07/24/2010 1:58PM

Informed Decision to try a mile again in Windward


Informed Decision, the 2009 filly and mare sprint Eclipse Award winner, will try two turns for the first time when she faces a field of 10 other older filly and mares in the $100,000 Windward at Presque Isle Downs on Tuesday evening.

The Windward is a one-mile event over the Presque Isle Tapeta surface, a two-turn mile. The only time Informed Decision has run a mile was in the Devona Dale at Gulfstream Park in March of 2008, when she was sent off at 10-1 and finished fourth. Gulfstream has a one-turn mile course. Trainer Jonathan Sheppard sees the Windward as a perfect opportunity for his charge.

“We wanted to see if she can get the longer distance and this race makes sense for us.”

Sheppard sees several reasons that this race is the right opportunity for Informed Decision.

“She has been training here and is on the grounds. The low weight she will carry is a big incentive when going two turns for the first time as well,” Sheppard said.

Informed Decision will carry only 112 pounds, 11 to 12 fewer than her previous races.

A 5-year-old Monarchos mare, Informed Decision has not had as much success so far this year as she had last year, but she definitely looks to be on the upswing. In her first two outings of this year, she finished third in the Grade 1 Madison at Keeneland April 8 and then third May 1 in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs. In her last out July 4 at Arlington, Informed Decision got up to win the Grade 3 Chicago Handicap at Arlington by a head. All three events were at seven furlongs. The Madison was her first out since winning the Breeder’s Cup filly and mare sprint November 6 of last year. Informed Decision is now 8-9 over a synthetic surface and won her only start over the Presque Isle surface, the Grade 3 Presque Isle Downs Masters last year. Julien Leparoux will ship in to ride once again. Sheppard already has Informed Decision’s next race picked out.

“We plan on sending her to Saratoga to the Grade 1 Ballerina.“ Sheppard said.

Others in the field include Meadow saffron, West Court, Little B Rosson, Cure For Sale, Unforgotten, Double Espresso, Si Si Mon Amie, Miss Blakely and Love That Dance. Hooh Why was also entered but cross-entered in the $150,000 Ontario Matron at Woodbine Sunday.