03/13/2010 12:00AM

Contenders galore in Inside Information


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - At first glance, Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Inside Information at Gulfstream Park looks like a rematch among Kays and Jays, Tar Heel Mom, and Warbling, who were the first three across the wire here last month in the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie. But a closer look reveals there is much more to the race than those three.

Joining them in the Inside Information, a seven-furlong race, for fillies and mares, are First Passage, who has not started since finishing a troubled fourth in the Grade 1 Test in August at Saratoga; Cuvee Uncorked, who ships from the Mid-Atlantic area after missing by a head in the Grade 2 Barbara Fritchie; and Pinkarella, a Grade 1-tested filly who bypassed the Hurricane Bertie and won a second-level allowance race in her local and dirt debut one day earlier.

Kays and Jays outlasted a game Tar Heel Mom to score a half-length win in the Hurricane Bertie, a 6 1/2-furlong race. Warbling was another 1 1/2 lengths back following a slow start.

Kays and Jays, owned by Zayat Stables, is trained by Mike Mitchell but has been supervised by his close friend Wesley Ward since her arrival from the West Coast. She will run under Ward's name Sunday and again figures to be the one to catch breaking from the outside in the Inside Information.

Tar Heel Mom, who'll be directly inside Kays and Jays, has run her heart out and come up empty in two starts here this winter for trainer Stanley Hough. Before the Hurricane Bertie, Tar Heel Mom was beaten a head when third in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl.

The same holds true for Warbling, who was beaten a head by Pretty Prolific in the six-furlong Sugar Swirl one race before the Hurricane Bertie.

First Passage was beaten 1 3/4 lengths in the Test after a poor start. Trainer Marty Wolfson said he believes First Passage would have won if she had gotten a luckier trip.

"She sat down in the gate, broke poorly, then was taken very, very wide into the stretch," said Wolfson. "She hurt a shoulder in the gate, which is why she's been off since then. She's been away a long time and might come up a little short, but she's doing very well. She's close, very close, and she's won off this type of layoff before."