Gainesway Stable and Andrew Rosen's Pink Sands may have been last of the 12-horse field down the backstretch, but the 5-year-old daughter of Tapit ran down all of her rivals to win Saturday's Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes by about three lengths. Ridden by Jose Ortiz for trainer Shug McGaughey, Pink Sands was sent to post at odds of 5-1 and ran the seven furlongs over Gulfstream's fast main track in 1:23.42.
“That was special,” said McGaughey, who also trained the race's namesake, Hall of Famer Inside Information. “This filly has gotten good, and she loves this track. The guys who own her are friends of mine, and it's always fun to participate in these big races.”
Away at the rear of the field under the younger Ortiz brother, Pink Sands was content to track the early pace down the backstretch. There was a three-way battle for the lead between Liza Star, J P's Delight and Blamed, and the trio ticked off fractions of :22.47 and :45.34.
Blamed came away with the lead rounding through the far turn, but race-favorite Spiced Perfection was right there to challenge on the outside. Florida-bred Wildwood's Beauty was also making headway toward the lead, and the favorite was swallowed up before the eighth pole.
Meanwhile, Ortiz had threaded his way through the pack to the center of the track, and unleashed Pink Sands' late kick at the head of the lane. The mare swallowed up ground with every stride to run down her rivals, crossing the wire about three lengths ahead of Wildwood's Beauty. Nonna Madeline took an inside route to gain third over favorite Spiced Perfection.
“She's a come-from-behind filly, I can't change that,” said Ortiz. “But I was expecting a hot pace. I saw it was 45 and change; I was expecting like 44. But she was traveling well. I didn't fall asleep on her and I tried to be as close as I could without taking her out of her rhythm. When she got to the quarter pole, she started rolling. I was just waiting for some room and when she got it, she was there for me.”
Bred in Kentucky by KatieRich Farms, Pink Sands is out of the Grade 1-winning Include mare Her Smile. A $625,000 yearling purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select sale, she broke her maiden in her fifth career start in August of her 3-year-old season. Pink Sands won her first graded stakes in December of 2019, Gulfstream's G3 Rampart, and the Inside Information win improves her overall record to 6-3-4 from 18 starts for earnings of over $470,000.
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