03/13/2009 11:00PM

It's Round 3 for Game Face and Any Limit


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Sunday's $150,000 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park is a rubber match for Game Face and Any Limit, who have split their first two meetings here this winter in the First Lady and Hurricane Bertie stakes.

But the Grade 2 Inside Information, which was formerly known as the Shirley Jones, is anything but a two-horse race. The field also will include Keep the Peace, who was graded-stakes-placed on three occasions in 2008, and Precious Kiss, winner of Fair Grounds's Pan Zareta Stakes in her most recent start. The Marty Wolfson-trained pair of Pious Ashley and Stormin Mon complete the compact but talented lineup in the seven-furlong race.

Game Face rallied to easily defeat Any Limit by 2 3/4 lengths in the six-furlong First Lady on Jan. 18. Any Limit avenged that decision when holding gamely to a 1 1/4-length decision over the 2-5 Game Face in the 6 1/2-furlong Hurricane Bertie four weeks later.

"They are two good fillies," said Todd Pletcher, who trains Game Face for Zabeel Racing International Corp. "The last time they met, our horse got boxed in a little bit and made a couple of different runs at Any Limit. The other filly just ran a little better that day."

Game Face, a 4-year-old daughter of Menifee, has never finished worse than second in four starts over the Gulfstream strip. She also won the Grade 3 Old Hat by seven lengths and finished second as the 3-5 favorite in the Grade 2 Davona Dale at 3.

Any Limit added the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie to her back-to-back victories last summer in the Grade 2 First Flight and Honorable Miss handicaps. The homebred daughter of Limit Out is owned by Joseph Shields Jr. and trained by Allen Jerkens.

"My mare is as good now as she's been all winter, although I'm not sure the extra distance will be to her advantage," Jerkens said. "This race will be a little tougher than the last two, but they always are as the races get bigger and better."

Game Face also has some history with Keep the Peace, whom she defeated by a neck last May in Churchill Downs's Grade 3 La Troienne. It was one of three frustrating setbacks in graded stakes that Keep the Peace suffered at 3. She also was beaten a nose by Bsharpsonata following a stretch-long duel here last winter in the Grade 2 Forward Gal and lost by a half-length to Acoma in Churchill's Grade 3 Dogwood.

Keep the Peace was sidelined for nine months following the Dogwood. She returned earlier this meet to register an impressive 2 1/2-length allowance win on Feb. 21.

"She's a talented filly and she certainly won her comeback race the right way," said Eddie Kenneally, who trains Keep the Peace for Gary and Mary West. "She's certainly as good now as she was last year. This is a very tough race and will be a super test for her. Thankfully, she's had a prep."

Precious Kiss also was entered in Saturday's Bienville Stakes at Fair Grounds but will scratch out of that spot to run here. Precious Kiss rallied from last to win the four-horse Pan Zareta Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths on Feb. 7 in her 2009 debut. The former claimer was stakes-placed on three occasions a year ago but will be facing far and away the sternest test of her career Sunday.

Pious Ashley was supplemented into the race at a cost of $6,000 after finishing second behind Keep the Peace three weeks earlier. Her uncoupled stablemate, Stormin Mon, turns back to seven furlongs after finishing a distant third in the Gradeo3 Sabin at a mile on Feb. 20.