Champion Inside Information Dies At 26

by | 10.16.2017 | 4:06pm
The sun (and a rainbow) appeared moments after Inside Information's epic Distaff performance in 1995

Champion Inside Information died Saturday, Oct. 14 at Claiborne Farm from natural causes due to old age. She was 26.

Born at Claiborne in May 1991, Inside Information (Private Account—Pure Profit by Key to the Mint) won 14 of her 17 career starts and was a 6-time Grade 1 winner. She was named the 1995 Champion Older Mare and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2008.

Bred and raced by Ogden Mills Phipps, Inside Information was trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey. She broke her maiden at first asking at Belmont Park in September 1993. The following year, she won six of seven starts as a 3-year-old, including the Ashland Stakes (G1), Acorn Stakes (G1), and Bonnie Miss Stakes (G2).

However, it was her 1995 season that earned Inside Information an Eclipse Award, as she posted victories in the Shuvee Handicap (G1), Ruffian Handicap (G1), Spinster Stakes (G1), Molly Pitcher Handicap (G2), and Monmouth Park Budweiser Breeders' Cup Handicap (Gr. 3). Perhaps her greatest triumph of all came in her final start when she was hand-ridden by Mike Smith to a 13 ½ length victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) against a field that included Heavenly Prize, Lakeway and Serena's Song.

Following her legendary career on the racetrack, she returned to Claiborne Farm upon retirement. A champion on and off the track, Inside Information went on to produce Smuggler, the 2005 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly. Inside Information earned $1,641,806 and never finished worse than third in the entirety of her career.

In 2009, the Shirley Jones Handicap was renamed the Inside Information Stakes, which has become a prominent graded stakes event run annually at Gulfstream Park.

She will be buried at Claiborne's Marchmont cemetery.

  • Elle D

    Sadly, Smuggler by Unbridled passed about two years ago from foaling complication.

    • Bryan Langlois

      Yes…her maiden race where she won despite appearing hopelessly beaten was something I still have to watch again to believe…

  • Jon Shonk

    Her BC Distaff win is one I’ll never forget.

  • Tinky

    Fantastic horse. I had the pleasure of watching her train and race, and she was an incredibly efficient mover – almost machine-like.

    Private Account was also an outstanding sire, but, like so many, his influence is waning rapidly as he was not an important sire of sires.

  • Deb

    what a wonderful horse!

  • OopsyDaisy3

    Horses come into our lives and do all they can to honor the sport of racing, be they male
    or female. During Inside Information’s life she not only showed her prowess on the race –
    tracks but after earning her keep so to speak, she then produced more of the same.
    Rest in Peace Inside Information, in the paddock far away with those you produced.
    And thank you, Linda in Texas

  • Brian Taylor

    I was there that day at Belmont when she won the Ruffian.I’ll always remember the Rainbow that appeared in the sky,as if a tribute to her magnificent,dominant performance.Over $1,000,000 was bet on her in the Show Pool.Even Cigar’s victory in the Woodward an hour later couldn’t overshadow what she had accomplished that day.

  • Bryan Langlois

    “Inside Information…..WOW….LOOK AT THIS!!!!” Still get chills at that race

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