Graded-stakes winners Stormy Embrace, Talk Veuve to Me, Tequilita and Teresa Z, and Mexican star filly Jala Jala are among 18 horses nominated to the $200,000 Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
The 40th running of the seven-furlong Inside Information for fillies and mares 4 and older going seven furlongs, named for the 1995 champion older mare and 2008 Hall of Famer that won 14 races – six of them Grade 1 – from 17 career starts, is the standalone feature Saturday, March 16.
Matalona Thoroughbreds' Florida homebred Stormy Embrace earned an automatic berth to the Breeders' Cup with her victory in the Princess Rooney (G2) last summer at Gulfstream. Since her 11th-place finish in the Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), she was second by a neck in the Sugar Swirl (G3) and third in the Hurricane Bertie (G3), the latter Jan. 26.
Talk Veuve to Me, trained and co-owned by Rodolphe Brisset, has not raced since running sixth in the 1 1/8-mile Spinster (G1) Oct. 7 at Keeneland. She won the Indiana Oaks (G3) following her runner-up effort in the Acorn (G1) last summer.
Dorothy Alexander Matz's Tequilita is looking to win her third graded-stake in as many years at Gulfstream, after taking the 2017 Forward Gal (G2) as a 3-year-old in 2017 and the Rampart (G3) Dec. 15. Last time out, she was third by 1 ½ lengths in the Feb. 16 Royal Delta (G3).
St. Elias Stable's Teresa Z won the 2017 Monmouth Oaks (G3) and has gone unraced since her six-length romp in the 1 1/8-mile Turnback the Alarm (G3) Nov. 3 at Aqueduct. She has had five breezes over Gulfstream's main track since early February.
St. George Stable's Jala Jala, a 5-year-old daughter of Point Determined, won Mexico's Triple Crown in 2017 before winning the Clasico del Caribe at Gulfstream in her North American debut. She returned to South Florida in December to become the first filly ever to also win the Copa Confraternidad. She was second, a neck ahead of Tequilita, in the Royal Delta.
Also among the nominees are multiple stakes winners America's Tale and Bronx Beauty; Grade 3-placed Cairenn, winner of the Shine Again Stakes Sept. 29 at Laurel Park last out; Mybigitalianfriend, a three-time winner at the Championship Meet by 17 combined lengths; and Pink Sands, a winner of two straight this winter at Gulfstream.
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