03/19/2011 6:36PM

Gulfstream record for Hilda's Passion

Bob Coglianese
Hilda's Passion, Javier Castellano up, wins the Inside Information in record time.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Hilda's Passion put an exclamation point on an almost-perfect winter at Gulfstream Park, not only drawing off to a 5 1/4-length victory over Amen Hallelujah in Saturday's $150,000 Inside Information Stakes but setting a seven-furlong track record in the process.

Hilda's Passion, a 4-year-old daughter of Canadian Frontier owned by Starlight Stables and Clint Glasscock, added the Grade 2 Inside Information to her victory here five weeks ago in the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie. She just missed sweeping the three-race sprint handicap series for older fillies and mares by getting beaten a neck by Tar Heel Mom following a wide trip in the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl on Jan. 15.

Hilda's Passion's final time of 1:20.45 over a fast track eclipsed the old mark of 1:20.88 set by reigning sprint champion Big Drama almost two years ago. She paid $3.20.

As expected, Hilda's Passion controlled the pace of the Inside Information, setting early fractions of 22.07 and 44.20 seconds for the opening half-mile with Amen Hallelujah in close pursuit from the outset. Amen Hallelujah ranged up outside the leader to loom boldly entering the stretch, at which point jockey Javier Castellano let Hilda's Passion out a notch and she immediately responded by drawing off with complete authority.  Stephanie Got Even rallied mildly to finish third, another 2 1/2 lengths behind Amen Hallelujah.

"She was awesome, and I didn't even think the track was that fast today, which makes this even more impressive," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "She doesn't look like she's going that fast, and then you look up at the timer and see 44 and change. I thought we had a race on her hands today when Amen Hallelujah crept up on us on the turn, and as soon as I started thinking that, she was gone."

Pletcher said Hilda's Passion would be pointed for the seven-furlong, Grade 1 Humana Distaff on Kentucky Derby day.