d’Oro, a debut winner at Penn National, completes the field.

Inherit the Gold back quick Sunday

Inherit the Gold, fresh off his neck victory over Isn’t He Perfect in the Action Stakes on April 15, is back Sunday in the $90,000 Carr Heaven Stakes for New York-breds at 1 1/16 miles.

Trained by James Hooper, Inherit the Gold has done his best work at Aqueduct and is only 1 for 5 at Belmont.

The field for the Carr Heaven came up extremely tough and includes Fiddlers Afleet, a horse recently claimed by trainer John Sadler and owner Gary Barber out of a winning race at Santa Anita on April 7. Fiddlers Afleet, who went 2 for 4 at Belmont in 2009 when with Mike Hushion, breaks from the rail under John Velazquez.

Saginaw, who has won three in a row including two straight off the David Jacobson claim; Johannesburg Smile, a three-time winner at Belmont making his 5-year-old debut; Star of New York, and Spa City Fever complete the field.

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