Mathis Stable and Madaket Stable's Ivy Bell was the even-money favorite in Saturday's Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park, and the 5-year-old daughter of Archarcharch made a strong late run down the center of the course to win by an increasing length at the wire. Ridden by Javier Castellano for his fourth win on the card, the Todd Pletcher trainee recorded her first graded stakes victory by completing seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:23.29.
“I had a perfect trip,” said Castellano. “That's what I was looking for. I saved all the ground, I tipped outside. I was kind of concerned a little because everyone hooked up in the same spot, but I had so much confidence. I really liked the way she worked and the way she finished. I felt comfortable the way she did it. Todd did a phenomenal job – first time for Todd Pletcher – and I know she's going to move forward. I rode with a lot of patience and had good results today.”
Ivy Bell stayed just one length off the pacesetters against the rail, tracking the three-wide group of Rich Mommy, Moonlit Promise, and Mines and Magic. That trio battled through fractions of :23.63 and :47.03 while Castellano bided his time behind them. Rich Mommy grabbed a slight lead in the far turn as Blue Collar tried to make a four-wide bid, but it was Mines and Magic who took over at the head of the lane.
Mines and Magic was joined in the battle by Jordan's Henny, but those two were no match for Ivy Bell in the final stages. Angled to the center of the course, Ivy Bell easily blew past her rivals and streaked under the wire a length in front. Jordan's Henny held second over Mines and Magic, and Just Be Kind finished fourth.
“I was just worried that she found the seam too late,” Pletcher said. “That was a pretty impressive turn of foot she turned in the last eighth of a mile. That's not always easy to do at Gulfstream to make up that much ground the last part of the race.”
Bred in Kentucky by T/C Stable, LLC, Ivy Bell was a $40,000 weanling and $50,000 yearling at Fasig-Tipton sales. Most recently, she was sold at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Horses of Racing Age sale for $80,000. Overall, the mare has won five of her 16 starts for earnings of over $370,000.
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