03/17/2011 12:00PM

Gulfstream: Hilda's Passion looks hard to catch in Inside Information


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – There will be little secret when it comes to Saturday’s $150,000 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park. They’re going to have to catch Hilda’s Passion.

Hilda’s Passion would be the horse to beat in the Grade 3 Inside Information regardless of the pace scenario exiting an easy 2 1/2-length victory in the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie on Feb. 13 for which she received a career-best 100 Beyer Speed Figure. Add in the fact the multiple graded stakes winner is the only speed in the field for the seven-furlong Inside Information and it appears she has her six rivals over a barrel.

Hilda’s Passion, trained by Todd Pletcher, has won three of her last four starts. Her only loss during the streak a tough neck setback at the hands of Tar Heel Mom in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl to open her 4-year-old campaign. In that race, Hilda’s Passion tried to rate off the leaders instead of using her blazing speed to control the race as she did in each of her last three victories, including the Hurricane Bertie.

Hilda’s Passion will carry high weight of 121 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Inside Information, including regular rider Javier Castellano.

Amen Hallelujah could not contend with the Pletcher-trained Awesome Maria a month ago in the one-mile Sabin and will have her hands full with her stablemate Hilda’s Passion on Saturday.

Amen Hallelujah finished a distant second behind Awesome Maria as the 8-5 favorite in the Grade 3 Sabin. She rallied to be fifth, beaten less than two lengths by Aegean, in the six-furlong Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint to open the season.

“I was happy with both her races this winter,” said trainer Rick Dutrow. “Six furlongs is not her game, especially off the bench. And Todd’s horse ran huge last time. She can handle seven furlongs and she should run her race.”

Amen Hallelujah tuned up for the Sabin and again for the Inside Information by working on the turf, breezing six furlongs in 1:11.80 here on Sunday.

“She really likes the grass,” said Dutrow. “I can’t wait to give her a shot on it.”

Beautician finished far behind Hilda’s Passion as the slight favorite in Keeneland’s Grade 2 Raven Run to close out her 3-year-old campaign but bounced back to win the Pan Zareta Stakes at Fair Grounds with a big last-to-first run on Feb. 19 for trainer Ken McPeek. Beautician was the runner-up in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The Grade 1-placed Milwaukee Appeal makes her first start since finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic.

Ms Vanenzza comes off the best effort of her career when second best behind Hilda’s Passion in the Hurricane Bertie.

Choragus turns back in distance off a game victory in the 1 1/16-mile Wayward Lass at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 26.

Stephanie Got Even, a stakes winner earlier this winter at Oaklawn Park, makes her first start since being transferred to trainer Marty Wolfson’s barn.