03/14/2010 1:00AM

Warbling never headed in Inside Information

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HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - A better start led to a better finish for Warbling in Sunday's Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Hampered by a slow start in last month's Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie in which she finished third, Warbling broke cleanly from the gate Sunday under Julien Leparoux and led throughout in winning the by 3 3/4 lengths. Tar Heel Mom finished second, 4 1/4 lengths ahead of Pretty Prolific in third.

It was the third win from five starts - and first stakes victory - for the 4-year-old Warbling, a $250,000 yearling purchase by owner Joseph Sutton. She is trained by Eddie Kenneally.

Warbling had not raced to the front in any of her previous four starts. But when she broke so well, Leparoux let her go and the filly set fractions of 22.25 seconds for the quarter, 44.78 for the half, and 1:08.63 for six furlongs. She covered seven furlongs in 1:21.92 and returned $7.80 as the favorite.

"She broke really good, so I let her be comfortable wherever she was," said Leparoux, who added that racing on the lead "was not the plan, but she was comfortable by herself and she just finished good."

Kenneally said he was surprised to see his filly on the lead, but wasn't upset about it.

"Julien did the right thing and let her run," Kenneally said. "I thought we'd be comfortable laying close, but I didn't think we'd be on the lead. And she kept running, too, and the final time was very good."

Kenneally said he would point Warbling to the Grade 1 Humana Distaff, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

Mannington wins Sunshine State

Trainer Teresa Pompay's decision to wheel Mannington back in 11 days paid off handsomely as the 5-year-old gelding ran past Tommy's Memory at the sixteenth pole then held off a host of pursuers at the wire to take the $75,000 Sunshine State Stakes by a head over Dream Maestro, who nosed out Famous Patriot for second.

It was the fifth victory from 11 starts at Gulfstream Park for Mannington, a 5-year-old gelded son of Delaware Township who has won 8 of 34 races overall.

After contesting the lead along the rail under Elvis Trujillo, Mannington was passed by Tommy's Memory turning for home. Trujillo took Mannington off the rail in upper stretch and regained the lead at the sixteenth pole. Despite drifting out, Mannington held on, covering seven furlongs in 1:23.76. He returned $5.80 as the favorite.

"My horse was starting to get a little timid on the inside," Trujillo said. "When that horse passed me, I saw there was room to come out, and when I did, my horse started running again. And he just kept going."

It was the third win of the meet for Mannington. Pompay is 8 for 36 and in a five-way tie for ninth in the Gulfstream trainer standings.